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Happy To Be Home Again

My last night in Clearwater found us at the Whistlestop Bar and Grill in Safety Harbor.  This is one of our favorite spots because you can sit outside and they have live music.  Wednesday night was open mic night.  I hate to be harsh but I would have been happier if there had been NO music.  Fortunately…the food was good!

We started out with corn poppers.  They’re tiny little corn fritters…so sweet and tasty.  In an effort to be good, I only ate 3, but they were delicious.

My choice for dinner was a veggie wrap made with their veggie burger, grilled veggies and cheese.  I can’t find it on their menu now but I know I ate it…I have pictures to prove it!!

On the side I got the black-eyed pea salad that I need to duplicate.  It is very tasty, well spiced, but not overly spicy.  Yum.  I hadn’t had this wrap there before and it was very good.  I guess on Wednesday, I was the wrap Queen!! 😉

Fortunately on Thursday morning the skies had cleared and there was no rain.  But there was an accident on the highway that would take us to the Tampa Airport.  We were all up and ready and we were out of the house by 8:45am.  We got to the airport without any issues.

We got there at 9:30 and by 9:40 I was through security!  I was amazed and grateful for that.  I don’t mind sitting there waiting because I can always read, but I hate standing in those lines. Everyone was pleasant which helped enormously! 🙂

Again, another uneventful flight…Thank You, Southwest Airlines…and the flight landed early as their flights always seem to do.  Ralph and I had a little mix up…I had asked him to meet me at departures because at the Philadelphia airport it’s easier for cars to stop.  I had only carry on luggage so that made the most sense.  He ended up at arrivals and there was an accident in his way when he tried to come back around. 

I only waited a few minutes longer than I might have so it was not a problem.  Especially because of how beautiful it was when I came out of the building.  Clear skies, and a beautiful, almost cool breeze!  A wonderful welcome home gift.

We got home safely and I unpacked.  I’m so proud of myself because when I came home from Florida in June, my suitcase rode in the car with me until 2 days before I left for Florida again. 😦  What a slug I am sometimes!

After Ralph and I had the chance to chat for a while, I went over to visit my sister, Ele to catch up on the what went on while I was gone. 

When I got home, Ralph and I decided we were hungry, but not really hungry.  We were off to the Gateway Diner.  I tried something new this time…an onion omelette.

Of course, I paired it with slice tomatoes and added a sprinkle of black pepper and parmesan cheese.  Just right.  Not too heavy but satisfying.

So here I am at home again with a whirlwind weekend ahead of me. 

Tonight is a bridal shower for Ele’s niece.  Tomorrow is our terrific summer tradition, the Rock A Hula party (still have to come up with something to take with me…Yikes!!) and Sunday is the engagement party to go with the bridal shower!!  Holy Cow!!  So we’ll be busy.  I’m hoping to still be able to post so we’ll see how that goes.

AND…tomorrow morning I have Weight Watchers…I’m hoping that vacation didn’t take me TOO far off track.  We’ll see.  I still feel so good about what I’ve accomplished lately that I think I’ll be ok. 

Happy Busy Friday!!! 🙂

Tuesday Inside and Out

Ralph and I took a trip to BJ’s Wholesale Club today to pick up a few things.  We were out of Splenda and it is so much less expensive there, especially the BJ’s brand.  I also picked up some popcorn, which helps me stay on track and toothpaste.  I am NOT the one who bought the cherry turnovers…I plead the fifth on who did! 😉

We had lunch at a local diner.  Good spinach salad, but I just wonder why some people cannot act professionally.  Waitresses were shouting back and forth to each other, personal comments that the customers should not have to hear.  The worst thing is that no one in charge made an attempt to stop them.  Very irritating.  I’ll get off of my soapbox before I hurt myself!

After spending several hours at Gail’s, when I got home I wasn’t really hungry yet so I waited a while.  I had not yet tried the edamame burger from The Wishing Well that I had gotten at Natural Harvest Market.  I decided to give it a try.

It was HUGE!! I had been advised to cut it in half and use bread crumbs, so that’s what I did.  I coated a skillet with cooking spray and set it to cooking.  However, it’s very soft and it generally fell apart.  I probably needed a larger skillet and more bread crumbs.  It might have also worked better if I cut it in 4 and then breaded.  Next time I’ll know.

I served it with red bell pepper strips and baby carrots.  I dipped them in the sauce that came with the burger.  Sort of a sour cream, pickle combo. The verdict.  DELICIOUS!!   I don’t usually just cut up veggies to eat along with my other food.  I may start to do that.  I really enjoyed it and the overall meal was very filling.  I didn’t eat another thing except some mandarin oranges.  I think eating late helped too.  Maybe I should consider eating my dinner a little later.  Keeps me from snacking.

An unusual, but beautiful sunset last night.  It almost looked like a sunrise.  Thought I’d share it with you. 🙂

Now it’s Wednesday.  Not sure what the day will hold.  I have fruit to cut up.  Can’t wait to see if I can conquer the mango.  We’ll see it if conquers me! 😉

Happy Wednesday!! 🙂

Sunday On the Run

I did my best to be on track yesterday.  I started with my wonderful combo of Chobani and Fiber One.

I used the vanilla flavor and added cinnamon(!) of course!

It’s only a half cup of Fiber One, but the combo is so filling…and I get 16g of protein from the Chobani and 2 from the Fiber one,  all for only 5 points on Weight Watchers, so it’s a pretty good deal. 🙂

Ele and I snuck off to Barnes and Noble for a quick coffee. I got my non fat, sugar-free cinnamon dolce latte.  I’m not spending 6 points on a frappuchino!  2 points is good.   The cafe was packed!   We settled in front of the magazine racks and I ended up getting sucked into buying the new issue of VegNews.

I still can’t believe that this magazine has been around for years and I’ve only just discovered it.  I really enjoy it though, lots of thought-provoking articles and loads of information!

I spent the afternoon at Gail’s house helping with her Mom.  Even though it’s for a sad reason, I’m enjoying spending so much time with her.  Also glad I can be of help.

Dinner was quick and easy…I was starving!

Salad wit Romaine, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes and MorningStar Farms Grillers California Turk’y burgers. Only 2 points each and very yummy!

Topped with Ken’s Lite Balsamic and Basil Vinaigrette.  I found this recently and thought I’d give it a try.  It’s very tasty and low in points. (I think 1 point per serving…have to recheck.)  Very yummy and satisfying.

Got up early this morning and got my garbanzo beans into the crock pot!

I can smell them cooking as I type!  It will be great to have that supply for the week to keep me going.  It’s such a great idea and I’m so glad I discovered I could cook my beans that way.  I need to stock up on more beans this week since the garbanzos were my last bag.  I’ll see if I can find something different to try!

So now I’m off to Gail’s to help for a few hours.  I’ll have to come back at some point to turn off the beans and drain them (not a responsiblity that I would ask Ralph to tackle…I burn myself often enough doing it, don’t want it to happen to him!) 

It’s semi-sunny out at the moment.  Not sure what the weather will hold today.  Not sure what the day in general will hold.  Nevertheless…Happy Monday! 🙂

Disjointed Day

I had a sort of  weird food day yesterday.  Most of the morning involved running errands,  mostly food related.  We went to Walmart to stock up on veggie burgers…Morningstar Farms are the preferred brand.  I got a bunch for myself and for my friend Gail who isn’t able to get out because her Mom is recovering from a hospital stay and needs help most of the time.  Fortunately, we seem to be able to find our favorite chick’n grillers which strangely are not listed on their website.  Take my word for it, they’re delicious!

Went back to my favorite produce place, Verchio’s in Gloucester.  I got this wonderful haul…not as big this time…

Bananas, red bell peppers, Portobellos, spinach and zucchini.  I’m really getting into bananas, I’m not usually a banana fan, but I know they’re good for me, so I’m working on it. 

Lunch was just left over ancient bean soup which I’m still working on and still enjoying.  It came to about 7:30pm and I realized I was getting hungry.  I dug into my Morningstar Farms stash and got out the Spicy Black Bean Burgers which are also one of my favorites.

I usually just plop them in the toaster oven and they cook away.  I toasted up some Maier’s Italian Bread

…another new favorite.  I added some cheese just before the burgers were finished.  I didn’t take a photo, I was too hungry by that point!

I ate my dinner while watching Antiques Roadshow which is also one of my favorites.  Gee, sounds like I have a lot of favorites, doesn’t it?! 🙂 Well, it’s true. Then I fell asleep and that’s all she wrote…well, with me, it’s rarely all she wrote!

We’re  expecting a big storm…AGAIN!!! 😦  Funny how that is in the winter.  I personally can’t remember a winter with so much snow, so I suppose we have more of these pictures to look forward to…

Time to get going to a more productive day!