Not As Planned, but Still had FUN!

Soooo…we left at 6.20, in the pouring, torrential rain, on our hour drive to Saint John’s Marsh to do two surveys which would have taken about 8 hours to complete.  We got there at 7.30, and I was starving by then, so I chowed down on this snackeroo…and now I remember why I don’t buy this flavor…it tastes horrendously fake.  I liked the smores one a lot, but have yet to try the others…if only I could find there in my no-where land!

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So the rain was still comin down, but that doesn’t stop us…so we got the boat ready and set to go out, got it in the water…then got a call from my boss that even though the rain had stopped, we were in a lull and that a huge front was going to be coming through in a few hours.  That would have been bad news for us.  So, we bailed.  Dangit.  That means we have to do it tomorrow…another 5am morning wake up!

We ended up hitting an outlet mall on the way home (hehe…bad workers) and i got a pair of capris at the GAP outlet, and a plate at the corelle store…hehe!  I also got Meghann’s bday present!  ;)

By the time we got home I was famished so I had my prepacked lunch: arnold’s thin w/ laughing cow and hummus, tomato and lettuce, mango, and strawberries w/ natural pb.  Such a great lunch!

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We worked on a bunch of stuff around the trailer and I had snack…I was so hungry!  I seriously hadn’t done anything as of that time so I was totally going crazy; why I was so hungry!?  I started w/ an apple and cinnamon, then had my trusty kashi sunshine cereal…I’m addicted…or obsessed?

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As we were hanging out the UPS man showed up with a FUN BOX FOR MOI!!!  I couldn’t remember what it might be, but I was excited for it’s contents:

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WILD GARDEN HUMMUS!!!  I won this during a contest through Back in Skinny Jeans and was totally happy to receive it today!  The great thing about this hummus is that it doesn’t have to be refrigerated so I can easily take it out in the field with me!  A blessing in disguise!

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I’m super stoked to try this stuff once I finish my other hummus, so stay tuned for a review on their traditional and roasted garlic hummus!

We weren’t doing much by the afternoon so I decided to bake…since I have a near dozen bananas that are ripe and ready to be eaten.  I decided to make some healthy cookies and based my recipe off of this one found on FatFree Vegan’s blog.

Lower-fat-peanut-butter-banana-cookies:

  • 1/2C dark chocolate dreams pb from pb &co.
  • 1/2C brown sugar
  • 2 smashed bananas
  • 1 1/2C all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes and you have wonderful cookies!

I used what I had and since a grocery store is not readily available: Presto!  My two lady coworkers really liked them and said they could still taste the bananas but loved the chocolate chips and the tasty pb-ness of it all.  Success!

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I went out for a short 30 minute, +3 mile run, and then lifted weights and did calastinics for another 45 minutes.  It’s amazing to me how fast I lose my strength!

But, on my run I did make my way to the mail box and found this waiting graciously for me from Biz at Biggest Diabetic Loser.  My WHOLE FOODS GIFT CARD courtesy of my win w/ Meghann for our Sushi BSI entry!  We’re going to be going out to lunch at WF with these cards so stay tuned for that too!  (P.S. Biz, I LOVE YOUR HAND WRITING!!!!)

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And since I was on a roll, I decided to make a homemade dinner for myself!  Yes!  If there is one thing about me, it’s that I’m afraid to use ground/fresh spices. I believe it’s because the one time I made something from scratch from spices, it came out so strong I wanted to hurl and ever since then have been afraid to make anything from scratch with spices.  But tonight, was another SUCCESS!  I made SNOBBY JOES from my lovely Veganomicon cookbook that I bought myself and trugged along w/ me to FL!

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I had it w/ an arnold’s thin and some more of my spaghetti squash…It was pretty good but I felt like I was missing something…I didn’t use the mustard of maple syrup because I didn’t have either…but I’m thinking because I didn’t have fresh garlic and had to use powder that might have made a difference?  Maybe…whatever; it was still delicious!  I can’t wait to have the rest (I have three servings left!).

Alright, off to get ready for tomorrow’s duties and adventures…oh, and yes, my blogroll did grow exponentially because I FINALLY got around to updating it!  Geez!

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27 Responses to Not As Planned, but Still had FUN!

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Glad you still had fun!! And hooray for TONS of delicious meals, snacks, cookies, and a great BSI gift from Biz!! :-)

    TGIF!!

  2. Meg says:

    I definitely need to make those cookies!

    I love that Hummus. I haven’t had it in a long time. It tastes great in sandwiches.

  3. biz319 says:

    Yeah, glad it got there safely!

    Lunch is about all you’ll be able to afford with that card, but it will be tasty!

    I’ve had those protein bars before too – they were on sale for .50 cents each, marked down from $3.00 so I thought I was getting a deal.

    Not! There was some strange aftertaste I couldn’t get over.

  4. Meghann says:

    looks like you had a great day! :) I can read the smile on your face.

    And Bday present?!?!?!?! What could it be?!?!?! :)

  5. ksgoodeats says:

    Oh my gosh – that box is full of GOODNESS :)

    Sorry you didn’t like that PP bar, it’s my favorite! Faaaaabulous cookies and snobs though!

  6. K says:

    PS. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll – I appreciate it :)

  7. talesofexpansion says:

    omg your cookies look amazing! ahh now i need banana/pb/chocolate this second. it’s a combo that never gets old!

  8. brandi says:

    sounds like an exciting day!

    those cookies look so good :)

  9. shelby says:

    Fresh fruit + Cookies + Snobby Joes + Hummus (the kind I buy!) + working out = AMAZING DAY!

    I hope you enjoy your weekend!

  10. sweetandfit says:

    hummus that doesn’t need to be refrigerated?!?! thats so neat! your packed lunch looks so cute…you eat PB with your strawberries?

  11. Molly says:

    I am sooo jealous of your eats! Haha, seriously. Hummus and pb and kashi and strawberries – YUM!

    Your job seems really interesting. What exactly do you do? I understand it has to do with being in the wilderness, lol?

  12. carolinebee says:

    thanks for adding me girlie..i’ll be doing the same once i stop procrastinating that :D Delish cookies- i can see the bananz oozing out! The one thing i dislike about the pure proteins is that chewy layer that rips my teeth out! I go for zone bars now if i want like a more protein-y processed bar!

  13. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) says:

    Oh that’s such a good idea to put cinnamon on your apple! I always just put PB on mine, but now I have something new to try :)

  14. Maggie says:

    thanks for the cookie recipe – they look great :)

  15. Sharon says:

    Wow, drooling over your post!

  16. Sarah (lovINmytummy) says:

    I like your lunch…it has a little bit of everything yummy in it.

    I’m scared to try the Kashi Sunshine cereal. If its that good, I’m in trouble!

    Wonderful cookies and I love those Snobby Joes. Of course I made a Flat Out pizza out of them!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. aussirish says:

    those cookies look so yummy!!
    yay for packages :) that hummus sounds nice.
    have a great weekend girlie,
    xxxx

  18. Balance, Joy and Delicias! says:

    a fun day with lot of great eats, cookies, gifts!!!

    looking forward to hear about those hummus.

  19. Erica says:

    what a great day with the change in plans! I love outlet shopping! You always find such great things for wayyyyyy cheaper! Banana republic outlet is my fav. Mmm your mango looks awesome- it has been too long since I last had a mango. Fun package from the mama- I have never tried that kind of hummus. Hope today goes well!

  20. strongandhealthy says:

    Great cookies!!! Love your snack too!!

    I always get that Wild Garden hummus. I love the roasted garlic.

    Have a great day!

  21. Krista says:

    Wow…you had a busy day!!

    Cookies and snobby joes look great! Hooray for shopping!! :)

  22. Stacey says:

    Those cookies are making me hungry!!

  23. imadedinner says:

    You’ll LOVE the hummus!!! I got some too!

  24. ttfn300 says:

    holy moly, lovely goods!! i’ve been meaning to try snobby joes :) that hummus will be great to bring out with you! and cookies my my :)

  25. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    Nice cookies! I love the little insides peaking out!
    You’re right, pure protein bars do taste a little fake – I used to love them though, for their proteinn-ess!

  26. Marianne says:

    Those strawberries look so good! As does the mango from your lunch. I love the combo of strawberries & mango together.

    Hurray for hummus mail!

  27. Thinspired says:

    Wow, hummus, WF gift card…so many fantastic treats!
    Those cookies look awesome. Do you think they would be good with the White Chocolate PB? That’s all I’ve got on hand but I wonder if it would be weird with the banana…

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