Notice anything different about my blog layout?
The hint is in the title of this post…
SNOW!! Thanks to Mel over at A Taste of Life for showing me where to find it! If you’re interested and have a WordPress blog, go to the appearance section on the dashboard and hit “extras” – you can have falling snow until January 4, 2009! It’s very fitting given what it looks like outside where I am right now.
It has been another fabulous day with my momma. I’m so glad she’s here – I think I’d go stir crazy if I had to wait around for this test on Friday without her. There’s only so much studying I can do, right?!
This morning I gave my second-ever JamFrakas bar a chance.
This time it was the Banana Chocolate Blastocrisp. On the website, it lists the ingredients as follows: “Organic Bananas, Organic Rice Crisps (Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Honey, Organic Raisin Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt), Organic Dates, *Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Chocolate Mass, Organic Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Vanilla), Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Safflower Oil, Sea Salt. CHOCOLATE CHIPS”
The verdict? Well, I kind of liked this one, too! It was definitely not as good as the Peanut Butter Blisscrisp, but it wasn’t bad. I really like the fact that these are crunchier than Larabars. This one tasted a lot like a Banana Chocolate Vivanno from Starbucks – a little “off” but the banana and chocolate were both definitely present. I guess I’m 2 for 2 with these bars – we’ll see if it keeps up!
After a nice workout at the gym this morning, my mom and I headed to brunch at Walker Bros. with Bobby. He had just finished his last final – lucky guy! – so it was extra nice for him.
Aw, how nice are those napkins?!
As usual, the food was not in short supply. We got the best of the best and shared it amongst ourselves. This means a Mediterranean Baked Omelette – a fluffy treat with feta, tomatoes and spinach – and a Dutch Baby Pancake (with strawberries and bananas). I also had two turkey sausage links!
I ate all of the omelette, sausage and fruit, but could not finish that pancake! I was feeling the need for a more savory meal, what can I say? Of course, it was all incredibly delicious, particularly when paired with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
I also ate the crust of this wheat toast with raspberry jam. The jam was amazing! Have I ever told you that the crust is my favorite part of the bread? Does anyone else feel that way? I know it’s rare, but it’s also nice because most people will take my inner bread in exchange for their crusts 😉 Just a little fact of the day for ya!
It was a delicious meal with good company, as always You may notice that we eat out a lot when my mom is here. It’s mainly because she has SO many favorite restaurants here – we try to pack them all in one trip! It’s great, but it will be nice to get back home and have Papa Bender’s meals again (yay!).
After brunch, my mom and I did a little shopping around. We stopped into Crate & Barrel, which of course is a foodie’s heaven. While I was in there, I had to take a picture of this place setting that caught my eye.
Disclaimer: What you’re about to see may either make you groan or giggle.
Looks like somebody at Crate & Barrel is a fan of a certain book series!! That store just went up by about 1,000,000,000,000 points in my book 😉 You know you love it!
Speaking of Stephenie Meyer, I received The Host as a Christmas present from Bobby! It’s the latest non-Twilight book in her repertoire, and it looks like it’s going to be a great read! Here’s a description from her website:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
I will be sure to let all of you know what I think 😉 In any case, it looks like another love story, so I have no doubt that I am going to enjoy it. I plan to start it as soon as this final is over on Friday!
The rest of the day was spent studying for my final. We actually stopped at Cosi again for dinner because I had to eat something quick before my review session. Currently I am sipping on white wine and writing this post to you, dear reader I hope that your days went well!
Final Note: Don’t forget about the Vita-Mix Super 5200 Giveaway! I am still wowed by all the entries thus far – I’ve gotten some really great recipe ideas from you all! Thank you! If you’re curious, be sure to check out the comments in that post – there is some great stuff in there!
“See” you again soon!