Let Freedom Ring, Part 1

by Holly on July 5, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,Japanese,lunch,recipes,running

HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE!

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Greetings from the state of cheese – Wisconsin!  Before I begin on the shenanigans of the day, it is only appropriate to start at the beginning!  Yesterday, I was a total cleaning machine.  Mid-afternoon, I broke for a lil’ snackie to keep me fueled as I whipped the house into tip-top shape.  Enter a hot mess…

1/4 cup Optimum Pumpkin Granola Cereal
1/4 cup Kashi GoLean
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1.5 tbsp of PB

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After putting in a hard days work (I sound like I’m living in like year 1890, BTW), I met up with these two lovebirds for some apps & drinks before hitting the road to Wisconsin:

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Ashley and Maxx got engaged exactly one week ago from today!  They are seriously too cute :).  Maxx’s sister was actually in town as well, so the four of us met up at MOTO-I, a Japanese restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis, for some yummy drinks and eats.  You could easily pass this restaurant if you weren’t looking for it, but it is the only place outside Japan that brews their own sake.  Pretty cool, no?

I started with a MN-brewed Summit Oatmeal Stout with some kaffir lime-spiced peanuts (shared amongst us all)…

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Then a sampler platter of assorted eats (l-r): a Tofu, Ponzu & Sweet Chilli Steamed Bun, sticky rice and a sweet potato pancake thingy (I don’t think that’s the technical term…).

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The restaurant was super yummy, and the best part?  They had SHUFFLEBOARD!  Oh yeah, us four definitely squeezed in a game before we had to part ways.  After lots of chatting, it was finally time to hit the road to head home to the fam.  Of course, when traveling, snacks & beverages are a MUST.  If I am going to be driving 3 hours dang it, I’m going to need some good tunes, good munchies and good caffeine – a pint of blueberries (I am a serious fruit fiend today) and a Almond Joy blondie (soooo good!):

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Finally I arrived to good ol’ home sweet home.  Then went straight to bed.  For real.

After a glorious night’s sleep in my own bed (aka best thing ever), I woke up and shocker of shockers! didn’t have coffee this morning.  Instead, I guzzled a big glass of water in preparation for today’s 10-mile run as well as a classic Holly breakfast – PB+B on toasted Ezekiel!

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A funny thing happened – at home, my parent’s buy Skippy Natural peanut butter, which was totally my old FAVORITE PB.  Seriously.  I used it for breakfast this morning however, and I couldn’t believe how kind of artificial and odd it tasted after only eating the good stuff (PB made only from peanuts + salt) for like a year now.  I didn’t like it at all – one of those little things that kind of show you where you’ve been and where you are now :).

Then it was time for the weekly long run – this time, the big 1-0 for mileage.  Luckily, Mama Everythingtarian (she’s totally one hot  fit mama) ran the first 7 miles with me, which made the time go by so fast.  Then the last 3 miles, I stepped my game up and hoofed it – completing the 10 miles in just about 100 minutes (10:00/mile).  I took her at an easy pace and felt really good!

When I got back, I guzzled water and stretched for a good 15 minutes.  After about another 1/2 hour, I was ready to eat and devoured a yummalicious lunch…Blueberry + Banana Smoothie (1 cup skim milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 banana + 1 huge handful spinach) plus a Jumbo Salad (spinach, tomato, broccoli, cucumber, peppers + drizzle Newman’s Light Balsamic) and a Berry Oatmeal Almond Blondie!

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Then, it was POOL TIME!

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1, 2, 3 - JUMP!

Two things: (1) My mom has awesome camera skills (ummm...where did my other sister go?), and (2) I did not purposely wear a 4th of July swimsuit - I swear it's the only suit I own.

Two things: (1) My mom has awesome camera skills (ummm...where did my other sister go?), and (2) I did not purposely wear a 4th of July swimsuit - I swear it's the only suit I own.

The unpictured sister (who, by the way, has never ever read a health magazine in her life).

The unpictured sister (who, by the way, has never ever read a health magazine in her life).

A poolside photo shoot...this is me in a totally natural "casual" laugh with a flower that just so happens to be randomly in my hair...

A poolside photo shoot...this is me in a totally natural "casual" laugh with a flower that just so happens to be randomly in my hair...

After the pool, it was totes time to whip up some dindin!  I helped Barbie in the kitchen and chopped veggies like I’ve never chopped them before.  I was totally getting snacky, so I had a Tahini Cookie (x2) and a string cheese to tide me over until chow time.

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Look at this lovely array of dinner eats – I love coming home for a plethora of reasons (I swear Mom & Dad!), but one of my favorites it getting spoiled with yummy eats I can’t afford myself (i.e. salmon).  On my plate:  1/2 garlic breadstick (from the fab Amish bakers at the farmer’s market), grilled salmon, roasted veggies & sweet potato fries!

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Seriously. So. Good.

Dessert was equally fab.  You’ve just got to love a holiday where you can celebrate your independence and chow down at the same time – thank you America!  Enter strawberry shortcake + Almond Joy Blondie + vanilla ice cream.  Seconds, anyone?

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That’s it for part one! I can tell you are just all on the edge of your seats for “Let Freedom Ring, Part 2” but don’t you worry kids – a full wrap-up of fireworks and family fun (including Mama & Daddy Everythingtarian!) is coming your way tomorrow!

Hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July, relaxing with friends & family and taking time to enjoy life (including food, fun & flippin’ good times)!

{ 13 comments }

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 5, 2009 at 12:39 am

Fun fun fun! I wish pool time had been on my 4th of July agenda….love the pic on the dashboard!

Jenn July 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

this pics totally brightened up my day girlfriend — sounds like you had an awesome 4th my beauty :)!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 5, 2009 at 8:51 am

What an awesome, awesome day!!! :D

I’m a little late, but HAPPY July 4th! :D

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

Sounds like a great day! Love the pics! And your plate of salmon, veggies & sweet potato fries looks sooooo good!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

Angharad July 5, 2009 at 10:40 am

Woah, woah, woah! This looks seriously awesome. I am heinously jealous of pool time! Nice work on the ten miler – gosh, and I am sweating it over my four lil’ miles! Ha.

Where on earth is Moto-I?! I’ve heard of it but I work in Uptown and I’ve never seen it! More importantly – is it any good?!

Can’t wait for part deux.

Anne K. July 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

Looks like you had a great day! And great job on that 10-miler! The pool time looks so fun :D What a yummy dinner, too. Those are all some of my favorite foods!

Katharina July 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm

LOL! I bust out laughing at some of this entry .. like you living in the 1890s! Did you help make the Amish bread ;)

I love coming home to my parents too because they have sooo much to choose from. My posts are probably going to suck when I head back to Richmond lol. Actually, since I’ll be moving to my new apartment soon (with a bomb-ass kitchen and no dumb roommates.. just an awesome one) I’m thinking I’ll keep on with the cooking and baking streak.

Your family sounds like so much fun!

april July 5, 2009 at 7:58 pm

That hot snack looks so good.. I always forget oatmeal makes a good snack!

I love the action shot of you jumping in the pool! I wish someone I knew had mad camera skills lol

Tay July 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Congrats on your big double digits run!! That’s awesome that your mom could run so much of it with you. She needs to come get my momma into hot mama runnin’ shape!!

Matt July 5, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Congrats on the long run! You were cookin!

lynetteess July 5, 2009 at 9:27 pm

WOW – looks like you had fun – glad you had a happy 4th!

Holly July 6, 2009 at 8:04 am

MOTO-I is really good – we LOVED it. It is right off of Lyndale & Hennepin – like a couple stores down from Herkimer. Def worth a try!

Whit July 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm

You are so cute! I love all the pics! You and your sisters are just gorgeous!

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