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October 19, 2011

WIAOV

Hi everyone! Sorry I have been MIA – We got back from vacation Monday night and yesterday we had to go grocery shopping because we had absolutely no food in the house…so unlike me! For todays WIAW I am going to show you everything I ate on vacation.

Day 1: Lunch at Saloon on the way there – Pulled Pork with sweet potato waffle fries – ate all of the fries in place of the bun 😉

Day 1: Dinner at Bocca – AMAZING. Greeted with warm pita bread and dipping oils

The best salad I ever had – Trying to recreate the dressing which was a lime vinaigrette

Half of a phenomenal  capri panini – so mad i forgot the other half there 😦

Split Dessert: Fried puff pastry filled with blueberries and served with a scoop of gelato

Day 2: The best tasting beer I’ve ever had…and I’m not a beer drinker

Dinner: Ordered a Salad – They brought out lettuce only. Hate when places do that!

Ordered the Mac and Cheese as my meal

You can bet I ate every last bite!

Split Dessert: Waffle with gelato, hot fudge and whipped cream – Amazing…

Day 3: Salad with tons of veggies – yum

Lunch: Cup of chili – I ate around the meat.

Dessert at lunch time? Sure, why not – We were heading out so it would be our last one! Reese’s Ice Cream Pie. Um, yes…no words.

With travel time totaling up to over 10 hours in the 3 days and the food we ate I could not wait to get to running yesterday. On my plan was a 3 mile run but I ran a little more than 3.5 because I NEEDED the movement.

Oh by the way – We did more than eat in Cooperstown. I promise…

We went a cider mill

Went to a beer tasting (most amazing beer)

Went to the hall of fame

Where I clearly had fun..

I stuck it out for 3 hours – By then my attention span had shrunk to the size of a peanut.

We also saw some AMAZING views. I couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! I feel as though I never captured the true beauty of the mountains.

Now I’m back home to city life – where people honk outside of our apartment every 12 seconds.

QUESTIONS: What is the best meal you’ve ever had on Vacation? On this particular one I would say the salad from the first restaurant… Yes, it beat out desserts. Who am I?

January 8, 2011

My gym smells like BACON

You know what’s cool? My gym is surrounded by restaurants… PF Changs, Brio, Japanese Steakhouse, Philly Cheesesteak’s, Cadillac Ranch, Gordon Biersch and some other Mexican restaurant I can’t remember how to spell. So when I leave the gym and I smell bacon, fajitas and fresh bread I daydream about strangling whoever thought it would be a great idea to put a gym in this type of environment. OK maybe that’s a little extreme – But I would like to give them a little piece of my mind.

While at the bacon infused gym I tried a new class (new years resolution)! Unfortunately, I was not a fan – but stuck it out for the full 60 minutes. Do any of you take Zumba? Maybe I didn’t enjoy it because I was the youngest one there by at least 20 years… It was a Friday night at 5pm so I guess people my age had better things to do (enjoy a cold beer & bacon cheese fries from Cadillac ranch). For those of you who have never tried Zumba it’s a latin aerobic dance class. The instructor was a little cooky… and everyone in the room just looked so uncoordinated. Basically we were all just flailing arms/legs, “popping the booty” and “doing the hoochie mama” for 60 minutes. Yes, my 50-year-old instructor was using these exact terms. If you all have had positive experiences PLEASE let me know and maybe I will try another instructor. But, for now I can say I’ve tried it and I don’t plan on going back! After my Zumba session, I forced myself downstairs to the cardio room to run. I like to feel sweaty when I leave a gym so I ran for about 25 minutes and then headed out back into the bacon-y breezy parking garage.

Yesterday I promised a NO oatmeal breakfast day… I added a teeny tiny bit of oats. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist! I got the idea from Chocolate Covered Katie to make a breakfast pizza or a “pizzert” as she calls it. This was soooo incredibly delicious! If you’re looking to get out of your normal breakfast rut, I HIGHLY suggest you try this. Here is my version of the pizzert.

Breakfast Pizzert

Serves 2

  • 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • sweetener (i used 2 1/2 packets of splenda)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg (any spices you want)
  • A handful of blackberries (or whatever fruit/nut/chocolate choice you would like)

To make:

1. Mix everything together and pour into an olive oil misted pan.

2. Cook in a UNpreheated oven at 420 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

3. Decorate your blank canvas!

Better ‘N Butter Peanut Butter with sliced banana.

Good thing I live by myself (this week) because I have the other half for tomorrow morning! I’m thinking of toppings now…

When I left the house this morning…It looked like a snow filled sky.

But, we barely got an inch. Boo 😦

The girls and I watched Toy Story 3 today. I love Disney movies but this is by far one of my favorites. I let them make their own pizza for lunch (my breakfast inspired me!) while I snacked on carrots and hummus – and that was about it…Easy Breezy Friday.

Lunch today:

Brown rice, black beans, sautéed spinach, green beans, zucchini and sliced tomato. I was bummed I forgot my avocado this morning to add to my bowl but I’m sure I had enough healthy fats in the Olive Oil I used to saute my veggies (not to mention the PB i eat on a daily basis).

Since I was early to Zumba, I stopped in Anthropologie (which is also in the shopping center). This is always bad news and I will admit I was afraid once I stepped in here I would never make it to the gym. All of their kitchen items are SO fun and pretty!

Everything is so perfect…and expensive! See those Flower measuring bowls? $48! I clearly couldn’t afford those so I headed over to the sale section.

I ended up with these two… It doesn’t excite me as much as my new lasagna pan – but I only spent $8 so I’m content. You can never have too many pretty dishes 🙂

Does anyone eat the shirataki tofu noodles? They look like this.

The entire bowl has 30 calories and 2 carbs or something crazy like that! I get my noodle fix, my thighs don’t get any extra carb cushion and we’re all happy 🙂 You can buy these at Whole Foods near the Yogurts. Tonight I made an easy “Spaghetti and Meatballs”

The “meatballs” are from MorningStar – I honestly can’t tell the difference between these and the real ones. The sauce is just some crushed tomatoes and basil. I think everyone should try these noodles at least once – Can’t knock it until you try it!

Dessert was another handful of these.

I wonder if they have the white version too…I’d like to mix them together!

I think I’m going to do a “Favorite Friday” every week. Since this is my first week I’m going to start off with 10 of my recent Favorite’s instead of just a couple.

This weeks Favorite Items:

Fruit: Honeycrisp apples – I’m usually a fuji girl but these have been on point lately!

Workout: Zumba… kidding 😉 Spinning – I always enjoy a 60 minute spin class (as long as there is good music!)

Shoes: Bailey 3 button Uggs – This week they have to get the award… They have kept me warm and dry and are reliable unlike my missing running shoe from yesterday’s workout debacle.

Website: Shopbop.com – Even though I can’t afford anything. I like to just add things to my basket to make it feel as if I’m shopping

Movie: Life as we know it. Well, I only watched one movie this week… But, I’m a sucker for romantic comedy’s and I would see it again. Plus, Josh Duhamel is HOT.

Grocery Item: Better n Butter Peanut Butter – SHOCKER!

Store: Anthropologie – Obviously.

Workout Clothes: Under Armour Capri Tight – love love.

Cookbook: Cooking Light – Serves Two

Song to Run to: Bob Sinclair – World Hold On. This is always my favorite 🙂

What are your current weekly favorites!?

I’m going to end tonight’s blog with one of my favorite quotes…

“It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there…If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is… all around.” – Love Actually

Even in potatoes 🙂 *picture courtesy of my dad*

I’m off to the Georgetown vs WVU game with my brothers and cousin in the morning… GO WVU! I hope everyone has had a great start to their weekend. ♥