Home again…but not for long

I finally made it home after my whirlwind weekend in Savannah! I had a great time hanging out with my parents, cooking good food, and seeing more of Savannah!

Now I have new classes to contend with, and I’m starting to feel the stress creep back in. Luckily, I leave for spring break this Wednesday at noon! However, I have lots to do before then!

Catching up on Savannah posts has tuckered me out. So I’ll make this quick. Today looked a little like this:

  • Breakfast: 2 whole wheat blueberry pancakes w/ syrup
  • Car Snack: almonds, 2 rolls of smarties
  • Lunch: 1 small croissant, half an apple
  • Dinner: Tomato basil pizza burger on a sandwich thin, topped with spinach, onions, 1 laughing cow wedge. Roasted asparagus.
  • Snack: Chocolate covered almond clusters, green smoothie (almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, spinach, blueberries)
  • Workout: 15 minutes on the stairstepper, followed by my hour-long total body class (which was HARDCORE today, by the way!)

And that’s that! I’m off to bed, this post was so boring it put me to sleep 😛

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Egg-sellent Lasagna!

Maybe to make it up to me for yesterday’s yucky weather, Savannah was GORGEOUS today! Around 9:00, my mom and I went for a walk. She had found some trails around the YMCA that is right across the street from their apartment, so we headed over there. The trail was basically a one mile loop through some forest-y areas, and it definitely beat walking along a street or in a neighborhood! We walked the loop twice, then headed home. For breakfast I had a cup of coffee and a green smoothie. I don’t have my protein powder with me, so this one included 2 large handfuls of spinach, about a cup of almond milk, 8 frozen strawberries, a splash of vanilla extract, and half a cup of plain Greek yogurt. Although it wasn’t quite as delicious as my typical green smoothie, it was still cool and refreshing.

 

Looking at houses was on today’s agenda, so after breakfast my parents and I loaded into the car. We drove around to some different areas around Savannah so they could get a feel for them, and decide which area they want to buy a house in. I snacked on a Nature’s Valley Almond bar in the car, which was really tasty! Around 2:30 we stopped for lunch at a little place called Tortuga’s. We actually ate there over the summer, and decided to pay a return visit! I got the veggie Panini, which ended up being fantastic! The bread was the star of the show – it was a garlic herb foccacia, and was delicious. On the Panini there were roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, spinach, and melted monteray Jack cheese. I also got a side of fries, and ended up eating everything! Thankfully, the portions were reasonable, so I didn’t leave feeling overly stuffed.

For dinner I decided to make eggplant lasagna! I didn’t really follow a recipe, but it turned out great! First I peeled the eggplant, and sliced it into 1/2 inch pieces.  Then I salted the slices, let them sit for about 15 minutes, and then rinsed them in a colander.

chillin' in the colander

After I rinsed the slices, I tossed them in olive oil, and sprinkled some ground black pepper on them before popping them in the oven. (450 degrees, 20ish minutes)

While they were cooking, I made a cheese mix, which had a container of ricotta (2ish cups?), one cup of mozzarella, and a generous sprinkling of parsley and oregano.

 
Next up was the cauliflower – I tossed it in olive oil, sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and a little garlic/herb seasoning, and then roasted it at 450 degrees for 20ish minutes.

roasted cauliflower

The final step was layering the eggplant, sauce, and cheese. I put a layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan, followed by a layer of eggplant, and then a layer of cheese. Then I repeated it! I topped it off with the remainer of the sauce, and another cup of mozzarella. Then I covered it with aluminum foil, and popped it in the oven (350 degrees, 20 minutes).

my goofy dad with the final product!

Dad really wanted to jump in this picture, so I was kind enough to let him 😛

Dinner was delicious! I am a HUGE fan of any veggie roasted, and the eggplant lasagna was a definite winner!

Interviews, pasta, and gelat-ooooh

Today started off with my interview in downtown Savannah. The sky was dark the whole time we were driving there, and it started POURING by the time I had to get out of them car.  Despite the bad weather, my interview went really well! I was finished by about 10:30 – a little too early for lunch, so mom and I decided to go home first. We got back downtown a little after 1:00, and went to The Lady and Sons. It turned out that the two sets of two people in front of us got the last “non-reservation” tickets for lunch! So we would have had to wait an hour and a half. Since we were already hungry, we said sayonara to Paul Deen, and went to find somewhere else to eat!

We ended up at Molly MacPherson’s, a cute Irish pub place. Mom ordered the BLT with fries, and I got the pasta primavera, which had spinach and broccoli in it, with a roll on the side. I ate entirely too much, but my pasta was REALLY good. It had an Alfredo-type sauce on it, which is something I hardly ever eat, so I went a little nuts. 😛 Even though we were STUFFED after lunch, we still managed to fit in some dessert at a place called Gelat-Oooooh. I got half chocolate, half panna cotta, and mom got creamscicle. SO good! Gelato is probably one of my favorite desserts – it’s even better than standard ice cream!

pasta primavera (leftovers)

The rest of the day we pretty much just hung out…I had some strawberries and yogurt for dinner because I was still extremely full from lunch. However, I still managed to make brownies, and enjoy one or two of them. I used the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie mix, which I absolutely LOVE. I am obsessed with these brownies, and think they taste even better than normal ones. I definitely recommend them if you have a gluten allergy, but even if you don’t, they are DELISH! I definitely ate TOO much today, and felt almost sick by the end of the day. Eeek. That’s what over-indulging will do to you I guess!

Savannah Bound!

Today was spent in the car, makin’ the 3.5ish hour drive to the lovely Savannah, Georgia! My parents moved here at the beginning of the year, and I hadn’t been up to see them yet. For breakfast, I tried my new lemon flavored Chobani greek yogurt, topped with blueberries. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of this flavor, and don’t plan on buying it again. It was SUPER lemon-y, and sour – a little too much for me. I also had a cup of Chai tea.

 

blueberries

too tart!

While driving, I snacked on some peanuts, a sugar cookie (thanks Ang!) and some peppermints. After dropping by my dad’s office to say hello, my mom and I headed to my favorite place…the grocery store! Publix, where shopping really IS a pleasure! 😛 The plan is for me to cook a few nights while I’m here, so we had to stock up on ingredients! Among my new victims were spaghetti squash, eggplant, and cauliflower – I’m excited to use them all!

After shopping, we came back to the temporary apartment, and I decided to hit up the fitness center. It was…lacking, to say the least. There were two treadmills, an “elliptical” (if you could even call it that – it was OLD and strange), two bikes, and about three weight machines. There were NO free weights to be found! Boooo. All of the machines were just old, and definitely not what I am used to. I did 5 minutes on the “elliptical”, 15 minutes of running intervals on the treadmill, a cardio blast from my total body class, some of the weight machines, planks, and finished up with ten minutes of walking on the highest incline the treadmill had (it said 12, but it really seemed like MAYBE a 4….at best). Yikes. I didn’t realize how truly dependent I’ve become on my gym with cardio machines from this century, and those handy group fitness classes. At least I got my sweat on for a bit, and that’s all that matters!

For dinner, I tackled…the spaghetti squash! I have been wanting to try it for a while, and tonight seemed like the perfect time for my experiment! I microwaved the squash for 5 minutes first, to make it easier to cut (note: that sucker was still a PAIN to cut!). I then sliced it in half, scooped out the seeds, and put it face down on a baking sheet. The oven was preheated to 400 degrees, and I cooked the squash for roughly 30 minutes. While the squash was cooking, I also threw some broccoli (tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic/herb seasoning) in the oven to roast.

spaghetti squash

after scoopin' out the seeds

massive bowl of "noodles"

My arm got tired forking out the “noodles” – there were a LOT of them to say the least! Look at this HUGE bowl full:

chopped veggies

I put my “noodles” into a bowl topped with the roasted broccoli, and chopped peppers, onion, carrots, and spinach. I topped it off with spaghetti sauce, a dollop of ricotta, and some parmesan. My mom put her broccoli on the side, and her plate looked much nicer than my throw-everything-in-it bowl:

Mom's pretty plate

My messy bowl!

Oh well! We both thought it was a good dinner! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the spaghetti squash (I am SO not a squash person) – but I ended up really enjoying it, and would definitely make it again. Plus, I there is leftover squash coming out of my ears, so I’ll probably be eating it for lunch and/or dinner (and/or breakfast?) for the next few days. Overall my first “cooking in Savannah” experiment was a success!

Tomorrow I have an interview for a summer internship that is here in Savannah, which I’m pretty excited about! The thing I’m most excited for though? Going to Paul Deen’s legendary restaurant, The Lady and Sons, afterwards with my mom! My stomach is already grumbling just thinking about it! That Paul Deen knows how to make a mean meal!

Savannah, Coming Soon!

I’m currently in Savannah, and don’t have a wifi connection in my parents apartment. Therefore, my posts are being held hostage on my laptop! They do exist though, I swear…I’ll be putting them up at some point tomorrow when I return to school! 🙂 Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Some links…

Tybee!

Savannah

Ghosts!

Paul Deen recipes (her restaurant is in Savannah!)

Evil Banana

My friend Shiv posted this on my facebook this morning:

Evil Banana

Why, you may ask? Because I was complaining to her about how I tried eating a banana again this morning, and it left me curled up in the fetal position on my bed.

Let me explain…since about two years ago, I have been “allergic” to bananas. As someone who ate a banana almost every day, I was pretty upset by this realization. One day, after eating one, I felt extremely nauseous/had a pain in my stomach. After considering all the other variables, and trying about ten more bananas, I narrowed it down to a sad conclusion – my beloved bananas were making me sick.

I have no idea why this happens, but since then, about every 6 months I try a banana in the hopes that I will be magically un-allergic. Today was one of those days. I am sad to report that I am NOT magically un-allergic. Boo. 😦

Before the banana experiment, I had a sugar cookie (nutritious, huh?) and a green smoothie for breakfast. I’m feeling better now (the banana sickness usually lasts 30 min to an hour), and have to study for my open economy macroeconomics final, which is tonight! However, I will be taking a break at 3:00 to hit up total body!

Does anyone have any idea why bananas make me sick!? 😦

Interval Training

Yes, I am talking about intervals…again! Given my recent love affair with them, I decided I was going to try my gym’s “Interval Training” class. Despite wanting to take a nap, I hauled my butt over there at 5:30. The instructor says, “Oh, we only do this about once a month, but we’re going outside today!” Which made me afraid! Anything in the group fitness room I can handle, but outside is a whole different ball game! It ended up being a challenging class to say the least! But I absolutely got in a great workout! During the hour long class, some things we did included:

  • sprints up a HUGE incline/loop thing in the stadium
  • running backwards up that huge incline/loop
  • burpees
  • mountain climbers
  • push ups
  • planks
  • bear crawls
  • toe touches
  • wall sits
  • squat jumps
  • lunges

That is all I can recall at the moment, but whew! ROUGH!

THEN we proceeded to do stadiums…which included doing 20 tricep dips at the bottom of the stadium, and then running up all 90 rows of bleachers. Talk about exhausting! We did that a few times before FINALLY taking a lap around the field and stretching it out. This class was definitely reminiscent of my high school volleyball conditioning days! It was a challenge, and I think I’ll be going back (if I’m brave enough)

I definitely felt like I earned my dinner tonight! I was starving by the time we got to BJ’s, and inhaled my mini spinach artichoke pizza. It was goooood (I think). I also had a few wedge fries off of Meghan’s plate, and a bite of pazookie (BJ’s signature dessert – this thing is DEADLY good)

Now I am SUPER tired, and am looking forward to hopping into my big fluffy bed! Nightttt!

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