Well, I’m done with moving! I am staying put in my apartment for three entire months. Luckily, this move was the easiest out of all the other ones I’ve assisted with this past week. Elevators, dollies and a/c really make a difference!
First, let’s do a time warp LOST style (is that right? I’ve never actually seen the show…) On Thursday night, I had my last sorority house dinner. What was on the menu? Salmon! YUM!
It’s back there, I promise! I had a very little serving of “mac” and cheese–because I couldn’t resist the cheesiness at the time–a lot of steamed broccoli and a pear on the side.
For dessert, I dumped a couple of these bad boys in my Choco-Chip Cookie Dough PB. Dark chocolate, Choco-Chip Cookie Dough and PB?! Yes, please!
I got a couple questions about how I control the nutritional content of my meals when I don’t get to choose what I eat. Luckily, my house has a salad bar that is always loaded with lots of fresh veggies. I added them to the meal when the other sides were less appealing. Also, I controlled portion sizes with what was served. And I always had my own cereal and peanut butter in the room. Most of the girls in my house are really health conscious, so our chef would know we would want healthier meals (there was normally always a vegetarian option too). Our snack drawer would have some Kashi bars from time to time, and I hoarded fruit from the fruit bowl in my room. 😛
Fast forward One Tree Hill style (a show I used to watch in my high school days…sadly) to today, aka move-in day, a very exciting day. I am now blogging from my apartment. 😀
Before my mom and I used our super-human strength (with the help of the boyfriend) to move all my stuff, we fueled up at Panera (ahem, I mean St. Louis Bread Co…gotta rep the hometown). I had the You Pick Two: Turkey Artichoke sandwich and Garden Vegetable soup.
It was the first time I got the sandwich, and I really liked it. It had a ton of flavor, and the bread was really crispy in a good way. I would order it again, but for dinner next time. I like lighter, simpler things for lunch.
After my stuff all got inside my apartment, my mom and I left to do the fun errand: grocery shopping! We spent probably close to four hours in three different grocery stores stocking me up. Needless to say, I’ve never had more fun. I also spent a lot of the time asking my mom, “How long will [insert food here] last before it goes bad?”
Check out my freezer! I’m very excited about trying the treats in the out-of-sight blue box on the right: chocolate covered bananas! And the Kashi frozen pizzas were on sale! I normally don’t use this many exclamation points!
And I have a bar drawer!
Once we got back from all the shopping, I was so exhausted from dealing with the logistics of moving today that I made my go-to comfort meal: Earth Balance PB and TJ’s Superfruit Spread on a sammie thin with carrots, grapes and sweet potato chips on the side.
For dessert, I had some more classic food comfort: Moose Tracks ice cream. My mom and dad had some too; it’s the family’s favorite flavor. Excuse the slightly fuzzy pictures. Dinner was not cooperating for the photo shoot tonight.
My mom and I unpacked and put away the food…but nothing else. Ha. So like us. Later, I snacked on TJ’s peanut-butter filled pretzels and a pear. That snack choice was after I had an epic fail: I burnt popcorn in the microwave. Now, I can sniff a lovely aroma in my apartment’s air…and apparently in the hallway too, according to my mom. I’m making friends with the neighbors, already, I’m sure.
Before I sign off this post, I would like to claim relation to someone in the blog world who is especially special (is that redundant?) to me. My big sister Ashley at Sweet & Natural. She’s the reason I started this blog, and the reason I know what I do about food. I’ve been helping her bake since I was tall enough to reach the microwave to warm up the butter. I basically still am the little sister who wants to do everything the big sister does…even at 20 years old. Through the years, we’ve gone to the same schools (grade school, high school and college), played for the same volleyball team (at different times) and had the same first job working at Limited Too (and hated it).
Oh, and we’re also looking to start a business together once I graduate college…we just don’t know what kind of business. So, if any of you have any ideas, we are all ears!