A Sundae Ending

Do you ever have those days where you cross a lot of stuff off your to-do list, but you keep adding new stuff?

I got a lot of things done today, but I think I added more to the list than I actually finished!

Most of the items on the list are easy to do – I just need to do them. That’s the hard part ;)

While working away this afternoon, I made a big yogurt bowl to use up that yogurt + fruit.

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I had about a half cup of greek yogurt, one chopped nectarine, and 2 small vegan cookie bars I took out of the freezer.

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The bars were awesome out of the freezer! I took them out of the foil, put them on a plate and heated them up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Perfect!

And finally – the work day was over! I worked on organizing our pile o’stuff that is downstairs waiting to be packed, switched a load of laundry, and played with Maggie until Nick got home.

Then – dinner.

I think I’ve reached a new level on my Mexi-grains!

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I’m not exactly sure how I ended up with this meal.

The plan was to make this Bacony Barley dish with beans instead of shrimp.

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But once I started cooking, I realized I forgot to use the bacon in the beginning so I just threw together a bunch of stuff from the fridge – and it worked!

I browned some Laura’s Lean Ground beef with garlic, salt, smoked paprika, and ancho chile powder and then took that out of the pan. To the same pan, I added 3/4 cup Israeli couscous and 1/2 cup quick cooking barley along with about 1.5 cups of water.

Once the water came to a boil, I let the grains simmer while I chopped some lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, corn, and avocado.

When the couscous and barley was cooked, I added in the corn from 3 cobs, 1 can of drained/rinsed pinto beans, the ground beef, scallions, cilantro, and some halved tomatoes.

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Served over green leaf lettuce.

I have had a lot of greens today! We have more in the fridge than I realized, so I’ll be having a salad with almost every meal until we leave.

As soon as we were done eating, we took Maggie to the park to run.

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After about 30 minutes of walking around with her, throwing her Kong, and having to find it ourselves a few times, we came home and made dessert!

I whipped up a milkshake for Nick in the HealthMaster and made myself an awesome ice cream sundae.

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3 little scoops of coconut milk ice cream with some Ah!laska chocolate syrup, a few dark chocolate chunks, and some almonds.

Almond Joy in a bowl.

I’m finishing this and getting back to my list:

  • fold laundry
  • pack my lunch / snacks
  • prep breakfast

Night!

3 comments

  1. OMG, that picture of Maggie running through the park is darling!! She looks so happy! :)

    I just had a bowl of ice cream myself…..great ending to my day.

  2. so del coconut milk ice cream is one of the most fabulous dessert treats ever, hands down! yum :)

  3. Almond Joy candybars are my favorite for sure–good idea! :-)

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