New Nuggets

Most of my list is done for today!

  • Groceries
  • Blogger-related errand
  • Christmas gift errand
  • Potluck tonight
  • Laundry – in the works!

I got all the groceries bought and put away, found a few Christmas gifts I needed (with coupons!), and completed my fun blogger errand today  :)

After singing along to a lot of Christmas music in the car…I got home around 1:45, and Nick and I were both ready for lunch.

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I had a coupon for an Applegate Farms product, so I bought these chicken nuggets for us to try for lunch today.

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They were great! They only took about 10 minutes to crisp up and they just tasted like really good chicken nuggets.

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Nick mixed up some honey mustard for us, and we each had a salad and some bbq popchips!

Yup, I finally found Popchips, too. I had some coupons to get a free bag of them, but couldn’t find them anywhere. Finally, I found a few flavors at Target last week. The bbq ones are so tasty – kind of a sweet and spicy bbq flavor.IMG_0513

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I’ve got to go switch some laundry and get my hummus/veggie platter ready for our potluck tonight! It should be fun.

I’m just happy it’s kind of chilly because I’m wearing my gray boots again today – they make me happy.

 

What’s your favorite condiment?

Frenched Flax

Happy Saturday!

I love not having to set an alarm clock  :)

Besides bacon, we are running low on just about everything this morning, so I had to get creative with my part of breakfast.

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We only had 1 egg left, so I made Nick’s french toast with the egg and some milk.

Once his was done cooking, I coated my 2 slices of ww bread in a mixture of ground flax, water, and milk.

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It definitely wasn’t the same texture of regular french toast, but it tasted great!

While the french toast was cooking, I took some leftover diced apple, pecans, and cranberries from our salads last night, tossed with some cinnamon, and heated up for 1 minute in the microwave.

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A drizzle of maple syrup completed this dish – I love the tart cranberries the most! I wish I had used more, but we ran out last night.

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Nick also made coffee  :) Freshly ground Kona. The perfect thing to have on a frosty Saturday morning.

I’ve got to go start the car + defrost the windows so I can head out – I’ve got a bunch of stuff to do today:

  • Call my parents for our regular Saturday morning phone call
  • Get groceries
  • Run some Christmas related errands (hopefully!)
  • Do a fun blogger related errand  :)
  • Come back and get ready for a potluck tonight

1, 2, 3 Puff

Today has been a good day.

– It’s Friday, period.

– I got up on time and we left on time.

– I had a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

– Work was pretty good, and I had a good snack of veggies + hummus.

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– I got the sweetest package from a great friend (and fellow blogger!) today that you’ll be seeing soon  :)

– I MOVED today for the first time in months.

– Dinner was killer.

 

Let’s start with the movement.

So, the last time Nick and I went running was the week of Halloween!

November was kind of crazy with the Foodbuzz Festival and Thanksgiving, and it got cold + dark…which means we can’t run outside here anymore. We don’t belong to a gym, so for the past couple of months, I just haven’t done anything.

And I just needed to move today. So I did.

Once we got home this afternoon, I took the main part of our dinner out of the freezer to thaw and I did a little peanut butter flow, thanks to Polly  :)

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I did Polly’s 35 minute yoga video from her DVD, and it was just what I needed! Plus, it’s always fun to see her smiling face  :)

And I think this will help get me going on my yoga goal – I’m still not sure if earlier in the day or later will work better for me most days, but I hope to try out some different times soon.

It felt so good to just stretch and breathe and twist.

After finishing my time with my mat, I came upstairs and got working on dinner.

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As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I got a coupon for some Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry a few weeks ago.

I’ve actually never made anything with puff pastry before, but I knew I needed to come up with something so I could enter the Pepperidge Farm 1, 2, 3 Puff Recipe Contest!

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I made us a “sandwich” of sorts with the puff pastry.

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Puffed Ham, Brie, and Apple Sandwich

1 sheet Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, sliced in half
1 Tbsp whole grain mustard
1/4 apple, thinly sliced
4 slices good ham
1 oz. brie, sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Lay one half of puff pastry on a baking sheet.

Spread mustard on puff pastry.

Layer ham, sliced apple, and brie on top of mustard.

Put other half of puff pastry on top and pinch the edges together.

Brush top of "sandwich" with milk or egg.

Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Slice in half and then slice the halves on a diagonal.

Serve!

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While the “sandwich” was baking, I got the salad ingredients out and chopped.

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The puff pastry was awesome! So buttery and crispy and flaky – and it went perfectly with the salty ham, creamy brie,  sweet apple, and spicy mustard.

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For salads, we had:

  • romaine
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • diced apple
  • pecans
  • craisins
  • scallions
  • dressing made of olive oil, Blackberry/Pear balsamic, and the same dijon in the sandwich + salt and pepper

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I was a little sad when I finished my dinner ;) It was so good and felt so gourmet! I’m happy that it turned out so well, because it was really easy!

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I’ve got big plans for tonight – watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in my pajamas.

I love lazy Friday nights at home.

Do you use puff pastry? What’s your favorite thing to make with it?

Mealtime Meal Planning

Friday is half over!

I’m ready for a weekend, even though we’re supposed to have really cold one AND even though there’s only one college football game :( I am really sad that the regular season is over – I think all the bowl games will be good, but then it’s over for 8 months!

I guess there are more things to be upset about, right?

Lunch today was quick, thanks to easy-to-reheat leftovers.

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I brought some leftover broccoli + creamy chicken cacciatore (the last of it) along with a clementine for lunch.

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I don’t know why, but leftover pasta is the best!

Right before Nick came over to eat, I started putting together my grocery / meal list for this next week.

I have a few ideas that I didn’t get to make earlier this week, but then my mind just went blank! I looked at the Kroger sale sheet for this week and have a few more possibilities, but I’m going to have to finish my meal plan and grocery list tonight.

 

What do you do for meal planning / making grocery lists?

And what are you making next week? :) I need some more ideas!

 

Fun Stuff!

Plan a Meal Bundle Giveaway

Coffee + Carbs Giveaway

PLEASE help Holly build her well! You can donate here – she’s more than halfway there!

 

The ONE football game this weekend:

2:30 PM ET
Army vs. Navy*

 

AND…a BIG congratulations to one of my best friends, Alicia, who just had her baby boy this week!!!