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Why haven’t I thought of this before?

I was craving a PB&J but didn’t want a whole sandwich.

So, I swiped some PB and jelly between 2 Ritz crackers and it equaled one amazing snack time.

Drippy goodness.

John and I usually eat dinner later in the evening – around 8 – and Friday night was no exception. My PB&J snack got me through ’til 7 or so, and that’s when I started dinner.

I made a variation of Iowa Girl Eats’ chicken parmesan for dinner.


I followed her recipe exactly except I served it over steamed broccoli instead of pasta for a lighter spin.

I didn’t take any pictures because it didn’t look that pretty. Broccoli covered in marinara sauce and chicken with cheese sliding off the side isn’t to appealing too look at it.

But it smelled AMAZING and tasted even better. I’d recommend it if you like chicken parmesan but don’t want to deal with breading the chicken beforehand. This recipe is quicker and easier and lighter in calories than traditional chicken parmesan, and has definitely become my go-to.


Yesterday morning I was reading through some old Iowa Girl Eats posts and stumbled upon her 3 free Web tools you should be using post, and it inspired me to visit LiveStrong’s map my run site.

I quickly plotted a 5 mile run around my neighborhood and then set out to try and complete it. I think the longest I’ve run straight through in a while is 3 miles, so this was a step up. I did end up walking some but it was primarily because my knee was giving me a little trouble. But overall, it felt really good.

Definitely got a case of the sweaty back. That’s when you know you got a good workout in…


In the afternoon while John was studying, I made him some mancakes.

I used this recipe for my version of Chocolate Covered Katie’s single lady cupcakes, but I doubled it to make two.

John requested white frosting. That’s what made them manly.

He brought back an empty plate, so I think he liked them.


While making John mancakes, I got a craving for something sweet but still somewhat healthy. I remembered seeing a simple recipe on Iowa Girl Eats a while back (if you couldn’t tell, that’s my favorite food blog), and decided to recreate it.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oat Bowl

adapted from Iowa Girl Eats No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

~ 1/4 cup oats (I used slightly less)

1/2 tsp honey

1 heaping Tbsp. crunchy peanut butter

~ 20 semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a small bowl, refrigerate for 5 minutes, then enjoy with a spoon (and preferably a glass of milk).

It tasted just like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie!

…but without the butter, sugar and flour : ) Healthy desserts for the win!


Later in the evening,  John and I ventured over to Lawrence (a neighboring town) to grab some Mediterranean food for dinner since Topeka lacks much variety in the way of ethnic cuisine ( booooo).

I looked up Aladdin Cafe online and saw it had pretty good reviews, so we decided to check it out.

We split a tabouleh salad, a plate of hummus and pita and a chicken gyro with garlic potato sauce.

The tabouleh was good, post lemon squeeze. But it was just A LOT. Almost too much even for two people.

The highlight of the meal was definitely the hummus and pita.

The pita was fresh, hot and doughy. And the hummus was perfectly creamy and seasoned, and it even came with some spicy green habanero sauce on the side that was amazing! I’d never had spicy hummus before but I really liked it since I generally tend to gravitate more toward spicy foods.

The chicken gyro was alright, and the rice was equally just OK. The chicken was pretty well seasoned but the potato garlic sauce inside was just weird. It tasted like garlic mashed potatoes and made the sandwich too heavy.

I definitely wouldn’t order this again. It made both John and I feel a little gross afterwards. Too heavy and odd texture-wise.

At least the hummus and pita was awesome. It definitely saved the meal.

In hindsight, I probably would retake this picture with more of a sad or gross look on my face since the sandwich was no bueno.

Chicken gyro FAIL.

N&J’s in Wichita STILL holds the prize for best chicken shawarma ever. I may need to have one soon to redeem this mediterranean let down.


After dinner we headed home and watched one of our Netflix movies called Rocket Science.

It’s a somewhat independent film about a stuttering teenage boy who joins his high school debate team, but it also has a stronger underlying theme of the struggle in figuring out what life and love are all about at a young age.

It was really good. Great acting, clever writing and an interesting plot. John and I both agreed that it’s one of the best movies we’ve seen lately. Here’s the trailer to give you a better idea of what it’s like.


I’d definitely recommend it. It was the perfect ending to a fun evening. We’ll probably end up re-watching it sometime because we both enjoyed it so much.


Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you had a great weekend. We’re in for the evening and will probably order pizza for dinner. Can’t wait : )

See you again soon,


Have you seen any good movies lately worth recommending?

What was the best thing you ate this weekend.

Easy: spice-tastic hummus and pita.


  1. Ohmigosh they look so cute!
    And your cookie bowl sounds delicious as well.
    Happy Sunday, sweetie!!

  2. Ritz crackers are great for snack sandwiches! They can be savory or sweet!

    Best thing I ate? My post run smoothie: banana+coffee+chocolate milk…YUM!!!

  3. What a great little snack! I am always looking for new vehicles for PB&J, it’s one of my favorite things in the world! Those little oatmeal snacks look really good too, and I have yet to try Katie’s cupcakes, but I really really need to make those soon!

  4. I love IGE’s blog as well! I’ve been wanting to make her PB balls. And thanks for the movie recommendation!

    • Sure, I hope you like it! I plan to make your english muffins as soon as I run out of my store bought ones : )

  5. Just found your blog, and so glad I did!

    The best thing I ate this past weekend was definitely clam chowder at a local seafood place, soo good!

    • Glad you found me!

  6. I’m so glad I found your blog! I love it! The best thing I ate this weekend was tons of junk food at a birthday party: cupcakes, dips, Cosmos – it was glorious :)

  7. Yay – glad you liked the chicken parm! Love the idea of serving it over broccoli for a less carby spin too. :)