I am slightly embarrassed by myself today.


That’s Marionberry Pound Cake. x3.



Yes, I gorged. Major sweet tooth. I’ll give you two guesses why but you will only need one. 😀

Lunch was leftover shrimp/pasta from last night.


And an unpictured string cheese.

I managed to tough out work until almost 3 before hurrying home to the boy.

We almost immediately headed to Costco.

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And PCC.


$0 thanks to some coupons!

This brings our grocery challenge total to $34.59.

I didn’t feel like “cooking” so I channeled my inner Caitlin for dinner.


Kidney Beans.




Peas + butter + agave + walnuts = HEAVENLY PEAS.


Now we are going to the mall to do some window shopping. Hope it isn’t too crazy tonight!


PS – #NotInSF!!!


Grocery Challenge Underway!

After work, and fighting traffic for an hour, I dropped into the grocery store to get just a few things. I had $8 and a bunch of change in my wallet and I knew I didn’t want to spend more than that.

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Total: $8.24! Booya! And yay for 30% savings!

The Silk Soy Nog was a total splurge. Obviously. The yogurt was to get Jodus through next week (and it was on sale! Only 59 cents each!). The flour and yeast are for the bread… that is currently cooking away in the bread maker!

Leah’s Agave Amaranth-Wheat Bread

1 1/8 cup warm water

1/4 cup agave

2 Tbls canola oil

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup amaranth flour

1 1/2 tsp yeast

I based this off of reading a few recipes. It was hard to find something that didn’t require additional gluten or milk or some other ingredient I didn’t have. We’ll see how it turns out.

Dinner was my third impromptu sort of night in a row!

I started by sautéing a few sliced mushrooms, half an onion, and some minced garlic in some canola oil and butter.


Then I added a bunch of asparagus and simmered a bit longer.


And about a pound of shrimp, simmer a few.


Lots of salt and pepper.


The juice of 1 lemon, simmer.

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3 diced roma tomatoes.


Serve over pasta, top with parmesan cheese.

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Jodus gives it a B. I feel like it is a lot like other dishes I have made in the past. I’m rather unadventurous with shrimp I suppose. Not sure why.

Our evening will be filled with grossness.


Ew. We are watching THEM ALL throughout the next week or so!

This weekend, Jodus and I are planning on deep cleaning and purging our place. I get the itch to do that from time to time. 😉

Do you have any fun plans for this weekend?

I am sad I won’t be in San Fran at the Foodbuzz Festival! 😦


Record Heat Wave – 102*

Morning Snack

Breakfast didn’t really seem to hold me over too well. By 9am, my belly was a-rumblin’.

I had fruit salad, from a few nights ago, topped with Yami Yogurt (again).

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That was the last of the fruit salad! May need to make another batch. It was delicious! I have plenty of fruit to do it, too!

(There may have been a piece of chocolate following this…)


Leftover Shrimp Gumbo from Sunday night.

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No rice hiding in there today. Just the gumbo.

(There may have been a piece of chocolate following this too…)

Afternoon Snack

I didn’t really eat one at work like usual. It was actually off for me. But when I got home, I was hungry so I ate a string cheese.

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So lately, Angela and Tina have been talking about being in an exercise funk. I feel their pain. I haven’t exercised since Saturday. I think it has to do with the heat un-motivating me even though it shouldn’t be an excuse because the gym has plenty of fans and I think it is air conditioned. I haven’t even been doing yoga in the morning! Could be that it’s that time of the month too… I’m just very unmotivated. But today, I made it happen. I forced myself to do some kind of activity today.

The boy actually got home early so he was there when I got there and we decided to go for a jog. Outside. Recording breaking temperatures for Seattle and we are running outside. Possibly insane. I almost died. I really don’t know how all you Floridians do  it.  We went really slow. We took lots of walking/water breaks. We actually probably walked more than jogged but my feet were hurting (per usual) and it was hot and hilly.

The stats:

3.11 miles

48 minutes (I told you we went slow)

453 cal burned

40% from fat

Max HR 182

Ave HR 157

I felt really good that we accomplished it. As soon as I got home, I noticed I was rashy and getting an emerging breakout already. This made me think of Caitlin and her post yesterday about bacne. I’m pretty sure it’s heat related. I’ve been breaking out recently on my neck and chest which is odd. I’m going to blame the heat. And try and stay out of it.


Tonight, I made up some Ground Turkey Taco/Fajita Salads.

These salads were MONDO!

I sautéed some onion and garlic in a skillet, added ground turkey to cook up.

Mixed in a pack of Simply Organic Taco Fajita Seasoning.

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The salad had a little bit of artisan lettuce and spinach.

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Slathered with Chalula Hot Sauce…

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Toppings include:

  • grape tomatoes
  • corn
  • black beans
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • crunched up Jalapeno FSTG chips
  • avocado slices
  • shredded cheese

And a small side of leftover guacamole and Jalapeno chips.

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Some parting words…

You may or may not (*ahem* Google Reader users) have seen my new layout and header. I want to give a huge thanks to Claudia, my dear friend for helping me with the header design. Any of you bloggers out there want to freshen up your header, give her a shout!

Also, I had a small (very small) breakdown today. A few months ago, my dear friend, Lis, introduced me to the world of the Julie/Julia Project. Today, I finally finished reading the blog. Every. Single. Entry. And. Comment. So bittersweet. I feel as though I have an immense void in my life. I immediately attempted to fill the void by purchasing the book on Amazon in  hopes that it would get here with enough time for me to power through it without coming up for air before the movie premiere next Friday. I’m sure I have pissed off someone by “running out” and buying it a mere week and a half before my birthday but I’m sorry. As I said, I needed to fill the void. My heart is heavy. Maybe more chocolate will do the trick until the book arrives? Hm. Maybe I should try to finish Under the Banner of Heaven this weekend then…

Off to watch another episode of The Wire!









A new toy!

Morning Snack

I had fruit salad, that I prepped the night before, topped with Yami Peach Yogurt and a few fresh raspberries that one of the girls at work gave me!

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So yum!


Leftover Shrimp Gumbo from last night.

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It was also delicious but I could tell today that the okra was rather overcooked. Oops! (Don’t worry, I adjusted the cooking time to take that into consideration on my recount of it yesterday.)

Afternoon Snack

The boy did a great job chopping veggies yesterday so today I munched on mushroom, bell pepper, and carrots dipped in Sabra hummus.

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I also had a juice box! 😀

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I worked a little later today because my carpool buddy had a late meeting and I need to stay on her good side. 😉 I picked up the boy, who was patiently waiting for me, we grabbed the car from the shop, and headed home. By this time, it was nearly 7 so we vetoed the run we had planned and just got to work on grub.


Inspired by this recipe, I made Walnut Crusted Salmon with Horseradish. Very easy to make! Just slap some horseradish on the fillets, salt and pepper, press in crushed walnuts and drizzle in melted butter. Bake at 425* for 12 minutes!

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While the salmon was baking, I whipped up a quick batch of couscous. To fix up the couscous, I added some halved grape tomatoes, feta and green onions.

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With a side of steamed asparagus

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I only had a half of a fillet, the other half was put away for leftovers!

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Dinner only took maybe 20 minutes to throw together! Not bad, eh?

(Again, I live close enough to Canada to get away with the ‘eh’!)

Also! Amazingness! When we got home, there was a beautiful package waiting for me from Jodus’ mom! It was her hardly used breadmaker which I am sure cost a small fortune to ship but I am super excited to start making my own breads!! Yay! That shall come in the near future after some research. 😉

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Chopping crazy!


Leftovers made an appearance which is actually quite rare on the weekends but we had a busy day planned around the house.

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Last night’s Pesto Pasta with Broccoli, Chicken, and Tomato

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We got to work on cleaning up around the house. We make a pretty good team and had everything done in maybe an hour? And the boy has been working on laundry all day.

I also dug through a box my mom brought her last visit full of stuff from my (and her) childhood!

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                       Baby Book                          Manner’s (check out the last one!)

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I was always meant to be a Cougar!                      Girl Scout Vest

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                        Ballet Gear                                           My travels

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Such a cute kid! (Click on any of the photos to enlarge)

After my reminiscing, we took a walk up to the grocery store in search of some greeting cards and creole seasoning and came home with a bunch of fruit, creole seasoning, and the Sunday paper.

We grabbed a Starbucks for the walk home.

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Grande Unsweet Iced Passion Tea for me and a Coffee Light Frap for the boy.

We goofed off a bit at home on the internet. I tweeted, browsed Craigslist, etc.

We started dinner around 4 because it was going to take a couple of hours. I planned this meal out better than last week… long prep time = weekend meals!

Shrimp Gumbo

  • 2 lbs deveined, tail-off shrimp
  • 2 lbs fresh okra, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomato, undrained
  • 1/2 a can of tomato paste
  • EVOO
  • Minced Garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of green onion
  • Creole seasoning (to taste), or salt, pepper, and cayenne
  • 6 cups water

This is relatively easy to make but it is time consuming and goes much easier if you can enlist the help of a boy to help with the chopping!

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Sauté the okra in EVOO for 15 minutes.

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Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté another 15 minutes.

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Season the shrimp with creole and set aside.

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Prep the “sauce.” Mix 6 cups of water with the tomatoes, tomato paste, and garlic.

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When veggies are done, add to the liquid stuff.

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Bring to a boil then drop it down to simmer for 25 minutes. Somewhere in here, I started some wild rice. And grabbed a beer. 😀

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The boy and I sat on the deck with our beer and talked about the future.

When the 25 minutes is up, throw in the shrimp for another 20 minutes.

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When it’s done, throw in some chopped green onion. Serve over rice.

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Doesn’t it look divine?

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What’s this? A new placemat? No. Just the opposite side of the one set I own. 😉

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How was the gumbo? FAB! I think everyone should try it! So good! You can totally adjust the spices to your own palate. We made it pretty decently spicy. The boy gives it a solid “A”!!!

Serves 6-8

So while dinner was cooking, we went chopping crazy! First, we had to chop the stuff for dinner. Then the boy got to work chopping veggies for lunches for the week. And I chopped up a ton of fruit for a fruit salad! An apple, a pear, a banana, some strawberries, blueberries, grapes, blackberries, a peach. I might have a bowl for dessert tonight but you guys will see it tomorrow morning. Doing all that prep work makes it super quick and easy to pack lunches. Especially when you have leftovers.


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Happy Friday!

Ok, so you know how I said I had the best BF ever earlier? Fact.

When I got home from work, I was greeted with this.


Just because flowers. The best.

Ok, back to the eats.

Morning Snack

We are officially out of kiwi so today was just yogurt with a peach.


I actually took a picture of my yogurt today! This Yami yogurt is totally my fav. The boy had it the other day… maybe yesterday? The day before? And said it was so good. Yay! Now we only have to buy 1 kind of yogurt at the store now!


Leftovers graced the presence of my lunch today.


Minty Bulgur Wheat with Peach Salad from last night, with the Spicy Broiled Shrimp.


I threw all of that on top of the last of our artisan lettuce from Costco, just in time to get restocked tonight!


The shrimp was not nearly as spicy today! I don’t know if it was because I ate it cold or that I mixed it in really well with the bulgur salad and had the lettuce to help tame the fire but I didn’t even need to slam water after this meal!  

Afternoon Snack

Something a little different, I had strawberries  and a string cheese.


I pretty much just grazed on these strawberries all afternoon. It was nice to just occassionally enjoy one here and there.


Oh how I love warm summer days! I am convinced that Seattle has the best summers! Not too hot, not too cold. Beautiful mountains. Beautiful sparkling water. Ahhh, I love it!

Boy already had the grill heated up when I got home. Tonight, we are grilling up some venison hot beer links (not to be confused with bear) that were given to us by my Mom and Not-Dad on there recent trip here.


While the boy manned the grill, I carmelized some vidalia onion.

We ate the links on whole wheat hot dog buns, topped with the onions and mustard.


On the side was leftover Confetti Couscous from Wednesday.


And some grilled zucchini that had been tossed in lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper.


Along with a tasty beer that we got from our neighbor that happens to be the brewery manager for the only brewery in town, Gallagher’s. Score! It’s on our agenda to visit when we get a free night to indulge. 😉 I was happy to see on their site that they use all natural ingredients. That’s nice of them! It appears that you can brew beers there! You, yes, you! I am intriguied and must learn more! They also offer 45 wines! I think I might die and go to heaven! It is actually probably pretty dangerous that we learned of this place!


There is no label so I’m not sure exactly what it is. We think a Pilsner? The boy said something about a floral hoppiness. To me, that means a bunny hopping throug fields of wildflowers. Obviously, I am uneducated in beer. Not to be confused with bear. All I know is whether I like a beer or not. And I liked this one. Thumbs up!


The finished product:


Dinner was perfect. I was very full. A little uncomfortably so but that is probably because of the beer and a couple extra bites of the couscous out of the bowl. teehee. So satisfied though. A perfect Friday night during the summer meal. The venison links had great flavor. A little zip but not too much. The skin was a little tougher to bite through than a normal link I think but oh-so worth it. Thanks Mom and Not-Dad!

Now we’re off to watch a movie! Ta-ta!


Jamaica Me Crazy!

Morning Snack

I’ll give you 3 guesses but you only need one!


Mixed Berry Yogurt with a peach and two kiwi.

Are you surprised?

I did manage to hold off until 10 am before eating this. A small victory.


A tad bizarre and just okay, I had leftover BBQ Mustard Chicken from last night and brown “fried” rice from the night before.


And I proceeded to mix it all up.


And devour it. It’s kinda embarrassing how fast I ate it. For some reason, at the stroke of noon, I was famished. I think it was a mental thing. Maybe not.

For my actual lunch break, I went out to read in my car Jodus’ car that is equipped with a sunroof in the sun. I then proceeded to pass the *%!# out for the next half hour, and woke up to my phone vibrating from missed calls. I wiped the drool off my mouth and then headed back into the wonderfully air-conditioned office building. Boy, did that wake me up. Not sure what the dealio is with the cat naps at lunch. I feel like I’m getting enough sleep… 7 hours? Maybe not.

When I got back to my desk, I started eating my afternoon snack. 😦


Mushrooms with Sabra Hummus

It was delightful. As mushrooms and hummus always are. But now I must come up with something else for an afternoon snack. Hmmmm….

Afternoon Snack

I raided my stash at work which is actually getting scarily low… mostly due to my generosity of feeding the ill-prepared women in the office that complain they are hungry and have nothing to eat. I have a weakness for charity cases I suppose. At least when it comes to food.

After thrashing around the bottom of my drawer, I remorsefully decided on a Forze GPS chocolate peanut butter bar. This was given to me by a coworker that worked at the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Marathon a couple weeks ago and got a lot of free stuff from vendors.

So why the wariness? On the bar, it says “Designed to activate the body’s natural appetite control signal.” Well all right then. Please note, I am not eating this to appease my appetite control, though I need it today, I am eating it for lack of options and I can not turn down free food to save my life. It’s a complex.

So here’s the stats:

Forze Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 bar (40g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 160Calories from Fat 50  

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Total Fat 6g


Saturated Fat 1.5g


Trans Fat 0g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 105 mg


Total Carbohydrate 21g


Dietary Fiber 4g


Sugars 8g


Protein 8g


Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 10%


Vitamin E 10%
Thiamin 10%


Riboflavin 10%
Niacin 10%


Folic Acid 10%
Calcium 40%
Seems okay enough, right?



 Not terrible… not the best either. Whatevs. I’m game.

According to the website, the reason it is an appetite control is because it offers more satiety for the calories than other bars. Hm. Ok. Doesn’t really seem like “activation” to me but whatev.

So here’s what you all want to know, right? How the heck did it taste? Get to the point, Leah!


It was pretty good! Chocolate-y for sure. Sweet. A slight crunch. Tastes kinda like chocolate rice krispies or something.

Did it keep me full?

Well, I ate it at 3:15. I had a rumbly in my tummy 2 hours later. But it seemed to subside. But by 7, I was ravishing. I wouldn’t say that it held me over better than any other bar persay.

After work, I headed to the gym. I did a 30 minutes core class followed by a 55 minute sculpt class just to test out the new gym classes. The core was meh. Lots of crunches variations, nothing new. Challenging, yes, but not something I am going to do on the regular. The scultp class was good. I would do it again but the timing threw my whole evening. I was home half an hour later than usual gym days and was stressed by dinner.

I did burn ~500 cals though. Not too shabby for no cardio.


Being that it was one of the longer workout days, I planned something that was “quick and easy”. Or so I thought.

I had planned on making Minty Bulgur Wheat and Peach Salad from Cooking Light along with some broiled shrimp and a salad.

I was excited when I saw this recipe in the magazine. I have bulgur. I have mint. I have peaches. Jicama. I’m scared now. Um. I have never actually prepared jicama. I’m not even sure how to pronounce it. I was corrected the last time I said it out loud in public and now I can’t remember. The thing has been staring at me in my fridge all week. Wish me luck.

Well, when I got home and reread the recipe, I see that the bulgur has to stand an hour. And then you mix everything together. And then it stands for another hour. I can tell you right now, that ain’t happening.

So I boil the water to do the bulgur. If I were smart, I would have done it this morning and let it sit all day but I’m not smart so I didn’t.


I got everything else ready for the salad. Made the sauce/dressing. 


Chopped the peaches.


Chopped the mint

Oh dear. Here comes the jicama.


I sh!t you not, I Googled “how to peel jicama”. The boy ended up taking over peeling duties after my frustration.

 Diced that bad boy up.

 And then waited. And waited. The bulgur was taking forev!


 Got to work on a small salad. I used Costco artisan lettuce, a tomato, and… that’s it. Clever, eh? (There’s that damn “eh” again!) 

On to the shrimp! I referred to Rachel Ray for an easy dry rub.


I like simple!

We use frozen, deveined, tail off shrimp from Costco (surprise, surprise). I turned the oven onto broil, rubbed the rub onto the mass quantities of shrimp I had dethawed, and spread them evenly on a cookie sheet that had been wrapped in foil and sprayed in EVOO for easy clean-up (for the boy – muwahahahaaaa). And waited. The bulgur still wasn’t ready.

Plan B.

Eat salad. It’s a two course night apparently. Topped with the oh-so-not-healthy-but-oh-so-delicious Jaimaca Mistake Dressing. You are Jaimac-ing a mistake by not using this dressing! 😉


(Please ignore the Nutrition Facts on the website. For your own good. And mine.)

Done eating salad, check bulgur. Eff, man! Still has liquid! I consult with the boy, he says it’s cool. We’ll just hang for a bit. We throw in an episode of The Wire, Season 4. I’m chilling. But very annoyed with dinner. It’s 8pm and we haven’t eaten. Gr. On the upside, the boy has tomorrow off so that is one less lunch I need to pack after dinner. Booya. On the tail end of work today, I made my menu for next week. Along with a shopping list. And I’m sending the boy to Costco alone tomorrow. His first time ever! Wonder how he’ll do…. He’ll be fine. 😉

At this point, I’m just waiting for the bulgur to absorb. No way in hell I’m gonna let it sit for a whole ‘nother hour in the dressing. Eff that. It’ll be fine without that little detail, right?

At some point in here, the bulgur looks “good enough” so I proceed with the salad and throw the shrimp in the oven.

It was done shortly and we ate in the living room watching The Wire.


 The shrimp was spicy! I think tooooo spicy. The boy liked it. I ended up mixing it in with the sweeter/citrusy bulgur salad to cut the spice. And I still drank a bunch of water. And ate a piece of dark chocolate afterwards… to clean my palate, you know! 😉

I’m ready for bed. Yoga in the morning! And the boy is making breakfast! Yay!