Scenes from the weekend

Hey, hey, hey. I’m feeling a little like Fat Albert, so the greeting seemed appropriate.

It was a fun weekend, though. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the sights, sounds and tastes I experienced — starting with some new-to-me food on Friday.

Butter Chicken Samosa Butter Chicken Samosa

I spotted samosas in the deli case at Safeway. They looked good, and different from the junk I’ve been eating. I couldn’t get the Asian Chicken Tenders on sale for $5 Friday (you had to get a pound and a half to get them for $5 — I wasn’t going to eat a pound and a half, and one-third of a pound would have cost nearly $5.)

So I got a Butter Chicken Samosa instead.

Looks tasty, right?

It was. But it was also much spicier than I expected. My mouth was on fire.

I’ll know better for next time.

Work happened, as usual, on Friday. Then I headed down the mountain to see the Boyfriend.

Saturday was dark and dreary. When I woke up at 9-something, it looked and felt much earlier.

Dreary Saturday

But I wasn’t going to let it get me down, because we had plans to celebrate. We marked my turning in the edits on DIVA IN THE DUGOUT with dinner at Storytellers, the steakhouse attached to Cliff Castle Casino.

Among the delicious eats? We started with a seasonal caprese salad — tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a balsamic glaze — that looked beautiful and tasted delicious. Cutting it was quite the adventure, though. Next up was a roasted red pepper soup with chunks of steak and a sprinkle of Manchego cheese.

Caprese Salad at Storytellers Red Pepper Soup at Storytellers

After that, I was too busy enjoying the food to remember to take pictures of it. I had a couple sips of champagne to celebrate. Dinner was a bacon-wrapped filet with shrimp, asparagus and au gratin potatoes. Dessert was a slice of lemon cream cake. So light and refreshing!

Sunday was again gray and rainy.

Gray Sunday

I spent some time at the Camp Verde Starbucks. (The giant kokopelli is in the parking lot of the strip mall that Starbucks is in.) Then I packed up and headed back up the hill to Flagstaff, where I warmed the chair at Starbucks until nearly 7. Got 800 new words written — I like the way this new story is shaping up.

After a quick stop at the grocery store and Target, it was time to go home.

The GoFitGals sent out their bootcamp eating/exercise plans, so I spent some time familiarizing myself with the program. I also hooked my new computer up to the printer (finally!) so I can print them out and have hard copies.

Of course, I need to read the info a lot more closely. But one thing that jumped out at me is the plan’s lack of calorie counting.

Um … I’ve been counting something — carbs, calories, WW Points — for the better part of 10 years. NOT counting isn’t going to come easily.

I do, however, like the wealth of simple, easy-to-make recipes. I’m kind of looking forward to trying some of them. Others — like anything containing tofu — I’m not so excited about.

Anyway … I did a little bit of Sunday food prep. I mashed a couple of avocados with some tomato, onion, a clove of garlic and the juice of one lime for homemade guacamole. i also cooked up a little quinoa, which I tossed with more diced tomato, onion, garlic, EVOO and red wine vinegar. And I baked up a couple of chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper.

One of the chief reasons I’ve been eating out so much is that I don’t have anything to eat at home. (Uh, not really … I just don’t have anything I want to take the time to cook.) I figure doing some prep ahead of time will make me less likely to rely on fast food.)

Homemade guacamoleChicken Quinoa SaladFingers crossed that it works

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5 responses to “Scenes from the weekend

  1. Nicely done with the food prep! I always feel like I eat better on weeks when I prep on Sunday – even if it’s as minimal as cooking a pot of quinoa and separating out a few servings of beans in the fridge.

    • Thanks. The homemade guac turned out fantastic. 2 avocados, some chopped tomato, red onion, garlic and the juice of 1 lime.

  2. I have been seriously lacking with the food prep lately. It seriously makes such a HUGE difference in how I eat (and how much money I spent — ugh). Also, I can’t wait to snag a copy of your book. So so so exciting!

    • Thanks, Carly! You’re right about the money-saving that comes with food prep. I eat out a lot less often when I know there’s stuff at home, ready to eat. (Unless, of course, I have no desire to eat what I’ve cooked … but that’s another problem.)

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