“Social networks what dreams are made of, there’s nothin’ you can’t do!”
That said, I am both excited and nervous for our speaking panel at BlogHer this Friday morning! I’ve spoken in front of people before but never at a conference like this. I am truly looking forward to it but would love to hear your tips for staying calm and confident before a big event. Any ideas?!
One thing that always keeps me calm is chatting about food.
My breakfasts have been somewhat monotonous lately, but in a very delicious way. I can’t get enough of the Greek yogurt + Kashi + blueberry + nut butter combination.
This was Fage yogurt with Earth Balance crunchy peanut butter, which is very good! It has the perfect balance of smoothness and chunkiness – plus it’s no-stir!
It has been a busy week, so multiple mugs of Coffee Cocoa are typically enjoyed while reading.
Followed by several hours of work as we prepare content for clients and get ourselves in a place where we can truly enjoy every moment of our trip to NYC. It’s totally worth it!
Eventually, a break for lunch is necessary, which these days usually means a “second breakfast” in the form of scrambled eggs with chicken sausage, spinach and reduced-fat Mexican cheese.
The extra is on the left side of the plate. The rest of the goodness is tucked inside a Flatout Garden Spinach wrap (note: free sample provided by a client). I also had some perfectly ripe strawberries.
The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to more work, with a little bit of organization and packing thrown into the mix. My apartment has been a bit chaotic – to say the least – these past few weeks and I am determined to make it look nice again before I leave!
But there was some fun thrown into the mix. Bobby has recently determined that it is very necessary for us to go on a walk after work. Who am I to object to that? We plan on going on random walks every night from now on – perhaps even into the winter, but we’ll see if I’m daring enough for that! It’s always nice to have some time to chat while getting in some exercise, too.
Dinner was also a lot of fun – and something I’ve never made myself before! We found pork chops at the store over the weekend and decided to try them out.
I didn’t really follow a recipe, but I knew I wanted a “no fuss” way to make them and that meant baking instead of on the grill. I preheated the oven to 350*F and oiled a baking pan. Then I rubbed each of the pork chops with garlic salt, pepper, mesquite spices and barbecue sauce.
I baked them for 30 minutes, then pulled them out and flipped each chop over. I then baked them for an additional 15-20 minutes each. You may want to go for another 30 minutes if they are thick chops, but these were on the thin side and didn’t need as much time.
They turned out quite beautiful, if I do say so myself! I even tweeted that Papa Bender would be proud. It’s hard to keep pork chops moist, but I think that baking them really helped seal in the juices.
A magnificent feast and meal for two.
The skies are a very scary color right now! Here’s hoping it doesn’t storm too badly. This girl (as I take a break from typing to point to myself) does not like storms. The only time I appreciate lightning is when I am watching it…in a video.
Before I go, I have a very special announcement! A reader and fellow blogger John is on a mission to go for 40 races before he turns 40! He’s decided to enter himself into Stride’s Stridea contest and is doing incredibly well so far. He’s even launched himself on Twitter as @Strideaman to continue to spread the word, which I, of course, love!
There are less than 5 days left to vote! I am so excited for John and his racing dreams that I would encourage all of you to vote for him here. You can do so every day if you’d like!
Good luck to you, John! He is even going to be featured on a TV and radio show tomorrow. You can read more about it in his latest post.
STORM UPDATE: My building is shaking and I can’t see anything out of the window because of the rain. This is not looking good, friends. Not good at all.
Happy thought: What is your favorite thing to do in NYC, if you’ve visited?
See you all in the Big Apple!