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Weekend Overload: Part I

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I went from this:

to this:

in a matter of about 9.20943850293 minutes on Friday afternoon.  Going from work to the gym, I didn’t have much turn around time, because the boy and I had a date night planned.

  Thor Poster

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Insidious Poster

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Both of which were seen at the Drive-In Movie Theatre in our area.  We got there pretty early, surprisingly, but had a blast goofing around until start time.

In the morning, I fueled up with a Cinnamon Bun Cafe Balance Bar that the company sent for a review along with some cantaloupe & iced coffee.

And then met up with Toni, a fellow fitness & nutrition fan from Transforming Toni!  She is new to the blogworld, so show her some love 🙂

She has already lost a TON of weight and is doing an amazing job of getting healthy!

Together, we went to FITNESS FEST at Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg.

It was a series of fitness classes outside in the beautiful sunshine for $10.  We stayed for the first two classes, Zumba and Turbo Kick.

On the way home, we cranked up the volume on her stereo and she shared her boyfriend’s band music with me!

Boxcar Social is based in Hanover, PA and is described as:

A blend of funky, soulful grooves, blues driven riffs and traditional bluegrass is not atypical of a Boxcar Social show. Drawing on influences such as Phish, The Grateful Dead, Railroad Earth, Flatt and Scruggs, Yonder Mountain String Band and many many many more

For lunch, I made a new rendition of an old favorite…Any vegetable pizza lovers out there? 

You know, the unbaked kind on the Pillsbury Crescent roll sheets with the cream cheese base and raw veggie topping?

Well, I made mine using La Tortilla Factory Low Carb High Fiber Whole Wheat Tortillas and reduced-fat garden vegetable cream cheese.  Just a tablespoon is plenty!

Just shop up some red pepper, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, and broccoli and load it up!

DEEEELICIOUS. 

You can even add some salsa to the top if you prefer 🙂 Try it.  Light, summery, and mouth-watering.  ❤ Next time, I think I’ll try adding some hardboiled egg! 

Part II coming soon! Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win this awesome cookbook!

XO.

Three R’s

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I don’t know about you, but for me, weekends are the perfect time to regroup, recoop, and relax.  In that order, actually.  During the week, I sometimes feel like my schedule gets the best of me and I don’t take nearly enough time to stop and enjoy what’s actually going on around me.  OUT of my own little world.

Friday night, my teammate Eryn and I went to the campus cafeteria where the school was hosting a battle of the bands after basketball practice.  It was cheap (only $3 admittance with a student ID), but beforehand, we went to the closest grocery store and got some eats.

I grabbed a container from the salad bar and got to fixing my dinner.  Spinach, cukes, shredded carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, imitation crab, strawberries, cantaloupe, chickpeas, and some fat free Vidalia Onion dressing with a strawberry Oikos on the side.

The bands were all pretty good!   We didn’t stay the entire time, but it only because we were beat.  I walked away with a cute little bowl from one of the vendors at the show!

I’m a sucker for handmade ceramics…but seriously who could pass it up for just $5?  If you could’ve, more power to you.

It’s even dishwasher and microwave safe: WIN!

I crashed pretty hard when I got home that night, but knew the weekend would continue on.  Saturday morning I began with a random, yet mouth-watering breakfast.

It’s so funny that during the week, I read about how bloggers come up with these intricate, delicious breakfasts that I excuse, claiming that I just don’t have enough time in the morning (aka, I don’t want to get up any earlier than I already do).  Truth is, I’m just as content with a waning apple butter jar filled with raw tofu for breakfast.  Weird and random? You betcha.  Delicious and nutritious?  Check & check.

This was absolutely wonderful.  The tofu seriously soaked up all the flavors in the apple butter and cinnamon only infused the flavor even more. Don’t ask me where I came up with this, because I have no idea.  It did, however fuel me through a pretty nice workout on Saturday morning.

Insanity is the second best workout I could get, I think.  First being basketball, of course.  But Shaun T gets my heart rate up in more ways than one if you know what I mean 😉 HA.  Plus, biking and ellipticalling while I caught up on my One Tree Hill episode.  Anyway, 813 calories later, I made some lunch.

Roasted Garlic hummus with black beans, alfalfa sprouts, and baby spinach on a flat out light wrap

I just LOVE natural lighting 🙂  After I demolished my wrap, I made some okra fries in the oven and polished them off as well without thinking twice.

With obligatory reduced sugar ketchup, of course.  It was a big day, and that required big fuel.  We were going together as a family down to Lancaster for my Aunt’s 50th Surprise Birthday party

The party started around 6PM and we got there right around that time.  My Aunt didn’t get there until about 6:30 and we all totally caught her off guard.  Her friends, co-workers, and family all celebrated and I think she really had a great time.

I think it’s safe to say, I get a LOT of my features from Poppa FF’s side of the family.  Freckles, auburn hair, button nose, green eyes…I wish this were a clearer photo, so you could really see the depiction.

I packed some goodies since I figured the selection would be limited.  I ate them on the car ride down for dinner!  Sweet potato slices, cucumber and red pepper spears, snap peas, and a wrap in the aluminum foil made with a Flat Out light, a sonoma jacks cheese wedge and sugar free apricot jam.

It was neat to check out all the old pictures that were displayed in the house!  I love stuff like that.  See the black and white of the two kids in the bottom left hand corner of this collage?  The little guy in the bowtie is Poppa FF 😉  What a cutie!  Haha.

Sooooo that was my Friday and Saturday…Sunday’s post still to come! 

ALSO a reminder to enter my Oh!Nuts giveaway!

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.

 

Fact or Fiction Friday.

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Fact: Being a child of God is the most rewarding action you could ever take.

Fiction:  God expects you to be the perfect example.

Fact:  The creator of the Green Monster was an absolute genius.  Breakfast will never be the same thanks to Angela & her beautiful creations.

Fiction:  You can’t mix kale, pumpkin, Vanilla Chai Amazing Grass, and Unsweet Almond Breeze with sugar-free coconut Artista syrup & expect it to taste good.

Fact: I probably should’ve kept blending a bit further to reduce the kale chunkage.

Fiction:  That’s what stopped me from licking every single inch around the rim of the blender cup.

Fact:  I love Janetha G. because she comes up with things like fat-free cottage cheese mixed with 1 tsp. of ranch seasoning & garbanzo beans for atop a cucumber kale salad.  WEIRD that she had the same(ish) thing for lunch yesterday after not making it forEVER.

Fiction: I should probably go eat more sodium now.

Fact:  A bottle of Garlic Gold is kept in my desk drawer at all times for emergencies 🙂

Fiction:  I always stay completely on task at work and never surf blogs.

Fact:  I’m probably going to look as though I’ve got Jondis due to the copious amounts of squash, pumpkin, and carrots in my diet. 

Fiction:  I can cure the discoloration with some Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB, a la HEAB, right? 

(She told me just to smear a little nut butter on the squash butt, and I’m SO glad she did ;))

Fact:  Before this kick-butt session of basketball open gym, I downed a red pear that went unpictured.

Fiction:  I was thrilled about the fact that we got kicked out a little early because the volleyball players needed the gym.  6:30PM start time supposedly means 6PM set up.

Fact:  This view on my drive home distracted me from my hunger (along with a HUGE bottle of water that I chugged)

Fiction:  My parents would proudly support this picture taken while driving Peter’s Mountain…

Fact:  Golden Corn Vitatops are just as delicious straight from the freezer as they are warmed up.

Fiction: I knew exactly what I wanted to make for dinner.

Fact:  I decided I was in the mood for some quick and easy protein in the form of egg beaters with sugar-free coconut Artista syrup & cinnamon.  Ya know, like the lazy girl’s, coconut version of Danica’s Mock French Toast.

Fiction: Patience is a strength of mine, making it easy for me to occupy my time while these were cooking up in the microwave.

Fact:  I came to the conclusion that this stuff is delicious with ANYTHING.  The possibilities are endless & I plan on utilizing every last one before the bottle empties 🙂

Fiction: There’s no way I could consume an entire butternut squash in one day.

Fact:  I did…in two different sittings, but I did, none-the-less.  “Baked” in the microwave doused in cinnamon & coconut sugar-free syrup, indeed.

Fiction: It was disgusting.

Fact:  In a total turn of events taste, I roasted some broccoli & cauliflower for another dinner side with salt, pepper, and minced garlic.

Fiction:  You probably would want to kiss me after I ate this.

Fact:  I had my second green monster of the day for dessert.  That’s right, proud repeat offender right here.

Fiction: I would never eat two chocolate VITATOPS with cool whip free smooshed between them for dessert #2 and not take a photo for the blog 😀

HAPPY FRIDAY LOVERS!

Tonight consists of a gym session after work, followed by a shower, dinner, & our homecoming football game!  Go Wildcats!  I won’t lie, I’m getting nervous…something about going back to the old “high school scene” makes me nervous…am I ridiculous or what?! 

XOX.

I Had A Ball-Friday Night

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I started my weekend Friday afternoon when I got home from work with this no-fail snack.

greek yogurt + cinnamon + sf syrup with apple slices for dipping.

 Then I hit the gym for an hour-long cardio sesh on the elliptical at levels 7-10, burning 700 calories.  I did some brief weight work, just the typical hip abductors/adductors & some ab stuff, but I knew I had to get home in time to shower up and get ready for the little sisters’ chorus concert. 

I made a quick salad when I got home from the gym

greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, and homemade black raspberry vinaigrette.

The homemade dressing was made of SF black raspberry Polaner jelly + fiber (melted in the microwave) and apple cider vinegar mixed in.  I actually had to stick an ice-cube in there too to cool it down when it was finished melting.  Turned out perfectly!  I needed some whole grains in my life so I ate it with this Light Flat Out spread with more SF jelly & Sonoma Jacks.

all rolled up and heated in the microwave for maximum doughy-ness 😉

I went to the concert with my Dad.  The chorus sang beautifully.  I tried to upload a video of it, but my email was acting up, so I didn’t push it too hard.

The group.

It made me reminisce my high school days and it was so weird being back in our old auditorium, yet again.

Afterward, the family went to Pizza Delight, since they hadn’t eaten dinner yet.  I snagged this chemical liquid

Pepsi Max with Lime

While they ordered all sorts of fried wonders:

French fries, broccoli & cheese bites, and fried pickles!

The fried pickles were a new addition to the menu.

Sister freckled foodie with a pickle.

Her friend, Paige is creepin’ in the background.  Paigy is such a cutiepie!

We had a fun rest of the night hanging out at the house & goofing around.

 

Rest Days.

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Everyone knows that sometimes you just need a rest day.  I had been doing about 8-9 miles everyday for the past 10 days and my body was starting to give me a hard time.  My hips, especially were tight and achy.  I felt as if I had arthritis!  Anyway, I proclaimed Thursday my rest day.  NO GYM for this girl. 

The day started out like any other day.  Filling & crunchy.

Fiber Select + cake batter protein milk.

 I don’t know what it is about this breakfast that satisfies my soul.  Maybe because I used to ALWAYS eat cereal as a kid.  It’s like for the first meal of the day, I’m back in a time when I had no worries or responsibilities…Cereal does it for me!  Granted, then it was more like Lucky Charms or Fruity Pebbles, but you get the picture 😉  What’s your favorite childhood cereal?

 Speaking of childhood, I brought my little pink lunch tote to work containing all of the following goodies:

Packed lunch.

A veggie tub filled with a rainbow of color

Orange pepper, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, & carrots.

Swimming in some apple cider vinegar mixed with Splenda.

Two dogs.

Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Hot dogs @ 40 calories apiece and 6g protein!  That’s a pretty good calorie to protein ratio if you ask me!

Flat Out Light with Sonoma Jacks Light Pepperjack cheese wedgie.

My snackTAXI is CLEAN!  Finally getting to use it.  No more ziplock baggies for me!! I’m working on getting these in MY SHOP.

Over my actual lunch break, I managed to hit the grocery store & the farmer’s market!  I prefer to buy farmer’s market produce because it’s usually much cheaper than at the grocery store. 

Here’s a shot of what I rounded up!

Fiber Select, Gardenburger veggie patties, 2 gala apples, 2 orange peppers, Walden Farms calorie free chocolate syrup, cherry tomatoes, portabello mushroom caps, Thomas light whole wheat high fiber english muffins, & sugar snap peas.
L-R: head of cauliflower, cantaloupe, strawberries, broccoli, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, imitation crab meat, & light tofu.

When I got home from work, I put away all the groceries and made myself a snack.

1 gala dipped in 1 Oikos plain + 1/4 C. sf syrup + cinnamon.

Art in a bowl?

tasty.

Next on the agenda was to go support my Mom’s softball team in a home game at my alumni.  It was a beautiful day for a game!  When I arrived, they were in the 4th inning, losing 1-2.

blue skies!

Can anyone spot Momma Freckled Foodie????!

Yep! There she is!

They ended up making a killer comeback and winning the game 10-2.  I think I was the good luck charm because they were losing until I got there 😉  Momma Freckled Foodie agreed.

After the game, I headed home and made some dinnah.

Doesn't this look like an egg mc muffin?

I guess looks are deceiving!  This sandwich is actually a Gardenburger veggie patty with Sonoma Jacks & reduced sugar Heinz ketchup on a whole wheat light english muffin!

Along side my delish burger, I had some peas [& thank you].

vibrant!

I used to have serious pea issues.  Like any other kid, peas & I were enemies at a younger age.  What was an enemy food of yours growing up?

With my dinner, I drank the last of my iced birthday cake coffee.  Time to make another pot!

Okay, so I know I said today was a rest day, but I was antsy.  No one was home and I was bored, so I decided a little LIGHT biking was in order.  No harm in that, right?  Biking is a lot less hip rotation, so it didn’t bother me one bit.  I went downstairs and ended up doing this

bike stats.

while I watched the most recent One Tree Hill episode & facebooked.  So glad Brooke & Julian are back together.

I got a shower, packed my lunch for today, and had dessert.

dark chocolate banana baby.

After consumed, I hit the hay a happy camper. 

Happy Friday, loves!  To start it off on a sweet note for you, let’s announce the Golden Moon Tea winner!

Congrats, Barbara!  Please email me with your mailing address & contact info so I can send you your teas!!  If you DIDN’T win this giveaway, you can still try these awesome flavors, all of which are available in MY SHOP!

 

SnackTAXI Winner & Weekend Hilights!

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Verse of the Day:

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

– Hebrews 7:25

I know you’re all super psyched to find out who won an adorable snackTAXI, so I gueeeeeeeeeessss I won’t keep you in suspense for any longer 🙂

Orrrr maybe I will. 

My weekend didn’t exactly go as planned, but it was fabulous none-the-less.

Plans:

Friday: Movie with a friend ended up being a chill night

after I snacked on these: 

Chococonut Granola Bar from Nature's Path

 +

 

Pitted date = nature's candy.

for fuel and hitting the gym. 

Saturday: Softball tournament with the fam ended up being a trip to Lancaster with my girl, Mandy for some shopping.

Abercrombie is seriously dangerous for my wallet.

 We spent most of our time at the Park City Mall, but we also hit some adorable vintage stores beforehand and I used the bathroom in a Health Foods store, where I couldn’t resist buying some of these bars:

SCORE.

Two of the very same dress, because they were on a GREAT sale & I couldn't decide between colors.

Gnu Bars!

I also got to pick up my painted cereal bowl from Jen’s Potery Den,

The crackle paint is my fave.

which I’m pretty pumped about.  It turned out pretty cute, don’t you agree?

move over, Anthropologie 😉

 

Sunday: Rest day ended up at the gym, then finishing up work on the house,

Little sister Freckled Foodie messing with the drill!

& then a movie night with Ry. 

Epic.

We saw “Date Night“, which I thought was hysterical.  Tina Fey + Steve Carell is a winning combination. 

Eats were sporadic, yet delectable and for the most part, well-balanced.

I took part in some chocolate eating, naturally 😉:

Banana Fudge Vitatop = 100 calories.

Diana's Banana Babies = 130 calories.

Some GREAT salads with some produce I picked up at the Farmer’s Market on Friday during my lunch break:

Alfalfa sprouts, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, cauliflower, & broccoli with Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar.

Broccoli, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, snap peas, tomato, & homemade honey mustard.

andddddd a NOT SO GREAT $10 salad from the Saladworks at the Food Court in the mall.

Skimpy on the toppings! Green beans, baby spinach, carrots, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber with balsamic light on the side.

The crusty wheat roll that came with it was pretty yummy though.  It came out all warm and soft on the inside with a flaky crust.  Washed down with Diet Green Tea.

Guess it’s just proof that if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself! 😉

Some other random eats from the weekend included:

Fiber Gourmet Rotini + Green Beans & Light Ragu.

Strawberry protein shake poured over 1 C. of Fiber Select for breakfast.

Simple breakfasts are what I crave.  I ❤ cereal, what can I say?!

Loupe eaten 1/2 at at time 😉

Scooped out with a spoon!

Gala apple.

Sweet, crunchy and juicy!

And nowwwwww the snackTAXI winner.  Since you’ve been so patient 😉

CONGRATS, TAYDOR TOTT 😉 Please email me your address so I can ship you your own snackTAXI!

I hope all of your weekends were as sweet as mine!  Even if everything didn’t quite go “as planned” 😉

Happy Monday!

Isn’t it nice to be appreciated?

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Verse of the Day:

“It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.”

– Romans 14:11

How awesome is it to realize that someday everyone will bow down to Him?!  That is going to be QUITE the sight, if you ask me 🙂

Also, I realized this morning, I totally forgot to show you all the beautiful flowers that our office gave me for “Administrative Assistant’s Day” 🙂 

Aren't they sweet!?

Nothing like a gorgeous set of flowers to brighten up a work day! 

I love the heart that it is shaped into!

Oh, and now my bamboo has a buddy 😉

Date Night.

Anyway, it’s FRIDAY! Can’t wait to start the weekend.  Only about 7 more hours to go!  Tonight, I’m going out to see Date Night with a guy friend after my workout at the gym.  I’ve heard good things and hope it lives up to the ratings!  I love Tina Fey and Steve Carell, so I’m thinking it can’t be bad!

Back to yesterday’s eats.  When I got home from work, I had a snack wrap of laughing cow with sugar free blackberry jam on a flat out light.

pre-jam.

+

golden delicious.

Not as good as gala, but it did the trick and fueled me with some carbs for my workout!

I befriended my stationary bike, yet again, trying to avoid the same workout two days in a row (elliptical/gym machines).  I biked for about an hour, catching up on my Facebook page & watching “Friends“.

I decided it was time to refuel after burning off about 300 calories.

enter: orange carb. 

sweet tater.

I’m digging how clear my photos have been thanks to the glorious sunshineee.

enter: sweet protein.

fat free cottage cheese

1/2 C. = 70 calories, 0g fat, 12g protein.

Eaten straight from the container. I know, classy, right?

 What can I say?  I was home by myself and I didn’t feel like making extra dishes.  There were already several waiting for me in the sink from the family that were used while I was at work. Yippee.  Probably ate 1.5 servings + some drizzled crack SF Log Cabin. 

I was bored with nothing else to do, so I went back to watch some episodes on the laptop.  I also downloaded the new Robert Pattinson movie, “Remember Me” while I biked for another hour, burning another 300 calories

Time for more protein!  And I had some cake batter on the brain.

Protein Shake

Small handful berries + spinach + 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition cake batter whey protein.

SLAMMIN’.

I also knew I needed some veggies in my life, so I opted for some steamfresh cauliflower out of the freezer.

I wanted something creamy, so I blended the cauliflower with some Sugar Free syrup & cinnamon for an oatmeal tasting flavor.

Cauliflower soup!

Sounds & looks gross, tastes awesome.

Almost looks like applesauce?

Next time, I’m going to microwave some chopped apple & add it to the mixture.  I think that’ll be like apple cinnamon oatmeal!!?  YUMMMMM.

Next on the checklist was a shower.  A much desired one at that.  I could seriously fall asleep in the shower or bath.  Anytime.  Not in any other than my own, obvi.

I jumped into my coziest pair of sweats and decided to embark on some coffee making for refrigeration and successful iced coffee creation later down the road.

Caftea.

This was no ordinary coffee though,

this was Caftea Birthday Cake coffee!

brewing!

UHHHHHmazing.  I knew just by the aroma that it was going to be fantastic.  Buttery, sweetness filled the air.  You can buy this in my OpenSky Shop if you’d like to try it!   SERIOUSLYYou’ll love it.

I settled down and unwound, sipping my coffee, by packing my lunch.

the line up.

Typical suspects: Veg tubsliced yellow pepper, broccoli, cherry tomato, carrots, and cucumbers; FF cottage cheese+sugar free syrup+cinnamon; Fiber Select for crunchy cottage cheese topping; Homemade honey mustard for veg. dippin’

I also realized, I have not been photographing my breakfasts.  NOOOO this does not mean, I’m not EATING them.  I just am usually in a rush in the morning, trying to get everything ready for work and forget to snap a pic when it’s something I don’t have prepared ahead of time.  As of late, it’s been the same thing every morning anyway, because it keeps me full for EVER and tastes yummy everytime.  Simply a protein shake with 1C. Fiber Select mixed in.  The shake trumps milk on my cereal because of the 24g of protein!  Don’t worry, it’s got Calcium, too!

 

Reminder!  Only a few days left to enter my snackTAXI and Custom Choice Cereal giveaways!! If you don’t act quickly, you might miss out on Danica’s giveaway of these neat Furochic reuseable gift wraps!

Happy Friday to you all!  Any exciting weekend plans?  In my future, I’m seeing Date Night, gym plans, softball games, and outdoor adventures for the weekend! 😉

Weekender Recap I

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Friday

Friday night was a mish mosh of excitement in my family.  Traditionally, we paint 12 dozen Easter eggs for hiding on easter about a week ahead of time.  I was ready to get my paint on!  The festivities didn’t start until about 5:30PM, so I went for a quick 5 mile walk/run as soon as I arrived home.

sticky buns.

When I got back, my house was full of people and they were ready to eat!  There was barbeque sloppy joes, taco dip, sticky buns, and all kinds of other bad stuff 😉  People come from near & far for my Momma’s sticky buns!

taco dip.

 I had NONE of these things.  Instead, I took advantage of this bowl of cracked eggs that could not be painted!

Broken eggs!

I ate a bunch of whites filled with pineapple salsa!  I also helped myself to the baby carrots that were placed on the food table in the kitchen.  I steamed a bag of veggies to eat too!  Cauliflower to be exact. 

Then it was time for painting!

Momma Freckled Foodie.

The kids were having a blast! 

Cousin, Colton.

I have a total of 17 cousins, just on my Mom’s side of the family!

Cousin, Jadyn.

All of which were covered in dye at the end!

Sister, Morgan.

Tori & Peyton (birthday boy!), Cousins.

They were all tons of fun to watch…so creative, too!

Cousin, Paige & Uncle Dave.

Father, daughter love 🙂

How cute is this little guy? It's my cousin, Trey.

Don’t even THINK that I would miss out on all the fun! 🙂

The Official Freckled Foodie Egg!

I definitely painted my share!

Sami Egg 🙂

Which one is YOUR favorite?

Purple swirls

Sami Egg #2

After all the eggs were painted, we sang Happy Birthday to my cousin, Peyton!

Happy Birthday, Peyton!

The rest of the night was enjoyed together as family 🙂 For my dessert, instead of cake, I made a greek yogurt mess with plain yogurt, apple cinnamon instant oatmeal (raw), and a drizzle of SF syrup! YUMMMMM.

 

 

EUREKA.

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Hallelujah, it’s Friday.

And here’s your Verse of the Day:

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,”- Philippians 1:29

So, last night when I got home, I was a little bummed about the chill factor, but decided to go for a run anyhow.  It wasn’t exactly COLD, but it wasn’t nearly as gorgeous as it had been Wednesday!  I grabbed this little guy from Granola Gourmet (reviews to come!) for some fuel and headed outside:

Brownie Energy Bar!

 I actually only ate 1/2 the bar (75 calories) because Wednesday, I felt like I ate too much before I ran, which slowed me down a bit.  The five miles felt MUCH better.  I only stopped for a few minutes to talk to our family friend, Kimmie as she was driving by in her mini van! LOVE that girl. 

When I got home, I decided to experiment a little bit.  I wanted to pack my lunch, but I also needed to whip up some dinner.  I steamed a whole bag of these steamfresh veggies, california blend to be exact, and topped it with salt & pepper with mustard on the side for dippage

Prior to mustard dippage.

If anyone has had the privelage of winning or working with Progresso, they know what I mean when I say I LOVEEE the huge, blue mug that I have from them.  It’s so PERFECT.  Big enough for mixing, steaming, whatever! 

Anyway, as I was prepping my lunch for today I had a few handfuls of this addicting cereal:

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Lunch today is some Quorn Chick’n Tenders with some coleslaw for crunch and all mixed in with some balsamic vinegar + sugar free honey homemade dressing. 

Asian Chicken Salad.

Along with this beastly salad, I packed a navel orange to enhance the asian flavors:

fruit!

To top off my dinner, I knew I needed some protein!  I decided to experiment a little bit and tried to make one of Janetha’s protein cakes with my BSN banana nut bread protein powder.  I failed miserably.  I don’t know what went wrong?  I used the correct amounts of everything???  The only thing I can think of is that maybe I didn’t mix it well enough before popping it into the microwave. 

Anyway, I had the whole house to myself last night, so I felt like a mad scientist in a lab.  I went to work with my Bella, in an effort to create a Strawberry Cheesecake GREEN MONSTER

EUREKA.  Seriously, you MUST try this recipe.

Strawberry Cheesecake Green Monster:

  • 1/2 C. Fat free cottage cheese
  • Handful spinach
  • 1 oz. Sugar Free Strawberry Torani syrup

IT’s SOOO easy, but so yummy. 

Grinch-like stache 🙂

Trust me on this one.  To die for.  After consumption, a bike ride on the stationary was taken worth 200 calories, and some ab work was done on my living room floor 🙂

On that note, HAPPY FRIDAY!  I’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for this weekend including family egg painting tonight at mi casa, a massage with my bestest tomorrow, a wine & movie night with Nic on Saturday, and softball fundraiser bingo with the troops on Sunday after church!

Make sure you check out Tina’s giveaway of some Brother’s All Natural Fruit Crisps & Gliding Calm’s cookbook giveaway!

REMINDER!:  ONE WEEK TO ENTER MY AURORAE YOGA MAT GIVEAWAY!