Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday, Wednesday

First of all, thanks for all the wonderful feedback on the new feature, Tattoo Tuesday. I'm really excited to do this every week and it should be a lot of fun!

So today I was still feeling pretty sick- and I still feel a little under the weather...but not as bad as yesterday. I don't take medicine unless it's a really serious situation, so I relied on all of my natural remedies and I definitely think I'm in the clear. Hank is also sick, and was still sick at work today too, so I'm curious to see how he feels when he gets home. I came home from work early today, rather than staying and going to meetings, and I think the extra rest definitely helped. I went on a little walk outside for some fresh air and I'm in the "getting better" zone for sure. Yay. I'm never sick and I'm such a baby when I am, so good riddance to you, cold or sinus infection or whatever you are. Here are some photos from today:


"I am not getting sick, I am not getting sick..."

trying to show my bow belt! I need to get a better photo of it.
trying to show my bow belt!

Hank just walked in the door and is still sniffly, poor guy. I'm going to make us a macro platter and then I'm going to dedicate the night to reading one of the books I'm working on - Cleaving: A Story of Meat, Marriage, and Obsession by Julie Powell, via my beloved Kindle. Can I make a quick plug about my Kindle DX for a moment? I LOVE IT. One of my most favorite things about this great gadget is the free book samples. Basically when you're surfing around or the Kindle store on the device, you can have the first chapter of ANY book you like, sent to you for free! I love this because I often buy a book and then end of really disliking it. This way, I can get to know a new author or book, no strings attached! Additionally, I'm the kind of person that is in the middle of 3-4 books at a time. With the Kindle, I can switch between books and store as many books as I would like. It's just awesome. Like I mentioned before, I'm currently reading Cleaving, and I like it so far. It's by the author of Julie and Julia, and it's another memoir that follows Julie's life after she hit it big with her book deal, etc. If you read it, you know that Julie and Julia is a book of a blog...and it's a true story. Cleaving is quite interesting in that it involves Julie working as a butcher, so a lot of the story has to do with many details about that topic. I would go as far as to say that the book's descriptions may be a little much for non-meat eaters or those with a squeamish stomach. The writing is great though, and I'm definitely curious to see where this story line is going. I'll keep you posted!

I thought I'd do something a little different today. I wanted to share four really yummy items from our pantry and recommend them to you guys! I consider all of these food substitute foods for delicious, packaged items that are typically pretty bad for you.

food review for my blog

The first food (upper left corner) is Trader Joe's 100-calorie dark chocolate sticks. I love these because number one, with its antioxidant properties, dark chocolate is a good way to justify eating sweets every once and awhile! And two, the sticks are a really generous size, and sometimes I only eat half. 100-calories is a great snack and if you're craving dark chocolate- it's 70% dark too, which is yummy! Although there are 8g of fat and 5g of saturated fat, I still eat a stick of this maybe once or twice or week if I'm craving it. Definitely a staple in our house!

The second item (upper right corner) is something that is so, so necessary in our pantry for me. I am a total mac 'n cheese girl, and back when I didn't care too much about things like preservatives and all that nasty stuff, I would crave Kraft's version constantly. In fact, when I stopped being vegan in 2005 that's what I ate first! Amy's brand Macaroni and Cheese is the best substitute for me, because it comes in that easy box form, and you can even get it in a low-sodium version, as shown. It's not the lowest in calories, but I usually eat half a box with broccoli mixed in, and it's not too bad for you that way. Because macaroni and cheese is one of my all-time favorite foods, I love having this healthier substitution.

The third item (lower right corner) is one of my breakfast staples- Kashi GoLean Honey and Cinnamon Oatmeal. This stuff is GOOD. I usually make two packets at once, and add fresh berries, bananas, or apples and a little bee pollen on top. Each packet is only 150 cal and 8 g protein/5 g fiber. It fills me up in a major way and is seriously delicious. Yum. I'm getting hungry just talking about it. I totally recommend this oatmeal!

The last time is Thai Kitchen's Instant Rice Noodle Soup (Spring Onion pictured here), which is a great substitute for ramen noodles, if you like that kind of stuff! Hank and I love these little noodle packets, and I like to add fresh veggies in with the noodles and delicious broth. They cook really quickly in the microwave, and it comes with both an oil packet, and a seasoning packet. At 99 cents you can't really beat that either if you're craving a noodle soup! Definitely a must-try.

Alright, I hope you enjoyed my little food round up and maybe you'll give something a try you haven't tried before! I also hope that are having a great day. I'm going to head to bed soon to read and try and fight the last bit of this sickness. :)


  1. Glad you're feeling better!

    Your dress is adorable! I absolutely love the pattern!

    I'm currently saving up for a kindle, i've been teetering on the idea bc i always do love the smell of books (is that weird?) and i've also always wanted a huge library when i have a house. I think in the end it would save me money to buy a kindle vs. thousand of books though :)

    Also, you just gave me huge inspiration to try some new things at traders <3. Can't wait to grocery shop now :)

    Have a great night pretty girl!

  2. glad to hear that you're feeling better!

    i'm about to repeat almost everything that marisa just said so please bear with me :/

    i've thought about getting a kindle or nook, but i'm holding until this idea is combined with something like an ipod touch or something. plus, i just love reading from a book everything from the scent to the feel of a page that has been read and cried in over and over. there just isn't anything like it!

    your dress is absolutely adorable.

    as for trader joe's, i've actually never been a fan of mac and cheese or oat meal, but i'm willing to give those a shot. also, who wouldn't like a healthy chocolately alternative :)

    hope you have a nice rest of evening with your hubby!

  3. Great post, thanks! Definitely want to at least try the Thai noodles. :)

  4. i always mix broccoli in my (vegan) mac n cheese! i actually had it for lunch today haha.

    also i love the spring onion soup..i eat the trader joe's one in the bowl and i add chick peas to it for some protein. they're only 99 cents!


  5. Hi, just started reading your blog, love it! I also love Annie's Mac & Cheese. It's totally worth the extra $$ :)

  6. I'm glad you're feeling better. I've been wanting to try that mac and cheese for ages! Now it's official. I've put it on my grocery list for next week. I hope Hank feels better soon.

  7. You are seriously my fashion idol! Love your outfits!

  8. Your pantry looks a lot like mine!! Though I haven't tried the Trader Joe's 100 calorie bars yet, I'll have to look for them the next time I'm there!

  9. Hope you write a review on the book, so far the reviews I've read is that it is a huge departure from her personality in the previous book.

  10. LOVE that dress!

    glad you're feeling better!!

  11. i am a firm believer in getting rid of colds the natural way/letting them run their course. I had one last week and its now almost completley cleared up whereas my medicine loving friend has had one since christmas and she is still battling it!

  12. Glad you're feeling better and that dress is CUTE!

  13. yea i love that bunny pasta. have u tried the white cheddar one. we just got that. and man those chocolate bars look amazing!! hope you feel better

  14. Good you`re feeling better yay!!

    I know exactly how you feel I get sinus infection since I`m 10 (26 now) at least 2-3 times a year so it is horrible. But I really envy you look great when I`m ill I look awful. Take care looking forward to Friday. Polish girl from UK :) P.S. Love your blog

  15. dani,

    Do you know if the chocolate bars from TJs are vegan?
    You KNOW how much this girl loves chocolate (ohhh the good ol' Plaid days when we would gorge ourselves on chocolate cake)..


  16. you look pretty! i like the dress!!
    thanks for the recomendations ;)

  17. Hey! :) Just stumbled onto your blog via Beautiful Mess. Loves it! I'm a mid-20's mom to 4 (age 3.5yrs and down! ;) and am finding a ton of inspiration on your blog, as I have decided to embrace my love for indie fashion and decor :)

    I was reading through the post on eating organic meat/ inhumane treatment of animals. Hubby and I watched Food Inc over the holidays and while we'd always tried to eat fresh, seasonal and healthy foods, the movie really put us over the edge. Living in the midwest, there are so many wonderful farmers out here who work hard to provide "real food" for their families and others as well. You can easily find farmers who treat their animals kindly, don't feed them what they were not meant to eat, nor inject them with hormones or steroids. Often times, you can even visit their farms and see the happy animals roaming around doing what they should be able to do :)

    Have you ever looked into buying local more often? Even meat-wise? Ever thought about drinking raw milk? We have tried it in the past (AMAZING stuff - the benefits are phenomenal!) but have yet to find a nearby supplier. (

    Have you read "Real Food"? It was written by the woman who started all the farmers markets in England, and who has done of similar work here in the states :) As a former student teacher, English major and educated mom, I highly recommend it! :)

  18. we don't have a trader joes where I live, unfortunately but I've seen the other items at our grocer! I've have the mac n cheese, but I'll definitely try the others, thanks for sharing!

  19. Thanks for sharing the food bit! Definitely hope to see more.

  20. Annie's Mac n Cheese is good. I'm curious about those noodle packets now! Yum!

  21. i looooove the thai soup and annie's mac and cheese!

    i adore getting annie's cheedar bunny snack crackers as well. they're so darling!


  22. i've got that dress, too! i actually bought it to wear to a work christmas party and now i'm trying to work it into my work wardrobe. do you have any suggestions for shoes to pair with it?