I really wanted a snow day yesterday. Well, we got snow, but not enough to where I couldn’t get to work. But I did wake up to a fallen tree in my back yard and this precarious branch on a wire in my driveway. I wasn’t sure if it was an electrical or phone wire, but I thought it might be a good idea to call Com Ed. I jumped in the shower, and Jacob knocked the branch off the wire, pulled out downed branches in the driveway and Hannah cleaned off my car – best roommates evah!
Another tiny problem. I couldn’t find my snow boots. Like anywhere. But here’s the thing – maybe last summer I was cleaning and decided I’d get new boots this year and I may have thrown them out. I’ve been known to do that before. But no worries, I just used Hannah’s rain boots – it was really so my feet would stay dry.
I had no idea I’d have to wait on a platform in 20 degree weather for 40 minutes because the train was running late. In the end, my train 55 minutes late. I didn’t get to my desk until just before 10:00 a.m. My feet were so cold.
The ice on the train window was pretty though!
I brought stuff to make an oatmeal/greek yogurt/fruit parfait, but since I was so late, I opted for my back up – Premier Protein and a banana for 2 points.
I only took a 30 minute lunch, because I have to make up the time for being an hour late. I’ll have to take a 30 minute lunch again today. But I was more than happy to have Lasagna Soup for lunch. I followed Ally from Sweet and Savory’s recipe – very similar to Farm Girls Dabble recipe that I’ve made about a couple thousand times. The only difference is that I left out the onion (duh!) and used 6 tablespoons of tomato paste for a real deep tomato flavor, and made meatballs. There are about a zillion variations to this soup – I’ve used cheese ravioli as the pasta, used turkey sausage, ground beef and then you can add in diced zucchini and carrots – the skies the limit!
But if you know you will be having leftover soup, always keep the pasta separate. No one wants pasta that is soggy and tastes like ass.
I put the half cup of cold noodles on the bottom, then the added the 1 ounce of cheese, then topped with the soup and microwaved for 2 minutes. That is enough time to heat up the noodles and finish cooking the meatballs. And then try not to use a non-microwave safe bowl so you don’t burn your fingers off taking the soup out of the microwave.
Side Note: I never used to have a sweet tooth at all. One of my tricks is to have fat free cool whip at work – turns out you can have five tablespoons for 1 point. 😀
My new boots are so warm!! I normally buy all my clothes (except underwear and socks!) at thrift stores and Goodwill – these boots cost $89 which essentially is the equivalent to the cost of all the rest of my clothes. But since I could possible be standing on a platform for who knows how long, and I have a 12 minute walk to my office from the train, it was worth the splurge.
I was so happy to leave on time, only to be met with a boat load of people, with no trains. My train home was 35 minutes late, so I didn’t walk in my door until about 7:15.
The snow, when fresh, makes everything look so pretty.
Since I was at my Mom’s house over the weekend, I didn’t menu plan or do a full grocery shop, but I know I have plenty of food at home – like six bags of frozen chicken! Damn meat bin – such a sucker for a good deal! I defrosted some chicken breasts in the fridge while I was at work. I made zero point chicken taco filling with 6 ounces of chopped chicken, a can of black beans, and a can of corn. I made these 5 point tacos using Pam, and made some cilantro lime rice for 3 points on the side. Super easy and delicious. I love using plain Greek yogurt as sour cream.
The Thanksgiving Reboot I am participating in on Instagram called for drinking 100 ounces of water, 10,000 steps and tracking everything. Water is still a struggle for me, so I brought that down to 80 ounces for me. Happy to say that I drank 60 ounces before lunch!
I got my 10,000 steps and then some.
And I tracked everything! Even the 5 ounce glass of wine and ounce of potato chips I ate as a snack. Which I didn’t need by the way, but I still was at 30 points for the day. I even counted my hazelnut creamer!
So here’s to day 2!
Oh – can you check out my latest blog post at The Chopping Block? Breakfast baked potatoes! Perfect as a meal plan or to have brunch for a crowd. You can check out the recipe here.
Happy Tuesday friends – make it a great day!