Double the Pasta

We are here, safe and sound.

We made pretty good time today and really didn’t run into much traffic, thank goodness. I never know how the roads are going to be right before a holiday, but it wasn’t too bad.

Lunch today was good!

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We had some pasta leftovers and some broccoli, and I didn’t want to just throw it away before we left. I just mixed it together, heated it up for a few minutes in the microwave, closed the container, put it in an insulated lunchbox, and put that inside a cooler!

It actually worked really well! We left around 11 this morning and when I ate this around 12:30, it was still warm.

The trip was pretty normal: lots of driving, lots of good music.

When we stopped to get Nick some lunch around 2:30, I had a banana and an then an Odwalla bar to hold me over until we got to the house.

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We got to my parents’ house around 4:30, sorted through some old stuff in the attic (fun!) and helped get dinner ready.

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My mom made this rotini dish that was awesome! It had whole wheat pasta, peppers, onions, mushrooms, lean ground beef, tomatoes…it was good. We also had some salad + bread on the side.

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We just got back from church with my grandmother, and now we’re sitting in the den, watching some Food Network  :)  There’s nothing like being at home!

 

I think we’re going to go through a bunch of my stuff in the attic while we’re here –I may have some funny pictures later!

 

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Road Fuel

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving Eve :)

Yesterday afternoon was pretty busy at work, so I finished things up as fast as I could while I snacked on some Oikos, pom arils, and dark chocolate chips.

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Last night, we ended up going out with a few friends to play pool, have some snacks + drinks, and listen to the Hokie radio show – it was so much fun! We got home around 10 (which is late for me!) and Nick and I went right to sleep.

At least we didn’t have to wake up to an alarm clock today! We’ve been having a nice morning at home.

We just moved my dresser back upstairs and I’m about to start packing so we can leave the house in an hour or two.

I didn’t have any pumpkin left for oatmeal, so I had eggs!

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I took 2 slices of Nature’s Pride Whole Wheat bread, cut holes in them with a biscuit cutter and then cooked them, one at a time, with an egg cracked in the middle.

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We had some pineapple that needed to be eaten, so we both had some of it with our breakfasts today.

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And I also had a mini nutella sandwich with my bread rounds :)

Plus coffee!

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I’ve still got to pack my entire bag, but once that’s done, we’re ready to hit the road!

 

See ya when we get there!

 

Reduce and Reuse

Happy fake Friday to me! I’m so happy today is my last day this week…I’m ready for days full of laughter, food, and family.

I had to put together some random stuff for lunch today – I did not pack anything last night and didn’t have much to choose from this morning, so I just grabbed what I could and hoped it would taste good!

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Salad with:

  • Romaine
  • Broccoli
  • Leftover roasted acorn squash + eggplant
  • Leftover roasted sweet potato
  • Spicy hummus

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Plus an apple!

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Not the best planned lunch ever, but I didn’t want to waste any of this food.

I’m going to have a busy afternoon, finishing up things before heading out of town for a few days, but I did want to share this awesome promotion from Stonyfield Farm.

We are now rewarding our consumers for buying our yogurt in quarts with a free reusable yogurt cup!

“When consumers buy our quarts instead of single-serving cups, they pay less for their yogurt, but we know that a quart is not as convenient as single-serving cups for on the go consumption,” says our President and CE-Yo Gary HIrshberg. “The reusable yogurt cup gives our quart buyers the convenience of the Stonyfield 6 oz cups by providing a way to create easily transportable single servings for anywhere, anytime.”

Yogurt lovers just have to buy four Stonyfield yogurt quarts through December, and mail in the foil lids (describing this offer), and they’ll receive the reusable, eight-ounce yogurt cup made by Preserve®. Made from 100% recycled plastic, the cup is perfect for yogurt-lovers on the go, the ideal size for breakfast or a snack, with room to stir in fruit or granola. It’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free with a screw-on lid – and it’s made in the US.

Consumers will also get $4.50 worth of Stonyfield and Preserve coupons along with the cup.

Our recycling partner since 2000, Preserve uses innovative methods to turn used materials (including used Stonyfield yogurt cups) into stylish, useful household products like toothbrushes, colanders, cutting boards and tableware. Preserve products are 100% recycled and recyclable too.

Consumers can mail clean foil lids, with name, address and phone number on an index card or 4” x 6” sheet of paper by February 28, 2010 to:

Stonyfield Farm

Reusable Cup Offer

PO Box 4840

Manchester, NH 03108-4840

Cups will be shipped starting in January, 2010 with delivery in 10 to 12 weeks. This offer is good only in the US, while cup supplies last, and is limited to one cup per household (to better spread the love around).

Who doesn’t need a cup to carry yogurt in? I know I do. I would much rather buy the bigger tubs of yogurt so I don’t waste so much material, but some containers just don’t work well for yogurt.

 

What’s your favorite yogurt? Do you like flavored or plain?

Upside Down

So far, everything about today is the opposite of yesterday!

  • I got up on time
  • Roxy was not inside this morning
  • It’s not raining!
  • I didn’t have any fun dreams last night :(

Of course, I get up on time on my last day of work this week  ;) At least it happened and I wasn’t rushing this morning – I didn’t pack my lunch last night, so that gave me enough time to find something to take to work.

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I also made a bowl of oatmeal that I haven’t had in a while.

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Pineapple Upside Down Oats

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Any other time I made this, I used canned pineapple and it was good. But fresh pineapple in this was amazing!

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • cinnamon!
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

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I normally don’t add any sweeteners to my oatmeal, but the brown sugar in this bowl is so good. When you sprinkle it on top of the hot oatmeal, it melts into this brown sugary syrup (you can see it on the pineapple, too!).

I also bought new cinnamon this weekend.

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I normally just buy the store brand of cinnamon, which is between .50 and $1. But I tried this Saigon Cinnamon at a friend’s house a few weekends ago, and it was the best cinnamon I’d ever tasted.

I can’t really explain what the difference is…this one smells like cinnamon, but it also smells a little sweet + hot almost?

This cinnamon is definitely more expensive than the store brand, but it’s so, so good. I think it’s worth it.

 

Are there certain food items you splurge on?