WIAW #58

Good Wednesday Morning Everyone! It is my last WIAW in Phoenix for a while. I have been running around town like crazy the past few days trying to tie up loose ends before I leave tomorrow. I ended up getting rid of all my furniture and will be driving to California and moving into my new home on Monday. As side from settling in I am looking forward to sleeping in a bed again. It has been a tolerable but long 2 weeks on the camping mattress on the floor! As if I didn’t have enough to do yesterday I ended my day praying that this paint would come off car. I was driving behind a truck when cans rolled off and I ended up driving over one as I was unable to swerve out of the way. The whole passenger side of my car, rims, and tires were covered. After freaking out and frantic googling a solution I tried to take it off with water. Thankfully it did come off the body and rims with washing as must have been latex based. The tires are still painted but at least the body and rims look like they did before. Phew.
CarNot sure if Starbucks still has this promo but check it out if you are interested.
IMG_2475I picked it up last week as it caught my eye. I usually don’t pay attention as the freebies are games or music I am not into. This app looks great after a quick scroll through it. Definitely need to check it out in more depth soon.
IMG_2477Time for a brief WIAW as I take a break from packing and organizing for the move. Thanks Jenn for hosting once again!

Strawberries were on sale for $0.97/lb and make a great leftover free addition to my breakfast.
IMG_2489I ended up getting home a lot later for lunch then I had planned due to crazy Phoenix drivers and traffic. There were tons of crashes on almost every major freeway throughout the day! I was starving and quickly sliced up some berries and added cottage cheese. I used to have this all the time a child. Totally hit the spot.
IMG_2486Dinner was a freezer use up meal of frozen peppers, cauliflower rice, and diced chicken burger. Added some ketchup, mustard, and relish on top. Tasty use up meal in a bowl meal
IMG_2481Ate a few remaining pickles on the side too
IMG_2491Ended the day snacking on popcorn and some frozen cherries.

Hope you all have a great weekend (Crazy that it will Aug on Sat!).

Can’t wait to catch up next week from the west coast!


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WIAW #57

Good morning and happy Wednesday friends! As you know Wednesdays are a chance to link up with Jenn and join the WIAW fun. I am counting down the days until I will be moving to Southern California at the end of the month. Thanks though to mother nature I will now having to take a 2-3hour detour through San Diego as the main interstate between Phoenix and LA is closed due to a bridge washout and collapse. I ended up selling my bed and mattress on Craigslist and am now hoping someone will buy my sofa before I have to slash the price. The money that I did get from my bed has all been spent on these delicious summer treats.
IMG_2468My standards summer fruit is quite high. I will pay for good tasting and high quality non mushy/over ripe fruit as I know the season is short and they are so good. In Phoenix the best cherries in taste and condition has been at Whole Foods. They have had this ‘sale’ on for the past month. Can’t get enough of cherries this week!

Breakfast on Monday was some leftover watermelon I had in the fridge along side my old standby breakfast. I did pick up a new variety of coffee. I prefer light blends and tried out the Allegro Breakfast Blend from Whole Foods. It has been really good.
IMG_2458When I finally got home after running errands all morning I was starving. Luckily I toasted up an english muffin and topped it with Nuttzo. I have almost finished the jar as I didn’t want to have to throw out the pricy nut spread when I move. Numerous sweet cherries were the perfect side dish!
IMG_2467Supper on Monday was a home run. I was catching up on some blog reading that morning and saw Lindsay had posted about rutabega ‘fries‘. I decided to give the method a whirl for supper that night. I tend to not make oven fries as I have never been able to get them crispy and not soggy. I picked up a rutabaga at the supermarket and tried out the recipe. I think cutting them 1/2′ wide made the difference. I did cook them at 450C but for a little longer than Lindsay suggested. They were awesome…especially when dipped in good old ketchup. It was the perfect accompaniment to by frozen chicken burger.
IMG_2463I also had some iceberg lettuce salad on the side. I wanted a break from the usual kale or spinach mixes but still was wanting salad. This has been great. The crunch is definitely something that kale or spring mixes can’t match!
IMG_2461I ended the day by snacking on popcorn while stretching out on the couch and the tv
IMG_2465Hope you all have a great week and are enjoying summer fruit and some tasty eats :)

Are you a fan of home made oven ‘fries’?




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WIAW #56

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I have been super busy planning and figuring out my move to California. I made a day trip out to finalize an apartment on Monday. I left super early and got to Orange County almost 6 hours later. I only spent an hour or so in the area before getting back in the car and making the drive back. It was a long day on the road but was good to officially have a lease on a place. I’ll be moving at the beginning of August officially…it feels much more real now. Now on the endless list of other moving tasks to do!
Time now though for another weekly look at everyone’s great food thanks to Jenn and the WIAW linkup.
Breakfast was the last of the container of decent cherries with some frozen grapes, Kodiak Cakes, and coffee. The cherries here were awesome for a week but are now over ripe and mushy at the stores. I picked up a watermelon to enjoy this week instead.
IMG_2446Roadtrip snack was my last Bearded Brother bar and a coffee
IMG_2205I went to a small cafe called Mead’s Green Door Cafe near my new place to celebrate the lease approval. I was looking for something quick to eat before the drive home. I picked a veggie sandwich that was really good except I assumed it would have black not green olives so I removed those…just not a green olive fan :) I will definitely be adding it to my list of places to check out again once I settle in.
IMG_2443I stopped for gas in Palm Springs on the way home and felt like a McDonald’s ice cream cone on the hot day. I had a bit of the ice cream but it didn’t taste great so I pitched it. Not sure if it was the ice cream or just wasn’t appealing to me. Bummer :(

Once I got home I had almost no fresh food I thew together some veggies from the fridge that survived my weekend away and cooked a frozen chicken burger. These Costco burgers are made with hormone free chicken and only have chicken and real spices in them. Great quick supper stand by option.
IMG_2392I finished off with popping some popcorn and stretched out and relaxing on the couch after the long day on the road. (please excuse the old photo!)
IMG_2037Hope you all have been having a great week and are staying cool and enjoying some delicious summer eats! Hope you have access to fresh and ripe summer fruit in your area. I can’t wait to visit some of the California farmer’s markets for a great selection of fresh produce.

Thanks again to Jenn and friends for hosting the weekly WIAW linkup!


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WIAW #55

Happy WIAW friends! Hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend with friends and family. I got some wonderful news last Thursday in the form of a dream job offer. I will be moving to California at the beginning on August and taking this job at a hospital not to far from Disneyland! I am beyond excited and (nervous in a good way) about what’s to come and the quickness that things will all be happening. While I have visited Orange County and LA before I have never been to Disneyland or the parks. My Mom thinks it is ironic that I will be working and living so close to Disney now. Maybe I will have to go check out what all the hype is about one day once I move. I’ve been trying to find a place to rent/lease/VRBO/AirBNB and make all the arrangements. Today I was looking at some photos I took during the time I was in Huntington Beach to run the half marathon. That event/trip is something I think of often. I took this photo on the pier the day after the race. Hard to believe it will be my home in a few weeks.
IMG_0372Time for a break from that planning though to share my recent meals thanks to Jenn and the WIAW party!
Breakfast was coffee, pancakes with maple syrup, and cherries. Stopped by Whole Foods while they were still on sale and bought some more. Nothing says summer like fresh cherries.
IMG_2435I picked up this new to me flavor of La Croix at Target. I stocked up on Lime and Orange which I like but had never tried this flavor. It is pretty good. I usually stick to the cheaper flavors so not sure I would routinely buy this but it is a good change. I’ve been drinking a ton of water with the hot temps
IMG_2436Lunch was a toasted english muffin with Nuttzo along side some cherries and a handful of blueberries. I had taken a break from eating blueberries after having some stomach issues in May when I was eating them. I picked some up and had a handful with lunch and unfortunately the same symptoms returned immediately. Not sure if it is an irritation/allergy/intolerance/chemical or what to the berry or something on them.
IMG_2432Afternoon snack of cold La Croix and rice cakes with raisins and Nuttzo. I opened a jar recently and have been really enjoying it. Nice change from Almond or PB.
IMG_2437Last week I decided to celebrate my job news with something special for supper. I spotted this frozen pizza at Whole Foods and once seeing it was from California decided to enjoy it. It was really good. The onions and mushrooms were flavorful and excellent. It was’t overly cheesy which I like as someone who isn’t a huge fan of cheese.
IMG_2427Full of Life has a restaurant that I may need to visit one day once I move.
IMG_2422Last night for dinner I tossed together some bell pepper and onion with TJ riced cauliflower and some salsa. I added a piece of rainbow trout from Sizzlefish. I am all about quick and minimal effort required meals in a bowl some days!
IMG_2409Ended the day with some air popped popcorn again
IMG_2378And some frozen grapes. It has been my evening snack combo lately. Addicted to the cold grapes! Switched it up from green to red this time.
IMG_2438That’s a wrap for this WIAW. I’m off to continue the hunt for housing. Hope you all are having some great summer food and have a great week!

Have you ever rented off of VRBO or AirBNB?
Do you live in Southern California?
Any recommendations of things to check out? Julie always seems to find fun events and delicious food and I am hoping to check out some of her favs!
Have you been to Disneyland or are you like me and have never been?


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WIAW #54

Good Morning! I can’t believe it is July 1st. Is it just me or did June fly by? Happy Canada Day to my friends back in Canada today! I am starting to search for my next travel nurse job as I only have another month left at my current one. I am eyeing Southern California right now but am browsing tempting locations nationwide. Seeing as it is Wednesday it is time for another WIAW thanks to Jenn and friends.

I am switching things up on the breakfast front here this week. The other day I was in Sprouts and spotted these purple corn tortillas. I usually don’t buy them as I find they are too large in size but these ones were small and the color was intriguing. I microwaved some egg and topped it with salsa which was good but resulted in a bit juicier wrap/fold than I had wanted. Oh well it still tasted good. I enjoyed some great cherries and coffee along side as well.
IMG_2397Mid morning I had a couple of rice cakes with Nuttzo and raisins. I remember making ‘ants on a log’ as a kid (celery, with peanut butter, and raisins) and upon seeing the bag in the pantry decided to throw some on the cake. It was a great decision.
IMG_2398Lunch was a cold veggies that I had in the fridge. I had some leftover veggies from dinner and put them in a container with some orange vinaigrette and pepper to marinate them. It could have used a tad more vinegar to enhance the flavor but was a good use up. I got the idea after seeing this recent recipe from the Whole Foods weekly email. I also toasted up an english muffin and topped it with Nuttzo.
IMG_2391Mid afternoon repeat snack of my rice cake combo but added a can of La Croix. Love that bubbly drink.

Dinner was a home run today. With an upcoming move happening I need to start to use up some of the items in my freezer I cooked my first piece of cod from the Sizzlefish order that I placed a few weeks ago. I thawed the fish and cooked it in the oven after seasoning it with a chipotle blend. I then added it to a couple more of those tortillas. I was going to add some lettuce to them but the tortilla was so small that I thought it would burst. Instead I enjoyed a salad on the side. I also enjoyed a cold beer because tacos and beer seem like the perfect combo to me.
IMG_2399I some air popped popcorn which I added some siriacha sauce and mixed it through to give a bit of bite to the snack. Snacking on it while on the computer, and on a white couch though was a not a good idea. Moments after taking this photo the cushion covers were in the wash. Oops :)
IMG_2402Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th! I’ll be working but hope you all enjoy some great time with family and friends….and some great food too!

I recently bought a jar of nutritional yeast. Any must try recipes that I should try?
Any favorite summer dishes you have been enjoying lately?
Any plans for the holiday weekend?


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WIAW #53

Happy first official Wednesday of the summer! Hopefully you are all actually enjoying some summer weather and not stormy unsettled weather. It is hot here in Phoenix but it isn’t really bothering me much. I feel like I may be jinxing myself by admitting this but I have still yet to turn on my AC in my condo. It is surprisingly cool inside (82-86) depending on the time of day. Running the ceiling fan and a tower fan at night seems to be sufficient and the savings on the power bill is the best part. Hopefully my luck continues! The downside of the temps is that the outside temp is crazy hot and I know vigorous exercise is not wise. Since I am not a fan of waking up on a day off at 4am to beat the heat, I am installing utilizing my condo gym. It was 95F at 9 am when I came back from the gym this morning.
IMG_2382Breakfast this morning was still pancakes and coffee with the addition of these ripe and juicy strawberries. I had hoped to find some cherries but the ones at Costco were kinda rough looking. These berries however have been excellent.
IMG_2379After the gym I drank a ton of cold water and ate a couple of rice cakes with Nuttzo. Yesterday I this combo on my mind out of the blue. I already had the Nuttzo at home but picked up the rice cakes yesterday. It hit the spot.
IMG_2373I was out and missed being home for lunch. I instead picked up a 6oz container of raspberries and ate them along side a blueberry RxBar.
IMG_2385I also had a couple of these excellent pickles by Ruuska. I was browsing at Whole Foods the other day and was looking for a pickle to have with dinner. I spotted these and they are wonderful. It is a small business company from Cape Cod and the flavor of these pickles is spot on. Not over powering with garlic and tons of fresh dill sprigs surround the fresh cucumbers. They are throughout some Whole Foods. I also got the spicy ones but haven’t tried them yet.
IMG_2375After a bit of pool time I made myself a couple more rice cakes and sipped on a La Croix
IMG_2384Dinner was a partial success. I cooked a fillet of salmon and some frozen beans which were good but the rice was a failure and I ended up not eating it. I think I just overcooked it in the microwave as it had been frozen.
IMG_2377Later in the evening I popped some popcorn
IMG_2378and snacked on some frozen grapes while catching up on some tv. Still addicted to frozen grapes lately! This bag is shrinking quickly as I can’t get enough of the cold snack :)
IMG_2386Hope you all have a great rest of the week filled with delicious food!

Are you a fan of frozen fruit?
Are you a pickle fan?

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the fun weekly WIAW linkup as always. Make sure to head over and check out the other posts.


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WIAW #52

When I wrote the header for the post and realized it is week #52 of me joining in with Jenn for the WIAW linkup I guess it is also marking one year since I started this blog. I have learned so much and really have enjoyed connecting with so many and making many new friends. Thanks to everyone who has read or stopped by and read my posts. Yesterday I finally posted the coleslaw recipe I was talking about the past few weeks.

Now a look at some of the meals from last week.

I am switching it up and showing my hotel breakfast on the mornings I work. Since I am working 12 hour shifts at this new job it is 6-8 hours before I get a chance to eat or drink anything. I have been making Kodiak Cake pancake batter mini muffins before I leave to drive to Tucson on Fridays. I then eat the mini pancake muffins and have a small yogurt before grabbing a coffee on the way to the hospital. I haven’t had yogurt in a while but have been trying to find some protein dense foods to add to breakfast.
IMG_23567 hours later I downed 32oz of cold water and ate lunch. For work lunches I have been having another serving of Kodiak Cake pancakes, yogurt, and a Bearded Brother bar. It seems to be holding me over the rest of the day (approx 6-7 hours) until I get off and can eat and drink. This orange and ginger flavor is my favorite so far.
IMG_2360I spent Monday running errands and grocery shopping. Costco had boxes of Life cereal on sale for $4.40 so I pick up another box and have been snacking on it mid morning and mid afternoon. (Yum!
IMG_2367Dinner tonight was a cut up chicken sausage mixed into some frozen bell pepper and onion veggies from TJ. I added riced cauliflower and sauce and seasonings. So quick, easy, and flavorful oven free meal. Cold beer and carrots on the side to enjoy on this hot day too :)
IMG_2368Ended the day with these juicy strawberries, some more life cereal,
IMG_2362and some dark mint M&Ms while catching up on my DVR
IMG_2364Hope you all have a great week and weekend ahead and enjoy some delicious meals.

I’ve been thinking of trying out Thredup. Anyone have any good or bad experiences with it? Or suggestions for alternative sites?



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