I am home from France and it feels good. Unfortunately I woke up at 3 am and was ready to start the day. Grumples wasn’t too happy with me when I woke him up for a morning walk. He did settle for laying next to me on the floor. I’m sure I’ll be jet-lagged all this week.
It was a long and tiring journey, but worth it in the end. Traveling over the country and experiencing new adventures on the Big Blog Exchange was definitely life changing. However, it feels good to be home. I’m glad I have my dog back, my blog back, and I don’t have to lug around 100 lbs of luggage city to city anymore. I’ve definitely learned the “do’s and don’ts” from experience on this trip.
I have about 20 blog posts about France to write up, but instead of doing them all at once, I’ll try to do one or two a day until they’re all up. I have about five memory cards full of photos to load and share; that’s over 5000 photos.
One thing I’ve missed while being away? My kitchen. I’ve missed cooking healthy meals, brewing coffee, and eating eggs with bacon for breakfast. Cafe au Lait (coffee & milk) isn’t the same. Also, eating only cereal, bread, and croissants for breakfast isn’t my thing. I need protein to keep me full longer. I found that eating danishes for breakfast left me hungrier by noon. It’s the cultural changes that made me appreciate the way I live my life even more. I’m more grateful for my car, my cozy apartment, the huge dog park, my cell phone, and the easy access to everything. It’s just the way I was brought up and once it’s gone, you appreciate it more. Although, there are so many things they do in France that I want to incorporate into my life here in the U.S. I love the way they conserve energy, enjoy their meals at restaurants, work hard, and restore historic beauty.
The first thing I did this morning? I made an omelet and it was delicious. I need to go grocery shopping later today so I can buy chicken to grill, veggies to bake, healthy dessert ingredients, and more! I’ve missed posting recipes and can’t wait to share all the ones on my mind. Today, I think I’ll make a pumpkin & cream dessert pizza. I just need to think of the ingredients and how to go about it.
My omelet had 2 eggs, 1 egg white, 1 tsp garlic powder, black pepper, 1 roma tomato, 1 cup spinach, 2 slices turkey bacon, 1/4 cup almond milk, and 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
-Heat a frying pan greased with olive oil to medium-high heat.
-In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, black pepper, garlic, and almond milk together.
-Chop the the tomatoes, cooked turkey bacon, and spinach.
-Pour the egg into the heated frying pan.
-Once the bottom of the eggs have darted to cook, add the bacon, tomatoes, and spinach.
-Cover and let the omelet continue to cook.
-Once the vegetables sink down into the omelet, add the cheese and cover.
When the cheese starts to melt, fold the omelet in half and cook each side for a minute or two.
Transfer the omelet to a serving dish!
I had a couple slices of light whole wheat bread with almond butter and bananas. In about an hour, I’m heading to the gym for a nice spin class session! I can’ wait 🙂