Monthly Archives: March 2011

Things I love Thursday

The weather around here has been terrible today; like tornadoes, flooding, and apocalyptic rain terrible. But it seems to be slowly coming to a stop, it’s almost Friday,  and I have lots of pretty things to share with you this week. So here we go:
I love this! It’s so freaking cute. I found it while poking around on Etsy. I’m not actually sure it would be useful for me; I’m not someone who will continually remember to re-fill-out the calendar every month, but I still think it’s super adorable. And if you are that organized more power to you.

To continue with our chalkboard theme; I found these crazy cute garden signs at Crate and Barrel. It I ever have an herb garden, I will totally have these.
Source (Anthropologie=Love)
I love this egg plate. I do not love deviled eggs. The plate reminds me of these old Christmas ornaments we made out of hollowed out egg shells like a hundred years ago. That really makes me smile.
 I’m longing for long sunny summer days. And margaritas. That’s all. 

Couch to 5K and Miles for Moffitt


I have a lot of news you guys. First, I signed up for my first 5k. That’s right the person who always says why would I pay to run and I don’t run, race-walk, jog, etc; I’m participating in Miles for Moffitt. It’s actually a whole series of races, most of which are on May 14. So 3.1 miles…in approximately seven weeks, what the heck did I get myself into.
To get myself ready I’m going to do the Couch to 5K (c25k) program. It’s an interval training program designed to get lazy-asses like me ready to run a 5k in nine weeks. Yes, nine not seven. So I’m already behind. So clearly I need to get my rear in motion. I went to FitNiche after work today to get running shoes. They were super nice; they measured my gait, checked my balance, and how I distribute the pressure in my feet from front to back, then the guy found me a pair of shoes that’s supposed to help correct all my wonky feet/ankle problems.
I downloaded the C25K app to my phone; which was the best thing ever, seriously if you try this program spend the three bucks and download the darn app…it made it so much more bearable. Somehow reading about this week’s workouts I thought it would be easy or at least that I would be easing into this whole running thing. But no, halfway through I seriously thought I was going to die (and I damn near fell of the treadmill…I effing hate treadmills). But I made it through and I’ll do it again tomorrow and if all else fails in seven weeks I will be running for sixty seconds and walking for ninety seconds until I finish 3.1 miles.

Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day


Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 236.8
Weight This Week: 233.4
Change this week: -3.4

I was so anxious about weigh-in all day today. I’d had  three consecutive weeks of gain before this and then I missed my meeting last week. I really worked hard to stay on plan this week. I’m happy about the loss and happy to finally feel back on track.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

I love falling asleep when it’s raining outside. Seriously. It’s like one of my top ten favorite times to sleep. And yes I do have more than ten favorite times to sleep. Oh hush! Anyway, since I was totally lame yesterday and fell asleep early…because of the rain; I’ll post twice today. This is the post I actually meant to share with ya’ll yesterday.
I totally had a moment of nostalgia the other day. One of the local radio stations does “Throwback Sundays” or “Sunday Rewind” I can never remember what they call it, but they play old music from thee early eighties through the mid-2000s. Though I’m not sure “Yeah” by Usher is exactly a throwback…I’m pretty sure I was in college when that was popular. Anyway, last weekend I was running around doing errands listening to the old-school music and they up an played “Tearin’ up My Heart” by *Nsync. I was such a huge *Nsync fan when I was a tweenager. I actually went to see them in concert with one of my really good friends from middle school. My Dad took us and he was such a good sport about the whole thing. Thinking about that brought up a lot of really fun middle school memories and made me super excited to cook this recipe.
I don’t actually remember eating Sloppy Joes in middle school, but eating them now is another thing that reminds me of that time in my life. This is a dressed-up vegetarian version I got from the interwebs.
A few Notes on the Recipe:
* I used pre-chopped onions and peppers; because I am lazy and I hate prep-work
* I ended up added about an additional ½ cup of prepared tomato sauce from a jar I had in my refrigerator and some extra tomato paste, this was to make the Sloppy Joe mixture the consistency I wanted.
* I skipped the yellow mustard and substituted approximately 1 teaspoon of ground mustard (see this post about my dislike of mustard).
* I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (Light) because it has significantly less WW points than olive oil. If this does not matter to you use, olive oil.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
I found this recipe at Post Punk Kitchen. They’re awesome go check them out!
1 cup uncooked green lentils
4 cups water
1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (Light)
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard (or if you’re me 1 teaspoon ground mustard)
Put the lentils in a pot with the water. Cover and bring to a boil; once boiling, lower heat and simmer until lentils are soft. Approximately 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion and pepper in the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter until softened and lightly brown; approximately 9 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté a minute more. 
Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and ground mustard and heat through.
Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait.
Serves: 4 (6 WW Points) – 6 (4 WW points)
Y’all these were so good; spicy and sweet and just sloppy enough. BFFMandy and I ate them with roasted Butternut Squash “french fries” and roasted brussel sprouts, it was a pretty awesome dinner.


Lulled to Sleep


I had every intention of sharing vegetarian sloppy joes. I was going to talk about nostalgia and foods from when I was a kid. But I’ve been lulled to sleep by a yummy dinner and the monsoon outside; I will start earlier tomorrow and work on staying awake.

Weekend Wrap-up: March 26 & 27


This was a good weekend. I mean all weekends are good, but this one seems like it was one of those really good weekends. I feel like it was both relaxing and productive. I ran a ton of errands, visited with family, had a super fun family dinner at Buca di Beppo, cooked lots of yummy food, and spent some time just relaxing and recharging.

To Sleep, To Dream


I have been having crazy ass weird dreams y’all. I don’t usually even remember in the morning, but I know that for the last week or so I’ve been waking up early in the morning (around 3am) feeling out-of-sorts or nervous or scared or just totally weirded out. Hopefully the crazy dreams will stop soon…

Romantic Comedies


Pretty Woman is on TV tonight. I always forget how much I enjoy this movie; it’s funny, intelligent, and romantic and all sorts of dated. Plus Richard Gere and Julia Roberts just sort of sparkle together. When you go back an watch this, it’s really hard to think of romantic comedy that’s this good.

Out and About


Had a night out with the folks from work tonight. We were celebrating the upcoming wedding of one of my work-friends and her fiance. We had dinner at Acropolis (Greek food and always super good) then drinks at Dunderbaks, a German beer haus. Good Times.



Had a yummy dinner with the girls tonight. We went to The Lime in South Tampa.

The food was pretty good; I had the “Tampanian” a rice bowl with mojo pork, black beans, and plantain chips (Just a tip, get the bowl without the dressing, I ordered mine on the side for health reasons and I’m definitely glad I did). Definitely go here.