I’m currently blogging away on my big, comfy couch at my parent’s house in Ft. Lauderdale! Home, sweet home.
I woke up bright and early this morning to get ready and head to the middle school that I had to teach at today. It was freeeezing outside! Well, freezing to us Floridians who were finally getting used to the warm weather again. A nice, hot breakfast sounded perfect before braving the cold.
Cinnamon + Banana Oatmeal
I made a bowl of Quaker Weight Control Cinnamon Oatmeal, topped with a sliced banana. I thought the cinnamon flavor might be too cinnamon-y, but it was actually just the right amount! I’ve decided the “variety pack” of Quaker oatmeal is definitely the way to go, seeing that I’ve loved both the banana bread AND the cinnamon flavors, which can’t be purchased individually.
I gave my sleeping fiance and sleeping puppy a hug and a kiss, and off to school I went!
After a riveting morning of distributing math tests, I was definitely ready for lunch.
My lack of ingredients in the fridge resulted in yet another version of yesterday’s strange creation. I switched out the whole wheat tortilla for a whole wheat English muffin, topped it with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese, and filled it with diced red pepper and broccoli slaw. I added a drizzle of Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing, and that was it! Strange, but good.
Yog + Strawberries
I also had a 1/2 cup of Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt, topped with sliced strawberries and Splenda.
I was really tired towards the end of the day, and I was kind of dreading the fact that I had to drive 3 hours to Ft. Lauderdale right after school got out. I decided to make a pit stop at Starbucks for a pick-me-up!
I ordered one of my favorite frozen, low-calorie drinks- a Mocha Light Frappuccino. Only 140 calories for a Grande! WINNING!
Hate their new logo, by the way.
I actually spent most of the afternoon dreaming about Starbucks, due to the fact that I stumbled upon this article from YumSugar, detailing the results of their taste-test of the new “Petites” at Starbucks. “Petites” are a new line of mini desserts, all under 200 calories, that Starbucks just introduced in celebration of their 40th anniversary. After staring at the pictures of the delicious treats, I couldn’t wait to find out if my local Starbucks had them in the store yet. Turns out, not only did they have them, but there’s a kind of “happy hour” special for them! Between 2-5PM, it’s buy one, get one free! I call that BI-WINNING! I ended up ordering a Tiramisu Pop, Rocky Road Pop, and for my freebie, I ordered the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.
Red Velvet Whoopie!
YumSugar said that they found the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie to be too sweet in the middle. After I thought about it, I realized that it is impossible for me to find something to be too sweet, so I went ahead and ordered it anyway! So glad I did. It was amazing. I wanted to put on different disguises and go through the drive-through line over and over again ordering more of these little bites of Heaven!
I planned to save the other treats for my family to try, but then I convinced myself that they don’t even like dessert. I was dying to try the Tiramisu Pop.
This was equally as delicious as the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. It was creamy, moist and oh-so-delish! I had enough self-restraint to ride home with the Rocky Road Pop untouched, and I gave it to my sister when I got home.
Isn’t she charming? Blame her delirium on the fact that she just got off a 5-day Spring Break cruise. Poooor baby. She said the Pop tasted amazeballs.
After some good ol’ family time and catching up, I helped my dad make dinner. Most people look forward to calorie-laden comfort foods when they visit home, but not this girl! I told my mom that I was really in the mood for some “fat girl” snacks, and the first thing she said was, “OH! I have smoked gouda!” I laughed and told her I was thinking more along the lines of Twinkies and HoHo’s, but I settled for Triscuits and Gouda.
My dad is on an extremely heart-healthy diet, so our dinner was exactly that- heart healthy!
I seared some beautiful sea scallops in a skillet- with NO butter or oil- just lemon juice!
Seared to Perfection
I also wilted 2 bags of spinach in a little bit of no-salt-added chicken stock over medium heat.
My mom and sister requested that their scallops and spinach be served over pasta.
Scallops + Spinach + Pasta
My dad and I opted for a baked potato on the side, instead of pasta.
I absolutely love seafood, but it’s so expensive to buy regularly! It was definitely a treat to get to have restaurant-style sea scallops at my disposal tonight.
Time to go do what my family does best- watch Glee on TiVo! My mom and I are planning to wake up early for a spin class, and I’m exhausted, so I better get to bed early tonight. Hope you’re having a fabulous Friday!
What is your favorite type of seafood?