Happy Memorial Day!

Here I am!  Sorry for the absence of Sunday night photo overload, but I didn’t get back home until 1:30 am last night (I’ll reveal the reason in due time :o).  Boo-hiss.  I know.  And, trust me, this morning it showed.  Work was heinous definitely a Monday (operations didn’t exactly go according to plan this weekend) and while I don’t usually make a habit of drinking coffee – it was definitely a coffee day.  And then, when I thought the day had turned around (aka I was on my way home 😉 )…  I realized that I left my camera at work again.  Luckily, my friend, Rick, left his camera here, so I did take pictures of my official Memorial Day grilling session for all of you beautiful people!

Lonely Turkey Brat

Poor little dude.  I’m totally laughing right now.  I know it looks slightly fully pathetic, but I’m counting it :P.

With my grilled hot italian turkey brat, I had some low and slow sweet potaters!  And I added a little somethin’ tasty in the form of…

….creamy, melty brie!  Oh, so good kids!  I sprayed the sweet potatoes with canola oil and baked them at 300 degrees for 1 hour, then put the brie on top for a few minutes.  The potatoes were slightly dried out, though, so next time I’m going to raise the temperature to 325 and try them for 45 minutes.  Any suggestions from you guys would be more than welcome!!

And with that, here’s dinner.

Brat and Sweet Potatoes with Brie 😀

I had spicy brown mustard and ketchup to go with the brat and the potatoes that didn’t get the brie treatment (I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I def wish I’d put it on all of them!).

Now I’m off to run with the Kaya-face.  No hail in the forecast this time ;).  And I have this gem waiting for me when I get home. 

Juju Ginger Ale from Left Hand Brewery

Yeah, definitely not the most effective rehydration method (I promise I’ll chug some water with it), but if you had to work on Memorial day too, you’re probably sipping one right along with me!  Cheers!

And fear not!  I do have loads of great pictures from this weekend, so I’ll lay it all on you tomorrow friends :D.

Gone Climbing…

And you guys thought I was kidding when I said I don’t know how to slow down…  Well, you probably didn’t because you don’t know me yet, but I was hopeful ;). 

Unfortunately, a few of my climbing buds want to head south to this spot, Vedauwoo, that I haven’t been to yet.  New experience involving climbing?  As if I could say no!  So, I will see you on Sunday night with a photo overload!  Until then…

A few pictures from last fall.

Top Roping in the Canyon

Same Route

Go Go Gadget Leg 😉

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!!

Lovin’ It

I am one week strong into this blog guys and I’m so glad I started Foodie on the Rocks!  If you have any lingering curiosity about the name, I’ll drop it all on you now.  It refers to my love of food and climbing (kind of obvious I think :P), but it also alludes to my never-ending attempt to balance my love for travelling and experiencing new things with my full-time job as an engineer.  I’m always using my time off from work to the max, but sometimes I really have to remind myself to take a weekend at home and just relax!!      

I think I may have had it figured out in this hammock…      

St. Lucia Style Siesta 😀

 On the other side, I’m so glad there might actually be a few of you out there reading this that I don’t know and haven’t personally told about the blog 😉 and enjoying it!  I know it’s going to take me a little while to really find my voice and really hone in on how I’m going to keep this thing interesting, but if you guys are up for it, so am I. 

So let me pick off where I left off yesterday really quickly.  Remember how I was going to go out and run since I’m doing a team marathon next weekend??  Well two things happened.  Firstly…      

Hail in the Backyard

Roomie Holding the Marble Sized Hail   

Needless to say, I did not go out and run.  Along with the hail, there was a tornado watch.  So going to the gym wasn’t an option either.  Boo.  Oh well…  At least I got to add some new pictures to Husky in the Room!  Check ’em out.      

Secondly, turns out our team captain did not register us for the team marathon.  Way.  Lame.  It’s cool, though.  I got on the web and found a 10k in Steamboat that I’m going to do instead.      

And here are my eats today folks…      

Breakfast was tasty with a capital flippin T y’all!  I made these oatmeal pancakes from Jenna’s blog.  Scrumptious and they’ve got the protein thang going on too.  I’ve found that protein is so crucial in my breakfasts to keep me going!      

Pancakes with the Real Stuff

You guys, if you’re still eating “table syrup” aka high fructose corn syrup, I beg of you.  Put the bottle down.  Walk to your cupboard, and throw it to the wind.  I mean, or you could just put in your trash can, just long as it’s gone!  Real maple syrup is the only way to go in my book because it’s tastes whoa! times better and well, it’s not full of processed stuff.  Period.  OK, rant over.   

And whoops!  I didn’t get to eat that until I had my blood drawn.  Eek!      

 

I forgot it was wellness day.  Each year the company does free blood draws and wellness evaluations, and actually if you go through with the whole she-bang and go to another day they set up and talk to a wellness coach about your results they put some extra cash the old paycheck!  And, I got this nice little snack plate to reward me for my ~11 hour fast.      

 

Lunch….not overly exciting.  Spinach, tomato, and honey curry hummus on half a pita.  But, wait!  Haha, another department brought in food for lunch and needed help with leftovers, so I grabbed some strawb’s and pineapple and some antelope sausage one of the guys brough in :).  It was pretty salty for me, but good!      

      

 

When I got home from work I had a glorious plan to go run and then go to yoga.  Uh, not so much.  Sat down for a few too many minutes on the couch, so I’d just have to do yoga after I walked Kaya-face and then run.  No biggie.  Not so much.  Yoga instructor played hookie.  Lame.  Oh well, I ran 3 miles in 32 minutes – only one 4 minute break in there, so yay!  Workin’ back up my endurance slowly but surely :).      

And here’s dinner.  I decided to make some of these veggie burgers.  Thanks, Angela!  If you had told me one year ago that I would be making veggie burgers I would have laughed…hard…in your face.  It’s tasty as, though, so give ’em a whirl!  PS  I used whole wheat pastry flour, because it’s what I had.      

      

 

You’ll pretty much want to process it down to a puree, but the camera battery was dying, so I didn’t get a shot of that.      

 

Again, had to do the whole spicy thing, because what doesn’t kill you, makes your taste buds stronger :P.  That’s a baked sweet potato hiding in the back there with a bit of butter, one tablespoon of brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.      

I’ll leave you with my treat to myself for the evening.      

 

This ice cream is the best!  Coconut milk is to ice cream as diamonds are to girls.  Oh yeah, I just compared that ice cream to diamonds.  It is that good.  For one half of a cup it’s 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 6 grams of fiber.  Plus the ingredients list stupendous.  Good night, indeed!

The Show Must Go On

Hey hey hey!  I made it!  Haha, on top of not recommending mowing the lawn at night, I do not recommend five measly hours of sleep after teaching a 2 hour climbing class and then battling with your lawn mower for 2 hours afterwards.  My right arm is indescribably sore from starting the beast over and over again – I mean, who knew you had to winterize a lawn mower??  But I’ve come out the other end ready to blog, because I remembered to bring my camera home tonight 😀 .  So without any further delay, it’s photo time.  Oh, and I discovered what aperture is on my camera thanks to the lovely Pioneer Woman and I’m loving it!  Prepare for photo overload!

Yesterday’s breakfast was the sandwich version of my buffalo chicken omelette.  Just as tasty and I got my whole grains in there with the Wheat Montana Cracked 9-Grain bread!

Then I made a chicken wrap for lunch, since I just bought my first pack of Ezekiel sprouted grain wraps and I was way excited to try them. 

I can’t say the wraps are as good as a nice doughy whole wheat tortilla, but they pack a heckuva heavier nutritional punch, so I’m down with ’em ;).  And I’m not saying I don’t like them, they’re just not as good as their nutritionally lesser cousin.

The wrap had spinach, chicken, vermont extra sharp cheddar (my heart be still)…

…and tomatoes.  Pretty simple, so when I got back to my desk I doused the baby in some Frank’s hot sauce.  Spicy = gooooood.  Today I had the same thing, but with some of that honey curry hummus.  I have to say it really brought the wrap to a whole new level 😛 . 

Snacks.  Yesterday I had and crunchy, juicy, organic Fuji apple, and a fun-size bag of M&M’s. 

Oh, and a piece of the peanut butter bread with a square of Wild Harvest Organic dark chocolate.  Holy wow, yum!!

I said yum right?? 

Let’s see… 

Breakfast today was almond butter oats with coconut butter.  Totally inspired by this chica’s blog, who pointed me to this protein oat cake recipe (mine never cook up like an actual cake, though).  I think I’m going to have to start reading April’s blog… 🙂

Not overly exciting, but so satisfying and delicious!  I ate these at 6:45 am and wasn’t hungry until 11!!  The key is the egg whites + nut butter.  One without the other would not be enough protein and these wouldn’t have a chance of keeping me full. 

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant!)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of agave nectar or any sweetener
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter (or any nut butter)

Mix the first four together and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  While stirring add the egg whites.  Microwave for another ~2 minutes.  I added agave nectar, almond butter and coconut butter, but with these three you could go crazy and add whatever you want!!  Mashed banana, pumpkin puree, whole nuts, dried fruit….

Ahhhh, and then there was today’s afternoon snack.  A fresh from the oven choc chip cookie and some of those organic strawberries.  The strawbs make it a healthy snack, right??  Right 😉

Oh so gooey….

There was no photo of dinner last night since the camera was MIA, but here’s tonight’s fare.  The making of the honey dill vinaigrette…

Honey Dill Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar (whatever you have!)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

And here is my “use whatever veggies are in the veggie drawer and try to use up the spinach before it wilts” salad.  Tonight it contained red cabbage, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, almond slivers, and chickpeas on top of spinach.  And some of that Vermont Extra Sharp Cheddar, aka crack cheese.

That’s a wrap kids!  Time to go run.  Have I told you guys I’m running 8 miles in a team marathon in 1 1/2 weeks?  Should be good times, but I have not been training like I should, so I’ve got to go put some mileage on these legs.  Cross your fingers I don’t get rained on!

Kaya-face!

Ok guys, this afternoon has been insane.  Things I accomplished after getting back to town from work at 4:30 to now!  Go!

  • go to the plumbing store and get a new filter in order to restore water pressure to my house
  • come home to feed/let out Kaya-face
  • change clothes and eat a Kashi fruit and grain bar in one bite
  • teach a two hour climbing class at the indoor climbing wall
  • finally get my lead certification at said climbing wall
  • come home to battle mow the jungle lawn for the first time this year before the sun goes down (I’ve done it in the dark before – I do not recommend it 😛 )
  • eat my friggin’ dinner – a spinach salad with honey dill vinaigrette with chickpeas + leftover veggies
  • walk Kaya-face

And finally, I realized I left my camera at work, so no food pictures today guys 😦 .  I have, however, added and updated a page, Husky in the Room, for my awesome dog, Kaya!  This is her, looking quite regal, from a camping trip to the Tetons two summers ago.

It is now 11:15 pm and I have to get up in 5 hours and 45 minutes.  I bid you a good evening kind folks!  Enjoy Kaya-face :D.

I Dream of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter was totally the theme for my afternoon.  This is going to be a quick post, so here goes.  My lunch was partly eaten on the way home from pilates, so there was no photo.  It was a Pumpkin Pie Kashi fruit and grain bar.  These are so great in a pinch.  When I got home I had a small peanut butter and raspberry preserve sandwich with two monster organic strawberries.

The bread is Wheat Montana brand Cracked 9-grain Loaf.  The ingredients list on it is stellar.  No preservatives or artificial or overly refined ingredients! 

This afternoon, I baked the best bread ever.  I made peanut butter bread.  If you’re drooling on your keyboard right now, your imagination is dead on.  Go ahead.  Keep drooling.  Or you can just scroll down a little further and take a glimpse at the glorious combination of peanut butter and flour.  I grabbed the recipe from this butt kickin’ blog

I added one of these baby bananas all mashed up (should have thrown something in there for scale).

To compensate, I only added a 1/4 of a cup of sugar and cut it down to 1 1/4 cups of almond milk.  My dinner was pretty much me revisiting this loaf at least four times tonight.  Maybe not the most balanced meal, but who’s perfect? 😉 

After the peanut butter bread, I went to the gym and ran ~3 miles.  I ran .25 miles in my new five fingers.  I’m totally in love with them 😀 . 

Vibram Five Fingers 😀

Taste Reigns Supreme

Buffalo Chicken Omelette.  Haha, yes.  While driving back home yesterday, I couldn’t get that bagel from Saturday out of my head.  The hot sauce and the cream cheese went together so well.  So, in all of my culinary glory (ha!) I dreamed up the buffalo chicken omelette.  I was also inspired by this true culinary artist and her fruit omelette from last week – because come on, even on my best day I would never dream of putting fruit in an omelette and then actually be able to pull it off!!  But, the omelette is like the pizza of breakfast y’all – infinite possibilities!!

Now, I am no omelette flipping pro and the following picture is why this post earned the title, “Taste Reigns Supreme.”

Hot Mess

Visually scary?!  Yes.  Gonna be amazing?!  10-4.  And, here’s how things progressed from the start (please forgive the hurried photography + fogged/smudged lense)…  I was hangry!! 😛

Saute veggies.  Got it.

Hot Mess

Add 2-3 egg whites and turn omelette into a hot mess.  Check.

Oh, who cares what this looks like, it’s going to be a party in my mouth.  More cream cheese, please! 😀

And, voila!  Food photography lesson #1.  If it looks like a huge pile of ingredients instead of an actual omelette, cover it in sauce!  I was originally going to put the Frank’s in the inside all over the chicken and cream cheese, but when I saw how scary it looked, I figured I would only being doing the photo a favor by using the hot sauce to cover said pile 😉 .

And there you have it.  Sooo good, but must work on photography and omelette flipping skillz!