Hey there blog buds, happy Friday! As you know, it’s one of my two favorite days of the week! :)
Can a girl ask for anything more than a Friday morning that starts with a hike this pretty?
It was GORGEOUS out this morning as the sun was coming up (by gorgeous I mean FREEZING: 29 degrees!) This pic was taken at the parking lot looking up toward the trail … I’m kicking myself for leaving my camera in the car because the views of the snow-capped Front Range and of Pikes Peak were absolutely fabulous this morning.
So how was everyone’s Thursday? Mine was kind of a blur. I knew it was going to be “that” kind of day, so the DIVA mug was appropriate for the morning joe.
I had a personal training client at 6:15 AM, so I drank one of these to tide me over till breakfast:
Check out the floating seeds! Gotta check your teeth after drinking this beverage! This is my “lazy green smoothie” (a scoop of ”Amazing Meal” shaken with water.)
Post-client I had an old favorite: Ezekial toast with raw almond butter and raw honey.
Late morning I had a ‘date’ to catch up with an old friend at Starbucks, so I had yet ANOTHER (unpictured) soy chai latte. I don’t know what’s up with me and chai this week! I LOVE chai when it’s chilly out! I had another one today after my hike (OMG is that three trips to Starbucks this week? Or four? I better cool it – I’ll get my statement this month and all mydebits will be SBUX, SBUX, SBUX!!)
After I got home from said Starbucks chat session, I hopped on the treadmill for 45 minutes while watching a recorded Melrose Place from Tuesday night. (I really should give up on the new version of MP but it does make for good trashy TV to keep my mind off the treadmill…) Every 5 minutes I’d adjust either speed or incline to keep my ridiculously short attention span in line.
By the time I got off the TM, I was STARVIN’ Enter pita pizza:
Seriously, between these pizzas and the wraps, I think I won’t ever need to come up with a new lunch plan for the next two years. They are SO FREAKING GOOD!
I want to give a shout out to Carrie for taking the pita pizza to the next level!! In the comments section she mentioned that she made hers with some pesto as the sauce. EXCELLENT IDEA! Since I had some leftover pesto, I smeared it on in place of the olive oil, and it was another HEAVENLY lunch. With a side of cold pesto gnocchi, my new favorite side dish! Thanks Carrie!
This was the view outside of my kitchen window when it was time to consider dinner options:
A salad was not going to cut it on this night – much too cold outside for that!
I decided to throw some veggies & corn tortillas in a casserole dish, smother with enchilada sauce and call it dinner.
The “innerds”: green chile and lime non-fat refried beans, mushrooms, onions, carrot ribbons, zucchini ribbons, scallions (all veggies shown here are lightly sauteed before adding as filling.)
I was so dying to try this meal that I didn’t even care about presentation — I just plopped it on my plate with a side of Uncle Ben’s Spanish Rice:
Nothing like a little mexican food to warm one’s soul on a cold and snowy night.
And since winter is making itself known this week, I thought today’s question should pertain to winter sports. The older I get, the more I realize I am a fair weather exerciser. I don’t like to be cold or wet (or BRUISED for that matter) so I gave up downhill skiing and boarding a long time ago. (Klutzy + skis do not add up to good times.) I do like to HIKE in snow and think this winter I’d like to give SNOW-SHOEing another shot. We went once a few winters back and we had kind of a weird experience (long story!) and the snowshoes the rental place put me in were WAY too huge for my kid-sized feet. But I think I’d really like it if I we go again. I’ve also never gone cross-country skiing and wonder if that’s something I’d like too.
What is your favorite winter activity / sport? Or one that you recommend I try? Drop me a comment!
OK Winter, if you insist on coming so early … BRING IT!! My fuzzy-ball hat and I are ready for you!
Have a GREAT Friday everyone!
– Shari B. =)