Hola! I survived my weekend, and it was actually tons of fun and very busy!
Saturday began with us sampling one of my freezer breakfast creations, the baked French toast sticks, and I have to say that I was very impressed! I am not a huge French toast person believe it or not, but I liked these because they were actually not super soggy/eggy and weren't super sweet. A serving of 3 sticks is only 205 calories, if y'all are curious.
After that I got dressed and ready to do my first 1k walk for my 12ks of Christmas race. I talked Eric into going with Molly and I even though the weather was super crappy and cold.
Yes I like to ambush my poor loving husband and take pictures of him when he is unaware. ;)
I was smiling through the pain/rain/cold, but Molly has no such poker face, so I cracked up at her bewildered expression in this picture.
Afterwards I picked up some last minute stuff for my Lovely Ladies Secret Santa and got her stuff wrapped and boxed up. I hope she likes everything and that nothing breaks in shipping! Also confession: This is my first Secret Santa ever!
Afterwards we kind of chilled out before getting ready to go to our third and final party of the week, a birthday party for one of our longtime friends and ex-coworkers. Eric, Will and I were the only people on our team in the Oregon office back in the "good old days", and were all very close. Will left Place That Shall Not Be Named several years before we did, and sadly we just don't get to see him that often other than during his fabulous horror movie marathon around Halloween. This year we were finally able to make one of his birthday parties, which was at his house and catered by an Ethiopian restaurant. I'd admittedly never tried Ethiopian food, but I love trying new things and am not picky, so I was definitely game. Everything was so delicious!! I especially fell in love with the bread served with the meal, which was called Injera. It looked a lot like a crepe but was slightly thicker and had a sour taste to it, and you basically use it to eat the food instead of using a fork. It was so delicious and addictive!
We had so much fun at the party. Will is hilarious and we were both doubled over laughing until we had headaches almost, just recounting the old days and joking around about other stuff. He'd also invited a mutual friend of ours we hadn't seen in awhile, which was great since we got to catch up with him and I finally got to meet his girlfriend!
Sunday I tested out another freezer breakfast creation from the other day, the spinach and egg breakfast sandwiches. I thought they were pretty good, although I fully admit to not being too jazzed about the whole wheat English muffins and would have much preferred a sourdough or white muffin. It wasn't bad and I'll certainly happily eat the ones I made, but I would definitely make them with different muffins next time. They are 267 calories each, definitely very reasonable for breakfast.
Afterwards I did my Day 2 1k with Miss Molly, and she even "PR'd" on her walk time. ;)
Yes, she still looks like I abuse her because I take her on walks. She looks like a depressed praying mantis.
This week's shelter shift wasn't as bad as last, but it was still really busy. The one insane dog was still there making all of the other dogs go insane, but he seemed slightly more responsive to being redirected this week than last. I managed to get all of the laundry done and folded, plus all of the dishes washed, all while helping the Level 3 people clean dog kennels. I still don't know how I did it! At least I worked up quite the sweat. I was able to get my Level 2 certification rescheduled for Saturday, so wish me luck!
As promised I came home afterwards and worked on putting together some freezer casseroles. I picked two to concentrate on, the Sour Cream Noodle Bake from Pioneer Woman and the Chicken Tetrazzini from Cooking Light. I love both of these recipes so much, so it's exciting to have a few of them waiting for me in the freezer. I used ground turkey instead of beef for the noodle bake and made a double batch of it. I made one pan that had 4 servings worth (Sunday and Monday dinner!), and then froze the rest in small two serving pans. I made a double batch of the tetrazzini and froze servings in various sized pans ranging from 4-2 servings.
That's 5 pans worth of tetrazzini! Thank goodness I like it so much. I am going to brainstorm what the next freezer meals I'm going to make are, then spend most of my day off making those recipes. By the end of the week we should have a nice assortment to choose from in the freezer.
Our Busy Week
This week is going to be kind of insane but it's fun stuff, and it's also the last crazy week of the year, thank God!
- Tuesday we will be seeing the Motley Crue/Alice Cooper concert, and you bet your sweet ass I will be quoting this scene from Wayne's World
- Thursday we are going out to eat to celebrate another year of me being old and crotchety.
- Friday....do I even need to say it? Ok, STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!
- Saturday is my Level 2 certification
- Sunday we are dolling up and going to see the Nutcracker :)
- Throughout the week I will continue getting in my miles for the 12k race, plus testing out a new portable stair stepper that I bought and will be reviewing for you soon!