I made some cranberry relish for Thanksgiving. Yum!! Since my mom and I were the only 2 to eat some, I had plenty left over to enjoy. I decided to make a grilled cheese sandwich with the cranberry relish in the middle. It was delicious.
Yesterday’s challenge was to call someone and let them know how you are grateful for them in your lives. I called my aunt and talked to her 45 minutes. On Wednesday, I texted one of my former students and told him how I was grateful for being one of his teachers. He has an impact on my teaching.
Today’s challenge is to drink plenty of water. I took one of my quart size Mason jars and drank out of it. I ended up filling it up 3 times total for 72 ounces of water. Guess where I spent most of the day?!?
I may drink a cup of hot tea without any sweetener and then another glass before bed today.
Tomorrow’s challenge is to treat myself. I’ve got to do some shopping and go to a baby shower. During my time out, I will make sure I treat myself with something.
This month I was paired up with Anne from Pennsylvania. She and I had similar likes in foods so that was a help when buying her goodies.
When I got her box, I was delighted. There were a lot of yummy treats in the box. One of the items I am extremely excited about is the Pennsylvania Dutch apple butter. If I just hadn’t opened up a jar of pumpkin butter, I would have opened that jar up right away. I was born in the Pennsylvania Dutch area so it is nice to have a treat from where I was born.
All the goodies were from her area which was nice because I like to try local foods when I’m visiting other places.
Chocolate leaves and turkeys
I’ve tried the smothered graham cracker. Delicious!
I’ve tried the apple quinoa crunch. Had to get used to the lentils but it was good.
I have to keep this away from the Imaginative One. He loves chocolate covered pretzels. I had the one on the right. It was delicious.
A little snack container – I’m thinking this would be perfect for Disney. I could put some trail mix in it..
Granola – This is delicious.
I’ve actually driven past the factory when I went to that area in 2001.
Almond Fig Bar
Almond Fig Bar
Honey!!!! I was looking at local honey that morning. This is my little bear.
Her handwritten note
Spice blend – Tuscan picnic – Smells delightful and tastes great. (I used in our tomato soup the other night.)
So as I said at the end of my post, yesterday’s challenge was to unsubscribe from catalogs or emails. I chose to unsubscribe to multiple email lists. I did it on my work email, gmail, and road runner email accounts. I also cleaned up my road runner and work accounts. This really helped me feel lighter not having all those emails to wade through.
One great website to use is unroll.me. Unfortunately it only supports certain email services. I could only use it for my gmail account. It really helped me unsubscribe from that account.
Today’s challenge is to try a new workout. I don’t exercise unless you count my walking around the school building. My classroom is isolated from everyone else so if I need anything I need to walk to get it. :) That’s great for getting some cardio in.
Last night I put some fast paced music on youtube (Florida Georgia Line – Cruise) and did sprints across the living room to get some cardio in. I continued for the entire song. Then I put on Pink’s Just Like a Pill and did some circuits of 10 reps of waist twists, toe touches, knee lifts, and jumping jacks. Towards the end of the song, I slowed my motions down to cool down. It wasn’t much but for me it was a small step.
This morning, I did a barre3 standing core exercise. I plan to do a yoga video later on during the day. This is something new to me. I really need to get my belly area in check. I’m short waisted so all of my extra weight seems to land there.
I’m finally getting to recapping yesterdays’s challenge and discussing today’s challenge.
So yesterday was meatless Monday. It wasn’t really that hard for me. I started the morning with a green smoothie. There was also some protein powder in the smoothie to help keep me full. I needed chia seeds also because all I kept thinking while I was in the dentist’s chair was how hungry I was. Of course I couldn’t eat while they were working on my mouth.
As soon as I left the dentist’s office, I ate a Larabar that I had gotten at the grocery store. It was a seasonal flavor – Snickerdoodle. It was pretty yummy!
The day before I had gone out to eat at a new to us restaurant – Roma. I had gotten a Brucshetta pizza with the intention of saving some for this challenge. I also had some left over garlic bread which was made with olive oil instead of butter. Since my mouth was still numb, I didn’t bite on it using my front teeth. I folded it up and chewed with my molars. When my dentist called me later, I told him what I did and he told me I was pretty clever. I love that my dentist will personally call his patients after they have work done on their teeth to make sure they are doing good. He ends his call with “Call me if you need anything.” and he means it.
Since my mouth was still numb, I ate a banana for a snack. I am not a banana lover so Hubby was shocked when he saw I was eating some.
Dinner was quick and easy tomato soup. I also cut up French bread that I toasted up with a little olive oil, garlic, cheddar cheese, and basil. We used those croutons to put in the soup instead of dipping grilled cheese sandwiches in the soup. The boys were not fans of the soup. The Imaginative One though loved the croutons.
Dessert was a pumpkin whoopie pie from a local farmer’s market. Yummy! As an evening snack, I had a yogurt parfait with granola and fresh pineapple. So happy my meatless Monday went well!
Tomato Soup with homemade crouton
Today’s challenge is to unsubscribe. I don’t know how many different emails I unsubscribed from. I also cleaned up two of my in boxes while I was at it. It’s amazing how much lighter you feel without all that extra mess in your life.
I’m so excited about the challenges. Maybe not the burpee one but the others yes.
Funny story about the burpee challenge. I was telling my family about this week’s challenge and my mother-in-law didn’t know what a burpee was. She thought it was Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory” burping pi. So Hubby and I demonstrated what a burpee was. The response from both my father-in-law and mother-in-law was that I was going to hurt myself.
Anyway today’s challenge is the Meatless Monday challenge. We are challenged to eat not meat today. So the question was “How do I feed my meat loving husband a meatless meal?” The answer is simple. We are having tomato soup for supper. He won’t complain about that and then when he gets to work, he can eat all the meat he wants away from me.
Here are some dinner or breakfast for dinner recipes from my blog that could help you decide what to have on this meatless Monday:
So last week, I had my blender cup washed after making a smoothie. The Wee One and the Imaginative One put away the dishes after the dishwasher was finished. Somehow my blades got put into silverware/ utensil drawer (double drawer) and the band that held the blade was missing. I had been craving a smoothie but couldn’t make one because of the missing piece. :(
Today the Wee One found the piece in our cereal/ plastic ware cabinet so I decided to make the smoothie I had been craving. I had bought some fresh cranberries today so I decided to put them in the smoothie. Yum!!! Since I didn’t put any sugar in the smoothie, it turned out tart but that’s okay with me. If you make this, you may want to put some type of sweetener in it if you don’t like tart flavors.
This smoothie is called tastes of Thanksgiving green smoothie because I love eating cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving and the flavors of this smoothie remind me of cranberry sauce.
Tastes of Thanksgiving Green Smoothie
Stars of the recipe:
1/4 c. fresh cranberries, washed
1/4 c. frozen strawberries
2 c. greens (I used power greens – kale, spinach, and Swiss chard.)
1/2 c. orange juice
water if you need more liquids (add a little at a time)
optional: 1 Tbsp. your favorite sweetener (more or less depending on your taste buds.)
Add all the ingredients to your blender cup.
Blend together on the smoothie setting until blended together.