Usually on the days I work the market, doing an extra workout isn’t even on my radar.  But because I was doing yesterday’s market with another person, I thought to myself “well, that’s 50% of what you’ll have to do if you were by yourself” and ended up doing a 45 minute walk yesterday morning.  It was cool and humid at the same time – it was 68 degrees but almost 100% humidity.  I wore a jacket and I was sweating balls by the end of my walk.

random heart

Roz, I thought you’d enjoy the random heart on my walk! 

I purposely stager my breakfast later on the days I work at the market, and I think it works well.  I had an avocado to use up, and can you believe I’ve not jumped on the avocado toast bandwagon?  Seems it’s everywhere on social media these days!


I used Aunt Millie’s whole grain bread.   I am not a fan of the bread not toasted because it’s a bit too soft for me, but toasted, it’s delicious.  And no matter how many slices you have, each slice is 1 point.  On the left was 1/2 an avocado mixed with lime juice, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  On the left, an egg, egg white scramble with Tapatio and one slice of uncured turkey bacon, and cherries for dessert.  10 smart points and super filling.

I was working with a young girl yesterday.  I was so excited because I was going to jump on the wrap/salad cooking station!


We got there an hour early – you never know with Chicago traffic so better safe than sorry.  I look down at my phone and it’s the Chef/Owner telling me he wants the other girl to do the wrap station because he needs her to get experience to do wraps at the Schaumburg farmers market.  Waaaaa!!   So I tell this girl she has to do the wrap station and she tells me, “I’ve never made wraps before.”  So I texted him back and said “she’s never cooked these before!” and he replied “she’s lying – she’s made them 1/2 a dozen times – she just doesn’t want to do it, but I need her to do it.”  Great.

Can you see that there is room behind the cooking station?  That’s where people can stand, watch you cook, you can talk about the product and really get a crowd going at your tent.  One thing I’ve learned is that if you have no one at your tent, no one wants to stop by.  The second you get a crowd around the tent, all of a sudden people are curious wondering what everyone is looking at.  And bonus is that we are the ONLY tent at this market that serves food!

At least 1/2 a dozen times, this girl would turn her head around to me and say “I hate making wraps!” basically right in front of the customer.   Face palm.  I did get to make the demonstration wrap.  That would be our vegan, dairy free, gluten free Southwest burger in a spinach flour tortilla with mixed greens and a roasted red pepper sauce.  I could also add a farm fresh egg and cheese to it!


As usual, the time flew by, but the traffic kind of sucked coming home.  It took me an extra 15 minutes to get back to the shop, then I had a brief talk with the owner.  He’s dying to hire me full time to do more administration stuff in addition to the markets, but to be honest, he can’t afford me, and he can’t afford to provide insurance.  I told him that I would keep my word and stay through the summer, but that I never intended for this to be a long term gig.  He replied “you know I am still going to keep trying!”


I ended up eating my ham/lo carb wrap, veggie sticks, and strawberries I made on the car ride home, so no picture of that.  Since I didn’t get home until 10:30, I didn’t eat anything, just had a glass of wine and hit the hay.  I must have been tired because usually I wake up at 7:05 with no alarm.  This morning I didn’t wake up until 9!

I have a big to do list to do.  But I may also have to squeeze a pedicure in today too – I am going on vacation next weekend to Virginia and my piggies look horrible!

And if you have time today, can you send some virtual hugs to my friend Dana at The Kitchen Witch.  Today is her Momma’s birthday, and her Mom passed away not too long ago.  She was so wonderful to me when Tony passed away.  I know today is going to be hard for her.

I am off work today!  Actually only three more work days before I go to Virginia for my family reunion!  Cannot wait.  A week from today I’ll be there.

Alright, I’ve got a long to do list today – better get at it.  Make it a great day!