So Good I Could Cry

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What a wonderful response to my freshmen review this morning.

But that’s not what my title is referring to. It’s referring mostly to this:

Sushi And Fudge

Sushi And Fudge

Sushi and fudge on a Wednesday for lunch. I think a tear just went into my wasabi(I’m joking, of course; I hate wasabi). I picked out this sushi at Whole Foods the other day and ended up not wanting it for dinner. I love when the Genji people make a custom order just for me 🙂 I’ve been craving raw salmon for too long; I’m surprised I didn’t end up curled in a ball in the corner clutching a can of salmon. This hit the perfect spot.

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

And what’s more extravagant than fudge? My refrigerator will never be without fudge again, methinks.

Starbucks Extra Bold Decaf

Starbucks Extra Bold Decaf

And this! Oh my, words cannot express my enjoyment. You see, when we went to the auction a few weeks ago, my parents won more Starbucks coffee than you can dream of in a raffle. I’ve been weening off of it, moving to teccino, iced tea, or just water. But today I held nothing back. Absolutely dreamy.

Green Beans

Green Beans

My hunger was still up even without running so I noshed on sting beans while doing some reflecting. You see, even though I haven’t ran the past 2 days, today felt like my first true “rest” day in too long. Without schoolwork and with crappy weather, I gave myself full license to do nothing. If I had on a pedometer, it’d read about an 8. And that gave me time to dream up things like oatmeal. Dreamy, creamy oatmeal…

Pumpkin Flax Oatmeal

Pumpkin Flax Oatmeal

Pumpkin Flax Oatmeal

  • Oats
  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Molasses

Oh, hello; this was a recreation of one of my favorite granolas and it did not disappoint. I forgot what a sweet and distinctive flavor molasses has.

Gluten-Free Biscuits

Gluten-Free Biscuits

OK, I did do a little work today. I whipped out the food processor and got baking. I blame this post which had me craving KFC biscuits–sweet, flaky, butter biscuits. I used this recipe and followed it to a T, but since I didn’t have a biscuit cutter, I kept them square and made 8.

Protein Hummus

Protein Hummus

I also whipped up some Mama Pea inspired protein hummus. Just chickpeas, tofu, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and lemon juice. So simple!

Hummus Salad With Raw Veggies And Hummus Chips

Hummus Salad With Raw Veggies And Hummus Chips

Gluten-Free Biscuit

Gluten-Free Biscuit

Dinner was a simple hummus salad with raw veggies and hummus chips. On the side, of coarse, was a fresh biscuit patted with earth balance. Did I die and go to carb heaven tonight? I wish I had a marathon to eat for tomorrow; I don’t, but I’ll happily eat like I do. After this, I threw another one in the microwave and ate that, too. Who can resist biscuits when they’re fresh?

Did you ever love KFC? I remember eating there 1 a week in my childhood. Probably not the best habit, huh? My favorite thing on their menu was their thick cut, seasoned fries, and then their biscuits were a close second. And their mac n’ cheese–Yum! I actually didn’t care so much for the chicken thinking back.

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Kicking Off The Month Right

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

December is one of, if not my absolute, favorite months. Why? Snow, Christmas, family, vacation–you get the picture. Thankfully yesterday was perfect for kicking things off. My breakfast(pumpkin oatmeal with smart balance peanut butter and maple syrup and a chobani with blueberry jam and double chocolate pillow) filled me up amazingly well. I was not at all hungry after class got out, so I thought I’d seize the opportunity to go to Eastside Market and Whole Foods! Would you believe me if i told you it’s been over 2 weeks since I walked that way? It has! On the way, I came across the best car:

LDYINRED

Would it be awful to paint this car blue as a very involved April Fool’s joke? Probably. First up was Eastside, which looked mostly the same. I noticed they had brown rice sushi now, which might or might not be new, and for less than $5! I grabbed some for lunch and moved through fairly quickly getting just “the essentials”. Then I hopped over to Whole Foods and was psyched to find this.

December Whole Deal

There’s a new Whole Deal! But it has some pretty awful coupons 😦 I would majorly suggest stocking up on the old ones before you can’t get them anymore. Again, I tried to be quick and dirty shopping here so as to get back to my dorm. Thankfully, it’s a small Whole Foods and not much changes. I couldn’t even find a single Tofurkey roast 😦 Maybe hunting season’s over? I got back at 1:30 so as to only miss half of Days, and unloaded the loot.

Groceries

The Chobani and banana were from the dining hall bought with meal points. Otherwise, it was all from my grocery fund. And while none of it I had a coupon for, I tried to just get sale items and things that were “essential”. Here’s a question: when did I become the type of person who considers fake bacon an essential? The only thing that was really an impulse buy was the Carrot Cashew Ginger soup which, for 75 cents a serving, I was willing to try. I also got this one last thing:

Advent Calender

An advent calender! Frankly, I was a little saddened to find that the 99 cent advent calenders my mom always got us had artificial ingredients I couldn’t eat 😦 Thankfully, this one is made with all-natural ingredients and fair trade cocoa to boot! Here’s to a delicious 24 days.

Brown Rice Tuna And Salmon Sushi, Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup

My lunch was simple yet amazing. The sushi wasn’t bad at all for $4.89, although I only ever really eat sushi for the fish. I honestly couldn’t care less for the bit of whole grains and small amount of avocado they give you that hardly adds up to a veggie. The soup was delicious! Albeit a little thin. I think I just like stews and thick bowls of oatmeal, but the flavor was rich.

My afternoon felt like a whirlwind. I hadn’t answered emails or read blogs since 9pm Monday night right before my lock-out experience. Rachael Ray, Ellen, Oprah–I think I was there for them all but I wasn’t really “present”. Before I knew it it was 4:30 and I had a rather odd snack craving.

Acorn Squash With Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, And Sea Salt

For some people(here’s looking at you, Heather), acorn squash might not be so weird a snack. For oatmeal and peanut butter boy here, it was. Nonetheless, I complied, cut up my squash, and steamed it in the microwave, adding a little seasoning at the end. It was perfectly spot-hitting. A little later on the munchies came again and I wanted some protein.

Greek Yogurt With Pumpkin Butter And Peanut Butter Chips

18 grams to be exact. For this I just mixed a plain Chobani with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and clear liquid stevia and then added on Sunspire chips–yum! It was such a sweet treat. I love the pumpkin butter with peanut butter for a fall flavoring. As for protein, I don’t generally keep close track of all that stuff; I just aim to have at least 3 high-protein sources through out the day, which often end up being greek yogurt or tofu.

For dinner, the online menu for the dining hall was not promising. Really, there was nothing since even one of the main vegetables was beets which I’ve sworn off for 2 weeks. I still wanted to catch up with my friend, Adam, however, since it’d been nearly 2 weeks since we last had dinner with Thanksgiving being last week. Thankfully, he was fine with bringing takeout to my room, where I whipped up this dish:

Tofurkey Loaf Slice, Broccoli, Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup, Orange Zevia

So I like the soup, wanna fight about it 😉 This was a delicious way to serve up leftovers. I was thinking of adding some flax to the soup to thicken it up but I hate playing around with things and so let it be in the end. We caught up on each other’s Thanksgiving and groaned about how ridiculous these next few weeks of work will be and then said our goodbyes to “write papers”(which in my case meant blog). I’m not a terribly political person so I was happy to skip the Presidential address for some serious snackage.

Chocolate Vitatop With Shortcut Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh my God. What have I released? This was sooooo good. Seriously, has anyone else tried this frosting? If anyone made it vegan with Tofutti I would be mondo impressed/intrigued to hear how it worked out. The Biggest Loser was inspiring, as always. I couldn’t wait to see them do a marathon! That’s really going to make me feel lazy and like I need to get a move on that, haha. The Biggest Loser must make me hungry because at 10 I made a large(r) snack.

Whole Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Cream Cheese Frosting, Yogurt With Cherry Butter, Dried Cherris, And Advent Chocolate

Advent Chocolate In Smart Balance

If I weren’t addicted to running and a health eater I’m sure I’d be driving my doctor nuts. The roll tasted just like a cinnabon; Afterwards I had a better idea for the chocolate. I love how the advent candy was in the shape of a heart. I hope they’re all fun like that. I pretty much gave up work after this(note how there’s a notebook under that food) and just focused on getting a good night’s sleep. I was also inspired to ask myself after watching the Biggest Loser contestants run a marathon why I hadn’t tried to run farther recently? Unfortunately my answer sucked: time. I’ve just always been focused on getting back to my dorm and making oatmeal too much to go the extra mile. And so this morning that’s exactly what I’m going to do(literally). I’m going to challenge myself to go 16 miles. If I have to walk or slow down I’ll let myself and I’ll give myself all the time I need. But that’s why I’m up posting at 6:30–to take a bit of time pressure off as I head out right now. Wish me luck!

So so many giveaways…

Popchip giveaway! Snap, crackle, POP!

Some very sweet nut butters to enjoy.

And an awesome regions best giveaway!

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Popcorn Flavored Cod

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m very stubborn. I insist to eat oatmeal when I know I won’t have time to finish it all. Boy am I a crazy person 😉 Jk, but I was still working on my bowl yesterday morning when my parents arrived around noon. They didn’t mind sitting around while I finished, and look what they brought me!

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Archer Farm's Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter

A new peanut butter? A new Target product? A food present I didn’t have to physically pick off the shelf? This was like everything I like all in one ❤ Big thanks to Naomi at One Fit Foodie for giving me the heads up on this one. After putting that and some other groceries they brought, my parents, grandmother and I headed of to Foxwoods! We’ve been going there every few months or so since I was 2 or 3. Don’t judge my family because we bond over institutions of gambling; there are sooooo many other reasons to judge us. Anyway, I can’t gamble until I’m 21, and the arcade room has lost its luster to me, so when we go my dad and I usually eat at one of their great restaurants. This time it was Junior’s.

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Junior's

Junior’s started in Brooklyn, and is much more well-known for their cheesecake. Bobby Flay even threw down(and beat) them! They also built a restaurant at the MGM part of Foxwoods. When you arrive, they give you pickles, beets, and relish.

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Appertif

I thought that was really cute. And it was all so vinegary! It was perfect. For entrees, Juniors has a lot of heavy items; would you really expect anything less from a place whose main appeal is cheesecake? I was in a white-fish mood, so I went with the broiled cod.

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Broiled Cod With Broccoli

The dish came with florentince rice, but I asked to substitute that with the vegetable of the day, which was apparently broccoli. I also didn’t realize that at 2pm I’d be getting the dinner portion. It was very delicious, but I wasn’t expecting the pool of butter it came in. In fact, when I first tasted it I though “Why does my cod taste like popcorn?” That’s how divorced I am from butter; I only know the flavor through popcorn. I’m not even sure what the sauce on the side was but it tasted like mayo and was pretty bland so I didn’t bother with it. One thing that was great about Junior’s was their mustard.

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Junior's Mustard

They make their own, and my dad(who got a steak burger) and I both agreed it was incredible. Luckily, they also sold it, and mustard was on my shopping list, so I got one for 4 dollars. I love buying sauces and jams from places I visit because I think the flavor of their product says a lot about the institution and bring back good memories. We didn’t get any cheesecake, but I snapped a picture on the way out for you to drool at 😉

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Junior's Cheesecakes

Can I move one now? 🙂 We walked around a bit more while my mom and grandmother had fun gambling. I had a huge coffee to flush out the butter from my system. Foxwoods has some fun stores that sell Stonewall Kitchen and other jams. Some of them had me drooling, but I wasn’t in the business of buying new and expensive jams. Once people had had their full(and lost their money), we made the long trip back to Providence. I say long because we stopped at 3 places. For energy I snacked on a new bar.

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NuGo Carrot Cake Bar

It had an interesting flavor. It was definitely sweet, though I’m not sure it was “carrot cake”. Then again, what is carrot cake, anyway? It’s one of my favorites ever, so I’ve had a ton, and I know no two have ever tasted the same because people change up the ingredients so often. Anyway, the first stop was probably the one I was most excited for.

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Rhode Island Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s is always exciting; add in the facts that 1) I haven’t been to one in over a month 2) this was a new one to me and 3) this is their only location in Rhode Island and you’ve got a happy foodie. It felt like reuniting with an old friend. At the same time, so much has changed! They have great looking new profucts like chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joe’s. And have they always had those vanilla fudge cranberry dunkers? If so, why did I never buy them?

Well, it was dark when we got out of their. After that we went to Stop And Shop for Libby’s pumpkin and Vitatops, but as luck would have it Cascadian Farm’s granola bars were $3 a box and I had coupons! Score. Lastly was Whole Foods, where I restocked on a lot of jam that my yogurt-loving ways have taken, and picked up a dinner. I even slipped my dad $10 my grandmother had slipped me earlier because I felt the groceries had gotten a little out of hand. Here’s the proof:

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Groceries

Like I said, quite a bit. On the bright side, only 3 of the groceries were neither on sale, a coupon item, or store brand. And there was at least $6 saved with sales and coupons, so that counts for something. I rushed to put these away because time had completely gotten by me and was more than ready for dinner.

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Whole Foods Chicken Dumplings And Tuna And Salmon Brown Rice Sushi

Did I mention my parents also bought me a dinner? 😀 This was sooooo good. I haven’t had sushi or Chinese dumplings in what feels like ages; I know of some great sushi places but honestly I’m content with Whole Foods. I like brown rice and most real Japanese places don’t offer that. I’d definitely get it more if it weren’t expensive(though, to be fair, it’s a way better deal than loading up on veggies from the salad bar).

This dinner made me very happy for the ridiculous amount of email responding/blog reading/internet bemusement I had to do. The rest of the night felt like hectic catching up but I’d much rather have a fun day and a stressful night than anything else. For a bit I ran around putting things away, cleaning plates, jumping into PJ’s, and making a snack.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Yogurt With Harvest Spcie Granola

 

I was still hungry immediately after dinner, which I think was either from my low snackage of that the sushi had enough protein. Regardless, pumpkin pie greek yogurt was by far the best answer. I added 1/4 cup pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla stevia, and used 1 Harvest Spice bar as granola. This tasted just like pumpkin pie. It definitely hit the spot. I don’t know that I’d like that bar on its own, but as an on-the-go granola I could see it being handy. Amazing Race and Family Guy were decent, but nothing to gush about. This snack was though:

 

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Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bar, Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

 

Why people pay an arm and a leg for supplements when they could buy tasty, fortified food I will never understand; I swear I always feel better the day after I have a vitatop for dessert. Even if it’s all in my mind, it’s damn tasty 🙂 The granola bar was good, too. Nothing fortified or particularly nutritious, but definitely delicious. I think this one would make good on-the-go granola, too.

Nerd rant: The Aeneid is just awful to read in translation. At least when you read it in Latin you feel like you’re testing out your knowledge and can enjoy the poetry side of it. As a book, though, it pretty much sucks. In fact, the author, Virgil, wanted it burned after he died because he never finished it and didn’t like it himself. Some people are very glad those orders were not carried out. I, on the other hand, am not.

 

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Soy Yogurt With Smart Balance, Newman's Own Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, And Vanilla Sugar

Speaking of fortified, this was fortified with goodness. I actually used to worry about not getting enough calcium, but with 3 cups of yogurt or milk a day and green vegetables that’s not really a concern. And I think a sprinkling of vanilla sugar is totally justified when you buy plain and unsweetened yogurt 🙂

I’m finding the better I stay hydrated, the more often I need to get up and go in the middle of the night. A bit unfortunate, but if that’s the price for proper health I’ll pay. I grabbed a fruity bar and hit the gym.

 

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Clif Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

This one’s not my favorite, but it had me at “and nut”. I think Monday’s are the best for long runs because usually I lower mileage over the weekend, and I’m excited to see The Today Show gang and 7am cartoons. Today pretty much fit that bill. I decided on 12 miles and finished in 99 minutes flat. None of my gym friends were there this morning 😦 But I know where they work so I can give them hell for being lazy and make sure they kick their own butts tomorrow 😉 Breakfast was decided long before it got made.

 

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Oikos With Strawberry Jam And Fluff, Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter And TJ's White Chocolate Chips

Yum! I love getting new “toys” to play with. The vanilla cranberry butter was surprisingly thin, and the cranberries weren’t whole but rather finely ground. Still, it had GREAT flavor. I think it’d be good in some yogurt. And the white chocolate chips were perfect. I think you can tell they’re made with cocoa butter. I don’t know why, but I was craving a little sticky fluff, so I threw that on the yogurt. Perfect 🙂

 

 

 

Xagave Giveaway! I’d love to be baking with this stuff!

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A Trip Well Worth It

Posted on October 4, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So I entirely thought I posted this at 9am. Guess not. Here was my life up until that point, if ya’ll still interested(and yes, there was froyo ;-))

If there’s one thing I hate it’s being behind and/or rushed in the morning. So you can imagine how I was feeling about running 90 minutes later than normal, for a longer time than normal, and expecting to be picked up before lunch–Go, go, go! That’s another good thing about muffins for breakfast: they move with you better than oatmeal. Despite the pandemonium, I had breakfast in me and was out of the dorm by noon. On the way home we stopped at Whole Foods to get something for dinner as well as lunch. My dad didn’t think I’d be hungry after having just shoveled a muffin and yogurt down. Really? Me? Of course I was up for attacking the food bar. If anything I dislike how many choices there are because I could be there for ages reading every sign, but in the end I stuck with something simple:

Brown Rice Tuna Sushi, Buffalo Tofu, Broccoli

Brown Rice Tuna Sushi, Buffalo Tofu, Broccoli

Someone please remind me the last time I had sushi? I’m sure it’s on the blog, but it’d definitely be more than a month back. Let’s not let that happen again, k? I forgot how good slightly sweetened rice and soy sauce(aka liquid salt :-)) could be with a little fish. The fish was actually one of the weirder parts; the first 4 pieces were nice and soft but the last few were a bit tough and chewy. I mean, it is supermarket sushi after all, so I don’t know how great I was expecting. I also love eating the ginger straight. Anybody else do that? The tofu was decent but I wasn’t feeling anything fried at the time so I passed those off to my dad.

When I got home I was literally dropped off and left to my lonesome; my dog had a haircut appointment so I had mi casa to myself. First I discovered this in the cupboard:

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

Remember how disappointed I was when I couldn’t find the caramel sauce I put back at the Dedham Whole Foods? Someone in my family who reads the blog took the hint and was so nice enough as to pick this up when he saw it 🙂 How sweet. I love me some good caramel/apple/peanut butter action and this has just 4 simple ingredients so it’s basically a necessity for the Fall. I also found this in the fridge:

Chobani Yogurt

Chobani Yogurt

Last month I won a contest at Heather Bakes for one of every flavor of Chobani and it finally arrived this Friday. When I opened it, it wasn’t quite 1 of every flavor; there were about 9 or so with some missing and some duplicates. But that’s ok because there were 2 pineapple flavors which are my favorite. I can’t wait to bring these back to the dorm. 9 yogurts will last me… through Wednesday, haha. After finding all this I got down to business.

Priority number 1: Ice cream

Elan's Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

You must have seen this coming, right? I mean, a whole freezer loaded with ice cream without the potential of it being stolen. And, c’mon, it’s me 🙂 I love the chocolate because it tastes almost fudgey. It has so much cocoa powder in it it has 2 grams of fiber per serving. Ridiculous much? Ok, well that was off the to-do list

Priority number 2: Bake

Again, how could I not? And I knew just the perfect recipe. Holly, Miss Everythingtarian, came up with the most amazing sounding Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies, recipe here. Done drooling? K, good. I altered the recipe slightly by dropping the canola oil to 1/4 cup and sugar to 1/2 cup. Apparently, Holly doesn’t just make recipes that taste great, but she makes recipes that come out looking amazing too. Check out these beauties:

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Amazing. I might have gone a little overboard on the rolling of dough in sugar so that it all evened out in the end. Oh, and with the spices, too. Has anybody actually measured those out, ever? Didn’t think so. The moment these came out, the house filled up with people again. Here was my dog, sans hair:

Montana

Montana

He’s a bit of a hell raiser so they don’t try to do something fancy to him, just shave him down. I think it makes him look like a rodent–a cute rodent only an owner can love. He was not getting a cookie, but I was:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

I only used 30g oats and 1/3 cup pumpkin because I figured the rest would be in the cookie. This recipe absolutely knocked my socks off. It’s healthy yet absolutely sweet and delicious, and nice and soft and chewy like I like my cookies. Have I gushed about these enough? Didn’t think so. I’ll continue to do so through the week. My hats off to Holly, who in all this craziness I forgot to mention is running a marathon this weekend. She does it all, folks. I caught up with a lot of house flipping and cake acing with my Tivo, and even managed a little(just a little) homework in all of that. Soon enough it was dinner time:

Salmon With Soyaki, Corn With Hickory Smoked Goat Cheese, Broccoli

Salmon With Soyaki, Corn With Hickory Smoked Goat Cheese, Broccoli

Believe it or not, I did fundamentally want salmon tonight for some reason. I feel like having the same thing every time I come home is a bit boring. HOWEVER, it was still on sale, and no one in this family can deny a bargain, so salmon it was. And I certainly can’t say I was complaining, especially with a little Trader Joe Island Soyaki sauce on the plate. We were actually supposed to have Trader Joe basmatti rice to go along with this but after it cooked it was not appetizing to me. Strange because I’ve had their boxed basmatti rice before and really liked it. Thankfully, the corn in the microwave method was a quick sub-in.

Last night’s primetime TV was a little down if you ask me. Food Network had a marathon of The Next Iron Chef, which I’d never seen before but wasn’t terribly exciting since I could predict Michael Symon being the winner. Instead I had a little excitement with food.

Vanilla Elan Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Elan Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla 🙂 Doesn’t get more exciting than that? I just love this vanilla because it actually tastes like there’s something to it. And when it melts and you like it it’s reminiscent of a vanilla milkshake from a Johnny Rockets or somewhere–so good.

Greek Yogurt With Muffin Bottom And Vanilla Stevia

Greek Yogurt With Muffin Bottom And Vanilla Stevia

I really enjoyed that yogurt from this morning and felt like I ate it way too fast so I wanted to enjoy it again. I didn’t even do anything with the muffin top this time; I just chopped off the butt, stuck it in the microwave, and crumbled it into my yogurt. Again, delicious. It tastes just like carrot cake yogurt. Got any muffin butts you don’t want? I’ll take them off your hands. I tried watching TV shows online but I think Google Chrome has made my internet run a little slower lately. Anyone else experiencing this? Ah well, I had an english muffin with some spread overload to top it off while the computer wasn’t working.

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Gingerbread Cream Cheese

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Gingerbread Cream Cheese

I was planning on making a nice cookie spread but nothing appealed to me except the cookie dough peanut butter so I just added a bit extra of that and called it a night. I know it wasn’t even a full 2 tablespoons, but it felt like a ton since the surface area of the english muffin was so small; I swear I had full mouthfuls of peanut butter–not complaining. The cream cheese was Archer Farm’s Brand so I think it must have been all natural? All I know is it had a ton of confusing ingredients and didn’t agree with my stomach 100% but was pretty damn delicious.

This morning I fully planned for it to be raining and for me to be forced for into a rest day; I was a little confused when my planning for rain didn’t happen. What I don’t have that power? I thought it over and decided to take the rest day anyway even though I could have got some good running on my home streets. Instead I did what Sunday morning’s best for: circulars and breakfast.

Pumpkin Oats In A Butter Toffee Jar

Pumpkin Oats In A Butter Toffee Jar

My first experience with oats in a jar a few months ago didn’t go so well, but this time it was perfect. The jar was just the right size to be overflowing with oats, and I think there was just the right amount of peanut butter left. I had left this behind when I went off to college in September for my dad to try and he actually liked it so much he ordered his own, bigger jar. That’s only proof that anyone who tastes this just falls in love with it. I also had one of the pineapple Chobani I won to round it off.

Now I’m sitting here, catching up on last nights SNL. Was it just me or did the Philips Family Feud sketch fall a little flat and was in bad taste? Ryan Reynolds is a pretty funny guy, but I don’t know that he’s a sketch comedy person.  I’m sure I should work on my first essay of the year *shudder* but the sun’s peaking out so a walk might be in order.

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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Posted on August 2, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have the last 3 days of running around been fun? Sure. Am I looking foward to a day of sitting around, reading blogs, watching tivo, and topping it all off with The Next Food Network Star? God yes. Haha, actually today won’t be that simple. I think I’ll be going to TJ and Whole Foods to stock up on snacks for my trip to Georgia at theend of the week! 🙂 I’ll explain that in more detail once the trip gets closer and it becomes interesting. besides that I have A LOT of back to school shopping. it just hit me how much and what I’ll be needing, e.g. salt and pepper shakers, utensils, plates and bowls, etc. Who even thinks about these things?

Ok, I’m going to get stressed out about all that if I think about it more, so I’ll just get to blogging. After breakfast yesterday I enjoyed a delightful slug:

Homemade Lemon Cashew Larabar

Homemade Lemon Cashew Larabar

Kind of looks like one, no? Well it was pretty damn good tasting; and a lot cheaper than my beloved lemon vanilla cashew Nectar Bars. I should recheck Hannaford for dates and make some more funky flavors.

Then we hit the road for Wells, Maine, for another anniversary celebration–this time with presents.

Turkey & Goat Cheese Sandwich

Turkey & Goat Cheese Sandwich


Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter

Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter

Maybe I should just retitle this blog “Things I Eat In The Car” since that’s where most of my meals end up. Haha, I don’t mind, nothing better to do in the car than sit and eat. Anyway, I remade that delicious sandwich from a few days ago. Creamy goat cheese and herbs can make a simple sandwich taste like something from a restaurant. For dessert, I was feeling a little nutty–naturally. Just like I think White Chocolate Wonderful should be the standard PB, I think Vanilla Almond Butter should be the standard AB; the vanilla just adds a special touch that brings out the nuttiness.

There was a ridiculous amount of traffic going up but after 3 hours 20 minutes we finally got there. It was snack time, so I stole some of my 3 year old cousin’s goodies.

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Gummy Sharks

Artificial colors and flavors up the wazoo, but everything in moderation 🙂 We had a lot of down time, and my family likes to sit and eat and talk. That’s not how I roll, so I went over to their Hannafords to see if I could find any cool local products. I’m such a foodie, aren’t I? Well, nothing “local”, but I never saw these before and needed to grab them.

Breyer's Mint Chip Yogurt

Breyer's Mint Chip Yogurt

All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt? I think that just combined about 5 of my favorite things. I have yet to try this but I can’t wait for the right moment and to write a review.

Eventually dinner came and that’s a whole seperate soap opera. Let’s just say cousins who have no discipline are hard to get to do anything, but we ended up settling on getting take out from East–that’s the place we ate at last time with thai, chinese, and japanese. I picked out two of the dishes: a sashimi plate with swordfish, tuna, salmon, and sole, and The Gulf Of Siam with seafood in a thai coconut milk sauce.

The Gulf Of Siam

The Gulf Of Siam


My First Plate

My First Plate

Wow, that was all good. Needless to say I kept digging in. I also had to steal half a chicken finger debreaded from my cousin. We usually don’t order chicken fingers or other breaded chinese food so I carpe-ed that diem. What ever follows dinner but dessert of course? Hear is the Peanut Butter Boy’s Pie that I made:

The Peanut Butter Boy's Pie

The Peanut Butter Boy's Pie

I crumbled up 5 Peanut Butter Newman-O’s to add the topping. The pie was OK–some other people liked it a lot more than me which was comforting at least and made me feel like it wasn’t all for not. The middle had a much stronger cream cheese flavor thatn chocolate. And for the crust, I admit the Puffins I used were a little more than stale and had an off flavor so that was completely my bad. I think if I made this again I’d look for a different crust, and for the center I’d use 2 servings of instant chocolate pudding, 1 cup of milk, and 80z reduced fat cream cheese. Not only would it then be all natural but it’d taste more chocolatey and there wouldn’t be half a batch of extra cream cheese pudding leftover.

Like I said, I’m completely looking foward to a day of blog reading, tivoing, and shopping. After my slightly sloppy 5.6 this morning I sat down to this comforting meal and a Target circular–of course.

Overnight Oats & Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Overnight Oats & Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

I still need to write a review for Naturally Nutty but, as you can guess, their all pretty amazing. i knew the sweetness of the butter toffee would go great with the earthiness of pumpkin. And I took a lesson from the Ponzes and dumped a Kashi vanilla oatmeal in a 1/2 full container of Voskos plain greek yogurt and let it sit for a few days. Not only did it have that great vanilla flavor but it was thick and soft. thanks for introducing me to this knew way of eating oats! It’s perfect for when I have some plain greek yogurt to use up because you can really bring in any flavors you want and have an instant breakfast.

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Weekend Recap

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy Monday! I always feel really refreshed on Mondays for some reason 🙂 Sorry if you’re a Monday hater because it means the work week starts back up. don’t worry, I’m pretty down on Fridays; even though it’s the last day of the work week, it’s also 50% of the work week for me. It was such a nice weekend in New England. I would start with Saturday but I have one little thing from Friday night. These babies:

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Homemade pistachio, chocolate, hazlenut biscotti from Bina’s. what a great way to unwind from the work week day: with a cup of decaf and some biscotti. I ate 2 and shared the rest.

Saturday morning I kicked my butt out of bed at the crack of dawn(ps. 7am is the crack of dawn for me) and pumped out a good 5.6. I don’t think I would’ve been sane the rest of the day without getting a run in so that was welcomed. After a blueberry breakfast, we drove up to Maine. I read some more the Beak Of The Finch(bleh) and watched some Baby Blues(lolerific) on my ipod. I forgot how much I liked that show. We arrived just at lunch time, and the menu was burgers and hot dogs. Like I’ve mentioned, I’m not big on the back yard bbq food unless I pick it out and cook it, so I decided to be special and get some salmon burgers from Hannaford. They were pretty good and my 7 year old cousin even almost tried one, but alas lost the courage when it was put in front of him.

A momentary serious aside. I definitely had a serious breakthrough over this weekend. I eat the food I do because I love it. I’m never depriving myself and choosing an alternative because I’m restricting myself; I’m making the alternate choices because their what I actually want. And, yes, what I choose is usually for a “health” reason, but that is such a relative term. Anything can be healthy or not healthy, and there’s certainly a difference between healthy for the heart, healthy for the mind, and healthy for the soul. So sometimes I might choose a salmon burger for the healthy omega-3’s, and other times I might choose a soul-healthy slice of pound cake loaded with whip cream because that’s what I want. The only thing that really gets to me is when people think I’m depriving myself; that’s when I start to eat what others want me to eat, not what I want to eat. And that is the unhealthiest of anything in my opinion. So my newest goal is to always stay assertive and comfortable with my food choices, for health of mind, body, and soul.

Yikes, sorry to get so serious, lol. I’ll stick with tantalizing pictures and quick summaries for the rest of the post. Back to the salmon burger, it was pretty good, but no WF tuna burger, which we’re also out of so add that to the grocery list, please. The plan was to go to Funtown that night with the cousins, my aunt and uncle, and grandparents. Is it just me or does a place called Funtown sound more not-fun than if it had a different name? Well as with little kids, they can never get their butts out of the door to go any place. While they were having fun in the pool I dropped a not-so-subtle hint that I wanted ice cream. My gramps told us abotu a place that makes their own and that was all I needed to head out the door. Normally, I always get soft serve or frozen yogurt, but this place had a horrible selection of those. Once I decided I would get real ice cream, I had a tough time deciding on a flavor, but this one definitely hit the spot:

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Lemon Meringue Pie. It was cool, refreshing, and definitely something different. I also popped into the fresh bread store and picked up this for the next morning:

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Blueberry peach cobbler with amaretto jam. Umm, that’s like all of my favorites bundled into one so I knew I needed to get it(ok, I’ve never had straight amaretto, but I’ve had it in desserts and those little sugar cookies). The cousins were still in the pool, supposedly getting ready for Funtown. I hated to be the party crasher, but I was not feeling the Funtown. After I decided this was my vacation too, I suggested to my parents that we not go with them, and instead eat out sicne we haven’t been to a restaraunt in over a month. Of course, they were down with that and that became the plan for the night.

Did I mention my cousins are Spoiled with a capital S? This weekend was to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary, and my uncle and dad’s birthday. There was a chocolate cake for my 3 year old cousin, and a vanilla for my 7 year old, which basically were taken in and out of the fridge at any point for their desire. And every time we had to light candles and sing happy birthday to god-knows-who. Here’s a pic of the cakes. I never actually had a slice of either because my mom also made a buttermilk cake which was 10 times more delicious than any store cake could have been so I just munched on that one for the weekend(but somehow forgot to take a pic)

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Like I mentioned, we hadn’t been out to eat in over a month. Wtf? Between my mom’s operation and me trying to make sure I was eating enough to support 30 mile weeks AND gain weight, eating out took a back seat. My tastebuds were feeling asian and there was a new resteraunt with chinese, japanese, and thai so of course we needed to check that out. The menus had literally hundreds of choices AND there was a buffet. I was thinking I wanted sushi but nothing had brown rice. Then I noticed this entree called the Seafood Wor Bar on the chinese menu and my mind was set. Lobster, crab meat, scallops, shrimp, and veggies on a sizzling hot plate. Umm, yes please? Plus, I knew my mom would go for the sushi(she got the salmon platter) so I knew I’d be eating off of her plate and stealing her miso soup.

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That was all certainly delicious. Everyone was home waiting for us when we finished–turns out they couldn’t get their butts out the door to go to Funtown or the movies. We enjoyed a nice night at home where I introduced people to Apples To Apples while Harry Potter 5 played in the background.

The next day I was up and wide awake for a run at 7. Isn’t it fun to run somewhere you don’t know, for some length you don’t know? I went down Mile Road, ran along the beack street, up some random neighborhood where I thought I was getting lost but ended up along the main road right near the ice cream place and asian resteraunt. It ended up being a fairly fast 4.6 miler–definitely a mood booster for the day but I wish I had gone longer along the water’s edge.

My mom picked up a baker’s dozen of doughnuts from this homemade doughnut bakery for everyone, and a special cup of hazlenut coffee for me because she probably knew I wouldn’t be eating a doughnut–nice and thoguhtful 🙂 Lard’s just not my idea of a post-run meal. But do not fear, my breakfast was just what I wanted: So Delicious Cinnamon Bun yogurt, Lemon Vanilla Cashew Nectar Bar, TJ whole wheat cinnamon raisin english muffin with blueberry peach cobbler with amaretto jam.

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At first I made myself a cinnamon cardamom roll from the bread store nearby; I didn’t realize cardamom is a savory spice or something, because the flavor was just off and definitely not breakfasty. And this is definitely one of my most favorite yogurts, but they’re so expensive at Whole Foods. I figured that vacation is for splurging though so I picked this guy up at Hannafords when we got salmon burgers. A good yogurt is the best way to start the day 🙂 After breakfast their was some active time for my little cousins followed by a trip to the beach.

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Then afterwards it was time for lunch. I had my 2nd lobster of my lifetime. I also was somewhat of a hero for bringing a packet of TJ instant mac n’ cheese because that happened to be a favorite amongst my cousins(and my grandfather lol).

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Oops, I should’ve put out a naked cousin alert. The 3 year old(Avery)’s at a point where clothes aren’t so appealing as M&Ms and cookies. Again, we planned on going to Funtown but never actually went. What did end up happening was several temper tantrums over lighting candles and singing happy birthday, followed by melting cake. Again, I skipped on the cake and went for this which I picked up at Hannafords. I love it because it’s a Maine brand, and I really felt like I was seizing the moment; turns out they opened up a store where they sell all their flavors right here in my town–go figure. It was still super yummy.

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Can you tell I’m getting tired of typing? I’ll wrap it up quickly. We said our sad goodbyes and my 7 year old cousin already wants to have a “playdate” in Boston where we go on the duck tours. As we were driving out of town, we were all pretty full but spotted this sign and had to stop.

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Soft serve around here is chocolate, vanilla, or a twist, so 24 flavors was mouth-watering. I got the cheesecake, which wasn’t bad but also not very bold. It tasted very vanilla. But here’s a little secret: vanilla is actually one of my favorite flavors but I hate ordering it out at places because I feel boring and not taking advantage of all the other options. So this was actually pretty perfect for me 🙂 My dad’s irish cream was also damn good. Hopefully we’ll be going back to that place soon so I can try the other 22 flavors.

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