A quickie visit to Miami and a quickie green meal

So much to do, such little time.  And that’s coming from someone who’s not working.  ME.  But I do keep busy.  That’s why I’ve slacked on the blogging.  I’ve been doing some research on something I’m working on, volunteering at church, attending 2 bible studies, running errands, keeping my home nice and clean, doing laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, going to doctor appts, etc, etc…..who the heck has time for a j.o.b?  (journey of the broke).  😦

But seriously, I don’t know where the time goes, and I’m pretty good with time management.  And for the record, because I know what you’re thinking, I only use Facebook while working in other screens.  I’m happy to announce that I’m one of only a few people who doesn’t play Farmville 🙂     It’s kind of interesting that some people I know are on Farmville from morning to night.  Can you say ‘addiction’…. 

Well, this morning I had to go to downtown Miami.  It’s a lovely place until you need a parking spot.  I drove around for 30 minutes and after praying to God, I got a spot right in front of the building I was going to.  Thank you Jesus!!  You’re so good to me.  There are still so many unoccupied, unfinished high rise condo buildings in that area. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drove by the Heat Arena …GO HEAT!

GO HEAT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Freedom Tower……I can’t believe this pic turned out so clear since I was driving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I lived in Miami for 30 years but am now happy calling the Broward county suburbs my home.

I was starving when I got home and made my favorite quickie meal……tofu over spinach salad and a green smoothie.  I had been marinading the tofu in some Mojo, mustard and spicy sauce. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sauteed the tofu with onions and when it was done (15 min.) poured it over some spinach leaves and avocado.

Tofu, spinach, avocado, onions and feta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the tofu was cooking I baked some sweet potato chips and made a green smoothie with banana, strawberries,mango, oj and 2 cups of spinach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So yummy and healthy.  What’s your favorite quickie meal?

 

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Blogger’s Block!!!

I know, I’ve been M.I.A. 

I just have a case of blogger’s block.   There just seems to be a lot going on and I’m a bit distracted.  So I will spare you all of the details and  entertain you with my eats for the last few days.  I really haven’t been cooking much.  My meals have been consisting of quickie sandwiches (healthy) and green smoothies.

A couple of mornings began with a great omelet and smoothie (FUEL!!!!)

turkey,onions,spinach,tomato,egg whites

added some pepper

And faa-lip

OMELET n SMOOTHIE

YUMMY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday was a busy one and it started with a 1/2 Luna bar and coffee. ( I hate running late).

White chocolate macadamia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Luna bar has been in my purse for over a month.  I keep it with me for, well you know, emergency.  And this was an emergency.  I helped out with the Angel Food distribution  on Saturday and then spent the rest of my day running errands.

Angel Food ready for distribution I did sneak in a great tofu - veggie - stirfry.tofu,broccoli,onions,garlic,carrots,sweet potato

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOLLAR STATEMENT 005

Served the stir-fry over brown rice

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I also had a frozen ‘healthy’ meal while I was rushing around.  Pumpkin squash ravioli.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Healthy Choice pumpkin squash ravioli

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And that’s all I got! 

Today’s masterpiece!

Sometimes I just wonder where my day goes.  I really wanted to do my walk/run this morning but somehow never did.  I got distracted doing other things and before I knew it, it was time to go pick up my nephew at school.  So I regret not going for my walk/run earlier because now the lil’ guy won’t be picked up until after 8:30p tonight.  By that time, I need major motivation to go out and exercise.   Here’s today’s eats so far. 

Breakfast:  Fage yogurt, a peach and 1/2 an apple with cinnamon

Yogurt with fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUNCH:  Tilapia and salad

Tilapia, yogurt and panko crumbs cooked in 1 tbsp of olive oil for a couple of minutes on each side.  The fish was seasoned with sea salt, pepper and paprika.

Tilapia cooked with yogurt n panko crumbs

Tilapia cooked with yogurt n panko crumbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started the salad with baby spinach, tomato and avocado

Beginning of a great salad

Beginning of a great salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the baby carrots and edamame were boiled for a lil’ bit, rinsed in cold water, and added to the salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sprinkled the fish with a lil’ lemon juice, the salad with pepper and added some balsamic vinegar.

To die for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, added some lots of feta cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have today’s masterpiece to make up for yesterday’s epic fail.

EPIC FAIL

Today started off like most Mondays.  I got up at 6:30a, woke up Hunter, watched him leave for school, resisted the TEMPTATION to get back in my cozy bed, made a yummy cup of coffee, ate some yogurt and a banana and spent some quiet time with my Bible.   Afterwards, did some housework, filled out job applications and eventually around noon went for a nice loooonnnngg walk. 

I made it home just in time get ready to go pick up my nephew at school, then had a Walmart run to make and was home after 3pm.  I was starving and made the quickest , saddest looking lunch, a boca veggie burger.  I was so hungry I didn’t take the extra 30 seconds to slice up tomato or add spinach.  Nope, my hungry self couldn’t wait. 

Here’s the epic fail……..My newest pride and joy in the food world are my green smoothies.  Today I made the ugliest most disgusting smoothie and I’m not sure what happened.  It was bad.  😦

It started out looking pretty good.  I added the regular 1 1/2 cup of spinach, strawberries, blueberries, green tea tbsp of p.b. and agave nectar.  I know the blueberries make it more of a brown color (if I add too many), but this was an ugly brown. And it tasted as bad as it looked.  So Ryan and I tried adding some frozen mango chunks but the damage was already done.  Oh well, I’ll share the pics with you and you be the judge.  I guess the peanut butter and green tea don’t mix well.

Started ok with yogurt, banana n cinnamon

Started ok with yogurt, banana n cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See it doesn't look bad getting started

See it doesn't look bad getting started

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRETTY BAD HUH?

PRETTY BAD HUH?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the burger was plain but tasty

the burger was plain but tasty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was tired and did something I rarely do……took a nap.   Dinner was leftover grilled chicken and brown rice.

I’m pooped and going to bed. 

Nite all!

Weekend Wrap up part1

My first live professional hockey game was a blast.  My nephews, sisinlaw and I went to see the Panthers play Friday night and beat out the Philly Flyers 4-2.  We had so much fun.  The best part was that it was COLD in there! (outside it was 88 degrees)  It felt so good.  I really enjoyed watching my nephew almost burst a vein while screaming and cheering for the Cats!

GO PANTHERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

GO PANTHERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mE and Ryan

mE and Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not much to talk about as far as food goes.  I had yogurt and fruit for breakfast, leftover pasta for lunch and dinner. 

SATURDAY:

It started out as a nice lazy morning.  I was really craving a hot breakfast since I now have a/c again.  So I whipped up 2 egg whites, spinach, pureed cauliflower and made a yummy omelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hummus on the Arnold thins :)

hummus on the Arnold thins 🙂

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Out of nowhere, (at least I didn’t see it coming) a rain and thunderstorm came blowing thru.   I thought my plans to go to the Beach Clean Up  later in the afternoon were ruined, but not so.  It cleared up a little and I headed east to Fort Lauderdale Beach.
cloudy but pretty

cloudy but pretty

I met up with the families that came out to clean up our beautiful beaches.  This is such a great way to teach children about how important it is to love our earth. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I made a new friend, Maria.  This adorable 9year old is excited about keeping our environment clean
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The kids get a certificate for participating in the beach clean up.
 
BEACH CLEANUP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We filled up a large trash bag full of cigarette butts, bottle caps, plastics and other yucky stuff you don’t want to know about.
BEACH CLEANUP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was really hungry by the time I got home and quickly made a turkey bacon, spinach and fat free cheese pizza for Hunter, Chelsea and myself.  Watched a movie (BenButton) and off to bed.
 
 
I’m so looking forward to the cool front headed our way!!!!!!!!!!

It’s gettin’ hot in here!!!!!!!!!!

Last night I didn’t sleep well.  The a/c is not cooling.  The temperature in my house was reading 80 degrees.  It was actually cooler outside last night (77).  Now all the ceiling fans are running and it’s not so bad. (who am I kidding, yes it’s bad).  Boy are we spoiled.  But then again, it is South Florida I live in and air conditioning is not an option, it’s a must.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None the less I am grateful!  Because I have those ceiling fans and they are cooling off my house until the a/c gets fixed.  That’s what I do now, I don’t  fret all day or torment myself over something I don’t have control over at the moment.  There’s always a bright side to every situation.  This too shall pass.

 

I wanted a cup of coffee so bad this morning but it’s just too hot, so I enjoyed cold yogurt and fruit instead.n  Thank you Lord that I have that choice!

Fage yogurt and a peach

Fage yogurt and a peach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night I made pizza with tofu, tempeh and spinach and it was really good.

spinach, tofu and tempeh pizza

spinach, tofu and tempeh pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I threw some fat free mozzarella  over it and it was a yummy, healthy din-din.

Well, I have a lot more yardwork to do but it’s just not going to happen today.  It’s too hot!

Chat at ya later!

I’m sore, but it feels good! not really, it hurts.

Did I say that?  I’m sore but it feels good?  I’m definitely sore and it hurts.  But yes in a satisfaction kind of way it feels good knowing I worked out hard and that’s the reason for the good pain.

I’m really enjoying starting my days with my Bible, cup of coffee and lots of silence, no noise, unplugged.

Plugging into God daily

Plugging into God daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast needed to be major fuel because today I  started week 3 of the C25K program  and I put in an hour of yardwork.  (that’s why I’m so sore).  I mixed up some plain greek yogurt and some vanilla Chobani, added a banana, raisins, blueberries, Kashi honey sunshine, agave and cinnamon.

Greek vanilla Chobani yogurt

Greek vanilla Chobani yogurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING FUEL!!

MORNING FUEL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I did the week 3, day one of the c25k workout and felt great!  It wasn’t until my yardwork workout that I started to feel some pain.  The bending, squatting, pulling just seems to kick my butt!!! Literally my butt!  It hurts!  But not in a “I pulled something” kind of way, it hurts in a “wow, I worked my butt off” kind of way.  I keep telling myself it’s good pain.  What’s that saying, no pain-no gain.  I guess I’m gaining!

I was exhausted because it’s really hot here in South Florida and finally went inside for a much needed smoothie.

MORE FUEL!

MORE FUEL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN SMOOTHIE:

  • 1 1/2 cup of spinach
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen mango
  • cup O.J.
  • 2 tbsp plain Oikos yogurt
  • tsp agave nectar

I drank two of these babies (yes another liquid lunch) and 1/2 an apple with some peanut butter.

I was really tempted to take a nap but I showered and had some job applications to fill out.  This blog gig I’m applying for would be great.  Can you imagine someone paying you $5k each month to write a daily blog???  THAT’S WHY I NEED YOUR VOTE!!!!  click here. thanks!

Dinner was a quick chicken n veggie wrap.  Grilled chicken breasts, onions, carrots, edamame.  Spread some hummus on the whole wheat  wrap, added tomato, avocado.  Melted some mozzarella cheese on the chicken and threw it all together.  Quick, easy and super tasty and healthy.

carrots and edamame sauteeing

carrots and edamame sauteeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken carrots edamame

Chicken carrots edamame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepping the wrap

Prepping the wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melted fatfree mozzarella on the chicken

Melted fatfree mozzarella on the chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toss it all together and wrap it up!

Toss it all together and wrap it up!

Eat well, live long and VOTE FOR ME to be employed!

A turkey of a day!

Seriously it’s October 1st?!  Yikes!  Well, it actually felt a little fall like tonight.  There was a slight breeze and a gorgeous sunset.  Check it out!

Is that amazing?

Is that amazing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCT1 SUNSET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Started the 1st day of October feeling great and 10 pounds lighter.  YAY!!!  The original goal of 59 lbs is now down to 49 lbs left to go.  I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat healthy foods.  Today I went grocery shopping and stocked up with lots of veggies, fruits, greek yogurt, fish and ground lean turkey.  I made hummus today and added Sesame Tahini for the first time.  Love my hummus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast was yogurt, banana and lots of cinnamon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Went to my women’s Bible study, ran some errands, went grocery shopping and was STARVING when I got home around 2pm.  Lunch was a quick turkey sandwich on whole grain thins and a super delish mango/spinach/blueberry smoothie.

Dinner was a yummo turkey burger, fat free cheese on whole grain thins spread with hummus.  I know, it was a turkey day and too much bread.

quick n easy turkey burger

quick n easy turkey burger

So did you hear about the free Disney pass giveaway?  Register here and sign up to volunteer for a day and Disney will give you a free day pass.  Super cool since the tickets are now up to almost $80 bucks!  The volunteering is valid after Jan 1, 2010 but you don’t have to wait until then to start volunteering.  Give of your time, be a blessing to others.  
 
 
 
Eat well, live long and volunteer!

A 5K in my near future

I’m so excited!  I found a 5K I can do Oct 31st!!  This gives me more incentive to get up and move more!!  I’ve been doing the C25K program but haven’t been consistent.  So today I started week 2 AGAIN! It feels soooo good.  I know that you ‘runners’ are giggling at that but I’m just beginning and everyone has to start somewhere, right? 

My goal for the 1st 5k I did in February was to just finish.  And I did.  This time my goal is to be able to run at least 1/2 the distance and walk when I have to.  I’ve been eating really good stuff and I have so much more energy. This morning began with an egg white, 2 slices turkey bacon and spinach dip spread on 1 slice of whole grain bread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and a cup of yummy coffee.

Morning fuel

Morning fuel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I had a wasa cracker with spinach dip after my run/walk and for lunch I was satisfied with a mango/spinach smoothie.  One of Hunter’s friends was here and he reluctantly tried the smoothie and loved it.  They’re becoming a hit around here.   I think dinner tonight will be leftovers ( baked chicken,broccoli).
Well, if you’re local to me I hope you’ll join me and sign up for the 5K.  It’s fun and supports a great organization.

The boys take over the kitchen

There was no school today and I was lucky enough (I mean that) to have my nephews over for the day.  The day started out beautifully.  Andrew slept until 11:30am and Ryan was building a bridge for his cars, which kept him busy for a couple of hours. 

When Andy woke up his sweet brother Ryan wanted to make him pancakes.  He did pretty good because Andy devoured them.

Chef Ryan doing his thing

Chef Ryan doing his thing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RYAN MAKING PANCAKES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Ry getting ready to flip those cakes

Chef Ry getting ready to flip those cakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pancake Monster devoured them!

Pancake Monster devoured them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan’s been a devoted follower of my blog and has seen my smoothies.   Andrew decided he wanted to try a “super woosie version” of a mango green monster.

Andy put 7 spinach leaves in the smoothie

Andy put 7 spinach leaves in the smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the blender went a BIG chunk of frozen mango, blackberries, 7 spinach leaves and some mango juice.

BOYS MAKING SMOOTHIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THUMBS UP!! HE LIKEY!!

THUMBS UP!! HE LIKEY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For dinner we made turkey burgers and some baked plantains….all were eaten before I could take a pic.  These were my best turkey burgers!  It was a great start to what will be an awesome week!

Eat well, live long and make some pancakes!

 

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