healthy whole grain zucchini bread

The more years I spend tending a garden, the more I’m starting to realize that gardening is definitely a long-term sport. Gardeners may measure successes in seasons (“This was such a great year for my tomatoes!”) but the true value of a garden’s skill isn’t defined over one six month period of time. The first year we had… 

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csa friday!

business cardsHappy, happy Friday, friends! Did you have a good day? I hope so. I had a blast today at our company picnic. There was a lot of yummy food (including a ridiculous amount of delicious desserts) and some fun activities. I may have even done the electric slide. Maybe. :D It was an entire afternoon in 90°+ weather, so now that I am indoors in the A/C I am totally beat. We had thoughts of going to see the demolition. . .
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fun friday: the archive of me

I caught the meme bug with my seven links post and thought I'd do another one for Fun Friday! This one is a great way for you guys to get a little glimpse into my past and what I'm looking forward to in the future. Join in in the comments or post on your own blog! 15 Years Ago (July 1996), I: had just finished 7th grade. was going through a really rough/awkward time and didn't have many friends. thought I would go to college. . .
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for the love of my muffin top.

I have a muffin top. Now before you rush to say, "just wear looser pants" or "that'll go away as you lose more weight" let me explain to you that I don't just have a muffin top by proxy of bum-hugging denim (although I am a fan of a good pair of skinny jeans), no my friends, my standard body type is muffin top. I have a perma-muffin top if you will. It's just what I am. Even wearing my. . .
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seven links.

There has been a fun little blog meme going around for the past few weeks where bloggers ask their blog friends to compile a list of their posts that fall into seven categories. And well, since I'm never one to miss a ride on a bandwagon (remember the accent videos from a few months back?), when one of my favoritests bloggers, Gretchen from Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! tagged me, you know I jumped all over this. So, without any. . .
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what i ate wednesday: sick day

smoothieHey, look! Today's Eats moved to Wednesday and got renamed with some awesome alliteration. No real reason other than I saw a lot of other bloggers doing WIAW and I really like the way it rolled off the tongue. I am easily influenced. Plus, there is a fun little button and whole party of WIAWers. Fun! Moving on. I took a sick day today. Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up and your body just says, "Aw. . .
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lentil sloppy joes

sloppy joesEven though one-third of the creatures living under my roof are Canadian, I'd consider our household distinctly American. We go to the fair. We watch auto racing. And we eat a lot of meat. We're pretty much your quintessential Americans. As citizens of this fair land (scratch that, only Puppyface and I are citizens, Babyface is a resident), we also enjoy the taste of good ole doctored up pound of ground beef. The amount of stuff you can do with. . .
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good reads

This month was a big, fat reading failure. I read one book. Or more accurately, I read three books that were rolled all into one edition. The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell Something I've learned about myself thanks to this book? I get sick of storylines pretty quickly. While I like series, I do not like reading them back to back to back. I like a little break to reflect and get excited for the next installment. The copy. . .
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goals for this week

It is so crazy how quickly my weekly posts seem to pop up! Let's review how I did with last week's goals: Strength train four times this week. I pumped iron three times this week, which I consider very, very successful. I am back to pretty much doing everything at the gym I could before my ankle injuries except for lunges. My ankles just can't take that kind of motion and weight right now, but everything else is perfecto! Spend. . .
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the county fair.

me tenderloinThis was my dinner last night. And I don't regret a single bite. I figure since I ran two miles today and just ate some kale, it is all balanced out right? Right. Life is short. And I firmly believe that everyone should try a deep-fried Milky Way at least once in their life (it was delicious, by the way). Happy fair season, friends! Pick one. Funnel cake or elephant ear?

banana soft serve

banana soft serveIt occurred to me during this week's Today's Eats post that I talk a lot about banana soft serve, but have never actually demonstrated how to make it. I guess I just assumed that it was common knowledge. Which is the problem with being in the healthy living blog community, we tend to assume everyone know what chia seeds and coconut water is, but truthfully, we're the freaks. :P Banana soft serve is absolutely one of my favorite healthy diet "tricks". It looks like ice. . .
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csa friday!

csaYayayaya! We made it! Somehow, simultaneously, this week felt incredibly long and incredibly short. I guess that's what happens when you are swamped. I was so busy that the time flew by, but when I list out everything I accomplished, it feels like a whole lot more than what could fit in seven days. Anyway, it is definitely adult beverage o'clock in the Johnston household right now. Yum! Babyface is on his way home and the pizza dough is already rising, so let's get. . .
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fun friday: be thankful

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 5.33.55 AMLet me be a bit honest, I'm having a down-in-the-dumps week. Nothing in particular is terrible. Just a lot of little things adding up to make me not the happiest Cass I've ever been. So earlier in the week, I asked on Twitter: I got a TON of great responses, but my favorite (which came in from quite a few folks) was to make a list of the thinks you are thankful for. Such a great way to put things in perspective. So. . .
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