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February 11, 2010

I said my goodbyes :( It was bittersweet – I’m moving on to other things, but I will miss those girls (and guy ;) )

They were too sweet and gave me a mug ("busy as a bee!") and some BISCOFF as a going away gift!!!

So fun and appropriate :)

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I munched on an apple and some trail mix on my [last hour + 15 minutes long] commute home.

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And I headed straight to the gym!! I wanted to maximize my time with Matt tonight. I much prefer to come home and change here, but it does make more sense as a time saver to go straight there.

I had a rather lackluster workout though. Just boring cardio with little sweat. I did the Stairmaster for 26 minuets (barely broke a sweat!?) and then the ET for 20. I didn’t have a MAGAZINE and was a bit bored with the generic one I picked up from last month on the rack.

And a PSA to the MAN in the BLUE SHIRT: If your breath is not fresh, please breathe through your NOSE and not your MOUTH! I had to get off the Stairs 4 minutes early (although I did not complain because it meant 26 minutes ;) )

We got our carpets cleaned today !!! SO EXCITING!

Dinner was basic but really good. Matt was in charge of cooking up some Annie’s Mac + Cheese that we’ve had in our pantry forever. Plus lots and lots of veggies.

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The mac was topped with PIMENTOS and was just like Velveeta and pimento cheese!!! We also added some sriratcha – SPICY!!

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Simple sauteed kale and broccoli. I love both!

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Unfortunately pasta is like AIR to me and I was still hungry an hour after dinner!!!

What a perfect opportunity to try my new favorite dessert: Caramel Oikos!

TOTALLY IN LOVE!

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When I heard about these I knew they would make a great dessert. Greek yogurt is great any time of day! I love how the cups are little, so they’re perfect for a sweet treat rather than for a bigger meal.

I topped mine with some crunchy coconut granola for crunch!

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I was honestly expecting a sticky caramel sauce – much like the ice cream topping – so I was surprised to find it was creamy. But the flavor was spot on and the greek yogurt thick and creamy and just all-around awesome. It was gone too fast! At 10 grams of protein, 15% calcium and only 16 grams of sugar, that’s quite a nice dessert. I like caramel more than chocolate, but I can’t wait to try that one too.

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Raeleen from Oregon won the Open Sky SuperBowl contest and put me down as her favorite shopkeeper!! See this post for some photos of her goods :) Thanks for the shout out Raeleen!!

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I am determined to be in bed by 8:30.

Tomorrow will be spent a WINTHROP for our monthly seminar day. I don’t have to be there until 10:30!!! And I should be done by 3:30!! Fun times.

But I will be waking up at 4:45AM!!

Why, do you ask?

To take Karen to New Zealand!! Via transportation to the airport. She has to be there by 5:45 so I’ll be driving to her house to pick her up and take her. I certainly owe her one for taking me several times this summer in the middle of the night!!

Since I’ll be up, I have plans to meet Emily for a 10K run at the greenway (who also needs to get a head-start on her day) and then I’ll have time for a leisurely breakfast at home. Excitement!!!

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1 Mrs. Money February 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I am going to have to find that caramel Oikos!! You are a tease. ;)

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2 Mrs. Money February 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Oh, and I do have a question for you about dairy. I know that dairy is supposedly very mucous-forming. Does yogurt count? Or does the benefit outweigh the risk?

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3 Kath February 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

I really have never heard any scientific evidence of the mucous rumors of dairy. I asked one of my professors and he laughed! So if anyone has any research…

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4 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I’m with you on feeling as if I’m eating air when I have pasta…it doesn’t keep me very full! Usually I’ll add black beans and salsa to mac&cheese, or sometimes I’ll toss in some chunk light tuna. The extra protein does wonders. :D

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5 Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

that mac n’ cheese looks heavenly! how clever to add in the pimentos!

I STILL haven’t found caramel Oikos in stores — they better get here soon – sound/look delectable!

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6 Stephanie February 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

The Stairmaster kicks my butt! I am usually dripping in sweat by the time I am done!

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7 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Ahhhhh I want to try that caramel so badly!!! It was way $$$$$ when I saw it though…WAY.

I was working out next to a kid that smelled like warm whole milk. Yikes.

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8 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm

the guy next to me in class had that bad of breath today too… how is possible to not feel that bad taste in your mouth? eww~

dinner looks yummy tho!

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9 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

That caramel Oikos is good, It’s just a tad too sweet for me, but I still like it :)

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10 Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

That caramel Oikos sounds tasty. Can’t wait to try it; I haven’t seen it at my stores yet. :(

I have to get up at 5 AM to teach spin. Early mornings are tough but it’s always nice to get so much done so early in the day!

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11 Heather February 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

yum the yogurt looks really good!

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12 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Biscoff as a going away present?!? Man, they really know you well!! :-)

Enjoy your early morning!

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13 Abby February 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I don’t seem to sweat on the stairmaster or the ET either. Only the treadmill…. and the bike that I have set up on a trainer at home. I like to sweat!

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14 Christina February 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Wow, I need to get my hands on some of that caramel yogurt!

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15 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Pimentos on the mac and cheese sounds sooo good!

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16 Lori (Finding Radiance) February 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

This is the 2nd time I have seen caramel oikos on a blog! Can’t find it here, yet. I lurve caramel.

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17 GurlOnA"Diet" February 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Yum I love those caramel oikos too! I love it when i get the pack of 4 on sale- such a rich, nice-portioned dessert!

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18 Ameena February 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I feel so great when our carpets get cleaned once a year. I almost want to do it every 6 months but it isn’t exactly cheap!

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19 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Pimento cheese mac & cheese…OMG. Sounds so good.
I can’t find those darn caramel Oikos… where did you get yours? Earth Fare?

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20 Kath February 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

Harris Teeter!

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21 Lisa @bakebikeblog February 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

oooh that mac n cheese looks great! We are having cheesy pasta for dinner tonight too :)

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22 Alicia February 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

woah fun day planned! sounds excellent.

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23 Leslie @ Chomp! February 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

i still can’t believe you’ve been getting up so early… i can’t get up at 7AM very easy although i suppose its all about routine!!

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24 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Gosh, so many yummy eats on here! That dinner looks so colorful… love it! And I totally need to find me some Caramel Oikos. It sounds amazing. I’d be a bit worried about it being thick too, but glad to hear it’s nice and creamy. :)

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25 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm

i had NO idea you could purchase BISCOFF!!!!

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26 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Aw, I love that they gave you Biscoff! I’m headed to New Zealand (well, Australia first) on Monday and am SO excited. It’s summer there! :D

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27 Stacey February 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

The mac and cheese looked good. I’ll have to try that.

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28 Light Delight with TouTou February 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

caramel oikos looks really good :-D gotta try some !

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29 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) February 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Yum, those cheesy shells look so good! I need to try Oikos new Greek yogurt flavors, they look delish.

Jenn

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30 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Aww, that was so thoughtful of them to get you your favorite cookies. They are so dang tasty! Also, greens + mac = match made in flavor heaven. I love it!

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31 Lindsay February 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Isn’t the Caramel Oikos AMAZING? Oh my gosh. Talk about love at first taste. I also tried overnight oats for the first time this morning (with a base of low fat plain Oikos) based on some of your overnight oats recipes from previous posts, and I couldn’t help but be enamored. Between the overnight oats and the Caramel Oikos love, I feel like I’ve died and gone to Greek yogurt heaven. What a place to be…
Thanks for the Greek yogurt inspiration, Kath!

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32 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Ah, I’m drying to try those sweet Oikos. I have 5 diff coupons for Oikos, but can’t find it anywhere in my area – gah. Enjoy your early, yet leisurely?, morning =)

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33 Ellen February 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Awww, poor man in the blue shirt. Maybe he didn’t realize…. :(

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34 Kath February 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

Probably not. Perhaps I was too harsh, but he was breathing so hard in my direction!

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35 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

what a great parting gift, and totally appropriate :) sounds like a great dinner…hope you and Matt have a great time tonight :)

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36 Run Sarah February 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm

That caramel Oikos look so yummy! I like the idea of adding some SPICE to Annie’s Mac and Cheese, I’ll have to try that!

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37 Jamie February 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

AHH i want to try the caramel!!! Whenever I get ice cream sundaes I HAVE to have caramel sauce! I need to pick some of those oikos up asap!

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38 Amy February 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I really wish that they carried Oikos around here…but sadly they don’t! We get the other stoneyfield yogurts just not that one :(

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39 Laura February 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Where is she headed in New Zealand? :) I’m in Central Otago, in the South Island. If you and Matt ever decide to take a trip this way, you’ll have to do a southern hemisphere reader meet-up!

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40 Kath February 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

The South island!! Not sure where exactly, but she’s going to be biking – on a bike trip.

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41 KathHubRag February 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm

My husband always adds at least Tabasco to all Mac ‘n’ cheese – even the kind I make from scratch – but pimentos! that throws it over the top. I must find the yogurt – my Whole Foods does not have this – I am going in to beg for it tomorrow… Great post! Thanks!

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42 Jenn @ Livewellfit February 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I love Annies! She is such a dream. :)

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43 Katharine February 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm

That yogurt sounds so good! I hope it comes to stores near me soon. :) Congrats again on finishing up this portion – you’re on your way!

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44 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

love annie’s shells and cheese – got me thru college!

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45 amanda February 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Ewww I hate stinky breath!

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46 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I feel the same about pasta and have to have some other sort of heft.

How nice for you to take Karen to the airport. I’m sure she appreciates the return of her generosity.

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47 Jil February 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Aww, that was so sweet of them!! Can’t go wrong with Annie’s and veggies!!

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48 Katheryn February 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I’m jealous that Karen is off to New Zealand. Where will she be traveling? My husband and I moved there seven years ago so he could work on LOTR movies. We ended up staying there for five years, had two children and have been back in the states for two years. We miss NZ every day – Karen will love it!

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49 Kath February 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

SO COOL your hub worked on LOTR!!!!! We are huuuge fans and would love to come see Mt. Doom sometime.

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50 Kaite@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Oh stinky gym people, I wish I could tell you. I think the guy next to me yesterday wasn’t wearing deodorant. It was awful!

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51 Emilyeatsclean February 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I never cooked kale myself. I’ve bought it from the Earth Fare deli and really liked it. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl soon! :)

-emily http://www.emilyeatsclean.wordpress.com

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52 Cole February 12, 2010 at 12:11 am

That trail mix looks great!

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53 Ashley February 12, 2010 at 1:58 am

Cute gifts!!! I’m sooo glad you like the Oikos!! I’m not big on super sweet yogurt, so I thought you might like it. I couldn’t believe how REAL the caramel tasted. Yummo…I have 1 chocolate left in the fridge and my stomach is grumbling..hmmm ;) I like the chocolate almost as much…still good + not too sweet! Your morning sounds INtense!

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54 Stickler For Spelling February 12, 2010 at 2:12 am

At first I thought it was just a slip of the hand, but you’ve done it multiple times so obviously you must not know….. sriracha has no T in it. Misspelled words is a pet peeve of mine, I hope this doesn’t come across as rude.

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55 Kath February 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

Sorry, I didn’t know.

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56 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 12, 2010 at 3:21 am

4.45 is TOO early, what a good friens you are!
I’ve found regular gym workouts don’t touch me at all now I’m running fit. The longer you run, the harder you need to cross train to get tired! Not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing yet…

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57 Hannah February 12, 2010 at 4:40 am

Yay! I’m so glad you like the yogurt, I did too! I maybe would have had a teensy bit less caramel, but I guess I was eating it more as a snack than dessert, so at times I thought it bordered on too sweet.

Also, your dinner is so pretty! All the colours!

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58 christie @ honoring health February 12, 2010 at 6:32 am

I have been trying out mixing up kale with other veggies but I never thought of broccoli. I need to give that a try, probably tonight. We have salmon on the menu!

I’m having an amazing grass giveaway on my blog!

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59 Paige February 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

There is nothing worse than a non-sweat workout at the gym. I know exactly what you are talking about! It makes you feel like you were there, but didn’t really do anything. I have found a way that guarantees sweat everytime…If I am doing the elliptical or the stationary bike, I put it on the “cardio” setting, and it makes me keep my heart rate in cardio “zone.” It always makes for a great sweaty workout!!!

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60 Spiceaholic February 12, 2010 at 7:47 am

Love all the bright colors going on in your dinner.

I’m still trying to find those caramel Oikos — must be looking in the wrong stores!

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61 Heather (Skinny Ambition) February 12, 2010 at 7:59 am

The mug is perfect! I’ll have to try the Oikos, hope my store has them!

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62 Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 12, 2010 at 8:20 am

AWw what sweet going away presents!! I LOVE the new caramel Oikos!!

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63 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) February 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

That’s so sweet that they got you Biscoff! I bet you’re thrilled. Glad you have a day to take your time and get a run in. Enjoy!

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64 Pam February 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

Supper looked great…yummy!

Enjoy!

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65 Sophie @ yumventures February 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

Pasta never fills me up either…what is that?! We only use it as a “we have no other food in the house” last resort.

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66 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

Funny – I had Annie’s shells n cheese last night too! I always mix mine with canned tuna, sauteed mushrooms and green peas… it’s just like tuna noodle casserole that way, plus more protein and bulk keeps me satisfied.

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67 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

That was my husband’s go-to meal last night … Annie’s mac with steamed veggies. I don’t think we’ll be buying KD anymore!

Love that mug!

K

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68 Nora@LiveLifeEatRight February 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

That yogurt looks fantastic!!! I bet it would be good with some carob chips and raspberries!

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69 krista February 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I totally hear ya about people with bad breath at the gym.. I’ve been on a few machines next to people with HORRID breath and it can really ruin a workout. Personally, I can handle the smell of body odor better than bad breath smell. And I never enter the gym without a piece of mint gum in my mouth so hopefully I’ve never been a “bad breather”! :-)

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70 Phae February 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

That mac and cheese looks amazing! I always had it when I was younger, so I still love it, lol. That’s exactly why I ALWAYS brush my teeth before I go to the gym (if i’m at home), or at least pop a mint…you just never know! I tried the caramel myself…delish! I can’t wait to try the chocolate too!

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