Here’s a rundown of the foods I found at work in the first half of this week that helped power me through the papers, presentations, employment challenges, and wayyyy too many food babies.
Lunch in Monday’s parents’ group with Inginia:
The salad was a mix of my CSA salad and Inginia’s organic salad (hers had apples in it, mmm!):
We only had a budget of $4 for the group this week, so Inginia and I put together the two small salads we’d brought, and she gathered some things from the food pantry and whipped up this deeelicious macaroni with lots of spices, tomato sauce, and salami:
The moms (and I!) ate it allllllll up 😀
For dessert, we had tinned mandarins. This made me giggle (Gina and Kate, you’ll understand!) because at the Food Film Festival, we actually watched a short film about mandarins in cans and how the slices are so perfectly extracted from their outer membranes. If you’ve ever tried to do this with a fresh mandarin, you’ll know you end up with a huge mess. We found out that the secret to the perfectly peeled tinned mandarin is …
… a lye bath that burns off/digests the membranes! YUM.
I also did this more times this past week than I’d like to remember:
(Fork dipped in office chunky peanut butter and then dipped in office bag of slivered almonds, mmmmmmmmm.)
On Tuesday (the day we ate outside with the statue), Pura let me in on the tip that Lucia (the one who had the baby shower) had brought in leftover jello from her family shower the weekend before. Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking, who gives a beeeeep about jello? But, this was not just any jello! Lucia’s husband made this jello from scratch (perhaps using a recipe similar to this one?) in the colors of her shower: pink and yellow.
Plus candy (times 27?) from Belkis’ candy jar:
You can’t really go wrong with peanuts and sugar 🙂
Deborah and I shared a Quaker peanut butter granola bar from Jessica:
And then Eric bit the bullet and opened up this crazy mystery snack that had been sitting on the conference room table all day:
I started with three — they tasted like cinnamon sugar donuts that had gotten hard as rocks:
But I kind of liked them. So I had another one and dipped it in office peanut butter:
And then I said what the heck, and I just ate the whole bag:
At lunch, Nydia supplemented the chicken/tomatillo/rice I’d packed with half of her chicken and avocado salad:
I followed it up with this random granola bar that somebody left at my desk when I was on vacation in May:
(I love how my desk receives anonymous food drops :-D)
In class Tuesday night, I had my CSA salad, supplemented with office almonds and the leftover bits of Deborah’s salad from lunch (including a few bites of chicken):
Y mas gelatina!
And finally, on Wednesday, Mildred’s daughter Adriana spent the day in the office with us since she’s on vacation from school. Mid-afternoon, she came around and handed out none other than …
… melty ice cream sandwiches!!!
So, in conclusion (or not really in conclusion since I haven’t even gotten to Thursday’s goodies yet), no sleep + school stress makes Sarah mindlessly eat more sugar than normal (if that was even possible). What happens to your appetite when you are sleep-deprived?