A Very Blogger-esque Weekend


That has been my catch phrase of the weekend, because everyone and everything that I encountered deserved such a remark. Let’s start from the very beginning, a very good place to start!


I took the day off from my {unpaid} physical therapy internship to spend the day in NYC. First of all, can I just tell you about how I had to run to catch my train? Running (literally) late left me shaking due to a lack of high intensity exercise recently. I was late for no reason other than the fact that I’m terrible at managing my time and I get distracted too easily. Working on it.

First stop in the city was to meet my dad for lunch! He took me out to one of his favorite spots called Dig Inn, which is such a healthy living blogger eatery. Just look at this sign— made of wood, says “seasonal market”. Fits all the criteria already.

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lentil salad with upstate apples // roasted sweet potatoes // bulgur with wild salmon salad

It was kinda like a full service version of Whole Foods hot bar, but even fresher and more delicious.

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This is me with the Brooklyn Bridge and the city air that left soot in my nose.

Then I saw this kangaroo sausage lover!

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Arman from The Big Man’s World! Upon meeting, he immediately boosted my ego saying, “I thought you were going to be tinier (shorter)!” That was an exciting compliment!

But seriously, Arman is such a cool and genuine dude. It was an honor walking and talking with the Australian no-bake master in person. He even brought me a batch of his newest strawberries and cream bars, which are not only me-approved, but Pop-approved. Go make them!


The sunshine, heat, walking, talking, and less-than-ideal amount of sleep during the week left me royally pooped at the end of the day. I didn’t even have the energy to take a shower before going to bed, which is nasty but I did not care.


I started the day inspired by Arman’s creations with this strawberries and cream “oatmeal pudding” based on his cake batter oatmeal.


The rest of the day involved chores, handstands, bodyweight leg exercises, church, and experimenting in the kitchen.

I found turkey bacon in our freezer, resulting in the strong urge to wrap it around chicken. So I searched Pinterest, found this recipe for cheese-and-pepper-stuffed, bacon-wrapped chicken, and made it for dinner. I just used turkey bacon and garlic herb cheddar instead of real bacon and regular cheddar.


This was one of the best decisions I’ve made all week! Is that sad? I say nay, because this was freaking fantastic. I served it with sautéed onions and mushrooms, and steamed veggie medley.


Dad asked what I would name the chicken dish (besides “cheddar and pepper stuffed bacon wrapped chicken”). I said that it kinda looks like a race car, so he said it should be Chicken Lamborghini.


Close one eye and envision the Chicken Lamborghini. Close the other eye if needed.

For dessert I baked peanut butter cookies (for a belated National Peanut Butter Cookie Day celebration) and prepared a new mango banana chia pudding recipe that I’ll be sharing later!



It’s always fun when we get to make Sunday a pancake day! Strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes from Smitten Kitchen to be exact.


The crisp of the cornmeal will get you out of bed

I am a major cornbread fan, so any opportunity to make cornbread in breakfast form is an opportunity to snatch.


buttah, baby

And because I wanted peanut butter, I ate a bowl of full fat Greek yogurt with banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds, and a big spoonful of pb alongside my griddle cakes.


More blogger interaction took place in the afternoon. In addition to texting Alison and Hayley throughout the weekend, I FaceTimed the beautiful Julia from Lord Still Loves Me! Despite some crappy wifi connection, we managed to have a lovely conversation. She is such a sweet and genuine lady— I adore her!

I’m starstruck from this weekend.

I also baked this banana bread baked oatmeal, which I’m saying is for my dad, but we’ll see how much actually gets to his mouth before it gets to mine.


So yes— a very blogger-esque weekend. Meeting bloggers, cooking, eating, blogging… I think I’m going to continue the trend and get my yoga on right now.

Hope you all have a joyous day!

So tell me:

What is the best thing you ate this weekend?

What would you name the cheese-and-pepper-stuffed, bacon-wrapped chicken?

Which bloggers would you love to meet in person (I’m not looking for myself as an answer, promise!)?

My Questions For the World

Well, we’re done with high school.

Should I be crying? Because I’m actually so ecstatic that it’s over! I’m gonna miss my friends and teachers of course, but let’s be real…we’re DONE!

I guess you could say we ended our year with a bang, but our dysfunctional grade also almost messed things up again. Some people tried to have a balloon fight in school in an effort to squeeze in a senior prank, but that fell through when the principal found out first thing in the morning. Bravo, children.

We did have the water balloon  fight after school in the lot, which was {legal} and kinda fun. More fun was this big ice cream mess in business calculus! I’ve told you time and again— that class is about food more than anything.

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I had this ice cream at 10:30 AM, and I was off the walls. Insanely hyper.

Anyway, I got to sleep in today, which was wonderful in every way. So now I’m gonna answer some wild and crazy survey questions created by yours truly! Arman kindly asked me (yes, kindly can you believe it?) to come up with this week’s Spill It Sunday questions, so of course I said yes. I love me some survey questions! I also like Arman when he isn’t threatening to chuck things at me.


I’m answering these on Tuesday, but the link up will be Sunday! Obvi.

1) What is your happy place?

The summit of a hike. I haven’t even gone anywhere that amazing, but nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment and peace.


2) What are you wearing right now?

A t-shirt and shorts (aka my pajamas).
What a color combo, eh?

3) Cookies or cake?

Why did I ask this question?! This is a toughie. I feel like I eat cake more often, but I prefer cookies. Favorites include oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodles, and peanut butter (betcha didn’t guess that last one).
Like Kylie’s Almond Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…I could go for some right now.

4) Which chore/errand do you despise the most?

Vacuuming. Even though dad does it most of the time, I’m not a fan of it when I do vacuum. Moving all the furniture, the loud noise, lugging the thing up and down the stairs, maneuvering around the wire… On the bright side, it definitely counts as some daily moves!

5) What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I haven’t done anything super crazy, but the one thing that comes to mind is when I went Peppercorn helmet diving in Bermuda.
Bermuda Helmet Diving
The helmet dive was different from scuba diving in that you didn’t wear a suit and you basically just walked on the ocean floor (we were in a fairly shallow part of the ocean). Air was pushed into the helmet at however many miles per hour to keep the water out, and the heavy helmet just sat on your shoulders. I, being maybe 10 years old at the time, was FREAKED OUT when the guide first took me down. I started screaming in my helmet so he took me back up to the boat until I was ready to not be a chicken anymore. I wish I could find the pictures because my face is the picture of terror.

6) Brag and tell us one thing you love about yourself!

I love my public speaking ability. I definitely give credit to my dad for teaching me the tricks of the trade.

7) Now tell us one embarrassing fact about yourself.

I used to pretend to be Hannah Montana all the time. I would film myself singing her songs, pretend to be giving out autographs, try to write original songs, and make my brother take pictures of me dressed like Miley Cyrus (of the past). I don’t know why, I really don’t.

8) Name three things on your nightstand.

My prayer book, a squishy stress ball brain, and a container of cocoa butter (body butter).

9) You can ask a famous person one (and only one) question. Who is it and what is your question?

 Mother Teresa: Who was the most influential person in your life?

10) Would you rather live in the breathtaking mountains or on a gorgeous tropical beach?

As much as I love a tropical beach, I would have to say I’d rather live in the mountains (hello, happy place!). To be honest, I’m thinking of Jo right now. I wanna live where she lives, because it looks like this:



Yes, please.

Have a great day, friends! If you have a blog, try out these questions and link up with Arman on Sunday! If you do not have a blog, answer some of the questions in the comments below!

So tell me:

Cookies or cake?

Beach or mountains?

Your answer to any of the other questions!

When I Say Burpee, You Say…

Good morning!

I’m posting this a little later than usual because I was running around like a chicken all afternoon and evening yesterday. After getting back from a music trip with the chorus, I went out to support my school’s track team at their sectional meet. From there I headed to a scholarship dinner, where— guess who!— Bill Cosby was the keynote speaker!


More details on the dinner some other time. But that guy is one heck of a comedian. Man, I miss The Cosby Show.

Anyway, today is Thursday, which is usually when I love to think out loud with Amanda, but I’m gonna mix things up today with a Spill It Sunday survey thanks to Arman and this week’s question-asker, Jen @ Chase the Red Grape.


PS— I know it’s not Sunday (I’m not THAT out of my mind…yet), but Arman didn’t oppress us with strict rules for when we post our Spill It Sunday answers. He just oppresses me by posting endless pictures of fantastic gelato that I CAN’T HAVE.

1) I am coming to visit! Where would you take me and what would we do?

If you’ve gotten to know my mom through my blog, you would know that she is the QUEEN of hosting visitors, so I’ve learned from the best.

I would take you to NYC (unless you would rather go hiking…?), where we would go wherever the heck you want (Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, Grand Central, etc.), but then I would be in charge of places to eat. Not that my family has any experience with that or anything. The Halal Food Cart, Rice to Riches, Pure Thai Cookhouse, Eataly. We’ve got you covered.

2) What is the one thing you never leave the supermarket without buying?

Bananas. You can never have too many. NEVER.

3)When I say burpees, you say…

Let’s do some right now!!! I ♥ burpees.

4) What is the first website you check in the day?

On most days, it’s Gmail. If I’m feeling like I might be popular, I check Facebook or WordPress.

5) Tell me about one act of kindness you have done recently?

Yesterday, I was walking to my car from school, and I came across two of my guy friends from chorus, walking home in their collared shirts, ties and dress pants (since we had just come back from a performance). I gave them a ride instead of letting them make the trek home on such a warm day. I could have been all fitness-y and told them they were getting good exercise, but they might have beat me up for being so obnoxious.

Kinda kidding.

6) You have a carton of eggs, what would you make with them?

If this carton has a dozen eggs: 6 eggs for a frittata, 2 eggs for muffins, 2 eggs sunny side up for yolk-y awesomeness, and 2 eggs for more muffins.
I need muffins as vehicles for nut butter.

7) Tell me about a sight you have seen that took your breath away?

The picture of the muffin above. Seriously.

But if I wanted to be more profound, I would have to say the views at the summit of a hike or the waterfalls in Puerto Rico are the best.

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circa 2010

8) You’re an elephant, what would you never forget?

Right now, it would be great if I didn’t forget the whole AP Bio curriculum. But in the long run, I don’t want to forget all the conversations I’ve had with my family and friends that have made me laugh until I’ve cried.

9) Reveal to me a ‘slang’ word or term that you use where you are from, and what it means!

I’m not that hip with slang (I just learned what “clutch” means a couple days ago), but I say “guatever” a lot. That’s not a southern NY thing, it’s just a me-and-my-friend-Charli thing. It means whatever, life goes on, we’re alright. Hashtag it. #guatever

10) Tell me a corny joke!

I think I’ve told this joke on here before, but I’ll say it again since it’s the ultimate corny joke:

What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?

Where’s Pop corn?!

Did you laugh? Pretend that you did if you didn’t.

Have a great day, everyone!

So tell me:

What do you always buy at the supermarket?

When I say burpees, you say____.

What sight have you seen that has taken your breath away?