me, random

I know…

I know Easter was last weekend… but I think this picture is adorable.

Jordan Easter 22

I know it’s simple… but one of my favorite things to eat is avocado on toast.

avocado on toast 

I know I don’t eat them… but these egg coasters are a must have.

egg coasters

I know spring is here… but I miss autumn.

autumn I know I blog on the internet… but I love writing in my journal.


I know I need to wake up early… but I love staying up late.

alarm clock


book, breakfast, lunch, random

New friends

Hi everyone!
WOW – so sorry I have been MIA. I’ve actually had some downtime but since Marc and I share a computer it’s been tough to have it for a block of time. He is very busy right now with his scholarship projects and needs it quite a bit. Oh well – it’s a compromise thing, right? 😉

Tonight I have been busy working on my project site with Marc. It is for his scholarship fund that helps Student-Athletes of Washington State. Check it out!

Since I haven’t been blogging about ANY of my eats as of late, here are some pictures to tantalize your taste buds!


This was last night’s dinner. Marc was at a committee meeting so I opted for quinoa noodles with some spinach marinara and nice light spring mix salad with a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette, grape tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.
For those of you that haven’t tried quinoa noodles, please do! They are much better than rice noodles – light, fluffy, soft and tasty! We are not gluten free but I try to buy other alternatives to wheat if I can. And you all know how much I LOVE quinoa!

This morning Baby J let me sleep in until 7! He has been waking up at about 6-6:15 and he is very cranky at that early. It’s dark in his room so I really have no clue as to why he is waking up that early. But sleeping in until 7 felt great! Thanks, my little boy!

It’s so sweet of Marc – he always gives me my first cup of coffee in the morning. 🙂


I make it but he pours it for me. I love it!
I made some time this morning to head to the gym so I ate a half of a peanut butter Cliff bar, and then the rest after I came back home.


My knee is feeling so much better! Not 100% and believe me, I am not pushing it. I ran a mild 2.5 miles in 25 minutes then hit the stair master. I need to get some leg strength back into my legs as I haven’t been pushing them the past few weeks. I also have been icing my knee to prevent further injury.

After a nice shower I walked into the kitchen on a mission. To find a recipe that I could incorporate my pomegranates into!
Well, I didn’t “find” a recipe, I made one up! I don’t even know what to call it… it’s just a mixture of this and that, but OMG was it ever so good!


I will post a recipe on it with the entire ingredient list and directions, but for now I will give a brief description. I used quinoa as the base – I boiled it with a bay leaf, dried basil, parsley, Italian seasoning and poultry seasoning (mainly for the sage as I didn’t have any plain sage). I added about a cup of frozen carrots and peas, too. Once it was cooked I let it cool and the fun began! I just kept grabbing items out of the fridge and pantry – it felt like I was concocting something magical! I added toasted pine nuts, dried cranberries, pomegranate arils (the actual name of the fruit), fresh basil, EVOO, s & p and feta crumbles. It turned out wonderfully! This could be used as a side dish with chicken, turkey or pork but since I don’t eat a lot of meat, I used this salad, of sorts, as my main meal for lunch!


Along with a mini brie, some Mary’s Gone Crackers and a VERY ripe red pear. I found these mini brie’s at the store and I just love them!


I even used them as a spoon for the quinoa – a perfect combo!
After lunch I was feeling a bit restless so I packed up Baby J and set out to the book store – my favorite place! I received a very sweet Birthday package from my dearest friend, Sophie, which included a gift card to Borders! Thank you, sweetie! (PS – I AM NOT AVOIDING YOU 😦 – Been insanely busy, and I know that is no excuse not to call or text, Please forgive me! I gravel at your feet! I love you xoxoxox)

Off I go! (Yes, I know I’m a dork – hehe)


One thing that I love about driving is I get a chance to listen to music. Back in my HighSchool days I ALWAYS listened to music. I would stay up late, have my disk player in hand and jam out. Now I only listen to it when I am at the gym OR in the car. Our Tahoe has built in XM Radio and I am obsessed over 1st Wave and The Coffeehouse stations.


1st Wave plays a mixture of Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order, The Clash… basically old school British punk/rock/alternative. LOVE IT!


The Coffeehouse is all acoustic singer-songwriters, just what you would hear in a coffeehouse! Very relaxing and puts me in an instant good mood. 🙂

I found a bunch of treasures at Borders!
First a cute book for Jordan – this kept him busy while I shopped.


I found this beauty on the clearance rack – it has descriptions and pictures of hundreds of ingredients that you can cook with. I thought this would be a valuable resource to have in the kitchen.


And the Grand Daddy of them all: The Worlds Healthiest Foods. It is my new bible for nutrition facts, food facts and over all eating healthy. George knows what he is talking about, no doubt about it! I was only able to flip through the pages, all 800+, and I am excited to actually sit down, take notes and learn from this massive book.
You can visit his website at


I also for a fun literary guide – one can never stop learning!


And one of my favorite magazines: Bust. It’s indie, it’s feministic, it’s bold and blunt – LOVE IT!


Phew – all of that shopping made me quite hungry so I snack on soy nuts as I browsed the pages of my new friends.


And look what else I received in the mail: MORE MAGAZINES!
Ahem, I have a “small” addiction to magazines. They are like candy or presents to me. I love the feeling of getting something other than a bill in the mail and magazines brighten up my day! I have like 6 or 7 subscriptions right now – shhh don’t tell Marc. 😉


After Baby J went to sleep, Marc and I worked hard at the scholarship website – it’s 1 AM folks! We started at 7.
I had a pretty basic dinner/snack of Oikos, almond butter, granola and a honey crisp apple.
The some coconut mint ice cream – because I deserved it! 🙂

Wow – I have got to get into bed. I have a feeling that since Jordan went to bed a tad early tonight he will be up early, too. 5 hours of sleep will not cut it!

PS – Don’t forget about my give away!

about me, random

Just some fun

I snapped this picture today – it looks like a face, huh!

Anyway, I love doing these questions – enjoy! 🙂

1. Where is your cell phone? In my purse… I think
2. Your hair? Needs color AND a cut!
3. Your mother? Sweet and kind
4. Your father? Is too far away! I miss him!
5. Your favorite food? Salads and chocolate – too even themselves out 😉
6. Your dream last night? Cannot remember
7. Your favorite drink? H2O, black coffee, Wine
8. Your dream/goal? To live a life that I am proud of when I am 95
9. What room are you in? family room/tv room
10. Your hobby? blogging, quilting, sewing, crafting in general, baking
11. Your fear? clowns, cancer, drowning
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? As long as I am happy and loved, then that’s all that matters.
13. Where were you last night? Home – I went to sleep at 9:30!
14. Something you aren’t? A boy
15. Muffins? English
16. Wish list item? Mac Book
17. Where did you grow up? Leavenworth, WA
18. Last thing you did? Ate fresh made banana bread
19. What are you wearing? yoga pants and a long sleeve shirt
20. Your TV? Unused
21. Your pets? Lilly puppy
22. Your friends? Far but near
23. Your life? Not perfect but I love it
24. Your mood? giggly
25. Missing someone? Not really, everyone that I need is right here
27. Something you’re not wearing? Underwear. (TMI? You know me, I love giving you TMI!)
28. Your favorite store? A co-op
29. Your favorite color? green and white
30. When was the last time you laughed? Tonight 🙂 Marc always makes me laugh
31. Last time you cried? Can’t remember but it wasn’t too long ago – I am a sap.
32. Best Friend? Marc
33. One place that I go to over and over again? The kitchen – duh!
34. One person who emails me regularly? No one really – a lot of spam and randoms
35. Favorite place to eat? Sitting down – I hate to eat rushed.

operation beautiful, product review, random

Lookey what I found!

I totally forgot about this – look!


Okay, so I will give you some more random facts about me. I actually really need to do my FAQ’s page instead of goofing off… oh well!

  • I am an only child. I have two step sisters – one I don’t speak to and the other I very rarely speak to. Marc is an only child, too.
  • I love cinnamon.
  • I don’t mind hearing nails on a chalkboard. I mean I don’t love it or anything, but it doesn’t bother me.
  • I went to elementary school in a one room school house. It was the last one room school house still being used in the state. It housed grades 1-4 and the largest student count was 21. It was the best experience I ever had!
  • With that being said, I grew up in the middle of no where. In the woods, with only a handful of neighbors around. It took us 25 minutes to get into town. Looking back, I am so thankful that I was able to experience childhood this way. I was always fishing, playing in the woods, picking berries and mushrooms, seeing deer and other wild life roam in our yard, a lot of hiking and camping and this all has made me who I am today. (Yes, we had power, tv, running water… 😉
  • I wouldn’t eat meat if it were not for Marc. I love the taste but I hate handling it. Raw meat skeeves me out! I never buy it at the store, either. I have no clue what to look for. Plus I feel we don’t NEED meat, by any means. If I am cooking for myself I very rarely incorporate meat into my meals.

That’s all I can think of right now – I encourage you all to have some fun and post some random facts about you on your blog!


I must do a quick product review because I am simply addicted to this stuff:


This is the BEST store bought salsa I have had. I bought some for Jordan’s party and EVERYONE was commenting on how fresh it tasted. Marc even commented on the fact it tasted BETTER than Mexican restaurant salsa. It wasn’t heavily acidic, like some store bought salsas can be, nice chunks of vegetables, a perfect spice kick and versatile.
BONUS – it’s organic AND it’s a locally made product! As you know by now I am all for buying locally (in state, in county, in city, etc) and I get extremely excited when I see products on big supermarket shelves, like Costco.

To the folks at Emerald Valley Kitchenkeep up the great work and the wonderful product!