Guess what YOU did?


Yes – you! YOU voted your little hearts out and won me Reader’s Choice for Project Food Blog Challenge #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Muwah, muwah, muwah, muwah! I got a little medal, and everything! :D


I found out when I was still at work, so I let out a tiny "wheee!" inside my cubicle. Inside, however, I was all "WHEEEEE!!!"


Ahem, oh, excuse me! ;)

Seriously though, thank you from the bottom of my heart for voting for me. It means more than you know and I appreciate every single click of that tiny, red heart. Challenge #2 takes place this weekend and I think I know what I’m going to be making. Details to come!

In other news, this was a good day indeed, because after work I completed my exercise goal for the week: running 5 miles in a single run.

After a summer of tackling 3 & 4 milers, the thought of a 5 miler made me a tad weary. Nature was on my side, however, and the warm sun + crisp, fall air made for ideal running conditions. Coupled with rested legs and proper hydration throughout the day – I actually felt great! My joints will hate me tomorrow, but tonight – it’s alllll good. ;)

I was starving by the time I got showered up, so sweet Ben went on a Chipotle run for dinner!

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I actually wanted to make Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls for dinner, but we ran out of rice AND I forgot to get cilantro at the store this week. Rats!

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Ben knows my order by heart, and returned with all the right fixins. Let’s see, what do we have here…

  • Rice
  • Black beans
  • Chicken
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Salsa Verde


I add my own dashes of green Tabasco sauce, which is made from jalapenos and is mildly spicy and tangy. It’s. Awesome.


Ben also picked up some frosty Heineken Lights to cool off from our spic-ay bowls. We had Heinekens on our flight out to Rome – I think he’s reminiscing. ;)

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Well we’re going to take it easy and hang out at home tonight. We haven’t had a Friday evening to just be at home since we left for Italy! Plus we’ll be rooting on the Hawks hard tomorrow morning (following one of the most wretched performances I’ve ever seen, last week) and we need to bring our A game to the table!

Have a fabulous night and THANKS AGAIN you guys!


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  1. Kath 09.24.2010

    A big CONGRATULATIONS! Your post for Challenge #1 was charming! Best of luck with the rest!

  2. Teresa 09.24.2010

    Congratulations! Way to represent Iowa! You totally deserve the readers’ choice honor. Your blog is wonderful, and so are your recipes.

  3. Liz @ LBBakes 09.24.2010

    Woooot, congrats to you! Great job on the run, too :)

  4. erica 09.24.2010

    congrats!!! good luck on your next challenge!

    your dinner looks delicious! i wish there was a chipotle where i live.

  5. First time to your blog, and I can totally see why you won Reader’s Choice! Can’t wait to read more from you!

  6. Yay! Congratulations to you, lady! I’d do a little jig for you, but I’m at Barnes and Noble, and there is a complete stranger sitting across from me reading in silence. But in my head, I’m dancing. Way to go! I can’t wait to see what you’ll pull out of that Iowa-onian (or something?) head of yours.

  7. Elizabeth 09.24.2010

    wahoo! you go girl. can’t wait to see challenge #2!

  8. Kim 09.24.2010

    Congratulations first and foremost! Very well deserved and hopefully it’s an indication of how well regarded you are by the readers!
    Secondly – your Chipotle looks delish! I need to try your recipe for it, as I fell in love with Chipotle on a trip to the States a few years ago. Australia needs Chipotle!

  9. Congratulations to you!!

    Chipotle is a nice way to celebrate your news. :-)

  10. colleen 09.24.2010

    CONGRATS on the award!!! Doing a happy dance for you. Bring on challenge #2!

  11. Stephanie Norton 09.24.2010

    I will be cheering LOUDLY in Kinnick Stadium tommorrow… I can’t wait! And they better stomp all over Ball State!!

  12. Eve P 09.24.2010

    Nothing like a Henie to end the week! Congrats on the contest and run!

  13. Liz @ Blog is the New Black 09.24.2010

    Congrats times 2- award & run! :)

  14. Congrats! I love your blog. I’ve now been adding almond butter (or peanut butter) to my stir-fries! I made it to challenge # 2 as well, and have NO IDEA what to make!

  15. How exciting! Best of luck in Round II!

    & for some reason, I <3 the Chipotle aluminum bowl pic :)

  16. Brynne 09.24.2010

    Congrats! So glad you advanced :)

  17. You deserve it!

  18. Well done with Project Food Blog; what a great start!

  19. Debby 09.25.2010

    Congratulations !!! Haha I love the little miss sunshine picture , so cute :)

  20. Congrats! I love reading and trying anything you post. You’ll be ready for Challenge #2 in no time! Any thoughts for foreign cuisine? I have a few Vietnamese ones I can suggest! =) G’luck!

  21. Congrats lady! You deserve it! :) I voted for 4 people and one was definitely you! I hope you make it all the way!

  22. Kristine 09.25.2010

    I finally did it! I’m drinking a green smoothie! I’m using your post with oatmeal in it. Very tasty. Thank you!

  23. jassy 09.25.2010

    congrats!!! it’s nice to be just home with the one you love on a friday night…right? enjoy!!! :)

  24. JennyV 09.25.2010


    Chipotle is amazing (much better than Qdoba, Pancheros, etc.) — a league of its own in my opinion!

  25. girliefriend 09.25.2010

    No one deserves it more! ‘grats Kristin!

  26. Lena 09.25.2010

    cool!!!! congratulations!!! so happy for ya! love your blog honestly!!! congrats again!!! (:

  27. Lee 09.25.2010

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  28. congrats!!!

  29. Maranda 09.25.2010

    Congratulations on advancing and being voted Reader Favorite! I jumped over here to check out your blog because you were voted the Reader Favorite and it’s easy to see why you achieved that status. I absolutely LOVE your blog and will be hanging out here pretty often. I may have to start a fan club in your name…oh wait…I think that just happened with the Reader Favorite thing…right? Who knows. Either way, you are pretty much super awesome. I am looking forward to getting to know you better!

    Congrats again. You definitely deserve it!

  30. sassy molassy 09.28.2010

    Congrats! So happy for you!

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