My blog readers are awesome! Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the De-lurking Initiative I was so excited to read about all the areas of the world people are reading from, and hear some opinions on both the blog and oatmeal!
I compiled a list of the locations (in no particular order). Based on the responses, we are quite a diverse group!
Chicago, IL (2)
San Diego, CA
Victoria, BC, Canada
Los Angeles, CA (2)
Ontario, Canada (2)
Washington, DC (2)
New York, NY (3)
San Angelo, Texas
Overland Park, KS
St. Louis, MO
Mountain View, CA
Seattle, WA (2)
New York State
**EDITED TO ADD**
I’ve gotten several more locations in the comment section Here they are: Orlando, FL; Brazil; Iowa; Richmond, VA; Minneapolis, MN (holla!!); Bristol, England; Germany, Mannheim. SWEET!!
My next step is to figure out a way to include a map somewhere on my page. Does anyone have any suggestions for the best site to use for that graphic?
Thanks again to Meghann for the idea I hope some of you will keep commenting!
Keeping with the oatmeal theme, I tried another new combination today and I think it may be one of my favorites. I give you Peanut Butter, Banana & Jelly Oatmeal!
Yum! Here’s today’s combination:
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/2 small banana
- 1 tbsp. ground flax
- 1/8 cup Bear Naked Peanut Butter Granola
- 1 tbsp. Smucker’s Strawberry Jam
Seriously, it was amazing! Has anyone ever tried adding jam to oatmeal before? How have I not thought of this until now?! Given my incredible sweet tooth, I should have tried this ages ago! Oh well, better late than never – and it was worth the wait!
I had a mug of Coffee Cocoa on the side to start the day off right.
I spent the morning in class learning about copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets – we talked about Bratz vs. Barbie I met up with K and one of our favorite people on campus for lunch at the student center. I was pretty hungry since class doesn’t get out until 2:00, so I decided to get the chicken and vegetable stir-fry.
Sorry for the bit of blur in the picture. It was a very good stir-fry, though! It combined red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, water chestnuts, pineapple, chicken and brown rice with a teriyaki sauce. And because we were having a long and fun discussion, I was able to savor each bite instead of eating on the go, which made it even better!
When I got home, I got the best gift EVER from K…
Words can’t describe how much I love Peeps! Especially at Easter – but I love the fact that they now have them at pretty much every holiday! I broke out a spook for a little after lunch treat!
After doing a bit of work, I headed for the gym, where I did a lovely 40 minutes on the elliptical machine and an arm workout that worked biceps, triceps and shoulders. I can tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow!
I came back and made myself a post-workout snack of 1 cup Fage 0% sprinkled with some rice puffs, more peanut butter granola and a tsp. of maple syrup.
It really hit the spot – I’m telling you, if you don’t like Greek yogurt now, just keep on trying and eventually your taste buds will get used to it. It’s hard for me to go a day without eating it now! I’m excited to try the Oikos samples now that I’ve used up my previous supply And the Chobani review is coming soon!
My snack held me over well through another night at the television station. I run the video playback for our sports show on Thursdays. It’s my job to make sure the right video is playing at the right time. When I first started, I was very nervous and worried that I would do something to screw up the show. But with practice, I’ve learned that it’s not so bad, and I actually enjoy it! I know – I’m a broadcast dork!
I came home and fixed myself something small until I could enjoy the main event (keep reading to find out what that is!).
I heated up a bag of steamed microwave veggies – an Asian blend that consisted of red peppers, water chestnuts and broccoli. After I ate it, I realized it was a lot like lunch 😉 Oh well, can’t have too many veggies I guess!
The main event was my first-ever acorn squash!! I followed this recipe exactly, but substituted Promise Light for the butter. Here they are all buttered up and ready to go into the oven!
1 hour + 15 minutes later…voila!
The pool of goodness is the maple syrup/brown sugar combination. I did as the recipe said and spooned it out over the drier areas of one half of the squash.
The sweet version of acorn squash was unbelievably good! I remember reading on many blogs that the skin is good too…and it really was! I would liken it to a potato skin in terms of texture. I think I might even like the skin the most!! I saved the other half for lunch tomorrow.
So now I’ve tried spaghetti squash, butternut squash and acorn squash. I want to try a savory recipe next time! Any tips as to what kind of squash I should try next?
While I was writing this post, I had another mug of Decaf Coffee Cocoa. It’s becoming a tradition – caffeinated to start the day off right, and decaf to wind down and relax the night away What are some of your favorite evening rituals?