The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

The Gift of Life July 30, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,seriousness — Holly @ 17:00
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First and foremost my friends and family (they are indeed readers!), I need to give YOU all a big THANK YOU!  All your congratulations on the new job and support for the blog have been nothing short of AMAZING and have helped quell all the moving nerves – so muchas gracias!

B’fast was totes a repeat of yesterday…

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola + skim milk + banana

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola + skim milk + banana

However, unlike yesterday, I got to work early today.  I chalk that up to my 9:30pm bedtime :).

When I got to work, I saw this beast hangin’ out in the parking lot…

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rollin' with the platelets...

 WELCOME TO THE 2009 COMPANY BLOOD DRIVE!

Our accounting firm hosted a blood drive this morning in conjunction with the Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota to round up a bunch of accountants’ blood along with my lowly administrative assistant blood!  Honestly, and in all seriousness, I have been donating blood since high school, and it is so important!

(Warning: Public service announcement ahead)

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives, which is crucial when 1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood.  It really takes no time at all (about 1/2 hour from registration to blood donating for moi today) and really SAVES LIVES.  Plus, you get free snacks at the end.  It’s a win-win on both ends.

giving the gift of life

i don't know why my neck looks creepy like that. however, i have O- blood, so even if my neck looks funky, people still want blood from the universal donor blood type (that's me!).

post-blood donating snacks

post-blood donating snacks

Click here to find out where YOU can donate in your area.  Every TWO seconds someone (yep, two seconds right there!) needs blood in the U.S., yet only 5% of Americans donate (another two seconds).  Need more motivation to give?  Click here and help out a brotha and a sista.

 

Onto other thangs…it was a b’fast for lunch day with a smashing jar of Overnightmorning Oats!

1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 (4-oz.) container Stonyfield YoBaby pear yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp. dried cranberries

~ soaked all morning ~

1 torn Organic Archer Farms pomegranate fruit leather
the rest of my Zoe’s Honey Almond Granola

Overnight Lunch Oats

Overnight Lunch Oats

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what did i ever do before overnight oats?

After lunchie, it was a nice 30-minute walk around the lake to clear my crazy mind.

Then back to work, where I think I also managed to find an uber-cute apartment in Madison.  Cross your fingers it’s as cute in real life as it is in Craigslist pictures (which almost never happens!).

veggie + fruit snack plate

veggie + fruit snack plate

Now, the end of the day is here, and I am off to a company BBQ.  Haha…gotta love those!  I don’t know what kind of eats will be there, but I will try to fly MacGyver style and sneak some pics when no one is looking.  Heck, what do I care if people look and stare?  I’m gone in just over a week.  Pics WILL be on their way later :).

After the BBQ, it’s off to yoga to fulfill my week’s mini-goal!

 

P.S. Newsflash!  There are limited edition COCONUT M&Ms now in stores!  I repeat COCONUT M&Ms now in stores!  (Thanks to Mama Everythingtarian for keeping us up-to-date)

P.P.S. No strenous activity for 12-24 hours after donating blood.  The lady practically fainted when I told her I was going to run 7 miles tonight…guess that’s not gonna happen…

 

Let Freedom Ring, Part 2 July 5, 2009

How fast the weekends go!  I seriously think everyday should be a 3-day weekend – the world would be a happier place :).

I’m giving an, “Oooh!  Ahhhhh!” for the 4th of July festivities of yore…

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Little sissy with her sparkler...

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Pondering the meaning of life on this Independence Day...

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Me & Ken (aka dad) - I told you my fam was weird 🙂

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Barbie (aka mom) posing by the fire.

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Fun time, family time :).

I sipped on a delicious cup (yes, literally a plastic cup) of red wine throughout the evening.  Twas’ so enjoyable.

This morning, I awoke bright and early to lovely cuppa joe with skim milk from the ‘Bucks brought to me fresh by mummy & daddy.  I poured it in one of the cups I made at a local paint studio…ain’t she pretty?

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Then, yours truly, set off to concoct a lovely Sunday brekkie for the family!  First up, I took my recipe for Mushroom & Asparagus Frittata and whipped up one of those.  Then I took the basics of that recipe and subbed in red pepper, spinach and colby jack cheese for a second frittata.  Then mama concocted some fruit salad and some blueberry pancakes…have I ever mentioned just how much I LOVE breakfast?

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After a delish breakfast, we said goodbye to my aunt & uncle.  Then, my dad and sister headed out to run some errands for my sister’s new house while my mom and lil’ sissy went on a hike up the infamous Rib Mountain, also known as the highest point in all of Wisconsin!  In total, it took us about an hour to frolic like Maria Von Trapp hike up to the tiptop and then back down again – this girl’s glutes were definitely a’burnin!

Here is the view from the top…

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The tallest point in Wisconsin - now you can say you've seen it!

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Doing a classic dance Y-scale hold at the top...

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Instead of Where's Waldo? Where's lil' sissy?...

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Mama Everythingtarian workin' it up the mountain...

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Some historical facts for y'all...

In the words of U2, “It’s a beaaauutttiffulll dayyyyy!” The weather was totally perf for hiking – sunny but not too hot with a hint of breeze.  It was soooo nice and definitely worked me up an appetite.  Lunch was a mish mash of randoms – Apple Pie Larabar, leftover roasted veggies with a sprinkle of parmesan & 1/2 Amish breadstick, and of course – an Almond Joy Blondie to top it all off!

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Whew – I’m getting tired just recapping this weekend ;).

After lunch, it was time to pack up and leave the land of cheese to return home to the land of lakes.  Tit for tat.  I’m actually staying at my sister’s house for the next couple weeks, so my car was literally stuffed to the brim with all my possessions.  Driving, I seriously probably looked homeless, like I was living out of my car, haha.  I grabbed a naner from the parent’s house for a mid-afternoon snack on the road…

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I blared my James Morrison CD, “Songs for You, Truths for Me” (seriously, if you do not own this disk, please go out and BUY IT NOW!).  He’s amazing.  And British.  Which totally makes him even cooler.  I sung at the top of my lungs almost the entire way, and of course got the usual strange looks from people.  I could totally care less – singing in the car is one of my favoritest things in the entire world.  Cher’s “Believe” is my #1 choice of song in the car – what’s yours?

Lunch was a quick stop at Subway with my sis for a quick sammie:

honey oat bread
pepperjack cheese
spinach
tomato
onion
green pepper
cucumber
lotsa pickles
yellow mustard

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Simple, healthy and yummy.  Triple threat.

Dessert was some Fig Newtons, which I totally LOVE.

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After a good 3 hours in the car, I made it back, stopped at Trader Joe’s, stopped at Target, unpacked my stuff at my sister’s house, helped her put together her new end tables and am now blogging.  I was going to try to go to yoga, but alas, sometimes there is just too many dang things to do.  I will have to save the yoga sesh for tomorrow or Tuesday instead.  Now, I need to go get another snack and then head to bed – tomorrow I have lots of blog catching up to-do and oh yeah, go to work too :).

What was the highlight of your weekend? Mine was probably playing games and chilling by the fire with my family or hiking up Rib Mountain this morning.  Good times!

 

Marathon Training & Helping Heartlinks June 15, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:07
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So today is day one of marathon training…yippee!  The best part?  Day one is a rest day, hahahaha!

Instead of huffin’ it on the pavement, I huffed it for a good cause today!  Children’s Heartlink is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that does work with pediatric heart care around the world.  They send doctors to countries such as India, China, South Africa, Ukraine and Ecuador (just to name a few) to perform heart operations on children who can’t afford it.  They do awesome work, and I was so happy to be able to help out at their all-day charity golf tournament today.

Before I left the house to hit the links, I grabbed one of my favorite breakfasts ever: Peanut Butter + Banana Toast!

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Then it was off to the country club to do my good samaritan duty…

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To start the morning, I worked the registration table and helped sell raffle tickets, mulligans (pretty much tickets that allow you to retake your shot if you mess up) and million dollar shot tickets.  Then, all of us (golfers + volunteers) were treated to a nice lil’ brunch buffet before the golfing began…

herbed scrambled eggs
potatoes
lotsa fresh fruit
banana nut muffin

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After brunch, it was time to hit the links!

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It was such a gorgeous day!  I loved hanging out on the course, selling raffle tickets for a good cause, conversing with people and doing it all for a good cause.  There were so many business and people involved, it really is cool to see everyone coming together.  VitaminWater was there too and had their new VitaminWater 10.  It is 10 calories and naturally sweetened with Stevia (including some other sweeteners which I am not sure if they are truly “natural” :))…I tried the lemonade flavor and totally liked it!

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More golf course prettiness…

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Some afternoon snacks, including a handful of Starburst x2 and a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar.

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The day flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to pack up all our outside things and bring it inside for the reception cocktail hour.  We headed back to the clubhouse, where we sold the last few raffle tickets and enjoyed conversing with all the golfers.  We had a couple local TV and radio personalities, as well as sports players, which was so much fun!  The cocktail hour was delish – sushi, cheese + crackers, hors d’voeres, spinach artichoke dip – it was all sooo good!  Here’s my plate…

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I went back for a little more spin dip, a couple more sushi rolls and some tomato-mozz sticks.  After munching on some eats, I cleaned up a bit then headed out early, a little bit before everything finished up.  I had a blast working at the golf event today, but unfortunately, this gal still has job applications and other things on her to-do list!

When I got home, I had one of my yummy blondies as motivation to get working :).

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Alright, unfortunately this gal has got to bounce.  There are things to do, places to go and people to see.  Sorry for being a little M.I.A. from blog reading this past couple days, but I promise I will catch up with all your blogs and lives soon.  Thanks for all your support as always – it’s really been getting me through a lot of my days lately!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Monday – see you tomorrow :).

P.S.  My WordPress/computer (not sure which one) is having problems with my photo uploads – can everyone see my photos okay or are they coming up with error messages?  Let me know.  I want to make sure you can see them all!!!

 

Wild Weekend Wedding Wrap-Up June 7, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:41
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Whew – I cannot believe it’s Sunday already!  I hate how the weekends just fly.

This weekend was SO MUCH FUN!  Since I had Friday off from work, I took full advantage to gets tons of stuff done.  The morning began in a rush however, as I forgot to fill up my gas tank.  Sooo…between getting gas, hitting traffic, getting lost and having no food in the house, I was more than a 1/2 hour late for my 8am meeting.  Ugh!  I hate being late.

The worst part was I had to scramble for breakfast at the gas station.  I was in such a hurry but yet still found an extra 5 minutes to browse the energy bar section for the best pick.  (I guess you know you are a food blogger when…)  I decided on a banana and Powerbar Harvest bar in Toffee Chocolate Chip (which was fine – not bad, not great)…

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 At my meeting, there was a large coffee consumed.  I needed it.  Badly.

When I got back, I snacked on some graham crackers with AB+J while I paid my bills, bills, bills…

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I also took a couple minutes out of my Friday to admire my lovely new pedicure…

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I was so glad I took Friday off – I was so productive and got a lot of things done I had been procrastinating waiting to do for a long time.  Since I knew the rehearsal dinner would be later than I normally ate dinner, I had a bigger lunch to hold me over until then.  Making good use of the rest of my refridgerator, I concocted a black bean salsa (black beans, onion, tomato, cumin, garlic powder, S+P, drizzle of EVOO & lime juice) with some Triscuits, as well as some sweet potato fries, sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with maple syrup.  Yummmm!

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 And a handful of dark chocolate-covered raisins (okay, two handfuls!) after…

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 Rehearsal dinner time!

The groom’s family had arranged a FABULOUS dinner cruise on the river.  So, we spent several hours chugging up and down the river, enjoying beautiful blue skies and some cool, refreshing breezes.  Here are all the bridesmaids together before the big day:

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 Dinner was good too!  I loaded up with the following…

small chicken breast
herb butter potatoes (soooo good!)
fruit salad
wheat bun
salad with Italian dressing

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Don’t worry – I didn’t forget the best part: the chocolate-covered strawberries!  My plate had one, but throughout the evening I believe I consumed about 5 or 6 :).  I couldn’t resist – soon they wanted to get rid of the last few and were like, “Go find Holly!  She’ll eat them!”  And I did.

Me and two of my college roomies: Jamie + Jess (one of 3 Jessicas!).

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 Finally…Saturday (AKA WEDDING DAY) came!

To give you a small preview of this ridiculously gorgeous wedding, here is the bride’s AMAZING callalily bouquet…

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And the gorgeous bride herself (along with yours truly)…

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 Just to warn you, I didn’t take any food pictures on Saturday.  Honestly, I was too busy having fun/helping the bride/running errands/gettin’ myself pretty to even think about it.  My food intake wasn’t the greatest (not necessarily unhealthy, but lots of it!).  There were lots of snacks, treats and yummy food though, along with a couple beverages of choice from a certain open bar, of course.

Say hello to the new Mr. and Mrs.!!!!!

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Jess seriously looked stunning!  She was a hella gorgeous bride, and well, Brad didn’t look to shabby either :).

After the ceremony, it was time to get down to business and dance!  I loved the fact that I knew so many people at the wedding – from family to friends to family friends, it was so much fun to see everybody.  Throughout the night, I sipped on a couple glasses of red wine, along with a beer and a mixed drink.  By the end of the night, I was chugging water because we were sweating so much on the dance floor.

Here is another college roomie pic…

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And then it was time to get down…

…and this is Nate.  Nuff’ said right there.

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The group gettin’ low, low, low…

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 Oh man…we literally did not leave the dance floor from about 8pm to midnight.  I woke up this morning to find that my abs, calves and legs are totally sore.  Dancing is a stellar workout – and wayyyyyy more fun than the gym!

This morning/afternoon, we regathered (looking all quite tired, haphazard and joyful from our awesome night) for the present opening.  We were lavished with a wonderful brunch array, in which I downed a couple pancakes, some mini cinnamon rolls, lots of fruit and two cups of coffee.  Oh man, I felt great after that brunch!  After present opening, it was lots of catch-up errand running and whatnot, as well as the movie Up (which you must see – it’s adorable!).

Since I ate all that around noon, I wasn’t really even hungry until dinnertime.

My appetizer (carrots + AB)…

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The main course (Kale Chips, the genius invention of Miss Kath)…

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And dessert (Stonyfield Farms Raspberry Lemonade lowfat yogurt with raspberries)…

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Unfortunately, there is no bedtime for me yet.  I still have lots to catch-up on (including LOTS of blog reading!), and so this girl has got to skedaddle.  Thanks so much for reading, hope you all had wonderful weekends, and I will finish catching up with you all tomorrow.  Stay tuned for some exciting news later this week too!

Sweet dreams!

 

Bummin’ Around May 31, 2009

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I love those Sundays when you have nothing to do and can do anything you want!  They don’t come often, so I try to take advantage of them.  Today after breakfast, I met up with a hilarious friend for some coffee/hot chocolate (coffee with 2% milk for me, hot chocolate for him :)).  He seriously puts me in such a good mood – he’s that dang funny.

An hour and a half later, I got back and felt like running.  I genuinely wanted to go running, and the fact that it was like 80 degrees, sunny and gorgeous out didn’t hurt either.  Tackling a nice 6 mile loop, I ran the first 5 miles then walked the last mile, enjoying the smell of yummy lilacs and basking in the sun (with a lil’ SPF protection of course!).  When I got home, I wasn’t super hungry and just made up a small snack plate to munch on while I stretched.

1/2 cup carrots
1.5 tbsp. raw almond butter
1 Cherry Pie Larabar (finger-food style!)

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After running, I showered up and ran some errands to the usual, gas + Target.  Then I came home, cleaned up a bit, got some shtuff done on the computer and put away my laundry.  I know, a party, right?  Late afternoon, I concocted Green Monster #3 aka The Winning Recipe!  Yep, it’s official: I’m addicted.

1 cup Oat Dream oat milk
1 banana
1 cup frozen tropical fruit blend (pineapple, mango, banana)
1 large handful (2 cups) spinach
1 handful ice cubes

You are looking at perfection…

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Since I was quickly running out of things to do (LOVE when that happens!), I took another walk.  It was probably about 1.5 or 2 miles, but when the weather is soooo nice out, I can’t be inside.  Blame my mom for ALWAYS telling me as a kid, “It’s too nice out to be inside!”  My guilt continues today.

For dindin, I concocted a super easy pasta dish to use up some ingredients I had in the kitchen.  It was penne pasta with olive oil, garlic, sundried tomatoes and spinach.  Simple and delicious.

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And for dessert…

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After dinner, I decided to head over to my favorite Sunday yoga class with Deb.  Today I definitely got my fill (plus some!) of exercise, but if you can’t tell, I have a slight problem being bored and really can’t stand it, haha!  Since I had nothing left to do (and TV really has crap on these days), I headed to center my chi and stretch my body.  My mind was extra monkey-like today, and I didn’t focus too well, but by the end I was feeling better.  Maybe that was because I had this on the mind…

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Got home from yoga/pilates combo class and had 1/2 naner with some almond butter, especially with a nice cup of mint tea!

Now I am off to shower, crawl in bed and conk out – tomorrow is already Monday!  Hope you all had a good weekend!  See you bright and early tomorrow for a return installment of Holly Investigates… (cue dramatic music).

 

Wednesday Night TV Date May 6, 2009

Upon waking up this morning, I was ultra excited to have breakfast with the other half of that Chocolate Coconut Larabar goodness from last night…I present to you Banana Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal!

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oatbran
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk + water
1 medium banana
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 Chocolate Coconut Larabar
drizzle of honey

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Ummm…YUM!  With the help of the regular cuppa joe with skim milk, the morning went by fine.  Then I took a longer lunch today to meet my mom, sister and grandpa for lunch!  My fam came in town for the day, so I grabbed my Italian Roasted Eggplant Tomato Penne leftovers and shared the wealth.  Even my gramps (who has a fondness for Spam and all things meat) gave the dish two thumbs up!  Plus a 1/2 Banana Bread Larabar for dessert split with my mom – she loves these things now too!

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The rest of the afternoon was the norm…a little bit of this, a little bit of that.  Three to 4:00pm, which I call “the witching hour” because it lasts FOREVER, didn’t feel as long today.  Maybe that was because I packed some snacks to munch on throughout the afternoon, partly because I knew I’d be going on a nice 5-mile run later!

First, about 1-ounce of Wisconsin Raw Goat Cheddar with TJ’s Rice & Bean Chips; then pre-run, about 3 Black Mission Figs with a couple True North Almond Clusters (which I ate half of before remembering to take a picture!).

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After work, I met up with my dearest friend CharChar Binks for a nice 5-mile run, dindin and some Wednesday TV time!  Unfortunately, the five miles didn’t go as well as we had hoped because of stupid side cramps (what’s up with them anyways?), but dinner MORE than made up for it!

I took the main dish helm and concocted Sundried Tomato and Spinach Stuffed Chicken, while Binks took care of the side items – corn on the cob and sauteed red potatoes (a la daddy Binks)!  Yum, yum and yum!  You probably noticed I don’t eat a lot of meat, but when I do, I like to make it as organic/free range as possible.  I found these AWESOME chicken breasts at Tarjay.

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Cooking in the pan with a succulent filling (check out the recipe here!)…

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And the finished product…

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All together now (with an unpictured Diet Coke)…

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After dinner, we munched on some pineapple (about 1 cup for me) and peanut M&Ms (about 1 handful for me) – two of my very favoritest things in the world! – while watching America’s Next Top Model and LOST.  Unfortunately, my fave Celia got kicked off ANTM, but LOST keeps getting BETTER and BETTER!  I love me some Jack and Sawyer! 

That was a top night Char!  Cheers love!

 

Bach Party Wrap-Up May 3, 2009

Filed under: dinner,eating out — Holly @ 13:08
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Oh man…good thing I call my self an “everythingtarian” because I definitely ate a bit of everything last night :).  Yesterday was definitely a splurge, but that’s the fabulous thing – it’s all about balance.  Today I am going to load up on the veggies & protein to even things out, maybe clock in some extra minutes at the gym, get to bed early and all’s well that ends well!  Here’s a look at the rest of the day (& night – bed wasn’t until 4am!):

Another afternoon snack – dinner wasn’t until 7:30pm so I munched on some more pineapple, peanuts and of course – one of the DELICIOUS White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies!

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I totally forgot to tell you a major life rule!  When one of your besties from college gets married and decides to have her bachelorette party dinner out at a fun restaurant, it doesn’t matter what kind of life challenges you are attempting.  You MUST go out to eat!  Yes, therefore, on day two I already broke my “no eating out in the month of May” rule – but it was all for a good cause!  Here is my Leinies Honeyweiss beer and broiled walleye sandwich and side salad to prove it!

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Then the real danger began – sleepover snacks!  I was definitely perfectly full after dinner but put out snacks of all sorts (peanut M&M’s, popcorn, chips, Mike & Ike’s, more yummy bars, chips & salsa, etc.), and I’m a goner!  I have to say, one of my faves is most DEFINITELY peanut M&M’s!  I had about 3 medium handfuls of them, followed by a cup or two of white popcorn and finished it off with some of Tina’s famous Puppy Chow (which I can’t believe I didn’t get a pic of)!  I don’t know what that lady does, but hers is the BEST!

Along with a glass of sangria (only had like two sips – wasn’t my fave) and an amaretto slushie (this sucker was good!), it was definitely a very filling and hilariously fun sleepover extravaganza!

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Sooo much fun!  Now I am off to do all the things I didn’t do all weekend – see ya back tonight!