A Happy Ramble

by Sara on February 22, 2013

Alternative post title: I Just Wanna Chat!

About stuffed sweet potatoes.

Kidding. I’ll get to that in a sec, though. :)

Happy Friday! Wow, what a crrraazy week. The combination of a few unexpected events and my excitement about the upcoming week ahead (friends visiting, Oscar partying, mom visiting, wedding celebrating!), means my ADD is buzzing today.

So, instead of trying to piece things together in what would undoubtedly be a painfully incoherent post, let’s do this in bullet form!

1.  I have a serious case of spring fever right now. And by that I mean I’ve been doing way too much online shopping for floral printed tops, pastel pants and mint green everything.


It all started when I began looking for a dress to wear to my friend’s wedding next weekend. (By the way, thank you so much for all your input regarding which one to buy! By the time I’d made up my mind (dress #2 was the winner), both options were sold out! Thus, the search continues…). I’d gone nearly an entire month without doing any online browsing, but as of today, my virtual shopping carts are filled to the brim.

I’ve been good, though. No purchases! Sometimes just clicking “add to cart” satisfies that retail craving.

2. And speaking of cravings…My salmon cravings have been through the roof this week. It all started the sashimi I dunked into guacamole last weekend. This week, salmon sashimi has been my lunch of choice not once, not twice, but three times.  The sushi man at Whole Foods knows me by name now. Oy.

I seriously need to stop this addiction—not just for my wallet’s sake, but because my fingers are beginning to turn orange.

3. Oh wait, that might be because I’ve been eating so many sweet potatoes . Nothing new about that, except the fact that I finally caved and tried the over-stuffed potato trend I’ve seen on so many blogs. You guys. If you haven’t gone here yet…

You need to. Don’t wait another second.

That was dinner last night. I simply a baked sweet potato, fluffed the insides a bit, and topped it with roasted chicken, barbecue sauce, cheddar, green bell pepper, and sesame seeds. I popped the whole thing back in the oven for five minutes, which made the cheese all melty good.

4. Since we’re talking about potatoes, let’s also talk about potatoes on maps!


Check out the upper lefthand corner of this picture. See where it says “potatoes?” Well, that’s one of my homes—Idaho!— known for its potatoes (and not much else!). I’m also from the “life of the party state.” Can you find it?

If you’re from the US, which region do you live in?

5. For those of you who aren’t from the US, here’s some more stereotype fun.

Earlier this week, my friend told me about the Google search tool, “why is ____ so…” Basically, you fill in the blank with the name of place, and Google autocomplete will list the four most commonly searched words associated with that place. So, as you can see, Canada is thought to be pro-Israel, lame, expensive and beautiful! 😉

I did a search for Washington, DC, which is where I currently live.


6. On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been salivating over this picture all week.


That would be a homemade girl scout cookie…gone gluten free! (and Paleo-friendly, for those of you who are avoiding grains). Is is just me, or does it look 10,000 gazillion times better than those which come in a package? Just sayin. Samoas are my all-time favorite girl scout cookie. Second favorite? Tagalongs (aka chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies).

7. I set a personal record this week! I’m not talking about bench presses or squats (although, I actually did complete six 50 pound bicep barbell curls!), I’m talking about containers of hummus consumed. I bought three of these on Sunday…

and finished the last one yesterday.

8. And since we’re talking about personal records, gyms, and marathons (in the hummus eating sense…heh), check out this video. I’ve watched it 20+ times since Kelly posted it a week ago, and it makes me laugh out loud every time. I think the guy hits every gym-obsessed woman stereotype there is out there.

Watch it! :)

9. Has anyone heard of this line of perfume?



Ellen was talking about them on her show yesterday, and I kinda sorta really want to buy a bottle of London…and Paris…and Bali. Oh heck, I want them all! Apparently the scents “transport” you to the given place. They cost $45, but hey, talk about big time travel savings. 😉

10. Finally…I think these might be the most fun-looking protein bars I’ve ever seen.

{source} photo courtesy of Katie

Bring on the confetti!

I hope you all have a fun, restful, revitalizing—whatever you want it to be weekend!

 I’m going to be taking a 10 day blogging break, so that I can complete work and school-related projects, spend time with special people, and relax a bit before my mom and friends arrive for the wedding bonanza next weekend. Don’t expect me to drop off the face of the earth completely, though; I’ll be reading YOUR blogs whenever I have time!

 I’ll miss you guys, but I’ll be back before you know it—Monday, March 4th! Until then, please stay in touch via Instagram (I’m Sarabeara2). :)


 I want to know…

What are your thoughts about the mint green trend? When shopping online, do you ever “add items to your cart” without buying them?

Which four stereotypes is your city, state, province, country (or all of the above) known for? TYPE IT GOOGLE and tell me in the comments. :) If you’re from the US, which word describes the  region (on the first map) where you’re from?

If a scent could transport you to any place, which place would it be? 

I can’t decide between London, Paris, Dubai and Bali! Oh, and I think there should be a Maui scent, too.



  • http://www.o2befitmom.com/ nelly

    This post is awesome on so many levels! I ALWAYS shop online and put things in my cart then never buy :) I am obsessed with that mint color too! I too go through that same hummus like crazy, its just so freakin delicious!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’m glad to know that there’s another “just add to cart” shopper out there! 😉 And a big amen, to hummus being freakin’ delicious! 😀

  • http://onehealthymunchkin.blogspot.ca/ Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I’m so excited for spring shopping too. And YES to mint green! My next purchase is definitely going to be a pair of mint green skinnies. And then a turquoise necklace. And then a coral purse. And then a mint green blouse… it’s going to be dangerous the next time I set foot in a mall haha.

    And I love stuffed sweet potatoes. I usually do mine with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, and Greek yogurt – but your version with chicken and BBQ sauce sounds epic. Totally trying that next time. 😀

    My hometown doesn’t pop up in google when I do that, but Burlington is known for being expensive, conservative, safe, and sheltered. It’s actually called the “Burlington bubble” haha.

    Have an an awesome time with your mom and enjoy your blogging break! :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Chelsea! I bought a pair of mint green skinnies a few weeks ago, and LOVE them. Definitely recommend! And a big YES to a coral purse; I’d love one of those too!

      Your stuffed sweet potatoes sound amazing! I’m definitely going to try the Mexican-inspired route next time. :) Happy Friday, lovely! <3

  • http://Www.annatheapple.com/ AnnaTheApple

    Mint clothing on me would like bad I think as I’m quite pale so I would look washed out.
    Yes I have been enjoying the stuffed sweet potato meals too! I LOVE the sound of chicken and BBQ sauce. Definitely trying that soon.
    That Google thing really made me laugh – I did Britain and one was “cold” and another was “wet” haha so true.
    Enjoy your blogging break! Have a brilliant time, sounds like you have so many fun things coming up. I look forward to hearing all about it :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Anna! Even though Britain is wet and cold, it’s still one of my favorite countries in the world! I’m hoping to return for a visit next summer, and if I do, I sure hope we can meet! <3

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I am LOVING the mint color this year. That and coral are SO very spring/summer. I really want that infinity scarf!

    Stuffed baked sweet potatoes are amazing! You really must try one with vegetarian baked beans, and I also love adding drippy sunny-side up eggs to mine. SO, SO tasty.

    The state stereotypes are hilarious. My home state (Iowa) is pretty good..cows, cows, cows! (I am actually a little surprised it doesn’t say corn, corn, corn) But I am not loving what my current state says (Nebraska). Oh politics…

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ooh I love the idea of adding baked beans to sweet potatoes! I’ll definitely be trying that! 😀 And I am a HUGE fan of sunny side up eggs with them, too. That’s one of my very favorite breakfasts! xoxo

  • Brittany Lesser

    Oh great, Florida is “Old Peeps”…. awesome! Lol but I totally can’t argue with that. It also says why is florida so “weird, messed up, hot,humid”. Haha! Drooooooling over that sweet potato – yummm!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Haha! Florida may be “old peeps,” but it’s also “hot peeps!” And I’ll take hot and humid over cold and snowy (DC right now) ANY day! 😉

  • http://twitter.com/mewinebrenner Maria Tadic

    That map was hilarious! I had to forward it on to my friends! Have a fun blogging break!

  • Devon @ Health in Equilibrium

    I have some leftover salmon sashimi in the fridge right now that I can’t wait to dig into for lunch! I have never thought of dipping it in guacamole, what a cool combo! I’m a little peeved that some people think Canada is lame. Whoever said that clearly hasn’t been to Lake Louise or Ottawa or Canada Day :)

  • Sally

    You know me…I’m all for a Maui scent, but I’m not sure it would keep me from my annual visit! Do you think my 3rd graders would like those protein bars? I know they’d love the confetti part! See you SOON!! Can’t wait for a fun weekend in ‘your world’! xo

  • http://www.liftsleepeat.wordpress.com/ Lift, Sleep, Eat

    Those perfumes are such a good idea – im definitely gonna have to look into them!!
    I googled Why is England so..
    I got…wait for it..
    Makes us sound like a bundle of fun hah!

  • http://twitter.com/HealthyDiva31 HealthyDiva

    LOVE the excitement! You certainly do have lots to be excited for! Happy your mom is coming, I know when she visits you always have a wonderful time! Moms are the best 😉

    YAY for a wedding, I am sure you will beautiful in that dress! Can’t wait to see pics, I love weddings! Please get married soon so I can go to yours ! Hehe!

    Oh those protein bars do look awesome! Might have to make 😉

    Love you and happy weekend Sara!! Baby G says hi too! <3

  • http://semisweeteats.wordpress.com/ Courtney @ SemiSweet-Eats

    I am DROOLING over you sweet potatoes right now. They look SO delicious!

    I love all things mint, too :) It’s definitely the go-to color this Spring.

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    Thanks, Danielle! Don’t those samoas look amazing?! I may try baking them next week! If I do, I’ll let you know how they turn out! <3 xoxo

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    Haha, so glad you enjoyed the video! I feel exactly the same way when I foam roll!

    Umm, get on the samoa-making asap! 😉 They are one of my favorite cookies! Happy Friday, Sam! <3

  • janetha

    Amazing post! I love that hummus and eat a container every 3-4 days. The sh*t — say series are SO funny! I just posted one yesterday. Thanks for this one, hadn’t seen it! Love you!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’m glad to know there’s another sun dried tomato basil marathon hummus eater out there. 😉 Can’t wait to see you in May! <3

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Happy Friday my love!
    Ah, I’m looooving the spring fashion ensambles you picked out! I’m so obsessed with those pastel colors, so pretty!
    I’ve been kind of going on an online shopping binge too. Oops.
    Oh man, those over stuffed sweet potatoes look simply fabulous! Yum.
    I think a hummus personal record it a good thing, who cares about those fitness PR’s now-a-days 😉
    Those protein bars are so cute and fun looking! I want to make them simply for that.
    Enjoy your bloggy break!
    Hm, I don’t know the stereotypes of my city…probably that it’s filled with old retired people, boring (which is true ha), rainy (also true), and super expensive (which again-is true haha).

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Umm, I LOVE your city, and want to come visit you there! I don’t care if it’s “boring”…we’ll have a party together regardless. 😉 Love you! xoxo

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    my part of the country is “Dive Bars & Serial Killers” I literally could not stop laughing. YEAH MISSOURI!!!!

  • http://messyeatereats.blogspot.com/ Alex

    I LOVE to add items to my virtual cart, especially foodie ones :) (never mind that they just sit there because I don’t buy them, that’s not important;))
    They should have a Cape Cod scent, Province Town, MA scent, and a chocolate scent so I can be transported to the land of CHOCOLATE where everything is edible because everything is CHOCOLATE!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ahh, I’d love a chocolate scent, too! And I’d LOVE if there was a land of chocolate. I used to dream about going to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory when I was little…and I still do! xoxo

  • http://jessielovestorun.wordpress.com/ Jessiejoshua21

    10 days without your mouthwatering, drool worthy posts? What am I going to do??!! :( :( But once those 10 days are up, that only means TEN days until we finally get to meet!!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!! <3 xoxoxo

  • Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile (and loving it, BTW) but never commented until now…just had to because I love random, funny posts like this!

    Colorado is apparently so “dry, liberal, cold and bad at football”! Haha, gotta say I agree with most of these–we’re desert like all the time, cold right now in winter and our football teams suck (especially my college lol). And we’re also known for snow on the U.S. map, but we actually haven’t gotten that much this winter!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Ashley! I’m so happy you said hi! Even if Colorado is known for being “cold” and “bad at football,” it’s also known for being absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the Rocky Mountains, and miss them dearly! <3

  • healthloveandchocolate

    I love doing sweet stuffed sweet potatoes but those savory ones look amazing! I have been craving sashimi for a while now and think it is officially time to go out to sushi. Enjoy your blogging break girly, sometimes they are so necessary!

  • Lucie

    Oh my God, where shal I start? Mint Green. YES. Beautiful! I add things to my ‘wishlist’ on the web, hoping that maybe one day somebody or God will hack my password and order all my wishlist stuff for me :-)
    Ok, I am in Switzerland, which says: successful, special, expensive (no surprise), rich (no surprise) BORING (no surprise either).
    That Sweet Potato!! Ah! aaaaahmazing yumminess! And these colorful protein bars are really so pretty.
    I can’t get over that you won’t blog for 10 days. How am I supposed to survive??? Ok, I will….somehow….enjoy everything, have a blast!!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Lucie! I love the idea of God hacking into your shopping account and ordering everything on your wish list. That’s going to be my next prayer, too! 😉 Hope you’re having an amazing weekend, lovely! <3 xoxo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=843855289 Lindsay Cotter

    your rambles make me hungry. In a good way! i’ve been on salmon and squash kick too. But i think i’m finally done with it, for now. I’ll take some of those GF homemade girlscout cookies instead!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Hehe, yes, don’t those GF Girl Scout cookies look amazing? I’m going to try making them next week! Sending hugs your way! <3

  • http://twitter.com/KhushbooThadani Khushboo Thadani

    Ah just when I come back from my blogging break, you’re off on one…will miss you, Sara :)! I love stuffed sweet potatoes…especially with baked beans and cottage cheese (yep, together)! I promise it’s more delicious than it sounds! I’m loving all your mint green purchases- especially with Spring right around the corner, it’s the perfect shade to welcome the change in season! I’m a big fan of the trend, especially as it’s a great way to add color to an outfit without looking too “loud”!

    Have an amazing time at the wedding with your mom, Sara! I just got back and am already having withdrawal symptoms- :)!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Khushboo! I can’t wait to read all about your wedding week! I’ve always dreamed about going to an Indian wedding (I think I have this romanticized vision of what they’re like from the movies!), so I’ll be living vicariously through your pictures. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! <3 xoxo

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    Thanks so much for the suggestion about dress shopping, Cassie! That’s actually EXACTLY what I did! I ordered four dresses on ModCloth, and plan on returning all but one once they arrive. However, the only problem with doing this is I’m sure I’ll be tempted to keep all of them. Ha! 😉

    Hope you’re having a great weekend! xo

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    Haha, I’ve always heard good things about Toronto, so I refuse to believe this “ugly” and “boring” nonsense! I think I need to come see for myself. 😉 Hope you’re having a great weekend, Anita!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jpabst Jen Stimbert Pabst

    I’m from the lake people region 😉
    Enjoy your blogging break!

  • http://thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com/ Rach

    Yeah fried chicken region! 😉 Haha! And girl, those stuffed sweet potatoes look absolutely amazing!

  • http://www.runningwithspoons.com/ Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Awwr! I’ll miss you while you’re away, but I definitely understand the need to take a step back for a little while. I’ve been spending less time on the computer in favor of the “real world,” and it feels pretty darned good. Just make sure to come back, okie?

    And you have no idea how ridiculously excited I’m getting for Spring. I actually love the mint green trend, and the bright color trend in general. I wear a lot of gray/black/white in the winter, so I’m really looking forward to adding some fun color back into my life… and warmth and sunshine, too! I’m so through with winter.

    And that Google thing is hilarious… When I typed in my place, I got: “Why is Alberta so… conservative, cold, rich, and windy”. Seems legit 😀

  • http://twitter.com/swankydietitian Kristen RD

    First off, that video is hysterical!!!! That guy cracks me up…and he is SO right!
    I love sweet potatoes but I seem to lack with variety. This combo sounds amazing! I need to try!

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