Hole-y Banana Bread, Captain Obvious!

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Another week begins!  I can’t believe how quickly last week flew!  How was your weekend? 

 We went for a walk and Snuff found her first fall leaf.

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Then, a neighbor saw us walking down the sidewalk (I let Snuffy walk on the sidewalk like a “big girl” when we’re in our neighborhood) and gave Snuff a flower from her flower bed.

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I checked the mail upon arriving back home and I found an early birthday “gift”

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Nice but, I don’t usually buy salon products. Sweet of them to send it though.  However, this is a reminder that my birthday is quickly approaching!  What does that mean to you?  NO MORE BLURRY PHONE PIX!!

Snuffy and I took a long overdue trip to Trader Joe’s.  We went to Whole Foods and Wal-Mart (gasp!) as well.  Some of you may know by now that I tend to shop at at least three stores for the best deals.  Usually those three stores are Kroger, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart because they are all so near one another.  But, on Saturday we were going to be right accross the street from Trader Joes’s.  I got a coupon in the mail for a FREE pair of VS panties, no purchase required! Naturally, we had to go to VS.  I also got fitted for a bra while I was there.  Everyone should seriously get fitted.  I have gone twice .   The last time was right after I went back to school and I had lost a lil weight due to the new stressful schedule.  This time I measured at at 32 instead of the 34 before and I went up a cup size.  Amazing what ten pounds can do.  I do look better with the ten pounds on.  But, how did I go down in circumference and up in cup size?  I don’t know, but, I’ll take it! I will probably continue to buy 34’s though just because I don’t like the tight feeling. 

I didn’t snap pix of everything because much of it is redundant week to week.  As you know from last week, I packed Snuffy’s lunch on the days when I knew the food would be processed to the extreme and full of unhappy meats.  Well, I felt I may be taking it too far.  I didn’t want to be a crazy, overprotective mama.  So, I didn’t pack on Friday.  Yup, I let her eat beef pot pie.  The result?  She apparently ate almost half the beef pot pie and she had …errrr…major tummy issues (you know what I mean) .  So, now the overprotective mama is back.  I will be packing for her almost everyday.  So, we had to get some more Snuffy lunch goods!  The toddler room has no fridge and no microwave.  So, in order for Snuff to eat when the other kids eat, I have to make sure her food will keep well in her lunchbag with an ice pack.  I also have to pack things that don’t have to be heated.

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Snuffy eats string cheese (from happy cows 🙂 at least once everyday.  In fact, “cheese” was one of her first words.

 

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Trader Joe’s has these organic fruit cups for the same price I usually pay for the regular fruit cups at other stores!  Today, I asked Snuff what she wanted for lunch and she grabbed one and said “fruit!”  

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Lara Bars for kids!!! They were way less than a buck each too! Uh Oh I’m starting the LARA habit early….

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Normally, I just give Snuffy her Veggie Dogs plain with some fruit and Cheddar Bunnies.  But, I thought for lunch she may want to have a bun like the other kids.  Plus, since it IS a veggie dog and she has been known to steal veggie dogs straight out of the fridge, she could eat it without it being warmed…right?

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When I saw these initially, I thought, “Those are definitly NOT real peas and they are probably full of preservatives, fillers and good marketing.”  But, I was wrong

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts

INGREDIENTS: GREEN PEAS, CORN OIL, RICE, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C).

It’s not stellar but, it isn’t THAT bad.  I think they’re pretty darn tasty too!

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I’ve seen these around the blog world and the ingredient list is great!  So, I thought if I heat one in a pan to crisp the edges, I could put it on a bun for Snuff’s lunch…I hate that they don’t have easy access to a microwave.  I know they probably could microwave her food.  But, I have this image of her sitting there, waiting, watching all the other kids chow down…

 

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This was something that I had been meaning to pick up everytime I go to Trader Joe’s.  I always forget! I can’t wait to try it!

 

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Obviously, a Whole Foods find.  I love that they have their own brand of organics.  To clear up confusion, I don’t need EVERYTHING WE EAT to be organic.  Most of what I buy is not organic.  I do, however, need food to be free of  “extras”.  I prefer that foods be free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, unhappy animal meat (happy animals are sometimes  okay), and non-food substances.

Anyway, the ravioli was inexpensive and Snuffy loves it!

Since Mallard was away all weekend, I wanted to bake him something to welcome him back home.  It’s true, you know:  the way to a man’s heart is most certainly through his stomach!

I settled on banana bread due to our over-abundance of over-ripe bananas. 

I modified a recipe from my most used cookbook

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I used these to modify

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Banana Bread

Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 55 minutes
 

Ingredients

  • 2  cups all-purpose flour I used all whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1-1/2  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2  eggs, beaten I used cage free
  • 1-1/2  cups mashed banana (5 medium)
  • 1  cup sugar I used turbinado
  • 1/2  cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine I used melted Earth Balance
  • 1/4  cup chopped walnuts I omitted these for Mallard
  • 1  recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional) I didn’t take them up on that option

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  I baked at 330 for 1 hour and 15 minutes 🙂  Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch or two 7-1/2×3-1/2×2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, banana, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan(s). If desired, sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter.

3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes for 9x5x3-inch pan or 40 to 45 minutes for 7-1/2×3-1/2×2-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (if necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning). Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

4. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices)

5. Streusel-Nut Topping: In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts.

So we started with our bananas

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and we moved right along. 

Everything was going well until I decided, after 25 minutes,  that the bread was not cooling quickly enough for me.  So, I ran a knife around the edge of the loaf and turned it upside down on a plate…rookie mistake.  I know better than to rush things.  I used to bake at least twice every week!  But, for some reason I had to hurry things along.

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What did I do?  I scraped the piece from the loaf pan and replaced it on the inverted loaf.  I let it cool. I sliced it .

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Mallard still doesn’t know that I am a Banana Bread failure 🙂

I also made Snuff a Banana Bread Pudding by modifying the same recipe.  Yes, we had LOTS of over-ripe bananas!  We usually go through them like water but, for some reason, we just hadn’t been feelin’ them last week.

To modify the recipe to make Banana Bread Pudding, I lowered the flour to a cup of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, I added 3/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce and I cut back on the baking powder.  I baked it at 300 until it was set…I’m sorry I don’t remember how long it took.

It was a hit!

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Yes, she was covered in ‘nana stickiness after this and yes, she did get a bath immediately after her tasty  treat 🙂

Today, I started with yoga as has become my favorite Sunday tradition.  I love it.  I feel so good after yoga.  I have a long day of studying ahead!  Mallard got back before I left for yoga and took over the parenting post.  I have an Anatomy and Physiology exam coming up in two days!!! I have zero study time other than today! 

*EDIT*

Shout out to my little sister, Jillian, who turns 16 in 16 minutes !!

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Jilli  Happy Birthday, Aunt Jilli!

Do you buy your hair products at a salon?  I bought my flat iron from my salon but I haven’t bought other salon product since I moved so far away from my mom’s salon and I use mostly earth-friendly products.

If you are a label-reader, have you been surprised by the ingredients in any of your favorite foods? 

What do you pack in your lunch?  Spill it, ladies!! and err…I think I have one guy reader, so you spill it too! 😉

 

Show your body some love!

J

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Food Combing Faux Pas and Changes On The Horizon

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Like the seasonal Starbucks menu, all things must change.  But, before we get to those changes, how was your Labor Day weekend?  Mine was fairly mellow.  We bought Snuffy some new shoes at the outlet mall on Friday, I worked Saturday, then Sunday we went to Babies R Us to look for baby gifts.  I swear everyone seems to be expecting lately! 

While we were at Babies R Us, we found these !

Organic Lollipops!

Organic Lollipops!

Snuffy gave them 5 stars!  I tried the pomegranite flavor and it was awesome!  I like things really sweet and these certainly fit the bill.

Mallard asked for more carnivorous creations this weekend…another Giant Pizza Roll

I used a refridgerated pizza crust because that’s what the crazy man prefers!

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I spread about 1/2 cup of sauce onto the crust and topped with mozzerella.

Then I added Mallard’s favorite pizza topping

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I rolled it all together and pressed the seams of the dough tightly closed.  Then, I scored the top and sprinkled more mozzerella

I baked at 425 until it was dark golden brown (Mallard’s preference)

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I couldn’t even get a pic before Mallard cut into this bad boy!

Now for the changes at hand…

First of all, Snuffy’s babysitter is due…well, today with her third child.  So, Snuffy will have to go to the daycare center near our home for a few weeks.  She has been there before for two days while our regular babysitter was on vacae.  She seemed to do fine.  But, they don’t provide the MOST nutritious meal.  Sure, there is usually a fruit or veggie involved.  But, snacks include “juice” made of non-organic fruit and who knows what else.  Sugar cookies and preservative-filled grahams are other frequent snack stars.  The meals are okay by dietetic standards.  Some of the meals I would prefer not to give my lil one:  BBQ pork because I don’t know what kind of chemicals and “crap” are in the sauce and in the meat.  The other meal that I don’t really want to give Snuff is their ravioli as I’m sure it’s generic canned …junk.  So, I wanted Snuffy to have a nutritious lunch without feeling like she is not getting what the other kids have.  Solution?  Same idea, different version!

On Ravioli Day (tomorrow) I packed Snuffy the same meal on the menu only in a junk-free version

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Snuffy kept asking for bites as I was packing her lunch. So, she tried this cold (I felt like a bad mom).  But, she loved it!  I have to say, it’s not bad.  Yes, it’s a bit more expensive than Chef you-know-who.  However, she can get at least three meals out of a can since she eats it with a fruit and a vegetable!  For her lunch, I packed a Snuffy serving of ravioli, a serving of peas and a serving of oranges.  It was exactly what was on the menu for the other kids 🙂

She even got a cool , new lunch bag that she picked out!

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When I bought it, I didn’t look at it closely.  I thought it was an eco-friendly BUILT lunch bag like mine.  But, looking closer, I noticed that the tag says it’s made by BUILT but I don’t think it’s made of eco-friendly materials…lunch bag fail.

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Whole Foods had a coupon for this in The Whole Deal this month so it was an easy and inexpensive alternative!

 I also packed some junk-free snacks for Snuffy to keep at daycare.

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These were another change for Snuffy.   She love them though! She was on a hunger strike on Sunday until I opened a box of Bunny Grahams!

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You must know that Snuff can’t survive without Cheddar Bunnies

She’s cool like that

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As I had told you in a previous post, I have been in a bit of a food rut lately. 

So, I took advantage of the Whole Deal coupon for these

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I swear I have seen these on Jenna’s blog.  But, I can’t seem to find the exact post.

And now for NEW NUT BUTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 I had some samples of this from Starbucks a few months ago and I really liked it!  I didn’t want squeeze packs though due to the waste of packaging and I finally found it in a jar!! Plus, I haven’t been able to find Mighty Maple anywhere!  Does anyone know what is going on with that?  It was my fave.  But, Justin’s Maple AB may replace it.

And now for the star of the show

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I didn’t even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf!  I can’t wait to try it.  Reviews to come!

If you have read my blog lately, you have seen how much I love my nut butters. 

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(Dark Chocolate Dreams+Cashew Butter+Naturally More)

You may also notice that I almost always pair nut butters with fruit and veggies

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Well, I have been having some major tummy aches in the mornings.  I have begun to wonder if it has anything to do with my last snack of the evening which is usually nut butter and fruit or veggies.  I know that it’s not the best thing to be eating in the evening.  But, it’s become a staple in my evening unwinding.  Digging deeper, I found some info on food combining while reading Gena’s blog.  According to food combining guidelines, fruit should be eaten by itself and on an empty stomach.  Could this be the source of my tummy troubles?  The guidelines list vegetables as “neutral” which means they can be combined with any of the other food groups.  Am I destined to eat my nut butters with celery and carrots for the rest of my life?  I sure hope not!  But, I suppose I owe it to myself to change up the routine and see if bad food combining is the issue.  I am tired of feeling bloated and crampy in the morning…and NO I AM NOT PREGNANT.  I have an IUD for those of you who are wondering.  I won’t be having any more children any time soon as it lasts up to 10 years!

Moving on…

Check out a GIVEAWAY that will help you further your nutritional knowledge!

I picked up some new bars to try.  I’m just not a bar person.  I went through a phase when I ate a Kashi Go Lean Chewy bar every day when I went back to work after maternity leave.  I don’t now if I got burnt out on bars or I just like “real” food?  Either way, my days are so long most of the time that it’s not feasable for me to pack food for that long of a time period.  Also, there are so many bars on the market that are made with natural ingredients and no “junk”.  So, I thought I would give these a go.

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And I picked up this guy on a whim

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Hmm..75 percent organic, 100 calories…we’ll see how it goes.

I also made an effort to reduce my risk of breast cancer

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NOW FOR SOME BIG BLOG NEWS

I have been working with someone on a blog makeover!  The new and improved Whole Body Love will be up and running within a few weeks!  I will keep you updated.

Many of you have read about my anticipation of my birthday and the “birthday fairy”

It’s obvious that the camera on my phone is just NOT cutting it! I’m sure you noticed that all my pics are blurry and dark.  So, after speaking with the “birthday fairy” , I was informed that I will be getting a camera for my birthday.  I thought I may have to compromise on the camera I want.  But, since Mallard’s job is going decently well, I get the camera I want!  This means that after the nineteenth, there will be much better pictures on my blog.  In fact, once I get my new camera, I plan to photograph almost all of my eats and do more experimenting with new foods and recipes!  So, be prepared for food porn!

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What color do you like?  I’m leaning toward GOLD but, RED would be easier to find in my purse.  What do you think?

Have you ever given any thought to the “food combining guidelines” or eating a high raw diet?

 

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Healthy And Broke

Posted on September 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Hey hey!  We are halfway through the week!  How’s your’s going?  I hope it’s going well 🙂  I am loving the responses on the recent posts.  You guys are so helpful when I ask for advice!

Today I want to touch on something that seems to come up a lot in my place of work and in the blog world.  I get lots of comments from my co-workers regarding the expense of eating healthful foods.  I have two responses to these comments:   Yes, healthful foods may cost more initially but, medical bills and poor health will cost more in the long run.  Secondly, there are SO MANY WAYS to eat a very healthful, natural diet while sticking to your budget!  I know, that’s awesome, right? 

First, I want to touch on the well-known fact that most natural and especially organic foods are more expensive. 

 I will share how I’ve made room for these expenses in my budget.

1.  As many of you know from other posts, I stopped getting my hair highlighted blonde and have gone back to my natural color.  In addition, I stay with a low-maintenence  style that I only need to have trimmed every 6-8 weeks since I am letting my hair grow.  This saves me $100 every month!  I would save even more if I didn’t have my hair trimmed.

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2.  We only eat out about once every month.  This means no grabbing lunch on breaks at work.  We pack our lunches.  Sometimes Mallard’s company buys him lunch but this is the only exception.  We also pack snack for Snuffy everywhere we go so that we don’t have to frantically grab something for her if we are away from home.  When we were newly engaged, we ate out aboout 4-5 times a week! We would go to dinner 3 nights a week (that always included drinks) and to breakfast both weekend mornings!  We save around $500 a month by cutting back to one meal out each month.  Personally, I like making my own food anyway.  I love to cook and I know exactly what’s in my food and how it’s made.

3.  I no longer get manicures or pedicures.  These ceased when I had a child.  They are nice once in a while but I can never really seem to find time for once in a while either.  This saves around $50 every month.

4.  I no longer drink.  I’m not saying I will never drink.  I just don’t really have a desire to.  I may have a drink on a special occasion.  I used to visit the vineyard near our house one to two times a week.  Their wine is inexpensive but wonderful.  However, I discovered the sulfides were a source of my migraines. Plus, I didn’t really need the alcohol anyway.  Cutting out the alcohol saves me around $50 every month! 

 

5.  I canceled my gym membership.  I loved my gym and when I moved to Ohio I had a trainer there as well.  Yet, since I have started attending Xavier, I have free access to their student sports facility.  It’s not as convenient due to my schedule but I can make it work if I have to.  When the weather is nice, outdoor activity is a great option as well.  Granted, I take yoga classes at a studio.  But, cutting out the gym membership still saves $20 a month with the yoga factored in.

6.  I stepped down my cell phone plan.  I used to may for more minutes than I really needed.  My family has the same service company as I .  So, that made it easy to step down.  This saves me $10-$20 every month as I have the lowest plan available.

7.  We stopped using shopping as a recreational activity.  During the first year or so of our relationship, Mallard and I would hit up the mall or the outlets just for something to do on a weekend.  We spent money on things that we didn’t REALLY need.  Now, we only go shopping if we need something.  Snuffy obviously grows out of clothes and needs new ones.  When the seasons change I will get a few (very few) key items because I am all about quality versus quantity.  I tend rotate the same outfits over about 10-14 days so my clothes get lots of wear.  So, yes, I do buy quality brands especially for work clothes.  But, I do not buy things just because they are cute or I think I might wear them.  Yes, the brands that I buy may be more expensive than, say , Target or Kohl’s but, quality brands last longer and wear better for me, bottom line.  I still save about $20 every month by NOT shopping just to shop.

8.  Natural, healthy , organic foods go on sale too!  I know, how awesome!  If you have a Whole Foods, check their monthly flier.  There are sales, coupons and meal ideas in there!  Also at Whole Foods, a case of anything is 10% off!!Think frozen items, almond or soy milk, bars, yogurts, endless possibilities.  They have their own store brand, too.  Trader Joe’s has a store brand as well.  They also have great deals on produce! Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods sell items in bulk.  These foods are MUCH cheaper in bulk.  Think oats, dried beans, raisins, nuts, dried fruit, cereals, grains and healthful flours and spices.  Bulk nuts can be used to make your own nut milks and nut butters.  Buy dried fruit, carob or dark chocolate and nuts in bulk for your personal trail mix.  Kroger has it’s own affordable, organic brand now as well.  I understand that all of you may not have these resources available.  But, there are other ways to seek out healthy food without going broke in the process.  During the summer months, buy as much local produce as you can.  It’s usually much cheaper than the store alternative.  Read your ingredient lists!  Some generic products have shorter ingredient lists and more natural ingredients than their name brand counter parts.  Make a list.  Most of you have heard this too many times to count.  But, it really does work.  It prevents you from picking up something that you may not use.  I have made a huge effort to buy only items that we will use within the week or so.  It’s made a huge difference.

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9.  I got rid of any TV channels that cost extra money.  Yes, I miss True Blood but, I have no time with school, work and Snuffy anyway.  We save about $20 a month.

10.  We joined Sam’s Club through Mallard’s employer.  He gets a free membership through his employer.   So, we are able to buy things like diapers, produce and toilet paper (you know, the necessities) at a discounted price.  I have heard that Cosco is better for healthy groceries.  But, Sams is free so we take what we can get.  We save around $30 a month on what we do buy there.

I hope you have found this somewhat helpful in your quest for budget-friendly healthful living.   Sure,  I spend money on Starbucks once in a while.  But, I do make changes and set limits in many areas of my life so that I can afford whole, healthy natural foods for my family and so that I can live a healthy lifestyle.

How do you make changes to support your healthy lifestyle?

What do you do to save money?

Are you a “list maker” or a fly-by-the-seat-of -your pants type of person?

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Sun Salutations And Supermarket Shopping

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Does anyone say “supermarket” anymore?  I know I don’t.  I usually use the words “grocery store”.  

Aaaaaaaaannnnyway….how was your Sunday?  Did you have a relaxing day or were you busy preparing for the dreaded Monday? 

Snuffy began her day with a taste test…

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Nature Valley toaster pastries in raspberry !

 

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Success!!!

I began my Sunday with sun salutations.  That’s right, I got to practice at my new yoga studio!  It was everything I had hoped for.  I left feeling grounded and refreshed.  I was ready to begin my day!

I arrived home and literally had to pass Mallard in the doorway.   He was almost late for his tee time!  He needed a relaxing day of golf with his dad 🙂

Snuffy and I took it upon ourselves to replenish the pantry…and the fridge. 

She likes to drive herself

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Of course we made our usual stops:  Kroger, Whole Foods and the “W” word (for my Naturally More)

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I go through A JAR of this EVERY WEEK!

 

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I won’t give ALL the boring details.  But, we came home with a few of the usual suspects

 

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Of course there was much more…

I came accross a few new finds as well

 

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I was so excited to find the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor!! I cannot wait to try it.

 

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I have seen these all over the blog world and have yet to get my hands on ’em.  I always buy Arnold’s whole wheat bread for Snuffy because of the good ingredient list.  So, I figured I would try the sandwich thins too.

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New Snuffy snacks.

 

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Interesting find that found so intriguing…I had to pick up just one.

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These have been spotted on many a blogger’s menu as well!  I think they will be a fab addition to my Hugh Jass Salads!

 

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I have had quite the hankering (who says that?) for my old peanut butter flavored, sugary cereal lately.  So, I picked up the organic WF brand  or something close.  However, I wish I would have sprung for the name brand after reading Jenny’s post.

 

While I was putting away the groceries, I realized that Snuffy was MIA.  I expected to find her engaged in some sort of cliche activity since it was close to nap time and when she is tired, Snuff gets a lil wild.

But, instead I found her rocking herself  to sleep.

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I guess she knew it was naptime, too.

 

What’s your favorite way to unwind or recharge? 

Do you practice yoga, go for a long run or maybe sit down in a comfy chair with a good book and a hot tea?

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Shall she drink?

Posted on July 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Hello my loves!  How was your weekend?  We stayed in.  Mallard rented “The Curious Case Of Benjamen Button” and “My Best Friend’s Girl”.  I really liked “The Curious Case Of Benjamen Button”.  I kind of knew that I would like it though.  I had heard great things about it from my girls at work.  “My Best Friends Girl” was what I expected it to be:  fairly funny with an okay storyline.  It wasn’t quite as much of a chick flick as I had thought it would be though. 

Of course, Snuffy and I went grocery shopping on Saturday! 

She had a great time…

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Let’s hope she’s a better driver than her mommy

 

She snacked on a mixture of yogurt raisins and organic plain raisins

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You know the routine

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    Yes, I have my own reusable venti cup…what? I’m saving the earth!

So, I guess you wanna see the loot…

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Grapes and Spinach…

 

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I saw cookies n cream through that frosty freezer door and I HAD to have it!

 

DSC01250  Produce!! Bananas, pears, apples, carrots…

 

I bought some celery too…

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But, I had to take it back! At first, I thought this was just the usual celery dirt but then I looked more closely and saw that these tiny black specks had moving legs!!  EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!  Kroger’s produce department has let me down once again.  Last week brown holes in my kale and this week bugs in my celery!  I took it back to Kroger and the customer service girl  acted like it was no biggie…she just wanted to know if I wanted to pick out another bunch of celery or if  I preferred a refund.  When I told her I was afraid that another bunch from the same place may have the same issue AND that I had gotten bad kale last week, she was completely unapologetic! 

I was not a happy girl

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Now I remember why I love Whole Foods!  After I recieved my $2.00 refund (lol) I trucked over to Whole Foods to get some decent celery!!

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Kroger did have some decent steamers though

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Remember the new dressing I bought last week? 

Well, I love it!  So, I picked up two other flavors by that brand…and another flavor of Amy’s BBQ.  The Amy’s BBQ that I have is a lil too acidic for me.  I will letcha know how this one tastes 😉

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I plan to take my Ezekiel tortillas out of the freezer this week and make some bean burritos with organic sour cream, spinach, salsa….and whatever else seems to fit!

 

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Okay, so I don’t normally ever buy tuna because tuna fishing is so awful for the environment in so many ways: everything from the fuel used for the fishing boats and transportation of the fish to the tuna fishing itself.  But, I have been really craving tuna salad lately!! So, I decided to let myself step out of tree hugging mode for a moment (just a moment) and buy a can of tuna (just one can).  I also bought some Nasoya “mayonaise”.  I’ve never tried it before but I will let you all know how it goes.  I will probably use my standard “throw it in” tuna salad: tuna, mayo/dressing, celery (for some crunch!), relish and a bit of paprika!

 

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I know you saw that coming!! I have found that my beloved AMY’S MEALS are great for my dinners that I must pack three nights every week now.

 

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The nuggets are for a quick and easy main dish that Mallard can make for Snuffy on my long days.  The ground crumbles are for sloppy joes or Hugh Jass salads!!

 

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Snuffy will love some organic tots with her meatless nuggets!

 

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My regular dairy and non-dairies…and something I haven’t tried:  Tofutti cream cheese!  It’s going to be slathered on some Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins!! YUM

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I didn’t get to Trader Joe’s for their Raw AB.  So, I fell back into the arms of  The King of Raw Almond Butter.

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LOVE IT!

 

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Snuffy and I love our ‘nanas!

 

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These will come in handy!  I love that they are just a bite!

 

MY BIG FIND

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I haven’t been able to drink wine for 6 months because of migraines! But, organic wine has few sulfites which equals less chance of migraine if any!

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I will definitely let you all know how it turns out!

 

I also found these ON SALE!

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You know what comes next…

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and the finished product…

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Grocery shopping wears Snuffy out!

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When we arrived home I made Snuffy a special sandwich

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PLUS

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EQUALS

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PB and J Panini!

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Snuffy chose to eat it with a fork

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and with kale chips mixed in …lol don’t ask me!

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Kale Chip Face!

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and for mommy’s snack…

1/4 cup of oats cooked in 3/4 cup of water with these mix ins

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DSC01225   FROZEN  ‘NANA

 

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I swear this Cinnamon Raisin PB and Co is the best yet! So, fragrant and comforting…

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So, what’s your favorite oat bowl?  I know ya got one!

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Outlaws and Tiny White Cheetahs

Posted on July 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Hola Amigas! That’s right I only had a lil college Spanish but, I try…sort of.  I know you all probably had some freaky wild weekend nights, but I cannot say the same for myself!  Mallard’s aunt, uncle and cousin drove from Illinois to visit.  They live in an EVEN SMALLER town than the one I grew up in.  I’m talking a gas station and no stoplights!  Mallard’s sister, brother in-law, and niece made the 3 hour trip from their homestead to meet up at Mallard’s parents’ house.  It’s an hour drive there for us.  Snuffy likes to go because she gets to hang out with her homegirl, Audrina (Mallard’s niece). DSC01150

If you can’t interpret Snuffy Speak, that look means, “Yeah, Mom, I’m climbin’ the stairs.  But, we’re at Grandma’s house so watchu gonna do ’bout it?”

The girls don’t see one another very often.  But, they always fall back into their old routine.

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Time for a little known fact: My daughter has a night job.  That’s right, she is the musical entertainment during the cocktail hour.

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We just have to keep strong family ties so that Britney Snuffy stays true to her morals!

All in all we had a good visit with the outlaws.  But, get this: when they woke up this morning, their car had been stolen! I know!! Mallard’s parents live in a suburb of Dayton and it’s a decent neighborhood.  But, there had been other “break ins”.   Basically, unlocked cars were the target and Mallard’s cousin had left the keys in his parents’ car.  So, the culprits just took it! CRAZY!! They have been on the phone with their insurance company all day.  Mallard is golfing with his uncle, dad and cousin today.  The Law ( I love calling them that) was there when he arrived.  I didn’t realize Dayton suburbs were so rough lol! Mallard’s parents better watch themselves on the real.

Today, Snuff and I went to run our weekly errands since I worked yesterday. This included Starbucks,

 

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Whole Foods

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Wal-Mart ( they are the only store around that carries naturally more PB! ) We actually went to Kroger before the others.  Every week Kroger seems to add more to their natural and organic section! I love it! I can buy all but a few items there now!  Now that you know I went to 3 grocery stores, I betcha wanna know what I got….

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Organic Bananas

 Organic “toaster pastries” (For Snuff).  Not the most nutritionally balanced.  But, better than the alternative.  This way she can experience the pastry without the preservatives.

pinto beans

Organic American Cheese—-Snuff loves grilled cheese! If all else fails, I know that’s something she will eat.

New Cereal–I saw this and it reminded me of childhood and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  But, I don’t like to put preservative laden food into my body.  So, although it’s no Flax Plus, I thought this to be a better option than CTC.

Yogurt–For my yogurt messes! I love love love yogurt messes!!!

Snuffy’s raisins–easy, portable, organic

Tea–yes, not organic, far from perfect.  But, a summer staple in our home.

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Amy’s Meals–I tried Indian food for the first time with Amy…aw!  Like anyone with tastebuds, I love Amy’s everything!  I do have to keep it to a minimum due to the higher price.  Personally, I think the price IS worth the quality.

Boca Chicken- I really like the taste of these.   But, I struggle with the purchase because they ARE processed.  They are supposedly “made with natural ingredients” which makes me feel a lil better.

Smart Dogs- These are mostly for Snuffy.  Once again, far from perfect but better than the alternative.

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Vegetarian Chilli-  Yes, I know I could make my own.  I bought this on sale once and REALLY liked it.  So, when I saw it today, I picked some up.  However, the ingredient list was too long to even get a clear picture!  So, I doubt I will buy it often.  I don’t know why I was drawn to processed vegetarian food today!!

 

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New salad dressing! I was looking for a new dressing and the produce guy a WF suggested this.  Not a “light dressing” but only 70 kcals per serving because it is yogurt based! Pretty groovey. I will let you all know how it works out.

Baby Spinach- a must have.

Cucumber-  ON SALE FOR 50 CENTS! I will use it for Hugh Jass salads with baby spinach, squash, anything not moving in the fridge…

Plum-I realized that my fruit consists mostly of bananas, apples, pears and (cringe) an occasional Dole fruit cup.  (If you aren’t aware the Dole fruit cups in light syrup have added sugar and HFCS.  I can’t find mixed fruit with cherries in it’s own juice!)

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Apples

Yellow Squash

Plums

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Gotta keep Snuffy supplied with her yogurt raisins

Kickin’ It Old School with this next one…

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After the luncheon last week, I took home the leftover celery sticks.  I had forgotten the simple delight of celery with PB! It was awesome with my Naturally More. That’s why I ran out!  So, now I’m addicted and I must replenish.

I picked up some kale to make kale chips…

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But, it will be going back to Kroger! EWWWWW! No kale chips today…

I did get some radishes though!  $1.99! I couldn’t pass ’em up for some Radish Chips!!

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I cut off the tops and bottoms (I try not to waste too much though)

Then, I use my grater (madalin side?) to slice ’em up!

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I use an olive oil spray to “grease” my cookie sheet.  Then, lay the slices of radish in a single layer and drizzle with some EVOO ( I feel so Rachel Ray without the Dunkin’ Donut plug). 

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I sprinkle with a lil of this

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And I bake them at about 425 for 15 to 20 minutes.  CAUTION –time may vary.  Check them often if you are making these at home.  I like mine fairly crispy

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If you find they are taking far too long to crisp, you can remove them from the cookie sheet, toss them on a plate and microwave them for 20 seconds.

 I also made my famous Tiny White Cheetahs (okay maybe just famous with Snuffy).  I start with red potatoes.

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Slice them in strips or wedges

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Place them on a EVOO’ d baking sheet and sprinkle them with a touch of sea salt.  Then, slide them into the oven and bake them at 425 for 7 minutes. Turn them over with a spatula and bake ’em for 7 more minutes.

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They come out looking like tiny white versions of snackface cheetahs!

**UPDATE* *The stolen car was found in the middle of a field.  The car is badly damaged but drivable.  Of course the GPS unit was missing.  The theives also took the prescription medication from the glove compartment.  The important thing is that everyone is safe! 🙂

BTW:  Heather is appropriately giving away some almond butter! Check it out and you could win some antioxident rich  AB!!

What Would You Do…

if you bought some produce and realized it was less than edible AFTER you got home?

 

 

 

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Virgin Golfer

Posted on July 6, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Hey guys! I’ve missed you so!  Hope you all had a fantastic Fourth!  We didn’t do much because Ms. Snuffy was a bit under the weather which = no sleep for Swan.  Oh well!  This morning Snuffy and I did our weekly grocery shopping.  I know it seems like I just posted groceries.  But, to be fair it was a day or two after we had actually gone.  Today we visited Whole Foods (of course!) and Wal-Mart (cringe!).  We had to go for Mallard.  Hey, after 3 years I have finally gotten him to switch to natural PB…that is an accomplishment!  You may also see his beloved Sweet n Low in the background of some of my pics today.  Wal-Mart was the only store that had his fave ranch dressing.   Plus, I found these neat flax pitas there!

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The ingredient list didn’t look too bad.  So, we will see!

At Whole Foods we found some of my favorite nut butters and some agave and coconut oil for some new recipes that I want to try!

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We also had to grab some produce.  I swear we go through bananas like water around here!

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…and a new brand of spinach that I have never tried!

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I saw the word locally and then I realized it was just the brand name because this is actually grown in Maine. 😦

I replenished our dairy/non-dairy section of the fridge as well.  There is coconut milk too that you can’t see in the pic

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Oh and I guess my TJ’s almond butter made it in there…love that stuff!

I also got some TVP for recipesDo any of you use this or have good recipes for it?

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Have you guys ever tried this?  I am weening myself off artificial sweetener and I am out of Stevia.  Any thoughts on Truvia?

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 I was delighted to find a plethora of Annie’s BBQ flavors! I chose this one. But, I am not letting myself open it until I finish the one I’ve got. DSC01096

My most exciting purchase was…………………………………………………………..

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My very first shaker! Complete with sample goodies!! I can’t wait to use it!

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After we got home from our grocery excursion, Snuffy took a nap.  Then, Mallard took us to the driving range!  Snuffy nor I had ever been.  That’s right, I had never even held a driver until today! Neither had Snuffy lol.  Mallard gave us some pointers.

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I have to admit that I was not so great.  I only made contact with the ball a few times.

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But, I had fun and that’s what counts, right? 

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Snuffy did eventually get a lil hungry and a lot cranky.  We decided to call it quits.  When we got home I gave her one of these yummy lil delicias that I made using a recipe from Carrots n Cake!  Snuff loves them!

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Next, I set out to bake some of Veggie girl’s famous blondies!  I used some locally made apple butter for the fruit spread.  DSC01067

I also used ww pastry flour because I didn’t have gluten free. 😦

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I did have molasses that I hadn’t tried yet

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Unfortunately, they weren’t vegan since I added white chips to them.  Mallard loves White Chocolate.  Yes, I have tried to explain that most white chocolate is mostly non-food but, it’s a lost cause, kids.  Anyway, the blondies turned out well.  They had a slight cinnamon apple flavor due to the apple butter and the white chocolate actually complimented that flavor nicely.

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While I was baking, I sipped on a venti no-classic black tea with light ice…say that five times fast!

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Since Mallard has lost his mind and refused to listen to his Swan, he has started low-carb (cringe!).  Being a loving Swan, I made him a low carb cauliflower casserole.

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It had cauliflower, organic sour cream, bacon, and loads of shredded cheese.  Hello heart attack!

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My good deed may not go unnoticed(sp?).  While making fun of me for photographing my creations, Mallard insinuated that the Birthday Fairy may bring me a camera that I want!  I looked at  a couple today and I think I want one with at least 10 megapixels and 4 or 5x zoom.  What do you guys think?

What camera would you reccommend? 

 

 

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“Who Says You Can’t Go Home?”

Posted on July 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

I have good news and bad news.   The good news:  Mallard was able to get my laptop working for the time being and I finally got to put the pics from his work camera on the computer! The bad news:  I lost my phone yesterday!  I swear I had it when I was walking out the door to go to Kroger.  But, I checked with customer service at Kroger and searched my car.  Then, I thought that I may have set it on top of my car while I was buckling Snuffy into her carseat.  So, I re-drove my route  and still nothing. 😦  This means I lost the pics of Snuffy’s first Starbucks experience and quite a few pics from the weekend! Oh well!  I should be getting my replacement phone through my insurance tomorrow. 
Now back to last weekend! Before we left town, we had to grab some necessities from Whole Foods.  My hometown does not have a lot to offer in the way of natural, unprocessed delicias!  In fact, the last time Mallard, Snuff and I went back, I only packed food for her and I was starving most of the trip 😦  I did NOT want that to happen again.  It’s easier to pack food for Snuffy and I now that she is getting a lil older because we are beginning to eat more of the same things. 
 As Jenna says, “Here’s the loot!”
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Cinnamon Puffins, Vanilla Almond Milk, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs, Organic Gerber Graduates Pasta Pick-Ups (Snuffy loves these!), White Chocolate Wonderful PB, Dark Chocolate Dreams PB (Love It!), Organic Raisins, Fruit Cups, Annie’s White Cheddar Bunnies (in a baggie), Green Food Bar (far right), We also had a lil blue cooler.  * unpictured organic bananas, apples and pears, stevia packets, single serving organic milk for Snuffy, Oikos Vanilla Yogurt, 365 organic vallilla yogurt, HFCS free bread for Snuffy.  
The raisins and Snuffy’s milk went into my lunch box for easy accessability  

 
 
 

 

 

I love my eco-friendly lunchbox!

I love my eco-friendly lunchbox!

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Snuffy fell asleep about 30 minutes into the ride.  But, she only slept for about an hour and a half. 
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This is how you know you have reached my hometown

 

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The pic was actually taken as we were leaving town.  But, it was dark when we arrived. Even with the spotlights (yes, it has spotlights) it would have been hard to see.   If you look beyond the police car, you will see “THE CROSS” .  That’s our “tourist attraction”.  The construction of The Cross was funded by area churches and donors.  You can’t go up inside like the arch in St. Louis.  Yet, when I worked at the Holiday Inn, buses of retired folks came through town just to see it. 
Anyway, we got into town at 10:00pm IL time and began to unpack the car.  By 11:00pm I had everything in the room and by midnight I had the room situated.  I put Snuff down to sleep and got in  the shower.  She woke up and fussed.  Then, she finally went down to sleep around 1AM!! She goes down at 8PM back home!  The next day we ate breakfast in our room and then went to Nan’s house and I don’t have those pics because my phone is long gone 😦 After Snuffy’s nap, she put on her Saturday best and we headed for my parents’ house. 
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My mom had pictures and newspaper articles from the past 25 years all lain out for everyone to see. 
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Here is one my mom took of me during her artistic photographer phase when I was in high school…interesting
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So, Mallard’s camera went dead after about 15 minutes because I forgot to charge it before I left. 
 But, I did get a pic with my Aunt Kathy.  DSC00975 
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Some of Mama Rose’s Anniversary Delicias!
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My Mom and sister made these yummy vanilla cupcakes with homemade creamy coconut frosting!
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Well, Snuffy got hungry around 6:30PM and I was supposed to meet Becky to get ready for the reunion at 7.  That did not happen.  Snuff got finished eating at 7:00pm and I gave her a bath. 
 
 
She tested out my parents’ new doggie door…It works, guys! 
By that time it was 7:30 so I had no time to even shower! That’s right, welcome to motherhood.  But, you know what?  I was cool with it.  I figure Iwant the people at the reunion to see the real me.  So, I threw on my dress and ran a comb through my hair…no, really!  I met Becky at her apartment and she was still getting readyDSC00988I love her style! 
She had just moved into her new apartment that day and it was adorable.  DSC00981  DSC00983
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I really enjoyed my time with old friends at the reunion.  I am so glad I went!
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There was a cash bar.  But, I didn’t partake because I haven’t drank since Valentine’s Day and I wanted to pick up Snuffy that night!
Becky, however, went from this
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after a couple…
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…and a couple more
…to this
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 About that time, I began to miss my Snuffy.  I put my hand in my purse to grab my keys and brought out a pink pacifier instead! Aw.
We left after breakfast the next morning.  Ok, after breakfast and Starbucks.  You know I had to hit up Starbucks! 
Snuffy was content with her Holiday Inn Express cup. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cheeks full!

 

 

 

 
 

Cheeks full!

 

 
 

 

  Question of the day:  What is the one thing that you absolutely have to take along when you travel?

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    Please understand that I am not a physician or Registered Dietician. Yet, I have learned about health, nutrition and wellness through my own experiences with physicians and RD's. For serious health concerns, please contact your physician. For friendly, knowledgeable advice, contact me at jennarosew@gmail.com.

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