Slow Day, Good Eats [WIAW #44]

Heyoooo! How are ya this week? Things are pretty good over in these parts; the weather has been beautiful lately and things for school are certainly winding down.

Yesterday felt like the slowest passing day in the world, probably because I didn’t have a ton of work to do. I almost felt that “summer” feeling, where you’re like PLEASE give me something to do before I go crazy, but that was only until I discovered the show Veep and proceeded to watch the entire first season. It’s so good! It kind of reminds me of The Office, if they could say the f word on national tv.

Should I just turn this blog into a television blog? I feel like I have more opinions about tv shows than health and fitness as of late. That’s not to say those things aren’t happening – they are! How else do you kill an hour of your day? The gym. And the food is pretty typical for me, but it’s still tasty! Let’s see what I had to nom on yesterday. Thanks, Jenn, for hosting!


I had a major cereal craving yesterday, so I made my own. In this mix went oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, almonds, almond meal, shredded unsweetened coconut, strawberries and a banana. Hit the spot. I had some steamed spinach for some green power, too.



Ahhhh, lunch. Le sigh. The avo toast really isn’t going away. I try so hard and fail. I had my avocado and veganaise toast along with three Easter eggs and some baby carrots.



I didn’t take a picture of my apple and PB, but I did snap a pic of a new kombucha flavor that pulled me through work. Highly recommend this one (if you like that kinda thing).



I felt pretty hungry by the time I got home, so I was happy I’d prepped dinner beforehand. I had some salsa chicken made with local raspberry salsa – it tastes like BBQ sauce! On the side I had brown rice and a buttload of green beans. Oh, and look! It’s light enough around dinner time now that the picture isn’t grossly dark!



I pulled out a dessert I hadn’t had in a while yesterday. Mug bowl cake! Woo hoo. I kind of just mixed a bunch of random measurements of stuff in, but it turned out pretty well. There’s even pumpkin in there! I topped with chocolate chips because duh.


I promise I will respond to all your kind comments today! I have a TON of extra time later tonight, so you’ll be hearing back from me soon. Have a wonderful Wednesday! Eat something good.

Questions of the Day:
>> What’s one of your standby meals? The toast is becoming one of mine.
>> Anything new you’ve tried/watched/eaten/read lately?

Alternative Easter Weekend [MIMM #27]

Hello there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that if you celebrated Easter it was a good holiday for you. This year Easter was a little different for me – for the first time ever I wasn’t home with my family. I was feeling pretty sad about all of that on Friday evening, but the weekend definitely picked up after that. To my surprise, my alternative Easter weekend was actually marvelous (except that I kept forgetting yesterday was a holiday)…!

Thanks to Katie for hosting MIMM.

On Saturday after the farmer’s marketing, I went hiking around different places in Athens with Kaitlyn! This is called Strouds. The lake views were so beautiful!


Kaitlyn and I were dead-set on finding this other place called Bong Hill (don’t ask about the name) that supposedly has a great view of Athens. The first time we attempted to find it, we drove way too far past the trail opening. Thankfully a friend steered up in the right direction, but we still ended up climbing the wrong path. It was so steep at first! We encountered this cool rock I have to show you. I think it’s known as Witches Hill.


We walked a little to the left and discovered we were in kind of the right place, so we kept walking and eventually wound up in our original destination. It did not disappoint. Happy faces!






Then I tried to take my first panoramic photo ever. So fancy.


Anyway, that’s the lovely Athens, OH from above. Hiking all day made me really hungry and kind of sunburnt only on one arm, which was unfortunate, but what fortunate was that we had a dinner date planned for none other than Casa. Margaritas, chips, salsa, guac, and quesadillas for both of us!



On Sunday morning, I woke up to find Easter eggs hidden for me by my roommates. I always hunt eggs in the morning with my brother, so I’d been telling them how I was sad about not doing it this year. They hid them in the best places: coffee pot, Brita filter, microwave, blender – all places I use regularly. They also put one up in our fire alarm because they always set it off. I cracked up (hehe no pun intended).


Kellie and I went to church, and later in the day we took a really long walk in the sunshine.


And finally, in the evening, we dyed Easter eggs!


This is my pride and joy. I call it “fade to yellow.” So original.



Let’s hope this week is just as marvelous as the weekend!

Questions of the Day:
>> How do you usually dye eggs (if you do)? Solid, glitter, rainbow, etc.? 
>> Favorite hiking setting? Lake, mountain, flat ground?


Dessert Before Dinner [WIAW #43]

Can we talk about how it snowed yesterday? Actually let’s not. Wait, really quick though: I was wearing shorts and a tank top on Saturday. Yesterday I was confined to my compression leggings and a hoodie. Something is not right. Here’s hoping that the forecast is correct and the temps will start to rise again today/tomorrow!

I really wish these weeks would slow down. I can’t believe it’s already April 16, yet another Wednesday flying by. I think blogging also makes time go faster. Maybe I was subconsciously trying to make time slow down so that’s why I didn’t post the last two weeks? I dunno. Regardless, I didn’t feel right not doing What I Ate Wednesday. It’s just not the same when I don’t take pictures of my food all day. Thanks to Jenn for hosting!


I made a slammin’ bowl of oatmeal yesterday, if I do say so myself (which I do). I made zucchini oats – typical – but on the bottom I let frozen blueberries do their thing and warm up. Even though all you can see is cinnamon and coconut on top, there was also bananas and coconut oil. When the coconut oil mixes with the cinnamon, it’s a wonderful taste explosion.



Lunch was my current latest obsession, still not going away anytime soon. I made my fabulous avo toast on Ezekiel bread with Veganaise, and on the side I had baby carrots and cottage cheese.



At work, I snacked on an apple with PB, but at this point you really don’t need a picture.


Dessert before dinner! I met up with Kaitlyn (who, by the way, made a killer infographic about nuts and different ways to use them… go check it out here) for some froyo. Even though the temps were below 40 degrees. I like to live life on the edge, and also I just like froyo. Plus, I got two punches on my froyo card because they do it by weather.



For dinner, I whipped up some brown rice and quinoa pasta and paired it with chicken and roasted broccoli. I’m having a marinara moment right now, so I put that on my meal as well, mixed with olive oil. Is it weird that in a jar of pasta sauce the serving size is like 5 or something, and I only get about 2 1/2 servings out of it? I’m a sauce girl for sure.


I can’t wait until it’s still light after 8 pm because these dark pics are killing my vibe.

Questions of the Day:
>> What was the weather where you are yesterday?
>> Tell me your favorite thing you ate yesterday.