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WIAW–Home in Kansas City!

May 9, 2012

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a good week, I sure am! I arrived home, in Kansas City, late Monday afternoon and I’m already LOVING the freedom and not having anything that I HAVE to do! Yesterday I went to Jazzercise class with my mom, went to the grocery store, went on a long walk, and did some recipe research to help my mom meal plan! Not sure what’s on the agenda for today, but that’s what I’m enjoying the most!

So even though I’m in Kansas City, the What I Ate Wednesday posts will continue! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to find out what it’s all about, and see all the other bloggers who are participating!

Peas and Crayons

Today’s WIAW features my food from yesterday! I woke up in the morning starving, but found I had little I could eat in the house… My mom had taken all “my” food out to Colorado for when I visited them during spring break, but didn’t bring it back. So I dug around and decided to risk it and eat some Quaker oats, even though they aren’t gluten free. I’ve heard they only bother people who are really allergic and since I’m just intolerant, I thought it would be fine. I made some plain oats and served them with strawberry chobani, and half a sliced banana! (and no… there wasn’t even peanut butter in the house…).

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After breakfast was Jazzercise and then a couple grocery stores. By the time I was done I was so hungry so I hit up The Mixx on my way home and got a small salad to go. It had chicken, beets, artichoke hearts and roasted yams with a ginger pear dressing. I mixed it up in a bowl when I got home:

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After lunch I lounged around a bit, sat outside, and helped my mom do some meal planning. I sat outside on our patio trying to call some people, but no one answered! I had a warm cup of coffee too, which I was craving since I didn’t have any that morning! Haha the day just doesn’t feel complete without a cup!

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After a while I got a little hungry so I made a snack of greek yogurt with blueberries. First I microwaved the blueberries and added a packet of stevia:

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Then I added the greek yogurt:

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I also added in a small scoop of peanut spread… That’s right, peanut “spread.” And the weirdest part? It claims to have zero calories. Weird, right? I thought so. I’d seen it before in the grocery store and I’ve always been very skeptical. But my curiosity got the best of me.

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Not really sure about this… It didn’t taste too bad, but the ingredients list confuses me, and I’m not a fan of eating things when I don’t know what they are. Definitely won’t buy it again, but I had to give it a try. They also sold jellies, jams, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and marshmallow fluff. Still weirded out by it…

I also had bought some of the new Gluten Free Rice Krispies, so I had a mini bowl of those with blueberries and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (free of the 8 main allergens!). I couldn’t resist – I haven’t bought cereal in a while and it was calling my name!

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I helped my mom unload some groceries, chatted with her a bit, and then headed off to Target. The Target I usually go to was re-done over this past semester, so I HAD to check it out. They had a whole new grocery section, with produce, meat, literally everything you could need! I was really quite impressed with it all, they even sold Almond Milk and Chobani yogurt!

I got home and it was an hour or so until dinner time and I WAS HUNGRY. Haha, this is one of the few things I dislike about being at home: I can’t eat dinner whenever I want to, I have to wait until “dinner time.” Since I knew I’d just get angrier and angrier as the time went on I grabbed a cup of grapes and a few rice crackers to hold me over (I also had a few more grapes… couldn’t quit picking at them!

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For dinner my mom had made pork tenderloin and veggies (yellow squash, red potato, onions and orange bell pepper) and some fruit on the side. I had already eaten too much fruit so I wasn’t in the mood and just kind of picked at mine. The meat and veggies were delicious though! See? I can’t complain about dinner time when someone else is making me dinner! Here’s part way through dinner, I completely forgot… Ok. I lied. This is partway through my mother’s dinner. I polished off my meat and veggies and then practically yelled: “I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE!” Thank goodness my understanding mother offered up her plate.

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A little after dinner I decided to make some popcorn! Haha yep, I’m bringing the brown-paper bag trick to KC! I had this, times two! And that’s some Chocolate PB2 on the side, haha love to dip a little popcorn in there for some sweet!

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I also wanted to make popcorn so I could try these powders I found at Target:

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I liked the white cheddar, but the kettle corn was disappointing… I didn’t really taste like kettle corn. Sad day. I had a bunch more grapes too! Haha addicting…


What do you all think about the peanut spread? Freaked out? I think I might toss it since I’ve tried it and thus quashed my curiosity.


Does anyone make you dinner? It’s a rare luxury for me!

34 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2012 6:52 am

    When I lived at home after college my mom always made my dinner! I miss it!

  2. May 9, 2012 7:37 am

    when i went to target last time i got buffalo flavored popcorn seasoning! its kind of weird but kind of awesome at the same time!

  3. May 9, 2012 8:08 am

    Yeah, the peanut spread definitely freaks me out. There’s absolutely no nutritional value to it at all, haha, and a peanut ingredient isn’t even listed until #6 on the ingredients list. Scary stuff!

  4. May 9, 2012 8:10 am

    I wish someone would make me dinner! I miss being home with my family.

  5. May 9, 2012 8:54 am

    That peanut spread does sound weird, I think anything with zero calories is probably a bit odd! I’ve just ordered some of those enjoy life chocolate chips! Looking forward to trying them 🙂 Hope you enjoy being home x

  6. May 9, 2012 8:59 am

    hmm that peanut spread does sound… interesting? does it even taste like peanut butter? at all? haha.
    i love cooking, but it’s always nice to have someone else cook every so often. cody rarely cooks for us (i typically don’t trust him! ha!), but when he does, it’s a nice treat. 🙂

    • May 9, 2012 9:05 am

      Haha it tastes kinda peanuty-ish? It’s like peanut mixed with cool whip? Sorta… haha so weird.

  7. May 9, 2012 9:07 am

    I’ll be driving right through KC on Saturday…sad to leave CO, but ready to be back home with family!

    • May 9, 2012 4:40 pm

      Yay! Let me know if you stop, I’ll be here! Haha although I’m sure you’ll all be trying to make good time, have a safe drive!

  8. May 9, 2012 10:03 am

    I am so going to try that greek yogurt with melted berries thing. Wow, never thought of doing that.

  9. May 9, 2012 10:10 am

    The Walden Farms stuff is all so bizarre! I used to by their salad dressings back in the day but all of their stuff is so artifial and chemically! I do sometimes still have their maple syrup when I’m in Michigan (it tastes okay) but besides that I try to avoid it. I just don’t understand how food can have 0 calories??

  10. May 9, 2012 10:19 am

    agreed – dinner being made for me is a rare luxury and generally it only happens when I am home with my family for a few days! enjoy, KC!

  11. May 9, 2012 10:42 am

    I appreciate it so much more now when I go home and my Mom cooks dinner! My boyfriend often either helps, or cooks dinner for me – I’m lucky 🙂

  12. May 9, 2012 11:14 am

    I wish my mom made me dinner every night…..hah. My husband did make me dinner last night though!

    I would definitely be skeptical about that jar that claims no calories. What is it then? Fake food? hehe.

    LOVE grapes!

    • May 9, 2012 4:41 pm

      HAha exactly, I just don’t understand! Glad I tried it otherwise I wouldn’t stop thinking about it… definitely in the trash now.

  13. healthhappinessandharmony permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:54 am

    I tried those products once, and they made me feel sick! Too many strange ingredients. I remember when I lived at home, my mom cooked full meals every night, but what I miss most is the smell of gravy every Sunday afternoon.

    • May 9, 2012 4:42 pm

      I wish I’d appreciated my mom’s home cooked meals everything when I lived at home! So nice!

  14. May 9, 2012 7:37 pm

    It seems like you enjoyed some yummy eats! I will be trying pb2 with popcorn very soonm i love sweet and salty! Yum.

  15. May 9, 2012 7:41 pm

    There is a bunch of those “zero calorie” sauces at my grocery store. I am kind of afraid to try them because of the ingredient list. I say those treats are worth the calories 🙂

    I’ve gotta find those popcorn seasonings at Target!

    Glad you’re enjoying your time at home!

    • May 9, 2012 8:24 pm

      Yea, take it from me – not worth it. Already threw away the “spread”! And I didn’t know about Al until I saw him on TV this morning! Haha

  16. May 9, 2012 7:41 pm

    P.S. Craig texted me this morning and said Al Roker was on the plaza. Did you go? 😉

  17. May 11, 2012 12:24 pm

    I love coming home for the summer! It’s so relaxing! And yeah whenever I’ve bought anything from that company that is “calorie free” it tastes disgusting. I’ve tried a lot of salad dressings and I highly recommend not buying them! They are probably the worst salad dressing i’ve ever had in my life. I had to throw out my salad everytime I’ve tried a new dressing from them! They’re terrible!

  18. Jen permalink
    May 12, 2012 8:44 pm

    Hello! Just found your blog! I have celiacs, im not sure if you do but you said you were gluten intolerant which id assume means you mean you are. Id be careful eatin commercial oats. You may feel ok, hopefully you did after eatin them, but they are almost certainly cross contaminated with wheat and/gluten and actually if you are intolerant you need to watch more than if youre just allergic to wheat bc even a teeny bit of gluten can trigger the autoimmune response whereas you cant be allergic to gluten as its a protein. If you have a wheat allergy obv be super careful to avoid going into shock but at least the gluten wont bug you just specically wheat. Oy! Sorry to be run on-y! Glad to have found your blog tho! Love your hair 🙂

    • May 12, 2012 9:52 pm

      Hey Jen! Thanks for the advice! I’m just intolerant to gluten, I don’t have celiacs so I don’t seem to have any serious allergic reaction to gluten, just… discomfort. Haha. I’m glad you found my blog, I love hearing from new readers!

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