Breakfast for dinner anyone??

Have you ever just been sooooo busy and sooooo tired by the time you got home that no matter how hungry you are, you’re just NOT cooking up a hearty meal?  I know you have, I’m not the only one.  Twice in the past week, I’ve had those kind of days.  Whenever that used to happen I would settle for a bowl (or two) of cereal and milk.  But now that I’m putting a strong focus on what I eat,  I’ve substituted one breakfast item for another.  Is it healthier, I don’t know, heartier and more filling, maybe. 

Brown eyed baker posted a pic  of perfect scrambled eggs and that’s what I was craving on those crazy busy days.  So easy, quick and filling.  Doesn’t this make you want breakfast for dinner?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One night I added my homemade hummus to the bread and the other time I added guac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many studies have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers……Not sure what that means when you have breakfast for dinner.  Those same studies also show that when people eat eggs at breakfast, they felt more satisfied and consumed fewer calories throughout the day.  So, I’m thinking that when I have eggs for dinner, I won’t be craving or snacking in the evening which is one of my biggest issues with food.  Makes sense huh?

When was the last time you had breakfast for dinner?

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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! 

My rant for the month

You know why many businesses go under??  Because they have NO business sense. NONE. ZIP.NIL.

Wednesday, after my mammo the receptionist at the center told me that I had a balance and owed $1.  Yep, one dolla.  I asked what for and she had no clue.  So after browsing thru her paperwork, she told me, don’t worry about it.  Well, today in the mail I received a bill, a statement for the $1 .  They spent .44 cents to mail it, included a self addressed envelope, not to mention the ink it cost to print that statement, and I’m sure someone spent a good 30 minutes to get this done.  GIVE ME A BREAK!!!  When I call them on Monday, someone in that office will spend more time trying to figure out what it’s for and waste even more time and money. 

And they used COLOR!!! envelope and paper

And they used COLOR!!! envelope and paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, now that I’m done with that rant let me take you in another direction.

Unicef has a ‘trick or treat for Unicef’  campaign to get kids involved in fundraising to save children’s lives.  My 9 year old nephew, Ryan donated the money he had left over from his birthday, $40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We watched a video about children from around the world who are not as blessed as he is and he understood.  He didn’t even hesitate.  He just said I want to give my $40 bucks!  I LOVE YOU RYAN….YOU GET IT!

Teach your kids the importance of helping others.

Tues to do list..mammo..check..lunch……CHECK!

Well I had another mammogram and man did that sucka hurt!!!!!!   The doctor wanted to see more of my left booby and so a spot compression was done.  And did she compress on that spot.  Seriously, it hurt!  Hopefully all is well and I won’t have to have that done again until next year. 

I have a long to-do list for today and so far, well I managed to make a great lunch and there will be leftovers for dinner tonight.  I love wraps and usually stuff them with lots of yummy, healthy foods.  Ok, so chicken was marinading since morning in my favorites,  Mojo, honey mustard, and spicy sauce.  If you marinade your chicken or steaks in these I guarantee you will be happy with the outcome.

my fave marinade

my fave marinade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I added pepper, adobo, oregano flakes and paprika.  I love to use paprika to add color to the chicken.

seasonings

seasonings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cooking in its juices

cooking in its juices

While the chicken was cooking in it’s yummy juices I added some onions, carrot strips and spinach.
I wanted some fries with my wrap but they are off limits, so I cut up some sweet potato and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. 
Chicken’s still cooking and an amazing aroma is filling my house.   The sweet potato fries go  in the oven to bake at 425 for about 15-20 minutes.
Next, I cut up some avocado and before I know it….chicken’s done!  Start layering the whole wheat wrap with carrots, spinach, onions
chicken wrap
Add the avocados
chicken wrap
Wrap it up and start munchin’ on the ssaaaweeeeetttt potato fries
chicken wrap n sweet potato fries

Tag, you’re it!

I got my walk/run in last night after all.  My sweet 9 year old nephew, Ryan, read my post last night.  So he asked me if I wanted to walk with him.  IS THAT THE SWEETEST?  We left the house around 7:30p and walked and ran throughout  my entire community playing “tag, you’re it”.  What a great way to get your jogging done.  I was chasing this lil’ boy who runs like a cheetah and  before I knew it we had been out for over 45 minutes. 

We left with my camera in hand looking for  ‘fun halloween decorated homes’.  There weren’t a lot, not a whole lot of pumpkin spirit around here.  These were our two favorites.

halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch was really filling yesterday  and for dinner I wasn’t very hungry so I just  had some turkey slices on hummus spread bread thins.

If you’re local to me and looking for something to do this weekend, come and join me as we visit the elderly with the Holiday Project  on Saturday Oct 24 9:30a-noon.  Email me for more details  marthasmasterpieces@gmail.com

Also, the Pembroke Gardens Mall  has a “Pink Health Fair” going on Saturday, October 24, 1p-3p.  There will be mobile mammograms, diet & nutrition experts, presentations by doctors and more.  I love this mall!

Well, got to go now as I have another mammogram this morning.  I pray all is well.

Chat at ya later.

Inspiration

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

You know it’s going to be a great day when this is the first thing you see in the morning.

Glorious!

Glorious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

Ezekiel 1:28

  

 OCT20 09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s crisp and cool and beautiful!!!  Have a blessed day!

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!

It’s finally ‘FALL’ here- weekend wrap pt2

Just 2 days ago I was sweating like a pig in my own house.  It was hot inside because the a/c wasn’t working.  It was hot outside because, well because it’s South Florida in October.  But, today is another story, another day.

IT’S IN THE 50’S TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s heavenly.  So this is what an October fall day is like.  Church was wonderful.  I LOVE my church  and church family.  God is doing so many wonderful things there.

After church, my sisinlaw and I went next door to the nursery as they are celebrating fall with a festival every weekend this month.   There were lots of families enjoying the horse drawn hayrides, decorations, pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin and banana bread samples, and more.  Here’s some pics:

fall decorations

fall decorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more fall decorations

more fall decorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUMPKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PUMPKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse drawn hayrides

Horse drawn hayrides

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Farmer’s Market there had yummy samples and I wish they had samples of these huge cookies.  They looked so good, but I resisted the temptation to devour one or two of them.

Jumbo cookies

Jumbo cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an entry for the ‘scarecrow decorating’ contest:

chef scary-crow

chef scary-crow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was windy, chilly and absolutely wonderful!

windy n cold

windy n cold

We were starving and headed down the street to the perfect lunch spot for a day like this.  The Vienna Coffee House & Bistro in Cooper City is a small, warm, cozy, friendly  place with yummy soups and sandwiches.  The service is great!
cozy n cute

cozy n cute

I had a cup of cream of spinach soup to warm me up.
nice hot soup for a cold day

nice hot soup for a cold day

AND the yummiest plate of bruscetta.  
sooooo good!

sooooo good!

My sis had a turkey wrap that looked so yummy.  I love how they serve on beautiful china.
We had coffee and a capuccino to complete a great lunch.
And finally, for me, the best way to end the day is with a gorgeous sunset.
SUNSET SUNOCT182009
That my friends is the end of a great weekend!  Be blessed!
VIENNA COFFEE HOUSE & BISTRO
5724 sOUTH fLAMINGO Rd
COOPER CITY, FL 33330
954.680.6599

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!!!!!!!!!!

COLD AIR! YES COLD AIR!

THE A/C IS FIXED!! 

THANK YOU JOHN! 

THANK YOU LORD!

I’ve barely slept the last 2 nights (in this sauna) and this morning I missed my women’s bible study.  DARN IT!  But I was sooooo tired and sore from using the hedger yesterday.  My arms hurt so bad!  I wasn’t going to go outside yesterday because it was so hot but I gave in.   Today I woke up to a 90 degree house.  What I wanted to do was get in my car, crank up the a/c and just drive around.  But I came to my senses and just waited for my friend John to come over and fix the a/c.

I had ICED coffee to start my day.

My 2nd glass

My 2nd glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t remember the last time I ate pasta.  I indulged in carb overload today.  Had cold pasta for lunch and then for dinner.  I added some broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and garlic.  Whipped up a quickie dressing that included: olive oil, vinegar, mayo, mustard. 

veggies n pasta

veggies n pasta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quickie dressing

quickie dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More carbs….mango/oj smoothie….nice and cold!

My favorite smoothie, mango!

My favorite smoothie, mango!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now I plan on sleeping for the next 8-10 hours!
 
Eat well, live long and thank God for your countless blessings!

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