what i ate wednesday: oh, sugar, sugar

I have a gnarly sweet tooth and it seems to present itself in a lot of ways that aren’t always that obvious—extra honey in my tea, a cup of flavored yogurt, or a granola bar for a snack. Now all of these things alone don’t mean much, but when you add it all up in… 

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things i’m digging…

cascade ice water1. Annie's Lite Honey Mustard Dressing. This stuff is so crazy good. It makes me actually want to eat salad. Which is a feat, trust me. Usually I eat salad out of obligation only. 2. Having a tan. For the longest time, I was kind of a shut-in. I didn't like my body, so I stayed inside on the couch. And when I did go outside, I wore pants and cardigans even in the middle of the summer so I. . .
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crispy baked fried chicken drumsticks

chicken basketsMy parents and I went on a camping trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the summer after my senior year of high school. It's one of those trips that will always stay with me. I was in one of those big major transition periods in life (although, like always, I didn't recognize it at the time) and a trip with my parents to a beautiful part of the country was just the thing I need to feel safe, secure and ready. . .
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confessions…

Screen shot 2012-05-23 at 6.21.52 PM1. I love Pizzeria Pretzel Combos. They are probably my favorite junk food ever. 2. My ranking of Rory Gilmore's boyfriends goes like this: (1) Logan (2) Jess (3) Dean. I understand that's probably a really unpopular way of organizing them, but Dean's hair is too annoying for me to appreciate any of his redeeming qualities. (source) 3. I'm nervous about the weather forecast for this weekend. I've been to some really, really, really hot Indianapolis 500s (like 2006, when I actually. . .
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yogurt-hummus potato salad

potato saladI freaking love Memorial Day weekend, friends. Since I was a wee one, it's meant a lot more to me than just the start of summer. The Sunday before Memorial Day has always meant waking up at the crack of dawn, packing a backpack full of sunscreen, and heading to the corner of 16th and Georgetown in Speedway, Indiana. This weekend will be my 17th Indianapolis 500, and just like I have (almost) every Memorial Day weekend since 1994, I'll. . .
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things i’m digging…

51-SWu7wOXL1. My pink hair! I hit the salon late last week and had my favorite stylist cover up my faded red with a deep red-violet, pinkish color. I wanted to go pink  for the Avon Walk, but I was worried the pink would be a little juvenile (says the girl with glitter nail polish), but my stylist managed to do a pink that works on an (almost) 29-year-old. I love it. Love it. Love it. And, it's always nice to spend. . .
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a day in my life: May 20, 2012

A Day in My LifeThe last two times I did ADIML post, they were work days. I figured this time around, you guys might be interested in seeing how I spend one of my weekend days. I try to keep a nice balance of work (gotta get stuff done) and some relaxing down time before "real" work starts on Monday. So, here is my Sunday, May 20, 2012. I woke up (without an alarm) at around 6:30am—which is pretty normal for me. I spent. . .
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baked falafel lettuce wraps with tahini sauce

falafelLast week, my friend/colleague (friendleague? colliend?) Mary, came into the office with an armful of grocery sacks stuffed with fresh bibb lettuce from her garden. Apparently she'd gotten a little overzealous with planting and needed to thin out her bed and us co-workers became the lucky recipients of her over-planting. Woohoo! Free produce! Even if you don't grow a garden yourself, you can pretty much always guarantee some surprise produce from co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers during the summer in. . .
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confessions…

bandL1. My right shoulder has hurt for no less than eight weeks. It's especially bad at the end of the workday (from using a mouse all day). As in, so bad, I can't move it. But I refuse to see a doctor. Because every time I've gone in for stuff like this they always disregard it as nothing, and I just end up wasting my co-pay. I really need to find a better doctor. 2. I turn 29 next month, and. . .
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bakey cheesy spaghetti squash casserole

spaghetti squash casseroleThe top ten most popular recipes on this here blog of mine are as follows: One Minute Peanut Butter Cake (this guy has 740% more views than #2) Penne Rosa with Shrimp 90 Second Nutella Chocolate Cake Baked Homemade Pizza Rolls No-Bake Butterfinger and Pretzel Cheesecake Baked Coconut Chicken Strips German Chocolate Filled Cupcakes Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples Mama's Meatloaf Bakey Cheesy Pasta I cringe a little linking to that last post because it was one of. . .
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what i ate wednesday: bento-y

lunch bentoHappy Wednesday, friends! How's your week been so far? Things are looking up for me. The massively stressful workload from the past few weeks at my job has settled down into a much more manageable and realistic number of tasks. I'm a dedicated employee, but I hate it when my "real" job interferes with all my side interests. I can't stand not having time to put my all into this little blog of mine. But that is life. As my Papaw always. . .
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layered fruit gazpacho

IMG_8460Can we just go ahead and declare it summer? I mean, I know we're still a good month off from the summer solstice and still a few weeks away from the unofficial start of summer—Memorial Day—but it certainly feels summer-y here. And I'm ready to embrace it. I've got my shorts out, my flippy-floppies on and a year's supply of gin and tonic water. Let's do this. There are a lot of things I love about summer. I love to. . .
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things i’m digging…

followgram1. Good food. Healthy food. Real food. This past weekend was an eating disaster (holy dramatic, Batman). I try not to beat myself up over a gin and tonic here (yum) or a slice of birthday cake there (double yum), but when you combine all of that into one weekend plus add a dash of delivery pizza, a few beers and some Hollandaise sauce, it's a recipe for trouble. By the time Sunday morning rolled around, I felt like I. . .
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confessions…

computer laptop spotify1. I don't get cat people. Seriously. Cats are fine and all, but to be really into them? Totally don't get it. Dogs are a whole different story. I totally get dog people. Dogs are totally obsess-able. 2. I went to bed before it was dark out last night. And it wasn't the first time this week. 3. I've been listening to The Shins almost exclusively at work this week. I went through a big phase with them in college,. . .
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what’s beautiful?

A flowing taffeta wedding gown. A bouquet of perfectly red roses. An actress on the cover of a magazine.These are all things that are considered beautiful in today's society. But what does the word beautiful even really mean? By these examples, it means soft, feminine, young, pleasing to the eye.Can something be beautiful if it isn't these things?I feel like there is so much beauty in the world outside of the standard definition. I've stopped to admire interesting graffiti in. . .
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