Clumsy + Chocolate = Not a Good Match

I’m such a mess!

 

I do NOT have pictures of this, but I will tell you the story  :)

 

One of my coworkers bought a box of mixed candies from The Chocolate Spike, and invited us all to our little conference room to share them with him – score!  So, we cut most of them into pieces so we could all try the different flavors, and I guess a little piece of chocolate fell onto my pants. No biggie, right? Too bad I didn’t notice until I stood up to leave the room. It fell right where my legs were crossed (another reason not to cross my legs, Caitlin?), and kind of melted into my khakis.  I can’t believe it – it’s a good thing my office is pretty small and we joke around together all the time – it was pretty funny!

 

Oh – and I got to try the Mango Lime truffle Sarah!!! You’re going to love it – great choice.

 

Since I participated in the amazing chocolate fest this afternoon, I didn’t eat my planned snack.

 

Nick and I went to BodyPump tonight and it was packed!  We were hoping there would be less of a crowd tonight because there was a Tech basketball game, but I think it was even more crowded than last time. It was a good class though, and a good workout.

 

Dinner was leftovers of my one-pot wonder, plus some steamed broccoli.

 

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As soon as I finish blogging, I’m off to work on a presentation I have on Friday and then watching LOST …. probably with a bowl of popcorn  :)

 

Do you watch LOST? Do you like this season so far?

Buzzin' for Food

Did you notice anything new?

No…not a new haircut.

Not a new shirt, sadly.

I’m now a Featured Publisher for FoodBuzz!!!  I am so excited about this – I love FoodBuzz! I love that you can find tons of stuff on their site just about food and other foodies and restaurants…it’s like my dream come true.

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Breakfast today was good, as usual.

I try to make my eggs look good in the pictures….it’s hard since the eggs are white, on top of white grits, in a white bowl….

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At least they taste good  :)

A big bowl of kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries

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and some milk, which I apparently did not take a picture of!

I’m so glad today is humpday already! I only work one more day this week, so today is actually my Thursday! I have something kind of exciting on Friday (which I won’t explain yet) but I’m super excited and nervous and ready for it be here already!

There may also be a special blogger something happening on Friday that I am even MORE excited about!!! But you’ll have to wait to find out  :)

Lunch today is the last of my black bean burgers with some steamed broccoli  and the last of my corn soup. Sad to see it go, but it sure does hold me over well!

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Plus an apple to round out my meal.

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Plan for today?

  • snack later
  • BodyPump
  • Dinner
  • Work on project for Friday

Exciting Blog Related News:

  1. Meghann is giving away an awesome sports bra!
  2. Beadie is giving away some good lookin’ BBQ sauce!
  3. Mara announced the BSI for this week – send in those recipes!
  4. Today is the cut off for Zesty’s Grill Charms giveaway! Put your name in and check out his blondie recipe today – yumm.

MORE Colors?

I am on a roll today!

 

I have definitely “eaten a rainbow” today and am proud of it!  I try to eat pretty healthy most days, but there aren’t many days when my meals are so colorful  :)

 

Dinner was leftovers from Sunday night ,with a different veggie on the side.

 

Chicken Paprikaahh, Scalloped Russet and Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli

 

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(Yes, that is a paper plate – we ate in my office right after work since we had a group thing to go to tonight)

 

 

I’m so excited to see the recipes using ORANGES for this week’s BSI!!! Great choice, Mara!

 

Don’t forget to stop by Beadie’s and enter to win some good lookin’ bbq sauce and a surprise gift she hasn’t explained yet  :)

 

Late post = tired girl

Roy G. Biv

Have you met Roy G. Biv?

I think I’ve filled every spot (or close to it) and I have even eaten dinner yet!

I have to get my Biv colors in early – other wise, it sometimes doesn’t happen.

So, I bring you my Berry Bananza!

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This bowl was full of texture, flavor, and antioxidants!

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 4 strawberries
  • palmful of blueberries
  • palmful of raspberries

Can I get a holy yum?

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I had to run some errands at lunch (aka, go buy chocolate!), and am now sitting at my desk, blogging, and eating lunch.

More colorful food!

2 of my homemade black bean burgers on top of some green beans

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Plus a cup of my leftover corn chowdah -  not a horribly appetizing picture, but it tastes great!

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and she has returned. Did you miss her?

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That’s it folks!  Back to the grind.

Make sure to check out the contest on Beadie’s blog!

And don’t forget to see what this week’s BSI is – Mara’s in charge this week  :)

See you later for dinner and be ready for another review soon  :)

Secret Cupid Strikes!

So…Mondays are Mondays are Mondays. Monday was such a LONG day at work, and I was happy to be home.

 

But I was even HAPPIER when I opened my mailbox to find this!!!

 

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I think I *actually* squealed when I opened the mailbox  :)

 

My secret cupid (courtesy of Lee!!!) was Eliza, from A Plus Eating and she made the most PERFECT box of goodies for me!

 

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I got:

* a cute handwritten Valentine from Eliza  :)

* Winter Fitness Runner’s Magazine!

* 2, count ‘em 2, LARABARS!!! Apple Pie, and Cherry Pie (both of which I have not tried!)

* a Blueberry Zbar – my favorite!

* 2 chocolate hearts 

* an awesome looking chocolate bar that’s dark chocolate with raspberries and rosehips!

* Red Zinger tea

* and a cinnamon almond scented candle – Eliza, I could smell this THROUGH the box, and it smells amazing!

 

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Thank you so much, Eliza!!!

 

And thanks Lee for setting up the Valentine’s Day Blogger Exchange!!

 

 

Don’t forget to go see Mara today for this week’s BSI Annoucement!

And the winner is….

Come on…you didn’t think I would announce it at the BEGINNING of this post, did you?  :)

 

 

 

This afternoon, I had a snack at work before we went running.

 

0% Fage, some pom seeds, and 1/3 cup TJ’s high fiber cereal that has the dried fruits/nuts in it (I forgot the name)

 

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Good mix of protein, fiber, and antioxidants!

 

Our run today was good, but a little shorter than normal because we ran a new route near campus. It was nice to be outside, though!  I’m excited for spring!!!

 

Dinner was good and was definitely a complete and balanced meal.

 

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I based this meal off a recipe from the August/September 2008 issue of Taste of Home’s Healthy Cooking. This looks like a magazine, but it’s basically a small cookbook! It has tons of recipes! I need to look for more of these.

 

My name for it? “I Got What You Need One-Pot Wonder”

My version included:

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 cup quick cooking barley
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup leftover steamed peas
  • 1 lb. lean ham, cubed
  • parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • hot sauce

 

  1. Cook onion, pepper, and carrots until softened (can use some oil, butter, whatever you have/want)
  2. Add in broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in barley and bulgur, reduce to a simmer.
  4. Let cook until grains are done/most of the broth is absorbed.
  5. Stir in corn, beans, peas, ham, and seasonings.
  6. Serve!

 

This made a TON – which is good, because we’ll need it this week for leftovers/lunches  :)

 

So colorful, right?    We had some steamed broccoli on the side.  Did we need MORE veggies with dinner? Who knows…I just wanted some broccoli! I also drizzled a little olive oil over my meal.

 

 

 

Okay….so the moment you’ve all been waiting for.

 

First – thank you SO much to everyone who participated!  I am so happy with how my first 2 experiences with the BSI have been – it is so fun to see what people can come up with!

 

I recruited my husband in picking the winner tonight, so we went through and looked at ALL the submissions, looked at the pictures, read through the ingredients and instructions, etc.

 

How was I supposed to choose when I have entries with polenta croutons, crabcake quiche, and steak spinach rolls

 

We finally got it narrowed down to a few….but one recipe just stuck out to both of us. I checked and re-checked the ingredients to see that I could actually find everything here – and I could. 

 

My criteria for this week’s contest was that the recipe be:

  1. Creative, and
  2. Accessible

 

I will say, I’m glad I didn’t put “ease of recipe”, because I couldn’t have picked this recipe as the winner if I had.

 

so…

 

the winner of BSI Spinach is….

 

Sarah, from Tales of Expansion for her  Citrus-Berry Spinach & Goat Cheese Ravioli with Balsamic Glaze !!!!

 

Congrats Sarah!!! Please email me so we can figure out the details of your prize from The Chocolate Spike!

 

At first, I wasn’t sure I could find all the ingredients, but I think it’s because the recipe was just a bit more complicated than some of the others that I kind of glossed over the ingredients the first time I read it.

 

If you have NOT looked at her recipe, do so now!!! The mix of spinach, oranges, balsamic, and goat cheese sounds and LOOKS amazing  :) It is something I would have never thought of putting together and something I’ve never really seen before in any other recipes, which is what put it over the edge.

 

Thanks again for everyone who participated – Nick and I wanted to try every single recipe after looking at them, and that’s after we had just eaten dinner!!! 

 

 

Make sure to go see Mara tomorrow for this week’s BSI contest!  She’ll be picking/announcing the ingredient sometime tomorrow.