Whew! What a day! Happy Monday, yall! 🙂
This morning I woke up and had a yogurt, banana and almond butter + preserves on an ezekiel english muffin. Perfect way to get my day started (plus a huge thermos of strong coffee!)
I was so excited for my sammie today and it did not fail to disappoint! I packed turkey bacon and hummus on a whole wheat bagel—-GREAT combo! 2 slices turkey bacon (I just cooked extra last night) and 2 tbsp hummus. Really, really good.
I also packed a string cheese, almonds and a pear.
I had the string cheese and a couple almonds mid-morning and the pear with my bagel. My breakfast really took me through the morning! I find that I’m not as hungry mid-morning these days…a light snack is working better for me right now. I think its being around all these sweets! A bite of cookie there, a lick of icing there….hehe 😉
Here’s a picture of staff meal prepared by Adam today. He made pulled pork burritos and I just HAD to take a picture for Ryan because he looooooves these! Everyday staff meal is put up at 10:30 for the servers before lunch service begins. It always looks and smells great but I would rather pack my lunch and eat around noon than eating a huge meal at 10:30 in the morning and still have 4 1/2 more hours of work left. Eating at noon breaks up my day perfectly.
When I got home from work I had a snack of a serving of Udi’s granola with some silk light vanilla. I just can’t get enough of this granola! It’s the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch!
I was going to swim some laps this afternoon after work…. but I forgot my goggles and it started to storm so instead I just did the elliptical for about 25 minutes to cross-train. My friend’s parents have a mini gym in their home with a precor machine, treadmill and some weights and a cable machine. It’s perfect when you really don’t want to go all the way to the gym!
For dinner I was really craving a meal from the freezer:
I LOVE how spicy this is! I added a baked sweet potato to “beef it up” and had a salad with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes on the side along with a glass of pinot noir.
Today I had a GREAT day at work! I’m loving each day more…actually I like it a lot more than I was expecting since I consider myself more of a writer than a chef. Well, I guess I can be both! 🙂 I love being super busy and having the hours fly by.
Right when I got in this morning I set out to bake off some more cranberry bread. I didn’t take a picture because if you follow my blog, you know by now what it looks like! After doing that, I baked some spicy cheddar wafers:
And some mini blueberry muffins for tomorrow’s breakfast:
And then…..I set out on a whoopie mission! Adam is super cool with me testing new recipes and trying out whatever I want. So, I baked some pumpkin whoopie pies and they turned out fabulous.
I’m still working on perfecting the recipe (I’m making more on Thursday) so I don’t want to share it yet but when I will soon! The pumpkin cookies were huge, soft and cake-like and the frosting was a rich buttercream. Everyone LOVED these and I have a feelin’ I’ll be cranking them out in the upcoming days and weeks! Note that they are not healthy in the slightest bit but they sure are good!
Other activities today included making more apple pie filling (I used 20 apples for this—it made a gigantic amount!):
And I prepared pumpernickel dough as well as Adam’s special 0live foccacia dough, both to bake off in the morning (we have a lunch for 120 tomorrow). I’m super excited for the olive foccacia because it contains 12 potatoes as well as toooons of chopped kalamata olives! Adam said that grated, steamed potatoes make the foccacia especially fluffy and soft. I can’t wait to bake it off and give it a try—it better be worth grating all those potatoes!
Well, that’s all folk :). I just sat down to watch the news with my dessert in hand:
A pumpkin cookie sans whoopie frosting from earlier today. SO good and soft! Like a piece of spicy pumpkin cake. Yum!
Have a wonderful night—I’ll see you tomorrow! 🙂
ps–Adam liked the vegan chocolate peanut butter cookie but we both decided it needed some slight modifications—-a better quality cocoa power and maybe melted chocolate at well so the cookie won’t be as dry.