Happiness, Pet Peeves & Fleet Week


thinking out loud

This photo defines my current happiness. Like if I had my own personal dictionary, the word happiness would include this photo right below my definition to further demonstrate what happiness means to me.

Happiness: A Red Mango parfait for lunch which can be enjoyed outdoors on a beautiful Spring day.

Red Mango parfait

Do people still use dictionaries? They don’t need to, right? Nowadays you can just google or ask Siri. Pathetic.

I was watching the Kardashians the other night (don’t judge me, okay? I love their shows) and Kim mentioned that she hasn’t been to a supermarket in over four years. As odd as that may sound, I am pretty sure that my mother has her beat because it has easily been 10 years, if not more, since my mother stepped foot in a grocery store.

My father has always done their grocery shopping but I am thinking that may need to change as his recent ShopRite experiences have been less than stellar. Between the woman who told him that he really shouldn’t be using a cell phone while pushing a shopping cart (I was the one on the phone with him so I had the privilege of listening to this interaction) and the cashier having THE NERVE to bag the bananas with the soap (yes, he needed to reprimand the cashier who was also THROWING his groceries into the bags), I am not quite sure how much more grocery shopping he can handle before being banned from the store.

Pet Peeve Of The Week: Pop Up Boxes

I understand that these pop up boxes are beneficial to some websites and blogs but gosh I cannot stand them, especially the pop up boxes that appear while I am reading and freeze before I can X myself out. I don’t even read what they say to me – I immediately look for the X as if it’s a race to find it before the whole thing freezes. Even worse lately are the pop up boxes that now give me a choice of closing the box or opting out of the box – I don’t want to make decisions about boxes. I just want to read what I came here to read.

Are you still with me? Great! I am not finished talking yet today.

My friend and I often experience things that make our lives resemble Sex And The City episodes. In fact, I once wrote a good post about how my life is a Sex And The City Episode.

The below text conversation took place early Sunday morning. My friend and I still aren’t really sure which part is funnier: what she was doing, how she notified me of what she was doing or my very matter of fact response which I texted to her while I was in the middle of Pure Barre ab work on the floor of my living room.

fleet week text


I was totally Charlotte Sunday morning, she was totally Samantha and as we recapped later on in the day, I sort of wished I had some chocolate cake to eat from the garbage so that I could channel a little bit of Miranda.

Happy Fleet Week!

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Sex And The City – which character best describes you?

Who does the food shopping in your house?

Do you watch Kardashian as much as I do?




food shopping to beat the crowds & dinner plan


I thought who I was heading to Trader Joe’s yesterday morning at 8:00 am in my attempt to beat the blizzard crazy crowds only to find out that my Trader Joe’s opens at 9:00 am NOT 8:00 am.

No problem though, I drove across the street to ShopRite where I had some shopping to do anyway.

shoprite food shopping

  • Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread < – because my child has decided Ezekiel Bread is for losers
  • Tropicana Orange Juice and Fruit Punch
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Plantains
  • Red Sweet Potatoes
  • Bagels
  • FRESH Blueberries < – Highlight of my week!
  • Ellio’s Pizza

If you didn’t grow up on Ellio’s pizza then you totally missed out on a yummy (and processed) childhood. I decided to be a cool mom by getting something fun to eat during the blizzard so Ellio’s, the frozen pizza of my youth, was my choice. Turns out, it isn’t as bad as I thought when I read the ingredients.

I also stocked up on the red sweet potatoes (aside from color, the red, white and Japanese sweet potatoes all seem the same to me) and some plantains!

I made sure to text Michele immediately since she is the queen of cooking plantains figuring she would tell me what I should do with them first.


After chatting, Trader Joe’s was finally open for business.

Trader Joe's

  • Apples
  • Almond Milk
  • Salsa
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Queso Dip < – I would never eat this because I do not like cheese dips but I think my son would like it, hashtag blizzardeats
  • Organic Mini Pancakes
  • Turkey
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
  • Cinnamon
  • Cauliflower
  • Organic Eggs
  • Organic Chick Peas
  • Organic Spinach
  • Onion
  • Bananas
  • Coffee

I was so excited to see giant cauliflowers in stock! They haven’t had cauliflower in forever.

So, since we are expecting a blizzard (which obviously means I am not running the half marathon on Sunday), I plan to be snowed in and busy in the kitchen. I love to bake during a storm but will probably cook some stuff too!

I am considering the follow recipes for dinner over the weekend and Monday:

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Beef Taco Bowls < – my son loved this when I made it and asked that I make it again

Chickpea Pasta Soup

Crispy Soft Sweet Plaintains

Healthy Broccoli Tots

What will I do with the cauliflower?!

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers

Carmelized Cauliflower Salad With Quinoa

Beyond Monday, the rest of the week may look like this:

Tuesday – Pizza Night

Wednesday – out for dinner

Thursday – From the Freezer (veggie burgers, meatless meatballs or chicken nuggets for my son)

Friday – out for dinner

What I may bake:

Doughy Peanut Butter Cookies  – A no bake recipe actually!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – I have a lot of bananas at the moment and always think about this cookie recipe I developed a few months ago.

Clean & Fudgy Dark Frosted Chocolate Brownies 

Healthier Granola Cookie Wedges

Have a great weekend!

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Are you in the path of the blizzard? How many inches of snow are you expecting?

3 things you are doing this weekend?

Did you grow up on Ellio’s?!




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