Staying up late watching True Blood on Saturday left me exhausted I guess because I slept until 10:30 AM on Sunday!!! People, this is a major accomplishment and basically unheard of…usually I wake up by 8:30 on the weekends and consider that an extra two hours, so 10:30 was great. Guess I needed it! I decided to whip up some pancakes again just because it was the weekend and I could! I used 1/2 cup of the whole wheat mixture and added in 1/4 cup of those baby Maine blueberries from Trader Joe’s.  Topped with 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup, these were delicious! (Still think I liked Saturday’s chocolate pancakes best though!!)

On my cute new plate from Target…I get some type of dish every time I go there!

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I basically did nothing Sunday and was insanely lazy. I always have a huge list of things to get done over the weekend but I am so busy during the week that my body and mind just craves relaxation! The kittens and I cuddled on the couch and watched more True Blood.

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I decided to use some homemade whole wheat pizza dough to make my late lunch. I rolled the dough out pretty thin and topped it with tomato sauce, light cheese, zucchini, mushrooms, green peppers, vidalia onion and fresh basil. It was really delicious!

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I also got into some unnecessary snacks…an un-pictured Skinny Cow and some Puffins. We are definitely breaking up again when I am through with this box. Willpower = out the window!! Meanwhile, the kitten babies moved on from me and snuggled together. How cute are they??

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Courtney came over for dinner and to watch He’s Just Not That Into You with me and Jules. I took over in the kitchen and made whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil, chile lime chicken burgers and roasted eggplant and zucchini to eat while watching the movie. This meal was so quick and easy to make and tasted great!

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I thought the movie was really cute and fun. I am such a sucker for any chick flick basically. Court brought over cocoa meringues and brownie bites from Whole Foods for dessert. The meringues were good but the brownie bites were amazing! Between the three of us, we ate almost the whole container. Too bad I didn’t check until AFTER eating them that the brownies are almost 100 calories each!!!!! No wonder my belly was stuffed beyond belief by the end of the movie.

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Today I made the regular yogurt mess but added Puffins instead of Kashi. Don’t worry, I measured them out this time!!

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I also broke into this banana around 11 AM. I bought this just for the Superfood sticker!

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Lunch was somewhat boring but good, just a bowl of Progresso minestrone soup. I didn’t have anything packed when I was running out the door, but am glad that I grabbed this so I didn’t have to spend money or calories on ordering food.

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Instead, I got the same sweet treat as Friday, my favorite no-sugar added light half mocha half vanilla ice blended from the Bean. MMM!

Enjoying my view!

Enjoying my view!

After work, I got an early start on dinner with a Newsroom 9 Grain bread heel topped with a schmear of Better N’ Peanut Butter and some cherry jelly. I was just too hungry to wait!

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Even though the toast kept me full for another hour or so, I was still craving CARBS and debated mashed potatoes and pancakes but decided on continuing the breakfast theme with an omelet. I used 1/2 cup egg beaters, vidalia onion, basil and mushrooms, with red pepper slices on the side. The breakfast theme let me have another bread heel with jelly on the side :)

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Then Julia and I headed out to a BBQ restaurant to meet some guys from her work for a drink.  I had a glass of Pinot while we chatted away. Knowing the bartender meant we got a nice free top off! I avoided eating any of the fries, but did steal Julia’s pickle! It was nice getting out and having some entertaining convo after a long day at the office. Jules is leaving tomorrow for MN and I just wanted to soak up my Julia time!!! I am going to miss her!!!

Long story, but around 11 PM we headed to Santa Monica to scope out parking spaces for Julia to leave her car for the week. We just walked back in the door (it’s 12:30 now) and I can tell that my blood sugar has seriously hit rock bottom because I am being a total crank yanker and am about to make a bowl of instant oatmeal. Instead of taking/uploading a boring picture of that, I leave you with this…

…the video Fight From Above debuted Friday night! Pretty awesome, right?! Don’t the boys sound great?? I am the one in the red plaid/sunglasses at the party and then the leather jacket/bangs at the end in case you couldn’t pick me out. Yes, lighting up…for artistic effect you guys!!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget :)

Three Things for Sunday

  1. Made sure to measure out portion sizes for everything I cooked for breakfast,
  2. lunch, and
  3. dinner.

Three Things for Monday

  1. Passed up the Sprinkles cupcakes in the office (my work enjoys torturing me)
  2. Brought lunch instead of buying
  3. Ate dinner before going out to the BBQ place

I’m out of my best yogurt supplies! B-fast today was a mess with the rest of my strawberries, half banana, some figgies & kashi.

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For lunch, I started with a salad that was a duplicate of the one I ate last night. So easy to make two at once and eat one the next day!

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I also dug into the remaining 6 inches from the sub I got yesterday. Usually these still taste great but the bread was SO SOGGY. Ick. So I just ate the turkey and some of the veggies and left the bread.

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Instead of bread, I had some pretzels. More than this one cup to make up for my lack of carbolicious goodness :)

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Of course, I was v. hungry by the end of work, so I ate the other half of my breakfast banana to help tide me over.

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Still not enough! I ended up skipping the gym and went home for an early dinner. I started with frozen edamame.

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Then came a gorgeous, crispy slice of red pepper!

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I also rolled out the last piece of my pizza dough from Friday. I got 3 meals out of this recipe!  I topped the honey whole wheat crust with grape tomatoes, mushrooms, goat cheese, rosemary and sea salt.

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After dinner, I decided to try Yogurt Stop for some froyo! I got chocolate, peanut butter, and vanilla bean. I always choose chocolate over vanilla, but this vanilla bean was awesome!!  Mango and rainbow sprinkles were the perfect toppings, plus a cube of red velvet (which surprisingly wasn’t that good, weird…).

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Okay, does anyone else think this is the most random frozen yogurt logo ever?! Welcome to Hollywood!

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Right now I am stuffed to the max and watching the last five minutes of TBL…freaking!!!! How cute was Mike talking with his brother, by the way??

And now, for my exciting food news!!!  Foodbuzz sent out an email last week annoucing that they have again partnered with Pebble Beach Food & Wine and are sending 8 featured publishers to the Lexus Grand Tasting Event. To enter, you had to fill out a form and answer a few quick essay questions, and then Foodbuzz selected based on proposed coverage creativity and enthusiasm for the event! Well, apparently I am very enthusiastic about food & wine (duh, who isn’t??) because I am getting to attend the Tasting Event this weekend!!

Here are some more details from Foodbuzz:

Lexus Grand Tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the most spectacular opportunity to enjoy over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries.  This is a must-do experience for anyone who loves food and wine.

Guests will have an unprecedented chance to interact with 24 of the weekend’s participating chefs.  Saturday’s line-up includes Chris Cosentino of Incanto and Boccalone in San Francisco; Mark Estee of Moody’s Bistro in Lake Tahoe; Dean Fearing of Dean Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dallas; Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in New York City; Jean Joho of Everest in Chicago; Christopher Kostow of Meadowood in Napa Valley; David Pasternack of Esca in New York City; Cindy Pawlcyn of Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Mustard’s Grill in Napa Valley; Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s; and Sherry Yard, Pastry Chef of Spago and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide. Sunday’s line-up includes: Traci Des Jardin of Jardiniere in San Francisco; Bill Corbett, Pastry Chef at MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco; David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos; Michael Mina of MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco; David Myers of Sona in Los Angeles; Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco; and Michel Richard of Citronelle in Washington DC.

I am so excited!! I can’t wait to speak with the chefs, taste the food & wine, meet Foodbuzz staff & other bloggers, PHOTOGRAPH, and enjoy this awesome opportunity!! Pebble Beach is in Carmel, CA, about 5-6 hours from LA. I am planning to just wake up super early and make a day of it!! I think the long drive will definitely be worth the fun day, don’t you agree?! I put down to attend Saturday, but I am still waiting on final confirmation of the day, when I will find out which chefs I will get to see in action. WOW! The more I talk about this, the more excited I get!! I can’t wait to share my day with you guys!! I wish we could all go together LOL.

Anyway, that’s my foodie news :) More details to follow!!

Leaving you guys with a pic of the kitten babes…such smooch faces.

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Brunch was just as good as I thought it would be! I walked over to the restaurant and we scored a table outside.  It’s amazing out here, in the 70s, so perfect for outdoors weekend brunching :)

I started with the French Press for one.

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It made a couple mean cups of coffee! With skim milk and splenda:

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Steph and the other girls stuck with water, boooring.

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I decided to go with the espresso semi-sweet chocolate chip pancakes. A stack comes with three, but I just ordered one.  These guys are HUGE!

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That weird circle in the middle is from the pat of butter I promptly scooped up off the pancakes. I hate, hate, hate butter. I don’t mind it when cooking with it, but for some reason I can’t stand the taste of butter on potatoes, toast, bagels, corn…ick! I’d much rather eat all those things plain. Ok, back to pancakes. I ate the portion where the fork is. The other missing slice is some that I shared. I had some bites from Steph’s delish pumpkin pancake too!

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Look at those leftovers! Breakfast tomorrow maybe?

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The walk back home was quick but good for digestion :) A little bit later, I had some grapes to get a lil fruit into the day!

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The kitten babies wanted to eat them too…luckily I shooed them off right before they took a bite! Those guys will try to eat anything, its weird. I thought that was a dog thing??

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Now I am going out to enjoy this sunny “summer” day in January! Ahh how I love you California. Check out the view from my bedroom :)

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!

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