Killer at Large

Hi Friends!

I hope you’re having a great day 🙂

I wanted to mention a documentary that Jason and I recently watched:

If you have a Netflix subscription, please check out all of the instant play documentaries on there. I have found plenty that I want to watch over the next few weeks. Killer at Large is all about the obesity epidemic, and the movie was quite good!

We hear from different experts (including Michael Pollen – the author of the book I am reading), farmers, teachers, athletic directors and lunch ladies. The movie discusses many different ideas as to why our nation is as overweight and obese as it is, starting with advertising to kids, what corporations get government subsidies, school lunches, vending machines, the food guide pyramid, etc.

The part I didn’t like (or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention enough) was when they showed a Northeastern city (I can’t remember the name) that received some sort of grant to make their city “healthy” – so they paved walkways and made bike lanes, businesses gave benefits to employees who walked/biked to work, they had info centers about nutrition, they gave certain restaurants “seals of approval” if they had good menu choices (fresh produce, decent portions, etc). All of that seemed great, but at the end they said that they needed $15 Million dollars to continue the project but they only received $150,000 – and they emphasized that it was such a disaster that they didn’t get the $15 Million – that was for one small city! Again, maybe I misunderstood, but that seemed ridiculous!

I made it to the gym last night and I need new shoes. Badly. I realize that the shoes I have are almost a year old and have tons of miles on them – so tonight I am going to go get refitted and a new pair of shoes. I did get 5 miles completed:

The guy next to me on the treadmills kept singing along to his headphones – but he didn’t say the swear words, he would say the word “beep” – I tried to not laugh and he was too into his workout to notice me at all!

I came home and fixed myself a smoothie. Usually I have a smoothie for breakfast, but this works out so well after going to the gym –

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal Smoothie

4 ice cubes
1 scoop protein powder
1 TBSP ground flaxseed
¼ cup old fashioned oats
¼ cup blueberries
½ banana
1 cup vanilla soy milk

And I thought I’d bring back the Big Mac glass (to go with the movie review, makes sense, right?)  🙂

Afterward I tried making my own Cashew Butter – it worked OK in my Magic Bullet, but it took forever to get even close to the consistency I wanted. So I’m not going to bother putting up pictures until I get something figured out. I have a freezer full of raw nuts from Trader Joe’s with the intention of making my own nut butter – I guess I need a food processor perhaps?

*What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

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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

Movie Review & Mimosas

Hi Readers!

Last night J and I saw Inception. I loved it! I love Christopher Nolan movies (Batman Begins, Memento). He just seems to bring something new and fresh to the movie world. I won’t spoil the movie for anyone, but I do highly recommend it. I did have to pay close attention (but that goes for any movie that I watch) and there are times when I was confused, but it all made sense as the movie progressed.

And I forgot how much I like JGL. I remember watching Angels in the Outfield 100 times over when I was a kid. From your comments yesterday, I guess I’m not the only one!

The theater we went to is outside of Minneapolis and it is called the Showplace Icon Theatre. It is a huge, beautiful theatre. The upstairs balcony is VIP seating.

Check out these seats/love seats:

Yes there are little side tables for drinks and food (sorry for the blurry blackberry pic). There is a restaurant/bar in the balcony as well, so you can order food/alcoholic drinks to watch during the movie. (Even if you order your food 2 minutes before the movie starts, they will bring it to you during the previews) How sweet is that? The upstairs/balcony area is 21+ so you know there won’t be any little kids running around up there.

If you go to a movie showing after 7pm, the entire movie theatre is 18+. It may cost a bit more (our tickets were $15 each) but it is worth it to KNOW there won’t be any 13 year olds laughing or talking (sorry kids!).

You buy your tickets online and reserve your seats – you get to pick them out!

They have a location in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and in Chicago too. I’m sure there are other theatres like this out there. Have you been to a movie theatre like this?

Breakfast this morning was eggs and toast.

One egg on a piece of Ezekial toast. I like to eat it stacked up like this, so I can break the egg and all of the delicious yolk can soak the bread. Yum.

I’m off to run some errands, and then I am meeting up with my sister-in-law and soon-to-be  aunt-in-law for brunch. I’m bringing Mimosas and that is all I needed to know! After that I have a date with TurboFire and I’ll be working on more features for the blog.

Question of the Day: How are you spending your Saturday?

Have a great day!

Holly

Date Night

Hi Readers!

I know my last post was just a few hours ago, but I wanted to post about our fabulous dinner date. J and I try to have a date night a few nights per month. We’ll usually go out to dinner, go to a movie, or just stay home and take a walk together. Either way it is quality time spent together.

Tonight we went to TGIFriday’s (not our usual choice) because we had a coupon. Yes, sometimes our budget speaks louder than our tastebuds! They have a new line of menu options that use Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Sauce – so we knew we had to try it out.

(By the way my husband love love loves Captain Morgan). Look what we have hanging in our house:

Haha and yes that is hanging in the main stairway.

I ordered the Caribbean Chicken with double veggies instead of rice:

I ended up eating one of the chicken breasts and half of the veggies.

J ordered the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich:

It looked so good. Check out all that avocado! And it came with sweet potato fries. Somehow I refrained from eating all of them. I had 2.

I try to not eat at restaurants too much because there are so many hidden calories (not to mention it gets expensive). When I do go out, I want to get something that makes me feel good (not bloated and stuffed to the gills). I thought I would share some of my Restaurant Eating Tips. There aren’t very many, but I think they are pretty helpful. Do you have additional tips to share?

  1. Do your research. Choose the restaurant BEFORE you go and check out their menu online. This way you can make a decision before getting to the restaurant and being influenced by smells, specials or your friends/family!
  2. Check out the “diet” menu. This should really be labeled “Normal Food for Normal People”, not “diet” food. I’ve heard Cheesecake Factory’s diet menu is actually labeled “Weight Management Menu”. Are they trying to shame people out of ordering from there? But really, check this part of the menu out. They usually have lower calorie options because they are closer to what REAL portions should be!
  3. Choose meat/veggies over a burger/sandwich. Unless the sandwich is served on super wheaty, grainy, crusty bread, to me those calories aren’t worth it. I’d rather get a nice piece of protein and some veggies, because eating those types of meals make me feel good and they make my body look good. I will also ask to sub extra veggies instead of foods I don’t really want: rice, baked potato, french fries, etc.
  4. Ask for sauce/dressing on the side when able – or sometimes I’ll ask for half the amount of sauce, etc. Make requests – but be nice about it. Smile, be polite and be kind.
  5. When you get your plate, decide how much you are going to eat, and eat only that much (or less). I don’t know about you, but I grew up in the Clean Plate Club and I have a hard time determining my satiety. I try to eat only half (or less) of my restaurant meal. Usually I will divide it up on my plate, eat my half and then ask for a to go box.
  6. TAKE YOUR TIME. This goes for eating at a friend’s house or at your own house! Along with the Clean Plate Club I belonged to the Scarf Your Food Down As Quickly As Possible Club (or SYFDAQAPC for short). Now I take a bite and actually chew it (what a concept, right?) before taking another bite. Sometimes I put my fork down between bites to use up time so that my brain can catch up with my stomach.

Question: Do you have any restaurant eating tips you like to use?

Next J and I are going to see Inception. I know, I feel like I keep writing about this, but I’m so excited to see it. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of our nice theater that we go to. The last movie I saw was Eclipse (which was kind of a disappointment to be honest…)

Question: What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Have a great night everyone!

Holly