Posts tagged ‘bagel’

August 2, 2011

Happy Place

On our last day in the Outerbanks I headed out with 2 of my cousins to do a little shopping! I remember oohing and aahing while reading Courtney’s blogΒ from a couple of weeks ago when she was in Corolla so I took it to twitter to ask her for the exact stops.

We checked out a couple of surf shops and then headed to the good stuff. First stop was The Fudgery.

I think the girl who worked there was bored because she kept begging me to try another sample. I clearly didn’t say no.

I tried chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream and extraordinary chocolate. I ended up buying a pound of extraordinary chocolate because I’m a sucker….

We then went into the Outerbanks Popcorn Factory.

This place has only been open for a month but they REALLY know what they are doing. The girls who worked there were so sweet and we had a long talk about blogging and popcorn of course. They gave me lots of samples to try before I decided on my final flavor.

Vanilla Almond Crunch

Pirates Blend

Old Bay


It was a toss-up between S’mores and Old Bay! They were both SO delicious.

During Sweet vs Salt tooth – Sweet won! I couldn’t deny this popcorn. Chocolate covered popcorn, graham crackers and marshmallows. I opened it immediately and couldn’t take my hand out of the bag. It’s truly addicting. Good thing they ship them now because I am already out πŸ™‚

While walking around we saw a Donut shop called Duck Donuts and it was nothing like I’ve ever seen before.

They make all of their doughnuts plain

Then you pick the toppings

Cinnamon Sugar, Maple Sugar, Coconut, Chocolate Icing, Sprinkles etc. I didn’t try one but my cousins said they were the best they’ve ever had.

When we passed an Ice Cream spot we knew we had to stop in… I’m not one to pass up HOMEMADE ice cream. Big Bucks Ice Cream was like a 50’s pop shop. They had so many great treats.

We all picked the peanut butter cup and fudge ice cream in a small waffle cone.

There is nothing like homemade ice cream. Nothing.

I also picked up a bagel the next morning at Lighthouse Bagels that was basically dessert.

Um hello Cinnamon Burst. Best bagel i’ve ever had.

How many times have I said this was the best thing i’ve ever had? It’s true. I love Corolla! I want to marry it!

My cousins and I also chatted about our “Happy Place”. Your happy place is where you feel most comfortable – where you are at peace. Some people chose the beach, running, reading, the mall and their home. I chose the grocery store… I could spend hours and hours in there and be completely content.

What’s your Happy Place??

January 20, 2011

I scream, You scream..

We all scream for Ice Cream! I screamed after I successfully made my first Dairy-Free Ice Cream πŸ™‚ My employers received an Ice Cream maker when they got married 8 years ago and have NEVER used it. I can’t believe they hadn’t even attempted one recipe from the manual when they first got it…So i took it upon myself to break it in. I was having very important guests over for dinner (My mom and Grandma) and thought they would be the perfect guinea pigs.

It started out with this… Side Note: I also did some research and found that these are relatively cheap – I definitely recommend shelling out the $45 for one.

S’mores Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream


  • 1 cup original coconut milk
  • 2 cup original soy milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 6 packets of stevia
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3/8 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1 cup of crushed vegan graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of ricemellow creme


  • Place soy milk, coconut milk and stevia in a saucepan on Medium High heat until boiling.

  • Pour mixture into blender and add vanilla, xanthan gum and sea salt. (Be careful this will be very hot)
  • Blend for about 1 minute.
  • Pour into a covered bowl and chill in refrigerator
  • Add the mixture into frozen ice cream bowl.
  • Churn in Ice Cream maker for 20 minutes.

  • Add chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers – Let it churn for 5 more minutes.
  • Spoon in ricemellow creme.

  • Transfer to an airtight container and place saran wrap over top of ice cream so ice crystals wont form.
  • Freeze for an hour and a half

Mine had been sitting out a while when I finally snapped the picture. The consistency was great considering it was dairy free.

I stuck our ice cream in between graham crackers to make a smoreswich.


I have a lot of this left… I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet.

I feel ridiculous for saying this but it was a BEAUTIFUL day… 51 degrees out! It’s funny how our bodies adjust to the cold weather. When it was fall and 51 degrees I was completely bundled up. Now, I’m wearing my new workout capri pants, a long sleeve t-shirt and rolling down the windows like it’s in the 80s. Loving the new pants from target by the way…

Very comfy. It was a great day to run outside… So i did just that! 2 1/2 miles… and then did a 20 minute Jackie Warner video on demand.

Do any of you own the Reebok easy tone shoes? I wore mine yesterday and I definitely feel a difference in my legs today. I don’t have the opportunity to wear them for an entire day often but when I do, I love it!

and they’re orange…it doesn’t get much better than that πŸ™‚

Meals for the day were a breakfast sammy

Egg whites w/ spinach, 2 pieces of candian bacon and organic light cheddar cheese melted on a whole wheat bagel thin. I haven’t had a breakfast sandwich in a while but Sophia had me craving one with her post!

Lunch was the last pumpkin enchilada 😦 I snacked on a protein granola bar, blueberries & some cinnamon almonds throughout the day.

Dinner was a Stacked Vegetable Lasagna that I prepared after my run. I had never made a lasagna without noodles so I was worried this wouldn’t turn out… I should stop doubting myself – it turned out perfect!

Stacked Vegetable Lasagna


  • 1 whole cauliflower trimmed and sliced through the diameter in thin slices
  • 1 whole eggplant trimmed and sliced lengthwise in thin slices
  • 2 medium zucchini trimmed and sliced lengthwise in thin slices
  • 4 large good quality high flavor tomatoes heirloom sliced into thick slices
  • 1 medium purple onion sliced and separated into rings
  • 3 Portobello mushrooms brushed clean and stems removed
  • 3 cups sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat mozzarella shredded
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare lasagna dish by coating with light olive oil.
Arrange cauliflower on bottom of lasagna dish.

Arrange eggplant on top of cauliflower

and mushrooms on top of this. Distribute half of the onion rings on top of mushrooms.

Next add the zucchini slices.

Arrange tomatoes slices on top of this.

Pour sauce over top. Add pinch of sea salt and pepper. Repeat layering process ending with tomatoes. Sprinkle one cup of mozz on top and remainder sauce over cheese. Bake for 60 min until hot and bubbly.

Place the rest of the cheese on top and place under broiler for 10 min.

Let sit for 10 to 15 min before cutting. (Notice my pretty lasagna dish πŸ™‚ )

I loved all of the flavors combined together and it was ALL veggies so we had plenty of room for dessert πŸ™‚

I may have had more dessert than lasagna… It’s cool though.

Today the girls aren’t feeling well so we are going to lounge around and watch movies! We are expecting more snow later – Yipee! If it doesn’t hit by 6 I’ll be attending Happy Hour with some girlfriends πŸ™‚ Hope everyone is having a great Thursday – it’s almost the weekend!