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Ah, nothing like a good sweaty run and a nice yoga sesh to end your day!

Of course it began quite spectacularly as well.

Nothing like fresh Zeke bread to start your day with a bang.

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with dreams + some festive berries and yo-go.

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Red, white and blue berries.

That is one fantastic brekkie.

And a fantastic lunchie.

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STEAMY FAJITAS!

  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 small purple onion
  • 1 chicken tender
  • shrimp
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • spinach
  • 0% Fage

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Glamour shot.

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My mouth was so GLAMOUROUS after eating that.

Or boom, boom, pow.

It was something.

Re-enter Zeke bread.

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Dreamless, but not yumless.

Sometimes I like my snacks just as they are. Simple. Unadorned.

No glasses.

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Wait. Where did you get those?

Seriously, I have the most vain snacks. They are forever throwing on accessories.

After I did away with Zeke I busied myself with the million and one things that had to be done all of a sudden.

It was such a super busy afternoon, so I skipped the gym in favor of posting some recipes while I waited for it to cool enough for the aforementioned run + yoga. I love me some Dawnelle.

I love pizza too.

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It was so pretty out that I ate on the porch.

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Until I was attacked.

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Innocent enough.

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Then she starts sniffing.

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and stalking.

Then she pounced and I didn’t get a picture. I was too busy protecting my pizza.

I skedaddled inside and finished the pizza + a dreamy dessert.

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You knew it was coming.

Women who fend off dangerous attack kittens MUST HAVE FRO-YO!

 

Galatians 5:1 (The Message)

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.

I think Francesca Battistelli says it best:

Cause I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
On my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me

And you’re free to be you…

And isn’t that what Independence Day is all about?

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I have been stirring around in the kitch quite a bit as of late.

Saturday of course I made my pasta salad.

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The recipe can be found here.

I didn’t tell you (sneaky, sneaky me), but I also made these pickles to go with the salad.

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  • Sliced cukes (3-4)
  • 1 scant cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove fresh garlic
  • apple cider vinegar

In a quart jar mix sugar, salt and garlic powder. Fill to top with vinegar. Shake well, so that salt and sugar dissolve into a brine. Divide brine between two jars. Fill with cucumbers. Let refrigerate overnight.

So yummy. I try not to make these often as they tend to get gone quickly. By gone, I mean I eat them all.

Last nights kitchen adventures included this:

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Lemon Cream Cheese Pie

(Please note that this is no way to be construed as a health food just because it appeared on this blog. I actually made it to take to work.)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 egg yolks (beaten)
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (divided)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 pkg. instant lemon pudding mix (3-4 oz)
  • 2 baked pie shells
  • whipped cream

Combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually add cold water, mixing until smooth. Cook over medium heat until thick and clear. Quickly stir in beaten egg yolks. Bring to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter, salt, and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Cool in refrigerator. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and condensed milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in pudding mix and remaining 1/3 cup of juice. Mix with chilled mixture. Pour into two baked pie crusts. Top with whipped cream.

I didn’t eat any of this today, but it got RAVE reviews and my boss took the rest home. That speaks largely of it in my book. So, if you are not doing the diet thing and want a nice lemony dessert for the 4th, this is perfecto!

I also made some zucchini bread, because Bobbi had some on her blog that looked scrumptious the other day.

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I followed the same recipe from Cooking Light that Bobbi used and made the following adaptions.

  • 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose flour
  • added 1 banana
  • 3 egg whites instead of the egg substitute

I also made it pretty like Leah and sliced bananas over the top.

Not only pretty, it smelled fabulous while baking. What else can you ask of bread?

Now that it has cooled down a little I am off to sneaky sneak a run in.

Be back later, gator!

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Last night my sister asks: Hey are you getting up to run in the morning?

Me, knowing myself: No, probably not.

Guess, what?

I was right.

I awakened with just enough time to wolf down this bowl ‘o pleasure.

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ORANGE BOWL full of PB Puffins and vanilla soy milk.

My morning was filled with papers and telemarketers trying to sell stuff we don’t need. I started letting all ‘blocked calls’ go to voicemail about 9 am. I was busily planning this:

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and this

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and also this

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and maybe this

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So what if that is all the same plate of vegetables. They were my muse this lunch hour. Until I devoured them, that is. Food is just such a delectable muse.

I just love Picasa, don’t you?

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It does the craziest things to a picture of TJ’s chocolate edamame.

After I fielded more ‘blocked calls’ I grudgingly drove my car to the gym.

I did something like 45 minutes of strength training and 30 minutes of incline walking. I will not bore you with the details.

Moving right on.

I stopped at good ol’ Harris n’ Teeter’s for some essentials.

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The MaraNatha was on SALE! Which allowed for the Dark Chocolate Dreams. I am already having dreams of what all I can do with that stuff.

Like this:

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Fro-Yo + spoonful of Dreams.

I felt like Meg Ryan in ‘When Harry Met Sally’.

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

I did eat this first:

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Lettuce, grapes, strawberries, cukes, craisins, carrots and raspberries. Some call this a salad. Some call it Hugh Jass. Or Gore Jass. This one was pretty Gore Jass. To bad it was overshadowed by dessert.

Dessert.

Oh dessert.

You want another shot?

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Dream about that.

I know I will.

 
Psalm 14:5 (The Message)

Do you think you can mess with the dreams of the poor? You can’t, for God makes their dreams come true.

He can make all our dreams come true. Even the ones about chocolate and fro-yo.

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Today started mildly.

I woke up and went for a nice little walk with my pops.

Certainly nothing that prepared me for this:

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It looks pretty.

Trust me.

It wasn’t.

I was completely out of spinach so I tossed into the VitaMix:

  • frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • almond milk
  • 2 stalks of celery

Ugh. I do not waste food. Half of this went down the drain. Puke-a-licious.

Thankfully I had this to save me:

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A blueberry pancake with agave and powdered sugar. Thank you pancake.

After that halfway delicious bfast I went to early service at church. I love early service. It allowed for lots of lake time today.

En route to the lake I stopped at a cute little coffee house for a snackie.

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Unsweetened skinny chai latte. ‘Twas fabulous. All memories of pink celery monster were erased.

My afternoon involved lots of sun and water.

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Hey Matt? You aren’t getting much of anywhere in that thing.

Time for a boat with a motor.

TUBE WAR!

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I ate lunch somewhere in the middle of all this.

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  • pickles
  • sauteed squash and onions
  • moi pasta salad
  • turkey

I went back for seconds on the pickles, pasta salad and squash.

Plus I had a little baby ice cream cup.

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Hey, I canoed like halfway around the cove!

Several hours later I came home for a food bloggers paradise.

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Crack wrap and cheetahs.

+

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apple and almond butter.

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FOOD BLOGGER PARADISE!

Luke 23:43 (NIV)

 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Jesus was saying that to one of the two thieves who hung with him on the cross, but in reality don’t we all have the chance to be with him in paradise? Hey, whether your paradise be crack and cheetahs, or the Garden of Eatin’ Eden, he welcomes us all with open arms.

What’s your paradise?

I imagine that there will be a big lake with white sandy beaches and lots of Edy’s Girl Scout Cookie ice cream. Oh, and don’t forget the cheetahs and crack.

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Hot Body Secrets

When I last left you it was burnin’ up.

So I decided to cool off.

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Enter the mid-day GM snackie.

So delicious.

I then proceeded to catch up on the news.

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J&K, SJP’s twins, Ed McMahon dying…all overshadowed and outdated since the passing of MJ.

So I switched to hot body secrets.

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and then I remembered.

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Yes I am. www.operationbeautiful.com

It was still muggy so I whipped up this quick and easy pasta salad.

  • 1 pkg Krazy Mac noodles
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 (small) cucumber
  • 1 can black olives
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup light italian dressing (I use Ken’s)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/8 cup water

Boil pasta until soft. Set aside to cool in a large bowl.

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Chop veggies and olives.

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Add to pasta.

In a measuring cup mix dressing, EVOO, vinegar and water. Stir well.

Pour over pasta and veggies. Stir together and refrigerate until cool.

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You can leave it like that or take it a step further (like me) and add shrimp and feta cheese.

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Yum.

I had that with crack and craisins.

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So crackalicious.

I’m currently babysitting this:

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I know. I can’t tell what it is either.

I’m going to prod it awake and see if it likes pasta salad. I have plenty to share.

Wish me luck!

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I’ve been asked, How do you find time to cook 3 meals a day?

Guess what? I don’t.

I know it may come as a shock to some of you, but I am human.

I do eat out. Usually it’s on the weekend though, so that’s why I seem like such a Betty Crocker during the week.

Last night was Aladdin’s.

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Hummus Falaffel Rolled Pita

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Carrot apple juice

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Someone else’s cheesecake. I tasted it, and it passed inspection. DIG IN, EVERYONE!

I saw The Hangover finally last night. I laughed my butt off. If you haven’t seen it, GO, so that we can quote lines together.

Did you hear that? The baby’s name is Tyler. Yeah, I thought he looked like a Carlos too.

 

This morning was a hot one!

The combo of that and my germ friends had me keeping my 6 miler at a nice easy 10 minute mile.

I showered my stanky self and ate this:

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RED BOWL full of:

  • Kashi Honey Sunshine
  • TJ’s pomegranate greek yogurt
  • blueberries
  • spoonful of almond butter

Weird combo for a slightly weird girl. It was delish!

Lunch was yet another example of my weekend laziness.

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Yes that says Wendy’s.

Ultimate Chicken Grill and a mandarin orange cup with a water.

I haven’t had fast food in so long…I wolfed that baby down.

Does fast food scare you?

It scares me.

It scared me that I enjoyed it so much.

Oh well.

 

Psalm 46:1-3 (The Message)

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.

That tells me that when we are scared, be it of fast food or (perhaps) a tiger in the bathroom, we can always hide in Him. His love and strength will surround us and hold us tight. Think of a big ol’ God Hug. Everyone loves hugs, right?

 

Stay cool guys! It’s burnin’ up like a JoBro here.

 

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Beat it

I decided at about 5:45 am that today would be a rest day.

My body needs to rest so it can fight off these germs.

Gunky, Groany, Sneezy, Wheezy and Achy.

Thankfully I had the perfect breakfast in mind.

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Blueberry pancakes a la Kath. Topped with a drizzle of agave + dusting of powdered sugar + half a naner.

With some vitamin C in a glass.

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I actually had one more pancake than is pictured. They were just soooo good, I didn’t want to quit eating.

But work was calling me.

Bye – bye pancakes. We shall meet again.

 

Lunch today looked a lot like dinner last night. I think they are cousins or something.

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Get ready for your close up.

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There is that elusive apricot again.

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More Vita C.

I also snacked on some more ImmuGo and Zicam.

And Lady Luna finally got her act together.

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Now that is they way a lady should behave. My mother would be so proud.

What shall be for dinnah? Well I have a lovely invite from a classy lady. Perhaps you saw? What can I say? My sissy(s) know(s) me like no other.  

(There are several. I don’t want to offend anyone. Therefore the (s).)

 

Psalm 26:3 (The Message)

So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you, never missing a beat.

 

Speaking of beats. Beat it. Just Beat it.

R.I.P.

Fingerless gloves shall never be the same.

 

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