Gooood morning all!
The Iowa City road trip was great! Ben’s Mom was very surprised to see us and we ate at a stellar pizza joint – Wig and Pen – which makes some inSAne Chicago-style pizza. You know, the kind that’s about 10 inches deep and smothered with a layer of fresh tomato sauce on top? Yeah, that kind. Heaven! On our way home we ran into some MAYjah storms. Check this out!
Have you ever in your life seen a storm cloud like this? (Don’t worry I wasn’t driving and snapping pics – I took this from the passenger seat.) It looked like a UFO! We literally saw where the wall of rain started and drove straight into it. Super crazy, cars pulled off to the side of the road, can’t hear yourself talk kind of rain. Thankfully though, we made it home safely 🙂
I spent the rest of the evening getting ready for the week and went to bed super early. I’ve been a go-to-bed early gal all weekend! Love it.
This morning after my Mom walk, I channeled my inner Bugs Bunny and had a Carrot Cake CLIF Bar and Carrot Chips with Almond Butter for breakfast!
If you ever get a chance to pick up this CLIF Bar – I beg you, do it! Read my full review here. It is so close to the real thing that if I shut my eyes, I’d swear I was in a sweet little cafe sipping cappuccino and eating a big slice of cake…
Instead, I’m in my kitchen having some Folgers…hey, whatever works 🙂 This bar also has 10g of protein and 5g of fiber. Pretty stellar for something that tastes like dessert!
Here’s my carrot chips with almond butter. Or rather, my almond butter with carrot chips. I tend to lick the AB straight off the carrot and then eat all the chips at the end. I can’t help it…sometimes I just need that AB straight up! 😉
For lunch today I packed a big salad – I love starting off the week with a big salad full of fresh veggies and goodies. It just makes me feel good and sets the tone for the rest of the week. No matter what kind of crap I’ve eaten over the weekend, a healthy salad always brings me home.
Today we’ve got:
- Mixed greens
- Sliced carrots
- Cheddar cheese
- Sliced radishes
- Dried cranberries
I packed light Italian salad dressing with a couple drops of Sesame Oil mixed in to dress the salad. Just these few drops takes both the “light” and “bottled” taste out of the dressing.
Oh, that juicy melon I referenced yesterday is a giNOURmous watermelon, which was so huge that it was difficult to lift onto the cutting board! Thankfully I didn’t have to pay by the pound – the whole thing was only $2.88. Sweeeeet 🙂
I took a giant, four cup tupperware container of it for lunch. Wa-wa-wee-watermelon!
In other news, remember when Ben and I went to Modale, IA back in May? Well, this corn:
has turned into THIS CORN!
It’s the attack of the 10 foot corn! Isn’t that one of the scariest things you’ve ever seen?? Ben and his Dad went to go visit his Grandma, who was Grand Marshall of the Modale Fun Days Parade, this weekend and provided this corn update shot. Here’s the Grand Marshall herself!
Well I took the weekend off from running so I’m hoping to hit the trail after work tonight. Then it’s off to dinner with my dinner-date girls. Have a great day back everyone!