Random Friday Stuff

Happy Friday, friends! Let’s get right to all of the randomness swimming around in my head!

You know that I participate in virtual book clubs on the blog, but I’m actually part of a real book club too. Last night, it was my turn to host for the year. I spent the entire day cleaning my house and prepping the food. It sure was nice waking up to a super clean house this morning! Anyway, we read the book Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova {my selection}. After reading this book, I don’t even have the energy to write-up a full review of the book. It started out really good, but went down hill fast. The main character, Sarah, was in a car accident at the beginning of the book and suffered from Left Neglect. The rest of the book focused on Sarah’s therapy and recovery; which got really boring.

All of my book club friends pretty much agreed, this book was a stinker, but the food was good. I served my homemade garden salsa, Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus and Trader Joe’s guacamole for an appetizer {good stuff}. The hummus was a major favorite!


I also baked sweet potato chips….I cut thin slices of one sweet potato, brushed a little coconut oil on and sprinkled slices with sea salt. I baked them at 400 for about 15-20 mins. For our main meal, I made a big Mexican style salad and served up these Avocado Chicken Enchiladas. We also had Key Lime Pie for dessert {recipe coming soon}. Everything was delicious, but after eating lots of dairy and having gluten for the first time since the Conscious Cleanse; my stomach’s feeling pretty wonky this morning. Green Smoothie coming up!


Madelyn and I went to Panera Bread for lunch, on Wednesday, after running some errands. They’ve brought back the Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad and it is super delicious!


I know that I mentioned my love for Trader Joe’s California White Nectarines the other day, seriously, if you live near a Trader Joe’s go immediately and buy these nectarines. They are so juicy sweet yummilicious!!!


On the agenda for later today is a horse competition featuring my favorite little girl. Considering the heat index is supposed to be 108 today…..wish me luck…..


Speaking of the major heat wave hitting Texas….the best way to beat the heat is with froyo. Keep it super healthy and make your own. I have the three ingredient peanut butter froyo recipe on the blog, but the other night I changed it up some. Combine 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen peaches {or any other frozen fruit}, and 1 tablespoon of coconut flour {optional} in a food processor. Add a favorite topping, such as almond butter and enjoy!

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  1. Oh that Appetizer Plate looks heavenly!! I just love guac and hummus.
    We have still way too cold temperatures here, more like early spring than summer. It’s ok, but I am longing for some BBQ’s and FlipFlops :-)
    Good luck to Madelyn on the competition and happy weekend!
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  2. Have to make a TJ trip just to get my hands on those nectarines! It’s a 45 min drive but worth it EVERYtime!!!!
    Move It Marissa Just DO IT!My Profile

  3. Now that is some crazy heat… I don’t think I’ll complain about the slightly warm temperatures we’ve been having here anymore :lol: But I find that a really great way to cool off is to eat frozen fruit. I’ve really been loving grapes, blueberries, and mangoes lately. The only downside is that they’re super addicting and I find myself finishing off an entire bag without even noticing!

    Happy Friday!
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . the benefits of dry brushing .My Profile

  4. I read Left Neglected as well, and definitely agree on your summary of the book. At first I thought it would be a really good book, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
    That strawberry and chicken salad looks SO good! Oh my gosh, if only Panera would get its butt over here.
    Have a great weekend!
    Lisa Simple TruthsMy Profile

  5. Need that Key Lime Pie recipe! ASAP!! Key lime is my favorite!!!
    Laura@ Fit Running Mama Five Things Friday, Promo Code and Giveaway!My Profile

  6. At least now, I don’t have to worry about reading a book. There were so many great ones on today’s hop. I really enjoyed reading your recipes. I love sweet potatoes and that looked so good. Will hop in again and visit you soon.
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  7. Yer food looks yum! Off to check out your three ingredient peanut butter froyo recipe!
    Kierston @candyfit #RECIPEFRIDAY: Oh The Low Carb Pastabilities!My Profile

  8. Panera’s strawberry poppyseed salad with chicken is one of my favorites. Along with their black bean soup. But I’m guessing you don’t want anything to do with soup right now. 108 degrees?! Wow!
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  9. Haha, well you have WAY more than 12 blog giveaway entries..which is a bummer for me!! ;)
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Friday Foodie Favorites: June 28, 2013My Profile

  10. Oh I hope the show went well! I had that salad from Panera for last weekend and leftovers for lunch on monday. ITs so good!

  11. I know how hot and miserable those 100 degree temperatures can be! Good luck to your little girl this weekend <3 <3 Can't wait to hear how she does.. which I'm sure will be amazing!
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  12. That appetizer looked delicious!
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats Naturopath UpdateMy Profile

  13. 1) I wish we had Panera here (I don’t even know if Canada has them, but looks good).

    2) I’m afraid to do that froyo thing because no liquid – afraid i’ll break the processor (its a small one) or it’ll take forever…

    3) I read “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova and enjoyed it (not a typical read either)…I found it slow at first, but enjoyed it muchly afterward….never read “Left Neglected”…

    4) Do you plan workouts the week ahead? How do you know how many rest days you’ll take or what to do each day? (like you wouldn’t want to do all intense stuff day after day, etc..so how do you organize it?

    5) are you happy with current weight or not?

    • I have heard that Still Alice is good…I may have to give it a try. I usually only plan my workout the day before and I’ll usually run, walk, do a Jillian Michaels video or a class at the YMCA. I’m happy with my current weight, but I could always be happier! ;)

  14. Also, I looked at the link for the “oatmeal pancake”” in the other post and it doesn’t link up…was wondering the original recipe (besides the changes you made)…

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