Weekend Wrap Up

From 107°F Thursday to a beautiful 76°F today. I am a happy girl once again.

Saturday was a haze of work and errands. I hit the Farmer's Market in the AM as usual. Nectarines, Pluots, Peaches, Kyoho Grapes, Squash, Cucumbers, Cauliflower (I have casserole plans), Onions, Peppers, and an Eggplant. I have some yummy things planned for the week.

Today started out with a tropical version of my Breakfast Parfait.

Shelly's Mango Breakfast Parfait

1 cup Mango chopped (fresh or frozen, defrosted)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Coconut)
a dollop of Banana Yogurt Sauce
Optional toppings: Toasted Unsweetened Coconut
Sugar Free Land O Lakes Whipped Topping

Shelly's Banana Yogurt Sauce

1/2 Banana
3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)

Mix mango and syrup and spoon equally into 2 parfait glasses. Whiz banana, yogurt and syrup in a mini food processor till smooth. Pour banana sauce over fruit and top with a squirt of whipped topping and toasted coconut if desired.

I make several of these at a time and plastic wrap them for a quick breakfast during the week. They also make a great protein packed dessert. Refreshing and perfect in the summer after a BBQ.

Spent a nice afternoon hanging out with the crew from Bariatric TV. If you haven't found those guys on the interweb before be sure to check them out. Funny and informative. Here's the episode when they made my Cafe Mocha Protein Fudge.

Got home and roasted eggplant to make more of that Healthier Baba Ganoush from the other day. It is soooo good. By the way 1 small-medium eggplant roasted will yield the 1 cup for the recipe needed. I smeared it on slices of ham and chicken and rolled them up as part of a little tidbit party during the Emmy's. Go Glee!

I started a Weight Loss Surgery Flickr Photo Group. I thought it would be a nice place to add our Before & Current pictures. I figured for pre-ops it would be great inspiration and nice to see what the future holds and for post-ops as motivation to continue to fight everyday. Please join in.

Flickr is a fun site. They have a group for everything and anything you are into. Check it out. Type anything in the search box, your interests, your town name, a place you want to visit, and I bet there's a flickr group. I love to look through the pictures. Total time sucker though so proceed with caution. I got sucked into this group the other day for almost an hour: What's in my Bag? My submission...

What's in my bag
The Bag: My favorite Black Coach Bag (my 4 year surgiversary gift)
The Crap:
Sunglasses (I never leave home without them, well sometimes I do but I turn around)
Altoid Smalls (my addiction, in hot-hurts-so-good-cinnamon flavor)
Aura Cacia Chill Pill Aromatherapy (love this stuff, a few sniffs and a zen-like peacefulness comes over my body and all is right with the world. Wow I should send that in to their marketing team)
Bliss Body Butter (I got hooked on Bliss stuff after the Progresso Soup Event)
OPI Avojuicie Lotion (best lotion ever)
OPI Nail Polish (I'm getting my toes done this week and I always use my own color because 9 times out of 10 I chip them within the hour)
Hello Kitty Band aids (Yes they are mine, no I have no children)
Sephora Lip Gloss (I heart this lip gloss doesn't make your lips all goopy)
Philosophy Falling in Love (my daytime perfume)
Ralph Lauren Romance (my nighttime perfume, a free sample from Sephora If you have a Sephora just ask them to make you up a sample of your favorite perfume to try before you buy, they are great for traveling. Shhh I do it every time I'm in)
Blistex (I am never more than an arms length away from from a tube of this)
Snack-size Ziploc baggie with a few pieces of SF Candy and Almonds - sometimes I make up a mixture like this.
2 Peach Green Tea Bequenched Tubes (add them to water bottles)
Assorted favorite pens (best pen in the world Pilot Easy Touch Medium)
My idea book (cause if I don't write stuff down when I think of it I might as well kiss the idea goodbye)
My phone (I hate cell phones and mine is usually dead at the bottom of my purse)
My keys
My favorite green wallet
Starbuck's Gold Card and a coupon for a free drink (they screwed up my SF order the other day thankfully I caught it in 2 sips)
My coin purse (made from my former Size 28 jeans. Every time I look at it it reminds me to make healthy choices)
My business card holder filled with blog address cards

Wow that is a lot of crap. The two different lotions makes me giggle... when I was 17 I moved to California. It was total culture shock. I was this tough talking, chubby Italian chick from New York. I didn't fit in at all with the tan, skinny California girls. I remember the first day at my new high school I was asked at least 8 times if I wanted some lotion. Everyone in California carries lotion, it's dry, after living here for many years I get this now. It's a gesture of friendship to offer another girl some lotion when you are applying some yourself. I did not get it then. No one in New York offers you lotion. It just doesn't happen. I thought WTH is with these California chicks and their flippin' lotion?! I kept looking at my arms thinking do I look particularly dry today? These people are whacked.

Now I'm one of them.

The Blogover Giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight. Be sure to add your name to the hat for a chance to win a huge Sugar Free Torani Gift Pack.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

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