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Larabars

Hello and Happy Friday!

I like to keep a few snackies by my desk in case I get a case of the hungers (or I forget my lunch and don’t want to walk three stories down to the cafe, ahem).

Larabars are a great drawer snack, so I stocked up on some at Whole Foods the other day. I bought three different flavors: Cherry Pie, Blueberry Muffin, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Today I tried the PB & J.


I have tasted a few other flavors in the past and the only one I really didn’t like was the Peanut Butter Cookie. The texture was dry and crumbly..no thanks. My favorite so far has been Cherry Pie (so good) and Blueberry Muffin (mmm). So, back to PB & J tasting…


Verdict? I loved the cherry flavor (yumm), but then it had a similar texture to the Peanut Butter Cookie (wahhh). So, not bad but not the best…thumbs up-sideways.

Other Larabars that are good? Cashew Cookie, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I still have a bunch of flavors I need to try.

Any one have a favorite that I haven’t listed? I only have one left and need to stock up soon 🙂

Disclaimer: I purchased these Larabars with my own money and was not asked or compensated by Larabar for this review. Just my own snackie thoughts 😉

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Enchilada Extravaganza

So like promised I made something edible (and blogable) last night. I think my lack of actual cooking guilt got to me and I was determined to make something tasty. Searching in the cabinet and regriderator I discovered I had all the goods to make Chicken Enchiladas.

While they may be a little messy they are relatively easy and re-heat GREAT. I was sold. I busted out the ingredients and went to town.

Easy Chicken Enchilada’s
Makes about 10

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 Jar (or can) of enchilada sauce
  • 1-2 cups of cheese (depends on how cheesy you want them)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Optional throw ins – sliced olives, black beans, corn, etc.

Directions: 

  1.  Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Boil the chicken for 30-45 mins (until done)
  3. While chicken is boiling get the rest of the ingredients prepared. Placing everything in a bowl makes it a lot easier to grab handfuls when your hands are a mess
  4. Slice chicken (or shred) into small bite size pieces and place in a bowl
  5. Heat your corn tortillas up for about a minute or until softer and more manageable
  6. Pour enough enchilada sauce on a plate (large enough for tortilla to sit) and dip one corn tortilla in the sauce on both sides
  7. Place tortilla in baking dish and fill with small handfuls of ingredients. For these ones I did chicken, then cheese, and ended with sliced black olives
  8. Roll up the tortilla (with fillings). I find putting the crease at the bottom helps these to stay together
  9. Repeat until all ingredients gone (minus the enchilada sauce)
  10. Pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce over the top of all the rolled enchiladas. I also like to sprinkle a little of the cheese if there is some left over
  11. Place in oven and bake 15-20 minutes. You do not want to overcook or the tortillas will be hard and dry. They simply need to be warmed up because the chicken is already cooked
  12. Take out and serve warm

I served them with some corn, carrots and a little Spanish rice. They are boyfriend approved which has to count for something right? I mean he’s the worlds pickiest eater…

Fall Slacker

It’s been a boring few days for me. I haven’t cooked anything note worthy, so no recipes for you. The weather is blah. I love the rain except for when I have to go out in it. Oh and did I mention it makes my commute hell.

But I’m trying to look at the positive. Fall is my FAVORITE season and I’m so excited to bust out my sweaters, boots, and scarfs again. In all honesty I’m excited to buy a few new fall pieces in the coming weeks. If last year is any indication (5 pairs of boots in like a month), then my bank account may pack up and leave town so I can’t touch it. Oops.

I have been on a cereal or yogurt kick for breakfast the past few weeks and today welcomed back and oldie yet goodie due to the rainy morning. Oats in a jar! Yummy in my tummy. I love PB and the little hidden surprises make my morning. Don’t tell Darren but I ate this in our new bed while watching the news this morning. Sssh!

Did I mention fall also brings back pumpkin recipes in pretty much EVERYTHING? I have already bought up half the world supply a few cans of it to add to various things and get crafty in the kitchen. Only downside is that boy I live with has a grudge against pumpkin and won’t eat anything that contains it. What is a girl to do with a loaf of pumpkin bread, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin donuts and more? While of course she’ll have to suck it up and eat it all at once slowly and maybe share with co-workers. Sharing is caring folks.

I found a new workout that whipped me right back into shape after a week of no working out due to my little injury. I got it at Fit Sugar and will attest it made me sweat it up.

I promise I’ll make something edible in the next few days for your viewing pleasure. Don’t hate me because I’m a slacker. I can’t really help it; I was born this way. Blame my parentals, because they gave me these genes.

Enjoy your hump day!

Two days by the sea

 ** Warning this will be long and have quite a few pictures**

I took a few days off at the end of last week one because I was in desperate need of a vacation and two because it was mine and Darren’s anniversary. We’re planning a bigger trip later this year or early next year so we decided a short trip somewhere close would suffice. Any chance to get away for a few days is a OK by me. We headed down the coast to Monterey/Carmel area for 2 days. It was definitely a relaxing and fun few days. We both love the ocean, aquariums, good food and fun so we were both happy campers.

We drove down after work on Wednesday and literally did nothing but head to our hotel and pass out. We had to get our beauty sleep before we got up bright and early the next day. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem but we can’t sleep in past like 7:30am no matter what day it is. It’s frustrating sometimes because we feel like senior citizens being exhausted by like 9:30-10pm. Can we at least get senior citizen discounts? Sheesh.

We headed to breakfast at a breakfast staple in the area, First Awakenings. Thanks to Anna for the recommendation. Apparently pancakes are what they are known for so of course I had to try it. I had a wheat germ pancake, scrambled eggs and some sausage. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sausage and the eggs tasted a little funny but the pancake was delicious! I didn’t even need syrup on it, because it tasted so good all by itself (even though I did put a little on).

Before
After. Yum

Coincedentially our breakfast spot was right across from our destination for the day. The Monterey Bay Aquarium. We both hadn’t been in a very long time, I practically forgot what it looked like. We were both excited and a little early so we walked down Canary Row a little where very few shops were open. Before you know it was 10am and time to go in.

I’m so glad we went early and got will call tickets because we  beat the crowds in line and the crowds inside. We got to see everything. Darren was excited and stood in front of the Octopus display for several minutes. He loves them! We got to see the Great White Shark they got 3 weeks ago. He was so tiny, only 4ft long. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the only place that has been able to keep a Great White in captivity longer than 18 days. (I think they’ve done it 6 times they said).

I love aquariums but around 12:30 to 1pm it started to get crazy busy in there so we high tailed it out of there and went down to the wharf. We tried a few free samples of the clam chowder. Never believe them when they say they won some contest. One place said they won best chowder in California this past year. It was the worst tasting one of the bunch!

We opted for lunch at another restaurant on the wharf which I don’t remember the name of. Neither of us got clam chowder. Oops. I had a salmon burger because I had never tried one and we got a free appetizer of calamari (which was GROSS and had no flavor). The salmon burger was decent and the BF’s fish and chips were all right as well. Not the best food ever but hit my seafood craving spot.

The rest of the day we ventured walking around the area, had some fro yo and headed back to our hotel room. We were pooped and over eating out so much so we headed to my favorite place (Whole Foods). I had a salad and some soup and Darren opted for a sandwich. Much better than rich, bad for us food we would have surely had elsewhere. We relaxed in our room and enjoyed our finds. We may or may not have split a piece of cake as well. Oops. No pictures, sorry!

The next day after checking out of our hotel we grabbed breakfast at another place Anna recommended, Trailside Cafe. This place was delicious and had so many good options and I was boring and went with eggs, potatoes, and sausage. I had food envy the entire time sitting in the restaurant. Everyones food looked so delicious! Mine was good as well. The home made blueberry jam was delicious! Everything was so fresh and non-greasy diner tasting. Sorry no pictures again!

Before heading home we did the 17 mile drive which was great minus the fog obstructing many of our views. We had a great time and were pooped when we got home. We unpacked, had dinner and relaxed since I had an The Fit Bloggin Local Meetup in the am.

I love vacation and need to take more of them. I wish I could vacation more than I work. Wouldn’t that be the life?

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