Stereotypical Summer Saturday

August 30, 2008

Today was quite the perfect Saturday when you don’t have plans to go out. A little cleaning, some yardwork, some lounging, grocery shopping, chores, dinner. All that was missing was a glass of wine (I passed tonight because of last night) and a good movie. But I’ve got a good book to start instead! We got a TON done today – inside, outside, on my to-do list, some studying. It’ll be nice to hit my head on the (clean!!) pillow tonight.

I went to Trader Joe’s and EarthFare this afternoon for a few things. I confirmed my TJ’s does indeed have PB LaraBars!!! Too bad I have a case to use up before I need more :) At TJ’s I picked up 3 tubs of Greek yogurt, 2 more TJ’s brand yogurts to try, eggs, raspberry preserves, bananas, trail mix, blue cheese, almonds, watermelon, goat cheese (so cheap!), a few bell peppers. I think that’s it!? Things sure are cheap there.

I got a few more things at EarthFare (fruit, collard greens, bacon, romaine, Zevia soda) and I had a coupon! They forgot to enter in my coupon so I had to take it to customer service to get my $5 off and then she just gave it back to me to use again as an apology. Sweeet! That makes up for EF being more expensive :) While in EF I had 2 cheese cubes and a macaroon. I basically spoiled my dinner appetite :(

I heard about this new Zevia soda and saw it on sale (still $4.99!) so I decided to try the root beer flavor. I had a glass during cocktail hour. I liked it at first, but then the stevia taste seeped through and I didn’t like it much. I just don’t like stevia that much.

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I also cut into our huge watermelon. I usually cut the whole thing into ready-to-eat triangles so I can just grab them whenever. Otherwise it’s too annoying to get out the cutting board. But this guy was so huge this is only HALF!! I had a triangle for a snack –

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As I said, my late 3pm lunch plus samples at the store meant hunger was no where to be found come dinnertime. Finally at 8:30 I decided to make the recipe (after seriously considering just having watermelon for dinner!). This was my last mystery entree!!! All I have left of my 26 original mystery recipes is a salad (for lunch tomorrow), a wrap (for lunch Tuesday), a soup (TBD), and 2 side dishes (one on Tuesday). I’m REALLY sorry that I’ve had to do so many mysteries. When I signed on for 26 of them, it didn’t seem like that many and I had the whole summer to do them, but I do feel like I’ve been cramming them all in and it’s not fun for you guys to be left without the info. I’ll have to seriously consider doing this again – at least with this intensity. It’s been a LOT of work on my part too, but I am getting paid 8)

I’ll at least give you that this was a pasta dish!

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1 hk August 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

sounds incredible productive- yay!

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2 Andrea August 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

aww don’t worry about the mystery recipes. i’m sure it will be worth the wait for when the cookbook comes out! good job getting so much done today!!! i feel so lazy compared to you – i worked out, napped, watched tv. haha

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3 caitlin (see bride run) August 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

no worry… we dont mind the mystery meals! its fun to try to figure it out!

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4 madison (follow my weigh) August 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm

i agree – don’t worry about the mystery recipes. i’ll be sure to buy a copy when it comes out though! the pasta dish looks really really good.

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5 I Love Lucy August 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

You’re so much more fun than Martha Stewart! So glad I found your site!

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6 cruz2009 August 31, 2008 at 1:50 am

This is one recipe I am very much looking forward to seeing! Your pasta dish looks absolutely delicious!

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7 MizFit August 31, 2008 at 6:07 am

we, ok *I*, love the mystery!!

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8 Lauren August 31, 2008 at 7:45 am

Trader Joes does have great prices for fabulous products – I miss it so much (there are currently no TJs where I live)!

I’ve also tried the Zevia sodas, and was slightly disappointed. I refrain from drinking soda, so I thought this would be a great alternative. Every now and then I’ll treat myself to an Izze sparkling fruit drink – have you tried that brand? Although there is some sugar, it comes from frut juice, and there are no artificial ingredients. Izze also makes “Izze-esque” – a lower calorie (but still all-natural) beverage.

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9 Christie I. August 31, 2008 at 8:18 am

Sounds like you had a really productive day.

Mystery dinner looks great!

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10 Fleur August 31, 2008 at 9:26 am

Mystery pasta dinner looks delicious. And as happy as I am to see the end of the mystery entrees, I will kind of miss analysing them and guessing what went in.

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11 Chelsea August 31, 2008 at 9:49 am

Hey Kath, I went to Borders on Friday to try and find Shape and I think your article must be in the October one and that that’s not on news stands yet? I saw the September one-after lots of looking and couldn’t find the article-I searched. So I guess I’ll keep a lookout for October! =D

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12 Kath August 31, 2008 at 9:58 am

I Love Lucy,
Thanks :)

Lauren ,
I haven’t tried those, mostly because they do have calories and I’d always rather chew than drink my calories (except wine + beer ;) ). But I didn’t know they had a low-cal one.

Chels
Yes, it’s the October issue and I think it’s only out in subscription for (although I STILL haven’t gotten mine!!!!!!)

K

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