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A Dirty Trick and Delicious Egg Salad

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Yesterday, Brian, Kate (a good friend from Butler), and I all pulled a dirty trick on someone.

We told one of our dear friend’s, Caitlin who just graduated from pharmacy school, that we would not be able to make it to her graduation party in Chicago.

That was a lie.

Kate drove up from Louisville to meet us in Indy so that we could all drive up to Chicago together to surprise her.

We needed a little fuel for the three hour drive, a mocha light frappacino fit the bill for me!

Once we arrived, we had to take cover and hide so that as soon as she came into the kitchen we could jump out and yell “SURPRISE!”

We got her good!

She was so surprised to have us there, and I am so glad that we were able to make the trip.

She then spent a little time opening some gifts.  Of course, Brian and I wanted to get her the best gift possible.  So, we got her a car. A Mini Cooper to be exact….a mini Mini Cooper 🙂  The doors open, and it moves when you pull it back on a flat surface.  She will definitely get some good times out of that little gem.

We then spent the evening drinking wine, visiting, and just hanging out.  It was a perfect night, and I am so glad we were all there together to celebrate Caitlin’s hard work.

Congrats Caitlin!

We stayed the night at Caitlin’s then woke up bright and early to get back to Indianapolis today.

Lunch

When we arrived home, it was about lunch time.  I was pretty hungry and egg salad sounded delicious to me!  I honestly can’t even tell you the last time that I had egg salad, so I had to text my mom to double check on the ingredients that I wanted to use.



I remember my mom making egg salad sandwiches when I was little, and I absolutely loved the tanginess of the mustard with the creaminess of the egg.  So delish!

Delicious Egg Salad

Yields: 2 Servings

Nutrition Information:  Calories 119.8  Fat:  4.3g  Carbs:  4.5g  Protein:  16.9g

Ingredients

  • 4  hard boiled egg whites
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp mustard

Directions:

Begin by hard boiling your eggs.  I used the good old Krups egg cooker, but you could do it the old fashioned way by boiling the eggs in a pot of water.

I then peeled all of the eggs, and removed some of the egg yolks.  I combined all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mashed it together with the back of a fork until it was my desired consistency.

Then, you are able to serve the salad any way you like!  It would be great as a sandwich or a wrap, great to eat on it’s own.  I served mine up with a big bowl of spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  So summery and soooo good!

The salad was completely delicious, and tasted exactly as I remembered it tasting even though I subbed some Greek yogurt for the mayo.  I know that sometimes subbing Greek yogurt for the real deal mayo sounds great but can end up tasting not so good, but honestly this recipe is perfect for subbing.  You will not miss the fat, you will not miss the flavor, and you will not miss the calories or extra protein 🙂  This swap is totally worth it.

Question of the Afternoon:

  • What childhood meal have you been wanting to recreate recently??

Surprise Date Night Revealed: Indians Game, Crowne Plaza, and a Pedicab

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Good Morning!

Last night, Brian and I had an amazing secret date night.

Over the past month, with me starting a new job, Brian traveling, and both of us just being plain old busy we haven’t been able to spend as much time with each other as we would like.  To solve the problem, a couple of weeks ago, I started brainstorming and came up with the perfect summer date night….and somehow I was able to keep it a surprise!

Date Night

As soon as I was finished with work, I changed into some shorts, hopped in the car, and headed to pick up Brian.  He literally had no clue as to what we were up to.

I had packed a picnic dinner and since timing wise I was a little later than I had originally planned and I was starving…we ate in the car while driving to the destination.

He still has no clue what the plans are!

Once we arrived downtown I needed help finding a parking spot, so I had to spill the beans.  We were going to our first Indianapolis Indians baseball game and staying the night at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Indianapolis Union Station hotel.

He was so surprised and excited!

We had been talking about going to a baseball game since last summer, so I just knew that I had to buy the tickets otherwise…we would probably still be talking about it.  The Crowne Plaza is a hotel downtown within walking distance of Victory Stadium, where the Indians play, and has a ton of history!

The hotel used to be a working train station, and it still has the “train station” feel.  Some of the rooms are even inside of train box cars.

After finding a parking spot (thanks for the help Brian!) and dropping off our bags to the hotel room, we headed out to the Indians game.

Since I was not familiar with the stadium, or to be completely honest the  seating arrangements of baseball, I just tried to get us seats as close as possible….When we went to the location of our seats, we were shocked by how close to the action they were!!!

I absolutely love baseball games in the summer. To me, they just scream summer time!  The weather was perfectly warm with a nice breeze, no rain in sight (thank goodness!) and to top off the night, the game ended with fireworks.  Perfection!

As we were walking back to the hotel after the game, we notice a guy on a bike with a little wagon on the back labeled Circle City Pedicabs.  I had seen these types of bikes in other larger cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C., but they are very new to Indianapolis.  Brian and I had never ridden on one…so we decided to give it a try.  For only $5, it was definitely worth it!

Not only do they offer downtown transportation, but they also give city tours…too bad Brian and I aren’t from out of town, otherwise I totally would have taken advantage of some commentary 😉

We even had our own little bell to ring!

It was a great surprise date night, and I can’t wait to come up with the next surprise!

A Lovely Lunch Surprise!

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This morning, I woke up and did my workout at the apartment.  At first, I had planned on heading to the gym and just getting ready there, but since Brian is leaving for two weeks today (and it is our three year anniversary!) I thought that it would be nice if we ate breakfast together and spent a little time together this morning.

Workout

The workout was quick, but effective.  Because I knew I had limited time, I used supersetting to maximize my time.  To superset is to complete one exercise then immediately follow it with another exercise without having a rest inbetween.  The two exercises work best if they don’t target the same muscle group.  It is a great time-saver and adds a little extra challenge to a workout because of a shortened rest period.

Breakfast
My plans to make a weeks worth of baked oatmeal turned out perfectly!  They were all ready to go this morning, and they tasted delicious.

Blueberry Baked Oats

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 packets of stevia in the raw
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp plus 1 tsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup blueberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease ramekins or large muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix until thoroughly combined.  Pour into 5 ramekins or muffin tins.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool, then refrigerate for use at a later date, or eat warm from the oven!

Nutrition:

Calories:  248   Fat:  8.2g   Carbs:  40.4g   Protein:   11.9g

Because these little cakes are so filling and dense, I usually eat half before I workout and then half after 🙂

Lunch

Yesterday, when Brian and I got home from our midday date, there was a little surprise waiting for me in the fridge.  Brian’s mom had made me a salad with tuna and egg whites for lunch.  She even packaged up some almonds for a snack!  What a nice treat!

The salad was delicious and filling!  Thanks Kate 😉

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Mother’s Day Surprise!

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The wedding last night was beautiful and amazing, but I will share more about that later 😉

I woke up this morning pretty early considering how late I was out last night.  But I needed the head start so that I could drive up to Fort Wayne to surprise my mom with a Mother’s Day visit.  My sister had been planning on being in Fort Wayne for the weekend, and when I found out she would be there, I planned on coming too…I just never mentioned it to my mom.

I started out the morning with some scrambled eggs and tofu with tons of veggies, salsa, and sriracha…maybe a little too much sriracha, but still tasty!

I then packed my overnight bag and hit the road.  Since I was a little tired from the late night, I thought that a cup of coffee sounded like a good source of fuel.  So, while I was getting gas for the car, I got gas for my body too!

For some reason, I really enjoy gas station coffee.  There really isn’t anything special about it, but maybe it’s the fact that it is only $1.00, which seems like a total steal compared to the $5.00 that I pay sometimes at “fancier” coffee shops.  All the same, it did the job, tasted good and gave me a little jolt for the drive home.

Mom still doesn’t know that I am here because she is out at the store with my sister, but when she arrives we have a day full of gardening (I honestly really stink at planting and gardening, but my mom likes the help), catching up on TV shows, giving each other facials, and enjoying some girl time!

Have a happy Mother’s Day!

Question of the Day:

  • What are your Mother’s Day traditions?

Every year, the only thing my mom asks for is that my siblings and me to help her plant her garden of veggies and flowers for the summer to come.  At first, I have to admit I was pretty reluctant to help because I am just not very talented in that area, but over the years it has become a fun tradition that I look forward to  🙂