Sweet Pea

Oh Sweet Pea Won’t you dance with me, won’t you be my girl

Just thought you would like to take a quick trip back in time to 1950 when the world was innocent.

Actually Sweet Pea is the perfect theme because it is playing a role twice in my post.

First because I have a very cool trip planned to Asheville North Carolina with my friend Christen and we are planning to stay in the Sweet Pea Hostel.  Christen will be taking her PT exam (GASP) and I will simply be checking out my new neck of the woods.

When my friends studied abroad they stayed in Hostels in Europe and LOVED it.  I, however, was unable to study abroad so I missed out on this opportunity.  To be honest, until Christen emailed me about staying in the hostel, I had no idea there were hostels in the US.

However, with a little bit of research I leaned that there are hostels in a lot of the cities in the South East I would like to visit including Charleston South Carolina, Savannah Georgia, and Charlottesville Virginia!  However, the Sweet Pea looks like it is the cutest and cleanest (from pictures).

Have you ever stayed in a hostel in the US?  Do you have any suggestions for a new be?


We had no milk this morning (darn 20 year old brother- drinks milk like water) so breakfast had to be milk free (oh and we are also out of oatmeal…).  My Mom mixed up some amazing Banana Pancakes that totally beat out any option that would have required milk!

Now the second time sweet peas come into play!

They are growing up a storm in the garden and I do not mind!  While picking the sweet peas from the vine I think I ate half!  YUUUUMMM

Lunch was inspired by the sweet peas (those that I did not eat), some imitation crabmeat my Mom and I got at Sams (double YUM), and the need for some vegetables!

A salad of greens, pear, imitation crabmeat, and sweet peas with a little dressing

While we were at Sams we also got these!

I love strawberries but I love blueberries even more!

Well friends, I have a running club this afternoon!  It’s perfect weather and I am looking forward to a nice fast paced run!

Happy Trails



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Party nail

My little brothers girlfriend taught me what a party nail was over Christmas.  I have been wanting to try it out ever since.

What do you think?

I went with all brown nails and a gold party nail!  It’s fun isn’t it.  I have never actually had a official manicure (someday) but I do enjoy adding a little color myself.  I always feel really adult when I pick a neutral color like brown or town, but the gold adds a lot of fun.

I woke up early this morning, did 20 minutes of yoga, and headed down to the kitchen to find something to nosh on.  Even though it is a cool grey day,  Greek Yogurt was calling my name and I used Maple syrup to spice it up a little.  We are really low on fruit but my family always has apples.

After breakfast I read, painted my nails, wrote cards, and convinced my little brother to do something he never ever does with me.

Go for a run.

He set the pace and we set out with the dog to get 4 easy miles in.  I rounded out my workout with a full body circuit from Fitness Perks (Love her workouts!).

While I was doing my circuit I could hear my stomach talking and I knew It was time for some more fuel.  My parents had baked fish last night and their was some left in the fridge!  Who could resist that?

Baked fish and a salad for me

Well I am off to blow dry my hair and watch The Prefontaine Classic.  I love when track and field is on TV!  For me it’s the second best thing to watch on TV.  My favorite would be the Olympics…

I’ll be back with an update from the wedding


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Downton Abbey

Have you seen Downton Abbey?  I am IN love with the show.

The house, the costumes, and the characters.  I am just about to finish the second season and it is amazing.  It’s such a soap opera.  So many love stories… so much struggle.  I won’t say a lot, maybe you will decide to watch it.  But I tell you drama drama drama.

If Matthew and Mary do not get together soon, I swear I will scream.  Matthew makes me swoon!  If only he was real…

Any way check out the show, it is really very good.  If only season three was closer to coming out!


Todays eats were really wonderful!  I love not having to pack my lunches!

For breakfast I had Overnight Oats I mixed up last night

1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, and a half of a frozen banana that I reheated in the microwave (becomes banana soup)

With a little honey on top!  It came out kind of like a really soft cookie batter.  YUM

I did blog work this afternoon and decided to get an extra serving of fruit with my coffee

I worked until about 1 and then headed home.  It was cold today and a warm lunch was much needed.  So I used some of the beautiful eggs to make a frittata

sweet potato, mushrooms, spinach, 1 egg, 3 egg whites, and a little cheese with a side of cantaloupe- twas joy in my mouth

and dessert of course


It rained like mad today I took advantage of our treadmill (and Downton Abbey)…  I also did some POP Pilates which I had never done before!  I felt long and lean after my workout!


Well have a great Friday friends


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Let them Eat Cake

I have a kinda bad confession to inform you all of.  

But first.  It’s HOT in Central IL.  Like the kind of hot you could fry an egg on the cement it’s so Hot.  For the kind of Hot that makes you wish you could find a dark cave and crawl into it.  Or the kind of hot that totally kills your drive to workout.  Yeah about that…..

Along with my 9 hours of work the heat makes me NOT want to work out.  Instead I want to find an iceberg and live on it.  Instead of fighting it I did an hour of a Pilates DVD.  It sort of counted…

Then I dug around in the fridge to find something cold and watery and came up with this


YUMMMMMM!  Sadly the cantalope was not as good as I wanted it to be.  But honey makes all things better!

While I was at it I packed my lunch.  A little something I mixed up last night….  and was off to work.  Remember when I told you I worked as much as I could so I could save as much as I could?  Yeah I am getting a little tired…  But lunch was so wonderful I just repacked the same thing for Tuesday.


That salad looks something like this


This is my quinoa salad go to.   It’s the easiest thing on the plant… basically it must contains quinoa, cilantro, olive oil, and red wine vinegar.  However, then you just open cans and your fridge and freezer and throw in whatever bean or vegetable you have.  This one was garbanzo beans, corn, broccoli, edamame, olives, and red pepper.  

I added in a side of tomato and was good to go.  

And now time for the big confession.  For dinner I did something I don’t usually do…..  I ate this 


Cake Oh Cake…  This is the number one downside to working in a kitchen.  Somethings my will power wins… Other days it does not.  Today was a day it did not…

Oh well, A new day will come 🙂  and a fresh start.  I think I won’t eat cake for dinner 🙂



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Hello Blog World

Hello Blog World,

Today is my first blog post!  How are you blog world?

My name is Ellie.  You will come to know me over the years and we will become good good friends!

Let’s see, what do you need to know.  I just finished my DPD (aka the school step in becoming a dietition) and am on my way to becoming a registered dietition.  But first I have to complete an internship (mine will be done at Appalachian State in Boone NC!  So this August I will be packing my bags and moving across the country from the flat lands of Illinois to the Mountains (AHHHHHAAHHHH so excited) of North Carolina.

Until then I am work as much as I can, save as much as I can, and try to enjoy time with my friends and family.

Oh and I am starting a blog!  It’s something I have wanted to do for well… years.  So why let fear stand in the way?

I woke up this morning and was given the opportunity to check a few things off my list.  First I took the first pictures for my blog, then I hung out with my parents.

Did I mention that it was already in the above 85 at 7:30?

A smoothie and only a smoothie would do.  With a side of coffee of course cause that makes since?

and then packed lunch for the day.  Lunch was inspired by these


With that inspiration, this was made

Wonderful- after lunch was packed away it was off to work I went.

When I returned (around 7) I did a quick tread mill hill workout and enjoyed a little popcorn!

Sorry for the bad picture!  It was eaten while watching My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding!  Have you seen it?  It’s CRAZY!

Well Blog world- good night- good night my new friends


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Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!

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