Weekly Wrap-Up; My First Cold Of The Season

Have you stayed healthy so far this flu season?  I’m finally on an upswing, but I spent the past week with a bad cold.  Achoo!

The husband gets (2) 2-week periods off this year and his first started last Friday evening.  We took advantage of the break and drove over to visit my sister-in-law’s family in Pennsylvania.  I spent our entire visit with the dog and/or my niece on my lap so I don’t have a single picture from Saturday.

On Friday, I had a large, late lunch at Whole Foods before we got in the car.

DSC05821A hot bar assortment.

DSC05822Clockwise from top left – green beans, gnocchi, broccoli, mac and cheese, big noodles, and Cesar salad.

For dessert, I surprised Adam with a bag of limited edition chocolate dipped wavy Lays.

DSC05817I had read negative reviews about them online, but we both loved them.  They had the perfect ratio of salty and sweet; the chocolate was only on one side of most chips so it wasn’t too overwhelming.  The bag said it contained five servings, but we didn’t find that to be true 😉

My youngest niece had the sniffles all weekend and I came back with them too.  Here’s what I ate before I realized just how sick I was – A Siggi’s 2% Pumpkin Spice Yogurt.

DSC05833DSC05837This flavor was great, definitely the best pumpkin yogurt I’ve tried so far.  Sometimes Siggi’s can be a bit sour/chalky but this flavor was nice and creamy.

A new kind of tofu.

DSC05840DSC05843We quartered our block of Soy Boy Caribbean pre-seasoned tofu and gave it a quick sear.

A comforting dinner.

DSC05854We shared a can of Bar Harbor Lobster Chowder.

DSC05857DSC05844With a (giant) side of beer bread.

DSC05861Cheddar Garlic Beer Bread(!!).

DSC05850So good.  That bread was my best idea yet, but I made it in a daze and now I can’t remember the proportion of ingredients.

When I woke up on Monday I realized I had more than the sniffles, I was sick, sick, sick.  This is where I tell you that I have not eaten a single fruit or vegetable since last Sunday.  In fact, Adam went out-of-town for a few days mid-week when I was at my sickest and I ended up eating cheese and crackers for five meals straight!  These TJ raisin and rosemary crisps were featured heavily.

DSC05876Very tasty, but I don’t think I’ll be eating cheese and crackers again soon.

Here are the things I ate last week that weren’t cheese, or at least weren’t 100% cheese (though I’m now realizing that I did stick exclusively with sandwiches and cookies) – A killer sandwich.

DSC05878A leftover slice of tofu with smoked Gouda and grape Crofters.

An even better sandwich.

DSC05884Applegate Farms honey maple turkey with cream cheese, smoked Gouda, grape Crofters, and banana peppers.

A take-out sandwich.

DSC05904Turkey burger with mozzarella.  I ate too many fries.

A mug cookie, jazzed up SCM and salted caramel sauce.

DSC05883It looks giant and fluffy like that because I double the recommended baking soda.

On the store-bought front, my mother-in-law sent us a cookie jar of Cheryl’s.

DSC05898Thanks, Barb!

Finally, I received two samples this week that were perfect for trying when I was under the weather.

Please note – I received the following products free of charge.  Neither company provided me with further compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

Numi Organic Tea sent me some Pu·erh Variety mini samplers.

DSC05890That includes Chocolate Pu·erh, Emperor’s Pu·erh, Jasmine Pu·erh, Basil Mint Pu·erh, Cardamom Pu·erh, and Ginger Pu·erh.

DSC05892So far I’ve tried the Emperor’s and Jasmine varieties and was a big fan.  I’m looking forward to the others a lot, though I will probably give the Ginger to Adam because that’s not my favorite flavor.  Chocolate didn’t appeal to me with my cold, but look at the yummy description – “With a rich velvety, chocolate aroma, Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh is an enticing blend of deep, dark pu-erh and organic cocoa nibs.  Whole vanilla beans and sweet accents of orange peel enhance this blend along with nutmeg and cinnamon rounding off a spicy finish.

I also received a bottle of powdered wheat grass from Pines.

DSC05896I used to love the wheat grass shots at Jamba so I used them as inspiration and combined 1 tsp of wheat grass powder with 3 oz each orange juice and unsweet vanilla almond milk.

DSC05901So delicious!  Though next time I might shift the ratio a bit in favor of the oj; Jamba used a vanilla soy milk that brought more sweetness to the table than my almond milk.  If you are unfamiliar with the flavor of wheat grass and want to try it you definitely can’t go wrong with the vanilla and orange pairing.

How many times a year do you usually get sick?  Have you caught a cold yet this winter?

3 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up; My First Cold Of The Season

  1. I had a wretched cold that turned into whooping cough back in September. It took me down for 3 weeks and I even missed a triathlon because of it. I hope that’s it for me this year!!! I’m a teacher. Who am I kidding!

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