Back in Business (Jan 13, 2013)

Last night was my first night back. I swear I was more nervous returning to work than I was the first day I started. Everyone was so welcoming and complemented me on my progress, ie. weight gain. I happy as I was, constantly being reminded of how much weight I gained was a bit like poking me in the rib with a stick.

I started back on the desk to ease my way back in, and it was like I never left!
I ate dinner with the other Aide, Claire, and enjoyed my first ever Lean Cuisine meal, Lemongrass Chicken. The broccoli slaw was just what it needed. (I’m a sucker for veggies!) I was afraid that the lemongrass would be too strong of a flavor for the TV dinner, but I think the slaw helped distribute the sauce really well.

(Not specific to Lean Cuisine, but have you ever realized that the meat in frozen dinners never actually looks like the meat that its supposed to be? Like the Salisbury steak looks like some baby food glued together with some gravy, and the chicken looks like rubber? Just an observation…)

I saw a parent of one of the patients grab coffee and peanut M&Ms. I was craving that till the end of my shift. I darted to the vending machine to snag some, but then faced a dilemma. I had a ten dollar bill, a one dollar bill, a quarter and a dime. Which to choose: the Fiber One Chocolate Brownie or the Peanut M&Ms??? To be a good girl, I put in my dollar bill, quarter, and dime, and enjoyed the brownie, to which I topped, with some hospital-sized Peanut Butter. (If you didn’t know this PB pretty much goes with everything!)

Ahh! The make-shift hospital delight…

Still jonesing for those M&Ms, and being so proud of my eating habits, I stopped by 7Eleven on my way home, where I also indulged in some Butterfinger Bites.
I started going to town! Luckily, I caught myself and stopped the midless eating. It was too late of course because the calories had already been swallowed…
The star of this little sugar rush was Cracker Jacks Cracker Jack’D:

The PB and Chocolate mix! Heaven!

I was tired when I got home, especially after my sugar binge… I put on my hula hooping song, “Don’t Stop the Party”by Pitbull, which, of course, drove my dad crazy (yes, hula-hooping is very therapeutic)! I followed up with some more Pitbull, “Culo,” and finished with PSY. Then I crashed around 0130.

I set my alarm for Church this morning, but it was just not happening! I woke around 1030 feeling guilty about my binge so I went for a quickie walk/run. When I got back, dad had scrapple in the frying pan. For those of you who don’t know what scrapple is…let me explain its porky-loafy goodness…

Scrapple is basically what it sounds like… the scraps of the pig that don’t get used, mixed with cormeal and spices. This morning we used the lean beef scrapple by Hatfeild

To balance this, I through some of it into an egg white omelette stuffed with bell peppers, onions, and spinach, a bit of shredded fat free mozzarella (dad wanted sharp cheddar). And like with most things, hot sauce was the dressing! Half way through, I realized I forgot the mushrooms! I told you I’m a sucker for veggies!


Dad got the same thing, but platter style.

If you’ve never tried scrapple, I recommend it. Just make sure you get it theright way, crispy outside and soft inside. Diners in my area, Jersey, and Philly are primo! Sometimes, you get lucky enough and the diner makes their own!

Its been pretty icky here, in Wilmington.

The news says its one of the warmest winters we’ve had in years…. GLOBAL WARMING, people!!! Be a tree hugger!

Okay… off my pedestal….

I’m back at work tonight and I got here quick. There was hardly anyone on the road. I can’t blame them though, its pretty foggy…

On the menu tonight is Amy’s Light and Lean Polenta and Swiss Chard… Of course, I’m addingMann’s Broccoli Slaw.

Hope Springs (Jan 12, 2013)

Hope Springs” was not what I expected. I thought it was supposed to be sort of a comedy. It was much more serious. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a married couple who have lost their spark. Streep’s character pays for a couples counseling getaway, where they meet Steve Carrell, the marriage counselor. Tommy still delivers his dry humor, which I love so much, and Meryl, as always is purely fabulous!
Since Meryl and Tommy are two of my favorite actors, some of the scenes were a bit awkward for me to watch ie. the oral sex scene…
Yeah… thats a visual of those two I never thought I’d see…

Overall, the movie was outstanding! I’m not going to tell you anymore because I don’t want to ruin it for you. I think this is a movie which older couples would benefit from watching.

I finished off my night, lying in bed with my cat, Bunny, and dog, Beauty, watching “Finding Nemo.” I don’t care how old you are, you are NEVER too old for “Nemo.”

I had a pretty rough time sleep last night. I couldn’t get my brain to shut down. I think its because I’m a little nervous about going back to work today, since I’ve been out on medical leave for the past 6 weeks.

I woke up later than planned this morning, around 10:15am. I immediately laced up my sneaks and took a jog to the Walgreens to return “Hope Springs” to the RedBox.

When I got home I was really in the mood for french toast. I’m big a fan of stuffed french toast. Usually, I use ricotta, but today I wanted to try something new. I used a slice of Pepperidge Farm 7 Grain Carb Style bread, which I sliced in half. One one side, I placed about an ounce of sliced apple; on the other half, a tablespoon and a half of Lactaid Low Fat Cottage Cheese (I’m not lactose intolerant, but I’m in love with the creaminess of this brand! Theres no other like it!). I topped the cheese with half a packet of Nevella (just like Splenda, but with probiotics) and some apple pie spice.

I used 2 tablespoons of liquid egg whites to form the coating and into the pan it went. The trick to any stuffed french toast is to ensure that the edges are well  coated so that the goodness is sealed in! Using cottage cheese made this a little difficult… and messy… but still oh so good! I finished it off by sprinkling the remainder of the sweetener over top.

It turned out a bit like a grilled cheese  🙂

Cottage Apple Stuffed French Toast
1 slice bread, sliced in half for form two slices
1 1/2 T cottage cheese
1 packet sweetener, divided
1 oz apple, sliced
apple pie spice
2T liquid egg whites

The remainder of my day is going to be spent burning off some nervous energy, then its off to work…

 I wanted to keep things simple for dinner at the hospital tonight so I opted for Lean Cuisine’s Lemon Grass Chicken. I bulked it up with some Mann’s Broccoli Slaw.

Wish me luck!