Well hello there :D
I thought I’d take a little break from studying- my brain is TOTALLY fried- to tell you what I’ve been up to lately. First things first- Monday night dinner. I was TOTALLY serious about having chicken puffs for left overs on Monday night.
Instead of mashed potatos, I made some Kraft macaroni & cheese- which was whole grain! I will NEVER give up my Kraft macaroni & cheese..but I will buy the whole grain on occasion ;)
They were JUST as good as the first time! If you haven’t made them yet…I highly suggest you do.
Then came dessert time. I happened to see a recipe for Apple Crisp on Courtney’s blog & I wrote it down Monday & made it that night. I couldn’t help myself…and of the pictures were mouth watering :)
I made a few changes to the recipe, indicated in pink:
- 2-1/2 lbs. tart apples, peeled & thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour I used wheat flour.
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup flour again, I used wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar I used Splenda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 6 tbsp cold butter or margarine I used 3 tbsp. of light margarine
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) no nuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sliced apples evenly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish, sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over sliced apples. Bake for 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter, using a pastry cutter or forks. Stir in oats (and nuts if desired) and spread evenly over the top of your apples.
Cook for 30-40 minutes longer, or until lightly golden brown. ENJOY
THIS ROCKED MY SOCKS!! :D I LOVE apple crisp & I LOVE the addition of the rolled oats in this recipe.
Thanks Courtney for the recipe! I’m adding it to the recipe box :D
Tuesday morning started off with another run! I have been trying to increase my miles lately…just since the half marathon is coming up in no time.
I just like picking up speed as well- so I did 6 miles- all miles 8:30 & under. Not too bad- still would like to pick it up a bit.
Before heading to work, I stopped off at 7-eleven to get gas for my long drive that afternoon.
While the gas was pumping, I headed inside to get some coffee. Sometimes coffee that you DON’T have to make just tastes to much better, agreed?! :D
I found out they are doing something with Snoop D-O-G-G- I think it’s to help underpriveledged kids- not too sure. But the cup made me think of Snoop’s songs…so of course I was rapping on my way to work ;) You KNOW you wish you could of heard that one! :D
Tuesday morning’s breakfast was delish- Chocolate peanut butter banana oats! (<– quite a name, huh!?)
In the mix:
-1/3 cup rolled oats
-1 tbsp. DARK chocolate dreams peanut butter
-enough water to cook the oats
YUM! That dark chocolate peanut butter is the bomb!
Lunch was the usual- you know the routine. :)
When I arrived at my hotel on Tuesday night, I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the rooms. The room I’m staying in is HUGE & it’s not a suite- just a regular room. I made sure to get a hotel with a mini fridge & microwave in the room so that I could just bring food from home. SO much easier than trying to navigate myself around an unfamiliar city.
Here’s some pictures of the room: (don’t mind the mess ;) )
Despite the HUGE bed…and the comfy mattress I woke up literally EVERY. 30 MINUTES late night :( UGH!!! I had an AWFUL sleep. I think it’s just because I’m not in my own house & I can really ONLY sleep with MY pillow (why didn’t I grab it!?!…and I’ve honestly never stayed in a hotel room by myself…so it was kind of scary! haha- I know I sound like a big baby…but, it was a whole new adventure for me!
Despite the lack of sleep last night, I hopped out of bed @ 5am- since I really couldn’t sleep anyways- and hit the hotel gym for a bit.
I forgot to take pictures this morning, but I will tomorrow. It’s really small, but it had a treadmill, stair stepper & full body weight machine…enough to get a good workout in!
I did one of my favorite incline workouts:
Minutes Speed Incline
0-5 6.0 0
5-6 3.5 5
6-7 6.5 5
7-8 3.5 6
8-9 6.3 6
9-10 3.5 7
10-11 6.1 7
11-12 3.5 8
12-13 5.9 8
13-14 3.5 9
14-15 5.7 9
15-16 3.5 10
16-17 5.5 10
17-18 3.5 11
18-19 5.3 11
19-20 3.5 12
20-21 5.1 12
21-22 3.5 13
22-23 4.9 13
23-24 3.5 14
24-25 4.7 14
25-26 3.5 15
26-27 4.5 15
27-30 3.5 0
After getting excessively sweaty, I headed to the stair master to get in 5 more minutes on there. The machine was SO old, I seriously thought that it was going to fall apart! lol!!
Then I finished up with a bunch of ab stuff.
I was pretty happy with the workout, especially since I was running on like zero sleep.
While I was getting ready for the conference I was STARVING. I thought my stomach was going to eat itself! I finished getting ready & headed downstairs for breakfast. I had to eat quick, since I had a limited amount of time..or so I thought. I grabbed an English muffin with jelly & ate 1/2 of a banana with peanut butter. I also ate a mini blueberry muffin while my English muffin was toasting..I seriously could NOT wait.
After SCARFING down my breakfast, I headed to the conference. I THOUGHT I had to be there around 7:45am to check in. Well, apparently I need to check my reading skills- it wasn’t until 8:30am!! GRR!! Oh well, I just hung out in my car…tried to nap, but the sun was SUPER bright.
The conference went really well this morning. I feel like I learned a TON. I feel better about some things that I had some questions on- the teacher really went over things well.
We had a lunch lunch break around noon-
I headed back to my hotel room to get my lunch, some leftover minestrone soup & bread. I also had this for dinner last night too- minus the bread.
I LOVE cheetos!! & what I love even more is that they have BAKED cheetoes :D Wooohooo!!
So, random Craig fact: He HATES when people lick their fingers. Like these fingers for instance. He thinks it’s disgusting when people lick their fingers after eating. & now I HATE it too. I can’t even look @ people when they do it. After he told me that it bugged him, I started noticing when people did it, & then it grossed me out too.
So, I headed to wash my fingers & get ready for round 2 of the conference.
Before going back, I had to get some fuel:
Grande iced coffee with one pump pumpkin spice & splenda.
Even though I chugged the coffee, by 3pm, I was just DEAD. I was trying SO hard to pay attention, but first I was freezing & then my lack of sleep was REALLY catching up.
I stuck it out though & when I got out I headed right back to the hotel room to try to get a nap in. No much luck, but it felt good to close my eyes.
Tonight’s dinner…which I will be eating shortly, is from Publix :) I really am kind of over having soup….and thought these would be perfect:
Well, I’m off to go & eat dinner.
I’ve already packed up my stuff- I’m SO ready to go home & see my hunny bunny :D
Tomorrow night is pretty much my only free night- all of the other days & nights until Wednesday November 17th will be spent studying……
And tomorrow night is:
THE KICK OFF OF THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!
& GUESS who’s PLAYING!?!?!!?
I’m off- I’ll catch up with you when I’m home!!! :) Have a great day tomorrow!