marvelous weekend scenes [giveaway winner]

Monday Funday!

Well, not if you have to go back to work today. Which I don’t.

But even if you do, there is always positives in our lives.

That’s why I love celebrating Marvelous In My Monday with the beautiful Katie. It reminds me to stay positive, not focus on the negatives and to live life to it’s fullest.

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So let’s recap some positive moments from the weekend. There were a few.

Starting with my Saturday breakfast.

Last weekend our cupboards were pretty bare, so I seriously think I had pb&j for breakfast and lunch 2 days in a row.

But with as many nut butters and jams that I have, this actually wasn’t as boring as it sounds.

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Your more classic PB&J made with regular peanut butter and blueberry jam.

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Or not so classic Rudi’s english muffin topped with homemade banana coconut butter, more banana and blueberries.

So even though this may look simple and a bit plain, with as much as I love nut butter and jam, this meal to me was not boring and was quite satisfying.

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But this weekend I was craving some change and something different. So I made a special trip to the store for one ingredient to satisfy that craving.

Plantains.

Yes, surprise surprise, I missed my protein plantain pizza.

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And one of the best toppings ever was my home made banana almond butter. So good.

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I stick this back in the oven for a few more minutes after I add the toppings and oh my the melty banana goodness that results is amazing.

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But there were more fun happenings this weekend other then my breakfast.

Matt’s parents came down to visit to celebrate Matt’s birthday with him since they didn’t get to see him on his actual birthday.

We met at one of our usual Mexican Restaurants for lunch.

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Let’s just say lots of good food happened. And of course Matt’s dad told the waiter it was his birthday, so a sombrero and sopapillas also happened. The staff sang a little song and as soon as they left Matt quickly proclaimed “get this hat off of me it smells funny”. It was a fun afternoon and I love any time we get to spend with Matt’s parents.

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Other marvelous scenes from the weekend were drinks with friends,easily amused moments and the discovery of a little liquor store with the most amazing beer selection ever.

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Needless to say, I had a pretty marvelous weekend, and the fact that I have today off of work, well that makes my Monday pretty marvelous as well.

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Oh and let me make one of your Monday’s a little more marvelous.

I was eating some of my Extend Nutrition Drizzles and it made me remember I never picked the giveaway winner!

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The winner (chosen by random.org) is:

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Congratulations Cathy! Please e-mail me at debbie(at)accidentlydelish(dot)com with your shipping information and I will get it sent over so you can receive your goodies.

Well my loves I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and remember there is always something marvelous to be found.

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How was your weekend marvelous?

living a 80/20 life

Happy Wednesday my lovies.

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My week was a little different this week, I had yesterday off as opposed to my typical Monday off, but I think I actually like having a random day in the week off. Three day weekends are great don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to have it switched up a bit.

Having Tuesday off actually gave me a chance to get my What I Ate Wednesday post done a little bit more on time other than just recapping on what I’ve been eating lately. Although in typical Debbie fashion, I don’t have a strict day of eats to share with you, but more or less highlights.  Gotta give you guys the good stuff right?

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I’m starting to introduce and be more comfortable with sharing my weird habits with my co-workers. I’m a pretty outgoing open person to begin with and people usually figure out pretty quickly how bizarre I am. No shame.

When a co-worker was scrapping the last bit out of her huge peanut butter jar, I quickly took advantage of the situation and asked her for her empty jar. -Insert weird look-. I don’t blame her, I mean who asks for an empty peanut butter jar?

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People who like to make oatmeal in a jar. I know you fellow foodies understand me.

She did give me the initial odd look, but once I explained to her what I was going to do with it, she was actually intrigued by the concept.

Since this jar was huge I did my best to make voluminous overnight oats in attempt to fill it.

I’ve been out of TVP for a few weeks now, so I feel like now when I make my oats, it is such a hodge-podge of random things I throw in, for no real rhyme or reason.

This batch had about 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1tbsp quinoa, and 1 tbsp creamy buckwheat cereal.

See? Totally random.

I just want them to grow and plump as much as possible overnight.

I also added in about 1/2 scoop of Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean protein powder and my random spices.

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I think I did a pretty good job at filling this monster.

I topped them with the usual frozen banana and granola sprinkle.

I also find it humorous that my breakfast travels in my car arm compartment.

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They may not be the prettiest, and I may have eaten them in the car, but I will tell you they were still delicious. And that’s all that matters.

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I also managed to make a pretty delish dinner the other night too.

Which is an accomplishment with as lazy as I have been with dinners lately.

But I can’t really take credit for this dinner.  It goes to Trader Joe’s.

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I love to cook all my meals fresh trust me, but I have no shame eating pre-made meals either. And this Trader Joe’s general tso’s chicken dish is seriously amazing. I am always blown away by Trader Joe’s pre-made meals and have not had a bad one yet.

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I’ve also been demolishing some other new to me goodies that I feel like I have to share with you guys.

I am a sucker for trying new, random products. If it is different, intrigues me, I love to at least try it once.
Some are winners, some are losers.

This one. Is a huge winner.

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I don’t know why, but vegan cooking and baking has really intrigued me lately. I honestly don’t know where it came from, maybe because vegan cooking can tend to be #strangebutgood if you will, so with me, the more strange it is, the more I tend to like it.

When I came across Nacheez, I knew I had to try it. It is a non-dairy style cheese that is made from blended cashews and red bell peppers. It’s 100% vegan and definitely more healthy than your typical cheese sauce. This stuff was out.of.this.world.good. I’m telling you it tastes better than any real queso I have had. I kid you not. You can not tell it is dairy free.

I’m pretty sure I demolished half a bag of pretzels and half this jar in one sitting. Again. No joke. I am totally going to make some nachos with this stuff.

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Speaking of demolishing things, I have been enjoying lots of sweet treats lately too.

I am a firm believer in balance. Healthy living to me is not eating a 100% clean diet. Yes, I like to eat healthy, but I also like to enjoy my life, never restrict myself, and never feel guilty about anything that I choose to eat or drink. Life does not revolve around food.  This is something I struggled with in the past, but have finally accepted.

With that being said. A lot of this has happened lately.

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Paradise Bakery chocolate chip cookies.

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Starbucks salted caramel cake pops

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Loopy Pineapple birthday shots.

One thing I feel the most accomplished with in my life lately is being able to go with the flow, eating what I want when I want, and not giving it a second thought. It’s all about 80/20 people and I’ll be honest, sometimes my life is a little more 70/30, and I am perfectly ok with that.

So on that note, I leave you my loves. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.

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And remember there is still one more day to enter my Extend Nutrition giveaway. Hurry for your chance to win some delicious snacks!

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Do you believe in the 80/20 rule?

What are some of your favorite pre-packaged meals?

 

another marvelous giveaway

Hello my loves! Happy Monday!

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Now that I actually have the weekends off and work ridiculously early on Monday, I know remember what the dreaded Monday’s feel like.  But as you saw in my last post, I am really enjoying my weekend time to just be able to relax and enjoy some time with Matt.  It makes the long hours during the week worth it.  And in reality, it’s not that bad, and I’m doing something I enjoy. So that makes it better.

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So if you read my last Marvelous In My Monday post, I had some freebies to offer your guys.

(I’m pretty sure there are a few slots left to use the code, so head over and check it out for your chance at some free yummy bars!)

This Monday is going to be just as marvelous.

For you!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know of a product that I basically fell in love with awhile back!

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I actually don’t even remember how I stumbled across Extend Nutrition, but as soon as I saw chocolate drizzle I was sold.

Seriously, these taste like they should be horrible for you, but they’re not!

Extend Nutrition Drizzles are the smart substitute for your favorite sweets.  Our indulgent chocolate and sweet caramel Drizzles are low in net carbs and unlike other sweets, they help to control your blood sugar. Extend Nutrition Drizzles are sweet treats that help control blood sugar and have only 2g of sugar!

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And they make a wide variety of products! After trying these, I definitely want to check out some of their other products!

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Their products are really interesting and on their website they give some information on why their snacks are a better choice than others:

Made with our unique, low-glycemic formula, Extend Nutrition products are the only snacks clinically proven to help control blood sugar for up to 9 hours; much longer than any other snack on the market. Developed originally for people with diabetes, our products are the superior choice for healthy snacking and have benefits for everybody.

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I also tried the cinnamon crisps.

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You guys know me, anything cinnamon is pretty  much a win in my book. These were no exception.

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So I know you’re waiting for the marvelous part right?

Well here it is.

Extend Nutrition is being amazing and letting one Accidently Delish reader try a variety of their products.

The winner will receive:

     Winner’s Choice of 5 bags, either Caramel or Chocolate Drizzles

Winner’s Choice of 5 bags of Crisps (Cinnamon, BBQ, Zesty Ranch, Italian Herb, White Cheddar, or Variety)

Winner’s Choice of 5 shake mixes (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, or Variety)

Winner’s Choice of 15 Bars (Chocolate, Peanut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, Mixed Berry, or Variety)

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That my friends is a lot of good stuff right there! I highly recommend you enter this one!

Here’s how to enter:

Mandatory:

– Head over to Extend Nutrition’s website and leave a comment telling me which product you would like to try the most.

Additional Entries:

Follow me and Extend Nutrition on twitter and tweet the following: “I just entered to win an @ExtendNutrition variety pack from @AcidentlyDlish! Check it out! http://accidentlydelish.com/?p=6063” Leave me a comment letting me know you did.

Giveaway will be open until 5/27/13 and I will choose a winner at random. Good Luck!

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Extend Nutrition Gift Basket

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And the goodness doesn’t end there! Even if you do not win the giveaway Extend Nutrition is offering a great deal for the rest of you!

They want to offer you 20% off any order and free shipping on orders over $42!

So really everyone wins!

Just enter coupon code “Delish” upon check out!

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Have a wonderful week my loves and stay marvelous!

a marvelous recharge with freebies

Happy Monday loves!

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I am back to the grind with my 11 hour days, which makes Monday’s a bit dreadful for me, but regardless, we still like the find the positives right? Perfect timing for Katie’s Marvelous In My Monday.

And what can make a dreadful work day more marvelous?

Free stuff!

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It’s not secret I have a bit of a bar obsession.
I’m very open about it. No shame.

And even though I have boxes of bars, if I see a new one that I haven’t tried, I have to try it.

So when I came across Recharge Foods, they were no exception.

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The first bar that caught my eye that I seriously drooled over just staring at my computer screen was their new lower sugar protein bar.

Why so mouth watering?
The neapolitan flavor. I mean seriously.

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I think we all know how chalky and unappetizing some protein powders and supplements are. Not with this bar.

Usually when a protein bar tastes like dessert, it has the nutritional stats of dessert. Again, not with this bar.

This bar only has 3g of sugar.

You heard me. Only 3g.

And with as delicious as it tasted, you really can’t get better than that.

Or can you?

They also have Recharge Bars.

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The first one I tried was the chocolate and caramel. Ok. You guys remember those rolo candies? Where the caramel literally melted in your mouth?

Yea. Think of that. And that’s what I thought I was eating when I ate this bar.

Do I need to go into any more explanation? I mean, I think that should be all I need to say to get you to run over and order a box right now.

Ok you want more.

This bar has 1g of sugar.

I’ll wait while you rush over to their site to order some. (these bars are only available for purchase online)

I’ll even give you the link again.

You’re welcome.

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So if me telling you these bars are absolutely amazing and you should go buy some ASAP isn’t enough for your to actually purchase them, but you’re dying to try them, you’re in luck.

Because I also have a giveaway for you!

Recharge Foods is amazing and wants to offer 30 Accidently Delish readers the chance to try their Recharge Bar Sample Pack at no charge to you. You heard me. For free.

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Recharge Sample Pack

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It gets sweeter yet, all you have to do is head over to the website shop around and leave me a comment letting me know which product you are most wanting to try.

Also head over to their Facebook page and like them and let them know you’re an Accidently Delish reader and how much you appreciate this offer!

Leave me a comment letting me know you did both things, along with your e-mail address and I will e-mail the first 30 people to comment the free sample pack discount code.

For a free sample of these amazing bars, I don’t think that’s asking much do you?

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Disclaimer: Recharge sent me these products to try. The opinions are my own.

over the bump [giveaway winner]

Happy Monday my lovelies.

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I hope you are all having a marvelous day so far.

For it being a Monday, I am in a wonderful mood and let me tell you why.

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No, nothing really spectacular happened this weekend, actually it was quite a chill weekend, but there is one thing that I have been loving lately that not only makes Monday marvelous, but life marvelous.

I would love to share everything that is going through my mind right now, but this post would be too long, probably too boring to most, and a random mess of thoughts (because that is just how my brain works).  But to make a long story short.

I have made huge steps in my recovery. I think it’s even safe to say, I crossed that last bump and finally said good bye to my ED.

I’m ready to move forward with my life, to start living again, to be healthy again.

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I no longer have rules, I no longer have anxiety and honestly, I just no longer care about food.

For so long I spent countless hours thinking about my meals, counting calories, should I eat this, should I not eat that, so on and so forth. I honestly, just don’t care anymore. I eat what I want, “healthy” or not, and I don’t give it a second thought. I don’t have to eat by a certain time, wait until a certain time, and I definitely don’t have a cut off time.

I just eat.

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I even have chocolate chips at 9am

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It’s pretty refreshing, let me tell you.

One sign I knew I had crossed that bump happened Saturday.

Our friends were having a going away party and typically whenever I had a social event to attend, I use to spend the whole day being anxious about timing. “Will I have time to eat dinner before I go?” “What if I get hungry there?” “Will I be tempted to snack?”   You get the picture.

But this Saturday, I didn’t even give the evening a second thought until it was time to get ready to go.

And when it came to ordering a drink, nope didn’t over think that one either.

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I had a great night with friends and honestly it wasn’t until the drive home and I looked at Matt and said “whoa. we had a normal night”. One thing Matt and I are really working on is getting back to “normal” and I feel like we’re finally doing that.

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We had another fabulous night out for a friends birthday party.

Ok seriously, have you guys ever been to a Dave and Buster’s?

Funnest. Place. Ever.

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I pretty much kicked Matt’s butt at the games.

(insert his face of frustration)

I won a lot of tickets, but not enough to get these bad boys.

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Maybe next time.

But the best part of the night again was how much Matt and I enjoyed each others company, had fun with each other, played with each other.

Again, at the end of the night when it hit me…so refreshing.

I’m just so happy.

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However with this happiness, there comes a sadness. With the welcome of my new healthy life, comes goodbyes to other parts of my life.

Which I will share with you later.

Because today is all about being positive, being marvelous and just being true to you.

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Also, the winner for my Conscious Box giveaway is Giselle!!

Contact me at debbie(at)accidentlydelish(dot)com with your shipping information and I’ll send it on over for you!

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Happy Monday my lovie dovies!

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Anyone else feel like weekends just fly by?

As I always say though, since I work on the weekend, I really don’t feel like I have any time off, but you gotta do what you gotta do and how much can I complain when I have the cutest co-workers.

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Seriously. Look at that face.

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But I am going to make this Monday a bit better for you guys.

Not only are we being Marvelous with the beautiful Katie, but with that marvelous-ness comes another great thing.

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A giveaway!

Yay! We all love giveaway’s right?

I thought so.

In the past I have had the opportunity to try Conscious Box.

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This is how they work.

Conscious Box is a monthly subscription service focusing on sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. You’ll receive one Conscious Box per month, and you can choose the plan that works best for you or purchase a gift for a friend or loved one!

  • Get a variety of unique pure & natural products every month
  • From organic food to vegan beauty products, you’re sure to find new favorites
  • Discover ethical and purpose-driven businesses of all sizes
  • Get content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative ways to use your box!
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Sounds pretty sweet right?

What I personally loved about this program and company is there was a wide range of products and they are of amazing quality in my opinion. I really feel they put an effort into providing high quality, natural products.

A lot of the products were from companies I had never heard of, so it’s also a great way to find new brands/companies/products you may have not previously been exposed to.

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So I know you want to try them, and to make it easy for you Conscious Box has offered to give one lucky Accidently Delish reader a 3-month subscription! That’s a $59 value.

Pretty cool huh?

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How to Enter.

Mandatory:

– Head over to Conscious Box’s website, create an account and leave a comment telling me what monthly box you would like to try.

Additional Entries:

– Like Conscious Box on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you did.

– Tweet about the giveaway. “@AccidentlyDlish is giving away a 3-month subscription to @consciousbox! Check it out! http://accidentlydelish.com/?p=5477 ” and leave me a comment letting me know you did.

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Giveaway will be open until March 10,2013.
Good Luck!!

an attempt to get inspired [giveaway winner]

Hello  my lovebugs!

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This is going to be short and sweet!!

I have been major slacking on everything lately, I am not going to lie or make excuses.

I don’t know what is going on with me, but I am so uninspired in almost all aspects of life right now. I think the holiday’s really just took it out of me.

I had two weeks off from school, but really feel like I have had no time off.

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But let’s get down to business and then see if I can come up with something halfway interesting for you!

I first want to announce the winner of the Arctic Zero giveaway!

Winner was chosen by Random.org

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The winner is #37 – Renata!

Congrats girl!! Send me an e-mail at debbie(at)accidentlydelish(dot)com with your shipping information and I will get it over the Arctic Zero folks for you!!

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On to other maybe more fun business.

Since I have been super uninspired I thought maybe I should post some inspiring meals and dishes I wish I have made lately, but haven’t.

Because for some reason I have spent countless hours on Pinterest. I know, total productive way to spend my time.

Here’s what I wish I was making.

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Breakfast

Carrot Cake Crepe

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I have been dying to make crepes, these look so tasty.

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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

 

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

I have always wanted to toy around with making quinoa in the morning and this recipe looks amazing.

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Dinner

Vegan Alfredo

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I love pasta, but never seem to make it. This just looks divine.

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Thai Squash

This has been on my to make list for a long time. I even bought a spaghetti squash just for it, but used it some other way. Why am I so lazy?

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Desserts

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Tacos

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Ok these are just too cute to not want to make.

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Banana-Carob Protein Bar

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We’ll pretend I would use it for it’s protein purpose, but really I just think it sounds delicious.

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Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

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-sigh- I love brownies.  I guess I could try and make them healthy.

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Well loves, I know not the most exciting, but maybe that will inspire me to get cooking. Maybe not.

Maybe it will at least inspire you.

And if it does, come over and cook for me.

Thanks.

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I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!

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What do you do when you feel uninspired.

a marvelous birthday re-cap

Hello all my beautiful people.

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I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Mine was beyond epic. So what a better time to celebrate with the most beautiful preggo blogger around Katie. We like to be Marvelous in our Mondays.  So let’s take a look at what made my weekend so epic.

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First things first, my birthday was Friday, and as I get older not only are birthday’s just not as big of a deal, but the fact that I’m one year closer to 30 (ah next year) isn’t something I look forward too. But also the older I get, the more I realize it’s not how old you are, but how you feel and how you live. And trust me, I do not feel or live like I am 29. So I’m ok with being a year older.

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Not only am I ok with aging, but I had an amazing birthday. Celebrating with good friends and the one I love make turning any age no big deal. And that’s exactly what I did this year.

So hang on kids, because a lot of fun was had.

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We start with Thursday night. Matt and I had plans to go out of town for my actual birthday, but he also put together a little dinner for me with friends on Thursday night. Having a birthday so close to Christmas kind of makes it hard to have a celebration as a lot of people are still out of town, but we had a nice little group that I had an amazing time with.

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Matt surprised me with the location, but shocker, he knew I would love our new favorite sushi restaurant.

Seriously, with me, sushi is a no brainer and always a win.

My wonderful company.

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A few of the girls from my class had never had sushi before, but came anyways and were champs about trying a bunch of new things.

And trust me there was plenty to try!

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I don’t think that’s even one-third of what we ordered.

And it was Kelly’s first time ever having sushi, but at a birthday girl’s request, she tried a piece. Love her!

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As you can see plenty of shenanigans went down.

And the shenanigans continued at our place with a few of the girls.

We stopped at the store to pick up a few more adult beverages, and when my eyes landed on this beauty, I could not pass it up.

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Seriously? Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Beer?? Yes please.

Rogue never lets me down.

Neither does Eddie Izzard. Which is what I made everyone watch. Seriously if you have not seen his stand up Dress To Kill, I highly recommend it. It’s on Netflix instant watch. Go watch it. Now.

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This is only part one of my amazing birthday, but I think my Tucson weekend deserves a post of it’s own.

Here’s a little food teaser of what happened though.

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If that doesn’t make you want to come back to read about it, I don’t know what will.

Yes my birthday was that amazing!

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Reminder: Don’t forget there is still time to enter my Arctic Zero giveaway.

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How do you celebrate your birthday?

Do you care about getting older, or is it about how you feel?