Confessions of a Seasonal Candy Chocoholic

Does anyone else find preparing for vacation to be a tad bit stressful? I feel like we have been scurrying around all week getting everything ready to go that by the time we are good to go well actually need a vacation!

I wasnt as hungry for breakfast as usual so I split my normal amount of oats with Matt. I ended up having 1/2 the recipe below in a fabulous mix of AB&J oats.


  • 1/3 c oats
  • water
  • 1 banana


  • tbsp grape jelly
  • tbsp TJs almond butter
  • few cashews

At work I had a couple of crackers with a piece of deer sausage – yes, deer! I had never had or even fathomed eating deer prior to moving to Iowa. Some people really dig it, I think its okay but prefer my crackers with cheese!

After leaving work I hurried home to make a tasty lunch of Grilled Cheddar & Pear Sandwiches.

I had my sandwich on WW bread and at top a salad of leftover Romaine & Caesar dressing.

Chocolate Orange Confession

I have a serious love for seasonal candy. Let me explain: Cadbury Eggs &  Chocolate Oranges aer two of my favorite candies. Basically, if it only comes out once a year and involves chocolate – I love it. So I buy a few extra or my sister gets some on sale for me after the season is over & I get to enjoy the sweet treats periodically during the year. Case & point for the chocolate orange that Matt & I devoured over 3 days time. The downside? Once candy like this is opened its pretty much impossible to keep myself away from it.

After lunch I had four slivers & then had four more after dinner! Its gone now – luckily!


After dessert I did some things around the house to get ready to leave & headed back to work (drag!). In between work shifts I ended up getting in a decent swim workout.

  • 500 Front Crawl
  • 6 minutes treading – mostly dolphin kick
  • 30 push ups facing wall
  • 15 push ups facing water
  • 200 kick – alternating sprint & easy
  • 15 minutes of reading SuperFreakonomics in the hot tub 🙂

As part of operation clean out the fridge before it all goes bad I made a quick dinner tonight using 5 star ingredients!

Lemon Penne with Asparagus & Feta

  • WW Penne
  • Asparagus
  • Feta cheese
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • S&P

Originally I had planned on not using Feta & instead roasting up some garlic with the asparagus, but we had a garlic casuality earlier this week. While I was cleaning out the fridge I pulled out some condiments (including a new glass jar of minced garlic) that were sort of sticky and needed to be washed & put them in the sink. I forgot they were there and didnt have a change to rinse them down & Matt thought that the jars had gone bad so he washed them out & recycled them! Needless to say our entire house smelled like garlic but there wasnt an ounce in our supper – so I had to improvise!

I began by brining a pot of water to a boil on the stove, and added some of my favorite WW pasta to the pot:

I love Barilla & it can usually be found at a reasonable sale price – but I just realized yesterday that it says made with 51% whole wheat! Should I be concerned?

While the Penne was cooking away, I roasted some asparagus on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. I always cut up the asparagus before I roast it if I plan on having it cut up in the dish – its such a pain otherwise! Ive been loving that asparagus has been on sale lately, cant wait until summer!

Once your asparagus & pasta are gone combine them in your pot. Cut 1/2 a lemon and squeeze over mixture.

At this point add some S&P and either feta or roasted garlic (or both!) to the mix.

Mix Mix Mix & Serve – it doesnt get easier than that, friends!

The rest of my day consists of :

  • going to class
  • going to work
  • eating leftover Tortellini Soup – which I need to put a recipe up for
  • crossing off a dozen to-do’s
  • preparing to take off!

Have a great weekend!



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7 responses to “Confessions of a Seasonal Candy Chocoholic

  1. I love deer meet!! My dad used to have a smoker when I was a kid and he would make deer jerky…it was AWESOME!

  2. Your grilled cheese sound INCREDIBLE!!! I love the combo of cheese and fruit..yum. And planning trips is extremely stressful.. especially when are you going to be gone for a while. But i’m sure you’re going to have a blast!!

    I had deer meet when I was little.. and I remember liking it. Very distinct flavor.

  3. Deer sausage is BOMB. I love it. Also thanks for reminding me of my favorite candy in the universe: Cadbury mini eggs. I might get a few cases this Easter season to sustain me for the whole year.

  4. I hav such a tooth for chocolate oranges, too! Those and Reeses’ seasonal flavors. I was soooo happy when I found out Trader Joe’s makes a natural chocolate orange so I didn’t have to compromise anything

  5. Megan

    Cheddar and pear sandwiches sound amazing! What an interesting combo 🙂

    And I’m a sucker for seasonal candy… chocolate oranges are one of my favs!

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