2 Layers Are Better Than 1

Happy Thursday! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday – because of that telework on Monday, my week has been so off! I kept thinking that today was Wednesday at work, but tonight feels more like a Friday night. I’m so confused. At least I know tomorrow is jean day! Is it sad that I get that excited about being able to wear jeans to work? I don’t think so.

I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Honduras recap posts. I’m having tons of fun going through all the pictures again, but I have so many! It’s so hard to pick the ones to post when you have almost 600 pictures to choose from.

This morning, we had a conflict resolution/harassment workshop to attend, which was actually pretty good. It was only about 2 hours long and the case studies we talked about were interesting – I just didn’t think some of the things could be (or would be) considered harrassment, but it’s nice to know what options are in place for the employees here.

Lunch was a HUGE salad!

salad

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • bean/pepper/onion/corn salad
  • beer butt chicken
  • peach salsa
  • avocado dressing (mix of avocado, lemon juice, salt, garlic just blended up until creamy)

and some of these new snacks!

somersaults

I got these free samples of Somersaults Snacks last week and tried the S.S.Sea Salt flavor today (love that name).

somersaults

I liked these – they reminded me of those sesame breadsticks you could always get at salads bars. Remember those?

I have one other flavor to try and I’m excited to open them up. I loved the salty flavor and crunch of these snacks – they went really well with my salad.

If you want to try Somersaults, you can request a sample here! And you should – they’re good  :)

We ate lunch pretty quickly so we could go walk around Books a Million at lunch. I love just walking around bookstores and looking through all the books and magazines I want. I don’t buy books very often  – our bookshelves are pretty full already – but I like seeing what’s new and looking through tons of cookbooks, obviously.

I think Nick and are both on the mend in regards to strange stomach stuff – it’s still been rumbly a bit in the morning and in the afternoon (I guess when the meds are kind of wearing off), but nothing like it was a few days ago. I’m hoping tomorrow is the last weird day and that we’ll be totally back to normal by the weekend! We should have some fun plans, so I just want to feel good.

While working this afternoon, I had one of my favorite snacks:

yogbar

It’s been a very long time since I’ve had Fage. Since Oikos has been on sale some lately and I’ve had coupons, I just haven’t bought Fage because it’s more expensive and NEVER on sale. Until this past weekend. And since it was, I got Nick a few of the ones with the fruit and honey and got me one plain one.

I topped it with a Kashi Blackberry Graham cereal bar – so good. This was the perfect way to use this bar. It was already kind of broken up in the package since it was one that traveled with us to Honduras, so I just broke it up into smaller pieces and didn’t have to worry about making a mess trying to eat it like normal. Great combo!

I actually have a bunch of random stuff to work on tonight so I’m glad dinner was quick + easy. Since we went out last night, I just cooked more pasta, heated up the leftover turkey/portobello sauce, and roasted some broccoli for us.

pastabowl

I love making pasta bowls! I can get in there and make a mess and have all the flavors at once.

pastabowl

In this bowl, I layered:

  • roasted broccoli
  • whole wheat pasta
  • turkey/portobello/garden fresh tomato sauce
  • 2 slices of garlic  bread

I loved the bites with sauce + pasta + broccoli. Roasted veggies have such great flavor.

And can I just spend a minute on these beauties?

cookiebrown

My baking project last night was making Nicole’s recipe for Chocoloate Chip Cookie Topped Brownies, and I’m ridiculously happy I made them.

cookiebrownie

Um, these are amazing! And healthy! And vegan to boot! Of course, I guess mine aren’t since I used regular chocolate chips, but both layers of this dessert are awesome.

cookiebrownie

cookie on top –

cookiebrownie

brownie on the bottom.

All good.

I’m about to eat this, pack lunch and get to reading some books  :)

Are  there stores you like going in just to look around?

I love “window” shopping! And real shopping ,when I have $ to spend.

19 comments

  1. I am so in love with the cookie topped brownies. SO GOOD!! I like to look around stores like Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to see all the pretty things. I like looking around in Target, but there is NO WAY I can leave without dropping some dollas.

  2. I love spending hours in bookstores too!! I can also spend days in health food stores. OMG Those brownies look amazing!! I need to make some!!

    Glad your tum is starting to feel better! :-)

  3. Haha, same here! I used to spend the entire day in Borders…the staff always recognized me! I also love to walk around Williams-Sonoma, and Whole Foods.

  4. Your eats look delicious! That bar in the greek yogurt looks especially yummy, and I LOVE the cookie brownies! They look divine :D

  5. Nice cookie/brownie poorn! :)

    I could spend hours browsing in bookstores, grocery stores, and cooking stores. And I have.

  6. Just ordered a sample and excited to try! Are they really crunchy? They looked like salty clusters from the pic lol. MMMM! But for sure I have to try that avocado dressing!

  7. Holy yum. EVERY thing looks good! I must try those cookies. Must.

    And it is very exciting to get to wear jeans to work! Last January, my company went “casual” so now I can wear jeans every day. It’s awesome! I do dress up every now and then, though.

  8. Cookies, brownies and vegan!? I must try these :-)

  9. Your desserts keep getting better and better! WOW! I wanted to reach into the computer and grab one of those. Thanks for giving us that link to sample the Somersaults – you read my mind!

  10. No, it’s not sad that you get excited to wear jeans to work on Fri…I would be SO Excited. What do you do? I have to wear a suit everyday for my work, so that kind of sucks.

    Your cake/brownie looking thing looks so good I want to grab it off the screen. Seriously, it looks AMAZING. I would love to make something like that but I don’t think I’d have any self control around it!

  11. omg … those look so good … omg
    -muffy

  12. Um, I can’t even believe how amazing those cookie-brownies look! aaah!

    And thanks for the tip on the Somersault :)

  13. Thanks for the tip about the somersaults!

    That cookie brownie looks fantastic!!

  14. mmm those cookie topped brownies look so good. So does your Fage mixture. Fage I think makes the best greek yogurt by far, but I am a fan of the 2%. It’s wayyyy super creamy and heavenly.
    My fav store to go look in and wander is definitely William & Sonoma! Those cookbooks and all those awesome baking and specialty food items! MMMM

  15. Yum! I agree 2 layers are MUCH better than one, but also much more dangerous ;-)

  16. Ah! Those brownies look so good!

  17. Oh my gosh I’m drooling over those brownies!
    And your pasta bowl definitely looks great too, I love doing those too.
    My favorite store to look around in is Target, but unfortunately I usually buy a lot too.

  18. That cookie brownie thing looks sooo good! I wish I had a piece to eat right now.

    I love looking around bookstores (especially the cookbook section) and stores like Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.

  19. I am so making Nicole’s recipe for Bobby this weekend. Chocolate chip cookies and brownies are his favorite…and his mom always makes the best. What if I combined them…do I win? ;)

    The somersault snacks sound great! I love your salad dressing with avocado, too. That’s such a great idea!

    Have a fabulous weekend. I’ve been looking through all the pictures from your trip and it just looks like such a worthwhile and fulfilling experience – I’m very happy for you!

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