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WIAW: What I Ate Wednesday!!

Okay…Okay…I’m jumping on the band wagon we in the blogging world call WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday)!  Everyone does it different…some post everything they have eaten in one day…some post the highlights of their food for the week…some just post an awesome recipe.  No way is wrong…they are all right!  I mean…come one…you can’t go wrong with food!!  Food is AWESOME!  You can also come join the WIAW Party over at Peas & Crayons…It’s always a blast!!

Well…since I’m a total food lover but a horrible picture taker…I’m going to just share an amazing recipe that a co-worker of mine shared.  I made it on Monday at 6:30pm and by Tuesday at 6:30 pm, the whole pot of this amazing concoction had mysteriously disappeared…oh who are we kidding…between my husband and I, we polished off the whole dang thing by ourselves!  It was de-lish!!!

One of my co-workers shared this recipe with me that she found on Pinterest.  This recipe is posted on TidyMom…check out her blog…she has TONS of yummy recipes just waiting to tantalize your taste buds!  But back to the amazing recipe at hand…check out this yumminess…I highly recommend you make a double batch of this baby because you WILL like love devour it!

Easy Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup recipe at TidyMom.net

(picture borrowed from TidyMom’s blog…don’t worry…I tied the blog post to the picture 🙂  I told you I’m horrible at picture taking…and plus…the soup was gone before I could remember to photograph the momentous occasion!

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Another yummy that I’ve been crushing on are these delightful little nutritional/energy bars called Balance bare bars.  These bars are made with whole nuts, fruits and seeds with a handful of other nutritional ingredients…all of which I could read and understand what they were (that’s always a plus in my book).

There are three flavors to pick from…Mixed Berry Nut, Sea Salt Caramel Nut and Sweet & Spicy Nut.  Each bar is 160 calories and are non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, vegetarian and certified kosher dairy. The Mixed Berry Nut and Sweet & Spicy Nut bars are also dairy free and vegan friendly.


Since I can’t do the whole dairy thing, I was provided with the Mixed Berry Nut and the Sweet & Spicy Nut bars to sample and review.  They were both seriously tasty!  The Mixed Berry Nut reminded me of a Candied Apple for some reason…I love Candied Apples so I didn’t question it too much 🙂  The Sweet & Spicy Nut was my all time favorite!  The sweet flavor mixing with the chipotle chili seriously make my mouth ridiculously happy!

The bars are not extremely big but they were surprisingly filling.  I find they are quite amazing for fueling up before a run…a mid afternoon snack at my desk at work…I snack in bed as I hide under the covers from my kids (I’m not saying I’ve done that last one…I’m just saying…these bars would even be great for that).

Wanna check them out yourself?  Follow Balance Bar® for tips and nutritional information on Facebook® (www.facebook.com/BalanceBar), Twitter®(www.twitter.com/BalanceBar) and Pinterest (www.Pinterest.com/BalanceBar).

So there you have it!

What’s your favorite soup recipe?  Share the link in the comments…I’m always looking for the next great soup!!

Have you tried the new Balance bare bars?  How did you like them?  Which one is your favorite?

**Product was provided to me by Balance Bars for review purposes only. All thoughts and praises were my own.


Outrunning that storm…and some great food!

It’s spring FINALLY and with that comes the usual crazy weather for Missouri!  Wednesday was a prime example….it rained most of the day with tornado warnings for the evening…and then it cleared up.  This had me pumped because I wanted to get my run in as soon as I got home from work.  At 5:05, I bolted out of work, rushed home (the three miles I have to drive to work) and threw on my running clothes.

I don’t know what it was about this run but I felt great!!  Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to beat the ominous black cloud that was heading my way along with the tornado warnings that had been on the news most of the day.  I felt like I was flying though and I actually felt good while I was doing it.  I use the Nike Running App on my phone and was excited to see that I broke one of my goals on it by running my fastest 1K in 5:43 and also the fastest mile in 9:37.  I finished up with 1.87 miles at a 9’45” pace!!!  Not too shabby if I do say so!

Next, I did the usual evening mom stuff of helping with homework (ugh….4th grade math is killing us) and making dinner.  It was a quick easy dinner of homemade pizza rolls with raw baby carrots (with ranch to dip in) and a berry/spinach smoothie (shhh…don’t tell the kids about the spinach).  Here is how I made the pizza rolls….SUPER EASY!!

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Thursday was a slow dragging day at work….All I could think about was going home so I could do my run!  I think my running bug has taken up residence again which is a great thing!  Anyway, I got through the day, rushed home, threw my trust running clothes on and headed out.  My goal was to get in at least 2 miles but it was cold and the wind was not helping.  I decided to just stick to a slower pace and just DO IT!!  Which I did….check it out…


I actually loved this run….I kept a steady pace and made sure I actually RAN the hills (I’m sooo bad about hitting a hill and then letting my brain talk me into walking it…ugh).  I felt really good the whole run despite the cold and wind.  Once I got back to the house, I was of course starving so I threw this salad together and it turned out amazing….I used spinach, Lemon-Herb tilapia (sautéed in olive oil), a half can of minced oysters (also sautéed in olive oil), some amazing chickpeas that I made (Here is the recipe for those….GREAT Pinterest find!) and a whole tomato cut up.  I spiced the whole salad up by sprinkling some lemon pepper seasoning on it!!

DE-LISH!!!!  I mean….look at it…Doesn’t it just look delightful? (Yes….I took a bite before I took the pic…I couldn’t wait…LOL…I told you I was starving!!)

There are just soooo many ways to dress up a salad.  What’s your favorite thing to put on a salad??