Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dinner and a Winner


Hey guys! It has been an eventful day and I will just start where everyday pretty much begins.

Breakfast and the gym!

I woke up kind of chilly and wanted something to warm me up. Oats it is.


I whipped up some chocolaty oats, topped with some frozen berries I had stashed in my freezer.

Chocolate Berry Protein Oatmeal

  • 1/3 C. Gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • Water (depends on desired consistency)
  • 1/2 serving of chocolate protein powder
  • Handful of berries


Heat Oats and water in microwave for 1 minute

Mix in protein and berries


I love raspberries!!

At GPP- We did this workout- however there was no sprinting for me… I ended up on the rower for “sprints”. I mentioned yesterday that I got a few blood blisters from the marathon and the toe that got banged around yesterday… well, last night I woke up around 3am to my right toe just throbbing! I got up took some IBU, cleaned and bandaged it up and elevated it by using pillows and back to sleep I went. When I woke up it was pretty swollen and still had its own heartbeat- I have a toe ring on that toe so I loosened it a little and made an appt. with a specialist for later in the day.

You know what is coming right? Pictures of my feet…. If you don’t like feet or get a bit squimish go ahead and skip on down to dinner. –Yum.



After anesthetic injection-




My toe is still numb.. Obviously, I took the night off of teaching pump because I can’t put on my tennis shoes with my little huge green toe. I will probably lose the nail next to it and the one on the other foot to. Do you think I can get a discount on a pedicure? If anything I should give a bigger tip to the poor lady who has to touch my toes. Ha!

Great stuff right?

Well, because I had the night off and Brent was home early from work we decided to go out to eat as a family. We haven’t all been out to eat together what seems like forever! We had purchased a groupon that was only one day away from expiring to Ruths Diner!

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Ruths Diner is a pretty fun restaurant, that has a interesting history. It is located up Emigration Canyon in SLC. You can choose to eat outside or inside the trolley. It was a perfect day for dinner on the patio and with the twins we figured outside would be our best bet.


It didn’t take 2 minutes before T had spilled a glass of water and Bee had discovered the salt and pepper shakers. Going out to eat with two toddlers can be a bit challenging with their curious little personalites.  Luckily, Ruth’s gives out complimentry rolls that were promptly served and that distracted the kiddos for a few minutes.


After placing our order we took the babes for a little walk around the trolley. A reader came up and introduced herself to me during our little stroll, (Hi, Courtney!!). I love to meet you guys, so if you ever see me, come give me a hug. Okay, not really.. that might be a bit awkward,  but come say hi! Then you can give me a hug. Ha!  You may be forced to take a picture with me and my food Winking smile . Court, you lucked out… dang!

I ordered a grilled salmon salad.


The salmon was obviously,not grilled.. it was actually smoked? I’m not a huge fan of smoked salmon so I was a little disappointed. The  capers and slivered almonds were a good touch to the salad, along with crisp cucumbers, purple onion and tomatoes. I forgot to ask for my dressing on the side and it was drenched with the raspberry vinagrette- I liked the dressing but not so much that it makes my lettuce soggy.


Smoked salmon.. on my salad.. should never be allowed.

Brent got the Jamicain chicken with some veggie soup.


The veggie soup was impressive. The veggies were perfect! Not to soggy and not to raw. It was packed with veggies and I was a fan.


The teriyaki sauce was sweet and subtle. The pineapple on top of the chicken was a perfect touch. It was a sweet dish for sure. Brent loved it! I stole a few bits since I didn’t love my entrĂ©e.

I absolutely love the atmosphere of the restaurant but will have to be a bit more selective on my meal choice. Ruth’s is known mostly for their breakfast and burgers.. so next time I will have to try their turkey burger. (That I have heard is pretty decent.)

It was nice to actually go out just with my little family, it has been awhile since we have taken the babies out to eat. They did okay, I just hope the people next to us didn’t mind the little extra food that ended up on their plates Winking smile.

Now, is the time we have been waiting for… LULU $50 GIFTCARD WINNER!!!


giveaway winner


Please email me your shipping address and I’ll get it to you this week!

(If I don’t hear a response within 24 hrs I will pick another winner!) 

Q. Did you ever wear a toe ring?

I have had mine on for 14 years…I never take it off.

Q. Do you prefer smoked, baked or grilled salmon?


  1. We are seriously on the same wave length this week. I went to Ruth's diner last night and had the smoked salmon salad too. That is one of my favorite salads ever! Sorry you expected grilled :)

  2. Awww, Itzy's Kitchen won the lulu gift card. Can't think of a more deserving winner. Congrats, Erica! Now go get you some lulu!

  3. WHOOP! Yay for Erica! And I could have done without the toe photos.. eeep! You poor girl. I LOVE RUTH'S. Seriously, it's one of the best places in SLC.

  4. omg ! Shut the door. I want to dance...I'm dancing!!TY TY!

  5. Sorry to hear about your toe! I had to scroll fast past the pics...didn't want to lose my appetite. Nice job running the Ogden Marathon. I saw ya around mile 10 or so and said hi, just fyi. :)

  6. I was actually hoping for a pic of the toe once the nail was removed. Guess I'll have to bug you for the live version in person.

    Cool giveaway. I should do some of those on my site. Thanks for the idea.

    I heard you were awesome in class today! Nice work.