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January 31, 2009

Work took its sweet time to get to 5 o’clock today! but its finally the weekend!!! 🙂  woohooo

 

Today I finally used the Bear Naked granola sample I received a while ago. I had it as my mid morning snack with some plain yogurt. I miss this granola. When I first started my job, this was my every day snack. I got kinda bored of it and stopped eating it for a while, so it was nice to be eating it again. The fruit and nut flavor is a favorite classic. 

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I was able to get to the gym today during lunch, and did a 10 minute warm up on the treadmill then a 5 mile bike ride on the espresso bike. In case you didn’t read my post on when I used this bike before, its an interactive bike, and you can pick the course, and its like a virtual game. You are racing other riders, and have to actually turn the handles to go around the course. It is the MOST fun cardio machine ever. Today I picked the 5 mile course along the beach of Cali! 🙂 a nice little escape for about 20 minutes. I originally planned on doing a 30 minute run, but after the 10 minutes on the treadmill, i started feeling my IT band. I hadn’t felt that since field hockey, so i figured it would be best to do something a little less pounding and hopped on the espresso bike. i’m going to try and run outside tomorrow, i’m going to aim for 4 miles? That will be the longest i’ve run in a while. lets hope i can do it! 

After lunch I ate an Amys Burrito – especial. My first time trying this type of burrito, and  i really liked it. It tasted great. I am not sure which is my favorite burrito from Amy. They’re all so good. I also had a side of the butternut squash from last night.. YUMMMMM i love it. I snacked on a coconut and almond KIND bar (yea Kate!!) and went to heaven. It’s my ultimate bar. I was sooooo bored at work that I started falling asleep sitting up at my desk 😮  so I had a packet of vanilla chai I had in my drawer. I loveee this, you just add water and its the creamiest chai. I have been trying to cut back on caffeine, but there was no way i could make it through the rest of the day without taking a nap underneath my desk unless I had something. This was the perfect cup of chai.This Oregon Chai brand and Big Train Chai are both my favorite brands of vanilla chai. 

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On my way home from work I dropped by Trader Joe’s for a few ingredients for some cookies I wanted to bake tonight, and then dropped by Marshalls. I am such a bargain shopper. I LOVE great deals. I found the cutest tank top! I can’t wait until it warms up so I can wear it. I was just too excited to not show you guys. Its Juicy Couture and its chiffon. This baby was originally $238 and I got it for….. $29.99!! I couldn’t pass it up! My favorite part is the back, its so cute. and the bow on the front i love too. Whenever I get something new I always want to wear it the next day haha. Too bad its winter. 

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When I finally got home my mom and I decided to go to Panera for dinner. Got the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich again, with the new chicken tortilla soup! the soup was really good. I asked for no tortilla strips, and got an apple on the side. Never can go wrong with the You Pick Two option. 

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When I went to Long Island to visit my boyfriend a while back, I went to his moms yoga studio to take a class and one of the women there had just got back from a yoga retreat. She said that after they would get out of a yoga class they would get these delicious healthy cookies. She brought some and they were soo yummy. She gave me the recipe but I lost it, and was thinking about how good they were today and wanted to make some of my own tonight. I googled up “yoga cookie” and found the recipe from the International Sivananda site! They have a list of vegetarian recipes that are used in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and Ashrams. I just took it directly from a website, so I’ll link it here. These are awesome, and I used almond milk, so they contained absolutely no dairy. My mom got a jar of local honey for Christmas from a coworker, and I used that in the recipe too. I have a problem with eating cookie dough out of the bowl when I make cookies, so I had 1 baked cookie, and i’m not really sure and don’t really want to know how much dough I ate 🙂 I swear, cookie dough is better than the baked cookie itself. But these are awesome and not too sweet and heres the recipe ! this made a ton of cookies, heres a pic of the first batch.

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A few of you guys asked about the recipe for the chicken casserole. It’s originally from a Paula Deen magazine  called Quick and Easy Meals, its from the May 2008 issue that my mom had, so I’ll post the recipe with the modifications we made

Chicken and Artichoke Casserole
makes 6 servings

  •  1/2 c butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/2 c dry white wine
  • 1 c half and half or 2% (original called for heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 (8oz) package fat free/reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 (5 oz) package grated Parm
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 (14 oz) can quarted artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cubed french bread(i used the beer bread I had baked earlier)
  • 3 tbsps butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350.Lightly grease a casserole dish. 

In a skillet, melt butter over med-high heat. Add garlic and shallots, cook 2 minutes. Stir in wine, cook 3 mins, add cream ceese and Parm, stirring until combined. Stir in chicken, artichokes, spinach, salt and pepper. remove from heat. spoon into prepared baking dish. 

In a small bowl combine french toast cubes and melted butter, tossing to coat. sprinkle over casserole. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Instead of butter you could just spray some cooking spray on top, or use some olive oil. Whatever modifications you make though i’m sure it will turn out great. this is a really tasty casserole! especially in these colder months. 

Boy and puppy are here, soundly asleep 🙂 so sweet. 

Enjoy your Saturday!!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2009 2:37 am

    I just signed up for my sample 😀
    That bike sounds awesome…my husband would love it. In Hawaii they had treadmills like that, where you could “run” along the beach. It was so cool!
    What a steal on that adorable top!!

  2. January 31, 2009 2:43 am

    Oh wow, tasty eats! I’m glad you enjoyed the Amy’s burrito. I’m trying to find them at a nearby grocery store where I am! -lol- And cookies look great, thanks for sharing the link to the recipe. I want to try it! I just need some nutmeg! =)

  3. January 31, 2009 3:02 am

    I love bargain shops too…I’m addicted to Ross, TJ Maxx, & Marshalls. What a steal on the J. Couture! The perfect day…shopping, fit time, and cookies 🙂 I’ll stay tuned on the gift swap idea…I’m more excited about seeing how it works than actually getting a package on the return end 🙂

  4. January 31, 2009 7:44 am

    That sounds like my kind of cardio machine!

    Those yoga cookies sounds amazing! I think I’m gonna have to make some =)

  5. strongandhealthy permalink
    January 31, 2009 8:36 am

    I love Panera!!! Your tank top is super cute! Don’t you hate having to wait until it gets warm outside?!?!? At least you got a deal!!!

    http://www.strongandhealthy.wordpress.com

  6. January 31, 2009 9:33 am

    Okay between the granola, Amy’s, and Panera you’ve been having a tasty day! That’s a really cute shirt!!

  7. January 31, 2009 10:29 am

    hahah OMG i am a total bargain shopper like you, so DAMN that is GOOOOOD find. No, correction, your shirt is an awesome awesome find. GOod for you!!!! 🙂

    My old gym in college used to have an espresso bike (is that its name? that’s so cute!) and I loved it! I’m sad I don’t have that now. booooo.

    By the way, I love oregon chai too!!!! But i’ve only had the original flavor and not vanilla. Maybe after i finish all my hot chocolate I’ll move on to chai. heheheeh. By the way, I’m so jealous you get to go out to dinner with your mom. 🙂 You guys sound like you’re really close and I miss my home now toooooo!!

  8. January 31, 2009 11:23 am

    I love a great deal, too! Looks like you got a FAB one! Love the shirt! I hope you can wear it soon.
    HAHA about the caffeine, as I’m doing the sameeeee thing. Tea is what’s gettin’ me through, too! Love me some chai. Actually, after Hot Yoga, this new studio I’ve been going to has a carafe of “Yogi” tea with soymilk. It’s chai & rocks my world: makes me want to finish class for it! yum!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. kaneil permalink
    January 31, 2009 11:36 am

    Yumm those cookies look awesome! I will have to try them soon. I LOVE bargain shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx – there is nothing better than a great deal. I can totally relate to wanting to wear things immediately. I used to wear my new clothes/shoes out the door when I was little. 🙂

    Kaneil, http://balanceisbest.wordpress.com

  10. January 31, 2009 12:25 pm

    That tank top is soo nice! What a steal. I can’t wait to try making those cookies, I definitely eat way tooo much cookie dough when I’m baking though!!

  11. January 31, 2009 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the recipe on the casserole 😀 Looks good.

  12. January 31, 2009 2:56 pm

    ooooh yoga cookies? How YUMMY is THAT?

    yay for shopping deals and yay for PANERA!! I love their whole grain bread, but my fave soup is black bean!! Total heaven.
    XOXO

  13. January 31, 2009 6:14 pm

    I love Panera – their broccoli cheese soup is amazing!

    AWESOME job on the shopping!!

  14. January 31, 2009 7:36 pm

    Love this entry, you shared little bit o’ everything :). SUPER cute top – I love finding deals like that too. I need to hit up some stores to get the cheap winter stuff as it’s going out of season… but that won’t be for another few months where I live, ha. And the cookies recipe looks great! Gonna have to try it when I have an event to cook for.

  15. January 31, 2009 8:49 pm

    wow those tops are CUTE! love your eats, and I remember I went to panera ALL the time to study…and for their delicious bagels! thanks for the great recipes~
    btw, are you chinese?

  16. Ryan permalink
    January 31, 2009 9:27 pm

    Yummmmy looking cookies! And really cute shirt! I wanted to buy Amy’s Especial burrito today at the grocery store to try but it was too expensive. Is it worth it, you think? I pick up my Non-Dairy ones at Target for $1.69 a piece and can’t bring myself to spend more than $2 on them anywhere else! Oregon Chai is also my favorite…I’ve tried all different kinds including Tazo and 365, but OC is the best!

    Oh and that bike sounds AWESOME!

  17. Sweet and Fit permalink
    February 1, 2009 5:35 pm

    ahhh! I love that top! I love Juicy… I need to take you to the Juicy store in Tysons of G-town – their sales are realllly good. and those cookies look so good!

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