Puck-er Up

by Sarah on June 2, 2010 · 2 comments

After last night’s dinner at Aromas, you’d think, how could life get any more exciting?

Oh, that’s right…Tuesday = GLEEday!

This was an amazing moment. Please note the authentic key-tar on the left (and the fact that I orginally typed right….)

The title of this post comes from the fact that I am officially in [heart] with Puck. Although I began as a devotee of ‘Mr. Schu’ [I mean, let’s be honest, who doesn’t wish they had a high school Spanish teacher who dressed like that and randomly broke into song while dancing like a crazy 90s rapper?…or worked with one…], and then switched to crushin’ on Finn [I mean, popular guy who wants to do right but feels pressured by the social strata of high school? Is that not the stereotypical ‘hero’/’Prince Charming’ of every high school romantic comedy, um, ever? Oh, and he sings too.]

But, now, I have officially given my heart to the rebel…oh, Puck, from the minute you sang “The Lady is a Tramp,” I was done for. You are a bad boy with, if not a heart of gold, at least a heart of pyrite.

Well. Sometimes.

And….um….you’re cute.
Since I don’t have a photo of Puck singing “The Lady is a Tramp,” I will leave you instead with this amazing photo of NPH singing “Dream On” with Matthew Morrison. Why? Because it was AWE-some!


OK, I know. That had nothing to do with food. Sorry. Sometimes my life seeps in. And by my life, I mean the life I live vicariously through television.

For breakfast this morning, I thought it was time to try out some of the Chobani Greek yogurt I had purchased on my yo-splurge a few weeks ago.

After the major fail that was Yoplait Greek yogurt, I was a bit nervous, but I must say…this was the closest to my fave (Trader Joe’s brand) Greek yogurt, and my second fave (Fage). It was creamy, thick, and the perfect level of tart! Hooray! I might have found my new go-to Greek-yo.[Especially since I will soon be living 605 miles away from the nearest TJs]

For the C in my CFY combo…I did a cereal blend of generic puffed wheat, Nature’s Path Optimum Slim, and some Nature’s Path Smart Bran, which I had been eager to pop open and try!
Loved the Smart Bran (not only because it’s smart, like my kitchen)! It had a very light taste, and you get a lot of bang for your caloric buck. It tastes great mixed in yogurt (and I think perhaps it might be a delicious crunch in some overnight oats some time…).

Fruit in my CFY was a mix of marvelous mango, cheerful cherries, and pretty peaches!
All stacked up and ready to go! [Luckily, I did not lose any of the components over the side of the porch.]
Wait, Sarah, I just glanced at your salad below and it looks awfully familiar…

Yes, it should, since it’s practically the same as yesterday! If ain’t boring yet, don’t go changin’ it…yet. (Well, unless you need to entertain your blog readers.)
I also wanted to use up the rest of my Trader Joe’s White Bean and Basil Hummus. (Check that item off the “must eliminate from the fridge” list!)
I did add some carrots (I was lost without them) and some green bell pepper (since it was starting to wrinkle a little bit…let’s just call them “laugh lines” shall we?). Also, the cucumber was mad that I forgot to cite him in the photo yesterday. I will right that by saying there was lots of cuke in this salad. And it was delicious.
Also, I took a lovely floret of basil and plopped him on top.
I sprinkled some of this Northwoods seasoning from my new Penzey’s Spice collection, given to me by my stepmom over the weekend.
I tried to photograph so you could see what is in it, but it’s salt, paprika, pepper, rosemary, garlic, and chipotle. SO yummy on the cottage cheese especially.

I had reached the bottom of my bag of Archer Farm’s Multigrain Pita Chips…which meant only one thing….
Chiplets!!!!! I have said before, and I will say it again, these are best thing about buying a bag of pita, corn, rice/bean, or tortilla chips. Please click here to read more about this obsession.

Snacks were random. A little watermelon and grape cocktail….
…and a little o’ my (Smart) Kitchen Sink Granola!


And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (or the moment in which most of you stop reading)…

The Hanson song of the day is….[Drumroll? No? Not that exciting? Yeah….you’re probably right]….

“Runaway Run” from the album, This Time Around, which came out when I was in middle school, and which I secretly loved and listened to while putting up a front that the only CD in my musical rotation was the almost-emo-but-a-little-more-rock-pop-punk Third Eye Blind debut.

Why this song? Well, a number of reasons:

  1. It’s actually a really good song to well, RUN, to. [Not that I run very often, as you know, preferring my “let’s watch TV and read magazines while ellipticaling” workouts, but, nevertheless..]
  2. The moment, 30 seconds until the end of the song, when there is a complete cessation of sound, and then the drum beats pick up and there is a crazy push of the chorus. If that doesn’t get you psyched, well…you probably don’t like cheesy pop music.
  3. It is such a great example of an earnest tween pop song form the 90s, where the lyrics were slightly confusing and could easily be misconstrued as slightly stalkerish if you thought about them too hard (this one discusses sneaking into the girl’s room at night, as well as framing a picture of her and staring at it “until there is no time”), but with catchy choruses that inevitably make you want to ball up your fist and dramatically sing along.*

*See photo of Matthew Morrison and NPH from Glee at the beginning of the post for an example of this.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Christy June 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I came across your blog today and it is really awsome!! I am going to make your Chai granola and I am so excited! I was just wondering how much of each of the spice's I use in the recipe? I couldn't seem to find the measurements. Thank you so much!


Liz June 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm


I am obsessed with the chobani greek yogurt! I love pretty much every flavor and I can't live without it. Also, to add to what Christy writes above – I made your chai granola (amazing)…with a few tweaks because I didn't have all the ingredients. anyway, my new fav breakfast is chobani vanilla yogurt with chai granola and raspberries.


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