a crazy week: part I

I love books.  Aren’t books just amazing?

This morning I spent over two hours just looking at shelf upon shelf of books.  I first went to Hastings to see if by chance the Operation Beautiful book would be there already.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck with that, but then I started browsing around and found a load of books I wanted to just sit down and soak up.

So, I booked it (pun intended:) to the public library.  Our public library is not super extensive, unfortunately, and I usually leave in disappointment.  While they didn’t have the specific reads I was trying to hunt down today, I was able to pick up a few good ones.  I came home with

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem
Be Happy Without Being Perfect by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

I picked up each of these books for a different reason (obvs:) – and I’m looking forward to sharing those reasons and my thoughts on these books as I read them.

Something that really should have been noted on my confessions post last week is that I tend to hoard books.  I love to read so I accumulate books like crazy, and then it takes me forever to get through all of them.  I guess it’s not necessarily a bad problem to have, but sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming!

This morning started off with a trip to The Daily Grind (our local coffee shop) for an iced soy latte.  I failed to get a picture unfortunately, but the bland styrofoam cup wouldn’t have been too exhilarating anyway.

After I got home, I was about to eat my arm, so I fixed a quick mid-morning snack

brown rice cake slathered with natural peanut butter and topped with sliced banana

Today is cross training, so Jon and I opted to sleep in and we’ll be going for a walk later on tonight after it cools off!

I have so much to catch up on since I’ve been at large the last few days.  As you guys know, I was at the lake with my mom and sister last Wednesday and Thursday.  If you missed my spiralizer review or the most awesome guest post ever :) make sure and check them out!

It’ll take me a couple of days to catch up on everything, so I may as well get started!

On Wednesday, I got up super early to head to the lake.  I had to stop through my hometown to pick up my mom before making the long drive to the lake to meet my sister.  We finally arrived around noon and after hanging out at our cabin for awhile, we headed out to spend some time on the water.

For a quick bit of history on my family and the lake – my great-grandparents built our cabin when my mom was 2 years old.

My mom grew up going there every summer, and our family continued the tradition throughout my childhood.  There really is a little piece of each of us in that cabin and on the lake.  So many memories.  When we were little, we used to tell people our grandpa owned Lake Texoma.  And to us, he did.

After we spent a couple of hours on the lake, we decided to venture out on the 15 minute boat ride to one of the fancier resorts just to look around.  Not even 20 minutes after arriving, we noticed some storm clouds brewing on the horizon.

even little Bentley was getting concerned:)

We’ve had our fair share of close calls with storms on the lake – getting caught out in the middle with waves coming over the front of the boat, being stranded on the beach with the wind whipping the sand, stinging as it collided with our skin.  Once my dad got caught out in a storm, and our boat took a nosedive into a huge wave, breaking the windshields off the boat and losing most of his fishing equipment.  Needless to say, we don’t mess around anymore.

So, we took off back across the lake, barely beating the storm back to the ramp.  It was then that we realized our first real problem…

…to be continued:)

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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


  • 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


  • 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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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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