The rest of snow day turned out to be a nice, relaxing day-just what I needed! My manager called me around noon to let me know the entire office may be shut down today since we have more snow and freezing rain coming our way so I had to call in today to see if I would have to go in or not.
We are on a delay but supposed to go in at 10AM but that may change.
I have to stay up (since there’s no way I am going back to bed now) and call back at 8AM to see if that still holds true. I am watching the news and they are saying how the Department of Transportation is recommending everyone stay off the road but I guess the bank wants us to risk our lives and go in. Yay.
As for yesterday–I was starting to get a little cabin fever around lunch time. I’ve stayed in the house for that long before it’s just when I feel confined that I start to go crazy and what to do something. What better to do than a strength training session to get some blood pumping?
Upright Deltoid Rows (13 reps, 3 sets)
Shrugs (13 reps, 3 sets)
Bentover Row (13 reps, 3 sets)
Lateral Bench Press (13 reps, 3 sets)
One Armed Swings (12 reps, 3 sets)
Swings (13 reps, 4 sets)
Around the worlds (25 reps, 3 sets)
Front Lateral Raise (13 reps, 3 sets)
Reverse Fly (13 reps, 3 sets)
Curls (13 reps, 3 sets)
Shoulder Press (13 reps, 3 sets)
Push Ups (15 reps, 2 sets)
I haven’t used my heart rate monitor in awhile since it was acting funky on me this summer. But since I am started to track my calories again, I put it on and turns out I had a fabulous workout!
I refueled with leftover pad thai afterwards.
I could seriously eat pad thai every single day. And what is it about pad thai that makes it even better leftover?
The official plate cleaner was on hand to assist with little scraps that I didn’t get to.
Target was so kind as to send me this lovely gift card in the mail. I thought the Postal Service would’ve been shut down but they really hold up to their neither rain nor sleet nor snow creedo.
You’re so sweet Target. Even though I am in your demographic of people who should be having kids, the only way one’s popping out of me is if it’s an immaculate conception. If anyone is preggers or is planning on it in the near future -let me know, I’ll send this over to you. The mailman also brought me over the latest issue of Food Network to redeem themselves for the baby registry gift card
Then, I baked. As many of you know, I am not a baker but felt the urge to bake with it being cold and snowy out. It just seemed right. I have a surplus of coconut on hand and went to Allrecipes.com to look up recipes. I love that they have a page that allows you to put in items you want or don’t want in your recipe and generates recipes for you! I came upon this recipe for Chewy Coconut Cookies and figured it seemed quick and easy and got to baking!
I halved the measurements since I only wanted a few cookies so I made six then froze the rest (thanks Mo for the tip!). I am sure they were supposed to look prettier but let’s be honest, I really don’t care what a cookie looks like–I only care about how they taste. These were soft, chewy and full of coconut. The only thing that would have made it better was if it was dipped in chocolate. Hooray for cookie success!
For dinner, I wanted to get my eggplant on.
When I get an eggplant, I usually make lasagne, mix in with pasta, use as a topping on pizza or eggplant parmesan but I wanted to try something different. I remembered a recipe for stuffed eggplant one of my former co-workers told me about some time ago. I didn’t write it down but made my own little creation of stuffed eggplant with mushrooms, onions, pepper and quinoa.
I gutted out the eggplant then chopped the inner into pieces
Then chopped 1/4 onion, one cup mushrooms and orange pepper, sprinkled Spike seasoning on the veggies then cooked with extra virgin olive oil until soft (had 1/2 cup quinoa cooking at the same time)
Once both were done, I mixed together then scooped into the eggplant pieces.
I thought it looked a little lonely so I sprinkled shredded mozzarella on top
Then placed in a casserole dish coated with extra virgin olive oil and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees
Chowed that sucker down! A nice veggie alternative for another round of meatless Monday.
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. At least I got yesterday after work, you can’t beat two four-day work weeks in ar ow! Any time I can not be off at work is a good time!
Ps–I added a new page for Frugal Friday! Please check it out if you have missed my Frugal Friday posts in the past, it offers some tips and finds that I have found in the past month.