Archive for May, 2009

my spelt berries, that is! I have been trying to be like Abbie and a few other bloggers who have been sprouting. I didn’t know if it was going to work, but I am happy to say that it was much easier than I thought it would be! The problem I had after I made them, I didn’t know what to do with them. I decided for tonight to just add them to my dinner. It worked great! I loved their chew and the idea that they were so healthy! IMG_3874.JPG

Here is the process of my dinner…

  1. Fill bottom of my bowl with spinach and top with sprouted spelt.


2. Cover the spinach and sprouts with my veggie mixture: chickpeas, squash, zuc and broccoli. Plus more sprouts.


3. Add a Laughing Cow Light and fresh tomatoes.


Enjoy with a huge smile 🙂

This dinner was amazing! It reminded me of summer! I ate while I finished packing up the pretzels for Katie’s wedding. Brady was at his soccer game so he unfortunately missed out on the sprouts, until tomorrow at least! 🙂

A sneak peak at the pretzels….


A close up of the cute sprouts!



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The past few days have started with a green monster for me! I am in summer mode (with 2.5 days of school left) and a smoothie is the perfect summer breakfast.

The past few green monsters have included:

  • huge handful of spinach
  • handful of kale leaves
  • 1 c. light soymilk
  • 1 scoop vanilla EAS light protein powder
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries

Blend it all up in the magic bullet!

I usually eat mine on the way to school, in the car. Sometimes I have my coffee before I leave the house and sometimes I alternate between coffee, GM and water in the car. I am always dying for water if I workout in the morning. Between talking on the phone and drinking all of my drinks, it is a busy commute!

This summer I am teaching summer school for a little while. It’s more of a reading intervention camp, so it’s fun and easy! I am also going on vacation a few times. What else should I focus on this summer? Any ideas?   

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Last night we had our friends Katie and Kurt over for dinner and wedding work! They are getting married in less than 2 weeks! Last night Katie and I worked on making their favors – chocolate covered pretzels with white chocolate drizzle. See the details below.

Before we started the process and after we went to 2 Krogers to get the pretzels and chocolate, we need to fuel up with some healthy cookout food! We had:

  • boneless skinless pork chops(marinated in Carribean Jerk) on the grill – I had baked tofu
  • corn on the cob
  • baked potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Peanutty Cabbage-Apple Slaw
  • guac with chips for snacking before dinner

Here is the Slaw:


Peanutty Cabbage-Apple Slaw

  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 2 small apples
  • 1 jicama (optional – I added this to make more slaw for my lunch)
  • a sprinkle of peanuts


  • 1 tbsp. light miracle whip
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • sesame seeds

Put the cabbage, apple and jicama into the food processor to shred. Mix with dressing and serve! IMG_3862.JPG

Pretzel Time

After dinner was cleaned up we set to work on the 20 bags of pretzels, 15 lbs. of chocolate and 600 yds. of ribbon. The goal was to make wedding favors that consisted of 2 pretzels each for 260 guests =over 500 pretzels! We started around 8:30, after a relaxing dinner on the deck (we probably should have started working a little faster but we were enjoying the summer weather!). While we worked the boys watched the CAVS game and cut ribbon.

Pretzel Preview:

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Working hard, and accurately – you can see them measuring each one!


The pretzel party concluded around 10:30, just in time to watch the end of the CAVS game. Bummer.

The plan for tonight is to bag and bow the pretzels!

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With less than 5 days of school left in the year, I have finally figured out the best snack of the year. I eat my snack at 2:45 while my kids are at special and I have been looking all year for the perfect snack. The snack needs to be filling but not stuff me, sweet but not sugary, fibery but flavorful and easy to pack. That is a lot of rules in making a simple afternoon snack. I have tried many things over the year – from fresh veggies to protein bars but they just don’t meet all of the qualifications – until now.

This snack packs a lot of fiber, protein and flavor for about 300 calories.

This is an estimation but:

  • 100 calories from Flat Out wrap
  • 100 calories from 1/2 serving of Naturally More pb
  • 100ish calories from 1 tbsp Blueberry spread and part of a banana or apple




+ an apple and or banana =


Wrap it up and enjoy it after lunch and before dinner! Great for car trips, office lunches, kids and picnics!

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Growing Strong

So far the garden is growing strong! I am working hard to make sure my little plants produce lots of organic veggies! Here is the update:

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Oops, how did my peonies sneak in there…

Great Lakes Lettuce







Romaine Lettuce

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Tomatoes …in bloom!


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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

  • 2 boxes of ice cream sandwiches – light
  • 1 jar of chocolate fudge
  • 1 container light cool whip
  • Optional: toppings to put layer, like oreos, chocolate chips, fruit, peanut butter cups
  1. In a 9×13, put a layer of ice cream sandwiches in the pan.
  2. Cover the sandwiches with cool whip and fudge and candy if you would like!
  3. Place another layer of sandwiches on top and cover with cool whip and fudge.
  4. Freeze until you are ready to enjoy!!



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Dock Day + Ice Cream = Summer

Friday night we went up to the lake, Lake Chautauqua, NY, to get ready for Dock Day. Dock Day is the traditional start of summer in our family because it means the lake is ready for us. It usually doesn’t feel like summer though, it’s usually freezing and drizzly and the water is ice (so I hear, I don’t actually go in :).

We got lucky this year with beautiful weather! 78 and sunny 🙂 Here is a before picture:


In then process:


The boys on the runway…almost done.



After the dock was done we had a traditional lake feast! Steak, roasted veggies, salad, fresh bread, and watermelon! After dinner we enjoyed one of our favorite summer treats – ice cream sandwich cake.




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