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There’s this place that Fast Mikie always takes me to for breakfast when I visit him in SD that serves the most AMAZING steamed eggs. I have recently been jonesin’ for them and have always wondered how they make them like that? And they’re steamed too! So that’s gotta be healthier for you too, right?

Well, I broke down and googled a recipe today, only to discover it requires a steaming wand:

How to Steam Scrambled Eggs

It almost makes me want to start drinking coffee so I have an excuse to pick up an espresso machine. That, or go back to San Diego….

Mmmmmm… steamed eggs…..

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I’ve been on a serious carrot juice kick lately!

The other day, I bought 10 pounds of carrots and juiced it ALL! I’m still pretty unimpressed with how little juice you can get with 10 whole pounds of carrots but it sure is yummy!

Post-juice, it seemed like I had 9 1/2 pounds of pulp left. So, I googled some recipes.

Here’s one I found:


3/4 cup of water
1 cup of carrot pulp
2/3 cup of vegetable oil (I subbed coconut oil)
2/3 cup of honey (I subbed agave nectar)
1 egg
2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/ 2 teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of pure lemon extract

(I also added about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon)

Add the water to the carrot pulp in a small saucepan and cook over a very low heat for 10 minutes, stirring often to keep the pulp from scorching. Meanwhile, beat the oil and honey together in a bowl, then beat in the egg. Stir in the cooked carrot pulp, the flour, the baking powder, and—if you wish-the sea salt. Add the vanilla and lemon extracts, stir, and spoon the dough out onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in a pre-heated 400°F oven.

They came out pretty yummy! My officially taste-tester told me so. That’s all that matters to me anyway.


I am so grateful for my patient, kind, sweet, loving husband. I don’t know how he puts up with me! Every so often the only-child comes out in me. I admit it. It happens.

Whenever I start losing my patience and getting cranky, he just laughs at me and tells me how cute I am. Who does that? How can I stay mad at him for the silly thing that wasn’t even worth being mad at in the first place. It’s for that reason that we have still yet to have a real big knock-down, drag-out fight. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found someone that truly loves me so unconditionally.

Okay, now that you’ve puked in your mouth a little, let’s talk about food!

We got some pretty cool stuff recently for our reception. One of which was the grill I had on the registry. (Thanks, Tina!) Since then, I’ve been a grilling machine!

The other day, I made some Gourmet Bangers ‘n Mash:

I used four different kinds of chicken sausage (jalapeno cheese, basil, spinach feta, and mango) seasoned with Favorite Son lemon pepper seasoning, and Trader Joe’s garlic mashed potatoes (because I was feeling lazy) which I added fresh garlic and some Gorgonzola crumbles to. It was still pretty yummy.

I always hate that looming feeling whenever we know we’re going to have to be apart for a while, even if it’s only for a few days. This past month has been our record-breaking longest stint together…..39 blissful days…

For me, personally, this has been an all-time record length of time that I’ve stayed in one place anywhere since 2007. I’ve been home since we got back from Vegas on May 31. That’s nearly 2 months! I’ve only traveled about 8,000 miles and been gone 81 days this year. Wow… That’s a record for sure.

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This recipe was given to me by my friend and trainer Michelle. Of course, I made a few tweaks to give it my Cherry Bomb stamp of approval. I made a HUGE batch to take with us to this year’s Derby City Classic and my husband loved them! We practically lived off of them for 10 days straight.


  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1.5 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cherries (any dried fruit will also work)
  • 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Lite Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 5 scoops of Cookies n’ Cream Protein Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Flax Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix all the ingredients together (which can be a work out all in itself) and press everything into a bar pan or shallow dish. Refrigerate and cut into bars. I (well, my mom helps me) wrap each bar individually to store in the freezer.

These are SO yummy!

If you’re in a pinch or don’t have a way to keep your protein bars refrigerated, Pure Protein are my favorite store bought protein bars…

They come in 9 delish flavors though I’ve only seen 5 of them in stores.

I usually get the Chewy Chocolate Chip or the Chocolate Deluxe. Marc really likes the S’Mores.

They each have about 20 grams of protein, less than 5 grams of sugar, and roughly 200 calories.

You also get quite a bit of protein for your buck. They’re pretty reasonably priced at Target (under $6 for a box of 6).

I always keep a couple in my bag and pool case.

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I love omelet days. My husband makes the perfect omelets, every time. I’m so lucky!

The Omelet Master

Since last I posted, Winny and I have really become quite proficient on our bikes, well, he has. We’re still more leisure-riders but we’ve definitely made it pretty far these days.

We’ve been going regularly on Tuesday and Saturday early evenings and the weather has been amazing! This past Tuesday, Winny had to work so we were forced to ride at high noon. At one point, my odometer said it was 105.5 degrees!

On Tuesday, we rode over 16 miles and I can hardly believe we survived!

I treated us to some Fruity Protein Pops afterward that I made the previous night. (mango, pineapple, bluberries, lowfat soy milk, lowfat vanilla yogurt, and chocolate protein) They were YUMMY!!!

My fridge is pretty stocked right now with all kinds of fruits and veggies. I love that about summertime! Currently in the fridge: nectarines, mangoes, papaya, grapes, grape tomatoes, pineapple, watermelon, plums, celery, romaine lettuce, avocados, and alfalfa sprouts.

I’ve also been on big salad kick lately. We made a huge cobb salad at my friends Greg & Dolly’s house last weekend.

I’m really finding a nice balance this summer between working out, outdoor activities and pool. I love how everything I need fits perfectly in the Miata too!

When I’m in Minneapolis at Mike‘s place, I do a lot of cooking. I’ve never had any formal training, but I love food and I know what tastes good. It’s fun experimenting and having a guinea pig that will eat pretty much whatever I put in front of him. Obviously, some dishes are better than others.

Lately, since I’ve been home and Mike left for his home, I find myself eating out a lot, purely by circumstance. Lunch meeting here, get stuck out too late there, next thing you know, I’m totally off my eating schedule and not even making healthy choices.

So, I’m back on the wagon this week!

On Sunday, I FINALLY went grocery shopping since I’ve been home and stocked up on all the yummy goodness that I like.

Today’s menu:

one banana
protein shake made with organic light plain soy milk

Gourmet chicken salad sandwich
with Ocean Spray Blueberry Infused Craisins and blue cheese crumbles with melted havarti cheese and a little roasted chipotle spread on lightly toasted 100% whole grain wheat berry bread. YUMMMM!!!


We’ll have to see what’s available at the networking meeting I’m attending this evening. I’ll give myself a break since I rollerbladed about 5 miles this morning.

Hope you’re making the most of your summer sunshine!