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Running Well, Wedding Bells + Internet Hell August 16, 2009

Yep, that pretty much sums up my weekend.

Let’s start with the good stuff – I got up at 7am bright n’ early on Saturday morning and ate a nice carb-heavy pre-run meal consisting of a 1/2 cup Special K with 1/2 cup skim milk and a chocolate chip granola bar.  There is no better running fuel than pure white carbs.

Then, yours truly did what she has NEVER done before – run 16 miles!

The first 9 miles went well despite the Minnesota heat and humidity.  I made sure to make frequent water stops (also stopping to splash water on my head to cool down) before returning back to my friend Ashley’s where I popped 3 Clif Black Cherry Shot Bloks and some Diet Cherry Pepsi (don’t judge).  Then Ashley headed out with me to finish the last 7 miles, and my other friend Megan joined us for the last 3 miles.  My friends are seriously the best :).

In the end? The run went AWESOME.  I finished in my marathon pace of just under 10:00 minutes/mile, equaling about 2 hours and 40 minutes.  I seriously think I could have gone even further. It was that kind of glorious running day.

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

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Indian buffet of love from Whole Foods...with a Cilantro Chutney Samosa!

Seriously…if I could marry Indian food I would.  Shhhhh, don’t tell McMac I am cheating on him ;).

After lunchie, it was off to IKEA –  ummm, holy anxiety!  Soooo many people, soooo many things to look at and tooooo little time.  Luckily, I had my trusted Meggy Moo in tow.  If this isn’t a friend, I don’t know what is:

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

Then, I gussied myself up and headed off to my girl Charlotte’s wedding!  Charlotte and I studied abroad together in college in London, and we’ve pretty much been soulmates ever since.  LOVE that girl.  I also got to see Brittany (who also studied abroad with us) for the first time in years.  LOVE that girl too.

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Hobag, CharChar Binks and Brittho (our nicknames)

started with a red vino...

started with a red vino...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

Yeah, that’s right.  My girl Char had a plethora of CHEESECAKES at her wedding instead of regular ol’ wedding cake.  That is reason #4,276 that we are friends.  Brittho and I may have split an additional piece of Key Lime Cheesecake.  Just sayin…

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

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fabulousness all around

Did I mention Charlotte also had a photo booth AND late-night pizza?  Reasons #3,231 and #6,121,989 we are friends.

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

When I got home, I crashed harder than Lindsey Lohan’s career.

After almost 10 hours of glorious sleep, I woke up to coffee and a lovely chat with Ashley.  Then, right as I started contemplating eating Ash’s carpet, it was 10:30am and time for me to meet another fabulous lady you all know – Ms. Angharad!

We met at the Uptown Diner…looks like a total dive from the outside, but inside you will find such fabulous delicacies such as this…

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tex-mex breakfast burrito (Angharad)

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french toast kamikaze-style (aka with bananas, blueberries & pecans) para moi

After brekkie, I skedaddled back on the road (wasn’t I just driving?) back to Madison.  Five LONG hours later, I arrived safely.  After successful shopping trip #2 at the co-op (including a free coupon for a French Meadow bread product and a bottle of organic agave syrup – score!), I made it back to my apartment to find the Internet still not working.

WTF?!?!?!?!

I can’t handle this.  ATT is apparently coming on Tuesday to fix it, but that means another two days of paying for coffee at the cute coffeeshop for free Wi-Fi.  I guess there could be worse thangs…

green ap + peppahjack stick

green ap + peppahjack stick

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

Ah, home sweet home.

After getting really frustrated and angry speaking calmly with the Internet peeps, I needed a snackie.  Enter in perhaps, my other new love (sorry McMac AND Indian food :()

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

Ingredients: organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, organic pineapple, organic pineapple juice concentrate, organic coconut extract, organic rum extract

One word: AMAZING.

look at those pineapple chunks of love

look at those pineapple chunks of love

After dessert, I had dinner…

mixed greens
cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado
1/3 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/3 cup mild salsa
1/4 cup sliced green pepper
crushed blue corn chips 

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Mexican Fiesta Salad

And a lil’ calcium for (more) dessert…

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

I just scrolled through the post and realized it’s practically a marathon long, which by the way, the Twin Cities Marathon is in T-minus 49 days.  Eeeeeeek!

Bloggy thangs I still have planned (even if they are taking uber-longer than I expected):

  • Marathon training post
  • Holly Investigates… post (It’s been 75% done for like three weeks now!)
  • Two exciting announcements
  • Updates

Hang in there my children…mama WILL eventually get there!

Now, I am downing the rest of my drank and gettin’ down to read some bloggy love!  Say a prayer for my Internet por favor and have a relaxing Sunday night!

 

Highlight of the weekend?  Put it out there peeps!  Mine was probably the amazing run on Saturday morning and the pictures Char, Britt and I took in the photo booth.  They were epic.

 

Guess Who’s Back…Back Again… August 8, 2009

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Shady’s Holly’s back, tell a friend…

…and SOOO happy to be back!  I missed y’all :).

 

First and foremost, thank you to Janetha, Alison, Matt, Angharad and Katharina for sitting in the hosting chair as the acting Healthy Everythingtarian this week and writing a wonderful variety of guest posts.  I loved each and every one of them (which ALL got rave reviews from my co-workers!) – THANK YOU!

I also have to thank YOU all – I also got some lovely feedback from the guest posters saying how wonderful Healthy Everythingtarian readers are, and for that, my homedudes, you WILL be rewarded (hint: scroll down to the end of this post).

 

Good news…I am not homeless in Madison!  Woowoo for that!  When you read this, I am actually probably currently moving into my new digs.  I actually haven’t seen the apartment (one of the downsides of moving from another state…eek!) but a friend looked at it for me and gave it the go-ahead, so I am crossing my fingers it’s no drug house or anything.  I guess we’ll see…

This week away from the blogosphere was full of totally awesome firsts…

my first can of Zevia ever

my first can of Zevia ever

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my first giveaway win ever

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my first CREAM CHEESE+PEANUT BUTTER+NUTELLA empanada ever

my first shocktop ever

my first Shocktop beer ever

…as well as lots of normal daily activities…

pedis with my sissy (mine are on the right)

pedis with my sissy (my ruby red toesies are on the right)

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the usual yogurt-fruit afternoon snack combo

coupons from the lovely peeps at Chobani

coupons from the lovely peeps at Chobani

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wise words of wisdom i find useful when wanting to rip my hair out

…and, of course, full of friends!

my senior year prom date and moi

me + my high school junior year prom date

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me and some of my besties

Man, so much housekeeping to do!  Listen up yo, here we go, here we go…

Running low on Zoe’s Granolas or need to replenish the stash? Save 25% when you enter code ZOE45444 at checkout at Amazon. Offer valid through August 30, 2009 – get there now peeps!

Another bloggy award…this time the lovely Justine from Confessions of a S.A.H.M. passed on the “Honest Award” to me for being opinionated (comes easily to me), truthful and writing from the heart.  Thank you darlin!  I’m supposed to pass it on…but I have to pass it onto all of you for being “honestly” fabulous readers :).

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You’re probably thinking, ummm blogger award? In addition, an exciting announcement should also be made by the end of the week for y’all!  Stay tuned to find out exactly what that upcoming news entails.  Gosh, I’m so mysterious…muah ha ha!

 

Finally…I have to give a huge, long overdue shout-out to my (former :() co-worker Laurie who is single-handedly responsible for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to start this blog.  In other words, she is the one you can yell at thank for my foodie ramblings, bad jokes and daily appearances here on The Healthy Everythingtarian.  Love you Laur!

 

So, get ready to back on normal schedule including some “This and That” love and a looonnnngggg overdue “Holly Investigates” post.  Now that I am finally settling in, the bloggy goodness is going to skyrocket with awesomeness.  Does that even make sense?  Ahhhh…whatev – enjoy the weekend everyone!

 

Pizzaliciousness August 2, 2009

Warning: You are in for a monster of a post my friends; so buckle up and let’s roll out!

Let’s flashback to Friday night….dinner was simple and tasty.  Most importantly, it was on the table within 10 minutes of arriving home from work.

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eggs + whole wheat toast

PB+B

PB+B

Simple is best, no?

After dindin, it was me + 500 Days of Summer, which equated to a perfect solo night to recharge the batteries.  I headed to the indie theater in Minneapolis and thorough enjoyed the quirky, romantic comedy of a movie.  Not only do I have a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun, anyone?), but I officially also now have a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel (who also happens to be on the new cover of SELF mag!).

When I got home, my sister, her boyfriend and I spent the next 1 1/2 hours reading Texts From Last Night.  Completely inappropriate?  Of course.  Completely hilar?  Obv.

I slept in until 9am Saturday morn (that is late para mi!) and enjoyed a nice brekkie pre-run…

zoe's cinnamon raisin granola + cinnamon raisin smartstart + skim milk + POM juice

zoe's cinnamon raisin granola + cinnamon raisin smartstart + skim milk + POM juice

About an hour or so later, I bounded out for a 10 mile run.

Ummm…yeah, it didn’t go so hot.  I felt out of shape (hadn’t run since last Saturday), my chest was uber-tight and I miscalculated my run.  For some reason, I thought the route I planned was 10 miles, but it ended up being 8.  Don’t ask how I messed that one up.

I’m chalking that one up to getting back in the running groove. Since I haven’t done yoga in forev, I took more time to stretch myself out post-run while eating these…

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one pound of strawbs consumed

Oops…I forgot to mention the other pound of strawberries (a 2 lb. container for 4$!) was consumed yesterday afternoon.  Yes, that means I’ve consumed 2 lbs. of strawbs in two days.

Lunchie made me feel better after the crappy run because I met one of my besties Megan out at Davanni’s – our date restaurant of choice!  This is what we ALWAYS order…

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veggie white pizza...

...and diet coke = meg and holly's traditional date

...and diet coke = meg & holly's traditional date

After scarfing down 4 pieces and two Diet Cokes (it’s tradition!), we bebopped over to Target in search of Miss Fit herself…

jillian oh jillian, how i've needed thee!

jillian oh jillian, how i've needed thee!

Yes, that’s right, I am totally behind the times and JUST picked up Jillian’s 30-Day Shred!  Meg and I started talking about it at lunch because she wants to get uber-fit for her sister’s wedding in a month, so we tag teamed it and are going to Shred together!  Hot bods here we come!

Last night = top night.

I met Angharad from Eating for England out for dinner wine.  Lots more wine was consumed than food :).

notice how the pizza is still untouched but the glass of wine is definitely already half drank

notice how the pizza is still untouched but the glass of wine is definitely already half drank

We met up at a cute lil’ local pizza joint where Angharad’s hubs works and started off with what else? RED WINE.

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notice: also 3/4 drank

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roasted beet and asparagus salad

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Greek 'zza

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pumpkin dessert o' love

Throughout our night of consuming one to many glasses of above said alchoholic beverage antioxidants, Angharad and I totally got to girl chat, gab, discuss and have some fabulous conversation.  I am honestly SO SAD that I only met her recently, and now I am moving to Madison :(.  It was obvious the blog heavens wanted us to be friends, so naturally we’ve already planned meet-up date #4.

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cheers to new fabulous friends!

Also, I must note: Dan (her hubs) is equally as awesome.  Not only does he make killer pizza, but the man was the first person to challenge me whatsoever in the Countries of the World game on Sporcle.  Mad props Dan. Mad props.

 

This morning…not going to lie…slightly hungover.

Slight headache? Check. Slight gut rot? Check. Slight nausea? Check. Yep, def slight hangover.  I’ve downed a Nalgene of water this morning already, a slice of whole wheat toast with spread and took some Ibuprofen, so actually I’m not feeling too bad.  It was so worth it.

Special K w/ Red Berries, Blueberries + Skim MIlk

Special K w/ Red Berries, Blueberries + Skim MIlk

Also, I woke up at 8am (norm time) then fell back asleep until 10:30am!  Ummm, that happens like never.  Seriously, it felt so glorious, I can’t even tell you.

However, now I need to get a jumpsky on Sunday!  Possible schedule for the day (in random order)…

  • Coffee (this WILL be first)
  • Start the Shred (due to Drinker’s Remorse, sometimes I feel the need to punish my body for the activities of the night before)
  • Stop at the Goodwill to drop off donation
  • Pool
  • 7pm Yoga/Pilates Fusion class
  • Clean out car
  • Light grocery shopping
  • Organize finances
  • Bloggy thangs + bloggy reading

We’ll see if anything actually gets done…

 

Red Red Wine July 28, 2009

…you make me feel so fine.  You keep me rockin’, all of da time.

Ub40, anybody?

Not going to lie, I may have perhaps just slightly have drank too much red wine at dinner.  Mmmmmm…red red wine you give me whole heap of zing, whole heap of zing make me do my own thing.  Oops…more on that in a bit…

1/3 cup oat bran
1 (4-oz) container YoBaby peach yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup skim milk 

~ soaked overnight ~

1/2 cup strawbs
1 heaping tbsp. raw almond butter 

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Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oat Bran

Thank you Snackface :).

So dudes, my tumtum has been in absolutely rollercoaster butterfly fluttering mode all day.  I’ve been waiting to hear back from another job and wait which job to take.  This gal is rarely ever NOT HUNGRY and all day food did not sound good. Suriously dudes, this is a rarity.  I literally had to force this down…

organic rasps.  yes, i ate the whole thing.

organic rasps. yes, i ate the whole thing.

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una ensalada grande

mixed greens
cucumber
1 hardboiled egg
beets
tomatoes
carrots
cauliflower
dried cranberries
sunflower seeds
mango pineapple vinaigrette

 

Ummm…I’m watching the post-Bachelorette show, and can I date Reid please?  Soooo cute.  Okay, rando side note.  Did anyone see the lady hysterically crying in the audience when they re-played Jillian & Ed’s engagement? HILAR.

Also, sorry to anybody who may have had the Bach ending spoiled by my big mouth!  I promise a warning next time I give out spoilers on the blog!


After lunch, I got the job answer I had been waiting for!  I decided to take the job offer I got this last week!  Woowoo!  The only slightly sad part is that the job is back in Madison, Wisc. (my ol’ college stompin’ grounds), which means I have to leave Minnesota, which is so sad.  I have to leave new friends, like my fabulous new bloggy bud Angharad as well as my besties and family.  However, I am firm believer that everything happens for a reason – so I look forward to seeing what the future holds!

Suddenly, after I had made the decision, I was hungry again (haha!), hence this lovely…

PB+E (peanut butter on Ezekiel bread)...chompchompchomp

PB+E (peanut butter on Ezekiel bread)...chompchompchomp

After work (in which I could not concentrate the rest of the day – my mind was swinging from limb to limb thinking of the bajillion things I need to do), I ran home quickly then met my friend Brad for dinner.  He’s leaving in two days for Michigan (hollllaaaa Miss K!) for grad school, so we had one last get together at Azia Restaurant, a delicious restaurant which prides itself on “Asian spice meets Minnesota nice,” love it!

a bottle of vino...the beginning of the buzz...

a bottle of vino...the beginning of the buzz...

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Vietnamese Tofu Pho...soooo good!

Brad's eats: Chicken Pad Thai

Brad's eats: Chicken Pad Thai

Brad = suriously one of the funniest peeps ever.  Hence why, two hours later I found myself laughing hysterically, tearing up in laughter and definitely drunkity drunk drunk drunk on red wine.  He also pointed out that yesterday, I accidentally wrote I was meeting up with people from my, pubic relations internship” instead of what it should have been – “public relations internship.”  Just a slight difference between the two – he referred to it as a “hairy” situation ;).

After dindin, I may just have had a couple spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream to seal the deal for the night.

 

Now, I am feeling excited, overwhelmed and nervous for all the changes ahead.  I start my new job August 10th – eeeeeekkkk, that’s like less than a couple weeks!  So much to do, so little time.  I didn’t run 3 miles today like planned – I figured another day off to celebrate wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world :).

Gotta runsky, but I hope y’all had a fab day!

 

What’s your fave 80’s tune?  Red Red Wine most def ranks high on the list!

 

Eat, Shop, Run + Wed, Part 1 July 26, 2009

Here we go, here we go, kick it!

Dudes….get ready for a serious two-part MONSTER of a weekend post! 

 

***FRIDAY***

Last time I left you all, the weekend had just begun!  I raced out of work and straight home to take care of the beast (1st priority) and then make some dindin (2nd priority).  The beast?  Check.  Dinner? Cheeccckkkk.

Appetizer: celery + almond buttah

Appetizer: celery + almond buttah

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Main Course: Amy's Green Tamale frozen meal

Verdict?  Delish, as always.

Verdict? Delish, as always.

After dinner, I met up with my friend Meggy Moo for some Friday night shopping.  Does anybody else LOVE going to the mall on Friday nights?  Less crowds, more relaxed and better deals!  We hit up the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, but naturally, even though so many things were on sale, they were still way too expensive for moi.  Ugh.

However, we did hit up Nordstrom’s Rack (like an outlet version of Nordstrom’s), where we found KILLER deals.  Two pairs of Hue tights in black and brown for $5 and a Trina Turk orange-striped cardigan for $40.  A girl just can’t resist a good bargain…

 

***SATURDAY***

I fell asleep Friday night knowing it was the big 1-3 mile run in the morn.  I got up and carb-loaded like a champ with about 7 cups of Banana Nut Cheerios and 1/2 cup skim milk (all I had left)…

Maybe not 7 cups...but definitely 2 or 3...

Maybe not 7 cups...but definitely 2 or 3...

My sister Alli, who is also running the marathon, came up to my neck of the woods to run with me.  What a difference!  Seriously, does anyone else find it way uber-easier to run with somebody else than just by themselves?  Mama Everythingtarian ran the first 6 miles with us, then went to meet up with my dad and younger sister while we completed the 13.  We walked warmed-up for the first 1/2 mile, ran 12 around the lakes, then took her easy and walked the last 1/2 mile.  Barbie, Ken and sissy #3 were waiting for us with water and bagels when we were done – hallelujah, I love you family!

PB + Whole Wheat Bagel + loads of H2O

PB + Whole Wheat Bagel + loads of H2O

a cuppa orange mango juice may have also happened somewhere along the lines

a cuppa orange mango juice may have also happened somewhere along the lines

After blasting through the awesome run, which took us about 2 hours (roughly 10 minute miles), I got back to la casa de mi prima and showered up to meet Angharad for lunch at the fabulous, organic, seasonal and locally-grown Birchwood Cafe!

Seriously, the is the 2nd time me and Miss Eating for England have met up, and it gets creepier and creepier each time with the number of things we have in common.  From traveling to jobs to loving Cher’s “Believe,” the blog heavens clearly knew we were meant to be friends.  Also, she had just run a 10K so we talked LOTS of running over a Green Goddess Salad for me…

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locally-grown lettuce, English hollow aged cheddar, sunflower seeds, carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, kohlrabi, scallion + green goddess dressing

That hunk o’ bread with a pat of butter on the side was pretty dang good too.  Angharad had the Cilantro Lime-Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich, which also looks divine!  I totes forgot to take a pic, so head over to her blog and check that outtttt!

After lunch, it was wedding time!

pre-ceremony snack

pre-ceremony snack

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The reception was at an old theater in a historic small town - how cute is that?

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photo shoot! sissy #3, #2, yours truly + daddy everythingtarian

inside the gorgeous venue

inside the gorgeous venue

thank the sweet Lord for snacks...

thank the sweet Lord for snacks......and red wine (oops, unpictured)!

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berry orange salad with poppyseed dressing

bread + buttah

bread + buttah

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break for photo shoot #2

a cool, refreshing dinner beer

a cool, refreshing dinner beer

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veggie lasagna + carrots/beants + slice o' pineapple

a cake + champagne toast!

a cake + champagne toast!

The dinner was really good – loved the veggie lasagna and side veggies.  The cake wasn’t so bad either :).

After dinner, obv DANCING TIME!  I may need to post more dancing pics…they are that good.

first dance

first dance

and yep, that's my mom dippin' it low.  work it out Barbie!

and yep, that's my mom dippin' it low. work it out Barbie!

Needless to say, it was an extremely fun night, and this gal was pooped.  I fell asleep on my sister’s shoulder on the car ride home, nuff’ said.

Stay tuned for Parte Numero Dos later tonight….now I have to skedaddle off to a wedding shower!  Hope you are all having a FABULOUSLY FUN WEEKEND – can’t wait to read and hear about what you all are up to!

Happy Sunday :).

 

Lessons Learned at the Cabin… July 12, 2009

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…a.k.a. MY 100th POST!!!

Before I enlighten you all with some wisdom for the ages, I just wanted to say thank you to ALL OF YOU (yeah, you!) for supporting, reading, commenting, offering advice, helping out and ultimately, making it possible for me to get to 100 posts.  Thank y’all so much – here’s to another 100!

🙂

Life lessons learned this weekend…

(1) Better to eat your fruits and veggies BEFORE a cabin weekend, because unfortunately, beer doesn’t count as a serving of grains, Cheetos are of no calcium or dairy value and Twizzlers (although cherry-flavored), make no dent for your RDA of fruits.

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Friday Dinner Part 1: spinach, carrots, sprouts, strawberries, walnuts + EVOO/honey dressing.

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Friday Dinner Part 2: toasted Ezek, PB, smashed banana + cinnamon.

(2) Small town Minnesota just isn’t given the credit it deserves.  I mean, where else would you find a Swedish tea kettle water tower emblazoned with, “Valkommen lill Lindstrom”?

Lindstrom's sister city is Tingsryd, Sweden, FYI.

Lindstrom's sister city is Tingsryd, Sweden, FYI.

(3) During a dive bar pub crawl, it’s best to stop taking pictures after beer #3.  That way, you still look fresh and fabulous in all your pictures (even if you don’t feel like that the next day).

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Beer #1 at Blacksmiths...looking fresh-faced and smiley.

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Beer #3 at Indianhead: Still smiling, having fun and looking totally with-it.

You see, now didn’t we look fabulous all evening? 😉

(4) There is one exception to rule #3: even if you are past (or well-past) beer #3, singing karaoke at The Thirsty Otter bar for Michael Jackson tribute night ALWAYS requires a picture – even if you look completely drunk doing it.  I learned this one the hard way.  There is no picture on my camera of Megan & I’s stunning rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel” :(.

(5) Boat snacks do not have to include junk food; they can actually be rather healthy.

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TJ's trail mix - always a winner!

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Whole wheat pita chips + roasted red pepper hummus: the snack of champion boaters everywhere.

(6) Even though it’s the cabin, I still need to try and look in a mirror once or twice.

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Note to self: stop scaring the children with Medusa hair.

(7) To each his own.  Just because someone says they love pineapple wine and bought 8 bottles of it from Hawaii, that doesn’t mean you will like pineapple wine (which I didn’t, for the record).

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Finished maybe 1/2?

(8) And most disappointingly, charge your camera BEFORE going away for a cabin weekend.  Otherwise, the world misses out on the crab/lobster/scallop feast of Saturday night followed by gourmet salads and an array of desserts, including Banana Cream Cheesecake, Chocolate Molten Cake and Apple Cherry Crisp, and ending with a ginormous food baby.  I’m am so sorry there is no pic – but trust me, it was completely delish ;).

 

Now, it’s back to reality.  Of course, I didn’t eat the best these past two days (lots of unhealthy food went unphotographed) but ya know what?  That’s what the cabin is for.  No guilt, just back the norm routine.  After a breakfast of cereal, blueberries + skim milk and a Subway veggie sammie lunch with Grandpa, this lady has a crapload to do.  However, I did make sure to make a TJ’s run on my way home.  This one’s for you Miss Jenny – look at my new Trader Joe’s find!

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Peanuts, berries (dried strawberries & raspberries to be exact) and almonds – it’s like a PB+AB+J sammie!  Does it get any better than that? Review to come on this pronto, I promise!  TJ’s also had a 2 lb. container of blueberries for $5.49 – SCORE! It’s going to be a berry-licious week (worst corny joke ever, I know).

This afternoon, I just had to try my new AB+PB+J mix I picked up at TJ’s so I poured me a nice 1/4 cup serving…

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The verdict?  YUM, YUM, YUM!  The dried berry combo added to the peanuts & almonds was addicting, as in this could be my new go-to crack snack.  I HIGHLY recommend you go out and buy this gem of a trail mix.  There are no added oils in the mix, and it is sweetened with evaporated cane juice ~ TJ’s, you are a genius.

Dindin was a junk salad

spinach
1/4 cup carrots
alfalfa sprouts
tomatoes
handful grapes
handful blueberries
crushed walnuts
drizzle EVOO + honey

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I swear, junk salads are best – just throw in whatever you have and enjoy!

Then it was running time.  The run was fine – I ran a little less than 7 miles in just over an hour.  But I do have to say, it is an absolutely gorgeous night out, which always makes running easier.  When I got home, I knew it was time to try my new box of Banana Nut Cheerios.  With a healthy splash of vanilla almond milk…

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The verdict on these babies?  Do you love banana nut muffins? Because if so, you will LOVE these as I did.  They have the perfect amount of banana nut flavor and almost felt more like a dessert than a bowl of cereal.  I devoured them in about 3 minutes flat.  Let’s take a closer look however…

PROS
– 25% RDA iron/50% RDA folic acid (per serving)
– Flavored with banana puree (not fake banana flava)

CONS
– 2nd ingredient is sugar
– Corn syrup is one of the ingredients

    Overall, I think I would buy these every once in awhile.  I wouldn’t make it my go-to cereal, because with 1 gram protein/1 gram fiber, I don’t think it will hold me over for very long.  However, for a late night snack, afternoon munchies or topping perhaps on yogurt, these babies are delish!

    Sunday’s to-do list:

    1. Laundry
    2. E-mails
    3. Run 7 miles (found out my long run is actually 7 – not 9 – miles this week!)
    4. Clean room
    5. Job applications
    6. Make a veggie-ful dinner
    7. Catch up on blog reading/blog dinner
    8. BED!!!

    Now off to finish my to-do list…gotta fold laundry, finish some job apps and finish catching up on blogs!

    What was the highlight of your weekend?  Mine was definitely the dive bar pub crawl of Friday night – karaoke + Michael Jackson tribute night + family fun at the bar = A GOOD TIME.

     

    Don’t forget to click here and enter for the chance to win a free box of the new Banana Nut Cheerios…I know y’all love free stuff (because I do) so get clickin’ now!  You have until 8am tomorrow CST when the winner is announced!

     

    Goodness Gratefulness July 8, 2009

    Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 21:06
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    Before I start talking about anything related to food, I want to say thank you all so very much for all your wonderful, lovely comments.  Last night, I got home after yoga, grabbed a banana smooshed with almond butter and sat on the couch, reading and rereading all you had to say.  I was actually pretty nervous about writing this post, so I couldn’t have been more touched by your support.  You all had such wise, eloquent things to say, and that is why I am so grateful and happy to be a food blogger.  I encourage you all to go here and read those comments.  At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat: trying to lead the best, healthiest lives we can.  We’ve all got issues and baggage, but in the words of Mimi from Rent, “I’m lookin’ for baggage that goes with mine…”  Your baggage is welcome here anyday.

     

    After waking up and needing an IV drip of coffee ASAP, I scarfed down a bowl of Zoe’s Honey Almond granola with vanilla almond milk alongside a naner smooshed with almond buttah

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    Because of the post of yesterday, I didn’t get to fully review all my the new Zoe Foods yummies!  Check out my review for the Peanut Butter Chocolate bar by clicking here.  Yesterday, I tried the Peanut Butter bar and Cranberry Currant granola. Verdict?  So far, neither bar has rocked my world.  The peanut butter one tasted similar to a Luna Peanut Butter Cookie bar, but with a slightly funny aftertaste.

    However, the granola?  YES PLEASE!  Their Zoe mix (made from flaxseed, oatmeal & soybeans) is the basis of all their granolas. It has a totally lovable crunch, a hint of sweetness, a touch of cinnamon and a whole lotta yum!  There were ginormous chunks of cranberries and currants in the mix too.  The honey almond was sweet and nutty  I would totes buy Zoe’s granola again!

    Lunch #1 was another ah-may-zing sandwich:  two slices toasted Ezek, 1/2 smashed avocado, 3 halved cherry tomatoes, handful o’ spinach and yellow mustard.  Anything with avocado just can’t be bad, agreed?

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    A handful of work and a 30-minute walk later, it was lunch #2.  The norm yogurt parfait: Stonyfield Organic vanilla, mixed berries + Zoe’s Cranberry Currant granola.

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    A perfectly juicy sweet nectarine for snack…

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    I’m definitely diggin’ the mini-meals these days – gives me something to look forward to for those seemingly never-ending days at work :).  Work was work.  However, after work, I had to haul ace across town for out 6:15pm volleyball game.  While driving like a mad, road-raged woman a responsible young adult, I chowed down on these two lovelies:

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    I nuked Amy’s Spinach and Feta Pocket (seriously, soooo good people – go out and buy this now!) and chowed down on the road.  Not the best way to eat, but hey, this girl was in a rush!  After the pocket, I ate Zoe’s Harvest Apple bar and am so happy to report I liked this one!  It had a really good apple flavor but without the lingering odd aftertaste.  Woowoo!

    Pre-volleyball hydration…

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    Post-volleyball recovery fuel (we won tonight, BTW!!!)…

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    I came home from volleyball to find my sister had concocted Monster Cookies – could I really resist?  I think not.  Not the best way to end the day healthwise, but I have some veggie-ful meals planned for tomorrow so we will make up for it then.  I am actually also going to run 9 miles (my long run of the week) tomorrow because I am heading to a friend’s cabin this weekend. In the end, it all evens out :).

    Gosh, it is such a beautiful night out tonight. I just love me my summa, summa, summatime….in the words of our friend, the Fresh Prince.

    Have a fabulous evening my friends!