WIAW: Easter Edition

Yay for another post full of food! Even though we didn’t really do anything to celebrate Easter, it was the only defining word for last weekend. Hence this Easter Edition of What I Ate Wednesday.  If you are unfamiliar with WIAW, head over to Jenn’s blog to check out what all the fuss (and food) is about!


I started off the morning with (what else) eggs, mushrooms, and a green smoothie:


Easter Sunday we met a friend for brunch and I ordered a veggie omelet.  They did not tell me that there was cheese, but after all the cheese I had already had the day before…whatever. It was delicious.



We met up with some friends on Saturday and were originally going to grab lunch at a local diner. When the wait ended up being about an hour (or more), we found this place a couple doors down that had outside seating and and AWESOME farm to table menu.  I got the portabello burger with peppers and basil (MMMMM) and I think all the mozzarella cheese in existence.


Apparently that was the only exciting picture of lunch I had from the week.  The brunch on Sunday filled me up until dinner that night.


Friday night we went out for sushi since we hadn’t had it in awhile. I love sushi but we always eat it so fast! We were in and out of there in probably like 20 minutes.



Saturday we ended up ordering Indian food from a place nearby that has gotten some pretty good reviews.  Apparently we went crazy with eating out this weekend.  I got butter chicken and Neil got lamb biryani.


Sunday is a whole bunch of nonsense.  We had bought some langostino from Costco the other day. Langostino is marketed as a kind of tiny lobster, but upon further research is more related to a hermit crab (mmm?). Anyway, the meat was already cooked and we thought we would throw it in to some kind of pasta dish. Neil worked his spice magic and I made some black bean pasta. Everything smelled delicious until I started to eat it.


I realized there was some kind of burning smell if I smelled it closely. Don’t judge me for smelling my food. I knew I had smelled this chemical smell before but could not place it.  Neil tried cooking it longer to get rid of the smell, but that only made it more pronounced.  FINALLY I realized where I had smelled this before. It smelled like my hamster cage when I was neglectful in cleaning it in a timely manner.  It smelled like ammonia.  Sooooo we did not eat this wannabe lobster hermit crab and ordered a pizza instead. Yay for more take out and sorry no picture because we were drowning our sorrows in cheese and sauce (lottttaaaaa cheese this weekend).

Question of the day: What did you eat this weekend? Anyone eat/drink ammonia? 

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! I was ushered to lunch earlier than expected today and as I sat down to write I realized that I had no idea what to write about.  Panic.  Contrary to the riveting topics of rain, grocery stores, Whole30, and lemonade that my friend Tayler gave me, I decided to do a post of pictures for Earth Day.

Many of these are from old posts, but I’m sure they will be new to a lot of my more recent followers.  Earth Day is a date I have always remembered for some reason.  You’d think that I would remember more important holidays, but nope, April 22nd has found an eternal place in my brain.  Weird.

I hope you all love nature as much as me, otherwise you may want to check back tomorrow :)  Happy Earth Day!














Question of the day: Do you like the outdoors? Why or why not?

Move It Monday: Trail Edition

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a great Easter if you celebrate it and if not, hope you had an awesome Sunday! I will tell you that I was a little displeased to find so many stores closed, including the mall.  THE ENTIRE MALL.  My question then was where is Jesus supposed to go shopping when he is resurrected? Inconvenient timing.

This weekend was very low key and a lot of my pictures are of food so once again I will save that for an exciting What I Ate Wednesday.  Since Monday is our (me, Rana, and Stephanie’s) linkup, I will just post the best part of my weekend anyway: my run outside!

I had informed Neil on Friday that I NEEDED to run on the trail at some point this weekend.  I hadn’t been running in like a week and was experiencing an indescribable pull to both run and to do it outside. It’s a form of mediation for me and it really starts to bum me out if I can’t go.  Saturday I gorged myself with food while we were out with friends and we did some spring cleaning so it didn’t really fit into my schedule.  I informed him Saturday night that I was setting my alarm, waking up, and immediately leaving in the morning.

It was the perfect temperature to run.  It is always good to start off slightly chilly because I know by the end I will be covered in sweat with my red tomato face generating even more heat.  It was so perfect though and I stopped to snap a few pictures along the way:


Here is my artsy attempt at a photo (or what it would look like if I passed out on the side of the road):







Unfortunately, my knee is still a problem.  It started bothering me about halfway through and was definitely an issue by the end.  It lingered throughout the day and I made sure to ice it with my giant Costco bag of corn.  There is still some residual pain today so I am going to have to have someone at work look at it.  I guess my willing it away has not been successful….

So without further ado, here is your linkup!  What was your favorite activity of the last week?

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Fridays and Foods

Hello again! I took a hiatus yesterday because I needed a break.  Every day I write this blog on my lunch break and inevitably make myself feel rushed which doesn’t always allow me to unwind during that time.  So yesterday the weather was beautiful and I wanted to explore outside.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I love nature. It gives me a feeling like nothing else and I forgot how much I missed it until the weather started to get nicer. I bought myself a lemon rosemary kombucha and wandered.




That last picture is part of the trail that I run on when the weather is nice.  I am really grateful to live so close to such an amazing running option.

Speaking of Spring, I am excited to plant more basil. I LOVE basil. I made a blueberry-basil smoothie the other day and I need to make more! My one from last year died over the winter, so I found this awesome little pod to grow a new one.  I’m just waiting for it to get warmer overnight.


This post is going to be pretty random so stick with me.  Last night I was craving something sweet for dinner so I had a bowl of Purely Elizabeth granola, homemade cashew milk, and a spoonful of homemade chocolate coffee peanut butter. Ok, maybe a spoonful and a half. The picture doesn’t lie.  Oh my was that delicious.


Then, because I am suddenly obsessed with cashews, I whipped up some maple cashew butter. It wasn’t as drippy as I would have liked, but when I realized the consistency was like cream cheese I couldn’t stop shoving it in my mouth.  It’s pretty incredible.


Last but not least, I am still in the middle of slowly changing documents after I changed my name.  I popped in to get new passport pictures taken the other day and ended up with these.  My hair needed to be washed and I was in the middle of some kind of sinus/head cold, but they’re far better than my license picture. Man is that a doozy.


This weekend is really low key so we don’t have much planned.  We look forward to uneventful weekends, but wind up getting bored and needing to find something to do.  I didn’t go to the gym last night because I was still feeling sick, so I will make sure and get out this weekend.  I have been feeling the need to go for a long run outside for a couple days now so that is one thing on my list!  I hope that everyone has a great Easter weekend!

Question of the day: Do you ever take a mental health day? What are your plans for the weekend?

WIAW: Ocean City Edition

Happy Wednesday! The sun is finally out, but it is deceptively chilly.  Also it hailed last night. Whacktastic.  I am in denial about the fact that I may have allergies. I have been sniffling for the past three days after sleeping with the window open.  I don’t feel sick per se, but I am just going to pretend that my nose is normally supposed to behave like this since I have never had allergies before. Boo.

For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to recap my foods from the road this weekend.  There are some healthy eats and some “I haven’t had pancakes in a long time so I am going to get the most gluttonous ones and slather them in syrup and eat them all” ones.  Either way, they were all delicious!  If you are unfamiliar with What I Ate Wednesday, head over to Jenn’s blog to read up about it.  Thanks Jenn!


Before we set out, I had my normal eggs/mushrooms and green smoothie:



Saturday had a veggie omelet that was slightly disappointing.  We love going to this place, but I think they have better lunch selections.


Sunday I had these pancakes at 9 am and wasn’t hungry again until 430 pm. No regrets.



I already told you about our disappointing trip to The Greenhouse.  My black bean burger was tolerable, but I felt it was overpriced and the bread left something to be desired.


Saturday we got Chipotle.  Neil loves Chipotle and eats there almost every day. I used to as well until I realized that eating the same quantity of food as my husband was not the best plan.  This day I ate all of this and was happy I did.



Friday we got crab cake sandwiches from a place we always go to. They had just opened that day. Thank God. Kale as a garnish? No thank you I will eat it all on my sandwich.


Saturday I got a chicken wrap with veggies and sweet potato fries.  They were really good, but I could only eat like 5 and then hit my limit. That wrap was really filling (especially after Chipotle for lunch)!20140416-141954.jpg


Like I posted the other day, I pack like I am going to starve to death on road trips.  While we were there I munched on most of these things whenever I was hungry between meals.


So that’s my weekend of eats.

Question of the day: Do you pack like a mad woman on road trips? Has anyone else suddenly developed allergies as an adult? Not cool.