Andrea: All it took was a trip to Costco

Did you know that Friday night’s at Costco are hellabusy? At least the one I go to. But, I knew if I didn’t go after work on Friday, I would have nothing healthy to eat all weekend – much like the past couple of weeks. So, I manned up, grabbed a big-ass cart and started filling it up.

When I got home, and was putting all my produce away, I felt happy, settled, and back. Random funk begone. Thanks Costco!

I felt so good in fact, that I opted not to hang out with friends and stayed at home to cook and bake. I had a piece of ahi tuna in the fridge that had been marinating for a couple of days, so I seared that and ate it with some pureed butternut squash. Simple and delicious.


I also had some extremely ripe bananas that were begging to be turned into bread. So, I happily obliged and made Mama Pea’s toasted almond flax banana bread. I made a regular size loaf, and then a mini one for me to eat that night.


It was excellent and I highly recommend you try this for yourself!

Saturday morning I had a date with a friend – breakfast at J&M Cafe in SE Portland. I hadn’t been there in years so it was like trying out a new place!


I ordered a scramble with mustard greens, leeks, mushrooms, and garlic. I asked for parmesan on the side, but it was flavorful enough that I didn’t even need the extra dairy. Worked for me because I definitely ate one of those butters ๐Ÿ™‚ After breakfast we headed to the Portland Saturday Market. Neither one of us bought anything, but we did see this:


Basil only wishes he was this cool.

Saturday night was Lee’s birthday – hence the cake from my last post. There was lots of debauchery and I totally made up for not hanging out with everybody on Friday night ๐Ÿ™‚

I worked this morning and into the afternoon. Even though I had fueled up with a big glass of juice and a big piece of banana bread before I left, I was ravenous by the time I got home. I wanted something quick, so a salad was the easiest solution.   


I used the other half of my tuna from Friday night and it was an excellent salad topper. Look at how gorgeous this piece of fish is! Ahi tuna is definitely going into regular rotation on my dinner menu.


The weather was gorgeous here today so I sat outside on our back stoop while I ate. Chris joined me with his lunch and we sat outside planning our next move when it comes to our back yard.


Chris planted some azaleas, hostas, and ground cover on Friday. Next comes bringing in some flagstone to make a seating area. Hopefully soon, I’ll be able to sit at a real table outside instead of on a concrete step ๐Ÿ™‚


My lunch dessert was half a cantaloupe. My first one of the year!


I just couldn’t say no to that face, so I let him lick the “bowl.”


Since I had such a late lunch, I’m skipping dinner and just eating some strawberries with rawnola and greek yogurt.


I’m about to start a movie – The Lovely Bones. If it’s half as good as the book, I’ll be happy!


13 responses to this post.

  1. I feel like Sunday is the Costco busy day here. I really love that you made a mini banana loaf ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Your yard is gorgeous! I’m so glad you liked the bread, and the mini loaf is beyond cute.

    As always, I’m a day late and a dollar short…I’m hitting Costco tomorrow!


  3. Yum yum yum! I want to eat everything in this post. Seared Ahi Salad-all over it! Banana bread goodness-wishing I had rotten bananas right now! I know what you mean about Costco on Fri night. It makes me super cranky. Have a good night!


  4. I hear you on the Costco. I have only gone there once on a Friday night and I swear to you, never ever ever again. That place is f’n nuts.

    Let me know how the Lovely Bones is. I read the book but dh was super against watching the movie.


  5. Costco is mad everyday/night of the week in SoCal..except sunday mornings when everyone is at church.


  6. It looks like you cooked that ahi perfectly! Yum


  7. My parents have a cat that goes crazy for cantaloupe, like climbing the walls, wailing, crazy. Then we have my cat who has a panic attack when you eat a banana, she likes to lick the peel and prefers to do it when you are still eating the inside.


  8. Costco is cra-zay! But I love going there too.
    The meals look wonderful…the banana bread is fabulous.
    I also love the spring photos! So glad winter is over!


  9. Your ahi salad looks like something from a restaurant!

    The mini-loaf of bread is adorable. Your version of Mama Pea’s banana bread turned out much prettier than mine! I left out the topping because I’m lazy + cheap ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. Posted by Hope Has A Place on April 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The banana bread looks ah-mazing! I’m so ready to try that recipe. Must wait for bananas on counter to ripen…


  11. Speaking of Costco… I have a large list going and need to get over there some time this week!

    Your bread looks pretty tasty! I need to make a loaf ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. That bread looks dee-lish and very filling! I’m definitely going to check out Mama Pea’s recipe so I can make some for myself.


  13. So simple, yet so delicious ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gotta love the cantaloupe, the tuna and the squash.
    Hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great week, Andrea!
    Brazilian XOXOยดs,


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