everything i ate this weekend.

by Janetha on February 17, 2013

in eating out,family time,fun with friends,meals

alternate post titles:

  • i eat out often.
  • from my iPhone to my face.
  • oh, i started eating candy again.
  • water? what’s that?
  • life is delicious.

hello! i decided to document ALL of my eats since the last time i posted on friday afternoon. i haven’t been blogging my meals lately and i love to do that, so i thought this would be fun. you are going to see that the weekend makes me eat at very random times and my choices aren’t always the healthiest. but they are always the most delicious, that’s what matters.

friday night i shredded my legs at the gym and then came home, got ready, and headed out to rory’s birthday party. we all met up at lucky 13 bar & grill. i’d heard all about their burgers but had never been, so i was excited to go! the menu had burgers, wraps, apps, and salads.. but i knew i wanted one of their infamous burgers.

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i perused the options and had a hard time deciding–i really wanted to give the nut butter burger a go–but in the end, the fungus among us won out because i LOVE mushrooms. i ordered it sans cheese, but the mayo made up for any shortcomings from the lack of cheese. the 7-oz patty was cooked perfectly (medium, just how i like it) and was full of flavor. i washed my burger & fries down with 32  glorious ounces of hefeweizen. it’s my favorite type of beer! 

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marshall got the special which had guacamole, bacon, and cheddar. i had a bite (thinking a bite of cheese won’t hurt me!) and i thought it was incredible. he agreed.

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the fries were amazing, too. they came with a delicious mustardy-barbecueish sauce. they were so good that marshall ordered another side of them after we ate our burgers. 

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we will definitely be back to lucky 13 sooner rather than later. turns out they serve brunch on the weekends, which is my favorite meal ever! i love that the brunch menu states you can add a slice of bacon to any drink for a buck. can’t beat that. 

i came home and had a few handfuls of my two latest vices: gummy bears and black licorice. 

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sooo.. you know how i didn’t eat candy for a few years due to new year’s resolutions? yeah, i started back up again when i was in the dominican republic. my boss’ wives brought big bags of candy and i gave in.. and went straight home to purchase candy of my own. who knows how long this habit will last, but i really am enjoying it so i’ll just go with it for awhile. 

saturday morning i got up bright and early to head to the very last optimal health challenge meeting at my gym. sad to see the challenge end! i will have to do a recap of the whole thing one of these days–my trip threw me through a loop and i didn’t exactly finish the challenge as strong as i should have, but i am happy with what i learned! i brewed a chai k-cup with a little almond milk to drink during the meeting. i love this twinings chai.

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i love saturdays because momma b comes to GPP with me! we did the workout after the meeting, it was strict overhead presses and she was dominating those! SO proud of my strong mom. 

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sure am glad i got her genes. ;)

after the workout i went to sunshine cafe with a couple of my friends. i ordered the garden scramble and shared a granola pancake with nikki. if you live around here, PLEASE go get a granola pancake from sunshine! they are so giant and fluffy and tasty and amazing!

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oh, and guess what else i had?! COFFEE.

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i gave it up in november per my acupuncturist’s orders, but i really wanted one.. so i decided to test the waters. the verdict? my belly hurt later in the afternoon and i had a raging headache (probably due to the caffeine wearing off–it has much less than my tea.) i won’t be switching back to coffee, but the temporary satisfaction was definitely worth it. pick your battles. 

i ordered some food to go for marshall, took it home, got ready, and then we headed out to do some shopping. i popped my pills en route. 

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my current vitamin regimen includes thermo CLA, ALA, vitamin D, new mood, immune tech, and a gummy multi vitamin. 

we hit up a couple of malls, target, and bed, bath & beyond. i snagged an under armour sports bra and some jeans from AE. marshall got a packers hat. we also got a pizza stone and spatula for expedited pizza making at family dinner (more on that below.) 

my sushi & movie date with amanda and kerryne got canceled (sad!) so on the way home we stopped at zupas for a late lunch (oh, actually probably early dinner? it was almost 6.) i had chicken tortilla soup & a salad with chicken, veggies, pistachios, and sesame ginger dressing. 

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these crappy iPhone photos are starting to kill me. sorry ’bout that. 

we got home and cleaned up the house a bit. i wanted to eat something sweet but i didn’t know what, so i had a few random bites of this and that.

kerryne gave me these coconut almonds for valentine’s day and they are so flipping good! oh, and yesterday happened to be national almond day, so it was a perfect snack. 

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i had a couple bites of marshall’s rocky road brownie he brought home from zupas. i am sure it had dairy. meh. i suck at food restrictions and my belly already hurt a little from the coffee. 

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i also had some more black licorice.

we decided to watch our target purchase: pitch perfect. i’d been wanting to see it for ages! i popped some popcorn in my le creuset to eat during the movie. i heated 3 TB garlic grape seed oil and then added 1 cup of kernels. i topped the popped popcorn with melted earth balance and nutritional yeast. oh, and a little salt. i topped marshall’s half with melted butter and grated parmesan cheese. 

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mmm.. i could easily eat bowl after bowl of popcorn and never get full. wanna know something weird? randy will NOT eat popcorn. the guy eats everything he can get his grubby paws on, but you but a bowl of popcorn under his nose and he turns it away. so strange. before him, i had never met a dog that didn’t LOVE popcorn. he’s crazy.

marshall went to a late movie (10:40 pm) with his friends, but i wasn’t into it. they were seeing die hard and that’s not really my idea of a good time. instead, i stayed home, looked at pinterest, read blogs, and watched family feud. i was hungry so i blended up a nighttime treat.

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i made a protein shake with almond milk, vanilla bean plant fusion protein powder, a banana, PB2, dark cocoa powder, xanthan gum, guar gum, and ice. i topped it with love crunch granola and kept the bag next to me so i could sprinkle more on as i ate the shake. that’s the only way to go, folks. 

midnight rolled around and then marshall got home so i got up to go to bed. i made a pit stop at the pantry and had two spoonfuls of this goodness:

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i wasn’t sleepy for some reason, so i ended up staying up past 3 AM! what? i was texting some other insomniac friends and playing around with apps on my phone. i finally dozed off sometime between 3 and 4. that was weird. 


i rolled out of bed this morning around 10:30. marshall had gone to the gym, so i made myself breakfast around 11. i whipped up a new recipe for protein pancakes. 

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i made a single-serving batch using:

i made a peanut butter maple syrup by mixing 2 parts log cabin syrup with 1 part PB2. it’s so good!

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i made a chai latte with a chai k-cup, almond milk, and some of this oregon chai concentrate. 

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i spent some time at the computer and got sucked into the vortex that is the internet. before i knew it, it was time to get ready to leave! we had massage appointments booked for 1 o’clock. we went to a new spot called knead a massage. gotta love a good pun. the massage was 90 minutes of amazing and it really helped my sore muscles feel better. 

after our massages we did our weekly grocery shopping. first we went to trader joe’s (which was a madhouse! they need to open another one asap) and then to whole foods. i snagged a sample here and a sample there while doing my shopping. 

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i can never go to whole foods without getting my favorite hot drink–a bhakti chai latte with almond milk. it’s got a spicy kick that i love! marsh got a coffee.

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i had a quick snack when we got home. marshall’s mouth got to it before my camera did…

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i also had some licorice and gummy mangos. 

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we headed up to my parents’ house for a pizza party. i was the pizza chef and whipped up SIX different pies! we had a hawaiian (ham, pineapple, jalepeno, mozzarella, marinara), meat lover’s (pepperoni, italian sausage, mushrooms, peppers, olives, mozzarella, marinara), cheese & mushroom with marinara, BBQ chicken, sausage & veggie with marinara, and my favorite–mediterranean (goat cheese, roasted garlic, marinated olives and tomatoes, and marinara.) 

i snacked my LIFE away while making the six pizzas. i had bites of all the toppings as i chopped them and i kept stealing my nephew’s crusts and eating them because i love pizza crust! i made sure everyone had their favorite flavors served up, then i sat down to eat a couple slices of my own. 

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i had another slice after those two and i also picked a couple cups of watermelon out of the massive fruit bowl. my mom ALWAYS has a massive fruit bowl at family dinners.

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dessert was root beer floats!

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i had some nondairy ice cream for mine. the root beer came from trader joe’s and it’s excellent! there’s nothing quite like a root beer float. 

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i laid on my parents’ living room floor for a good 15 minutes after dessert. i was so flipping full.. that always happens when we have family dinner. it’s inevitable! oh, and don’t worry, once i got up off the floor i ate more fruit. 

i just got home and am sooo sleepy. probably because i got hardly any sleep last night and i was a short order chef for a couple hours this evening. ha! it was so fun, though.. totally worth the work. i love my fam. 

you may have noticed there really was not a lot of water consumption all weekend. in fact, the ONLY water i drank was 24 oz while shopping on saturday, the little dixie cup they give you after a massage, and a small cup at my mom’s tonight. bad janetha g. that is the one healthy habit i struggle with most on the weekends!

now that you have seen how i eat all weekend long, you may be kinda confused since a lot of people think i am all health food all the time. i know my boss was pretty shocked in the DR when he saw me eating french fries. the truth is, i love to eat. i love to eat good food. good food can be healthy, good food can be unhealthy. you just have to find a balance that works for your lifestyle and make sure you don’t over do it on either end of the spectrum (yes, there is such a thing as eating healthy TOO often.) you probably also noticed that i don’t eat actual set meals on the weekend. i have done the eat-five-meals-a-day-every-three-hours thing before. it’s GREAT for weight loss. it’s not great for a social life. i prefer to eat when i feel hungry. sometimes that means two meals a day with lots of snacks. other times that means four small meals and no snack. it’s always different, and it works for me. that’s all that matters!

i loved sharing my whole weekend of eats with you guys! hope you enjoyed it, too. have a great monday and i’ll check ya later!


1. what’s the healthy habit you had a hard time keeping on the weekend?

2. what is the best thing you ate this weekend?

xo. janetha g.


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Momma b February 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Water consumption kills me by Sunday afternoon. Saturday I do sorta ok….

The pizzas hands down best thing I’ve eaten since sushi last weekend!!

Thanks for making our meal such a tasty success!!

Now get some sleep ….I’m gonna pop some popcorn because well….I have the day off tomorrow :-)

I love you!

Julie February 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I really appreciate this post and seeing how others eat. I find that after years of being a small meals girl, I forget how to eat normally and like other people. Sometimes it puts a hamper on my social life too. I love that you condone eating when hungry and eating whenever.

Cassie @redletterdaye February 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I made pizza this weekend, too! It was my first time! I love your approach to eating and I think that kind of balance is great. I also don’t know where you put it, but I guess people say the same to me. ;)

Cecilia February 18, 2013 at 4:48 am

I love this because it’s so real! No one eats “perfectly” all the time. Sometimes you forget to drink water or you eat at night or whatever. Thank you for sharing all your eats! Your blog was the first one I really followed and it’s still one of my faves.

Janetha February 18, 2013 at 7:45 am

Thanks, Cecilia!

Erica February 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

I love gummies! Bears are good.. mmm. Delicious weekend. I love brunch too. Your Mom seriously looks INCREDIBLE! Root beer floats? Its been too long!
1. what’s the healthy habit you had a hard time keeping on the w
weekend? Drinking enough water!

2. what is the best thing you ate this weekend? hmm chickpea soup I made yesterday!

Lee February 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

I eat out a lot on the weekends too. I guess my healthy habit that I don’t stick to is probably alcohol. While I pretty much never drink during the week, the weekend is another story.

The best thing I ate all weekend were these mashed sweet potatoes from a bar, oddly enough. They were incredibly delicious.

Linz @ Itz Linz February 18, 2013 at 6:30 am

so much goodness in this post!! (minus the black licorice – ew! haha) toasted coconut almonds?? sounds awesome!! your momma totally rocks!! best thing i ate this weekend was this fudge brownie from the farmer’s market – yum!

Janetha February 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

We had this debate on our trip–it seems like you are all or nothing on the black licorice stance. There is no middle ground hahah!

Lindsay's List February 18, 2013 at 7:13 am

so in april, we get to eat candy and pizza all weekend??

Janetha February 18, 2013 at 7:43 am

No way.. we will be eating even better food up in PC! Cannot wait!

Bonnie February 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

…but maybe just a little candy? ;)

Corrie Anne February 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

Oh yeah. I love the black licorice, and Kevin hates it — so I agree that it’s a little polarizing! I was eating pastel candy corn this weekend. I felt the need to buy that the minute it popped up after Valentine’s. Haha. Momma B looks amazing! I love working out with my mom any chance I get when I’m in Minnesota!

Tracey February 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

I love reading your blog for so many reasons..but the main one being that you can have a social life and be fit & lean! Thank you for keeping it real:)

Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

1. look at your mom’s vibrams! :)

2. how much my TJ’s doesn’t carry those gummy bears? I was craving gummies last week in a bad way but couldn’t find any.

3. best thing I ate this weekend – hopefully these biscuits i have in the oven. yesterday’s version was a little too salty.

4. love you!

Bonnie February 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

Such a great post, J – like others have said, it’s real, honest and so relatable! One of my “meals” this weekend was Oreo ice cream on a few graham crackers…whoops. But I enjoyed it! It’s really about finding the balance, you know? Because when I indulge for days the truth is I DON’T feel good – I don’t like what I see it does to my body, I should say. But if I don’t allow myself to indulge, I go crazy! Last night at parkour the instructor offered us some local, organic, homemade chocolate after class. I said no thanks and she clarified, “Oh! It’s all organic!” and I laughed and replied, “Believe me, I’ve just honestly had enough sweets that I don’t want it this weekend – I don’t eat only organic.” …sometimes the dreads or the fact that I blog about health/fitness make people think that, but I had my share of gummy bears too this weekend (gummies + licorice = my fave snacks!! both red and black in my mouth at the same time. YUM).

Anyways, thanks for the post – I like this style and it was interesting to read! …now I want pizza with goat cheese… ;) Have a great Monday!

Meghan @ After the Ivy League February 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

I definitely agree that eating healthy ALL the time isn’t healthy. Maybe it’s technically the best thing for your body, but I don’t believe that. Having a life with family and friends is more important to me. No one wants to be that girl who needs to order specially or asks their family to make a special dish for them just so they can be perfectly healthy.

Maren February 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

I have a hard time eating healthy period on the weekends! Friday night I had 3 beers and I felt miserable ALL day Saturday. I gave up gluten for February and I think that’s why my stomach hurt so bad! It’s not used to the gluten anymore! I could never give up gluten for life though. I miss it! So at the same time, the beer was the best thing I had all weekend. :) ha! I have those AE jeans. They are like wearing leggings. SO frickin comfy! Looks like you had a pretty good weekend! Have a great week lady :)

Stacey February 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

I have the same issues with gluten. I gave it up about a year ago and any time I sneak it back in on weekends or have a beer, my stomach aches. At least now I know why it hurts so I can ‘prepare’ myself for the aftermath. It’s not always a pleasant feeling, but it’s completely worth it!

Mel February 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

My dogs will not eat popcorn either – every time I make it they beg for it, get in their mouths, and promptly spit it out! Strange but cute.

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

I definitely agree with you – I don’t really follow the 3 meals, 2-3 snacks a day thing on weekends…I’d rather focus on my social life than making sure I’m getting in all my snacks or eating every 3 hours. Sometimes that means big meals, sometimes that means breakfast, dinner and snacking throughout the day. So much better to just go with it!

Paige @ Your Trainer Paige February 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

hefeweizen is one of my favorites, too! I love how each one can taste so different.
I cut myself a LOT of slack on the weekends. Monday-Thursday I basically cook/prepare everything that goes into my mouth. Friday-Sunday, pretty much the opposite. There’s just so many good places to eat around here! Oh, and a weekend without a burger and fries is a very rare occurrence.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

I definitely drink far less water on the weekend. I don’t know why! Especially Saturday- because that’s my rest day (and I usually chug water like it’s my job before/during/after workouts). But I don’t have a reason for Sunday, since I teach Spinning.
The photos of the fries and burgers and the beginning made my tummy rumble. I need to (finally) go make lunch.
Best thing I ate this weekend- cornbread baked in a cast-iron skillet. Holy heck.
PS – Momma B looks AMAZING!!!!!!

momma b. February 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Thanks Lauren – I’m lucky to have Janetha to push me and cheer me on!!

Yana February 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I had so much fun reading this post. Today is my last day of 3 day BCD stretch that started on Saturday. It’s nice to live vicariously through a post like this. You go, momma b!

A healthy habit I had difficulties maintaining this weekend was aforementioned BCD. It sucks to eat cottage cheese when your family eats blueberry pancakes (made by you), or chicken and vegetables when they eat home made (also by you) sausage and mushroom pizza. But I am determined to finish the last days of OHC strong. Reaching my goal weight this morning really helped with that determination.

momma b. February 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Yana! I love to read your comments on GPP – you’re doing great!!

Annette@FitnessPerks February 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

This was such a fun post to read! I love seeing yummy food pics–gives me ideas of what I want to buy this week :) Hehe.

first of, black licorice? Ewwww. But glad it floats your boat ;)

Secondly, I actually drink a lot of water on the weekends–but it’s in spurts, which isn’t that awesome.

Thirdly, you are so real & it’s rad. I dislike seeing all these majorly healthy foods in all my feeds ALL the time. I’m like–am I the only one who eats candy, ice cream, and pasta on a regular basis and happily posts about it?! Hah. Glad I’m not alone ;)

Tracey L. February 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Janetha, I’m curious about the New Mood supplement you mentioned. I have very low serotonin levels but whenever I take a supplement to correct it, I find it makes me very tired and sluggish. Have you noticed anything like this with the New Mood? Thank you!

Janetha February 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hi Tracey! I haven’t noticed a sluggish feeling from the New Mood. I am guessing the inclusion of niacin helps combat this effect.

Tracey L. February 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thanks! I’ll try it!

Lisa February 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Your mama is SO strong, I love it!
I loved this post, because it’s relatable! Totally agree you have to find what works for you and too much healthy can be unhealthy. Balance is the key. The weekends are a time when I just have to cut myself some slack otherwise I’d be bored out of my mind. I’d rather be out having fun with friends then sitting at home prepping and scheduling for my next meal. Which is what I used to do…that gets old fast.
I swear black licorice is a love/hate thing you can’t be an in-betweener. Seems like the same for coconut and cilantro. I happen to hate it;) Looks like a super fun weekend! Except for the little sleep, hate when that happens.

Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl February 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Your mom is RIPPED! I am way jealous of momma b!!! I usually get super snacky on the weekends, so that’s something I need to either switch up or scale back.

DOGGIES! Sorry, had to. :)

Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles February 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I so WISH I were a small meals person. Instead I tend to eat a couple really big meals or a couple really big progressive meals (I just keep on keep the food a-coming…)

My healthy habit I struggled to maintain this weekend was NOT over-eating, meaning I indulged on top of indulging (kinda reminiscent of your 15 min. on -the-floor food coma followed by some more eats – I totally feel you there :D)

Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I love the pic of your momma kicking butt on the workout, she is awesome! I have to try gummy mangos YUM! MY favorite meal this week was a curry stir fry with green chickpeas, a new to me food that I really like :)

Momma b February 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Nicole thanks but boy it was my butt being kicked!! Janetha cheered me on!

Ashley @ Freckles and Spice February 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Whoa girl! amazing eats! I love the pb syrup idea.

And your mom is badass! Your def. got her genes.

Best thing I ate this weekend was Vanilla Cinnamon ice cream by The Raw Ice Cream Company. It is cashew and coconut based – so creamy and decadent. I also had some banging ginger parsnip soup from my coffee shop!

purelytwins February 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

best thing ate over the weekend was bacon and pancakes ;) simple yet soo satisfying!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Oh my gosh, I am the WORST at drinking water on the weekends…something about not having any structure to my day I guess…I’m lucky to get in more than a cup or two a day. I’m surprised you didn’t end up with a massive headache after your massage not having any water…that ALWAYS happens to me!

Gah, I seriously don’t know what to comment on first…everything looks so flippin’ good! Oh and for the record, I couldn’t agree more with your view on the balance of healthy/unhealthy choices…I’m a total foodie and that goes for ALL food…not just the healthy kind! Hey, you only live once!

I would have been ALL over that nut butter burger! I’ve been saying forever that I’m gonna try one, but have yet to do it. And homemade pizza nights are the BEST! It’s been so long since I’ve had a good pizza! The man-friend and I already have plans this Thursday to go to Old Chicago for dinner…they have a new thin crust that looks absolutely mouth-watering! And they also sent me a coupon in the mail! #score! Hey, what can I say? Marketing dollars WELL spent…because seriously, the man-friend can do some MAJOR damage when it comes to pizza! Haha!

I LOVED Pitch Perfect! I never knew Anna Kendrick could sing!

Best thing I ate this weekend: Fro-yo…TWICE…with, and I know you can appreciate this…TONS of cereal! #cerealkiller ;)

Nicole C February 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hello, late to the blog party because I had yesterday off but your second quesiton was a must answer.

Water is the most difficult thing for me, not just on weekends though.

The best thing I ate this weekend, PASTA! Holy heavenly dinner, we ate at Scarpetta last night at the Cosmopolitan and I have a new favorite restaurant to add to my list. The short rib ravioli was to die for but my homemade spaghetti was divine. Ben had some polenta with truffle oil and mushrooms while waiting for his steak, unreal! The restaurant has a view of the Bellagio fountains. To top this eventful night out, the amedei chocolate cake with toasted almond gelato & salted caramel sauce. Put a fork in me, I am done!

Janetha February 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm drooling

sherice@foodieluvsfitness February 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I’m in love with Earth Balance Butter. Almost 2 weeks ago I quit eating meat and dairy and I’m so glad I have a delicious butter sub.. I’m loving popcorn with EB and Brewers yeast aka Nutritional yeast. We called it Brewers yeast growing up, why?? I don’t know? But I never liked it on my popcorn as a kid but just can’t get enough of it now!!
and I’m addicted to Chocolate PB2 with coconut butter and a banana!!

I did break down and had brownies made with real butter but I didn’t feel good after?? coincidence? who know’s!

Janetha February 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I think it’s no coincidence. Once you cut something out and then have a little, it comes back to bite you in full force! That’s what I have found with dairy, at least. It bothered me a little before, but now that I have cut it out completely, if I have a smidge of it, it bugs! Boooo.

AshinMT February 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Ok, so i am late to the game here but… (hopefully you didnt address this in the comments already) you can pop popcorn in your dutchoven? Sadly, we dont have the fance (le cruset) but we do have a heavy duty lodge enamel dutch- could we do it in there? Please share this awesomeness so i can partake!

Janetha February 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I am sure you could! I don’t see why not–as long as there is a lid!

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