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I fear my sweet tooth slash sugar addiction is making a return.

Exhibit A: the dessert I had last night that wasn’t enough…so I went back for MORE.  WTF.

I’m not interested in going back to that, so I’m going to preemptively make some changes.  I’m going to think about what I want to do and get back to you guys.  The seasonal treats are fun and all, but lately I don’t even feel good after eating so much sugar on the late night. I barely crave it and then (even AS I’M EATING IT) I think this isn’t doing it for me, why am I having this?  Back when I did my 30 day GI reset I felt so awesome.  I’m going to try to get back to that place…the freedom from the feeling of NEEDING sweets.  It’s too cold for kombucha but a bigger dinner should help.  We will see.  Like I said, I will mull things over first.

I had the rest of the Pushkin’s leftovers for breakfast.

I was so proud of myself for getting a workout in this morning because the kids were up before 6 am and it was raining and yet, I still managed to crush a dvd workout followed by a (very short) jog around the neighborhood.  P and V were fed but we still had a long time to kill before school and I was feeling antsy as hell for some reason.  Then I noticed a little let up in the rain and before I could stop myself told the kids to get in the double for a quick run.  And what do you know – they went for it!  We weren’t out for more than ten minutes before it started coming down too much for my liking but I still got my heart rate up and felt pretty thrilled by the whole thing.

I had the same lunch as the day before with fewer salmon (which is all gone now) and more cashews.  A decent trade off, in my opinion.  😉

The rain held off until after we got home from soccer and after I put out the trash cans which seems like a small thing but is HUGE for me.  Despite what my earlier workout story would suggest, I have no interest in messing around in the rain.  I mean it, I am a total wuss with weather.  I would be here huddled up in a blanket until May if everyone else would be cool with that plan.  Had it been raining I probably would have just skipped garbage day!  Don’t tell Kyle.  Hopefully the rain stops at some point so I can take them back off the curb like a responsible home owner.

We had leftovers for dinner, which was eaten in courses.  They had apples and bell peppers after this, at their request.  I had the last bits of curry short ribs and cornbread. And then the endangered species and divine chocolate bars you see above.  Plus TJs pumpkin caramels and barnana chocolate bites. OOF.

Bears basketball

I’m not an impulsive person, at all, and when our plans for Sunday fell through at the last minute I was okay with having nothingness.  Kyle had a flight that night anyway, so I figured soaking up the time with him and the kiddos together would be best.  But then my dad emailed my on Friday morning asking if we wanted extra tickets to the Cal basketball game on Sunday….and I was kinda tempted to just go for it!  I texted Kyle at work and he was on board and just like that, I made an impulsive decision.  Growth, people.  The craziest part about this plan was not that it was without warning, nor that it was in Berkeley on the same day that Kyle was leaving town for the week…nope.  It was that it was at 1 pm.  Aka nap time.  Sometimes you just have to say yes to live a little.

Breakfast leftovers from the one and only PUSHKIN’S.  Which would be bacon pressed waffles and scrambled eggs with buttah.  They scramble their eggs way better than I can.  I wonder what the secret is.

We did church as a foursome again and lo and behold Valley loved it!  Kyle stayed with her for the first part and then left her and when we came back to get her at the end of service she didn’t want to go!  Major milestone.

I packed them snacks for the drive to the game, and the commute wasn’t too bad since it was a holiday weekend.  We met up with my parents and grabbed food before going to our seats.

So neither of us would feel bad, Kyle and I split nachos and a salad.  I’ll let you guess which tasted better.

The salad was decent to be honest, but hellloooo, guac and chips are never gonna match up.  Kyle is trying to stay healthy with all his travel but some cities make it so hard for him to eat well and that bothers him.  As a result, when he’s home he wants to eat healthy.  But it’s times like these that make it tough.  Because who wants to get veggies when soft pretzels are on the menu?

We had a really fun time.  My kids love my parents, so when you add in a live band and sports, it’s like all their dreams are coming true.  Stimulation and attention up the ^%#&.

Rather than drive home, we went back to my parents’ place for dinner.  Both kids were having a tough time without naps, but P only naps once a week or so, so for him it wasn’t as big of a deal.  Miss V, however, was NOT COPING.  Now I know!  Ha.  She was pretty into snuggles though, which is not typical for her and very enjoyable for everyone else.  It would have been amazing if her mood was better.

He read them a 48 page book and neither of them moved an inch.

We did bath time before dinner so that we could bolt as soon as we had eaten to get home in time for Kyle to get ready for his flight.

V was too grumpy to eat and P was doing face plants in his meal because he couldn’t keep his eyes open.  D’oh!!

In the end, we made it through the meal, but brought home lots of leftovers (including my own – eyes bigger than stomach syndrome).

I finished off mine later that night once we were back in Davis and the kids were in bed.  And now Kyle’s gone and I’m going to do my best to not drown myself in chocolate this week.  Also it’s going to rain, so wish me luck!

Brunch and shopping

Last week I barely held the family’s meals together without menu planning or a real shopping trip.  As a result, we went to all. the. stores. on Saturday.  And while it wasn’t pleasant, it was fine by me because the first part of the day was STELLAR.  The food part, that is.

New things on the Pushkin’s Restaurant menu!

Now that P is able to eat out, it’s fun to spend weekends with all of us together dining at restaurants.  Because we can!  I can’t wait to explore more of Sac.  That said, it’s really hard to go anywhere else besides Pushkin’s because it’s SUCH GOOD FOOD.  And kid friendly.  And reasonably priced.  And gluten free.  And dairy free.  Like, how could we not go here all the time?

We way over-ordered but I do that on purpose because I like taking leftovers home because then I have yummy eats for later breakfasts.

I got the kids the bacon pressed waffles (L) and the two egg plate with hashbrowns and bacon (R) to share.  I was planning on swooping on some of their food, but then my vegan parfait arrived.

GUYS.  I will never order anything else again.  I know it’s hard to fathom – a parfait shouldn’t be as life changing as something else more exotic like chicken and waffles, but it was literally the best breakfast food I’ve eaten in I can’t even tell you how long.  Words will not do it justice.  Because I got the vegan parfait, it uses coconut yogurt and brown sugar instead of honey.  The yogurt was THE thickest and richest and creamiest, without being at all sweet yet still not tangy.  Gahhhh.  So good.  I wish you all could try it.

The granola was awesome too, packed with nuts and seeds and quinoa and highly clustered 🙂

I also got a roll on the side because I was having issues when I was ordering and was worried I wasn’t getting enough carbs.  I ended up polishing off the parfait and saving everything else for later.  I couldn’t stop eating the yogurt and granola!  Dreamy dish.

Kyle got the chicken and waffles.  Thumbs up all around.

After the kids biked to the park with Kyle, they came home asking to bake, so we went for it.

I don’t care that that one of us looking at each other is blurry because of how sweet I think it is.  Man do I love her.

These “cupcakes” had pumpkin, chickpeas, dates, chia seeds, coconut flour and almond flour.

We winged it as far as recipes go and they turned out okay.  I kept them vegan by using the aquafaba from the chickpeas instead of eggs and they are pretty mushy and crumbly, but they seemed to do just fine when eating them.

I treated myself to a prepared salad from Nugget for lunch.  That was store number 1.

I remembered liking this salad when my sister got it for me over the summer when she helped out while V had a broken leg.  I also remembered the salad dressing being amazing.  Spicy in a way that’s juuuust right.  I’m a pansy with spice, and this pushed my limits just a touch more than I’d usually like, but is balanced out with the cool veggies.

It turns out they sell their dressings…so I bought this and added extra to my salad, along with half an avo, and carrots.

Mmmmm…

Sadly I finished off the rest of the baby carrots, so I had to close out my meal with pickled ones instead.

It did the trick, but I definitely needed to get to Costco stat because a house without baby carrots is no place I want to call home.

Dinner prep!  Kyle went to play golf so I took the down time of naps to make dinner, like I always do.

I wanted to make short ribs in the instant pot, and felt pretty confident that I could get it right because even though Danielle Walker’s recipe was written for a slow cooker, I had already made short ribs in the IP and knew the timing.

I had everything on hand except an onion, so I just subbed in green onions.

Set them to cook and didn’t bother with anything else until dinnertime.  Well, aside from making rice in the rice cooker.

That afternoon we hit up Costco and TJs and by the time we got home it was dark and we were pooped and ready for food!

I needed to make a veg, still, so I just threw broccoli into the IP for 3 minutes.  Done!

Whoaaaaa buddy.

This recipe is a W.I.N.N.E.R.  The curry is an umami explosion of heaven and the tender short ribs completely fall apart with the slightest touch of the fork.  I wasn’t sure how the kids would like the curry, but you better believe they ate it right up.

My kids are so spoiled with their meals, and they don’t even know it.  Like I hardly feel comfortable spending the $$$ for short ribs on myself and they finish off their bowls are are like “more beef please?”

I saved the leftover curry sauce because it seemed way too good to waste, so maybe I can make another dish with it?  Just add a new protein and veggie and it’s reinvented!

I tried a new thing for P’s dairy dose and gave him some greek yogurt as a special treat.  It’s actually nice for me too because it’s less volume and therefore takes him wayyyy less time to consume.  He is crazy slow in taking his milk dose, which is 1/2 cup whole milk, and constantly needs to be reminded to “DRINK!”  He has to finish the dose within a 10 minute time span, which seems easy enough, but ugh.  Anyway, the 1/2 cup whole milk is equivalent to 4 grams of protein, so technically we are allowed to give him whatever form of dairy we want as long as it has 4 grams of protein.  I tried whole milk yogurt once but that took even longer…then I realized that greek yogurt has way more protein.  This whole container had 12 grams or protein, so I used our kitchen scale and weighed out 50 grams of yogurt (1/3 the amount in the container) and gave that to him.  I think he was iffy at first, since he’s never had greek yogurt before and it’s definitely a unique flavor, but seemed to like it more and more as he kept eating.  But the best part of all was that he didn’t have to eat that much to get his full dose in.  Cool!

I totally stuck our Costco list except for ONE item.  Those barnana bites!  They are so good and I had forgotten about them.  This is what happens when you wander down aisles you don’t need to go down.  At least I didn’t buy the chocolate covered macadamia nut clusters that I really wanted.

All in all, a solid Saturday.

Finishing things

Gimme a “B”.

B!

Gimme anana!

No?  Too weird?  Ok.

Remember a few (or more) years ago when “slather” was all the rage in the blog world.  And everything was “slathered” with nut butter/hummus/whatever all the live long day?  I’m thinking of bringing it back.  I am good at slathering.  I liked that word until it got overused and then didn’t mean as much.

I went to Nugget Market between creative playtime (parent co-op play group)with Valley and picking P up…and was giving the prepared section all kinds of googly eyes.  I wanted to check and see if they had more “Nourish bread” from Sugar Plum Bakery, but they didn’t.  So instead I just browsed the prepared food case making notes on what I’d want some day when I don’t feel like cooking.  Like that (above) galette!  Or the (below) biscuits!

Daaaang.

Mostly I looove how Pushkin’s and Sugar Plum are selling their stuff at Nugget though.  Pushkin’s is crushing it right now.  We went this weekend and it was packed packed packed.  And the food was stellar as usual.  But I’ll get to that later.  Gotta wrap up this week first before I get to the weekend.

For lunch I had a kale salad with chicken and cashews (more than shown).  Plus avo and carrots, per usual.

Airplane v scooter.  Take your mark!!

GO!

 

Look at all the leftovers we had!  I knew we needed to do a fridge clean out, but I was planning on making a side salad too.  But then when I started pulling everything out I was like whoa we don’t need anything else.

Best thing of all is the leftover stuffing.  It’s so good.  Kyle and I both want it again soon…it doesn’t even have to be a Thanksgiving side.  It’s good on it’s own.

Talk about a plate piled full of veg!  There’s two different squash dishes up in thurr.

And the rest of the mushroom cauli dish from Friendsgiving.  And the aforementioned sweet potato stuffing. There was NO MORE room after eating all that.

Last of the banana bread (with a pretty flower from Mr. P).

We met friends at Art Beast on Friday along with every other parent and kid in Davis and Sac.  I forgot it was a holiday, so it was definitely a packed house by the time we left.  Good thing we are early risers because that way we were able to get there right when it opened and enjoy the first hour or two of it being open before it turned into mayhem.  The kids all had a blast though, so that’s what is most important.  And then we walked to the Temple on the corner of the block for coffee.

Decaf cafe au lait for moi.  Love that iconic penny floor.

I packed lunch for the littles so the adults could (kinda) talk while the kids ate.

Which meant that when I got home I was able to put the kids right to bed and then eat my own lunch (same salad as yesterday but with more cashews).

We played bears and then chefs all afternoon until they were ready to change out of PJs.  I let them pick our activity, but that was a total fail when we went to the library and then realized IT WAS A HOLIDAY.  Geez.  You’d think I’d be onto it by now.  Luckily my friends were more on top of it and so we went over to their house for our plan B.

I made a pound of pasta in 5 minutes!

Instant Pot win.

We had (more!) leftovers on Friday because I was committed to finishing off all the leftovers.  The last bit of pot roast from the other week wasn’t really enough on it’s own, but paired with noodles (for him) and squash (for me) it was good.

The kids had pasta with leftover salmon from who knows when.  Similarly, it was too small of a portion to do anything else with.

I gave us both cheese too.  Finally finished off the sheep pecorino romano.  Obviously I will buy more when I finally make it to the store this weekend.  That cheese is the ISH.

CHOCOLATE.

What nuts are your favorite?  I’m in a real major pecan phase right now.  I think it’s a Fall nut.

Sunday and Monday Reflections

I had a big dessert face on both Saturday and Sunday nights, so I have to get my sweet tooth back in check. Chances I manage that with Kyle being out of town the start of this week?  Slim to I’m GOING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.  Grit over chocolate.

Look what I picked from the tomato plant!

Finally.  It’s grown to be the hugest monster of all time and yet, yields not very many tomatoes considering how ginormous it is.  No joke, I cannot believe how big this thing is.  P just chucked seeds into the planter and boom, we have a plant as big as Mexico in our backyard.

This pint was one of two that was eaten very quickly by my youngest.  There are a bunch more green ones coming soon though, so maybe some will make it into a dish, as opposed to straight into her mouth.

This was an impulse purchase when I went to the store on Doomsday (last Friday). It was basically the one moment I left the house before Kyle left and I had to get everything I thought I might need then and there. Which basically amounted to all the kombucha and diapers I could carry.  And this bread. It was $8.99 which is bananas expensive and cringe-worthy for my frugal face to admit, but it was a moment of weakness and Kyle actually made me do it because he was like “WTF Elise, if this is the only nice thing you do for yourself all weekend, then you better believe it’s worth it.”  Sometimes his words really work.  And so I did it.  I put it in my cart and didn’t even do my usual “return it before I get to the checkout dance” or even my “buyers remorse in the parking lot”. Yes, I know I have problems.  I’m a disaster.  Tip of the iceberg.  Just don’t touch it.

So let’s just discuss the bread.  Because I finally got around to trying it.

It is dense as all get out and REALLY DANG GOOD.  Reminds me of what I imagine this bread would taste like – which has been on my “to make” list since it was published oh so long ago.  I guess buying it for $9 is one way to do it.  I’m now very worried I will buy it again once it’s out.  HALP.

Salad salad bo balad, banana fana fo, oof.  I’ll stop.  I’d been missing this one.

Same kale, brocc slaw, cabbage, pepita, cranberry, poppyseed dressing thing with half an avo.  But, drumroll pleaseeeeeee, no macadamia nuts.  [Insert audible gasp]  What is going on with my taste buds???  Friday and Saturday were both meatless (I had salmon at lunch but no other animal flesh), and then I go and skip the nuts in my beloved salad combo of heaven. Weird.  Just weird.  But it was good!  Obviously.  But didn’t hold me over very well.  I was super hungry for dinner.  But you guys!  There was football on!  Sunday Sunday Sunday.  I am so happy for Sundays.  Between church and football I feel like there’s not much else that can make the weekend better.  Oh, well, that whole wine trip thing helped too.

Cornbread waffles!  I pulled these out of the freezer and then brainstormed other things to eat with them.

I had 6 zucchini staring me down from the fruit bowl so I had a marathon chop sesh during commercial breaks. I sautéed the with bacon because they were kinda bitter.

And I broiled sausage and hot dogs.

And called that a meal!  [Kyle’s is the plate without zucchini – for some reason other non-green summer squash is fine with him though]

Here’s my plate, with a fork swipe of dijonnaise too. I had a few more servings of zucchini too.  And dessert (see above).

I forgot to take a photo until I was half way through with breakfast. At which point I added some nut butter, so oh well, you don’t get the best idea of what this GF DF strawberry rosemary scone from Pushkin’s looked like.

My belly was pleased with it.

A friend made dinner for us, but I gave it to the kids for lunch because I didn’t have anything ready.  As if they are going to turn down tacos twice in a day?!?!  No.

I had this Nugget egg salad (the whole thing), carrots, half an avo, and the whole bag of kale chips. And then was stuffed for the rest of the day. No joke. Total fail on moderation.

Killing the afternoon at the library.  There’s only so much you can do with a casted child when it’s 100 degrees outside.  For reals.

More tacos for dinner (Kyle is out of town so we can eat whatever we want, no matter how repetitive) and then kombucha for dessert.  No chocolate!  Yay me!

Hopefully I gave V her last “silly bath” in the kitchen sink that night.  Fingers crossed for our ortho appointment on Tuesday morning.

Oh and also don’t forget you can get 6 gobble meals for only $6 until the end of September so you should totally give it a shot!  Really what do you have to lose?