WIAW: Florida and Atlantic City


I literally just finished typing up my Introduction post, and now I’m posting my first “real” post. I’m feelin’ the new blogger rush! Woohoo! (See, I’m already embarrassing myself.)

Since it’s Wednesday, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to join in the most fabulous blog party out there–What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)! Hosted by the one and only Jenn from Peas and Crayons. WIAW is actually how my whole blog following started. I would click on every single link on that darn WIAW linkup. It was summer. I had the time. Thus, I am probably too giddy to finally be doing my very own!


Over the past couple of weeks, my family has been in Florida on vacation. Two weeks sounds like a longggg time, but we have a house down there where we like to stay for holidays and extended vacations. So here are some meals and snacks I’ve been enjoying (lots o’ photos coming!) :


Homemade fish tacos


The classic: toast with homemade peanut butter and Naturally Nutty Pepita Sunseed Butter, topped with banana slices

Whenever I have this kind of breakfast, I always have to take turns biting into each piece of toast. And it tends to be a bite on the same part of the toast. I dunno, it’s like I need to alternate between the two flavors of the nut butters, so it’s all Even Steven (<–didn’t even like that show). Does anyone else do this??


Lots of meals that looked like this. Caprese (with mint instead of basil) and a salad with an egg and tempeh

I tried tempeh for the first time in Florida. We got the pre-seasoned Sesame Ginger one, and it was too salty. The flavor of the wasn’t my fave either. Don’t think I’ll be picking up tempeh again anytime soon.


Green smoothie





First Cracker Barrel experience. Corn muffins were the best part.


Hotel breakfast. Brought some sunflower seed butter back from Florida and a peach from Georgia (we road tripped to and from Florida) to mix in with the hotel’s plain oatmeal. Improvisation.

We also stopped by Atlantic City for a couple nights on our road trip and had some yummy food there! The splurge of the trip was dinner at a Spanish restaurant called Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces. View was amazing, ambiance was cool, food was alright, and prices were HIGH. The real star of our AC dining experience was a MUCH cheaper restaurant called Gilchrist, and it also had a view. It’s a super popular breakfast and brunch place, and boy, we can see why! Best part:


Ginormous blueberry hotcakes. Oh yes.

So stinkin’ big. So flippin’ fluffy and delicious. My mom, brother, and I shared just one short stack (two pancakes). We were debating getting more to go ’cause they’re just that good.

Well that was one humungous post. Forgive me, I’m a little excited about this whole blogging thing.

I need to go be productive in other things now.


Have a wonderful week!



Hello there!

A blog has been born! And I’m pretty psyched about it. I’m not sure who, if anyone, will read it, but I’m excited to see where this blog will take me.

My name is Alison.


I’m a high school senior who has a passion for faith, family, food, and exercise (and nut butter). Just a side note: some (alright, basically all) people think I look like a 12-year-old. I forgive you if you do too. It’s the usual at this point in my life. I mean, a lady at Costco a couple months ago didn’t let me sample some sort of fruity vitamin water because my mom wasn’t with me at the moment. But I had just DRIVEN us there and I was even holding the car keys.

I digress.

In many aspects of my life, I have trouble finding balance, a happy medium. This is true for both my spiritual and physical life. But God has blessed me with the most supportive, patient people, especially my mom, dad, and brother. I don’t know how they’ve dealt with me these past 17 years. 😉 I love them so much. And if I’m lucky, I can get them to agree to be mentioned/pictured on here every once in a while! (We’ll see how that plays out). I’ve got incredible friends too, and I’m really wondering what they’ll think of this. They probably won’t be surprised. My Instagram (@alisonmty) is already FLOODED with food pictures. Anyway, I hope to use this blog as just another part of my constant search for balance, which might not end ’til the day I die. Hey, it’s the journey, not the destination, right?

I’ve been obsessed (….like, actually) with food/fitness/health blogs for the past year, and it has taken me that long to start my own. I’ve commented on blogger’s photos as if they were my buddies ’cause I think I’m cool. I do a lot of embarrassing things because I think I’m cool, and you might see that a lot on here. Just a warning. What you’ll hopefully see more of though is some (not all) of my daily meals and munches, some of my exercise, and other reflections of LIFE. Deep, I know.

Well, here’s to this new blog, Daily Moves and Grooves! Hope you come along with me on this adventure (there’s food involved 🙂  )!