Saturday, May 11, 2013

Good Addictiveness

Went to Mercurio's to use my Groupon and had this plate of deliciousness.
Antipasto Plate...yummmmm.....
Several types of olives, red pepper, spicy pickled banana peppers
and 2 toasts.
Coconut Crack....
Here is a nice little snack aptly named Coconut Crack.
The coconut butter was quite addictive on its own (or with apple).
But something about heating it and drizzling on cracklebred
then drizzling with honey that takes it over the edge.
The coconut butter is raw and organic
and as we all know
is totally a yummy coworker!
For the newbies reading:
A yummy coworker is a food that is as delicious as it is nutritious.

Notice the word "crack" in the name..don't say i didn't warn you..

Easy dinner....
Red lentils (1/4 c lentils prepared according to the package) with warmed tomatoes (1/2 c) and "Mexican blend" seasoning  (1T).
Served over tortilla chips.
Try not to just shovel it in..
Savor people!!!! That is a key to weight loss.
Eating slowly helps you to taste your food fully, savor the flavors and
it gives your body a chance to register fullness.
This is a quick and easy "I don't know what to make" meal.
Its chock full of protein and fills you up.
unnecessary yum-ness

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

General Store = Awesome..... Amish General Store = BeStillMyHeart

please ignore the smudge of excitement...
The last weekend in April I took a field trip to Warren Ohio
for a good friends bridal shower.

I was really happy to be able to make it to that, but sad to say I was even happier the day before when another friend took me to a General Store set in the heart of an Amish community!

I have an affection for General Stores.
Nostalgia in a modern setting is one of my favorite diversions.

This one is called the End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia, Ohio.

They have all kinds of amazing finds like classic candy, a wall of classic sodas, old timey toys (marbles and jacks y'all!!), flours by the pound, and Amish made meats, cheeses, jams and apothecary.

presorted bulk candies and assorted treats...
I had to purchase my items and leave the store so I didn't spend anymore money. Serious test to my willpower!

I had to keep chanting to myself "You need money for the trip!"

presents for the family

I purchased some marbles, giant button candy, violet candy, red and blue popcorn, dehydrated vegetables

As I was walking out the door I saw what may have sent me over the edge if I had seen it earlier:
A wall of penny candy!

Real, live, still costs a penny a piece penny candy!
Be still my heart!

Can you remember a time when your parents gave you a dollar and you felt like a millionaire?
My dollar would usually go towards a buffet of 50 pieces of candy, 1 huggie and 2 bags of chips.

Oh! And you'll never guess what else I saw...

I had a crazy revelation while in Ohio.
Amish people can be just as ghetto as the rest of us.

Check out this masterpiece of ghetto ingenuity:


That's right! A cart tricked out with old car seats to make a family "vehicle".
Better yet, the Amish gentleman who owned this had purchased it from someone else.
Is it possible there is a manufacturer of such awesomeness in Northern Ohio?

Just... wow....

A Delicious Dinner...
Tonight I fed a relatively healthy craving for tofu veggies and hoison sauce.
I bought all the ingredients on a Trader Joe's veggie run.
They have a package of stir fry veg with the hoison sauce in the freezer section.
Delicious quick meal when you've walked home from work and are too famished to fathom preparing anything from scratch.

What's that now? I'm the only person who walks home from work?
tsk.. Whatevs...

And now for a random bit of nerdiness...
Klaatu Barada Nikto

Saturday, May 4, 2013

It's May Already???

I did not post once in April.

That was a pretty lame thing to do.

I will definitely be making up for it this month.

And then I will be gone again in June.

But I will try to post when I can since I will have
wifi and internet cafe at my disposal.

But no promises since I dont know if I will have
any free moments to get my post on.

So stay tuned for some excitingness and some awesomeness and some yummy food and some health tips and maybe even a picture of me trying not to die while doing Zumba for the first time after 1 month eating myself to death in Italy. Won't that be fun?


Random Aside....

My local co-op had a little contest for Tom's of Maine and guess what!
I win-ded-ed (translation: i won)!

Here's what I got:

Deo, Soap, Mouthwash and 2 kinds of toothpaste and a cute bag
I really like Tom's (yes we are on a first name basis) products.
And I happen to have run our of 3 of the 5 products I received so I was even more stoked to win.
The soap and the toothpaste variation are new to me so Ill have to let you know how I like them.
Thanks East End Food Co-op!!

Random Meal....
Red Lentils with Veg