Monthly Archives: August 2013

So-Long-Summer Shish Kabobs!

Whether you’re happy or sad about it, summer vacation is just about up! I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve recently been consumed with my LAST week of work, finishing up my summer mileage, saying goodbye to friends and packing up for my new apartment :)

On Friday morning I walked into work for the last time as an employee. As my first summer with a job, I can definitely attest to the fact that working full-time > spending all day on Facebook & Youtube.  I was so lucky to have been given the opportunity to “intern” at the corporate office of Windsor Foods and gain some real-world experience. When I emptied out my desk and said my goodbye’s on Friday afternoon, it finally hit me that I will be moving back to school & starting classes/practice again in a matter of days. I cranked Luke Bryan’s new CD Crash My Party (in LOVE with the new song “My Kinda Night”) and cruised home to celebrate a successful summer!

New year ( the course of 14 weeks at home, I ran almost 800 miles. I worked 380 hours. (Feels like I slept about half of that… ;) ) And while running and working took up the most of my summer, I wouldn’t have it any other way! In February, my parents and I met with surgeons to prepare for the next phase of surgeries. When I learned that the procedures would interfere with cross country training, I decided with my parents to postpone them. I concentrated all of my energy on running so that I could compete and have a shot at making the travel team for my junior year.

After my long run yesterday, I’m positive I made the right decision. Running makes me feel confident, strong. It’s something I’ve decided to work at. I’m not athletic in other areas like throwing/catching/jumping/kicking. Or bowling for that matter…. Round 1 Bowling (

Chelsea (who you might remember from our Sky Zone trip or Hazelnut Pumpkin cookies) came and visited me last weekend and we had a blast as usual, particularly with our less-than-stellar bowling skills. Actually Chelsea kicked butt in our first round but her lucky streak ran out during the second game. Me on the other hand…my first goal of “breaking 100” was quickly shattered as my ball seemed to be magnetically-attracted to the gutter.

Bowling Scores ( anyone else noticed especially sore…glutes the day after bowling??)

We redeemed ourselves with a super fun (i.e. colorful) dinner on the BBQ & homemade frozen Greek yogurt that was sadly unphotographed but WILL be recreated when we visit again.

Shish Kabobs ( love shish kabobs! I also just love the name “shish kabobs” :)

We chopped up red, yellow, and orange bell peppers; green and yellow zucchini; purple onion; mushrooms; pineapple; and just for a fun twist, brussel sprouts. (Not a huge hit, sadly.) On separate skewers were the chicken kabobs my dad made with a hawaiian seasoning. We had worked up such an appetite at the bowling alley, we all went back for seconds. But with a dinner as healthy as this one, there’s nothing wrong with double the veggies!

We also broke out my ice cream maker to blend up some Greek yogurt with almonds and pretzels and dark-roasted coffee, which I’ll have to snap a picture of next time.

Summer, you’ve been good to us! But I’m excited to start school next week! The nerd in me is ready to fill in my day-planner and highlight my notes. I can’t wait to settle in and share pictures of my new home sweet home. <3

Back To School Round-up

Back to School Fever has struck! If you’re like me, the fast-approaching school year has you anxiously making lists, weeding out the closet and spending way too much time in the accessories section at Target.

Back to school fever: the unavoidable desire to buy all new clothes, shoes and school supplies to go with the start of a new school year. Symptoms include drastic hair change, makeover, newly-bronzed skin and compulsory purchases of way too many post-its and puppy folders.

This Back to School Round-up includes past (and perhaps forgotten) blog posts of recipes, workouts and college tips that you might find useful as you prep for school!

1.) Homemade Granola Bars:

Make these for you and your roommates….instant friends :) Or send this recipe to your Mom for a future *hint hint* care-package idea.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Granola Bars:

Butterscotch Pumpkin Granola Bars from

If you’re a fan of Nature Valley granola bars, you’ll adore these homemade version that take the processed out of the breakfast or snack. Pumpkin + Butterscotch = magic. We made them for a hiking trip to The Bridge to Nowhere but agreed they are best with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert :)

2.) Healthy Alternatives to Favorite Snacks:

When you’re stocking your fridge, look out for healthy swaps around the grocery store. Lots of your favorites like trail mix, peanut butter and chips can be replaced with something just as yummy but with at least half the sodium/trans-fat/sugar/calories.

Healthy Grocery Swaps: Healthy Grocery Swaps - mac n cheese vs string cheese (

No rule says that just because you’re in college you must sacrifice good food for Top Ramen ;) And if you’re going to be shopping for food & snacks to keep in your dorm/apartment, you might want to check out the College Girls’ Grocery Guides:

College Girl Grocery Guide (the original)

College Girl Grocery Guide 2.0 – Apartment Edition

College Girls Grocery Guide 2.0 ( you'll be thankful you pinned this 2 weeks in to campus dining!

3. Stress Busters

When classes start you might feel a little stressed out. Not sure what to expect if it’s your first year on campus; not ready to go back if it’s your third or fourth. Stress is the ultimate compromiser of your health; it has all kinds of icky side effects. I let stress get to me more often then I should, and have to remind myself to RELAX!

De-stressing tips:

Calming Care package

4. Study Snacks

And as any good student, you should be doing lots of STUDYING! I love when studying turns social and groups of friends organize a study group either in the library, the union, or their dorm. Sometimes our schedules are so busy that we don’t get to hang out every day, so combining studying & friends = best of both worlds (as long as you can stay out of Pinterest and Snap Chat!). But with social studying there are usually two things: Coffee & Snacks.

Here’s the Healthy Study Snack List!

Healthy Study Snack List from

A new school year, a new start – you want to look your best & feel your best. I personally am stoked for this school year! So many great things to look forward to. :)

Summer Citrus Shrimp Salad (Clean Recipe)

Summer + shrimp + citrus = This Salad. You know what I love? COLOR! The more variety in color on my dinner plate, the better.

Corn on a salad in my new favorite thing. You could take this a step further and cook corn on the cobb on the barbeque, get those nice grill marks. I went with the much easier frozen corn this time because we wanted dinner pronto but BBQ’d corn on the cobb definitely screams ‘Summer’.

Summer Citrus Shrimp Salad Clean Eating Recipe ( My salad assembly line…

Cucumber, Tomato, Avocado, Bell Pepper, Pepper, Shrimp (sauteed in lime juice and Old Bay Seasoning) and unpictured corn.

Top all the goodies on a bed of ice burg & romaine lettuce!

Summer Citrus Shrimp Salad (100 clean meal) stronglikemycoffee.comThe salad dressing was also a clean, homemade lemon dressing:

2 Tbs extra virin olive oil

2 Tbs white wine vinegar

1 Tbs lemon juice

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced


Combine in a small container with a lid and SHAKE IT!

This made 2 large dinner salads :)

Lemon and lime are the perfect compliment to shrimp. My family definitely likes seafood, and last summer I had a whole series of summer seafood recipes:

Summer Seafood: Shrimp Burgers with Peachy Salsa

Summer Seafood: Shrimp Quesadillas with Homemade Pesto

Summer Seafood: Shrimp Kabob Salad

Pesto Shrimp Kabob

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