So this is our last weekend at our house! Yay! The walls are looking bare, the boxes are piling up and the anticipation is absolutely dreadful. We can’t wait to get into our new home. There is still so much to do and it’s starting to get pretty difficult to keep my head screwed on straight.
I wanted to keep the food prepping to a minimum this weekend so we would have to finish every last bit of food already in the fridge. I did a quick inventory of what’s still left in the freezer a few moments ago. It’s looks like we will be enjoying some chicken chili, pulled pork, turkey skinikopita, an unknown jar of frozen soup or turkey chili? who knows! Whatever mystery jar we pull out of the freezer, we can at least be confident it’s a clean and healthy option. Should be interesting.
I tried out a couple new recipes that are worth mentioning. Justin was in the mood for something different for his protein bread option, so I toyed with a lemon poppyseed muffin that look really good, but lack a little umph. I’ll definitely have to make some improvements next time…
It’s pretty obvious that I am in love with my Almond, Coconut, Goji Bars, but Justin has been begging me for something new. He loves pistachios, so I wanted to work them into the bar this time. Pistachios go pretty darn good with dates, so I found some date syrup at our local whole food type store. I followed the same basic premise of my bars, but left out the almonds and honey and replaced them with the pistachios and date syrup. They were fantastic and most importantly, Justin approves. I’ll have to get the recipe on the site soon, but it may take me a week or so!
Daytime Meal Options
- Cauliflower, Baby Kale Pizza
- Ring of Fire Chicken
- Lemon Poppyseed Protein Muffins with Protein Powder Icing
- Pistachio-Date Protein Power Bars
We still had tons of pulled pork leftover, so we had that along with creamy cole slaw, homemade pickles and steamed broccoli. We had a busy Saturday scheduled, so I also took some time to prepare my cauliflower pizza crust for tomorrow’s pizza lunch.
We sat down to a quick breakfast of leftover sausage balls, scrambled eggs and some whole wheat pancakes made with the whole wheat baking mix I threw together last week. It has been a really long time since I made “normal” pancakes, and, damn they were good. Justin and the kids enjoyed them a little too much (I admit, I did too) that I may have to give my banana-coconut flour pancakes a break for a bit.
After breakfast we were off to our first birthday party of the weekend. The kids were surrounded by cake and skittles and balloons and bubbles at 10 o’clock in the morning. Justin and I knew the day would be an interesting one with all that forbidden sugar! haha. They had a good time of course and that’s all that matters. And, yes, we let them enjoy some cake and candy. I was proud to see that Cohen only picked at his cake, Makenna, on the other hand, was begging for a second piece, which, unfortunately, she did not get. We have to draw the line somewhere!
We were back in plenty of time to make our pizza’s. Mak helped make hers and Cohen’s on some leftover whole wheat pita bread I made for a co-workers birthday the day before. I was excited to use the organic baby kale I found at Walmart of all places on the cauliflower pizza crust, along with a medley of onions, peppers, mushrooms and prosciutto. Yum.
For dinner I planned on making some gyros, but I forgot to make more pita bread, a task that takes me a good three hours to complete. So we opted for grilled steak, brussels sprouts and Japanese sweet potatoes….not a bad dinner if I say so myself. Justin did a fantastic job preparing it. I would have helped, but I came down with yet another fever and was glued to the bed and wishing it didn’t hurt my lungs to breathe. ugh. No fun, for sure.
I woke up feeling normal again, so I made some more whole wheat pancakes with the last of the baking mix, bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast. After breakfast, I prepped what little food I had planned for the week and at some point during that, I mentioned that Cohen needed a haircut. Justin has asked several times if he could just buzz his head, but I have refused every time. Well, today I gave in and here is the result.
Eddie Murphey called, he wants his Golden Child back. Thanks babe. Hair grows back, or maybe this do will grow on me. We shall see.
For lunch Justin grilled a whole chicken, using one of our favorite Alton recipes, Ring of Fire Chicken, along with some asparagus and more Japanese sweet potatoes. Plenty of leftovers just in case the jars of frozen mystery meals gets a little too scary.
For dinner we were off to our second birthday party of the weekend where we enjoyed some catered barbecue and other party fixins. I tried my best to stay away from the Rotel cheese dip, but I just had to taste it. I grew up on the stuff and I loooooooved it as a kid….and even as an adult. I knew I would feel like crap after I had some, and I did. All I ate was a spoonful! That’ll teach me. No more fake cheese for me. I’m cured…for now.
So this will be my last post I write sitting at my dining room table on Basswood Ave! It’s a bitter sweet moment. We have a lot of good memories in this house, but it’s about time we move on to bigger and better things!
Until next week, happy eating!