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The Road To The State Championship

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At about 6:30PM on Friday night, we pulled up to hotel in West Virginia.  We were pleasantly surprised that the brand new hotel we were staying in looked nothing like its surroundings…rundown, empty space.

After a quick check-in, we each threw our bags into our rooms, admired the clean, classy space, and got changed to head to dinner and practice.

It was a little odd to us that the entire back wall of the room was a huge mirror. 

My friend, Julie asked me if we could room together and I quickly agreed!  I’d say she is my best friend on the team 🙂  We have a lot in common with our faith and we’ve really been support systems for one another throughout the season.

There was a nice flat screen in the room, but we actually didn’t even use it!  Most of our time in the room was spent getting showers, sleeping, and doing devotionals! *Note, the Enjoy Life cookies on the desk!  I brought them for my roomie because she has to eat gluten-free!  She LOVED them!  I sent her home with the remainder of the box 🙂

After a quick minute of regrouping, the team headed for dinner together.

I’m telling you, this place was in the middle of nowhere.  We saw only a handful of restaurants that were within 10 miles of the school/hotel.  I thought that within a college town, there had to be more to do…I was wrong!

Dinner was interesting to say the least.  The menu wasn’t too shabby, and I ended up ordering a roasted turkey breast sandwich on rye bread with lettuce, tomato and onion with a side salad and vinegar on the side.  The lighting was total crap, though and I didn’t get a good shot of the meal.

The meal was much more about the company than the food, though.  Team bonding is important, especially before a huge game!  These two ladies are our sophomores, Julie & Steph…some of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet!

I’m going to miss these girls so much.  The season wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of them.  Don’t worry, though, we are already checking out beach houses this summer for a long weekend trip together! 

After dinner, it was time for our last practice.  The gym was super old!  One of the guys told us that the brick was all original, too! 

We ran through some basic quick drills consisting of layups, shooting, and press breaking.  After brushing up on all of our plays and getting in some foul shooting, we headed back to the hotel to shower and get some rest.

In the morning, Jules and I got some breakfast.  I made her a greek yogurt mess with banana and cereal.  I don’t know how I managed this, but for some reason, my food pictures escaped my camera!  Ironic, isn’t it?  Seeing how this is a food blog and all?!  I had packed the go-to breakfast as of late – aka banana peanut flour oats.

Next up, we did our devotionals together.  It was a really cool thing to be able to have a friend to talk to about spiritual growth and seeing Jesus in our daily lives. 

Before we knew it, we were lacing up our Nike’s and it was gametime.  The school we played, Potomac State College of West Virginia, had 15 girls, which to us was unheard of, considering we had gone through our season with a total of 7-9.  Two of their players were there on scholarships as well.  I wasn’t intimidated in the slightest, however, which was abnormal for me.  I was just excited to be there.

Potomac State had quite a few big girls.  Coach decided to put me on their best offensive player while we were in man defense, and she wasn’t too difficult to guard. 

The only thing I struggled with was getting pushed under the basket when it was time to box out and rebound.  I can’t complain about the way our team played.  We fought until the very end, but a dry spell toward the beginning of the game gave the opponent a quick lead that we just weren’t able to close the gap on.

Potomac State 88, HACC 70: The Lady Hawks (16-2) came up short in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association championship game after falling behind early. Sami Cox (Halifax) and Lakisha Lemon (Milton Hershey) scored 19 points each to lead HACC. 

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I’ve got more action shots, but they’re on Momma FF’s camera, so you’ll have to wait until I can upload them! Like I said, we had a wonderful season.  Friendships were grown, talents were shared, and a family was born 🙂  We adore both of our coaches, and can’t wait play again for them next season.  I’m really going to miss Jules and Steph (our two sophies, though!)  We plan on putting together a summer league team, too! EPCC Champs and State Runners-Up; Final record: 16-2.

After the game, all of the fans and the team hit up Ruby Tuesday’s for lunch.  The game was at noon, so we were all starving by the time we reached the restaurant!  I was so thankful that my family came the whole way to WV to watch me play.  They are the greatest.

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Morgy & Paige

Incase you’re a new reader of the blog and don’t already know about my love of GREAT salad bars like the one at Ruby Tuesday’s, here’s a reminder!

I don’t think my team had ever seen a person eat so much salad.  They totally followed my lead, though 😉  Haha.

They all joked that my salads were a work of art, piled high with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices, red beets, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrots, edamame, mushrooms, cottage cheese, and chickpeas all bathed in some balsamic vinegar. Perfect post game meal if you ask me!

When we left, we saw Bumble Bee in the parking lot from the Transformers movies!  I kid you not.  It even has the emblem!

The latest Transformers movie was actually taped in Washington DC, so it’s a good possibility that this car was the actual one, right?!  At least that’s what I told myself to amplify the “coolness” factor 🙂

Haha.  All in all, it was a wonderful trip with wonderful people.  I cherished every moment of this season and am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to be apart of something special! I owe it all to him!

More on the weekend, coming up in the next post!  And stay tuned for the winner of the Green Giant giveaway!

XO.

Saturday Stats

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Breakfast of champions for a game day!

(1/4 C. peanut flour, pinch of salt, mashed banana, 1/3 C. raw oats, sugar free vanilla Torani to taste)

If it’s not broken, why fix it? 🙂

I had Speech Communications in the morning from 9:00-11:50 and then I ventured home to make some lunch.  Tip-off was at 4PM, so I wanted to get a nice, balanced lunch in before I left for the gym!

(Grilled chicken sammie on Arnold 10 grain bread with 1 tbsp. Cedar’s garlic lovers hummus, reduced sugar ketchup, lettuce & tomato)

On the side, I had about 1/2 of this container of steamed snap peas.  Dontcha love the vibrant green?!  My droid takes some great snapshots sometimes!

I left the house much earlier than I needed to for my game because I wanted to get my passport taken care of and my parking ticket paid.  

Unfortunately, the passport center was closed, but I did manage to hand in my $14 ticket!  I’m not really sure how I earned this, either…  It was a day that I came in to work later because I had the sniffles.

My normal spot had been taken, so I snagged another one that I had seen cars parked in before.  Apparently, they were illegal, too!  On a positive note, I paid it in time, so they couldn’t tack on an $11 fee.

After paying, I headed straight for the gym.  The two teams that played before our game, the 2nd and 3rd seed teams started at 2PM and I wanted to be prepared to play either of them the next day, so I went to watch.

Since we were 1st seed, everyone in the Conference came to our court to play, which was really cool.  Also, we each got “support the cure” t’s to wear instead of our oversided warm ups, along with pink laces to replace the ones on our sneaks.

4PM rolled around rather quickly, and the game started out a little bit slow.  We took a few minutes to get warmed up, but in the second half we really played tough.   It is so neat to see your team get pumped up and come together to win a big game!  Nothing like it in the world.

Feb. 12th- For the second time in the history of the Women’s Basketball program, HACC is host to the EPCC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which they earned with being the first place team in the EPCC Conference for Women’s Basketball, with an overall season record of 14-1. MIchele Kieff was named Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season.

The first seeded HACC Lady Hawks secured their spot in the 2011 EPCC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game, with a tough win over fourth seed Lehigh Carbon CC Cougars on Saturday, February 12th. The Lady Hawks were tied 33-33 at halftime with the Cougars, as they both fought for a win in their first round game of the EPCC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Lady Hawks regrouped at halftime, and came back full steam ahead, pulling ahead of the Cougars, to finish the game 80-56. Sami Cox lead the team with 25 points on the scoreboard, and was assisted by Lakisha Lemon with 12 points. Ashlan Clark, Julie Shumate, and Eryn Spangler each contributed 10 points to the final score.

The Lady Hawks advance to the Championship Game, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 13th at 2:00 pm at the Evans Center Gymnasium on the HACC-Harrisburg Campus. They are slated to play CC of Philadelphia, who defeated Montgomery CCC 51-43 earlier in the day to advance. 

I love the look on this man’s face!  HA.

After the game, we decided some Chinese buffet was in order for dinner.

Momma FF

Plate #1 – the whitest celery I could find, steamed shrimp & cocktail sauce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and imitation crab (white rice omitted because it was hard and nasty)

Plate #2– The place we went to had a “build-your-own” section, which was obviously what I went for.  They even cook it at your request!  I got mine steamed and then added some low sodium soy sauce.  It was SO good.  Imagine this x2.  Steamed broccoli, snap peas, onion, mushroom, bean sprouts, and chicken!  Perfection.

Last, I had some fruit including orange slices and cantaloupe.

Oh yeah, and then there was ice cream 🙂

Reduced fat, no sugar added vanilla.  ❤

I couldn’t have imagined this day going any more perfectly.  Stay tuned for the championship post next!

On a more fun note, check out this sweetheart’s giveaway of some Peeled goodies!

XOXO.

Rubber-Band Faith.

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Absolutely LOVED the analogy in the devotional this morning…how true, right?!

Breakfast was a repeat.  I can’t seem to crave anything in the morning other than Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Banana Oats anymore.  That’s quite a mouthful, huh?

  • 1/3 C. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 C. peanut flour
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 pack of raisins

Kid you not, I could eat this everyday, all day 🙂 

I realized when I got to work that I felt totally achy and beat up.  I’m not sure if it was because of the game the night before or what, but my neck, back, and shoulders were killing me.  I got a dead-leg in the game, and every time I took a step on my walk to my building, I felt a throbbing pain…I know, I know…stop being a baby, Sami 🙂

I dined at my desk for lunch, and incorporated some supplies that I picked up at the grocery store before my game yesterday.

(2 slices 10 grain Arnold bread with 1 Quorn chicken cutlet, steamed kale, and 1 tbsp. Light Zesty Italian dressing with a tub of veggies on the side including snap peas and cherry tomatoes)

I think I may be getting a cold or have some type of viral thing, because not only am I freezing and achy, the soreness in my neck also hurts where my glands are, making it hard to swallow.

I decided that my best bet was to pump up my Vitamin C intake like it’s my job!

Or maybe I just used that as an excuse to snack like a maniac at my desk throughout the day 🙂  What can I say?! I wanted to be properly fueled for my game!  Hehe.

Somewhere in between, I ate this amazing bowl of deconstructed CHERRY CHEESECAKE made healthy – aka, Cabot Low-fat Plain Greek yogurt mixed with sugar-free vanilla Torani syrup and then topped with sugar-free cherry pie filling and fiber one crunchy cereal.

Do yourself a favor and go try this immediately.

The game was a non-conference one, so it wouldn’t affect our top seed position if we lost.  That didn’t change the fact that we wanted to kick some butt! The first half was a bit rough…I think we were worn down from the game the night before because we laid it all on the line.   We managed to pull off a WIN, though!  The final score was 79-59.

After my game, I had Nutrition class! I’m so lucky to have an understanding professor who allowed me to go to my game and come to class a little late.

 We talked about carbohydrate makeup, digestion, fat soluble and water soluble nutrients, and food allergies. 

  1. glucose + glucose = maltose
  2. glucose + fructose = sucrose
  3. galactose + glucose = lactose

Eat food –> Digest to food to nutrients in the GI tract –>Absorb into circulation –> Deliver nutrients to cells

On our break during class, I ate dinner.

1 bag broccoli slaw steamed and topped with 3/4 C. light Ragu & 2 tbsp. Cedar’s garlic lovers hummus blended in

Deep chocolate Vitatop

Plus, I had needed some protein, so I supplemented with an EAS Carb Control drink for just 110 calories and 17g protein.

When I got home, dessert consisted a few chunks of my fave chocolate bar.

I packed up all my stuff for the next day and hit the bed early.  Tonight will be the last time I see D for awhile…his flight leaves tomorrow morning at 8am…Please keep him in your prayers!  I’d love to see him off at the airport, but I don’t want to intrude on family time, so I think I’ll say my goodbye tonight…:-/

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Question: What is something you recommend for the blog?  What would you like to see more of?

XO.

So Much To Say, So Little Time.

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 Sorry for the hiatus, ya’ll.  I’ve missed you while I was gone…You see, ther’s a lot going on in my life right now so, I’ve decided this post is going to be the most minimal amount of words possible.  I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking…EXCEPT for the fact that I’m ALSO announcing the CHOBANI GIVEAWAY winner at the end of the post! 🙂  That, my friends, requires some verbage. 

This game was pretty sweet.  Our team scored 113 points vs. the other team’s 31! I’m #2, incase you forgot.

Then, on Saturday night, my lil cousin, Bryden was going to be skating on the ice at the Hershey Bears’ Hockey Game, so we all went out in support.

The Bears ended up losing in penalty shots after overtime, but it was definitely an exciting game!

Everyone got chicken fingers and french fries at the game, but not me! 

I took advantage of the toppings bar and piled a turkey salad high with roasted red peppers, banana peppers, and some salsa!

Not bad for game food, in fact, I was pretty impressed!

Sunday morning came early and I got in a quickie workout before going to church with Bran.

There was a cool singing group at the church today which we really enjoyed.

That night, I had plans with my friend Joel to go to his men’s league basketball game…but not before I roasted some gorgeous veggies for dinner.

Parsnips are seriously one of my favorite vegetables.  I can’t believe it took me so long to try them!

And roasted mushrooms?!  There is nothing in the world like them.  Holy cow.

Soon it was time to leave for the game!  It was in E-town, so Joel picked me up.

The team played pretty great, but they didn’t manage to pull off a win.

Again, it went into overtime!  I’m telling you, this weekend was full of exciting sporting events.

Monday morning, I volunteered at a kids’ basketball clinic for inner city kids in the Harrisburg area at HACC in honor of Martin Luther King Day with some of the other girls on the team since we had off work.

It was from 9AM-12PM, so technically, I even got to sleep in, compared to a day I’d be waking up for work!

When it was over, I headed home to study and whip up some lunch.

Truth be told, I just threw a bunch of chopped veggies (onion, squash, red pepper, broccoli) into a ramekin,  and poured some Dr. McDougall’s lentil soup overtop.  

Later on, I went to my aunt’s to visit this little bundle of preciousness 🙂  I can’t believe he’s already up over 7lbs!!

 Monday, I had off of work as well, since the parking situation downtown is terrible and the Governor’s inauguration was scheduled.

The little seester had off of school, due to the snow, so I whipped up a batch of Janetha’s protein pancakes for my dad, my sister and I to have breakfast together.

It was really nice to be able to sit and eat a leisurely breakfast with my family. 

The only thing that would’ve made it better is if my Momma would’ve had off work too and could’ve joined us!

Annnnnd maybe if these could’ve magically disappeared 🙂

All in all, I had a wonderful weekend, but it’s good to be back in the groove of things…you know…in the blog world again.

So here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the winner!  Thank you all for entering and being such wonderful followers of the blog.  I wish I could give you each a package!  Emily, however was kind enough to let me choose TWO winners.  So here they are, chosen randomly, of course:

CONGRATS, LADIES!  Make sure to send me an email: freckledfoodielove@gmail.com with the mailing address that you’d like your Chobani to be sent!

XOXO.

Game Day.

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Morning, bloggies.  I’m so glad to see so many of you have entered my Chobani giveaway!  If you haven’t yet, check it out!  There are three easy ways to enter.

My devotional today reminded me of how efficient it was to use an actual devotional book as opposed to reading everything online.  It encourages me to take down notes and reminders and acts as sort of a journal for my spiritual journey!  It’s cool how it relates training and fitness to SPIRITUAL growth in this passage!

Breakfast was simple but tasty never-the-less.  Pepperidge farm 10 grain bread with 1/2 banana & a squirt of macadamia nut butter from Artisana

I woke up pretty hungry since I had a game at 6:30 last night, so I had another slice of bread with fat-free cream cheese & sugar free bloob jelly.

Let’s do a little bit of a rewind to yesterday, since I didn’t get to do a normal post!  I knew I had a game that I wanted to be super energetic for, so I packed a pretty carby lunch.

1/3 C. quinoa with 1/2 small chopped sweet tater, cinnamon, a splash of unsweet almond breeze, and raisins.

This is becoming one of my FAVEE dishes.  I can’t believe it took me so long to try quinoa.  It intimidated me before, but ever since I witnessed it cook in the microwave, it’s not a fear food anymore.  Easy peasy 😉

Speaking of peas, to go alongside my lunch, I had some.

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore canned sweet peas

After lunch, I finished up at work and headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods to find some compression shorts!  I would model them for you, but I think it’d be a bit inappropriate.  Just kidding.  I kinda forgot. 

They basically look like black boyshort undies and I love them for under my white uniform shorts!  I also stopped at Target to restock on my stash of NewTree Belgian Biscuit chocolate.

Dark Chocolate with Golden Flax Seeds ❤

After I was finished at all the stores, I headed to the gym to suit up for my basketball game.  I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, but I’ve had some issues with my ribs since Saturday.  I got knocked around pretty good in our game, and they are super sore on the left side.

On the way there, I had part I of dinner.

Meet my friend Mr. Potato head.  Just a simple white potato with forty spices hummus and light ragu for sopping up the starches 🙂

Here I am, all suited up! 🙂  I chose #2 because it was the bestie’s favorite number…she had it in softball!  Coincidentally, it was her husband Jare’s favorite number before they even met, too.  He actually asked her to be his girlfriend on 2/2! I’m sure “lil’ Bo” is going to be #2 as well, so I figured it was only appropriate that “Big Bo” did the same.

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For the record, my teammates are the absolute greatest.  I love each and every one of them.   The game was totally intense.  I got two fouls within the first few minutes and had to sit out most of the first half, which totally left me disappointed.  I prayed that God would keep me positive and there for my team.

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I started the 2nd half and felt great.  Everyone said that the pain in my ribs was probably just masked by my adrenaline, but I don’t believe that for a second.  It was definitely Jesus 🙂  Never underestimate the power of prayer.  He can heal bruised ribs with the snap of a finger!  Sure I’m sore, but the pain dim.

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The intensity of the game was insaneee.  With three minutes to go, we were down by 5 points.  God provided the opportunity for the team to come out on top!  Actually, he provided the chance for me to score! 

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I made a layup with about 1 minute to go and the referee called a foul so I had 2 points plus my foul shot.  I was uber nervous, but for some reason felt at peace at the same time.  God is so cool like that.  Funny how prayer puts you at peace like that.

I’m #31 in this picture because that’s my fave number, but the #31 jersey was too big.  After a thrill of a game and a victorious win, I headed to my car for dinner part II.

A 1 egg + 2 white fritatta with broccoli, onion, shroomies, and nooch with light ragu ontop.  I don’t think there’s anything that light ragu isn’t good on.  I could eat it just like tomato soup.  It’s perfectly sweet and the tomato basil flavors are phenom.

Dessert when I got home was some no sugar added canned mandarin oranges.  I just love canned goods.  Especially canned green beans, canned peas, and canned unsweeted fruit 🙂  Super cheap, too!

Welp, That’s all for now!  Happy friday to you all!  Have a wonderful weekend!

PS- Check out Meg’s PERFECT FOODS bar giveaway! Annnnnd Hill’s Barney Butter giveaway! One more!  Check out Carrie’s giveaway, too!

What is your favorite canned good?

XO.

Glorious.

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I love when the weekend starts with a successful trip to the farmer’s market.

I got alllll of this for just under $18. 

-2 kiwi
-bunch of bananas
-broccoli
-zucchini
-yellow squash
-starfruit
-butternut squash
-2 red bell peppers
-2 yellow peppers
-a tomato threesome
-2 HUGE pears

Not to mention, it was all in support of local farmers! 

After an hour & 1/2 at basketball practice, I utilized the goods to cook up a fabulous dinner.

Roasted goodies with some light ragu on the side for dippin’.

And some cinnamonny 100 cal kettle corn.

Thanks, Pop Secret 😉

I chilled out the rest of the night and did my best to get a good night’s sleep.  In the morning, I had a very big day!  It was my first college basketball game since 2006!

 I knew I wanted to have a hearty breakfast, so I whipped up a batch of Janetha’s protein pancakes!

 Super simple!  Just blend together:

  • 1/2 C. old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C. fat free cottage cheese
  • cinnamon
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch baking soda
  • sweetener of choice (I used Splenda)

Spray a non-stick skillet with some Pam and voila!

Except, hopefully you’re better at flipping them than I am.  I think I tried to flip too soon.  Regardless, they were still delicious.  And still a little doughy in the middle which was a total score in my book 😉

I added some sugar free maple syrup to mine!  And then I got my game face on while sipping a huge mug of coffee and watching the snowfall.

I was as excited as I was nervous!  The game was to be held at the Philadelphia University gym, which meant we had to leave at about 11 to make it there in time to warm up.

I packed up all my game stuff and then got to work on some lunch & dinner for the bus trip.

Lunch would be 1/3 C. quinoa, 1 baby sweet tater, 1/4 C. black beans, and some baby spinach.

I also packed a juicy sliced pear sprinkled with cinnamon.

The team usually stops for fast food on the way home, but I obviously am not a fan, so I made sure I had stuff that I wanted to eat afterward for dinner.

V8 Butternut Squash soup, cocoa roasted almonds, strawberry Chobani, and two cuties.

We watched “The Blind Side” on the way to the game for some inspiration 😉

The gym was absolutely gorgeous and I was practically drooling when I saw their fitness center.

Mannnnn.  It was stacked

 Our game didn’t go quite the way we were hoping.  We all played hard and did well, but it wasn’t quite enough to win.  It was a super close game the entire way, and I ended up with four fouls.  I played almost the whole game.  All but 4ish minutes, in fact.  When it was over, I felt like I could go for another half.

After the game, our punishment for losing was to stand out in the freezing cold while the bus heated up.  Haha.  Juuuust kidding 🙂

As I said, we stopped at McDonald’s on the way home and I got some apple slices and a water to accompany my packed foods.  The girls were cracking up when I whipped out my purple lunch box 😀

As a consolation prize for a good effort at our game, I made myself a chocolate cherry bomb oatcake.

  • 1/3 C. old fashioned oats
  • 1.5 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. frozen sliced cherries
  • sugar free torani syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pinch baking powder

Then, my girl, Lyndsie who is home from college right now, went to check out my lil’ seester’s indoor soccer game.  We chatted most of the time about how creeped out we were by the old referee who kept flirting with us.

Oh yeah, andd the fact that she’s studying abroad over in Denmark this Spring!  I’ve got big plans already to visit her there!!  Any readers from Denmark out there?! 🙂

 Sunday morning, my body hated me.  My body was achy and sore from being shoved around at the game…still, I got up and did insane abs, biking, and a quick 2.5 mile run before church.

3/4 C. unsweet vanilla almond breeze, 1/2 banana, some frozen pineapple chunks, unsweetened coconut flakes, 3 ice cubes, and 1 scant scoop vanilla whey protein powder

I had a boring unpictured breakfast beforehand (just some toast with fat free strawberry cream cheese) and then a pina colada protein shake  on the way to church.

As I mentioned last week, CLA is doing a new series called “Live Well“.  This week, the sermon was all about relationships.  It was about the fact that next to our relationship with God, our relationship with people is what matters most in this life

  I arrived home to my treasures (Momma, Poppa, and seester FF), and told each one of them how much I loved them.  It’s so important.  You never know when it might be the last chance you get to say it!

Sweet as they are, they picked me up some lunch.

They know just what I like.  Steamed shrimp and mixed vegetables with lite garlic sauce.  I think I actually eat this about once a week…if not more.  Haha.  What can I say?! There aren’t many options in my area when I don’t feel like cooking!  It’s either that or Subway!

The rest of the weekend was unpictured, but I went to see Tangled with a friend and my middle sister!  It was super cute and I was impressed, since I had been disappointed by the recent Disney makings.  This was an exceptional one, though.

Eventually, I had some Shiritaki noodles with light ragu and a light parmesan peppercorn sonoma jack’s cheese wedge for dinner along with zucchini chips.  I’m not quite sure I remember what was next, other than a strawberry chobani dessert induced coma.  I bet I got about 10 hours of sleep last night.  Gloriiiiiiious.

What was the hilight of your weekend?

XO.

Halloweeny Weekend.

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Friday afternoon, we had a pretty leisurely basketball practice.  After all, the girls had their first game on Saturday, so coach wanted them to be nice and rested.

I came home to a kitchen full of helpers getting ready for the big Halloween party to be held on Saturday night by my sister & cousin along with their friends. 

 They made all sorts of goodies for the party and pretty much went all out.  

Momma Freckled Foodie even dyed the Mac & Cheese green so it looked like it was moldy.

The cut out bats & pumpkins from the loaf of bread for the spinach dip!  Too cute.  I was hangry when I got home and immediately upon smelling all the cooked foods went into a salad making frenzy.

Spinach, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, cucumber, avocado, orange pepper, and fat-free Vidalia onion dressing.  And a vitatop to round out my meal.  Later on, I also took a dive into the sugar-free fat-free vanilla ice cream container waning in the freezer.

 

In the morning, I ate a naner and a vita, did insane abs, biking, & ellipticalling until it was time to shower and get ready to go support my girls in their first basketball game!

Before I left, I wolfed down this monstrous salad.  It had a new addition, though!

Crum Creek Soy Bites in “Everything” . Just like an everything bagel made into croutons! ❤  LOVE them.

The girls kicked BUTT at the game.  It sucks that I won’t be able to play until Spring, but I was glad I went anyway.

Final score!!  They annihalated the Philly team!  I was so proud of them. 

After the game, I took advantage of the fact that I was in the Harrisburg area, and went sneaker shopping.

Not bad for under $50!  🙂  I think they’re cute.

I painted my nails and got ready for the party.  Guess which color I chose.

If you guessed the one on the left, you’d be correct.

My costume was quick and easy.  🙂

I decided a runner would be suitable.  I actually RAN to the party. LOL.  It was only out the street from our house in a barn.  You can’t see it in the picture, but I did have a medal on that I won in a 5K last year.  It was under the jacket.  I also put on a nike ear warmer headband.

Before I left, I threw together a sampler platter for dinner.

Veggie Patch meatless meatballs with Garlic Lovers Cedar’s Hummus, Tzatzki Cucumber Garlic dip, tomato slices, baby carrots, cucumbers, and sprouts all with two slices of Low Carb Julian Bakery bread.

A lot of costumes at the party were super cute, but here were some of my faves.  Keep in mind, this was a FAMILY & friends party.  Clean cut, of course 😉

MARIO & LUIGI!

PIRATES!

FATHER & DAUGHTER
(NURSE & REFEREE)

A CUTE LITTLE HUNTER!

The kids bobbed for apples, took a hay ride, danced, hung out by the fire, and played a few other games…like this one!  They had to see who could eat the donut off the string fastest without using their hands.

It was so funny to watch, because they were swaying back and forth trying to reach them.  Then you had the smart alecks that decided to cheat 😉  Haha.

The bonfire was my favorite.  I ran home, consumed a large bowl of steamed vegetables with light ragu after ward + a big, juicy apple, and went to bed.

 

Willy Wonka.

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Friday night, was SUCH a blast.  I got home from work, changed into my biking attire (sweats), and got to work on the stationary.  My sister had a basketball game at 7:00PM, so I biked from about 4:30 til 6:30PM.  I facebooked and car hunted to keep myself occupied on the bike.  Plus, when I arrived home, I had received the latest edition of InStyle in the mail, so that entertained me for awhile too. 

Anne Hathaway Is Our March Cover Girl

It featured Anne Hathaway, who I adore as an actress!  She’s so real.   I love that about her!  She said in the book that she values authenticity much more than perfection, which is totally admirable from the lips of a Hollywood star.

Dinner was broccoli lasagna, as I like to call it 🙂

Ugly picture, savory taste!

 I swear this combo of broccoli slaw + light Ragu + ff cottage cheese is just like an italian sweet lasagna.  You have to try it 🙂

I also had a lil bit of this:

Forty Spices Tribe Hummus.

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Clementine, dill pickle, baby carrots, yellow pepper, & string cheese.

 After the game was when the real fun began.  My Mom, Aunt, cousin (best friend), and I go to a Women of Faith Conference every year in September.  The cost of the conference plus food/lodging/transportation can get pretty expensive, so the church that we go with, Grace United Methodist, provides opportunities for fundraisers throughout the year so that the expense isn’t totally out of pocket.  It is SUCH an amazing event, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. 

Peanut Butter Egg Making.

Anyway, one of the fundraisers are the classic “eggs” that we sell at Easter time.  They come in peanut butter with dark or milk chocolate, double coconut in dark or milk chocolate, and coconut cream in dark or milk chocolate.

 

The Egg Maker.

I seriously felt as if we were in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  This egg making machine was so neat to watch!

Best friends in hairnets.

 We had such a blast!  Each person had assigned tasks.   My bestie and I were the “baggers”.  We put each egg in a little plastic baggie when they were done going through the chocolate coating machine.   It was a goofy night, but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my Friday night any other way!

Chocolate coating machine.

I just kept thinking how cool it would be to run strawberries through the machine! 🙂  Everyone kept joking that we should drop a few “by accident” so that we could eat them. 

These eggs got stuck together !

Turns out, I did drop one!  It fell out of the bag in transition to the “sealing” station and everyone shared it.  Except me.  Those things are very rich and heavy and not worth the calorie/fat content to me. 

Momma Freckled Foodie.

Don’t worry, I had some chocolate covered peanut butter too!  The healthy kind 😉

 When we got home, I had a sweet dessert before hitting the pillow as a reward for all my egg making and biking that night.

Chocolate Vitatop & Better N' Peanut Butter.