Welp, it’s been quite the day! Sorry for the lack of a second post yesterday – we used our last challenge freebie meal for an improptu Italian dinner and I did not have my camera. Our food was fantabulous (we had a fried polenta with balsamic fig appetizer!) but I ended up getting sick! I don’t think there was a problem, but my pasta was in heavy cream which I always react poorly too.
Still feeling sick, I didn’t get out of bed until 1o’clock! A and I needed to go on errands (Staples, bank, post office, etc) and decided to make a several mile walk of it so we bundled up and set off. I packed this to snack on on the way.
While heading home A used our last $3 challenge dollars to buy Five Guys fries so we had fish and chips for a late lunch!
The fish sticks were the all-natural ones from the other day.
And the little bowl is homemade tarter sauce – 1T light mayo, 1.5T pickle relish, 2 big dashes Old Bay seasoning.
We watched School of Life with Ryan Reynolds while we ate. He is one of my favorite actors of all time, but I wouldn’t recommend this movie to fellow teachers, it was unrealistic and frustrating. I also ate a big forkful of natural peanut butter.
We finally got down to work after the movie. I have all of my plans and materials for the week! I lit this candle to make things feel more relaxing.
For dinner I was eating chili leftovers ago so I thought I’d add this to “spice things up.”
This was my serving.
I ate one bite, gasped, added a dollop of blue cheese dressing, took another few bites, chugged some water, and threw this bowl away.
I ended up eating this Eddy’s Fruit Only lime popsicle for dinner!
I ended the evening with more success however! Jenna and Kath received yummy sounding pumpkin bars from a fellow blogger a while back and I finally got to try the recipe. I made some changes, mostly less sugar and chocolate, so the version I’m posting is the updated one.
- 2C leveled all purpose flour
- 1T pumpkin pie spice
- 1t baking soda
- 3/4t salt
- 1C unsalted butter (I used 1/4C butter and 3/4C cinnamon applesauce because of challenge shortages)
- 1C sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2t vanilla extract
- 1C can pumpkin puree
- 8oz chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350*. Line the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spice, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
- With an electric beater, cream butter and sugar on med-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in puree. Reduce speed to low and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides and an inserted toothpick comes out dry, 35-40minutes. Cool completely in the pan and store in a cool, dry place.
I subbed applesauce because I was out of butter but these were so good I think I will follow the same exact recipe next time! I couldn’t resist one straight from the pan.
I drank a cup of tea alongside.
I bought this tea in the summer and waited until it was thematically appropriate. With a splash of skim milk, YUM!
I have a teensy bit of grading to do when I wake up and some work to do once I reach school so it should be an early morning (I always say that, but I’m really going to try to wake up). It’s a short week, 3 days!, so I’m pretty excited. Hope everyone’s weekend ends well, xoxoxox!