Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ordinary Sunday + Foodie Penpal

This was the first “normal” weekend that Jason and I have ever gotten to spend together.  That sounds so weird, but it’s true.  He was at his former job, working weekends, for the entire time that we’ve been together, almost five years.  He’s taken off weekends here and there, but that’s always been for a specific event, so this past weekend was really the first time ever that we just had an ordinary weekend together.

After getting home from the farmer’s market on Sunday morning, I threw together a quick salad.  I used this recipe because I had some Baby Bok Choy on hand that was in danger of turning yellow.

Bok choy salad

After lunch, I took a nap while Jason did some errands.  I warned him about the nap thing. Napping is pretty much my favorite weekend activity, although I do admit that I prefer it on Saturdays because if I nap too long on Sundays, there goes the entire weekend. After I woke up, I did some typical Sunday afternoon things (i.e. grocery shopping, laundry, dishes) and we decided to grill out on the deck.


I had tofu while Jason had steak and shrimp and we both had a veggie kabob.

Tofu veggies grilled

Grilled meat

After dinner, we went downstairs and watched Moneyball, which I liked more than I thought I would. It really was a very ordinary Sunday, but the fact that we could actually spend it together made it special.

Speaking of special (good segue, huh?), I participated in the Foodie Pen Pal program for the first time this month.  My pen pal was Hilary at RedheadedInk who sent me the following items:


My haul included some local kale chips (which I ate in less than 24 hours), a recipe to make my own kale chips, a Justin’s Peanut Butter Bar, some Emergen-C packets and some smoothie packets.


She even sent some local dog treats for Murphy!  He loves them.  Seriously, he keeps jumping up on the table when I open the bag.


It was really fun to get a package in the mail and I’ll be participating again next month.  If you are interested in participating, here’s the details:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!

Foodie Penpal


Green Market on Main

One of the things that I don’t really like about where I live is that it’s not particularly walkable.  Sure, there are nice neighborhoods with sidewalks, so it’s not bad in that respect, but as far as actually walking to a destination, it’s not so great.  There is a small downtown area, about a mile away, but there’s not much there, and, aside from an okay bar, not much to walk to.  So, I got sort of excited when I saw a sign saying that every Sunday morning, they were going to set up a Green Market.

Green market sign

Jason, Murphy and I decided to walk up to the market and explore. You wouldn’t think I lived only a few miles outside of Atlanta.  Looks like total small town, doesn’t it?

Green market tucker

This was the first weekend of the market and, although there weren’t a ton of stalls, there were enough people there that I think there’s some potential for it to become larger as the summer goes on.  Plus, King of Pops was there. You know it’s a legit market or festival when King of Pops is there.

King of pops

Obviously, we had a popsicle.  I had Pineapple Habenero and Jason had Mango Lassi.

King of pops popsicle

The pineapple was good, but it could have had some more habenero.  I couldn’t really taste the spice.

Murphy jason

There was only one stand that had produce.



The rest of the booths had things like quinoa (we bought some), salsas, hummus, dog treats, organic biscotti, things of that nature.  I hope that in the future, they have more fruits and veggies.  I think they will.

We had a good time, but someone had an even better time.

Murphy belly rub

Is there a farmer’s market near you?


I’ve been going to exercise classes with one of my co-workers on Thursday nights.  We have done spinning twice, a boot camp class once and tonight we tried kickboxing.  It was an hour class at LA Fitness.  The instructor was…very energetic. I wonder if he slammed some Red Bull before class.  It was hard, but I liked it, although I could not keep up with some of the punching combinations at some points.  Coordination is not my strong suite.

It was fun to do something aside from running and weight training, so I think I’ll be back.  Maybe I can keep up next time. I kind of like switching it up like this.  My co-worker is actually starting a new job soon (sad face), but we have said that we’ll still meet up at the gym after work and take these classes.

Also, I had lunch at Flying Biscuit and it was delicious.  Tofu and tater salad with a whole wheat biscuit, for the win!

Here’s a gratuitous Murphy picture, because I feel like I need a picture in every post and he’s cuter than I am.  Random dinosaur behind him?  We found it in the yard.  It’s also sort of cute.


Leaving the Annoying Day Behind

So I wrote this whole thing about how today was so annoying – my air conditioner in my car stopped working, my allergies were killing me, I was pissed off about something at work, I forgot my socks when I went to the gym, etc.  But then I read what I wrote and realized that I sounded kind of like a whiny brat, so I erased it.  Although, I really did just write it anyway.  I’m sneaky like that.

Instead of whining, I am going to post pretty pictures.  Flowers are pretty.


Flowers with mimosas and berries are even prettier.  I promise I don’t usually drink at breakfast time.  This weekend was an exception to the rule.  I really wish I’d dusted that table before taking a picture.  Now you’re looking at the dust, aren’t you?

Flowers berries

You know what’s not pretty but still good?  Frozen fish from Trader Joe’s.  Seriously, it’s the only place that I’ve found where frozen fish actually tastes good when it is thawed and cooked.  Both Kroger and Publix’s frozen fish tastes horrible and I don’t even really like Whole Foods.  Trader Joe’s is where it’s at.  I dug out this cod from the depths of my freezer.


Trader joes cod

Cod broccoli

See, definitely not pretty, but it was good.  The sauce reminded me of Chinese food.  I baked it for about 12 minutes at 375, although the directions say you can pan fry it or microwave it too.  Microwaving fish?  Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

See, I feel better already.  The annoying day is behind me.  And to forget about it even further, here’s a fun survey that I stole from Laura:

Coke or Pepsi? Coke, specifically of the Diet variety although I don’t drink it much because it hurts my stomach.

Lemonade or Fruit Punch? I don’t really like either.  Actually, that’s not true.  I like some lemonades, but I am picky about it.  There’s this taste that’s often in lemonade that I don’t like.  It’s the same taste that I don’t like in sour mix.

Carmel Apple or Cotton Candy? Meh, neither really.

Butterfinger or Snickers? Snickers.

Pudding and Jell-O? Pudding, although I like Jell-O Pudding so I guess that’s both.

Turkey or Chicken? I don’t eat either, but when I did, I preferred chicken.

American or Provolone Cheese? I guess provolone.  I like very basic cheeses – cheddar, mozzarella, monterey jack.  Although I do like goat and feta, not blue.  I hate blue cheese.

Crackers or Cookies? Obviously cookies, although I like crackers too.

Pretzels or Chips? Chips, but I do like pretzels too.

Mexican food or Japanese food? Japanese.  I like Mexican food when I make Mexican style things at home (aka opening a can of refried beans and pouring salsa on it), but I often feel really sick from the cheese from Mexican food at a restaurant.

Chinese food or Italian food? Chinese.

Pie or Cake? Really, I prefer ice cream over both.

Ice Cream or Cookies? See above

Pasta or Pizza? Pizza

Soda or Juice? Does Vitamin Water Zero count? I only like the lemonade and orange flavors though.

Chocolate Bars or Chocolate Truffles? I don’t know how to explain this, but I don’t really like chocolate.  That’s not true – I like milk chocolate – but not chocolate flavored anything or anything very chocolately.  I’ll always choose vanilla ice cream over chocolate.  But I guess chocolate bars, provided they are milk and not dark chocolate.

Apples or Bananas? Such a hard choice. I guess bananas because sometimes apples are mealy and you don’t know they’re mealy until you take a bite and it’s a huge disappointment.  With a banana, you know.

Salad or Soup? Soup, although I like salad too.

Cauliflower or Broccoli? I like them both, but probably like broccoli more.

Onion Rings or French Fries? French fries for sure.  I don’t like onion rings.

Blizzard or McFlurry? I don’t think I’ve ever had a McFlurry.  I do like a Frosty, is that similar?

Fried or Poached Eggs? Fried

Crepes or Pancakes? Pancakes

Hashbrowns or Roasted Potatoes? Oooh, tough choice.   I’ll go with roasted potatoes.

Oatmeal or Cereal? Cereal.  I know, I know.  Kick me out of the healthy blog world.

Festivaled Out

There were two big festivals going on this weekend in Atlanta: The Dogwood Festival and the Sweetwater 420 Festival.  Jason and I didn’t know which to go to on Sunday, so we hit them both.

First, we drove to Candler Park to check out Sweetwater.  Despite the name, the festival isn’t what you’re thinking.  420 is actually the name of Sweetwater’s most popular beer.  Though I’m sure the double entendre is not lost on them, it’s a family-friendly festival with bands, food and a small artists market.  Oh and Sweetwater beer, obviously.

Sweetwater 420 fest

We hung out for about two hours before we decided to head to Piedmont Park to go the Dogwood Festival.  The Dogwood Festival is probably the most popular Atlanta festival (and there are a lot of them).  There are tons of artists, a dog frisbee contest, bands and, new this year, I think, carnival rides.



It’s fun to walk around, but I’d venture to say that it’s really too crowded to enjoy yourself.  And forget buying any art.  There’s too many people and it’s too expensive for that.


After maybe an hour, the crowds and the pollen got to us and we grabbed some dinner and after what felt like an eternity, got home and passed out at 8:30 pm.  Festival hopping is exhausting!  Let’s hope we’re recovered by next weekend when it’s time for another festival – the Inman Park Festival.  I hope so, but for now I’m festivaled out.

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