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Say yes to the dress

Yesterday started off with a trip to David’s Bridal for my friend Shanna’s upcoming wedding in October!

Dress #1:



Hi, Mom!

Dress #2:



Mom-usually you want to keep the person’s head IN the picture. Winking smile

Let’s play a game. Which one do YOU think I chose?

Since David’s is right next to the Christmas Tree Shops we had to take a peek. I think the best way to describe it is like a cracked out dollar store. Better stuff, better quality, still insanely cheap. Besides a citronella candle in a terra cotta dish that cracked to pieces the minute I opened it at home, I got some awesome dishes, bowls and placemats for prettier photography. Smile




And then, as if the day could GET any better, Trader Joe’s just happened to be on the way home! TJ’s is about 30 minutes from me so I don’t get there too often and when I do I go into complete hoarder mode.  3 bags of almond pieces? 2 almond butters? 3 jars of marinara sauce? Sure! The best part is, when I get home to put the stuff away, I almost always find more in the pantry. Note to self: you have PLENTY of almond butter, stop buying it. For like a year!<—This drives Ulysses nuts by the way. He’s of the mindset that we should eat ourselves down to nothing and then go grocery shopping. Whereas I might die of an anxiety attack if we run out of anything. Must have backups.

The loot:


Now multiple all that by at least 2 (I had put everything away before taking a pic, so then took it all back out again, except I was too lazy to take the duplicates out).

And, guess what else I got at TJ’s? Frozen roasted corn. The minute I saw this in the freezer section I think I said “oh my god, they have it!” out loud. Then I realized my mom was nowhere near me and I must’ve sounded slightly insane to the people nearby. Why was I so excited to see roasted corn? Two words: Tamale Pie. Mama Pea made this look so damn good a few weeks ago. It was destiny.

People, make this. It’s freakin’ delicious.





I almost ended up using ground turkey instead of the tempeh because I had eaten about 1/3 of my tempeh block and was scared it wasn’t going to be enough. But then I thought about how that would be blatantly de-veganizing the dish. I mean turkey just felt… wrong. If Mama Pea ended up reading this, I would’ve felt ashamed. I did add cheddar cheese instead of Daiya to the top though. That, I was ok with. Winking smile

And any day that ends with this is a good one in my book.


That would be some PB Pandemonium in a waffle cone. Smile


Anyone else in a wedding this year? Do you love or hate your dress?



Filed under Around town, Dinner

Cleaning out the fridge

I have 3 goals before we leave on Thursday.

  1. Clean out the fridge
  2. Fit in as much exercise as possible
  3. Pack

As of yesterday morning this is what we needed to eat our way through:

-5 leaves of kale

-3/4 block of tempeh

-1 block of tofu

-1/3 cup of cottage cheese

-1/2 of a big container of plain yogurt

-1/2 gallon of milk

-3 muffins

-2 lbs of strawberries

-1.5 pints of blueberries

-2 kiwis

-3.5 bananas

all that coleslaw

-1 pint of grape tomatoes

-4 green onions

-handful of arugula

-handful of grapes

All of that in 2.5 days. Think we can do it?

Here’s a look a day 1. It’s random but, I’m determined to not throw anything out!



Don’t be fooled, these are no ordinary pancakes. I wanted to use up the cottage cheese but wasn’t really in the mood for it straight up. So, I improvised. Usually on weekends I’ll make pancakes from scratch. The weekdays just don’t afford that much free time though. Enter Trader Joe’s multigrain pancake mix.


I’ve tried a ton of mixes and this is by far my favorite. It’s not perfect but at least seems a little better than Bisquick. I just halved the recipe on the box, added the cottage cheese, and cut back on the milk just a little since the cottage cheese gives it some moisture. I also always add a splash of vanilla and cinnamon to pretty much any baked good so that went in too. They quickly became blueberry pancakes once I realized how much fruit we have to get through. Half a pint of blueberries down, 1 pint to go! Smile


Topped 1/2 banana, 4 strawberries, chia seeds, pepitas, and of course maple syrup.


Tempeh, goat cheese, bacon and arugula sandwich with grapes and coleslaw on the side.



This was good! I’m not gonna lie, frying up the bacon and then heating up the tempeh in the bacon grease kind of just felt inherently wrong. I got over it after the first bite. Try it!


Green onion, tomato and goat cheese frittata with kale chips on the side.



I love frittata’s. They’re simple, tasty and anything that involves goat cheese is a winner in my book.

So after Day 1 the list looks like this:

-5 leaves of kale

-3/4 block of tempeh 1/2 block left

-1 block of tofu

1/3 cup of cottage cheese

-1/2 of a big container of plain yogurt

-1/2 gallon of milk

-3 muffins 2 muffins (1 was an afternoon snack Smile)

-2 lbs of strawberries

-1.5 pints of blueberries  1 pint left

-2 kiwis

-3.5 bananas 3 left

all that coleslaw

-1 pint of grape tomatoes 1/2 pint left

-4 green onions

-handful of arugula

-handful of grapes

Not bad right?

As for #2 on the to do list, I fit in a 20 minute yoga for runners session, an easy 3 miles on the treadmill and 15 minutes of abs/core work. Good enough for me!


Ginger supervised.

Packing didn’t even get touched. I always end up procrastinating with that one. Eye rolling smile

2 days!


Filed under Around the house, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Running