Panera and Star Trek

Today was one of my favorites of the last few weeks! I got out for a super short walk this morning and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. I stopped every few minutes to lift my arms up and loosen my ab muscles, so I looked a little psycho. Or super into nature. Oh well! When I got home Alice helped me stretch out my legs and hips.

IMG_3700Around 11:30 my parents and I headed out the door to buy our movie tickets and enjoy some lunch! I picked Panera since I’ve always wanted to try it. I’m in love!

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IMG_3704Well HELLO, carb heaven. I’d love to come here sometime and do my schoolwork and enjoy a breakfast treat! I’ll have to make that happen before I leave. For lunch I ordered the cuban chicken panini.

IMG_3703Which is not pictured here. This is my dad’s sandwich which I mistakenly ate a few bites of before we realized we had the wrong ones and switched! Mine had chicken, ham, cheese, spices, and pickles on it. If I had known the toppings beforehand I probably wouldn’t have ordered it but I loved it! The bread was amazing. I can see why people are so gaga over this place. I wish MIssoula had one.

IMG_3702After eating we went and saw the new Star Trek movie. Go go go go go go go!

star-trek-into-darkness-quadAwesome movie. Awesome movie. The special effects were breathtaking but didn’t supersede the plot and there was a great balance between comedy, action, and the relationships between the characters. I’d watch it again!

Once the movie ended we poked around Sprouts Farmers Market (a grocery store laid out like a farmers market with tons of organic products) and picked up some groceries. Then we came home and spent the early evening playing Yahtzee and Scrabble.

My mom cooked up a gorgeous meal and I made a side salad. Pasta puttanesca all around!

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IMG_2320_2I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Sunday ❤

Something Dense and Something Asian

Yesterday I did a whole lot of cooking (again). I had a bunch of dough left over from when I made bagels a couple weeks ago so I thought I’d try my hand at baking a loaf of bread. The recipe called for a grapefruit sized piece of dough. I thought it looked pretty tiny on my counter but the people in the book said it would have a lot of “oven spring”. Whatever the heck that is.

 

 

As you can see, the bread did not have very much spring in its step even after being in the oven for 40 minutes. The flavor is good, but it’s extremely dense. It tastes like pure sustenance. Like something you would stick into your backpack on an extreme hiking trip where you need food that will last you an entire day on one piece. Which is perfect for me since I’ve been doing a lot of extreme hiking lately.

THEN the real cooking happened for dinner. I have been craving Chinese food like no other since Friday but I am not too keen on Chinese restaurants. Especially since what I really wanted was Sweet and Sour chicken but I don’t think any food is naturally neon red. I went online and found a low calorie recipe with tons of veggies, lean chicken, and a delicious sauce made from scratch.

 

 

My craving for Chinese was completely satisfied.