Bad News, Good News

by Holly on July 23, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch,reviews

Bad news: My digi camera is about three food photographs short of biting the blogging dust.

Good news: Until I can save up enough Benjamins (a.k.a. dolla dolla bills a.k.a. $$$), I have my trusty iPhone camera. The quality isn’t as good, but a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do, right?

Bad news: I was completely out of fresh fruit this morning to complement my breakfast.

Good news: This insufferable circumstance has lead me to the discovery of a very important new combination in my life – Sweet Potato Breakfast Fries! Yes, fries. Drizzled in peanut butter and topped with cinnamon, these dessert-like fry wonders paired perfectly with PB+J+DCC (peanut butter, jelly + dark chocolate chips) on an Arnold’s sandwich thin.

Bad news: I got poured on for the 2nd consecutive day in a row walking to work. And for the 2nd consecutive day in a row, I’ve also been forced to take shelter from the incessant rain in the alcove of a building next to the same homeless man who I’ve awkwardly been forced to talk to twice now.

Good news: Daddy Everythingtarian was swinging through Madison today and decided to stop to treat his favorite daughter to an early lunch at Marigold Kitchen. Eggs, bacon + toast for him while yours truly ordered a bowl of fruit alongside a bacon + fried egg sandwich. And coffee. Always coffee.

Bad news: Due to some extremely tight financial constraints (more information to come in a Reader’s Request: Budgeting post), I have $20 to spend on groceries until I get paid August 1st.

Good news: The blogging gods are watching over me, and for some karmic reason, I’ve received some killer product samples to review for zee blog. First up, the Canadian-made Simply Bar, which I first tried last month hiking it up in Banff.

Bad news: The bars didn’t actually come with a subscription to The Onion (which for the record, IS the world’s finest news source).  Did you hear that Arizona high schools are now going to teach Spanish completely in English?

Good news: Simply Bars are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and low on the glycemic index, all for just around 150 calories a pop!

Bad news: Some protein bars tend to not really fill me up, so I am skeptical. Very skeptical.

Good news: With varieties like Lemon Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cinnamon and Cocoa Coffee, my desire to taste these Everythingtarian-approved flavors overrides any skepticism I may have.

Bad news: The protein source is soy. Processed soy (especially soy milk + soy protein powder) is about one of the only things my tummy does not handle digesting well.

Good news: The stats on this bar rule, as does the ingredients list. I mean, 17 grams of protein and ingredients I can actually pronounce? Screw my digestive tract. I’m eating them.

Bad news: I almost dropped half the bar on the floor, because it was flimsy and broke pretty easily.

Good news: The Lemon Coconut flavor was DELICIOUS! It was lemony without being fake and the chunks of actual coconut in the bar were a welcome surprise. The texture reminded me a lot of Rice Krispies – pleasantly crunchy and airy. I gobbled this up in about 45 seconds flat.

Bad news: After I ate it, I definitely could have still eaten more.

Good news: Despite the fact that it didn’t feel filling, it held me over for two hours until I was able to whip together a quick + healthy dinner using up what’s left in my fridge.

2 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup crumbled tempeh + 2 T BBQ sauce
1/2 cup zucchini
1 oz. finely cubed cheddar cheese
drizzle of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
3/4 cup baby carrots

Bad news: It’s Friday night, and I am completely devoid of cool girl plans.

Good news: Shopping, Whole Foods, The Tudors: Season One and an early A.M. trip to the farmer’s market, here I come!


Evan Thomas July 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Dayamn those bars sound good. Love that they’re vegan/gluten-free!

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I always love your posts, Holly!

The bad news: I’ve had to cut back on blogging and blog reading a lot. The good news: Your posts rock, and I always make time for them! :)

Have a great weekend!

Matt July 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I totally feel you on the budge constraints. I spend all my money on food :(

Katie July 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

ok whole foods and farmers market is going to be a kick a@* day for sure!!!!!!!!!

Love the creativeness on this post but dont love that you got poured on two days in a row : p

Love that you got those bars to try, they look AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I need to find those! Yum!

Have a great night love! xoxo

Katharina July 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Girl, you can do it put your back into it :p I know what it’s like to have no money to grocery shop. My lack of funds had me craving fresh produce more than ever and I couldn’t have it because I had no money lol. I was contemplating that maybe my smile could get me a free banana or two.. yeah fat chance of that happening. Anyway! That’s so sweet that your dad picked you up for lunch. And not so sweet that you got rained on. There was a tropical storm passing through here and I was going to go on a run.. then I looked outside and I was like nooo way Jose! By the way, those bars sound delicious–especially the lemon coconut. If it has the word coconut in it then it’s automatically my favorite.

XOXO hang in there my love!

p.s. I wish you lived close by! I’m not doing anything too exciting (I’ve been laying low no thanks to an unsightly pimple that hurts , has swollen my right cheek, and is RED–no more picking uugh), but my best girlfriend is coming over and we’re watching episodes of Sex and the City. She wants to bake, so I’m thinking a great rustic bread would be great! Live closer already so I can call you to come over!!! :p

Ilana July 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm

fries for breakfast.
did ever tell you i adore you?
because i do.

i have 20$ to spend on groceries until…basically indefinitely. if we pool our resources, we’ll have $40. we can get more food. ready, go!

…ok I’m gonna go learn how to make a budget now. have a fabulous friday! (and don’t feel bad, my plans involve netflix and a marathon of Law and Order SVU for as long as I can stand it or as long as I don’t start hearing imaginary sounds).

crunchy granola gal July 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Dude. Those b-fast fries are GENIUS. When’s your uber-inventive-everythingtarian cookbook coming out?! Also, I completely disagree with the whole mo’ money mo’ problems line. I think I’d have fewer problems and even more fun. Just sayin’. Happy weekend, Miss Holly!

*Andrea* July 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

ugh sorry about the camera. the iphone pics look great though!

Kristie July 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Good news: chocolate beer waffles on Sunday morning ;).

lo July 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

i feel ya on the “no cool girl” plans…i gotta work all weekend so that mean no drinks for moi and instead cleaning and reading blogs :( oh well at least i just bought groceries for the weekend even tho my bank account says i shouldnt. Holly Bell if ur on gchat laters hit me up….us uncool girls can chat and gossip :)


Jess July 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Great post!! Sorry about your camera!! I hope you’re able to get a new one soon, but thank goodness for your iphone in the meantime!!

Danielle July 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Oof! I think I’ve been getting spoiled with the living at homeness. I pay for everything myself… except rent. I can’t wait to read your budget post, I will hopefully (?) be needing it soon!


katie July 23, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I LOVEEEEE those bars!
love that you had sweet taters for BREAKFAST! genious!

Angharad July 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I thought you were coming to Minni this weekend! :( Where for art thou?
Ok, well, no Sunday run and brunch for us (which I had planned in my head. Should I have communicated that to you?!) but it sounds like you have a good day planned anyway. I’m going to Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning too! Yayzers.
Also just got back from Pancho Villa and as you can imagine, am having trouble standing. Must…go…lie…on…couch….xxx

Megan July 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Never thought to eat sweet potatoes for bkfst w/PB, you are a genius! I hope we have nice weather tomorrow morning both for your trip to the farmers market and my work event @ Vilas Zoo!! It can’t rain on us 3x can it? I can’t take much more of this :(

Little Bookworm July 24, 2010 at 4:43 am

Love the style of this post. Sorry you got rained on twice, your breakfast looks really interesting though! :)

Erica July 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

You know I can totally relate to the camera biting the dust situation. I’m very happy with my new purchase and did a good chunk or research- let me know if you have any questions. Great lunch/brunch with Dad. I’m going to Brunch this morning with Lindsay of Pancakes and Pajamas and I can’t wait. That girl rocks. I want to try the simply bars…bummer about the processed soy, but Lemon Coconut? That just sounds delicious. Happy weekend

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 24, 2010 at 7:41 am

I love that you ate sweet potato fries for breakfast. Mmm…totally doing that. :D


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries July 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

Topping tater fries with pb and cinnamon sounds PERFECT. I usually just dip them in ketchup! I’m so glad the “blogging gods” have your back :)

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 24, 2010 at 8:11 am

I’ve heard decent things about Simply bars :)
How’s your tummy post-Simply bar consumption?
Good News:you’re not washed away in a flash flood or in an SUV at the bottom of a sinkhole in Milwaukee! ;)

Kate July 24, 2010 at 8:29 am

i am laughing thinking about the awkard convos with the homeless man. enjoy the farmers market and the WF run!

Katie July 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

I love the positive spin on everything – you just put a smile on my face! So glad the blog gods are watching over you and giving a little wiggle room to your budget constraints.

Also, sweet ‘tater fries for breakfast?? Yessssss please.

Jessica @ How Sweet July 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

Spending friday nights at home with a trip to Whole Foods in the future is seriously my favorite weekend.

Low July 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

I LOVE random meals with parents. My Dad surprised me last night and we had some de LISH ous cajun food. Those were my only cool plans. Oh, and then I went to the mall with him at 8 p.m. I am sooo cool, haha.

Thanks for the info on the Simply bars! Enjoy your morning girl!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Hahaha I didn’t know the Onion actually printed. l love their online news site for reals.

Laura July 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Loved the layout of this post..every cloud and all that! I’m always skeptical of bars too..but the lemon one DOES sound yummy! xx

Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hehe, what a funny post! Well, except for the grocery $$$ limitations – I’m in the same boat, so I know how unfunny that is :/ The bars look fab, though, at least!

Tay July 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

No worries, I’m currently using my trusty Iphone until I get a new camera too. Good luck with the tight budget, you can do it!! Only 6 more days, right?!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Hopefully the budget includes saving for a marvelous adventure…

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 25, 2010 at 12:52 am

Bad News: I haven’t corresponded with you in eons and would love nothing more than a hearty g-chat with Ms.Everythingtarian.

Good news: I’ve been lurking on your blog during my blogging haitus and am consistently amazed with your knack for clever writing and cooking.

I love you!

Megan July 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

i am moving 2 blocks from Whole Foods in Madison today, this could be either the best or worst decision of my life!

Special K July 25, 2010 at 10:39 am

You are the type of woman that even when overwhelmed, stressed and just plain old cranky you will find something for which to praise. That’s why I follow, ya! There’s this song from the Weepies…Walk On…you should listen to it…you know there are days when you feel like you can’t take another step….try it on!

Bekah July 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

I was just thinking the other day some sweet potato cheetahs would be good with my eggs for breakfast, but sweeeet sweet potato fries sound even better!

As for your camera.. hoping for the best my dear! Maybe a really good deal will come along or something. You never know!

Susan July 27, 2010 at 11:54 am

Seeing the SP fries drizzled in PB made me smile – I miss you Holly!!!!!

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