Category Archives: Pizza Friday

Pizza and a Movie

After doing some cleaning around the house Saturday morning, Andy and I headed out to grab some lunch and get some groceries at Whole Foods.

We’ve been shopping at Whole Foods rather than our regular grocery store, Giant Eagle, because we eat more organic foods.  We noticed that Giant Eagle’s organic selection is actually more expensive than at Whole Foods and they don’t even have a great selection.

Although organic is still more expensive than non-organic, I definitely prefer spending the extra money for better quality on the food Andy and I eat.

Lunch

We decided to stop at First Watch for lunch.

First Watch is one of my favorite restaurants.  They seem to really care about the quality of their food, which is a pleasant surprise for a chain restaurant.  I’ve found that some chains really lack in quality.  First Watch has never dissapointed me! Plus they have a pretty awesome menu selection and you can’t go wrong with any of their meals.

For lunch I decided on the open face chicken salad sandwich with the tomato basil soup on the side.  Andy went with a roast beef sandwich that came with a side of potatoes (home fry style) and a small salad.

I loved this meal, especially the chicken salad.  It had just the right amount of sweetness from the fruit and just the right creaminess from the dressing.  A definite winner! The soup was good, but not my favorite.  Andy seemed to enjoy his sandwich since he cleaned  his plate!

Shopping

After our bellies were full it was on to Whole Foods.

It was Saturday afternoon, so Whole Foods was rockin’ with shoppers.  But the good thing about Whole Foods is that they are usually spacious so I don’t feel too confined or uncomfortable shopping.

Plus, I’ve never had to wait in line to check out.  They always seem to have a lot of employees working and they even have someone that loads up your groceries into bags and into your cart. That seems like it should be typical for all grocery stores, but I’ve really seen such a decline in that type of service.

Whole Foods definitely steps up their customer service and I think they’re top notch.

We spent about $95, which is more than usual since we stocked up on some beer and wine for Labor Day weekend coming up.  Typically we spend around $75/week on groceries.

I picked up a new flavor of hummus that I have not had before: Caramelized Onion Hummus.  Wow, it’s super tasty! If you like the flavor of caramelized onions, you should try this.

Saturday Night 

Andy and I decided to stay in for the night and munch on some left over pizza from Pizza Friday.

I had some Greek Pizza which had chicken, feta, tomatoes, spinach, and olives.

Andy had a Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple, ham, onion, and bacon. We had ordered the pizzas from a local place called Revolution Pizza.  It’s become a favorite of ours!

While eating, we decided to watch a movie on Netflix.  Andy had wanted to see a documentary called Dear Zachary that his friend had recommended a couple of months ago.

I love documentaries, so I was all for it, but this one was extremely sad.  Although there were parts that were heartfelt and hopeful, it was still a very tragic story about loss. If you like documentaries, you will like this as it’s very well made, especially with the subject it’s about: death and tragedy.

Hurricane Irene

Thoughts and prayers to those on the East Coast and anyone who is being affected by this storm.

My parent’s home is in Emerald Isle, NC and was in the direct path of the storm.  I have not talked to them to see if they heard anything on their house, but luckily they had left town and headed back to Ohio last week.

I found this picture of Atlantic Beach which is only miles from my parents house and a town I spend a lot of time in when I am in North Carolina on vacation:

Source

The storm has moved out and is moving on up the coast, so be safe everyone!

Healthy Snacks

Woohoo it’s Friday!! In about 5 hours I will be eating pizza and catching up on the last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of NYC.  Such an exciting life I lead, I know! But it is Pizza Friday after all 🙂

Andy is out of town on a guy’s trip this weekend so me and the dogs are home alone.  I miss him already, but I’m glad he’s out enjoying some guy time and having fun.  I on the other hand will enjoy some relaxation this weekend because I don’t have any big plans.  I actually enjoy weekends like these and often crave them.  I need alone time and a free schedule.  I feel refreshed by the time Monday roles around.

Healthy Snacks

While preparing my lunch today of left over ravioli from earlier in the week, I made sure to pack a healthy afternoon snack to have at work.

Ravioli + Grapes = My Lunch Today

On Fridays I work the closing shift, so I am here until 7:30pm.  I eat lunch on my late days at 2pm, since I don’t come in until 11:00am.  By 5:30pm, I’m ready for an evening pick-me-up in the form of a healthy snack.

Today’s snack of choice has been a favorite of mine for some time: Yogurt + Fruit + Peanut Butter.  You can’t go wrong with this winning combo!

Snack Attack

The Chocolate Oikos Greek Yogurt is pretty amazing.  The caramel flavor is even better if you’re looking for a delicious treat.

While packing my lunch, I had to get a quick taste of the peanut butter…

Don't mind me...

Peanut butter is probably one of the best foods in the world. Yep, I think it’s that good. Peanut butter is my buddy 😉

Love ya buddy!

Some other snacks I enjoy taking to work or on the go are:

  • Whole wheat tortilla roll up with nut butter
  • Whole wheat tortilla + string cheese melted into a quesadilla
  • Lara Bars or other snack bars
  • Protein Shake (I prefer one without artificial sweeteners) + a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts
  • Greek Yogurt + Berries + Almonds
  • Greek Yogurt + Cereal + Peanut Butter

Basically, I like to include a bit of protein, some carbs, and healthy fat.  I find that having all of those components keeps me satisfied until my next meal.

Peeping Tom

While packing up my lunch and snack for the day, I spent some time spying on the dogs in the back yard.  I was like a Peeping Tom…how creepy!

Wrestling Match

They spent some time wresting (typical) and running around doing laps like crazed lunatics:

Then my cover was blown…they spotted the creeper in the window:

What are YOU looking at?

I just love my pups! 🙂

Time for me to get back to work…I have two fitness assessment appointments this evening so that should keep me pretty busy along with nightly cleaning!  Have a great evening!

Question:

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

A Reflection on Food Blogging

After almost a week of trying to blog all of my meals and snacks, I’ve come to a conclusion:  I just don’t like it! And here’s why:

Food blogging is time consuming.

Some of my favorite blogs snap a picture of every meal and I love to read them.  But some of these bloggers are doing this for their job.  I am not. I already work full time AND blog.  So I found that my motivation really lacked as my blog became more a job than just for fun (which is what it is!)

I had thoughts of changing what it is I truly wanted to eat

I really do eat a lot of the same meals and for one reason: I enjoy it! I had pizza 4 days in a row this past week!  That’s kind of crazy, but it’s what happens when you drink a margarita and then order pizza.  I had so many leftovers! I don’t waste food and certainly not a perfectly delicious pizza.  So I wanted to eat it 4 days in a row.  And I did.

But after work last night I thought about concocting something else to eat simply to have something better to blog about.  But I realized that I wanted to eat the pizza and didn’t want to cook and doing something only for the blog is silly.  It’s my LIFE not a SHOW! I can eat what I want.

I’m Lazy

Yes, I am lazy and didn’t enjoy busting out my camera anytime I ate something.  Last night I just gave up.  I snapped a picture of my pizza for dinner but then went on to eat a bowl of cereal and a couple of handfuls of M&Ms.  I was lazy to take a picture of that.  I just didn’t feel like it.  Now I know, I don’t have to take pictures of everything, but it made me realize that I won’t be that kind of blogger: One who literally snaps a picture of every morsel of food.  It’s not my style.

I’ve gotta be ME

Whether that be at a fun, happening restaurant with interesting food and drinks:

swanky!

Or in my Pizza Friday Uniform with a homemade Margarita for one:

Also swanky 😉

Some bloggers make food blogging seem so effortless and that in itself is a skill because even with the little food blogging I did, it took some work. So those bloggers whose blogs have amazing pictures of their meals are working extra hard!

Like I said, I love blogs who showcase their meals when it’s truly their style of blogging.  For me, it’s not.  I’m glad I tried to challenge myself, but it further confirms the fact that I am just not cut out for food blogging.  I gotta be me and my blog is more than food. It’s all aspects of health, which is more my style.  

In conclusion you’ll still see some food blogging, but not every day.  And if there is anything you want to know about my meals or anything in general on this blog you can always ask! I’d be happy to answer 🙂

Question:

Do you blog about every meal you eat?

Pizza Friday Uniform

Before I get to my gorgeous and stunning Pizza Friday outfit, let’s finish out day three of What I Eat for a Week:

Before dinner on Friday, I had a few snacks throughout the day at work and at home before Pizza Friday began later on that night.

I had a delicious orange

Some Pita Chips with Salsa

A slice of zucchini bread with a smear of cream cheese

I also had a fun size mint Three Musketeers bar that went straight into my mouth and unpictured…woops!  

Pizza Friday

After work I played with Boo and Sophia for a little while, although it was more of me watching them wrestle for their toy boomerang:

Wrestling Match

Sibling Rivalry

After this spectacular match in the back yard, it was time to RELAX! I showered up and got in my official Pizza Friday Uniform:

Pizza Friday Uniform

Just stunning, isn’t it?

Before I ordered the pizza, I whipped up a cocktail to have while I caught up on some very important TV (Jersey Shore, Real Housewives Reunion…you know, the things that are educating the future of America)

I made a Raspberry Watermelon Margarita:

  • 1 part Freshies Watermelon Cocktail Mix (bought this at TJ Maxx: this brand is awesome!)
  • 2 parts Jose Silver Jose Tequilla

Shake for 15 seconds with ice and enjoy!

Marg Ingredients

Watermelon Marg

Andy was out for Happy Hour with some co-workers, so Pizza Friday didn’t begin until around 7:30pm.  I went ahead and ordered from Papa Johns for delivery.  I love their deal of $10 for any large pizza! Can’t beat it!

I ordered 2 pizzas: BBQ Chicken and Veggie.  I also ordered a side of Cheesy Bread.  I ordered after I had a margarita, so I think my appetite increased a bit.  We have leftovers for days!

Cheesy Bread

Veggie Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

I had a slice of each (and went back for a third slice of pizza later on in the night) and a few breadsticks with marinara sauce.  Hit the spot! Another successful Pizza Friday in my book.

What I Eat for a Week Day 4

This morning I woke up at 9:41am and I believe that is a record! I never sleep in.  The dogs even slept in with me.  It felt so good to sleep that long.

Breakfast included cereal with fruit (surprise, surprise!).  I also had a slice of zucchini bread afterwards with my coffee.

Kashi Cereal + Mixed Berries

Well I’m off to get ready to do some Turbo Kick in my living room 🙂  Have a great weekend!