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Red, White & Blue Success!

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After an awesome workout on Friday afternoon with the babe, we decided on Chinese before leaving the house for The Hangover Part II.

He picked up the food, while I ordered our tickets online, to make sure that they didn’t sell out. 

Steamed shrimp with mixed vegetables

Excellent teamwork, right?

The Hangover Part II Poster

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It was almost a toss-up between this one and Kung Fu Panda 2.

To my surprise, although we had our tickets, once we got to the theatre, which was packed, there were no two seats together, so we sprawled out on the floor and cuddled up instead 🙂

Saturday was beautiful outside, but pretty warm.  We played basketball on Saturday afternoon, but ended a little bit early because of rain.

Lunch was an egg & hummus sammie on whole grain bread with spinach, tomato, and steamed snap peas on the side. 

Any other Tribe hummus lovers out there?

Momma FF had been shopping for our Memorial Day picnic, which doubled as a graduation party for my cousin and tripled as a birthday party for another cousin.  She picked up this backyard inflatable pool which came in handy on Monday in the scorching heat!

In other news entirely, I’ve been brewing different flavored iced coffees for the past two weeks now.  It’s officially in season!  Perfectly refreshing and caffeinated more than diet soda. This Bananas Foster Float by Boca Java is a recent favorite.

Another favorite these days is peanut flour paste & apples.  I’ve been trying to stay away from eating too many orange things, since usually I eat peanut flour paste with baby carrots 😉  My orange glow is almost gone!  Haha.

Can you believe that Jarid and I helped put this swingset together? Again, let me reiterate how great we work as a team 🙂

While we worked on the swing set, Poppa FF was busy putting together a trellace for a patio that Momma FF requested.

Pretty amazing for a day and 1/2 of work, right?  You can even see the pool in the background.

Parsnip fries & chips roasted with broccoli @ 430 for 15 minutes and dipped in reduced sugar ketchup after being sprinkled with seasalt & pepper

We had a great weekend with beautiful weather.  I think I may have even gotten a tan!  Speaking of which…I just realized…only two more weeks until THE BEACH! 😀

Hope you all had an amazing Memorial Day weekendThank you to all of those service men & women out there!

XO.

Life Is > Good.

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Verse of the Day:

“But since My servant Caleb has a different spirit and has followed Me completely, I will bring him into the land where he has gone, and his descendants will inherit it.” – Numbers 14:24

Things are finally starting to slow down.  I’m finding time to enjoy things that I look forward to the most…like breakfasts like these.

1/3 C. oat bran, 3/4 banana chunks, 1 egg white, sugar-free vanilla Torani, pinch of baking powder, and some water to thin the batter – microwaved for about 2 1/2 min. and smooshed down with some vanilla almond milk ❤

and lunch dates with the wonderful guy who brings me flowers like these

In fact, just yesterday, we took a stroll downtown during my lunch break to grab a bite to eat before his 2nd interview with a company where he is trying to get an accounting position.

 

Neato Burrito was our destination, and here’s what I ordered:

Burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, cucumber, and lettuce with salsa verde and garlic cilantro salsa plus fat-free sour cream on the side

I love that this place gives you a build-your-own option and that they offer brown rice vs. white, and fat-free vs. full fat. I love a little mexican flair every once in awhile.  The salsas are also homemade and fresh everyday ❤ The company wasn’t all bad either 😉

This snack would probably make Janetha gag, but it was yummy for me!  Just a little fat-free cottage cheese mixed with blueberries & peaches.

Oh, and have I mentioned how much I love having a workout buddy?  Jarid and I have been hitting the gym together. 

We obviously do seperate cardio machines, but we keep each other motivated, doing ab workouts and playing basketball afterward.  And to think, I was totally opposed to workouts with others before…I liked doing my own thing.

It’s also that time again…when summery foods start to look more appealing than ever.  I took a vegetable peeler and made ribbons from a zucchini, diced up some tomato, and drizzled the entire thing in this Fat-Free Lime Basil Dressing.

And for a protein punch, a grilled chicken breast with light Ragu topping and fat-free mozzarella cheese.

Yummm.

Yeah, this three-day weekend coming up isn’t too shabby, either.  I’d say, life is greater than good right about now. 

What are you most looking forward to about Memorial Day weekend?  The boyfriend and I are going to see The Hangover Part II tonight, to Artsfest tomorrow,  and my family has a huge picnic on Monday that I can’t wait for!  The weather is supposedly going to be gorgeous, as well!

If you’re dying for some healthified recipes, check out Hungry-girl’s Memorial Day Survival Guide

Over and out.

XO.

I’m Here!

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Well, the weekend began with a trip to the Orthopedic Institute of PA for an x-ray on my right leg. 

They are still mystified as to what the pain, redness, and swelling could be stemming from!

The good news is, it’s doing much better since I’ve been on the inti-inflammatory medicine. The doctor who checked out the findings explained that it is probably a stress fracture.

I had a stress fracture once before, and this is NOT the same type of pain.  They’ve got me scheduled for an MRI in the near future, so I’ll keep you all up to date!

The weekend was full of favorites…favorite foods (like Brown Rice Mini California Rolls), favorite guys (like Jarid, who not only took me bowling, but also came to church with me again on Sunday :))

 favorite activities (like basketball!), and favorite babies (like Bowman).  I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking from here on out 😉

On weekends, I try my best to make use of the time I have in the mornings to prepare breakfast like these little oat bran cakes ❤ 

They are my favorite lately.  Simple recipe – 1/3 C. oat bran, 1 egg white, pinch of baking powder, pinch of salt, sugar-free vanilla Torani, a few banana chunks, and topped with peanut flour paste. Mmm.

 

I picked out some cute tops that I’ll bet you never guess how much I paid for them…The brands consisted of Roxy (pink), Ann Taylor Loft (blue), NY&Co. (lilac)

And these comfy, summery sandals.

I managed to visit Bowman, Bran & Jare twice this weekend, which was a total blessing.  Jarid came with me to visit the crew.  I couldn’t get enough of this little man!

Here’s a picture of lunch take out that we ordered in the office the other day.  Random, but it was time to unload some pictures from my camera, so here they are. 

Oh yeah, and this soup is noteworthy, but mainly because of the dippers!

Health Valley Garden Split Pea Soup with Flamous brand Organic Falafel Chips!

I never considered myself much of a chip person until I tried this brand.  They come in an original and a spicy version, but I highly recommend you try them dipped in hummus.  After all, aren’t hummus and falafel basically married? 🙂

You simply can’t argue with nutritional stats and ingredients like these.  All healthy fats, only 118 calories per serving, and the chips are BIG.  Each chip is exceptionally thick, too, not like those flimsy “baked lay’s” or other “healthy” chips. Not to mention the protein and fiber you get along with it! Super impressed with the flavor as well. (We’ll talk about it more on the product review, though).

Anyway, that was my weekend in a nutshell.

Who watched the first episode of The Bachelorette last night?!  My faves so far are JP and William.  Who are yours?!

XO.

 

Lunch Date.

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Flash flood warnings are all over the place.

Everywhere you turn, stepping in puddles is inevitable, which makes for a quite soggy walk to work.

The latest nail job looks like black lace on my fingertips.  Not a favorite, but they’re alright.

Yesterday, Jarid had an interview (which he nailed :)) and asked me to go to lunch.  We went to Ciervo’s, which is a pizza, subs, and salads place less than a mile from work.

Thank God he saved me from going crazy at work…things are busy to say the least.

I ordered a turkey salad which came with a ton of deli meat ontop a bed of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, and black olives, which I steered clear of.  It was pretty yummy!

He pretty much had to drag me back to work…Just another day, I suppose!

More details tomorrow 😉

XO

Baker Street Bread!

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Being the best isn’t easy.  Making a name for yourself in one of the most popular cities in the country, aka the city of brotherly love, is even harder. 

Baker Street Bread allows its breads to speak for themselves.  The company was created to “put the flavor-and heart-back into bread“.  I say, mission accomplished.

Since I live about 4 hours from Philly, the kind folks at the company sent me an enormous box of their best Artisian loaves to indulge in

This bakery is the REAL DEAL.  They use ovens designed to replicate the brick and stone ovens used by European baking guilds, for authentic, delicious loaves and are opposed to ruining the breads with additives and preservatives! They give the bread time to fully develop flavor and characteristics, no matter how long it takes.

In fact, I suggest that if you are anywhere in the vicinity of 8009 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, you high-tail it to Baker Street Bread immediately and snag yourself a fresh baked, warm-from-the-oven hunk of Raisin Walnut bread (my favorite, of course ;)) 

They even sent me an ingredients list so that I could see all the goods!  I was highly impressed with the wholesome, natural ingredients put into each handcrafted recipe.

“**Whole Wheat Raisin Walnut- Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Flour, Cracked Wheat Berries, Wheat Bran, (raisin and walnuts), Natural Levain Starter, Barley Malt, Filtered Water, Salt, Yeast

 I heated mine up until warm (faux-oven baked) in the microwave just for a few seconds until the raisins were plump and the sweetness was enhanced.  It was phenomonal.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though…they’ve managed to create the ultimate focaccia, ciabattini rolls, francaise, challah, brioche, french baguettes, hoagie rolls, and pullman & square loaves!

Go there, now.  Thank me later 🙂 Orrrr, order some online (you should actually do both).  If you’re a restaurant owner, I promise you, it will behoove you to use Baker Street Bread at your place.  Your customers WILL notice a difference. 

Fuel To The Fire.

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Things just got crazier.

I woke up with a bump, redness, and pain in my right shin one morning last week.  It almost felt like a bruise, but the pain was more intense while walking.

My Dr. first referred me to a specialist to get an ultrasound, making sure there was no blood clot.

There wasn’t.  My TB time test came back negative as well. 

So, for now, I’m just going to be taking anti-inflammatory medicine, which has really been helping with the pain.

Finals have taken a backseat to all the tests I’ve been having done, but I think I’ll be fine when they come around.  After all, there’s only so much you can study.  It’s more of a test to determine whether you remember anything that you’ve already learned from the course.

On the positive side, the food is still good 🙂  I can always depend on one thing to always make me feel better…nutritious, delicious food.

I made these tasty little treats to snack on, courtesy of Danica, one of my favorite recipe gurus in the healthy living blog community.  You have to check out Danica’s Daily.  This recipe was for “Cinnamon Sugar Wonton Crisps“.  I used non-stick cooking spray rather than butter and Splenda rather than sugar, though.

Steamed broccoli slaw is still one of my go-to lazy dinners, made complete with Light Ragu & Forty Spices hummus sauce.  Sometimes I add some meatless crumbles, but I had just downed a protein shake, so I opted for a plain bowl.

I went to see another house this weekend with my realtor & this sweetheart…He ended up joining me at church on Sunday, too 😉

The night before, Jarid (who didn’t want his picture taken, thus the hiding behind his energy drink) and I went to the driving range and he taught me how to tee off 🙂  Beforehand, we grabbed some Subway subs and afterward, we took a nice little walk on City Island before settling onto a blanket to look at the stars…Unfortunately, there weren’t any, haha, but it was still fun!

Back to the house.

I love the stone exterior…and the inside was cute, too, but I got caught up and forgot about my camera.

And a cute little backyard, too!

After the showing, I made some lunch and left the house again to meet Jarid for basketball & a workout at the YMCA.

Hummus & egg sammie with reduced sugar ketchup on light multi-grain fiber one bread with a side salad in Light Zesty Italian dressing

Other events this weekend consisted of family birthday parties.

And lastly, this weekend there were some phenomonal breakfasts.  One, for example, was this Cherry Oat Bran microwaved cake.

I used lite, sugar-free cherry pie filling (1/3 C. = 35 calories), 1/3 C. oat bran, a pinch of baking soda, and 1 egg white simply popped in the micorwave for about a minute & a half.  Holy yum.

Annnnnd, that’s a rap.

Sorry for the haphazardness of this post, but you get the gist.  I just don’t have time for organization right now 😉 

Tell me something exciting that happened to you this weekend!

XO.

That’s What I’m Doing These Days…

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…I’m not sure what sparked the title, but this Rascal Flatts (any other country girls out there?!) song has been stuck in my head for the past few days, and I figured it was perfectly matched with the things in this post! 

Speaking of country, my best friend and her hubby recently had a barn dance that I was invited to! 

I dragged Jarid along to be my partner, and he was a good sport 🙂 

We learned square dances and line dances, too!  It was a blast.

I know I’ve been MIA, yet again, but being finals week, I’m sure you all can understand 😉  Here’s a brief synopsis of what I’ve been up to!

Studying lots of this…

TCA cycle is rather complicated…my final is next Tuesday!

Nowwww, on to the REAL nutrition 😉

Romaine lettuce, sliced purple cabbage, yellow pepper, corn kernels, tomato, broccoli slaw with light lime basil splashes of dressing

Don’t think for a second that I’m letting my eating habits slack during these crazy, busy times. 

Peanut flour paste (1/4 C. peanut flour, splenda, salt, water) + baby carrots

Now is when I need nutrients most!  Brain function is super important and the right foods can totally help!

Shiritaki noodles with meatless Quorn meatballs, steamed sugar snap peas & mushrooms, in a french onion broth

Packed lunches are what get me through the day, sometimes…actually, most times.

I’ve been getting adequate healthy fats through things like avocado & hummus wraps on La Tortilla Factory whole wheat low carb wraps

 And sticking with easy-to-prepare, steamable veggies in a pinch

like these cauliflower babies sprinkled with a little bit of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning for flava flave.

Other days, I’m craving something a little spicy and pack up goodies like these

2 small low carb La Tortillla Factory wraps with a salad of romaine, cucumber, tomato, yellow pepper – topped with pace salsa & 0% fage greek yogurt and black beans for protein 

NOM.

Well, that’s all the food pictures I’ve got to unload on you, but there’s a lot more going on in my life right now, too…

I made sure I was able to join my Momma for church on Mother’s Day, which was a total blessing.  The kids did their own little presentation of bell choiring!  Too cute.

Not quite as cute as this little guy, though.  Remember when they first brought him home from the hospital?  I’m in awe of how he has grown and how strong he has gotten.  By the time he is 2 yrs., he ought to be completely caught up with other kids his age! A true miracle.

 

We also sang Happy Birthday to Poppa FF, who endured a birthday dinner at my banquet.  I wish we would have gotten to celebrate HIM a little more that day…

Annndddd, you can bet I’ve been playing basketball.

Whenever the weather allows for it, we are outside!  I prefer playing on an actual hardwood court, but it sure is nice to be out in the fresh air once in awhile.

Afterward, I’m super energized.  I think the sun has special powers 😉 

I haven’t been forgetting about Shaun T, either.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays when basketball isn’t going on, there’s a sweat session in my basement with this guy along with the elliptical and my fave TV shows.

In other news,

I gave blood for the first time the other day.  It wasn’t as bad as I had thought!

I hope you aren’t bored to tears, but I think I’ve finally got ya’ll caught up on what you’ve been missing!  Hopefully regular posting will be back soon ❤

What’s the newest news in your lives?!  I miss hearing from all my blogger babes 😦

XO.

 

Words Are Overrated…

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…so I’ll only use a few 😉

Breakfast: 3/4 C. Fiber One cereal, 3/4 C. fat free cottage cheese, 1 C. dark cherries

Sisters

Parentals

Banquet

Dinner

Grilled chicken, salad, fresh fruit

State honors

Outstanding player

 

Newspaper

Workouts

Packed lunches (blueberries, light fiber one multi-grain bread, egg whites with hummus filling, 98% fat free hebrew national frank with reduced sugar ketchup, cucumber/tomato/snap pea salad with applecider vinegar+splenda)

National Day of Prayer @ the PA Capitol

 

…it’s been a decent week.  Going to look at another house tonight! Wish me luck 😉

 

XO.

Haaaappppy Birthdayyyy…

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to Poppa Freckled Foodie 🙂

 

 

 

Coleman Natural Chicken Meatballs!

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You know, I don’t particularly enjoy red meat.  Chicken, however is another story entirely.  If you remember awhile back, Original Bran Hans won me over with their chicken sausages, but they’ve got something as equally delicious that I had the privelage of trying out, thanks to Shaina and the company! 

 

 

ALL-NATURAL GOURMET CHICKEN MEATBALLS.

These are ultimately the most delicious form of a meatball that I have ever tried.  Quite honestly, I’m super pleased that the company doesn’t use any MSG (monosodium glutamate), fillers, nitrites or nitrates, antibiotics or preservatives in their chicken products. These meatballs are fully cooked (easy to throw ontop of a salad or into a bowl of spaghetti squash!) and have a very simple ingredients list, which means everything in them is totally recognizable.  LOVE that.

Although the sodium is a bit high, as with most prepared foods, all the other stats are super impressive.  Realistically, for 14g of protein, and just 150 calories, you don’t get this kind of flavor, let alone convenience!  Not only that, a serving size is FOUR meatballs.  Pretty awesome, if you ask me 😉  The meatballs cook up nice and juicy, even in the microwave and have a flavor that will blow you away.

My favorite flavor was the Spinach, Fontina, & Roasted Garlic meatballs!  They were laced with delicious cheese, wilted green spinach, and a perfectly seasoned garlic taste that I couldn’t get enough of. 

Coleman Natural Chicken Meatballs are sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets (which I’m extremely jealous of ANY of you who live near one) for only about $4.99 per 12 oz. package.  Check them out on Facebook! Thanks so much, Shaina!