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That basically sums up my eating lately. Needless to say I have not been cooking much, not anything of interest anyways.

This is about as fancy as my meals have been lately.

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That would be zoodles in a Japanese miso broth that I got in my latest Graze box.

I know. Fancy.

I must really be dropping the ball in the cooking department because Matt even stepped up his game and made us dinner one night. I guess he wasn’t impressed with my coffee cup dinners.

I’m glad he did though because he made the most amazing chicken tacos.

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He even wanted to plate them all pretty for the picture. I soon ruined their beauty made them more amazing by adding about half more of an avocado to mine. I don’t know what’s been going on with me lately, but I have been obsessed with avocado lately. I can’t get enough.

But that’s about it in the home cooking department. There has been a lot of eating out, but I like to say with good reason.

We got invited out for a double date and at our company’s request, sushi was on the menu.

It has actually been awhile since Matt and I have had sushi, so we didn’t hesitate to accept the offer.

We started with the most amazing tuna sashimi.

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This was before the whole tuna scare, I’m not sure it would have stopped me anyways.

We then both ordered a sushi roll. Matt ordered the eel tempura roll and I got the salmon roll.

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We usually end up sharing each others rolls which works out because both were very delicious.

There has been another reason for the lack of creative meals as in Matt has been traveling a lot and hasn’t been home. His mom has been sick and in the hospital basically since our wedding. It’s been a frustrating month of the doctors not being able to tell us what exactly is wrong and it has been a headache with poor hospital care and a total lack of communication between hospitals and staffing. It’s a long story and I could vent for hours, but I’ll save you that drama.
So with Matt on the road I have had a lot of nights and dinners alone.

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Some nights were simply Whole Foods sushi, eaten on the floor.

At least I have my kitties and pup to keep me company. Other than the begging, they are pretty good dinner company. Not so great in the dinner conversation department.

When Matt returned however we thought we would have a night out to spend together.

We decided to go to True Food Kitchen which is one of our favorite restaurants. Their food is always so fresh and delicious.

We of course got cocktails to start.

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For an appetizer we decided to stick with a favorite of the herb hummus.

The pita had a perfect crisp to it and as per usual I stole all the feta.

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For our dinner entrees Matt decided to go with the fish tacos.

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I ordered the papaya salad and added salmon.

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And of course one of my favorite parts of this salad was the half avocado it was served with.

This salad really is becoming one of my favorites.

After dinner we got some gelato from an amazing gelato shop that is conveniently located next door to True Foods and headed home to veg out on the couch.

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A perfect date night if you ask me.

Sadly I think my future holds more dinners on the floor or eaten out of coffee cups, but that’s just life right now. And I just have to rolls with the punches.

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Sometimes I think lazy dinners can be quite marvelous. What are some of your favorites?

wedding story part four: the honeymoon – denver

Well the honeymoon is over loves, back to reality I suppose.

I am loving writing these wedding story posts because it’s allowing me to relive some of the moments.  As I mentioned, my wedding was just a blur. And honestly, the honeymoon kind of was too. It was so nice to have those days off and to travel, but at the same time I think we focused so much on seeing as much as we could that we never actually took in what we were doing, what had just happened and didn’t really allow ourselves to relax.  This is kind of why I did want to go somewhere tropical and just sit on a beach all day.  But I will say I had a great time in Colorado and it was beautiful, but again time went by way too quickly.

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Our wedding was Saturday and we didn’t fly out until Monday, so we had Sunday to regroup a little bit. But not too much.  Our wedding was on Easter weekend, so since my family was in town for the holiday we decided to all get together and have Easter brunch together.  After brunch Matt and I went home, tried to organize as much as we can and did our last minute honeymoon packing.  We got a decent amount done, but come dinner time we realized we didn’t have much to eat in the house as we tried not to go grocery shopping, so we did what we do best.

We went to Whole Foods for dinner.

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Yes, I know. We go there way too often, but it only seemed right.

For our honeymoon we decided to visit Denver and Boulder Colorado as both were two cities we were potentially thinking about moving too in the future.  Since we couldn’t fly into Boulder, we decided to stay a night in Denver and check the city out for a day. I have only been in the Denver airport and never the actual city and have heard amazing things about it.

But before we actually got to our destination, in typical Debbie and Matt fashion we had an eventful plane ride.  I had asked the stewardess if she had any champagne that I could surprise Matt with explaining we were newlyweds and I guess when you ask for a glass you get a bottle!

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Another reason why I love flying Southwest. They also announced our recent marriage, and even though they pronounced the last name wrong, it was still very nice. And really. Who doesn’t like free champagne!

Another fun moment.  Matt had ordered a gin and tonic and during the flight managed to spill it completely on me. Thanks husband.  The stewardess was nice enough to get him another, but not without precautions.

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Spill your drink, you get a child’s cup and lid.

We landed in Denver around lunch time, but with the whole car renting process and the unexpected traffic, we didn’t get into town until around dinner time.  Thankfully I had packed some emergency snacks of nuts and jerky, so that was basically our lunch eaten in the car stuck in traffic. (random side note: when we had dinner at Whole Foods I randomly picked up Turkey Perky Jerky which is seriously some of the best jerky I have had!)  What a romantic first honeymoon lunch. We finally checked into our hotel, which was gorgeous, and headed out on the town to find a place for dinner. After walking around for a bit we decided on the Paramount  Cafe. We sat on the patio as the weather was beautiful.

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Beautiful scenery and a beautiful date.

For dinner Matt ordered the Thai Salmon with rice and vegetables which was delicious. I love salmon, but the sauce definitely stole the show.

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I ordered the ahi tuna salad with a sesame ginger dressing which was also delicious.  I loved the sweet salty combination of the mandarin oranges, edamame and peanuts. It was such a refreshing salad.

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I will say the best thing about this place was our service. Our waitress was super nice and when we asked her for some suggestions on local places to visit, she wrote down a list of her favorite spots. (come to find out almost everyone in Colorado is incredibly nice)

Before heading out for the night we went back to the hotel to change and freshen up. When walking in Matt said he had a random craving for a gin and tonic so we stopped at the hotel bar. Now I know hotel drinks are way over priced, but I will say this one was worth it. Not only was the bartender super nice, but he was also very knowledgeable and we had really good conversation with him.

He also made me the most amazing cocktail.

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It was basically a Manhattan with extra cherries and I think it had a fresh fig juice as the sweetener. All their ingredients were local and made in house. (and just so you know how awesome this bartender was, after our long conversation about beer, when we arrived back to our room that night we had an ice bucket full of random craft beers and a congratulations note from him on our marriage. yup. he was awesome.)

Matt and I had an amazing night out in Denver, we went to a few local bars and ended up at a pizza joint of one of Matt’s old friends who was having a show there that night. Even though it was late and we were full we couldn’t say no to the free pizza that was presented to us. It was just the perfect end to our night in Denver.

The next morning we set out to get some breakfast. We actually initially had plans to have breakfast at a vegan restaurant that Matt had been to once before, but upon arriving found out they did not open until 11am. We ended up just walking around and found another breakfast spot called The Delectable Egg.

I ordered the Green Door Omelet which was filled with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and I also added some grilled zucchini. It was served with a side of sliced tomatoes and an english muffin.

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Matt ordered the Fiesta Skillet minus the eggs.

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I give that kid kudos for being able to eat that heavy in the morning, but I am not going to lie, I did steal a few bites and dipped my omelet in his gravy, because that stuff was good.

 After breakfast we just lounged around a bit after our showers and packed up as we were just heading up to Boulder after walking around Denver a bit more. We ended up staying in town a little later and decided to have lunch in Denver and then start driving north.  Since we didn’t get to go to the vegan restaurant for breakfast we decided to stop by for lunch.

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Now, this was an awesome and sad experience all in one. Upon sitting I was so torn on what to order because honestly everything looked amazing.

The Water Course had an amazing atmosphere that I immediately loved. As I studied the menu I ordered a lemon ginger kombucha that they had on tap. Kombucha on tap?
Amazing.

I went back and forth between so many things, but I ended up creating my own salad and topped it with tempeh sausage crumbles. Matt ordered the tofu scramble breakfast burrito and couldn’t decide if he wanted it topped with the vegan sausage gravy or the green chili sauce… so he got half and half.

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Now the sad part. My salad was huge, topped with fresh ingredients, and the salad dressing it was served with was amazing. However, the tempeh crumbles were basically lost in the salad and I really felt like I was just eating a huge plate of raw vegetables. What made it worse was Matt’s burrito was amazing. That sausage gravy…I really wish I could have taken a bottle of it home with me. It was the worst case of food envy I have ever had. Thankfully for me his burrito was huge and I basically split it with him.  It was just one of those moments where I actually regretted what I ordered, but as mentioned, Matt’s portion was so huge I was able to enjoy his food. Hey, we’re married now right? What’s yours is mine?

After lunch we packed up and headed to Boulder…

Well, we may or may not have gotten side tracked on the way out of town when we saw this…

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 I mean our wedding was craft beer themed and one of our points in visiting Colorado were the breweries, so it was only right we stopped for a beer before we left Denver.

We have been long time fans of Great Divide so it was nice to be able to stop in their tap room. I ordered the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.

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It not only was a beautifully poured beer, it was delicious as well.

We  sat outside on their patio, enjoyed our beers, and then finally headed out to Boulder.

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some recent scenes

Hello loves, yes I am still alive.

I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off because my wedding is less than a month away! I seriously am in denial that in a few short weeks I will be married!!

Things seem to be falling into place, but we’ll find out on the big day if I actually have all my ducks in a row.

(a chicken and a duck metaphor. who am i?)

So needless to say I don’t have any huge news to share with you, but thought I would give you a glimpse into some recent scenes going on around here.

Some new fun finds recently..

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The new Detour Simple Bar in Salted Caramel Cookie Dough

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Guys, just look at that cookie dough goodness. This bar is ah-mazing. It’s like eating dessert, but dessert with a lot more protein and fiber. I am a sucker for almost all things cookie dough and these really hit the mark.

Speaking of dessert.

I am a big fan of Artic Zero to begin with… and combined with a Vitalicious brownie?

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Yup, I think it’s safe to say we all know this was one delicious dessert.

I don’t remember where I got the brownies, if I found them in a store, or if I bought them online, but regardless I need more of these in my life soon!

And then I saw that Arctic Zero came out with new chunky flavors.

I had to grab one to try and it was a hard decision to choose which flavor I wanted to try.

I finally decided on the cookie dough chip, because remember above when I said I was a sucker for all things cookie dough? Still holds true.

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This new ice creams are sooo much creamier than the originals. I had heard that the new flavors were totally chunk-tastic as well, and I will say I was a tad bit disappointed with the amount of chunks in this one, but it was still pretty tasty. It just makes me more excited to try some of the other flavors to see how they chunk up.

Other recent scenes?

Matt and I met for lunch one day on my day off. I had a late breakfast so I didn’t eat (don’t worry I had a beer to tide me over) but I defiantly had some burger envy when his lunch came.

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Actually not going to lie, I had more of a tot envy then anything. Annnnd I may or may not have stolen a few.

I mean seriously. Tater tots.

And I don’t know if you guys will believe this or not, but it had been a bit since Matt and I had gone out for sushi.

We soon had to fix that.

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The only bad thing about me eating sushi… It just makes me want it all the time.  Another sushi date is already in the works.

When we don’t have sushi dates a close runner up is Whole Foods salmon summer roll.

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I seriously never get tired of this stuff.

Well loves, it’s back to the wedding black hole. I will probably be there for the next few weeks, but I can’t wait to share the wedding happenings with all of you!!

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Have you tried the new Arctic Zero flavors? What’s your favorite?

my last single valentine’s day

Hello my loves!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day regardless of if you are in a relationship or single. I kind of have the outlook that it is just a Hallmark holiday, but I am not going to lie, I am a girl and what girl doesn’t like a holiday about love?

This Valentine’s Day was an extra special one for me. It was the last Valentine’s Day before Matt and I will be married!

Ahh! Seriously guys, my wedding is in a little over a month away. I really hope I have everything together.

But on to my Valentine’s Day recap.

I had to work that morning, but Matt and I had made dinner plans for the evening. We really don’t go all out and just always look forward to a nice evening out together.

My day did start with flowers.

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Ok confession. These were not my Valentine’s Day flowers. Matt and I kind of bickered the day before and these were according to Matt “Sorry I was a butthead flowers”. I did get Valentine’s Day flowers (which I had to sit at work an extra hour to wait for because they were delivered late) but those have yet to bloom and these were just as pretty.

And I got Matt in my opinion the best card ever.

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Yes,  I got him a giant Valentine’s Day card. I mean. As soon as I saw them, I couldn’t not get it for him.

Before I had to go to work, we decided to go get coffee together.  We stopped at the Starbucks that is next to my work and not only did my barista put a cute foam heart in my Flat White, but they also had cute little photo-booth cut outs laying on the table. Matt and I of course had some fun with them.

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Then to make my morning even better, one of my co-workers brought in Einstein Bagels and some of them were shaped like hearts! Super cute. And super yummy.

For our Valentine’s Day dinner we decided to dress up a little bit, and of course had to take some bathroom selfies before we left.

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For dinner we chose to go to True Food Kitchen, which is a place we both love, but haven’t been too for awhile.  We knew they would be busy and made reservations for 7:00pm. Before dinner we decided to go grab a drink and of course went to our favorite Whole Foods which was right down the street.

Oh and more selfies happened.

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When it was time for our reservation we headed down to the restaurant.

I was pretty hungry so we decided to get an appetizer of their herb hummus and pita.

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 Oh my goodness. This hummus is amazing. I love the addition of the feta cheese. I really think feta is one of my all time favorite cheeses!

I tried not to lick the whole plate as I was very excited for my entree.

I actually decided to try something new, which for me is rare, once I find a dish I like I usually stay with it, but I was really in the mood for salmon, so I ordered their Thai Green Papaya Salad and added salmon to it.

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1. Seriously look at how huge that piece of salmon is. And yes. I ate every last bite.

2. I love how much avocado they give you.

 This salad was very fresh, and being a huge lover of kelp noodles, I was excited to see so many of them in the salad.

I definitely would order this again.

Matt ordered the Panang Curry and he added tofu.

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I of course stole a few bites and it was delicious as well.

And what would Valentine’s Day be without dessert?

I absolutely love their flour less chocolate cake and was looking forward to it during the whole meal.

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Matt ordered the Coconut Banana Chia Seed Pudding. It was very very good. I think we both made good choices!

So overall, a very good night out and we had such a great time together.

I am very excited for our next Valentine’s Day which will be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple!!

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Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?
Do you prefer to go out or stay in?

wedding fun and dinners out

Hello loves! Long time no talk!

As always I have been busy busy busy, but this week I actually have two days off from work, so I am trying to take advantage and catch up on a few things. Of course wedding planning takes the forefront, but I also thought since it was What I Ate Wednesday time, I would give you guys a little sneak peak into what I’ve been eating lately.

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Fall into Good Habits: WIAW

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But while we’re on the wedding talk I will just mention that Matt and I did our engagement photo session over the weekend and had a blast! We did it at a local spot called the Brat Haus.  We chose this location because we wanted it to be a bar scene and not only did their inside bar have some great photo options, but they also had fun outdoor areas to take pictures.

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One thing I will say is I love our photographer. She had gotten there before up and as we drove us she basically ran to our car with excitement telling us all the ideas she had. We had so much fun with her and she really wanted us to just be ourselves, hang out and to let her capture our real love. And she let me take an Instagram selfie at the end of the session. A sign of a true great photographer.

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We haven’t gotten the photo’s back yet, but she did post a teaser on her blog.

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(photo courtesy of Katina Patriquin Photography)

I can not wait to see the rest!

But enough wedding ramble, on to the foods!

I will admit most of it has not been home cooked. We have been eating out like mad people, but honestly I’m not really complaining.

Dinner dates at Whole Foods have been happening a lot.

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It just is honestly so convenient after work, and since we have basically become regulars, it just feels like we’re hanging out with friends at the bar and having dinner.

I also think I could eat sushi everyday. And their brussels sprouts on the hot bar.

Which is a good thing because a few days later we had a sushi date with a friend at our favorite sushi spot.

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I usually get the Rainbow Roll, but decided to try something new and got their Alaskan Roll, which was spicy salmon, krab mix, and cucumber. Anything from this place is pretty much amazing, their fish is always so fresh.

The lack of cooking continued through out the week. When you have good food so conveniently close to you sometimes it’s just too easy to just eat out or grab something and bring it home.

Enter Chipotle.

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Matt and I have a thing that every time we get Chipotle, we have to eat it picnic style and eat on the ground. It’s silly, but it’s because the first time I ever had Chipotle he actually laid out a blanket on the floor and we had a little picnic.

And to keep the Mexican theme going, it was just Taco Tuesday (is this a thing anywhere else? apparently it’s a huge thing here in arizona, but i hadn’t heard of it before moving here).  Soooo of course Matt and I had to go get some taco’s.  I met him for lunch after some errands and taco’s were had.

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We were both surprisingly impressed with these taco’s. Carne Asada with a pickled jalapeno salsa, avocado cream, and pickled cabbage. Not only were these taco’s pretty to look at, they were absolutely delicious.  It was the perfect combination of flavors.

Some other tasty treats to mention.

I recently won a giveaway for Bare Snacks Coconut Chips.

Now let me say. I have been on a pretty big coconut kick as of late. And I knew I liked coconut chips to start with, but their chocolate bliss coconut chips. Holy Goodness. These things are ah-mazing.

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I’ve been putting them on basically everything, even fro-yo brought home. I mean why pay for mediocre toppings, when I have more delicious ones at home?

And one last thing to mention.

HOLIDAY CUPS.

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I may or may not have gotten a little too excited when I got my coffee the other morning and saw the holiday cups were back. I know everyone loves their holiday flavors, but white chocolate mocha’s with soy will always be my winter beverage of choice.

Well loves off to do more wedding fun stuff, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

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What is your favorite winter drink?

Do you celebrate Taco Tuesday?

marvelous small things

Sometimes it’s the small things that can make a day marvelous.

It’s been awhile since I have linked up with Katie for her Marvelous In My Monday and with all the crazy that has been going on, I thought it might be nice to stop and recognize that sometimes it’s the small things that can make a day marvelous.

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Marvelous is when your go to pay for your Starbucks only to realize you didn’t have enough on your card for your purchase and didn’t bring any other form of payment and the man behind you so graciously offers to cover the rest of the amount. I will tell you, it made the coffee taste that much better knowing it was purchased with kindness. Will definitely have to pay it forward.

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Marvelous is when your doctor receives chocolates as a thank you gift from a client and shares it with her staff.

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Extra marvelous that they were fancy chocolates that were soooo delicious.

So delicious that I had two.

Marvelous is walking into your local Whole Foods bar to have dinner and having the bartender immediately hand you samples of the new beers they have on tap because she not only saw you walking towards the bar from down the aisle, but knows what type of beers you love and would be excited about.

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I would always continue going to Whole Foods for their delicious sushi and hot bar, but it is such an added bonus to have such great service.

Seriously. Love my bartender.

And speaking of Whole Foods…

Marvelous is wedding cake tasting!

Yes, at Whole Foods.  I love the high standards Whole Foods has on their food items and it’s no exception with their cakes. The baker kept informing us of the all natural ingredients that are used and the fact that the ingredient list is not only short, but you can recognize every ingredient used.

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He had randomly made us the spice cake because it was his seasonal favorite, but he mentioned since we were having an April wedding we may not want it… After tasting it we decided that it was going to be the top tier of the wedding cake just for the wedding party. It was one of the most delicious cakes I have ever tasted. For the other two tiers we chose chocolate cake with a chocolate butter cream frosting filling and then the bottom tier will be vanilla cake with a Chantilly frosting and raspberry compote filling.

It’s going to be amazing and delicious.

And the last small marvelous thing is actually baking and creating something delicious.

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I made a mini batch of protein chickpea brownie bites that even though the recipe may still need a little bit of tweaking, topped with Sweet Spreads coconut butter made them a kitchen success.

So my loves, sometimes its the small things that can make a day marvelous, so I hope you are able to recognize them in your life and embrace them.

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What would your dream wedding cake flavor be?

snapshots and highlights

Hello loves!

I hope you all are having a relaxing weekend. I’m sure I sound like a broken record when I say how they seem too short, but it seems like my weekends are a broken weekend as well!

Time seems to be flying and I can’t believe July is almost over, however with the crazy heat we have been having here in Phoenix, I am welcoming August with the hopes that summer will soon be gone. Because seriously, record breaking 116 degree days are getting pretty old pretty quick.

Life other than work has been pretty mundane, but I figured I would give you guys a few snapshots into what has been going on lately.

Something not so new is I have been on a huge sushi kick lately. I swear I never get sick of the stuff!

It started with a dinner out with a friend.

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I love a good classic rainbow roll and we found a sushi spot that just always hits the spot and their rolls are huge, so one roll (plus sashimi and a seaweed salad) fills me up. This girl can eat.

But having good sushi always does one thing to me.

Makes me want more.

So bad that I even settle for grocery store sushi.

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But twice.

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Then Friday when you would think I had enough sushi.

No. I asked made Matt meet me at Whole Foods for dinner.

With one thing in mind.

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More sushi.

Last time we went they were out of my favorite roll, which made me super sad, however it did give me the opportunity to discover that they had an amazing sesame glazed tofu that was a pretty tasty substitute.

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The sauce was so amazing that I asked for extra on the side.

Tofu never looks super appetizing, but goodness, this tasted amazing.

More repetitive eats from the week have been amazing salads I have been making lately for lunches.

I use to always have some sort of sandwich for lunch, but in trying to cut some wheat/gluten from my diet I started making salads.  So I didn’t want to admit this, but I really think I was having some sort of reaction to wheat because once I started having salads (making sure to always include a protein and healthy fats) I noticed such a change in my energy level. I use to get the typical 3pm crash, but I noticed I don’t anymore and that I still have plenty of energy. Dun dun dunnn. I loved my sandwiches so even though I welcomed the fact that I no longer had that crash, I was sad to give up my sandwiches. Well, I kind of take that back, I don’t miss them all that much.

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Huge salad with a base of Cruciferous Crunch mix from Trader Joes topped with tons of veggies, pecans and avocado for my healthy fats. For my protein I usually have chicken or turkey on the side. I’m not completely sure if it’s the increased amounts of protein and fat or lack of wheat/gluten that is helping with the energy, but regardless the combination seems to be working for me. And although not completely gone, my bloating has gone down dramatically.

So those have been some highlights on what’s been going on. Sushi, sushi, sushi and a salad. Seriously, that’s my life.

I also have some breakfast highlights to share with you as well, but we’ll save those for another day.

Enjoy your weekend loves.

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Do you get the 3pm crash?

Is there a type of food you crave and could eat endlessly?

 

i’m alive…barely

I’m alive. I promise. But barely.

Work has been insane. Usually during the summer time we slow down, but we have been going strong so far.

Good for business, but it makes tired doctors and techs.

Thankfully I have these cuties to keep a smile on my face.

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Puppies really do make everything better.

So I think it can be assumed my eats and activities has been a bit boring lately.

Dinners have been take out and eaten on the floor.

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More Whole Foods sushi eaten on the comfort of my floor. You know it’s good when you have a kitty stalking your food.

I love how I can just run into Whole Foods, grab some tasty food and be able to enjoy it in the comfort of my home.

They were out of my usual tuna roll, but I got the salmon instead which was just as good. And extra good with the addition of my Little Soya soy sauce. I love it so much better than the little soy sauce packets they give you.

Friday was my day off, however I feel like most of my days off turn into get every single errand done days.  In between trips however I met Matt for lunch and to watch the World Cup. I’m not huge into soccer, but he is and it was a nice chance to see him.

We met at a bar close to Matt’s work that was playing the games and while we were watching we were offered a sample of their salmon and chive cream cheese crosanti’s.

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There is something about smoked salmon, cream cheese and a toasted baguette that is just always good.

And these were good.

I wish I was able to have more.

I had eaten a late breakfast, so I wasn’t all that hungry, but it was Matt’s lunch break so he ordered some food.

Let’s just say I had a little food envy.

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He ordered a steak sandwich with caramelized onions and fries.

Don’t worry, I quality controlled those fries. They were up to par.

As we were just about to leave we were treated with another freebie.

Cake pops!

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Who doesn’t love free cake pops?

Crazy people.

And I’m not crazy.

However, I do think that cake pop set off my sweet tooth.  Because after dinner I was craving more sweet.

Thankfully I have an amazing fiance who caters for my sweet tooth and took me out for some gelato!

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Chocolate Banana for me!

I just love all things ice cream.

Well loves I’m off to melt into my couch and wish I never had to get up.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Are you watching the World Cup?