“Happy birth-day to meeeee. I’m out of Micro-biol-ug-yyy!”
We were finished with our lab at 7 tonight!!! What a great birthday week gift 🙂
Another fun birthday week gift? Dinner with the husband on a Wednesday night!
Bundled up at a picnic table:
He packed sardine-salmon salad sandwiches (that’s a mouthful – in more ways than one!), sweet potato fries (a little cold, but still good) and an apple to share for dessert.
This was one heavy sandwich. The SSS was made with sardines packed in lemon olive oil (see this post for more info on the deliciousness of sardines), a can of salmon, cuc, carrot, light mayo, & red curry powder. He said it made 3 servings and there’s one leftover. This was one heavty sandwich! But I surely got in lots of calcium and essential fatty acids 🙂
Yummy fries with some ketchup hidden in the back –
And the apple we shared –
We gobbled down dinner in 10 too-fast minutes and decided to go for a walk since I had 45 minutes until my class. Suddenly we found ourselves outside a coffee shop bar! I decided I needed some Brain Juice and we went inside. Although I made him order the beer and I just got a few big gulps, which probably equaled about 1/3 of it. It was fun and sneaky to have beer before class – just like the good ol’ college days 8)
We finished our walk and he dropped me off a the door of my classroom. He hears me talk about my classes all the time, but he’s never seen where the action is! But don’t worry, we didn’t hold hands or kiss goodbye. People might have thought we were high schoolers!
When Micro got out so early I stopped into the new Trader Joe’s I had yet to visit for some YOGURTS!!! I felt so metropolitan coming out of “work” late at night and going to TJ’s. Too bad I don’t live in a loftI was going to get another tub of Euro too, but they were all out of the fat-free version of that! Bummer. At least they had my <3.
Time is flying by though. I have a big test in the morning so I should go over my notes on breastfeeding and infant/toddler nutrition once more, but I think I know it all! Perhaps just some reading in bed 🙂 More exciting news is that I don’t have my late class tomorrow, which means….LUNCH AT HOME!!!!!!!
Despite my huge dinner, I’m actually feeling a little hungry. I might have a snack. If I do you’ll see it tomorrow.
I’m planning a workout early tomorrow since I got home early tonight. G’night!
Your sandwiches look delicious! It reminds me of how much I love sardines…they’re on the shopping list for next week, and happy birthday!
aw what a cute picnic with your love. and how funny that he dropped you off at class like the good old days. you guys are too cute !! happy birthday (soon!)
I would love to hear some insight from your breastfeeding/nutrition class–I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding since April 2003, and most things I’ve read have said that after 6 months of breastfeeding, the mother does not require any additional daily calories, but I don’t see how that could physically make sense.
I think this is the first time I’ve commented, but I love your blog–happy birthday!
Happy Birthday! I wish you the best. =]
Sweet potato fries + apple = yum!!! And hooray for getting out of lab early, and for stopping in a new Trader Joe’s!!! 🙂
Good luck with that exam tomorrow!!!
Not true at all – you need MORE calories after 6 mos of breast feeding!! The body produces between 25-30 oz of milk per day, which requires about 500 kcal to make. The recommendations are to consume an additional 330 kcal for the first 6 months, assuming you will draw in the wonderful motherly stored fat for the remaining 170. But after 6 months when (hopefully!) some of that fat is gone and you are also more active, the recommendation increases to 400 kcal. Let me know if you have any more specific questions 🙂
Thanks for the birthday wishes guys, but I have 4 days to go!!
thanks, that’s interesting! I’ve never seen a specific ounce production figure before.
Happy Birthday in advance 🙂 Hope its a great one!
Mine is the 27th!!
Great sandwich too!! I have to try that!
Great Picnic- love the sweet potato fries… thanks for sharing…. Good luck on the exam tomorrow
Hi Kath! Happy early B-day! I have a question for you and others. First of all, I have lost a significant amount of weight over the past six months or so. My doctor says I need to gain at least 20lbs to be at a healthy weight. Before I lost all of this weight I kind of had a “binge/closet” eating disorder. All of a sudden I took a complete turn and restricted myself from eating too much (it actually turned into eating too little). Currently I am seeing a psychologist to get myself back on track; however, I am beginning to turn into a closet eater again. I will sneak food any chance I get. I don’t know why I am doing this to myself because I feel so sick and guilty afterwards. Does anyone have any helpful tips or suggestions to get me through this? I would appreciate any help. Thanks so much!
amazing sandwich! Salmon spread for sandwich is my favorite, but I never thought putting veggies in the spread, good idea to try next time!
And what’s your plan for your B-day?
What a fun picnic! I hope your birthday week continues to go well!
Hi Kath! Been reading your blog for about 10 months now (wow!) and it’s helped me soo much in controlling my eating and getting fit and healthy! You’re an inspiration!
p.s. I LOVE that you celebrate your “birthday week”. I’m more of a “birthday month” celebrator. I love planning all sorts of fun little things in the lead up. 😀
Happy (Early) Birthday Kath! Enjoy your day.
Hey Kath! I’ve been lurkin’ around here for quite some time now and figured I should probably leave a comment sooner or later 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that I am so grateful that I found your blog- you have showed me that it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle–i’ve struggled with eating for the past few years now and am finally starting to love my body and appreciate all that it does for me on a daily basis- thanks again and happy humpday!
madison (follow my weigh) says
that dinner is just TOO cute! especially the apple =D
Those sandwiches look soooo good!
Birthday Week? How cool is that. Wonder if I could have one next birthday?!?! Yeah right!
Happy EARLY Birthday!
What a great way to start your b-day weekend!
Good luck on your test tomorrow – I know you will do great!
p.s. I usually drag my birthday out for at least a week!
Happy Early Bday! My dad always does a “birthday tour” with his wife similar to your little birthday gifts throughout this week – makes the bday much more memorable that way!
you kids are like jcrew models. 🙂
darien e says
a.) married people holding hands and pecking goodbye is way cute. high school sweetheart wannabes or not. hello? who doesnt like the thought of a high school sweetie walking them to class and holding their hand!?
b.) for my last birthday, i stretched it into a week too. and ended up with four cakes for different parties and gatherings! (i would still be in a sugar coma if id eaten more than a bite or two of each.) (plus, i had another couple of giant cakes for my going away party! yikes.)
Miss Tiffie says
happy early bday sweetie!!! that is the cutest little picnic 😀 you two are a match made in heaven!!! hehehe sooo picture perfect!!! ADORABLE!!! and those sammies look SOOO GOOD *tummy grumbles*
What a great early bday meal! 🙂
Happy Birthday Kath what a sweet hubby you have!
Hi Kath! Quick question..
I was going to buy some dates last night, but I looked on the ingredients list and it said “dates, inverted sugar.”
I had no idea what inverted sugar was so in fear of eating something like hfcs I decided not to get them. Should I be worried about this inverted sugar? Is it possibly just a syrup agent that they put on the dates so that they don’t expire too quickly? I have no idea! To buy or not to buy! Any insight?
That is so freaking sweet 🙂 Also- good for you for having a little beer before school. I bet it made school a little bit better haha. Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday! What a lovely dinner!
You guys are too kind 😉
Great step to see a Psychologist. Have you talked to him/her about this, or are you becoming secretive to even her? I’d get up the courage to bring it up at your next meeting, as I would assume she’d have the best solution. My best advice is always to read my inspirational books – SuperFoods and Fit From Within, as they were the most influential on my psyche during my weight loss and led to a complete mind-set change about food and eating.
We’re having some friends over for an Oktoberfest on Saturday 🙂 As for the BIG DAY, it’s kind of up in the air right now. I know the husband is making breakfast, we’re hoping to go hiking/picnicing and he’s making me dinner that night. And we’re opening a favorite saved bottle of red!
Tara + Kim ,
Thanks! So glad KERF’s been a daily good read 😉
Based on 30 seconds of skimming Wikipedia, it seems like inverted sugar is a sugar syrup with its disaccharides split and suspended by an acid and is used to keep the dates moist. I don’t think it’s much to worry about, but you could always look for dates in bulk, which should be just plain (and perhaps less moist).
Happy belated b-day to you!!! Sounds like a great day and what a treat to get out of class early! 🙂
Oh my goodness sardines!! I used to eat those on toast with mustard with my mom when i was little. That makes me a little homesick… maybe I’ll have to pick up a few cans soon.
kirsten olson says
Kath, A friend told me about your website and already I love it so much! Those sardine and salmon sandwiches are GOING to be made this weekend. I love your approach to eating and food, and find it really helpful. As someone who has recently lost 20 pounds (about 8 more to go) the way you have changed your eating is exactly what I did–without knowing you. Now I long for steamed brussel sprouts in the afternoon instead of cookies! Who would have believed it?
Thank you for being such a balanced and conscious example of living a good food life.
Thanks for stopping by!