Poppin’ Ham

This morning my breakfast included what I’ll call poppin’ ham.

Have you ever tried to microwave ham or Canadian bacon? Inevitably the meats seem to “pop” in the microwave.

Today a woman even asked me if I was making popcorn for breakfast! Um… no. But that’s a fantastic idea! 😉

I reheated a ham steak I had leftover from last night’s dinner and used it as the core of my breakfast bagelwich.

Ham + Cheese + Bagel

After spreading one half of an Alternative Bagel with Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese and heatin’ up the ham, I inhaled my bagelwich.


Yum, Yum

I ate this baby so quickly that when I was done I actually thought to myself, “That was good… I think. I don’t really remember how it tasted.”

Sloooow down, Julie!

Are you a fast eater or a slow eater?

I am a (lightning) fast eater. I really need to learn to savor every bite and take my time when eating meals. Sometimes I just get so excited to dig in that I inhale my food!

Poaching an Egg: Revisited

It was nice to see that I’m not alone in my poached egg failure, though some of you seem to have mastered the art!

Here’s a great tip Melanie shared yesterday:

“I actually found a great way to poach eggs :) You take some clingwrap (microwave safe) and lay it out over a small bowl, break the egg inside of it and then bunch it up on top, tie a knot in the top part of the clingwrap. Then you just drop it in the water, boil for 6-8 minutes and it comes out perfectly poached. Basically you’re making a little bag for the egg to go in – kind of cheating but it works!”

I love this idea and will definitely use it next time! I’m all for easy-peasy cookin’.

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Old Standby

Lunch today was the old standby: a ham ‘n’ swiss sandwich.

Ham + Swiss Bagelwich

Thursday's Lunch

I melted a slice of Alpine Lace Swiss cheese on a whole wheat Thomas’ bagel thin before adding honey roasted ham and romaine lettuce to the mix.

Open-Faced Sandwich

On the side I enjoyed beets and carrot sticks. An odd combination, I’ll admit, but it was tasty!

Beets & Carrots

Tomorrow’s Lunch Plans

Tomorrow I’m hoping to meet up with Ryan for a hot lunch date.

We’re debating between the following lunch hot-spots:

Where should we go?

Right now I’m really craving Chipotle… but that restaurant is the farthest from my work. It may be a game time decision. Feel free to weigh in and offer menu suggestions!

All My Bags Are Packed

“Good Lord, we’re only going home for the weekend,” Ryan said as he looked at my bags. Considering I typically live in my pajamas or bathing suit when I’m at home, I admittedly over packed for our weekend at my parent’s house.

I'm Ready to Go

I'm Ready to Go

In my defense, only the bright blue duffel bag is actually my stuff. Sadie’s dog goodies are in the other bag and the black bag on the ground is my computer which I need to keep up da blog. So there!  

A trip to see my family is always full of fun and food, and last night was no different. When we arrived, my mom immediately rattled off a list of everything she bought at the grocery store: deli meat, the fresh bakery bread with the specs of little nuts, six different kinds of ice cream (I’m not lying), Oreos (Ryan’s favorite), berries, pineapple, veggies, pretzels, Kashi cereal… the woman would not stop talking and my mouth would not stop watering.

Dinner was ready within an hour of our arrival.

Steamed Broccoli

Steamed Broccoli

Ham Steak

Ham Steak

And Again

And Again

Fresh Bakery Bread

Fresh Bakery Bread

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

I filled by plate with a bit of everything and also made myself a roast beef sandwich because I was dying to use the fresh, nutty bread.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Roast Beef Sandwich

Well aware of Ryan’s intense love for Oreo’s, my mom also surprised us with this fantastic Oreo pie for dessert.

Oreo Pie

Oreo Pie

My sister had not arrived yet and the four of us did a number on the the cookie pie. Only a small sliver remained… oops!

About an hour or two later I helped myself to a large bowl of Edy’s S’mores ice cream for two reasons: 1. I’m home and can eat like a kid again! 2. It’s Limited Edition! It could disappear at any moment. 😉

Edy's S'mores Ice Cream

Edy's S'mores Ice Cream

We spent the evening catching up and laughing while Ghostbusters was on the T.V. in the background. “Who you gonna call!?”

I went to sleep feeling (overly) full and happy. 🙂