Monday, September 5, 2011

Laborous computer data

Hope your Labor day was great! Ours was nothing special, but it was mostly relaxing.

I just can't believe that on Thursday evening we were sitting outside in 90 degree temps with major humidity and now it's only in the mid 60's as a high. Where did summer go?

I also can't believe that my mini vacation is over, but I am sort of ready to go back to work and to a routine.

Before heading to the gym this morning, I had the Chocolate flavor of the Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer. This was not my favorite flavor and I kind of expected it to be because I love chocolate anything. I definitely like the Vanilla Chai flavor better!

Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer

Vega chocolate Whole  Food Health Optimizer

I have to say that this did fill me up though! I'll admit that I missed eating something though and am not sure I am someone who likes drinking things for breakfast instead of eating cereal or oatmeal.

I had to get the gym early because it was closing at 1 today, so I relaxed and then was off! It was packed, but I hopped on the rowing machine, cranked out a good interval workout on the Cybex Arc trainer and lifted machine and free weights.

After the gym, I was on a mission to write a travel recap that I entered in a contest today. The voting for it starts tomorrow and since my full name is on the entry, I'll probably keep it private, but if you are on my friend on my regular Facebook page, please vote for me! :)

It felt good to get that done and now I have one more entry to accomplish this week too. Hate that it's still hanging over my head, but I did start working on it yesterday.

Lunch was just a black bean Morningstar veggie burger and then I got a craving for something sweet. Once I saw these grilled bananas on a blog, I decided I would use up our ripening bananas and make them!

website for grilled banana

making grilled bananas

I used some of the Tropical Traditions coconut oil to make them.

making grilled bananas

I didn't grill them though, just cooked them on the stove. Craig thought I was making bratwursts.

grilling bananas

Mmm...these were a great way to use up brown bananas! Craig liked them too!

grilled banana and strawberries

I read my book for a bit and relaxed some more before I began what my title refers to: I labored over cleaning up some of my old computer contents, deciding what to keep from my external hard drive, then Craig wiped off my old hard drive, and now I have a big file of old photos and documents on my new computer to go through. Not a fun task! If your computer is not organized or properly backed up, this is a lesson for you. Get it organized ASAP. Luckily my husband is very computer savvy and helpful, but it was stressful getting old stuff put onto my new computer and realizing that if I didn't clean it up, that is just more stuff taking up room on my nice laptop. The good thing is that I can now use time machine and my new computer will automatically backup anything new onto my external hard drive.

Once I was sick of working on that project, it was time for some well earned dinner!

I was on a mission to use this KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce that the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program sent me to use over the holiday weekend.

KC Masterpiece Southern Style barbecue sauce

I baked the tofu in the stove.

tofu with barbecue sauce

I also baked kale chips with olive oil, nutritional yeast, and I coated a few with some Northwoods Penzey's spices. These turned out perfect! Much better than the last time I made kale chips.

kale chips with nutritional yeast, olive oil and Penzey's spices

Loved this meal and can't wait to have some of it for lunch tomorrow at work. I really enjoyed the flavor of this barbecue sauce and I appreciate the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program sending it to me.

tofu with barbecue sauce, kale chips, pumpkin beer, tomatoes

Back to the grind tomorrow. Just happy it's a four day week!


  1. I've tried the Vega Vanilla powder before and I thought it tasted SO much like vegetables... maybe that's just me though. The kale chips and marinated tofu look absolutely amazing-- I've really missed home cooked health foods since I've been at college!

  2. Those bananas look just like brats! All you need is a bun and ketchup! Although I'm going to assume they taste better without! They actually look really good!