a simple dinner + one more goal

by Holly on January 13, 2011

in dinner,goals,life,rambling

I honestly thought January would slow life down a bit.

With the coming of 2011, I thought I would have time to do things like breathe, sleep, cook and exercise. I thought I would perhaps get the chance to watch Half-Nelson, which I’ve had from Netflix for more than two months now. I also thought I would say goodbye to the incessant pile of dirty dishes in my sink and hello to the five novels currently on my bedstand I want to read.

I thought wrong.

Instead, I’ve had the most overwhelming week in recent memory. I’ve spent the week working longer hours than usual, the evenings furiously writing to finish a freelance project and taking an advanced digital photography class {!!!}, helping family + friends with odds + ends and tomorrow, I am hitting the road back to Minnesota.

All good things, but all exhausting things. In my new nocturnal pattern of un-Holly like midnight bedtimes, I’ve found no room in my Everythingtarian brain for food creativity.

In other words, I’m relying on simple meals like this to get me by…

Two slices of toast with smashed avocado + two over easy eggs.

Pre-packaged (I told you I was giving up peeling poms this year) pomegranate arils.

And Coconut Bliss Cappuccino ice cream.

To overwhelm my self just a bit more, I’ve decided to add one more thing to my list of things I will do in 2011:

I will travel somewhere.

I will study photography {in progress}.

I will run a sub-1:50 half-marathon.

I will volunteer.

I will make monthly budgets and stick to them {in progress}.

I will not de-aril a whole pomegranate {so far, so good}

And to preserve my own overscheduled sanity, I will start saying NO.


Jessica January 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm

1. For a simple meal, it looks yummy
2. Peeling poms are waaaay too much work. I support your goal to not do it in 2011!
3. Amen to saying no. I’ve been busier in January than I was in December. I didn’t even know that was possible.

Katie January 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I fully support the no de-ariling of pomegranates in 2011. I haven’t done that since 2001, and I have to say, my life is richer for it.

I said no to de-aril-ing pomegranates.

Amanda (Eating Up) January 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I have never had the urge to de-aril a pomegranate. Or cut a beet.

lora January 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

such a great addition Holly! I have started to just realize that I don’t need to always say yes because when i can’t commit, then I just feel bad. Have fun in Minnie this weekend with family and good luck with long days at work. I know it will sloowwwww down soon :)


Katharina January 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Saying no is important! It doesn’t mean that you’re being rude. It just means you’re standing your ground. Besides… how far can one get when their tank is only 1/4 full?


p.s. how’s the photography class going?? I’m taking a fashion photography course this semester and I can’t wait!!!

glidingcalm January 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm


Mama GC is the WORST at saying no!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Saying no is key to staying sane.

I posted once about a year ago on it when i was saying yes to things when i should have been saying no. Glad you are taking the reigns back and taking your life back!

“taking an advanced digital photography class” = omg I want to come! But not in MN :) a little too chilly this time of yr….hahha!

Mama Pea January 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I have a new goal too: return emails before they are two weeks old.

You’ve got mail. Booyah!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet January 14, 2011 at 12:54 am

come travel to LA!!!

that is the one flavor of coconut bliss i’ve yet to try…

Fi January 14, 2011 at 1:25 am

sometimes the simplest of meals are the best, case in point. easy over eggs n’ avocado. :)

Jessica January 14, 2011 at 5:06 am

Oh Holls, a toasted sammie with smashed avocado and (scrambled) eggs has been my go-to pre-drinking meal!! hahahha

I’m sorry that you’ve been so overwhelmed and stressed, but remember life (like our bods/eating & workout schedules, etc) has its own form of balance….so things will mellow out for a bit soon enough! Just power through and keep doing nice things for yourself to stay motivated :)

Katie January 14, 2011 at 5:29 am

no de-ariling poms is a good choice! Ialways just buy the seeds! I dont have time for that! lol!

I think the photography studying is awesome, I really want to take a class when I get my new camera, I want to get the best use out of it and take awesome pics !

Have a great day! Happy Weekend!

Mmmmmmmmmm the pic of the egg with the yolk running down is so yum! I love the yolk, I love dipping my toast in the yolk, the best ever! xoxo

Lauren January 14, 2011 at 5:39 am

I just bought precut pom arils too! Okay, so they cost me $5 for a tiny little container, but I believe it was so worth it. I have also give up peeling and cutting butternut squash. I like my hands and would prefer to keep them so I think paying a little extra to have someone else do the work is just fine with me. ;)

Erica January 14, 2011 at 5:49 am

That always seems to happen! Just when you think things are going to slow down…they explode! I love eggs. They are my go to lazy dinner. Throw them together with some other veggies, lots of ketchup and toast? Amazing dinner. Hang in there!

Amber January 14, 2011 at 6:13 am

Saying no is one of the hardest things to do (for me at least) I know I have to get better at this too. Oh and If you fill a bowl with water and peel your pom in it all of the arils will sink to the bottom and the nasty white stuff floats on top. It keeps them from going all over your kitchen, making everything red, and needing to take forever to do it. :)

Maya January 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

Awww Holly! Hope your schedule opens up a little. I want to say yes to more things this year (when it comes to spontaneity, social events, etc) but I understand your need to say no. My mom is the same way, she says yes to everyone when it comes to favors and it leaves her frazzled sometimes!

Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome January 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

Oh my gosh, what a good goal. Life is too short to be so danged jam packed to the brim, right? Good for you for taking care of yourself and your sanity, that’s awesome to hear.

About a year ago I had to learn how to #1 say NO and #2 stand up for myself and my loved ones. Wow, what a sense of empowerment you get for doing what you know you need to do for yourself! It takes a great deal of introspection to learn to say no :-)

brandi January 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

That’s one of my goals, too :) To (honestly) take every offer into consideration and be truly honest with MYSELF whether I CAN do it, WANT to do it, and actually have the TIME to put my best into it, whatever it is.

Half-Nelson has Ryan Gosling, right? Swoon. I haven’t seen it, but I love him.

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

aww, i hope your weekend in minnesota can help you de-stress a little! also, i have never de-aril-ed a pomegranate and i have never wanted to! one of my friends does it at lunch all the time, so i just steal some of his after he does the hard work! :)

also, i think your newest goal should (hopefully) do the opposite of overwhelm you, right? i hope so!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

I have a horrible time saying no! Good goal!

Haleigh January 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

I have never had a problem saying no when I don’t want to do something lol :) Over easy eggs are my #1 go to simple meal :) So easy+delicious!

dana @ my little celebration January 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is unrelated to today’s post, but I was curious…what do you ultimately hope to do with your blog? Are you utilizing it as a tool to enhance your writing skills (which are fab, btw)? Or prepare you for writing a book? Or is it less purpose-driven and more for your personal fulfillment/enjoyment?

Always enjoy your blog. Happy Friday!


Megan (Braise the Roof) January 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

I feel ya on the simple dinners- especially when you’re working long hours! Eggs, avocado, bread- all good for you, so you could be doing a lot worse! :) “saying no” is a lofty goal, but a really important one. Godspeed!

julie January 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

i think you should take the weekend for some relaxation sensation! haha you deserve it girl you busy beavaaa

Lisa @ Thrive Style January 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I love Coconut Bliss! But I’ve never had the cap flavor…my fave has been the cherry almond one so far, but i’m definitely trying that one now :)

Saying No to things and people often means saying Yes to yourself!

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Saying no is really something I need to work on. Someday! :)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Sometimes no is so hard! But sanity is more important :)

Autumn @ Good Eats Girl January 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Love the list! Your quick and easy meal looks amazing!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Saying “no” can be so darn hard to do. But so important at the same time.

These are *great* goals! :D

Pure2Raw Twins January 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Great list. I feel like I am always adding on more things to my list too ;) I guess there is just so much I really want to do, LOL

Jess January 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

THAT’S IT–i must find coconut bliss ice cream. :)

Jen January 15, 2011 at 6:34 am

I’m in love with your breakfast. Holy balls that looks freaking amazing!!!! Have a great weekend :)


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 15, 2011 at 6:41 am

Holly, I feel you on the 2011 madness. I’ve totally been bitch-slapped by this year already. The past couple weeks, I’ve left work (late) realzing I haven’t had a single, real-life thought all day – work is consuming me.

Hope things slow down for you!

Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas January 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

Aw. I hear ya. Working too much just stinks, but I always do it to myself. I’m unhappy when I’m not working enough, too, so I’m always in a weird way.

It’s kind of like the trouble with being a foodie at heart, but striving for simple, whole foods. Either way I go, I feel like I want the other. Does that make sense? Uh, No.

Holly, you have unleashed thoughts that I do not feel like dealing with on a Saturday. They are going to have to wait until Monday. :)

Emily January 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

why are we the same person? I love you.

Tessa January 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Good one girl! That is an IMPORTANT one to learn. It get’s easier with time, I promise!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby January 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

how about this, i virtually come over and we eat our feelings via the cappuccino coconut ice cream and watch musicals and sing show tunes. okay? okay :)

you can do it girl, you can do it!

and if you need a little encouragement, this always does the trick :)

heart youuu

Rachael January 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I had hoped with the winding down of campaign season you might get a break, but I just realized that said season never really ends.
I’d be happy to supplement simple meals with homemade bread. Air delivery is a wonderful thing, and I finally have a clean, happy kitchen to cook in. Without wearing ten layers and gloves.

Mimi (Gingersnaps) January 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Right there with you! It’s so hard for me to say “no.”

And damn right I will NEVER buy a pomegranate. A little extra money for pre-picked poms is a fine trade off for creating a kitchen crime scene.

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