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a big scare

Good morning!

Yesterday was crazy, crazy day.

Olive got ahold of a small bar of dark chocolate, so I had to rush her to the vet and leave her for the day. Thankfully she’s back home now, and she’s going to be okay.  It gave us quite the scare, though, for sure.

I got home from my mini lake trip (which was equally crazy as yesterday) late Thursday night, and I’ve been running around with my head cut of since then.  Between dealing with the Olive ordeal, I met with my PiYo instructor to go over some stuff, and had a 3 hour long interview for a part-time job (more on that later).

I’m preparing to run up to the gym to meet with my instructor again because we didn’t have quite enough time before class started yesterday.  I’ll be back this afternoon!!

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!  I’ve missed you!

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guest post: 7 signs

With Candice at the lake with her mom and sister, I (jon) have been asked to take the reigns of CSM for a guest post.  I only have a minute, but let’s see how this goes…  I present to you…

7 Signs that Candice is not around the house:

  1. Olive spent all of last night standing in the living room, watching the front door wondering why she hasn’t come home yet.
  2. My run last night clocked a slower time ( she is a good motivator :) )
  3. This post will probably we laden with typos and grammatical issues
  4. Our neighbors didn’t wake to the ear-deafening sound of our blender making a green monster this morning!
  5. Not a yoga mat in sight
  6. Nor a camera… sorry no pics on this post, guys!
  7. I’m eating McDonald’s for lunch right now (I almost didn’t admit this – aren’t you glad I don’t have the camera?)

Candice is coming back tonight and I can’t wait!  The quality of blog posts is sure to return too :)

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s s s spiralizer – a review

Remember this?

Be still my beating heart.

The first spiralized meal I ever had.  Beautiful, spiral zucchini with homemade vegan pasta sauce poured over top.

As I mentioned before, I’ve wanted a spiralizer for as long as I can remember!  While most of us (including myself) love a good, steamy bowl of pasta, I love the idea of getting to enjoy “pasta” with the husband without feeling like I’m overdoing it on carbs/calories.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be partaking in the great Italian staple from time to time, but for a person who is trying to lose those last 10 lbs that are clinging for survival on her body, zucchini pasta is where it’s at!  And the best part?  It tastes healthy, fresh and delicious! I honestly loved it as much as the real thing.

There are many spiralizer recipes, using a variety of different fruits and veggies, that are out there. And they aren’t just for people trying to keep their calorie counts down.

You will love a spiralizer if you…

  • love veggies and want to incorporate more of them into your diet
  • don’t love veggies and want to incorporate more of them into your diet;)
  • are interested in trying more raw foods
  • enjoy making beautiful presentations with your food
  • love food
  • want a quick, easy way to make a more exciting salad

There is a plethora of foods that you can spiralize: potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, onions, beets, squash, apples, pears, cucumbers…just to name a few!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by CSN stores and offered an opportunity to review one of their products.  I made a deal with them that I’d review their spiralizer if they’d be willing to give one away to one of my amazing readers.  And they agreed!

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be posting recipes and ideas for using the spiralizer.  Then, to kick off the beginning of fall (my favorite season by the way:), one of you will have the chance to win your very own!

First, let me tell you about this little gem.

The Paderno World Cuisine Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer (whew!  that’s a mouthful!)..

“…cuts vegetables and fruits into curly, ribbon-like slices.  By placing the vegetable or fruit on the prongs of the wheel and turning the wheel while pushing the base toward the vertical julienne blade, continuous spiral strands and curled julienne strips are created.”

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of this gadget when I first laid eyes on it.  Based on it’s inexpensive price and the fact that it’s made of plastic, I figured it might not work great/ hold up very well.

I was pleasantly surprised the day I received it in the mail and tore it open.  I immediately scavenged in the fridge for anything that could be sliced/spiralized and came up with a zucchini and a potato.  Without even reading the instructions (I don’t recommend this:) I went to work. Within minutes I had this:

And then this

Take my advice - do not go out and pay an exuberant amount of money for a spiralizer.  This baby worked like a charm and costs only $35!  It was easy to put together, easy to use and easy to clean up!  And it comes with three different blades for a variety of different spiral creations: thin spaghetti like spirals, medium spaghetti like spirals and a straight blade for ribbon spirals.

ribbon blade, thin spiral blade, thicker spiral blade

In summary, the following is a list of pros and cons of the Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Spiralizer

Pros

  • no assembly required – just slide one piece onto the other, and you’re ready to go!
  • inexpensive
  • easy to maneuver
  • makes beautiful cuts
  • extremely easy to clean + dishwasher safe
  • makes a variety of different spirals

Cons

  • It is plastic, so it might not hold up as long as a more expensive version
  • Because it isn’t stainless steel, it doesn’t look as nice to sit out on the countertop

With the world of raw food becoming more and more widespread, having your very own spiralizer is the perfect way to get excited about making healthy meals and to enjoy some of your favorite fruits and vegetables in new ways!

Now get excited for the chance to win one of your own (if you can hold off from buying one for a little while;) and stay tuned for more details and recipes to come!!

**I received this spiralizer free of charge in exchange for sharing with you this honest, unbiased review.  I have not received any other compensation for this review, and I would not hesitate to give a negative review if this product garnered such.

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confessions

Well, in t-minus 8 hours I’ll be setting off on my way to our lake cabin to spend a couple of days with my mom and sister.

I’m quite excited about this little excursion as it’s the only girl trip we’ve taken since before Jon and I were married off.  There will be eating, skiing, swimming, eating, PiYo-ing, reminscing, puppy kissing, eating, boat riding, sunbathing, and much much more. Oh, did I mentioned eating? ;)

As a food blogger through and through, I must first post my eats from the rest of today!  Which are actually rather anticlimactic seeing as how I spent another 3/4 of a day in the car and at the orthodontist.  Yay.

I was forced to take lunch on the go so it was back to plastics!  Amy’s Lentil Vegetable soup, 1/2 a whole wheat lavash wrap rolled up around hummus

and later – an apple pie larabar and an iced coffee

I am exhausted today and totally reminded of why I left my job.  The commute between here and the city is so draining.  It sucks the life right outta me!

And now, because my eyes feel like they have weights hanging from the, I’ll leave you with some confessions I need to get off my chest before going to sleep.  Any chance you want to confess something to make me feel less bad??

Candice’s Confessions

1.  I didn’t post dinner tonight because I was a ravenous monster that forgot it’s camera on the way out the door to eat (non vegan) pizza
2.  I actually ate two whole wheat lavash/hummus roll ups – one in the car and one that I shoved in my mouth while heating up my soup for lunch
3.  I got bored on my drive today and read a blog post while driving…through construction.  I know, I know.
4.  When I commuted an hour each way last year, I would read blogs while driving on the interstate everyday on my way home.  Again, I know.  I really do know, and it won’t happen again.  Promise!
5.  I’m highly considering getting my nose pierced again.  Mom, pretend you didn’t read that.
6.  I never floss my teeth.
7.  Sometimes I forget to set my alarm on purpose because I don’t want to get up early
8.  I chew on my lip all the time and it drives the husband cuh-razy.
9.  I don’t always wash my blender after making a green monster – often I just rinse it out
10. Right now my laundry room looks like a tornado hit it – some of the clothes are clean, some are dirty.  There’s really no way to tell.
11.  I sometimes screen phone calls because I hate talking on the phone.

As mentioned earlier, I’ll be leaving civilation as we know it at 8am tomorrow morning, so I’ll have no access to blogging until Friday morning.  I’ll miss you all, and I can’t wait to get back and catch up on all your posts!  I’ll have a scheduled post popping up tomorrow as well as a special surprise poster on Thursday!

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a positive negative

Good morning!

Jon and I stayed up way too late last night working on stuff.  Fortunately we were able to pull ourselves out of bed in time for a 3 mile run, per our marathon training plan.

I don’t like to be super rigid with a training plan, but most of the time following the plan we’ve chosen works for us.  There may be weeks where we rearrange our runs a bit to accommodate our schedule, but for the most part we like taking the guesswork out of it…and just stick to the plan!

As promised, I did figure out how to calculate splits on my Garmin.  It really wasn’t that hard; I’ve just never had the motivation to do it.  It was fun this morning, tracking each mile and trying to pick up our pace for the next mile.  We started out pretty slow, but we did manage to have negative splits!

Total time: 29:45
Average pace: 9:54
Fastest pace: 7:51

Splits
Mile 1- 10:21
Mile 2 – 10:01
Mile 3 – 9:23

After our run, I threw together 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup raw oats, blackberries and blueberries.

I inhaled about half of this and then flew out the door to PiYo!

Just like yoga, PiYo is all about a mind/body connection.  And today my mind was on vacation.  Somewhere tropical, I’m thinking.

I was feeling very tired from our run, and my concentration was all over the place!  By the last 20 minutes or so I worked it out, though.  I was pretty excited to accomplish a couple of poses I’ve been working on

not perfect, but I’m getting there!

I’ve got a busy day ahead because I have to drive back to the city again for another orthodontist appointment.  This should be the last one….ever, though, so I’m excited about that! Also on the to do list for today is working on some Outbox stuff and working on PiYo.

My PiYo instructor asked me to cover her class next Friday, August 6th.  That will be my first class ever!! While I’m a little freaked out, I’m super excited!  I’m the type of person who will overthink things to a fault…and with this I know I just need to jump out there and DO IT!

Hope you all have a great day!

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”~Ambrose Redmoon

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