Props to the hippies

20 Apr

Today was an interesting day. It was sunny in the first part then slowly became cloudy….outside and inside.

I started the day off right though because I had a free drink coupon for Starbucks. I decided to go big or go home and got a Venti Iced Raspberry Soy Latte. Look at that color! It’s one of the prettiest color of coffees I’ve ever seen!

My Starbucks baristas looked at me like I was crazy though since I always get drip coffee or iced coffee. I told them the only reason I got this was because it’s free because I refuse to spend $4 ot $5 on a coffee drink. Seriously, how do people afford that every day? On the other hand, under two bucks and free refills I can totally roll with.

My email box wasn’t completely flooded when I turned on my computer so I felt somewhat at ease. Also, Stinkalicious called in sick today which automatically put me in a good mood 🙂

I had a nutty breakfast of Trader Joe’s 0% Greek Yogurt, Very Cherry Frozen Fruit and their Blueberry Flax Seed topped with coconut granola.

Won’t stay too pretty for long!

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I would marry Trader Joe’s if I could.

It’s Tuesday so that means the hippies were out and got some mad deals on produce for the wk…..

Yes—sweet potatoes, tomatoes, apple, pear, onion, zucchini, squash and okra for only $7, not too shabby at all. I love that they are here twice a week and that I’m buying locally grown stuff. When it gets nicer out, the square they are in has other vendors out and music, it’s quite fun. But then again, it makes me not want to work…..but when does one ever feel like working? I also love that the head hippie lady has the nicest arms. I am talking Jackie Warner league. I want to make a shirt for her that says “Hippies Have Guns” with her posing, I think it would be cute 🙂

Quiznos had people out on the corner handing out free stuff so naturally I wondered over there to see what the fuss was about and scored a free lunch bag (with coupons inside, thanks Quiznos!)

The rest of the morning flew by while I helped with other people’s stuff, my own and various projects. I had an orange for my pre-lunch snack.

And lunch was served! I had a burrito bowl with black beans, diced jalapenos and onions, tomatoes and shredded cheese over brown rice with salsa/greek yogurt sauce.

 I’m not even a huge rice person but think I could eat this every day and be happy.

This afternoon was a blur. I was on a couple hour long calls, taking care of my own stuff but then helping other people on my team (I love no matter how busy I am I offer to help if people are drowning in work but when I ask no one helps me? Detect snark? I hope so.) It started to darken outside and made me want to just curl under my cubicle and take a nice, long nap.

I walked over to Harris Teeter to get out for a few and pick up some bananas and Kashi Go Lean bars since this was the last day of their $1/bar sale.

I caught up on some reading on the bus ride home so I wouldn’t fall asleep. I’m currently reading Spin by Robert Rave. Think Devil Wears Prada meets the celebrity gossip world. It’s great 🙂

I had a bunch of pork in the freezer and decided to try this recipe I saw on myrecipes.com…..Pork Chops with Maple Mustard Glaze. Come to think of it, apples would have been really good with this as well.

Browning the pork, I kept saying “Browning the pork, browning the pork” ala Beavis and Buttheads “Breaking the Law”

I cut up some fresh okra that I bought from the hippies and sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil, pepper and garlic salt and baked at 375 for 17 mins. I’ve only had fried okra before and was anxious to try it! I had one more serving of cheesy/onion mashed taters on hand so nuked those while everything was finishing up.

Lovely plate of goodness

This was a random but great dinner! I really liked the pork recipe-it was sweet with a bit of tang to it. And okra, omg. This will be a new go to for me, it’s so easy to make and nutritious, you can’t go wrong!

Lincoln and I spent some quality time together afterwards. By quality time, I mean me rubbing his belly

My night-time snack was a pear from the hippies

I think I am going to turn off the tv for the rest of the night and zone out to Pandora. And probably some reggae due to my hippie-licious day. Thanks hippies for all the goodies today that I incorporated into my meals and snacks. I can’t wait to use the rest of my produce throughout the week until you are back on Friday.

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10 Responses to “Props to the hippies”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness April 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Too funny! I actually thought to myself, “hmmm… I’ll have to ask how she’s going to use that okra because I’ve never made it myself”. And hot damn, you answered my question!

  2. Kelly Olexa April 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    I so want to marry Trader Joes too. Amen. Everything in that freaking store ROCKS MY FACE OFF!

  3. genesis April 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    hippies….lol.

    we had quiznos people on our campus handing stuff out too, but then I had to kick them off campus. we’re not allowed to have businesses on our campus pass stuff out to students or employees without approval, so I sic’d the cops on them and kicked em off. My boss is so powerful, which makes me powerful…lol.

  4. Tiffani April 21, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    So three things:

    1) Your Raspberry Soy Latte looks AMAZING! Definitely going to try one on my next trip to Starbs for a treat. Was it very sweet? I. Can. Not. Wait!

    2) Your burrito bowl lunch looks DELISH! I’m so glad I came to your page tonight. I saw “Props to the Hippies” and since I love anything hippie I had to swing by.

    3) Your page, in conjunction with Teri’s, have inspired me to create a new page on my own blog called “Foodie Dreams”–I’m going post links to all the DELISH food I find on your blogs so I can remember to make these items for myself when I am looking for something to diversify my everyday menu. LOVE IT! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Yasmin April 21, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    That burrito bowl looks fantastic! Have you entered my birthday giveaway yet?
    http://itsawrapteacher.blogspot.com/2010/04/birthday-giveaway.html

  6. coffeeismycarrot April 21, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Lucky you to have a Farmer’s Market mid-week and convenient. Ours is only on Saturday from 8-12 and not really close. Boo 😦

    I LOVE okra. I like it pickled, fried, boiled, etc. I have never thought to bake it, though I bake every other veggie. I just put it on my grocery list. Thanks for the tip!

  7. teneightsixfour April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    I am envious of your frugality @ the grocery store…:(

    I don’t like okra but you sure make it look tasty!!!

  8. kat April 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    I would buy that shirt! Hee! You convinced me to try the okra too!

  9. Marie April 22, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    heh! there’s no shame i quitting halfway through to try something else — seriously! And yeah, it is definitely not your typical soothing yoga!

  10. Marie April 22, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    whoops. I commented on the wrong post. Mah bad. you know what I meant! LOL

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