WIAW #46 – Bring on the Hot Dog

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Yes, Bodie is indeed one hot dog but since it’s WIAW, that’s not what I’m talking about.  Thanks to Meghan, I was alerted that yesterday was actually National Hot Dog day.  Now, it only seems fitting that I would have one, right?  Well that comes later in this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday.  After our lovely trip to Mammoth, I’ve been helping my family get back into the routine and this included exercising the dog, making meals, scrapbooking, prepping for a yard sale, the works. Let’s just say I’m trying to enjoy my last few weeks of “funemployment,” a term my friend told me about as a joke. 😉

IMG_9390As part of our “funemployment,” we made a spur of the moment decision to have a bonfire at Dockweiler Beach.  Yes, not the most sanitary, but the only one that allows fire pits. I actually will be getting down to business today, doing 
research for my future (not ready to share details just yet) and making countless spreadsheets.  For some reason, spreadsheets are the only documents my dad likes to read.  Go figure.

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As of the last few days, my mom and I have been into iced coffee.  I brew it ahead of time and leave it to chill in the fridge.  Then, in the mornings, we add a bit of cinnamon and milk (regular or almond milk, cream if we are feeling extra special) and start the day.  I only ran about 3 miles due to the fun leg injuries or soreness I’ve been experiencing.  It’s honestly my own fault for running myself into the ground during high school and the early parts of college.  No, I didn’t like listening to my parents say “slow down, you’ll damage your legs.” It felt good and I thought I was invincible.  Hm, not so much anymore.  I still haven’t gotten into the yoga vibe and haven’t found any fitness classes that fit my post-grad, unemployed pocket book.  It can be a bummer sometimes when I remember the days of pounding out 6 or 7 on the daily, but know that taking some time off and cutting back could be beneficial for the long time future.  

IMG_3285Picture perfect muffin with Chobani nonfat Greek yogurt + blueberries. 

After dropping my sister off and walking the dog, I snacked on one of my cherry-banana muffins made with Chobani yogurt.  I was searching for the perfect muffin recipe, but couldn’t settle on one that incorporated yogurt or yielded a half batch.  Because I tend to change up my food selection often, large batches usually go to waste. #issues.

IMG_3288This is more of a realistic picture of my breakfast.  A healthy dose of peanut butter and blackberry jam to accompany my muffin 🙂

Un-pictured snacks of the day: carrots & celery, leftover beet/veggie juice mixed with green tea, Crystal Light orange energy powder w/ water, & watermelon.  Anyone else obsessed with chilled watermelon in the summer?  It’s a staple in our house and really a battle between my sister and I of who can consume the most in a single day.

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TIME FOR A HOT DOG!  Fun fact, did you know that this year’s annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, the winner consumed 69 hot dogs?  I don’t know how I feel about that many.  So, in the mindset of a college student still living at home, I decided against driving to Wienerschnitzel and instead settled for the chicken/gouda sausage in the fridge. Although, if I were at my grandpa’s house, I’m sure he would have accompanied me to celebrate the day 🙂

So, hot dog w/ grilled onions, pasta salad, fruit salad and mixed lettuces (no really, from three different leftover bags in the fridge), I was good to go.  Note the additional chilled watermelon at lunch…heaven in a bowl.  The person I really should have celebrated with should have been my grandpa Bob 🙂 Next time.

In the afternoon, I finished scrapbooking, organizing and purging my closet (who knew I could accumulate so much STUFF?!?), and then an evening hike with my mom on the trails.  She had just returned from a teacher’s conference on how to teach the new core standards and was ready to exert some of her pent up energy.  Luckily for us, the weather had cooled down a bit, so the hills behind our house were quite pleasant.  We even spotted two deer on the hills, grazing for food. IMG_3290After the hike, I wasn’t feeling very inspirational, so I went with the classics – grilled veggies (eggplant, pepper, onion), pea pods, grilled chicken, and left over pasta salad.IMG_3292Finished the night with a little sweet (sometimes it’s berries, chia pudding, or ice cream)  This is a recent favorite, which I shared last week – key lime pie ice cream sandwiches. DELISH!  Someone was asking about whether the graham cracker gets soggy, which I guess it does, but it has a different consistency.  I’d say it’s more like a soft cookie that melts into the ice cream.  Definitely worth trying out.

For more information on this wonderful food party, head over to Jenn’s site at Peas & Crayons.  There are more food and fitness blogs to read along with oodles of recipes to look at. 

Any tips for a garage sale?  Do you have a sweet tooth?

Hope y’all have a wonderful Wednesday!

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be.” – Groucho Marx

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7 thoughts on “WIAW #46 – Bring on the Hot Dog

  1. Funemployment is no joke! I’m (kinda) there with ya, I have started training for my new job but haven’t started actually working yet so I am trying to enjoy every Iced coffee at breakfast, homemade lunch, and closet purging that I can 🙂 Recently I have had a MAJOR sweet tooth! Maybe its just the heat of summer, but that ice cream sandwich sounds divine!

    • Honestly it can be more work than I thought! I have been savoring all the fun things I can put into the grocery cart when mom is checking out 😉

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