business as usual.

by Janetha on October 10, 2009

in meals

hi boys and girls! or just girls, maybe a few boys, i have no idea. if there are boys they sure aren’t commenting. but if you are out there boys, hi to you too.  i wonder why 99.7365% of food bloggers are female? hmm.

flashback friday was fun! and i forgot to give you guys the links to those who participated this week! check out susan’s, tay’s, deb’s and hayley’s flashback posts! anyone else that i missed?

SO! today i had SUCH a busy day! i had a house warming party, a bridal shower and a “slumber party”, you know the ones. just got home fiiinally and instead of going out to the bar to celebrate a birthday, i am being lame sauce and staying in with the dogs. so sue me.

ok, LOTS to talk about! where to begin? oh, how about i tell you what the people were doing in the room (at the venue for my party i am planning) yesterday.. looking at hot dogs through microscopes. ummmm. weird much? and gross. i hate hot dogs. anyway i forgot to say that at the end of yesterday’s post, so i hope none of you were dying in suspense. now you know.


next item of business: an award! this was passed on to me by both danica and julie, two of the hottest ladies around!  thanks to you both <3

“over the top blog award”


In order to accept this award I have to answer the following questions with only 1 word answers…

1. Where is your cell phone? purse.
2.Your hair? smokey.
3. Your mother? bestie.
4. Your father? wise.
5. Your favorite food? icecream.
6. Your dream last night? hilllarious.
7. Your favorite drink? water.
8. Your dream/goal? travel.
9. What room are you in? bedroom.
10. Your hobby? counting.
11. Your fear? claustrophobia.
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home.
13. Where were you last night? fiddler’s.
14. Something you aren’t? picky.
15. Muffins? poppyseed.
16. Wish list item? house.
17. Where did you grow up? bountiful.
18. Last thing you did? party.
19. What are you wearing? VSpink.
20. Your TV? nope.
21. Your pets? favorites.
22. Your friends? outrageous.
23. Your life? intense.
24. Your mood? anxious.
25. Missing someone? mom.
26. Vehicle? subaruuu.
27. Something you’re not wearing? tutu.
28. Your favorite store? TJs.
29. Your favorite color? purple.
30. When was the last time you laughed? now.
31. Last time you cried? yesterday.
32. Your best friend? mom.
33. One place that I go over and over? gym.
34. One person who emails me regularly? boss.
35. Favorite place to eat? vacation.

that was harder than i thought. i guess i am one who likes to elaborate! i am supposed to pass this on to six lovely bloggers, dang that is hard. all your blogs are over the top in my eyes, that is why i read them! but if i must, i will pick :

  • averie @ love veggies & yoga for her amazing recipes
  • allie @ live laugh eat because she cracks me up constantly
  • april @ foods of april for her great workout routines
  • allison @ green dog wine because lando melts my heart on the regular
  • kacy @ low…and behold! because her meals are always something i’d want to be eating
  • abby @ i have issues for always making me think

edited to add: allie gave me this award too! and i didn’t realize it until after i gave it to her. so the feeling is mutual :)


ok! next item of bizzzz. girl’s night out!

that was last night.. and it was good times. we met at my girlfriend’s and had hop skips.. they are delicious, anyone ever had one?

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i loved the fact that my friend’s glasses were mason jars. so cute!

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we wandered down the road to fiddler’s elbow

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none of us were incredibly starving so we decided to each order an appetizer and split them amongst everyone!

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coconut shrimp~

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hummus~ which, by the way, was the worst hummus in the world. it was dry and tasteless and p.s.: hummus should not be at a consistency where it is possible to scoop it with an ice cream scoop and it will hold its shape. it was gross. hummus fail.

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black bean quesadillas~

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artichoke dip~

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jalepeno poppers~

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and since we are the nerds that we are.. we cheersed our appetizers :)

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it was the perfect amount of food!

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next up: saturday’s shenanigans!

i slept in until 10:30. it felt so nice! i fueled my morning afternoon with

meal 1: 3 egg whites+1 egg + LCL wedge & bowl of kashi go lean @ 12:00 PM

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then i hit the road!

first up was emily’s house warming party!  i am so happy that i know this amazing lady~

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her new house is SO SO SO dang cute, i am jealous of it! i may steal it from her when she is not looking ;) she had this amazing apple tree with lots of apples to pick!

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loved the disclaimer about the wormies!

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thanks so much emily! it was so fun to see your new casa and thanks for the apples!

next up was a bridal shower!


i had some typical bridal shower cuisine..

meal 2: meat & cheese pieces & salad @ 3:00 PM

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good times.

i did have a moment to stop by my house before i was off to party #3.. i managed to snag some on-the-go dinner!

meal 3: flat out+LCL+meatloaf all rolled up @ 6:00 PM

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yes it was eaten while walking to the car and yes it was delicious!

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for some reason it reminded me of a philly cheesesteak sandwich! it was excellent.

and that is where today’s photos end, i went to the slumber party and i didn’t think plastering photos from that would be all that interesting (or would it??)


and fiinally.. my xagave giveaway winner!! there were a lot of entries but the lucky winner is……………


erika! erika said: “I linked back to you, great giveaway. And I would love to try the Island Painkiller. Yum! I don’t have a twitter account (I think I am too old!) but 2/3 isn’t bad! :)”

well erika, 2/3 worked out in your favor! send me your mailing info and i will get your xagave shipped out :) thanks to everyone for participating in the giveaway!


whew. toldja there was lots to say. i am done now. i am going to go make a protein shake and lurk your lives.  oh and no, i didn’t work out today, life got in the way. and you know what? sometimes that is okay.


1. what is your favorite appetizer? hummus is usually mine, unless it sucks balls like the one above. i also really love artichoke dip!

2. what is your favorite thing that grows on a tree? peeeeeaches! but apples are probably second.

xo. janetha b.

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Andrea@WellnessNotes October 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Congrats on the award! I loved the one word answers!

1. Chips, salsa & guacamole
2. Cherries

hopefulrunner October 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I didn’t think it was possible to mess up hummus like that. Bummer. All of the appetizers looked amazing though.

1. This is tough since I don’t really eat appetizers that often. I would have to say chips and dip (salsa, spinach + jalapeño dip)
2. That is a tough one to answer. I love pretty much all fruit that grows from trees so I’ll give you the first answer that came to my mind..Apples!! Nomnomnom!

Tay October 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Awww fun girl’s night!!

1. I love lettuce wraps, which are usually on the appetizer menu. Mmmm.

2. Apricots!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Ok, first off my sweeetttttssss, thank you for the award!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are actually the 2nd person to give me this award and another person gave me a similar one…all in the last week. I feel soooo flattered and should blog my answers shouldn’t I. Ok maybe I will :)

Next is it a requirement to be really hot to hang out with you? all your friends are SMOKIN hot and I love that. Word. Up. Hot chicks in the house!

However sounds that as hot as you were, the hummus sucked. I never order hummus out b/c it’s usually dripping in garlic & salt (eww for me personally) and it’s stiff like ice cream. Why is such an easy thing to make at home so hard out?

Artichoke dip was a staple of my former life before I went vegan. I should remake the cream sauce in it with a vegan alternative. That’s not soy. Maybe cashew cream. Anyway love artichoke dip.

Fave thing that grows on trees? Money of course. Have any money trees I could borrow ?



burpexcuzme October 11, 2009 at 12:12 am

You don’t watch TV? Are you human? lol!

Fave appetizer = don’t really order appetizers…but anything cheesy, I suppose. I hate chips and dip though. x-p

Fave thing(S) that grows on tree = I wish I could say money, but since my fantasy stays in my mind, I’ll just say…figs! and durians! And white peaches!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 11, 2009 at 12:28 am

Haha it really must be love!! Thanks for the award!! You crack me up too :)

1) cocktail shrimp!!
2) I just racked my brain for all my faves but everything I love doesn’t grow on trees!!! Eggplant? Carrot cake? Kefir? haha

Tina October 11, 2009 at 1:23 am

You know… I was just wondering about the ratio of females to males :P… Do men not like food? Or do they just not blog about it?

Well anyhow, congratulations with the prize :D You are sooo most definitely over the top!

1. Hummus or guac…
2. Apples! And bananas!


VeggieGirl October 11, 2009 at 5:19 am

1.) Spinach dip

2.) Apples

balancejoyanddelicias October 11, 2009 at 5:22 am

my answers to Q1 and Q2 are exactly the same as yours! :D

My best friend is my Mom too! :)
Why you cried yesterday sweetie? I hope it’s nothing sad.

Michelle October 11, 2009 at 5:38 am

Thanks for clearing up what the people were doing in the room when you walked in, I was wondering about that! And hot dogs under a microscope? Really?? Weird.

My favorite restaurant appetizer is usually spinach artichoke dip with pita bread. And my favorite thing that grows on a tree would have to be bananas!

Simply Life October 11, 2009 at 6:01 am

Looks like a great night out!

Allison October 11, 2009 at 6:29 am

ohmgosh what a fabulouslly fun day! so jealous you got to go hang out with emily! can ya’ll just move to ohio? it’s that easy, right?! :)

thanks for the love – penny (and randy when he makes the appearance) melt MY heart on a regular basis :)

Katey October 11, 2009 at 6:36 am

apples are my favorite! :)

Emily (The Experimentarian) October 11, 2009 at 7:09 am

Oh yeah, that hummus does look highly disappointing. Boo to that. Ok, new idea: don’t buy a condo. Buy a tent and come live under my apple tree. You will be all set. Ha ha. Thank you so much for coming over! That picture of us cracks me up–we are short! And hot. Short and hot. Hells yeah. xoxo

Susan October 11, 2009 at 7:18 am

Haha, I like Emily’s idea of living under her apple tree :P

1. Tough. I really like tortilla chips and salsa when I’m out. Otherwise any pita bread/dip combo :)

2. Easy! Apples! They’re my most favouritest fruit. Wait. Do peanuts grow on trees? Cause that may give apples a run for their money…

april October 11, 2009 at 7:24 am

That is so neat you got to meet Emily! You both are so pretty!

My favorite appetizer would probably be sopapillas with honey. Maybe it’s a New Mexico thing but it’s delicious!

And thanks so much for the award! :)

Abby October 11, 2009 at 8:07 am

First of all, thank you for the award! I’m not sure how to repost it on my blog or anything (as I’m naive like that) but I feel honored! And I second Averie–you and all your friends must be members of some hot chick club, including Emily, as you’re all gorgeous!

Anyway, you are quite the social butterfly :) I don’t eat out much, but when I do I often order an app for my meal–really good (not greasy) crab cakes, caprese salad, veggie quesadillas–depends on the restaurant.

Tree question? Hmmm…does almond butter grow on trees? I guess I’ll go with apples…

Steph October 11, 2009 at 8:18 am

You had quite the day with your girlfriends! Looks like fun…especially the apple picking. Her note was so cute!

My favorite appetizer is hummus!

Apples are my favorite thing to grow on a tree, and sadly I’ve never been apple picking. I’ve got to do that this year!

Hope you had a great weekend :)

Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 11, 2009 at 8:19 am

ohh my dear you asked some toughie questions there! favorite item that grows on a tree….that would have to be the classic apples! LOVE them!!! all kinds esp during this time of year!!

favorite appetizer ohh I think mozz and tomato salad….caprese if you will haha LOVE that classic drizzled with EVOO and balsamic vinegar YUM!

looks like you had SUCH a fun time wiht your gals and got some great eats!!! I would be all over those black bean quesadillas and hummus!!

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) October 11, 2009 at 8:33 am

janetha…i did flashback friday last week while you were on vacay! i was so proud of myself for remember, and obv, loved it!

yay for so much fun! you have a busy social sched lady. cute you got to meet with with miss emily (who is totally rockin fab new red hair) and hang with friends. the only thing that would have made the weekend better was if we had eaten indian food together sometime that day.

fave app? prob chips + salsa. can’t beat.

fave thing to grow on trees? APPLES!

have a wondrous sunday!

Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) October 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

Looks like you had lots of fun!

My favorite appetizer is cheese and crackers! Or stuffed ‘shrooms. It’s a tie.

I LOVE peaches, but I also love going apple picking!! I went yesterday =) But my alltime favorite food that grows on a tree? Figs. Ah, Italia…


julie October 11, 2009 at 8:45 am

What a killer night with the lizadies :) sorry about your hummus fail. I would have left a note attached to the plate saying “please see”

mmm fav app? DEFINITELY shrimp coctail! mmm mmm

i forgot the second question…hold on 1 sec while i scroll up haha…

ah! trees haha WELL we have this pear tree out front of my house and Van (dad) always try’s to get me to google “how to make pear preserves” i’m like stop van right now.

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 11, 2009 at 9:34 am

I’ve wondered about the amount of men too! Maybe they’re just quiet

1. what is your favorite appetizer? brie. warm and melty.

2. what is your favorite thing that grows on a tree? bananas!

Lara (Thinspired) October 11, 2009 at 9:37 am

I think we’ve established this before, but you and I both share claustrophobic tendencies!!
I love your bridal shower plate—way to protein load ;)
Favorite appetizer is shrimp cocktail…or deviled eggs. But I try to stick to shrimp and veggies ;)

Liz October 11, 2009 at 9:45 am

Oooo I love to read your blog!

I would say my new obsession in eggplant hummus, but spinach artichoke dip is also so good as they don’t make it back in England.

I am going to go with…. pears.

Liz x

Ildie October 11, 2009 at 10:08 am

Busy day lady! Looked fun though.

1. My favorite appetizer is spinach artichoke dip or sauerkraut balls. I hardly ever go out to eat though.

2. Oh this one is easy!! CHERRIES! I used to climb cherry trees in Hungary as a kid and eat them till I got sick. HA! Ahh sweet, stupid memories. :)

Katie October 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I adore appetizer dinners. I would much rather try 3-4 yummy bites than order a whole meal. Your dinner was just my style.

1. Favorite appetizer is bruchetta or spinach calamari.

2. Apples, hands down.

Katharina October 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm

FIGS!!! and apples too :D

I love ordering the vegetarian samplers at Indian restaurants.

Your recap made me want to have a girl’s night out!! Have a fabu rest of the Sunday, beautiful!


Anne K. October 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Eeew I hate bad hummus! It’s so sad :( That’s awesome Emily has an apple tree! My family has several back home in Michigan, and they’re so cool. I do get worried about the worms though, haha.

1) Lots of fresh veggies + GOOD hummus

2) Apples! Michigan apples to be precise ;)

Mary :: A Merry Life October 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Hehe, the boy comment made me laugh. I don’t think I’ve seen a single male food blogger. I assume they do exist?

1. chips and salsa. I LOVE salsa.

2. apples. you can’t beat a good fresh apple.

Devan G Newman October 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm

fav appy is definatly hummus!
sucks that that one was a fail! :( boo!

apples and cherries.. my favorite things which grow on trees.

Jenny October 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm

girls nights keep us sane — glad you had a good time with your muchachas!

p.s. loving (and my loving, I mean wanting..) that plaid scarf.. you are so autumnal :)

Emily October 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm

congrats on the well-deserved award!! and great one-word answers! …have you mentioned before that purple is your favorite color? I totes pegged you for purple but maybe that’s because you’ve said it before :)

1. giardiniera. extra spicy. and olives. oh, and caponata. who’s italian?

2. I will say figs. I love fresh figs. and fig trees are absolutely adorable. pretty leaves!

jenngirl October 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm

What a fabulous girls night!! I love going out and enjoying an array of just apps sometimes :)

1. Appetizers–dip girl here..def hummus, guac, spinach artichoke dip, and of course fresh crunchy veggies to dip!

2. Apples!! I’m so lovin’ fall apples right now.

Rose October 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Beautiful night! I love girls’ nights :)

Lizzy October 11, 2009 at 7:28 pm

aw i wanna have a slumber party! that sounds like so much fun!

1-i love crackers and cheese, or humus and pita chips for reals!
2-apples hands down! i can’t wait to go to the orchard and pick my heart out

mom October 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Holy cow you are a party animal! Had no idea you had 3 in a row – who had the slumber party?! You are such a photogenic gal, I love you to the moon!!
Can’t wait to seeeee you!! oxoxoxoxo

Lynn (The Actors Diet) October 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm

how do you mess up hummus? that’s pretty bad!

elise October 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

i love mason jars! so cute. the hummus sitch really brought a tear to my eye…im pretty sure you know my answer to that question btw. HUMMUS!!! (the right way)

Sweet and Fit October 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

looks like you have had such a busy weekend – I love the idea of just getting a bunch of appetizers of the menu to share, seems like it would work really well because I can never figure out what to order off a menu – everything always sounds so good! hope you are having a great Monday! =)

danica October 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

LOVED your 1-word answers – you did awesome!!!

Looks like such a fun day/night out. LOVE all the pics with your friends.

Erika October 14, 2009 at 6:11 am

I am such an A$$!!! I just realized I won and I am so excited esp since I never win anything! :) Thanks Janetha!

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