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First Foodie Pen Pals Reveal!

31 Aug

Friday in the houuuuuse! Why is today a particularly awesome Friday? 1) I am getting ready to go down to Virginia Beach with Stef to do the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (Mini Marathon for me!), 2) It’s payday!!, and 3) It’s the end of the month, which means Foodie Pen Pals Reveal day! As I told you in a previous post, Foodie Pen Pals is much like a pen pal program except it involves food, which makes it soooo much better. After you sign up, you get a pen pal assignment to whom you send a package with yummy local foods, gourmet treats, or homemade yummies (there’s a $15 limit). You also receive a similar package (not from the same person, however) and it is just a great way to try new things, get recipe ideas from new people, and just connect with other foodies around the country. If you are interested in participating, you may click the ‘join’ button on the right side of my page!

Before I reveal what goodies I received from Rebecca S. of Los Altos, California, I want to break down my really great breakfast this morning. After packing my lunch, I was running a little short on time and wasn’t really inspired to do any specific kind of breakfast, so I headed for the raw oats and Kashi Go Lean. Plain old cereal and milk was just not doing it for me, but I was out of fresh fruit. Howwwwever, I did have frozen fruit and so it was smoothie time!

In went:

  • 2 handfuls of frozen fruit (mixed berries from Costco)
  • a couple heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt
  • a drizzle of agave nectar
  • enough vanilla soy milk to get everything nice and blended

Andddd, voila!

Easy way to spice up the morning.

Now it’s time tell you about my very first Foodie Pen Pals box! I received the box a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t tell you guys about it, per the FPP rules. But now it’s reveal day!

So excited for my first FPP box!

Like I mentioned earlier, my box was from a girl in California named Rebecca. This was her first time doing Foodie Pen Pals as well, so she sent me an email and made to sure to ask me about anything I liked and didn’t like so she could put together a box I would love! Here’s a peek at all the goodies:

A quick inventory:

  • pack of her favorite flavor of Trident gum
  • to-go, pre-packaged peanut butter (that didn’t last too long!)
  • Gogo Applesauce (something I had never seen before!)
  • package of TJ’s microwave popcorn
  • Kashi TLC trail mix bar (you guys know how much I love those!)
  • Two boxes of dried seaweed for snacking
  • a few bags of tea
  • 3 Starbucks Via packets
  • chocolate milk box (like a juice box, but chocolate milk!)
  • can of Trader Joe’s Cafe Mocha coffee
  • a really yummy fair-trade, organic chocolate bar
  • amazing, lavender-scented bar of soap
  • an adorable Mickey Mouse notebook, with a little love from California and a sweet note inside!

What a haul, eh? It was so cute that everything was small and designed for a super busy lifestyle, perfectly suited to me! I even snuck some of her treats in my lunches during the month without telling you guys. I have been saving the Gogo Applesauce for this weekend’s 5k as a post-workout snack and I will be sure to tell you what I think about it.

Thanks for a wonderful first experience with Foodie Pen Pals, Rebecca! And thanks to Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean for organizing this each month. Please click on the button on my right sidebar to check it out!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! If you don’t hear from me over the weekend, it’s because I’m having way too much fun at the beach with my boyfriend. I’ll fill you all in as soon as I get back, promise! Happy weekend 🙂

Billy Goat Trail

20 Aug

It’s only mid-afternoon and I’ve got a case of the “Mondaze”…I’ve just been very flitty and unable to concentrate, so I thought I would recap my Sunday.

It started out nice and early because I was headed up to meet my friend Ellen before going on a hike in Maryland called the Billy Goat Trail at ten. It would have been nice to sleep in a little later, but have had this hike planned for weeks now and I wasn’t about to put it off any longer!

I started off the day with a simple, but tasty breakfast that consisted of some Kashi Go Lean cereal, a handful of raw oats, and soy milk. I sprinkled the last of my Costco blueberries on top and now I am officially out of fresh fruit.

I hopped on the bus to Silver Spring and met Ellen at the station and, after a brief stop at the golden arches to pick up some coffee for her, we were on our way!

The hike was not a hike by my Northwestern definition, which is usually up, up, and more up. It was more a nature walk with brief periods of scrambling across giant boulders, which was a good time. There were some really nice views of the Potomac River as we made our way along the 4 mile trail.

Why so dark and gloomy? Because about 3 seconds after that photo was taken, the heavens opened and unleashed an absolute downpour. We were soaked to the bone and I looked rather odd, because I had stuff my back pack under my shirt, kangaroo-style, to prevent my stuff (namely my phone) from getting wet. That made the rest of the boulder-scrambles a bit more challenging because the rocks became veryyy slick. We finished without any injuries, though our shoes looked like we had just trudged through a swamp.

When I got home, I was ready for a hot shower and something warm in my belly. Luckily, I had those yummy leftovers from my date night with Stef and I happily stuffed my face with beef brisket tortelloni.

Because of the dreary weather, I really didn’t want to do anything outside, so I read a book while Stef did some prep work for his first day of school, followed by a nice afternoon nap. The lethargy carried over into the evening and I didn’t feel like making anything super elaborate for dinner – leftovers it was! I finished up the last of my Summer Squash pasta and felt like I had indulged in my pasta quota for the week.

One wonderful thing was accomplished on Sunday, and that was thanks to a wonderful discovery I made while walking Stef to his car. In the front yard of one of my neighbors’ houses was a sign that said ‘Free fresh-cut rosemary’ and a HUGE pile of the delicious-smelling herb right alongside. I snagged a few sprigs and when I got home, my roommates and I decided that rosemary bread was definitely on the books for tonight. My baker roommate got the starter going and we’re going to get baking after I get home tonight. SO EXCITED. The rosemary smells absolutely fabulous and I can’t wait to have fresh, homemade bread in the house!

Hope you all are having a Monday that’s a little less lazy than mine is. Catch ya this evening after my Body Pump class – I hope it wakes me up!





Wedding Bells

10 Aug

It’s Fridayyyyyy!! Despite the rain and gloom in Washington this morning, I woke up happy because it is Friday! My first official week at my new job and in my new house with my gym routine has really taken a lot out of me. I didn’t plan for the week over the last weekend, so I was really winging things the whole time in terms of meals and workouts. I’m hoping to be able to do some meal planning and preparation over the weekend so I’m not quite as overwhelmed next week.

In other news, one of my oldest friends is getting married today!!! Unfortunately, I was unable to fly back to Seattle for the wedding, but I am so excited for her. They have been dating since our sophomore year in high school. I used to take digital photography with her fiance and we would always walk over to her math class during class and sneak her out to take pictures with us. Between the two of us, she is the one who actually ended up being a photographer (her fiance is a really talented photographer as well – and pilot!).

I can’t believe I’m at that age where people are getting married. I have had 3 close friends get married in the past three months, with another coming up in December – it’s amazing! It makes me so happy to see them with people who light up their worlds and I love any excuse to get out on a dance floor to dance the night away in celebration of my awesome friends! So, to Sam and Jared, I wish you the very, very best and I wish I could be there to share this special day with you!

Onto more mundane news, also known as breakfast. I ran out of Egg McMuffins and didn’t have time to make more last night, so it was a yogurt bowl for me today. In went a few scoops of plain Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a handful of raw oats, some Kashi cereal, and a whole lotta blueberries. It was texture madness! I loved it.

Now it’s time to power through a day of work and then it’s the weekend!!! Do you guys have any fun plans?


Pack Horse

8 Aug

Good evening, lovelies. Man, it is late over here. I left my house over 15 hours ago! Busy, busy.

Work went well today, I got to have lunch with one of my co-workers who I really enjoy talking to. We had lunch at Dupont Circle, which is essentially a large traffic circle, but is big enough to be a small park with benches and fountains.

Today’s lunch was the last batch of quinoa and veggies, with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

And on the side, I had my ever-present strawberries and carrots, along with a package of Planter’s Nuts and Chocolate trail mix. Tomorrow’s lunch will be different, I swear!

While I munched on my lunch, Ashley looked over a Supreme Court case that she was writing an op-ed piece on.

Studious Ashley

I worked a little later than usual tonight, but still had plenty of time to get to the GWU gym where the volleyball open gym was taking place. On the stroll over, I munched on another Kashi trail mix bar that I nicked from the office stash (this must end!).

I arrived at the gym a few minutes early, so I caught up with Stefano on the phone. He got into a fender-bender earlier in the day (his first accident ever!) when a guy rear-ended him as he was stopped at a light, waiting to turn (he’s fine, don’t worry!). The drivers in this city are absolutely ridiculous, but that’s a blog post for another day. By seven, it was time to volley!

There weren’t as many people there today and winner stayed on for the advanced court. My team won all of our matches, so I fit in two hours of straight volleyball – it was fabulous!!! Speaking of volleyball, did anyone catch the beach volleyball match at the Olympics today??? Let it be known that Misty May Trainor and Kerri Walsh are absolute legends.

After volleyball, I really wanted to stop by Trader Joe’s, since I was in the neighborhood of the only TJ’s in town (criminal, I know). I was a little hesitant because I was already carrying my workout bag, my purse, and my lunchbox, but TJ’s won in the end.

The TJ beacon

I tried to limit myself this time around, since I had to carry it all on the metro with me and I was already loaded down with stuff, but I always get carried away when I’m here. The cost of living is so high in Washington and Trader Joe’s is the only place I’ve found with grocery prices comparable to Seattle. It’s a little out of the way for me, so I always try to stock up whenever I’m there (which has been twice since moving here in July). Here’s a little peek into my basket…

Don’t mind the huge bag of white cheddar corn puffs, just focus on the eggs, peaches, zucchini, and other healthy goodies 😉

The trip home was definitely a slog, but luckily I had my mom on the phone to keep me company. I made a half-hearted attempt at photographing myself looking like a pack horse.

Lunchbox, one bag of groceries, and keys in the right hand. Big bag of groceries slung over right shoulder. Workout bag and purse (with phone inside) slung over left shoulder. It’s official: I’m a bag lady.

Finally made it home and stuffed my face munched on a few corn puffs before getting my clothes all ready for tomorrow. The alarm is set for 6 AM so I can get to a Body Pump class at 7…yikes. We’ll see if I actually end up getting there. It’s almost midnight here so it’s off to bed for me – hope you all have a wonderful night!

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