Blog Move

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I apologize for the EXTREME length of time that I have been absent from the Blog World, but if you happen to stumble upon this, please check out my new blog!

http://www.diybob.blogspot.com

New year, new me, new blog. :-)

Thanks!

Alyssa

What is WRONG with me?!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I can barely get ONE post in every week lately! I need to stop this procrastinating. I'm getting stressed out, with Christmas coming up, and graduation last weekend (I'll post some pics later on today), plus working full time at preschool now. By the time I get home from work, I am literally just exhausted. Physically and mentally. My workout schedule has dwindled horribly. I get home from work, lay down on the couch, and SLEEP. I've been going to bed around 7 o'clock, it's horrible!

And today I woke up at 3am with the stomach flu (YUCK). But, at least I get an unplanned day off of work. However, I will be missing our staff Christmas party, which I made delicious turkey meatballs and Club Cracker Bars for. I guess Kris and I will have to eat them ALL. :-(

I'm going to quickly give you my eats from yesterday, just as a recap.

Breakfast
An omelet made with Egg Beaters, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and feta cheese.


Lunch
Tofu Shirataki Noodles with tomato sauce and steamed spinach and mushrooms on the side.


Snack
String Cheese!




Dinner
A 6-inch Subway Sub: Turkey with spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and peppers, with Sweet Onion sauce.


Luckily, when I'm getting stressed/depressed, I have my kitties. Here's another hilarious video for you guys! They are so darn cute!

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Oh What a Day...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ok, not the best Hump Day ever. Work was stressful. Problem Child has turned into Demon Child. I know it sounds crazy, but I honestly think this kid is possessed. He's not the normal, temper-tantrum-throwing, "I'm-the-only-one-who-matters-in-this-world" 5-year old. People do exist inside his bubble, and he's out to get them. Once again, it sounds crazy. I wish I could honestly show you what it's like. I got off work, got in my car and cried the whole way home. I was finally able to let out all the anger and stress I've been holding in all day. It felt good.

Ok, enough negativity. GOOD EATS today.

Breakfast
Egg Beater Omelet with grape tomatoes, onions, turkey and mozzarrella.



Pippi tried to get some of it.


Lunch
"Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo" made with fettucine-shaped Tofu Shirataki noodles, 1/4 cup alfredo sauce, shrimp, okra, turkey bacon, tomatoes and parsley. YUM.





I also had a pear with my lunch (not pictured).

Dinner
Turkey Club Bagel Sammie




Veggies & Hummus on the side. Good and FILLING.





Ok I am tirrrrrrred. I'm going to sleep. Just like these guys!


Lean but Not-So Cuisine

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I was running late this morning, due to the fact that I needed to get on the road super early in order to make it to work on time with the horrible road conditions. I was pretty irritated that I had to go in at all. The elementary & high school was delayed two hours because of the snow, but the preschool wasn't! Ugh.

So breakfast was grab 'n go: A Kashi Trail Mix granola bar and a banana.



This was a big deal for me, since I hate bananas. Don't get me wrong, I love the flavor of them, so I can eat them in things. But the texture of them makes me gag. Can't help it.

I didn't have time to make lunch to bring with me either, and I wasn't able to do it last night because I fell asleep reaaaaaaallllllllllly early. So I grabbed a Lean Cuisine from the freezer. I'd picked up a couple of them several months ago for "just-in-case" days like today.



It was chicken in garlic sauce, with creamy parmesan spinach.



It honestly didn't taste too bad, but it was TEENY TINY. I was quite hungry afterward. I also had a tangerine with it.



When I got home from work (and running to the Dollar Store for a few things), I made supper right away. Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry.




It was really spicy, and my mouth is still on fire! But it was delicious. Ok I'm going to relax and watch Cold Case reruns on TNT. Good night everyone!

Feeling good on a Monday

Monday, December 8, 2008

It is very abnormal for me to wake up in a good mood on a Monday! I think it was partly because I'm no longer working at my on-campus IT job (I'm now a full time assistant preschool teacher) and partly because of my adorable kitties who slept with us all night and woke me up at 5 am with kisses! I just can't get enough of them!!

As I mentioned before, our grocery stock is running verrrrry low, so breakfast was kind of a strange concoction: A piece of 12 grain toast with cinnamon & raisin peanut butter, blueberry preserves and dried cranberries.

It was really very good and kept me full for a long time!

I've never worked at the preschool on a Monday, so I was a little nervous- I didn't know if the kids would either be tired from a weekend of fun or hyper from a weekend of little to no activity. Turns out they were.... normal. Some hyper, somem tired. However, the impending snow storm definitely had them excited (I'll admit, I was excitable myself).

Lunch was one of my delicious salad creations made with random things found in the fridge. The last of my romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, imitation crab meat, onions, artichoke hearts, feta cheese and a crumbled wasa fiber cracker for crunch. Dressing was a drizzle of greek vinaigrette.

I also ate an orange, left over from the kids' lunch. (Not pictured).

After work I ran some errands, played with the kitties and CLEANED. I have some friends staying with me us this weekend (graduation party!) and I wanted to get a head start on the dusting/vacuuming, etc. It looks awesome in here now.

Well, I think I will surf the net for a while before Gossip Girl starts. That is, if Pippi lets me. She sometimes makes it hard...

Lunch & More Kitties

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I've never really had pets before. Growing up, we had a cat for a short time but my dad made us get rid of it (he wasn't fond of cats). Then we got three dogs, Nelson, Winnie & Abby, but they are outside hunting dogs (and SMELLY). I never fancied myself an animal lover.

Until now. :-)


Our groceries are pretty low right now, but we're trying to use up as much as we've got. I decided on some Garden Broccoli soup. It tasted like cream of broccoli soup, but it's much better for you!! The entire box (which makes a HUGE bowl) is only approx. 160 calories but packs a whole 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber! Love it.


On the side I had a piece of whole grain bread, toasted and spread with Brummel & Brown. I also had some small pieces of venison summer sausage. (That's deer meat, for all you southerners.)



Kris and I went to church at 4. I must admit though, the entire time we were there I sat imagining my wedding. The church is so beautiful, I can't wait to get married there!

I will leave you with a video of the kitties playing in our guest room (which they have completely taken over as their domain!). Have a great night guys!


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I'm baaaaack!

I took a little vacation guys. With the end of the semester closing in (I graduate next Saturday!!!), job searching, Thanksgiving, working, babysitting.... I needed one less thing to do for a week!

But now I'm back and ready to blog! And I have some very exciting news.

WE HAVE KITTIES!!!!!


Kris and I adopted two adorable little orange kitties, which we named Cheeto (male) and Pippi (female). They are brother and sister and were rescued October 9, 2008 in Blue Earth, MN. Each of them weighed 2 7/8 pounds and were estimated to be six weeks old. They were very sick for a while and spent 3 days in the pet hospital. They both rebounded wonderfully, right around Thanksgiving time. They are now healthy, loving and active kittens!



And we love them. They are so much fun to watch, Kris and I barely pay attention to the television anymore!

This morning I had a delicious breakfast: an Egg Beater omelet with pepper turkey, broccoli and asiago & mozzarella cheese.


I had a cup of Starbucks brand Christmas coffee with it.


Today my plan is to hang out with my kitties, watch a Christmas movie, go to church, and be sober driver for Kris and his friends. Tomorrow I babysit my boys all day, it should be fun! I love being with kids around Christmas time, they make it so much more fun!

I'm going to leave you with a few pics of Thanksgiving eats. My mom's pumpkin cranberry stuffing, fresh baked rolls and pumpkin pie. YUM.





I hope everyone is having a good Saturday!

And the answer is....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

DRESS NUMBER 3!!!!


Congratulations to those of you who got it, I was surprised by how many of you did!! Obviously, this one that I'm wearing in the pictures isn't fit to my size (hence, the clothespins), but trust me, it's a beautiful dress in person!

And, if any of you were wondering, my fiance Kris does not read my blog. He knows that I have it (and he thinks its great!) but since he's with me for the majority of my meals, he doesn't read it. And I told him that I posted a picture of my dress on here, so he knows to stay away!

Ok, on to my eats!

Breakfast
A peanut butter cookie Luna Bar. I dilly-dallied all morning so breakfast had to be something quick!


Lunch
A turkey, hummus, sprouts and cheese sammie! Simple, but wonderful! I also had an apple and some carrot sticks.



Dinner:
A HUUUUUUUUGE greek chicken salad! Spinach, leftover chicken, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and greek dressing. SO good. I also had a glass of shiraz.



Alright... not sure what I'm doing for Thanksgiving Eve. A friend of mine is trying to convince me to go to the VFW in my hometown (about 20 minutes away from here) for a drink. I'm trying to convince another friend to come with me, since I don't want to go alone! Haha, I am a baby! We'll see what happens.

Last but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to my awesome/wonderful/beautiful friend and bridesmaid, Britt, for this very thoughtful Wedding Survival Kit she gave me the other day.



It included: Mini chocolate candy bars, starbursts, a massage thingamabobber, FOUR LARABARS!!, two aromatheraphy bath salts, a bunch of relaxation masks, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Weddings (I've already read half of it, LOVE IT!), a stress ball, and, of course, WINE. :-) LOVE YOU BRITT!

I am soooooooooo excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow. For the past two years, Kris and I have traveled to Chicago for his family's Thanksgiving. This year, we opted out and are spending it with my family! Tomorrow is hosted by my paternal grandmother, and we get another Thanksgiving on Saturday, hosted by my mom! TWO Thanksgiving. Awesome. Where are all of you going??!

Guess the Dress!

Last weekend (and Monday) was spent searching for the perfect wedding dress. It was not as easy as I expected it to be! I was very nervous, since so many people told me "You just know it's the right one when you try it on."

NEVER SAY THIS TO SOME ONE WHO HASN'T BOUGHT THEIR DRESS YET!!! I was freaked out, thinking, what if I don't feel that way?! I tried on so many beautiful dresses, which I could easily see myself wearing. But I never felt what everybody kept telling me I'd feel. I thought there was something wrong with me!

But then, of course, I did find the right dress. And I now know that it is true what everybody tells you: you just know! I'm glad the stress is over and that I now have the perfect dress.

But I'm going to let you guess which one it is!! These were my three favorites that I tried on. One of them is "The One." Leave your guess in the comments!!

1. Dress 1: David's Bridal


2. Dress 2: Jessica McClintock



3. Dress 3: Mori Lee

I'll post later with eats and the answer!

Quick Weekend Recap

Monday, November 24, 2008

I've been really busy this weekend, so I haven't had much time for blogging! I'm just going to do a quick "list" recap for you all. I'll get back to my normal blogging schedule tonight.

Friday

Breakfast:
"Topical Oats"- oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup, topped with vanilla yogurt, kiwi, pinapple, coconut and almond slices. YUM.




Lunch:
Lettuce wraps and fruit salad- big romaine lettuce leaves filled with chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and hummus. The fruit salad with a mixture of pineapple, black and red grapes.




Dinner: (No pic)
Stacia came down and we ordered pizza from Dominoes and played the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire boardgame. I had one slice of pepperoni and one slice of mushroom & green pepper.


Saturday
Breakfast:
An "on-the-go" breakfast of leftover mushroom and green pepper pizza. I also had some grapes (not pictured).

Lunch: (No pic)
My mom, my brother's girlfriend and I had gone wedding dress shopping and stopped at Ruby Tuesday's afterward. I had my usual lunch special- Turkey Minis with fries and the salad bar. MMM, MMM GOOD.

Dinner:
Since lunch was big, I wasn't real hungry for dinner. I ended up just making a bagel, topped with hummus, tomato slices and cheese, which I broiled in the toaster oven. Perfect light dinner.

Sunday

Breakfast:
Egg white omelet with imitation crab meat, artichoke hearts and asiago cheese.


Lunch:
I was pretty lazy yesterday, so I decided for lunch I would make a Lean Cuisine Panini that I'd bought the other day. I had the chicken, mushroom and spinach one. My review: very good! It truly is amazing how crispy the bread gets just from cooking it in the microwave. This is a good meal for busy days.



On the side I had a small ceasar salad made with some low-calorie ceasar dressing I'd picked up after church in the dollar section of our grocery store. Very yummy! I love ceasar salads.


Dinner:
After church I had put a whole bone-in chicken in the crockpot. The chicken was one of my parents' (they used to raise a few as a hobby). I just added garlic sea salt and black pepper, and turned the crock pot on low, and cooked for 7 hours. Perfect, fall-off-the-bone chicken.

I had a leg (I love dark meat, I can't help it) and some steamed asparagus, while reading a bridal magazine.


Ok, today's eats and wedding details to come later! Have a good Monday everyone!

More and MORE pumpkin recipes!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ok, I know I'm going kind of pumpkin crazy... but I can't help it! How have I never realized the fact that pumpkin literally makes everything better?! Hmm...

Ok, so I really wanted the same breakfast as yesterday (my chicken sausage egg white omelet) but I thought that would be kind of boring. Soooo I mixed it up with a Pumpkin Egg White Omelet.




I wisked together a half a cup of egg whites w/ a tablespoon of pumpkin puree. The omelet's filling consisted of honey roasted turkey, sauteed mushrooms and provolone cheese. The sublte sweetness of the pumpkin egg whites and the honey turkey, combined with the savory mushrooms and cheese was seriously AWESOME.

When I got to work today I realized that I had completely forgotten about our field trip to Cub Foods, to learn about where our moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas buy everything to get ready for Thanksgiving. It would have been such a fun trip if our kids hadn't been absolutely HORRIBLE. I was so embarassed. Thank God the store was pretty empty of shoppers and that I didn't know anyone there! The manager had set up and awesome tour, a bunch of demonstrations and even treat bags for the kids and they were absolutely out of control. Not listening, running all over the place, touching things, knocking things over. We had 27 kids and 7 adults. Should have been easy. It wasn't.

Once again, lunch break could not have come soon enough. However, when it finally DID come, I realized I'd made a mistake packing my lunch this morning! I'd brought a bunch of fresh veggies and some leftover canned chicken breast in a Ziploc Steam Bag, which was I was going to steam and then pour on a delicious Sweet Pepper and Honey Mustard dressing I'd prepared. But I forgot the dressing! So it was just plain old steamed veggies and canned chicken. BOR-ING.


I have to give it some credit though, since it kept me full until 7 pm!
I also had a Honey Crisp Apple and a Cherry Coke Zero.




After work I headed back to Cub Foods for some much-need grocery shopping. I was there for over an hour, trying to figure out what we really needed, what we could afford, what was a better deal, etc. I ended up buying a TON of groceries for a pretty low amount of money. Cub Foods might be nearing the top of my Favorite Grocery Stores list. Their stores have really changed in the past year or so. It used to remind me of a Sam's Club (or Costco) but now it's really nice inside and has a HUGE produce and organic section.


My Groceries:

From left to right: black grapes, Honey Crisp apples, Peanut Butter Company Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter, Mild Kimchi, Spinach, Reduced Fat French Onion Wheat Things, Kahiki Chicken Egg Rolls, a Lean Cuisine Panini (I've been meaning to try one!), maple syrup, canned artichoke hearts, Hunt's fire-roasted diced tomatoes, Chicken Broth, Miracle Whip Free, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, V8 Soups (Sweet Red Pepper and Creamy Broccoli), Wasa Fiber Crackers, Athenos Crumbled Feta Cheese, Brummel and Brown, Turkey Bacon, Sargento Bistro shredded cheese, Crystal Farms string cheese, romano tomatoes, Sabra hummus with pine nuts, Tofu Shiratki noodles, mushrooms, kiwi, imitation crab legs, green pepper, sweet yellow onion and frozen cooked shrimp!

Woah. Now that's alot of food.

Dinner

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Buttermilk Soup


Does anybody else watch the Food Network religiously? I don't quite as much as I used to (I just don't have time anymore!) but I looooooooooove Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee. I played on her ideas here a bit and made my own Semi-Homemade Soup.

1 can chicken broth
1 can Progresso Light Chicken & Noodle Soup
2 cups pumpkin puree
2 1/2 cups lowfat buttermilk
1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Shredded asiago cheese (optional)

1. In a Dutch oven on medium, whisk together chicken brother, Progresso soup, pumpkin, buttermilk, salt and pepper.
2. Bring to boil; boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add beans and mushrooms.
4. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20-30 minutes, until mushrooms are tender.
5. Top soup with a little asiago cheese and freshly ground pepper.
6. SERVE! :-)

This soup was honestly sooooo good. The cheese really does add something, I would reccommend it! I had two bowls of this for supper and I am very satisfied.

For dessert, I had a glass of Yellowtail pinot noir (my Thursday night 'cocktail'):


AND.... a double-stuffed oreo with a little bit of cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter on top. OH MY GOD this was amazing. You all need to run out and buy both of these things. Or, maybe you shouldn't, you'll never stop eating them! So good, seriously.

Okaaaaaaaay Grey's Anatomy is over and I'm pretty tired. I just probably go to bed! Good night everybody! TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!! :-)