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I Owe Sarah BIG Time

by Meghann on November 14, 2009

… for spending all afternoon helping me with my Sam-e Good Mood Blogger finalist video.


Filming the finalist video has been on the forefront of my mind ever since I became a Top 20 finalist earlier this week. Not only did I have to think of a fun concept to get people’s attention, but I had to figure out how to make it a reality. Sarah stepped in and made everything possible. She helped me film, edit, and pull everything together. Sarah seriously rocks!!


I spent the majority of the morning and early afternoon prepping for our film session. The huge decadent pancake breakfast kept me feeling full until close to 2:00 when I decided I better eat before Sarah came over.

My fridge is very bare at the moment, but did have enough ingredients to produce a delicious black bean mix.


My mix contained

  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Mushroom
  • Tomato
  • Chili Powder
  • Fresh Oregano
  • S&P


The black bean mix made a great taco filling.



I had three corn tortilla tacos filled with the mix and a bit of plain yogurt.


It was a nice light lunch after such a big, filling breakfast.

Sarah and I worked on filming and editing the 90 second video for 3 or 4 hours. In those hours I learned a whole lot about iMovie and editing. I can’t wait to find an excuse to play with the program again. ๐Ÿ™‚

We were both famished once the video was completed and headed to a local hole in the wall Indian place for dinner.

We started with the standard crackers – or what ever the proper name is – and a trio of dipping sauces.



As soon as we sat down Sarah asked if I was ok with sharing food and I believe my response was something along the lines of “Hell yeah!” She was speaking my language.


We went with the old stand by by of Beingan Bharta


And then ordered an odd dish involving veggies, cashews and almond milk that both of us never tried.


My plate (x2)


With whole wheat naan.


The concept for my finalist video involves a Cooking with Meghann segment where I pull a cake out of the oven at the end. Part of prepping for the video involved baking the camera ready cake.


In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Challenge I worked with a gluten free cake mix I already had on hand versus going out and purchasing a new one.





I did however have to buy a $1.59 tub of icing.



Vote 4 Meghann!


After dinner Sarah and I sampled a piece of the cake as part of our video ‘wrap party.’


The cake was great! Very light, fluffy and moist – Yum! I would never have been able to tell that it was gluten free. ๐Ÿ™‚


I know you guys are dying to see the finished video. Well, here is a special sneak peak. Please let me know what you think! The final video is due tomorrow along with the 250 word essay on why I would be the best blogger for this position. (If you are reading in google reader you may need to go directly to my site to see the video)

Tomorrow morning I have 17 miles on the schedule which I plan to complete all on my own. Eeekkk.. I better get some rest.

Good Night!!

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Errign November 14, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Nice video Meghann! Very creative idea ๐Ÿ™‚


2 Matt November 14, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I like the video! Very creative ๐Ÿ™‚


3 Niki November 14, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I like the video! Very cute!


4 Martha November 14, 2009 at 11:48 pm

That was actually SO CUTE! What a good idea!!! Maddie is even cuter in video form!


5 sisrocks1996 November 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Loves the video! You look adorable! I’m sure it’s a winner.

Good luck on the 17! I can’t believe your up to that already. I’m at 9 and debating which distance YIIIKES anything over half seems SO far. Major props on going it alone.


6 amanda @ fake ginger November 15, 2009 at 12:11 am

Aww, you’re so cute! I love the video and I’ll definitely be voting for you!


7 Melissa November 15, 2009 at 12:12 am

fabulous job


8 kbwood November 15, 2009 at 12:13 am

that is adorable! you are too cute!!


9 Brianna November 15, 2009 at 12:14 am

the video is so cute!


10 angieinatlanta November 15, 2009 at 12:25 am

Aw, awesome video! I love the idea of the recipe for a blogger!


11 hopefulrunner November 15, 2009 at 12:32 am

Your video rocks!!! I hope you win Meghann!!



12 *Andrea* November 15, 2009 at 12:39 am

i hope you win! that cake looks tasty! vanilla cake and chocolate f rostin = a winning combo ๐Ÿ˜‰


13 Alyssa November 15, 2009 at 12:44 am

WOW! i’m impressed you didn’t burn your bare hands taking that cake out of the oven! HAHA! ;P


14 Melissa November 15, 2009 at 12:45 am

Great video! Very creative. Best of luck! You deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚


15 dorothy November 15, 2009 at 12:54 am

love the video! super creative and adorable


16 Rachel S November 15, 2009 at 1:40 am

Love the video sneak peek, thanks for posting it!


17 Whole Body Love November 15, 2009 at 1:41 am

How cute are you?! Love the video! Lots of luck!


18 BroccoliHut November 15, 2009 at 1:48 am

You look like such a domestic goddess in your apron!


19 Jenna November 15, 2009 at 2:00 am

great video meghann! hope ya win ๐Ÿ™‚


20 Krissy November 15, 2009 at 3:18 am

You’re the cutest thing ever!!!! You BETTER win!!!! Good Luck!!! xoxo


21 Susan November 15, 2009 at 5:29 am

Ahh video editing. When I was doing TV journalism, I remember a 2-3 minute story would take me around 8 hours to edit. Everything has to be juuuust right!

Lovelovelove the video!! I agree with Caroline, you look like a cute domestic goddess ๐Ÿ˜‰


22 chasingthenow November 15, 2009 at 5:55 am

SUPER, SUPER cute video! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!


23 ~Jessica~ November 15, 2009 at 6:32 am

I absolutely love the video ~ very creative and you’re a natural on camera. I was also distracted by your beautiful hair ~ I wish mine was that thick and lustrous.

Your positivity and can-do attitude shine through every post like a ray of sunshine. I can’t think of anyone more appropriate for the post of good-mood blogger. I really, really hope that you win and if you don’t there truly isn’t any justice in the blog world!

Good luck with the 17 miles. Although I don’t comment that much I read every single post and you have inspired me more than you’ll ever know with your running. This time last year I never thought I’d be able to go further than 10K due to my scoliosis and joint problems, but thanks to reading your blog I’ve made so many adjustments in training and have set a new PDR of 13.5 miles. While I know that my condition means that it’s unlikely I’ll ever be able to run a marathon, you have taught me to appreciate what I can do instead of resenting what I can’t. I owe you so much! I know with your drive and determination you’ll complete that 17 miles on your own without any problems. You can do it!

Oh, and Maddie is your secret weapon I’m sure ~ who couldn’t vote for her?


24 M November 15, 2009 at 7:28 am

Love it! Reminds me of Elle’s admission tape in Legally Blonde (which was hysterical).


25 dailygoods November 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

look at you girlllll ๐Ÿ™‚ you are awesome on camera! perfect video, and it’l take you straight to the top!!


26 Nicole November 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

I love the video!! It’s fabulous, like you! I think you’ll impress the judges for sure.

Good luck on the run!


27 Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 15, 2009 at 8:51 am

Great job on the video! Hope you win!!!


28 Kath November 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

Cute!! I hope your hands don’t hurt too badly for touching that hot pan coming from the hot oven ๐Ÿ˜‰


29 Danielle November 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

That was a really cute video!! My initial reaction when you took the cake out of the oven was to gasp because you didn’t have on oven mitts hahah

Good luck on the run!!


30 MissGee November 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

Love the video! isn’t iMovie the best? I use it with my students for projects and they love it. Hope you win!


31 Stacy(Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) November 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

Good luck on your long run tomorrow!


32 allijag November 15, 2009 at 9:25 am

you are the CUTEST! i flipping love the video!!!! you totally deserve to win I cant wait to see how amazingly well it goes over! ๐Ÿ™‚


33 Erin November 15, 2009 at 9:25 am

Cute video — and that curry looks delish, too. ๐Ÿ™‚


34 Kristie Lynn November 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

I love the video! And if you don’t steal the voters’ hearts, I bet Maddie will ๐Ÿ˜‰


35 fittipexchange November 15, 2009 at 9:38 am

It was my pleasure, girl! I think the best part was your mad voice over skills and random ability to edit sound! haha



36 Molly @vegandorm November 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

Such a cute video!


37 Lizzy November 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

i love the video! i think it really represents who you are! ๐Ÿ™‚


38 jentrinque November 15, 2009 at 10:06 am

You are so cute! I LOVE the video, you did a great job with your speaking role and Sarah did a great job helping you get it all together! I hope you win ๐Ÿ™‚


39 Fallon November 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

LOL I love the video!!!!


40 Jen O November 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

I loved the video! Great job! I hope you win!


41 Gina G November 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

the video is great! =)


42 Anne P November 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

you = adorable!!!! i heart the video ๐Ÿ™‚


43 bee November 15, 2009 at 10:41 am

vote for pedro.

vote for me and all your wildest dreams will come true.


44 Erin November 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

Super, super cute! I love the apron, the video, and the indian food too (YUM!)

Good luck!


45 Kelsey November 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

the video is great!!!


46 Erin November 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

Great video! You’re adorable!


47 Amy November 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

Supercute, except you need some potholders for pulling out that cake!!!


48 weightwatchersforone November 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

such a cute video!


49 Marissa November 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Great video!!!!!


50 Evan Thomas November 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm

You look so natural in the video, way to go!


51 runningwriting November 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Love the video, want the cake ๐Ÿ™‚ You and Sarah have created a little masterpiece!


52 Jenny November 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm

oh Meghann – the video is ridiculously cute ๐Ÿ™‚ best of luck to you!


53 Morgan November 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

So cute! Well done


54 Olga November 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Great video. Hahaah when I watched it I was like WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU’RE GOING TO BURN YOUR HANDS!!!

But then I remembered you PRE-baked the cake. hahaha

Good luck!


55 Kimberly November 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Love the video! Good luck!


56 kelsey @ kelseytoney November 15, 2009 at 9:58 pm

You have the cutest speaking voice!! ๐Ÿ˜€



57 Brittany November 15, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I love your idea to make the the video about a recipe for the good mood blogger. My fingers are crossed for you!


58 Elina November 16, 2009 at 12:43 am

Haha, I love it. Very creative ๐Ÿ˜€


59 Hethir November 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Adorable. I am a sucker for dogs. Great idea having yours in the video. Best of luck . I will be voting!


60 Jenn (eating bender) November 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Oh my gosh. That was amazing!! Go Meghann!


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