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by Meghann on January 22, 2010

Maddie says “The weekend is here! The weekend is here!”


I think she loves Fridays as much as I do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s start with the end and work our way to the beginning shall we?

Because honestly this was my favorite part of the day.


Self Serve Frozen Yogurt!!

I have been looking forward to this all week.


Wait, scratch that, I take it back. Seeing this sexy beast was my favorite part of the day.


Actually sexy man + frozen yogurt = best part of the day.



When sexy man arrived this evening I had a delicious meal waiting for him to enjoy.


Sweet Potato, Kale, and Barley Soup


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup dried barley
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 T italian seasoning blend

Start with a drizzle of olive oil in a hot pot. Add the vegetables and cook until onion is translucent. Once the vegetables are soft toss in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil before lowering to a simmer for 30 minutes.


The idea for this meal came to me a couple of days ago when I realized I had yet to open the box of barley I had purchased a few weeks ago.


The barley added a great oaty flavor to the soup. Now I just need to find other creative ways to use the barley. Any suggestions?

I added a few raisins to my serving of soup to give it a sweet touch.



And had a piece of toast on the side.



Great soup!

This afternoon I snacked on a refreshing serving of cantaloupe with a dollop of almond butter for good measure.


My lunch hour was extra special today thanks to an extra special guest.


Hi Megan!

Megan just got an internship right down the street from my office, which also happens to be right down the street from my apartment. We met at my place for lunch and played catch up. I felt like it had been forever since we last saw each other!

Megan brought what looked like a delicious bowl of cous cous and I made myself a veggie wrap with left over yuca.


The wrap was amazing. I stuffed it full of hummus, tabouli, avocado, broccoli, and sprouts.


It was lean, green, and very filling.


Dessert consisted of one almond butter chocolate chip cookie.


And I end with the beginning – the Nature Valley Granola Clusters that made up my morning snack.


Seems so long ago now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow is going to be a good day. Derek is running the Seasons 52 5.2K and for once I get to play the role of spectator. I’m going to be the best spectator there ever was! It should be a fun reversal of roles for the day.

Have a great night!

1 Erin January 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

That soup looks amazing — perfect for a cold winter night. Even though it’s not cold where you are… ๐Ÿ˜›

2 Evan Thomas January 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

That soft serve looks delicious! I’d definitely be looking forward to it at the end of the week, too.

3 adrienmelaine January 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I don’t know what looks better, that barley soup or the fro-yo! It’s got me craving some ice cream and chocolate (and peanut butter-to be honest)

Are you training for another marathon or have your sights set on one yet?!

4 Ashley January 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Your wraps always look so perfectly rolled! I am jealous.

5 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I want a fro-yo place like that near me!

Good luck, Derek!!

6 Amy January 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Maddie is too cute! I like to visit my friend’s house on Friday nights because I get to help them give their dogs the Friday dance… I’m sure it’s very similar!

7 Anna January 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I LOVE self-serve fro yo machines. Wish I had one that close to me…although on the other hand, that would not be good for my waistline!

8 Beth (Mackattack) January 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

ohh your frozen yogurt looks amazing!

9 Heather January 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Sexy man plus frozen yogurt is definitely a good day!

10 Jerilynne January 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Barley risotto!

Aand you totally have me craving tart frozen yogurt… and I think the nearest place to get any is NYC and that’s an hour and a half train ride away!!!

11 Heather January 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Soup and Soft Serve – what a great way to celebrate Friday!

I love all those toppings – very jealous – I wish we had a soft-serve place around here.

Enjoy being a spectator – and good luck to Derek!

12 Jennifer January 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm

This site came to mind because I had just seen this episode and the salad looked delicious! I haven`t tried it but it looked relatively easy and yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Lauren @ Reading and Running January 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Your soup looks delicious! Good luck to Derek at the 5.2k!

14 Eliza January 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Whenever I make risotto I use pearled barley – I bet the quick cooking stuff you have would work too. I made some this week and added bell peppers, mushroom, and baby bok choy. It was creamy and delicious! I think smitten kitchen just had a barley risotto recipe up…

15 Jayce January 22, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I am making that soup tomorrow!!! And now I am craving fro-yo, thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

16 Christy January 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I’m so jealous of the self serve frozen yogurt!!

17 Sweet and Fit January 23, 2010 at 12:02 am

definitely making that soup soon!

I am pretty sure you can use barely like a rice – I’ve seen it on the menu at some restuarants, prepared like a rice/stir-fry – I’d just throw in a bunch of veggies and toss it together =)

18 biz319 January 23, 2010 at 12:12 am

Perfect way to end the day – yogurt+a sexy man!!

19 Chelsea January 23, 2010 at 12:12 am

I use barley just like I would rice-it’s delish!

Have fun tomorrow-it’s fun to be a spectator after you know what it’s like to be IN the race.

20 thewhatkateateblog January 23, 2010 at 12:19 am

things i love: that photo of maddie, sweet potatoes in soup, & froyo!
have a great weekend!

21 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 23, 2010 at 12:31 am

how fun! hope the spectating goes well tomorrow…love the self-serve froyo, that’s the perfect ending to a week ๐Ÿ™‚

22 CATIEDIDIT January 23, 2010 at 12:31 am

I love/hate when you feature Derek on your blog! I’ve been a lurker for awhile, but the “extra sexy” comments about D tonight made me comment…I’m in a long-distance (10+ hours) with my boyfriend, so I know how it feels to only see your sig. other every now and then…except with me it’s like every 3 months. I think it’s great that you guys are able to keep it up….any tips/suggestions for how to make things extra special??

23 lindsayruns January 23, 2010 at 1:01 am

The thing I noticed most are the kiwis, yum! Enjoy your weekend with the boy!

24 Mai January 23, 2010 at 1:05 am

Barley edamame risotto! Start with olive oil and half a minced onion, saute the onion, then add the barley, cook for a minute, add 1/2 cup white wine, cook until wine is almost entirely gone. Then slowly add 2.5 cups of stock over the next 30 minutes or so (veggie stock works great) letting it simmer down until you’ve used up all the stock. At the end add edemame (simply defrost it in a bowl of near-boiling water) and then stir it in, you can also add 1/4 cup of cream at the end too if you want it a little bit richer.

Its absolutely delicious!

25 Katerina January 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

Barley Risotto or pilaf is sooo good, and you can mix in tons of veggies!

26 Brittany January 23, 2010 at 2:29 am

I have that same box of Mother’s barley. I think it’s a sign- I should probably try out your recipe. It looks delish.

Glad you had an enjoyable Friday!

27 sophia January 23, 2010 at 2:43 am

You and Derek are such a cute couple!! Does he read your blog too?

Barleys are so chewy. You could use it to make sushi, though it’d be a rather loose one. Just think it as a more nutritious substitute for rice, and you can easily just whip up a rice bowl with the works. I’ve tried all sorts of “mix-it-up” bowls before, and made creations like Hawaiian pizza bowls. Actually, I have a whole list of recipes that here: under the “mix-it-up” bowl category.

I’ve used barley instead of pasta for mac and cheese, or carbonara too. Also, you can stuff barley into a squash and bake that with cheese all over. ๐Ÿ™‚

Conclusion: Barley is AWESOMe and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

28 foodfitnessandfreya January 23, 2010 at 4:08 am

ooh that soup looks so good!! I am DEFINETLY DEFINETLY cooking that this weel ๐Ÿ™‚ it has like, all my fave foods in it ๐Ÿ™‚
Fro-yo looks pretty immense too ๐Ÿ˜›

29 Karla January 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

I’m so jealous! I miss my boyfriend AND self serve frozen yogurt! Neither of those things are in Upstate NY ๐Ÿ™

Soup sound delicious!

Have a great weekend!

30 allisonisactive January 23, 2010 at 8:07 am

Have fun being a spectator! I think it’s great that Derek is continuing to run so much. My husband ran a lot of races with his family as a kid, but hasn’t done it in years. I’ve been trying to talk him into getting back into it, but he’s pretty resistant. Oh well – he makes a great cheerleader at races. ๐Ÿ™‚

31 Jill January 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

I need FROYO—now!!!

32 Jenna January 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

Mmm fro yo looks fab! Good luck to derekk:)

33 sarah (the SHU box) January 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

my dinner last night had yucca and i immediately thought of you ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Matt January 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

Haha I can’t remember the last time I was a spectator at a race. I actually might have never been one…

35 theprocessofhealing January 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

Good luck to Derek tomorrow!
And that soup sounds delicious! I’ve actually never had barley before. Might have to try that.

36 coconutjo January 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

Your puppy is so cute! That fro-yo looks delish!!

37 livinglikeshannon January 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

Fro yo looks amazing and now I’m craving some and it’s 10:30 a.m. lol.
Love your blog btw. I’m a frequent reader but rarely comment. Keep up the amazing work!!!

38 eaternotarunner January 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

That picture of Maddie is SO cute!

39 Steffi January 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

Butternut Barley Pilaf (in eating well few years ago)

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup pearl barley
2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash, (3/4-inch cubes) (see Tip)
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1.Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth, water, barley and squash; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the barley and squash are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 45 minutes. Add parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper; mix gently.

40 Jamie (Food in Real Life) January 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That fro yo looks sooooooo good. I love all of the colorful, crunchy, and healthy toppings!

41 Tami January 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

go Derek!

it ws 7* here in New Hampshire when we started our 10 mile run! Glad the warmer weather has made it back to FLA

42 Sarah January 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

That’s a full day of amazing eats! My favorite would have to be the frozen yogurt too though, and eaten with a sexy date is always the best. I had some fro yo last night too actually- peppermint and butterscotch flavors with chocolate sprinkles (my favorite topping). Not self-serve, but I think the gentleman behind the counter likes me because he gives me sooo much! Of course I eat it all anyway, can’t help it!

43 pen January 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

that’s an adorb pic of the pup! i know my dog really loves the weekend rolling around because then we actually get to hang out together…or at least, snuggle and watch tv together!

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