My plans of sitting around the apartment all day were quickly diverted when my parents invited me over for dinner. Who am I to resist a free yummy meal? After lunch I headed to my parents and spent the afternoon with my family. It was not the Sunday I had pictured, but still a great way to spend the remaining part of my weekend. 🙂
I managed to get my weekly grocery shopping out of the way around midmorning and when I returned I was ready for lunch. I wanted something easy and quick, since I had decided to go to my parents. I made some Falafels using a box mix I had and some carrots on the side.
I really was not as hungry as I thought I was because I only ate about 3/4 of what you see here. I usually have no problem licking my plate clean.
In the falafel pita I assembled I had tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, and a yogurt greek sauce I made with greek yogurt, oregano, garlic salt & pepper.
My plan was to dip the carrots in the remaining yogurt mix. Unfortunately after my first dip I realized I accidentally used the vanilla yogurt instead of the plain… ooppss… I could not taste it in the pita, but it was too sweet to have with the carrots. Oh well.
After lunch Abbie and I hit the road to my parents. Once I arrived they put me right to work assembling furniture in my brother’s old room (so much for a free meal, I had to work for it) I like to think of the heavy lifting as my strength training for the day. 😉
After my manual labor I enjoyed a Full Moon, Blue Moon’s Seasonal Beer.
For dinner my Dad cooked up my favorite a Pork Roast with Roasted Potatoes! Yum! I had a little bit of homemade gravy on my pork and green beans and corn on the side.
After we were finished eating, my sister and I hung around the kitchen picking at the left overs. When ever I make meals for myself I always make sure to make just enough for me, since I am the worst at picking at left overs. I probably ate a whole other serving of pork and potatoes. I could not help myself though, they were soooooo good!
After dinner my sister and I were in a baking mood and really wanted some early Pumpkin bread. I have been wanting to try Andrea’s Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe for a while so we decided to give it a try. I know she only posted the recipe today, but she e-mailed it to me over a month ago and have been waiting for the proper occasion to try it.
I noticed today she posted a ‘healthified’ version of the bread and attempted to follow that version as well as I could with what my parents had on hand. They obviously did not have the really cool Fruit Sweet stuff she used (which I really need to find!) so I used a cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of honey instead. I also divided up the flour and use 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all purpose.
My parents do not own a food processor, so I had to improvise and just had my little brother chop up the cranberries by hand. There was still some big chunks of cranberry in the bread that made the bread a little tart. I think that was the only complaint I got from my family about the bread. Besides that I noticed everybody returning to pick at the bread. It was good, but next time I was told to leave the cranberries out. I tried. 🙂
I enjoyed this small piece and another piece about half this size. I liked the bread and its tartness. I brought some home to snack on for the week. Thank you Andrea!
While I was home a piece of Peppermint Bark may or may not have slipped into my mouth at some point. I have no evidence on my camera to prove either way. 🙂
Is everyone ready for a short week at work? I know I am! And to those of you who already have the week off, well poo poo on you. 😛 Just kidding! I hope you guys have a great week off as well! I am just as happy to only be working three days! 🙂