Quick Weekly Breakfasts and Lunches

Easter weekend was so busy and I didn’t even have time to make my weekly grocery store run. Well to be honest, I didn’t make the time to do my weekly grocery store run. I usually plan out my next week’s meals on Friday, shop on Saturday and do any meal prep on Sunday. This helps me spread out the load and not feel overwhelmed on one day. So failing to do any of those three things over the weekend led to an overwhelming Monday.

I spent my lunch break at La Madeline (love their tuna croissant) figuring out what to eat for the rest of the week. I knew it had to be something easy to make because I had to do the shopping and prep all before my church small group that night. I wasn’t worried about dinner because I keep some staples in my pantry and freezer, so I started with breakfast. I needed something filling and healthy that I could grab easily in the morning. I remembered seeing a pin a Pinterest about freezing smoothies and went through my boards to find it. You can find the Buzzfeed article here. With breakfast sorta figured out, I moved on to lunch. I decided I would throw together some quick buffalo chicken wraps and call it a day.

I went to the store and remembered that Jamba Juice had some pre-made frozen smoothie packs in the freezer section. While looking for those, I found the Rader Farms Fresh Start smoothie packs that looked much better so I grabbed those. I want to eventually use fresh fruit, but I had no time to figure it all out this week.

Once I got home, I was ready to start making stuff.

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I pulled out my blender and dumped a package of frozen fruit and vegetables into it. I measured out a cup of the juice to put in and it leaked everywhere! Apparently, I put the blender together wrong. I cleaned it up and was up and running in no time. I made two of the Mango, Nectarine, Sweet Potato & Carrot smoothies and two of the Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Kale &  Spinach smoothies.

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I put the smoothies in mason jars with enough room to expand and put them in the freezer.

Now it was time to start on lunch.

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I love the flatout wraps. They are great for easy work lunches. I laid one of them down on plastic wrap and spread the buffalo sauce on it. I estimated about one tablespoon, but didn’t actually measure it out.

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Then I added my veggies. I decided to go with spinach and carrots, but some chopped celery would work well too.

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Then came the chicken and one slice of Provolone cheese. I would have loved to add more cheese, but that gets expensive calorie wise.

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Then I rolled it up tightly in plastic wrap and repeated the process three more times. In less than an hour, I had four smoothies in the freezer and four wraps in the fridge. Not bad if you ask me!

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Before bed last night, I stuck one of the Mango smoothies in the fridge. This morning all I had to do was grab the smoothie and a wrap from the fridge. The smoothie was like a slushie and was super yummy. One of my co workers said it looked like a peach daiquiri.

What are some of your favorite quick to make breakfast and lunches?

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5 Fandom Friday: If I Ever Got a Tattoo

I don’t have any tattoos or plans to get any. I have nothing against tattoos, but I fear flu shots so I don’t think I would do well with getting a tattoo. Plus, there are very few things that have remained total constants in my life, so I’m not big on the idea of having something permanently on my skin.

However, I think some tattoos look totally awesome when they are done right. I do have some geeky and not so geeky loves that would be in the running if I ever decided to get a tattoo.

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  1. Anchor- I love anchors because it reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”- Hebrew 6:19. It would definitely be a small anchor probably on my ankle, easily hidden at work.terry star
  2. Terry Texas Star- The Terry Scholarship changed my life and is something I will always be involved with. Another small tattoo idea would be to get the Texas/Star part of their logo.star trek
  3. Star Trek Insignia- Here is where it gets geeky. I grew up on Star Trek so if I were in the market for a geeky tattoo, it would be a Star Trek tattoo. Since my favorite series (Enterprise) doesn’t have an insignia really, I would go with the Command Insignia from the reboot.habs
  4. Habs Logo- Because I’m a hockey geek and Montreal Canadiens die-hard fan.JRRT_logo
  5. J. R. R. Tolkien Logo- I loved reading the books and seeing the movies, plus LOTR was the first thing I really geeked out over. I always wished my initials would do some kind of cool logo.

Thank you Megan at The Nerdy Girlie & Kristin at Super Space Chick for coming up with 5 Fandom Friday. I think it’s a great way for me to add a little bit of my nerdy side to my blog!

Mid-March Rewind

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Whew! It is already the 15th of March. This month is flying!

I have been trying to come up with regular features to have on the blog and I decided to come up with some kind of rewind of my life lately, since I work full-time and don’t necessarily always have time to write an individual post for everything I do. I decided to start out with a mid month rewind and then another one at the end of the month and see how it goes. So here is my mid-March rewind.

 

I started March out with going to the podiatrist and getting my foot taped. Yay!

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What did I do to it, you ask? Well, I ran. I know impressive story. Turns out I have pronated feet and when I decided to run again, all the extra activity caused my big toe joint to jam up and cause me a lot of pain. Good news is that the tape came off after 4 days and now I have lovely shoe inserts to make sure my feet stay where they are supposed to.

Friday, March 5, Michael and I went to watch the Stars play the NJ Devils. We had seats way up high, but it was a lot of fun still. Plus, the Stars won!

The weather was absolutely beautiful that first weekend, so one of our friends invited Michael and I to go out on the lake on his family yacht. It was a great way to spend a free Saturday afternoon.

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Last Monday, my half-brother had his 8th birthday. We went to lunch with him, my dad and my step-mom the Sunday before to celebrate. It’s a big deal for me because he is my only sibling whose whole life I remember.

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Ignore the date stamp!

Also, last week I launched this blog, which was super exciting! I had been thinking about doing it for a long time and finally took the plunge. I wrote a hockey post, and my team proved me wrong when they won that night against the Stars. I received the applications for the Terry Scholarship interviews I am helping with next month. It is a lot of reading, but something I do with a happy heart. My best friend, Sydney and I also booked our hotel room and her flight for our trip to Gruene and Austin in May. I am so excited about this! Look for a post about this trip!

This past weekend was a big family weekend for me. Michael went on a guy’ motorcycle trip to Central Texas with some friends so I had the entire weekend to catch up on some much needed family time. I did volunteer to watch his dog, Chewie for the weekend which was pretty fun.

Saturday, I drove out to Arlington to see my dad, step-mom and half-brother. It was great to have lunch with all three of them. I also had tons of fun nerding out with my Dad and half- brother, playing a Firefly game all afternoon. Chewie did surprisingly well having two other dogs around. He is not very social with other dogs, but he got used to my dad’s two dogs pretty quickly.

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Chewie and my dad’s little dog, Banjo.

That night, my older sister came over to my dad’s and we all went to dinner at a Russian restaurant. It was an interesting experience.

Sunday, I went to early service at church and then picked Chewie up from the apprtment before heading to my mom’s house for our weekly Sunday lunch. My two step-brothers were very excited to have Chewie over and to be able to take him to the park.

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The youngest step-brother, Brady and Chewie

Yesterday, Michael got back from his trip. I’m still not sure who was more excited to see him, me or Chewie. I do know my cat, Mouse, was excited to get rid of our house guest. He tolerates Chewie pretty well, but always seems happier once Chewie leaves.

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Mouse and Chewie after my work-out

Today is payday at work, which will be my first paycheck reflecting my new raise! Yay for hard work paying off!

Things I’m looking forward to before the end of March:

  • Terry Alumni BBQ & Meeting
  • Easter with the family (mom side)
  • Michael’s Plate/Birthday Party

 

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my life so far this month!

March Small Goals

So during my blog research (which I did extensively before starting my blog), I came across the Writes Like a Girl blog and her monthly goal link –up. I have decided to try this. I am all for goal setting! I love making lists and making a goal list will help me be accountable. So without further ado here are March’s Small Goals.

  1. Finish the 30-Day Pilates Body Challenge: If you have looked at my Instagram, you know I have been participating in The Balanced Life’s 30-Day Pilates Body Challenge. I have really been enjoying it and I am still going strong on Day 11! Hopefully I can keep it up the rest of the month.
  2.  Write 5 Blog Posts: I really want to try and write some good content for this blog. I’m hoping to have at least 5 posts up by the end of the month. I’m still trying to figure out what posts I want to do regularly and what will be just as inspiration hits.
  3. Drink 96oz of Water a Day: I am really trying to drink more water and less other stuff. I really love my Diet Coke, but water is so much better for me. There was a time I was regularly drinking this much water and I need to get back to that.
  4. Lose 5 Pounds: Okay this is a big one for me. I really need to crack down on my eating to do this. I have a Gala coming up at the beginning of April and I will see some people from my college days and I want to be at least 5 pounds lighter than I am right now. I still have 15-20 pounds I would like to lose total, but 5 is a good starting place.
  5. Finish “The Game” by Ken Dryden: My dad let me borrow this hockey book a long time ago and I just haven’t finished it yet. It is a super interesting book about hockey that ties in the Canadian politics at the time, but I don’t set aside enough time to read. More reading, less TV is my real goal here.

I think these are some pretty attainable goals for me. I am really concentrating on my fitness this month, so we will see how it goes!

Rooting for the Underdog

Tonight is one of two must watch Dallas Stars games for me this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch just about any hockey, and I catch a lot of Stars’ games, since they are broadcast on local stations and I have friends with TV packages. However, two times each season, the Stars play my Montreal Canadiens, and there are very few plans that interfere with me watching those games.

I was born in the Montreal area, so the Canadiens are my home team and I am always excited to watch them play.

In 2010, I went to watch the Canadiens when they were in Dallas. My best friend, Sydney, got cheap tickets through school, so we dressed up and went. Montreal lost, but I got to watch Carey Price play in person for the first time.

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In 2013, my step-mom surprised my dad for Christmas with tickets for the whole family to see the Canadiens @ Stars game that was coming up the following week. We had planned a watch party at my dad’s and I had to call some of my friends and cancel since I would be at the actual game. Some bitterness still exists over that. The Canadiens won that game.

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In 2014, my boyfriend, Michael, got us tickets to see the Canadiens play. We had a blast taking the DART to the AAC and watching the game. I was pretty disappointed when my team lost. When the Stars went to Montreal that same season, we watched at a friend’s house. I made poutine (my favorite food) for everyone and was the sole Canadiens fan. I was pretty happy when they won.

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This season, my step-mom took my dad and the rest of the family, boyfriends included, to game again. We had awesome seats and a great time was had by all, even though the Canadiens lost the game.

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Tonight is the second and final meeting of my two teams for the 2015-2016 season. I plan on watching with some friends as the Canadiens take on the Stars at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Leading up to most of the other games, I always was fairly confident that my Habs (nickname for the Canadiens) had at least a chance at winning. That is not the case for this game.

The Canadiens have been plagued by injuries this season. They started out very strong, but when Carey Price got hurt the second time, the downward spiral started. Since then, the Canadiens have not been able to recover. The injury list for tonight is 8 names long, most of them key players. They are 3-5-2 for their last 10 games and are currently riding a 4 game losing streak. They will not be making the playoffs this season. They really are the underdog in this game.

The Stars have had some ups and downs this season, but they are still tied for the lead in the Western Division. They have the same 3-5-2 record for the last 10 games, but that is out of the norm for them. They are finding ways to get the wins they need to stay neck and neck with Chicago at the top. On a day to day basis, this makes me happy and makes the Stars fun to watch. Tonight is different, though. Tonight, they play my team and I need them to not be so good.

So tonight I am managing my expectations. I expect my Habs will lose and will therefore be less disappointed when they do. On the off chance they win, there will be much celebrating, even if everyone I watch it with is sad.

Go Habs Go!