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GO WEST & Badass Orange Rocks

Good morning and happy Tuesday! My mom and I landed at JFK at midnight last night after a wonderful trip out West.  Who knew Utah was so beautiful? I can’t wait to get back over to that side of the country.  Yes, that’s your little East Coast girl talking!

This post is another “greatest hits” mix of road fuel and scenery.  Enjoy!

On Sunday morning, we rushed to the post-wedding brunch.  I was surprised by how many people made it there by 9 (including the groom)… there were quite a few shenanigans on the dance floor, from what I hear… I was a grandpa and was in bed by 11 😉

I loaded up my plate with 1/2 toasted bagel with cream cheese, lox, and onions; fresh fruit; two slices of mini quiche (spinach goat & roasted red pepper) that the father-of-the bride baked himself the day of the wedding.  Impressive, no?!

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A couple hours later, I munched on a mini carrot/ginger muffin. This was so good! I was never a muffin person, but I think I’ll be whipping up a batch soon.

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We left Park City and drove many miles to Moab.

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Wind turbines!

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Burger King pit stop… I made do with the BK Veggie (1/2 bun), “apple fries” (more expensive than a Whopper… riddle me that), and a side salad sans dressing.

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It got very flat…

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As we got closer to Moab, the scenery started to change…

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Look at those orange cliffs!

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We finally arrived at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, which is located right in the heart of Arches National Park.

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It was absolutely breathtaking.

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We went to a wine tasting that was 100 feet from our hotel at the Castle Creek Winery.  I bought a bottle of Unitah White to bring home and enjoy later.

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We had breakfast overlooking Arches National Park. Don’t mind my bedhead… it was a little early.

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We stopped at the Peace Tree for road food:

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I got a cup of “Triple A” juice with wheatgrass, carrot, apple, beet, celery & parsley.

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When we stopped for lunch, I had what George called my “Instant Bathroom Stop” salad: mixed grains, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, quinoa, and (by my special request) curried hummus, with a lemon tahini dressing.

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Bathroom or no bathroom, this salad was amazing.  I have figure out how to make that dressing! Does anyone have any good recipes for tahini salad dressing?

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Another A+ Mother/Daughter weekend! So far we’ve gone to Philadelphia, Montreal, Halifax, Killington VT, NYC (for a shopping staycation), and now Park City/ Salt Lake City/ Moab, Utah.

I wonder where we’ll go next year?

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Fast, Easy, Fresca

Greetings from Michigan! I can tell the internet situation is going to be a problem.  I got really excited about how fast it was, and then… splat.  It’s this kind of thing that will slowly drive me insane… I remember being on the phone for HOURS at a time with tech support when we had DSL and dial-up… I had all of their numbers memorized. I think it may be all the rain that’s pouring down! Unfortunately, it looks like it’ll be continuing on through the night, which is sad (don’t know how that’ll affect our firework extravaganza) but the forecast looks good from Sunday until Friday… bring on the tan lines!

Yesterday, Ari and I had a quick breakfast at the diner before I left for the airport.  I got my usual eggwhite omelet with spinach, tomato, mushroom and feta (and about half a bottle of ketchup):

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Toast with HFCS-rich grape jelly (sorry for the blurry photo… too bad you can’t see how prettily the slices were arranged! Seems like they’re experimenting with presentation…).  I had half:

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The airport food was ridiculously expensive (would you pay $3.49 for a Kashy GoLean bar?!), but I needed fuel.  I was craving OJ for some reason, so I got a bottle of that, a small salad with roasted red peppers, green peppers, chickpeas and kidney beans, and a banana:

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The flight was fine… I think I slept for a few minutes, and finally finished a book I’ve been reading for almost a month.  When I landed in Dayton, the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful! I celebrated seeing my friend Jenny with a couple medjools.

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Check out those clouds!

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After making a quick stop to feed Jenny’s puppers (she has three of the cutest dachsunds around), we hit the road to drive to Indianapolis.

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Jenny thinks I’m so silly for photographing the highway, but I’m so used to the industrial wasteland of my city (which I am completely enamored with, don’t get me wrong) that I think it’s just beautiful.

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We stopped for dinner at… hold your breath… Taco Bell.  Yes, that’s right.  I’ve had experience with their fresca menu from previous moments of road trip desperation… everything has less than 9g of fat, and, more importantly, there are vegetarian options.

I ordered two fresca bean burritos, which are just wraps stuffed with beans and tomatoes.  I peeled about 1/3 of the bread off of the first one, and ate it with guacamole and salsa:

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I unwrapped the second one, covered the bean mixture with salsa and guac, and just ate the mush.  Not great, but not terrible, either.

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When we got to Indianapolis, we made a pit-stop at TCBY on the way to visit some friends.  I got a small cup with 1/2 PB and 1/2 white chocolate mousse froyo (both 96% fat-free), topped with Reese’s Pieces.  It had sort of a weird taste, but I ate it all anyway.

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We tried to watch The Dead Girl, but ended up falling asleep on the couch.  Some Tostitos were also consumed… the Hint of Lime flavor is so good but so addicting! (True story: I bought a big bag of those for myself to celebrate getting into college when I was 17.  I also baked chocolate chip cookies and ignored my homework for the night.  It’s the little things!)

This morning I slept in, and it was glorious.  After we were both showered and ready, we grabbed a yogurt snack (I missed these Archer Farms guys!) and went out to visit some more people.

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When we got back, Jenny’s mom, Susan, had a lovely breakfast ready for us.

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She made wonderful Meyer lemon poppyseed muffins (I ate the top):

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And, even better: homemade peanut butter and cherry granola! (We brought some of this goodness with us 😉 )

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Homemade breakfasts are so enjoyable, especially while sitting outside and enjoying a little nature.

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We hit the road around 1, stopping at Starbucks to wake me up a little.   I got a grande skim latte:

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Hoping to avoid another fast food disaster, I picked up a Farmer’s Market Salad for lunch.

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The nutrition stats are pretty good on this guy…

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It filled me up, and tasted great.  Thumbs up to the ‘bucks!

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Health aside, we munched on some Gushers-style Sour Patch kids.  Weird.

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And finally, after three hours of driving through cold, gray raindrops… MICHIGAN!

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So, I celebrated with a date.  Hopefully that won’t be the last healthy thing to enter my body in the next week… I’m determined not to let it be.

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Well, it has now taken almost 24 hours to type up this post.  Hope you’ve had a fantastic  4th of July!

Happy belated birthday, K!!!

I'm selling my body to science…

… any bidders? Just kidding. I’m just going in for an allergy scratch test to see if I qualify for a clinical study that’s testing for a new springtime allergy medication.  Pick me, pick me!

For breakfast this morning, I incorporated this chocolate chip pumpkin mini muffin from class last night into my hot cereal.

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Quite hearty! But I’m not going to be bringing any snacks with me into the clinic, so I have to fuel up.

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  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup 10 grain hot cereal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp light coconut milk
  • pumpkin
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 mini muffin
  • brown sugar
  • nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)

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See you later!

I’m selling my body to science…

… any bidders? Just kidding. I’m just going in for an allergy scratch test to see if I qualify for a clinical study that’s testing for a new springtime allergy medication.  Pick me, pick me!

For breakfast this morning, I incorporated this chocolate chip pumpkin mini muffin from class last night into my hot cereal.

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Quite hearty! But I’m not going to be bringing any snacks with me into the clinic, so I have to fuel up.

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  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup 10 grain hot cereal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp light coconut milk
  • pumpkin
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 mini muffin
  • brown sugar
  • nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)

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See you later!