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Weekly Menu

(Courtesy of Org. Junkie)

Week of 1/11-1/17

  • Monday
    • Lunch & snacks – Already packed: tuna sandwich with mustard and fresh spinach on wheat, small orange, carrots w/ almond butter, one low fat cheese stick, banana
    • Dinner – Pounded walnut strozzapreti
  • Tuesday
    • Lunch – Leftover strozzapreti or salmon salad with veggies, orange, yogurt w/ apples and granola, nuts
    • Dinner – Mushroom casserole
  • Wednesday
    • Lunch – Leftover mushroom casserole, strawberry greek yogurt, low fat cheese stick, carrots, banana
    • Dinner – Veggie lasagna
  • Thursday
    • Lunch – Salmon salad, yogurt with apples & granola, zucchini spears
    • Dinner – Girls’ Night for me; leftover veggie lasagna for D
  • Friday
    • Lunch – Standing Friday lunch with friends
    • Dinner – Easy mushroom sauce on whole grain pasta with veggies on the side
  • Saturday
    • Dinner – Breakfast for dinner (whole grain pancakes, hash browns cooked in olive oil, scrambled eggs w/ cheese and veggies)
  • Sunday
    • Dinner – Lean turkey burgers with thick slices of fresh mozzarella, spinach, mustard, and any leftover mushrooms

I almost always have the same breakfast 🙂 – a toasted sprouted grain english muffin (I have to visit 3 or 4 stores to find them these days, not sure what’s up with that) with natural apple butter or natural peanut butter (sometimes both) and coffee.  These days I’ve been trying to reduce my caffeine consumption so I make half-caf coffee.

Last week’s menu plan and what I really had in red

  • Monday
    • Lunch – Leftover ham/bean/veggie soup and one leftover slice of spinach/mushroom/olive pizza; raw veggies for snackiness
    • Dinner – Leftover turkey & veggie chili
  • Tuesday
    • Lunch – Natural peanut butter & apple butter sandwich, hard-boiled egg, veggies (tuna, Laughing Cow cheese, and spinach sandwich)
    • Dinner – Hamburger ‘n beans, veggies
  • Wednesday
    • Lunch – Egg salad sandwich, blueberry greek yogurt, veggies
    • Dinner – Leftover hamburger ‘n beans, veggies
  • Thursday
    • Lunch – Egg salad sandwich, blueberry greek yogurt, veggies (tuna, Laughing Cow cheese, and spinach sandwich – the egg salad turned out pretty poorly and I couldn’t take another day of it, ha)
    • Dinner – Open-faced scrambled egg & veggie sandwiches, or black bean burgers (Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich w/ honey mustard, fries)
  • Friday
    • Lunch – Standing Friday lunch with friends
    • Dinner – Shrimp & veggie stir fry (lentil, brown rice, veggie soup)
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Snowstorm!

So today we went from zero to this in 40 minutes:

To this an hour and a half later:

This was taken at about 4pm.  We’re supposed to continue getting snow accompanied by gusts of wind of up to 30 mph off and on until Sunday.  Total snow accumulation is estimated at 14-20 inches.

For SW VA that is completely ridiculous.  Actually, for anywhere in VA that is pretty darn ridiculous.

Everything in town except the grocery stores and post office were shut down by 3pm (an hour after it had started).  Cars carrying early-work-/school-/errands-departers lined the roads to get home (s-l-o-w-l-y) before the worst hit.  I inched my way over to the grocery store to pick up a few items since I knew we’d be stuck inside this weekend.

When I returned to my car it was covered in snow so I scraped it down.  Please note that I live about three miles away from the grocery store.  Approximately one mile into my trip home my back windshield wiper stopped working entirely. It simply couldn’t withstand the pressure of the incredibly wet, heavy snow.  My front wipers were on the verge of icing over when I pulled into the driveway.  They probably would’ve frozen up completely had I been in the car for another 10 minutes.

It is not only snowing ridiculous amounts.  It is also cold as frack.

When temperatures drop and my inability to regulate my own body temperature increases, I drink a lot of coffee.  Like even more than normal.  Right now I’m averaging 2-3 cups a day, some full caf, some decaf.

Because coffee and I are such close buds right now, I purchased several accessories for it to don during our most intimate sipping moments.  D and I had a taste test last weekend to determine exactly how much money I had wasted at the store.  I removed the containers before the test so that he was not influenced by their colorful, sexy labels.

Our scientific results:

  • Gingerbread Coffee Mate
    • D: “This tastes sort of like gingerbread. I don’t like gingerbread.”
    • Sam: “This tastes like sugary syrup.”
  • Peppermint Mocha Coffee Mate
    • D: “Ew.”
    • Sam: “OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU”
  • Pumpkin Coffee Mate
    • D: “This tastes sort of like cinnamon.  Or Captain Crunch cereal. Yum.”
    • Sam: “Hmm.  A tolerable substitute for the Peppermint.”