Ahhhhh – look what is stalking my house!! 8O


UGH! UGH!!!! I went out to enjoy the sunshine last night and ran smack into this disgusting creature as I walked out the door – a Praying Mantis. I put the zoom lens on my camera to snap pictures because I was that creeped out!!


I’m usually not so bug phobic, but these things are seriously. freaky. Normal bugs hop or fly away when you come close, but praying manti stay stiff as a board, eerily making you feel as though they’ll strike your face at any moment.



The WORST part is that he’s been hanging out at our house for a week! It’s “end” looks like a strange, 5 inch leaf (yes, it is THAT big) and I’ve seen it everyday on our plants out front. And everyday I’ve been like “Seriously, where did that exotic leaf come from, and why hasn’t it blown away yet?” Now I come to find out it was a praying mantis all along. Horrifying.

Ew, ick, yuck. I didn’t even know there were praying manti in Iowa. Sickening!!!!

ANYWAYS! Happy hump day. :) We’re supposed to get up to 80 degrees today! I celebrated the mild morning with a cool, Fruit & Yogurt Parfait!


In the mix:

  • Raspberry Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop chia seeds
  • Banana
  • Sliced Almonds


Layered in a glass, cause it’s more fun that way. :)


In a WINE glass, no less! ;)


Even if it’s just for you, breakfast can still be special.


I’m very excited for lunch because I packed some tasty, leftover Sautéed Asian Broccoli Tofu and a Honeycrisp Apple!


You could use spaghetti for this dish, or rice noodles for that matter, but I encourage you to try rice sticks. I got mine at an Asian Grocery Store (locals: New Oriental Food Store in the East Village) for like $.99. They’re the same kind of noodles you’ll find in fresh spring rolls and have a wonderful texture.


And my baby!


I paid, cough $5.65 cough, for THREE of these puppies, which makes Honeycrisp apples an expensive habit. But since they’re only around for a short time each year, this budget diva makes an exception for them. :D


My Mom’s coming to eat lunch with me today and we’re going to try and eat outside. Sounds like it’s going to be a great day for it! :D 



In other news, I’m glad you guys were receptive to Tofu 101! Tofu’s great hot or cold, cooked or raw, and hopefully some of you who were skeptical before, will give it a try. Still not convinced? Maybe this FREE TOFU PRESS will help!

Whee!! I have a TofuXpress Tofu Press to giveaway to one, tofu-loving winner. You can enter up to three different ways by 5:00pm Central tonight. Here’s how:

1. Leave a comment telling me if you’re a current or future tofu lover.

2. Tweet: “@IowaGirlEats is giving away a free @TofuXpress, today only! http://ow.ly/2LCN6” and leave another comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave another comment telling me you’ve done so.

Hopefully pressed tofu is in your immediate future – good luck! :D

ps, you can buy a tofu press here for $39.95. A little steep, perhaps, but the Holidays ARE coming up! :D

Have a great day!