New York City: Explained!


Good Monday morning to you! Hope your weekend was fab. Mine seemed to stretch on foreeeeever, which is always a win. :)

Oh gosh, those cinnamon rolls last night – !!!


I haven’t had these in ages! My Dad used to make them on the weekends growing up. Us kids would wake up to the smell of them baking in the oven, race down to the kitchen and fight over who got the gooey, chewy middle roll that seemed to always catch the icing dripping off the other ones. Being the only girl, I seem to remember winning that battle fairly often. ;)

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I savored every sweet and spectacular bite! :D Do you like the middle or edge cinnamon roll?

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This morning, I channeled something a wee bit healthier for breakfast – a Green Monster Smoothie!


I’ve been dreaming about this smoothie since I had it last week on St. Patty’s Day. Adding the vanilla whey protein powder into the mix makes ALL the difference! Thick, luscious and SO GOOD. :mrgreen: 


In the mix:

  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • enough spinach to fill the blender to the top!



Lunch is a nutritious beast as well – a big Mixed Salad! 


In the mix:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Dried cranberries
  • Peanuts


Once again, I over flowed my container with lettuce and spinach, then took my pizza cutter to it. Zip, zip, zip and suddenly my gigantic salad was reduced to a more manageable, fork-friendly size. You can fit in TONS of spinach this way too, which is great!


Take that, tots, pizza and cinnamon rolls! ;)


New York City

So, do you guys remember when I up and spent a couple days in New York City (recap day 1, day 2, day 3) shooting a print ad for an allergy medication company a few months ago?


Well, Fitness Magazine and Claritin Allergy Medication had a “call for entries” to people who have allergies and take Claritin D, to be in a print ad campaign for their product. I have wretched allergies and also take CD, so I said – what the heck, why not? I sent in my picture, got picked to be in the ad, and it’s out!


You’ll find me on page 107 in all of my allergy suffering glory. ;) HA! It’s just too crazy! I don’t think the picture even looks that much like me – but it’s still pretty flipping cool, nonetheless! See, having allergies does have it’s perks! ;) 



In other news, I’ve created an Official Iowa Girl Eats Page on Facebook! I’m hoping to use this page for answering questions, having discussions and just generally getting our chat on. Join me, won’t you? :D

Have a magnificent Monday, wherever you are!


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  2. Quisha 03.22.2010

    OMG that’s awesome. I was going to pick this one up today but opted for NaturalHealth and Health. I like Fitness but my roomate gets a subscription. I’ll be sure to tear this one out and keep it!

    Wow that squirrel really was brave! I’ve gotta get one of those Griddlers. I’ve heard great things about them!

  3. Renae 03.22.2010

    OMG that magazine has been sitting on my cupboard for a week, I’ll have to check out your ad! Congrats!

  4. Ahhh, that is super cool! Are you going to frame it? : ) YOU ARE GORGEOUS! I am a Fitness subscriber – can’t wait to get my new issue…

  5. Jessica 03.23.2010

    Thats so awesome! I did wonder why you went to NY.

    I like reading Women’s Health and Health. I like Fitness now and then but I’m not a subscriber.

  6. Jessie 03.23.2010

    How cool is it that you are in FITNESS!!! I was still at the shoes, but had to jump ahead to check out your ad! Very cool! Congrats!

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  8. Peggy Woodmansee 03.26.2012

    I too am an Iowa girls (Mason City–sister lives in Mount Pleasant) but I now live in Washington State north of Seattle. I’m going to try your cinnamon roll recipe as I need to bake some to take to church for coffee hour. Dumb me, they asked if I would make some and I said sure…dumb because I’ve nevever made cinnamon rolls before. So, here’s crossing my putting my trust is you because you’re an “IOWA GIRL”. Thanks Peggy

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