Blog Milestone

News about a my exciting blog milestone in a second, but first let’s get to the f-o-o-d.

Slammin' Salad

Hooray for starting the workweek on a healthy note!

Today’s lunch was a big ol’ salad.

On top of a bed of spinach, I enjoyed:

  • Carrots
  • Yellow squash
  • Refried beans
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet corn
  • Black bean, roasted corn & 5 pepper salsa

Along with my salad, I also included a Sargento reduced fat Colby Jack cheese stick for some added protein (five grams in one of these bad boys!).

Monday's Lunch

Refried Beans

The salsa I used on this salad was delicious!

Kerry & Loni's Bean-Tastico Salsa

A Peek Inside

I bought a jar of Kerry & Loni’s Bean-Tastico salsa at le gourmet chef after my sister and I tried a sample of the salsa in the store. It was slightly spicy and chock-full of black beans and roasted corn. Gotta love hearty salsa!

All Together

Produce packed lunch = Lots o’ nutrients!

One Million

Over the weekend I had a pretty big blog milestone. Early Sunday morning my blog reached one million page views!!!

I am honestly floored by this, because I remember for the first several months of blogging I had like eight (totally fantastic!) readers.

Here’s a link to my first post (kind of embarrassing)! I would also like to send a special shout out to Tina and Lisa, the first two amazing people to comment on my blog.

This milestone made me think a lot about my blog and why I blog every day.

I blog because I honestly love it. I love having an outlet to share my thoughts, ideas, random recipes and personal experiences. Blogging and being part of such a wonderfully supportive, intelligent, kind and thought-provoking group of people brings me so much joy every day.

I blog because I love to write. I blog because I love health and fitness. And I blog because I love each and every one of you.

Thank you for reading and commenting and supporting this lil’ blog of mine that means so much to me. I get excited anytime any one of you leaves me a comment or sends me an email sharing a story, experience, idea or request for advice. For you silent readers out there, I adore you, too! 😀

Thank you for visiting my blog, from the very bottom of my heart. 😀

French Toast Strips and Christmas Shopping

This morning I awoke to the sound of rain on the roof. I curled up and went back to sleep for another hour or so since there’s no cozier sound than rain against the window. Ahhh, I love the weekends!

Once I got out of bed, Ryan and I leashed up Sadie for a chilly walk in dreary Orlando. It actually felt like winter! Brrr. Our chilly walk prompted cravings for a warm breakfast. Cinnamon sounded tasty and I wanted to try to make French toast strips out of Joseph’s lavash bread.

French Toast Strips

I used egg whites and lots of cinnamon to dip the lavash strips in before placing them on the griddle. They smelled and tasted phenomenal. Of course I topped them with yummy syrup.

Yum, Yum

After breakfast, Ryan and I headed out to put a dent in our Christmas shopping. We arrived 20 minutes before the stores opened (we figured they’d be open by 9 a.m. – not so!) and wasted time wondering around the shops.

Since it was cold outside we stopped by Starbucks for some hot beverages. I ordered a skinny caramel latte.

Hot and Delish

After Starbucks we wandered into Le Gourmet Chef where I think I ate my lunch in free samples! Yikes! They had so many different foods and dips to try and I couldn’t resist any of them. I even took several handfuls of animal crackers to enjoy while I browsed.

I loved just about every thing I saw in J. Crew, including these pj pants:

J. Crew PJ Pants

Every year on Christmas Eve, my family gets new pajamas. I love this tradition because going to sleep in my new Christmas pj’s makes me feel extra festive. Plus, it’s fun to have something to open before all the Christmas madness begins in the morning. 😀 Needless to say, I always take extra time looking at holiday pajamas in the stores.

After stopping in several more stores, Ryan and I headed toward the car.  I dropped Ryan off at home before heading out to a shopping center near our apartment for a little more shopping. My shopping stamina exceeds his by just a little. 😉

We bought some (hopefully great) gifts for our loved ones.

Shopping Success

On my way back from my second round of shopping I got a call from Ryan with a special request: the new eggnog milkshake from McDonald’s. Since neither of us have ever tried it before, I swung by the ol’ McD’s and picked up a small shake.

What’s your favorite kind of milkshake?

Eggnog Shake

This seasonal shake was g-o-o-d! I think eggnog is very tasty and this shake replicated the flavor really well. YUM.

Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend so far!