Category Archives: shopping

St. Matthews Farmer’s Market

After my race on Saturday, I hopped back in my car and headed straight for the St. Matthews Farmer’s Market.

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I’d been wanting to go to one since they began a few weeks ago and I finally made it!

This one is pretty small, so I did a quick lap to get a feel for the place and see if there was anything I needed to go back for.

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This place caught my eye!

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Shelbyville, KY is a mere 30 minute drive from my house, plus Harmony Fields Farm grows all their stuff ORGANIC! It doesn’t get much better than local AND organic.

This week, they had strawberries, which I was told were picked on Friday, and sugar snap peas, plus some leafy greens.

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This is what I got! 🙂

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This cost me $9 but there is more in those containers than it looks like. Plus to know I’m supporting a very local farm that grows organic produce, not ingesting nasty pesticides, and the taste…totally worth it.  

I also found the Cake Flour booth. They are a local bakery that is kind enough to feature some vegan baked goods, like this vegan oatmeal spice cookie I picked up!

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It was delicious! I kind of wish I hadn’t eaten it already, ha ha. I will just have to go back next time!

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I’m hoping to check out some other Farmer’s Markets as the summer goes on but the St. Matthews Farmer’s Market was a good place to start.

Do you shop at Farmer’s Markets in your area?

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Root canals and races

Today was one of the busiest days I’ve had in a while. I think this is the first time I’ve sat down at home all day!

I started things off right though, with a green monster 🙂

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Mid-morning, I had some coffee and nuts, as usual.

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I had to eat lunch kind of early because I had an appointment to get a ROOT CANAL done today!

What is wrong with me? Root canal on Friday, 10 mile race on Saturday…

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Leftover chickpea burger on a bagel thin with hummus and carrots on the side.

Plus, some pineapple!

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I’m very happy to say my appointment went VERY well.

I mean, if you could have a great root canal, this was it. I had no pain during or after, haven’t taken anything for it either. Woo hoo!

Afterwards, I had to go get my packet for the 10 mile race tomorrow, but it just so happened to be close to a Starbucks…more iced coffee please!

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These were yummy, plus they are gluten, dairy, nut and egg free. And $1.50. And portion controlled 🙂

After I got my stuff, I went on a hunt for some new running shoes. I ended up going with a pair of New Balance which I’ll have to show you all later.

It’s so funny, I have a new brand every time I buy shoes. First it was Adidas, then Asics, now New Balance. Ha ha!

I also got a new purse for $6 (regularly $32). I rarely buy stuff like this but it was too good to pass up!

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My friend Courtney and I went out tonight, which included dinner at Qdoba.

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Qdoba is a great place for vegetarians! Plus, we got to sit outside on such a pleasant evening 🙂

I got the grilled veggie burrito with black beans, rice, grilled veggies, lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa verde and of course, guacamole. I think there’s is my favorite. Normally, I would get it “naked” (without the tortilla) but I figured I needed just a few carbs for the race tomorrow 😉

We also made a Starbucks run afterwards but since I’d just had an iced coffee a few hours earlier, I opted for the unsweetened shaken green tea lemonade. It was yummy!

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Warm weather makes me Starbucks crazy! I’d better stop before it becomes a habit 😉

Time to go to bed now, I’ve got a big race tomorrow. Be sure to check back here and over at River City Fitness tomorrow for updates!

Sleeping, shopping and curry

After getting home around 2 a.m. this morning, I was planning on sleeping until about 9 or so, but Suzie had another plans (meaning it was 7:30).

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“You WILL wake up and take me outside now, Mama!”

After I couldn’t say no to Evil Eyes, I was up and went ahead and made breakfast since I was practically starving.

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Nothing like banana PB oats to quiet a growling tummy stomach. I scratched that out because the word tummy actually bothers me and I don’t use it normally, ha ha.

I also had some coffee with light vanilla soymilk in a Christmas mug, which is another one of my favorite things about this time of year 🙂

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Once everything settled, I organized my grocery list and coupons for a while before going to my mom’s house for a bit and having lunch at Subway (veggie delight-no pic).

Then I hit the grocery stores and did some major damage…for $54!!

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That big can of oats is actually hiding a lot of stuff, ha ha. Today, I shopped at Target, Walmart and Kroger which is convenient for me because they are all right in a row on the same street (two in the same shopping center).

I found some great deals and used lots of coupons…I love trips like this!

I got hungry after all of that excitement and had a spoonful of peanut butter to hold me over. I didn’t want to eat too much of a snack because I needed my appetite good and ready for a special recipe!

I decided that tonight, I would make Mama Pea’s Vegetarian Curry. I followed her recipe pretty closely, making only a few adjustments for what I had on hand.

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I decided to use spinach, mushrooms, potato, onion and carrots for my veggies.

And my favorite tofu!

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Plus the rest 🙂

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This was my first time using canned coconut milk, so I was excited (it doesn’t take much).

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I followed her directions to the T and everything came together nicely. I started by sautéing the veggies.

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Then I made the curry sauce, which smelled delicious.

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All together, on top of some brown rice.

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This dish was pretty good! I think I would like to make it spicier next time (even though my nose was still running) but it was definitely the best curry I’ve made yet.

Big thanks to Mama Pea for providing this easy recipe which I plan to make again in the near future (plus I have leftovers from tonight, yippee)!

Since Josh is currently yelling at the Texas game, let’s hear it…What is your favorite college football team?

HH’s Gingerbread French Toast

As usual on Saturday morning, I wanted a “special” breakfast. Luckily I had seen this post on Happy Herbivore for Gingerbread French Toast. Yes, please!

I threw all the ingredients together (I quartered the recipe to make just 2 pieces) and started cooking.

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Of course, as I expected, this recipe came out delicious! I loved the hints of ginger, which were not overwhelming (even though I love ginger) and I added some powdered sugar on top just for the heck of it 😉

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On the side I had a banana with peanut butter and some coffee with light vanilla soymilk. I got vanilla this time because it’s more flavor for only 1 more gram of sugar and 10 more calories. 

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This was seriously the best breakfast! Makes me wonder why I made boring old French toast with eggs for so many years.

After breakfast, I went grocery shopping and got all this stuff for about $55. I went a bit over our budget this week 😦

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I’ve had quite an exciting day and there’s more to come. Be back soon!

Groceries, avocado, wine

I did a major grocery shop today and managed to spend just $45! Including…

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Most of the above is Josh’s, save the Larabars and huge can of pumpkin 🙂

And…

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I love buying fresh veggies as opposed to frozen. They just have so much more flavor and now that I re-discovered my steamer, I look forward to making them this week!

I went to three stores today: Meijer, Kroger and ValuMarket, after I studied their ads online to see who had what on sale. Josh remarked that soon we won’t have to have as tight of a budget (his car is almost paid off), but I said that would not change my “style” of shopping.

I still plan to be on a budget and shop for the best stuff for the best price, I just may be able to splurge on a high priced item every now and then 😉

For dinner tonight, I made another strange use of an avocado 🙂

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I cooked up a serving of coucous and stirred in some green onions (chopped) and a slice avocado, then topped it all with salsa. It looked good, sounded weird, but tasted amazing.

I had my dinner with some vino!

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I got this bottle at Meijer for $4 and I had never heard of the brand before so I couldn’t wait to try it!

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The color was a very dark red and it tasted a lot like Shiraz to me. Pretty light and crisp for a red. But I’m no wine expert 😉 I pretty much drink it all!

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You may have noticed my blogging has been sort of random lately.

I decided that for now, I’m just going to write about the “new” stuff in my day instead of making this a really boring food journal. So sorry if you really wanted to know what I had for lunch today, ha ha.

Luckily, I’m constantly trying new foods, combinations or recipes so it should be easy to keep it going for a while. We’ll just see where it goes.

I’m sorry to see this beautiful weekend come to an end but it’s time to get back to the normal routine and I’ve got to plan out a really awesome strength routine for tomorrow!

Good night everyone 🙂

Day 30.2: Suzie’s checkup

I just realized how funny it is that yesterday I got my blood work and everything done and today Suzie got hers (and some shots, which I thankfully did not have to do)!

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Of course, she did great and everything is perfect. She’s a happy healthy doggie, I’m so lucky 🙂

When we got home from the vet, Suzie took a nap and I snacked on some peanuts.

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I decided that since I already have the day off, I might as well run some errands today that I usually do on Saturdays. Which means grocery shopping time!

I ended up going to Meijer and Kroger because Meijer had some great sales going on and Kroger is just right down the street so I saved some gas.

I kind of chuckled a bit at Meijer because they played the “X Files” theme song and music from “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” I can’t believe tomorrow is Halloween, it really snuck up on me this year.

Anyway, I got all this stuff for $50!

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Lots of new stuff to try this week, I can’t wait. Kept Josh’s stuff in the picture just for fun 😉 Don’t you love how I sat the ground beef on top of the tofu? Ha ha.

When I got everything put away, I was majorly hungry so I heated up my leftovers for lunch, which was the exact same meal I had for dinner last night.

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I took Suzie for a short walk and checked the mail where I found this awesome package from my favorite vegan, Carrie 🙂

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I m so excited to try some vegan-friendly beauty products, especially that soap because now I can stop using Josh’s. Oops!

I feel laundry dishes a nap coming on, so I’m going to sign off for now. Hoping to find somewhere good for Josh and me to have dinner tonight that won’t break the bank.

Don’t forget to enter my awesome coupon giveaway before next Friday!

Have an awesome Friday!

Day 24.3: A new favorite?

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay. This is truly the first opportunity I’ve had to sit at the computer and catch you up on all my adventures!

On Saturday, I went Halloween shopping with Court. While we were out, I tried a new flavor of Larabar.

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Either I was really hungry or this bar was magical because IT WAS DELICIOUS! I wasn’t too excited when I bought it at Whole Foods earlier in the day but it more than surprised me. I think it might be a new favorite?

I also had a venti iced coffee with soy milk while we were out 🙂

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For dinner, I heated up the rest of my stromboli from Spinelli’s on Friday night. It was better left over, like most pizza-related things 😉

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Then we headed up to Buffalo Wild Wings for the UFC pay per view. I didn’t take any snacks with me because I didn’t really have anything too portable other than bars and I’d already had one earlier in the day.

So around 10:00, I splurged on some french fries as a “snack” if you will.

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When I got home, I almost had another snack but realized I wasn’t really hungry so I brushed my teeth and went to bed for the night 🙂

I didn’t do any formal exercise on Saturday but I did 2 hours of grocery shopping and 4 more shopping with Court!

So this is one of the new things I like about my life. Counting things like shopping as exercise! I felt good about this seeing as how my feet and knees were pretty sore by the end of the day 🙂

The fights were okay but the last couple of pay per views have been rather boring. We’ll see in a few weeks when the next one is on – which thankfully is being shown on cable TV, so we can have a viewing party from home!

Hope your Saturday was fun too!

Day 24.2: Fall flavors

I ended up going to Whole Foods, Valu Market and Kroger before my grocery shopping extravaganza was finished! I went a little over my budget (which was $40) but I splurged on a couple of seasonal items 🙂

This is why I love Fall!

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There is also a “Nog” flavor that I will be getting closer to Christmas time.

I’ve been on the search for pumpkin butter for a while too and I finally found this little gem, which just happens to be local (from Hazard, KY) which makes it that much better!

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These apples were no splurge, I got 3 lbs for $1.50!

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When I got home, I was starving for lunch, so I had some leftover Vegan Refried Bean Cakes that I turned into a wrap when I topped them with salsa on a tortilla.

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Then I had some carrots and hummus on the side to round out my meal. I really enjoyed this!

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After shopping at all those places, I think I want to try and get more stuff from Whole Foods next time. They had a lot of winter squash on sale and also avocados for $1 each! I passed those up this time, but I did find peanut butter for $1.79, a new kind of hummus to try and of course the Silk Pumpkin Spice. I will be using that in my coffee tomorrow morning!

There were a lot of things that were more expensive though, like bread, lunchmeat, etc. that I buy for Josh so I doubt I will ever do all of my shopping there but maybe when we have a bigger budget.

I actually found some really great things at Valu Market, especially produce! So I think next week I may try to do Whole Foods + Valu only, we’ll see.

It’s time to go be crazy with Courtney at the Halloween stores!

Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

Day 24: Nigella and Banana pancakes

I love Nigella Lawson!

I could just listen to her talk (I’m a sucker for accents) and make chocolate all day.

She’s so gorgeous and even though I eat vegan now, I still like watching her cook. I only catch her show if I’m up early on a Saturday, like today!

I did my own cooking this morning, thanks to another great recipe from Vegan Planet…Spiced Banana Pancakes!

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I accidentally blended all the bananas instead of half, so I didn’t have any huge banana pieces in them, oh well.

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Instead of making the entire batch this morning, I decided to make what I wanted and then put the rest of the batter in the fridge for tomorrow (plus another day too I’m sure)!

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I also tried a new product for my coffee today. I got this sample from Mimic Creme a while back but had yet to try it.

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I had originally wanted to try it because I thought it was a coffee creamer but when I saw everything on the box it came in, I was thinking I must’ve been wrong.

But then I saw a couple other bloggers use it as a coffee creamer, so I said what the heck 🙂

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A lot like soy milk, it sort of “separates” so I had to stir it again about half way through drinking it. It doesn’t have much flavor but it does make my coffee “creamier” so I will have to experiment with some flavors now.

Breakfast was delicious!

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These were so moist and dense (I used half whole wheat flour) and I gasp when I say “I liked these better than the pumpkin pie pancakes!” They are that good.

Suzie is watching TV while I blog. She’s still a little sleepy.

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I can’t wait to get this day started. First, I’m off to the grocery store(s) but I’m not sure which ones yet. I kind of want to go to Whole Foods just to do some price comparing. So I think I will start there.

Then after lunch, Court and I are going Halloween “shopping” as I’m not really dressing up this year but it is fun to look at all the crazy stuff at the stores and try on wigs and hats.

She’s been going through a rough time lately, so our goal for the day is just to relax and be silly! Expect lots of pics later.

Then tonight is the UFC pay per view. So it’s going to be a loooong night at Buffalo Wild Wings. As many of you know, they have NO vegan options (boo) so I will have to eat before I leave home (and sneak a snack in my purse perhaps).

We are currently researching other places to go watch it in the future.

Hope you have an excellent Saturday!

Day 17.2: The Great Pumpkin

Before I left home earlier, it really started getting cold in the apartment. But I’m still not turning the heat on yet! Supposedly on Monday we’ll be back in the 60’s so I don’t want to have to turn it on and then right back off.

So I knew it must be pretty cold outside and I needed to layer it up!

Long socks, check.

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Warm hoodie, check.

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Silly face picture of self in hoodie, check.

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I went to the new Target and it was so nice! Everything was new and clean and the grocery carts and baskets were so much more ergonomic and comfortable to hold on to. I was really impressed with the handle of the basket (it doesn’t take much for me, ha ha).

But, I wasn’t all that impressed with their groceries. I did appreciate the wider selection than other Targets but so many items were overpriced. The one shining star I did find on this trip was a ginormous 2-lb. container of oats for $1.50!

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That ought to last me a while 😉 They also had some natural PB on sale for $1.88 so it was still a good trip to make. I ended up going to Walmart and Kroger too though.

Here’s my stash: I spent $46 this time, still trying to work my way down. It would’ve been less if we didn’t need some non-grocery items this week.

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Not too shabby!

When I got home I was so ready for lunch but I did not feel like making a salad like I was going to. Perhaps it’s because of the big container I just bought but all I could think about was oats. Here was my thought process…

Can I have oats for lunch? What about vegetables? Hmm…

Well, YES!

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Pumpkin (a vegetable!) peanut butter and jelly oats! This hit the spot in a major way. I’m so glad I went with it 🙂

Now, I know some of you may not consider pumpkin to be a vegetable and that’s fine. I know all the reasons why it is considered either a fruit or a vegetable and sometimes both by some people.

But, I’m just curious…what is your opinion? I always consider it a vegetable. I group it in the same category with sweet potatoes whether that is correct or not.

Pumpkin: Fruit or vegetable? Answer in the comments 🙂