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“skinny bread” muffins and “skinny bread” scuffins!

HeyHeyyy!

So I figured I’d just do a quick little photo recap of some recent events before getting to the yumtastic baking that took place this evening! Please keep in mind…I am quite aware that the quality in my photos is lacking, but it’s not about the quality, now is it? Focus on the content people! Content! 

a little *teaser* of what's to come...browse on for details!

I got a flat tire...

AAA to the rescue! i realized yearly AAA membership for christmas from my mom is actually a pretty stellar gift.

i decided i'm kind of over my daily commute....

...but if i *must* commute, i want to paint my car like this! (yes, an actual car i saw in the parking lot)

we met a cute puppy on our daily work walk.

i ate *epic* cupcakes!

ANNNNNNDDD…… 

i found this bad boy on CLEARANCE for 4 bucks at Marshalls! Balllller

There you have it. My life as of late, in a nutshell. 

This morning, I awoke with gusto knowing that I was heading to my FAVORITE gym class! X-Bike.  Awesome instructors, awesome tunes, kickbutt workout!  Seriously though, what other class can you think of where you get results like this: 

the 30 min class....

45 min class.

Post workout and showering off my stink, I had to take the stinkin car in to get my tire fixed and replaced.  Can I get a whatwhaaaat for free tire repair from Les Schwab!???? When I picked up my car, they said “just remember us for future tire needs, have a good day”. Holllla! I wanted to hug the greasy sweaty man…that’s JUST how much I like a good (or free) deal! 

During said tire repair, the mom and I hit up Marshalls where I scored the ballin deal on the Justin’s.  I swear, that place is a foodies paradise. 

So, I’m sure many of you are avid Oh She Glows readers, no?  If not, check out her blog!  I just love Angela’s blog for healthy recipes… not to mention she just has just such lovely, positive posts! A few days ago,  Miss Oh She Glows  posted a recipe for “Healthy Carrot Cake Power Scuffins“.  Tina over at Carrots’N’Cake made them promptly after.  They looked so, SO delicious…but there was just one little problem; I’m not a huge fan of carrots.   

Switching gears…A few days ago, one of the very nice ladies in my department brought in a bag full of GIGANTIC zucchini fresh from her garden.  This lady is the stereotypical “Grandma/Mom” of the department.  She is the kind of lady that is so sweet you just want to go home and live with her, but is such a spitfire, that she isn’t afraid to tell you when she thinks your hair “looks funny”. I just love her. Anywho, back to the gigantic zucchini. 

I knew I had to do something pretty outstanding with these veggies…but what? 

Remember growing up how your house would just FILL with that fantastic scent of zucchini bread (or as the kid’s in my Mom’s daycare called it, “skinny bread“, which it was FAR from…).  I remember it quite well.  Zucchini bread has always been one of those foods that is sort of a “you can look, but don’t touch” in my book.  I know how much oil, sugar, and flour goes into one of those bad boys…and to me, that all translates into a new pair of jeans for Janna.  No bueno!  The “low-cal” versions just never compare, either. 

Kids, hold onto your hats….here’s where things get serious.  My wheels started turning and I began thinking…”What if I combined the recipe that Miss “Oh She Glows” and Miss “Carrots’N’Cake” made look so delicious, subtract the food that makes me cringe, and add what I have an abundance of on hand…” Viola! An adaptation of Angela’s “Healthy Carrot Cake Power Scuffin”–>Healthy SkinnyBread Power Scuffin. Head spinning yet? 

I followed Angela’s recipe almost to a T, with the substitution of dried cranberries for raisins (also not a big fan of those…) 

Here are the ingredients, and I’ll take you through the process!  Since I knew there would be an abundance of the ‘zuch left over, I also made some “skinny muffins” for my dad!  Hey, I’m working on “favorite kid” status here…last month I made him peanut butter oatmeal cookies that pretty much sealed the deal, but I want to make certain with these muffins! ;0)  

First, the gigantic Zucchini!  

HUGE!

The recipe for my dad’s “skinny bread” muffins was from this book, but can also be found here…..if you dare. “Mom’s Zucchini Bread“. 

“Healthy Carrot Cake Zucchini Bread Power Scuffins” with my adaptations: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking power
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice (OR: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup* (note below)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Chia/flax egg: 1 tbsp ground chia seeds + 3 tbsp water OR 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed and set aside for 5 mins **(i once had a bad chia “egg” experience where i accidently made ~2c of egg….so i went with flax this time! lol)**
  • 1/2 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup shredded or grated carrots (approx 2 medium) zucchini
  • 1/4 cup raisins cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
  • Coconut, for garnish

  

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix the chia/flax egg and set aside. In a large sized bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Using a food processor or grater, process/grate the carrots. In a medium sized bowl mix together the wet ingredients (carrots, vanilla, oil, maple syrup, chia/flax egg). Add wet to dry and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the walnuts and raisins. Scoop mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased with oil. Scoop about 1/4 cup for each Scuffin to make 6 large scuffins. Wet hands and shape into a circle if desired. Sprinkle with coconut. Bake for 25 minutes at 350F. 

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**** I have to admit this…. you will see cute little patterns under my bowls in each picture.  It started out as a way to mask our ugly green counters and therefore make pictures more pleasant.. but ended up being quite possibly my best “accident” yet!  Here is my brilliant tip for you all: put down a sheet of fabric (mine was old pillowcases) to do your mixing on.  When you are through, all you have to do is gather the corners, take outside and Shake, and then toss into the washer. Easy peasy clean-up yo!**** 

oh snap! how did that get in here? *sigh* ok, i was watching the season 2 premier whilst baking...you caught me...

 Step 1:  Mix the Flax “egg” and set aside. 

Flax "egg" mixture

Step 2: Whisk together dry ingredients 

dry ingredients whisking away

this could have been disastrous! I originally had the right ingredient in my hand, ready to measure...eeeks!

Step 3:  Grate the carrots zucchini 

no lovely picture of this step…I’m bummed…the bowl ended up being HUGE, and i now have scrambled egg filler for dayyyyys! 

Step 4: Mix the wet ingredients (carrots zuchini, vanilla, oil, maple syrup, flax egg).   

how white trash is this? i lost the cap, and this is my "makeshift" replacement. ghet-to.

Step 5:  Mix wet to dry (I did opposite…whoops!) and mix until just incorporated 

fist pumping away...whoops, i mean mixing away!

Step 6:  Stir in the walnuts and raisins cranberries 

truth time: I accidently added the walnuts and cranberries to the “dry” mix done in step 5. I tend to get ahead of myself… 

Step 7:  Scoop mixture onto a greased baking sheet 

i failed the "spacing things evenly" class.

Step 8:  Sprinkle with coconut and bake for 25 min at 350F. (again, i can’t follow directions and therefore coconut was added AFTER baking) 

Step 9: Take a peek whilst scuffins are baking (ok, I made this one up…i just get TOO anxious!) 

how you doin'....?

Step 9: Take your yumtastic scuffins out of the oven to cool 

sweetbabyjesus

if nothing else, it's a beautiful creation!

Luckily, these bad boys aren’t just “beauty”. They are so very tasty!  I give this recipe adaptation TWO very enthusiastic thumbs up, and can NOT wait to enjoy one before my run tomorrow morning! 

Now, since I know you’re all curious how my “win favorite kid” skinny muffins turned out…a short little picture story for you….=0) Enjoy! 

this looks more like a science project...is it supposed to do that?????

man down! even my measuring cup didn't agree with the amount of sugar this recipe called for...it just snapped mid scoop! boo!

the wet ingredients!

man numero dos down! i guess i didn't realize how strong all the "fist pumping" while jersey shore watching made me!

 

wet, meet dry!

dude, i was making "scuffin's"....not "snooki's"...now scram!

don't act like you're not impressed...

surley i'll win "favorite kid" after this...

now this, my friends, is what i call a "situation". thank goodness for my new handy-dandy cleanup trick!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making them!  I seriously didn’t realize how much I actually *do* enjoy cooking! 

Do you enjoy baking? What’s your all-time favorite thing to make?  I’m a die-hard cookie fan. hands down. 

ALSO, don’t forget to enter to win some fabulous Popchips coupons in the ‘Poppin post below!

Janna

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This post is ‘Poppin!

It’s Friday! Holllla!

i never said i was perfect! at least i do my eating with gusto! (*note* not consumed all at once!!!!*)

So, I have to admit something… I’ve spent half of each morning this week “getting ready”, which actually meant watching wakeboarding DVDs, and then having a crazy rush to work…yes, you read that right. I’ve been obsessed with these lately, not sure why! Perhaps the cute boys? Mad skillz? Who knows… They’re addicting! I know what you’re asking yourself. “Are you any good at wakeboarding???”. The answer is simple, NO! I *can* wakeboard, clear the wake, but that is about it. I have crazy dreams of being good one day, though!

Enough about that…let’s get to the good stuff!

You know what else is addicting? Popchips! (which, coincidentally, also has cute boys…Mr. Kutcher himself is a new “president of pop culture” with the company). Now if I could just convince him to leave Demi…I could be first lady, and probably have endless amounts of Popchips goodness……..oh, sorry, where was I?

I was recently conversing with the good people of Popchips via email, regarding some of their products. I’ve been a huge fan of Popchips since they broke into the scene in early 2009 (I believe…I actually can’t find the date, but I started enjoying them then!) Incase you don’t know much about these bad boys, a little quote from the Popchips website:

“We don’t fry it (unhealthy). We don’t bake it (undelicious). We take wholesome potatoes, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! It’s a chip. The only thing added is a flavorful blend of seasonings for a snack so delicious and crispy, you won’t even notice it’s (we hesitate to say) healthier. What’s out? More than half the fat of fried potato chips, trans fats, and cholesterol. All gone. For good. What’s popped in? Only what’s natural, tons of delicious, and plenty of crunch.” Source

Basically, healthy, crunchy, yummy snackage. My coworkers and I once purchased a case from Amazon….each. Due to my “loyalty” to the ‘ol chip, they sent me some to try! Woot!

it's once again Christmas in July!

Before I get into the details of the chip, let me just get this clear. The popchips marketing team is stellar! I have been a “fan” of popchips on facebook for quite sometime now. I knew that they *must* have some very witty/fun people in their marketing department, because their status updates often have me giggling in weird places (work, grocery store, etc). As you may have gathered, I’m basically a 12 year old living a 26 year old life. I have a real job, bills, but still laugh at play on words and the occasional every “that’s what she said” joke.

Our e-mail conversing did not disappoint. During one particular email, there was a “chipment” thrown in when referencing the goods being shipped…funny, no? I immediately thought “what a fun company, I want to work for them!”…which I may have thought about Chobani…perhaps it’s just places that give me free food? Don’t go and get any crazy ideas though; I will NOT come mow your lawn, clean your littler box, or watch your children for food. I am not a snacktitute.

I digress.

The chips. Oh crunchy glorious chips. They never do disappoint, do they?

Before my “chipment” arrived, I’d tried the following flavors:

Original

Barbeque

Salt and pepper

Sea salt and vinegar

This “chipment” included the following “new to me” flavors:

Sour cream and Onion

Cheddar

WOW. I don’t know what sort of magician they have working in their production facility, but these honestly taste BETTER than ever to me. New seasonings? New potatoes? What is it yo!?

I’ve always loved popchips, don’t get me wrong…but these taste so much better than I remember! They have the perfect amount of salt, flavor and crunch. My reviews, by chip:

original potato
The perfect plain and simple potato chip. It was just salty enough to hit your savory craving, but didn’t have too much other stuff in the mix! This was and still is one of my favorites for its simplicity.

barbeque potato
while my co-workers give this flavor two enthusiastic thumbs up (if we’re using the thumb scale), I would be more inclined to do one up one sideways. I do like the flavor, don’t get me wrong…but I’m a wimp…and it has some “bite” to it with its tangy BBQ flavor! If that’s your thing though, and you like a good kick in the pants, this is the chip for you!

sour cream & onion potato
oh snap! remember Pringle’s? glorious terrible for you Pringle’s? imagine a healthy (but that doesn’t taste horrible) version of those, and you’ve got yourself some SC&O Popchips my friends. I ate these one night as a pre-teeth brush nightcap, and it was the perfect “light evening snack”! thumb scale: two thumbs up, yo!

cheddar potato
hmmmm. I have mixed emotions on this flavor. you see, I’m not a huge fan of cheese flavored foods. I love cheese, don’t get me wrong…but i don’t typically care for “cheese flavor”. these reminded me a lot of those puffy Cheetos! if you dig those, you’ll probably dig these! thumb scale: one up, one down.

sea salt & vinegar potato
my taste buds didn’t know what to do with this chip! is it savory? is it tangy? is it glorious? yes, yes and yes! this was a fun “surprise for your mouth” kind of snack! it keeps you guessing, that’s for sure! two thumbs up!

salt & pepper potato
whoamama. S&P you’ve always held a near and dear place in my heart…I don’t know what it is about these guys, but they have always been my favorite, and remain my favorite even after trying some of the “new-ish” flavors! I don’t eat meat, but i will use the comparison of peppered jerky (minus the jerky) for these. they have flakes of pepper that give it a nice, subtle kick! LOVE these! two thumbs (if i had more, I’d give more!) up!

Not only did the lovely folks at Popchips give me this box of goodness, they also sent some coupons my way….and then some more! I gave away the original set of coupons to my co-workers, so that they could share in the goodness, but I’m going to be giving the other booklet to one lucky reader! There are some good ones in here, too, like “one free bag” and “buy one get one”. None of that “25 cents off your purchase” nonsense with this company! No-Sir-E!

Head on over to the Popchips website, and take a look at their current product line, and also their production process (ummmm… potatoes, heat pressure and POP, you have a “chip”….? it’s like magic yo!), ingredients and shoot me a comment telling me about your favorite snackage flavor of theirs…or where you like to take your snackage! I recently took a bag to the movies. Holllla. Popcorn/candy temptation defeated! Winner will be selected at random Monday morning (hey, i have to make it bearable somehow!).

HAPPY FRIDAY! Hope it’s ‘Poppin!

Janna

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Coco’N’Oats and The Perfect Pineapple!

I think I may have found the most *perfect* oat combination.  As the title of the post probably gave away, I’ve dubbed them “Coco’N’Oats”. word. If someone has already claimed this name, sorry! =/  I sure thought it was clever. 

What makes these Coco’N’Oats so perfect? Little flakes of sweet goodness, that’s what! This weekend while perusing the baking aisle (typical), I stopped myself in front of the chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch chips. “nope, too dangerous to have on hand” I told myself.  Then the red plastic of the coconut bag caught my eye… “well, I love all things coconut, maybe I should give this a whirl? Spruce up my food a bit?” 

Friends, if you haven’t already…go purchase yourself some coconut. Now. So far I’ve topped toast, yogurt, green monster and my favorite thus far…OATS! 

Ladies and…..ladies, I give you….Coco’N’Oats!  

i'm not judging your counters, stop judging mine! ;0)

Although it might not be the most beautiful breakfast in all the land (the bowl and spoon *do* help though!), it is mighty tasty!  This little number consists of a very simple ingredient list.  I like to start “new things” with a very simple base, and build from there. Can’t get TOO crazy all at once! ;0) 

I tossed the following into a bowl before heating (yes, blasphemy…I microwave my oats! it’s hard to justify having a camping stove at work though.  Not that I’ve tried or anything….) 

the goods!

  • ½ c Oats
  • ~1/3-1/2 Almond Milk (I can’t use regular milk. My stomach hates me)
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds
  • anddddd 1tbsp coconut

ready to go!

The coconut gets this nice, creamy-like texture, and tastes OUT OF THIS WORLD good! Trust me! 

all up in that bizzzness

Have you ever tried coconut in your oats before!? I don’t know why I waited so long…so good! 

Onto the perfect pineapple (WOW! so much good stuff in ONE post!). So, I’ve been planning to write this whole process for quite sometime now.  I figure, now that since it’s almost not pineapple season anymore, it is the perfect time to post! =X 

My mom is a water aerobics instructor for…how shall I say this nicely…the “elderly” population.  She enjoys bringing healthy snacks for her participants to enjoy after class, and often includes new healthy recipes, or fruit!  After one class, pineapple somehow came up during conversation, and the topic of how difficult and annoying it is to chop was brought up (couldn’t agree more!).  One of the “elderly” ladies said something to the effect of “once I bought a handy-dandy corer from Bel Air, it’s been a cinch!” (ok, I have no clue what she said…but I imagine it was something like that, minus the cinch).  She described to my mom the location of said “corer” in the store, and gave a brief description of how it works.  

My mom purchased one the next time she was at the grocery store, and her (and now my!) life was forever changed.  

whatwhaaat!

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This little guy, is…. AMAZING.  I did a little searching, and you can actually purchase this online, through Amazon here.  They have fancier options, but this little plastic one does the trick! 

Now that you know of this device, I’ll give a brief demonstration of how it works.  It will probably take you longer to read/look through the pictures than it actually takes to slice your pineapple.  No joke.  It honestly takes approximately 3 minutes from start to finish. 

Necessary Items: 

  • Handy Dandy pineapple corer
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Pineapple

the goods

Step 1: 

Chop the prickly top off the pineapple, and discard.

Step 2: 

Firmly shove corer into pineapple.

Step 3: 

with constant pressure (otherwise you will get mush), twist corer clockwise into the pineapple.

Step 4: 

just keep twisting, you're almost done!

Step 5: 

phew! done!

Step 6: 

gently pull the corer back out of the pineapple (do over the sink, it can get messy!)

Step 7: 

the inside, which...you can use as a "party glass" if you're feeling wild'n'crazy! just remove the core, and you're good to go!

Step 8: 

Viola! Enjoy!

Trust me when I say this…These two items, “Coco’N’Oats” and “The Perfect Pineapple” will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. You’re welcome. 

What’s your favorite oat ingredient that has “changed your life”!? what about kitchen “tool”!? You now know mine, now tell me yours! 

Janna

***update: i must add, i have mi madre to thank for the mad pineapple demo pics….THANKS MOM!***

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You’re never too old for FUNFETTI!

A little more background into my living situation…

So, I’ve mentioned it before, but I am currently living with my older bachelor brother… He works a ton, and I work/commute so it works out well because if one of us is here, usually the other isn’t.  We basically have a whole house to ourselves.  My brother’s house actually used to be my parents.  Shortly after graduating high school,  it was decided that this house was just too big for a mom and a dog, and had too much yard to take care of with all the kids gone.  My family was going to sell it (which they did) but instead of to a stranger, it was my brother.  I live in the same house I grew up in! Yes, it is a bit strange, but it’s also really comforting, in a way!

So last night (Saturday) I get home fairly late (for an old lady like myself).  It’s well past 10, and I’m ready for BED!  I notice there is quite the commotion going on in the back yard of my neighbors.  We live in such a small neighborhood, and it is really “out in the middle of nowhere”, so this is very atypical to see.  As I get out of my car, I notice not only is there a lot of commotion, but there seems to be some sort of backyard party going on.  I knew that the neighbors recently finished some concrete work (hellllllo 4:30am cement truck wakeup calls!), so I figured they must be having a family backyard BBQ to show off the new area. Wrong.

As I look closer, I am quickly taken back to the college days.  There are red cups lined up in perfect triangular form on either end of a long table…there are bud-light cans strewn about the yard…there is loud music bumping…and no parents in sight. My neighbor’s kids are partying their faces off!

Now I know what you’re thinking… ”so what? Kids do that!”….this I know. But these aren’t just any “kids”.  As I mentioned previously, I grew up in this house…these kids next door doing keg stands and partying their faces off….are kids I used to BABYSIT! BABYSIT, my friends.

I tip-toe and creep my way closer to the side of our yard, to get a better look, all the while saying “say it isn’t so…there is no way those good little boys would be doing this while their parents are gone. No WAY!”. I head inside, still shocked at what I’ve witnessed, but even more so shocked that I’ve become THAT OLD! Old enough for the “kids” I used to baby-sit to be partying their faces off, right before my very eyes.

This morning, I do what any typical 70 year old crotchety old lady 26 year old would do, and make a lap around our block to survey the scene of the party crime.  Beer.cans.everywhere.  At this point, I’m mentally shaking my fist at the boys, who are undoubtedly sleeping their hangover off, cozy in the house I used to play video games and do puzzles in. 

the aftermath….

yes, i took a picture...and yes, next up is purchasing a cane.

 

 I ask again, when did I become SO OLD!?!???

This afternoon I got a hankering for some sweets.  Whats a girl to do!?  Well, I’ll tell you…I pull a PBfingers and make FUNFETTI cookies.  Just because I act like a 70 year old when it comes to “those darn kids!” doesn’t mean I can’t eat like an 8 year old!

The goods. I used "better than eggs", just because i was out of real eggs...tastes fine though!

my handy dandy perfect scooper!

in action!

perfect little scoops!

so simple, yet so tasty!

These came out so light and fluffy!  It is taking every ounce of willpower to not eat 2 dozen! =X  I’ve packed up a plate to take to work…and this serves as my accountability factor. Co-workers, if you don’t get cookies, you can shun me. I will not eat both batches. I repeat, I will NOT eat both batches!

So, have you had an “I am SO OLD moment”!?!  Let me hear it!

Off to clean my dentures,

Janna

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*winner winner* & an “easy peasy pasta salad”!

First off, I want to give a big shout out to all my SF half and full marathoners out there! FP!FP!FP! :0) 

I started today off with a long-ish run on the books that turned into a short-ish walk (4mi  blah).  It was H-O-T out there today! 

pre run...er, walk eats!

This mornings pre-run walk eats included: 

  • 1 plain Chobani 2% 
  • 1/4c crack cracklin oat bran 
  • 1/4 kashi cinnamon shredded wheat 
  • 1/2 tbsp PB 

And now, the moment *I’ve* been anxiously awaiting! The winner of my *First* giveaway, who will receive coupons courtesy of Chobani for TWELVE free 6oz containers of yogurt is…….numero dos, Christine with the following response to fave-flav: pineapple!  I agree, Christine, pineapple is fosho the best!  Congrats!  Please email your mailing address to jkir247@gmail.com, and I’ll get the information to Shari.  

Ok, lets rewind to last night…Here is a little preview of the evenings fast and fresh “easy peasy pasta salad” meal: 

Very "summerey" Orange Muscat

"easy peasy pasta salad"

So, my mom lives in the same town as my brother, and since there aren’t really people here my age (or at least people i would want to hang out with), many-a-weekends are spent with my mom…not that I’m complaining, she is a cool lady! 
 
I went to her house last night so that we could bust open one of the bottles of  wine I purchased a few weeks ago on my wine tasting adventure (which you can read about here, if you would like!). 

sick shirt, eh? haha...am i really 26!?

We tried a Filsinger  “Orange Muscat” from the Danza Del Sol winery.  I liked it, a lot, but the meal we paired it with just didn’t work… I think this would be better suited on it’s own, or maybe as a dessert wine?  It tasted really “fresh”, and had a nice citrus kick (duh, orange in the name should have given that away). If you didn’t read before, my wine taste is VERY sophisticated….;0)

yum!

I called the mom earlier in the day to see if she wanted to have dinner, and we both agreed that a fast, cool, light dinner was just what the evening called for.  I knew I wanted to spend the afternoon out by the pool before heading over, so I didn’t want the fuss of prepping, or grocery shopping.  Due to this, I decided to just “wing it” and toss together a nice and fresh pasta salad!
The goods included in the “easy peasy pasta salad” included the following:
I cooked the pasta pre-pool time, that way it had plenty of  time to cool for the evening dinner.  Once it cooled enough, I tossed it in the dressing, and put it in the refrigerator to chill while I got ready.  When I arrived at the mom’s, we added the above ingredients, and served!  This recipe honestly took probably a total of *maybe* 20 minutes, super easy!  It was SO tasty, and I can’t wait to take some in my work lunch on monday! Some additions that might be fun would be possibly swapping the beans for other types (edamame, garbanzo, etc), maybe the addition of tofu? Lots of possibilities.

the goods!

I love cool & fresh recipes like this during the summer! 
 
What is  your favorite summer recipe/food?  I love anything with garden fresh veggies.  I also LOVE summer fruits! I could eat my body weight in melons, I swear.
  
Hope you all have some fun in the sun today!  I’m pool bound, again! It’s supposed to be 98* today, and I’m still pretty toasty from the run walk!
 
Janna

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“do I have yogurt on my nose?”

TGIF, no?

So, I wanted to get started with the long-awaited Chobani reviews! What, you weren’t sitting on pins and needles waiting for me to post some of these?!?! Yes, this is how I spend Friday nights…stop judging me! I have an early workout tomorrow!

Ok, on with the show….

I’ve given out some yogurts to co-workers, let my brother try some and had some myself. All reviews have been 100% positive, until today.

Today, I’m sitting at work and receive a text from my brother. (BTW, incase you’re a brand new reader, I am temporarily living with my brother…you know, being all “fiscally responsible” and whatnot). Anyway, while I’m slaving away at work, my brother is headed to the lake…fair? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Ok, back to the text… so, I read the text and it says “I just have one complaint about the Chobani yogurts I’ve been trying”.

Holding back my urge to bust out a “you shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!!!” for possibly speaking ill of what I’ve dubbed in my own life as “heaven in a cup”, I text back with a simple…”okay…what is it?” I sit and wait a good 10 minutes, and finally I get the dreaded text. The text I’m sure I’ll want to disown my brother for. I read it, and see the following:

“Pomegranate is my new favorite, but the design of the cup keeps me from spooning out every last bit, which forces me to use my finger…not good, I’m in public”.

Without trying to be too obvious that I am NOT working, and I am in fact on my phone texting, I try to subdue my L’s which are threatening to become “outword”, full on LOL’s.

Have I mentioned my brother is a hoot?

Although I said that I would never speak ill of these little “heaven in a cup’s”, I do have to agree with him on this. At the risk of looking like a complete glutton, i have had to refrain from licking the container (“do I have yogurt on my nose?”)….but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t pack my “mini” spoons both days I took yogurt in my lunch, in order to achieve maximum scrape-age! ;0)

Our reviews are as follows:

Brother (tried pineapple, plain, and pomegranate):

Favorite: Pomegranate

Likes: That the yogurts are not overly sweet, and have a very natural taste. He also liked the texture, which is a bit more thick than your run-of-the-mill “blue and white container” yogurt. He also asked where he can purchase these, and then told me “I’m going to be all over Target to get some more. That was awesome!!!”

Co-worker numero uno (tried raspberry):

Likes: Texture, tart flavor, nutritional stats. We were both very impressed by the protein!

Here are a few facts about Chobani, and what makes their Greek Yogurt “Greek”, full of health benefits and FLAVOR to the max!

· All natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavors.
· No synthetic growth hormones: No rBST-treated milk.
· Includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.
· Made with real fruit.
· Twice the protein of regular yogurts.
· A good source of bone-building calcium.
· Gluten-Free and Kosher-Certified.
· Safe for people with corn, nut and soy allergies.

**Source**

Co-Worker numero dos (tried blueberry):

Direct quote: “I would definitely buy this!”

Yours Truly, ME (tried vanilla, pineapple and strawberry banana):

Favorite: Pineapple (with vanilla a close second)

Likes:

Vanilla: very smooth and creamy! It felt decadent, almost like a dessert. The scent was so strong, my co-worker could smell it as she walked into my cubicle. I would for SURE purchase this in the future. I have thoughts of adding pumpkin/pumpkin butter that I just can’t shake, so mark my word that this will make a repeat appearance! For my consumption, I added some crushed Kashi shredded wheat (cinnamon!) and a blop of PB. It went from this…..

*before*

To this….

*after*

In about 4 minutes.

Fantastic!

Pineapple: sweetbabyjesus. The real fruit at the bottom was such a nice surprise. I knew it would be there (because it’s Chobani!), but it was still a little bit of a “oh hey, look at you down in there!” moment. I am a texture FREAK, so I typically add a little somethin’ somethin’ to my yog’s in order to achieve more texture…there was no need with this bad boy! It had such a nice sweet flavor. Subtle sweet though, not that fake sweet that a lot of yogurts have! If I was giving grades, an A+ fosho.

Strawberry Banana: I should have saved this one for the brother. I knew going into it that I wasn’t a huge fan of StrawBan in the first place, so take this review with a grain of salt. I didn’t love it. For some reason, I was not digging the strawberry flavor (or chunks) in this one… wtf, right? It was still mighty tasty, and I would probably even try it again… Chobani, it would be stellar if you made a plain banana flavor! Imagine the possibilities!?!?! Crumpled ‘nilla wafers…or blobs of PB…or chocolate chips…PLAIN!

There are still a few flavors left to try, and a few more co-workers I have to supply to. Once again, I would like to thank Chobani, and Shari for ‘hookin a girl UP!

If you haven’t already, check out my giveaway (and leave a comment to enter) for one lucky winner here!

Catch you on the flip side,

Janna

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Christmas In July (**my first giveaway!**)

Well, today started out in typical Janna fashion, totally AAL

I had just purchased a new container of deodorant, and this morning was the first time opening it.  As with any new deodorant, it had that pesky little sticky (really, REALLY sticky, I might add) seal across the top.  Seeing as I basically have zero fingernail length, I did what any normal person lacking nails would do, and used my teeth.  Huge mistake.  The next thing I knew, the pesky sticker thing was somehow attached to my hair. Not good.  In a moment of sheer panic, I yanked it out. Not good^2. I now have a nice section of hair on the left side of my face that is noticeably shorter than the rest.  AAL?

My day started off with a bang, and I just knew it was going to be “one of those days”.  Sure enough, a stressful deadline at work (that is quickly approaching, yet I’m feeling further and further from achieving) had me on edge all day.  Naturally, I did what my Janna brain does in stressful situations, and had froyo for dinner.  Phew, crisis averted.  My day became significantly better in the matter of minutes!

As if froyo wasn’t enough to turn things around, I arrive home to this bad boy sitting on our porch!!! I peeked around looking for signs of Santa, because it surely must be CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!

merry christmas (in July) to ME!!!!

A few weeks ago, I had contacted Chobani with a general inquiry about any locations in my area that might sell the pineapple flavor I see all over blog-land.  I have been having a heck of a time finding any “fun” flavors in my area, and I longed to join the “cool kids” rank, munching on some pineapple Chobs. All I hoped to gain from this little e-mail was a helpful hint on stores in my area to try.  I was contacted less than a day later by one of their lovely employees (heyheyyyy Shari!) who offered to send me some of the goods I’ve been longing for.  Suhweeeet! 

The package:

i was on the phone and literally giddy with excitement (sorry Craig!)

every single flavor, including TWO pineapple! YAY, thanks Shari!! =0)

how the goods stayed fresh! this, times ~5

Not gonna lie, although I was VERY stoked about receiving these tasty yogurt treats, I was almost as excited about the abundant supply of REUSABLE ice packs that came with it! SCORE!  I pack my lunch for work, daily, so these will be extremely useful!

chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool

In the next week or so, you can expect to see some reviews on these wonderful flavors I was sent!  If I wasn’t so full from my post work froyo excursion, I would bust into one of these bad boys right now!  I’ve also informed some co-workers and the brother that they will be helping me taste and review these little containers-of-heaven. They’re as stoked as me! 

My brother is training for his first Iron Man, so we wanted to do a “using yogurt as fuel” type of review, as well!

Now, here is the best part of my Christmas in July surprise….. it’s not just for me!!!!!  The wonderful Shari has given me the opportunity to host a little “Christmas in July” type giveaway, for a very lucky reader!  I explained to Shari that I had actually just started to blog (I was hesitant to accept coupons, because of this) and her response (which I just loved) was “It’s awesome to see how excited you are.  You have to start somewhere and why not start with a big KABOOM with your blog”.  I dig her style! The only restriction (and I’m sorry for any non-US residents I might have out there reading) is that the winner must be a US resident.

So, to get yourself in the running for  TWELVE VIP 6oz Chobani coupons, all I need you to do is check out the Chobani website, and leave me a comment in which you either:

1) tell me your favorite existing Chobani Flavor

2) tell me a flavor you would like to see Chobani make

OR

3) tell me your very own awesome at life moment from the day

Get creative, yo…and make sure to tell all your friends (or not, if you’re stingy like me!) The winner will be picked at random and announced this Sunday!

My answers, incase you would like to know:

1) Since I’ve been unfortunate in trying all flavors, I’d have to go with the tried and trusted strawberry…but I have a feeling all that will change once pineapple hits my lips

2) FOR SURE pumpkin…not sure how greek-pumpkin would taste, but I imagine pretty darn amazing!

3) please see first paragraph of this post! =0)

Merry Christmas (in July) to all!

Janna

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