May 172016
 

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a food post. My food has been pretty decent lately–I’ve just been eating a little bit more. I’m still counting my calories every day and a few days a week I do go over my calories but overall I’m doing alright staying within the 1900-2300 calorie range.

I’ve been trying to change things up with food. I have done some new things lately (like the overnight oats) and I’m trying to find some variety with my snacks. The bars are easy–especially when breastfeeding, but I’d rather not rely on them so much.

If you have some suggestions of easy, fast meals that work for you, I’d love to hear them!

Breakfasts

 

Scrambled eggs with cheese and hot sauce, bacon, Dave’s Killer Bread thin sliced toast with avocado on top.

Overnight oats in a jar (my first time trying it) was steel cut oats, ground flaxseed, plain greek yogurt and frozen blueberries and then topped it with a teaspoon of brown sugar and slivered almonds the next morning.

Two fried eggs with hot sauce, English muffin with avocado, strawberries and coffee.

Snacks

Apple, smoked gouda cheese and salami.

Protein fiber bar (this one is really tasty!).

Kind Bar.

Lunch

 

Hawaiian lunch with a friend: spicy teriyaki chicken with macaroni salad and rice.

Salad with leftover chicken, black beans, cauliflower, hot sauce, avocado and sour cream on top.

Peanut butter and banana sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread (skinny slice) with an apple and cheese.

Ham sandwich on a sandwich thin (with smoked gouda and avocado), raw cauliflower with blue cheese dressing and strawberries.

 

Dinner

 

Delite pizza from Papa Murphy’s with raw cauliflower on the side.

Steak, steamed broccoli and salad.

Burger with avocado, spinach, white cheddar and sauteed sweet potatoes (not pictured: raw cauliflower I ate while dinner was cooking)

Trader Joe’s quinoa burger with melted white cheddar, steamed broccoli and cauliflower with Goddess dressing and applesauce.

 

Boneless pork chop, sauteed Brussels Sprouts and kale with bacon (and a glass of wine).

Blackened salmon with Brussels sprouts and bacon and raw cauliflower with bleu cheese dressing.

Spicy bratwurst with baked beans, raw cauliflower and blue cheese dressing.

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For some reason I’ve been craving cauliflower lately. I’m pretty much eating it at most lunch or dinner meals! I’m also excited that berry season is almost upon us. I got some watermelon recently and been eating that for snacks and when I’m craving something sweet.

I have been giving in to sugar too much lately. I need to nip that in the butt right away. It’s easy to get back into old habits like that!

 

May 032016
 

The next day of their visit Michael had the day off so we got to spend some time together. First order of business: exploring a beer and wine market I’d been wanting to check out: John’s Marketplace. It’s in Multnomah Village, which is a cute little part of SW Portland. I actually used to live there long, long ago and loved my little apartment not too far from John’s Marketplace.

I knew Andy would love to check it out. He’s kind of a wine and beer expert and their selection was supposed to be the best in Portland–and it was! The place was huge. They had a large wine selection but honestly the beer was the star of the show.

They had the beer organized by regions–Washington, Oregon, Portland specifically, England, Asia, Mexico, etc.

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I saw so many beers that looked intriguing. I got a nice selection of some that I was familiar with and a few that were new to me, too. Our stash:

 

And then I decided to try these two, which sounded interesting to me. Next hot sunny day I’m giving these a try:

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Logan did great (and slept through the whole trip).

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We got our selections and then went back home just in time for my parents to arrive! They had been in Arizona for a few months (my dad became a snow bird in retirement) and were driving home to Seattle so it was the perfect pit stop for them and a nice treat for us. It was the first time we’d all been together at the same time since my wedding. Wish my brother lived closer!

We all went out to lunch at Iron Horse Mexican restaurant in Sellwood and once again Logan did surprisingly well…for most of it. I was able to eat all of my food though before he got fussy. I got the Yucatan taco with rice and beans (it was pork with coleslaw and pineapple salsa). It was delicious and just the right amount of food for lunch.

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Anyways, just as I finished eating Logan got fussy. I got to change his diaper in the ladies room on the changing table for the first time, so there’s that. New experience! And of course just as I took his diaper off and was about to put a new one on Logan peed on everything. And I mean everything. Thankfully I had a change of clothes in his diaper bag (good thinking on my part). So I cleaned all that up and him, changed his clothes and then he puked on his new outfit and my sweater. Ah the experiences you get to have as a new parent. 🙂

But it was all good, just more laundry when we got home. We got to spend some time at home with the family before my parents left for home.

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Logan got these really cute Star Wars toys from his aunt and uncle. 🙂 Even though I’m not a fan I can admit they are cute stuffed animals. And handmade from an etsy store. So cute!

 

And then Andy started cooking us dinner again. We sure got spoiled this trip! This time it was one of Andy’s famous pasta dishes. He made the sauce from scratch–tomatoes, sauteed onions and sausage, garlic and artichoke hearts.

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Dinner was absolutely delicious! It was spicy and tasty and I loved the addition of the artichoke hearts to the sauce. He topped it with fresh parmesan and basil. We drank a bottle of wine with dinner and then splurged for dessert:

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The Bourbon Ball from Papa Haydn’s and a little bit of the dessert wine they brought from home–it was a hazelnut Port. I’m not really a fan of dessert wines, they are way too sweet for me, but I had a taste of this one and it was actually quite good and I liked it a lot. It went nicely with dessert.

The next day we had breakfast together and then dropped them off at the train station for the last leg of their west coast trip–off to Seattle then back home to Philly. It was bittersweet saying goodbye. I hate that they live so far away and we don’t get to see each other very often. I also hate that visits are always so short, but I get it. It’s hard to see everyone on one trip. But it was a nice visit and I’m so happy they were able to spend some time with us and meet Logan. They come back next summer for a wedding and they’ll get to see Logan again and he’ll be a big boy! I’m already looking forward to it.

After we dropped them off it was back home and I went to the gym. It felt good to be back at it after a few days off. And it was a good distraction from feeling a little sad.