Charlie and I went on a walk while Rachel was in biology lab dissecting a bullfrog. She actually found a shrew skeleton in its stomach! Frogs will eat anything that will fit in their mouths. Even other frogs.
Anyway, the day was pretty and we got to see lots of baby birds (that treated me like the paparazzi and flew away) and 3 families of baby ducks. My cell camera was washing out all of the photos for some reason but you can still see their fluffy adorableness.
On the way home I had to stop for a few things at the grocery store (why doesn't shampoo and deodorant run out at the same time?!) and they had knockout roses on sale for $3.99! I got one for me and one for my MIL. (Buddy, if you're reading this DON'T tell Florence. It's a surprise.)
|Blooms all summer and even *I* can't kill them!|
|Love a good deal.|
Breakfast: Muffin in a Minute with 1/4 cup pumpkin and a protein shake. Decent but taste nothing like the pumpkin spice muffins at Mimi's Cafe.
Lunch: convenience store food on the road--hot pork rinds and Diet Coke. Don't judge. I've liked pork rinds since I was a little kid. My mom thought it was the grossest thing. But they're actually pretty tasty and have lots of protein. What? It's not that bad! I promise. :) OK, not the healthiest lunch.
Dinner: bacon cheeseburgers in half of a low carb pita; Cauli "mac" n cheese
|That's one hamburger patty cut in half and stuffed in the pita. Half pita is 3.5 net carbs.|
I loved the caulimac. So did Chuck and Charlie. Rachel, who is a mac n cheese aficionado, turned up her nose at it. She does not take kindly to mac n cheese imposters.
Here's the recipe but do add some salt because it helps bring out the flavor.
Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese Casserole
from Eating Stella Style
1 large head cauliflower cut into small florets
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus 1/2 cup for topping
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder (I used a little more)
Preheat oven to 375* and bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season water with salt. Spray 8x8 baking dish with oil spray. Boil cauliflower until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and pat dry between paper towels. Transfer to baking dish.
Bring cream to a simmer and whisk in cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheddar, salt, pepper and garlic powder and whisk until cheese melts. remove from heat and pour over cauliflower; stir to combine.
Top with remaining cheddar and bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
Can also add leftover chicken, ham, crab or shrimp for a meal.
Yield: 8 servings Calories: 190 Fat: 15 grams Carbs: 7 grams Net carbs: 4 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 7 grams
Dessert: low carb ice cream bar
Weight: 174.6 And I feel it. Hormones. Water retention. Blech.
Parting shot: Charlie made a "fancy entry" for us. Love it. This is such a good age. :)