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This and That

I can’t believe this week is nearly over! Here’s a little “this and that” from the week.

I splurged on this cheese and it’s all gone already. It reminded me of Pleasant Ridge cheese, which reminded me that I am a major slacker and I still owe a post on my visit to the Uplands farm from back in June. I hope to get that done soon.

Anyway, I would definitely purchase this one again. It was great with some fresh french bread and also on a turkey sandwich.

BellaVitano Sartori gold cheese

Alysha blogged about this cider, so being a cider girl myself, I had to try it. I didn’t like it at first and then it grew on me.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider Crisp Apple

Lately I’ve been buying the new tubs of Chobani and just adding my own preserves, fresh blueberries, lemon NuNaturals stevia, almonds and chia seeds to the plain variety for my work lunches. I really never seem to get sick of this combination and it fills me up!

Chobani plain yogurt with blueberries, blueberry preserves, chia seeds, almonds

If you have been following my blog for a while, then you know that I Iove to read. I have always wanted to join a book club in Milwaukee, so Karis and I are attending our first meeting for one on Sunday, August 26th. Locals-for more details check out this site.

Check out the flyer–aren’t the illustrations on the bookmarks fun!?

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Our first selection is The Happiness Project, which I have read before, but it was a while ago. I didn’t want to go to the book club without rereading it and I figure I can always use reminders on how to be more happy every day.

The Happiness Project by Rubin

Like Rubin says, she didn’t start this project because she was depressed. It’s just that she complained too much and got irritated easily by things. I can totally relate.

I loved these lists at the beginning of the book. I have been trying to do a lot of these lately, even before I started rereading the book.

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Today was a good mail day (love those). I ordered some stuff from Lands’ End earlier this week and it came so quickly. It helps that Lands’ End is a Wisconsin based company, so the package didn’t have far to go.

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I got a great deal on these four shirts and was so excited to see how they fit.

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They all fit wonderfully, but I may return the pink top because I don’t love how the cowl neck looks. The nice thing is that I can return the shirt to a Sears that carries Lands’ End. Anyway, all of the shirts were so soft and the material was high quality. It won’t be my last time buying from them. When I was at the mall last weekend, I was frustrated with not being able to find any tops that I liked and even wanted to try on. I love ordering things online, so I took a chance and I am glad I did.

More fun mail. I love getting free samples of new products to try out!

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On the fitness front, I am still hitting the gym occassionally, but I know that I need to work harder when I am there. Craig and I played tennis last night (he won, boo) and took a long walk around the park afterwards. I wasn’t too pleased when I saw a bat flying overhead. Eek!

Tomorrow I am off to get highlights in my hair and then to work in the afternoon. I work until around midnight, but I don’t mind because I won’t have to do it again for another two months.

This Saturday I…

…played tennis against Craig and lost again! It was another good workout and we happily skipped the gym and traded it for an awesome outdoor workout.

I washed my car by hand when we got home and then I mixed up Fitmixer amino acids in Fruit Punch for the first time!

Fitmixer amino

The taste was delicious and I felt a bit full from the drink.

Fitmixer fruit punch

I also went online and did this today, so now I have a 1500 calorie meal plan to follow if I want to.

Fitmixer

I played with Karma for a bit. He was asking for pets all afternoon.

Karma asking for pets

My July Birchbox arrived today! Spoiler alert up next.

Birchbox July

I liked all of the items I received this month. Can’t wait to try out the new goodies.

Birchbox July 2012

I was so excited when I saw that I got headphones in my Birchbox. I needed a new pair to keep in my gym bag and these actually match my iPhone case and the iPod nano I use at the gym. I tried them out already and the sound quality isn’t as good as the headphones that come with Apple products, but I adjusted the equalizer and they do sound a bit better.

Birchbox headphones

I also researched trips to Europe because my mom and I might go next spring. She’s never been to Germany, Austria or Switzerland and my dad and Craig don’t really want to go, so I’ll happily travel with my mom.

I get the travel bug and then start to excitedly research a bit early. We need to decide if we’re going to go on a guided tour or if I will just organize the whole thing, which I have done many times before. It kind of would be nice to sit back and let someone else do the work this time. Plus, we’d get to more destinations with a tour.

Here is my favorite route so far. It even includes a night in Lugano, which would allow me to show my mom where I lived for 6 months!

Europe route

And then I made a Target run for the $1 Chobani before the sale expires tonight and I was pleased to find some new jean shorts that are better than the ones I purchased last weekend.

We’re just staying in tonight. I think I am going to watch Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and just chill out on the couch. Hope your weekend is going well!

A package, salsa, and a fabulous new book to read!

Happy Monday evening to you!

I had a good day, except for battling back to school traffic on my way into work this morning. I pass by a high school on my way and I noticed so many cars on the road in that area.

I started off my morning with some of the Seattle’s Best level 5 coffee, which reminded me of Starbucks. Some people don’t like that taste, but I prefer a dark, bold blend of beans.

I also had plain non-fat Chobani with fresh strawberries, hemp seeds, and the last of the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond granola.

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Lunch was a ham sandwich topped with spinach and a roma tomato from our garden. I also had a string cheese, a red pepper from our garden, and some cucumber slices. I enjoyed the pomegranate Chobani as a 4 p.m. snack right before I left work.

My drink was a Cascal soda. I have to be honest–I didn’t love the crisp white flavor. I am hoping I enjoy the other ones more.

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When I got home from work, I received our Kodak Gallery medium hardcover photo book in the mail!

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Craig and I were both really impressed with the quality of it. I am so happy I was able to receive it as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Kodak. We’ll have these memories of our honeymoon to share with others and remind us of the unbelievable trip we experienced in Europe.

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The back is a picture of us pouting on our last day of our trip, in Frankfurt.

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We made salsa for dinner. We have so many different types of tomatoes and hot peppers to use up.

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Our favorite tortilla chips are these from Sam’s Club.

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It was beautiful out, so we dined outside next to our container garden.

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I went to the gym and started reading Farm City while biking. I love the book so far! It is definitely well written.

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The Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee is hosting a book club discussion on the book, so I want to read it and attend the event.

The author lives in Oakland, CA and talks about her experience farming in the backyard of her apartment. I lived right on the border of Oakland and Berkeley and the neighborhood she lives in sounds pretty close to the one I lived in in Berkeley.

Some of the quotes I can relate to so far are:

“This place, this ghetto of Oakland, California, brings out the best and the worst in us.”

(Well for me, it brought out the worst in me to be completely honest. I did feel challenged and like I was always learning something while living in the area. But, most of the time, I felt pretty depressed living in that area).

She talks about living in the Oakland hills with a pack of straight-edge vegan anarchists and says the following: “At first I thought it was cute that anarchists had rules. No alcohol. No dairy products. No meat. Then the paradox started to chafe.”

(Kind of reminded me of the apartment I lived in in Berkeley with 5 or 6 housemates at a time. This Midwestern girl did not like it when my one housemate and classmate told me that drinking cow’s milk was evil and I should start drinking soy. I did try soy out, but it seemed to upset my stomach and now I much prefer almond milk to soy.)

I can’t wait to read more of this book and go to the discussion in September.

Time to sign off of this addictive new computer and go read!

Beautiful Saturday for a B-day Cookout

Good afternoon! It’s a beautiful, sunny Saturday here in Southeastern Wisconsin. Probably nothing like the weather they are experiencing on the East Coast right now.

After clocking out of work at 12:05 a.m. and not getting to sleep until about 1 a.m., I slept in this morning, meditated, and went for a long walk with Craig. My legs were really sore from walking about 5 miles at work last night, but I think the walk actually helped a lot.

I really wanted to make it to the Eat Local Resource Fair at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, but walking around at a fair and being so tired after work last night didn’t sound like it would mix too well. Plus, I didn’t want to feel so rushed today.

So instead, I painted my nails this morning.

nail polish Ulta and Sally Hansen

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Eek, my nails/cuticles look like they need a proper manicure. Hmm…maybe on my b-day on Wednesday?

Got excited to check out the package I received yesterday.

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I won some Cascal fermented soda from Jessica at Healthy Living in America’s Dairyland. Never tried it before, but I will definitely let you all know how it is or you can head over to Jessica’s site to check out her opinion.

The sodas came in this adorable lunch bag!

Cascal lunch bag

Lots of yummy flavors to try out!

Cascal soda berry cassis

Cascal Ripe Rouge

Cascal Soda fresh tropical

Then we went to Barnes and Noble to get my nephew a gift card. I’m glad he is getting into reading and I want to encourage it with this gift card. I definitely was very into reading at his age (going into 2nd grade) and now I am a lifelong reader. It also helped my spelling skills!

Barnes and Noble gift card

And to the grocery store to pick up some good deals.

I picked up two Protein Plus PowerBars that ended up being totally free with coupons I found in Women’s Health magazine.

PowerBar

I used a $1.50 off coupon for some Seattle’s Best coffee.

Seattle's Best coffee

And I used one of my free Chobani coupons the company sent after I had a bad experience with a raspberry flavored yogurt a couple of weeks ago. Great customer service on Chobani’s part–I was impressed. Now I get to have one of my favorite flavors, pomegranate, for lunch this week.

Chobani coupon and yogurt

I’m quickly writing this post while watching America’s Test Kitchen. It’s an episode focused on chicken, which is sort of grossing me out. I still like learning things from the show though, even when it is very meat based cooking featured most of the time.

America's Test Kitchen

America's test kitchen

We’re off to a cookout for my nephew’s 8th b-day party this afternoon! Can’t wait to sit outside and enjoy a hamburger. I think this flexitarian is actually going to have a burger and hope it doesn’t affect my stomach. I have been craving meat all week.

Hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun so far!

Wordless Wednesday

In light of the fact that I don’t have a lot of time to blog, I decided to jump on the wordless Wednesday bandwagon and share some of my day through pictures. I kind of enjoyed doing this because I took pictures of different things than I normally would during the course of a day.

chobani and empty coffee cup

meds

Journal Sentinel Food section 8-24-11

makeup

Karma in bathroom morning

dry shampoo big sexy hair

iced coffee

lunch 8-24-11

Bobbi Brown lipstick and Burt's bees rose tinted lip balm

apple and podcast

stacy's pita chips

Sephora order

Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful!

tomatoes from garden

roma tomatoes from garden

Karma begging for food

cats waiting for food

meditation timer

coupons and store ad

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Tofu and birds eye green beans and roasted potatoes

Craig and cookies

cookies

Buried Treasure show on TV

Buried Treasure show

Greek yogurt on NPR news

Just a quick post while I am taking a break at work because I wanted to share this article and NPR radio story entitled “Greek Yogurt Sales Rise In U.S. Dairy Aisles.”

Craig heard it on the radio yesterday and knew I would be interested in it. The key word he heard was Chobani. What can I say? My husband knows I am obsessed with the stuff, much like the story talks about!

My favorite quote from the story is this:

“When you think about it, it is not easy to get protein in a convenient form. And then if you raise the bar further and say, high-protein, low-fat, convenient, and tastes great — wow! That might make this a perfect food.”

- David Palmer, packaged food industry analyst

My week

Do you ever have those weeks where you just feel too tired to do anything, especially after a long day at work? Yeah, that was my week. I have been feeling tired, but also just not motivated to fit blogging into my schedule. I have to remind myself to just go with it when I feel the need to just unplug and read books, workout, and relax in general after work.

Here’s what I have been eating, doing, etc. this week.

Food

My meals weren’t really that interesting, except for when I ate out with Karis on Thursday.

I did try Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter for the first time! It had been sitting in our cabinet for about a month, so I decided to open the jar up and just dig in. I liked it, but maybe not as much as peanut butter. It is very creamy, so I think it would be wonderful on hot oats.

sunflower seed butter

I don’t really love overnight oats in a jar (I prefer hot oats), but it is a convenient and healthy breakfast for when I feel rushed in the morning. I had a Trader Joe’s unsalted peanut butter jar that had just about an inch of pb left in it, so I went with making OIAJ. I added skim milk, chia seeds, and some Brown Cow maple yogurt.

OIAJ coffee

I had lots of plain chobani with blueberry preserves, fresh fruit, and granola this week.

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Indulged in a yummy cupcake at work. The frosting on this was perfect–not too sweet and sickening!

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Lunch on Thursday–a big salad, mango Chobani, and I tried Pop Chips for the first time! They tasted great! I had the sea salt and vinegar. Thanks to Pop Chips for sending me some chips to try out! Can’t wait to try the other flavors now.

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Miscellaneous

Our garden is producing more tomatoes now! The romas still don’t look great, but the cherry tomatoes keep on coming and I love having them around for salads or snacking in general.

We also have been getting more strawberries–some big and some tiny and ripe.

garden items

I ordered these items from iHerb. I have never tried Nutritional Yeast, so I hope I like it. I plan to make some of Mama Pea’s Mmmm sauce with it this weekend.

Averie had a coupon for iHerb on her blog, so I got $5 off my order and free shipping!

iHerb order

We enjoyed having the windows open for only a couple of hours one cool evening. I miss fresh, cool air flowing through our house.

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Karma enjoyed the fresh air too!

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Karma with open window

Now we’re off to get Craig’s free Starbucks drink (b-day coupon) and maybe look around at toasters. Ours has been funky for a while, but we both aren’t satisfied with the reviews we find on Amazon of most of the models out there. Anyone have a toaster model they recommend?

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Lunch at Cafe Vino and a trip to Woodman’s

Hello and happy Saturday!

I started my morning off by reading The Snowman and eating Erin Baker’s Peanut Butter mini breakfast cookie. The book is really good so far. It reminds me of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Kind of eerie that it’s set in Oslo after yesterday’s horrific bombing and shootings there.

Erin Baker's Breakfast Cookie Peanut Butter and The Snowman

The breakfast cookie was tasty. Not too sweet and it was all I wanted to eat this morning with my coffee because I knew I would be having an early lunch with my friend.

peanut butter cookie Erin Baker

I headed to Menomonee Falls to have lunch with my friend Danielle at Cafe Vino. I’ve known Danielle since 8th grade and we were best friends in high school. Now that we are busy adults, we try to get together at least once a month. It was nice to catch up with her!

Danielle

I was able to pick what I wanted on my sandwich, so I got a spinach tortilla filled with grilled portabella mushrooms, provolone cheese, hummus, avocado, and various veggies.

veggie wrap

YUMMY! I need to make something like this for lunch more often.

We took a walk after lunch and then headed back to her house to visit with her adorable daughter.

cat and girl

I loved up Danielle’s cat because she said that her kitties don’t get as much attention as their daughter does. I wish I could take her cats home with me, but four would be too many. With another child on the way, Danielle and her husband really won’t have time to love their cats. Makes me sad. :(

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On my way home, I stopped by Woodman’s to load up on groceries. I got mostly Chobani (three big containers; $10 worth of individual cups), tofu, fruit, tempeh, fish oil, and some portabella veggie burgers.

I called Craig to ask a question and that’s when I heard the news about Amy Winehouse’s death. I could and couldn’t believe it at the same time. While I was writing this post, Craig told me that his cousin, who is studying in England right now, is living a couple of blocks down from where Amy was found. Strange.

Time to meditate, then watch Love and Other Drugs. Hope it’s a good movie! Looking forward to a low key Saturday night.

‘Tis the season for graduation parties

It’s just been a typical Sunday around here. Checking in to say hi and give you a recap of my day.

The movie I watched last night, “How Do You Know?,” was disappointing. I expected it to be and set myself up to not love it. I know a movie is bad when I keep it on, but barely watch it and read blogs in Google reader on my iPod. What can I say–all of your blogs are a lot more interesting than that movie was! I feel bad but due to google reader and how long it takes me to comment using my iPod, I haven’t been leaving a lot of blog comments recently. I’m reading your sites, just not commenting!

Speaking of the blogosphere, that’s exactly what the first story on CBS’s Sunday Morning was today! I was so excited to watch it. They showed The Pioneer Woman’s site (which I actually don’t read, but I am sure many food bloggers do), but didn’t actually feature her directly in the story. The story also included a very successful wedding blog called Style Me Pretty. The blogger from that site, Abby, makes enough money to support her family, she employs her husband, and I think 12 other people! How awesome to have built a business through blogging and be able to do what you love every day from the comfort of your own home!

While watching the show, I had a bagel thin with earth balance on one half and strawberry cream cheese on the other and coffee.

bagel thin and coffee

We finally had a sunny and somewhat warmer day around here, which was perfect for the graduation party we headed to at Grant Park, on the south side of Milwaukee. It was a party for Craig’s cousin who is actually heading to college and the air force academy in Colorado next week. Smart and successful girl!

I had a hot dog (which tasted good with onions and tomatoes), two different types of potato salads, a pickle, and a huge chunk of refreshing watermelon. Later on, I went back for some cake, a rice krispie bar, and some grilled corn on the cob, which was the first time I had corn this season and it hit the spot!

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Craig had a hamburger and some cheetos. Yeah, not so healthy hubby. :)

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After settling in and visiting with my in-laws, my sister in-law Lisa, Craig, and I went on a little walk through the woods. We tried to get to the beach, but the bridges were closed.

Craig and I at Grant Park

Lake Michigan

Lisa and Craig at Grant Park

We found this cute little guy hanging out on a wooden post.

caterpillar

After the party, I really wanted to go to Woodman’s for Chobani and for salsa ingredients because I was in need of both and because I just love Woodman’s.

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Unfortunately, they were out of my huge tub of non-fat Chobani, but I got a 2% one, a strawberry flavored tub, and about 8 flavored smaller Chobanis (lots of mango and pomegranate).

I picked up some herbed tofu that I loved last time I got it from Woodman’s. When I took this picture, I noticed it appears to be from a local company, so that’s cool. Gotta support those local businesses!

bountiful bean herb tofu

And I wanted to try this Gardein thai trio product.

gardein thai trio

That about covers my Sunday. I also caught up with my brother who lives in the San Francisco area. We hadn’t talked in ages, so it was nice to hear what’s been new with him. I am jealous because he is planting tons of fruit trees in his backyard.

Time to meditate, maybe hit the gym and watch another movie, “Life As We Know It.” I also need to do some veggie cutting and tofu cooking prep work for lunches this week. But, it’s nice to know I only have a three day work week to prepare for and then any leftover prep items can be incorporated into snacks and meals when I am home on Thursday and Friday.

Adios mis lectores (I hope that’s correct for “goodbye my readers”). I have been speaking Spanish at work more trying to teach a co-worker custodian how to pronounce certain words. It’s been fun testing my knowledge of the language again.

Free ice cream on date night!

Hooray for four day weeks because tomorrow is already Friday!

Breakfast was the usual.

coffee, yogurt, blueberries

Snack was a decaf coffee and an Apple Crumble Vita Top. Now I am on a Vita Top kick.

Lunch was the leftover quinoa dish I had for dinner last night and red grapes.

red grapes, vita tops apple crumble, quinoa

I had a rough afternoon at work. This may be TMI, but most of my readers are females, so I guess it doesn’t matter. It is that time of the month and my stomach was cramping up. I was not comfortable at my desk! I was wishing I could go home early, but I stuck it out.

When I got home, I warmed up a heating pad right away and it felt so good! I meditated with it on my tummy and back.

Oh and seeing this package in the mail cheered me up. Thanks Lindsay! Can’t wait to try the breakfast cookie.

Living Lindsay giveaway--Erin Baker's Breakfast cookie

Craig had to return some DVDs to the library tonight, so I went with him. I love libraries and never miss an opportunity to visit them. I looked around at cookbooks and nutrition books, but didn’t check anything out since I already have to look through the cookbooks I checked out last week.

Then we decided to have another Thursday date night by eating out at Ferch’s Malt Shoppe in Greendale.

Ferch's Malt Shoppe

I already knew what I was getting, but Craig looked over the menu for a while until deciding upon a Pepper Jack burger.

Craig deciding on dinner

I got the Buffalo Chicken Wrap with french fries. I was craving salty and sweet foods today, so the fries satisfied the salty.

buffalo chicken wrap, fries

And we lucked out because my sweet tooth was satisfied by free ice cream (custard) included with our order! SCORE!

Ferch's coupon

ice cream Ferch's Greendale

I enjoyed chocolate cake batter with brownie bits. Yum!

chocolate cake batter custard Ferch's

Craig had strawberry with m&m’s.

strawberry custard

After our date, I went to the gym to walk on the treadmill and lift weights. I watched a full episode of My First Place on HGTV and that managed to suck me in for a full 30 minutes. I also saw that I made the top 30 women who logged fitlinxx points for May! I was number 23, hooray!

Well, it’s late and almost bedtime, so I am off.