Monday, March 30, 2009

Shopping Escapades

What a day! I have been running around since early this morning. I had to be at big daughter's school by 7:45 for a presentation that she was giving on "Women I Admire" and she chose me! Very sweet and I was very dorky and teary the whole time. I am retaining a copy of the essay and making extra copies, laminating them and wallpapering her room with them when she turns 16. Just as a reminder for when she is banished to her room for saying, I hate you and the classic, You're soooooo mean! Not that I am expecting any of that to happen with her - she is very sweet and will remain so I'm sure. But, you always gotta have backup ;)


Anywho, I brought a Banana Date Breakfast Cookie with me since I knew I wouldn't be coming home for a long time after the presentation. A good portable 2 POINT breakfast...




After the presentation, I headed straight to one of the million stores I had on my list for the day. I needed to shop for summer clothes/bathing suits for the daughters and myself. I don't think I mentioned this yet, but we are going on a family trip to Florida and we all need updated summer things. I am thankful and happy that not many of my clothes fit from last summer. Some shirts are fine, but no bottoms fit. But for some reason, shopping was not a joyous event. I don't know what has happened to me, but I seriously dislike shopping. I KNOW! It's crazy! The only logical explanation I have is that the husband has been hypnotizing me while I sleep, chanting...you hate shopping...don't spend money...shopping is baaaad. If you knew him, you would know this could happen =] In the midst of my shopping torture, I stopped for an apple snack that I had stored in my handbag...




Two pairs of capris, a skirt, a shirt and two bathing suits(not mine) later, I was able to head home for a late lunch. I toasted a Kim's Light Bagel and topped it with baby spinach, roasted peppers and 3 sliced mini mozzarella balls. A side of carrots and a wonderfully ripe plum made up this terrific belated 5 POINT lunch...


A little later, I was feeling hungry, so I decided to have a real deal Larabar...



After making my homemade Larabar, I was interested to see how close they were in taste. I ate 1/2 which is 2 POINTS for the real deal and the homemade. Here's what the real Larabar looks like...



It was terrific and basically identical to the homemade recipe. Now seeing the real Larabar, I realized that I processed the almonds too much when I made it- there should be more chunks than when I made it. Since many of you have asked, here is the link to the recipe I used: http://www.cleaneatingonline.comhttp//www.cleaneatingonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59:larabar-recipe&catid=39:snack-recipes&Itemid=59
Awesome stuff!




Dinner was chicken mushroom stroganoff using leftover chicken from last night. I used 3 oz. chicken breast and mixed it with a mushroom thyme sauce that I made from ...
I put the mixture over 2 oz. whole wheat noodles. It was a huge portion...


add a delicious green salad ...


And it was one filling 9 POINT dinner! But, you know, I always save room for dessert even when I go shopping for bathing suits and have scarred my retinas...



I still have no bathing suit :( Can't commit. But, I DO have chocolate marshmallow frozen yogurt :)
Have a great night =)

11 comments:

Kelly said...

What busy day! You guys are going to have so much fun in Florida.

Those little mozzarella balls look so good! Mmmm....and stroganoff.

That was so sweet of your daughter to choose you as the person she admires. Smart thinking wallpapering her room with it. ;-)

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

your lunch looks fantastic!

Sharon said...

Awh, your daughter is just too sweet! And mmm, delicious eats!!

Melissa said...

Florida sounds like a great family vacation!!

I'm sure your daughter will always be sweet. Never in my life did I tell my my "I hate you" so yours probably never will either!!

Guess what I got in the mail today...a PB2 sample!! :D I haven't tried it yet...

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

aaawww....what a cute daughter you have! She's so proud of her mom!

I have never bought Lara Bars before...I haven't seen them in the store - need to look harder because they look yummy!

Mom on the Run said...

What a busy mom day! Have fun in Florida! We were there in August an had a blast! Your lunch looks yummy!

My 3 Month Challenge said...

Yummy!! Your pics look so healthy and yummy at the same time! Must be a lot of work keeping up with your schedule and healthy cooking! :> KEEP UP the great work!

Jessica said...

I know shopping for bathing suits is traumatic!! I'm not sure what your "problem zone" is, but I also get the tummy control 1 piece bathing suits. Paired with a little swim skirt, and all my embarrassing spots are hidden. Good luck!

Vickie said...

Your food always looks so good! I didn't notice that you had already been awarded the award I passed on to you. Sorry...you can disregard mine...LOL. Have a great day!

Bi0nicw0man said...

I've heard about homemade Larabars a few times lately. I'm going to have to add that to my list of things to try!

Love the mini mozza balls!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Wow! The chicken looks amazing! Yum!

Good luck with the bathing suit shopping!