I woke up today with blink-182 in my head! Specifically, this gem. So while I made breakfast, I put the entire album on Spotify (although I do still have the CD somewhere) and danced around the kitchen like it was 1999. Jumping around to bouncy music from your youth is most definitely a good way to start the day!
Another good start? Breakfast with a friend! Anna and I met in the park yesterday, eating picnic-style (we each brought our own food), strolling and chatting. We covered a good two miles, looking at dogs and the fallen leaves.
I brought Katie’s Coconut Cookie Dough Oatmeal. Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please.
It’s one of her baked breakfasts, which takes about 25 minutes to cook. To save time, I mixed all of the ingredients the night before and just popped it in the oven when I woke up. To keep it warm- and keep my hands from burning!- I wrapped it in a dish towel with a spoon and put it in my purse. Who says you can’t have portable, warm breakfasts?
A couple hours later, Charley and I went back to the park for a long walk. He loves crunching around in the leaves! So many fun smells.
For lunch, another “Mexi-Meal” with recooked refried beans, steamed butternut squash (with salt, pepper + cayenne), and arugula salad.
Plus chips + salsa (the last of the Sweet Heat!).
A little later I hit the gym for what was meant to be a strength training session, but there were several people hogging the machines in the circuit! So I read a magazine on the bike then moved to the mat for ab exercises; when I don’t know what I really want to do at the gym, cardio + abs (+ push-ups) are pretty much my standard.
Leaving the gym, I met a friend for drinks. Spandex + wine go quite well together, didn’t you know? Cardio + alcohol made me hungry like the wolf, so I went straight home and made dinner.
I have to warn you: I’m on sort of a beans + veggie kick right now. Although I was tempted to make a variation of this for all three meals, I somehow was able to hold back and keep it to two . Still, I made a slightly different dish and jazzed it up a little with some new things.
As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program, I received a slew of Newman’s Own products and a FlipCam! (Now that I’ve bitten the bullet and shared video of myself, there may be a VLOG in the future!) Roasted Garlic pasta sauce was on the menu; it had a deep tomato flavor and was just garlicky enough to keep the Cullens away.
I had to find some way to use this blueberry goat cheese, too, so in it went, too.
I call this the I-Promise-I’m-Not-Pregnant , Mexi-Pizza!
It had a lot of really random ingredients, but somehow they all worked really well together: brown rice tortilla topped with roasted garlic pasta sauce, recooked refried beans, blueberry goat cheese, arugula, butternut squash, and chili flakes. Savory, sweet, spicy, salty, creamy.
Dessert was also on the random side, but was- I warn you- an addicting combination that had me going back for seconds. The star? This new guy from Trader Joe’s. It’s sweet, like an almond version of Nutella. Oh, mama. Had it been 1999, I probably would have just stuck a spoon in it and called it a night!
But as it’s 2011, I made a bowl of chocolate sorbet with crushed peanut butter-filled pretzels and cocoa almond spread.
I ate while watching Super, which reminded me a lot of Kick-Ass but starred Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson. Pretty good!
Take us down memory lane! What music from your youth have you listened to lately?
What’s your go-to gym routine?