Sweet P for a Sweet Me!

Hello broccoli fans! How are you?

I am fantastic, thanks for asking! 😉

Wanna know why I’m fantastic? I finally made it through this week and now I have 6 days off! Count them: one…two…three…four…five…SIX!!! Whoo-hoo!

Last week, I started realizing that I’ve been getting overwhelmed a lot lately. I almost feel like I never got a break after the holidays. The days just keep coming and going dragging me along the way.

It is not uncommon for my co-workers and I to take advantage of our scheduled 3-day weekends and ask off for Monday. Last week, I asked my boss if it would be okay to schedule myself a little mini vacay and have Friday-Wednesday off. He had no problem approving it, in fact he is going to do the same thing for himself the week after I get back!

So here I am, looking forward to the next six days being filled with all the stuff I want to do WHEN I want to do it! I’m going to try my best not to overfill my schedule (I have a bad habit of doing that with days off), but there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to:

  • Taking after Ashley and Heather and making my own lightbox
  • Playing with said lightbox
  • Trying my hand at bread baking! Eek! (I’ve been drooling over Allie’s creations for over a week!)
  • Finishing up my book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Trying out some of the recipes from my ever-growing bookmark list
  • Visiting some friends and family
  • Spending more time with my man Tiger-he has been so neglected these past few weeks! 🙁

How could you not love this sweet little face??

As I said, I’ve felt pretty rushed and overwhelmed lately, so breakfast this morning was a fast one!

Cereal mix bowl: 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean, 1/4 cup Quaker Oat Squares, 1/4 cup Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins, 1 spoonful of almond buttah, raspberries, and unsweetened shredded coconut with 1/2 cup of plain low-fat kefir poured over top.

Plus 2 mandarin oranges and a cup of coffee sprinkled with cinnamon!

I really had a hard time deciding what to eat for dinner. I was totally craving a sweet potato but I had some whole wheat pizza crust that really needed to be used up. Remember when I said I’m bad at decision-making? Well, instead of choosing one or the other, I decided to combine them and make Sweet Potato Pizza!

Sweet Potato Pizza with PB & Cinnamon Sauce: (serves 2)

  • 1/2 whole wheat pizza crust, pre-baked (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese whipped*
  • Small handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 baked or roasted sweet potato cut into slices
  • Peanut butter flour + water to equal desired consistency**
  • Cinnamon

*If you have never tried whipped cottage cheese before, you are in for a treat! Blend 1/4 cup of cottage cheese in a blender (or Magic Bullet) until smooth. It doubles in size and has the consistency of a great Greek yogurt!

**I used TJ’s peanut butter flour because I was all out of regular PB, but you could just thin out your peanut butter with water instead.

I baked my pizza in a 425 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes and then low broil for a few minutes. I was trying to blacken the baked sweet potato slices a bit, but it didn’t work. Still good as it was but I think next time I will roast the spud first for a different texture!

I topped my Sweet P Pizza with unsweetened shredded coconut and served it alongside some raw cranberry relish mix with pom arils.

One of the best un-decisions I’ve ever made! Once I thought of using the sweet potato for pizza, choosing the ingredients was easy. I just went with my top favorite toppings for my baked sweet potatoes! Now I’m thinking of savory approach with hummus, sunflower butter and nooch! Mmm!

Well, guess I’m off to bed to dream about my mini-vacay! Whoo-hoo for sleeping in tomorrow!

How are all of you guys adjusting to the post holiday season? Are you going with the flow and feeling fine (and enjoying my alliteration) or do you feel like your being drug through the days mentally present or not?

Do you ever take time off from work to just relax and clear your mind?

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