Broccoli Power-Salad

Broccoli Power-Salad

'Tis the season for family gatherings and good food!  Unfortunately, for many of us, it’s also the season for sniffley noses and baggy eyes… Precisely the time for a bit of a nutritional pick-me-up.

I’ve personally been noting the seasonal transition by the number of people around me with colds and the increasing difficulty of getting out of bed at a “reasonable” time.  It doesn’t help that I’m overcompensating with caffeine to the point that I can’t sleep properly at night, simultaneously exacerbating my problems with getting stuff done and avoiding the plague that the masses keep bringing around.

My schedule also just hit the fan.  I just picked up a brand new job, a 100-mile (two hour) long drive from my other one…

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Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

I’m not really a die-hard swimming fan.  I know some people really go out of their way to jump in the water if there’s a pool or ocean or lake anywhere nearby.  I wouldn’t say the same about myself.  Mostly because I don’t love being cold, and I usually find myself far out of my temperature comfort-zone.  But here in Arizona, with the 100 + dry heat summers, it can be one of the best (and one of the only) things to do outdoors! 

This weekend, it finally hit the 100s in Tucson.  I definitely missed the nicer – and totally weird – low 80s May we were having, but it made for the perfect weekend for a pool party.  Yep – pool party weather!  So I finally managed to go swimming for the first time this year, and let me tell you, it was glorious.  

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Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? 

Actually, probably 9 out of 10 dietitians wouldn’t recommend it… something about having a sugar crash midway through the morning?  I dunno.  Well, I guess I’ll just chalk that up to another “life’s not fair” instance and move on…

Wait, no.  That’s depressing.  And when it comes to cake, I like to think of myself as an optimist.

Besides, earlier today I was having one of those cake-or-waffles dilemmas.  You know, where you have to make the ultimate decision.  Between cake… or waffles.  Yes, the struggle is real.

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No-Bake Chocolate Power Truffles

No-Bake Chocolate Power Truffles

The dog ate my homework.  Well, actually, I spilled my oatmeal on it, and then the dog ate the oatmeal off it, so now it’s just ruined.  I mean, it fell on the floor first… See, my oatmeal was just sitting on the corner of my homework, and my homework was attached to my sleeve, so when I went to walk away they both fell on the floor.  Why was it attached to my sleeve?  That’s another story, but I was babysitting the other day…

So maybe the dog ate the homework.  Or maybe it’s just easier to say that than what really happened.  Either way, the homework isn’t here.  It was supposed to be… only it isn’t.

According to the New York Times, a third of people who make New Year’s resolutions have already broken them by this month.  That’s a lot of people who had their dog eat their homework.  Or whatever their particular case is.  And, far from blaming anyone, I can see how it happens.  First of the year or not, it’s nearly impossible to just wake up one day and do everything completely different.

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