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Full of Tangents, Take 7

by Courtney on February 9, 2012

You know what? I have so many different, random things to share with you guys about my day today, that there’s really no way that I’ll be able to make it all flow together and make any sort of sense.

So you know what that means…it’s tangent time! It’s been a while, but we are on to:

Full of Tangents, Take 7!

(You can read Tangents Take 1, Take 2,Take 3, Take 4, Take 5 and Take 6, if you’re bored and feel like it).

Okay, so here we go!

  • Cody sat on the couch for the entire morning, right up until the morning sunlight that comes through our front window went away. I think it’s so funny how he can go from looking adorable and playful…


to old, wise, and mad, within seconds.


  • After taking yesterday off from exercise, I jumped right back into it today and got myself a great workout. 30 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill (20 seconds @ 9.0mph / 40 seconds @ 6.0mph), some nice upper body work, courtesy of the Tone It Up Lean Arms workout below, all followed up with some planks, bridges, and prone cobras. Gotta work that core!

  • Whenever I don’t think I’m going to be photographing a meal, I put extremely little effort into making it look good. I didn’t think I’d end up taking a picture of today’s salad, which really just looks like one big ‘ol party. Mixed veggie salad + tuna fish = awesome.


  • I can’t get enough protein this week. I love it. I want it all day long. And because of this, I ended up making myself a protein shake right after this morning’s workout that tasted exactly like a vanilla milkshake. I’m not kidding. And I was so excited about it that I had to text Jay and tell him…

protein shake milkshake

The secret? I added in 4 drops of vanilla stevia. WHY have I not thought of this sooner? 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (creaminess) + 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior + vanilla stevia. It was amazing.

  • I had to make a pit stop at the grocery store this morning, resulting in a couple fun purchases. Ever since a quick discussion with Talia in the comments section of yesterday’s post, I’ve been thinking about Cara Cara oranges, so I was super excited to have found a bag. I’m sure I’ll be trying one tomorrow, if not later tonight.


  • I also had another rare sighting while walking down the baking aisle today…Cinnamon Chips were stocked on the shelves! My mom has been looking for these for months, so I made sure to pick her up a couple bags.


Of course, I picked up a bag for myself, too…I’m thinking a batch of Cinnamon Chip Scones may be in order soon???

  • I have a short evening shift at work tonight, but I’m hoping it goes by FAST because I’ve got a very special dinner waiting for me in the crockpot this evening…


Finally. I’m going to get my stuffed peppers (yes, from a crockpot, no less! You can find my recipe inspiration HERE on Corey’s blog).

  • And last, but not least, the winner of my Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner has been chosen! To see if you’re the winner, head on over to the original post to find out. And also, don’t forget that you can still print out your coupon for some complimentary champagne or dessert by clicking HERE.

Alright, I think that’s all I’ve got for tonight. Now it’s YOUR turn…

What tangents do you have on this Thursday evening? Smile

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1 Emilie February 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Crock Pot Stuffed peppers… YUM! Cara Cara oranges sound awesome.
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2 Marla February 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Yum!!! Where did you get/what brand is the vanilla stevia?


3 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’m currently using NuNaturals brand, which you can actually get from
Plus, if you use my coupon code, SAZ564, you can get $5.00 off your first purchase! :)


4 Megan February 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Did you do 30 full minutes of HIIT or did that include warm up and cool down?


5 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

That included warm up and cool down: 5 minutes warm up, 20 minutes HIIT, 5 minutes cool down


6 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles February 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Cinnamon chips are really good! :)
Those stevia drops sound like they make it the bomb! Mmmmmm!
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7 Corey @ Family Fresh Meals February 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Sweet! I am so glad you are giving them a try :) I hope you love them as much as we did :) Seeing them in your post is making me want to make them again tomorrow! hehe YUM!
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8 Lindsay February 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Random question. I’m interested in trying almond milk for the health benefits and the creaminess you mentioned, but I HATE almonds! Does it actually taste like almonds? TIA!


9 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

Every once in a while I might get a whiff of almond, but when comparing an actual almond to the milk, I think they’re very different. I say give it a go!


10 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

your vanilla “milkshake” sounds amazing!! i’m usually always a fan of chocolate over vanilla, but when it comes to milkshakes and/or ice cream, i love vanilla. do you think regular vanilla extract + regular stevia would give it the same affect? hmmm…
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11 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hmmm, I’m not sure…never tried that one. Let me know if you do!


12 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine February 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I have been looking for cinnamon chips ever since you posted your cinnamon chip scones and I haven’t been able to find them anywhere :(
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13 Lena @Fit on the Rocks February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Those stuffed peppers look like they’re going to be so good! I think my entire life is lived on tangents, so I don’t even know where to start lol
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14 Blog is the New Black February 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Yay for stuffed peps!
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15 Lauren February 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Yay for your stuffed peppers!
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16 Carolyn February 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm

This may be a weird question – but what do cinnamon chips taste like? I saw them on clearance in Target after the holidays and almost got a bag but I wasn’t sure what they’d taste like or what I would do with them… What else do you make with them (beyond the scones that you mentioned)?
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17 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

Oh my gosh, Carolyn, they taste like HEAVEN. They’re kind of like the filling of a cinnamon roll :)


18 Bridget February 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

you should do a giveaway with vanilla stevia!!


19 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

Haha, I don’t have any to give away! ;)


20 Mallory @ Have Your Cake and Eat it February 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

that text exchange is so funny – you guys are cute. i definitely wouldve texted my bf about it too!

ive actually never tried cinnamon chips but i see them all the time at my local shaws. sounds yummy!!!
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21 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill February 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I’m at a hotel right now, and as I was laying in bed and listening to my stomach growl, there was a knock at my door. A HUGE cookie was being delivered to me! It was perfect timing and super delicious!
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22 jana @ newly wife healthy life February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I can’t wait to hear how the stuffed peppers turn out! I love using my crock pot and with all your talk of the peppers, it makes me want some too! lol
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23 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Those stuffed peppers look amazing!!
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24 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I’ve done that arms workout a bunch of times since seeing it last week. Love how quick and easy to do at home it is. Just curious, did you do multiple sets or just once through?
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25 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

I just did it once through but that’s because my arms were sore (re: today’s post) but otherwise, I’d probably give it a go twice.


26 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family February 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I have been seeing so many rice cooker and slow cooker recipes lately. I thought they were only good for stews and roasts, didn’t know you could make things like pepper! I need to start experimenting more.
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27 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I love that Jay got excited about your smoothie :)! My fiance and I text about food all the time…I think other people think we’re weird :).
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28 Khushboo February 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I love Jay’s reaction about it tasting a milkshake :)! I tried to convince my mom that yogurt+pb+sunwarrior tastes like cookie dough- she wasn’t buying it!
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29 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

Haha, I hear ya. My parents don’t buy half of what I eat on here ;)


30 Shameka Hennagir February 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

I love that cat! This is in good timing, I suppose to have a plan to have some body work outs. Thanks!
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31 Clare February 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

Loving the look of that workout.. will definitely give it a go! Your smoothie sounds so easy and delicious too :) Yum!


32 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 10, 2012 at 2:52 am

I love that arm workout. I did it today in fact!
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33 michelle kim February 10, 2012 at 3:42 am

Hehe, cute pets are the best tangents of the day. Cody is so cute!
My dog Vanna is all sorts of funky, but that’s what I love about her!
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34 Miz February 10, 2012 at 5:49 am

my whole day was one BIGBIG tangent.
the most WHO KNEW? for me was a sighting of POM selling the POM seeds :) in a plastic container so we didnt have to, uh, harvest them ourselves.
who knew?
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35 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

Really? That’s amazing! I’ve been wanting POM seeds forever now, but just never want to deal with harvesting them myself!


36 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

I love stuffed peppers! Making them in the crockpot sounds awesome. I bet they came out amazing :)
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37 Sarah February 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

Cara Cara oranges are THE BEST!! My dad got them a couple of weeks ago and now that’s all we get in the way of oranges. Sort of like a grapefruit/orange mix and So pretty inside. Tell me how you like it, ok? :)


38 Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly February 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

Those peppers look super yummy. I usually just back mine in the oven, but I’ve always wanted to try cooking them in the crockpot. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!


39 alex February 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

I had a cara cara orange with lunch yesterday! I first had them in a delicious salad…might be something for you to try!
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