Lucky Pistachio!

Freshly Ground Coffee – Oh Yea!

I woke up extra groggy this AM to a pantry without my beloved Fresh Market coffee. We finished the last of our Breakfast Blend yesterday.

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Luckily, my neighbor gave us a bag of coffee beans awhile back because he said were too light for him. Light coffee = good to me.

The only downside – I had to grind the beans. I know this doesn’t take long, but being someone who typically sleeps as late as possible and then rushes to get ready, every second counts.

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Following an idea from their web site/marketing, I threw in a couple Cacao Power Sweet Raw Chocolate Bites (from my free sample stash from Navitas Naturals)

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I also decided to throw most of my cacao nibs into my oatmeal pre-cooking. I like them MUCH better this way! They have a better texture IMO, though I did toss a couple extra on top for fun, along with some sliced almonds.

Unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder helped make my bowl extra chocolate-y. Though the oats look decadent, I really only added a light drizzle of agave to sweeten this bad boy.

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I added a Morningstar “sausage link” for extra protein.

And the coffee – wow, it was awesome! I have no idea what kind of coffee it is, though! Guess I need to ask my neighbor. I don’t know if it was the fresh-ground beans or the cacao, but my coffee this morning was especially delicious.

Get Toasty

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Get toasty! Want to jazz up your lunch sammie? If you are lucky enough to have a toaster oven at your office/home, why not try toasting your sandwich? It’s practically the only way I eat my brown-bagged sandwiches these days.

Today I had some Black Forest turkey, muenster cheese, on Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat bread. I also had some raw broccoli and an adora.

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My friend who works near me had a sweet surprise for me around lunchtime – a pistachio cupcake! She told me she was baking some pistachio cupcakes for a fundraiser awhile back. I wanted to buy some to support her, but I was out of town. Since then, I’ve been bugging her to make more so I can try one. Today was my lucky day! The cupcake was awesome! Yum!!

I intended to leave work at 4:30pm today to pack and clean my apartment for some friends who were crashing at our place to catch a flight early tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, I got a last minute meeting invite for a 3-5pm meeting and after the meeting, I got an assignment with a due date of tomorrow at 11am! Eek! I ended up staying till 6pm to get my deliverable done, but I lucked out when my friend said she had to cancel. As much as I wanted to see her and her hubby, my apartment in its mid-move state is in NO way ready for guests. Hopefully, next time we have potential houseguests, we’ll have a comfy bedroom for them to use!

House Update

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Speaking of house, we stopped by today after work to check it out. It’s really coming along! Every time I see the progress of our kitchen reno, I get so excited! I LOVE watching projects in process and seeing how they morph into their final state.

Pizza Parlor

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Hubby and I decided to get pizza at our fave pizza spot in town for dinner. We started by splitting this bruschetta appetizer. Their tomatoes are perfectly seasoned and the bread is, I think, made with their pizza dough. It’s nice and chewy with a slightly crispy outside.

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We had a 1/2 cheese, 1/2 pepperoni pizza to share.

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I had 1 piece of pepperoni and a skinny piece of cheese.

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I also had Coke to drink, but this is about all I could drink. I don’t drink a lot of soda in one sitting. The above photo is AFTER I was done. Hubby helped me finish.

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Hubby got me a treat today while I was at work – a glazed donut from our fave local bakery. After the cupcake and pizza, I probably shouldn’t have had this donut, but I like to think things balance out, so I didn’t sweat it too much (read at all).

Home-Cozy

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I washed our throws/blankets tonight for our (almost) houseguests and tossed them on the couch. Bailey LOVED them!

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He looked so cozy, I couldn’t possibly ask him to move.

I watched So You Think You Can Dance (so glad Molly felt better mid-show – that girl can dance!), Glee, and Real World Road Rules Challenge whilst packing boxes and blogging. Oh yes…the big move is ahead and our home-owner-ness is starting to set in. Yippee!

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