On the Horizon

Good morning! How are you?

Everything is going pretty well over here. Spring break is on the horizon: I have four hours of work, two exams, and two classes that stand between me and it. And a two hour drive in hopefully decreasing blizzard-y conditions. But we won’t talk about that. 🙂



Hosted by Jenn of Peas and Crayons.


You’ll be able to tell in the following photos that I didn’t have access to my brother’s “good” camera this week. I just had to use my trusty little one. 😉


I branched out a bit this weekend and tried some flavored Chobani for breakfast. (In this case, alongside an apple.) Unfortunately, apparently my stomach didn’t like that one minor change from plain Greek yogurt to flavored, and both days that I started out with delicious flavored Chobani, my stomach freaked out.


Over recent years I’ve noticed that my stomach gets upset if I start the day with something radically different, but I have to admit, I was really surprised at how awful I felt after such a small change.


Most of my lunches this past week were leftovers, but I did try something new:

Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese!


This stuff was gooooood. And not only because I haven’t allowed myself to have mac and cheese in a couple of months. The taste and texture were wonderful. Usually I can tell when something is reduced sodium, but not at all in this case. It still wasn’t the healthiest meal in the world, but when the craving strikes, might as well make it happen with “healthified” dishes, right?


Just a sidenote to any parents/babysitters/caregivers out there: I think that you could “trick” (for lack of a better word!) kids into eating this stuff. Like I said, there was next to no difference between this and say, Kraft mac and cheese, but the ingredient list for this box was pronounceable and recognizable. I’m not advocating tricking kids, but…you know what I mean. 🙂


Going along with that whole organic, “healthified” theme, I picked these little bunnies up at the store the other day.


They were gone in an embarrassingly short amount of time. They’re gooood. And because of that, I probably won’t ever buy them again.

But not all of my snacks were junk food: I also bought a small pack of dried apricots. I love dried fruit!



Last week I made myself a baked quinoa tuna dish. If you all are interested, I’ll put up the recipe – just let me know!


This Vegan Salsa Beans and Rice was also on the menu, as you might already know…


And finally, another quinoa dish. I sort of envisioned this to turn out like “tofu parmesan”, but I took out so many ingredients (due to lack of them) that I don’t even think I’ll call it that. It’s just a nameless, tasty dinner.


It’s a combination of quinoa, spaghetti sauce, and mixed veggies topped with mozzarella baked tofu. Delicious!


My favorite meal category.

On the same evening that Dan and I made the Vegan Salsa Beans and Rice, we made this amazing Chocolate Berry Cobbler. The best part about it? Only 3 ingredients!!


Looking at it now, I realize it doesn’t exactly photograph the best…but taste is more important, right?

Check back tomorrow – I’ll have the recipe up and ready for you!

Finally, for the first time in quite a few weeks, we got some frozen yogurt. We had a punch card that was one punch away from the discount ($4 off a purchase!), so I decided to loooooooad it up. 😉


In the mix: chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurts, fresh strawberries, crushed Oreos, sprinkles, and hot fudge. Yum.

Workouts Feb 24-March 2
Sunday: off
Monday: 32 minutes jogging (longest I’ve ever done!) + 23 minutes walking on treadmill
Tuesday: Up by 5s workout + Pinterest exercises
Wednesday: 25 minutes jogging + 25 minutes walking on treadmill
Thursday: rest
Friday: P90X Yoga
Saturday: 40 minutes elliptical trainer + strength exercises

In other news…how many of you watched the Oscars on Sunday night? I started watching the red carpet at 7, and watched the show until about 10:50 until I fell asleep. I hate how they drag it out so much and make you wait until the end for the good stuff!

I missed Jennifer Lawrence’s infamous trip up the stairs, but I did catch some interviews of her the next day, and I have to say, I really like her. Or at least what she seems like. She’s not a fake, dolled up, skeleton girl, but she looks fit, healthy, gorgeous, and seems very real and nice nonetheless. There really need to be more women out there like that that people can look up to. And I still haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, but I really really want to now!

Of course, the Les Mis skit they did gave me chills – wow those people can sing! And I was glad Daniel Day Lewis got best actor award. My dad is a Lincoln fanatic and said Lewis nailed everything about the man (well, from what we/historians know about him). I don’t “know” Lincoln as well as my dad does, but I liked the movie and thought he did a great job. I was kind of surprised Argo won the big one, but my family just bought it last weekend, so now I’m excited to see what it’s all about.

I don’t really have much else to talk about today…I’ve just been studying and doing homework this past week.

Questions for the day:

Has spring hit your region of the country (or world) yet?


Do you have spring break coming up? Any big plans?

Did you get a chance to see any of this year’s nominated films? If so, which was your favorite? If not, which are you most excited to see?

What’s new with you? I could use some new, interesting, or fun stories in my life!

Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!



  1. I think spring is starting to reach Wales- I hope so anyway! I didn’t watch any of the Oscars, a boring early night for me as I was full of cold! I’m a really big Jennifer Laurence fan too!

    1. Good, I hope you all get to warm up soon!

  2. pickyrunner · · Reply

    I love any and all annie’s products. Their mac and cheese is the bomb.com. I eat it once a week, at least! And the cheddar bunnie’s and fruit snacks are really good too 🙂

    1. I’ll have to check out the fruit snacks! I was really impressed with both of those products that I tried!

  3. If you still want to watch the Oscars, the entire show is up on Hulu for free. It also allows you to skip all of the annoying host stuff and get to the awesome stuff with Jennifer Lawrence. Love her.

    The cobbler looks pretty good to me, but I know what you mean about tasty food not photographing well. Sadly it seems the simpler, plainer food just looks “better.” Well, except for cookies. And fro yo 😉

    1. Oh, and good luck with the weather and your drive home! It’s pretty cold here, but my 2 hour drive home for spring break looks like it will be clear so far!

      1. Thank you! I’m glad yours is looking ok so far!

    2. Good to know!
      Yes, cookies always seem to be photogenic. 😉

  4. I would be that person to trip, I know I would! that tofu, wow looks so good.

    1. I’ve always thought about that too! Surprisingly tripping on stage hasn’t happened to me…yet. 😉

  5. I’m still in love with your foods! They look better than most of the Oscars dresses this year! I was really disappointed in those.
    Spring? Hell, it’s lighter in the mornings, that’s a good sign, right? And the snow has also started to melt down. So I have hope!! 😀

    1. Wow, what a compliment! Thanks! And I agree, they were pretty unexciting this year.

      My hope is that spring hit Michigan before April! 😉

  6. I tried that Black Cherry Chobani this week for the first time, but my tummy handled it. lol! Everything you eat looks so good!

    1. That’s good! My stomach has weird issues with dairy sometimes. But what I can’t figure out is why regular (dairy) Greek yogurt and flavored (dairy) Greek yogurt affected it so differently!

  7. I’m ready for spring break! But it’s still freezing here (I’m thoroughly chilled because it’s misty freezing rain, brrrr). That froyo looks amazing! And I can’t wait for the chocolate berry crumble recipe 🙂

    1. We had some unpleasant freezing rain here today, too. Ick. I hope your break is lots of fun!

  8. Yes please put up the recipe of the quinoa tuna bake. Its looks right up my alley

    1. Will do! Thanks for asking! 🙂

  9. I hope your exams go well! Which classes are they in? My spring break actually ends tomorrow – it went by much too fast.

    While I didn’t watch the Oscars – that’d have meant staying up far into the night for me around here 😀 – I did see “Silver Linings Playbook”. It’s a great movie and I definitely recommend it.

    1. I just took one for my teaching special education class, and another is in American lit. Thanks for the well wishes!
      I’m sorry your break went so fast – that’s always such a huge let down. But I hope all goes well after!
      I really do need to see that movie!

  10. Awesome eats, I am dying to try that mac and cheese, I always see it at the grocery!

    1. I definitely recommend it!

  11. The close up of the mac & cheese almost made me drool. I haven’t really liked the texture of tofu when I have had it before but baked with mozzarella on top might make me change my mind!

    1. Yeah, it is really good like that. But I do understand what you’re saying about the texture – it’s different, but I’m beginning to not mind it!

  12. Happy WIAW! Spring break you are lucky, mine is a few weeks away. I love dried apricots. Enjoy your spring break!! 🙂

    1. Thanks! 🙂

  13. My stomach also flips out when I eat flavored Greek yogurt (although it does just fine with the plain varieties), so I feel your pain! I suspect the culprit is the added sugar in the flavored yogurts, but that’s just my guess — either way, though, I can definitely relate. Hope the rest of your week goes well! 🙂

    1. Really?? I didn’t know that was a “thing”! I’m glad to hear I’m not alone. Thank you, you too!

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