• Year of the Monkey

    January 30, 2013

    Good morning!

    Just a quick reminder about the Twitter chat I’m hosting with Wayfair today. We’re giving away $25 gift cards every 10 minutes!



    Yesterday’s breakfast was my beloved French Toast Breakfast Scramble with blueberries mixed in. Oh, how I love this breakfast. I also added a couple of scoops of Teddie peanut butter and drank a glass of iced coffee with breakfast.



    When lunchtime rolled around, I threw together a bunch of random goodies from the refrigerator. I did a Sunday Cook Up the other day, so I had spaghetti squash, roasted chickpeas, and sautéed mushrooms ready to go. (I also cooked up some Sweet Potato Wedges, hard-boiled eggs, and mashed potatoes.) I topped everything with some fresh pesto from Wegmans and some grated Parmesan cheese. Delish!

    lunch spaghetti squash

    After lunch, I had a few pitted dates.


    Question of the Day

    On the drive to Wegmans the other day, we got on the topic of Chinese Astrology and figured out each of our animal signs based on our birthdays and then read the corresponding descriptions. I was born in the year of the monkey and most of it was surprisingly accurate! I loved that part about practical jokes. I’m always playing pranks on Mal. Haha!

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    What’s your Chinese Zodiac animal? Is the description accurate?

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    { 57 comments… read them below or add one }

    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } January 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I’m a pig. According to this description I’m definitely not like my sign!
    “Always seeking fun, Pigs often indulge more than they should. Excessive eating, drinking and smoking can cause sickness. Pigs aren’t very active and, combined with their excessive behaviors, cause them to gain weight.”


    Melanie @ Beautifullynutty.com January 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I’m an oxen which says I’m responsible, loyal, and am capable of fierce rages, so you never want to get in the way of an oxen. Haha. I agree with some of it, but not a lot of it. =) It’s fun to look at though!
    I have GOT to try that french toast scramble. I am looking to switch up my breakfasts!


    Kait - @runkaitrun January 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

    hmmm i’m a rabbit. some parts of the description are accurate… but i wouldn’t say i avoid conflict. i can be pretty firey sometimes 🙂

    wegman’s is my favorite, i got so excited when i discovered it last year! do they have a certain brand of pesto you got?


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    @Kait – @runkaitrun: I bought some from the Mediterranean bar. It’s really good! 🙂


    Sarah @PickyRunner January 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I really need to try roasted chickpeas. I’m on a try new foods kick and they’re something I’ve never had. I’m a monkey! Phew. I was a little worried for a second that I was a rooster or something 😉


    mary @ minutes per mile January 30, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Rabbit! “Keen, Wise, Fragile, Tranquil, Serene, Considerate, Fashionable, Sneaky, Obsessive.” Sure, I guess I can be that? Fashionable! Haha.


    sara @ fitcupcaker January 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Im going to try to get on that twitter chat today, Im at work, so Ill see how it goes 🙂 I’m a pig…and I do pig out sometimes, so this could be accurate I guess lol. SO with Blend coming up in May, I was thinking about attending the HLS, it looks so fun too….


    Khushboo January 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I was born in the Year of the Dragon :)!


    Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I’m the bull (oxen) and I’d go ahead and say it’s very fitting 😉


    Margaret January 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

    For some reason I can’t redeem the code for free shipping. Any suggestions?


    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom January 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I was born in the year of the horse and for the most part (besides the fact that I have an irrational fear of horses — the irony) the description is accurate! Actually, it’s incredibly accurate.


    Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles January 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I am an Ox and as I recall, it is pretty accurate as well.

    The Kidless Kronicles


    De @ Cooking for the Other Half January 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I’m an ox! It’s totally accurate. 🙂

    That breakfast looks YUM!


    Jackie @ Nacho Average Runner January 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I am a snake! YUCK! I hate snakes! They scare the living crap out of me!!
    But this seems pretty correct… as an Earth Snake…”Earth Snakes always seem to be calm and content. They’re friendly and approachable and believe that they’ll reap great rewards by working hard and relying on common sense.” Cool!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    At first I thought, that makes no sense. Not every single person born in one year would have similar personality traits. But I read mine (Rabbit) and it’s pretty accurate!


    Haley @ The Saucy Apple January 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

    What’s funny is that until today, I always thought I was the Year of the Rat because I was born in 1984. But as it turns out, I’m actually the Year of the Pig because the Year of the Rat starts in February. Crazy!

    I would say that I’m like a Pig sign in the I believe it’s better to give than to receive. 🙂


    Leanne January 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Hi Tina,

    I am having the same issue as Margaret. The free shipping code does not work for the flipbelt. Any suggestions? Thank you!


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League January 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I love astrology like that, I think it’s so interesting how a lot of it can be true. I was born in the year of the Tiger. “Brave, competitive, unpredictable” hmmm…pretty accurate I’d say!


    Jessica January 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Tried to order the FlipBelt but the coupon code is not working??


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

    @Leanne: @Margaret: @Jessica: I just heard back from Flipbelt and they fixed the issue. Sorry for the confusion!


    Margaret January 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Got it! Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    @Margaret: Fabulous! Let me know what you think! 🙂


    Elisabeth January 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I’m an ’82 baby – year of the dog! Quite a bit of it’s true for me actually.


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    @Elisabeth: Mal is a dog too and the description sounded a lot like him!


    Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant January 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I’m the year of the Tiger. Cool! My husband is Rat…hmmm it says we’re not super compatible (so do our astrological signs, we’re both scorpios) but I think that may be because the descriptions are so similar! Pretty accurate too.


    Becky @ Olives n Wine January 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I’m an Ox and I think I fit in fairly well with the description – hardworking, stubborn and have great memories. My husband hates the memory part, I can seriously remember every detail of our relationship! Haha.


    Eating 4 Balance January 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Year of the dog here! Totally me.

    loyal, kind, determined, stubborn, resilient, have trouble trusting.


    Michelle January 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    haha I am a Monkey too! It is dead-on for me. I love people watching & I am super clever (:


    Melissa C January 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I’m a Rat (gross) and it’s crazy accurate! Spot-on actually. My fiance is a Snake (also gross) and his is pretty accurate, though i’m not sure I like that he can ‘attract just about anyone he wants’…

    I used the free shipping promo code, no problem. It doesn’t show a discount at first but if you go all the way thru the shopping cart (picking the normal rate), it will discount it at the end..before you actually click ‘purchase’
    can’t wait to try the flip belt!!


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    @Melissa C: Glad it worked for you! Hope you like it! 🙂


    Emily @ MainEats January 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

    YUM! Your food (as always!) looks super amazing!


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    Liz January 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I just looked up the Chinese astrology and that was fun! Apparently I’m a snake … and I’m bit sure that I entirely agree with the description! Apparently snakes and monkeys do not get along :(.


    Maureen January 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I too am a Monkey and let’s just say I am the PERFECT Monkey!! 😉


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    @Maureen: Ditto! 🙂


    Cookin Canuck January 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I love the look of that Sunday cook-up – a little bit of everything, all packed together in one bowl of goodness.


    beth January 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    still trying to perfect my scramble! What do you blend your ingredients with before cooking? love the blueberry idea….especially as today feels a little “sping-like” for winter 🙂


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

    While the coconut oil is melting, I mash up the banana in the peel (peel it) and then mix everything together in the pan while it cooks.


    Nic G January 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I am also a monkey and totally relate to the sign. My husband is a dragon and he matches up pretty well with the descriptions as well. Fun post!


    stephanie gramlich January 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hey I’m the year of the monkey too! I would say It would very much fit my goofy personality. I’m also in love with your french toast scramble been having it every day for breakfast just about this past week. It is so delish and addicting. Now I’m going to have to throw in some blueberries mmmmm! 😀


    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete January 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Year of the Tiger 🙂 Rawr!


    joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    LOVE dates- I just bought some last night at Whole Foods and was reminded how delish they are. They taste like candy!


    Annette@FitnessPerks January 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m a RAT…..hmmmm…..


    Abby January 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Just a random little side note, I made your chocolate chip pumpkin scones and holy yum batman!! They were so good! Thanks for the recipe!


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    @Abby: Yay! So glad you liked them! 🙂


    Ali January 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    So scary how astrology can be so true sometimes. I am a rabbit according to my birth year and needless to say it hit who i am right on the head. Sometimes I wonder if this is all coincidence or if the stars really do line up differently for people. I have had days where I read my horoscope at the end of the day and sometimes I am surprised to see how closely or off it was. Either way I enjoy astrology because it can take your mind off of the craziness of life for a moment and make you think what if… Also, I think you make your own destiny it is just a matter of getting up and doing something with your life. 🙂


    Gwen January 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I identify with the characteristics of my Chinese Zodiac (Rooster or as I prefer at some places, Cock haha) sign much more than my astronomical (Pisces). <3


    Tina January 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm



    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes January 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Too funny–mine is pretty right! According to the description, a horse is “energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy,” which are definitely true. However, I don’t know if I’m “great at seducing” (bahaha!), but I’m definitely “sharp-witted and impatient.” Let’s say patience isn’t my virtue. 😉


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I am a dragon and it is definitely accurate! Love astrology!


    CATHY January 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Tiger! 🙂


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I love horoscopes. Whether or not people believe their accuracy, I find them to be fun!


    Alyssa January 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    That was freakishly accurate! Except for the socially awkward part…I feel that I’m pretty sociable 🙂 The rest of it was to a tee! I’m now a believer!!


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    You always have the most creative lunches. They always inspire me. This one is no different. It looks delicious :).

    I am a dragon!!


    Erika January 31, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Ahh I am the year of the Dog. Some of the traits were accurate and others not so much. 🙂


    Kaitlyn January 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    soo addicted to the french toast scramble – thanks for introducing me to this delicious breakfast!!


    Tina January 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    You’re welcome! So glad you like it!


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