Gettin’ Er Done

by Holly on July 14, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch

My 3-mile run this morning?  Done.

A delicious AND nutritious bowl of baby food breakfast…check.

1/4 cup oat bran
1 cup steamed kabocha squash
1/2 banana
lots o’ cinnamon
heaping tbsp. TJ’s raw AB


Kabochanana AB Oat Bran

Before I forget, some of you asked how I prepped my new BFF, the kabocha.  Well, thanks to my new bloggy friend and kabocha queen Maggie, from The Salad Girl and newbie site Healthy Yum, my kabocha was sheer perfection!  Check out her “What is kabocha?” post with lots of fabulous tips.

Gettin’ my food art on?  See below.

Apple + PB Pipe (not that kind of pipe...)

AM Snack: Apple + PB Pipe (not that kind of pipe...)


A (PB) flower a day keeps the doctor away...

My daily hit of yog/berry/gran goodness…yep.


Vanillalicious Zoe Berry Parfait

Eradicating free radicals via antioxidant absorption from chocolate?  Check.

A Chocolate Delight, courtesy of Zoe.

A Chocolate Delight, courtesy of Zoe.

As a surprise for my sister (no worries – she’s on vacay and won’t read this :)), I am re-covering her yellowish ugly lampshade into a beautiful pretty green monster.  Over lunch, I ran to our friend JoAnn Fabrics (love JoAnn!) to see what I could find.  Fabulous fabric + adornments?  Check and check.

My fabric and adornment choices.

My fabric and adornment choices.

Afternoon pick-me-up…happily devoured.

Raisin + AB + PB + J Sammie (in nut form)

Raisin + AB + PB + J Sammie (in nut form)

Bumpin’ afternoon beats to Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?  You know it.

Quick & easy dinner using up leftovers?  Check.


Tomater + spinach scramble, toasted Ezek w/ Earth Balance & brown sugar cinnamon kabocha.

Making the coolest customized lampshade ever for my sister’s new house?  I think I get a check on this one :).

After an hour of working lampshade construction outside...

After an hour of working lampshade construction outside...


...all lit up...

...and tested for durability.

...and tested for durability.

Reward for a hard day’s work of checking things off the to-do list?  One last CHECK!

Slow-churned vanilla bean ice scream, strawberries & PB+AB+J trail mix sprinkle.

Slow-churned vanilla bean ice scream, strawberries & PB+AB+J trail mix sprinkle.

Ugh, still so much more to do:

– Clean kitchen
– Start packing for a weekend trip to CHICAGO!
– Fold laundry
– Short walk
– Bed for morning run #2 in the AM

And I’m meeting Miss Angharad of Eating for England for a lil’ bloggy meet-up for dinner tomorrow night!  Sooo excited…I’m bringing her to my favorite haunt: Good Earth Cafe!

What’s on your to-do list?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with a gajillion things to do!


Maggie July 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Thanks for the shoutout :) I’m so glad you’re loving kabocha!!

Matt July 14, 2009 at 8:25 pm

GOOD JOB ON THE 3 MILER! Are you gonna be out there tomorrow too?

Evan Thomas July 14, 2009 at 8:38 pm

My to do list is pretty short now, but today I was absolutely insane. I’m just thrilled I got almost everything done AND managed to bake a loaf of pumpkin bread for breakfast/snacking at work.
And sometimes I feel like I’m eating baby food too and get odd looks. But I wish my parents fed me some of this food as a baby and not that jar stuff because it’s sooo good lol. Right now I’m happily dipping into a bowl of oatmeal/oatbran, pumpkin, maple almond butter, and salted slice almonds :-) Take that, Gerber

jenngirl July 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Nicely done today!! And I LOVE that lampshade! So cute :)

My to do list: blog, read blogs, bed, spin in the AM, and a haircut tomorrow afternoon..then an 8pm showing of Harry Potter with my BFF! Then I’m packing things up at home and heading back to my apartment, yayayayyy!

Whit July 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Nice run!

And look at you all creative with the lampshade! I love how it fits your head perfectly!

buffmuffy July 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

WHAT?!?!?! Those oats look FREAKING AWESOME! Kabochanana. LOL! I love it lady!
ps your lampshade is fab.

Abby July 14, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Lovin’ the lampshade, by the way.
Tomorrow for me is work all day and then a Whitecaps game at night (minor league baseball). I’m the biggest baseball fan ever.

Anyway, the thing with tomorrow’s game is that Adam from “Man vs. Food” on the Travel Channel is going to be there to try and conquer the “Fifth-Third Burger.” It’s this massive mound of (disgusting) gluttony that has five burger patties, chili, nacho chips, cheese, small woodland animals, etc. It’s gross, but he’s going to use it for an episode of his show.

Look for a crazy girl busting out some random dance moves behind him on camera (security be damned, I will be a star!)

lowandbhold July 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Will you make me a lamp shade? That is SOO cute!

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

i haven’t listened to joseph and the technicolor dreamcoat since high school! ah, memories!

Angharad July 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Nice work on the lampshade! Love it. Also love the mish-mash dinner…
Cannot WAIT for tomorrow! See you at Good Earth! Woopa!

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 14, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Great lampshade!

Tay July 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

omg I used to LOVE Josephs songs! My fave was definitely the Elvis one. Okay, you got me craving them, I’ma have to whip them out here soon!

To do:
1. update my new ipod
2. Order target
3. Pay Pg&e
4. clean room

All those things have been on my to do list for a week. yup!

Anne K. July 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Love the pb flower on the apple! Too cute :) And that lampshade is gorgeous! I love the fabric–you are so talented.

Kelly Olexa July 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

OMG Are you coming to Chicago for BlogHer?? Keep me posted! We are doing tons of parties and stuff downtown!! I’d love to meet ya and hang! ;-)
Kelly O

Kailey July 15, 2009 at 6:08 am

wow that is one top notch pb flower! you’ve got some pb drizzling talent girlie!

Alison July 15, 2009 at 7:15 am

Girlfriend you are too damn funny!

Thanks for linking to the kabocha how-to page, I’m seeing squash for breakfast in my future.

ksgoodeats July 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

The new lampshade looks faaaaantastic!! I love your PB flower ;) Another kind of pipe would be funsies but maybe not in the morning, Friday perhaps?!

I am SO JEALOUS of your trip to Chicago!! I adore that city!

brandi July 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

haha, i love how you tested the lampshade :) it’s so pretty!

ugh, my to-do list is ridiculous with our trip coming up next week.

april July 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

Haha you are too funny with the lampshade!

Kabocha is so yummy in oats isn’t it?

I love the idea of the pb pipe.. why haven’t I thought of that??

Katharina July 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

Yay on the morning run! And yum on the baby food. Mmm mmm good. Love the PB art.. I should make a pipe like that for some home made whipped cream. You think it would work??

insideiamdancing July 15, 2009 at 10:41 am

I keep seeing kabocha in the store but am pretty sure my knife won’t cut it… I bought a whole butternut squash once and damaged a nerve in my finger!

LOVE the PB art, lol. Where do you get the PB + J trail mix?! Sounds incredible.

My “to-do” lis has been renamed, for today, my “will deal with tomorrow” list.

Enjoy your blog meet-up!

Kelly July 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Cute pb flower!

Jessica (jesslikesithot) July 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Kay….so the kabocha oats sound INTRIGUING (hahah), i’m developing a MAJOR craving for that pb&j trail mix…. and the pb flower is adorable.

Oh, and did you ever download any MGMT or Sia?? :)

Faith July 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

That lampshade looks beautiful! I love the fabric (and I LOVE JoAnn)! That was so sweet of you to do that for your sis!

janetha July 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm

i for one adore your piped apple. not to be confused with the apple pipes i used to make in high school. and you MADE that shade? daaang, you’ve got some baller craft skills! have fun with angharad! she’s super awesome.

peanutbutterandjenny July 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

wow girl, green is totally your color .. ever consider wearing that lamp shade out? who knows — there are some pretty crazy trends out right now.

take care, boo! xo

Holly July 16, 2009 at 8:25 am

NOT YET…but i am going to when i get back from chi-town this weekend. ever since you mentioned MGMT, i have been seeing them EVERYWHERE. it’s fate.

Holly July 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

PB+J trail mix from trader joe’s – it’s pretty amazin.

Holly July 16, 2009 at 8:32 am

totally :)

Holly July 16, 2009 at 8:34 am

is blogher in town this weekend?!?! i am going to visit a friend, but if there are events going on, i will totally try and stop by. let me know!!!

Holly July 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

ohhhh fun…let us know how that is!

foodnfit July 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

I LOVE that lampshade–it’s beautiful!

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