Surprise plates

We watched America’s Next Great Restaurant last night. . . they are opening up one of the restaurants in the Mall of America. When Scott and I are in the cities for Mother’s Day weekend, we are looking forward to going to the mall and checking out the winner’s restaurant. It seems like Soul Daddy is the favorite right now, but I think I am rooting for Spice Market, the modern Indian place. We’ll see!

I slept like a rock last night and this morning came way too early.

I stopped by Caribou to make my Monday morning more tolerable. My usual large caramel skim latte! I had a quick and fast start to work this morning, so I never got to add anything more to my breakfast other than the latte. So, by the time lunch rolled around, my tummy was hungry!


I made a quick trip to the hospital cafeteria. I had some Italian wedding soup – mini meatballs and orzo pasta in an Italian broth – not sure if that is traditional Italian wedding or not. . . either way it is still good! Added a string cheese stick. And an adora calcium chocolate. yum! I am saving the chobani yogurt until snack time!


It is gorgeous and 60 degrees here today! Spring finally. Smile 

Yeah! shorts weather.  ..



I tried out my new playlist on my iPod during a quick 3 mile run before heading to the YMCA to teach CTI tonight.

Highlights from my playlist included:

Show Me How You Burlesque – Dynamix Music          
Forget You  – Cee Lo Green           
Who Says  – Selena Gomez     
Till the World Ends  – Britney Spears          
On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)  – Jennifer Lopez        
The Lazy Song  – Bruno Mars          
Love Drunk  – Boys Like Girls           
Yeah 3X – Chris Brown          
Born This Way – Lady GaGa         
S&M (Remix) [feat. Britney Spears]  – Rihanna        
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne     

Highlights of my afternoon include:

My couch buddy


And my afternoon snack: Cinnamon toast crunch!




CTI tonight was awesome. I had some new members who really seemed to enjoy it and get their sweat on!

We only used a mat tonight and all of the moves (other than plank and pushups) were done running side to side in the aerobics studio.

Circuit 1
Running with random jumps when I called out “jump”
Alternating feet forward and back
Walking lunges
Plank position on elbows
Standard pushup – 10

Circuit 2
Squat hops
Walking front kicks
Shuffle jump
Triceps pushups
Side plank position

Circuit 3
Shuttle run
Walking steam engines – alt knee to elbow
High knees
Plié squat hops
Downward dog position pushups
Plank position with arms extended


After I came home and got showered, I got to work putting together surprise plate leftovers. When I was a kid, my Dad made ‘surprise plates.’ He would put all sorts of random things on the plate, we had to stay out of the kitchen while he prepared them, and we only had to eat what we wanted (aka no complaining). Really he was genius, because he got the kids fed, alone time to make the plates, and no complaining allowed.

BTW, shout out to my Dad who just subscribed to my blog! Smile 

Anyway, dinner = leftover surprise plates. . .

We had: enchiladas, stuffed chicken breasts, Asian mixed veggies, ribs from Famous Dave’s, and we shared some canned pears.

Here is what my surprise plate looked like.  . .



I ate most of the chicken, all of the veggies, only about 2 bites of the enchiladas (they were kind of mushy), and the ribs.

We also had 1 lemon hanging out in the fridge,  so I sliced that up for our waters.


Scott picked up some pretzel M and M’s at Target tonight, so I know what is for dessert tonight!

Have a great night. . . off to do some couch snuggling, TV watching and M and M eating! Winking smile


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One response to “Surprise plates

  1. That surprise plate sounds genius! It makes me smile that your dad just subscribed to your blog because mine has become my #1 fan!

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