Power Toast + Pompeii

Wow, my back-to-back 2 days of zumba have officially kicked my hiney! The funny thing with zumba is though I’m super tired today, I can’t wait to go back to class! I have so much fun! I was tired today…lol. Not too tired to eat, though! I may or may not have hit the snooze button 10 times too many, but I still made time for breakfast.

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Power Toast and nice hot coffee.

Speaking of Power Toast, have you seen my latest poll?

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Besides the caffeine, I love the comforting feeling of hot coffee.

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Power Toast toppings: Barney Butter, pepitas, flaxseed meal, and hemp seeds.

Have you tried hemp seeds yet?! They’re the new chia!

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Work is extra stressful this week. Thank goodness for good food and hot teas to help calm my nerves.

I had some yerba mate this morning.

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Leftover turkey chili (thanks hubby!) with some Great Harvest honey WW bread on the side for lunch.

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Tulsi tea in the afternoon.

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Check out this tea bag trick – just wrap the paper/string around the handle to keep the bag from falling in.

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My sweet tooth hit me hard today and I satisfied it with a chocolate-walnut brownie. I haven’t had a brownie in ages, but this one, from a local bakery, really hit the spot!

Thanks again to everyone for your wise breakup recovery tips. My friend and I took up one of the tips today and got pedis after work. Ahhhh!

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She went pink.

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I went with a slightly more coral-pink.

So fun! I love pedicures, but haven’t had one in probably a good year! I used to get them all the time!

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When I got home, hubby had all the groceries we needed to make dinner…save one.

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I got the last ingredient – fresh basil from our garden (thanks Mom!).

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While I was in the Garden (click here to check out my Garden page), I couldn’t help but take another look at my green bean plants. They’re really springing up! So are the beets in there. Two of the nine green bean seeds I planted are not coming up, so I may put a couple more in…and possibly some more beets. ;)

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Back inside, we whipped up dinner in a jiffy.

Appetizer – tomato, basil, buffalo mozzarella, balsamic vinegar salads.

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Hubby chose vegetarian for dinner – Penne Arrabiatta with mozzarella and fresh basil. I did a play on this recipe (click) but without chicken.

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Dessert – Galaxy Granola in cranberry orange with extra cranberries, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.

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Did any one catch the special on TV tonight – The Last Day in Pompeii (video is online!)? I’ve been fascinated with that story since I was a kid. I even got to see some of the castings when the A Day in Pompeii exhibit came to town back in 2008. I thought I blogged some photos from the exhibit, but I never did! So, two years later…here they are:

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The exhibit started with pottery, jewelry and other artifacts collected from the city.

It ended with the most dramatic exhibit showcases – the statues.

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This last one is the most haunting. I can’t believe I took this photo with a point and shoot camera. The exhibit did a great job with lighting. That last room with the statues was so surreal.

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After the exhibit, we ventured around Discovery Place.

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Ahhhhh!

What stories from history fascinate you the most? Besides Pompeii, I’ve always been intrigued by The Challenger explosion and the story of the Titanic.

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Comments

  1. says

    Ahh, you’re really making me want to try a Zumba class live. I only do the DVD’s now, but… eek! :)

    Your dinner looked amazing!

    • says

      Oh man! You are so right! I would love to go to this! Unfortunately I have a post-work obligation that day. :( Soooo sad I’ll miss this! But thank you for passing the info along! :)

  2. says

    I’ve done the Zumba videos but would love to try a class. Dance is such a fun way to get a workout! Also, I would love to try some “power toast” but since finding out about my gluten allergy I haven’t found any GF bread that tastes very good. You don’t know of any do ya?

    • says

      I think Trader Joe’s has some popular GF breads, but I’m not sure which brands. I’ve been thinking of trying to bake some homemade GF breads using amaranth and/or other flours. Hmm…sorry this isn’t really very helpful!

      Ooh, try spelt bread, too. Though I think some spelt flours are not GF so you have to ask to be sure. :)

  3. says

    I can’t try your power toast because it has way too many things on it I can’t eat because of my allergies!

    Your tomato/basil/mozzarella looks delicious.

    Can’t wait to see more pictures of your garden!

    • says

      Bummer on the allergies! :( So you can’t put toppings on your oatmeal either?

      I need to post some more garden photos…gah! lol :)

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