Monday, April 26, 2010

Book Review, Movie Reviews, Product Review

It's official! I'm not alone...runs can be hard. Now that I think about it I can recall many days when walking sucked. Only difference was I could still get through it - physically- whereas runs are like no, girl, NO! Sounds like I am alone in that i'm the only one who dealt with the popo this weekend. Again, good thing we could call him a friend and fellow tiger!!

So post-birthday debauchery yesterday, we hit up Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s – yum! I even got a little premade wrap that I thought was the bomb – Trader Ming’s Thai Style White Meat Chicken Wrap. It was SO good – loved the peanut sauce that went with it and it was super filling with the carrot, cabbage and chicken. Definitely a product I’d pick up again on the go! Once we got home we spent the whole day relaxing, hanging out and watching movies – SO nice! We watched a few: Year One (no thanks… was kinda funny at first but was just too silly for us and we couldn’t finish it), Paper Heart (I was kind of into it… Austin was not so I’m going to try to watch this again) and Julie & Julia (I FINALLY got to see this – Austin’s mom had been telling me to see it and she was right – I loved it! I thought it was a cute movie and loved, of course, the idea of cooking/blogging a bunch of recipes. I especially enjoyed the Julia Child parts of the movie – so cool to see how she got her start and so late in age – such an inspiration). I ended my lovely Sunday at 1,767 calories, 225 carbs, 57 fat grams and 98 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Today started out with an exciting commute – I finished listening to Mary Higgins Clark’s Two Little Girls in Blue. This was a mystery I picked up at B&N last weekend, and what was my first Mary Higgins Clark book! It was about a young family with two twins who have one of their twins abducted. There’s a ransom involved, multiple suspects and more. Honestly, I’m only giving it a 3/5. It was definitely a mystery and the ending surprised me and there were lots of characters who seemed suspicious. It was written well, tied everything up well, etc., but I guess it felt like it was a really long law & order. Maybe I’m just “over” the kidnap/ransom thing and there wasn’t anything different enough about this one to make it interesting. I think the “different” part was supposed to be the twins and their twin talk and how the spared twin helped them find the abducted twin through them talking to each other in their minds or something? And that was interesting… but it didn’t do it for me completely! So I’m glad I read it but I never really got INTO it you know?

After finishing my book I just worked, had some waffles and yogurt, and went down to the gym for 4 miles. After my workout I just worked more and then headed home to cook since I didn’t cook at all yesterday! Eek! I made the following:

  • 4 servings of Chicken Fiesta new!
  • 4 servings of Taco Bake new!
  • 4 servings of 'mexican-flavored ground beef' (plan to use for taco salads and tacos!)
  • 6 servings of Brunch Pizza Squares
  • 4 servings of four-cheese pepperoni pizza
Austin got home from a work thing at 8 and we had the Taco Bake. SO good - i'll post pics/recipe tomorrow - yum!! After dinner/cooking/clean up we just hung out and chilled with baby Reuben! I meant to do upper body circuit + abs but am just too tired! Tomorrow is another day!

What did you cook today?

Ever read any Mary Higgins Clark?

26 comments:

Tami@nutmegnotebook said...

I just found your blog and have been enjoying reading your story.

I also love to cook healthy and I collect recipes and cook books.

I look forward to your new recipes.

homecookedem said...

Glad you finally got to see Julie and Julia!! I thought it was pretty cute!! It made me want to cook some of Julia Childs' recipes!!! :)

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

I've read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark books. They all kinda have the same theme of lost children, etc. Some are better than others.

I liked that movie Julie & Julia a lot.

inmytummy said...

You are so motivated when it comes to making your meals ahead of time! I need to learn.

I did make a good pasta dish tonight. Recipe is linked to on my blog.

Genesis said...

i think i might be the only blogger that does not like the julie & julia movie...I also disliked the book...im such a rebel

Lindsay said...

Loved Julie and Julia!! Love all the yummy recipes!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I'll have to look for that wrap at TJ's. I don't think I have ever seen it!

I made a cheesy pasta bake with tons of mushrooms and a salad.

Gabriela said...

I loved Julie and Julia! Such a perfect movie for food bloggers :)

Like all things, running is way more challenging at the beginning! There are still days when I'm not into it, but even then a light jog feels easy. It's all about building up endurance!

Hope you have a great day!!

Shelli Ryan said...

I love Julie & Julia!!

The Velotas Family said...

I read Mary Higgins Clark books for just some down time. They aren't a hard to put down kind of book and can be picked up after a break from reading. So its good for just chillin with nothing to do or some book for you to read while your on vaction with Austin!!!!!!
I WISH WE HAD TRADER JOE'S!!!!! You and Mon talk about it so much that it makes me sad we don't have one :(

Staci Dombroski said...

I loved Julie & Julia. We did the same thing with Year One too, we turned it off!! I hope you have a great day!!

Anne Marie said...

I've never read her, but my mom used to!

Kacy said...

Yeah sometimes runs are just a no-go.

I've never rad MHC, but my Mom and Grandma both love her.

Therese said...

I still haven't seen Julie & Julia! I don't know what I've been waiting for lol!

Grrr when will Florida get a Trader Joe's????

The Blonde Duck said...

I love Julie and Juila. I've never been able to get into Mary Higgens Clark books. I just ordered one from an author my friend told me about called the Sugar Queen--it's like whimsy and fun and food. It sounds great!

angieinatlanta said...

I loved Julie and Julia. How cute is Meryl Streep!?

april said...

I have that book but haven't read it yet! Thanks for the review!

Have you read the Pact? If not, you need to!! Sooo sad but so good!

Pam said...

I haven't cooked much today but I plan on making pizza for dinner.

I haven't read Mary Higgins Clark.

I loved, loved, loved Julie & Julia.

Tina said...

I'm not a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan. I have only read maybe two of her books, and like you said, just can't ever really get into them.

I just read Eye Contact that you recommended on here and liked it a lot. And I have Beach Trip to read sometime soon too. I love sharing book ideas!

All of that food you prepped sounds SO good!

Lisa (I'm an Okie) said...

I wish I would've liked Julie and Julia but sheesh, I fell asleep! I thought it was SO boring, although meryl streep was SPOT on! she did sucha good job!

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

I LOVE Mary Higgins Clark...once I start I can rarely stop and will sit there and finish the entire book in one sitting! haha!

anotherannabanana said...

Ooooo brunch square recipe please! Also, I need your discipline for making food ahead of time. You are so good!

Peace Love Nutrition said...

My mama's obsessed with that movie! I'll have to watch it next time I'm home

balanceformere said...

I made calzones for dinner and they were excellent! You are a serious cooker. I do the vast majority of my cooking and prep work on Sundays.

Nicole said...

Look forward to your new recipes. I tried reading Mary Higgins Clark but just couldn't get into them. I love your book reviews. Have a great evening. :)

Samma said...

So Mary Higgins Clark super freaks me out, because I feel like everyone of her books is about a young woman and a serial killer. Way to make me not sleep at night, MHC!