Hey hey! How are you?
Well shucks. I didn’t blog all day. I’m sure you missed it, yes? Yeah, me either. Maybe I should try that more often. You know, staying away from the blog and all. Things might be better for everyone. Ha.
Let me just say that there are days when running isn’t easy, but the feeling I get after I run (even if it’s not a long run) is so great. I did a really short run last night and it started out as the slowest run of my life, but after a few tunes and a lot of talking myself through it in my head, I had this sense of joy on the last little half mile stretch home. I just love that. It’s such a freeing feeling.
I had a whole list of things to write about, but I’m exhausted so instead I’m just going to show you some random pictures, including some around the house (to make you thankful you don’t live with us), give you a couple recommendations and then talk spaghetti squash.
It sounds so fun I can hardly contain myself.
Let’s see. Around the house.
I went back to my old tricks the other day of making green eggs by blending spinach with the eggs before scrambling.
I used to do this every day for the boys, but I’ve gotten lazy in my old age. Yep, I can burn scrambled eggs also. My issue is not limited to only burning roasted vegetables.
I also went back to the pumpkin protein dough the other day. I made it with GNC vanilla whey protein powder (since I have a huge jug it and all) and plopped it in a Flatout cinnamon crisp bowl. I topped it with an apple, cinnamon, PB2 and coconut cookie dough crumble.
Instead of trying to fix this lamp shade for the umpteenth time, I decided to get out an old fall scented candle and burn it to distract me.
Yankee candles are the BEST by the way! So are fall scented hand soaps and wall flowers from bath and Body Works. Oh and hey, if you look closely at the picture you can see that Grandma D tried to fix that lamp shade with some scotch tape. Obviously it worked well.
We took a family trip to Trader Joe’s last night. STUFT Daddy even came along to witness each boy pushing a baby cart and causing a ruckus. I had a bit of a panic attack earlier yesterday (as stated on Facebook) because we didn’t have any green vegetables in the house, so we made sure to stock up. Then I made sure to roast up a bunch when we got home.
Even more awesome because I was wearing my pajamas and nerdy glasses and eating it with chopsticks.
Last night I took what was left in this peanut butter jar and froze it.
Then used that spatula to make sure I got every last bit of the frozen peanut butter out of the jar and into my huge dessert.
Um, yeah, just thought you should know I’m still going strong on my tapering, overeating and carbing up early before the marathon this weekend. I’m just making sure I’m in tip top shape. Ha ha.
I found this in one of our bags from Trader Joe’s when we got home. I couldn’t figure out how it got in there.
Judah finally fessed up and told me he bought it. He must have added it to his cart at some point. I really need to be paying better attention when we’re shopping I guess. Oops.
The boys and I did a little bit of decorating around the house today.
How cool are these sock monkeys? Pretty funny and I just found this old post from when we decorated last year with these same sock monkeys. It’s so weird to read old posts.
I snuck some broccoli slaw in the raviolis tonight for dinner for the boys and STUT Daddy. No one even complained (to my face at least).
I got this cool box in the mail earlier today for the marathon this weekend.
Have you heard of Yurbuds? I’ve seen them at race expos a lot, but have never had them. I can’t wait to try them out.
Oh, and yesterday the boys and I had breakfast at Subway for the first time ever. It was awesome.
Who knew a 6 inch egg white sub could be so good?
Yeah, you can pile all the same veggies, just on egg whites instead of meat. Just fabulous.
Speaking of egg whites, I’m already through the first one of my huge jugs I just ordered less than a month ago. Yep. Done. I just may turn into that scary muscle chicken after all. Ha ha.
Okay, enough randomness.
Let’s talk spaghetti squash really quick before my nighttime “office hours” are over.
Last week it was a kabocha experiment, this week I’ve been doing all sorts of things with spaghetti squash.
I have a couple spaghetti squash recipes on the blog already.
My favorite way to prepare it is just to roast it. After scraping out all the seeds, I put it flat side down on sprayed cookie sheet, poke holes and roast at 375 convection for about 35-45 minutes.
I usually have the help of my personal seed scraping assistants.
My first bright idea was last Friday when I made this taco pie for STUFT Daddy.
I made the same for myself, but subbed in spaghetti squash for the pie crust, omitted the sour cream and cheese and added some non dairy “cheesy” sauce.
It came out marvelously.
Then the other day when it was ultimate pear breakfast salad time I had the bright idea to add some spaghetti squash to the mix.
I went the sweet route with a little cinnamon, coconut oil and almond butter. It was better than I thought it would be.
And again, even when I was out of my spinach.
In the bowl- spaghetti squash roasted with a little cinnamon, egg whites with cinnamon, a bosc pear, coconut oil and almond butter.
Today I took it to a whole new level without any egg whites since I had already had a breakfast STUFTwich for breakfast.
There’s a better picture on instagram, but this bowl of sweet spaghetti squash heaven just takes the cake. Yep, that’s what I’m going to call it.
Sweet Spaghetti Squash Heaven
In the bowl: roasted sweet potatoes (roasted with cinnamon and stevia), roasted spaghetti squash, low calorie peanut butter frosting made with PB2, Naturally More (which if I’m not mistaken has been recalled- oops), ice cream dream protein frosting, coconut oil, Barney’s Almond Butter and The Chia Co chia seeds.
I also think you should know that I ate the whole spaghetti squash by my lonesome.
Thank you. I’m impressed too.
Thanks for all the no sugar challenge responses on my previous post. We’ll have to get on that after the racing madness has calmed down a bit. Right now I’m just trying to get through the next couple weeks, and if a little sugar free syrup here and there is going to help, well, then I’m not going to mess with it just yet.
One more day to claim it or it’s going to someone else!
Okay, I’m off.
Time for bed.
Have you tried spaghetti squash?
Have you ever tried it sweet? If not, I think you should. You’ll thank me.