What I Ate and What I Bought

Wow. What a long and wonderful weekend!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break (if you had one) and had fun Black Friday shopping! I haven’t talked to most of you since last week’s What I Ate The Day Before Thanksgiving WIAW. It’s been too long.

So, let’s jump right in and I’ll give you a recap of what I ate over the weekend… and what I bought!

First up, What I Ate! The following are a collage of some of my better looking meals during my break, and some when I came back this week:


Banana Protein Bread with Cranberries.


Roasted Kale, Carrots and Tuna Salad.

I just washed some pieces of kale and sliced a few baby carrots. I roasted everything under a medium broil for about 5-7 minutes until the kale was crispy and the carrots were softer but still had a crunch. (About 4 minutes in I also added some tuna on top to get warm).

Then I served it all one on big (Christmas) plate with a side of grapes!


A new squash to add to my collection! This is buttercup squash, which resembles acorn squash, and is “supposed” to taste like a sweet potato.

It was good, but tasted nothing like a sweet potato.

How to Cook Buttercup Squash in the Microwave


  • 1 ripe buttercup squash
  • 1 plate
  • 1 sharp knife (I actually used a butter knife and it worked!)
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 microwave


1. Cut the squash in half.

2. Scoop out the seeds and place one half on a plate.

3. Microwave the squash for 8-12 minutes and check it with a fork. Microwave for a few more minutes until soft, tender and done.


After my lunch containing chicken (today), I just wasn’t feeling too good and decided to refrain from meat for dinner. Instead I had two big plates of salad with shredded carrots, and a lot of rice!

This ended up being a good decision, because while I still didn’t feel very well after the rice, I’m positive my stomach would have been much worse if I had tried to chow down on grilled chicken like normal.


Recycled picture of grapes.

Now that all of that food is out of the way, onto the Black Friday deals and What I Bought!

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of everything that I bought while I was still at home, so stock photos will just have to do! They’re probably better than what my silly old phone would have taken anyways…

On Thursday morning we left our house at 6:40 AM (was supposed to be 6:00 AM) and started our 3 1/2 hour drive to my grandma’s house. We arrived just as my uncle and aunt pulled in, and our two families all sat down together in the living room. Classic chatter and stories ensued, then it was time to pray and have lunch!

I ate a light meal before we got there of chicken, grapes and carrots (there was nothing for lunch that I could eat). I just sipped on a glass of water while everyone else gorged on holiday delicacies. Ha!

When it was time to leave, we said goodbye and headed out to find something to do until we went Black Friday shopping.

My parents decided to watch a movie.


It was very good and intense. Not quite as good as Casino Royale, but not nearly as dragged out or as confusing as Quantum of Solace.

Then we headed to Wal-Mart just a few seconds away. We got there at 7:00 PM and after walking around for a few minutes we all dispersed to our respective lines. My mom went to wait for a fire pit, my brother went to wait for his PS3 games, and I got in line for the DVDs! And what about my dad? Oh… He just walked around and chatted with each of us numerous times to save us from boredom. So nice.

Last year there were no lines for items. It was just a big rush of people as soon as it reached midnight. This year though, there were lines plus a COP! No one around me got rowdy (or required handcuffs), but there were a few teenage boys that were just getting on everyone’s nerves. No matter how many times the woman in front of me told the boys that there was a line, they just kept on whispering back and forth that they would push us out of the way if they had to. In response everyone around me just smashed together so that there wasn’t any room for them to get through. In the end, they probably didn’t get anything because the line was so long. It started in the produce section and reached all the way back to the freezer section more than 15 aisles away!

When it was finally 8:00 PM the Wal-Mart employees let a few people at a time into the DVD area. It was all very civilized. No pushing, shoving or fighting!

We were limited to just 10 DVDs, so I picked out some and went through them later with my brother to decide which ones we really wanted.

I bought Fast Five, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Water for Elephants. Each movie was only $1.96! (Except Fast Five which was $4.96… but totally worth it!).

My brother ended up buying two video games (not sure which ones) and two DVDs: Sherlock Holmes 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

My dad was also nice enough to pick me up a vacuum cleaner when I was waiting in line! At first he brought over a red one, then after a slight hesitation on my part I confessed that I “really” wanted… anything but red. I was totally not being picky; he asked which I preferred! I ended up with a purple one, which I love! I’ll let you know how it works when I give it a try.

Overall we were quite successful. Everyone got something that they wanted (my dad bought some new tires later on), and no one got hurt! All of the other shoppers were so nice. Year Three complete!


In my next post I am going to talk about some not-so-great things that happened on Thanksgiving concerning my digestion. Also, I’m going to be sharing my next plan in healing my stomach, so stayed tuned!


What did you eat/buy on Thanksgiving?

Any crazy family stories to tell? Any crazy Black Friday stories?

Do you have any digestive problems? Have you ever heard and/or tried the GAPS diet for healing?

63 thoughts on “What I Ate and What I Bought

  1. Buttercup squash is most definitely my favourite. And I’m surprised your stomach can handle grapes!! When mine was acting up, grapes, raisins, dates, and apples were total no-no’s. It’s much better now, but you’re lucky your grapes are still a go-to.
    Good to hear that you weren’t stampeded to death at Wal-Mart!! πŸ˜‰

    • Ya, well, my stomach doesn’t handle any of those that well either. I’m so limited now though that I just pick the ones that cause the least amount of trouble. They don’t bother me when I only eat two or three, but anymore causes some serious bloating.

      Haha. Thanks. Happy to report! πŸ˜‰

  2. You drank water while everyone else ate Thanksgiving dinner?! That doesn’t sound great at all. I’m sorry to hear that, but glad you were able to console yourself with some black friday deals.
    I’ve never heard of the GAPS diet, and I’ve got no crazy stories to tell about the holidays, which is a good thing. πŸ™‚

    • It wasn’t great at all. Lol. But, I would have felt even more awkward eating my grapes and carrots while everyone else ate delicious apple pie. πŸ™‚ At leas it wasn’t at a formal table or anything. Some sat down in the living room to eat.

      That is definitely a good thing that you have no crazy stories to tell. Hope you had a good time!

    • Thanks. I’m pretty everything is not okay. Lol. But it’s still way better than a year ago when I first started having problems!

      And thanks. It’s my only tie to “real food” like bread πŸ™‚ It’s actually a pretty good replacement!

    • I’m super lazy when it comes to making squash too. Even with the ability to make it in the microwave, I have to convince my self that 1. It will only take a minute to prepare. 2. It SO worth it. and 3. Just do it. You’ll be happy later. Lol πŸ˜‰

  3. Love that everyone sort of bonded together to take care of those annoying teenagers! Haha, I’ve always found the same thing on Black Friday. Most people aren’t cut throat tearing through the line, everyone’s just having fun and kind of laughing at how ridiculous the situation is together. Glad you had fun and scored some awesome deals!

    • Yes. They were so annoying! I kept on thinking, “I’m probably around their age. I hope I never act like that!” It’s so funny because most of the people who Black Friday shop actually laugh and say how ridiculous it all is. At least we acknowledge it!

      My aunt said last year though that one of her coworkers actually got picked up and moved by the shoppers as they were running for the DVDs at Walmart. Hope nothing like that happened this year!

  4. Looks good lady! I’ll have to try that squash…always interested in trying new things like that, especially this time of year πŸ™‚ And what a fun way to do black Friday shopping with your family! I love that your dad kept each of you from being bored haha…such a nice thing to do πŸ™‚

    • I used to never eat squash on a regular basis, but now I’m obsessed! Seriously, it’s like the fruit of the veggie world. So good!

      Yep. I probably would have given up if he hadn’t kept coming around to bug me πŸ˜‰ I was so bored with no one to talk to.

  5. I’m sorry you weren’t able to partake in the Thanksgiving dinner and had digestion troubles. Are you feeling better now?

    Funny how you liked Casino Royale better than Skyfall – it’s been the other way round for me :D. Skyfall seemed deeper to me and I guess I’m just not the biggest fan of typical action movies.

    • I’m feeling a little better now. I’m glad that I didn’t even attempt to eat any of the turkey or veggies at the dinner though. Bringing food from hope was definitely the right decision. I’m positive it prevented me from feeling even worse!

      I kind of think that I need to go back and watch Casion Royale. I don’t really remember much about it, except that it was good. Skyfall was much deeper, I just didn’t like the ending πŸ˜‰ I understood why they did it, but whenever a main character… uh… encounters “that” (trying to prevent spoilers here), you can’t help but be a little sad.

    • That’s what Alex recommended above too. I think you’re both right! I’m also going to look up a description online so that I know I’m picking a squash with the ripeness next time, just to be sure!

  6. I just watched Skyfall in Imax and I loved it!! Your eats look so delish..I didn’t do nearly as good as you did with my veggies yesterday (and today, oops). Must eat more veggies!! πŸ˜‰

  7. Funny, I tried buttercup squash for the first time recently, too (last night–and leftovers for today’s lunch). I got it since I couldn’t find kabocha (I think they’re pretty similar). I don’t think I’ve met a squash I haven’t liked! I’ve never heard of GAPS (heading over to Google), but I hope you start feeling better!

    • That is funny. I thought it was pretty good, but I thought it would be sweeter, like butternut squash. It was still really good though. I need to come up with some new ways to eat it other than just plain. πŸ™‚

      I do feel better, but… I’ll probably feel bad again tomorrow. Lol. It’s kind of like a cycle. There is just something not right going on in my stomach! Nothing feels “normal,” you know? I’m hoping that GAPS, or something similar could be the answer to my prayers. *Cue angels* πŸ˜‰

    • I know! I’m used to Wal-Mart, who on a “good” day has butternut, spaghetti and acorn. But my grandmother gave me a gift card for Meijer so I decided to check it out. I literally had to DECIDE which kinds to try. Haha. I’m not used to so many options.

      I think a future squash review post is in order πŸ™‚

  8. Wow I wish we had Black Friday here in the UK. It sounds crazy but so much fun! What bargains you got!
    I’m really looking forward to seeing Skyfall. Daniel Craig is my favourite James Bond by a long shot. I don’t normally go for blonds, but they’re something very sexy about this one πŸ˜‰

  9. I’m glad you were able to get what you wanted on black friday. πŸ™‚

    So I have heard of the gaps diet before but haven’t looked into it. I eat a whole foods/real foods/traditional foods diet and it’s popular among people who eat like I do. One of my favorite bloggers is about to start on the gaps diet.

    Here is a link to her recent post: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2012/11/goodbye-gluten-hello-iron.html

    In that post she has a link to a previous post where she talks about the potential side effects of following the diet long term. I think it’s worth reading along with the comments.

    I have suffered with GI issues for most of my life. In short, I don’t remember ever having a normal bowel movement until I started eating a whole foods diet with soaked grains, legumes, nuts, stock made from bones, grass fed beef and dairy, pastured pork, poultry and eggs, limiting refined sugar, limiting dairy and excluding all modern wheat. God led me to research and learn about this way of eating and it changed my life. Now I don’t suffer GI issues except when I stray from my diet. When I do stray and suffer the consequences I know why and can get back to health by returning to my normal diet, although it takes time to heal from the harm I caused myself. Usually it takes a couple weeks at least before I’m back to normal.

    I hope the gaps diet helps you. Ultimately I think we’re all different and unfortunately have to experiment to find out what works for us individually.

    • I actually saw her blog when I was researching the GAPS diet. Thanks for the link. Back posts are so helpful. I think most of the side effects are if you go low carb, but I’ll definitely keep that in mind. I have no plans to go low carb though… Haha. I like my squash, veggies and fruit WAY too much πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the advice. I’m glad that you’ve found something that works for you. I’m hoping whatever I choose will help me to eventually eat some of the food you listed like legumes, grains, nuts, dairy and eggs. GAPS is “supposedly” supposed to heal your gut and eliminate some sensitiveness that a leaky gut causes. Really, I’d just be happy to be able to eat everything that I’m supposed to *not* be allergic to.

      Experimenting is both exciting and terrifying. Exciting in the idea that it really can lead to something great, but terrifying in the prospect that in healing things tend to get worse before they get better, and also the fact that it may not be right for me.

      I hope you have a great weekend. I really appreciate your comment and insight! πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve been black friday shopping since 2004, but never, ever, ever will set foot in a wal-mart on black friday ever again. My mom, dad and I waited in line for this TV and the guy in front of them, thought my Dad hit him with the cart on purpose, turned around and punched my dad in the face.

    We went to Old Navy at midnight this year, came home for a few hours to sleep and then spent all day Friday shopping, tons of fun and got a crap ton of presents, win win πŸ™‚

    • Oh my gosh. That’s terrible! My dad would never go Black Friday if something like that happened to him. Last year he said that if anybody was rude, mean (or punched him in the face…) he’d refuse to go Black Friday shopping ever again. Did you at least get the TV? Haha. It would be ten times worse if it was all for nothing.

      My aunt and her friend went to Old Navy too. She said there were some really special sales going on, and when they finally made it into the store people already had full carts and were checking out. If I remember correctly, there were some awesome deals on jeans? Glad you had fun. I may just have to go to Old Navy next year!

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