Friday, May 21, 2010

Glory Glory

It is SO muggy here in Chi!  I'm looking forward to the hot weekend ahead however it may be a little sweaty moving in the 90 degree heat.  Oh well, I will not be cleaning about the heat!  :)

Well my food supply is still shrinking and I'm not replenishing until I move on Sunday so until then, I'll just have to be creative.
Last night I threw together stir fry with broccoli, frozen peas and asparagus, garlic, chicken and onions.  It was pretty good for being thrown together with stuff around the house.

After I snacked on some strawberry yogurt with cinnamon Puffins.  The cinnamon puffins definitely go better with vanilla yogurt.

This morning I had an interview (which was successful!) so I was up early to make some cream of wheat, blueberries, flax and agave.  It was good but I was very hungry (and in need of some coffee) when I got home from the interview.  I grabbed a Bagel Thin with some cream cheese.  I am SO in love with the Bagel Thins.  It's the perfect amount of bagel for 110 calories.  I loved the everything bagels but the whole wheat ones were too.

I'm so excited I finally found a job!  I'm not sure how much I'll be paid yet but it involves nutrition assessments for meal plans, recipe development and human resources.  I'm excited and I think it will be a great experience.  Not to mention I'm so glad the job search is over...until next year when I'm looking for a full time career, eeek!

The gym at my school only has summer hours Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm so my job will keep me from making it during these times.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.  That gym is SO hot so I wouldn't mind finding a new one with AC for the summer that isn't too expensive.  Today I was completely dripping after my run!

When I got home I made a grilled cheese and tomato soup.  I missed having tomatoes on it but it was good nonetheless.

Tonight I made a hamburger with ketchup, mustard and onion.  I missed lettuce and tomato but yep, all out of those.  I also had some glorified beans.  I just put two cans of french style green beans and a can of cream of mushroom soup topped with bread crumbs at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  They are good leftover too!

I'm off to attempt to start packing (we'll see how that goes.)
Happy Friday!
Tara (:

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Long, long, long, long time no post.  I have said this before but I really did think that finishing up last semester would mean more time to blog.  It really just means more time to do other things (without documenting them, woops.)  The only thing I have been busy doing is job hunting.  I have had the same summer job for six years now so I didn't realize how tough it can be to find one.  Especially one I might enjoy!  The search continues...

On a better note, I'm signed up for the Healthy Living Summit.  I'm so excited that it's in Chicago this year.  I think it will be a really awesome opportunity to learn and meet a ton of great people.  Hopefully it will give me a kick in the rear to be a better blogger as well.

Foods lately have been a hodgepodge of stuff.  Keefer was here for almost a whole week so we made (and ate out) some great food, some of which I snapped pics of, some of which I did not.

The first morning he was here he made this awesome om with mushroom, onion, tomato and avocado.

We also made Mexican dip which was so good but we ate far too much of it in one sitting.  The rest we used on salads but it def should have lasted us longer than it did.  We layered refried beans, avocado, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and olives.  The olives were yummy ones from the olive bar however I think I would have liked just plain canned black olives.

Our school had $5 Cubs tix on sale a while ago so we bought some.  It was my first Cubs experience and it was fun but a little too chilly.  I'll go back when it warms up a bit more.  ;)  I love the atmosphere at baseball games!  A bunch of fans enjoying the day while eating hot dogs and drinking beer...even though I skipped on the hot dog.  (Keefer was here too but somehow he snuck out of this.)

(Yes, I did rock my Tigers hat at a Cubs game....I'm new to Chi and have no Cubs gear...yet.)

After the game we headed to  I loved the beer and the vegetarian chili was good too!  We also split the spinach artichoke dip which was super tasty!

Keefer and I are both on a student budget so we tried to find fun things to do for free/cheap in Chi.  One of the days we went to the Botanic Gardens.  It was SO huge and SO pretty.  Such a nice walk.  We stayed for a few hours and although it would have been nice to have it warmer, it was so nice to see all the plants and flowers!  

After the gardens we went to a small restaurant, Dimitri's which we though would be pricey when we walked in but it turned out to be pretty reasonable.  We both ate for around $24.
I started with a greek salad

and Keefer started with minestrone soup.  We both love minestrone so we are on the lookout for a good recipe!

I ordered a porkchop which I had been craving that came with some veggies.

Mine was good but Keefer's gyro was so much better.

Another free thing we did was hit the Lincoln Park Zoo.  For being free, we thought it was a great zoo.  We had a lot of fun!

Keith is coming again next week to stay for a bit so we are going to try to find more things to do for cheap, cheap, cheap!

Now for more hodgepodge...

I'm moving in a week so I'm not grocery shopping, just trying to eat what's in my cupboards.  It will be nice to not move so much stuff but I'm in need of more food in my fridge!

I laid out for the first time this summer, yesterday and got pretty fried so I'm off to aloe up.  My body looks like a tomato!

Tara (:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Semester 3

Ya know when I was so excited last week for school to be out??  Well, today it's a school day again.  Where does the time go??  I thought I would be blogging more when I had the weekend off but apparently not.  Ay yay yi.

I have been a slacker to the max when it comes to taking pics of food.
Blurry oatmeal with flax and banana....


gauc, smoothie and more guac.  My avocados were going to go bad so I made a giant bowl of guac and ate it over a few days.

I also made some roasted potatoes which I love.  I just chopped up a potato, tossed in olive oil, basil and garlic powder with a bit of onion and popped in the oven at 425 degrees for 30 min.  YUM!

I've had this probs x4.  Cannot get enough.

Last but not least, I'm loving these LUNA bars!!  SO tasty!

Off to the gym so I can be ready for class!

Tara (:

Thursday, May 6, 2010


So I really think I need to attend an AA class - Avocadoholics Anonymous.  I cannot get enough of the green goop lately!  Yesterday and today I made a sandwich with avocado-of course, mustard, onion, tomato, spinach, and turkey on a bagel thin.  SO GOOD.  I know these bagel thins aren't as good as whole wheat bread but they really are a treat for me and at least they are a few less cals than normal bagels.  I give them a big thumbs up.

Today I stuck a cherry tomato in the middle just because I thought it was cute.  (:  (Is that some avocado on the side that slipped off my sandwich??  Hope I got it!)

Yesterday I paired my awesome sandwich with a smoothie that included Frozen peaches and blueberries, one whole fresh kiwi(including the peel), shredded coconut, yogurt and whole grain drink.  It was really tasty but I was a little too full after.  Today I just stuck with some fresh strawberries so I didn't overdo it.  Maybe I'll make a smoothie later for a snack...

Rewind to this morning...I was craving eggs (as always but I decided to have some oatmeal instead.)  I added flax, milk, shredded coconut and a banana and it held me over for a while!  I did have a grapefruit on the side though too.

I'm off to finish studying so I can take my LAST final tonight!  BYE BYE ACCOUNTING!!  I WILL NOT MISS YOU!!!!

Wish me luck!

Tara (:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco De Mayo!

It's Cinco De Mayo and instead of drinking margs and eating chalupas I'm studying...well not yet but I will be after this post.  I have an overstock of pics so I suppose I'll just post them all so I can get to my studying.  I am jobless for the summer as of now so I'll have more time to post after tomorrow night when my finals are DONE!  (Anyone have any job ideas?)

My fav, grilled with olive oil and parmesan

Homemade pizza with Keefer.  Pesto, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, mushroom, onion, YUM

First experience with overnight oats.  Verdict?  Not so good.  There was pb in here and as always, I just can't get into pb in my oatmeal.  The strawberries and bananas were the best!

Best part of the salads was the avocado.  I cannot get enough of it lately!

Keefer and I made veggie lasagna but it didn't cut it for me.  I didn't like the cream sauce and I missed the tomatoness, if that's a word.

One of my new fav desserts...banana with choco syrup.  Simple and delishh.

My first LUNA bar experience and I loved it!  So good!  Can't wait to try the other flavors.

More asparagus!

Spinach, cheese, mushroom and onion omelette.  This grapefruit was SO delicious too.  Best part of breakfast!

Sushi craving at the grocery store = mistake.  I really should know better

Before I came back to Chi my parents took me on a big grocery shopping trip and I got a ton of yummy food.  I love having a stocked fridge!

Grilled cheese with tomato and MORE asparagus.  I really think I could eat asparagus at every meal.  Kinda looks like a face doesn't it??

I've been waiting to try this ice cream and luckily it was on sale.  This is 150 calories of delicious goodness.  I'm an ice cream LOVVVVER and now a Skinny Cow Ice Cream lover.  I cannot get enough!  It took all my power not to eat it all and save some.

Kinda looks like yesterday's bfast but with avocado, avocado and more avocado.  I promise there is an omelette under there somewhere!

Off to study for my LAST accounting exam.  YAHOO!


Tara (: