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Nothing to Do

For the first time in a full year, I officially have absolutely nothing to do.

I am not complaining!

I’ve spent the last year working my butt off trying to finish my nursing pre-requisite classes, working different jobs, and dealing with lots of stress.  I honestly couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now, I’m finished!

On Friday, I finished my last day of a week-long training course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Now that I’m done with that, I just have to wait for a letter telling me when and where I can take the state board examination.  I will have to take a written exam, and then complete 3 different nursing skills that a supervisor will choose at random.  Once I pass, I can start applying to jobs!  Fortunately, there are a lot of places hiring CNA’s right now, so getting hired shouldn’t be a problem.  I cannot even express how excited I am at the thought of finally having a job- and not just any job, a nursing job!  I hope that letter gets here SOON.

For now, I’m definitely savoring every precious moment of down time that I have, because I know my schedule will be back to crazy in no time- especially when I add wedding planning and nursing school to the mix!


I made a delicious yogurt bowl yesterday, made with a cup of Fage 0% Greek Yogurt, a handful of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, sliced strawberries and a drizzle of honey.

I’ve decided that honey + Greek yogurt is the ultimate combo.


Yesterday’s lunch was something a little different, and totally inspired by Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers!

I made one of her “Cheese and Jelly Bagelwiches”, served with a side of baby carrots.

I spread a toasted whole wheat bagel thin with a little strawberry preserves, and melted a slice of Meunster cheese on top.  Delish!


When Corey got home from work, we tossed around some dinner ideas before deciding that turkey burgers sounded perfect.  Corey seasoned the meat with garlic powder and a little BBQ sauce, and then I made the patties and popped them under the broiler for 10 minutes.

We served our burgers with steamed broccoli, brussel sprouts, and some Sante Fe rice.

A Sister’s Request- Healthy Burgers

Let me start out by saying that I am very happy that the stormy weather is gone, and Orlando is now looking just the way I like it:

Breezy, sunny and beautiful.


I woke up yesterday not feeling good at all.  Something warm and sweet sounded perfect for breakfast, so I made myself a peanut butter and banana bagel thin sandwich:

As soon as I ate it, I crawled right back into bed!  I spent most of the day in my pajamas doing absolutely nothing.  I forgot to mention, I’ve been on sort of a “forced” vacation this week- the public schools are on Spring Break, so I haven’t had to work this week.  I’ve enjoyed sleeping in and only having to worry about my classes for the week.


I made the same sandwich I had yesterday, consisting of a whole wheat sandwich thin, deli turkey, mustard and reduced-fat provolone cheese:

A little while later, I was still hungry, so I decided to make a smoothie.  I added a new addition to my smoothie, which I am really loving! Cooked oats.  Yep, that’s right!  If you’re an avid health blog reader, you probably consider this to be normal, but if you’re not…I’m sure you think it’s gross.  Don’t knock it ’til ya try it!

Into the blender went:

  • 7 frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop Muscle Milk Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup cooked oats
  • Splenda
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Handful of ice cubes

The oats made it thicker and gave it more of a milkshake consistency, and it definitely kept me feeling full for much longer than my usual smoothies.

Before I left for class, I decided to prep dinner so that Corey could make it while I was on my way home.

My sister has been bugging me for weeks to come up with a healthy version of a cheeseburger.

Pwetty Pweeeease?!

I told her I already did make a healthy burger when I made Asian Turkey Burgers, but I think she wanted something a little more traditional.  Therefore, BBQ Turkey Burgers were born last night!

BBQ Turkey Burgers

with Sweet Potato Fries

Servings: 5


1.4 lbs ground turkey meat

1/2 onion, chopped

1 egg

2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons steak seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

Whole Wheat buns or sandwich thins

For the fries:

At least 1 sweet potato per person

salt + garlic powder

Cooking spray


In a mixing bowl, add all of the above ingredients, and use your hands to mix it together until well combined.

Use your hand to lightly “score” the meat into 4 sections.  Use the scoring marks as a guide to scoop out the appropriate portions of meat for each burger (I chose to make 5 burgers, meaning I split the last 4th of the meat into 2).  Use your hands to form patties out of the meat:

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan, spray with nonstick spray, and cook the burgers over medium heat, until cooked all the way through (no pink).

During the last few minutes of cooking, add a slice of reduced-fat provolone cheese (or any cheese of your choice) on top of each burger.

For the fries:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the sweet potatoes (it’s OK to leave some skin on):

Cut into “fry” shapes, and spread out on a baking sheet. Spray with nonstick spray, sprinkle with salt and garlic powder, and toss them around to coat evenly.  Place in the oven for 30 minutes.

(I left a Post-It note of instructions, to make it man-friendly for Corey)

I used a whole wheat sandwich thin as the bun, and served our burgers and fries with a side of Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Carrots, Broccoli and Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce.

The burgers were moist and flavorful, but the fries were definitely my favorite part! WHY have I not made these before?!


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