Sloppy…Split Peas?

This afternoon I got home from work and did the workout I didn’t do this morning. I decided to try the newest EA Active Wii game and will be doing the 6 week challenge.  Have you ever done the EA Active challenge?

I was craving sloppy joes tonight and thought I had lentils to make them with but I couldn’t find them (we still are unpacking) so I decided to try something new Spicy Sloppy Split Peas! I put the sloppy split peas on a bun with dijon mustard and baby spinach and had sauteed purple cabbage and baked sweet potatoes on the side.

Tonight I plan on getting some school work done as well as attempting to do a little more unpacking so we can get all settled in.  However first I will enjoy one of my new yummy raw cookies.

Raw Almond Super Food Cookies

Makes 12-15 cookies


  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 2T agave nectar
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 2T cacao nibs
  • 2T goji berries
  • 1/4 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 2T chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


Mix the almond butter and agave nectar together.  Stir in remaining ingredients; the batter should hold together if it doesn’t add more coconut.  Scoop out tablespoon size cookies and place on a wax paper lined sheet pan.  Cover the cookies and place in the fridge.  These do well for 5-7 days in the fridge however you can freeze them and take them out shortly before you want to enjoy.

Eating and Cleaning…and a Giveaway?!

Last night I decided that I’d like something sweet and enjoyed a small glass of Strawberry Mousse that I tested for Ricki’s new cookbook.

Ariel decided she wanted to try it as well

This morning I attempted to get up and do my workout but it just wasn’t happening; my body wouldn’t cooperate.  So I enjoyed some more strawberry mousse, a raw cookie (recipe to come) and a mug of coffee.

Okay now lets get down to business I know you are all wondering what this giveaway is because who doesn’t love to try new AMAZING products? I know I do so I was delighted when I asked Seventh Generation if they would provided me with a variety of their eco-friendly cleaning products to review and giveaway and they agreed.  Now I might be biased because Seventh Generation is a Burlington based company but I really love their products.  I find that there are a number of eco-friendly cleaning products that are just okay and then there are some that are good but Seventh Generation is (so far anyways) the best that I have ever used.

I received the Healthy Home Starter Kit, which is also what Seventh Generation will be providing to the winner of this giveaway.  The kit includes:

Some items are missing as the Hubz put them away before I could photograph and I have yet to locate them...hmm that could be a problem!

  • Disinfecting Multi-Surface
  • Disinfecting Bathroom
  • Disinfecting Wipes- 35 ct.
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Shower Cleaner
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Tub&Tile
  • Natural Paper Towels
  • Seventh Gen Recylced Bag

I honestly love everything but my favorite have the been the disinfecting wipes and the Natural Paper Towels which I just purchased 3 more of because they were on sale at the co-op.  These products do a great job cleaning and I don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals that can harm my body or our fur babies.  Now I just tried a few of the many products that Seventh Gen has to offer so I would make sure to check out their site to see what products would be most useful for you.  Now to jump start this we are going to have a little giveaway fun to enter see instructions below.

The winner of the 7th Gen Giveaway is: Ashlei!

To enter giveaway (open to US residents only): Deadline July 23, 2010 at 8am. CLOSED

1. TO ENTER: Visit the Seventh Gen Site and answer the following questions:

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VT Brew Fest 2010

Last night the Hubz and I made our way downtown to the Brew Fest at the Waterfront. Since it’s never good to drink on an empty stomach we headed straight to Alhi Baba’s for Falafel.

Then it was time for beer:

Finally our friends got through the massive line to get in and then we had ….well more beer obviously!

Don't worry he hasn't been double fisting all night he has mine as well

and what would Brew Fest be without friends in lederhosens?

and of course what goes better with beer than Alec’s Spicy Pretzels?

Unfortunately the night ended abruptly after waiting in line for a our last beer, getting up to the front just after our men and being told they couldn’t serve anymore. BOOOOOOOO!

The men showing of their success of getting the last beer of the night

Laura showing sad face with our last tickets of the night

It was a fun night and now that I’ve had my green juice I am ready for the market and iced coffee!

Somethings Brewing…

At Vermont Brewers Festival!

Prior to heading to VT Brew Fest my parents met us at our new place bearing gifts aka mail that arrived at their house.  To our delight Salba Smart had sent me a number of items to sample.  We dove right in with the tortilla chips, the BBQ Crisps and my parents had some of the Cheddar & Sour Cream Crisps.

Some other goodies we have yet to try:

More Brew Fest Posts to come…..

More Hours In The Day

I really need more hours in the day! I have been crazy busy this week between preparing to move on Monday, moving and working on Tuesday and then Wednesday I had a 13 hour work day which was exhausting.  Yesterday calmed down a little bit and the Hubz and I were able to get some unpacking done but there is still so much to do! Today I slept in and my slept in I mean I got up at 7 instead of 5:30 which was nice.  Tonight we are headed to the VT Brewer’s Festival so it is going to be a fun and crazy night that I will be sure to blog about tomorrow!

Since it’s been crazy around here and we have done a lot of eating out (we haven’t had any food at home) I feel like my body is lacking the nutrients that I get from when I cook/uncook at home.  So for lunch I made a nice salad of spinach topped with apple slices, fennel and pecans.

In that cute little nut butter jar is my dijon agave dressing which is to die for!

Dijon Agave Dressing:

  • 2T olive oil
  • 2T coconut vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1T dijon mustard
  • 2t agave

Put everything in a jar and shake! This is enough for 2 small salads or 1 huge salad.

Also I encourage you all to take a minute and Support the Walk For Farm Animals: