Who’s Who

Though this blog touches mainly on food, my day-to-day life is often the highlight of posts and those that I love may be featured throughout Peanut Butter Fingers. Here’s a quick who’s who guide to my blog! Meet the loves of my life:

Ryan – Ryan is my fiancé! We just got engaged October 3, 2009.

R + J

My Hunk-o-Man

We’ve been dating since the second semester of my freshman year in college (more than six years, phew!) and he’s pretty darn fantastic. Ryan shares my love for fitness and works out a lot, plays soccer in a men’s league, works in finance and can eat an entire pint of cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream in one sitting. He’s also my taste-tester and is very good at trying all my healthy concoctions, usually with a big ol’ smile on his face.

Here’s a picture of us in our formal ’80s attire on a cruise in September 2009:

Oh Yes it's '80s Night, Oh What a Night

Oh yes it's '80s night, oh what a night!

Sadie – Sadie is our dog and is a 2-year-old Hungarian vizsla. She’s the most energetic, happy-go-lucky dog in the world and kicks my butt on any run we go on together. She’s around 34 pounds (about 10 pounds smaller than the average vizsla) and is a bundle of love. I never understood the whole “I love my (insert dog breed name here)” bumper-sticker thing until I got Sadie. Now I’m just as obsessed with my dog as the other dog-crazies in the world.
Sadie

Sadie

Smiling Sadie

The FamMy family is my life. My mom and dad live about two hours south of me and my sister is in college about two hours north of me. Fortunately we all seem to get together about once a month, so I see them fairly often, which is just the way I like it!

The Fam!

The Fam!

My mom is the nicest, most caring person you will ever meet. She loves going to Jazzercise several times a week and we are constantly sharing yummy recipes with each other. She is a nurse and is always there with loving words and supportive advice. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2008 and has handled treatments, doctor’s appointments, setbacks and obstacles with grace and optimism. She completed her breast cancer treatment in November 2009 (Hooray!) and continues to be the best mother in the world.

Me 'n' Mama

My dad is a fun and, as my family fondly says, an “intense” guy. He is an extremely hard worker and keeps our family laughing. He has always been very athletic, and loves spinning, weight lifting, scuba diving and taking our family out on the boat. You can count on him to ask “is this healthy?” during any meal at dinner, and then find him downing a huge bowl of ice cream on the couch 30 minutes later. I think this is where I inherited my intense love of ice cream. My dad is the best!

Daddy's Girl

My sister, Leslie, is a 21-year-old senior at the University of Florida and is my best bud. She is also very active and works out frequently at her campus gym. We talk often and she is my sunshine – always happy, perky and a burst of energy. Don’t be fooled by her thin appearance because although she’s a healthy eater most of the time, Leslie can eat Oreo’s like there’s no tomorrow and makes the best microwavable s’more in the world.

Sisterly Love

25 Responses

  1. Love your dog!! So cute!

  2. I think you needs pics of your Chicago girlfriends and your Orlando girlfriends! I feel like we are extended family-haha

    • You’re so right! I’ll look into it for sure… I may have to dig up some pics, though… watch out!

  3. your 80s dress in that pic just made my entire day! where in the world did you get that?!

  4. Your dog is ADORABLE. And congratulations on your engagement!

    I love the title of your blog, quite possibly my favorite snack as well. Who needs a spoon?

  5. Love this post!! You guys remind me of me and Austin – we started dating our first semester of our sophomore year, got engaged in ’06 and got married in ’08 – yay for college sweethearts!

  6. I love your Vizsla! How did you get one so small? Was his mom and/or dad that small? We have a Vizsla named Teddy who is 5 months. This is our 3rd V and as you know, the most awesome dogs in the world!!!

    • sadie’s mom was really small (35 lbs.). she’s the best! ryan & i want another one (and another and another). 😉

  7. The eighties was a great and wonderful era to have grown up in or lived in!
    80’s fashion

  8. Julie…I am saddened to learn that dad ranks lower than the dog. He is deeply hurt and hopes you’ll reorder the ‘loves of your life’. Or, the wedding at Vinoy will be relocated to the Holiday Inn Express.

  9. By the way, your father has been bragging all night about you and Ryan. But, it took about 15 minutes for him to stop crying when he learned that the dog (Sadie, right?)had replaced him in your heart. Please reconsider!

  10. Julie,
    I’m having dinner with your dad at the Vinoy and wanted to send you congratulations on your engagement! I do have to admit that I found it odd that Sadie was mentioned before daddy :)! Always remember to enjoy life to the fullest and be open to taking chances. Congrats! Eric

  11. By the way, your father has been bragging all night about you and Ryan. But, it took about 15 minutes for him to stop crying when he learned that the dog (Sadie, right?)had replaced him in your heart. Please reconsider!

    I told him about ‘the room’.

  12. By the way, your father has been bragging all night about you and Ryan. But, it took about 15 minutes for him to stop crying when he learned that the dog (Sadie, right?)had replaced him in your heart. Please reconsider!

    I told him about ‘the room’. You know…that precious moment before you walk down the aisle. You’re not going down the aisle with Sadie, are you?!!!

  13. By the way, your father has been bragging all night about you and Ryan. But, it took about 15 minutes for him to stop crying when he learned that the dog (Sadie, right?)had replaced him in your heart. Please reconsider!

    I told him about ‘the room’. You know…that precious moment before you walk down the aisle. You’re not going down the aisle with Sadie, are you?!!!

  14. hey, i dont have my own blog but i love reading them. i just came across yours and really enjoy it, you seem to have a great personalty and love for life. I also have a vizsla her names shiloh and she’s almost five months. she’s beautiful as is your sadie and she is very active…i just have a question though, did your sadie also love to chew because my dog loves chewing on sticks when we go for walks in trails. she doesnt chew on furniture but enjoys the sticks in the park…kinda random but just wondering..thanks

    • ohhh yes! sadie adores sticks. they’re her favorite. she was 9 months old before she’d even play with a ball. 🙂

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  17. I have an English Setter named Sadie 🙂 Your Doggie has a cute face 🙂

  18. A Narseta! …haha I just had to giggle at my misunderstanding!

  19. I love microwave smores. I consider myself an expert at them! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one 🙂

  20. I just found your blog–love it.

    I have a Vizsla too (named Sam) ! Sadie is so cute. 🙂

  21. hey girl – my mom also had breast cancer.
    congrats on your mom’s recovery!!!

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