Nikki Noodle

Well, my sissy was visiting this past week and let. me. tell. you. it is VERY hard to focus on school/work/life/blog/anythingelseintheworld when your sister is present and in relaxation/vacation/springbreakmode. So no, I didn’t do my usual food prep last week, no, I haven’t been remembering meals or keeping track of recipes, and yes, I have been enjoying many meals out and wonderful indulgences. But everyone needs that every once in a while right :)?

What I have learned from all of this indulgence in the past week or so is this:

I am definitely lactose intolerant (ok probably not the deep insight you were looking for but oh well…) Rather than a “special occasion” thing, froyo has become more of a “regular outing” thing. Cheese has entered its way back into my diet in full force…



Oh and I might have had one or two three or five bites of this very milky shake… (I might have even had a few bites of the cake despite me “not liking chocolate” because that is definitely starting to change.


So, all that has made for a rather upset stomach. So, while it was fun, cheesy and delicious, it is time for be to get back on the “yogurt as the only for of dairy” train for a while so that I can feel good again. (in case you were wondering…yogurt is much easier to digest and even if you have problems with lactose most can still handle yogurt…although even that hasn’t been the best lately :()

Other than that, it has been another great week full of sunshine. Nicole and I went to Steuben’s for the infamous Gravy Fries (see above), she came to class with me, (and endured some very looooong classes, thanks to pinterest…)

Imagewe hit up Zumba (ooobbvvvioussly)


we made dinner and had it in front of a movie (yum fritattas…my obsession as of late!)



…and then…

We got to spend the day at the spa!



Thanks Mom!!

After the spa we went to Udi’s and split an apple and brie sandwich and a mango chicken and goat cheese salad (see what I mean with the cheese?)


We then went to my favorite bookstore and sat and looked at magazines. Wonderful day. Later that night we hit up D Bar for a Cake and Shake.


The next day she was off and it was all over sooner than it began.

I would say it was a good trip though πŸ™‚

What is your favorite treat/indulgence/snackthatmakesyoufeelsickbutyoueatanyways?



WIAW (where the W stands for weekend)

This weekend was probably the best I have had in a while. I got to spend a lot of quality time with my roommates in the sunshine which was much needed!

On Friday night my sister and her friend Jules flew in. My sister is here for less than a week and somehow managed to pack two large suitcases. Oh and despite the two of them arriving two hours early for their direct flight to Denver, Jules’ luggage ended up in Portland. Good thing Nicole packed enough for the two of them.

While they didn’t get in until about midnight, which meant for a late night to bed, we decided to wake up early and head out to Snooze for breakfast. Definitely worth the lack of sleep.

They brought us a DELICIOUS cinnamon roll pancake to split with white chocolate chips, cinnamon butter, pecansΒ  and I am sure a bunch of other delicious things that I don’t remember but definitely enjoyed!

I got my usual decaf soy cappuccino, which was nice and foamy :). I also ordered the vanilla, almond bruleed oatmeal which was fabulous.

Nicole got eggs and sausage on a pretzel bun, which was actually soft and easy to bite into which made for a delicious combo of flavors. Jules got a benedict with salmon on rye bread. Katie ordered their amazingly delicious french toast and their panacake of the day which had cranberries and lemon noosa. Who can say no to anything that has noosa? We all got to taste that one.

PicMonkey Collage

It was a good way to start to the day πŸ™‚

Afterwords we said goodbye to Nicole and Jules (as they headed off for a weekend in Vail), hopped in the car, pumped up the tunes (where there was definitely some Britney, Jessica and Christina being played) and headed to boulder for some hiking and sunshine.

After that we stopped for ice cream. Oatmeal cookie ice cream anyone? Then back home for supper group, which was Easter themed (no picture, sorry, but ham, egg salad, fruit salad, chocolate eggs….)

The next morning was EASTER, which meant I had a big bowl of cereal!! WOOHOOO


After that we headed to church, came back to campus for a picnic in the sun, came home and dyed Easter eggs outside and then made a Easter dinner Roomie style πŸ™‚

PicMonkey Collage

We made chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese topped with a nice chunky tomato sauce, a salad with peas, slivered almonds and cranberries, hot crossed buns, roasted baby potatoes and this rocking dessert:


Some leftovers of Giorgia’s famous Easter Pie (her Grandma’s specialty!), Lindt chocolate bunny broken into pieces, oatmeal cookie ice cream, and Cadbury eggs, epic presentation and ultimate deliciousness.

It was a fabulous meal.

That’s the weekend…pretty indulgent but more to come on the week later. Lots of good eats but also excited to get back on a normal routine and I have a bunch of new recipes I want to try out!

What is your favorite Easter treat? Do you eat ham?

10 Reasons To Smile: April 2013

Welcome to APRIL! Another month down in the pursuit of summer πŸ˜‰

April is SPRING so here are 10 reasons that I am smiling this month and why you should too!

1. Cereal is back in my life and it should probably be in yours too. Although, I do have to say that while I love cereal as a snack, it just doesn’t make the best meal/breakfast. I had a nice bowl this morning but I missed my oatmeal or yogurt or toast when I started getting hungry shortly after.

I had some fiber one with some frozen banana (love it because it makes the milk super cold and creamy) and raisins with some whole foods unsweetened, original almond milk.

Cereal has a tendency to make you really full and then one hour later you are hungry again. SO, I definitely look at cereal as a treat or dessert in my life. I love snacking on it plain πŸ™‚ We indulged a bit this weekend in some Peanut Butter Toast Crunch…like eating a butter finger. So you should smile because someone thought to create that. MMmMMm peanut buttery goodness. We also grabbed some delicious Fiber One Honey Clusters and Frosted Shredded Wheat along with some cheerios for some fun on Easter Morning.


2. Spring means sunshine and sunshine means hiking. Being outside in the sun is like the best form of medicine.


3. Sunshine also means FROYO. I always crave frozen yogurt. Period. And when I finally do get it, I am one happy camper.


We went to a new place called Boom! I loved it and really appreciated their smaller cup sizes mainly because I like to have everything fitting together in a compact cup. For some reason, in my mind, the larger the cup, the more spread out the yogurt will be and the faster it will melt. So having a smaller cup just eases my mind.

4. Spring also means rain, which means places like this are going to get even more gorgeous. So smile when it rains (even when you secretly want to complain)!


5. Easter means beautiful Eater eggs as a centerpiece which later means eggs for days. SO that is worth smiling about.



6. I can now say that I graduate next month, which is exciting but also makes me sentimental. It reminds me to try to enjoy each moment and appreciate wherever you are in life.

7. Lent is a time of giving something up and now that lent is over our Pastor at church challegned us to take something up. Add something to our lives that we have been meaning to add that we know would be beneficial. I am still deciding exactly what I want to do, but I think this is a great idea and a great challenge and I am excited about it.

8. We are doing another showing of MissRepresentation this month which reminds us to be proud of our bodies and treat them with respect and respect and love the people around us!

9. You are beautiful and wonderful just the way you are. So you should definitely be smiling by now.

10. He is STILL RISEN!