Howdy – I’m back!

We had an absolute ball meeting baby girl Riley and catching up at the shower this weekend. The six of us girls in attendance have known each other for YEARS (some of us since grade school!) and I think I speak for the group when I say that we all dearly love any excuse to get together!

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The food and games went over well, although there was one little snafu with the cupcakes…

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mine did a face plant on the ground – blast!! ;)

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Now, I consider myself an extremely rational person. I don’t have too many outlandish habits or quirks, but one thing I will own up to is getting extreme anxiety about being away from home on Sundays. I’m not sure what it is exactly…maybe I feel like I won’t have enough time to mentally prepare myself for the coming week? Who knows!

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At any rate, my irrational anxiety got the best of me this morning so I got up at 6:45am, made a pit stop at Dunkin Donuts (out of my mind jealous that they are literally on every corner in Chicago!)

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grabbed some glazed chocolate munchkin donuts (I die)

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and hit the road!

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By 2pm, not only had I driven all the way home, but I had showered, gotten ready and grocery shopped, too. I was celebratin’!

I went a little bit over budget today ($63 vs budgeted $50) but it was worth it (you’ll see…)

The Produce:

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  • Green onions
  • Spinach
  • HONEYCRISP APPLES!!!!! ($2.99/lb but worth every. single. penny.)
  • Acorn squash
  • Lime
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Dole Vegetable Medley
  • Dole Salad Blend
  • Green beans
  • White potatoes
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Baby portabella mushrooms (for Ben, ick)
  • Bananas

The Rest:

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  • Low-sodium bacon
  • Low-sodium Sara Lee Deli Turkey
  • Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash Diet Soda
  • Gino’s Pizza Sauce ($$$, but local and out of this world good)
  • Sliced olives
  • Alouette Garlic Herb Cheese Spread
  • Sauerkraut
  • 1 lb. 93/7 ground beef
  • Cheese slices
  • Shredded cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Boboli Whole Wheat Crust
  • White bread (for Ben)

Total: $63.00 and some change. I’m ok with that!

I used some of my newly purchased produce and whipped up a batch of roasted veggies for a late lunch/early dinner.

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I know, I know – I made the exact same thing late last week, but the dreary, drizzly weather made a big bowl of warm, roasted veggies sound simply irresistible!

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Piled high atop a bed of fluffy, chewy brown rice cooked in chicken broth.

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Do you ever cook your rice in broth? You can totally taste the difference – absolutely Heavenly!

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Lately the brussels sprouts at the store have been teeny-tiny, so I just left them whole after cutting off the core. More poppable that way. :)

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I’ll admit, the strong resemblance of the sweet potatoes to carrots temporarily freaked me out (cooked carrots are my #1 most hated food) but all hesitation flew out the window when I had my first sweet & creamy bite. MMM!!!

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In other news…

Project Food Blog

I wanted to let you know that I am entering Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog!

Contestants will compete in a series of food-themed blogging challenges over the next 12 weeks, with the ultimate goal of being named the next food blog star. Cool, right? The first challenge is to define myself as a food blogger and explain why I should win Project Food Blog.

I actually think this post perfectly sums up my stance as a food blogger. It begins with cupcakes and ends with roasted vegetables. You can’t get further apart in the food spectrum, but it couldn’t sum up my life and blog in a more perfect way.

I’m every woman. I’m you. I’m a down-to-earth, Midwestern girl (yes, girl – I decided it’s ok) who eats chocolate donuts in the morning and veggies at night. Then I share it with you.

Sure, I hope that by reading my blog you can get some easy, healthy recipe ideas, and maybe learn how to caramelize an onion or make Spring Rolls, but I also hope you can relate. I’d love to win the title as next food blog star because I think I’m an extremely relatable person with a passion and love for food and life.

Cheers!