Lots of Salads plus Last Night’s Celebration Dinner (WIAW)


I actually didn’t mean to not post yesterday. It’s just that the post I have been working on really wasn’t finished yet and I wasn’t about to rush it just to get it live.

So, hi! It’s Wednesday already! Time to talk food.

I think this picture of my post-run oatmeal explains why I rarely share pictures of my breakfast anymore. It’s so not photogenic! I swear it tastes so good though.

I’ve been using Flahavan’s Oatmeal lately as the company sent me some packages forever ago and I finally got around to trying both the Irish Steel Cut Oats and Irish Oatmeal. I really like both oatmeal varieties and definitely notice their distinct textures.


Another week, another round of salads. I had this chopped salad at Town Bagel but not our usual Town Bagel – we went to a different location this time.

The chopped salad was the same but the bagel selection wasn’t as good. You would think they would have the same bagels but they actually do not which was annoying because I wanted the maple raisin multigrain bagel. Instead, I got a whole wheat everything bagel which was fine except I swear it was missing some of the “everything bagel” ingredients.

In the chopped salad was chickpeas, avocado, beets, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and probably something else.

salad and bagel from town bagel

I really enjoyed this salad at Chopt but I think it’s mainly because I love their spicy tahini dressing. Pretty sure I say that every time I include a Chopt salad in my posts.

In this chopped salad was romaine, spinach, quinoa, avocado, tomatoes, beets, charred onions and spicy peppers.

salad from chopt

Sometimes I really do eat at home. Here is an easy lunch while working salad that contained romaine lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese and a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger.

greek salad

Last night was my son’s moving up ceremony from middle school! I still can’t believe he starts high school in September. The next four years are going to fly, I just know it.

He wanted to go out for a celebration dinner after the ceremony and chose The Cheesecake Factory. It’s funny, I couldn’t think of where we should go on a random Tuesday evening, not even realizing that The Cheesecake Factory was a great option!

Nachos for the table. I am not a nachos lover but I pick at the tomatoes, guacamole and jalapenos.

cheesecake factory nachos

Of course I had my salad. In fact, I recalled having this very same salad the night of my college graduation. The Cheesecake Factory and I have a long, happy history.

cheesecake factory salad

My son chose Linda’s Fudge Cake and I picked at it when he was finished.

linda's fudge cake

After sharing last week’s life lessons after divorce post, it’s worth mentioning that my son is so lucky to be able to have this night with both of his parents. We are really good at sitting together at events like this and have no problem taking him for dinner. It may not be considered the normal divorced thing to do but I don’t believe there is a standard normal divorced thing to do!

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Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating for WIAW!

Do you like nachos?

Which type of oatmeal do you eat lately?

What’s for lunch today?

*I received the packages of oatmeal to try in exchange for my opinion.


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  1. says

    Is that brand oatmeal worth trying? I find oats very heavy and can only eat a small portion. I know you make them to use for several days. I do find the 1/3 of a cup dry makes way to much for my small system. Can’t ever seem to make them like they do out. Congratulations on your son’s graduation. Your a rock star girl and an awesome mother how you always do the right thing for him. Later in life, I think you are emotionally there already, you will realize how you got it all together and your inner strength moved you to higher grounds!!!

    • says

      aw thanks, try telling my son that I always do the right thing though lol. I really like this oatmeal and would recommend it if you can find it. The texture was terrific and it cooks fast. I do still make four servings at a time but then I split up my morning oatmeal into two servings (one before I run and then one after) so that it’s not too much at once time. Most days I probably don’t eat a full serving of oatmeal but I add in fruit which bulks it another way.

  2. says

    You guys go out to dinner TOGETHER?!? And sit together? We don’t even do that, and Jason and I get along quite well. I’m impressed! You’re such a gracious and strong woman. Man, I respect you so much. I wish SO MUCH that the divorced relationships within our family network could get along and have peace. I want to give that gift of maturity and grace to our kids, but I can’t do it alone. I hope we will get there one day, but it’s not looking too promising.
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    • says

      yeah, we really do ok the three of us! it may not always be like this going forward (who really knows) but I’m grateful for the way it has been over the last several years!

  3. says

    That’s great that you three can enjoy a celebratory meal together! I’m honestly not a big fan of nachos – I’ll take chips and salsa or guac instead. Lately I’ve been serving my oats with shredded carrots, almond butter, and fruit – I’m always so hungry after my morning runs, especially if I don’t eat before, and it’s such a satisfying meal.
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