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October 5, 2011

New Location – I made the switch!

Hello and thanks for visiting!  I have great news.  You can now find me at my new site:

 

http://lovesweatbeers.com

 

Please update your bookmarks, Google readers, favorites bars, etc. accordingly.  Oh, and take note that there’s no longer an “and” or a “wordpress” in the URL.

Thanks again for stopping by the blog.  I hope you can make it to the new site!

October 5, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

IMPORTANT: I (mainly) finished fixing up my new site!  Some of your comments from today’s post will not transfer, but for the rest of you – please visit http://www.lovesweatbeers.com  <– nope, no “and” or “wordpress”  WooHoo!  (I’m still fixing a few minor cosmetics, but it’s up and running!)
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Remember those goals I mentioned yesterday in the Goooaaaaals post?  (Can you tell I’m a soccer fan?)  As you can see from my eats, I’ve been fairly good about following the goals.  Woohoo!  I also had a great workout yesterday.  I’m excited to share it with you later in the week.
First breakfast has been a rice cake (which hasn’t included peeb yet but probably will soon).  My post-gym breakfast has been a pear, 15 g walnuts, and 1/3 cup of oats.  Oh, and I also add a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
oats

Walnuts & Cinnamon = Mmmmmmm

Before lunch, I got the munchies, so I had some tea and sugar snap peas.
tea

My Fav 2 Teas

For lunch this week, I made a tahini cream.  It was supposed to be a sauce, but it thickened overnight.  Whoops!  The flavor still rocks.  It has tahini, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar.  I throw that with some raisins and chickpeas over broccoli slaw and shredded cabbage.
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Veg Bowl

Snack is incredible.  I love apples.  I love peanut butter.  Snack is an apple with peanut butter, and despite its simplicity, it’s one of the best meals of the day.
snack

Non-Pink "Pink Lady" Apple

I’ve changed up dinner this week.  Last night I made Tiffos Rancheros.  Those never disappoint!
dinner

Delicious Veggies n' Eggs

Going gluten free is easy when you have all your stuff, but I can see how eating out or trying to grab a vending machine snack would be crazy difficult.  I feel for you guys!  I also don’t think I could be vegan.  I thought my eats were vegan yesterday, but I forgot about the eggs in dinner.  Labeling oneself is particularly limiting!  Props to those of you who stick with it!  Luckily my popcorn is GF!
popcorn

For my salt cravings...

Do you have any allergies or moral restrictions on any foods?  Does it get easier with time or stay hard?!?
Be sure to check out Peas and Crayons to see more great meal ideas!

October 3, 2011

Best Beer Month of the Year

I’m sorry for the ugly header image. I was trying new things, but I’ve got something else in the works. Prepare for another change!

I love October! I don’t know if I could narrow down a favorite month, but this one is definitely up on my list. Leaves start to change color, and Kev & I have our anniversary this month. It’s also worth noting that I thoroughly enjoy Oktoberfest/Märzen beers.

Beer Advocate states:

Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again in the fall. Most were brewed in March (Märzen). These brews were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, or brewed at a higher gravity, so they’d keep. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

They are mild but flavorful, and most importantly, they’re delicious! Kevin and I bought a small keg of local Oktoberfest beer on Friday night. We invited some friends over Saturday to drink it and watch the Clemson game. (On a side note – Go Tigers!)

I made pulled pork bbq, fruit salad, and purchased some Pringles.

bbq

BBQ = Mmmmmm

Our friends brought lots of other goodies too.

chili

Chicken Chili, Salsa, Pimiento Cheese, & Buffalo Dip

We had so much food! I also baked Angela’s carrot cake loaf (sans glaze) again for some of our sleepover guests to have in the morning. Yum!

loaf

Love This Loaf

As you can see, I had a great weekend. I wrapped it up with grocery shopping and a healthy Sunday dinner.

dinner

Roast Brussels Sprouts & Dr. Praeger's Spinach Pancakes

What was the best thing you did this weekend? Do you like hosting company as much as I do?

September 26, 2011

Weekend of Champions… and French Fries

Did anyone catch the Clemson game?  If you missed it, I’ll summarize by saying Clemson won!  Woohoo!  (I’m sorry to any FSU fans.  I’ll quit talking about football now.)

On Friday, Kevin and I stayed home and went to bed early.  We got up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday to get a start on the day.  I went for a quick run before we hit the road for Tiger Town.  See how early we left???  It was still dark outside!

sweaty tiff

Sweaty 2 Squeaky Clean

I tried to keep the day somewhat healthy.  I had light beer and a wheat babaganoush pita for lunch.

Walking to the tailgate + Pita love

But after a couple more beers, Kevin thought chili cheese fries were a good idea.  Fail.  I had a veggie burger for dinner, and I kept from eating all of my fries.  Un-fail?  After a couple more beers, we got some incredibly delicious cheese pizza.  Hmmm… that’d be another fail.  At least it was good!

Cheese Fries n' Veggie Burger

Luckily, after all of these indulgences, I managed to keep my daily average calories at 1645.  Not too shabby.  [FYI, I am not listing all this food to encourage noshing on junk.  I’d feel awful telling you all how healthy my weekly meals are but hiding my shameful weekend treats.]

We even made it back Sunday in time for my friend’s baby shower.  I wrapped up the weekend with Kevin, the kitties, and Shrek.  Whew – now I think I need a weekend to relax from my weekend!

kitty pillow

Kev & Leia

Did you have a good weekend?  What was the best thing you did?

August 27, 2011

Unexpected

I have to workout, shower, get my hair done, and clean the house a bit for company, so this will be a short post. If you ask me, that’s too much to accomplish before 1o’clock in the afternoon!

I’ll start off by sharing my unexpected Friday. Nothing went as planned, but everything went relatively well. I planned to do easy cardio in the morning. Instead, I showed that stair climber who was boss and got ridiculously sweaty.

that's my do-you-believe-this-amount-of-sweat face

I planned to go out with friends, but instead, I didn’t. It was nice -not worth doing often- but nice. I planned to review a new ale for you, but I went with Spanish table wine instead of beer. It was dry, delicious, and cheap (maybe $7).

I planned to cook an Amy’s for-one frozen pizza, but instead of the for-one size, I found the larger one in my freezer. I planned to only eat 2/3, but I ate it all instead. It was pretty good, and it went great with the wine.

little plate, little wine glass, but lots of pizza

I’m such a planner that this rarely happens. Are you a planner? Or are most of your days full of the unexpected?

Since today’s post was short, I’ve put together a few extra links of good stuff.

If you haven’t entered my delicious giveaway, go do it! Good luck!

August 20, 2011

Matter of Fact, It’s the Weekend

It’s the weekend! Did it catch you by surprise? No? Me neither. Matter of fact, I was practically counting down the hours, not that I don’t love my job or anything…

Speaking of facts, here are some random fun facts for you. You’ve got an assignment – give me 2 random facts about yourself. They could be likes, dislikes, hidden talents, goofy fears, or interesting learning experiences. You get bonus points for funny learning experiences.

  1. I still dream of the fried feta I ordered (numerous times) in Greece.
  2. I never take bubble baths because I get too bored.
  3. I wonder why people my age smoke cigarettes. Come on; we grew up with Red Ribbon Week!
  4. Kev and I met in calculus class at 8:00 a.m. one morning. How romantic…
  5. I love weddings.
  6. I have cat toys littered all around my house – even under a couch or two.
  7. I don’t understand the food truck craze. I like it because I like food, but I don’t get it.
  8. I am not a fan of cupcakes. There. I said it. Don’t hate me.
  9. I hate sitting alone in a room. I had a tv in my room growing up, but I was never in there. I think I watched it 3 times in the 10 years I had it.
  10. If I had to pick one food to eat forever, it’d be pizza. (Bet you coulda’ guessed that!)

Anything interesting? Surprising? Waste of your time? No, don’t answer that last one. J

Have a super weekend, and be sure to check in Monday for a recap. It might include some of this…

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August 12, 2011

The Great Debate

Helloooo Everyone!  Here’s a secret… I stayed out too late watching The Help last night, so I totally skipped my 5 a.m. workout.  Don’t worry, I packed my gym bag so that I can squeeze in a quickie tonight after work.

Today’s post isn’t particularly informative or enlightening.  Sorry.  Hopefully it’s at least provocative.  I should clarify.  It’s mentally provocative – like, stimulating or something.  It’s hard to get my brain working on Fridays, but this was my inspiration yesterday…

And I thought I was having a rough day.  I’m pretty sure those chickens had it much worse, and that brings us to today’s topic – to be, or not to be… vegetarian.

I’ve tried to learn more about how my food gets to my plate.  After seeing movies like Food Inc., reading books like The Kind Diet, and visiting websites, such as PETA (I know… I know… just roll with me here), I become increasingly aware of the mistreatment of farm animals.

I’m not talking about cute mom-n-pop farms, and I’m not going to discuss any gory details.  I won’t even get into the terrifying Super-Bug argument.  But let’s face it, being a Purdue chicken is bad.  Really bad.

What I haven’t learned from the media, I’ve learned from my two cats.  They are not people, but I still love them.  Their personalities (maybe that should be cat-alities?) are incredibly unique.  They even have favorite house guests!  Would I eat them?  Not a chance.

my family

So then why am I not vegetarian?  (Vegan actually, because I also despise the way factory farms treat the cows and chickens that provide dairy and eggs).  I love steak.  I love bacon.  I also love how healthy and unprocessed lean meats are.  Lastly, I love that I’m not a bother to the people around me.  (I’m not saying all vegetarians are bothersome, but we’ve all met 1 or 2 of “those” vegetarians.)

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Kev trying the salami in Florence

 I also like that there are mom-n-pop farms that produce sustainable and ethically raised animals.  Sure, the animals still die, but who doesn’t?  I can live with that.  Many organic farms still aren’t as cruelty-free as I’d wish, but the link below states the differences between organic and conventional that show how organic is clearly a step in the right direction:

***Organic vs. Conventional Livestock Production: A side-by-side comparison (Jan. 2010)***

Soooo, I guess I try to limit my meat consumption, and I buy organic animal products as much as possible.  However, I’m just not ready to give it up yet.  Maybe I never will.

 

Have you ever had the “to be, or not to be” vegetarian debate?  If you are vegan/vegetarian, did you do it all at once or gradually make the change?

August 8, 2011

Weekend Rewind

Why did the weekend have to end? Ever? Sigh… I think someone’s got a case of the Mondays…

Instead of being bummed about sitting in my cubicle for the next 5 days, I think I’d like to re-live some weekend fun. Thursday, Kev and I celebrated IPA Day with friends. Friday, we grilled out with neighbors. Mmmm… burgers. Saturday, we had a date day. I know you all are probably familiar with “date nights,” but this was sort of an extended version.

We started with some of this:

And continued with this:

floatin

The lake was so calm!

smooth sailin

Then we got cleaned up like twins (I promise I had on a cute skirt and didn’t totally bum it):

date night

And we ordered some of this:

pizza n' beer

I had an Old Hickory Hefe with my pizza. I do not recommend it. I also wasn’t all that crazy about my pizza (caramelized onion, prosciutto, and kalamata olives – thought it would have been better). What I did like – the restaurant had half-pints of beer. I got to try 2 beers but only had the quantity of one. Score! Kev liked his pizza:

shrimp on pizza?  ewww

So to make up for pizza mediocrity, I stopped here on the way home.

fro yo

Kev doesn’t eat sweets, so he didn’t get any frozen yogurt. I used to feel like a fat kid when he made me get ice cream alone… I got over it.

Last but not least, I defied my podiatrist’s orders Sunday. A girl can’t wear sneakers to church ya’ know!

nude pumps

So that was the weekend in a nutshell. I hope this upcoming weekend is a little healthier. Couldn’t be toooo much worse, right? 🙂 Stay tuned this week, I’m starting a new workout and have a new lunch bowl recipe.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

July 29, 2011

One Hot Mess

Happy Friday! I’m about to hit the gym for an arm and pool workout, but first I’d like to mention dinner, upcoming goals, and some foodie fun. This post is really one big hot mess of stuff!

Dinner last night was this. The gnocchi and sauce were terrific. The nutritional yeast on the broccoli? Eh. Not so much. Still a good dinner though.

gnocchi

Goal Time! It is less than one month until my birthday, and my feelings are torn. Part of me is really excited because it means I have survived 25 years on this earth. Not only have I survived, but I’ve made friends, learned lessons, married the man I love, adopted two (furry) children, obtained my master’s degree, and purchased a home.

bride

On the other hand, getting older means exactly what it sounds like- getting older. I’ve been pushed into the mid-to-late twenties bracket. Ugh. I’m not so sure I’m ready for that.

In order to ease into full-blown adulthood, I have a few minor goals.

  1. Start using moisturizer/cream/serum/something: I’ve only tried it because it comes in my Clinique bonus bags. So I made my first anti-wrinkle cream purchase this week. Wish me luck!
  2. Take more calcium: I should have been doing this for years but only do so occasionally. Calcium is important, especially for those with small frames. Maybe I’ll explain why in a future post…
  3. Lose 3 or 4 lbs before my birthday: That’s what I’ve put on so far in 2011. I fully welcome support and encouragement.
Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle

When did you first start using anti-aging products? Do you use them? Can you tell a difference?

Now I’d like to share a wee bit of foodie fun. It’s time for cooking with beer!

BBQ Mini Meatloaves: I made these for Kev to bring to work a couple weeks ago. I used beer instead of milk or water. You couldn’t taste much beer flavor, but he said they were good.

meatloaves

Pork-and-Pumpkin Chili: Seriously – this was delicious. It has many great ingredients, such as beans, beer, pumpkin, mustard greens, and those little adobo peppers. It’s from Food Network Magazine.

Beer & Sauerkraut Fudge Cupcakes, Beer Frosting: I was intrigued by this but haven’t made it myself. Dark beer occasionally goes well with chocolate, but I’d definitely omit the sauerkraut.

Brats n’ Beer: From The Smart Kitchen – Brats and beer is kind of a no-brainer, but it’s still so smart.

Beer Sweet Potato Fries: From Edible Perspective – I haven’t tried these, but what could go wrong with sweet potatoes and beer???

Have a good weekend!

July 21, 2011

Clearly Fresh Bags Review

Yesterday’s workout… well, it didn’t happen.  After getting to work early due to my crazy workload, I really just didn’t feel like going to body pump come 6:00 p.m.  Kev so kindly reminded me that you never regret a workout.  True dat.  So I decided to drive my lazy butt from the office to the gym.  When I parked and went to get my bag out of the trunk, I realized it wasn’t there.  No workout clothes.  No shoes.  No workout for me!  I went home and did a 12-oz curl instead.

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Remember when I started my little experiment with Clearly Fresh Bags?  Well, on July 5th I put some stuff in some bags.  These Clearly Fresh plastic bags can hold whole or sliced produce, either fruits or veggies, and they supposedly keep it fresher longer than other storage methods.  July 5th was a while ago – let’s see how my produce did…

I took these photos on July 9th.  The banana outside of the bag is clearly a little more brown, but not much.

When flipped, they look about the same.  The banana test was a fail.  Since the hubby likes super fresh bananas (I prefer mine with freckles), I was a little let down by this.

banananananananaI had better luck with my zucchini.  I took these photos on July 19th.  They two veggies look about the same, but the one outside of the bag was soft.  Ick.  I tossed it.  We will be able to eat the bagged zucchini with dinner tonight.

squashSo what’s for dinner, you ask?  Dinner will be grilled zucchini, eggplant, and onion, with turkey burgers.  I’ll have my turkey burger on a mushroom cap (possibly with bbq sauce), and Kevin will have his on a bun, probably with cheese.

In summary, I don’t think I’ll buy the bags.  While I don’t discourage anyone else for buying them, I’m just a cheap-o who didn’t find them quite worth the low price of $3.99 for 10, one-gallon bags.  If you have more issues with stuff going bad, then perhaps they’re for you.

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On a side note, while pitting my cherries last night for my morning oats, I couldn’t help but think, “This is the pits.”  Yes, pun definitely intended.  Doesn’t everyone make stupid jokes to themselves while doing mundane tasks???

Well that got me thinking about the  “life is like a bowl of cherries” bit.  See, pitting cherries might not be fun, but it’s worth it. I mean, if we all took the easy road and totally avoided pits, we’d never get to experience peaches, mangoes, nectarines, avocados, cherries, and more.  I’m sorry for the cheesiness, but I just wanted to leave you with something to ponder.

 

Do you make jokes to yourself a lot too?

Have you tried produce-saving bags or other tools?  If so, how’d it go?

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