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A Gnocchi Newbie


I was so relieved to hear that I am not the only conehead out there who has trouble keeping headbands from squeezing off my head!  I’m not alone!

But I actually may not have as big of a conehead as I thought, and I think the problem may lie more with my fine, slippery hair. Last night my experiment worked!


As I posted on my Twitter and Facebook pages (yeah, a shameless self plug. I know you want to follow me), a little bit of grease in my hair, and texture from my overnight braid, was all it took. The BIC Band successfully stayed put all throughout my bootcamp class.

It barely slipped at all, and there was tons of jumping around going on. I was pumped, and felt much more confident than that time my hair elastic broke and I had to raw dog it with my hair down all casual Friday, throwing my head around like a stripper (which you may remember, gave me a huge kink in my neck the next day).

Carnival Eats

Today at lunchtime there was a hotel tradeshow going on in my building that included free lunch. Since I love free food, and any activity that includes a free lunch, I abandoned my leftover Santa Fe Chicken and wandered down with my coworker Beth to see what kind of eats were kicking around.

At the smaller lunch tradeshows, I can usually slip in, score a quick plate and a cookie, and slip back out, but this one was a big affair. There were 20 hotels there, and it was one of those tradeshows where you go around with a little “passport” and get the vendors to sign it. Only once it is signed can you enter into a draw, and then get your lunch.

I’ll do pretty much anything for a free lunch, so I hit up every booth, and listened to all their spiels. It took about 20 minutes but I left with this:

Free Lunch!

The food was carnival themed, and included hotdogs, slider burgers, corn dogs, potatoes (I don’t know why potatoes), macaroni salad, cole slaw (which I am not really a fan of), popcorn, cookies and cake pops.

Yummy Little Pop

Cake pops were definitely the highlight! I scored a cookie with that as well :).

I couldn’t clean my lunch plate. I don’t like to complain, especially not about food, and especially not about free food, but…it wasn’t great. Nearly everything was cold. The best food item may have been the corn dog, which I didn’t even think I would like.

Pretty unhealthy lunch also…but ah well, free lunches can’t always be the best lunches ever! After my weekend of treats though, this really needs to stop happening.

At least I got a bag of “swag”! (read: business cards and brochures)


Oh okay, and Malteaers, which I haven’t dug into just yet…

A Gnocchi Newbie

So I tried gnocchi tonight for the first time, which if you don’t know (and I didn’t really) is a little potato dumpling.

I saw gnocchi on sale in the grocery store over the weekend, and I’ve been meaning to try it out for a while, so I decided to pick some up.

Tonight I chose to make kind of a gnocchi pasta with a marinara veggie sauce topped with parmesan cheese.

Gnocchi Yumminess

I sautéed half a small yellow onion and two cloves of garlic with a teaspoon of olive oil, before adding a chopped red bell pepper and two handfuls of baby spinach. Once everything was cooked through, I added a jar of Prego pasta sauce and continued cooking until everything was nice and warm. I then added it to the gnocchi. And then I ate it.

Plate O' Gnocchi (looks kinda gross...but you guys like it)

I was a fan!  It was yummy and surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) filling…I once again could not completely clean my plate. Ando was a gnocchi newbie as well, and I think I turned him into a lover!

Welp, I’m off to watch The Walking Dead. Alejandrew and I started watching the first season last night and I am already hooked. It’s a bit on the scary side, but I like it! And apparently it makes TrueBlood look like iCarly (according to the promos, which made me laugh).

Questions of the Evening

  • Have you tried gnocchi, and are you a fan?
  • How far have you gone to score free food?


Conehead Woes

So…it looks as though I may have a conehead.

Every time I try to wear a workout hairband/sweat band (are they still called sweat bands?!) it starts out all good above my forehead and then slowly works its way off of my head.

Every. Time.

I want to wear a band when I work out so badly, and I am so jealous when I see people successfully sporting these bands, but it never works out for me.

I have tried every kind.

The two black bands are just from Goody, and so far those have been the worst.  They slip off my head in seconds.  The green Lululemon band isn’t much better.  I have had mild success with the multicoloured Lulu one, because that one has rubber grip underneath.  I wore it on my 5k, but still had to put it back on twice as I was running, because it also slipped off.  Stupid bands.  Stupid conehead.

One time when our intern Mary was still working in our office (I MISS MARY!!! 🙁 She was my partner in crime!), we were about to go take part in lunchtime yoga and she fixed me a band made of athletic tape to hold my hair back.

She assured me that all of the girls on her rugby team wore athletic tape on their heads while they were playing, and she had never seen one slip off (and rugby is ROUGH).

It worked better than any of the previously mentioned bands…but 20 minutes in (and remember this is just yoga), it was sloooooowly starting to slip off my head.  I looked over at Mary while in downward dog and she stared back at me, shocked.  She may have mouthed the word “freak” at me, but I can’t be sure.

Coneheads are severely unattractive, so I’d like to think that’s not why the bands are slipping off my head… although…

But I think it may also be because of my extremely fine and thin hair.  There is just no grip to it at all, and nothing for the band to hold onto.  I thought I was destined to never be able to wear a head band.

Until I heard of the BIC band (don’t get too excited, this story doesn’t have a happy ending just yet).

BIC Band

In following other blogs, I heard all about the BIC band craze.  Everyone, EVERYONE who has tried a BIC band says they stay put…for some people an entire marathon!

The website says:

B.I.C. Bands are headbands that will not slip~ (SERIOUSLY!) They are great for any workout, a trip to the coffee shop, going out with friends, work….
you name it, your B.I.C. Band will keep your hair looking FAB! They are headbands that stay in place and help others win their race!

Sounds pretty awesome, right?  Except for that bit about helping others win the race…shouldn’t it stay in place to help YOU win the race?  Anyway.

I was excited.  I thought maybe I had found the ticket out of my endless searching for a band that would stay in place on my conehead/slippery hair.  I was going to order one.

But then, a miracle happened, and I entered Alyssa @ Life of Blyss‘s BIC Band giveaway, and guess what?  I WON.

Sparkle Bic

I chose the pink sparkly BIC band, and anxiously awaited its arrival, thinking my days of having hair in my face were over.

It arrived, and I immediately put that sucker on and went for a run.

Excited for my Band!

And guess what?  It slipped off.  Not immediately.  In fact, it stayed on longer than probably any other band I’ve ever tried.  But still, it slowly slipped off my conehead/slippery hair.  Son of a…

I was disappointed.


What the frig?

So tonight I am doing an experiment.  I have boot camp tonight and I want to wear the band.  Last night I showered before I went to bed and braided my hair so that it would be “kinky” today.  I even put a bit of mousse in it to help it out.  I am hoping that this gives my hair a bit of texture and therefore more grip for the band.

That is my “I mean serious business face” so it better stay in place.

I am off to boot camp to check this out!  I will report back with my findings.

In the meantime…

I have a recipe for you!

I knew I didn’t have a lot of time tonight to make dinner, so I used my trusty slow cooker to create an easy and delicious dish!


Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken!  I originally say the recipe on Skinny Taste, but I made some changes to mine so it would be a little more like a soup.  You can click here to view the original recipe, and here is mine with my modifications:

Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (mine had celery and green pepper added)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can low-sodium chicken broth (actually probably more than that for me, I had some in the fridge in a carton that I wanted to use up)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup salsa (I didn’t measure, so I’m just guessing here)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Combine everything in the crock pot.  I put my chicken breasts in frozen and then shredded them when I got home and added them back into the mix.

It was awesome!

I had a whole wheat English muffin on the side for dipping purposes.

Alright, off to boot camp!  Wish me luck!

Questions of the evening:

  • Do any of you have trouble getting workout bands to stay on your head?
    Please tell me I’m not alone!
  • If you do, have you found a brand that works?