Six Months of Love

by Holly on October 23, 2009

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

I can’t even believe as of today, I have been an official food blogger for six months.

Where has the time gone? It seems as though the older I get, the faster time travels.  As much as I want the world to stop and pause for a moment so I can relish all the beauty around me, it’s not going to happen.  I need to make time to stop, thank all of you for reading and realize how blessed I am in my life.  I’ve got a good family, friends and food in my belly.

And at the end of the day, that is enough.

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 small smooshed naner
1 heaping tbsp. Bee’s Knees PB
1 1/2 tbsp. dark choco chips


K knows where her Reese’s Oats are at.  However, I hoped my swirls would be as pretty as last time.

Due to some work thangs, I was not able to eat lunch until past 1pm.  That is like telling Britney Spears she can’t have Cheetos before 9am. NOT cool.  However, the fact I was able to visit one of my fave places in Madison made up for it.

Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary Sourdough Bread


Marigold Mixed Greens Salad (corn, green beans, tomatoes, carrots, parmesan + balsamic vinaigrette)



On this 5th rainy day in a row, this hearty + delicious meal was exactly what I needed.

NEW PRODUCT ALERT!!!  Salt + Vinegar Almonds? Yes, please!


I got to skedaddle out of work at 4:15pm and headed straight to the gym. No excuses allowed en el mundo de La Everythingtarian Sana! Sarah is my new Spanish maestra by the way. She is going to make me fluent – at least in food.  And that’s all a girl really needs, no?

5 min. – walk @ 3 mph on 3.0 incline
15 min. – run @ 6 mph on 3.0 incline
15 min. – walk @ 3 mph on 10.0 incline
5 min. – walk @ 3 mph on 0.0 incline

After, I stretched for a good 10-15 minutes, making this an almost solid hour-long workout.

With a pending Friday night date for drinks with two fabulous ladies, I headed home to take a quick shower and devour this: Pumpnanabutter Quesadilla. In case you didn’t catch that, that would be 1 smooshed naner, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, cinnamon + Dark Chocolate Dreams PB spread on 2 Ezekiel tortillas and drizzled with maple syrup.


I. Will. Be. Making. This. Again.

I met up with the gals, where a couple brews were consumed before this…


A Spiced Apple Cider with Apple Stoli Vodka para mi, and a Spiced Apple Cider with Bourbon para Senorita Ilsa. Did I mention the apple cider is homemade at the restaurant? Amazing. Some snacking of a Mediterranean pita plate + Three Cup Tofu may have occured somewhere in the night ;).

Guess what I received in the mail yesterday? APPLESAUCE!

Not just any applesauce however, Materne’s GoGo Squeez Applesauce!  Made from 100% fruit, these squeezable and resealable pouches are perfect for kids AND adults on the go!  One fact I love is that they have sold more than 1 billion pouches in France, and let’s be real – the French are intelligent, chic and oh so glamourous!


And look at all the glorious flavors!  Thank you to Laurent and the rest of the gang at Materne for offering to send me these samples.  Aren’t those resealable tops too much fun?


The best part? Materne sent me 2 boxes of each flavor (4 pouches in a box), which means I have a set of pouches to giveaway!

Here’s what you need to do:

(1) Leave a comment here letting me know which flavor you would like to try and why.

(2) If you have a blog, link back to this giveaway, and leave a 2nd comment with the link.
If you don’t have a blog, leave me a 2nd comment and tell me something random about you.

Enter by Monday night @ 10pm.  The winner will be announced Tuesday morning!

Speaking of winners…

The winner of the breast cancer awareness giveaway (via is #60…Stacie, who wrote:

“I promise! But, it’s easy for me since I am a survivor ;) . I was young at diagnosis so it’s my mission to pass the word along. I am alive b/c I caught it early.”

How amazing is Stacie for not only surviving breast cancer but working to pass along the message about breast cancer? She is an inspiration, and I cannot think of a more deserving winner.  Stacie, send your contact info to, so I can get the goods sent out to you.

Thank you again for reading, supporting and coming back to this blog day in and day out.  You are all amazing, and I wouldn’t have made it to six months without each and everyone of you!

What is one thing that has changed in your life in the past six months? Mine is obviously this blog.  I mean, new friends, free samples, a place to vent and yummy food…who could ask for more than that?


Nicole October 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Apple Cinnamon is always a winner in my book!

Tiffany S. October 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Throw me in for plain ole applesauce. I have a cold and I’m feeling it for the pure things these days.

Ruthie October 27, 2009 at 7:40 am

You are simply amazing! Look where life has taken you in the last six months. The last six months sent me down under for a little while but my head is poking up and it is a good thing to breathe Fall air!

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