To My Husband


Good morning! :)

I got all my packing done last night so I’m ready to hit the road after work on Friday. We have a family wedding to attend a couple hours away, and the exciting part is that Ben’s parents will be there too! It’s the first time we’ve seen them since they moved to Washington DC in June. I can’t believe they’ve been gone for almost 5 months – it’s CRAZY how time flies!

In other news, I harnessed the power of cereal’s most delicious ally, Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, and generously poured it over some Special K Red Berries with added Fiber for breakfast!


Foodbuzz sent me a box of this cereal to try and, although I don’t love Special K products because they tend to have some funky items in the ingredient list, I do have a soft spot in my heart for those red berries, so I gave it a try…


Mmmm berries…


Anyways, the texture of this cereal is like really crispy and airy Wheaties. It’s definitely got more girth than regular Special K, because of the added fiber, and overall if you like normal Special K, I bet you’d like this too!


I packed some leftover Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie for lunch.


I think Ben said it best, “If you didn’t tell me there was cheese in there, I wouldn’t know. I would just think there was something a little special going on.” Aka – this isn’t a cheese bomb, a la Classic Mac & Cheese, it’s more a subtle hint.


In addition to the frozen veggies, I also threw in some leftover roasted green beans, but you could add frozen hashbrowns, asparagus, broccoli – any extra veggies you have in the fridge, really!


Rounded out with a big, Honeycrisp Apple. I hope you aren’t sick of seeing these babies, because they’re going to be around all Fall. HA! ;)


In other news…

To my fun loving,

lab coat wearing,

too much corn eating,


sports loving,

WONDERFUL husband – Happy Birthday!!! Awww – isn’t he the cutest?! FYI he literally forgot it was his birthday until I reminded him 2 days ago…what?! ;)


The birthday boy has requested that I join him for happy hour after work, then I think we’re going to go out for dinner. That’s always the good thing about birthdays – a guaranteed night out! :D

Have a great day everyone!

ps Today is the last day to vote for my Cozy Lunch Menu for Project Food Blog Challenge #3! I 100% appreciate your support! :D


It’s Three Question Thursday time!!

1. What’s your favorite cereal?

2. Favorite type of accessory?

3. What’s your favorite clothing store?

My answers:

1. Dry Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Kashi Honey Almond Crunch with USVAB. omg, YUM!

2. A fun, long necklace. :)

3. I’d say Nordstroms or Ann Taylor Loft!

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  1. Happy birthday to your husband! :)

  2. happy birthdayyyy iowa girl’s husband!!! hahaha. I used to LOVE special K red berries…but I haven’t had it in years!

  3. Stephanie 10.07.2010

    Happy Bday to IGE hubby!!!

  4. Brittney 10.07.2010

    Happy birthday, Ben!

    1. Reese’s Puffs– if we’re leaving nutritional value out of our decision-making process
    2. In college, that’s really all I can do :)
    3. H&M! I miss one being on every block, as I swear they were in Germany

  5. 1. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Honey Nut Cheerios. But I’m also a fan of Frosted Shredded Wheat and Cracklin’ Oat Bran
    2. I love window shopping, but it makes me wish I had money to buy things I want!
    3. Forever 21

    Happy birthday IBE!

  6. laura 10.07.2010

    Happy Bday to ben! It is my bday as well!

  7. lauramich 10.07.2010

    Happy birthday, Ben! :D

    1. My staple cold cereal is Kashi GoLean—the plain kind, not the Crunch variety. Truthfully, I love the Kashi U a bit more, but it doesn’t keep me full quite long enough.

    2. Yes, I love window shopping. When I was a little girl, my dad was in the Navy, so my mom and I had lots of bonding time together, and one of the things we’d do would be to go to the mall and just wander around looking at stuff. It’s still one of my guilty pleasures. I even love “window shopping” at the grocery store—I could wander the aisles for hours, just looking at stuff. Yes, I realize that this is weird.

    3. Old Navy is my staple, though I also like Eddie Bauer, and Ann Taylor Loft for a splurge. But truthfully, I buy a lot of clothes secondhand (e.g., Goodwill). I had to when I was losing weight—I couldn’t afford to buy a new wardrobe every time I dropped a size—and I’ve just gotten too used to paying $3 for shirts! I’d rather skimp on clothes and spend extra on nice food!

  8. Happy Birthday to the husband!!!

  9. Faith 10.07.2010

    The Tar Heels are the best!!! It should be a great season this year.

    Oh and I tried your BBQ chicken Quesadillas last night. Amazing!! They were a huge hit. My husband loved them. He only said that they needed sour cream on top. :) He loves sour cream; I can’t stand it. I’ve even got him sold on oatmeal in the mornings thanks to all your different kinds. He loves apples and cinnamon. So, thanks!

  10. Elyse 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday IBE!

    I’m not the biggest Special K fan either, but I do like the bars they make. They have one they drizzle with chocolate on top and it tastes like a rice krispy treat. Yum!

    1. Sugary: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honeycomb, or Captain Crunch!
    Healthy: Corn Flakes or Life

    2. Earrings :-)

    3. Express or Target!

  11. Rachel 10.07.2010

    YAY! Happy Birthday Ben!!! :)

    1. Healthy cereal – Kashi Heart to Heart : Not so healthy – Cinnamon Toast Crunch! :) YUMMMM

    2. I love fun earrings and scarves when it’s cold out

    3. Banana Republic, J Crew or Nordstrom…Can’t have one favorite!

  12. Darci 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday to your hubby!! :)

    1. reese’s puffs…hands down!

    2. anything sparkly!

    3. GAP

  13. Sami 10.07.2010

    Happy birthday, Ben!

    1. What’s your favorite cereal? I can’t choose just one. I loveeee cereal…Fiber Select, KAshi HOney Sunshine, Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, etc. :D

    2. Favorite type of accessory? I LOVE headbands. And purses. :)

    3. What’s your favorite clothing store? I’d go with Forever 21 or Target. I <3 TJ maxx, too!

  14. Haley 10.07.2010

    1. Fiber One Caramel Delight (w/ 1/2 banana and sprinkle of cinnamon)

    2. my wedding set b/c I looove my engagement ring!

    3. The GAP – love their jeans – they always fit right the first time!

  15. Happy birthday to Ben! The first picture cracked me up, I will admit. I hope you two have a fun night out. You deserve it!

    Answers to your questions:
    1. I like too many cereals, but Cinnamon Toast Crunch is definitely up there for me. I pretty much like every cereal that is bad for me.
    2. I can’t go anywhere without sunglasses – especially if it’s sunny outside! (haha)
    3. I am a heavier set person, so my clothing store options are quite limited. I shop at Maurices and Lane Bryant for the most part.

    • Lesley 10.07.2010

      I’ve never heard of Maurices. I’ll have to go Google them! I agree about the limitation; if you’re over a certain size it’s likely your favorite clothing stores are the only ones you can shop at. :(

  16. Angela 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday to the Hubby! Hope you have a great time tonight!

    Favorite cereal is probably Rice Chex. I also love Honey Sunshine by Kashi, Cheerios and CTC – Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I love cereals that get soggy on the outside but stay a little crisp on the inside.

    I’m not an accessory person – seriously, I can’t be bothered. I guess its kind of the same approach I have to makeup. But I do love a great pair of shoes. Probably more than anything. T

    I’m in NYC and I’m spoiled by Boutiques, I love Intermix and Scoop but my favorite shop is a little boutique in Pensacola Florida, Scout. It’s so light and airy and they have the best designers. Cusp – which is an off shoot of Neiman Marcus is amazing. I also love bargain shopping too – outlets, H&M, Zara. Can you tell I have a bit of a shopping problem?

  17. Mama L 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday Ben! :)

    1. What’s your favorite cereal? I recently fell for Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Berry Yogurt Crunch. 170 cal, 1 g fat, 10 g fiber, & 3 g protein. I top it with berries or a banana and some soy milk and I am a happy Mama! :)

    2. Favorite type of accessory? My purses! My mother-in-law buys me a new one every year, because I am fashion-impaired, and they are beautiful! :)

    3. What’s your favorite clothing store? Von Maur – they have nice things, and their charge card is 0% interest! :)

    Love your blog!!!

  18. Daisy 10.07.2010


    1) Cheerios (the plain kind, but I love them with fresh fruit like Bananas & Strawberries) & Rasin Bran
    2) Rings. A lot of silver rings (I always have mine on) or a large cocktail ring.
    3) Urban Outfitters & H&M

  19. Happy Birthday, Ben! I hope you two enjoy your night out on the town.

  20. dmcgirl 10.07.2010

    I love:

    Multi-grain Cheerios
    A HUGE GAWDY RING.. you know the kind! I love’em!
    I love Nordstroms!

  21. Amanda 10.07.2010

    Happy birthday IBE!

    1. Peanut Butter Puffins.
    2. A giant, cozy scarf!
    3. Zara has great stuff, and I always feel very European when I wear their clothes!

  22. Beth @ bethcooks 10.07.2010

    YAY! I love birthdays.
    1. Wheaties! But, I can only get them in Canada when I visit the fam. Sad :)
    2. Big Earrings or long necklaces
    3. Anthropology

  23. Ms.S 10.07.2010

    Happy birthday to IBE!! Have fun tonight. :)

    1. Multigrain Cheerios with a handful of craisins sprinkled on top.
    2. Hm…an excellent perfume or a stylin’ purse (I need to work on the latter).
    3. Eddie Bauer (love their sweaters), GAP, TJ MAXX!

  24. MOM 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday Ben!!!! What a gorgeous day out to celebrate after work:)
    3 question Thursday!
    1. What’s your favorite cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats with extra “bunches” fromt he ‘just bunches’ cereal box:)
    2. Favorite type of accessory? Has to be necklaces – they dress up any outfit no matter how plain it starts out looking.
    3. What’s your favorite clothing store? von maur + old navy.

  25. jen 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday to IBE!

    1. Kashi Go Lean Crunch!
    2. Necklaces/scarves
    3. Old Navy

  26. Happy Birthday IBE! :)

    1. Kashi Go Lean for the healthy variety, Reese’s Puffs for the junk! :)
    2. Earrings and scarves
    3. JCrew, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, or little clothing boutiques (which is usually where I shop)

  27. Manon 10.07.2010

    1. I’m a freak who HATES cereal. I know….WEIRD.
    2. I looooooooooove handbags!!!! And shoes!!!!! Don’t make me pick one!
    3. Fave clothing store….JCrew or The Limited because they hem my pants for FREE…very nice since I’m one of those weirdos who fall between ‘short’ and ‘regular’!

  28. sassy molassy 10.07.2010

    Ah, that’s cute. Hope you have a great celebration with Ben! Sounds like a fun night.

    1) Kashi anything
    2) dangly earings or a necklace
    3) LOFT or JCrew (although I can’t afford many things at that place)

  29. Have a great night out.

    1. Either Crunchy Nut cornflakes (unhealthy) or Sultana Bran (healthy).
    2. Scarves, because I get cold easily.
    3. H&M, or any inexpensice shops really.

  30. Jill 10.07.2010

    1. What’s your favorite cereal? PB Puffins

    2. Favorite type of accessory? a bold cuff or fun scarf

    3. What’s your favorite clothing store? Anthropologie, F21 and H&M for fun clothes. Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, and Old Navy for work clothes

  31. jassy 10.07.2010

    happy birthday to your husband! :)

  32. tray 10.07.2010

    has to be a shredded oats (barbara’s bakery)

    livestrong bracelet


  33. Elyssa 10.07.2010

    Happy birthday IBE! Love the Tar Heel spirit!
    1. I actually don’t really like cereal, but on the rare occasion that I do it eat, I always have Raisin Bran!
    2. Rings…I just love seeing how girls use one little item to express themselves! (Myself included, of course)
    3. Ann Taylor Loft, hands down!

  34. Eve 10.07.2010

    1. No favorite cereal; I know its a bad morning if I have to eat it
    2. my diamond hoop earrings
    3. Banana Republic

  35. Lauren 10.07.2010

    AWwww, Happy Birthday Ben!!!! :)

  36. Ummm, so you didn’t like the Special K? :)

    Homemade granola is my fave ‘cereal.’ Hands down. Then you KNOW what’s in the mix…

  37. girliefriend 10.07.2010

    Happy happy birthday Ben!

    1. Cheerios
    2. I don’t really accessorize, so I guess I’ll say sunglasses.
    3. No such thing as a favorite store. I abhor shopping, of any kind.

  38. Happy Birthday to your husband :) My favorite cereal is either peanut butter puffins or reeses peanut butter puffs! My favorite accessory has to be a cozy, Fall scarf, and my favorite clothing store would have to be Macy’s because I always find killer deals on the sale rack AND get to use my coupon on top of it! I love, love, love a great deal :)

  39. Meg 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday!

    I LOVE cereal!

    1. Heritage Flakes!, Cinnamon Puffins, any Kashi, Honey B of Oats
    2. Silver Rings, I’ll say a french braid too :)
    3. TJ MAXX, Express has the best jeans for me

  40. Amanda 10.07.2010

    Just wanted to let you know that your blog is becoming my go-to for recipes! I just made the pumpkin muffins the other night (subbed half of the flour for oats since I ran out of flour) and they’re great. My boyfriend and I also love the cold sesame peanut noodle recipe, and I’m planning on making tortilla soup next week! Also have pulled pork and reuben pizza bookmarked :) Keep ’em coming!

    1. Usually just eat cereal as a crunchy topping on oatmeal or yogurt, so I love Kashi GoLean Crunch or Trader Joe’s vanilla almond granola.
    2. Fav accesory is probably a great necklace, but I love a good pair of boots or heels, too!
    3. I love JCrew, but can usually only afford the outlet :)

    • Seriously, I have to agree on every single comment of yours! I call J.Crew “J.Crack” because it’s pretty much addicting!

  41. Happy Birthday Ben!
    1. Currently I’m on a Cascadia Farms Kids kick. When I was little it was Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Also love Special K and Honey Bunches of Oats! I try not to eat cereal because I can NEVER STOP.

    2. I wear the same accessories every day -necklace, watch, and rings. I think my rings are my favorite because they carry so many meanings (class ring, etc)

    3. If I could afford it, my whole wardrobe would be Anthropologie. But I also love J Crew sales and Urban Outfitters for some funkier pieces.

  42. Mellissa 10.07.2010

    1. What’s your favorite cereal? Life and Corn Pops

    2. Favorite type of accessory? Purses and shoes

    3. What’s your favorite clothing store? Nordstrom Rack, Limited, Ann Taylor Loft.

  43. Lindsay 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday Ben! I’m guessing a Pepperidge Farm cake is in the works? :-) Enjoy a night out!

  44. Lesley 10.07.2010

    Awwww, cute photos! Happy Birthday Ben!

    1. I LOVE cereal. It’s hard to pick a fave, but I’ll go with a tie between Banana Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch (I feel ya), and Golden Grahams.
    2. If purses count as an accessory I’ll go with that, if not, headbands!
    3. I love Nordstroms, but I never buy clothes there. My favorite clothing stores are Lane Bryant and Torrid. In my opinion, the only plus size clothing stores I’ve found that are actually stylish.

  45. 1) Honey nut cheerios
    2) wide-band watches
    3) American Eagle

  46. Megan 10.07.2010

    1. Honey Bunches of Oats with Peaches or Kashi Go Lean Crunch.

    2. Earrings…a good pair can dress up any classic, plain shirt.

    3. The Limited or Ann Taylor Loft

  47. Hannah Mize 10.07.2010

    1. Honey Bunches of Oats
    2. A good pair of shoes. (I’m not really a jewelry kind of girl)
    3.The Limited or Eddie Bauer

  48. Sara 10.07.2010

    Happy Birthday to Ben!! And I hope ya’ll have a fun night out!

    And I do love Special K, I just don’t find it filling AT ALL. And I don’t really like to support the product much b/c of that terrible weight loss plan they promote.

    1. Kashi Honey Almond Crunch
    2. I don’t really like accessories – jewelry and scarves bug me, and I don’t really wear belts…I guess purses/bags!
    3. I love AE, Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy and Delias!

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