I won’t lie. Yesterday could have been the best Tuesday I’ve had in quite some time. I hate Tuesdays. They’re awful. And slow. And just “ick”.
But yesterday wasn’t so bad. The UPS man brought me a fantastic shipment from iherb.com- from a gift certificate I had won from Meghann over at Inner Workings of a College Grad. I opened the package at work and couldn’t believe how much stuff I had walked away with! Here it is in all it’s glory- minus a box of Clif Z-bars that immediately went into my snack drawer at work.I think what makes me most excited is the fact I’ll be making homemade granola bars soon from the brown rice syrup I acquired. Either that or the new organic chunky peanut butter that I get to try. You know me and my peanut butter problem… ;) Thanks Meghann and iherb!
The day kept speeding by. Unusual. But I liked it. Then Mon called- there was a delivery for me in the management office of my apartment and she offered to get it for me. It was a wellness kit from Celestial tea that I had won from Erin over at Erin Eats and Exercises (she is no longer blogging, which is a sad thing!). Mon brought it over (with a bottle of red so we could catch up with what’s been going on in each other’s lives) and we cracked open the box to see what else I had been sent:I’ve got enough wellness tea to get me through at least three or four head colds and a couple rounds of the flu. Anyone feeling shitty? I’ll mail you a bag of tea… I’m sort of serious. This is out of control!
Seriously, I never win anything. So the fact that I won both of these in such a short span of time kind of blows my mind. No complaints!
Sad thing is, I still had grocery shopping I had to do (after all this swag coming my way)… mostly to prepare for the Car Bomb Cupcakes order I received from a friend- she needed two dozen this weekend and I of course said it wouldn’t be a problem. I’m still trying to perfect the adaption I make anyways, so the practice is good! And it’s my official first order of cupcakes! :) Not that I’m pimping out my baking skills, but I don’t mind the extra $$$. Or the excuse to make that Bailey’s frosting… oh my word…
While I was at the store, I picked up some chicken randomly. Which is the first time I’ve bought chicken, or “meat” in it’s raw form, for months. I don’t buy it ever. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I spend most of my days eating meatless (with the exception of a frozen dinner or two here and there or when I order at a restaurant). Why? Because it’s generally quicker to prepare a meal without it. It’s cheaper (the sale on chicken was $2.99 a pound- which I still think is expensive for some reason). And I don’t really feel like my diet’s lacking without it. Not that I don’t ever eat it- hello, this girl can take down a 1/3 lb burger like it’s nothing when I’m craving it (and there are plenty of places around here that offer carryout that can confirm this). I just don’t buy it often. There was probably some subconscious craving for it after seeing Kelly or Andrea blog about it yesterday.
Anyhoo, so I had no real plans of what I’d have for dinner, but got inspired when I saw the chicken on sale. And the avocados. A little taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and a bit of sour cream later and all the sudden I was having a mexican themed pita full of goodness. Plus some toasted pita chips with smashed avocado to top it off. I say smashed avocado because I thought I had some guac mix. I was wrong. Garlic salt did just fine as a substitute. But it’s not really guac. Oh well.The presentation? Not so much. Taste factor? I deserve an A. So good…
I had quite a few leftovers, so I’m sure I’ll have quite a few Southwestern inspired meals the next couple of days. Again- no complaints here.
After a glass or so of some wine and a night of catching up with the lovely Mon, Tuesday ended up being quite a good day. I guess there’s always going to be an exception… this one was it! :)
This morning, I broke out the steel cut oats that were part of my iherb winnings. I’ve been wanting to try them for a long time, but I’m a thrifty shopper (see the buying chicken comment above) and don’t want to spend more money on half the quantity when it comes to steel cut vs. old fashioned oats. Yes, I’ll buy a pair of shoes without blinking. But that extra $2 on oats kills me. I don’t get it either.
I think I failed. My microwave is crazy and I have issues with adjusting the power as to make sure it doesn’t explode or spill all over the place. Next time I should probably use the stove top and not cut corners. I’d show you a picture, but they just looked sad. And that’s no way to start your Wednesday morning.
What’s the best way any of you have made steel cut oats? I could use the tips!
Happy Hump Day!