May Foodie Pen Pals

I am SO happy it is the end of May. Between the MSP (mandatory state testing), end of unit assessments, MAP testing and trying to wrap up the end of the school year, I am exhausted. Unfortunately my kiddos still have end of trimester testing next week and I still have massive amounts of grading to do. But I’ll worry about that later, right now I’d rather enjoy the content of my foodie pen pal box.

The Lean Green Bean

This month I sent a box off to Alexis at Fit Possible, and Maria at Lil Mys Ninja sent me a box of goodies. When Maria asked what I’d like to see, I told her I was trying to up my protein. And she supplied lots of great  protein-infused treats 🙂

In the box I found: steel cut oats, Nature Valley protein bars, Luna/Zone/LaraBars, a mystery item, and the ingredients for Maria’s favorite trail mix.

Her mix includes craisins, raisins, dark chocolate chips, whole almonds, and slivered almonds. I’m enjoying this mix very much, but I might add some more nuts to lower the sugar consumed in each serving.

I love all the bars she sent me, and I am really glad she tuned me into the fact that Nature Valley makes a protein bar – they are probably a lot more cost effective than my Kind bars 😉

For the second month in a row I’ve had my box sent to the hubs office, and for the second month in a row it has been opened and inspected by the hubs before I’ve seen the contents. When I came home he told me there was a really weird item in the box.

He wanted to know why Maria sent me powdered applesauce. I took one look at the container and told him it was something in bulk and she was being resourceful. Ya know, reuse, recycle, that whole thing. We food bloggers think alike. The letter confirmed that the container was not, in fact, dried applesauce (is there such a thing?), and was a scoop of her absolute favorite protein powder. I haven’t tried it yet (because I often hoard things I can’t readily get more of), but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it when I do.

Thanks again Maria for the awesome box of goodies! And thanks Lindsay for hosting another month of foodie pen pal fun. If you’re interested in joining for June (and you should!), please click here and fill out the form no later than Monday, June 4th. Lindsay will send matches on Tuesday, June 5th.

What are the ingredients to your favorite trail mix?

Wal-Mart, of all places, has this amazingly delicious trail mix that includes peanut butter chips and butterscotch chips. I can’t remember what else is in it, but it is my favorite and I always pick up a bag when we go camping.

Memorial Day Eats [WIAW]

My 3-day weekend (that unexpectedly turned into a 5-day weekend) ended on a delicious note. How about yours?

Thanks for hosting another round of WIAW, Jenn!


Decaf + homemade whip cream

Oats with 1/2 scoop protein powder, cinnamon, 1/2 TBS chia seeds, 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and some raw sugar


Egg sammie with butter, goat cheese and bacon on an English muffin & some pickle spears

This was so delicious.


Nanner + Kind bar

Raspberry lemonade


Mixed greens with sweet onion, tomatoes, strawberries and homemade shallot/honey dressing

Asparagus Pesto Pasta


Chewy peanut butter w/fudge cookie (same one’s I could smell and then drove to the store to immediately purchase to satisfy my craving)

And not on Memorial Day, but yesterday, the hubs and I went to my ultrasound to see Baby Spinach again. She was much more cooperative than last time (phew!), but her feet were still up in front of her face, as well as one hand. The other hand was covering her girly bits. She’s modest, just like her mother. We also watched her drinking amniotic fluid – right after I ate some candy trying to get her to move!

Look at that profile, she’s doing the duck face! Lol, part of that is the umbilical cord, but it looks like the duck face, doesn’t it?

Asparagus Pesto Pasta

File this under ridiculously easy meals.

Monday night I wasn’t feeling the steak and potatoes we had planned. Probably a side effect of recovering from that stomach bug I had. I wanted something comfort-foodie. Pasta is always a great option for this, especially when garlic bread is on the side. Unfortunately I didn’t have any garlic bread, but I did have loads of organic pasta from Costco that needed to be used.

Asparagus Pesto Pasta

Serves 4

Nutritionals: Cal: 413, Carb: 46g, Fat: 21 g, Pro: 10g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g


8 oz pasta of your choice (I used fusilli)

12 spears asparagus, chopped

8 large cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on their size

3/4 cup prepared pesto (I used Trader Joe’s)


Bring pot of water to boil and add pasta. Cook according to package directions. Three minutes prior to finish, add the asparagus. Drain and toss with pesto and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to desired taste.

Like I said, easy peasy.

What is your favorite way to eat pesto?

21 Weeks

How Big is the Baby?

She’s around 8 inches crown to toes and about 1 pound – approximately the length of a spaghetti squash. Mmmm, spaghetti squash.


How I’m Changing

OMG it’s huge! That’s what she said.

My hips, rump, and ribcage are definitely wider. And I need new sports bras stat. As well as some new work out clothes. Finding maternity work out gear is quite the expensive endeavor, so I haven’t purchased anything yet. But I need to at least buy one pair of shorts, as mine are quite uncomfortable on the belly.


How I’m Feeling


I woke up violently ill at 2 a.m. Thursday morning (exactly 21 weeks) and was home sick Thursday and Friday. I rarely take sick days, especially since I am hording them to use as maternity leave next school year, but there was no way I could teach. I was barely able to type up sub plans and run them into school. I’m not sure what I had, some sort of stomach virus accompanied by a fever, but I’m glad it is over. I’m still not 100%, but close enough. I called the triage nurse at my midwife’s practice and she said as long as I was keeping down fluids I was fine and didn’t need to come in. Ummm, fine? Yeah, I was bawling because I was in so much pain. Ok, so part of that was probably hormones. Being sick while pregnant is no fun because you can’t take any meds. Not that being sick without being pregnant is any fun.


What I’m Eating

I’d say watermelon, but the last two have been very mealy. Gross. I have been enjoying bananas, blueberries and strawberries as well as peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I pretty much subsided on coconut water Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So I am welcoming anything in solid form.


Odds and Ends

I was asked for the very first time when the baby is due by a checker at Wal-Mart. I’ve finally pushed past the “pregnant or ate too many cheeseburgers” phase. The bump is out and proud.


Oh, and I hate going to Wal-Mart, but I’ve been bit by the nesting bug and was down on my hands and knees cleaning baseboards and moping floors when I realized I needed a new broom/dustpan, and a variety of other cleaning supplies. So a trip to the nearest superstore was necessary if I wanted to keep my sanity. Although I may have lost a bit of it on my shopping adventure.


Things I can’t wait to eat drink again:  a pint of Blackthorn Cider on the Elk patio

# of times I get up to pee each night:  down to 1!

Days until my next appointment: just one – we have our follow up ultrasound (because Baby Spinach was not cooperating at the anatomy scan 4 weeks ago) and my regular monthly check up tomorrow

Weight gained this week: eh, I lost 3 pounds being sick

Total weight gained: not sure because of the above statement, probably still around 6-7 pounds

Cravings: yesterday I was watching a really crappy Lifetime movie (you know you’re addicted too), and I could smell peanut butter cookies out of nowhere. I had to have them. I googled “chewy peanut butter cookies” but decided I’d rather pick up a sure thing rather than experimenting (mine always turn out crumbly). So I drove up to the 5-Mile Rosauer’s to pick up some chewy peanut butter cookies with fudge icing…omg yes. The baker at that particular grocery store really knows how to make the perfect cookie. Craving satisfied, but now I have 11 cookies that need to be frozen for future consumption.

Aversions: not to eating it, but preparing any meat totally grosses me out

What I miss: see above, re: things I can’t wait to drink again.

 Reader Q: Have you ever had Blackthorn Cider?

It is amazingly delicious, and my favorite beverage on a hot summer day. It isn’t sweet like most hard ciders, just crisp and refreshing.

School Lunches

When I was a kid my parents made my lunch every day. Once a month I was able to purchase a school lunch, and I am fairly positive I always cashed in my money on cheese zombie day. Or maybe it was chocolate milk day. Whatever day it was, I’m sure it wasn’t healthy.

cheese zombies...grossvia

Today I stumbled upon Never Seconds via Chelsey and was quite impressed with Veg, who is only 9 years old, and her mission to make school lunches healthier. It’s enough to make Jamie Oliver proud. No really, it is.

Pop on over and check it out.

*Fun fact, the class lunch picture from May 24th is my friend’s classroom!

Although I can’t do anything about the main course (at least not yet), I do stand next to the fruit/veggie station and won’t let me kids into the lunch room until they’ve gotten a serving of each. There was a rumor going around that I was issuing notifications for students not eating fruits and vegetables. Totally untrue, but I didn’t correct the rumor. I am okay with scaring them into eating healthy 🙂

As I was browsing the comments I ran across the Methow Valley Community School Locavores – the kids help grow their own fruits and veggies and help prepare their own school lunches from local farmers in the Methow Valley area, (Winthrop, WA – I visited there last summer – the locovore lifestyle is celebrated throughout the community). How cool is that!?

What are your thoughts on school lunches these days?

What I ate while expecting [WIAW]

Sunday was the perfect lazy day full of lounging, reading, smoothie concocting, and movie watching. The hubs and I took advantage of a Regal Cinemas coupon and went to What to Expect While You’re Expecting.

While it isn’t a book I have on my shelf, the movie looked cute, (and it was). I found myself mostly in Elizabeth Banks character, at least during my first trimester. I definitely told the hubs on multiple occasions that this would be an only child because my nausea was so bad. Now that I am halfway through my pregnancy I know I’ll be able to handle it again, hopefully with less all-day sickness 🙂

Today I’m bringing you what I ate  on Sunday for What I Ate Wednesday.


monster protein smoothie

and fauxbux bacon gouda sammie


Big ol’ salad

and some trail mix created from my May Foodie Pen Pal package



lots of movie theater popcorn

Dinner Date at The Flying Goat

Mug Club size Lemonade

Aubry Salad w/fennel, tomatoes, buffalo mozz & lemon vinaigrette

Margarita Pizza

And no dessert – crazy!

What is the last movie you saw in the theater?

Before WTEWYE, I saw The Hunger Games, before that….ooo, it has been months. We rarely go out to movies because I am really cheap and would rather wait for netflix or redbox rentals.

Fauxbux Bacon Gouda Breakfast Sandwich

I have a Friday ritual of treating myself to a grande decaf 2-pump vanilla latte and a bacon gouda artisan sandwich. Then my ritual started sliding back to Thursday, so I could make it through my weekly meeting. And then it found itself wedging into my Wednesday. This was creating a dent in my fun money that I’d rather save for pedicures.


So this weekend I purchased some bagel thins and gouda cheese and got to work. It isn’t exactly the same, but it hits the spot and is quite quick and easy to whip up on a work morning.

Fauxbux Bacon Gouda Breakfast Sandwich

Nutritionals: Cal 356, Carb 25g, Fat 22g, Pro 19g, Fiber 5g, Sugar 4g


1 Thomas Everything Bagel Thin

1 large egg

1 oz gouda cheese

1 slice bacon

1/2 TBS butter

salt & pepper to taste (or Jane’s Krazy Salt)


Bake up a batch of bacon any night of the week: line a jelly roll pan with foil, lay bacon on pan, put in cold oven and bring to 400, bake for 13 minutes and flip, bake an additional 5-10 minutes, removing when desired brownness is reached. De-grease on paper towels and store in the fridge for future use.

On the morning you’d like to enjoy your sammie, heat a small pan to medium and spray with cooking spray or olive oil. Crack egg into pan and stir up the yolk a tad. Flip as soon as possible, and layer a slice of gouda on top. Break one slice of bacon into two pieces and add to the pan. Cover pan and cook approximately one minute, or until the bottom of the egg is cooked through. Cook longer to increase the cheese melt factor.

Meanwhile, toast and butter your bagel thin. Top with egg/gouda and bacon. Wrap in foil to keep warm for your morning commute.

Now I just need to purchase a Nespresso and my fauxbux fix will be complete.

What is your favorite Starbucks menu item?