Friday Favorites

You know what my most favorite thing about today is? It’s Friday! As R. Kelly would say, “the freakin’ weekend, baby ’bout to have me some fun!”

A recap of this weeks posts:

Now on to some favorites from the week! Enjoy! Happy weekend to YOU!

my view at the store on V Day

Hibachi and my valentines! (photo cred: Michelle)

These cuties were celebrating Vday with icecream... the group of us above in 50 years (photo cred: Michelle)

favorite album this week


this Nike shirt! Cute, cute, cute!

I'm ready for some baseball


Links I liked:



Happy, happy, happy F R I D A Y!

This morning, I woke up early to do a little workout by Naomi. It was a doozy.

I then went and worked all day and headed to the gym for a quick 20 minute TM interval run and a nice long rest in the sauna.

How long are you supposed to spend in the sauna?  I mean… how long is too long and how long is good for detox benefits?

Who the heck knows. Not me. I’ll look it up… soon…

Alright, but seriously – when you work out in the morning do you feel WAY more hungry all day long?!

I know, I know. Your metabolism has gotten a little boosty-boost from your morning workout, but sheesh. I have been eating nonstop today, and not just for fun! It is r i d i c u l o u s!

Alright, on to FRIDAY FAVORITES!

Favorite new foods: Brussel Sprouts (with sweet potatoes and BBQ for lunch [#1]!) and Hemp Hearts (with yogurt! mmm!)

Holiday Treat: Saltine Toffee Bark (Try Chocolate & Carrot’s Recipe)

Happening RIGHT NOW: chat with my FAVORITE baseball player, Drew Stubbs! RedsFest is going on, and I’m not there… He’s currently answering questions on the Red’s Facebook page.

That’s all for now! Happy weekend!

this post is bananas!

I have been on a banana KICK! lately.

Tonight, I made some sweet potato fries and breaded eggplant for dinner. And then some banana bread and banana oat cookies.


banana bread


And I’m doing dishes and laundry.

Oh, and I just took my last final for the quarter. 1 full year of grad school – D-O-N-E!

Now, I’m sitting watching the Reds play some ball.

I went to a Reds game last week and my friend asked me why Drew Stubbs was my favorite player. I told him to just look at him. You can also take a look:

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Anywho. On to more important things. Like baking. And bananas.

I used my own Banana Bread recipe, but once I put the batter into pans, I realized I forgot all the sugar. [And, by the way, I left in the middle of my making the bread to go to the store just to get the sugar!!!] I made it anyway, and I think it turned out just fine. Phew. Safe.

But these Banana Oat Cookies are something else. You should probably try to make them. I also messed up and used 1 full cup of mashed banana… I don’t know what was wrong with me. But once I realized I did that, I had to add more flour and oats, but I have no idea how much more I added. Oh brother.

School’s out and I’m losing my mind.

Banana Oat Cookies [original recipe from Kate @ Cookie+Kate]

  • 1 C wheat flour
  • 1/2 C flaxmeal
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 T Applesauce
  • 1/4 C Splenda baking blend
  • 1/4 C Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C mashed banana (or in my case, 1 C + extra flour and oats)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 C chocolate chips
Do this: Preheat oven to 325. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, mashed banana and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir well. Mix in oats and chocolate chips. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, removing from baking sheet onto wire rack immediately.
I’m tired.

But before I go… I turn 25 a month from Saturday. I’d like to do/try 25 new things before then.
Any suggestions, friends?

music, baseball, and a bum ankle

The title is backwards from the content. First, I’ll share some ankle news.

I went to a sports med doc yesterday for my injured ankle. The past week had been rough. The muscle seemed to be getting better but it was so sore to the touch.

The first guy to see me was an extremely friendly student doctor. He was so nice and caring. He’ll make a great doc one day soon! He talked to me about what happened and then did some things to figure out the injury.

Then the doc came in, asked similar questions and did similar tests, and some new ones where he took his silly thumb and pressed on the parts that I said hurt. OUCH. Really… painful…

Got some x-rays and he concluded it was a small fracture of the fibula (I think… Or tibia) and also a sprain. I now have crutches.

Which I didn’t use (oops, sorry Doc, it’s just awkward…) when I went to the Mat Kearney/Owl City concert last night.

I have loved Mat for years now and have never been able to see him live. I tried once, when I was 20. Went to the venue, only to be turned away because I was not 21… Boo.

He was fantastic. And he sang his new song, Hey Mama, which is one of my favs. He sings about his now wife, and how he met her at Anthropologie(she obviously is awesome and has great taste!). Cute. But now I’ll have to look for a new singer/songwriter to oogle over.

Chris August is in the running. He’s funny and often gets online and does some little shows and chats from his apartment in Nashville. And my friend lives near him and has hung out with him. I better have her hook us up. I’m pretty much joking. He seems funny and sings great songs… But my hopes are still set high for this guy:

Center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, Drew Stubbs. Mmm.

I have about 150 (90% of that guy) photos from one of the Cincinnati Red’s opening series games I went to alone. Yea, I don’t mind going to Reds games alone. I thought it was actually awesome. I could really sit wherever I wanted because it was just me with a big camera. I looked official…

Anyhwo. No gym for me today. Doc said I’m not allowed to do any physical activity, besides upper body and core, until I can “walk pain free for 2 weeks.” And then only can I start with the bike. And then elliptical. And finally, running. So maybe a month? Gross. How am I ever supposed to do this?!

Anyone have tips for good cardio without your legs!? I plan on doing some punching. 🙂