How’s your Easter weekend going so far? Are you doing anything interesting today?
Mine is fabulous!! Thanks for asking
Last night I got home from work really late. No. I mean really late.
And I was starving!! What to eat that late though? I wanted to have this soooooo bad:
But what I really had was this:
Yep, I was good…but I can’t say the same about TS
But guess who got to sleep in this morning? Meeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Till 9:30!!! I never have that luxury anymore. Oh, it was absolutely wondrous!
Then I got a great idea for a revolutionary breakfast. So I got up. And turned our kitchen into a beautiful-smelling coffee shop.
Fresh ground coffee! Surely the BEST!!!
And started my little Springy breakfast project. Ladies and gentlemen (‘cause I know I have at least one male reader. Yaay!!!), may I present to you this morning’s special:
✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ Hot Cereal Cakes ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿
I started out by cooking a bag of 10-grain cereal (wheat, rye, triticale, oats, bran, corn, barley, soy, brown rice, millet and flax) on the stove, until it got firm. I spiced it up (sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger) and let it cool a little.
While waiting, I ran into this hotstuff guy in the kitchen. ♡ ♡ ♡ He asked me for a dance and I said yes. ♡ ♡ ♡ He’s kinda cute, no? And I’m lucky
Then I shaped the hot cereal mix into cute little flowers with a cookie cutter. I sprayed a skillet with a little canola oil and made both side of the “cereal cakes” crispy (on medium heat).
Highly recommended with fruits (especially bananas), some homemade almond butter, honey and coconut. Hmm. Captivating! ☻ TS is not a big fan of hot cereals usually, but even he liked the crispy twist on it. Bingo I say! ☻
I even had a little “puppet show” during the meal. Live entertainment. Ha-ha. That was a hit too! ☻
So this day is turning out fabulous!!! I love hanging out with The Squarehead and having some time for things I/we normally don’t.
Hope you’ll have a good one.
Blessings to you.
No preschool today. We’re off for a few days. But life still races at the same speed. Busy-busy day ahead again!!
And the best way to start it? Yep. You got it! The morning breakfast-ritual with TS. He does the drinks (juice + coffee) , and I do the bites (fruits/veggies + grains/eggs). What a teamwork! You should see us. So funny I think! It really does look like a memorized ritual.
But how else could you whip up a beautiful breakfast like this in such a short time?
Sharing responsibilities is a key factor of a blissful marriage! We even do the dishes together! I do the washing and he does the drying. Yep. My Buddy and I get along pretty well when it comes to house chores
We do have different preferences though when it comes to food. We learned to work around that too over the years! I usually make 2 different versions of the same meal. That way everyone is happy
So, this morning…
For mine: I just scrambled 2 egg whites & mixed in some Greek spice for taste. I grilled it on medium for about 3-4 minutes until it got firm enough to shape it. I added some pre-cooked veggies (onion, mushroom & carrots) + goat cheese, rolled it up, and grilled it an additional 5 minutes (I like it a little crispy).
For him: I used the egg yolks too and added some pepperonis w/ smoked cheddar and some cayenne. He loved it!
And if you want a perfect duet in texture, eat these wonderful spongy burritos with some fresh crispy pears, flat-leaf spinach & tomatoes.
What a feast for the senses!
Then some smoochies and sad goodbyes: homework for me and office work for him. Fascinating, huh?
Lunch was leftovers today. TVP spaghetti sauce (on thin whole grain noodles and goat cheese), sided with a pretty pile of curly leaf spinach ( I love spinach!!), bell peppers, white cabbage and sliced peaches.
And I saved the good news for last. OK. Here we go. Ready to hear? (….drumrolls….)
I haven’t told you this yet but …. I got a new job!!!!!!!!
Why did I need a new one? Good question! Well, since I will be doing my student teaching practicum in the fall, very soon I will have to say bye to my little preschool friends and co-workers at my current job. So my last day of employment there will be the 27th of May. Sad, I know. I don’t even want to think about it yet.
Anyways. After months and moooooonths of: job searching, prayers, filling out heaps of job applications, job interviews and turning down a couple of job offers….I’m happy to announce that a few weeks ago I said yes to a position that will 100 % satisfy my passion and love for healthy eating and living. I am SO excited!!!!!!
I obviously can’t reveal the company’s name here (for security reasons), but what I can tell you is that I will be making fresh, local, all-natural, organic breakfasts and lunches at an awesome healthy eatery, using only natural , healthy ingredients of the highest quality!!!
What a great opportunity to learn more about healthy eating/cooking while promoting healthy living in the community!!! I’m SO thrilled!
I went in a few times already for trainings (there’s sooo much to know!!) and I will be there today again. So wish me luck that I don’t make huuuge booboos.
Here is my outfit for the day. You can tell when a girl is excited about going somewhere if her clothes are picked out the night before.
I love my new athletic medical shoes!! I’m glad they are comfy, because I will be doing a lot of standing from now on. Supposedly they help tone muscles and improve posture too. That’s what I’m talking about. Triple bonus!!! Plus, they were on sale, so I got 2 pairs!!
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, off to work I go.
“A very wise man (my husband) said this once: “The point of good experimentation is good documentation.” I’m pretty sure he was referring to his nerdy scientific experiments, but I right away applied it to my own little “adventures” in the kitchen. Why not? The guy is a genius, so he’s probably right! What’s the point of creating an awesome recipe, if you can’t make it the 2nd time? People often ask for my recipes when we go to brunches and I’m always so embarrassed when I’m not able to recall more than 3-4 of them. Well, this has got to change! So here is to new beginnings! Cheers!
Last night I ended up whipping up a really quick, but delicious spaghetti dinner. And guess what I had in my hands the whole time? That’s right! Paper & pen!!!! It will take some getting used to, but it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility
To make it, this is what I used (in this order) :
▶ Whole grain thin spaghetti pasta
▶ a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
▶ 1 medium size onion, chopped
▶ 2 pounds lean ground beef/turkey/soaked TVP (whichever you prefer)
▶ 1 1/2 cup warm water (until meat is covered)
And some condiments/spices:
▶ 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (mine was already salted a little)
▶ 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
▶ 2 teaspoons garlic powder
▶ 1 teaspoon salt
▶ 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (a mix of Marjoram, Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary)
▶ 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
▶ 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
For toppings and decorating you can use:
▶ Fresh oregano, cilantro or basil leaves
▶ Sliced, pitted black olives
▶ Shredded cheese of your choice
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
2. In a separate pan sauté the onions with a little olive oil and add your choice of meat. Cook until meat is brown.
3. Add warm water and cook on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.
4. Stir in the can of crushed tomatoes into meat mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients as well. Bring to a boil while stirring it occasionally.
5. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.
6. Serve hot over noodles, with sour cream and/or cheese.
It tastes even better with a side of fresh strawberry-spinach salad! TS would def. agree with that statement. I mean, just look at the guy! You would think that the poor fella is never ever fed!!
Served with my cute little hand-painted Hungarian spatulas. Aww. A little piece of home
7. Garnish with olives and fresh herbs if you’d like.
Or just wear it on your back. It’s entirely up to you how you choose to serve it.
Hello ‘y’all!! (No, I don’t live in the south but I think southern people are pretty awesome!)
Today I had a very productive day (!!!) and the day is not even over yet! So yeah. I kinda feel pretty cool about that!
Made breakfast √
Went to work √
Did some grocery shopping √
Made some important phone calls and was able to set up a few crucial appointments √
Cleaned some and did the dishes √
Had an awesome lunch √
Did some homework and quizzing for my online Business class that are due tonight √
Got my 50 minutes of weight session in (in my living room while listening to this and this √
Cooked a delish, healthy dinner for tonight √
Had a little snacky to hold me over until dinner √
And I even had time to do my nails!!! √
Breakfast: raspberry ice tea with whole wheat hot cereal, cooked in vanilla soy milk and topped with low-fat cottage cheese, apricot fruit spread and chia seeds.
And French toast for my dear Squarehead hubby:
Lunch for one: a whole wheat tortilla, piled with raw veggies (lettuce, spinach, green pepper, mushrooms, celery and tomatoes), topped with a teaspoon of horseradish, shredded carrots and cayenne seasoning.
Crunchy snacky: vanilla coffee with air popped corn kernels, sprinkled with sea salt and nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavor).
Dinner on the menu: baked tofu with slow-cooked navy beans, raw celery & tomato, and grilled, spicy veggies.
And now I’m off to classes, in this yuck-yuck weather!
Q: Are you doing anything interesting or productive on this cheerless, clouded day?
See ya later!
The weather has been pretty gloomy here in Ohio.
Rain, rain, go awaaaay!
No sunshine? Well, we’ll just have to look for some little sources of joy somewhere else I guess. Like this beautiful bowl of fruity coconut-oatmeeeeaaal. Oh, how I missed you!! It is so good, you will def. want to sing to it! ♪ “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…” ♫ ☼ ☼ ☼
That’s how The Squarehead feels about pepperoni eggs! ♫ Lunch was this (Jonathan apples are my absolute favorite apples ever!):
Then later, when I got home from work I munched on these:
By the time I was done with all my homework, TS got home too! I love having him around! He’s so goofy, he always makes me laugh.
In the evenings he always has a big sweet tooth. At about 7-8 pm usually he starts opening the fridge and all the cupboard doors, asking me if there is “anything” (meaning sweet) in the house to eat. The guy cracks me up! So, yeah. Since we’ve been married for almost 4 years, I’m pretty used to pulling out something quicky and yummy from my pockets
So Husband, how about some Crispy Tortillas, Filled With Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter And Bananas??? Topped with whipped cream, almonds and chocolate syrup??? What’ya think? And the verdict? He LOOOOOVED it!!!!! I know, I know. Not exactly a low-calorie dessert. Ha-ha! But he is such a guy when it comes to calories!!! (No offense to any male readers out there).
Mine was a healthier version though! Of course For toppings I used some juicy strawberries, a few sliced almonds, coconut, shredded dark chocolate and some organic honey. Yummness! I’m in loooove…. ♥ ♥ ♥ Since I already exercised and TS is playing video games, I think I’m gonna do some well-deserved reading and emailing tonight. I also want to catch up a little with the blogging foodie world (research new recipes and exercise tips). It feels SO nice to read something other than my textbooks for a change!!!
Have a relaxing evening!
Q: What do you usually eat when you have cravings but don’t want to pig-out? Any tips/suggestions you’d like to share?
Well hi there! Hope your weekend is/was a fabulous one!
Mine was pretty busy actually. Since I have school on Saturdays, the weekends fly bye SO quickly. But TS and I always make sure that we squeeze in as much fun as we can on Sundays. We usually refer to Sundays as “Fundays”, because they are def. by far the funest days of the week!! By the way, check out this wrestling match! Before, I didn’t even have the slightest chance, but lifting weights finally started to pay off! YEAAAH!!
Church was awesome this morning (as always)! I get so excited about the worship and about refueling my “spiritual tank” for the week!
Even Nora baba was excited to go!
Today is the LAAAAAST (!!!) day of my one-week, “spring cleaning” detox diet. At least for a while. (That deserves a big Halleluia!!) I usually try to do a week of detox every 3-4 months (Sometimes a little more often if I’ve been sick or having low energy levels).
During the detox week I drink lots of liquids (water, tea, pureed soups, smoothies, freshly squeezed 100% fruit and veggie juices, etc.), eliminate anything heavy to digest from my diet (dairy, pasta, nuts, etc.) and replace them with loads of liver-friendly, raw foods (veggies, fruits, etc.).
Although my detox diet is more of a “raw-food” diet than a restricting one, I try to NEVER exceed 10 days at a time. Not only that it’s not healthy to go for longer than that, (at least that’s what I read), but I just don’t think I could exist without my my super-duper nut butters for that long!
So for breakfast today I had an awesome, green VitaDrink! A handful of celery (with the leaves on), some spinach, 5 big strawberries, a few carrots, a ripe banana, vanilla flavored almond milk and some pumpkin spice for taste.
Blend it well….and breakfast is served! It’s not just easy, but very healthy and cleansing too! Love it!! Perfect choice for grab-and-go meals!
Some particularly good detoxifiers are the following: carrots, celery, apples, beets, broccoli, grapefruits, wheatgrass, lemons, and TONS of other ones too. I also take different kinds of natural, herbal supplements all year round, like Psyllium Husk, Licorice, Dandelion, Nettle leaf, Lemon balm, Ginger, Chamomile, Cayenne, Echinacea, Goldenseal root, Green tea, Milk thistle and Açaí. These digestive herbs help break nutrients down and eliminate waste and toxins from the digestive system. You can take them as supplements or just drink them as tea if you don’t mind that some of them taste pretty bitter.
I’m happy to announce that this week I met my goal of 300 minutes of exercise!!! I keep a little chart during the week, which helps me stay on track.
Here is a little break-down of the week:
|65 min.||60 min.||50 min.||66 min.||56 min.||REST||45 min.|
That is a total of 342 minutes!! So that would be an average of 57 min/day for this week, right? Hmm. That’s not bad at all, considering the schedule I’ve been having lately. So, I guess I’m happy with that. Maybe next week I should make my goal 400 minutes? We’ll see.
OK, time to plan and pre-cook the meals for the week now! I usually do that on Sundays to save time on eats during weekdays. It helps to write a list of ideas ahead (I’m such a “list person!”) and brainstorm, based on: what’s in the fridge/pantry, what we feel like eating and what really needs to be cooked soon.
Then, since it’s SO pretty out there (I think winter might be finally over!!), we might go to the park later. I SO love the park on Sundays! Cute, old couples holding hands, kids feeding the birds with their dads, teenager girls jogging and mommies pushing baby strollers. I feel like I’m part of one, big happy family!
Also, TS really wants to see the movie ‘Unknown’ tonight. It’s supposed to be a suspense movie about a guy whose identity was stolen. Have you seen it? Would you recommend it? I’m not a big fan of suspense movies, but the boy came with me to soooo many chick flicks already that I feel it’s def. my turn today.
I guess it’s called sacrificial love, right? For better or for worse. And in this case: “for worse”! Hahah! (Don’t tell him I said that).
Enjoy your evening and stay healthy!
Hi there! I hope your day is going well. Mine started out really early. I wanted to make something healthy and easy to swallow for my friend Joni who is still in the hospital. She is doing much better now and recovering quickly from the surgery. She was up from her bed yesterday already, taking some baby steps!!! I told you she’s a fighter! She supposed to be able to go home tomorrow, so that’s really good news. Thanks SO much to all of you who said a prayer for her!!!!
Since she is also a “health freak” and she absolutely loooves soups, I made her a creamy, healthy potato soup this morning…
with a loaf of whole wheat bread. Our kitchen smelled so good this morning! I just love freshly baked homemade bread! It gives me such a homey feeling. Hope her family will like it!
For breakfast I made some pepperoni eggs for TS…
…and for myself: I just had a big, juicy grapefruit with some magical detox tea! I love that stuff! It helped me wake up a little I think.
I really like starting the day with superfood fruits that not only energize me, but help get rid of toxins. Grapefruits are excellent choice for that!!
I went in to work earlier today, because tomorrow is “Donuts for Dads” day and there were some last minute things to take care of. I also filled in for Joni for the afternoon Enrichment program. The kids and I had so much fun! Gotta love being a teacher! There’s NEVER a dull moment!
After I dropped off the food at Joni’s house, I came home and had this amazing vitamin pile for lunch:
a spinach salad with tomatoes, celery, green pepper, radishes, spring onions, topped with sprouted wheat berries and a grilled egg for some protein.
I am on the elliptical right now, trying to squeeze in my 50 minute workout for the day, to reach my 300 min/weekly goal.
A quicky shower, then evening classes in exactly 40 minutes! So, better go I guess! They take attendance very seriously nowadays.
Have an awesome evening everyone!
Guess where we’re going tomorrow?? That’s right!! Rrrrrrrrromaniaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only 1 more sleep!!!
It’s been more than 3 years since I last saw my family. Wow. That is a long time. As I’m sitting here sipping my peppermint coffee, I think back to all those times when I just wanted to jump on a plane and show up at my parents’ door, shouting “SURPRISE!”. No planning. Just throw in a couple of undies, a toothbrush and a passport and go! Now that would be fearless, daring, adventurous, and….and really expensive I’d SO love to do something completely out of the blue like that! Except, that doesn’t sound like “Reka the planner” at all. Still, a girl can dream, right?
Plus, I was thinking…..don’t you think that everything tastes so much sweeter when you have to wait for it? Like the time when I finally got a bike after praying for it for many years. Or like the time when I finally got to kiss The Squarehead (my hubby) for the very first time on our wedding day. There is just something great about waiting on God to act. Besides, this whole Christmas season is just a great time of anticipation. Nothing compares to the feeling of waiting on the birth of my Savior! Plus, it kinda takes a lot of patience too to not peek what’s under the tree
However, one thing I am not looking forward to about being in Europe is spending hours and hours on public transportation and in waiting rooms. But, being in God’s waiting room is completely different!!
There are sooo many examples in the Bible of people who didn’t give up waiting on God, well beyond the point when most would’ve lost hope. Like the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. They’ve been praying for a child almost their entire life! But they stayed faithful, and patient. And John the Baptist was born!! What an answer to prayers, huh?
So yeah my friends, God has great things in store for those who wait on Him! Remember that.
My dad told me the other day that my grandma is really sick and no one knows how much time she has left. So yeah, I know it’s not a coincidence that I had to wait 3 years. It’s definitely the Lord’s perfect timing…
God is good!
There is a show on the Fish radio every afternoon, called “What did you learn in school today”.
Sometimes I listen to it on my way home from work, because I love hearing the cute little voices of the children who call in.
So, what did I learn in school today? I’m so glad you asked!!!
1st class was the Emotional and Behavioral Disorders one. We did vocab and definitions for more than an hour!!…which-to be honest, wasn’t that exciting—as you can see from my class notes
2nd class, Educational Psychology was a little better. I love psychology classes! We learned about some of the important stages and principles of children’s cognitive development.
3rd class was Family and Community Services. We watched a part of the documentary 30 days with Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did the Supersize Me )
The movie was about minimum wage living, and it triggered a lot of thoughts in my head. Reminded me a lot of the living conditions in Romania. Fabulous movie! I highly recommend it!!
Gymgym was really fun today. I burned 700 Calories in less than an hour! Yaaay! I was pretty excited about that because lately I’ve been having difficulties raising my heart rate. It used to sadden me, but now, as long as I do some kind of exercise for at least 40 minutes per day, I’m a happy camper
I think the calorie counter watch and the scale are not always accurate. Just because I’m not lighter on the scale, it doesn’t mean I’m not getting skinnier. My skinny jeans def. fit me much nicer now. Olala!
I really don’t like eating this late, but Tuesdays and Thursdays are always like this. TS is in school ‘till 9. And I don’t like to eat without him.
So, for a late dinner I made homemade pepperoni pizza for him (his favorite) and I just had a little veggie combo. Both were a success if I may say so myself.
OK! Better go. Time to attack the humongous tower of dirty dishes in the sink.
How can 2 people go through so many dishes in such a short amount of time?? It’s a mystery yet to be solved.
Did you know that the internet celebrates its birthday today, September 2?? 40 years have passed exactly since the first successful transfer of data between 2 computers. Just imagine, without the internet you would not be reading about my exciting school day. Now, wouldn’t that be sad?
So, happy birthday Mr. Internet. And thank you for being born. Cheers!
See you tomorrow! Jo ejt!