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Friday Favorites: Fall is Here

Friday Favorites Fall

Happy Friday everyone!

This week has been so much better. I’m finally over being sick, the weather cooled off, and the leaves seemed to change overnight. Fall is officially here, and I’m excited to get out and enjoy it!

Since I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a few weeks, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been loving online since then:

I’m looking forward to spending the weekend hiking, enjoying the cool weather and changing colors. It’s also football season, so I will hopefully get some time to read more too. There is nothing like getting cozy with a book, am I right?

What are your plans this weekend? How have you been ringing in fall where you live?

What I Eat: Summer Edition

I love reading what other people eat on a daily basis, so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been eating this summer!

What I Eat: Summer Edition

Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs, toast with butter and strawberry jam, water, coffee

Since I’m not in a big rush in the mornings, I’ve been making eggs with toast every day. I got hooked on making scrambled eggs using Gordon Ramsay’s method, though I substitute the creme fraiche for sour cream (creme fraiche is just too damn expensive). Usually, I top the eggs with chives too, but I didn’t have any that day. I should probably suck it up and just grow my own at this point – I eat them all the time!

Another habit I’ve gotten into with breakfast is starting the day with a large glass of water. I find that if I drink water before breakfast, I’m less jittery once the coffee kicks in.

What I Eat: Summer Edition

  Lunch:

Homemade hummus, Trader Joe’s Pita Crackers, cucumber slices, grapes, and more water Lunch is a problem meal for me because I’m rarely in the mood to eat normal lunch food. I don’t like eating most leftovers, and in the past few years I’ve grown to hate most sandwich meat (acid reflux is a dick). Like many people, when I’m working I’ll rely on buying lunch – my old Instagram account had way too many pictures of the pizza place a block from my last job (to be fair, though, that place was amazing).  One of the few meals I’ll eat on a regular basis, however, is what I call my “grown-up Lunchable.” It always includes crackers, cheese or hummus, a veggie, and some kind of fruit. This is a great way for me to use up the salad odds and ends we have left over without eating a salad (yep, I hate salads for lunch too). Of course, I also have it with another tall glass of water!

What I Eat: Summer EditionDinner

Creamy Broccoli Soup, sourdough bread, fontina cheese slices, white wine, water

Dinner in our house has been a struggle lately. Most days it’s too hot to cook, especially in the oven – and when it’s that hot outside, I don’t give a crap about cooking or eating. My husband also recently declared he’s going on a low/no carb “diet,” which severely cut down the few options I still wanted to cook.

I know it sounds strange that we’ve been eating a lot of soup around here lately, but stick with me on this one. Soups are something I can make the night before after the temperatures have cooled off, or in the morning, and reheat later. They don’t require the oven, or much time on the stove, and many of the soups I make can easily be eaten cold. I also find that soups are one of the few things my husband and I can agree on eating right now, since he can add meat on the side, and I can add in pasta on my own. Everyone’s happy, for the most part!

I think I’ve made Martha Stewart’s Creamy Broccoli Soup more than a dozen times, and it never gets old. It’s perfect by itself, but I also like topping it with shredded cheddar and croutons. It also tastes better the next day, so it’s the perfect make-ahead soup – and since there isn’t any dairy in it, the soup also freezes well too!

What I Eat: Summer Edition

Snacks

Iced coffee and chocolate chips, Trader Joe’s Granola Bar, strawberries and pineapple, berry smoothie

I’ve never been much of a snacker during the day, so it was hard for me to think of snacks I eat in the afternoons. In fact, I had to go through almost 3 years of pictures to find a few examples! For the most part, I only eat a late afternoon snack if I know I won’t eat dinner until late.

When I do grab a snack, I tend to rely on a sweet treat that’s meant to either give me an energy boost or fill me up until dinner. I try not to consume caffeine after my morning coffee, but If I need a pick me up, I’ll make an iced coffee or cup of tea. The rest of the time, I’ll go for a granola bar or smoothie because I know the fiber will help me last until dinner.

I do usually eat a small snack in the evening, and lately it’s been popcorn because my husband and I can share. I’d prefer a cookie and tea, but my husband has banned desserts from the house while he’s on his diet thing. Sigh…and being the good wife I am, I’m obliging him for now.

Well there you go – a glimpse into what I’ve been eating lately! Now I’m off to go find a snack – because blogging about food while hungry is a bad idea!