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Treat Yourself Tuesday: July 29, 2014 + Giveaway Winner

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treat yourself tuesdayIt has been awhile since I have linked up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday.  I thought it was rather fitting today though since I did a whole lot of treating the past three days with my boyfriend- who is still here until Wednesday and I am super excited about that!  Good eats and drinks, time with friends, and a few purchases here and there are definitely great treats if you ask me!

treat tuesdayMy daddy treated me to fresh produce from his garden!  Jeremy delivered a box of Iowa sweet corn <– there is nothing better, a green pepper, and tomatoes to me when he arrived on Friday night.  To say that I was excited about this would be a bit of a understatement.  I also have to give a shoutout to my mom who sent a long a shirt for me.  I sure have great parents!

treat tuesday 2On Saturday morning, Jeremy and I headed to Which Wich for an early lunch.  I had heard great things about this sandwich shop for well over a year and finally made my first trip there.  I ordered the tomato and avocado vegetarian sandwich on wheat bread and topped it off with tons of veggies, sriracha, and Deli mustard.  It was super delish and I loved the insane amount of toppings and condiments that they offered.

treat tuesday 3We ate an early lunch because we had a date with a local brewery at noon.  I bought a Groupon for Lucky Bucket Brewery several months ago and we needed to get it used up before September.

treat tuesday 6We went on a tour with a beer each, shared a flight afterwards, and left with three six packs of beer (free with the Groupon).  Beer is always a good treat, right?

treat tuesday 10After a quick trip to the grocery store, we went to Hanson Lake where Joanna and her husband Jeff’s family have a cabin.  We went tubing, swam, played yard games, ate, and drank.

treat tuesday 11Erin and I survived our tubing experience without falling off!  It had been forever since I had been tubing, but I had a blast.  I was also quickly reminded of how much of an arm workout it is!

treat tuesday 12I brought along a couple of Coors Lights and a couple of the new beers that I had tried earlier that day.  This was the Summer beer from Lucky Bucket that is made with organic strawberries.  I love it because the fruit flavor is not too sweet.  I am not a fan of super sweet beers.  I also ate quite a few plates of chips with guac, Blue Diamond Rosemary and Black Pepper almonds (these were a huge hit), fruit, Scotcharoos, and Twizzlers.  It may have been snack overload 😉

treat tuesday 15Bags and ladder golf are always a good time.  I felt like I was back in college for a little while!

grilled potatoes 3Dinner was loaded grilled potato slabs (more on these later), a delicious couscous salad that Erin and Josh brought, and more fruit.

treat tuesday 17And as if that was not enough food for the evening, we had to roast marshmallows and make S’mores!

lake 72614 2I was extra excited about this because it was the first time that I had eaten S’mores in over two years.  As a vegetarian, I do not eat traditional marshmallows because they contain gelatin.  Lucky for me, Erin and Josh brought vegan marshmallows so that we could all partake in the S’mores fun.  Can I just say that while they did not “roast” or melt quite as well as traditional marshmallows, they honestly tasted exactly like what I remembered marshmallows tasting like.  I was pretty darn excited about that and I am happy that I now know which vegan marshmallow brand to buy (according to Josh, some are not so good).

treat tuesday 18I did not mind the fact that my marshmallows did not get burnt to a crisp.  I am totally not one of those people who likes to set fire to their marshmallows until they are nearly burnt to a crisp.  Anytime that has ever happened to me in the past, I have given up my burnt ones to someone else!

lake 72614The gang at the end of the night.

treat tuesday 19After sleeping in on Sunday morning, Jeremy and I headed to one of Omaha’s Farmers Markets at Aksarben Village.

treat tuesday 23It was a little warm outside, but I ended up crossing some produce off of my grocery list at the market.  I bought green onions, a yellow onion, and purple green beans.  By the way, purple green beans turn green when you boil them and taste exactly like regular green beans.  I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed about that because I was excited to try something new.

treat tuesday 20On our way back to the car after the market… with our crazy hair.

treata tuesday 21For lunch on Sunday we decided to do something pretty out of the norm for us.  We ate lunch at a chain restaurant.  Both Jeremy and I have several giftcards that have been sitting in our wallets for months and months (and some for years) simply because we really like to eat at local restaurants and tend to shy away from chains.  But since giftcards are free money and I was really craving Chinese food, we decided to treat ourselves to some P.F. Changs.  This was Jeremy’s first time eating at P.F. Changs, so naturally we had to order the lettuce wraps!  For the heads up, they are totally willing to split the appetizer and do half chicken and half tofu.  I loved that.

treat tuesday 22For my main dish I ordered the stir-fried Buddha’s Feast with brown rice.  It may be majorly high in sodium, but I was loving all of the veggies!

treat tuesday 24We had plans to go see 22 Jumpstreet after lunch, but made a quick pit-stop to Dick’s Sporting Goods to kill a bit of time before the movie started.  For the heads up, they have some awesome clearance sales going on right now.  I bought an Under Armour sports bra, Reebok yoga capris, and a Reebok yoga tank for $30.  If I had paid full price, all three would have cost me over $100.  I love a good deal.  Also, how did they know that I needed new yoga clothes to fuel my hot yoga obsession?

recent eats 2We finished off our treating with a delicious dinner last night at one of my favorite Omaha restaurants: Mark’s.  I ordered the Tempeh Reuben (again) because it is one of the best things… ever!  I splurged a bit and chose fries for my side.

recent eats 3We also split a side order of brussel sprouts (minus the bacon).

I’d say I took Treat Yourself Tuesday pretty seriously this past weekend.

*Thanks to Joanna for a couple of the lake photos!

And finally… the winner of the $45 Swanson Vitamins giveaway is Tiffany!  Congratulations!

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  • Linz @ Itz Linz July 29, 2014, 7:10 am
    wow that new workout gear is super cute and def such a steal! Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted...Why I Started BloggingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 29, 2014, 9:24 am
      I love a good deal, especially when it is cute too!!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine July 29, 2014, 8:02 am
    There is so much delicious food in this post, I don't know where to begin! I must say that the fresh produce (especially the IA sweet corn) is the best food treat! And the beer of course too ;) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...#46 Treat Yourself TuesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 29, 2014, 9:39 am
      Food and beer... is there anything better? ;)
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat July 29, 2014, 8:13 am
    Fresh produce from your dad's garden is definitely a perfect treat! My dad has an awesome garden too and I love when he gives me fresh veggies! :-) Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Weeks 21 to 25 – Going PerfectlyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 29, 2014, 9:40 am
      Aren't dads the best?? It turns out that even at 26, my parents are still feeding me! ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes July 29, 2014, 8:25 am
    Fresh Iowa sweet corn is THE best. That's one of the things I miss most about living in Des Moines. Also, we were at the Lake last weekend and I was SO sore from all the skiing we did - whoa muscles. :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 29, 2014, 9:41 am
      It is crazy how you realize that you have muscles you never knew you had when you do things like that only every so often! And yay for Iowa sweet corn :) The DM Farmer's Market is amazing so I bet you miss that a lot. I will be there on the 9th and I'm pretty excited about it!
  • Lish July 29, 2014, 8:27 am
    Lot's of good eats and drinks! I can't even remember the last time I went tubing! So fun!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 29, 2014, 9:43 am
      It had been YEARS since I had been so I was so excited to go! It was just as fun as I had remembered!
  • Jessie July 29, 2014, 9:16 am
    That's so exciting that your man is in town for another day. I hope the two of you are enjoying every second you have left. It sure sounds like you made some awesome new memories this weekend. How was 22 Jump St btw?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 3:55 pm
      We had so much fun together! 22 Jump Street was really good! Sometimes you never know with sequels, but I really enjoyed it.
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies July 29, 2014, 9:35 am
    I LOVE Dandies! You kind of had the opposite experience as me, as they tend to just burst into flames when I get them even remotely close to the fire (which is fine, I love `em burnt). I went over a decade without marshmallows until I found these guys a couple summers ago! Oh and BTW, they melt wonderfully on sweet potatoes in the oven for Thanksgiving :-D
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 3:56 pm
      Ahh, thanks for the heads up! I cannot wait to continue using these throughout the year. Have you by chance tried them in rice krispy treats?
  • Joanna @Makingmine July 29, 2014, 9:45 am
    Ooo, love your yoga gear finds! Also I really need to get some of that Belly Flop to try! Looks like you and Jeremy have been living it up the past few days - enjoy! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 3:56 pm
      We really did! We had a great time :)
  • Katherine July 29, 2014, 10:31 am
    Ah this all looks like so much fun. I' m so glad you loved tubing. It's seriously one of my fav thing to do! And if you don't have crazy hair at least once during summer, you're not summering right :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 3:57 pm
      Haha, you are definitely right about that! The Summer weather (especially the humidity in the Midwest) does crazy things to my hair!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 29, 2014, 11:11 am
    Josh and I need to go to PF Changs so he can try the tofu lettuce wraps! So good! And great deals on the workout clothes! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Chilled Cauliflower BisqueMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 29, 2014, 12:58 pm
      They are pretty darn delicious! I bet he would like them!
  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes July 29, 2014, 12:32 pm
    Love the new yoga clothes and sounds like such a fun time you had! I've never tried tubing - I'm too much of a wimp ;) Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes recently posted...Crispy Southwest Chicken WrapsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 3:59 pm
      Oh trust me, you could totally do it!! It is not scary at all. Erin was scared and I convinced her to go with me and I think she really enjoyed it.
  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance July 29, 2014, 1:30 pm
    I had no idea that purple string beans actually existed. Bummer that they tasted just the same as normal ones though. Then again, purple potatoes and cauliflower taste just like normal too…guess the purple thing is all a facade ;) Love brewery tours - I'd probably like the wheat and IPA :) Leslee @ Her Happy Balance recently posted...Half Marathon Training – Week 4 Recap!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 4:00 pm
      You are definitely right about the purple thing. I guess I should have known that!!
  • Runwright July 29, 2014, 2:06 pm
    Just read your post from the link-up. I love that your dad brought you vegs from his garden. I think food treats are the best kind. Check out my post too. I think you'll like it. Runwright recently posted...Good Eats For RunnersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 4:00 pm
      Food treats are most definitely the best!! I have a great dad :)
  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health July 29, 2014, 2:18 pm
    seems like you are having a wonderful time with the boyfriend! dixya@food, pleasure, and health recently posted...Let Them Eat Kale Cookbook! + GiveawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 4:02 pm
      We had an absolutely great time! Now I am super sad that he is gone :(
  • Jess @ PB & Jess July 29, 2014, 4:44 pm
    You look adorbs! And s'mores, uh hell yes.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 31, 2014, 4:01 pm
      S'mores are most definitely a HELL yes!

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