Girls Weekend Part 3: Nourish Restaurant

The girls and I went to Nourish in Lexington MA for dinner last night.  The restaurant prides itself on being responsibly sourced and respectfully priced we are working with area farms and other small businesses to work as much local and organic food into the menu as possible.  It also is vegan friendly which obviously made this place extremely appealing.

Laura and I started with a glass of the house white wine which was delicious!

Then we shared the rice paper rolls which were filled with Asparagus, seaweed salad, red onions, toasted sesame sauce & cucumber salad. These were really good; the sesame dipping sauce completely made the dish.

Finally it was time for the entrees: Laura loved her black bean burger and Monica enjoyed her stir fry;  Although mine sounded good it definitely wasn’t great.  The tempeh sauce was a little salty and the dish was well…missing something….like um a vegetable! Over all things were good.


  • Value: 3/5
  • Food: 3/5
  • Vegan Friendly: 3/5
  • Atmosphere: 3/5

Girls Weekend Part 2: Our Green Hotel

This weekend the girls and I stayed at the Element Hotel in Lexington MA; this hotel was amazing!  From the beautiful lobby to the top of the line gym equipment and of course the pool and amazing suites. To top it off this hotel is a green hotel and it is obvious in our rooms with the double flush toilet, natural body wash, and the Seventh Generation dish wash.

Girls Weekend Part 1

The Lovely Ladies, Monica & Laura, and I headed out early this morning to Massachusetts for a girls night away filled with shopping, eating, relaxing and laughing.

What's girls weekend with out a few road snacks?

After a little unsuccessful shopping at the mall the girls and I went to Macaroni Grill for lunch.

Delicious Bread and Olive oil

yummmy pasta

Then it was time to check into our hotel.

Sorry this is short! Having too much fun! To Be Continued……….

My New Love of Running & a Little Something for You

Today was finally a day off from my regular job but meant it was time to put on my housekeeper hat.  We are still in the process of organizing and unpacking due to our insane schedules.  This morning called for a nice big mug of coffee so I got the french press out and made some yummy coffee.

Which I enjoyed with a breakfast burrito; I was feeling a little savory tonight.

After hours of sorting through boxes I finally made lunch which was inspire by tabbouli.  My lunch consisted of parsley, cucumber, tomato, chickpeas, forbidden rice and a hemp balsamic dressing.  It as amazing, period.

After lunch it was right back to work and I finally sorted through my growing collection of magazines removing any recipes, workouts or other articles that I plan to refer back to at a later date. I will put these in 3-ring binders specific to the category and when it was all said and done I ended up a pile of magazines to recycle.

All of the cleaning and organizing made me work up an appetite so I snacked on a Dr.Zevia and a Pumpkin-N-Spice trail mix bar.  The Dr. Zevia was pretty good but not my favorite Zevia and the trail mix bar was a little sugary for my taste.

On to the next part of my “day off” a beautiful run right in my own “backyard”.  Part of my Couch to 5K program, which I am on day 2 of week 2.  I am loving it and it was the perfect day to run.

Well this weekend the ladies and I are headed out for a girls weekend and in honor of our girls weekend a girlie giveaway.  I received a sample package of Annmarie organic and natural pure skin care products. I love the little sample set that I was sent but disappointed that some of the items include honey which in my vegan world, well, isn’t vegan. I gave away the samples that included honey and have tried most of the others.

My two favorite have been the neroli toning mist and the coconut body & facial oil.  These make your skin so soft and it smells so good when you are putting it on; it is like you are having your own private facial/massage at home.  

Annmaire also sent me an additional sample packet for one of you lucky readers to win. I know that there are a few non-vegan items in the package I am still doing the giveaway; if you are a no honey vegan then I suggest just giving the honey products to a friend to try.

To enter this giveaway please leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing to do is with your girlfriends or male-friends. Entries will be accepted until 5pm Sunday August 8th.

Winner: Angie Bishop

Disclaimer: Annmarie provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

A Day In Food

Today has been a wonderful day of good and healthy eats.  Finally I had oatmeal for the first time in ….oh months! Even though it was a million degrees with 100% humidity today I just knew oatmeal was what I needed to start my day.

and of course I need a nice mug of coffee in my favorite mug from Hubz.

Curious to see what is in my oatmeal check it out:

My every bowl of oatmeal standards are the cinnamon, stevia, chia seeds and of course oatmeal and then I mix it up which different nut butters, fruit and sometimes I like to add shredded coconut and chocolate chips.

Lunch today was pretty wonderfully delicious and filled with organic produce from our CSA that we received this week.  I had amazing heirloom tomatoes and cucumber with some local bread and spinach & artichoke hummus.

Dinner was sauteed cabbage, Tofurky kielbasa, roasted mushrooms and fresh sweet corn from our CSA.

After our trip to the laundromat because we are still without a washer and dryer the husband convinced me to have a little hemp ice cream which taste like cheesecake and is wonderful.  I was good though and had just a little scoop. Hmmm… I think Jersey Shore is on the agenda.

Finally a Relaxing Dinner at Home

This week has been hectic with planning and organizing for work but now everything is done and I can finally breathe.  I was so exhausted last night I got home from work and passed out.  Now I finally have my groove back and can get back to school, blogging & cooking.

After work today I had a snack before my Week 2 of C25K:

Cucumber, Mr. Krispers Salt & Pepper, Hummus & a little Zebra Tomato

Dinner tonight was simple:

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Reduction

A not so pretty mix of brown rice, quinoa, spices, mushrooms and baby spinach.

oh and a slice of bread I forgot to photograph.  I am relaxing for the remainder of the night and maybe doing some homework….hmm maybe not.

Blogging Is Out of the Backseat

HI Bloggies!

The past few days have been crazy with work, yes even this weekend, and blogging has had to take a backseat.  Things are now looking up and I should be back to regular blogging *fingers crossed*.  Well even though I haven’t been blogging I have been documenting my eats and activities to share with you so lets rewind things  to Thursday:

Pilates Fit Deck my new favorite workout besides C25K

Enjoying Penne in controlled portions by using my EatSmart Scale

Of course penne needs some fixings like kelp flakes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, a little EB and lots of kale!

Tomato, kale and lentil casserole with Mary's Gone Crackers Crumbs on top- these are so delicious

Oh and then fast forward to today! Finally a day of relaxation!

Cucumber, Celery and Crackers with Spinach-Artichoke Hummus

Cocktail Hour was Victory Tripel that the Hubz and I shared

Dinner of Eggplant Casserole with a bun since we are out of bread

Dessert: Vanilla Soygurt with a little sprinkle of granola