Misplaced birth

The spinach oats kept me going until about 10:30 this morning — 3 to 3.5 hours seems to be the most distance I can get out of a bowl of oatmeal. Fine with me since the hunger means I get to start eating earlier šŸ˜€

I had a small chopped apple with one of the packets of Barney Butter that came in my Foods That Fit prize pack.


It was my first time trying Barney Butter, and I was enough of a fan to pull apart the little packet post-squeeze and make sure I took care of every last one of the 90 calories in there!


As tasty as the BB was, I don’t think I’d buy it. It has a bunch of unnecessary ingredients in it that I’d rather get from, say … cake! My nut butter can keep being made out of just nuts, thank you very much.

I was hungry again by 11:30 and decided to honor the feeling pronto with lunch #1: three more of the stuffed collard greens that I described last night and a sampling of my roommate Tara’s baby hydroponic tomatoes because she told me they were blogworthy and I agreed.


The green ones look like mini-watermelons — so cute!

I ate real lunch at about 12:30 and, since I am once again the luckiest girl in the world with the most amazing coworkers, Myrna cooked last night and brought in a TON of food for me! I shared it with Vianni, and there was still some leftover to put toward tomorrow’s lunch. Here’s my bowl:


My roasted veggies are in the back, and Myrna’s culinary masterpieces are in the front: rice with corn, potatoes, and chicken breast. I don’t even like potatoes, but Myrna seasoned these so beautifully that I actually ate all the skinny burnt pieces I could get my hands on.

Myrna supplemented the food she cooked with her leftover mangu from yesterday, be still my heart. I had about a cup of it.


Next, Belkis appeared with her famous black beans and rice. I was in heaven and had about 1/2 cup:


And for dessert, another tongue-painter candy:


I have to say that I was kind of nervous about these “paint” candies because having a bright tongue could potentially challenge my credibility with clients, but I’m so weak when it comes to strawberry-flavored candy! Luckily, there was no lasting damage to my oral pigmentation yesterday OR today.

I had to leave for another visit around 1:40 and could tell hunger was coming back for me, so I ate my pretty yogurt before I left:


A number of you commented yesterday about how delicious my yogurt breakfast combo looked when I ate this for a morning snack. I would just like to clarify that never in a million years would this itty bitty container with 1/2 cup fruit and 1/2 cup yogurt suffice for breakfast! It’s all about the oats šŸ˜€ That’s why they get their own post. I just use the yogurt as a tasty vehicle to keep the munchies at bay inter-meal!

And an on-the-way-to-the-visit breath freshener šŸ˜‰


When I got back to the office at 3:30, I had another super exciting treat waiting! Belkis’ cousin had stopped by with some freshly made habichuelas con dulce, YUM. I inhaled about a cup. Look at those big chunks of sweet batata!


Perhaps I should have been born in the DR. Mom and dad, what were you thinking with the whole Massachusetts thing?

I had one more candy before calling it a day:


I’m going to go out on a very sturdy limb and say that habichuelas con dulce is my new favorite dessert drink (my old and other favorite dessert drink is the balls of course). What is your favorite dessert drink?

Now I’m home, and I just remembered I have an assignment for class due Thursday that needs to get done stat!! Ahhhh, I’m off to go bury my head in the books … or the overpriced coursepack, as the case may be. I hate remembering things like this last minute! I’ll be back eventually with dinner because I’m 150% sure I’m about to eat in 3 …2 … 1 …

15 thoughts on “Misplaced birth

  1. snackface says:

    Hmm I don’t really do dessert drinks, so no fave here. So the BB isn’t good enough to buy? Good to know, as I have yet to try it. I’d rather get unnecessary ingredients elsewhere, too. Good luck with all that work. I almost forget what that feels like…:)


  2. carolinebee says:

    Dude i’m going to costa rica in April- freakin beans and rice up the wazoo i’m soo excited!! Oh and the rainforest and stuff..that’s cool too šŸ˜€ GL with your work!


  3. Sweetie Pie says:

    You have such cool coworkers! That drink looks so amazing. My fave? Well, I love a really over the top mug of hot cocoa. I also love a big bowl of cafe creme sweetened with too much sugar. šŸ™‚

    Good luck on your assignments!


  4. Leanne says:

    I always wondered about barney butter because the color on everyone’s blogs looks a little too much like the fake stuff I grew up on. I would much rather save sugar for dessert too! Especially since I eat nut butter like 3x a day LOL


  5. Danielle says:

    Every Christmas Eve when my parents are wrapping presents until all hours of the night they always drank kahlua and cream drinks, so as soon as I was offered one on Christmas Eve when I was 21 I jumped at the chance, they are soooo good.
    What a great looking lunch! How lucky are you that the women you work with are fantastic cooks and good at sharing!?


  6. Susan says:

    Hey! I love your blog, you are so creative! And also very lucky to have co-workers who are so generous with their great food. šŸ™‚

    Favourite dessert drink = espresso macchiato. Love me a rich coffee after a huge dinner šŸ™‚


  7. Krista says:

    I think your co-workers should start their own blogs! They make some yummy eats!!!

    Those tomatoes are the cutest eva!!!!

    My fave drink has got to be Starbucks NF green tea latte. YUM! šŸ™‚


  8. raspberryrunner says:

    whoa, those are some cool looking tomatoes!

    a dessert drink? how about an after dinner glass of wine? although i would probably drink that with something chocolate, so i don’t know if that counts….


  9. Kristina says:

    Hey there!

    I see that you like to cook and try healthy, whole foods. Stonyfield Farm makes Oikos Organic Greek yogurt that is great for cooking with or for a delicious snack! It’s triple strained, making it extra thick and versatile. It’s also the only organic Greek yogurt on the market today.

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    Take care!
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  10. Daddy says:

    “Perhaps I should have been born in the DR. Mom and dad, what were you thinking with the whole Massachusetts thing?”

    We thought about having you born in the Dining Room but thought better of it. Love, Dad (joke alert)


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