Spring Break Recap!

It has been WAY too long since I finished Spring Break. However, I went back to work and life just got CRAY-CRAY. I swear, work is nothing but IN THE WAY! Can’t I just stay home with Stanley, cook, watch TV, and create recipes? Is that too much to ask?

Anywho… Here are the goals I set for myself and how I did…

1. Finish the last paper of my first year of my Masters degree–one year left!!! DONE!!! and I passed 🙂

2. 6am CrossFit–call me crazy but I am a morning person 110% DONE!! I kept at my 4-5 times a week as seen HERE and HERE

3. See the lady doc–sorry guys Did it! – Ladies:: did you know we only have to go once every THREE years now? It was news to me!

4. Make an appointment to get acupuncture–I will try anything once Sadly, I didn’t make the appointment. I was on hold one day, lost my patience, and made an appointment for a massage–which turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed.

5. Try recipes that I have marked “to try”
Paleo Strawberry Shortcake Once word: delicious.

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Microwave Protein Carrot Cake Yummy (subbed pumpkin for apple sauce). I topped mine with a mixture of cottage cheese and SF syrup.

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Brownie Pancakes Still on the to-do list.. I need to buy apple sauce
Sweet Potato Banana Bites Good– especially topped with peanut flour!

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Paleo Girl Scout Tagalongs To die for. The recipe made 9–The BF ate 7.

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6. Take Stanley to Fiesta Island–a huge off-leash dog park on the beach I never made it to Fiesta Island (FAIL)–but we did go to the dog park 3x a week. Does that count?

7. Reach my CrossFit goal–one strict pull-up HECK YES I DID!! 🙂

8. Create 5 new recipes
Nutty-cocoa-nana Protein Shake
Ground Chicken Taco Salad
Apple Chips
Wasabi Peanut Spread
Ground Chicken Breast Patties

9. Replace the battery in my watch–it’s been forever! Yup–as evidenced in the pic.

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10. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy–I am behind FIVE episodes.. whoops! I caught up–but then got behind. I just can’t win!!

All I know if I cannot wait for SUMMER BREAK… and I think this little guy agrees with me!

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xoxo, Haley

I must say that I am pretty proud of myself for keeping to these goals. I guess making them public held me accountable… hmm.. What to do next??

Question: do you find that telling someone your goals keeps you accountable??

 

Sleepy Haley

Woke up this morning at 4am to bring The BF to the airport.  I know, 4am is an ungodly hour.  Before I get to today, let’s recap last night’s dinner!

 

Dinner

Every year my grandpa gets me a gift certificate to The Olive Garden.  Every year.  Never fails.  So, The BF and I go to Olive Garden once a year.  Last night we used the money to spend a nice night out.  When we arrived we were greeted and seated shortly thereafter.  Our hostess was pleasant and the waiter came and took our drink order.  He promptly came back to deliver our drinks but then we did not see him for a long while……..  This was not very good because I was becoming VERY hangry.  

I had received an email about the restaurant’s new Lighter Fare menu.  I was intrigued…. After scoping out the menu beforehand (of course), I decided on ordering the Venetian Apricot Chicken.  Usually I would just order the endless soup and salad, but I knew I wanted more protein.

I was pleasantly surprised that the endless salad came with the entree… so, I loaded up (five times).

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There is something about the crispiness of iceberg letter that gets me..

When my entree came out, I was a little bummed the vegetables did not include asparagus and tomatoes (as the menu said

it did).  On the other hand, it was delicious!

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I asked for the apricot glaze on the side, and I was VERY glad I did.  The sauce was tasty but I am not a fan of sweet sauces – the spice is nice.  The chicken was cooked perfectly and had a nice charbroiled taste to it.  If you are going to Olive Garden anytime soon, I recommend this dish!

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Strange But Good: Sriracha Dressing

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Nowadays you can’t go to a blog and not find the spicy goodness that is called SRIRACHA.  I swear, this stuff is great on anything.

I use it for my stir-frys, my eggs, and not to mention… my salads.

Yes, I have used it as a salad dressing on more than one occasion.  That is why my featured salad is a STRANGE BUT GOOD.  (Head over to Sprint2theTable to see what Laura’s made up!!)

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the spice is nice…

I am not sure if it is more strange to put sriracha on a salad… or cottage cheese.  This was one of those meals where cleaning out the refrigerator was more important than cooking up more chicken breasts…

Either way, it was GOOD.

Question: Anyone else put sriracha on a salad?  Or have my taste buds been burned off?

hot, hot, hot… xoxo, Haley