Pumpkin Smiley Oats
Organic Banana Mouth
Peanut Butter Teeth
Crystallized Ginger Nose
Nonfat Greek Yogurt Eyeballs
Pumpkin Butter Eyes
Lunch was skipped since I ate this oatmeal at 10:30 and more so because Jeff dropped me off on-campus to study then he picked me up when I finished (dinner time). It could have been worse but I will say that I hate skipping meals more than anything because it throws off my whole hunger levels/schedule.
No cardio today. After dinner , I did much needed Yoga for 40 minutes and some strength at home: BBQ ( back, biceps, quads) and abs... planks, side to sides, figure 8's ( I will hopefully get to explaining those exercises soon when I finish finals)
Studied all the sections for Research Methods Exam but I feel like I don't remember any of it! Blah! I switched to Metabolism studying (Kreb's cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation, Lipids)... Then called it a day.
I just keep hugging Jeff, happy that the accident wasn't worse. We were supposed to get the xmas tree yesterday so Jeff came up with a great idea to pick out a tree today on the way to campus and decorate later tonight.
So that is exactly what we did, there is the farmer's market trees.
Jeff even surprised me by picking up Organic Eggnog for our "tree decorating night" while I was studying! Isn't that so sweet! I thought it would be great to bake some cookies to go with the tree and eggnog, So I baked Jeff's Mom's Neiman Marcus Cookies and Nana's Chocolate Windows ( hi Nana!). See Below for the details on the Neiman Marcus. The window cookies have to chill overnight, so I will post them tomorrow. Dinner before dessert right...
I did a spin on some menu items from this restaurant a fellow blogger went to the other night- Heather at HangryPants
I pan seared pork chops in the pan with some items I had in my fridge: red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, texas pete hot sauce and a dash of worchestire. Nutritionally this adds a few milligrams of sodium but adds no fat. If you were watching your blood pressure I would suggest cutting out the worchestire, and added fat is not necessarily a bad thing just not my personal preference. So its give/take and I personally think it reminds me of "Carolina BBQ Pork"...
I threw some mushrooms in the pan with a little splash of bourbon ( Jeff and I are both fans of bourbon) and tomato sauce. I added in that same pan some thawed frozen asparagus spears. After the pork was finished, I sliced Organic Polenta in that pan and let it heat up "real good" and I also sliced up a half of a sweet potato ( previously cooked in the microwave last night) in there as well.
I layered everything I could because all the flavors top down is sweet potato, polenta, asparagus, pork, mushrooms. Jeff was shocked I was eating it all together. This seems like a perfect example of how eating deliciously does not have to include lots of fat! I actually added NO fat ( no butter or oil at all!).
Now on to the cookies:
Jeff's mom makes these at christmas and they are DELICIOUS! I made changes as I always do to this recipe but not too many because I would hate to have a less than stellar comparison.
Out of The Oven
Very Happy with the final product- I think I ate about 8... okay I really had 3 plus a little mini one
Organic Eggnog and the cookies
Jack and our perfectly decorated charlie brown tree, we are contemplating a name for it.