Insane in the Membrane

by Holly on January 11, 2010

in 2010 hiking trip,breakfast,dinner,goals,lunch,recipes

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.  Think of your three best friends.  If they’re okay, then it’s you.”

Thank you Rita Mae Brown for helping me prepare my readers for what’s in store: insanity.

And if you didn’t catch my insinuation, I am clearly the 4th one in this quote.  Not only the 4th one, but the 4th one currently with migraine.  You’ve been warned.

It all began yesterday with the insanely DELICIOUS wrap I concocted with my newly stocked fridge…

  • 2 small sprouted grain tortillas
  • 2 tbsp. garlic hummus
  • 1 sliced (halved) pepperjack cheese
  • 1 steamed sweet potato (halved)
  • 2 tsp. cilantro pesto
  • 2 small handfuls spinach

BEST. SANDWICH. EVER. I may say this a lot, but this time, I swear it’s true.  Until next time I say it, obvs.

The pepperjack was perfectly melty from the steamed sweet potato, and then with the hummus + cilantro pesto, there was an insane melding of flavors in this wrap that just worked.  And worked well, may I add.

For dinner, I kept up my 2010 goals and tried out a new recipe from Clean Food

Butternut squash, red onion, apple cider + toasted almonds…this was insanely good and good for you.

Unfortunately, following the insane orders of my doctor, I had to fast starting at 8pm last night for my 8am appointment this morning.  Nothing’s wrong – just a lil’ routine blood work to make sure yours truly is healthy.

So, I had to whip up some Pumpkin Gingersnap Oatmeal this morning and resist the urge to complete devour it.  I made it (barely), and finally when I got to work at 9am, it was chow time.

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup water + 1/3 cup organic skim milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • drizzle of Xagave
  • cinnamon, nutmeg + ginger
  • the last of Bekah’s cinnamon-cumin almonds
  • gingersnap granola (!!!!!!)

It was insanely, freakingly, astonishingly and fabulously amazing.  And yes, that is gingersnap granola, which I found at my local co-op in the bulk bins.  I am in love (with the granola…not the bulk bins silly!).

Unfortunately, mama was insanely ravenous today.  Soooo…she took out her sammie, which…drumroll please…was a Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie Hummus Banana Sandwich!

Yes, that would be a P.B.P.P.H.B. sammie.

You see yesterday, I did a lil’ prep work in the kitchen…cutting up veggies, soaking some dried garbanzo beans and straining some yogurt to make the good stuff (a.k.a. the Greek stuff).  In the back of my head, I had Katharina’s recipe ready the whole time…

Pumpkin Pie Hummus!

It may look like baby poop, but it’s insanely delicious.  And insanely enough, tastes SO MUCH like pumpkin pie filling.  Even my co-workers approved!  The only changes I made to her recipe was that I halved it, omitted the lemon juice, added dashes of nutmeg + ginger and used coconut oil (in place of almond oil).

Due to aforementioned migraine, I treated myself to a grande Starbucks nonfat latte this afternoon…

…with a insanely generous sprinkle of cinnamon dolce powder (a.k.a. cinnamon sugar).  So yummy!

Before I forget, both the lovely Katharina and April awarded me the Happy 101 Award!

The gist is I need to list 10 things that make me smile, so here I go…

Old people. I like to imagine them in their early 20’s, living it up,
dancing, having fun and everything they have experienced in their life.
Plus, they are just adorable.  Old couples that hold hands?
Game over – my favorite.

Little kids with British accents. When I studied abroad in London, I lived
across the street from Hyde Park (London’s version of Central Park).
I would walk through their all the time and hear school children playing ‘football,’
yelling at one another and just jabbering away with their lil’ accents.
Gosh, I thought about stealing one of them to bring home all the time.

Buttcracks. Some people get grossed out; I just laugh and revel
in the fact I still have the maturity of a 13-year-old.

Bakeries. Basking in the delight of gorgeous displays of pastries is the quickest
way to bring a smile to my face hands down.  It’s also the quickest way for me to shut up.
Feed me muffins, scones, doughnuts, cookies….

My mom trying to play Nintendo Wii. It’s really too bad I don’t have a picture of this.
There are no words to describe Mama Everythingtarian’s video game skills.  Hilarious.

Traveling. Talking about it, researching it, doing it…everything to do with it makes me smile.

Coffee. It’s truly one of those simple pleasures.  Holding a steamy cuppa joe
(with a lil’ splash of milk), smelling the insanely amazing aroma and sipping is the best.

Getting mail. Who doesn’t love getting mail?  Seriously, when I get home and
find things in the mailbox, the excitement of the unknown is so much fun!

Campfire songs. I should rephrase this to a man strumming the guitar
and singing by the campfire.  Seriously…all you guys out there…
I have not yet one single woman who isn’t wooed by a man who can
play the guitar, sing and (preferably) do it all right beside a warm bonfire.  That is romance.

Urban Dictionary. Where else can you find the definition of hot mess?

Technically, I am supposed to pass this on to other bloggers, but since I am a pansy and can’t pick (and am usually way behind the times in these things), I am awarding all of you it.  A total cop-out, yes, but I don’t care.


  • Miss Special K is holding a fabulous tea exchange (!!!) for all bloggers/readers/whoever is interested.  Head on over here to find out how to sign-up and get in the tea swap!
  • To cure my workout funk (which I have been in mayjuhly for the past two months), I decided I am going to sign-up for a 10k race in two weeks!  I haven’t really run since the marathon, but I work much better with goals (like not embarrassing myself come race day).  So, I hope this gives me the kick in the butt I need to step my workout game up!
  • Want to save money?  I read a trick that says every time you get a $5 bill (whether in change or whatever), put it in a jar!  I am going to try this technique and see how much money I save.  Anyone else in?

AND LAST (but DEFINITELY NOT least)…Susan and I have an exciting announcement…

How do you all feel about a bloggy hiking trip?!?!


Susan and I have been chatting, and we decided we wanted to take a trip.  I have always wanted to visit Banff National Park in Canada, and Susan has never been to the west coast of Canada.  So, with excited enthusiasm, we are proud to announce we would like anybody who would like to join us in the beginning of June for a hiking/biking week of fun in Banff, Canada!!! I mean, can you really resist this?


Yeah, I didn’t think you were insane enough to say no.

If you are remotely interested, e-mail me at or Susan at, and we are going to put together a lil’ e-mail list.

Alright, this post is insanely long, crazy and possibly incoherant.

Let’s keep this last part short and sweet…what makes you smile (an insanely happy smile, of course)?


Lauren January 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That pumpkin pie hummus is insane! Actually, pretty much all of your eats are insane!

What a fantastic idea on the hiking trip!!!!! I really really want to make this work. :)

Special K January 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

JEALOUS! Of your hiking trip! If I could go, I definitely would…maybe I need to host a girl’s slumber party over here in Germany!

I am stealing your pumpkin hummus idea and using it for a “frittat” with layers of quinoa, baked egg, hummus, quinoa and then veggies and cheese…

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) January 13, 2010 at 7:58 am

Jealous of the Canada trip! :D How cool is that? I adore Canada…gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Jealous of your sandwich wrap too, I have to say. ;) It looks wonderful!

brandi January 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

first – a sweet potato and hummus wrap? why are you so smart? :) that sounds awesome.

second – I totally wish I wasn’t going to Spain because I would use that money to come to Canada with you, for real. I just don’t have enough to do both trips, but it sounds like so much fun!!! I’ve never been either – you will have a blast :)

Erin January 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Banff is gorgeous.

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.” Unfortunately this is true. And not a joke. :(

Danica January 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I LOVE the quote to start – so funny and yet probably true! I picked up and set down that Clean Food cookbook like 5 times but have yet to buy it. Your meal looks super easy and good too.

LOVE the idea of the hiking/biking week – fun!

Jenny January 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Oh geez, I’m probably number 4 as well…at least we can say we are the most interesting people for sure ;)

I really think sweet potato on a sandwich sounds genius! Yummy taste and texture.

Congrats on signing up for a 10k, and I’m seriously going to think about that trip, I’ve been trying to decide what to “treat” myself to as a grad present and this sounds like a really unique, fun option!

Bekah January 14, 2010 at 7:08 am

This post made me laugh so hard. OH man I would seriously consider signing up for this susan/holly shindig (two of my faaves btw) but i looked up this canada place, and its exactly 1 day +16 hour train ride/car ride from ny. lol. and i don’t get summers off, i get like 3 weeks off in july. but i’m so excited for you guys to do it! just wanted to let you know i did check.

Erica January 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Catching up with someone I haven’t seen in a while always makes me smile. Even if they happen to be a total skeezball/bitch I haven’t talked to in years, I love the mutual life summaries that are exchanged in small talk!

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