Make Your Own MamaBars

November 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet - (19 Comments)

When I made Averie’s RAWking chocolate donut holes last week, I got to thinking that these were basically homemade Larabars. They were really good – and they were chocolate! I don’t know about you, but the chocolate Larabars leave much to be desired. I think I can do a little better. Wait, I DID do a little better! (Thank you Averie.)

Are you smelling what I’m smelling?

I’m gonna make me some MamaBars.

The only thing is, I’m kind of curious to know how many calories might be in a MamaBar versus a Larabar. I was in the mood for a little project tonight so I got to work.

I So Declare It

October 28th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet - (13 Comments)

Brownies last night called for a very simple, cleansing breakfast this morning. Cleansing in both body and refrigerator. Who the hell bought all these damn apples anyway??

Apple Breakfast

Speaking of cleaning, notice that barely in focus disaster of counter top back there? That mess was sponsored by yours truly from deserting the kitchen after birthday brownie dessert last night.

So! I’m sporting my stay at home mom outfit today and flashing you the international sign for “Get to Work”.

Get to Work

Yoga pants and inside shoes?

Stay At Home Pants


Toys to be picked up?

Toy Mess

Before and After

October 26th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet - (17 Comments)

We hit up the apple orchard again today after my friend Sharon saw my post from last week. I figured I’d better go before I had a chance to finish our 11 lb bag.

Back to the Apple Orchard

Before we left, her girls drank green lemonade and after they were done I was totally jealous that my kids will not.

Haylee Green Juice Lauren Green Juice

After juice but before we left I tried one of these Heart Thrive bars I picked up the other day.

Heart Thrive

Before I finished it I knew I was going to need something to drink after I was done. This sucker was dry!

This morning we had an appointment to visit a prospective house. I had time for 45 minutes of yoga, a fast breakfast and shower before zipping out the door to meet up with Zak and our realtor in the city. After our walk through that lasted nearly an hour, Zak and I walked the streets in the surrounding neighborhood to get a feel for the area.

Did you know that house hunting makes you hungry? True story.

Lunch Bagel and Pumpkin Soup

Diamond in the Rough

August 13th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Short or Sweet - (9 Comments)

All this green juice has gone straight to my head, no?

I woke up sort of late this morning, after 6:30! Days are getting shorter + a new bedroom on the west side of the house = a room that isn’t filled with morning sun. Conclusion: I’m going to have to start setting the alarm.

This morning’s run was 5.28 miles at a comfortable pace, I was home again in 42 minutes. I had to listen to an old episode of Jillian Michael’s radio show this morning, I miss her wisdom.

Post run I busted out the rest of my cantaloupe from yesterday.

We hung around the homestead today.

I ate fruit.


This sort of looks like something I might have hacked up and coughed onto the plate when in truth this was something I consumed. Fork smashed banana and fork scooped almond butter.

Smashed Banana and AB

I played “One For Me, One For You” with my mouth and the Gladware container as I cut up watermelon.

Pink Pink and More Pink

And around lunch time, I enjoyed my latest trend in sandwich eating these days. Open faced. Toasted sesame Ezekiel bread, avocado slices and homemade salsa.

No, not Poker Face.  OPEN face.

15 on 7/18

July 18th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Short or Sweet - (7 Comments)

15 miles on the docket for this morning. I’m running today with the same group I ran with a few weeks ago.

I carried this tub’o melon around with me as I gathered my gear.


And even managed to read this tid bit about watermelon and its awesome metabolism boosting capabilities in this article in Prevention mag!


I got a free 1 year subscription to Prevention from Stonyfield Farm thanks to sending in some licked clean yogurt lids. It’s a nice mag with lots of good stuff.

Now I’m finishing up my banana and AB drizzle –

The Laws of Physics

July 16th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Short or Sweet - (9 Comments)

Today I am thankful for the Laws of Physics.

Centrifugal Force for making my green juice.


And cleaning my lettuce.

salad_spinner washed_greens

I am also thankful for the Gravitational Pull on the Earth.

It allowed me to do 40 minutes of yoga.

3 sets of push ups: 20, 10, 20.

Plank for 2 minutes. I spent the last 15 seconds cursing the Law of Gravity. And the Law of Shaking Arms too.

Centrifugal Force was applied again to make juice for Zak.


My girlfriend on the cover of SELF!


(I’ve been waiting for this issue since I heard her talk about it on her podcast months ago!)

Tofu and Veggie Wraps


(For lunch.)

Toddlers who nap.


(Even if it’s in the car.)

Locally grown berries!


(I smell overnight oats.)

Mother’s who come bearing mini cupcakes.


(And watch the children for a couple hours while I hide in my office.)

Pizza Night!


(Plus a cheese pizza for the girls. Both with homemade crust.)

A Salad as Big as My Head

June 9th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Short or Sweet - (6 Comments)

See? I’m not kidding!


I ate the whole dang thing!

It was exactly the same as yesterday’s apple, tofu, cashew, feta, miso salad but with mushrooms today too.

Maxine helped with today’s afternoon snack: Magenta Monsters. Magenta would be Maxine’s new favorite color.

I don’t know how magenta these really were but we rolled with it!

max_help magenta_monsters

And when no one was looking I tossed in a few spinach leaves and they didn’t even notice! 😉 I’m getting them acclimated to the taste of spinach *insert evil cackle here*