One time I blogged on a regular(ish) schedule a few times a week. That was before the busy season at work hit in the middle of trying to make sure we have everything that we need ready for Baby whenever she decides to come. (Which is hopefully not until January, but better safe than sorry!) Long story short, blogging just hasn’t been the number one priority recently, which I am ok with, but I do miss having something to blog about (and having the time and energy to sit down and do it.) As an example of where the time has gone, I started writing some of the things in this post about three weeks ago, and was going to be all about Fall things, which now seems a little irrelevant since the first official day of Winter is somehow right around the corner. But anyways, I just wanted to share with you some random things that have been going on and show you that I didn’t just fall off the face of the earth.
I’ve been doing better some weeks than others with bringing lunches to work. Some things that I’ve found make great meals as leftovers:
- Chili. We use the Easy 5 Step Chili recipe from How Sweet It Is, and I love it. I generally use ground chicken instead of beef, and we’ve been adding some brown sugar to the mix to sweeten it up a bit. The recipe (even though we only make half) makes enough so that I have a few servings for lunches during the week.
- Chobani Mac and Cheese. I love this macaroni and cheese recipe because it feels kind of fancy since it is baked and topped with bread crumbs, but the addition of the Greek yogurt makes it much more filling than normal noodles and cheese. And again, one batch makes for a few servings of leftovers that I can take for lunches!
- Peanut Quinoa Stir Fry makes a ton of food, and decent leftovers as well.
The November featured FroYo flavor at Menchies was Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll. (Full disclosure: I was sent a gift card to try the new flavor. I’m not being otherwise compensated, and as always, all of the opinions are completely my own.) This flavor was a limited edition and only guaranteed available through November, so I’m not sure if it is available any more. It definitely was appropriate for Fall though! You can smell the cinnamon right off the bat, and they even have Cinnabon morsels that you can add if you want even more cinnamon flavor. The featured flavor for December is Cocoa-Minty Holiday Cookie which sounds pretty appropriate for the season! (My favorite flavor at Menchies is still the Dole Pineapple which is amazingly similar to the Dole Whip’s sold at Disney World, and one of my favorite snacks.)
I tried Edamame. This was part of the quinoa stir fry dish that I mentioned above, and I’m definitely a fan. It doesn’t have a very specific taste (in a stir fry dish at least) but to me it just kind of tastes like peas. Another healthy food choice for the win!
On my other blog, I am doing 25 Days of Christmas Music and posting one of my favorite Christmas songs each day. I haven’t been perfect about getting one up each day, but I’m caught up again and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up for the rest of the time.
Recently, I tried the Panera Rapid Pick Up takeout system. Have you heard of this? It is a fairly new concept, and I was a bit skeptical about it at first. You order and pay online and then 10 minutes later (or at the time you specify) your order will be ready pick up and sitting on a shelf by the door which is in alphabetical order. I guess I was most concerned that either my order would be messed up somehow, or that there would be so many different bags sitting on the shelving that it would be hard to find mine, or mine would get taken by someone else. Neither of those concerns were the case when I tried it though. I got there pretty much exactly 10 minutes after I ordered, and my bag was sitting there ready to go. I will definitely use it in the future during lunch time, it was such a time saver!
I’ve been having a hard time sleeping at night (#pregnancyproblems) and had been really trying to avoid napping during the day if at all possible because I was pretty sure it was just making the situation worse. This week though, I’ve been embracing the afternoon naps. Even though sleeping still isn’t great, it is much better if I just go to bed later, when I am more tired, and the only way to stay up later is to take a nap during the day otherwise I just crash around 9pm. I’d rather be up until 11pm and wake up at a reasonable time than go to bed at 9 and be wide awake at 3am.
Speaking of being pregnant, I had two wonderful baby showers in the past month. (I’ll be blogging about them at some point on the other blog) We have a few more things to figure out and put together before I can say we are really ready, but we are getting there. I mean I guess we have the essentials if baby were to come early, but it would definitely not be ideal. I’ll also be sharing some of the DIY things I’ve made for the nursery/baby on the other blog at some point, too.
I haven’t had any real pregnancy “cravings” (or at least anything that I would say is super out of the ordinary for me to want) but I’ve been all about the chocolate chip cookies recently. Either home made (which are obviously the best warm out of the oven) or the thick and soft bakery kind. The bakery at my local grocery store makes delicious ones, and the ones from Panera and Noodles and Company are pretty good as well. Oh the healthier side, I’ve also been loving all kinds of fruit (most recently pears) and also salads with balsamic or Italian dressing.