Double Blending (Monday)
I spent the night at Barry’s last night, since we both work night shift tonight. We began our day with some laundry and household chores. After Saturday’s Pumpkin Pie PopTart/Sammy Hot Cocoa Combo, Barry was pretty excited to try it. I made it for him and I thought he was going to melt at the kitchen table. He loved it!
After some dillydallying, my stomach was growling and I was craving a shake! We hit the farmers market to snag a few necessities for some upcoming recipes, and headed back to mi casa. So, today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day AND National Caramel Apple Day. I tried a Caramel Apple Bowl:
- 1 scoop vanilla protein
- 1/2 apple, chopped and frozen
- 1 Tbsp SF FF butterscotch pudding
- 1/2 Tbsp SF caramel syrup
- spinach (optional)
- xanthum and guar (optional)
As I ate my sweet bowl, Barry found out that he did not have to work. By this time, I needed to try to lay down for a cat nap. Barry and I laid down, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not fall asleep! In fact, my belly would not stop talking to me! Eventually, around 6 or 7, I got my butt up and had to eat! Now, it was time for that pumpkin cheesecake. Since I didn’t have any canned pumpkin open, I improvised with combining vanilla protein powder, 2 Tbsp SF pumpkin spice syrup, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 Tbsp SF FF cheesecake pudding mix, water, ice, xanthum and guar.
I was pretty stuffed. With this full tummy, I sent out a few more resumes, and attempted another nap with an hour and a half to spare. My brain would not stop. Food, calories, recipes, calories, work, snacks… Just non-stop…
I was fed up, got up, made some spectacularly delicious coffee, which I drank as I sent out resumes.
Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut (Tuesday)
Work went well. It really picked up around 4am! Around 2am, though, I did my usual routine of hitting up the salad bar. My array of vegetables was paired with half a tray of Lightlife’s Penne Primavera. This was my first of the this brand, and I must say it was worth the money.
Most frozen meals greatly lack in pretty much every aspect. This was full of vegetables, pasta, and super cheezy! I divided the tray into two containers and added chopped broccoli and additional sauce to each. I brought one with me for dinner, and saved the other for when I work my Wednesday into Thursday.
Upon arriving home, I quickly toasted up some cinnamon raisin bread, and topped it with Be Well Bundo’s simplest recipe yet for Barry. If you recall, the morning of Vendemmia, Barry and I stopped by Wawa and he ordered a cinnamon raisin bagel with mixed berry cream cheese. I fell in love with the teaser taste I took from his breakfast. With this being Barry’s favorite cream cheese, I told him what I thought I needed to replicate the spread and he went out and got it. We wound up cutting over 100 calories from the original stuff!
makes 13 servings
1 serving- 2Tbsp
- 1 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries (favoring the blueberries and blackberries)
- 3 packets Splenda
- 1 8oz tub non fat cream cheese
Microwave 1 cup of mixed berries on the defrost setting for 35 seconds. Place this, the remaining frozen berries, Spenda, and cream cheese in a food processor and blend, until there are few chunks of berries. Refigerate to thicken and enjoy!
Nutrition: per 2 Tbsp
Calories: 26, Fat: 0 g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 3.1mg, Sodium: 123mg, Carbs: 3.5g, Fiber: 0.6g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 2.6g
As delicious as this stuff was, I couldn’t wait to share it with dad! I made another cinnamon raisin/cream cheese sandwich, this time for dad. He picked up this, along with a coffee (like a restaurant… Bundo’s Breakfast), and I went to sleep. Ten minutes late, I got a phone call raving about how delicious it was! Although I’m always delighted when my dad approves of a new recipe, fatigue was too overwhelming. I smiled, thanked him, and feel asleep with my cell phone on my cheek..
Thank God I was able to sleep, today!
I was on the floor for the entire 12 hours, which I always like. Upon waking up this afternoon, I remembered a couple dreams: two of them were recipes and one left me… I’m not sure of the word… All I know is that I woke up wanting to cry and I have had trouble shaking this funk.
Today is National Nut Day. With a 12hour shift ahead of me, I knew I’d need caffeine and fuel. I’ve been trying to use up this almond butter, that I’m not a particular fan of, and throw a bit of that in the blender along with cafe latte shake mix and half frozen banana.
Even though I got some sleep, I was still tired and made a Bubba Gulp of coffee. It was pretty delicious. I drank the entire thing, while sending out resumes, waiting until it was time to leave for work, and updating this post.
Dinner last night was, as always, accompanied by a platter from the salad bar. With all the jazz with this cream cheese, I brought some to work on and spread it over a toasted cinnamon raisin breakfast thin by Thomas. Yum!
Deb, the Temptress of Treats, once again brought that Cajun Trail Mix from Walmart. Ugh! I just can’t get enough of it! Even with that bit of snackage, I was still pleased with my eating.
My shift was nothing too exciting. I did, however, leave work this morning with a hakering for coffee and a growling stomach. I remembered my friend Brittany gave me a Double Chocolate Chunk Rice Krispie treat (100 calories), last night, and figured that should hold me over until I wake up.
I drove the 7Eleven after work. No decaf! I walked next door to the gas station. No decaf! What is this world coming to? I’m almost happy that neither had the coffee because I started feeling some anxiety about the chocolate cereal bar. I called my dad, left my car at the 7Eleven and took a 4 block walk to another 7 Eleven and called my dad to try to talk myself through this.
Talking with dad really helped. I headed home, coffee in hand, ready for bed. I crashed! I kept waking up, though, and eventually, around 1240 pm, I got up. Barry and Frank were talking about computers, of which is all Greek to me, so I whipped up a protein bowl. Today is both National Banana Cream Pie and National Boston Cream Pie Day. I already know how to make a Banana Cream Pie shake, so I accepted the challange of creating a Boston Cream Pie. I looked up some cake recipes and think I figured it out. It even has a pretend ganash!
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp SF FF vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 packet Splenda
- 1 tsp SF French Vanilla powdered coffee creamer
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp xanthum
- 1/8 tsp guar
- 2 Tbsp SF chocolate syrup, divided (like for chocolate milk)
- 2 Tbsp FF Cool Whip
Blend vanilla protein through guar. Meanwhile, stir together cool whip with 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup. Pour blended shake into a bowl and drizzle with chocolate cool whip. Top the bowl by drizzling the remaining 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup.
To add to a cake-y texture, I crumbled a bit of an Espresso Chip Gnu bar over top. It must have been good because I enjoyed it, and after one taste Barry attempted to walk out of the kitchen with my lunch in hand.
I gave the pup a bath and continued to try to sleep. While Barry was with me, I felt fine. Nothing was bothering me. As soon as he left, I went manic. Frank was cooking dinner, so I sat down, steamed up a bowl of vegetables, and then another. Then, I wanted to eat everything.
When my mania kicks in, I feel possessed! I ate a bunch of trail mix, goldfish…