Things My Dad Says

This post is brought to you by Pop (aka my dad).

Pop and I had a very low-key weekend— nothing extraordinary, but everything a relaxing weekend should be. This meant that I got to spend lots of quality time with Pop and really listen to some of the insightful, ridiculous, and funny things he has to say (and do).

Our Friday night consisted of some slow cooker split pea soup, which was thick, naturally creamy, and reminiscent of my childhood.


My dad is going easy on the carbs lately, so he’s been loving cheese and fruit plates with a few 34 Degrees crisps for “dessert”.

*FaceTiming with bro and mom*

Dad: “Alison’s making me a cheese plate! Just like on the cruise!”

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Natural 34 Degrees crisps with peach slices, dried figs, and goat chese

We woke up to a stormy morning on Saturday, and because I thought the world should know this immediately, I snapchatted the weather from my bed.

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Rainy Saturday mornings basically require hot oats for breakfast. A bowl for Pop and a bowl for moi.


banana chia egg white oats with peanut butter

*Sky Full of Stars starts playing on my Spotify*

Dad: “Oooo! ‘Cause you’re a skyyyy, you’re a skyyy….’*starts raising the roof*

The rest of my day was pretty lazy. I did a barre workout from Youtube, caught up on blog reading, ate a delicious lunch, and used up some more Blend swag (STILL!!!).

*Dad sees my lunch.*

Dad: “Mmmm that looks really good!”

Me: ……… “Do you want the same thing?”

Dad: “Can you make an egg white version?” *smiles*

Me: “Mhmm.”

It makes me chuckle and makes me happy when he subtly suggests that he wants me to make him food 🙂


avocado toast with a sunny egg + salad with maple mustard dressing + leftover Asian turkey

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afternoon smoothie with Gnarly vanilla protein powder (from Blend), milk, frozen banana, and peanut butter

I think this might be my favorite vanilla protein powder ever! (No sponsorship.)

Coming back from church….

Me: “I’m doing the barefoot mile tomorrow.”

Dad: (after a few seconds) “Barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen!…Have you heard that saying before?”

Me: “What does that mean?”

Dad: “I think it was an antifeminist saying during World War II or something.”

Me: “Hm, well it sounds like me.”

Dad: “What??”

Me: “The saying sounds like me.”

Dad: “You’re barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen???”

Me: “The barefoot in the kitchen part at least.”

Dad: “Oh! I was about to have a heart attack! I thought maybe you knew something that we didn’t!”

Me: “DAD! No!”

Later at night….

Dad: (Excitedly) “Do you wanna help me sign some checks?” [for church collection]

Me: “…..Kayyyyy.”

Dad: “We’ll have a check signing party!”

Me: *nods* “Yeeeeep.”

P.S. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about with the barefoot mile, the wonderful and inspiring Emily invited me via Facebook to Joy International’s Global Barefoot Mile on Sunday. Basically, you walk a mile barefoot in solidarity with all the children in Cambodia and other third world countries who have no shoes and who are victims of sex trafficking.

You can donate at Joy International’s website!

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It hurt, but that just made the walk more meaningful.

It’s also been HOT and HUMID this weekend!!! You step outside and you can’t breathe for a second.


to cool down on Sunday afternoon: Quest peanut butter protein powder (from Blend also) blended with ice and milk

Dad and I made a trip to Costco to stock up on essentials for the next couple weeks, and our pickup included this beautiful wild caught salmon. I baked it at 400F for 12 minutes with some olive oil, balsamic, honey, and black pepper.


Yep, lots for leftovers for the week! Served with soba noodles and maple mustard salad.


In the words of Emeril: BAM!

Dad: “That salmon was so amazing, I can’t believe it!”

Me: “Oh thanks…” *nervous laugh*

Dad: …….. “I meant that it’s incredible how good it tastes. I didn’t mean it like that. That wasn’t meant to reflect you. You brought out the freshness of the salmon.”

Me: “I’m glad you liked it.” 🙂

Last but not least, my friend Michael took Daliza and me to Dairy Queen for our first time ever last night! Appropriate for National Ice Cream Day, eh? (<—Canadian side emerging.)

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The place was hoppin’ at 9 PM on a Sunday. Maybe because it’s one of two Dairy Queens in our tristate area. Maybe because the heat compels people to get ice cream.

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Mint Oreo Blizzard jeah jeahhhhh. They didn’t do the flip-the-cup-upside-down to show you how thick and creamy the blizzard is. I’ll forgive them though because the heat was making the ice cream melt faster than the Wicked Witch of the West.

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And that, my friends, is my weekend in a {rather large} nutshell. I love you, Dad ♥

Hope you all have a fantastic week ahead!

So tell me:

Do any of your parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents say funny things all the time? My mom is also a hoot.

Did you celebrate National Ice Cream Day?

Was it hot in your neck of the woods?


Behind the Scenes #6: Sweater Weather and Costco Goods

Good morning!

I’ll skip the intro and let the following out-loud thoughts do all of the talking. 🙂


Linking up with the wonderful host, Amanda!

1. Honesty is the best policy for me, and honestly, I have not started adding any pictures back into my media library after I told you that I deleted them all (thus deleting them from my past posts). It’s something I hope to do over time, but I have a lot of priorities ahead of that right now.

2. It has warmed up to sweater weather this week! There are no longer dangerous ice rinks in front of my school. However, it has been raining a lot lately, and there are pot holes deep enough to safely house a family of squirrels.

3. Speaking of “Sweater Weather,” I’ve been loving that song by The Neighbourhood. whenever it comes on the radio! Fact: I thought it was woman singing when I first heard it. I also don’t know how I feel about the actual lyrics, but the tune is groovy. I feel like that’s how it is with every popular song these days— awesome melody, weird/inappropriate/sexual lyrics. Ugh.

4. I got the news on Monday that I got accepted to Binghamton University! It’s a great New York state university that is definitely at the top of my list, so I’m pretty excited! My mom is also pumped. She likes to not-so-subtly mention how close it is, how cheap it is, and how it’s considered a “public ivy.” Oh, madre.


Hulk cat?


I’m still waiting to hear from three more colleges, and two of them should be coming by the end of the month!

5. I’ve been strangely full these past couple of days. I just don’t have a huge appetite. Nothing has really changed about my eats or …my life, so I’m not sure what’s happenin’. I almost feel tired of eating when it’s time for the next meal. Now THAT is some crazy stuff because I never get tired of eating. My friends (and Instagram followers) can vouch for that. I’m still eating enough, but it’s just not as an enjoyable of an experience. :-/

6. There is currently enough food in my house to feed a small village. Any of my friends that are lacking in the snack department in their pantries can come over! My mom went to Costco yesterday, and it seems like she came back with a Santa sack full o’ goodies. These are just a few of the things she picked up:


Unnaturally huge strawberries. They’re definitely on ‘roids, but they’re still delicious.


Jalapeño Greek yogurt dip. I was excited to see that my mom bought this, especially after seeing how much Morganne loves it!



Microwave popcorn with a light movie theater butter flavor. It’s been a while since we’ve had this tasty little snack! (Shoutout to my friend Jeannine, who has popcorn almost every day at school— I’m thinking of you!)


My favorite.


These look they’re going to be awesome! They have things like chia seeds, brown rice, and other cool grains.


My other favorite! These are the absolute BEST brand of dried figs. Any other kind just does not compare.


Trail mix that was on sale— looks great!

So yeah. My mom likes to have field days when she visits the vortex that is Costco. I am very spoiled (and grateful), and I know college is going to be quite the adjustment next year.

7. There are four extremely brown and spotty bananas in our kitchen, and I really want to bake something with them, but I haven’t found the time this week. I’m still using them in my breakfasts (they get mashed up in the oatmeal and yogurt bowls anyway), but the smush factor is quickly rising. What should I make with them?? Bread? Muffins? Cookies?

8. I probably have a lot more to tell you, but nothing’s coming to me at the moment. I hope you all have a great Thursday! 🙂

So tell me:

Are there any songs of which you like the melody but not the lyrics?

Do you have “full” days?

Do you get sucked into the Costco vortex?

What is your favorite thing to make with overripe bananas?


Baked Salmon with Lime-Dill Yogurt Sauce

Have you ever had that feeling? One hour your fridge is fairly empty. Then you go to shop at your favorite store–Costco, Trader Joe’s, Publix, the farmer’s market, whatever– and your fridge is full to the brim with SO MUCH FOOD that you become overwhelmed. I experienced this a couple days ago after my mom came home from Costco and Stew Leonard’s. I know, my issues are unusual. I put some requested items on the grocery list, but she basically came back with enough stuff to set up a farmer’s market of our own. For some reason, I feel like I have to think of a bunch of ways to help use up all the food so that A) it doesn’t go bad B) we don’t get bored eating the same things all week C) I have an excuse to actually use at least a few of the bajillion recipes I have bookmarked on my toolbar.

Here are just some of the goodies she picked up:


Cowboy caviar! We shall see if this compares to the TJ’s version.

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Sweet deal on Wheat Thins. Everyone is loving those Sundried Tomato & Basil ones!


No dried figs, but no-sugar-added dried apricots were available! 


Avocado oil. We’ve never used it before, but I guess my mom wanted to see if it was good! Any suggestions?


Vanilla beans! I’ve never worked with real vanilla beans before and these are HUGE. I’m thinkin’ vanilla bean scones 😀

Aside from the lovely products above, my mom also got a plethora of fresh herbs–basil, dill, and cilantro. I absolutely love using fresh herbs whenever possible because they add such an aroma and flavor that dried herbs just can’t live up to.

Here are some recipe contenders that could help use up them greens:

Roasted Tomato and Caper Pasta Sauce via Yeah…Imma Eat That

Copy Cat Chipotle Cilantro Brown Rice via Fit Foodie Finds

Avocado and Basil Bruschetta via Little Ferraro Kitchen

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad via Iowa Girl Eats

Did those make you hungry? Yeah, I thought so.

A couple years ago, my aunt and uncle made a fantastic salmon with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and I fell in love. Salmon is one of my favorite things ever, and it’s oily nature paired so well with the fresh herbs and cool, creamy sauce. Occasionally, I still dream think about it, so I decided to take advantage of the fresh dill to make it myself!


Baked Salmon with Lime-Dill Yogurt Sauce

by: Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves

Serves: 8-10

For the salmon:

  • ~3 lb. fillet of boneless, skinless salmon
  • juice of half a lime (or lemon)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2-3 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lay out the salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper* and add lime juice, salt, pepper, and dill to the fish. Use your fingers to distribute the juice and seasonings, then let it marinade for 3-5 minutes. Cut the salmon into fillets of desired size or keep it whole. Place in the oven and bake for 9-12 minutes if you cut it into fillets. Bake for 15-20 minutes if you kept it whole. **

For the yogurt sauce:

  • heaping 1/2 c. plain or 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil (may omit if using 2%)
  • juice of 1/4-1/3 a lime
  • 2 tsp. mustard (I used spicy brown, but any kind would work)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 4 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

Mix all ingredients together.


*We used a cedar plank that we soaked in water overnight to bake the salmon, which was wonderful, but definitely not necessary.

**We like our salmon medium-rare, so we cook it for the shortest time possible (still making sure it’s not completely raw though!). If you like it more well-done, cook it longer. Also, I kept it whole this time, but I would recommend cutting the salmon into smaller fillets. That way it can cook faster and you can remove thinner pieces sooner so that they don’t overcook.


Before going into the oven.


That sauce….yes, I even put it on my brown rice.

Ahh it was utterly delicious! Please let me know if you try this out. My whole family loved it and I am just happy that I didn’t drop the salmon or anything freaky like that. I will certainly be making this again (…and again and again)!

So tell me: Do you ever get that overwhelmed feeling when there’s so much food in the fridge? Any fun grocery finds recently? What do you like to make with fresh herbs?

Sleepy Monday

Hey there!

I hope your Monday is going well so far. Mine has gone by pretty fast, which is why I haven’t posted until now. The only thing is that I’m super tired thanks to a great 2-hour stretch of insomnia last night -_- . I have an issue every so often in which I’m SO tired that I have trouble falling asleep. I’ve figured out that it’s probably due to my over-thinking, stubborn brain. That little stinker. It’s hard to explain why I have so much trouble some nights, and it is certainly never fun to experience, but it happens.

Anyway, two different doctor appointments were on the schedule for today. Fun stuff, right? The first one was at 10 AM so a quick breakfast had to be put in my belly:

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Bowl of Special K strawberry, PB Puffins, and chia seeds with milk + banana with sunflower seed butter

Tasty! (*In the Candy Crush man’s creepy voice*)

After my appointment, my mom and I made a quick stop to Costco to pick up some replenishments for our pantry and fridge. Then came the highlight of my day–a Starbucks catch-up with my friend Lilly from dance!


Green tea frapps for both of us

In my dance company, we have a fun “Big Sis, Little Sis” matchup where a current company member becomes the big sister to an incoming company member. Lilly is a senior like me, but she just moved to New York last year and made it into company this year, so I’m her big sister (even though I’m shorter 😉 )! We had an awesome time talking about college, west coast vs. east coast, and healthy food (which she loves just like me!). Loved our bonding time 🙂

I just finished lunch, which I threw together in about 2 minutes, because I kinda just want to NAP. I wanted to work out around this time, but I think my body needs sleep. Plus, I have another doctor’s appointment at 5 PM. Woo.

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Whole wheat angel hair pasta with spinach and salmon. Sriracha drizzle of course!

My lack of sleep is making this Monday sort of a hazy day, but pray for me that I can nap and sleep tonight!

Have a great rest of the day!

So tell me: Do you ever have trouble sleeping due to over-thinking? What do you like to get at Starbucks or any coffee shop?