Good morning!

Last night, my Mom and I headed down to our local dueling pianos bar – Blue Moon – to hear American Idol contestants Katelyn Epperly and Lilly Scott sing!


I don’t watch American Idol, but Katelyn is from my hometown and my Mom knows her from working in the school district, so we went to check it out. :)


This was my second time at Blue Moon – the first being on Valentine’s Day for some pre-dinner cocktails!


Last time I tried some of their specialty martinis, but I stuck with good ol’ Miller Light last night.


We met some of my Mom’s co-workers there and snagged a table right up front!



The girls came out about an hour before the show to give some interviews to the local media. Can you imagine how different their lives are now, compared to 6 months ago?


Lilly came out first and made the rookie mistake of calling our town Des Moin-ES. It’s a silent “es” Lilly!! Despite her faux paux, I really enjoyed her set. She’s got a kind of indy-Norah Jones type voice. Very chill. I could listen to her type of music all day. Plus, most of the stuff she played was original – good for her!


Our hometown girl, Katelyn, came out next. Her voice was more mainstream – sort of a husky Kelly Clarkson sound. She played the piano and sang at the same time – a concept that I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around!

Overall we had a very nice night and, even though I didn’t know the girls, it’s always nice to hear quality, live music! Do you watch American Idol? Did you like Katelyn or Lilly?

This morning I woke up with an intense craving for almond butter – so I slathered some globs on an Earthgrains Thin Bun and called it breakfast! 



I’m getting down near the end of my jar…do you know what that means??? ;)




The last of the pineapple!!! I will compare all future pineapples to this one. It might have been the best one I ever had.


I packed some more freshness for lunch – a salad & mango!

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In the mix:

  • Spinach
  • Roma tomato
  • Carrots
  • Tofu
  • Dried cranberries

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Doesn’t my tofu look like cheese?! I just roasted it in a 350 degree oven with olive oil, garlic salt & onion powder for about 30 minutes. IT’S SO GOOD!

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There is literally 3/4 of a bag of spinach in this salad too. I filled up my container, zipped through it with my pizza cutter, filled the container back up, then zipped through it again. What iron problem?

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Big fork worthy. Clearly I’m having too much fun with this fork. ;)

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This is my last mango too, and it is mind numbingly sweet juicy and tropical.

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What’s with excellent exotic fruit in Iowa, these days?! I don’t hate it! ;)

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I can’t tell you how pumped I am that it’s already THURSDAY! This week absolutely flew by! Here’s hoping the day goes by quickly!

Byeeee :mrgreen:


Three Question Thursday time – favorite’s edition!

1. What’s your favorite tool/gadget in your kitchen?

2. What’s your favorite candy?

3. What’s your favorite color AND your favorite color to wear?

My answers!

1. Mini food processor – I can’t imagine my life without it! Or, my good can opener from Williams & Sonoma. You don’t know what you’re missing until you have a good one!

2. Fruity: grape laffy taffy. Chocolate: Reese’s peanut butter cup. Non chocolate/fruity: red vines!

3. Fave color is pink, but my favorite color to wear is black. It’s so versatile!