Budgets + Beginnings

by Holly on September 1, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes

As I strolled out the door this morning into the gorgey, crisp mild air, I bounded with joy on my walk to work. The first day of September; my bloggy readers left me some awesome comments on yesterday’s post (which I was slightly nervous to write); my first payday of the new job; there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and somehow, I felt as though anything was possible.

Pay off my credit cards? No problem.

Run a marathon? Dude, done and done.

Stick to my budget of $50 a week in spending money until I get paid next? Bring it on.

Stop biting my nails? Today is the day!

Cure the common cold, instill world peace and become the first female prez? Why not?

Obviously, yours truly is a bit eager and perhaps naive, but I love the feeling of new beginnings!  Happy September! I rang in the coming of mother fall with perhaps the best yog mess of my life.

1 cup Stonyfield BaNilla yog
Vegan Tropical Breakfast Bar
sprinkle o’ flax
sliced naner
sprinkle o’ coconut



As I mentioned, today was my first PAYDAY.  Hallelujah…my wallet thanks you new employer!

However, my wallet hates you rental company for making my rent due on the same day I get paid and lessening my joy about my overflowing checking account.


Some dried apples + almonds for snackie.

Lunch du jour: Amy’s Indian Samosa Wrap, two red farmer’s market plums + Kashis (a.k.a. crack).


As fate would have it, my girl Low blogged about the Carrot Cake Clif Bar this morning and recommended microwaving it for a warm lil’ treat.  Luckily, I took the gal’s advice and mmmmm, delishness!

I don’t think it tastes like actual carrot cake, but it was still one of my fave flavors. Holllaaaaa to my new college homegirl!


After work, I scarfed a handful of Kashi crackers and ran (literally) to the rental place to hand over the check (reluctantly, may I add), then finished up a loop totaling 5 miles.  My legs were still feeling a bit fatigued from Saturday’s 18-miler so I knew I wanted a nice protein boost to repair my muscles when I got home…



Without this gal in my life, I would not have ranch cottage cheese goodness in my life.

Without these two gals, I would not have 85% dark choc + AB (and my own touch…a sprinkle of cinnamon!) in my life.

Alright kiddos, this gal is going to shower, catch up on episodes of The Office from last season, read “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and take the night off from all blog-related thangs (including reading).  Technology can wait and harass me tomorrow.

Two question time!

(1) What is one of your favorite foods or combinations you learned from other bloggers?  Gosh, this one is hard but whoever invented overnight oats should be heralded with a parade!

(2) What book or TV show are you really into right now?  My answers are obv the ones above, but I do have to add Arrested Development to the mix.  I could watch every episode a million times and still laugh at Tobias Funke’s denim shorts.


Katharina September 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm

(1) Hm.. this is a really hard one! I’ll just say this is a combo but.. using a nutbutter jar as a bowl for my oats is my favorite combo I’ve gotten from blogging :D

(2) Right now I’m reading this book called “I Thought My Father was God”. It’s a compilation of really interesting stories that were sent into this one guy who has a show on NPR where he reads these stories on the air. I haven’t finished it yet, but I recommend it.

Erika September 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Just found your blog and I love it! Love the way you approach food. To answer the questions, I have learned so much from blogging. I can’t believe I just recently found out about the oats and almond butter combo! As for tv shows, Mad Men. I just love it.

Evan Thomas September 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm

(1) Toughie. The Banana whip isn’t really a flavor combo but I’ve been loving that even though my food processor is… not. Oh May had a great tip off with vanilla chobani + peanut butter flour = heaven.

(2) I’m trying to find the last season of Grey’s anatomy on line. i watched all the first 4 but kind of fell off the face of the earth last year and now need to do some major catch-up

Matt September 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

1. Oatmeal + peanut butter + banana :)

2. “Chopped” on Food Network!

April September 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I’ve learned almost everything I eat from bloggers! haha. Avocados.. cottage cheese..whipped banana oatmeal.. and FAGE!

I don’t watch much tv but I do love House!

And I love your yogurt messes! They always look so good!

Kailey (SnackFace) September 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Ohhh I love new starts! I’ll get excited about school after I see my fam, fa sho.

Oh the Q’s! Yog messes, nut butter on errythang and salads with errythang. That’s such an impossible Q!

And the second, uhm, I’ve been without TV for three months, so nothing at the moment. But MamaJ has Gossip Girl Season 2 waiting for me when I get home! Woopwoop!

Leianna September 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm

1. Almonds butter and bananas with anything else!
2. Anything medical like House and I really miss ER!
I really like the look of your breakfast! I bought coconut a while ago but still haven’t used it on my oatmeal or yogurt! I’m scared I won’t like it, but tomorrow is the day!

Jess September 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I love what you eat, girl! You take such gorgeous pics too!

Awesome budget goal!
<3 jess

crunchy granola gal September 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

oh my goodness — had kashi crackers for the first time in awhile today with sabra hummus. forgot how delicious these guys are – i scarfed a bunch down at my desk at work in like two minutes!

1. favorite food combo learned from bloggers: avocado toast.

2. book of the moment: prospect park west by amy sohn. HILARIOUS!

Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Definitely the PB/AB spoon used to eat oats and/or yogurt is the best tip I’ve picked up, slash come to live by!



Sophia September 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm

1) PB on top of oats! Super! And also PB with yogurt! Or pumpkin cooked in oats! ooh~
2) book of the moment: anything by Jodi Picoult!

Lainie September 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Good questions!

1.) Well, it isn’t really a food combo…but until I started reading food blogs, I didn’t even know what Greek yogurt was – isn’t that crazy?! Food blogs have just taught me to add PB to anything and everything, lol

2.) TV shows…hmm…I love all reality TV…and most of the series are about to start back up again! YEAH!

Whole Body Love September 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I had never tried hemp protein powder or Greek yogurt before entering blog world. Now, they are tow of my staples!

insideiamdancing September 1, 2009 at 11:42 pm

The start of new months combined with the start of a new season excites me too. Gotta love rental companies. BOO :( Though better to pay now than at the end of the month when you have no money left?

(1) What is one of your favorite foods or combinations you learned from other bloggers? Oh, yikes. Oats + peanut butter maybe? Hummus and cheese? Current is blueberries with cinnamon I think? So many to choose from!

(2) What book or TV show are you really into right now? SCRUBS :D

FYI- if you were running for president, I’d be voting!

Nicole September 2, 2009 at 12:39 am

1) The banana soft serve is definately one of my favorites, but I have really been enjoying my oatmeal and nut butters as well. I’ve always just had raisins, milk, and brown sugar in my oatmeal, and for some reason, I never thought about changing it up. ;)

2) We don’t really get a lot of American shows over here, and the ones we do are really really old. I LOVE The Biggest Loser. It is probably from a few seasons ago, but I haven’t seen all the episodes yet, so it’s new to me! :)

Alison September 2, 2009 at 5:05 am

Oooo a sprinkle of cinnamon! What a fun idea! Glad you took the rest of the night off, rest easy my love!

Oh man there are too many bloggy creations that have changed my life. Kath is definitely the Queen of Oatmeal. I didn’t invent overnight oats but I was eating them before I entered The Land of Food Blogs… but blog world helped me make them 100x better! Banana whip is genius. The list is endless!

I haven’t been watching much TV this summer but I have been counting down the days until the new fall shows start – the top of my list? The Biggest Loser, The Office and 30 Rock!

Rosey Rebecca September 2, 2009 at 5:55 am

right now, my favorite thing is the breakfast cookie!! But I also LOVE egg in the hole! YUM!

K September 2, 2009 at 7:04 am

I love payday! It’s the best day in my opinion :)

Arrested Development = LOVE LOVE LOVES!!! I can never listen to The Final Countdown without thinking of AD!

Haleigh September 2, 2009 at 7:53 am

The blog world brought the breakfast cookie and green monsters into my life and for that I am very thankful :)

brandi September 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

ugh, I just had to pay bills today, too. there goes more than half our paychecks already! boo.

(1) Hmm…anything with oatbran, I think.

(2) Does college football count? :) soon it will be NEW HIMYM and The Office and I can’t wait. We also love LOST

Low September 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

I think you’d make a fab prez! Your first act of duty could be to increase blogger salaries, haha!

I totally feel you on the pacheck/rent situation. Such a double-edged sword!

1. Def savory oats. They are my love right now. Oh and green monsters too. Errrry day.
2. Still VERY into House but my TV love is waning right now. I’m reading a new book by an Irish author who got published at 25. It’s called “An Evening of Long Goodbyes” and it’s fabulous.

Cindy September 2, 2009 at 9:32 am

OH that so stinks that your rent is due the day you get paid! grrrrrrrrrrrrr.


1. right now it’s the breakfast cookie…and a dryer lint smoothie
2. Star Trek Voyager…and I am reading Inuitive Eating.

(and knitting)

Happy Wednesday

janetha September 2, 2009 at 10:50 am

hello and thank you for the bright and shining burst of “anything is possible” attitude! i will def vote holly for pres! holler to the first paycheck, chaching! i have seen the clif bars being heated out and about the blogs, i think that is brilliant. wanna know how i know it will be delish? because the SLC is real real hot and i leave my protein bars in the car and they get all melty and gooey and i love them. kind of like a microwave, but it can drive you places as well.

hum questions let’s see..

1. parfait a la k, green monsters, spicy oats, oats in a jar, i could go on.

2. dexter and weeds. but i won’t lie, my all time favorite TV shows are the old school game shows. match game, let’s make a deal, family feud.. richard dawson is dreamy.


Erica September 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Love those days when anything seems possible- so much fun :) That cottage cheese combo does look out of this world! Lame that pay day=rent due day!

hmmmm now for the questions

1. Quinoa Stew
2. Entourage, Real housewives, Top Chef

Tiffany S. September 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Hooray for payday – boo on rent! Hope you’re love the TTW. I heard the movie didn’t totally slaughter it.

1. So many blogger tips I can’t even count! Prolly the nut butters addition (go Heather!).
2. I’ve been staying away from TV over the summer and use that time for exercise instead, but I cannot wait for LOST to come back and The Office, of course. But, like with food, it’s a slippery slope with me and soon I’ll be watching three nights of American Idol if I’m not careful!

Angharad (Eating for England) September 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm

hey there pretty.
You will rule the world! Love that “new beginnings” feeling Fall brings. Loving the yog mess and that indian wrap sounds like something I should check out/attempt to recreate from scratch (?). Also, dried apples. Never had them! Apparently I should…

Dos pregantas!
1) ALMOND BUTTER. Without doubt the best thing I discovered through food blogs – including yours!! Hollerrrr!
2) Hmm not watched any TV for months! Seriously all summer! BUT we just hooked up our FREE direct tv so I see a project runway addiction on my horizon. Loving reading Tim O’Brien at the moment. He’s from MN, lives in TX and is an amazing writer. Check him out!
So excited about our run…indian food or whatever else sounds mondo-wondo (wondo=wonderful fyi)

Oodles of love! x

Mary (Food & Fun) September 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

1) No question about it, Overnight Oats rock.

2) I really don’t watch TV much. I recently read The Time Traveler’s Wife…loved it.

Brooke September 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

YO mami! Thanks for the shoutout! I just got outa my last class and my feet are so sore from walking everywhere!!!

I NEEEED cottage cheese! Like, now. I am craving it so badly! I think tomorrow will be the day I go into town and venture to a grocery store because Lord (and the blogworld) knows I am suffering from lack of bloggie food!!

1) Meatless meatballs and Kashi urrythang.
2) I am missing GREYS ANATOMY SO BADLY!!!!

LoVes Youuu GuRl!

Jenny September 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Yay for a new month! Your positivity totally shown through, I needed it! :)

I paid my rent through December yesterday, just so I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore. Biggest check I’ve ever written, yikes.

1) totally with ya on the overnight oats, but also I’m pretty sure I put nut butter on my oats because of other bloggers…best thing EVER.

2) YES Arrested Development! Movie, anyone? And I love Flipping Out on Bravo, it’s crazy.

Faith September 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm

1) PB/AB + oats
2) Anything on the Food Network ;)

Mia {runs and rests} September 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm

1. Lentils – which I’m trying this weekend! :D

2. I’m such a nerd. After Anna Karenina, I’m reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Great reads while waiting for pre-run fuel to digest or while icing knees after the run.

Katie September 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I had the cottage cheesy thing for lunch today and it had some real staying power!! The taste was awesome, too – I have to thank Janetha by way of your blog.

Sarah September 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Wow, I feel like I have missed out on EVERYTHING in the past few crazy days! 18 miles, new site, what other surprises will you have in store for me??

That yogi bowl looks crazy good. I ought to eat more naners….

1. Greek yogurt! I had never heard of or seen the stuff before reading blogs. Now I loooove it! I also am more open to honey. I didn’t really like it much before putting it on oatmeal or yogurt–inspired by my friends in the blogosphere.
2. I am trying to catch myself up on Mad Men. Which I don’t think is gonna happen before I leave for Russia, but a girl can dream, right?

Kate September 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Just discovered your great blog :)

My favourite discoveries are almond butter and dates (and almond butter with bircher muesli or porridge!)

And right now, my favourite shows are The West Wing and How I Met Your Mother.

Lizzy September 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

o girl how i love thee!!!
This post really hit home for me. Sometimes (probs more then i should) i catch myself making sure i’m eating this and not that. I need to practice “moderation” more, and by that i mean, not getting down and out about eating a so called “bad” thing for you. but in reality is anything really bad? well maybe 2 big macs might, but you catch my drift? You are an amazing girl!!!! :) thanks for your words! it means alot :)

Courtney F September 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

1. I couldn’t agree more about the overnight maker. They should be blessed beyond measure for the fantastic, magical brekkie meal.
2. My hubs and I love Hell’s Kitchen. (Boy Gordon Ramsey would make me pee my pants and hankering for a therapy session!!)

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