Weekend Recap

Busy does not mean I cannot take pictures…

…of EVERYTHING!

Enjoy.

Busy-ness and an extreme heightened awareness kept me from food on Friday. For a few blissful hours (until dinner), I weighed 129 pounds. Now… not so much.

My weight drop was due to not eating for one day because I was too nervous. I got over it :)

AromaticsCrock Pot Pot Roast Recipe skinnyshaeWhen nerves are high, I also tend to make stuff.
Cookies (premixed) and smoothies, for example.

Betty Crocker Mixable CookiesPeanut butter, banana, honey, milk, protein powderHusband and I enjoyed dinner out on Friday.
We went to Bocconcini, a new Italian Eatery in town.

Wichita Kansas Italian RestaurantI had PUMPKIN Blue Moon.
So. Good.

Pumpkin BeersWe shared a fig pizza. Yes. FIG.

HEAVENLYAnd we each got the Salmon P.L.T. (with Prosciutto, instead of bacon). Husband had his with yummy fries, and I got an arugala salad with feta and apples.

Restaurant Review: We’re going back :)

Arugala salad with feta cheese and applesI have, unfortunately, been skipping workouts. Not that I want to skip, mind you, but my legs hurt like crazy bad. Stingy pains in my shins and calves. Comes and goes, but really hurts during some moments – standing, walking or sitting. SUCKS.

I have been icing my knees and shins with corn. It’s the corn we don’t eat… Hopefully, I just have REALLY bad shins splints that will eventually heal. I read somewhere that shin splints might never heal. (cries)

Jar of Halloween Candy CornOh, hey, guess what! It’s totally Halloween!

I am convinced Halloween would be much more fun if I had children to take trick-or-treating. Going out dressed up as a naughty “insert-job-role-here” thing is not for me.

But, hey, here’s a cute kiddo going trick-or-treating as a “pirate ninja.” He couldn’t decide between the two. (Testing out his ninja swords in the picture.)

Now that my weekend is over… It’s back to the real world.

Well, the school world anyway.

Tell me about your weekend?

Any good Halloween recipes?

Update + Pumpkin Beer

I have been ridiculously busy, quite panicky and, according to Husband, clingy. I would feel bad, but he’s so fun to hug! However, even though my blog is on hold, I wanted to update. (Hinhintnudgenudgewinkwink: I miss my blog.)

le update

School: CRAZINESS! (Not even worth mentioning what I am doing. It’ll take two posts.*)

Work: Grading, grading, grading. I need to stop assigning my students all this work! ;)

Fitness: Still sitting at 130… I could lose the extra 10 pounds any day now… Are you listening, body?

Well, darn.

It said “no.”

Food: Probably why I’m not losing that extra 10 pounds… (I keep forgetting to eat during the day, and then pigging out at night. Health FAIL.)

Drink: HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT PUMPKIN BEER?! zomg. So good. I love pumpkins.

Future: Looks pretty bright. I need sunglasses ;)

Update me! I never get to talk to anyone anymore!

Almost homemade

I know the blog is on hold, but I couldn’t resist sharing what I created for dinner tonight… mostly because I threw it together, and it’s awesome. And simple!

Lemon Pepper Baked Tilapia and Salad
Ingredients

  • 3 tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • olive oil
  • lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • Romaine lettuce bunch, chopped
  • slivered almonds
  • Italian dressing (or dressing of choice)
  • Parmesan cheese, crumbed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a glass baking dish and set aside.

To prepare tilapia: Mix bread crumbs, some lemon pepper seasoning, garlic and cayenne. Set aside. Dab each fillet with olive oil. Rub fillets with lemon pepper seasoning to your flavor preference. I went for medium coverage. Dredge (but don’t drown) fillets in bread crumb mixture and place in prepared baking dish. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

To prepare salad: Suuuuuper easy! Mix Romaine, slivered almonds, Parmesan cheese and Italian dressing. Salt and pepper or lemon pepper seasoning to taste.

The salad made me smile. Here’s why!

Salad ingredientsI did not have shredded cheese or any cheese, but Husband’s “guys’ night” provided leftover Pizza Hut cheese packages.

Re-purposing FTW.

Slivered almonds for saladI love almonds in my salad, but cannot handle the crunch of a whole almond bite.
These were on sale.

SladSlad.

Tilapia, salad and quinoaEpic.

(I decided to have a bit of quinoa with dinner.)

On Hold…

I am not on hold.

I am putting parts of my life on hold.

Which parts?

You are not going to be happy…

Just spit it out!

skinnysh…

Gasp! No!

Yes, I am putting my blog on hold… sort of.

Oh, but why?

Graduate school, teaching and work opportunities are coming up quick!

I have an argumentation paper to write, a midterm to administer and grade, a thesis topic to research and a future to prepare.

For.

A future to prepare for.

skinnyshae will be apart of that future, of course, but right now… I have GOT to get that paper done, my students need to be taken care of (especially for midterms!) and my thesis is not going to write itself.

Most unfortunately.

I spent the past week relaxing, of course, it was fall break, and organizing and preparing for tomorrow’s events and Sunday’s dinner. I am super excited!

I did not relax for a whole week… it was like a day and half. I just want that to be clear. I did stuff. Lots of stuff. Busy student stuff.

OK.

I also need to work on blogs for Shocker Fitness. And I absolutely need to get back to Shocker Fitness and back to healthy eating. I skipped all last week and ate candy and treats and carbs out the wazoo! I have not gained weight back, although I am retaining water, but I am squishy.

I don’t want to be squishy.

Back to school! Back to work! And back to the track!

I’ll be back to the blog… soon :)

TTFN friends

Hey! A lot of food…

Food blog. Food blog.

recipe tilapia vegetableFood blog…

Wasabi Japanese RestaurantAnd another food blog!

Bowl for Shae!Sorry about all the food and recipe posts! I do do more than cooking and eating, although I do a lot of both of those.

Yesterday, for example, I also cleaned. (I hate cleaning.)

Occasionally, I work out but not Monday, and not today.

Instead, on Monday, I slept in until 7:30 a.m. because I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, of which I also do a lot. I finished it this morning, and I have one thing to say… I knew it! J. K. Rowling tried to trick me, but I was on to her. I knew it!

Oh, and I cried.

Twice.

I apologize for posting food blogs out the wahzoo… also for skipping workouts… also for not blogging.

I have not felt well lately.

I went to the doctor. She told me to cut back on caffeine, drink more water, take a vitamin E supplement and “get some damn rest” because I look like hell.

So that is what I have been doing. Resting.

I love my doctor :)

Dinner tonight is Vegetable Soup with Veal Meatballs and crescent rolls.

I hope you are feeling much better than I, my friends! Cheers!

Spicy Chicken with Spinach and Peanuts

One of my favorite dishes!

half bunch spinachSuch pretty greens!

serrano peppers seededTiny spoon (accidentally stolen from some restaurant I worked at) is perfect for seeding peppers. You still get it all over your hands, though.

saute chicken with green onionsSaute the chicken after marinating in sesame oil. I love sesame oil.

mixed greens rice and chicken with peanutsSesame chicken, greens, green onions, Serrano peppers, peanuts and rice.

Bowl for Shae!A delicious dish!

Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken with Spinach and Peanuts
Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 3 teaspoons Asian sesame oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons golden brown sugar, divided
  • 3 boneless chicken breast, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch wide strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 green onions, white parts and green parts chopped separately
  • 2 teaspoons chopped seeded Serrano chiles
  • 1 large bunch greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
  • white or brown rice

Directions
Whisk 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon sugar in medium bowl. Add chicken; marinade 20 to 30 minutes.

Whisk remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon sugar in small bowl and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add white parts of onions and chiles; stir 30 seconds. Add chicken; stir-fry just until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken mixture to bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to same skillet; heat over high heat. Add greens by large handfuls; stir just until beginning to wilt before adding more. Saute until tender, 1 to 6 minutes, depending on type of greens. Spinach takes about 4 depending on the amount you use. Return chicken to skillet. Add reserved sauce mixture.

Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with green onions and peanuts. Serve over rice (if you like rice).

Enjoy your dinner!

Sushi Night

Last night, Husband and I decided to go out for dinner!

Where did we go?

Why, Wasabi, of course.

And we had SUSHI!

Wasabi Japanese RestaurantHusband ordered the Super Tiger Roll, and I ordered the Salmon Crunch Roll. We also had two pieces each of smoked salmon.

Wasabi Japanese RestaurantWe shared :)

Whatever masago is… it’s amazing.

We also enjoyed a jug of sake. (I don’t know if it’s actually called a jug.)

Warm Sake at Wasabit in Wichita Kansas

I hope you had a wonderful weekend friends!

Oh! Did you see my amazing chopstick control? Yeah, I’m learning how to eat with sticks.