Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pulled Pork, Corn Bread, Pole Beans

The first day back after a long weekend is always a tough one - I hope yours wasn’t too bad!

After work today, I prepped dinner and got laundry moving. On Monday, I had cooked up some Pulled Pork in the slow cooker to use for a few of Josh’s meals throughout the week. His dinner tonight includes bbq pork, cooked pole beans, fruit (leftover breakfast banana), and some cornbread that I made up this afternoon. I used a Mark Bittman recipe.

For myself, I prepped pole beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn bread, and pinto beans that I cooked up with some chili powder. I will probably also cut up either some cantaloupe or an apple with some delicious nut butter!

Edited to Note: I prepped dinner early as I had to teach Body Attack tonight :)
I really enjoyed reaching the goals I had set for myself this weekend, and decided to set a few for this week.

Goals For the Week:
  • Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep per night (I realize this is low, but I’ve been really bad about getting enough sleep..baby steps ;))
  • Take a walk with Josh
  • Spend at least 15 minutes a night just relaxing (not blogging, doing house work, cooking, etc)

How was your day back after the long weekend?

50 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Long/busy day back for me as well - hang in there!!

eve said...

Good luck accomplishing your goals. It's so smart that you made realistic & measurable ones. I hope you can get the 6.5 hours - it's amazing how different I feel on the nights I got enough vs the ones I don't.

Haleigh said...

Your goals for this week are very reasonable. Good luck! Unfortunately, I have been sick on the day back from the long weekend :(

balancejoyanddelicias said...

these are nice goals! but you need to sleep more than 6.5 hours dear! :)

Janetha said...

good goals, i too want to get 6.5! that is something i definitely need. i love the corn bread, it all looks really good actually!

Dawn said...

it was *really* hard getting back into the grind again. at the gym today I was lagging, seriously lagging. I totally pigged out yesterday.
I need to get more sleep too; I only get about 6, but really need 7/8. I used to get 10 hours, I know it's a lot, but man my skin looked amazing.

Pam said...

I love your goal of just doing nothing for 15 mins.....very wise and freeing.

Your meal is my favorite southern one!

Have a great evening!

cookinfanatic said...

My boyfriend would love that pulled pork recipe - and Aggie's website recipes look phenomenal, thanks for the link! Great goals for the week, I need to work on the sleep & relaxing thing too! :)

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Excellent day, b/c I know my work week will go by fast! Great looking dinner btw. hope your work week goes by fast too :)

Ada said...

Aww, that was so sweet of you to cook Josh his favorite pulled pork:)

Good luck accomplishing your goals!!! I also hope you succeed in getting greater then 6.5 hours of slep;)

Lauren said...

Ugh, the day after a 3 day weekend is the worst but at least it's alreday Wednesday tomorrow, right?!?!

Love the goals this week. Especially the last one, I really need to work on that one myself. It's so important to just completely relax and turn off everything for a few min. a day!

Hope your week is going great Erica!

Maria said...

I didn't work today, we were traveling. We are finally back home after a long day. We had a great time in IL though. Great goals-I don't sleep well at all. I try to improve on it, but no solution yet:) We just got home and don't have much food in the house, so I am enjoying a bowl of watermelon for dinner. Will have to go to the store tomorrow! Have a good night!

Ashley Lauren said...

I love pole beans :)

Britt said...

I hear ya on the sleep. Sometimes I wonder where the night goes, then the next morning I'm mad that I didn't get to bed sooner.

Best wishes with meeting those goals!!

Busy day back for me, but at least its a quick week!

Erika said...

Good luck with the goals. The relaxing and sleep ones are always hard for me.

Bec said...

mmm I love corn bread! My day was busy but good :)

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

I think your goals are great! It is always tough to come back after a long weekend. I'll still take the long weekend though. Have a great week :)

Lizzy said...

today was rough girl! uh...i gotta get to bed. i had to wake up way early and couldnt fall asleep last night!!!! that dinner was KILLER by the way. loved!:)

fittingbackin said...

Congrats on the goals, girl!!

I had a pretty good day back - but was definitely glad to get back home - woo! How do you get by on 6.5 hours of sleep (or less)?? I can't - i'm now jealous!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

I need to start writing out my goals too. I have them up in my head but unless I write them out, they mean nothing! My sleep is taking a hit too, we'll have to keep each other accountable!

Christina said...

how was the cornbread? was it moist enough? i've been wanting to make some!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I am bad about getting enough sleep too. Good luck!

WholeBodyLove said...

I have trouble getting sleep too. I stay up doing homework and average 3-4 hours some weeks! I should work on that :)

Esi said...

Happy Monday (Tuesday). Oh, regarding goals...I am doing that 101 in 1001. I find it's great for long and short term goals and I left some room in case I think of new things as the 1001 days inch along :)

mamasweeds said...

I need to do the same thing... spend some time each day just relaxing! Good for you for setting some priorities!

RickyRae said...

I definitely need to work on my sleep factor also. That 15 minutes of "me time" sounds like the perfect start to a relaxing night's sleep...

K from ksgoodeats said...

I haven't had cornbread in so long - it looks delicious!! Good luck with your goals! They sound great, especially the sleep one :)

My day wasn't anything out of the ordinary because I don't have class/work Mondays. However, Tuesday WAS LONG! Happy Wednesday!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I looove cornbread! I usually order the Vitacorn muffins, but since they are a tad on the expensive side with shipping, I've been looking for a recipe to make my own--this sounds good! Thanks :)

Krista said...

I had a good day back, thanks!

I love cornbread. I usually make a batch when we have chili or stew. I'll have to gid my recipe out soon!

Yum Yucky said...

Did someone say cornbread?? Now you're talkin' my language, baby!

Rose said...

I like your weekly goals! And I know what you mean about 6.5 hours being low - but needing it. I generally get 7 at the most, so I've been aiming for 7-8 this week. So far it's working, but I keep sleeping in!

Good luck - and definitely take those breaks for yourself! That sounds lovely. I should do the same :)

Holly said...

I think those are great goals!! Especially the sleep one...I finally figured out if I go more than one night with less than 7 hours, I'm a monster!

Mmmm....corn bread. Makes me excited for fall!!

teresa said...

mmmm, i love pulled pork, it looks so good!

those are good goals, i'm really trying to get more sleep too, i'm much more pleasant to be around when i do!

insideiamdancing said...

Cornbread rocks my world :)

First days back are always so crazy! Though make the week shorter...

HealthySDLiving said...

That's so funny...this morning I was saying to myself that I really need to calm down a little and have some me time. I only get about 6 hours of sleep a night and I was going to try that my cutting back on some things and actually try to enjoy a night of relaxing! lol Good luck! :)

Rebecca said...

my first day back was slow going...i'm looking forward to our weeklong vacation in october!!

Holly said...

i love your mini-goals...i need to make reasonable ones. my goals are always outrageous, which does not make them easy to attain :)

have a wonderful day, and get some sleep! :)

blueberrymuffins said...

oye! I had sucha hard time with the change of pace from the long weekend! Love all your dinner prep :)

What kind of a workoutis body attack? Kickboxing?

Julie said...

oh! good goals :) I'm with you on the sleep one!

mtbcy said...

Love the idea of setting goals for the week! We are making your sloppy janes for dinner tonight :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm totally craving pulled pork and cornbread now...

Kristen @ Simply Savor said...

congrats on getting your weekly goals done!! it's tough getting back after the relaxing weekend. hope you have a wonderful day :)

Jenna said...

Long day back yesterday, and today kind of :(. I'm in a slump!

I hope you can get the sleep you need, dear! I bet you will see a big difference in your productivity! Baby steps is right though :).

Love the corn bread!

Juliana said...

Nice that you put some goals :-) Although 6.5 hours of sleep would definitely not be enough for me...I love pulled pork...yummie!

Diana said...

I have a similar sleep goal for this week. 6.5 hours doesn't sound like much but I know for a fact it's easier said than done! Good luck!

Sweetie Pie said...

That's my kind of dinner!!

Good for you for setting goals and making progress. I should do more of the same!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Love the little naner pile. Not sure why...just makes me happy.

Oh my gosh, 6.5 hours? I would die. I need at least 8 to function. I hope you're able to get more rest.

Does Frank get to go on your walks with Josh? ;)

Lainie said...

6.5 hours?! Girl, you need more than that! I'd die. I need at least 8...not that I always get it, but i try.

Hang in there this week - I know it's a busy one!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

6.5 - oh dear, yes please, I support that goal 100%! It's a busy time of year but you don't wanna burn out.

Setting goals btw is very smart thinking! It really helps focus your efforts. My current goal is to not look at the computer after 9pm. Baby steps!

Tra said...

YUM nommy cornbread!