Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Weekend Pictures and Spiralization

As always, hope you all are having a nice week so far! I wanted to share a few pictures from this past weekend. First up, Josh's brother's graduation:


Josh's brother, his "Grandma", Josh:


Josh and his Mom:


Dinner afterwards. The graduate and Kate:


Josh's brother had a gig that night. We went to one of the local bars to watch the show, they were FANTASTIC!


Josh and his Grandma at the bar:


We had a blast at Penn State, but our trip was super quick (and super cold!!!!!!). Congrats Jus!!
When we got back on Sunday, we immediately met my parents out at lunch to celebrate Mother's Day. Myself and my wonderful Mom:


So far, my week has been great. My workouts this week are looking as follows:
  • Monday- Ran to warm-up, taught Body Pump
  • Tuesday- Taught Body Attack
  • Wednesday- Off
  • Thursday- Teach 45 minute Body Step, 45 minute Body Pump
  • Friday- Off
  • Saturday- Teach Body Step
  • Sunday- Run to warm-up, Teach Body Pump

Whats on your workout agenda?

I was VERY excited when my doorbell rang tonight because I was expecting something....


I recently won this incredible Spiralizer from a contest on Julie(fellow "real housewife")'s blog. I broke open the box immediately, cleaned it up and used it to make sweet potato spirals as part of my dinner tonight:



I tossed the sweet potato curls in a little olive oil and then sprinkled them with this Mrs. Dash seasoning - salt free (disclaimer- I got this sample for free from the company):
and roasted them up. Totally awesome! I like that the flavor of the Mrs. Dash seasoning was lighter, not overwhelming. And the spiralized potato was so fun!

I can't wait to spiralize all of the fruits and veggies I can get my hands on ;). Any fun spiralizer recipes or ideas?
What shows do you guys watch on the regular? I watch a good chunk of junk tv (Kendra, Real Housewives, American Idol) and Lost!! Josh and I are also just starting to get into Glee.


54 comments:

Lauren said...

Aww, you were at PSU!?!? Too bad your trip was short but it looked like you had a great tim. That brings back memories of my college graduation! ;)

I really would like to try spirializing. I'm so interested! ;)

Have a great day girl

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I am dying for a spiralizer. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Heatha said...

Great family pictures!

Can't see what you come up with using the spiralizer. I've been toying with the idea of getting one myself!

Oh, and I LOVE Kendra, too!! :)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I have been wanting to try a spiralizer, it makes food look so fun! The "fries" look great :) We also love Real Housewives too (but don't tell The Man I told you that haha)...

Anne Marie said...

The spiralizer looks like so much fun! I'd love to get my hands on one!

Jessica said...

The spiralizer is amazing! I wasn't really sure what they looked like!
I watch the Real HW of OC, but haven't watched the others.

*Naomi* said...

i want a spirilizer SO SO SO bad!! that looks delicious and I bet they cook so quick because of how thin they are!

congrats to josh's brother!! they look so much alike and so cute!! love the Pics, erica!

have a wonderful day!

Stacey said...

Looks like you had some great workouts last week and you teach some fun classes. wish I lived around their.

Susan said...

Glad you had a fun weekend! Woohoo for PSU!

And I love that Mrs. Dash flava. Seriously awesome. Have fun with your spiralizer!

Christina said...

i'm so jealous of your spiralizer! your sweet potatoes look awesome!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Awww what great pictures!

I soooo want a spiralizer--can't wait to see what else you do with it!

Ana said...

Congrats to Josh's bro!!!

So jealous... I want a spiralizer ;P Those sweet potato chips look awesome, soo crispy yum!

Julie said...

gahhhh yayyyyy! welcome to the spiralizing addiction haha. when we're baller housewives we'll get the baller status top of the line spiralizers and have a spiralizing part-ay. hahaha fail. 23 year old young girl fail.

it's so funny how all of josh's family look SO alike! you guys always look like you have such a blasty together :) congrats to josh's brosef!

Lauren @ Health on the Run said...

I am out near PSU this week and you're right -- it IS cold! We got snow here yesterday!! (ridiculous)

I love the new spiralizer. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I think having one would be so much fun!

And I watch way to much "junk" on TV -- American Idol, Survivor, Biggest Loser. But I also LOVE Lost (so sad that it's almost over) and Glee. :)

Tracey said...

I've never used or even seen a spiralizer in person. They do look very interesting.

I love that grandma was at the bar! I hope to be a cool grandma like that.

She-Fit said...

WOW! I've never even heard of a Spiralizer. I had to google it to figure out what it was. It sounds so interesting. I might have to go seek one out for myself.

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Oh fun prize! I've always wanted to make some veggie pasta off the "Choosing Raw" blog with one of those. Looks delish!

homecookedem said...

Oh! I've always wanted a spiralizer!! I would be making spiraled sweet potatoes if I had one too! Those look so good!! :)

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

I love Gossip Girl and House. The spirals look so fun--I wish my veggies were that fun...

Erin at The Healthy Apron said...

Ooo lucky you for winning! Looks like a fun kitchen gadget!

My workout agenda is up in the air. I want to get in a few yoga sessions, some walking...I mostly do light things (recovering from a back injury!)

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Your dress is so cute! Did it end up being cold? I love the pics of Josh's family! :)

Maria said...

What a fun gadget. You should spiral a bunch of fruit and dry it. Apples, pears, peaches, etc.

I am taking today off from working out. I didn't sleep well:( My other days are Pump, Step, Combat, and running.The usual:)

Natalie said...

Those potatoes spiralized so perfectly...almost too pretty to eat...almost ;)

Megan D said...

I think it's so awesome that you teach body pump! I can barely participate in the class without keeling over. What is body attack? My gym doesn't offer that one. Your sweet potato spirals look wonderful!!

teresa said...

congrats to the graduate, fun trip! i love the spirilizer, i've never even heard of something like that, i bet you'll have a lot of fun with it.

i LOVE gleee!

Jessica said...

That looks like so much fun. I bet my son would LOVE it!

Looks like lots of fun with the family! So cool : )

therabbitrunner said...

ohh i have always wanted a spiralizer - they look like so much fun :) haha

congrats to his brother - that is so exciting!! lots of my friends are going there next year.

Krista said...

I love your sweet potato spirals! I need to source one out!

fittingbackin said...

Spiralizer?! Love it! What a great win!

LOVE the pics from graduation - his family is presh and very cool that bro's in a band (and a good one - sweet!). :)

Nice workouts planned! Mine are out of whack again since we fly out to NY tomorrow - fingers crossed i'll get in some though!

Kathleen said...

Spiralization looks like a total blast!

Kelsey said...

i got a spiralizer about a year ago and i remember the first time i used it I WAS HOOKED! its so fun to make zuchinni pasta hehe.

Shannon said...

so jealous of your spiralizer!! can't wait to see all you do with it :) looks like so much fun!

BroccoliHut said...

Congrats to Josh's brother!
You're making me so excited to go home, where my Spiralizer awaits me:)

whataboutsummer said...

I never realized you could spiral potatoes! you make it look so glamorous

tam said...

Those sweet pot chips look amazing! I've got lots of classes lined up too x

madeleine@mad-about-running.blogspot.com said...

Erica, I can't get over your weekend road trip!! So sweet of you guys to do it- that is one long drive! I love love love sweet potatoes. Did they taste like potato chips? Looked so good. I am doing 2 a days now Mon/Wed/Fri (running and Jillian's 30 day shred) and then just shredding it Tues and Thurs. I'd love to go running sometime if I can keep up-- Linds and I will be back on the trails soon I hope & maybe we can all do one together?? Take care and have a great Wed!

inmytummy said...

I've wanted a spiralizer for a long time. I've heard that making pasta out of zucchini is pretty cool.

Diana said...

Oooh, enjoy that spiralizer! I have the same one and looooove it. Just had ravioli and raw tomato-avocado sauce over zucchini noodles for dinner tonight! I can never get enough zucchini "pasta." :)

Josh's grandma is way hip for going to the bar and everything!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/05/highlights-of-week-shopping-spending.html

or

http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/03/raw-vegan-pasta-marinara-or-peanut.html

Marinara or peanut sauce inspired spiralized recipes. Seriously, i have converted my real pasta loving hubby to zuke noodles courtesy of the spiralizer.

Congrats on yours..you are gonna LOVE it!

I am a total Housewives fan too!

Priyanka@thehealthydiary said...

I am new to the concept of spiralizing. I am sure the sweet potatoes must have tasted amazing.

We Are Not Martha said...

Oooh those sweet potato sprials look amazing! I have a mandoline, but now I want one of those!

I love Real Housewives and Idol too... I've gotten super into Parenthood lately also. It's SUCH a good show!

Sues

Dancing Diva! said...

I have been DYING for a spiralizer! So jealous!!

Katie said...

Congrats to Josh's brother!

I've only used my spiralizer ONCE! Ridiculous, right? So I look forward to seeing what you make!

Holly said...

Spiralizers look like SO Much fun to use! And I love Mrs. D. The tomato/basil kind is just delicious!

Congrats to Josh’s brother! I’m impressed his grandma was hangin’ at the bar – looks like so much fun! :-)

Fave TV shows…Kendra, Housewives of NYC, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Glee (so funny and I love music), but my FAVORITE is Modern Family. I literally laugh out loud!

lizzyj1305 said...

hey beautiful chica!
LOVE this week's workouts! Body Pump is one of my new favorite fit-classes...your arms look smokin' in your super cute dress! ( i can totally tell youve been rockin' the weights!) ya ya!! spiralizer=amazing!! can't wait to see all the veggies you attack with that bad boy!
hope youve been having a great week!
xoxo!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Ooh I've totally wanted a spiralizer to make raw 'noodles' from veggies. I've looked in all the local stores - will have to one day break down and order online :-)

Esi said...

Glad you had a good weekend. So happy this week is almost over!

Angharad said...

My workout agenda includes running, running and more running! First half marathon in three weeks!
Penn State: my sister went there! I always wish I had visited.

whatkateate said...

Oh graduation season. The time to catch up on your reading material as you sit in a packed auditorium for hours on end! I guess Ill be less cynical when its my turn :)

lynn @ the actors diet said...

the spiralizer looks like so much fun - gotta try doing that to some cucumbers and make spiralized PICKLES!!!

GF Gidget said...

Congrats on the spiralizer! It will become your favorite kitchen tool!

Christina said...

RE: the lime green dress... i bet you are talking about the banana republic one you got last summer. hahaha i am a blog stalker!!

Holly said...

ahhhh i am so jealous of your spiralizer! i think i would have WAY too much fun with that thing :)

congrats to josh's brother!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Congrats to Josh's brother on his graduation!

The spiralizer looks like so much fun! The sweet potato spirals are so pretty! I've seen on the blogs that a lot of people like to make zucchini pasta with their spiralizers, so maybe that's something you could try if you're interested! Excited to see all the other things you make with it!