Thursday, April 2, 2009

Friday's Brown Bag

Before I get on with Not So Fat Fridays...

When I guest posted over at Angie's Seven Clown Circus the other day about finding your best self, I wrote how I look forward to or create mini events to help me stay motivated & provide added incentive to keep working out & eating right. Well, the next couple of months will definitely be keeping me in check:
  • I got a new job this week & start on the 13th. The kicker? It's not even a mile from my house. I have been holding out for something like this since getting laid off in January!
  • I am going to start teaching cooking classes out of my home as well as provide personal chef services & cooking parties in other people's homes. Soon I will be looking to you for some advice in a fun contest sorta way.  
  • I am heading to NY in May for my 20th year reunion
  • Our family vacation has been booked for Hilton Head in June.
  • I have taken up tennis with my best friend. What an outlet!!!!!
So, wouldn't you say that's enough to make me want to stay on my toes by feeling healthy & well-thy ?!?!?!?

One of the ways I do that is to make sure I am enjoying being healthy. Having one of the following for breakfast makes it very easy because I don't feel I am being denied anything. Instead, it's like I am either having some delicious Mexican or even a Banana Sundae.


There are so many versions of this Mexican style breakfast so I threw together whatever I had in the house & made it healthier.

Great way to start the day: A corn tortilla broiled in the oven for just a few minutes until crispy, topped with non-fat bean dip, one egg cooked without butter, salsa verde, a little salt & pepper, a sprinkle of cheese & a tad of hot sauce. 

This little guy up top curled up quite a bit under the broiler but it worked perfectly.

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I usually eat this with strawberries & blueberries but a banana worked just as nice! So far I am loving Mona's Original Granola with no added sugar, salt or artificial additives. 

Some non-fat plain yogurt topped with granola, honey & banana makes for a not too sweet breakfast treat!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!! 


Elizabeth said...

Girl!!! I'm SOOOOO happy for you!! Aghh!! That's AWESOME about the job. It's so funny how things work out for the best, right?

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Great looking recipes! And good luck with the new job!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

I think I'll be having some Huevos Rancheros for lunch. Yummmm!

Congrats on all the good stuff happening in your life right now! What blessings!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Terry!!!!
That bananna desert looks fab

Briony said...

i would never think to add an egg...hmmm interesting.
that breakfast looks amazing though :)

Coco said...

Congrats Steph!! You will love working so close to home.

Would you come to Texas and have a cooking party for me? How fun would that be!!

Love the new look.

Rachael said...

i am so excited for you, congratulations on everything! the new job, the new venture, the tennis....go you!

Coco said...

Steph, it is for my teachers certification. Coco's going back to work!

FROGGITY! said...

congrats, congrats, congrats!! that's a load full of good news and blessings. i would totally take lessons from ya! i mean, just look at the above recipe! yum!

and hilton head! how fun! go girl!

Pam said...

Teaching cooking classes will be fun!

I love huevos rancheros - it's my favorite breakfast (or lunch or dinner).

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

oh Steph - that is so wonderful and amazing - and that job - WHAT a perfect fit!!!!! and you are so lucky! It sounds so amazing!!

Happy birthday to your hubbie!

Michelle said...

Good things come to those that wait. :) Congratulations.

The Pink Potpourri said...

YUM! those recipes look fantastic! i love the banana can make that so many different ways for breakfast!

sassy stephanie said...

Wow! So many comments to make:

1. YAY on a job and so close to home!
2. AWESOME news on the cooking/ will be FAB!
3. Don't get too drunk at the 20th and kiss any old boyfriends
4. Please take me to Hilton Head
5. Tennis rocks. I played in HS and sooo miss it. Want to start again myself!
6. You so rock for being such a great cook with healthy habits in mind. So glad you are giving me some rockin' ideas!
7. I often eat plain FF yogurt, blueberries, strawberries and toasted oats with cinnamon sometime...yum. Love this idea with the nanner. And the eggs. Mmm, mmm, mmm. One of my fave food items.
9. Have a great weekend!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations on your new job and on the adventure into being a cooking teacher! How exciting! I just know you will do well in both. I wish I lived there so I could learn to cook!


Lorie said...

The banana breakfast sundae looks so good! And congrats on your new job! How great to be that close to home!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Congrats on the new job! So great...especially these days!

The banana breakfast thingie looks delish!

Reeni♥ said...

Congrats on getting a job! I am so happy for you. You have lots of events coming up to look forward to. Both your breakfasts look delicious!
Happy Birthday Terry!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on the new job!

Those huevos rancheros look great, I need to get some corn tortillas, I forgot today!

Ronda said...


Congrats on your new job! What are you doing? Is that the cooking classes?
If not, that is my dream job--cooking lessons. (giving.)
Your food looks great, so happy for you!!

Angela said...

AWESOME news Steph! I am sorry I am late in reading this. So glad to hear everything is on track and I can't WAIT till you start the in-home lessons and chef services. You're gonna be GREAT!!

You are going to be super-busy, LOL but it sounds like everything is going great! I am sending you a HUGE hug!

Pam said...

Congrats on all the awesome things that are happening in your life.
I plan on trying your banana and granola breakfast parfait. It sounds so good!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Congrats on the new job. I wish I lived nearby. I would LOVE to take a cooking class from YOU!!! You will be great. The breakfast ideas look yummy!!
Have a great weekend.

Darla~SassyHomemaker said...

Congratulations on your new job!!!

ModernMom said...

I didn't know bananas could look so good!

starnes family said...

Congrats on the new job. Happy to learn everything worked out so nicely. Sometimes, we just have to be patient!

Jen said...

Congrats on your job and I must say what a perfect job for you!
I am totally loving these recipes. I am going to be doing a brunch soon and I think that I may just use them.

AVT Coach said...

Wow Steph! I feel like I have been gone for a lifetime. You have this great new header and your last post says it all. Congratulations on your glad you waited for the right one. And, you new endeavors sound very exciting and right up your alley! What a great idea for cooking classes and personal chef business. All of the things you are good at and love!
Isn't it amazing how things like this evolve when we are open to them? This post is a perfect example for my April theme! You'll see!

angie said...

Oh my goodness, Stephanie. What a wonderful LOAD of great news.

I LOVED your best self post on my blog and LOVE hearing how being your best self has enriched your life!

Fresh Mommy said...

I'm so excited for you!!!! What a great opportunity for work being so close to home... and your new endeavors are awesome!!!! I can't wait to hear more!

Those breakfasts look amazing too, especially the sunday one... no cooking means easy for me!!

Thanks for all the anniversary well wishes too... we've made it 5 wonderful years!


HeatherY said...

Congratulations on your new job! That's awesome! The trip to HHI sounds like fun too. I love that part of South Carolina.

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Congrats on the job!!
AWESOME on the cooking classes!

simpledaisy said...

Yeah for your new job!!! That's great for you!! Take care~

Heather said...

Congrats on your new job! That's so exciting!! So are Huevos Rancheros. They're exciting too!

jsprik said...

non-guilty pleasures are the best aren't they?! gonna try both of those!! I, too am on a venture to be healthy!! the blog looks great, btw!! love the new header!! and congrats on the new J-O-B!! have you been to my blog recently??...buster and i are starting a new adventure soon!!

Lula! said...

You are sooooooooooo blessed. And I am, too...'cause I know you!

Congrats on the know I've been praying for you!

Apples and Butter said...

Your breakfast options blow my daily oatmeal out of the water! Sounds like you have a lot of interesting things happening over the next few months. Good luck with the new job - very jealous of your new commute!

Debbie said...

Congrats on the job! That is a great accomplishment in this economy.

Jaysi said...

CONGRATS!!! On all of that great news!! The cooking classes and all that jazz is soooo totally perfect for you. I wish I lived closer, because I would totally come!

Good luck with everything!

The Blonde Duck said...

Congrats on the new job! I love the huevos rancheros. Mexican and breakfast are always hits in my house--the combination of both is just stellar!

Michelle said...

THis looks delicious!
Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby!
Where is the new job post?? I'll keep looking! Congrats on that and congrats on one year of blogging! Woohoo!!!!!

Michelle said...

aha! I'm with it now! The Mexican breakfast and sundae breakfast are one post! LOL!
Congrats! How awesome that it's one mile from your home!!!!
So cool on the cooking classes! You've got some great things to look forward to! Have fun!!!!

Courtney said...

Mmmmm, delish! Congrats on the new job lady! :)

mommaof4wife2r said...

girl, you rock my face off! i am reposting this banana recipe of yours on project create a home...knowing you will get full credit, of course!! i love the banana granola thing! yes!!!

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