So not surprisingly, Hannah and Jacob didn’t cook much while I was gone and obviously if you don’t cook, you aren’t going to be doing any grocery shopping. I had about 15 minutes yesterday morning before I had to leave to figure out what I was going to eat, and after about a minute of seeing what was left in the fridge, I honestly was going to just throw in the towel and just get McDonald’s for breakfast or Jimmy John’s for lunch. But I gave it another minute, and turned around and saw that I had granola that I bought at an awesome farmers market in Richmond. I reached in the fridge and found a Chobani that expired on July 17 – no big, it was still good. Then opened the fruit drawer and saw blueberries – done!
This was delicious – while granola is a calorie bomb, this was was super filling, and I love that the granola is not overly sweet. Now lunch? That was a bit of a stretch. Seriously I put this in my lunch bag:
- leftover cooked white rice
- 2 ounces leftover Greek chicken
- 1 Aldi chicken sausage link
- baby spinach
- shredded carrots
- leftover cooked zucchini
I laid out everything on my counter at lunch and just started heating things up: the chicken, the chicken sausage, the zucchini and rice. I knew I wanted some texture so I left the carrots and spinach raw, and ended up putting it all together in a giant bowl and tossing it with a tablespoon of Newman’s Own light balsamic. As weird as this combo sounds, it was actually really good – some of it was warm, some of it was crunchy and somehow the dressing pulled it all together!
I actually ended up going to the grocery store at lunch to stock us up for the rest of the week. I knew there was no way in hell I could meal plan with what was left in our fridge. So a quick trip to Mariano’s and I was all set. Dinner last night could not have been simpler. While I don’t mind the challenge of a recipe with 20+ ingredients and 15 cooking steps, sometimes simple is best. I bought a 1 pound certified angus beef sirloin steak for Jacob and I to split. While he can eat a half a pound of meat no problem, I portioned out 4 ounces of cooked steak for my dinner and will have some for breakfast tomorrow. I bought some baby new potatoes and cooked them in the microwave for 5 minutes, let them cool slightly and then pan fried them in a bit of olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper until they started to brown. Once browned, I took cut corn off of three cobs of corn and tossed that in the pan with a teaspoon of butter, salt and pepper and cooked until the corn started to brown. Once off heat, I added just a couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro.
I topped our steaks with sautéed baby portobello mushrooms that cooked down while the steaks cooked on the grill. This is such a simple, yet delicious meal – pretty sure this will be on my food truck menu, except I’d add a chimichurri drizzle over the top to tie it all together.
Okay so long time readers now how I burn in the sun like nobody’s business. Since I knew we were going to be in the sun a lot on Sunday I applied sunscreen all day long. The one part of my body that I forgot? MY LIPS!
You’re probably eating your breakfast now, so you are welcome! During the day my lips kept feeling chapped so I kept applying EOS to my lips, but I think that was the equivalent to putting baby oil on my lips. That’s how my lips looked yesterday when I went to work – so pretty! Gah. I need to find the highest SPF lip balm! On the positive side? I found that green necklace at Goodwill and paid $1.99 for it – score!
So one of the things about only visiting family once a year growing up when I was younger was that it was really hard to remember who belonged to who. It would seem I would spend half of a family reunion back then just connecting the dots, only to forget over the course of a year and have to start all over! That’s where Facebook is amazeballs. We have a family group Facebook page, so I can easily check in and see who is who, especially my second cousins who are about 12-15 years younger than me, and actually have relevant things to talk about – job transfers, school, etc.
We were 40 strong! It’s awesome to see the new generation growing up too – we must have had half a dozen kids under the age of 11 and it was awesome. My one cousin Shannon has a 4 year old Zach that I was playing whiffle ball with and holy balls could he pitch and hit! I made him shake on it that when he makes it to the big leagues that he’s have to save me some tickets. She also brought a baby pool which was a big hit with the little kids too. There is no structure to our reunions at all – simply come in, drop your dish, grab a drink and start mingling! It’s always a bit awkward at first trying to get reacquainted, but soon everyone is just laughing, talking and having a good time. And our weather could not have been better! I took 446 pictures in 3 days! I’ll spare you all of them, but I’ll share some more tomorrow.
I am excited because tonight I am joining a running club with one of the attorneys in my office. It’s a couch to 5k program that meets literally 5 minutes from my office on Wednesday nights. I think it’s 10 or 12 weeks long – the goal being to run a whole 5k without stopping. Shelley, I couldn’t help but think of you when I signed up!
Alright, off to pack my gym bag – make it a great day!