In the gym that is!
I finished packing! I was able to get everything comfortably in just a duffle bag and my NorthFace backpack, so I think I am going to carry everything on the plane. When I traveled throughout the UK for a week I survived with only a backpack, so this was a piece of cake! It requires wearing some articles of clothing twice and worst of all – having poor shoe fashion – but I will survive.
I was excited to get to the gym for one last hurrah this afternoon. In celebration of my travels, I did a little around the world:
- 30 minutes Stepmill
- 15 ET
- 12 Stat Bike
- 10 Squirrelliptical
- 8 lifting
I made my visit today a little longer because I decided to skip a trip tomorrow. My morning will be much more relaxed if I can just get up and enjoy my last few hours with Matt over oatmeal and coffee. We’ll depart for the airport around 11:30-12 for my 2pm flight.
Since I was at the gym, I wasn’t around for an afternoon snack and was quite famished when I made dinner at 7.
I present: Pimento Mac + Cheese
Ever since I had Kelsey’s Pimento Cheese I’ve been craving it big time! So since Veggie Mac was on the menu tonight as an easy last-minute meal, I turned it into Pimento by adding…pimentos! And some aged white cheddar on top. SO DELICIOUS!
This was Annie’s Mac + Cheese we bought in bulk from Costco. It’s not whole wheat, but it is cheap! I had a 1 cup portion and a mixture of sauteed fresh peppers + broccoli + frozen okra on the side. I usually mix my veggies in with the mac, but tonight I preferred them on the side. I think I like them better this way.
That red topping? Sriracha. LOVE this stuff. It’s super spicy and garlicky. Not the best for breath, but it sure adds a kick.
Around The BLOG World
VeggieGirl has been spotted in a KERF Shirt!!!!!!!
The best soup ever was spotted yet again! Over at Food For Living: Kath’s Nutty Vanilla Sweet Potato + Kale Soup.
See y’all tomorrow for one last American breakfast 🙂
Such a vibrant dinner!! Love it!!
Aww yay, thanks for the shout-out at the end – I love my KERF wear!! 😀
haya (living and learning) says
good job on not over packing! i love it when i don’t have to check in any luggage. it makes me very comfortable knowing that all my stuff is within arms reach and there’s no chance i’ll reach my destination and have no luggage. if only that liquid ban was lifted…(sometimes for slightly longer trips, this makes packing for the plane hard)
if poor shoe fashion is your biggest problem, you’ve got it made 😉
I love siracha hot sauce! I put it in everything!
I LOVE sriracha- never thought to put it on mac + cheese though. How genius!
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) says
Yay! Can’t believe you are all packed and heading out! So exciting.
Dinner looks wonderful!!!!
Oh so exciting!!!!!
Oh She Glows says
Wow I am SO excited for you!
I won’t bother asking a question tonight because I know you are busy. 🙂 Have fun enjoying your last few hours on this side of the globe!
Safe + happy travels!
Oooh, your dinner looks delish. Have a safe and fun trip!
Meredith (Pursuing Balance) says
Dinner looks great, as always! Hope you have a good flight!
What a great mac and cheese creation!
Wow, I’m impressed with you getting all your stuff into just a couple small bags! It’ll save on the extra charges for baggage! 🙂
I’m so excited about your trip…I can’t wait to see/hear everything!
Hooray!!! Enjoy your last night with Matt 🙂 You are going to have SO SO SO much fun!
Mara @ What's For Dinner? says
Around the World always makes me think of that flashcard game we used to play in math class! Looks like a great dinner too 🙂
Adi (Oatonomy.com) says
I’m so excited for your trip recaps afterwards! You’re so fortunate to be going… good for you!
you should double check carry-on limits for amsterdam. last year i flew from nyc to india via london heathrow and checked my bag all the way through. no prob. HOWEVER, i had northface backpack and then my laptop in its laptop case. the uk airport requirements make you go through security again even though you’re only in transit to catch another flight. and their carry-on limit is ONE BAG. not one bag + a personal item. i had a hell of a time trying to cram my laptop case into my small backpack for the 10 steps thru security. otherwise they threatened to make me leave behind my backpack or laptop or who knows what. long story short, go make sure amsterdam will let you carry-on a duffle + backpack. no harm in putting the duffle in checked. (and you won’t be charged in north carolina when you show them your tickets and say you want it checked to your final international destination).
Loving the colors! You motivate me to want to go to the gym when I’m a working adult! 😀
AH you must be so excited! I just love love traveling. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!
I too love Sriracha and put it in everything…it’s great in soups. I think so far on my blog I’ve put Sriracha in 50% of my recipes! And to think I’d never heard of it until I met my boyfriend two and a half years ago…guess he’s good for something 😉
Sarah (lovINmytummy) says
You are CRAAAAAZY with that Sriracha. I can use only about 1 drop on my food before my mouth is on FEYE-UH!
I bet you had some clear sinuses after that meal 😉
Ashley C says
Have a great trip!
hey kath, i wish you have a wonderful time in africa, just be careful and come back in one piece 🙂
have a safe trip and lots of fun!
Thanks so much for the warning. I’ve done some research and am still not quite sure what the rules are. I guess I will just check my duffle if they make make. Bummer if so though 🙁
All the best for a completely fantastic trip!! You seem ready 🙂
Srirachi is NUTS- I love it, but I feel like I’m breathing fire!!
lovely dinner! so excited for your trip! 🙂
Mmmm hot sauce on Mac n cheese is a must! Have SO much fun on your trip, can’t wait to hear about it!
Red Head, Yellow Dog says
oh maaan that looks so cheesy-ly delicious! (like magically delicious only..you know….with cheese!)
It’s nice to see how you are able to put working out in perspective and be able to choose spending time with Matt over the gym. Sometimes it’s hard to realize you DO have a choice and one workout isn’t the entire world! Thanks for the reminder 🙂
sarah (ghost world) says
AMAZED at your packing job. and your adventurousness as a whole!
do you know if there will be safe running routes where you are going in africa? it would be really cool to explore on foot if you can!
I love your dinner. Mmmm!
That dinner sounds simply fabulous!
I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOUR TRIP!!! 🙂
have a safe trip!!!
that mac n cheese looks so good 😉
Marisa (trim the fat) says
Have a wonderful trip!
LOVE the hot sauce, it’s my secret chili ingredient, turns blah into awesome, doesn’t it?
Have a great and safe trip!
Have a safe flight and a great trip!
sarah (ghost world) ,
From what I’ve been told, it’s not very safe to go off by yourself, so I don’t plan to do any runs or walks while I’m there. Hopefully I can get some exercise plucking tea!
Kelsey Miles says
yuuuuuummmmm!!!! I wanna make this soon!!