Elephant In The Room

July 29, 2011

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Yesterday’s swim workout might not have felt very hard, but I should could tell a difference in Body Pump today! I’m not sore, per se, but I couldn’t lift much at all!! My upper body just felt tired. Especially my chest and back. Burn, swimming, burn!

I had to drop my weight down in biceps and the instructor offered to give me her bar! I had 2 10 pounders in front of me for lunges, so I used those instead. Never thought I’d say that 10 pounds seemed easy compared to my usual bar + 2 larges.

After my gym shower, I biked down to the bakery and found the entire place just saturated with the smell of toasted coconut!!

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Cville Cluster in da house!!!!

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I also found two BEERS that a KERF reader brought from Wisconsin!! Unfortunately I wasn’t here to greet her (I’m usually here every afternoon) but THANK YOU to whoever brought them! Please show yourself in the comments!

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Lunch!

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Tuna salad on cinnamon chip? Why not!

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This was a Mango Nectarine. I had hoped it would taste like a mango in the shape of a nectarine, but it was more nectarine than mango. Still good. And cherries……..ohhhhh cherries!
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Reader Meghan came to visit us with her family and her dad made me this cute little elephant! Such talent!

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Have a lovely evening!

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1 Richard July 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

In the interest of “fairness”, I would expect you to now give equal time, and make a little donkey out of a dollar bill. :)

And if you really want to be “fair”, maybe a little tea pot. :)

Adorable elephant.

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2 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

LOL, love the little teapot suggestion. That’s so funny. :)

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3 Kate @ NaturaStride July 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Haha, cute.

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4 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy July 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The spotted cow beer brought by one of your readers is my dads favorite, along with another beer called Fat Squirrel from the same brewing company! Lunch today sounds amazing! Happy Friday!

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5 sarah (sarah learns) July 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

new glarus is a great brewery! all of their beers are delicious, but spotted cow & fat squirrel are my favorites too!

and hoppalicious is my favorite ale asylum beer!

i’m not the reader from wisconsin who brought you those beers, but if i was in cville and bringing you beers, those are the two i’d pick too! :)

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6 Kristin July 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I LOVE spotted cow!!!!! I just toured there last month. You can only get it in Wisconsin, which is so sad since I live in Iowa, but all the more reason to go back to Madison :)

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7 Nancy July 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love Spotted Cow too! We were introduced to it when we were in Wisconsin visiting family earlier this year. Had to bring some home to Texas!

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8 Erin July 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

Gotta echo these statements–Spotted Cow is awesome (I don’t even like beer at all, but will drink a Spotted Cow), and Hopalicious is my husband’s favorite. Great choices, whoever picked them out!!!

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9 Kelly Haag July 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Lucky you, New Glarus Spotted Cow! (I live in Wisconsin…) It’s spectacular really cold. Hope you like it!

I’m turning into a mini-Kath as I am now totally into: kale chips, overnight oats, smashed banana on toast, and Body Pump. Where will it end?? :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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10 Mom July 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The Bears (who are home from camp) are jumping up and down saying, “I get the elephant!” “No, I get him!” ” No, he’s mine.” Sigh. Do you think the dad would come back and fold two more?

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11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Bahahahaha! I guess this means there’s a lesson in sharing coming up :)

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12 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living July 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Swimming always makes me feel super drained too. Never really sore but definitely extra tired. That elephant is just too cute!

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13 Baking N Books July 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Sounds like the fruit should be called “Nectarine Mango” then ;)

You need to start a Happy Hour at the Bakery if people are going to be bringing you the goods! :)

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14 sb July 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

That nectarine doesn’t look that big to me… unless it’s actually an apricot (which is what it looks more like in the pics, anyway).

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15 sb July 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

okay… nevermind. I thought it said “mega-nectarine”… now I see that I am reading-challenged today. :-)

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16 Carrie S. July 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Spotted Cow is fantastic! Every time I got to WI I come home with an assortment of New Glarus beers, they all rock :)

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17 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Beer delivery? Now that’s service :)

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18 Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

awww cute elephant!
I have to try this Cville granola soon! :) will do.

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19 Alex July 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

That elephant is so cool..love origami!

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20 Kayla July 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

My fave beer!!!

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21 Emma @ Microcosm of Life July 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Tuna on cinnamon chip?! Whoa! How was it?

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22 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

You make me miss BodyPump! I moved and these gyms don’t have it! Waah!

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23 Johanna B July 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Love the elephant! He’s a cutie. Maybe you could frame him and hang him in a place of honor on your wall. I’ve got a new item for my bucket list. Before I die I want to try the C’ville cluster granola made with gluten-free oats.

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24 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Those are major origami skills on display! Happy weekend.

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25 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Love the elephant! So cute :)

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26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

GO BodyPUMP go!! I love that burnnnnning feeling ;)

And your lunch looks delish—I am off to find some for myself. And I want an origami elephant dollar too…..!

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27 Nina July 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I totally thought this was going to be a pregnancy disclosure post. Damn!

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28 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Haha. you guys are just too excited! I told you I’d tell you when we start trying!

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29 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

That elephant is adorable!

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30 Amelia July 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I’m going to ask people to drop off beers at my office when they visit me. Sounds like an excellent policy! :)

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31 Janet July 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I agree Amelia. Would be much better than the donuts that usually get dropped.

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32 Maddy July 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

New Glarus Brew is THE BEST…coming from a beer-lovin’ Wisconsinite!

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33 lauri (redheadrecipes.com) July 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

So do u leave the dollar bill folded, or unfold it and spend it?! That is the question…

I’m debating on which gym to join now that we have moved: the more expensive one WITH the pool, or the cheaper on w/out the pool! Decisions!!

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34 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

you won’t regret the more expensive!

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35 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Adorable money elephant!

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36 Meghan July 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

It was great meeting you, Kath! I am very excited to have Great Harvest bread and granola this week:)

And my father-in-law will get a huge kick out of seeing his elephant on your blog!

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37 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

FIL! I couldn’t remember if he was your dad or your husband’s dad!

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38 Meghan July 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

haha no worries :) Everyone enjoyed their lunches very much!

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39 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I love that little elephant, so cute! I want to learn how to do that. :)

Happy Friday!

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PS – I LOVE the C’Ville Cluster granola (I bought the OpenSky deal). It was very different from what I expected, but absolutely delicious. I’m embarrassed to admit how much of it has been eaten since it arrived a week ago. Let’s put it this way – it isn’t going to make it through the weekend. ;)

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40 beccah July 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

cinn. chip bread would BE GREAT for a onte cristo :D :D although they arent the healthiest sanwiches :/ *wrinkles forehead* :(

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41 Kelly July 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

As a Wisconsinite, I’m so THRILLED to see WI beers on this blog! I’m a religious reader, but 1st time commenter. Another WI beer to check out is Pearl Street Brewery from LaCrosse WI. Great group of people that run it and great beer! Something you and Matt would have fun tasting. The names are always clever and you’re a set of clever people! Ale Asylum is good too, so many good things come out of WI!

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42 Alana July 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Sorry I missed you Kath, but enjoy the beer!

AND, my husband has already enjoyed half the loaf of popeye:)

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43 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

It was you!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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44 Cait's Plate July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

HA! I love that elephant! And I’m with you – cherries make me swoon lately. You can’t beat ‘em!

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45 Pippa @ Sunday Suppers with Pippa July 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Your lunch looks delicious (well, maybe with the exception of the cinnamon chip bread:)) Did that taste good with the tuna? I am curious!

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46 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

YES!

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47 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

how cute! I wish I could make origami :)

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48 Kristie July 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m another WI reader echoing that those 2 beers are awesome – especially if you have the Spotted Cow with an orange wedge!

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49 Julie July 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I grew up & went to college in Wisconsin and I agree that Spotted Cow is the best! I now live in California and have to find sneaky ways to get it because it isn’t distributed out here. :( Kristie is right – have it really cold with a wedge of orange!! Enjoy!

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50 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

The elephant is SO cute! Love the light in that first picture of your lunch!

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51 Ellie@fitforthesoul July 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

oh he should sell those dollar animals! errr would that make sense?! Sell $ for…$…. :P

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52 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I’ve never seen a paper/money elephant. That’s pure talent right there ;)

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53 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The mango nectarine looks great! Never heard of that hybrid. I would love a mango-apricot hybrid. One can dream, right :)

Stepping down in weight in classes can be a beautiful thing. Or not doing the fullest extent of a yoga post, a running distance, whatever…sometimes less is more!

Cute elephant! I actually have one of those that someone made me too!

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54 Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) July 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Ohhh love the elephant. I bet it is good luck too:) xo

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55 Chrissy July 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Another Wisconsin resident chiming in… you must report on how you like the beers! Spotted Cow is legendary, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it. Hopalicious is even better but you’ve gotta appreciate hoppy beers to like it.

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56 Erin T July 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Also another Wisconsinite who is thrilled that you get to try Spotted Cow. When I lived outside of WI, it was the only thing I drank when I’d come back. Enjoy!

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57 Liz July 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

spotted cow is delicious! enjoy!

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58 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon in your tuna. It’s actually realllly good!

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59 Kerry July 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Mmm toasted coconut, is there any better smell?

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60 Johanna B July 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Bread baking, popcorn, et al.

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61 Krissy - Shiawase Life July 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I fully support tuna on cinnamon chip bread! It’s like that Seinfeld episode where whenever you ask why something tastes so good, the answer is always, CINNAMON!

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62 Vanessa July 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Wisconsinite living in Germany…still miss Spotted Cow.

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63 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Cute elephant! One of the kids I babysit was showing me how to fold stuff out of dollar bills… I think he just wanted to keep the money ;)

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64 Paige @ Running Around Normal July 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Mmmm mango:)
What a cute little elephant! How fun that you get reader visitors!

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65 Christine (The Raw Project) July 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Yum, the Cville Cluster sounds wonderful, must have smelled amazing!

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66 Megan July 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

yum new glarus! enjoy the spotted cow!

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67 cj weaber @ http://cjh002.wordpress.com July 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

your sandwiches look so good! Is the hummus at the bakery the same one you posted awhile ago? Any chance on getting any of the sandwich recipes or are they super top secret?! maybe I will just have to come to Charlottesville to get them!

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68 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

We can’t share anything from the bakery – it’s all confidential

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69 Hillary July 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Mango nectarine? I didn’t even know those existed! Oh, hybrid fruits. You’re so delicious.

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70 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

That is so darn cute. I need to learn origami.

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71 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I think I ate 1/2 a bag of cherries last night! They were delicious, but my tummy wasn’t terribly please. Haha!

The elephant is too cool!

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72 Mary Catherine July 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Toasted coconut is one of my all time favorite scents! Do you guys use sweetened or unsweetened in the bakery?

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73 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

unsweetened

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74 Emma (Namaste Everyday) July 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

at Body Pump in my gym, the weights are measured in Kilograms, and it really throws me off! 1kg is a heck of a lot more than 1lb! I never know how much to add. still getting the hang of it!

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75 Jess July 30, 2011 at 4:36 am

A pound is .45 of a kilo. So 2 pounds is .9 of a kilo, roughly double! I find that if I just double or half I am close enough

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76 Emily @ Savory and Savage July 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

A good luck origami money elephant? This can only mean great things for the bakery!!!

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77 Simply Life July 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I love that you get all these little surprises!

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78 Allison July 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

SPOTTED COW!!! Ah!! I’m a WI native living in Utah and one of the biggest things I miss about WI is the beer! New Glarus makes the really good beer. Spotted Cow is by far the most popular but all of their beers are spectacular. So jealous. Enjoy!

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79 Kris July 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Oh dear. All the commenters have created a lemming, and I’m going to have to make a run for the border to WI next week when I’m in MN to try the Spotted Cow.

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80 Kristie July 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

DO IT!!! ;)

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81 Khushboo July 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Love the elephant, so cute! The most ‘impressive’ I got with origami was making paper boats!

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82 Shayla @ The Good Life July 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Awww what a cute elephant! Ahhh I wish I had a Great Harvest near me…I hope in the near future you decide to ship…Cinnachip will be the first one I order! And I’ll be your first shipping customer ;)

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83 Molly @ RDexposed July 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I just titled a post this! Great RDs think alike!

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84 rumfunandsun July 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Super Cute Elephant!!

I hate that feeling of weakness! I would much rather be sore than just weak the day after, not sure why but I guess I would mentally feel like I did more to deserve it? IDK

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85 lynn @ the actor's diet July 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

aw, how nice to have a place for your readers to drop off little gifts!!!

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86 Sarah July 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Whoa. Tuna salad on cinnamon chip bread??? Blew my mind Hahaha but really, how was it? I LOVE sweet/savory combos.

I am so intrigued with Body Pump. I know that may sound silly but I have been so so focused on cardio I have neglected weight training. I need to start! I lifted wine cases for yeeeeeeears as a part of working in the wine biz and my arms got ripped. Seriously! Now that I don’t lug around cases of vino I have noticed a major difference in my arms. Boo :(

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87 Erica July 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

It always feels awesome when you can really FEEL the result of a workout!! mmm those clusters! How sweet of someone to bring you in beer. I just went to GH the other day and picked up a bacon, cheddar jalapeno loaf for Josh (hes been wanting to try this for SO long and I am not a bacon fan…)- he said its amazing! I had a little nibble- very good (sans the bacon ;)).

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88 Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking July 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Aren’t cherries just the GREATEST right now? Gah, I could eat them all day, everyday. Great looking lunch by the way!

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89 Luv What You Do July 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

My family loves the Wisco beers too! We always swing by Woodman’s on our way back from Wisconsin. We keep talking about a beering and biking tour in New Glarus. I found a new one called Capital Wheat that I really enjoy too!

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90 Jennifer July 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I read tons about body pump almost everywhere on the net these days!

It’s a shame that they don’t offer it anywhere here! I guess it just hasn’t caught on!

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91 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

cherries are sooo good right now – I just got a huge bag for $1.99/lb!

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92 rachel c July 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I received my open sky cville bundle! I just opened the granola and it was warm from shipment, and IT IS SO GOOD!! The ink on the labels is smudged, but I think I can figure out the pancake & oatmeal! ;)

Yum & thanks!

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93 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

So glad you like it!! In this morning’s breakfast post I posted a link to the labels for the cooking instructions if you need them

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94 Lilly July 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I just tired mango nectarines this week too! The first one I had didn’t taste at all like mango, but the second looked SO much like a mango when I cut it up, and had a little more mango essence :) I love trying hybrid fruit for some reason.

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95 kris (everyday oats) July 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm

That would’ve been pretty sweet had that mango nectarine tasted like mango!

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96 Keely July 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Yeah for WI beers!
My sister lives in New Glarus…fun beers!! and we live in La Crosse—also great beer is Downtown Brown from Pearl Street Brewery!

Love your site and cite it a lot in my nutrition and women’s health classes!!
I always feel I found my oatmeal soulmate—I have loved it since birth, will order it out at restaurants, love it cold, warm, hot! Have passed on OIAJ to MANY!

Thank you
Peace

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97 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm
98 Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest July 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

What a sweet Wisconsin reader! I live in WI and I’m actually headed to tour the New Glarus brewery next Saturday! Love spotted cow.

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99 Hannah July 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

I just want to steal off with an entire tray!

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100 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

Cute elephant! We had a group of origami superstars come into the cafe where I work and they made about a thousand napkin mushrooms – it was awesome! They left them all over the table and cafe, it was mushroom overload :P

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101 Angie July 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Yet another Wisconsinite here who was super excited to see the Spotted Cow and Hopalicious photo! I love Hopalicious, but as another commenter said, you really have to like hoppy beer. Enjoy!

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102 elizabeth July 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I used to live in Madison. New Glarus is the best- LOVE the spotted cows!!

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103 Elena July 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

Have to agree with the above—I live in Milwaukee, and we drink a whole lot of Spotted Cow here! Love it.

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104 Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland July 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Wisconsin Beer!!! Woot!! New Glarus beers rock!

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