Whole Foods Makes Me Happy

This was my mid-morning snack. Don’t let the picture fool you. I did not put that chocolate peanut butter on the banana. I ate it separately. Straight out of the package. Like a child.

Dear Justin, you make delicious peanut butter.

At lunch I took Abby to Whole Foods because she was in need of some salad bar action. While she was creating a monster of a salad (it was almost two pounds!), I stumbled upon this surprise

GT’s is back!!!!!

Chobani on sale 5 for $5

Two pounds of salad goodness

I was very jealous of Abby’s lunch since I was eating leftovers from my birthday dinner last week. Howevs, the leftover lasagna heated up well. I think it might have been even better the second time around.

But don’t worry. I had some Whole Foods goodness for dinner on my way to T9.

Smoked mozzarella, tomato, pesto, and lettuce on whole wheat. This might replace my usually turkey sandwich from WF. Even though they take all my money, Whole Foods makes me happy. 🙂

 

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Fun Running Found Again

A Sunday blog post on a Monday morning. Why? Because yesterday was a “I’m relaxing and not even logging into WordPress or Google Reader kind of day.” It was glorious. After the amazing Badger game on Saturday night, I finished my wine and passed out fell asleep. When my alarm went off (who sets an alarm on the weekends?), my body just wanted to go for a run. I obliged. However, I didn’t bring a watch and I didn’t glance at the clock when I left. I didn’t even have a route in mind. I just ran, and when I started to feel a little hungry I turned around and headed home. It was very no pressure, and I loved it. I had been concentrating so much on how fast I was running, what my pace was, and constantly trying for negative splits. It had taken the fun out of running. Sunday morning, I found fun running again. Thank goodness.

When I came home, I made smoothies for Mags and myself, and lounged around until yoga.

My nails match the new yoga tank Maggie bought me for my birthday!

Here’s a suggestion – don’t go running and to a vinyasa flow yoga class all before noon. My feet cramped up and my legs were like jelly. It was still a great class though, and we did some much needed core work. However, I will never ever go for a run before yoga.

All this working out created quite an appetite. This required a Whole Foods salad bar visit.

I also picked up this new tea drink, Sokenbicha. It’s ok, and it was on sale. I don’t know if it will replace my kombucha habit, but I will probably buy it again.

The rest of the day was spent at my parents, laying on the couch watching football and baseball. The life! Oh and this might have happened too…

Did you all have a relaxing weekend? Happy Monday!

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Mmm Sangria

If there are two things I’m crushing on right now, they are Badger football and sangria. Maybe ice cream too. I always love ice cream though so that might not count. Mags came into town for my birthday, and after a delicious dinner at PF Changs we came back to my apartment made sangria, ate many desserts, and are currently watching the Badger game. Side note – Badgers, please don’t eff this up. You can’t be up 21-0 and then lose. I don’t have the emotional stamina for that. Update: YAY! Badgers!!! Kicked Ohio State’s butt! What’s a Buckeye anyways?

Now here is the easiest Sangria ever (okay maybe not the easiest ever because you could buy pre-made in a bottle):

  • 2 bottles of Shiraz or Merlot
  • 1 bottle of blood orange soda
  • Large glass

There is something so classy about Two Buck Chuck

Not as good as Termini’s or Corropolese’s, but good enough.

 

GO BADGERS!! ESPN just said Madison is the best college town! 🙂

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A Good Day Off

Usually when I use personal time at work it’s because I am sick, have a doctor appointment, or am going out of town. Today I took the day off to do NOTHING. Oh yeah, it was amazing. Sadly, I didn’t sleep late. Instead I decided to hit the gym early while the college kiddos were still sleeping off their Thirsty Thursday. I love when I get to be in an empty gym. 🙂

I rewarded myself for my early workout with a trip to Bradbury’s. The first thing I saw when I walked up to the counter was a Nutella muffin. They had me at Nutella.

When the muffin was baked, the Nutella became a crispy and chewy topping. So good.

Abs had a raspberry scone

After power cleaning my apartment, I did a little shopping and had a chakra balancing massage. I really needed a massage, too. I’ve been hunching over my desk at work so my shoulders and neck were a wreck. I made a green monster for the road, and I used half a scoop of chocolate protein powder and half a scoop of peanut flour. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that sooner.

Abby and I have lived in Madison for over a year, and Flat Top Grill is five minutes away. Tonight was our first time going there. I regret waiting so long! It was freaking amazing. The roti bread was delicious, and who doesn’t love a build your own stir fry?

Cookies from Whole Foods

Today was a great day off and a good start to the weekend. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the weekend. Wisconsin vs. Ohio State and I have friends from Milwaukee coming to town! I also plan on putting my sweet new food processor to good used!

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You might be a food blogger if…

I’m a sliver Italian, but I think those genes must dominate because my love for pasta and Italian food in general is borderline unhealthy. Naturally I chose to go to Tutto Pasta Cucina by the Capital for my family birthday dinner. This ensued:

Let’s all take a moment to enjoy the amount of cheese on this plate. Yum.

Prosciutto Heaven

Like a good little Wisconsin family we went out for ice cream afterwards. Babcock’s vanilla peanut butter ice cream did the trick. The perfect balance of salty and sweet.

 

And you might be a food blogger if…

This is the coolest 25th birthday present imaginable. I can’t stop thinking about all of the amazing things I am going to make with my food processor!

 

Now I’m off to enjoy my day off from work! There are floor to clean, groceries to buy, and a massage to be had!

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Snap-o-Lantern

For lunch yesterday, my boss took me out for sushi to celebrate my birthday. We went to Takara which is not only my favorite place for sushi in Madison, but happens to be on State St. (many dessert options…keep reading).

Spicy tuna is my favorite

After lunch we walked down to the Chocolate Shoppe for ice cream. I typically get green tea or cookie dough ice cream, but while scanning the flavors I saw pumpkin ice cream. Then next to it….pumpkin ice cream with gingersnap cookie dough! It was like the Chocolate Shoppe knew exactly what I wanted for my birthday! Oh and it was amazing. I plan on going back and buying a pint of it to take home!

Say hello to Snap-o-Lantern…the most delicious ice cream ever. Yeah I said it.

Somehow after all of that I was still hungry so I enjoyed a couple pumpkin cookies at my desk. I had to work last night at Title 9, but afterward Abby and I went out for limeades at Sonic. It was like old times. 🙂 I was super tired this morning so my breakfast was quickly thrown together and scarfed down at my desk. I hate eating breakfast at work. It’s not relaxing at all, and I like to enjoy my meals.

For lunch I headed to Starbucks to use my birthday drink coupon. My favorite drink at Starbuck’s is the Earl Grey tea latte. I don’t think I have met anyone yet that likes it, but I’m in love with it. I went home and heated up a frozen meal from Trader Joe’s. It wasn’t too bad, and I’ll definitely buy it again.

My parents and grandma are coming to Madison tonight to go out to dinner. I’m so excited to see them and go out for a nice meal!

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Butter Makes Everything Better

It’s my birthday so I can eat a giant bowl of Cheerios for breakfast AND eat cookies covered in icing all before 8 am.

I don’t really feel like today is my birthday, and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. Maybe when I do my birthday dinner with my family tomorrow, it will sink in that I am 25. Whoa.  That sounds scary because it sounds old and I feel like I’m still 21. That was a good birthday. Let’s pretend I’m 21 again. I’ll see you all at Caffery’s. I’ll be the girl doing shots at the bar with the bartenders. Ha! I am a little sad that I’m turning 25. On a serious note, since 25 is a milestone age (well I think it is), I ‘ve decided to do a little long-term goal setting. I decided that these are some the things I would like to achieve by 30:

  1. Be a certified vinyasa yoga instructor and teaching yoga
  2. Have at least half of my student loan debt paid off
  3. Run a marathon

There are a couple of other goals I have for the next five years, but I don’t necessarily want to share them on internet.

Last night, I baked cookies to bring into work for my birthday. I had  stumbled upon this recipe the other day on Peanut Butter Fingers and knew I had to make them! One box of spice cake mix and one can of pumpkin. Mix, spoon onto a baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. I love simple recipes! I decided to ice them with a brown butter icing.

Icing Recipe:

  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 10 T butter
  • 1/4 C evaporate milk
  • 1 t vanilla

Melt the butter in a saucepan, and keep stirring for about three minutes allowing the butter to brown. Watch it carefully because browned butter tastes infinitely better than burned butter.  Pour the butter into a bowl with the powdered sugar and make sure you scrape the brown bits out of the pan. Stir in the evaporated milk and vanilla. If the icing is too thick, add more evaporated milk (a little at a time). If you like your icing thicker, add more powdered sugar.

The only two things you need: pumpkin puree and spice cake mix!

This requires the real stuff. No fake butter here.

 All those browned bits of butter are what make the icing so tasty

 

Seriously, when you are stressed out just make this icing and eat it out of the bowl (I did). Butter makes everything better. Oh and bacon. Maybe next time I’ll just put bacon in it. 🙂

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