Random Thoughts

How was everyone’s week?  I hope it went well.  🙂  Things were a little crazy in our family this week.  My sister delivered twin boys on Wednesday!!  Welcome Baby Wyatt & Baby Jack!!  They were premature, so they will be in the NICU for a while.  They just need to grow!  Congrats to Kelly, Greg & Noah!!

Baby Wyatt


Baby Jack


I have a bunch of small things to chat about, so I thought I would lump them into one post. 

Lara Bar Tropical Fruit Tart – One of the 3 new Lara Bar flavors.  I tried this the other day while running errands and was almost instantly transported to a tropical paradise (in my mind).  😉  LOL!  What a nice treat this bar is!!  A definite favorite here.  I can’t decide what my favorites are now….LOL!  I am loving the PB & J Lara Bar, too! 



Clif Shot Bloks – as my long runs increase, I need some kind of portable food to fuel me during my run.  I have tried the Gu Gels and while I liked them, I can’t handle the caffeine in the Gu.  I don’t drink any caffeinated beverages & the addition of these Gu gels was wrecking havoc on my whole day.  Clif Shot Bloks & Shots don’t have caffeine unless you specifically buy the ones with the caffeine in them.  I tried the Cran Razz Shot Blocks this AM and they worked great!!  I took 3 before my run and 3 during my run.  There are 6 in a pack for $2/pack (but there are 2 servings in a pack, making them comparable to the gels).  I also bought some of the Clif Gels to try out next week. 


Chipotle update note:  I had mentioned the other day in my review that the chips, taco shells & one salsa were not gluten-free.  This is NOT the case.  Everything is gluten-free except the flour tortillas!!  Going to get my chip on here in the next few days!  Go Chipotle!!! 

-Let’s talk okra for a minute.  I have grown up loving okra.  When I was between the ages of 4-8, we lived in Texas & my Dad grew okra in our garden.  Then my Mom would make fried okra.  Pure heaven.  Moving to New Jersey in 3rd grade was tough as it was with a Southern accent.  Then add to that that you can’t get fried okra anywhere and you have torture!  LOL!  I remember loving going on vacation anywhere where I could get some fried okra.  Enough about my childhood.  Since I have grown up, I have grown to like okra without it being fried.  I love it sauteed, as you can see here in my okra medley.   The other day I was reading some blogs on my Google reader (thanks to whoever recommended that…it rocks!) and saw a few eating whole, raw okra dipped in ketchup.  I had to try this.  So, for lunch yesterday in addition to my deli wrap, I had raw okra dipped in ketchup.  It was awesome!!  So crisp & crunchy!!  Why haven’t I tried this before?  Naturally gluten-free, too!!


Cherbourg Bakery is now in 2 new locations in Columbus!!!  See my Examiner post for more info.

Upcoming posts:

  • Zucchini Bread (YUM)
  • Udi’s product review (amazing!)
  • Menu Plan Monday
  • So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream Review

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!  Any special plans?  Aaron & I have date night planned tomorrow night!  Dinner out & we are seeing The Hangover.  I can’t wait!

18 Responses

  1. Are those little angels seriously the size of an adult hand? sending healthy grow thoughts!

  2. Oh my gosh! Those babies are so tiny! My twin niece and nephew were that size too and they are now healthy 9 year olds! Best wishes to everyone!!!

    Thank you so much for the review of Chipotle! I just looked at their website and found that there is one right near us! I didn’t even know! LOL! I can’t wait to try it!!! (Seriously, I love chips and guacamole! I was so dissapointed with Chilie’s and Moe’s when I found out there chips are not GF!)

  3. Go baby Wyatt and baby Jack!!! I can already see them playing football at Ohio State! Raw okra with ketchup…I will have to try it. I have come to trust your judgment! I too, LOVE okra…gives me a post idea of my own! My mom grew up in Alabama and fries okra that has just been dredged in corn meal, salt and pepper Not battered. Pickled okra is a staple at our house, Talk O’ Texas brand….yummy!

  4. Glad the babies are okay! Whew!

    I have shot blocks but haven’t tried them yet, they weren’t too chewy or sticky were they? I also have the sports beans but haven’t tried those either. And thanks for posting that Gnu has caffeine because I had no idea! I can do coffee in the mornings but that’s it for my caffeine intake. Anything else makes me a mess. I can’t even take excedrin because it makes me climb the walls. :p

  5. Thanks Andrea!

    They were a little chewy, but not too bad. It was no problem to eat while running (about 9:13/mile). I love the Sport Beans, but usually use those after a long run. I haven’t tried them in the middle yet.

    I am like you with the caffeine….it really messes me up. I can have some in the AM and still not sleep later that night. Not good.

  6. That’s awesome about chipotle! That place never lets anyone down 🙂

  7. Oh my..so little and cute! Congrats to your sister/hubby and new family members.

    Sending growing/healing energy their way!

  8. Kim ~ Just a follow-up on Chipotle. We went there for dinner tonight. I loved the chips and guacamole! I would travel the 20 miles from our house just for that alone!

    I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a kid’s menu though, like Moe’s has. My daughter and I split a chicken taco plate. Usually at Mexican restaurants, she gets a plain cheese quesadilla. She didn’t like the taco because it was too spicy for her, so we ended up getting her McDonald’s on the way home (yikes!).

    • Glad you liked the chips!!

      I asked them to make a quesadilla for Hannah, it wasn’t on the menu. You can get a large or a small. Hannah got a large. Only thing is they dont’ have ketchup, so if she likes hers with ketchup, bring some along. 🙂

  9. Congrats! The babies are so tiny and cute 🙂 Keep the pics coming as they grow!

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