Hey Spring… You Can Come Out Now..

 
It’s Tuesday, April 5th and it’s 28 degrees outside! Where is spring? I’m ready for warmer weather where it’s the perfect balance of warm but not DC Summer’s hot. 

This weekend was a lot busier for me that usual (which I’m not complaining about!) I went and took yoga on Saturday with my girlfriend Kristina at Epic Yoga and then went to a first time home buyers class with Santosh. Yes we are getting everything ready to start looking! I’m excited and nervous (but a good nervous) at the same time. I then went up to friendship heights with my girlfriend Kerie and got all new makeup at Mac. I really like it it’s just a new adjustment to put on new makeup and get into a new habit of using this makeup compared to my old one. 

This was my second attempt at doing it myself (compared to the woman who did it in the store):

  
  
Sunday, Santosh and I went to visit Santosh’s parents, ran errands and came home to prep for the week. I baked the oatmeal cranberry bars (which have become a favorite of ours) and the oatmeal no bake bites. I also tried for the first time one of Santosh’s mom’s recipes and it turned out so well! 

The recipe includes: 

  • 1 onion
  • Cumin
  • Puréed Tomatoes (1 can)
  • Turmeric
  • Dal Masala
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lentils 

Sauté the onion in a pan with a little olive oil and cumin until the onion becomes clear. Add in the puréed tomatoes, turmeric, dal masala and salt and pepper. If you have lentils that cook really quickly, add them directly into the same pan. If you have lentils that cook longer, put them in the rice cooker and once cooked, add them into the pan for a few moments. 

  

Cooking this weekend reaffirmed for me how much I enjoy cooking and how important it is for me to continue the habit of doing it. I am going to make an conscious effort to keep my word to myself and Santosh for us to cook. 

What habits do you notice that you would like to keep or change? 

I apologize for the hiatus..

and for my very long post which is brought to you while riding the very unpredictable metro train. Work and life have gotten busy! These last few days have been a perfect example of me needing to schedule out time to be able to blog. 

What’s happened since I last posted? Well the Super Bowl has come and gone, which I dedicated my set to with all of the artists being only those who performed at the Half Time show. Here it is:

   

   
It was such a fun set! For the actual Super Bowl Santosh and I went to a Super Bowl party and I made sweet potato hush puppies pictured here:

  
The recipe was modified from a recipe found on FitMenCook. I used:

  • 7 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tub of crumbled goat cheese 
  • 1 red onion 
  • 4 egg whites 
  • 1 box of Panko breadcrumbs 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

The key is to bake the sweet potatoes first in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees. Let them cool. Mash them up and add the onions and cheese. Roll them into small balls and dip them into the egg whites and Panko. Place them onto a cookie sheet. Place them in the oven for 30 minutes. They were a huge hit! 

Work has been really busy and when I get home at night I honestly don’t want to touch a computer to blog but I will be better about this as I can post from my phone (case and point right now!) 

Until tomorrow 🙂 

Sundays will be for Meal Prep

Sundays are convenient for cooking as you can take your time. In line with my goal for January, my boyfriend and I went to the grocery store so I could meal prep and cook.  He did the laundry while I was in the kitchen.

Why Meal Prep?

  1. It saves me time when I’m running around in the morning trying to put together my lunch.
  2. It saves me money by avoiding having to buy me lunch if I don’t have time to put together said lunch (has happened a LOT in the past).
  3. It allows me to know everything in my food, because I made it.
  4. It helps to keep me accountable for my nutritional goals.

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