Ready for May

My mother asked me why my feet and hands have veins popping out? It’s all the working out. 🙂 So proud of them. Now I’d like to see them in my arms more!

I started my morning with a workout DVD. I did Slim in 6’s Burn It Up. It’s an oldie but a goodie to try and get into my hamstrings.

Breakfast using the preserves from my Penpal!

Afterwards, I did some grocery shopping for white fish and seaweed. Mom and I went to Costco today for spinach, sweet bell peppers, cans of tuna, and Almond Breeze, which they just started carrying!

I found Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread at Mother’s! Can’t wait to try it.

Speaking of Costco, here are a few interesting things I wanted to share:

Monday Zumba, TurboKick
work 11-2:30

  1. Shakeology
  2. Sunwarrior + 1/2 banana
  3. smoked salmon & goat cheese rolls
  4. steamed pollock + broc + sweet potato
  5. Fage 0% w/ instant pudding mix!

Tuesday rest
work 10:30-2:30; 3:30-7:30

  1. egg white oats
  2. chicken nori rolls
  3. frozen yogurt
  4. pollack, peppers, sweet potato
  5. pizza slice

Wednesday yoga
work 10:30-2:30

  1. egg white oats
  2. Sunwarrior + 1/2 banana
  3. smoked salmon & goat cheese rolls
  4. steamed pollack + broc + sweet potato
  5. Fage 0% w/ instant pudding mix!

Thursday circuit training
work 10:30-2:30; 3:30-7:30

  1. egg white oats
  2. Sunwarrior + 1/2 banana
  3. smoked salmon & goat cheese rolls
  4. tuna salad
  5. Chobani strawberry-banana

Friday run
work 10:30-2:30

  1. egg white oats
  2. Sunwarrior + 1/2 banana
  3. smoked salmon & goat cheese rolls
  4. steamed pollack + broc
  5. Fage 0% w/ instant pudding mix

Saturday TurboKick
pick up dad 8:30

  1.  L.A. trip

Sunday 5K run

  1. Shakeology

Other notes:

  • Read Mockingjay
  • Study chapter 5 

And a treat for your ears… I heard this on the radio every 15 minutes on my way to San Diego yesterday! This isn’t the best video – the guy reminds me of my friend Greg.

Now for some Sunday night TV before much-needed sleep.

More homemade cookies please (April Foodie PenPal)

The Lean Green Bean

Another fantastic month with Foodie PenPals! My PenPal was blog reader Carolyn, who compiled a thoughtful package and sent it so quickly that I’ve been itching to write this post for weeks!

*My package went to Arielle at Everyday College Girl’s Guide to Life.

I wanted to try this granola after hearing about it through the Blend Retreat – I’m not going, but I can dream.

I’ve portioned out the precious granola. I put a little in my breakfast oats and a little bit in my Fage 0% + instant pudding mix concoction.

Fruity flavors! I used the raspberry & roasted chipotle sauce on top of eggs?

She also sent these delicious preserves. I’ve never canned/jarred, but it was big when I lived in the South. My family loves orange jam so this was perfect. So far, I’ve only eaten it from the jar!

What I love most about Foodie PenPals, besides shopping for and sending packages, is getting baked goods. These “lime away(?)” shortbread cookies were amazing. There was lime zest and it was tangy.

Peanut butter chocolate brownies were great when warmed up.

And a special thank you for these special chocolate bars. I forgot to mention how much I love local, but she must have read my mind! The cherry flavor is mild next to the dark chocolate.

Thanks again Carolyn for my package and thanks Lindsay for hosting! If you’d like to join in (there are 600 people in the U.S. and Canada), read below:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

Sunny in San Diego: Bloggers Bake Sale, Cups, Encinitas Street Fair

I’ve gone to San Diego maybe twice before. Even though it’s less than an hour and a half away and roughly the same distance, I end up going to L.A. more.
I spent most of my time in the car, shuffling from neighborhood to neighborhood. There are so many communities that I went to: Pacific Beach, Golden Hill, North Park, South Park, etc.

I love the blog Kirbie’s Cravings and had to snatch up cookies ‘n cream cookies when I saw the cute design. 

First thing I snatched up was a cute peanut butter & jelly kiss, a peanut butter filled cookie, from Fruit Maven. It was hard not to just pop it in my mouth.

My cousin devoured this. I haven’t had a ho ho in a long time. They were sold at school, wrapped in foil, and always intrigued me. Real ho hos are so fake and stale though. This faux ho from My Burning Kitchen was amazing.


I had to buy one of Averie Cooks‘ baked goods. I rolled with the cream cheese chocolate cake bar. Super sweet. I appreciated the chunks of chocolate in the bottom.

I bought one cupcake in anticipation of a cupcake run later. This was the last green tea cupcake from Flavor Integrations. I wasn’t a fan of the buttercream frosting, but the cake was light and fluffy and had a great green tea taste.

I forgot to take a picture of the maple bacon cookies from At The Patisserie. My family ate them all before I could take a picture. They liked the mild saltiness from the bacon and made it their dinner. Seriously.

I, on the other hand, was hungry after TurboKick and driving. I expected to eat right away in San Diego but didn’t get lunch till later. I devoured half of each dip bite from Do You Know the Muffin Pan? Dip bites are mini muffin tin-sized bread bowls with spinach, queso, and buffalo cheese inside. So delicious!

Lunch at 1:30 P.M. at Bronx Pizza

I chose the Whitestone with pepperoni as suggested.

I made it a point to go to Cups after seeing it on Fitnessista’s blog.
La Jolla was nicer than downtown. Parking was easier at least.
I picked a full cup PB & J (gluten free) and mini cups of churro, creme brulee, and orange ricotta. No surprise here: PB & J was my favorite, but all of them were good.
I decided it was time to head north and closer to home. But first, a stop at the yearly Encinitas Street Fair. Thankfully it was still happening and I got uber lucky with parking! Four blocks of vendors and amazing shops along South Coast Highway? Awesome and reminiscent of summer already!
I was mostly glad to have a place to shake out my legs after all the driving.
First time getting Dole Whip. I asked for a smaller size than small.
Dinner at home, finally.
Shout out to my car for making the trip. I put you through a lot today. Also shout out to my bottom for dealing with all the driving – it hurts to sit that long!
Have you been to San Diego? If so, where do you suggest going next time? Next time, I’m getting a Stone Brewery tour and going earlier to find parking for the Little Italy Mercato. There was an art event going on today downtown too so parking was ridic.