treating ourselves

Hey loves!

This post is coming to you much later than anticipated.

1. I am working on getting more sleep after discussing and realizing how important it is, so I not only went to bed earlier than normal, but since today is my day off, I also took advantage of sleeping in! However sleeping in to me is 7:30am, but compared to 5:00am that’s wonderful for me!

I had all the intentions of writing my What I Ate Wednesday post last night, but before passing out early, I was too busy shoving my face with this wonderfulness.

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I briefly touch on my recovery here and there and let’s just assume I am always in the need to gain.  Matt has been super supportive and really helping me push lately that he demanded we go to Dairy Queen last night since he knows I have been having stressful days at work. It seems to correlate when I am stressed at work, I am stressed with my eating and health goals, so I really appreciated him stepping up and making me keep pushing. And really. Who can say no to Dairy Queen? Not this girl.

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On top of that Matt also treated me to a fancy date night out.

Yes I eat a lot of sushi. That’s a fact.

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But to stay in our budget we usually go to a smaller sushi joint that is less expensive. The best sushi out there? No. Good for the money? Absolutely.  But when we decided we wanted sushi one night, Matt suggested we actually treat ourselves to a nicer restaurant that is in our neighborhood.

Let me tell you, I forgot what high quality sushi tasted like. It was amazing.

I started with a seaweed salad, and in first bite I noticed the difference between a freshly made seaweed salad and probably packaged seaweed salad I have been eating at the other sushi spot.

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We also got yellow tail sashimi to share and again, the difference in the quality of fish was instantly noticed. It tasted amazing. I love good fresh high quality sashimi.

We ordered four rolls to share for our main meal.

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Salmon wrapped in cucumber, fire dragon roll, special spicy roll and spicy tuna roll.

Yes. We like it spicy. And like the rest of our meal, all was fresh and delicious.

Now, our bill was probably 3x as much as what we spend at the other place, but totally worth it.

It was also great to have a nice date night out with Matt. Much needed.

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Home meals however have not been as fancy.  I have been having really long days at work and have been getting out late that by time I get home Matt has already eaten and I have no desire to cook anything fancy in my own kitchen.

Some of my quick meals.

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Avocado mash on toast. It has become a life savor for me. I am obsessed with it right now.

EPIC 100% grass fed animal based protein bars.

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It’s a quick way for me to get high quality protein in and I actually broke one up and added it on top of my avocado toast.

#strangebutgood?

Oh and since Monday was National Beer Day. I did that too.

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Beer and beards. All I need.

Well loves I hope you are all having a great week, until next time.

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What are some of your favorite quick meals?

How often do you treat yourself to nice dinners out?

sweet and savory #strangebutgood

I put some strange things together.

Some things I actually even surprise myself of the ingredients I even consider pairing with each other.

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chocolate cauliflower

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Does anyone remember the roasted cauliflower and chocolate mix?

I promise you this combination isn’t quite that strange, but it’s pretty high up there.

Lucky for me Laura gives me the opportunity to share my #strangebutgood eats and not feel so weird about them.

So with that being said I introduce you my latest strange combination.

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Let me explain a little bit about what is happening here.

Brown rice cakes + guacamole + banana.

I know. And to make it more strange.

1/2 is drizzled with organic clover honey.

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1/2 is drizzled with tahini.

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The tahini half won in the taste department.

But as much as I love tahini I think I would like it on pretty much anything.

So I know the combination of a savory guacamole and a sweet banana seems kind of far out there, but I promise you it works. Usually when I crave food I crave just sweet or just savory and sometimes even I’m too nervous to combine the two. But as I said before, this just works.

And if you end up making this, take my advice and add the the tahini.

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What’s your favorite sweet/savory combination?

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a second chance

Hi, my name is Debbie and I have no idea what day it is.

I seriously thought Tuesday was Sunday and really confused myself. I think I need a vacation.

But today is in fact Wednesday, but since I can’t seem to keep my days straight I totally spaced What I Ate Wednesday, so I just have a few foodie highlights to share with you guys on some of the stuff I have been snacking on lately.

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The biggest highlight was a dinner out Matt and I recently had at Blanco Tacos and Tequila.

This was a very special meal…why you ask?

It was free.

We had recently dined there and had a horrible experience and all I did was really mention to the manager how disappointed we were as we typically have very pleasant experiences there and to my surprise he offered us a free meal next time we came in.

So with drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert all included, well Matt and I went all out.

We of course started with drinks.

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I don’t typically order sweet drinks, I really am a beer girl, but there is something about having a fresh margarita with mexican food. It’s just a must. And it really hit the spot.

Another must?

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Guacamole.

And lots of it. I’m pretty sure I ate about half this bowl on my own. No shame. The stuff is just so good.

For our entrees I decided to branch out and try something different rather than my traditional chicken burrito. I decided to try the chicken fajitas and was blown away by the huge portion. The chicken was good, but the show stealer were the grilled onions and peppers (which I wish there had been more of).  Overall a very delicious meal. And I had tons of left overs so that was a plus as well!

Matt decided to try something new also and ordered their BBQ pulled pork tacos.  I of course had to try a bite and they were very good. Their taco’s never seem to disappoint.

After our meals we were already so full, but with dessert being on the house, well we couldn’t pass that up. We sat and talked for a bit to let some of our food digest and after being described the dessert options we decided on the mexican hot fudge sundae.

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I guess mexican hot fudge sundaes are more caramel than hot fudge, but regardless this thing was amazing.  It came with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and caramel drizzle and then topped with whipped cream and honey roasted peanuts.

As full as we were, we somehow managed to demolish this entire thing.

Whoops.

I’m pretty sure Matt and I both waddled our way out of the restaurant, but with very full and happy bellies.

Definitely a better experience than the previous one.

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So what have I been munching on at home?

Sadly nothing too exciting.

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Still obsessed with my hemp protein microwave english muffins.

Topped with butter = delish.

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And another night I topped one with Growing  Naturals protein frosting and had a side of BBQ plantain chips.

Clearly a Purely Twins inspired meal. I always made my plantain chips sweet, but when I saw their BBQ version I had to try it. Yea, don’t know if I will ever go back, because I absolutely love these!

Another thing I’m loving?

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My home made peanut butter protein banana bites. (recipe to come) I’ve been snacking on these pretty much non-stop.

Well loves, since I finally figured out what day it is, it’s back to the grind. Have a great week!

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What meals are you loving lately?

What’s your favorite dessert? As good as that sundae was I really wish there was more hot fudge. This girl loves her chocolate!

slow down, relax and enjoy life

Hello friends, happy Wednesday!

I hope the week has been treating you all well!

Things are just as crazy as usual over here, but I am starting to accept that that is just my normal.

But once in a while we all need to just slow down, relax, take a deep breathe and take in all that is beautiful around us. Because there is too much beauty in the world to be constantly go go go.

With that being said, for What I Ate Wednesday I wanted to spot light some of the moments that I was able to just relax, have fun, and enjoy life.

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With work being so busy, sometimes I just want to go home, change into sweat pants and not leave the couch.  And lucky for me I have a agreeable fiance who gives in to my wishes. Matt get’s off work before me and after a particularly rough day at work I requested if we could have a movie date night in.  For some reason I had been really wanting to watch Despicable Me 2 and he was such a sweet heart and went to a Red Box and got it for me for that night.  My other request during the movie?

Frozen Yogurt.

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We are so lucky to live within a block from Yogurt Land, so we ran down real quick, got our frozen yogurt and settled in to watch the movie.

It was a perfect relaxing night on the couch, in my sweat pants, with my love and frozen yogurt…

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And a kitty photo bomb.

Even though I worked Saturday Matt and I made the most of our weekend by staying pretty active.  We had the intentions of going to a spring training game since the season was ending, but the ticket prices + food + drinks, well it just wasn’t in our budget.  So instead we decided to do lunch out and a little day drinking (to be honest we probably ended up spending just as much as we would have had we gone to the game, but owell.  We still had a good day together)

One of Matt’s co-workers had suggest a burger joint called Rehab Burger in our neighborhood that we had never been to, so we decided to start there for lunch.

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We stayed classy and had PBR’s with lunch. Be jealous.

For lunch I ordered the chicken sandwich which came with lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, Havarti cheese, avocado and I added a pineapple BBQ sauce.

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Holy mountain of goodness. This thing was huge. And delicious.

After lunch we walked around a bit to help our food babies digest and in wandering around town we found a new bar that we didn’t even know existed.  All I have to say is it had skeeball games in it. I was sold.

They also had this amazing grapefruit Hefeweizen beer that I just fell in love with.

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And I probably had a few too many of them.

Let’s just say this day ended with Matt and I passed out, and dinner was a pb&j, because that’s about all I had the energy or coherency to put together.

No shame. We had a great day together.

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So loves, I hope you are able to take some time to slow down, relax, and enjoy life. Because even though 99% of the time my life is high stress and go go go, I really embrace that 1% and enjoy every moment I can. Life is too short and sometimes I need to remind myself to enjoy all the small moments. Because they matter the most.

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How do you slow down and enjoy life?

how i’ve been spoiled

Wednesday.

Welcome.

My work schedule has been all over the place lately, but this week I have Thursday off, so Wednesday is kind of like my little Friday. And it is more than welcome because even though short, my work week has been insane lately.

I suppose that is the life I chose in becoming a vet tech and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but sometimes it just makes for very long days.

But let me drown you in more adorable pictures, because honestly. Puppies make everything better.

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(excuse my face and focus on the puppy!)

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But I would be lying if I said that things have been all stress and hard work. Matt has been great with spoiling me lately and maybe we’ve been going out a bit too much and might be spending a bit too much money, but I’m not complaining right now.

(I’ll save the complaining for when the bills are due)

So for this What I Ate Wednesday I give you, what I eat when being spoiled.

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Tuesday, Matt got a “Taco Tuesday” bug and for some reason felt that we needed to celebrate it.

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I tried to be the reasonable one and suggest just making tacos at home, but he wasn’t having it and really wanted to go out.

Well. Who am I to say no to that?

We decided to go Blanco Tacos and Tequila, which is a favorite Mexican restaurant of ours.

We started with the must haves of any Taco Tuesday celebration.

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Margaritas. Chips and salsa. Guacamole.

Not optional.

For dinner I chose the Oven Roasted Chicken Burrito.

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It’s just delicious. I’ll leave it at that.

This was quickly smothered in guacamole post picture.

Matt got the Braised Short Rib Tacos.

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I may or may not have eaten one of his tacos.

I mean… it was Taco Tuesday.

The spoiling didn’t stop there. I alluded in my last post about having ups and downs, but I am pushing through the downs.

Matt of course has been extra supportive and spoiled me again with another dinner out!

After our marvelous day out, we got a little dressed up and went out for dinner.

We went OHSO Nano Brewery which we of course love because they have a great selection of beer.

My beautiful date.

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And if you thought I was joking about being obsessed with anything avocado…

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Oh look, more guacamole.
Surprise Surprise.

The guacamole was served with veggie chips which was a nice switch up from your typical chip.

For my main dish I ordered the Seared Ahi Salad.

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The salad was a mix of arugula, dried cherries, and roasted red peppers served with a sweet asian dressing.

Words can not express how amazing this was. The tuna was spiced to perfection and the sweet asian dressing was the perfect addition to the tuna.

Ahi tuna has to be one of my favorite things to eat. Shocker since we know how obsessed I am with sushi.

Matt ordered the Spicy Green Chili Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries.

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The sandwich was topped with a honey jalapeno coleslaw and a green chili cheese sauce and seriously…this sandwich was so good.

Matt ended up not even eating the bun because the meat and coleslaw was so good on it’s own.

After my first bite, I gave him the sad eyes for another.

I traded him for a piece of tuna, so I think it was fair.

In the end our wallets may be empty, but our tummy’s were full.

Until next paycheck…

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How often do you go on date nights?

Do you celebrate Taco Tuesday?

mini eggplant pizza’s

Is it Friday yet?

No?

Dang it.

I use to like that I had Tuesday’s off, but I really feel like it makes my work week seem longer. I have Sunday off, go back to work on Monday, then have Tuesday off, but then I work the rest of the week. Well that just makes it seem kind of longer than it is.  But really, I can’t complain much when my long days are filled with faces like these.

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Oh my goodness wittle great dane puppy. How you make my day so much brighter! Seriously, puppies make everything better.

But you’re not here for puppies are you? (although if you don’t like puppies, I don’t know that we can be friends) So let’s get on to what you really want to see. Some tasty eats.And since it is Wednesday, you know what that means. The wonderful link up of What I Ate Wednesday hosted by the lovely Jenn.

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I actually have been quite creative lately.It started with my english muffin creation, that I seriously have eaten every day since.

Dark chocolate hemp protein may be my new favorite thing.

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I am seriously in love with this little snack.

I also have been enjoying the last of my quinoa cookies. I am still amazed at how well they turned out considering I just basically threw a bunch of random ingredients into a bowl and hoped for the best.

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Seriously these were some of the best cookies I have ever made. The quinoa made them so chewy and in addition to using the coconut oil, I added some shredded coconut and a bit of peanut butter. The combination was just spot on. I don’t know that I will ever be able to duplicate this recipe considering nothing was measured or written down, so I have been savoring the ones I have.

I guess these few successes made me a little more creative in the kitchen all around.I know I get in a lot of food ruts, but I do always end up getting sick of eating the same thing and crave something new.
Well that was happening with my dinners lately, so as a result, this tasty little creation was made.

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Mini Eggplant Pizzas

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Ingredients:

(Serves 1)

- 1/2 eggplant cut into 1/2″ slices

- 1/2 cup tomato paste (seasoned with your favorite italian spices – I used oregano, chili flakes and garlic powder)

- 1 laughing cow original swiss cheese wedge (broken into small pieces)

- 1 piece of Lightlife bacon strips (or regular bacon – I just happened to have this)

- Nutritional yeast for sprinkling

- Additional spices (I added more chili flakes)

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Directions:
- Coat eggplant slices lightly with olive oil and roast in pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, flipping over halfway through.

- Take out of oven and spread tomato paste mixture on eggplant slices and top with desired toppings.

- Place back in oven for 5-10 more minutes or until cheese melts and toppings are warm. (you could also put oven on broil just make sure to watch closely as the eggplant may burn)

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These were so simple to make and so delicious and they really can be topped with everything and anything.

It’s been fun actually switching things up in the kitchen. I think sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that new meals have to be labor intensive when in fact they’re not. So friends, be on the look for more new things coming out of my kitchen…

But one thing that I don’t see changing…

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My obsession with fro-yo. Oh no. That one is still going strong.

Have a great rest of your week loves, let’s pray Friday gets here before we know it.

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Do you get in food ruts?

What’s a new dish you’ve created lately?

Do you love puppies? The answer better yes.

what i ate for gains

Weeeee Wednesday.

This is a long work week for me, so I honestly am so excited it’s Wednesday, because Thursday is technically my Friday this week.

Wednesday’s are also fun because the lovely Jenn gives us the chance to share our eats with each other for What I Ate Wednesday.

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These past few weeks have been bitter sweet for me.

I’m going to get a bit serious for a few seconds so bear with me. You all know I like to keep it light and fun around here, but I also like to be honest. I never pretend to have a perfect life and I think it’s helpful to share my struggles, because we all have them.

I’m pretty open about being in a weight gain stage however I never really talk about my progress.

Well for the past few months, I had been doing great. But the last couple of weeks, well not so great. I lost some weight, probably just from being extremely busy at work, but lost none the less. Let’s just say my nutritionist was not so happy with me.

I know she’s right. I know I need to gain, but seriously sometimes there is only so much food one person can eat. Matt and I had a heart to heart and we became very committed to getting me back on track and gaining again.

Which is why if you follow me on Instagram you saw a lot of this.

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Fro-yo, but with intense toppings.

Things also got more serious with this.

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Real dessert. Good ole Dairy Queen. My nutritionist literally told me I needed to eat a blizzard a day to add the amount of extra fat and calories I needed in order to gain. I wasn’t really complaining about that. However even for this ice cream loving girl, a blizzard everyday is a bit much.

So there were other ways I pushed.

Thankfully we had a few invitations with friends for meeting up for dinner so that helped with my needs for new, higher fat foods.

Matt had a friend who was visiting from out of town and they wanted to meet up for dinner, so we met at one of our favorite restaurants True Food.

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It was a gorgeous night out and there was a bit of a wait, so we hung out on their patio and since it just happened to be National Margarita Day, we all got a margarita to celebrate.

By time we got a table we were all starving and ordered the hummus as an appetizer. I wish I had a picture to share, but it was pretty much demolished after being set in front of us.

For dinner I chose my standard go to dish there. I really wanted to branch out and try something new, but since we hadn’t been there is a while I was really craving it.

I ordered the Brown Rice Teriyaki Bowl with Tofu.

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It was amazing as usual.

Matt decided to try something new and ordered the Panang Curry.

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I’m not a huge curry person, but I tried a piece of the chicken and it was pretty delicious.

After dinner, Matt insisted we get dessert.

There was a frozen yogurt place right by the restaurant so we went there. A picture was not taken because I was very full. Physically and emotionally. I know doing things like this is what I have and need to do, but it doesn’t mean it still doesn’t affect me mentally.

The next morning all I wanted to do was have a normal meal. A home made breakfast.

Matt…oh how I love and hate him sometimes.

He suggested we go out for breakfast.

After how I felt the night before, going out for my next meal was not what I wanted to do in the slightest.

But whenever I try and make excuses on why I shouldn’t or don’t want too, I always challenge it and just do it.

So out to breakfast we went.

We went to a local breakfast spot that we love. The Breakfast Club. It’s such a cute/hip little place that is only open for breakfast and lunch and is always busy. We love it because the restaurant has such an open/airy layout and the food is very fresh.

I ordered an omelet with broccoli, green peppers and onion. It came with fresh sliced tomatoes and a side of fruit and cottage cheese.

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Matt ordered a breakfast burrito topped with chorizo queso. It also came with a side of home style potatoes and fruit.

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And the kicker. I don’t know why, but I have been craving bacon lately.

So you know what I ordered?

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BACON.

And it was de-lish.

So I may be having my ups and downs with this whole weight gain thing, but I know it is what I need to do to get healthy.

And if that means more blizzards and bacon, well let’s be honest. It could be worse.

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Do you crave random foods?

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Whoa loves. Long time no see.
I’ve been meaning to write a post, but I’ve been one busy bee.

Work has been busy and social life has been busy. Which both are good things.

So since there seems to be a layer of dust in my kitchen due to barely being home, I thought I would do a post of snap shots of what’s been going on via Instagram. Because that seems to be more up to date on my happenings then my blog has been.

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I have been loving brewing my own kombucha and actually got a co-worker hooked on it! I made her kiwi-strawberry and blackberry-raspberry flavors. She was telling me she had been having some GI problems, so I had mentioned how kombucha is a great pro-biotic and I was so happy that she was open to trying it. Especially a home brew. And even more happy that she enjoyed it.

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Another thing I love is when chocolate covered strawberries get delivered to work.

Chocolate makes any work day a better day.

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The fact that my Valentine’s Day roses haven’t died yet makes work a little more brighter too! I left my roses at the clinic and am happy to report that they are still kicking. And still beautiful.

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Um yea. This happened again. But we had a friend who wanted to meet up for dinner and I can’t help that he chose sushi. Who am I to say no to someone else’s request? I would be a bad friend.

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So I know this is another common scene for me, but I feel kind of bad.

I cheated on Yogurtland with Yogurtology.

But I’m sorry, they had me at oatmeal cookie and graham cracker. And they have andes mints as a topping….

Yup. Sorry Yogurtland, you may have been replaced.

Another scene that I am loving lately.

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Beers on the patio.

Sorry all you snow bound friends, it’s sunny and 75 here. Perfect patio weather.

And I guess I did manage to wipe the dust off a few kitchen gadgets and made some pretty epic donuts.

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Chocolate Banana Protein Donuts topped with P28 almond butter.

I don’t think I have to tell you how amazing these were.

I ended up using spelt flour and they turned out way better than I expected. Even Matt liked them, so you know they had to be decent, because he usually hates my protein baking experiments.

Well loves I hope you are all having a marvelous Monday and remember to head over to the beautiful Katie’s to see how we all are making the start of our week a great one!

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