Banana Cashew Eggroll

Happy Friday Friends!

Yes – the title of this post is true. Near the end you will see the glorious Banana Cashew Eggroll. It was magnificent!

I had a wonderful birthday yesterday! Thanks for all the well wishes! The day was great and it started with a bouquet of flowers delivered to me at work:

(the card reads “from your loving husband”) – aaaaaaawwwww.

8 hours of work felt like 500 because I wanted to get out of there so badly. After listening to a few voicemails at lunch time and in the afternoon (thank you to everyone who left me those lovely messages!) I was more than ready to go home. Once 4:30pm rolled around I left work, came home and changed and then we were off to dinner.

Jason and I had only eaten here once, but it was so good and we couldn’t remember why we hadn’t gone back. We started with some veggie potstickers:

And some delicious cocktails. I had a Gin and Ginger (ginger ale, gin, lime) and Jason had the Effen Passion (passion fruit juice, vodka, ginger ale):

They were so refreshing — the ginger taste was so strong. Yum! For dinner, I ordered a chicken/veggie stir-fry with a lemon sweet/sour sauce:

The vegetables were so fresh and crisp and the sauce was light and flavorful. Jason got the teriyaki chicken fried rice:

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for: The Banana Cashew Egg Roll

“rolled by hand – crispy, with fresh banana, roasted cashew, brown sugar filling, served with creamy chocolate sauce”

Oh man – I didn’t think we’d ever find a dessert that even comes CLOSE to the Nutella Burger in Vegas – but this was BETTER! The banana + cashew flavor was amazing. I need to make this at home. After dinner we went to the theater and saw Tangled

It was so cute!!! I loved it. See the little green chameleon on the guy’s head? He was my favorite character! Too adorable. And Mandy Moore’s voice is perfect for Rapunzel. We loved it!

Hopefully this weekend I’ll make enough time to learn how to use my birthday gift:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Jason for a lovely birthday – I love you!

***Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy!***

-Holly

Wunderbar Hemp Protein

Hi Friends 🙂

I spent a few hours with my mom yesterday – and one of the things she said was “is it just me or is time just flying?” And isn’t that true? I swear the past few months have gone by so quickly – and before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and then soon after 2011 will be here! It is truly amazing how fast time seems to be going. Makes me want to focus on enjoying each day!

I started Sunday with a Pumpkin Smoothie:

In the Big Mac glass! My favorite 🙂

Instead of my normal protein powder, I used this Hemp Protein sent to me from Manitoba Harvest.

They were kind enough to send me some other samples to try:

Along with some Hemp Seed Butter – which I will be trying later this week.

Thanks Manitoba Harvest 🙂

I spent the afternoon with my mom putting together some party favors for her job. She works for an Assisted Living Facility as their Activities Director, and this Wednesday is their Oktoberfest Party. Check out the wunderbar favors (they are little bags of pretzels)

Cute, huh? I had time to help her because Jason was gone for most of the afternoon. He is currently back in school (along with working full time). His school is undergoing some sort of accreditation program and he was asked to be interviewed by the accreditation evaluators. Basically he gets interviewed for an hour and gets free dinner 🙂

But he sure looked nice for the interview, right?

I put those roses there – I’m such a good photographer, right? You better be shaking your head “yes”…

I didn’t get super far on our Halloween costumes, but by the middle of the week I should have some good pics for you 🙂

*Best part of your weekend?

*Do you enjoy crafty stuff like putting party favors together or scrapbooking? I love crafts and I’d probably enjoy scrapbooking, but some of that stuff is super expensive – all the papers, stamps, stickers, tools, etc. I’d rather use my money for something else!

*Have you ever tried Hemp Protein products? What did you think?

*Don’t forget to submit your entry for the Great Blogger Pumpkin Carving Contest (open to anyone, not just bloggers!)

Enjoy your Monday! ~Holly

Baseball & Beer

Hi Friends 🙂

Are you having a good weekend? This morning Jason and I are running the Twin Cities 10 Mile race — yes I broke up with running a few weeks ago, but I had already paid for the race and thought I’d give it a go. It should be a fun race without any pressure to have a great race time.

On Saturday we went to the MN Twins game:

The new ballfield (Target Field) is so beautiful. (Much better than the Metrodome, don’t you think so MN friends?)

But it was super cold and windy in our section:

I thought about bringing my Snuggie, but I settled for a fleece blanket instead. The game was exciting (we won!!!). We brought Jason’s Grandma and his Aunt and they sat frozen with us had a great time as well!

As part of our carb loading for our race, we enjoyed a beer:

Can you think of a better way to carb load for a race? 😉

Questions:

1. How is your weekend going? Anything fun going on?

2. Are you a beer or a wine drinker? What is your favorite drink? I don’t drink much beer, although a Blue Moon or Corona is good once in a while. I prefer mixed drinks: Captain/coke or Vodka/Lemonade. Very rarely will I have wine!

3. Tell me something completely random about yourself. I’ll go first: I’ve gotten drunk twice at a police station. I’ll explain more tomorrow 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Holly

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The Great Minnesota Sweat Together

Our day in pictures:

Question: Any guesses as to what these are??? (pic below)

Have a great Monday!

Treasure City

Hi Friends!

We had such a busy weekend — I am actually looking forward to going to work this morning! I miss my daily routine. 😦

First things first: the winner of the Nuttzo Giveaway:

Congrats Alyssa at GlutenFree Muse! Please email me at couchpotatoathlete@gmail.com with your name and address to claim your prize! Thanks to all who entered. I’ve got more goodies to share at the end of this week 🙂

Wendy, you were kind enough to remember that J and I went to a wedding reception on Saturday — I did not take photos because I really don’t know the bride/groom too well (bride is J’s coworker) — and it was a pretty laid back affair. But they had good food and plenty of music 🙂

Yesterday J and I went to a bbq/outdoor party and were asked to bring a dish to share. Usually I bring veggies or a salad (or something I can eat in case everything is not lookin good) — but I wanted to bring some sort of dessert instead. I decided to make a Fruit Pizza. I used a Pillsbury recipe and it turned out fabulous:

It was a big hit at the party 🙂

After we left, J and I stopped at this place:

I don’t really know how to describe this place, so I’ll let the pics speak for themselves:

We did find one treasure from Treasure City to bring home:

They fit right in with Big Mac and Mayor McCheese!!! And for only $10, how could we not buy them?

Questions:

1. What do you like to bring to potlucks/bbqs/parties?

2. Do you have any collections? I wouldn’t call my McD things a “collection” although I sure would like to get the rest of the glasses in that set. I used to collect shot glasses, but I recently sold them all in a garage sale.

3. What was the highlight of your weekend?

Have a great day,

Holly

Healthy Living Blogs

Good Morning!

Thanks everyone for entering the Nuttzo Giveaway! If you haven’t, please click *here*.

The winner will be announced Monday morning! Good luck!

Also, check out Averie’s giveaway! And let her know you came from Couch Potato!

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Sorry for the short post, but J and I had a jam packed day yesterday and we have another busy day today. I need to finish up my fruit pizzas for the bbq/get-together (pics posted tomorrow!)

Have a great day!

Holly

Questions:

Are you a part of any blogging community? Which ones?

What are your plans for today?

Kickass TGIF

Good Morning!

Thanks everyone for your comments about weekly grocery costs, meal planning, dietary restrictions, etc. Budgeting and meal planning is one of my favorite things to doyes I said “favorite” – and I am looking forward to writing some posts on those topics.

I know everyone is so excited for the Nuttzo Giveaway:

But its not happening today! I will be posting the giveaway tomorrow, and yes it will be for one entire jar of Nuttzo! So check back in the morning 🙂

Speaking of giveaways, did I mention I won a giveaway? From The Healthy Apple? Check it out:

Justin’s Nut Butter: Chocolate Hazelnut. Check out the stats:

I thought I should eat it on an apple (in honor of The Healthy Apple) 🙂

This tastes like chocolate frosting. I am definitely hanging onto these little packets for traveling, etc. They are the perfect serving size and only 80 calories! Thanks Amie!

Thursday night J and I had date night. We have a super busy weekend and needed some time to relax and rewind. We had a gift card to TGIFriday’s and went to use it up!

I got the Caribbean Chicken with extra veggies:

J got the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich (with huge pieces of avocado and sweet potato fries)

Same thing we got last time. This Captain Morgan rum glaze is seriously the best! Afterward I ran to the Redbox (are these a local thing? A vending machine for movies?) and was hoping to find The Lovely Bones (I just finished the book last week and still need to see the movie) but it wasn’t there. Instead, I picked up this:

I think we’ll watch it tonight. We’ve picked out such awful movies lately (The Professional — older movie with Natalie Portman and then recently Legion — horrible movie with Dennis Quaid). They were both pretty awful. Lets hope Kickass isn’t super lame.

I finished Thursday night with a haircut (just a trim). Am I the only one who loves the feel of someone else brushing your hair? I think it is so calming. I also soaked in our jacuzzi tub and read more Sookie. I think it is so important to spend some time on yourself every day. I need the relaxation! I try not to treat myself with food, so I do little things like taking a bath, reading my book, taking a walk, painting my nails, buying myself something expensive small. 🙂

Here’s our crazy weekend:

Saturday: Farmers Market, drive 2 hours to J’s family reunion, drive 2 hours to friend’s wedding, drive 2 hours home (ugh!)
Sunday: Drive 3 hours to BBQ/Picnic, then drive 3 hours home (ugh!)

So much time in the car. I am not looking forward to that!

What do you do during long car rides?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Did you answer my budget questions yesterday? If not, will you please?

Have a great day!

Holly