It’s a Matter of Equations

by Holly on July 22, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,giveaway,lunch,Thai

For the record, yours truly has always been a writing and English kind of gal.  Math and me, although acquaintances throughout grades K-12, could never quite solidify a close relationship.  Until now.

Apparently, it’s taken a love of healthy yummy food to reunite math and I in a well…loving, healthy relationship.  The key to our happiness?  Equations, of course!

1/3 cup oat bran + 1 (6-oz.) container Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt + 1/3 cup skim milk +
2 spoonfuls unsweetened shredded coconut + 1/2 mashed naner
1/2 cup strawbs + spoonful raw almond buttah


breakfast heaven


Berrynananut Overnight Oat Bran

Without equations, how would I ever concoct the perfect bowl of Overnight Oat Bran (based off of Miss Snackface’s recipe)?  Hmmmm…I really need to reconsider math.  He has single-handedly revolutionalized the morning oatmeal industry and made Kath oat-famous ;).

whole wheat tortilla
1/2 mashed avocado
glob o’ pine nut hummus
handful spinach


Mrs. May’s Almond Clusters


celery sticks


lunch plate of love

my newest Mrs. May's product tasting

my newest Mrs. May's product tasting


scrumpdiddlyumptious lunch

Most of all, I would probably coming crashing down on my keyboard (with key indentations on my face) in the afternoons if it wasn’t for my yogurt-mixing abilities…courtesy of Mr. Math (obv).

1 container any type of yogurt + 1 cup berries (+/- 1/4 cup granola (optional)) = perfection


fave afternoon schnack

The one place me and math differ?  M&M’s.  You can’t count them.  You just need to eat them.  Lots of them.  Preferably of the peanut or peanut butter variety.

M&M handful (x2) + chickety chai green tea = afternoon munchie perfection.

my fave are the yellows...probably b/c they are the worst artificial coloring

M&M handful (x2 or more) + 1 cup of chickety chai green tea
= a serious addiction

The best math however, involves both inanimate and animate objects.  In my case, that would be food + friends.  Probably one of the real tried and true equations there is out there.  Sorry Einstein….e=mc^2 just doesn’t cut it.

Roat Osha Thai food + long-time friends + a night of beach volleyball = a good night

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Som Tam (my fave!) a.k.a. Spicy Papaya Salad

Som Tam (my fave!) a.k.a. Spicy Papaya Salad

my plate of Thai goodness...bring me back to the good ol' days

my plate of Thai goodness

Massaman Curry

Shrimp Massaman Curry

These three dishes – split between the three of us ladies – was the perfect dinner (plus a nice lil’ 2nd helping of each).  It was also perfect pre-volleyball fuel for our last regular season game…which we WON!  Hallelujah…we do actually have some talent!

My final math equation:

X = breakfast
Y = all other food
Z = stress
a = friends
b = a job interview
c = handfuls of peanut M&Ms
d = going to bed

(X +3Y) x 3c
3a – 1/2Z + (bd)
good times

Take that Sir Isaac Newton.

Don’t forget to check out the Twinkie Challenge!  There will be a special, customized prize for the winner!  You have until 8am CST tomorrow – get on that people!


buffmuffy July 23, 2009 at 2:15 am

mmmm m&ms… lol!

Leah July 23, 2009 at 2:59 am

I don’t think I have ever tried oatbran before but it looks freakin’ delish!

Whit July 23, 2009 at 7:41 am

All your equations = one thing. Delicious! And peanut butter M&M’s? Unfreakingbelievable!

runnerskitchen July 23, 2009 at 7:58 am

I love peanut butter AND peanut M&M’s. My office pantry has a machine that dispenses M&M’s for 25 cents. Dangerous in the afternoons! hehe. And your thai food looks amazing! Can I lick the screen?

leianna July 23, 2009 at 8:04 am

Peanut M&M’s are my favorite snack too, but dangerous with a big bag of them so I don’t usually buy them. They would be gone in a day!

justine July 23, 2009 at 8:25 am

All your concoctions/math projects look so good. Your right nothing better than a good meal with friends!!


caitsplate July 23, 2009 at 8:48 am

HAHA! I couldn’t agree more about the M&Ms – they are NOT to be counted, only eaten and enjoyed! Peanut M&Ms especially :)

That math equation totally cracked me up – I love it!

insideiamdancing July 23, 2009 at 8:49 am

I’d say that you have some pretty great maths skills as well as rapping skills. Peanut m + m’s should be part of the food pyramid. ‘Nuff said.

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

Awesome food and great math skills! :)

The Thai food looks great. We used to go to a Thai restaurant where all dishes (even the “mild” ones) were insanely spicy. I loved it, but no one else in my family could handle it, so we stopped going. I think it’s time for some Thai food!

Faith July 23, 2009 at 9:55 am

That Almond Crunch looks yummy! Oooh, Thai food sounds good! I love your equations! :)

lowandbhold July 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

Haha, maybe you will inspire me to reunite with math too!

I love m&m’s and Thai food! I wasn’t hungry until I read this post!

Good luck with the job interview!

Tay July 23, 2009 at 10:15 am

I dislike math…this this I likey!! I love your ending equation :-)

Congrats on winning your game you volleyball playing champs!

tiponz July 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

peanut butter m&ms = <3

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

i just had flashbacks to high school algebra!!!

JB July 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm

i hate math! but somehow i was able to follow THOSE equations. obviously because they involved food! haha. go figure! have a great day, holly!


april July 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I always look forward to your creative posts!! Keep em coming!!

I used to be obsessed with peanut butter m&m’s.. I don’t think I can stop at one handful!

Angharad July 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

You’re a bit of a genius really aren’t you?

Peanut butter M&Ms are actually crack. No really, they are. My co-worker brought in two 5lb bags of them! All I can say is I’m glad I wasn’t blogging then because it was not pretty…

So, you’ll have to let me know how the food is at Roat Osha – I’ve only had gin and tonics and fried bananas there!

And thank you for asking – I am indeed just resting til my race now. Got to give my lil legs lots of love, ice and sleep!

P.S. Way to WIN volleyball!! woowoo

Sarah July 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Haha, I’m pretty sure you must be a math whiz!
Congrats on your v-ball win!

Kailey July 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

oh goodness Chicken Pad Thai is my absolute favorite :D

janetha July 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

haha i believe all you calculations are correct! the thai food looks fantabulous.. mmm. and i LOVE peanut butter m&ms.. but i gave up candy at new years so i can’t eat them at all let alone lots of them :( thanks for the math lesson!

specialkphd July 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I think you are perhaps one of the creative-y bloggers I know…

and counting is not allowed when eating m&ms….that’s saved for jelly bellys….um, no, not those either. My rule of thumb is not to count anything smaller than a dime!


Evan Thomas July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I need to get me some real thai real fast after seeing that

homegirlcaneat July 23, 2009 at 5:46 pm

B!tchloads of M&Ms is how I do! My favs are the brown ones…I think because Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner only ate the brown ones because chocolate is brown. Or was that J.Lo? Whatever, either way, Matthew McConaughey is a dime.

THAI FOOD!! I have never had it?!!?! WHAT! I know. I need to because I love that peanuty delicious sauce shiz. LOVE!

Matt July 23, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Mmm I love Thai food! Have you ever tried Pad Thai? I love love love it!

Kris July 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Where did you go for Thai? Trying to find a good spot in the TC. Thanks and love your blog!

Holly July 24, 2009 at 8:14 am

Roat Osha off of Hennepin in Uptown…but Chiang Mai Thai (in Uptown) and Mango Thai Restaurant (off of Selby in St. Paul) are ALL fabulous options!

Holly July 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

Pad Thai was my first foray into Thai food, which ultimately spurned my love for it and going to Thailand! Woowoo!

Holly July 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

And Taste of Thailand, also off of Selby in St. Paul! Thanks for checking out the blog!

Holly July 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

excellent Wedding Planner reference, and giirrllll….get on that Thai food and STAT!

Holly July 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

hahaha sorryyyyy! (at least that’s a bad thing in my book, haha!)

peanutbutterandjenny July 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

math was never my best subject so i could def. learn a thing or 2 from you, professor.. tutor me? i vote we start in oatmeal equations and then jump right on to m&ms..sound good?

Holly July 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

we need to devise a strategy so we aren’t completely across the country from each other – that is just not okay!

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