New Year’s Eve Feast

Recipes tomorrow!



Mandy and I fantasized about champagne during our spin class this morning and also finalized our menu for tonight:

Honey-glazed salmon, mahi-mahi cakes, brussel sprouts with bacon, salad and fresh baked bread.  And mango-champagne cocktails!

I just made a fabulous four-ingredient breakfast:  Steamed broccoli, two poached eggs, goat cheese and sriracha.  A huge bowl of filling food for about 5 WW points.

“Something should be sweating!”

That’s what the spin class instructor shouted at Mandy and I today.  Yikes.  Needless to say, we were sweating.  And we’re going back for more tomorrow morning at 9am.

And in an unprecedented move, I actually LOST weight while home on Christmas vacation.  I weighed in 1.5 lbs less this week.  Tonight, for the first time in months, I dropped the excuses and stayed for the Weight Watchers meeting (I usually weigh-in and jet out of there).  I officially got recognized for my 70 pound loss… only 3 more pounds until I get the fancy 75-pound-loss bling!

No pictures of food tonight; I met Steph at a poorly lit Italian happy hour where we split the shellfish in spicy tomato sauce.   And wine.  And a cannoli.  YUM.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s food post… a New Year’s Eve FEAST!


Weigh-in day!  Not until 5:30 though…

Agenda:  Unpack, make breakfast,  get Lucy, Spin class (!), walk Sara’s pups, walk my pup  (stopping at the market for produce), work stuff, Weight Watchers, get a drink with Steph.

The new issue of Cooking Light came while I was gone and I’m stoked to dig in and pick out some goodies.

So excited to jump back into this life… I’m a grateful gal!

I heart airport food?

Not only do I have a favorite restaurant in the Denver airport (some French bakery with amazing salads and sandwiches), but now I have one at MSP as well!  I think it’s called 360 Burrito or something like that… and they make fresh food right in front of you.  I got a salad with pan seared veggies sauteed in Thai sauce with cilanto-garlic dressing on the side. Better than Subway?  Yes.

I just took a cab home in some seriously lame-o weather.  Snowy rain is not my favorite.  I’m currently sitting in the living room in my winter coat and boots waiting for our house to climb up to a normal temp after being heatless for ten days.   The place is empty, and I can not wait to fill it with food, pups and pals this week.  Come visit!

Not a fan…

…of leaving my family today.  Since I have a full day planned with parents and packing and then travel, I’m skipping the gym.  I did double duty yesterday and will spin tomorrow before I weigh in.  I don’t feel well and I already miss my mama.  Ugh.

The menu today will probably be Subway subs for lunch and dinner.  No picture needed for that…

24 hours until I pick up my doggie!!!

easy peasy

Random produce that needs to be used?  Try this…

Asian Broccoli Salad

Boil broccoli for 30 seconds, drain and rinse with cold water.

Add broccoli to a bowl with chopped veggies (I used cabbage, carrots and peas).

Make a sauce with peanut butter, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil (or other Asian flavors you have like lime, ginger, cilantro and scallions).

Crumble a package of Ramen noodles in the bowl…. Mix sauce, veggies and Ramen together.  Let sit and the noodles will soften.

Easy peasy lunch!

Desserts are mandatory

And my Mama knows how to do it right.  She made this tasty apple crisp today… suffice it to say it’s almost gone.  She included your typical crisp fare: apples, oats, butter, brown sugar and lemon juice.  Her secret ingredient was a full cup of walnuts.  Good thing I don’t live here!!  This house is dripping in all things baked and sugary.  I served myself about 1/3 of a cup tonight in an oversized shot glass and topped it with a couple tablespoons of my Pa’s homemade ice cream.  Then I ate it in about 19 seconds.  (Note to self: slow down and actually taste what you’re eating.)

A plan

A double duty workout today:

25 min elliptical, mile walk, crunches, pushups, squats/lunges, biceps, 25 min spin bike

I’m also tracking WW points (I haven’t counted points in almost a month!).  Every food item is worth a certain amount of points based on calories, fat and fiber.  I get 27 points a day.  That’s not very many.  I will earn points at the gym though.  Not a clue what I’m eating today… probably a black bean burger for lunch.

The Weary Traveler

Spent the day with Ryan in Madison.  I threw some pots in his ceramics studio on campus, and then we had dinner with friends at the Weary Traveler.  Sadly, I did not workout.  I did, however, wander aimlessly up and down State Street in the snow for awhile… that was lovely.  Otherwise, too much indulgence for one day.  I’ll blame it on vacation.

Dinner was SOOOOO good.  Scallops on spinach, zucchini and tomatoes with a roasted corn/bacon vinaigrette.  I’m really excited to make this at home, as bacon has been a recent staple ingredient to flavor Kaitlyn’s Southern dishes.  A little bacon goes a long way.