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Foodie Friday: Easy Italian

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/23/2015 at 10:00

When we’re working on-the-go and don’t have much time to cook …

Giada De Laurentis

Target has yet another exclusive line as always … YES, I intentionally left the label on to show how much $ I saved!

Everyday Italian to the rescue!

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This flavorful lunch meat actually is gluten free! SCORE!

H is for …

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Open-faced …

Healthy and hearty!

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… or a Rollatini!

Quick sandwich pairs perfectly well with work, either when I report to duty or write my dissertation from my desk!

Foodie Friday: F is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/11/2014 at 17:40

Faith * Family * Friends * Fellowship * Food * Fun * Fourth of July * Fireworks

Happy 4th of July

*Let freedom ring* … So F is for Freedom

The past couple of weeks (or should I say, month), I’ve had more than my share of YOLOs. Here are the highlights*!

{As I type this, I’ll munch on these frozen grapes and cherries, plus have green veggies to look forward to for lunch}

Frozen Berries

Berry Burst of Energy

Independence Day

* My parents’

7-Layer Dip

Nanay‘s 7-layer Dip

Fried Rice & Shish-kabob

Fried Rice & Shish-kabob ~ in my handy dandy cooler for my road trip!

* My work trainer’s

Watermelon Margarita

Sugar-Rimmed Watermelon Margarita for the 4th ~ Sweet!

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Lemonade = ☼Summertime☼ Sappiness

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My *USA* Dog & More!

* My gym buddy’s

F is for Flag

F is for Flag

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F is for Frito Pie

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F is for Flag Cake

In-Laws‘ Homecooking

* Day 1: Cajun

Chili's Cajun Pasta

Cajun Pasta ~ Chili’s Style!

* Day 2: Fajita

Fajita

¡Fajitas en la Casa!

* Day 3: Chicken

Reunions

* Beehive (Downtown Abilene)

* Tokyo Fusion (Abilene)

Potstickers

Gyoza (Potstickers)

Sushi

Sushi Roll

Mochi

Mochi (Ice Cream) ~ Green Tea

* Abi-Haus (Abilene)

* Colleti’s Italian (Harlingen)

Enjoy your eats & greets this weekend!

Foodie Friday: Strawberry Month in May

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 05/09/2014 at 23:17

Strawberry Wine … Seventeen … Hot July moon … Saw everything…

How about this?

Strawberry Month … Thirty-two … Warm May sunshine … Tasted sweet!

Happy National Strawberry Month!

Now that strawberries are in season, they’re the perfect sweet treat that’s low in calories, fat free, good with other food …

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or drinks …

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or flying solo …

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and a great palette cleanser.

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Flashback Friday: the Strawberry Parade in Baguio City, Philippines [2010]

Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend!!!

Foodie Friday: Battle of the Butters ~ What Does Your Favorite Spread Say About You?

In ♥ & Soul, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/11/2014 at 02:20

Chocolate + Nuts = Buttered Bliss!

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Don’t Mess with these Butters!

I’ve been a Nutella nut for several years (including since Kobe Bryant endorsed it before his infamous scandal that led Ferrero ~ yes, the same brand of the famous hazelnut truffle candy ~ to drop him), but do the other cocoa-based spreads out there also live up to the hype? I’ve taste-tested some of them to compare…

Stars of the Show

Ferrero Nutella Hazelnut Spread® with Skim Milk & Cocoa

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Nutella: The Original Hazelnut Spread ®

Jif Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut Spread

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Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread

Barefoot & Chocolate ♡ Almond Coconut

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Barefoot & Chocolate™ Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread

Honorable Mentions

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter

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As my trainer has said about food, “It’s like Christmas!”

Organic Almond Butter *featured on my Pretty Fit WIMK segment*

Almond Butter

Uh-oh, the Original Hazelnut Spread® strikes again!

Any of these spreadable edibles work to top off toast, and the sky’s the limit on how to add them to main courses, desserts or snacks, such as Crepes, brownies and croissants.

Superlatives
Nutella: thickest consistency
Jif Mocha Cappuccino: sweetest flavor
B&C Almond Coconut: thinnest consistency

Other Butters
Cookie Butter: gritty nut alternative
Almond Butter: bland, crunchy

What do these super spreads say about your personality?

If your pick is…
Nutella: You’re conservative and conventional. You tend to stick with traditions and resist change.

Jif MC: You’re over-the-top and prefer to go all out, from the way you dress to how you plan.

B&C AC: You’re chill and mellow, meaning you go with the flow and play if by ear.

Cookie Butter: You’re unique and one-of-a-kind, as Jamie Foxx has sung “Unpredictable.”

Almond Butter: You’re nutty and quirky, but that’s all in the beauty and charm!

Food for thought, for your information:

Nutrition Facts

Spread (2tbs) Total Calories Total Fat (g) Total Carbs (g) Total Protein (g) Pros or Cons
Nutella 200 12 21 2 Con: 15mg Sodium; Pros: 4% Calcium, Iron
Jif MC HS 230 14 21 2 Cons: <5g Cholesterol, 40g Sodium; Pro: 6% Calcium, Iron
B&C AC HS 200 13 16 3 Con: 10mg Sodium; Pros: 6% Calcium, 15% Iron
TJ’s Spec CB 180 12 16 <1 The recommended serving size is 1tbs, so I doubled the units, and they’re still less than the rest!
Almond Butter 180 16 7 5 Pros: 8% Calcium, 6% Iron, 4% Folate

I’ve concluded that I can’t compare apples to oranges. While each of these have similarities since they’re all spreads, tastes and textures vary.

Enjoy your weekend, and please comment with links to your photos or recipes of chocolicious or cookielicious or nutritious concoctions!

Happy Eating … But what’s better is adding more company to the mix!

Happy Eating + Meeting & Greeting!

🙂

Foodie Friday: Cuckoo for Cookies!

In Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 04/04/2014 at 22:30

These cookies are coo-worthy for being both healthy and tasty! Let these nutritious and delicious photos speak to you, just as the cookies that appear in them called my name…

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Macaroons in Caramel Sea Salt by Hail Merry
* Gluten-Free, vegan
{I tried the Chocolate-flavored in my Welcome to My Kitchen on Pretty Fit}

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Grace’s Best Petite Sunflower Seed Cookies
* Bite-sized, light and crispy

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Flourless Chocolate Cookie from La Boulange of Starbucks
* Melt-in-your-mouth meringue

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What’s better than these cookies flying solo?

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Savoring a little bit together!

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Added Bonus: Top them on the Tiramisu Gelato that I featured last Foodie Friday!

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Nothing beats Cookies & Milk! Try this Almond Breeze Blend of Almond & Coconut Milk for a new nutty twist!

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CHEERS!!! Let’s clink our frosty mug of milk or fist cookie bump!

Grub Glory! Eat Happy!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/26/2014 at 21:33

Happy Hump Day the Healthy Pretty Fit Way!

Today, I’ll feature food, as a perk to my freelance writing.

When I visited AM Donuts, I was pleased to photograph around the storefront and bakery, as well as to try the main menu items that I intended:

AM Donuts serves Bubble Tea!

AM DonutsBubble Tea & Maple Bacon Bar

The added bonus was that the owner packed his personal favorites for me to take home!

AM Donuts & Croissants

AM Donuts & Croissants Care Package, including *exclusive* Cherry Chocolate Fritter & Red Velvet Cake Donut

Then, when I covered the Claudie C. Royals Banquet on Claudie C. Royals Day, I chowed down even more!

Claudie C. Royals Banquet 2014

Claudie C. Royals Banquet Main Course & Sides + Beverage: Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Corn, Salad, Sweet Tea

Claudie C. Royals Banquet Dessert

Claudie C. Royals Banquet Desserts: Special Strawberry Shortcake Banana Nut Pudding, Lemon & Chocolate Nut Cupcakes, Chocolate Sugar-Dusted Brownies

Today, I wrote about how I ate healthy a week ago then rewarded myself the next day in What I Ate Wednesday and Thursday

Moral of this story:

A good day can lead into another one!

And because I love y’all so much, here’s  how I packed my sweets for the sweet from the sweet on VDay ♥

VDay Sweet Treats

Valentine’s Day 2014 ♥ Banana LOVE Berry Much Abunch

Now that I’ve gone bananas with good grub and am armed with study food, I’ll get back to working on my dissertation

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!