Good Friday morning to you all!

Check in: How was your week? Crazy? Ok? Dreadful? Fab? Mine was pretty good – nay, great! Aside from my brush with a little bug on Wednesday, I feasted on fresh bread, reflected on my goals, and even saw a dope musical! :D

Share: I have weird hair. It’s really fine so I can’t use product in it because you can see the product, I can’t rat it because you can see the rat, etc., so it ends up looking really flat most days. Well I read in a magazine yesterday that when blow drying your hair, tip your head over and whatever hair that naturally falls over your face, start paddle brushing and blow drying in an “x” pattern to build some volume at the crown. I tried it out today and it worked like a charm! Volume achieved and no product needed. Score!

Eat: Today’s breakfast looks very…vanilla…shall we say – but it’s tasteeee!



Let’s break it down:

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I received this cereal as a free sample in the mail a couple weeks ago, and thought today was a perfect day to break it out. It’s kind of high in the sugar department for such a tiny portion – but a fun detour from the usual breakfast!


I crushed my bread slice in .5 (seriously, go to Great Harvest if you have one nearby) and am saving my yogurt and cereal for work. I’ll let you know my thoughts on the cereal tonight. :D

All that talk of Thanksgiving yesterday, gave me a great idea for lunch today. I channeled some of my fave T-giving flavors and made a Dried Cranberry, Turkey & Almond Salad.


In the mix:

  • Roasted turkey
  • Dried cranberries
  • Sliced almonds

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Yum, yum, yum! The more I eat sliced almonds, the more I love them. They add such a unique crunch and nutty taste to whatever I add them to.

I also packed some produce I found loitering in my fridge: a White Peach and some Baby Carrots.


I think I prefer regular, yellow peaches to white peaches…but any old peach will do, really – I don’t discriminate against fruit!

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Well it’s the end of the week…which means it’s Fun Fact Friday time!

Today’s Fun Fact: I’ve never eaten a pomegranate until this week!

I have been very nonchalantly eating pomegranate seeds this week, but I’ve been secretly dying to tell you all about them!

Clearly Iowa isn’t known for their booming, pomegranate export industry, therefore I’d never even laid eyes on one until a couple of weeks ago in the grocery store. I don’t know why we suddenly had a big shipment in, but I didn’t know the next time I’d have an opportunity to try one so I snatched one up!

I researched online as to how I was supposed to remove the delicious, jewel-toned seeds inside and after visiting a few websites, I confidently dove in. Here’s what I did:

Gather the software: 1 pomegranate.


Gather the hardware: 1 sharp knife and 1 bowl of water (and clean hands!)


Cut the pomegranate in half.


A little juice will spill out so have a paper towel handy.


Submerge the pomegranate halves in the bowl of water and start removing the seed pockets with your thumbs.


After all the seeds have been removed, scrape out the “pulp” that will be floating at the top of the water bowl.

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Pour seeds into a strainer and rinse.


At this point, the pomegranate seeds are ready to enjoy! You can eat them whole or bite down, drink the sweet juice the spills out and spit out the inner seed. I, of course, ate mine whole :)


Serve over yogurt, on salads…with champagne…just sayin’!


My seeds were a little bit lighter than the pictures I viewed online, but they were wonderfully sweet, a bit tropical tasting and such a FUN and unique food to eat! My little pomegranate yielded a TON of seeds – way more than I was expecting, actually. Well worth the $2 investment. :)  Next on my list is to try: POM Wonderful!

Have a truly wonderful day, friends – any fun weekend plans you’d like to share?