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Desserts are Delicious

Yesterday, we went to my grandparent’s house to celebrate the Fourth of July.

I couldn’t pass up buying these flag sunglasses.

We cooked out, and I ate lots of food – salmon, orzo, cucumber salad, panzanella salad, fruit.

And dessert.

Marlene made an awesome cake and a orange creamsicle dessert.

My chocolate peanut butter no bake pie came out really good, even though the Oreo crust was a tiny bit crumbly.

We had a great night, but didn’t stay late enough to see fireworks. We did see some on the way home and plan on going to see more tonight. The kids had to get up early for swimming this morning and Danny had to work.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

After swimming lessons this morning, I went to BodyPump. I took it easy on the squats because my right quad is still sore. Instead of putting the barbell on my shoulders, I held the bar in front of me on the ground as a “third leg” option. This made the squats somewhat easier since I didn’t have that extra weight on my shoulders.

After the gym, the kid and I ran a bunch of errands, and then we stopped at Panera for lunch. Hello, delicious Fuji apple salad.

The only thing the kids will eat at Panera is the bagels. That’s it. Jacob will only eat the chocolate chip bagel with butter, and Jaden will only eat the Asiago cheese bagel with plain cream cheese – sliced but not toasted :)

At least it makes ordering easy.

This evening we’re going to see the fireworks! Have a great weekend!

  • Did you have the day off today?
  • What was the best thing you ate yesterday?
  • Do you order the same thing at restaurants or try new things?


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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!!

I started out my morning with a five mile run.


It was a little slow because my right quad is still bothering me and because a parade was being set up, so I had to avoid people, chairs, city vehicles and golf carts driving on the running path.

I still managed to run a sweaty five miles and iced my quad as soon as I got home. I wore my  Aspaeris compression shorts hoping they would help with my quad pain.


Post run, I had a big bowl of watermelon and a Clif bar.


This afternoon we’re headed to my grandparent’s house to celebrate the fourth of July with a cookout. I found a really good dessert on Pinterest that I made to bring. It’s a chocolate peanut butter no bake pie.




You can see the original recipe here.

I even got Danny to help.


I can’t wait to try it out later! I am also bringing spinach and orzo salad, of course.

Last year for the Fourth of July, I made confetti cake dip and my stepmom made red, white, and blue fruit kabobs.




Have a great day!!



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Fourth Of July Fun

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Biggest Loser DVD – 50 minutes

Danny and I tried out the Biggest Loser workout DVD in our living room yesterday. It definitely got us sweating – or that might just have been because it was 80 degrees in our house. The DVD is broken up into five 10-minutes sections — two cardio, upper body, lower body, and abs. It’s done by the Biggest Loser contestants.

What really surprised me the most about the DVD is that they didn’t have proper form while doing some of the exercises. I know that the contestants are doing the workout, and not professionals, but you would think that if you’re selling an exercise DVD to people you would want to make sure the moves were being done correctly and safely.

For example, during triceps extensions people had their elbows flared out while they should be close to the ears and during the plank and mountain climbers people had their butt way up in the air rather than flat. I was just surprised to see that.

Have you done a Biggest Loser Workout DVD before? Thoughts?

Yesterday afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house.

Danny and me:

There was so much delicious food! I put out my cake dip and it was a hit. My step-mom added some strawberries and blueberries, and it was amazing with the strawberries.

My step-mom also made these red, white, and blue fruit skewers with white chocolate drizzled on top. Those were delicious too.

And there were patriotic drinks.

We hung out in the backyard where a meeting of the triplets club was taking place.

Isn’t funny that the three of them dressed almost identical?

Dinner was perfect.

I had salmon, corn on the cob, orzo, garlic bread, and broccoli.

The broccoli was cooked on the grill, and it’s the best way I’ve ever tasted broccoli. It had a lightly grilled flavor which was amazing. I will be cooking broccoli on the grill from now on.

We stayed until about 10 pm, and we able to see a few fireworks from my grandparent’s backyard. We got home about 11 pm, and I let the kids sleep in this morning, since we were out so late. I’m going to try to make it to the gym later this morning to run on the treadmill, but if I don’t make it, I’m going to go this evening.

  • Did you have a good Fourth of July? What did you do?
  • Any plans for today?
  • Have you ever done a Biggest Loser workout DVD?


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Orzo Salad and Confetti Cake Dip

Happy Fourth of July!

Today, we’re going to my grandparent’s house to celebrate the 4th and have some family fun. I decided on two dishes to bring with. The first is my spinach and orzo salad that I make for every family gathering. I thought about trying something different, but I have this recipes memorized and everybody likes it (unless that’s just what they’re telling me…) and as long as they keep eating it, I’ll keep making it.

I first had spinach and orzo salad at Whole Foods, and I liked it so much that I decided to make my own at home. And that way, I could make it to my liking – omitting the olives the Whole Foods has, and adding other veggies like cucumber. I searched around and found this recipe that I used as a basis for mine.

You can find the spinach and orzo salad on my recipe page, but I’ve decided to post it again here because I always make it slightly different. That’s the great thing about this recipe, you can throw in more veggies or cheese to suit your tastes. I usually don’t measure anything anymore besides the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Orzo and Spinach Salad – Recipe #2


  • 1 (16 oz) package orzo pasta
  • 1/2 package (5 oz) baby spinach, chopped
  • 10 oz feta cheese
  • 1 cucumber, chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large boil.

2. Stir in spinach, feta, cucumber, onion, basil, salt, and pepper.

3. Whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.

4. Toss pasta with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate and serve cold. Enjoy!

This time I added more feta cheese than I normally do because feta is delicious. This salad would also be great with pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, or what ever else you would like to add!

Next, I made a new super-simple dessert – confetti cake dip! I got the idea from Skinny Runner’s blog, which she found via this blog and this blog.

The recipe normally calls for funfetti cake mix, but my grocery store didn’t have any, so I bought the confetti cake mix. It’s got to be pretty similar, right?

Confetti Cake Dip


  • 1 box confetti (or funfetti!) cake mix
  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup cool whip
  • Sprinkles for on top (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, yogurt and cool whip until combined and no lumps remain.
  2. Cover and chill in refrigerator for four hours.
  3. Top with sprinkles if desired, and serve with animal crackers, graham crackers, or fruit.

I served my confetti cake dip with mini graham crackers and animal crackers.

I hope you all have a great and safe Fourth of July!


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