in the works

Creating a “life’s to-do list” has proved to be (a) challenging, (b) inspiring and (c) thought provoking.

As I was pedaling my way through an 11 mile bike ride this morning, I began realizing that it’s so easy for us to limit ourselves when it comes to setting goals.  For example, there were a few times when I came close to adding something to my list before cutting short with the thought, “Oh, Sarah, be real…that couldn’t happen!”  What?  Why not?  The only real limit to life’s possibilites is the limit that we set for ourselves.  Sometimes it’s okay to throw out an idea that seems scary or far out of reach.  Daring to dream BIG.

Prior to biking, I ate breakfast outside on the deck.

  • 1/4 c. oatbran
  • 1/4 c. wheatbran
  • 1-1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
  • 1 banana (1/4 saved for the top)
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger
  • toppings: scoop of teddy peanut butter and 2 T. Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola

My morning ride was deliciously invigorating, and I came home to take a quick shower before skipping off to the dentist.  Fun stuff (or not!)  At least it’s the last time I’ll have to go for a while (yay!)

Thankfully my mouth wasn’t as numb as the last time, and I was ready to eat lunch about an hour after the visit to the dentist. 

  • mixed greens
  • carrot
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/4 avocado
  • topping: couple handfuls of blanched broccoli, 1/2 c. garbanzo beans, 1/2 c. whipped cottage cheese, 1 T. sunflower seeds

+ some kashis on the side.

Fun lunch!

Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt, chopped grapes and 2 T. Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola

Sardines for dinner! 

I loved everything about this sandwich.  Trader Joe’s whole wheat sourdough bread.  Crunchy alfalfa sprouts.  Spicy Pepper Jack cheese.  Thick, juicy tomato slices.  Seedy brown mustard.

Yum, yum, y-u-m!

Toasted to perfection!

On the side, I baked some kale chips (5-6 minutes in a 425 degree oven) and dunked them into a bit of ketchup.


My meal ended with a square of intensely dark chocolate.  I found this bar on sale for $2 at Target today.  I couldn’t pass that up. 😀

I loved how intense it was, but I’m still not a huge Lindt chocolate fan.  I don’t know, there was something strange about the chocolate.  It was almost chalky instead of being smooth and snappy like you’d expect in a dark chocolate bar.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as some of the most recent dark chocolate bars that I’ve been buying.

Off to make a snack, read and chillax for the night!  My “life’s to-do list” is still in the works, but I’ll be sharing it by tomorrow. 😀

Question: What is your favorite brand or type of chocolate? 


19 thoughts on “in the works

  1. Kale chips! OMG, now I know what to do with my garden kale that is so anxiously awaiting a new recipe to hit it! I’m so excited, I almost forgot the question. My favorite chocolate is Dagoba Xocolatl Bar: Cacao nibs, chilies and rich dark chocolate. I’m not a huge chocolate fan and not a big dark chocolate fan believe it or not, but the chilies win me over!

  2. I still haven’t tried kale chips yet! They are going on my to-do list for next week. Not quite as ambitious as your ‘life to-do’ list, but I am content with taking baby steps. 🙂

  3. Your eats look wonderful! I bought sunflower seeds from TJs awhile ago to add to salads, you’ve now reminded me to hunt down the bag. I think I need to work on a life to-do list as well – I have a few items but it would be fun to make a complete list!

    • Mmm…I’ll have to try that one. I love salted peanut butter on dark chocolate for the simple reason that salt really does enhance the chocolate flavor. That sounds awesome! 😀

  4. I’m strange, because I like the Lindt and Hershey brands of chocolate. Ha, ha. But I think it’s because I’m not a fan of dark chocolate and always go for milk chocolate… Love that you’re making a ‘life goals’ list. I think that I’m going to make one too!

  5. Any kind of dark chocolate (the darker the better) works for me. I usually get Endangered Species, which I guess I’d have to say is my favorite. Plus it has animals on the wrapper….I’m a sucker for stuff like that.

    I can’t wait to start riding my new bike when I get back home….and I want to try that toasted sardine sandwich..the whole combo with the brown mustard sounds amazing.

  6. I really like Endangered Species, plus it all goes to a good cause! But lately I’ve been leaning towards the gourmet baking chocolate they sell in bulk with the wine and cheese, because it actually turns out to be cheaper at 14$/pound

  7. Life is good! what a great reminder for a mug and great way to start the day (or snack midway through; whatever works)

    I don’t like chocolate much but had an endangered species bar not too long ago that was great and like 80% caco

  8. Love the blog and food ideas! Gonna have to try the Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola…that being said, my favorite chocolate is good ol’ Ghiradelli! I like basic dark chocolate or milk chocolate.

  9. I can’t wait to see this list!! I also have made goals that I’ve though “no way!” but have ultimately accomplished them…it just shows the power of setting your mind to something and sticking to it.

    I’m usually a big fan of Lindt, but I haven’t tried that 90%…maybe that’s the weird chalky thing. I also really like Godiva.

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