NHBPM- Day 23

Day 23 going on day 1,237 prompt: “Clean out your fridge or closet in written form. What’s in there? How does it reflect your personality?”

I LOVE this prompt!! Probably because I get to talk about what’s in my fridge. If you didn’t know, I’m a huge foodie. I spend hours in Whole Foods (on the rare occasion I go), try to eat clean and rarely eat take-out (I’m always cooking in my kitchen).

I actually have a lot going on in my refrigerator right now despite my goals of clearing it out before heading to Baltimore for my mini Christmas vacation. I went to Trader Joe’s on Saturday and bought only food that I thought I would need for the following five days. Turns out I may have bought too much and will be traveling with some of it to my parents.

Anyway, back to my refrigerator! I will organize by shelf:

Top Shelf:

-One strawberry Greek yogurt from TJ’s

-Applesauce (original, no sugar-added)

-Carton of egg whites

-Cottage cheese (really old and should probably be thrown away)

-Black bean and chickpea hummus (homemade on Sunday night)

-Half an avocado

Middle Shelf (including cheese drawer):

-Goat cheese, provolone cheese and Mexican cheese blend (that should probably get thrown out too)

-Chicken dogs from TJ’s- organic, great source of protein and low-calorie

-Turkey bacon

-Cheap beer from TJ’s (I don’t drink it… I bought it when I had people over, so it’s leftover from that)

-Half a head of cauliflower

-Leftover roasted veggies from an event (that’s a few weeks old and should get thrown out too)

Bottom Shelf:

-Wilted kale (needs to be tossed)

-One carrot

-An orange

-Bags of spinach and salad

-Brussel sprouts

-Almond milk

The door:

-Insulin (in the butter compartment)

-Cooling eye mask (also in the butter compartment)

-Various half opened white wines

-Various condiments that I don’t use, with the exception of the miso

-Chocolate

So, that’s my fridge. I might have more interesting things in my cabinets, but I won’t go there! Let’s just say the newest additions to my cabinet include a new jar of coconut oil, some castor oil and tea tree essential oil along with powdered peanut butter and popcorn.

What does all that say about me? I guess looking at it, it says that I’m pretty health conscious. I don’t eat a lot of take-out so therefore my refrigerator isn’t cluttered with it. I apparently don’t drink beer or finish bottles of wine (it’s what happens when you try to cut back on alcohol and live alone). I also have a lot of healthy foods, which is pretty typical for me. I try to always keep certain staples in there including brussel sprouts (definitely a staple for me), spinach, protein of some sort, and hummus.

Pictures to come!!

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Monday Night Musings

Hey everyone! Hope the three day weekend was fabulous! I actually titled this post “Sunday Night Musings” because I kept thinking today was Sunday.

Sure feels like Sunday night.

Netflix and wine… usually the way I spend my Sunday nights. Tonight, it’s a 30 Rock marathon and a Pinot Noir from California.

My weekend was pretty relaxing. Besides waking up at the crack of dawn to go to the dentist on Saturday morning (just to be told I have lovely teeth) I spent the day with my parents eating lunch and watching movies. It was nice to see them, considering I haven’t seen them since we got back from Jamaica.

I was quick to get away too. I spent about two minutes at their house after getting back from the airport before getting in the car and driving back to my house in Northern Virginia.

Then I spent the next week and a half communicating with them through e-mail. I love my parents. A lot. They are one of my greatest support systems and are always there for me, no matter what stupid thing I’ve decided to go through with. I truly got lucky. I also realized spending a week straight with them after living by myself for six months is a hard thing to do.

Anyway, I was more than happy to spend the day with them and was a bit disappointed to say goodbye later in the day.

I spent the rest of my weekend running various errands, watching a lot of 30 Rock, tackling a big pile of laundry and napping with Lilly.

I, of course, saw a lot of A. We went out for a bit when he got off work on Sunday night. And then we came back to my house and had a silly photo shoot with my Photo Booth. We have issues.

Monday’s plan was to get out and go somewhere. I was thinking somewhere in the sticks of Virginia, or maybe go into DC for a bit since I had the day off and A had his first day off after a busy week at work.

But, A was called in, so plans were cancelled. Flexibility. It’s not always an easy thing to be. So, I let myself be disappointed for a minute. And moved on.

With plans cancelled, I was able to have what I like to call, “Single Girl Dinner.”

This is what I eat when I’m not around anybody else. It’s also what I eat when I don’t exactly feel like cooking and don’t have many ingredients to make anything anyway. This tends to happen around the end of the week.

My “Single Girl Dinner” tonight was a cup of the rest of the roasted red pepper soup I opened on Friday with a bit of goat cheese on top. Some fried up polenta slices (this log of polenta has been sitting in my cabinet for months!). Also with a bit of goat cheese on top. Then I roasted the almost going bad broccoli and cauliflower that has been sitting in my fridge for about a week.

Roasting is amazing because it really brings out the flavors of the veggies. Plus, you can’t go wrong with all that olive oil and salt.

I also cooked up some frozen green beans in the pan and added some slivered almonds.

And that was my dinner. Yes, I know it isn’t crab stuffed flounder or a filet mignon, but it wasn’t terrible. And it filled me up.

Although not enough to deter me from the last of the coffee frozen yogurt in my freezer. That and some chopped up extra dark chocolate.

Can’t go wrong.

It’s never easy saying goodbye to the weekend. Especially when it was a nice one. But after a week of being sick with fevers, headaches and sore throats, I’m definitely happy to start this week fever free and relaxed.

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want”