Free-bies for Me-Me!

Am I lucky or what?! From the past 3 nights I had work, I came home with free goodies (from the goodie fairy, naturally) each night!!! Ch-ch-check it out:

Night #1:

free goodies Back to Nature WW Crackers, Odwalla Light Limeade, Tasty Bite Multi-grain Pilaf

Night #2:

free bread & bar (Store-baked) WW Pan bread & a Belly Bar  (no, I’m not preggers, but the nutrition isn’t bad!)

Night #3:

free soap Kiss My Face soap (yes, kiss it!)

I like working in the morning, because the “bar guy” who orders & gets samples from bars & different companies sometimes gives me extras or past-“sell-by” items, but he’s usually gone by the time I get there, so… the ways I get these goods are: 

  • Returns. If someone decides they didn’t actually want it, or something is “wrong” with it (I don’t take it, if it’s actually tainted, but some people are very particular!), it’s fair game.
  • Past the “Sell By” date, which is still good to eat, just not to sell. It sits on the table in the back room & anyone can take it, if it has that bright orange “Paid” sticker!
  • An abundance of something, from an order. Sometimes people special-order something & it doesn’t sell on the shelf, so we “get rid” of it! Yippee!
  • Samples.
  • …sometimes extra reasons, too, it just varies!

ALSO, a big THANK YOU to Heather for sending me my *prize* of Jay Robb Chocolate Rice Protein. By the way, I’m friends with Jay on Facebook (yeah, I can call him “Jay” or maybe “J” or “J-Ro” because we’re friends & tizz-ight!) Any suggestions as to how to use this protein?!

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Itchin’ for something

jasper scratch Jasper i& I have been itchin‘ for something… from “scratch?!” 

Tucker looks at his brother: tucker look

dsc05180 What is it, boy?!

Before we see if Jasper can help me satisfy our itches, I got some more freebies from work!

dsc05167 < Greens + Chocolate Energy Bar… & I bought a new flavor (for me) because some co-workers rave about the Grape. Eh, so-so. Kombucha is “cheap” at $2.50 right now… who am I, shelling out $2.50 for a drink?! Cheaper than booze, I suppose & it still makes me feel BUZZIN‘!!!

So, this is what the bar looks like, outside & in:

dsc05169 dsc05170 dsc05175 it’s green from all the goodness in it! Seriously, some pretty awesome ingredients. It’s a little low in protein, but it’s not a “protein bar” (they have those), it’s an “energy bar.” 

Oh guess what? I finished 2 boxes of tea in the cupboard, so… I tried another brand’s Chai tea. Seriously, I love tea, but I’ve had better. I like TwiningsEarl Gray (Grey?), but this isn’t bad, especially all sweet & s’milky!

twinings chai tea

OKAY, so ya know what I was itchin’ for?! FRIED RICE!!! haha, I am sorry, but it’s really not unhealthy! Ingredients:

 

  • brown rice
  • mixed veggies
  • an egg
  • some spicy chili-Asian sauce
  • a touch of olive oil & Bragg’s

 

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I also added cashews after I needed a little more *crunch* & substance. Hit the spot, wherever that may be.

dsc05130 Ahhh! Satisfaction!

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Breaking the fast, x3

What is a girl to do, when her morning starts like this?:

empty tea

an empty box of tea!!! Well, I don’t just have one, so I’ve got back-up. Normally, I choose a black tea in the morning, but I reached for something else instead, out of necessity & un-boredom (yes: un-boredom!)

green tea tropical Green Tea Tropical, by Mighty Leaf… & a Mighty Leaf, it was! Then, my tummy said “FOOD? (yes) FOOOOODDD!!!” So, I made some oat bran, campfire-style, with cinnamon, walnuts, Agave, a banana & s’milk. Check it out, yo:

dsc05138 Not hot cocoa here! I ate it with a long stirring-spoon, but also pretended it was hot cocoa…  dsc05140 Giant mug of goodness: good morning!

Other breakfast parts I’ve had lately?! I thought you’d never ask…

This guy is worried, but it’s all gonna be okay: dsc05102 < a couple of eggs fryin‘ up

dsc05108 dsc05109 < ww bagel, with avocado, greens, eggs & herbed cream cheese under the eggie, with tea! (I had some grapes & yogurt, too)

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So, yes, I am very fortunate to work where I do & I have a passion for what we do & sell (health food store!) I get a great discount, have met so many great people & learn a lot when I’m there. Sometimes I get free stuff that is about to expire by the sell-by date (still good to consume, just unable to sell without refunds!), or products that are special-ordered, but only, like, 2 people end up buying it, so we discontinue selling something. ANYWAY, last night was a lucky night for me!

Look what I left with: vans blondie bites & dsc05155 Jackpot?! Yeah! This stuff probably would have cost me almost $25, what do ya think? 

So, this morning I had some French Toast Sticks (not from France, though!) They look like this, out of the box: dsc05157 & this on a plate, with some Smart Balance, apple butter & cinnamon (no maple syrup, wah!) dsc05164

AND this group of all-stars: dsc05162 to make a lil’ “yogurt-mess” with an apple. Yes, I ate the Dannon full-fat Plain yogurt. It’s rich & creamy & deeeee-lish! Not as tart as some lower-fat brands/kinds.

Now, you’re ready to start your day 3 TIMES, with 3 BREAKFASTS!!! I know all you bloggies love breakfast.

WEEEEE, have a great weekend!!! Any plans?!

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The Beatles speak again:

HELP! I need somebody, HELP! not just anybody… (YOU?!) Read on…(please!)

Remember when we would rather be “WOKKING?!” (I admit I kept thinking it was meant to be working, but it made more sense if it was a play on walking, since it was a car & they were driving!) Well, now look what’s being advertised:

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Cute! Of course, this was in the parking lot after yoga! Hippie-freaks Earth-lovers! ☮

So… ho-hum, what’s going on in the world of OP?! During my long no-blog-time, I was contemplating stopping the blog! Just vanishing- *poof!* But, I really do like it & I’d miss it too much. I love reading your blogs, too, & commenting. How weird would it be if I commented, without having an online identity?! Oh, shame! I’m sorry to say this was what I was thinking, but happy to report that I’ll continue! I love writing! I love the community! I want to RAVE about more than what I’ve been doing… (I’m better than that, right?! hah!)

Okay, okay. I also want to ask you guys for some help here. I want to make a “Recipes” section/page on this site. But I also want to make it through a link, so you can search it, without hitting the arrow down, through all of the recipes! Can anyone help a sistah’ out?! Okay, this is me, being helpless! PLEASE & THANKS!

GRUB!!! I made the Smokey Split Pea Soup from E,D&BV (love it!), but I didn’t add the smoked tofu it called for. I also used smoked paprika instead of regular, so it was still “smokin‘!”

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served with these “everything” pretzels–> dsc05009 

I also made a new batch of hummus. I go through one batch by myself, per week. Luckily, my new ED&BV has an entire section for hummus (& dips)!!! This makes me a happy girl! I’ve tried 3 so far, but this batch was modified, from Dreena’s version: it contained curry, raisins & tomatoes, along with the “regular” stuff:

dsc05116 dsc05119 < part of a raisin on one side of the carrot, tomato piece on the other… not so friendly!

THEN, I had a great idea! This hummus is spicy, but it’s also kind of sweet (think Indian cuisine!), so it would be great with a mango chutney, or something… well, I didn’t have mango chutney on hand (ha!), so I improvised, sammich-style! I used these guys on each side of a toasted ww bagel:

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& added these guys (onion, cucumber & sprouts):

dsc05125 to get this: dsc05127

Va-Va-Voom!!! GREAT combo, if I say so myself!!!

I’m going to try to mix up the posts a little more. What do you want to see? As I’ve suggested before:

  • tea time?
  • health-nut food store people & stories?
  • entire day’s worth of food (because I just post parts of meals & only some of them)?
  • doggie-stuff?
  • contests?
  • OTHER?! Should I dedicate a specific day to one of these ideas (such as “Tea-time-Tuesday” & “Weird Health Store Wednesday” etc.)?

Also, I’ve been feeling VERY CRAMPY during my running (I am running further & longer lately- RAWR!!!)- any tips, advice or insight to this?! My appetite goes away for a few hours, but then once I do get hungry, it’s NON-STOP!!! I don’t mind eating (:-D) but I want to feel more “regular” with meals & hunger!!!

SO: I have a few requests in this post. I hope ya’ll (someone!) can help me out! Youz guyz iz great! 

(I am so vulnerable here…)

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Sweat Shop

I’m Miss OP, & I support them:

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^ this shirt was a lighter color before I visited the sweat shop. It was certainly lighter in weight. It was very dry, but it became wet… with sweat. (Sorry if you’re grossed out… it’s only natural!)

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I’m really talking about one of my latest visits here:

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…because it makes me sweat!

It’s really beautifully decorated outside, with a garden area & an outdoor canopy/cover with chairs & couches (to the right, once you walk past this welcome arch).

I have been LOVING yoga lately: Hot, Power, Hatha, Vinyasawhatever I can get! I’ve even started doing it on my own, from what I remember from classes & from this podcast I found at Yoga to the People!

Upon leaving the Yoga Village, they serve some of my favorite Yogi Tea (Chai) with s’milk & honey. Definitely makes getting through the challenging class: the way it makes me feel + the delicious inner warmth of the tea!

I’ll leave you with a quote that hangs on the wall- I hope you like it:

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Never Give Up!

I know I haven’t been around lately… I’ve been busily working on school stuff & my summer plans, but I am still photo-ing my rave-worthy eats & doings! AND I’m still reading & commenting on your blogs!

Have a great week, darlings! ☮

(DISCLAIMER: I do not support “Sweat-Shops”- just places that make me sweat!)

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Oh, look what I’ve done

…look what I’ve done & eaten, lately, I mean:

Sweet Kristina from Stonyfield Farm sent me a bunch of fun stuff! Coupons, free Oikos & a canvas bag to lug it all out of the store! Thanks, Kristina! I look forward to trying all the products & telling my lovely e-friends about the delicious orgasmic organic treats!

Oikos

Because my camera was M-I-A, maybe in a Paper Plane (…), I took some MacBook photos, weeee! Here, we have golden oats, with (beige-not-golden) oat bran/oatmeal, a Golden Delicious apple, golden raisins… I just needed a golden crown or something:

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Yeah, it was tastyyyy! photo-28

pretzel < I must rave about these babies. When I buy salted pretzels, I pretty much end up picking off the salt. It’s like a game, but my mouth becomes raw if I don’t! (ick!) So now, (DUH to me!) I buy unsalted pretzels! They’re soo addicting! Here, I dipped them in: half homemade hummus & half Dijon mustard! (I’m sorry Matt, but this mustard ROCKS the hizz-ouse!!!) 

dsc04802 < another unidentifiable bowl of oats! Why do I keep taking pictures of them, if they look the same? I’d assume it has walnuts, a banana, some s’milk, cinnamon & other goodies in it, but it’s a mystery now!

tea < give it up for some Oregon love! Stash Tea is manufactured close to Portland (Tigard), so I love it more! I got the double spice Chai tea & WOW, I looooove it, especially sweetened & (s’)milky! I’ll rave about this, too!

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^ tempeh-veggie-avocado-BBQ (sauce) sammich! The tempeh isn’t cooked. Just in the raw- very scandalous

dsc04886 < sauteed veggies (green beans, squash & zucchini), tempe-teh (from ED&BV- YES, I ordered it… LOVE IT & can’t wait to make different hummus from the entire section it has about it!), with a side of that Dijon to dip, a whole wheat roll with buttah’ & a baked sweet ‘tater with more buttah’, brown sugar & cinnamon

& because I saw this –> wok

I made this: 

stir-fry dsc04898

I used green curry paste & subbed s’milk for the coconut milk, with veggies & tempeh. A stir-fry that was creamy & divine!

dsc04804 < I made this with frozen mango,  s’milk & some plain yogurt to thicken it more. Very good & refreshing!

dsc04780 < can you spy a boy in a tuxedo?!

OH-EM-GEE! Guess what I saw back in Target, just yesterday?!

luna

My favorite Luna bar: PB Cookie (Nutz Over Chocolate is back, too)- from the recall. I’ve honestly been neglecting my girl Luna, as they’re getting really sweet, but this flavor (PB Cookie!) totally makes me & my taste buds happy! I sincerely hope this “PB-scare” is gone for good!

I am so very jealous of Heather’s yoga journey! I’m happy she was able to do it (you-go-girlfriend!), especially because of my love of yoga lately. Check out her final review of her workshop!

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Good Things Come in Shoe Boxes

bama box <Brooks, Men’s size?!

As soon as I opened the box, I got a HUGE whiff of PEANUT BUTTER!!! (Totally Matt-style!)

inside box

My friend Matt at Run, Live and Enjoy sent me a whole box of goodies, including: Justin’s nut-butter packets, Kashi pilaf, Kashi bars (Pumpkin Pie & soft-baked Apple Spice), Kashi Chewy bar, Larabar, Blueberry-Almond granola, Clif Shot Blocks, Running Times magazine &… 

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^PB Blondies (look at that HUGE chunk of PB on the 2nd picture!!!) I left it in the baggie because, well, it’s MINE (muahahaha!!!) & I already shared enough… Apparently, he was inspired by no other than Veggie Girl, but with the gluten! These are SoOoO divine- THANKS, MATT!!!

If you haven’t checked out Matt’s blog, you should!!! He’s a (very) active college student who eats well & runs even better! And… he’s pretty cool!

dsc04900 (says OP & the box!)

And because my carpets are clean, I’ll show you:

jasper vacuum

He (Jasper!) climbed up on my mom’s shoulders to try to get protection from the big-bad vacuum cleaner!!!

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