Job at Pizzeria and Lunch at Bistro

This morning I had a job interview at Sundried Tomato Pizzeria. It went really well, and they decided to hire me. Yay! I finally feel like I’ve got my summer plans figured out–definitely a good feeling! 🙂

Danielle and I decided to go to the Cottonwood Bistro today for lunch. We split a proscuitto ham and pineapple pizzette–good stuff!

It was so gorgeous out today so we decided to eat outside.

I ordered an iced hazelnut latte, and at first the latte boy came out with a regular latte. I really wasn’t feelin’ a hot drink so I ended up asking him to make it iced. I felt bad, but luckily he was really good about it. He said he got excited about doing the latte art and didn’t hear me say “iced”. Haha! I think he might be my Taylor :).

I’m afraid I’m gonna miss this girl way more than I realize :(.

After Danielle left for home, I went to McCrory Gardens and walked around for a bit. After a little bit of scoping, I found “my bench”–a little ways off the beaten path and perfectly shaded :). I gave Mom a call and talked to her for a little while, and then I pulled out a pen and paper and made a list of my summer plans.

This summer is gonna be full of fun. I know it! 🙂

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Brookings Half Marathon

I ran in the Brookings half marathon this morning. The weather was gorgeous–sunny and no wind! It couldn’t have been any better. Mom got up SUPER early this morning and made the trip up to Brookings to watch me run. It was such a nice surprise! Mom, you’re the best :).

The race started at 7am with 300 runners in the half marathon and over 200 runners in the full marathon. We all started at the same time and ran the same course until about mile 11 when the full marathoners split off.

We started at Pioneer Park.

The starting line was a little bit packed but that made it all the more exciting!

Running by my future apartment–only about 5 miles into the race.

Running past Cottonwood–about 6.5 miles into the race.

Running through Larson Park–about 9 miles into the race.

Finishing back at Pioneer Park–my official time was 1:36:57. A PR by far :).

I got third overall for the women, and they loaded me down with some awesome garb–technical short-sleeved shirt and half-zip, socks, a plaque, and a finisher’s medal. Good stuff! 🙂

Afterwards, I showered up and Mom and I had lunch at Cottonwood. Then we walked around downtown and hung out for a little bit before I had to go to work at one-o’ clock.

I was SO glad Mom came up. Her cheering definitely kept me motivated throughout the race. Thanks, Mom! 🙂

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Pre-Professional Club 5K/10K

The pre-professional club put on their annual 5K/10K roadrace this morning. They got lucky this year because it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful morning. I heard from one guy that last year it was snowy and windy. Yuck! None of that today, though! I decided to run the 10K–mainly because I figured there would be less competition and thus, a better shot at winning :). Although, there was less competition, there was a beast of a woman who ended up winning it. Ok, I should clarify, she didn’t look beastly, she just ran beastly :). Needless to say, I was impressed. I took second–a ways behind first and a ways ahead of third. I ran a time of 40.37. Pretty fast, right? Well, I have to admit that the course was a little short. So I’m not sure what my time would’ve been had I run the full 10K distance, but I felt pretty fast :).
Taber and Fr. Andrew also ran the race. Taber did the 5K(ended up getting 2nd!) and Fr. Andrew ran the 10K. I forgot my camera at home so no post-race pics. Sorry!
Check out the sweet shirts!

They threw a few coupons in with our registration packet. Free grease-ball burger from Nick’s.  Yay! 🙂

My prize for second place was a $20 gift certificate to a hair salon. But, because of NCAA rules, I couldn’t accept it because I’m on the cross-country team. Oh well, I wasn’t too bummed.

They had fruit, chewies, and water at the finish line so I grabbed some of that to refuel and then headed home. I decided to have breakfast out on the deck. Toast with PB and yogurt and a glass of milk–hit the spot!

The sunshine felt so good! I soaked it in for a while before getting showered up for the day. 

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Spinach and Turkey Egg Bake

I was feeling adventurous last night, and we had a ton of eggs in our fridge so I decided to make an egg bake. It was my first experience making an egg bake so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out–especially since I wasn’t following a recipe AND since I was using breadsticks that had been in the freezer for…a while :S. BUT, it turned out great! Egg bakes are apparently fool-proof :).

Spinach and Turkey Egg Bake
1 lb. lean ground turkey
12 eggs
1 cup spinach(thawed from frozen)
3/4 large onion, chopped
1 T. olive oil
3 breadsticks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown turkey. Chop onion and carmelize with olive oil in skillet. Cut breadsticks into bite-size pieces. Whisk eggs in a bowl and add turkey, onions, spinach, and breadsticks. Mix thoroughly. Pour into a greased 9 X 13-inch pan. Bake for about 30 minutes.
*A little cheese on the top makes it even better :).

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Accidentally Ran a Road Race

It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Brookings. I got up around 8:30 and went out for a run. While on my run, I found myself in the middle of a 5K road race. Haha! Ok, I’ll explain. I got onto the bike trail and was running through Larson Park when I spotted a bike followed by a bunch of runners coming towards me. Apparently the Chi Omega sorority was putting on a road race for the Children’s Miracle Foundation. I had seen posters around campus for it, but I didn’t realize it was today. So I ran for a couple miles with the racers until we hit a fork in the path and they went one way and I went another :). I ended up running ten miles this morning. It felt great! 

After I got back home, I didn’t want to go inside so I had breakfast on the deck. Breakfast consisted of a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with chocolate bunches and flaxseed sprinkled on top. Yummo! 
Mom got into Brookings around 12:30 and we met up with Taber for lunch at Bagelworks. I had a chicken breast ciabatta sandwich and a cranberry-white chocolate chip cookie for dessert. So good! With a little influence from Mom, I decided to introduce myself to the manager. He told me that he’s been really busy lately, but he said he would have summer employment figured out by April 15th. Only five days away! Yay! Also, he said he put my application in the “good pile”. Haha! Definitely a good sign :).
After the wedding, Mom came over to the apartment for a bit to visit before she had to leave for Sioux Falls. The rest of my afternoon was spent doing homework, filling out a scholarship application, writing an essay, and doing other things that were long overdue. It was an awesomely productive afternoon. I’m ready to tackle anything now :).
For supper, I had one of my favorite meals–a Hot Hannah Banana sandwich along with an apple and a piece of chocolate for dessert.

I never get sick of the peanut butter and banana combo. For a late night snack, I had a banana with PB and vanilla yogurt.

I think I’m gonna read a few chapter of Great Expectations tonight. I’m only a few chapters in, and I’m already loving it! Thanks for the recommendation, Marie! And for loaning me the book :).

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Trip to Denver

A couple weeks ago, my dietetics club took a trip to Denver. These are just a few of the highlights.

We went to Greeley, CO to visit the dietetic internship director at Northern Colorado University. They have a distance internship so it was interesting to hear how it differed from a normal internship. Also, she had some great advice for us for getting ready to apply for internships.

The campus was gorgeous!

We visited Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and got to meet one of the professors who is both an RD and a chef. It was SO interesting to learn about his career path.

We got a tour of the school. I snapped a picture of their mixology lab. Pretty cool! 🙂

We hit up the Cheesecake Factory for an AWESOME supper!

For my meal, I split a sundried tomato & artichoke pizza with one of my classmates. It was so good, but we should’ve split it among three of us. It was way too much for just the two of us–especially since we knew we’d be ordering cheesecake :).

At first I ordered the Pumpkin Cheesecake, but apparently that is only a seasonal thing because they didn’t have it on hand. So I made a split second decision and went with the Pineapple Upside-down Cheesecake. Oh so good! I ate the whole thing :).

We took a trip to Boulder to visit the Celestial Tea Factory. There were so many different flavors, and we got to sample any kind we wanted to. My favorite was the chocolate-caramel chai tea. I bought a box before we left :).

We visited Hammonds’ Candy Factory and got a tour and some free samples. Sadly, they made mainly hard candy–very little chocolate. Big disapointment :(. I was hoping for chocolate waterfalls(Willy Wonka-style). 🙂

Amanda and Allison found some chocolate, though. Smart girls! Haha!

We drove to Golden, CO to take a tour of the Coors Brewery. The Brewery was HUGE and the town was tiny!

I loved learning about all the science that goes into the brewing process. SO interesting!

At the end of the tour, everyone of legal age got to sample up to three free beers. Pretty good deal, huh? 🙂

On our last night in Denver, we went to Casa Bonita for supper.

Apparently it’s a pretty famous place–not for its food but for its atmosphere. After going there, I can definitely see why.

It was a jungle in there! A person could definitely get lost. They have entertainment every half hour or so, which includes little skits, mariachi band performances, and even a cliffdiver! Haha! Impressive, right?

The next morning we got up super early and hit the road for our 10+ hours back to South Dakota.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

I entered this recipe into the Soy Foods Contest they had here at SDSU, and I ended up getting third place. I was pretty impressed with how it turned out so I thought I would share my recipe.

Annie’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients: 
3 small sweet potatoes(~2.5 cups mashed)
1/2 c. soy milk
4 oz. soft (silken) tofu 
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. whole wheat pancake mix
1 c. soy milk

1.5 c. apple pie filling
1/3 c. crushed pecans 


1.) Wash sweet potatoes and stab with knife. Microwave for eight minutes or until soft. Peel and mash.
2.) Combine sweet potatoes, 1/2 c. soy milk, tofu, and brown sugar in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
3.) Combine whole wheat pancake mix, 1 c. soy milk, and apple pie filling in a bowl. Pour mixture into  an 8 or 9-inch square pan and spread evenly.
4.) Layer sweet potato mixture over pancake mixture.
5.) Top with crushed pecans.
6.) Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

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