It’s a fact that I turn into a pumpkin around 7pm on weeknights.

Sure, I’ll go for the occasional late night walk or after dinner bike ride, but I’m more likely to be in my PJs than a party dress on Monday-Thursday evenings. Last night was different though. I let my hair down, threw the rules out the window and went to the movies!

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Wheee! It’s true – my Mom and I spent the evening with a wolf and a vampire…

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Aka, we finally saw Eclipse! If loving a hundred year old vampire in a teenager’s body is wrong, I don’t want to be right. TEAM EDWARD! I am this close to getting a poster for my bedroom wall. ;)

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I drooled over the luscious vampire watched the movie intently with a small bag of popcorn on my lap. I can’t go to the movies without getting popcorn – it’s not possible. Although, at $5.25 for a small bag, I wish I could break the habit!

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Our verdict? The second movie was better but we love all things Twilight so, of course, we loved Eclipse. I can’t wait for the 4th installment! Anyone know when it’s coming out? Do Edward and Bella actually get married? Will Bella turn into a willing vampire?! I should read the book… ;)

After the movie, my Mom and I sat down to a light dinner at Panera. You Pick 2 of a Mediterranean Veggie ‘Wich and Chicken Tortilla Soup.

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The soup was SOUPER zesty and a tad spicy. I dug it!

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This sandwich is what I was most excited for though. Salty, zippy, crunchy and that bread is just to die for. Squishy tomato basil with just a hint of cinnamon in the crust. I swear I tasted it. So unexpected!

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Rounded out with a crunchy apple. Does anybody know what kind of apples Panera serves? I love the small size and perfect crunch. :)

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This morning, after THE most humid morning Mom walk, I crushed my hunger with a sweet breakfast of Life Cereal + Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze and a Honey Roasted Peanut Butter + Banana English Muffin!

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My hot and squishy Thomas 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin was slathered with some of the honey roasted peanut butter my friend gave me. I am becoming addicted to this stuff – it is CRAZY good!

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This Life Cereal was a total impulse purchase at the store. I love this perfectly crunchy, lightly sweet cereal with all my heart. Plus it is insanely delish with USVAB, as are ALL cereals, imo!

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Filling and tasty. :)  

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Well I didn’t have any leftovers from last night’s dinner, and I ate all my pre-made salads for the week, so I dug around and packed a Sampler Style Lunch!

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Including some Basha Hommus and Wheat Thins.

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Crunchy and creamy – an ace combo.

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Not to be outdone by a Pink Lady Apple and roasted almond butter. Ummm – Ben and I did an inventory the other night and realized we have 10 jars of various kinds of peanut and/or almond butter. Out. Of. Control!

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Last, but not least, a 100 Calorie Jiffy Pop bag of popcorn. I’ve found this particular flavor of 100 calorie popcorn to be pretty decent, actually!

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To be eaten here and there during the afternoon. Work has been absolutely nuts lately – no time for a leisurely lunch, that’s for sure. :? I’d rather be busy than bored to death though!

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Blue Bunny Free Ice Cream Coupon Giveaway

The answer to yesterday’s final Blue Bunny free ice cream coupon question waaaaaas…”a”! There are 6 scoops of premium Blue Bunny ice cream in the Goliath Sundae! Sweet! Congrats to winner:

Jess S: A) Six scoops I LOVE ice cream and that might be even a little bit too much for me! Oh, my husband says he thinks I would handle it just fine. (I’m not sure that’s a compliment…) :D

Way to go Jess! And don’t worry, Ben would say the same thing about me. It IS a compliment! ;) Email me your address at IowaGirlEats@hotmail.com and I’ll get your free coupon out to you in the mail.

THANKS to all who participated in the coupon giveaways the past several days. Free or not, I DO hope you’ll check out Blue Bunny’s products – they can’t be beat!

Three Question Thursday

Can we celebrate the fact that I didn’t forget about TQT today AND the fact that it’s already Thursday?! This week has flown by! Heeere ya’ go:

1. Do you wear gold or silver jewelry?

2. Do you bring your own snacks to the movies, buy them there, or go snackless?

3. Are you a homebody during the week, or do you like to get out and do stuff?

My answers:

1. I have always been a silver girl, but lately my wardrobe is starting to include a lot of blues, cremes and grays – which I’ve been pairing with gold jewelry. It’s nice for a little change-a-roo!

2. If I’m munching on candy, I usually bring it – but hot, buttery popcorn is a movie theater only purchase!

3. Homebody!