You Ugli

March 29, 2009

The title is what our students say to each other (god forbid they use a verb).  The other day a (horrendous!) boy was apparently quite pissed that I asked him not to scream outside my door during my class so he told me “you ugly!”  My response?  Deadpan voice “I know.  And I cry about it every night, but right now I’m trying to suck up the pain so I can teach this class.”  Hehe, that is generally my response to any sort of random criticism thrown my way “I’ll cry about it later, but let’s get on with class now.”

Anyhoo, I started my morning off with an Ugli fruit today.  Actually, I started my morning off with a small handful of this stuff.

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Then I attacked the ugli fruit.

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Here it is naked.  It was still big, but the peel definitely added some of the heft.

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A and I split it, we both thought it tasted like an orange.  I ate my half with a medium sliced banana.

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I also ate 2 Brazil nuts.

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Did you know that 1 Brazil nut contains more than 100% of your daily selenium needs?  I was reminded of this fact by a “House” episode a few months ago, so when I saw unsalted ones at the grocery store I had to buy them.

After doing some school work it was time for lunch.  A and I decided on meatloaf sandwiches.

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I put a small serving of meatloaf on a slice of ww bread, spread the other slice with maple pumpkin butter, topped it with sharp cheddar and broiled the whole thing.

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I got a coupon for Kraft Naturals the other day so that is what I used, this stuff has Great flavor!

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After 5minutes, my sandwich was ready to go.

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Super tasty!  I love the savory/sweet so pumpkin butter was the perfect addition to this.

A went out to do the laundry so I went with me and ran some errands around noon; we have some Easter surprises for our parents when we go home in two weeks!  I worked at a leisurely pace all morning which means I had to pick up the tempo by the afternoon.  I got all of my plans and materials finished (I am saving my posters for tomorrow) and hurried to Staples to make my copies.

After Staples I came home and ate a small salad.

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This was romaine and shredded red cabbage topped with a little bit of unsweetened dried blueberries, pine nuts, and fat free poppy seed dressing.

Then I headed to the gym – I am getting back into the swing of running and I love it!  Sadly my bunion feels a little bit funny, but I am hoping it’s my shoes.  I’m going to do other forms of exercise for a few days then run again in a different pair.  The gym was near closing time when I got there so I had to cut my treadmill intervals (2minute jog/1minute walk) to 25minutes.  I still managed to do 2.75miles so I left feeling pretty happy.

I had to go to the drug store to buy something to bring my mom after the gym.  I knew I had to eat more meatloaf leftovers for dinner so I did some brainstorming during my run, and came home with these.

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I’ll explain them in a minute.  On the way home from the drugstore it started to hail on me!  I was wearing just a hoodie because the weather had been so nice all day and I was not happy!  I sprinted a few blocks and then thankfully A saved me with an umbrella because my foot was really starting to hurt.

I have to take a quick minute to mention what a hero A was today.  I truely don’t know how I got so lucky with my husband.  He is always sweet but today was above and beyond.  Not only did he wash my laundry, he folded and put them all away!  Then he walked with me to Staples, saved me with an umbrella, and sat in our teeny bathroom to chat with me during my shower because I was cold and frustrated.  He is truely the best guy for me on Earth.

Then I got down and dirty with my other great love, in the kitchen, popcorn!

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No one guessed buttered popcorn as my Jelly Belly pudding flavor but that’s what I bought.  It was good, but I almost wish it was saltier.

Mushy stuff over.  Want to know what I made with Doritos and meatloaf?

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Nachos!  I topped them with corn, sharp cheddar, and a dollop of medium salsa.

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So tasty, I love homemade nachos!

I actually have the chance to be in bed before 10:30pm, a miracle for me.  I’m going to grab my book and hit the sack!

Do you do homemade nachos?  What “bar foods” do you make at home?


Super Bowl Super Bowls

February 2, 2009

In honor of the football game (YaY Steelers!) I ate my dinner, and dessert, from a bowl.  I actually didn’t really watch the game, it was more background noise to my school work.  I have absolutely no team alliances.  A enjoyed it though, and I am officially up to speed.  It’s going to be a busy week, so I wanted to be sure I was ready.

After I trecked out to Staples, I made yummy bowl #1

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This SuperBowl was a healthy nod to a few gametime favorites.

  • 1/2C frozen Tj’s white corn, microwaved
  • 1/2C butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tysons chicken nuggets, cooked and chopped
  • 1oz smoked Gouda, chopped
  • 1 sprinkle of paprika

Prepare all of the ingredients separately and combine in one bowl.  Stir to combine, and microwave for 1minute to get the cheese nice and gooey.  It was the perfect meal to eat while I worked.

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Later on it was time for dessert.  I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, and tonight I finally put it to action – Strawberry Gobbler (like cobbler, but healthy, so you can gobble it up!).

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First you combine 1C of strawberries and 1/2C of skim milk, and microwave until warm (2-3minutes, depending on your microwave).

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Next you top your mush with 4 crunched graham cracker squares,

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1T ground flax seed,

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and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

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Strawberry Gobbler!

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This was the perfect way to end my day.  I thought it was so good I am submitting it to OSG’s fun new contest!  I think this is a great example of a healthy, festive, Valentine’s treat.

I’m headed to bed, Sweet Dreams Cardinals fans, and Sweeter Dreams Pitt fans! 🙂