“Where on earth is the sun hid away?”

I thought about doing a second entry yesterday, but opted not to. We ate rather late, since I waffled on what I wanted to do, and we did end up running a couple errands after we picked Jay up from work. When I came home Thursday night, I just happened to venture outside to check and see if there was any mail–Jay said he’d checked but saw nothing when he got home at 4, and since I’m obsessive-compulsive about checking mail, I looked again. I’m glad I did, as I found an envelope from Foodbuzz on the porch. Inside was a coupon for these:


Thanks to the Tastemakers program, I tried a third flavor of Magnum Ice Cream Bars (I’ve also had the Double Chocolate & Double Caramel flavors). I think only one I’ll probably skip trying is the White Chocolate, only because I’ve never been a big fan of white chocolate. Also thanks to Foodbuzz, a couple weeks ago, I also got samples of Lay’s & Tostitos Dip Creation Mixes–2 of each flavor. I don’t care for guacamole, so I gave those mixes to Katie & Melissa to try out. Melissa made hers last week and sent me this:


She said that considering it was a mix, it tasted pretty good. I’ll have to take her word for it, since I’ve tried guac once and don’t think I need to have it ever again. I opted to use this one last night:


I used it on some roasted potatoes, which turned out REALLY good:


And they’re super-simple. I just cut up 3 medium Russetts, tossed them in olive oil and the dip mix, then roasted them in a 400°F oven for about 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes. That chicken breast, came from the bag o’Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken I got last week-Also from Foodbuzz. Once I realized that our meal last night was provided almost exclusively by Foodbuzz (the only part of it we didn’t get for free was the potatoes!), Jay & I had a good chuckle about it. Thanks, Foodbuzz!!

And since I spent far more than I wanted to at the store yesterday, and because I’m wishing it was warm enough to stop wanting such heavy foods all the time, this morning I made myself a smoothie for breakfast.


I found the recipe awhile ago in an old Prevention magazine, although I changed it to suit what I had. It calls for fat-free yogurt & skim milk, which I don’t have. I have Fage Total 4%, and 2% milk. The recipe also calls for 1/4 C of the chocolate chips, but I only used 2 Tbsp. This afternoon, I picked up some flax seed to add in the next time I make one:


I was going to buy a box of organic Hodgson Mill flax, but this stuff was twice as much for about a buck-fifty less. And it’s local:


Howard’s like an hour or so southwest of here. And yeah, I know. Flax seed is so yesterday in the blogosphere, and chia seeds are the go-tos for Omega-3s and all…But I really have a hard time getting past the whole notion that they’re what Chia Pets are made of! Plus, it’s kind of like the whole kale chips nonsense. It’s just another bandwagon I refuse to hop on.

My sister-in-law Inga is in town for the weekend, and once I knew she was coming up for a visit, we made arrangements to spend the afternoon at the Children’s Museum. Since I had to work this morning, Jay & the bambino met me in the museum cafe for lunch:


It’s a bit on the expensive side to eat there, but it’s SO good.


Jay & I split some tea…I’ve never been a big fan of sweetened tea…But this stuff was okay. I also got myself some dessert:


I could’ve seriously eaten a piece twice that size, but the half-sandwich, soup and the tiramisu was enough. I am starting to feel my stomach rumbling a bit again, which means I probably ought to get to work on my dinner this evening. If I recall correctly from the recipe I’m going to attempt, I think the casserole’s going to take about an hour & a half to cook, and there’s a bit of prep work I need to go do!

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4 Replies to ““Where on earth is the sun hid away?””

  1. Happy Easter!

    Omg that dessert look heavenly. It wouldn’t have lasted til picture time.

    I like gold peak tea too except I get the diet kind, which is actually pretty tastey.

    I’ll admit I tried the roasted kale nonsense, but I kinda ended up burning it and it tasted NOTHING like chips. I wasn’t about to try again since I seriously dont feel like I’m missing out on anything.

    I’ve seen and heard about flax seeds but never tried it. Are they supposed to fill you up at all? If not I think I’d rather add another tablespoon of choc chips for the same amount of calories…I know, shame on me! hehe

    • I left the plastic wrap on the tiramisu till I was ready to eat it–Otherwise I never would’ve finished the rest of my lunch!

      Honestly, I don’t think baked/burnt veggies are going to be a good sub if it’s a salty, crunchy chip that I want.

      The flax seed is supposed to be chock-full of Omega-3s, which are supposed to work miracles like lowering your cholesterol, etc. (that’s all I remember from looking them up), and I think they contain a tiny bit of fiber. They’re also supposed to be ground up–You don’t get the full benefits of them in whole form. I think chia seeds are supposed to be even higher in Omega-3s, and I don’t think they need to be ground up. Still, it’s a goofy bandwagon I’m not jumping on!

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