Goodies Galore

Learning to focus less on dieting and more on overall health and wellness

day after

We woke this morning to Christmas snow (as Len likes to call it) and my little old family was clearly very excited.

We said SCREW YOU BLACK FRIDAY and bailed due to freezing rain and the anticipation of very annoying people. I’m so glad we did. I did, however, order Lens Christmas present online. Too bad the black friday deal was totally bogus and not much of a deal at all. Now I have a whole month to keep his present a secret… very, very tough task. If he didn’t love Christmas so much I would have already told him.

I woke this morning feeling like a mama hippo with swollen limbs. Last night I enjoyed chocolate cream pie, apple pie, chocolates, candy, and more than my fair share of balls….. date balls that is. Pervs.

Now this is what I call a tasty ball



We ended up sleeping at a hotel last night because Lens allergies (to the cat) got pretty bad. It’s nice to have our own space and a king sized bed. Happy Thanksgiving to meeeeeeeee. Plus, we don’t have to deal with Ellie and Sadie constantly up to no good. They look innocent but much like those stuffed peppers, they’re deceiving.


















They rule the roost.

Well friends, I’m off. Got some work lounging to do. Gotta work on this bloat.

P.S. When will my fingers stop looking like stuffed sausages?


November 26, 2010 Posted by | dogs, shopping, The Boyfriend, Vermont | 3 Comments

Dominate those pies.

Happy Thanksgiving friends and family. Len and I arrived at his parents house in Vermont yesterday, We’ll be here till Saturday and let me tell you, it’s COLD! The weather forecast is calling for a wintry mix tonight with freezing rain, sleet and snow. BRRRRRRR.  It was damn cold for my 4.5 mile run this morning but after last night’s date ball and ice cream episode, girlfriend needed some movement.





We already ate Thanksgiving dinner and boy was it good. How cute are these name cards homemade by Lens fam.


Now we’re lounging in front of the TV in an attempt to make room for the 15 pies that await us. If it were up to me, we would have busted into the apple pie last night but Len put a stop to that idea. I thought it would be funny to cut two perfect slices out and blame it on the dogs. Eleanor, bad girl!

My contribution to dinner was a total bust which blows because I had such high hopes for it.

I made whole wheat couscous with caramelized onions, raisins, toasted walnuts, zucchini, granny smith apples, salt, pepper, garlic, brown sugar, butter and orange zest.


re-hydrated raisins and walnuts


onions and sautéed apples with a little bit of brown sugar and butter



Then I stuffed it into peppers.


They look good but trust me, they’re deceiving. Problem was, the pepps didn’t have enough time to bake and never got soft. Sadly they didn’t go very fast.  They also lacked in seasonings. I need a private lesson in Spice 101.

Hell, at least I looked cute in an apron.

Santa if you’re reading— I could really use an apron of my very own. Preferably one from Anthropology or Urban. I’ve been good. Mostly.

Len’s sister and I are hitting up some stores before the sun comes up tomorrow morning. I’ve actually never participated in Black Friday so we’ll see. I’m a little worried about getting trampled by all the crazies. Gonna have to pack my brass knuckles.

What was the best thing you ate today?

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Family, Food, fun, running, The Boyfriend, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

devil woman

I ate like a fat ass yesterday. Almost everything that went into my mouth was processed. Then this morning I backed out of my run because it was sprinkling. I refuse to let it be that kind of day so I made sure to pack lots of veggies for lunch and snack. Isn’t it crazy how food can impact mood so much?

Confession– I was a total moody bitch this weekend. So much so that I had to apologize individually to both Lenny and my sister. Whenever I was feeling irritable, frustrated or angry I would act on it and talk meanly. Yesterday I felt disappointed in who I was becoming. Who is this crazy person.

I need to find better coping skills and ways to manage stress. How do you not fly off the handle when you’re stressed/angry/sad/etc?

I’m sorry to you sister


And I’m sorry to you Lennster

I promise to be nicer.

November 16, 2010 Posted by | Family, The Boyfriend | 14 Comments


The funny thing about having a blog is that you can see the search terms that lead people to your blog. Once in a while I get some really good ones on here. For example, someone searched “how to keep my boob crack moisturized” and actually came up with something linking to Goodies Galore.  I’m not sure if I should be honored or embarrassed to be connected to that search term. I don’t actually moisturize my boob crack (?) but maybe I should start. Now my butt crack is a different story.

Every single day “bouncing boobs” comes up at least twice. Today it was phrased “bouncing boobs galore.” You’d think I posted soft core videos up or something. Maybe next week…

I was searching through my camera last night and found something a little troubling.

It appears that someone has been sneaking into the bedroom at night and taking pictures of rat and I while we’re asleep.  Peeping Tom Lenny.

November 11, 2010 Posted by | blog, dogs, The Boyfriend | 12 Comments

two lunches

I had a stomach ache until about 11 today so I wasn’t able to eat before going to yoga. I take that back– I slugged back a Chocolate Mint Gu right before walking in the door. Despite not being crazy for Bikram on Monday, it’s important for me to keep trying. The introductory package was 20 dollars for 10 consecutive days so why not get my moneys worth. I liked it more today than Monday. I had a different teacher who had a SMOKING hot body. I just stared at her when times got tough. (Not in a creepy way.)It felt harder and I definitely got light-headed several time but I pushed myself a little further. I embraced being called out and actually appreciated help getting into positions. Also, I was basically the heaviest person in the class. Still, I felt strong and healthy. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

I pictured Len doing yoga with me and laughed hysterically inside. I hope he never wants to.


Post yoga I had two lunches.

Lunch 1: Goat cheese, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, one baby purple potato, s&p and balsamic vinegar.

A little while later, lunch 2: the rest of my butternut squash topped with almond butter. Slice of Ezekial bread with tomato paste and hummus.

The plate looks wicked dirty because it’s been sitting in the fridge holding squash all week. Don’t judge.

Off for a quick 3 mile run then a fancy dinner with my man.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Food, fun, running, The Boyfriend, yoga | 10 Comments

Don’t be coming round these parts.

Happy Halloween ghosts and goblins! I’ll be happy when there are no more bags of candy corn pumpkins on the shelf. Those bad boys are heavenly. Eat five and there go your teeth.

I watched Dear John last night. Oh my gosh, what a tear-jerker!  As Marina said, “From ten minutes in untill the next day, my eyes were swollen prunes.”  I bought the soundtrack from iTunes right after watching. Some great songs include: The Moon by the Swell Season and Paperweight by Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk.

That’s how I spent my Saturday night– alone and crying. Kills me how cool I am. At least there weren’t candy corn involved.


Ellie and I celebrated her birthday by playing outside and eating a special doggie “cake”.  I made a little video that you can watch but it’s not that exciting. Just as I suspected, she got the shits. Great. Sorry little rat.



Thanks for being such a good friend Meg.

My sweet friend Meg brought me some homemade corn chowder last night. She was missing her family so she made her grandmothers chowder to feel closer to them. How cute?  I heard my doorbell ring and got nervous there’d be little princesses and pirates looking for candy. Thankfully that wasn’t the case. People call me the Grinch for not having candy but honestly, I cannot be trusted with a single bag. Last year I tried to buy the most bland candy possible but Len wouldn’t have that so he then went out and bought the good stuff. I bet you can guess how that played out.


Off to meet a friend for lunch and then the veggie festival!

October 31, 2010 Posted by | dogs, Family, Food, Friends, fun, Movies, The Boyfriend | 8 Comments

Social Workers RULE!

Sorry I’ve been missing in action. I had my Social Work licensing test on Friday so I was cramming my butt off the past couple of days. I have a horrible habit of procrastinating. In some areas of my life I work well under stress, other areas… not so much. The good news is that I passed!!!  Yay to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker!

In other news– this is my last weekend being unemployed since I start my new job this week. I am looking forward to using my brain, getting paid, and having structured days. Of course I will miss spending so much time with my pup. I hate the thought of leaving her home all day alone.

Len thinks she’s happy to sleep all day with her tongue out but I believe she gets bored….

I’m thinking about having a dog walker come but that can get pretty expensive. We’ve tried the doggie daycare thing and it didn’t work so well. Ellie is too much of a scrapper.

What do you do with your dog while working a 40 hour week?

As some of you know, I weigh myself most Saturday mornings and keep track of it on my blog. I started weighing in one year ago this weekend and I am down 10.1 from last year. Pretty cool.

Any exciting plans this weekend?

October 23, 2010 Posted by | blog, The Boyfriend, Weigh In | 17 Comments


Although it’s always hard to leave Vermont, I was happy to come home to my family in Boston. I’m pretty sure they both missed me.

Can’t you just see it on their faces? Yeah, me either. Oh well.

The rest of my weekend was really chill. We saw Life or Something Like it which I HIGHLY recommend. It did not help my baby fever whatsoever; in fact, it made it even worse. The actors had such great chemistry on film and I just love a movie that can make me both cry and laugh. I actually haven’t met a movie that hasn’t made me cry. (Cue: Cool Runnings.) I’m a baby like that.

Every time I visit Vermont, it is imperative to eat at Magnolia Bistro. I’ve written about this restaurant many times on my blog and for a damn good reason. The food is local, organic, healthy (most), and creative. The atmosphere is green, warm and comfy. I ALWAYS get the same exact thing when I go there– Huevos Con Diablo.

It’s polenta topped with black beans and two runny eggs. I left out the sour cream and added dry toast to the mix. They serve it with homemade jam and lots of different hot sauce.

Ali got the cheddar and black bean tofu scram, served with home fries and toast.

I had eaten like a fat pig the night before so we procrastinated breakfast since I was still full. We took care of some errands and went to the gym– but it was after one by the time we were actually sitting to eat. At that point I was ready to eat Ali’s head. I looked cool, calm, and collected in the picture but inside I was screaming FEED ME YOU MO’ FO’S!!!

Ali threatened to eat the table.

I kept my stomach busy by taking pictures of their incredible bathroom. They have quotes painted on the walls, inside and out of the stalls. Side note– snapping pictures in the bathroom doesn’t go over well with customers. You’d think I was trying to catch them taking a dump or something. Pahlease people.

These were some of my favorites.


Compost and landfill

Be the change you wish to see in the world












No one can make you feel inferior without your consent











At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.


So sweet, right?


Okay friends, I’m off!

October 18, 2010 Posted by | baby fever, dogs, Family, Food, Friends, fun, Movies, The Boyfriend, Vermont | 16 Comments

Fall rocks

Saturday we spent the day outside enjoying Fall activities with Len’s cousin and her boyfriend. Three years ago we started an apple picking tradition so the four of us go together each year. The first year we hit up Brooksby farm.


First annual apple picking



Cousin Julie and bf Sharky


The second year we went to a totally bogus farm where there was minimal apples and an annoying corn maze. (Some people like that stuff, I don’t have the patience.) I can’t seem to find pics from that year so just let’s just skip 2009.

2010 brought us back to old faithful– Brooksby Farm

This year we had a little addition to the party who happened to LOVE chasing apples.


Say hello to Kenzy-- Jules and Sharkys puppy.


Before jumping on the hay ride, a random girl asked if we wanted their homemade apple picker. It looked a little ghetto and I was reluctant but now I cannot imagine picking without it.

That contraption helped us reach even the highest apples in the tree. If you want one for yourself all you need is a broom stick and an empty milk carton. Simple as that.

Len thought it would be funny to peg apples at me.

And find apples that resemble human parts.

Can you guess what that might be?

Jules and Sharky had fun watching their little one run around and make friends.

They spoil her just as much as we do Eleanor.

If you are in the Boston area, Brooksby farm is a great place to take the kids, friends or partner. They have animals, pumpkins, food, hayrides and a huge variety of apples.

October 11, 2010 Posted by | dogs, Food, Friends, fun, The Boyfriend, Uncategorized, Workout | 9 Comments

Grocery Stores Gone Wild

You know when you find something in the grocery store that sounds so wonderful that you just want to jump on your grocery cart while it speeds down the aisle and knocks over the Pepperidge Farm stand?  Come on, we’ve all done this. Sometimes it even takes a running start to get going? Anyways, I found this orange, coconut and ginger marinade that was sure to please my buds and I just knew it had to be mine.  Visions of baked tofu ran through my head even though the cashier told me it would only taste right with chicken. What do you know, lady.

Fast forward to last night. Somehow the marinade forgot to have any taste and left my tofu lonely and in need of some more attention. Such a disappointment. I even grated ginger and garlic into the mix. Oh well. Luckily I made a balsamic reduction for the asparagus and used that for extra flavor. For anyone who hasn’t made balsamic reduction yet, get on it stat. Seriously, don’t mess around here and get moving.

As of today, Lennster and I have officially been together for three years. To celebrate, I will be eating meat for the first time in 1.5 years. Not just any meat–organic/grass-fed steak. I have always had MAJOR mental issues with meat of all kinds (like, I can’t get the picture of the animal out of my head while trying to eat it)  which has always made it difficult for me. With that said,  my body wants iron and I want steak. I have no problems with meat so long as we know where it’s coming from and how the animal was treated prior to slaughter. Len will be picking it up/cooking it and hopefully I’ll eat it.I can’t ever be sure though because my mental visions are strong and often mess with me.

Happy 3-year-versary babe! Thanks for loving me so much.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | Food, The Boyfriend | 16 Comments