Archive for March, 2012

Nature Walk

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
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You know how Pinterest is chock full of awesome photos? I decided I wanted some awesome photos of my own. So I downloaded Instagram to my phone, and the hubs and I set out for a nature walk.

Orrrrrr maybe I didn’t actually accomplish anything off my Pinterest boards this week and am pretending this counts. And maybe I’m using the word nature loosely here since there were paved trails and an interstate overpass involved. But there were also turtles and a waterfall (we’ll just pretend concrete’s not involved with the waterfall) so I’m not completely making it up.

I got crazy excited when I saw the turtles. You can’t really tell, but there’s a little baby turtle in there. So cute!

When I interviewed for my job out here, they told me there was a waterfall. I’m hoping this isn’t what they were talking about.

He claimed he could see birds with the binoculars, but I don’t believe him.

Then again, maybe I was just doing it wrong.

He looks so bad a hard core here. Which is hilarious because he’s really anything but.

Thug life. Or as a friend said – scissors beats scissors.

Verdict

Nailed it. Juuuuust kidding. This isn’t exactly a nailed it/failed it endeavor. I will, however, say it was a victory in that we now know where the good walking trails here are. It only took over a year and a half.

While I wish last week’s hiatus was related to a magical spring break trip, it wasn’t. Spring break hasn’t happened in my world for about 6 years now. Freakin’ real world ruining all the fun. Although, I suppose the lack of homework and exams kind of makes up for it.

Anyway, last week’s hiatus was more related to the fact that I accomplished nothing off my Pinterest boards. But this week we’re back on track! Except for the whole picture thing. I 100% forgot to take one which is killing me because I’m dying for an excuse to play with Instagram. Alas, this is photo from Skinnytaste will have to do.

Baked Ziti with Spinach(pinned here)

Verdict

Nailed it. The hubs went for seconds while firsts were still on his plate. While this drives me crazy, I realize it’s a huge win.

Alterations

None. Gina’s recipes are always amazing exactly as she posts them so I didn’t play around with it. Buuuuut I may add some grilled chicken or Italian turkey sausage next time.

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

I have long had a love affair with banana bread (no nuts thankyouverymuch). My mom’s recipe. Which came from my grandma. Which came from who knows where. Other recipes I have never had any use for. Until now. Because while that recipe will always be my favorite, the calorie count on it will not. And these little beauties are only 79 calories a piece*. Which is good. Because eating just one is about impossible. Believe me. I tried.

*The chocolate chips put these closer to 100 a piece.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins(pinned here)

Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins(Guess who finally downloaded Instagram)

Verdict

Nailed. It. I’ve made these twice in a week. Seriously.

Alterations

I added about 1/4 cup chocolate chips. 100% worth the extra calories.

Original recipe from Inspire Me Thin