Five Things Friday {12/12}

I love Friday, don’t you? Weekends are the best and even though I just got back from a relaxing trip home, I’m still looking forward to a relaxing, quiet weekend.

  1. I was laughing all day yesterday as I was getting text messages from family and friends asking if we were ok with all of the weather. I know there was flooding in San Francisco, but where I am, it’s just been a steady rain. People have been freaking out over it; schools were closed, we got an email warning from our apartment front desk, and I have to say, it’s no more than what we’re used to in Baltimore. That said, I’m looking forward to the rain subsiding over the weekend [there was talk of wine country!].
    Rain Some Ecards
  2. Wednesday, I received a shipment from Sizzlefish. The timing was perfect; we were running low on protein in the house and I got it after a long day at work. Did you know that you can throw the fish right in the oven from frozen? Obviously I was eating fish that night.. the haddock was delicious and so easy. I can’t wait to experiment with some recipes!
    Sizzlefish Haddock Roasted Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup
  3. Apparently Hannuka starts next Tuesday. I guess I should probably get on the shtick and get some gifts, huh?
    Holiday Presents Some Ecards
  4. If you’re looking for a gift, here’s one I didn’t add to my top 5.. purchase a 4-week personalized training program for any of your friends or family!
  5. Obviously I can’t let a Friday pass without a picture of my girl! Happy Friday from the little bean!
    Jilly Bean

Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Danica for winning my Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway!

Food for Thought

Any fun plans over the weekend?

What I Ate Wednesday #114: The True “Normal”

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I may have gotten back to my pretty “normal” eating last week after Thanksgiving, but the truth is I was still on vacation. It might have just been at my parents’ house, but that still means a little extra snackage, a little bit bigger meals, going out for dinner and drinks with friends more often.. it all adds up. I was ready to get back to normal, normal and yesterday was the first day of that.

Peas and Crayons

Skoop Superfood Blueberry Bite
I missed these little bites!

Protein Egg White Oatmeal Oats Almond Coconut Peanut Butter Coffee
I don’t even know how many months I’m going on now with this breakfast but there’s just nothing better.

[Mid-Morning Snack]
I had to run to Berkeley Bowl and Trader Joe’s so of course I had to grab a couple samples! A bite of cheese, truffle salami, a bite of a cookie, and some coffee. The new truffle salami from TJ’s is fabulous! I rarely buy the sampled items but I couldn’t resist.

Sesame Kale Bibimbop Ocean Spray PACt
Nathan didn’t finish his bibimbop the other night for dinner so I added it to sesame-marinated kale and topped it with an egg. The egg made it, obviously. On the side, I had a bottle of Cranberry Blood Orange PACt from Ocean Spray. It’s a cranberry extract drink with only 10 calories and 2g sugar per bottle; we all know the benefits of cranberries and cranberry juice, but there’s just so much added sugar. This drink tastes great—though I didn’t get a ton of blood orange flavor—and I’d definitely get it again.

[Afternoon Snack]
Love Grown Foods Power Os Daisy Cottage Cheese
I was so excited when I got a LOVE drop yesterday from Lindsay. It actually came the day after we got to Baltimore but I had no idea what it was! I’d been wanting to try the Power O’s for so long and had yet to come across them. They’re made from beans, you know. Clearly I needed to fit these into my snack today and they’re delish! I mixed a little NuStevia chocolate syrup into some cottage cheese and topped it with these crunchy bites. I can’t wait to try the other flavors!

Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup
I wasn’t going to do squash this week, but when I saw butternut for $.39/lb at the store, I couldn’t resist! I decided to make my butternut squash soup for dinner tonight and also worked in some Thai basil turkey with carrots and green beans. This was such a good combo and I totally added more turkey to the top after I took some [much needed] replacement pictures for my original recipe post!

[Evening Snack]
The apple and nut butter prevail! I’m a creature of habit.. clearly I like my days to start and end the same way.

Food for Thought

Have you ever had a bean-based cereal?
What’s your favorite soup?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of PACt from Ocean Spray. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Weekender Top 5

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I am a recipe pinning machine! I’ve gotten around to making a few of the recipes, but definitely not as many as I would like. This weekend, I’m going to attempt to tackle 5 of my pinned recipes.

1. Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of Powercakes.

Powercakes Power Pumpkin Roll Chia Vanilla Frosting

Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of Powercakes

I’ve seen this recipe before but not given it any though. Now that pumpkin season is among us, I’ve seen so many people raving about it on twitter that I just have to try it! Not to mention, Nathan loves his pumpkin rolls, so if I can give him a healthy version of it, he’ll be in seventh heaven!

2. Cauliflower Crust Pizza; another tasty recipe from Kasey!

Powercakes Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza from Kasey of Powercakes

Cauliflower crust pizza is another recipe that I’ve heard rave reviews about but haven’t gotten around to trying it. I may even have to copy the egg on top. Looks amazing!

3. Autumn Vegetable Soup from Lori of Recipe Girl

Recipe Girl Autumn Vegetable Soup

Autumn Vegetable Soup from Lori of Recipe Girl

One of my favorite cool-weather soups is my Butternut Squash Soup and I imagine this will be just as tasty!

4. Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Coconut Bundt Cake Kathy Healthy Happy Life

Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

I just can’t even. Look how delicious this looks! I was asked to bring dessert to a holiday family dinner on Monday and when I saw this recipe (and the following!) I knew I found some winners. Can’t wait to taste!

5. Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Kathy Healthy Happy Life

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Once again, these look absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into these tasty morsels!

I’m looking forward to checking in on Monday with my recipe successes!

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Popchips Tortilla Chips FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD Barr & Table

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Food for Thought

What are your favorite recipes that you’ve pinned?

Butternut Squash Soup

With the weather in Baltimore practically changing seasons daily, I find myself craving some comfort foods on the cooler days so I decided to breakout an old favorite! This soup is so silky and smooth, and doesn’t use any cream, so you won’t feel bad about have a second helping!

Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup | Barr & Table

2.5-3 lb butternut squash
2 small sweet potatoes
1 large sweet onion
~48oz chicken or vegetable stock
Curry powder

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the sweet potatoes and squash into 1″ cubes. Spread evenly over a baking sheet and coat in EVOO, salt, pepper, and a touch of curry powder. Roast the sweet potatoes and squash for about 30 mins, or until fork tender.

While roasting, dice the onion and sautee in a large pot until translucent. When roasting and sauteeing are done, add everything to the pot along with the chicken stock and blend using a stick blender until smooth. Add the chicken stock slowly. You may not need all 48oz. so just add until you get to the consistency you’re looking for. Add curry powder, salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Ideas
I love to serve this with a nice slice of crusty ciabatta bread rubbed with a garlic clove. You could also top with some chopped scallion, toasted coconut flakes, roasted cashews, or even some diced apple for a little crunch!

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite cold-weather, comfort meal?