WIAW #48

Happy Wednesday Morning Friends! I am traveling in Tucson this week. I was eating lunch outside on the sunny hospital patio as it was nice a breezy. Apparently my iPad thought it was a tad too warm!
IMG_0116I had a great time with wonderful amazing friends in Boulder on the weekend at Blend. I am hoping to get a full recap written this weekend for you about the experience. Since I am  away I am sharing some of my meals while living in a hotel this week for Jenn’s weekly WIAW series.

I have been having oatmeal in the hotel along with a banana and sliced with this incredible nut butter I picked up at the farmer’s market in Boulder.
IMG_2233I had planned to dig into this once I got back home but couldn’t resist cracking open the jar. This was the perfect addition. Thinking I need to try making nut butters at home.
IMG_2235Lunch has been a repeat of breakfast. I find it works as a portable lunch while living in a hotel. I wanted to scope out the cafeteria at the hospital for the first few days and not depend on having to grab a meal. They seem to have some good options so I will probably give it a try later this week.

I stopped by Trader Joe’s and picked up this hummus dip for the first time. It is really tasty and went great with the carrots and fresh radishes. Perfect to munch on before supper
IMG_2229There was a Chipotle right beside TJ’s so I grabbed a chicken salad for supper each night this week. It is the only ‘fast food’ that appeals to me. I need to try and figure out some hotel room friendly supper ideas. This hotel has a refrigerator but no microwave in the room which is kinda limiting. I added some Cabo Chips to the bowl. Julie was sharing these at Blend and they are really good.
IMG_2231I went to Costco yesterday and spotted these blueberries. I snacked on a bowl of them and they were so good!
IMG_2234I have been craving popcorn and this variety from TJ has fit the bill. I usually don’t buy packaged popcorn as I pop my own but this one wasn’t oily or salty at all. Tasty evening snack.
IMG_2236I hope you all have a safe and relaxing long weekend. I am working on Sunday but hoping to go for a hike on Saturday.
Do you have any plans for the long weekend?
Any hotel room friendly meal ideas?
What do you like to eat when traveling or on the road?


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WIAW #47

Good Wednesday morning from sunny Phoenix! I am back home in the desert and as the saying goes “there is no place like home”. I woke up at 3:30am on Saturday and hit the road. After 16 straight hours on the road and driving through a tornado (not fun), flooded highways, snow in New Mexico I arrived home to sunshine and warmth. I quickly unpacked the car, tossed a beer in the freezer, and headed out to the nearby Chipotle for a chicken salad with extra lettuce. It totally hit the spot.
IMG_2199I have been busy getting my place set back up and stocked with the necessities the past few days. I had a dental checkup scheduled on Monday and was told that I needed a crown put on a tooth that had a root canal years ago as well as a couple fillings redone. Today I spend 3 hours at the dentist and while trying to repair a filling it broke and tomorrow I will be returning for a root canal on that tooth! I am hoping it goes well and as it should. I have had problems with getting enough freezing absorption with the local anesthetic and am hoping this new dentist can dose enough tomorrow. Fingers crossed! In the meantime here is a glance at the meals I’ve been eating back home.

On Sunday morning I went to Costco. One of the items on my list to shop for was a patio table and chair set. I was going to look at Target but saw Costco had this table on clearance for $24 and the chair on sale for $47. I have had the chair before and it is supportive and comfortable. My patio is shaded and I know I will get a ton of use out of it as the weather warms. Breakfast was enjoyed outside today. Sprouts had 6oz containers of blackberries for $.75! I couldn’t resist ;)
IMG_2201Another Costco purchase was a gigantic watermelon for $4.99! I sliced it up and enjoyed some cold from the fridge as a mid morning snack
IMG_2208Along with some Cinnamon Life cereal. I haven’t had this in ages but saw it on sale at Costco as well and knew it would make a great snack
IMG_2211Lunch was eaten on the run while I was out doing errands. I am off to Colorado on Friday to Blend and have a ton of things to get done before I leave. I had a Bearded Brothers Orange Beet and Kale bar. These are the bomb! I ate them for breakfast and lunch while I was driving on Saturday. I found them at REI stores and of course you can get them online. I also had some pretzels and a Starbucks Passionfruit Iced tea.
IMG_2205Love the simple list of ingredients.
IMG_2206Supper post dental work was a salad with all the mushrooms instead of the crunchy fresh carrots I had planned. Somewhat easier to chew with a frozen mouth!
IMG_2213Since I got home later than I had planned I threw a TJ turkey burger in the oven and topped it with ketchup and mustard on a toasted english muffin. I picked the muffins up on a whim at Target to see how they would be as a ‘burger bun’. The result was excellent! Definitely will be my choice when enjoying a burger at home.
IMG_2203Desert was a scoop of Ciao Bello Passionfruit sherbet with the remaining blackberries. It hit the spot!
IMG_2204I hope you all have a great rest of the week and are looking forward to the weekend.

Anyone coming to Blend? I am so excited!

I am linking up with Jenn again for the weekly WIAW series.



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WIAW #46

Good Wednesday Morning All! Hope you are all having a wonderful first week of May. I am keeping today’s post a little shorter as I am busy packing and getting ready for my 1,100 mile journey back to Phoenix this weekend. I leave early Saturday morning and am hoping to make it back in one day but will see how things go. I did enjoy a relaxing weekend and managed to even fit in a little shopping. I posted a photo on Instagram of the new Nike capri pants that I found on clearance at REI. I have only ever purchased black capris and these are the first pair of ‘loud or colored’ capris I have bought. Ignore the miss matched stripes :)
IMG_2185I also decided to splurge on a Food Saver that Costco had on sale. I had tried a mid range food saver a few months ago and was skeptical but after seeing how well the chicken kept in the freezer and positive reviews I decided to take the plunge since this one was a great deal. Now I need to figure out the best deal for bags….sounds like maybe Bed, Bath, and Beyond with a coupon….any tips or hints on bags for me? I treated myself to a container of raspberries.
IMG_2181Now a quick look at my eats from this weekend.

Since I had a partial bag of frozen strawberries to eat up by the end of the week I have been enjoying them at breakfast.
IMG_2191Mid morning repeat snack of rice cakes and TJ chia/flax crunchy peanut butter. Yum! Followed by 32 oz of water…anyone else need to drink water after eating PB?
IMG_2175Lunch was a snacky combo featuring some awesome raspberries. There were so flavorful and firm yet ripe. Not mushy at all!
IMG_2182The raspberry theme continued with this delicious local raspberry lemon bar made by Bearded Brothers in Austin. It was fantastic. I saw a kale and beet variety at Whole Foods on the weekend that I think I will try before I leave.
IMG_2192I also added some TJ honey wheat pretzel sticks to the mix
IMG_2183I have been listening to library audiobooks on my iPad lately.I took a break from sorting and packing to sip on this cold La Croix
IMG_2186I had a lone pork chop in the freezer and topped it on top of a sweet potato. I had plans to eat at the table but then felt lazy like sitting on the couch and watching an episode of Chopped All Starts instead. Sipped on a Dallas beer as well.
IMG_2184Also got my green quota of the day with a salad and used up the last of my vignette in the fridge.
IMG_2187That’s a wrap for today. Can’t wait to post next week from home in sunny Arizona! Hope you all have a great week!

Do you have a food vacuum or food saver? Any tips for me?
Any favorite audiobooks or are you an audiobook fan?

Thanks to Jenn and Laura for hosting the fun weekly WIAW linkup. Make sure you check out all the great eats that everyone else has posted.


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WIAW #45

Hello Friends! I hope you are all having a wondering week. I headed back down to Austin on the weekend for the day. It was nice to get away and have a change of scene. I visited a farmer’s market and there was an annual art festival happening next to the market which I browsed though. I been trying quite a few Texas beers while I have been here and picked up a few only sold in Austin to take back to Phoenix. I head back home to Phoenix next weekend and am so excited. I can’t wait to get back to the dry heat! It was warm here on the weekend but I can definitely feel the humidity here. Time for another glance at some of the my meals from this week thanks to Jenn and here WIAW series.

I have a new addition to my breakfast lately. As I mentioned a while ago I am off to Colorado and the annual Blend Retreat in a few weeks. I picked up this amazing coffee in Austin from Huckleberry Roasters that is roasted in Denver. It is crazy good! I am hoping to stop by the store in Denver and pick a couple of bags up while I am there. It has a unique and mild-medium flavor that was great with my Kodiak Cakes.
IMG_2174I finished the Nuttzo jar last week and didn’t want to buy another jar since I will be moving home and wouldn’t finish the jar before I leave next week to head home. I picked up a jar of Trader Joe’s imitation Nuttzo…their crunchy peanut butter with chia and flax seeds. I have seen people mention it on blogs and for only $2.99 it was a steal. I have to say I am quite impressed. It has a great taste. Snacked on a few cakes topped with the spread for a mid morning snack.
IMG_2175I spent the rest of the day out and about. I picked up a few of tank tops at Target that were on sale for $8. One of the items I didn’t bring with me to Dallas was my Vitamix and I can’t wait to get back and whip up some smoothies and drinks. I haven’t had a green drink in ages and picked one up at Whole Foods. It was delicious and not overly sweet which I was happy with. After some unsuccessful stops at a few more stores I stopped for an cone on the warm humid day.
IMG_2161Along with my Denver Coffee I enjoyed part of a beer from Breckenridge Brewery in Colorado with dinner. Can’t wait to start making a wider variety of meals back home and having more than just 2 nights a week to enjoy dinner at home! I had another sweet potoato with the last ground beef pack from the freezer. Added a pepper from the farmer’s market. So juicy and sweet. Delicious!
IMG_2170With only 2 days a week with the chance to enjoy a salad I whipped up another bowl of greens with radish, mushrooms, sundried tomato, and the orange vinegarette. Such a refreshing, easy, and tasty combo. I had the salad along side with part of this Austin brewed beer which was great!
IMG_2168Ended my day with some popcorn and reading. Always enjoy reading Backpacker each month. They are great about putting the featuring a variety of hikes for all levels and duration.
IMG_2171I’m off to start organizing and begin packing for the move. Hope you all have a fabulous week and weekend!

Any french press coffee fans? I am thinking of maybe getting a new method for brewing coffee
Any Denver area favorite spots of unique Colorado specialties I should check out?


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WIAW #44

Happy Wednesday Friends! I had a wonderful weekend and am really looking forward to this weekend. While it was a really tough week at work due I got great news when I was offered a job in Tucson. I will be working from May-Aug in Tucson and will be able to be back in Phoenix on my days off! I am thrilled :) My good news continued when I checked up on my California nursing license status and saw that it was fully approved. This is a huge thing…California is notoriously the most difficult state in the US to get a nursing license in (no matter how many other states you have licenses in or how long you have been a nurse). It is not uncommon to have the process take up to a year to get a license there and I was not expecting to have it so soon. Can’t wait to look at opportunities out there in August!

On Saturday I headed down to Austin for the day and really enjoyed my day in the city. Even though the weather was drizzly I spent time walking around and exploring the downtown (stopped at a farmer’s market), enjoyed coffee from Seventh Flag Coffee, and picked up some fabulous beer from Thirsty Planet and Independence Brewery. I spent yesterday looking for more of the beer in Dallas but found out it is only sold in the Austin area :( I only have 2 weekends left before heading back to Phoenix and am planning on making another trip down this weekend and will stock up :)
Austin PicsI was up really early and reheated some Kodiak Cakes and quickly ate an apple and hit the road. Forgot to take a picture of the pancakes but here’s the apple!
IMG_2158Stopped on the way to Austin and went to DD for the first time. I had a coupon for a free coffee and grabbed a cup. It wasn’t the best and I think I actually prefer the bagged DD coffee in the store. Can’t beat free though!
IMG_2138Once I got to Austin I parked and started walking and exploring the downtown. I went to this farmer’s market and browsed the stalls. Everyone was so friendly and there was such a wide variety of foods and products.
IMG_2142I was wishing I hadn’t just bought greens the day before as these bags looked great. I did pick up some veggies to have for dinner.
IMG_2140I bought some strawberries and snacked on them. After making some other stops around Austin I headed back home. It was getting warm and I needed a pick me up while driving as the traffic was getting heavy. I stopped and grabbed a a very melty ice cream cone. I had to eat it quickly and then hit the road again
IMG_2146After a few more stops once I got back in Dallas I finally got home and threw together supper. I was craving a salad all day and made one with TJ orange vinaigrette and enjoyed it with a cold beer while a sweet potato was baking in the oven. I topped it with mushrooms and radishes from the Austin market.
IMG_2147Topped the farmer’s market sweet potato with some ground beef and some habanero salsa (it is hot!) and a side of beer!
IMG_2156Even though it was a long day it was fun to explore a new city and new area.  Hope you all had a great weekend and are having a great week.

Have you ever been to Austin?
Are you a fan of beer? Any favorites?

Thanks to Jenn for hosting WIAW. Make sure you head over and see all the great eats (and Jenn’s fabulous creations).


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WIAW #43

Good Morning Friends! Hope you are all having a good week and enjoying some delicious foods! I have still been super busy researching housing and looking for my next travel assignment. Too many decisions and research and not enough hours in the day to complete it! Time for a quick look at some of the food I ate the other day. Thanks again to Jenn for hosting the weekly WIAW series.

I try to plan a grocery store shopping trip once a week and stock up with what I need for the week. It has been helpful to spend my mornings doing other things and not worrying about heading to the supermarket. I headed to Costco first thing on Saturday and stocked up for the week. The flats of La Croix were on sale for $5.99 so I grabbed 2 of them. Great deal!
IMG_2129I am still starting the day with Coffee, Kodiak Cakes and Maple Syrup, and an apple. I keep telling myself to switch it up but it is so tasty and easy. One day soon :) I am sure you are all getting tired of seeing the same breakfast week after week..hehe
IMG_2126Costco had watermelons but they were huge and I don’t have the proper storage containers for it. I did pick up a container of sliced watermelon at TJ’s and enjoyed them at lunch. Overall it was ok but not as sweet and juicy as I had hoped.
IMG_2130IMG_2132Chopped up a few cute mini peppers and half a cucumber. The large peppers didn’t look great so I picked up the mini ones instead. They seem to be a bit more tough and not as juicy. Oh well. Still a tasty snack.
IMG_2133Along side some rice cakes and Nuttzo x 4. I was starving :) My lunches have been snacky lately. Need to work on that :)
IMG_2096Ended Lunch with some chai tea I wanted to use up.
IMG_1979For dinner at work I find that chopped up chicken breast and veggies and guac is simple and easy. I chopped up a turnip that I had in the fridge and needed to be used. I often need to eat on the run during the shift and at varying times. I also pack some pretzel sticks and TJ cat cookies to snack on. Although it requires a little time to chop and bag I am a fan of ‘brown bagging’ my lunch…or supper in this case.
IMG_2099Hope you all have a great rest of the week and a relaxing spring weekend!

Any Costco finds that you are loving?
Do you like snack lunches or meals?


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WIAW #42

Good Morning Friends! I am so glad this week is half over and the weekend is almost here. I have been looking and researching new jobs like crazy this week. Trying to decide what part of the country to locate to. Trying to balance out high summer season housing prices with desirable job locations. Decisions….Decisions! Hopefully I will figure things out soon. Time for a break from google and researching cities to take a look at some meals this week. Thanks again to Jenn and Arman and the WIAW series.

Last week a photographer snapped a photo of me at the local farmer’s market and on Friday it was put up on their Facebook page. Sadly this one of the rare sunny days we have had lately in Dallas.
20829_10153811197867178_4782235438110879399_nBreakfast has been unchanged still. Fueling my mornings with a large cup of coffee. Finished the last of a bag of Dunkin Donuts Blueberry Muffin flavor. It was really good.

IMG_2126In between numerous phone calls, emails, internet searching, and errands I stopped and quickly ate these two Nuttzo topped rice cakes. I am really liking this jar of Nuttzo. Very tasty!
IMG_2115Lunch was eaten quickly and I forgot to snap a photo. I cooked up a frozen chicken breast and took half to work that night and ate the other part for lunch with some carrots and bell peppers. Recycled photo ;)
IMG_2072I was craving a repeat sweet potato all week. I picked one up on Saturday and really enjoyed it for supper. I topped it with ground bison and some veggies and finally some mango salsa. It was excellent! Enjoyed half of this beer too!
IMG_2124Tried another localish (San Antonio) beer that was really good too.
IMG_2121Beer, taco like bowl, and a salad. Really liking this weekend combo lately
IMG_2118Ended the night with frozen organic strawberries. Anyone else like frozen fruit?
IMG_2125Hope you all have a great week. I am off to continue the google and researching of postings and communities. Fingers crossed something comes up soon!


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