Lucky Duck

Hi there! Is everyone excited for an abbreviated workweek? You know I don’t like Tuesdays, but since I have a very short week this week, I can handle it 🙂

Monday recap 

Yesterday was such a great, lazy day. I love days that have absolutely nothing on the agenda. No “have to’s” of any kind. This weekend I slept 9 – 10 hours each night and it was glorious. I guess my body needed to catch up on some sleep!

I spent about an hour at the pool yesterday. Jesus Christ – it was 100 degrees outside! That’s a little too hot for me. I also limited my time both pool days because I know being in the sun isn’t the best. But, gooosh, I love having a tan!

Post-pool I came back and whipped up a smoothie in no time 🙂

Refreshing!

My spinach stash had gone bad, so this was a regular old smoothie (please note my extremely precise measurements):

  •  Just enough skim milk to get everything movin’
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • A dollop of blueberry Chobani
  • 1 1/2 tbsp PB
  • 1 banana
  • 1 frozen strawberry

It was tasty, and even though you cannot taste the spinach, I missed it!

Two for two 

I made a smoothie, and Cory made a baguette from scratch. No big deal.

He’s never made bread. He just felt like giving it a try. It turned out so well! I even snagged a huge chunk to eat at lunch today 🙂

Cory was actually 2 for 2 in the kitchen yesterday. We had a little cookout and he made the best burgers I have ever tasted in my entire life. Truly, they were out of this world. How lucky am I? Seriously.

Gross picture, I know. But this was the only one I took. The food was hot and ready to be eaten, so I really didn’t take the time to try and be creative. You forgive me, right? 😉

(PS – We didn’t have any butter for the corn, so I sprinkled some parmesan cheese on the cob and it was quite a nice substitute!)

Movin’ Out

Cory moves into our new place in less than a month (!!), so he spent a good chunk of time cleaning out his closet. Look at all this stuff he’s sending to Goodwill!

A good amount of t-shirts were Longwood related, and it was kind of sad to see them placed into the give away pile. I would see a shirt and think “You wore that on such-and-such date.” It was strange!

Tuesday Workout

Remember how I said I’ve been getting 9 – 10 hours of sleep for the past few days? Yeah. Well, when my alarm went off at the ass-crack of dawn, I didn’t budge. An afternoon workout is in my future.

Tuesday Breakfast 

I am running so low on food right now! Like I said, it’s a short week for me because I’m traveling this weekend, so I’m trying to avoid buying food that will go bad. That said, I went to the grocery store at 6 AM to buy juuust enough to get me through the next three days 🙂

Thank goodness I made the decision to go to the store – how would I have been able to enjoy my beloved cereal combo without milk?!

Quaker oatmeal squares, Special K Multi Grain Oats & Honey, Cheerios, banana, almond slivers 

Well, my friends – that’s the story so far! I’m off to make the bacon 🙂 I’ll catch you guys later!

Let’s chat:

 Have you ever made bread from scratch? I sure haven’t!  

 What’s your favorite smoothie concoction? Plain and simple: PB & banana, (and spinach) for me! 


It’s Beginning to Feel a lot Like Summer

I think we were pretty split down the middle about who indulges over the weekend and who doesn’t.

My last post made me seem like I’m a trash-food vacuum Friday – Sunday. I realized after the fact that that probably wasn’t the best “healthy living blogger” thing for me to share, but I was just trying to highlight the fact that, to me, not being afraid of foods is a huge part of the definition of “healthy living.”

No matter if and when you indulge, I hope you enjoy it every time! 🙂


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I woke up this morning with a sinus headache (anyone else feelin’ the allergies lately?) so I stayed in bed with every intention of an afternoon workout with Cory. I was super pumped because we don’t normally workout together, and I was more than ready to embrace the change of pace.

But when we got to the gym (at his apartment complex) there were 6 people lifting weights, which meant no room for us. Not to be defeated, we decided to go for a long walk and chat about our days.

10 minutes into the walk I was a sneezing, coughing, watery-eyed mess. Ugh.

Allergies: 1, Colleen: 0

Tomorrow is a new day, yes?

Although I spent the rest of the afternoon resisting the urge to scratch my face off, I really do appreciate the nice weather. Life is so much nicer when the sun is shining 🙂

Cory was so happy that he bought his favorite beer, Woodchuck 🙂

And what better way to embrace summer weather than to have one of my favorite sandwiches for dinner?

Mozzarella , tomato and basil on a fresh baguette 

So, so good. Even though I can’t smell much, this baby tasted heavenly. This is the kind of sandwich that I want to make the “last” bite last as long as possible. I never want it to end! 🙂

I’m not quite sure what the rest of the evening holds, but whatever it is, I’m pretty confident it’s going to be relaxing! I hope you’re able to do the same!

Let’s chat – What’s your favorite sandwich? Do allergies bother you this time of year? I really think I would benefit from living in a plastic bubble.


Hi. Hello? Hey!

Sometimes I feel weird because I don’t know how to write my “salutation” for a post.

Hi! Hey? Howdy, partner! Greetings. What up, baby dolls? (<— something I would never ever say.)

Forget it. Hey. Howya been?

I spent the afternoon just lounging around. I even got to lay out for about an hour, which was fabulous. The sunny weather was just beckoning me to lay outside and soak it all up 😉

The only semi-issue is that the pool doesn’t open until next weekend.

And I don’t have a back yard.

So I grabbed a blanket and hoofed it over to the lake across the street to set up shop. I felt so exposed, although there was really no one else around. It feels so weird to be in a bathing suit in general when it’s sort of out of context – i.e. a grassy field where families take their fully clothed children to chase geese.

I digress.

Cory and I made our way over to Wegman’s this afternoon. Has anyone else ever been there? Holy cannoli! That place is so busy – but I love it! I also enjoy it because it’s like a less-snooty (I said it) Whole Foods.

We bought some kale because a) it’s such a power-house of a food  and b) Cory had the fun idea to make kale chips.

The attempt for making the kale chips was a disappointing one. We cut and ripped just like the internet instructed.

Then we tossed them in olive oil and salt before we put them in the oven to bake at 400 for 10 minutes – but they were a sad sight upon completion. They tasted like salty air. I’ll spare you the photo graphs.

My redemption came in the form of stuffed peppers for dinner.

Burnt Cheese, we meet again. 

Despite the burnt appearance, these were actually good! I ended up making mashed cauliflower as a side, and they should receive an honorable mention. For a food that attempts to fill the shoes of the Almighty Mashed Potato, they do an alright job.

Now that we have full bellies and a clean kitchen, it looks like I have some time to catch up on some of my favorite shows 🙂 Does anyone else love Hulu as much as I do?

Have a great night!!

Let’s chat – Do you have a favorite sitcom? I LOVE Modern Family!   


Easter Recap

Happy belated Easter, my friends! Whether you celebrate the day or not, I hope you had a great weekend 🙂

Mine was fantastic. It was filled with family, relaxation and a whole lotta food. It was wonderful! I think it’s perfectly acceptable to loosen the belt buckle and throw caution to the wind every now and then and just enjoy food. And that’s exactly what happened this weekend 😉

Don’t mind me. I’m a 23-year-old who still enjoys coloring eggs…

I’m also a 23-year-old who still gets excited about an Easter basket! 🙂

So.much.candy.

Money shot.

I think the Easter Bunny reads this blog and knows that I’m learning to bake 😉

Let me tell you something. Cory’s mom is the Hostess with the Mostest. She is the Detail Queen and I love it! I mean seriously. Look at the table settings she created.

Too cute right?

And the food was fabulous. I pulled the I’ll try a little bit of everything that’s on the table card.

Looking at this picture, I realize that this serving makes me seems quite anal. I’m swear I’m not a 5-year-old. I really don’t mind if my foods touch 😉

I also went to town on desserts. But let me just highlight my favorite. Enter: a ball of red velvet cake that was rolled in cheesecake, that was then rolled in graham cracker crumbs, that was then dipped in white chocolate. Heaven on a stick? I think so.

I’m certain I will be dreaming of these.

Cory didn’t want to keep a lot of the candy in our Easter basket, so guess who it came home with? This girl. Who has sticky fingers around sweets. I have to take precautionary measures when left alone with bags of candy.

I measure out serving sizes and put them in separate baggies so when I do want a little treat, I can grab and go.

Otherwise I will devour an entire bag of Starburst jellybeans in one sitting. And then I’ll try to convince myself that because they’re so tiny, they can’t possibly have any substantial caloric impact…

Let’s chat – What’s your favorite Easter candy? Starburst jellybeans. Duh.


Fake-Me-Out Spaghetti

Hi friends! How’s the transition from weekend to work week going for everyone? These past few days have been full of exciting things, so I’m still running around with my head in the clouds 🙂

If you happened to miss yesterday’s post, you didn’t hear my fantastic news! We are so excited. We may or may not have walked around Home Goods last night just “looking for inspiration.” Does anyone else love Home Goods as much as I do??

Sunday Dinner

Cory and I tried spaghetti squash for the first time last night. This stuff is so freakin’ cool – have you tried it before? (Cory picked up this squash at Whole Foods.) All we had to do was cut it in half, place it on a baking sheet (cut side down) and place in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes

When you pull it out of the oven, flip it over, grab two forks and start shredding

I was so amazed by how a huge squash went from that, to this

To this!

My “spaghetti” sauce was from a jar, and I added meat, broccoli, onion, red peppers and mushrooms. And you know what? This dish was pretty close to tasting like actual spaghetti! I was skeptical at first, as I’m a huge carb fiend. I love pasta, but I don’t eat it often because I tend to overload. Needless to say, this is a great option if you inhale carbs on a meal-ly basis like I do.

Now if only I could create a fake-me-out baguette to go with this meal 😉

Monday’s Moves & Morning Meal 

This morning at the gym was just what I needed. I completed a 4.5 mile run in 40 minutes with the help of the fantastic 5-4-3-2-1 pace. If you haven’t tried out this treadmill workout, I suggest you change that 😉

Another exciting thing for me was this morning’s breakfast. Believe it or not, I’ve never had a green monster before! I read about them on almost every blog that I follow, so I figured it was time I gave it a try. Again, I was a Doubting Thomas. Can you really not taste the spinach?


Well, I’m here to tell you that I could not taste a single bit of spinach. It’s pretty neat. I’ll be making one of these again soon!

In this smoothie went

  • 8 ice cubes
  • 3/4 skim milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 huge handful of spinach
  • 1 frozen strawberry
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Essentials Vanilla protein shake mix (I think this made the smoothie. SO good!)

I’m spending today with my mom to run some important wedding errands! 😀 As excited as I am, I can’t forget that I have this waiting for me when I get back

Can anyone say crunch time? 😉 

Let’s chat – Have you even tried spaghetti squash? What’s your favorite pasta dish? <— If you have recipes, please share! 


Back into the Groove

Good morning, my friends! Thanks so much for the positive comments to my being a “bad blogger” this weekend. I’m back and ready to fall into the groove again 🙂

Last night Cory and I spent hours looking for wedding invitations. Do you have any idea how tedious that process is?! Goodness gracious. At one point, we decided that instead of messing with invitations, we were just going to head to the tropics and elope 😉

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This wouldn’t require any invites 😉

All that invitation information made us hungry! We ended up having cereal for dinner and it hit the spot. Quaker Oatmeal Squares + Almond Special K + 1/2 banana for me and Wheaties for Cory. Perfection.

We also spent time looking for our first home 🙂 This excites me to no end. We’ve never lived together, and after almost five years – I feel like we’ve earned it! I told Cory we’re having a ceremonial “overnight bag burning” when we move in together. I HATE packing up everything when I visit on the weekends. And yes, it would be easier to leave stuff at both places, but that requires having enough money to own duplicates of a blow dryers, brushes, sneakers, etc.

Last night I also made a batch of cookies (from a bag). We have a meeting with my parish priest tonight about setting up pre-martial classes, and I figured Father wouldn’t turn down some treats. I just hope he didn’t give up sweets for Lent! 😉

This weekend I didn’t push myself to workout. I did some Kenpo-X on Saturday morning, but Sunday was an absolute dud. I made up for it this morning by running 3 miles. It felt pretty good. It ALSO felt good when my face didn’t freeze off when I walked outside this morning. It’s supposed to get up to 77 degrees today! Wahoo!! 🙂

My breakfast was quite similar to last night’s dinner. Scroll up if you need to refresh your memory 😉

Alright, friends! I’ve got to head off to work! I’ll catch ya later this afternoon!

Let’s chat – Do you ever eat cereal for dinner? You know I do!


Where the Heck did Tuesday Go?!

Good morning, beauties! Thanks to all of you who giggled at my Break Up post. Clearly, Running and I have a hot-and-cold relationship, but I know it’s impossible to leave forever. I’ll be trotting along and wheezing again in no time 🙂

Tuesday

Yesterday was busy for me – it was 8:30 when I got home, I kept getting sidetracked and blogging didn’t happen! I woke up bright and early for some Legs & Back action with the P90X gang. My work day was rather dull, but my lunch totally made up for it.

Pepper turkey, red pepper, tomato, apple slices, mustard and 1/4 avocado on light rye bread. Grad School Gourmet, ladies and gents 😉

I also made a little pit-stop at Target and picked up a new purse (and tried on a million cute dresses) Seriously, it’s impossible to walk into that store and leave empty handed.

Obviously I will not be wearing this purse across my chest and holding it’s little handles at the same time – I simply wanted to showcase it’s stunning versatility. Just wanted to clear the air on that one 😉

The rest of my day was splendid because I spent it with my parents 🙂 My dad was amazing and came and switched cars with me while I was at work and he went to get my inspection done. That saved me a lot of time! He da best. My mom also found her mother-of-the-bride dress. She looked beautiful!

My parents took me out to dinner at this fabulous restaurant in Old Town called Overwood. My mom and I have concluded that it is impossible to order a bad meal from that place.

I ordered 1/2 a roasted chicken with red skinned mashed potatoes (hiding under the chicken!) and brussel sprouts.

Would you believe that this was the first time in my life that I’d ever eaten brussel sprouts?! I see them all over my favorite blogs and I’ve been itching to try them. I wasn’t disappointed!

I was stuffed by this meal, but I wasn’t feeling too guilty about anything. I was ready to get the check and go. Then the waitress uttered the d-word: dessert. We rarely get dessert when we eat out. My mom does not eat sweets of any kind. Ever. It’s insane. My dad on the other hand said, “Sure! Let’s look at the options.” Damn it, Dad. How am I supposed to say no to this?

Goodness gracious. Every bite was pure bliss. What is it about a hot brownie and cold vanilla ice cream? (I don’t touch chocolate ice cream)

Today

I slept in today because I’m planning on getting a workout in before class tonight.

I made myself a big bowl of cereal and it absolutely hit the spot.

1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares, 1/2 cup Honey Nut Cheerios and 1/2 a banana + pinches of Kashi Crisp!, oats, and almond slivers. Perfection.

I hope you have  a great day, you beautiful people! 🙂

Let’s chat – Do you love Target? I’m obsessed!