. thinking out loud #65 .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 13, 2014

Heyyy, hey and welcome to Friday’s Friday… also known as Thursday ;)

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1. First order of business — tickets for Blend 2014 go on sale this Sunday (February 16th) at 8 PM EST. Be there or be square. Kidding… sort of. Really, though? Please be there so that I can crush your ribs in a hug (note: my upper body strength is laughable and no rib crushing will actually occur).

Blend Retreat

2. Second order of business — WHY is there no Canadian flag in Emoji?!? I was talking about the Olympics with a friend via text the other night, and when I went to insert a little Canadian flag to celebrate one of our golds, it was nowhere to be found! What.in.the.eff?!? I’d feel insulted, but I’m Canadian and we’re too easy-going to get worked up about stuff like this…

No Canadian Flag

3. Also… what.the.heck is this?!? :shock:

Salad Stick

I always buy those tubs of pre washed mixed baby greens to toss in my salads, and my last one contained that creepy spiny thing. Never a dull moment in the Spoons kitchen!

4. Speaking of the Spoons kitchen… look what I did! I baked a banana :mrgreen:

Baked Banana

I’ve been a little too lax with my banana supply lately, and one of the dangers of doing this is that you sometimes find yourself in a position where the only available bananas are green :shock: Since I can’t go a day without one and I refuse to eat them when they’re all starchy and nasty, I decided to put the super-speedy-banana-ripening-method to the test. Verdict? It works! Maybe not quite as well as the natural way, but well enough in a pinch. The weirdest part? The skin was still yellow when I took it out of the oven, but slowly turned brown over the next few hours. Weird.

5. You know what’s embarrassing (besides still not being able to spell embarrassing)? I was putting on my makeup the other day, when the phone rang towards the end of my application. I went to answer it, chatted for a little bit, and in the process, forgot that I wasn’t done with my makeup. I was all ready to walk out the door when I took one final look in the mirror only to realize that I had only put mascara on one set of eyelashes :shock: This is why I don’t talk on the phone… and why I have a mirror hanging in the hallway by my front door.

6. Also embarrassing? I burned the inside of my nose by smelling soup… and by burned I mean burned — I was sitting there with cotton balls soaked in apple cider vinegar in my nose for a good 20 minutes. How’d I manage such an impressive feat? Because I’m Amanda, and these kind of things happen to me more often than I care to admit. But I just wanted to see if my soup smelled good! So I took the lid off, stuck my face over the pot, and all the steam came rushing out after about 1.4 seconds, scorching my nostrils in the process :shock: Thankfully I didn’t burn any of the skin on my face, but yeah… don’t do that. 

7. On a happier note, how.freaking.cute are these Despicable Me playing cards that I picked up on my trip to Universal StudiosRidiculous.

Mionion Cards

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Minion Cards 3

8. On a sadder note, I finished up the last of my almond butter and pretzel truffles :cry: :cry: Buuuuuut I guess that’s just more reason to get back in the kitchen and bake up something new :D

The Last Truffle

9. There is no spoon #9 (name that movie!)

10. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! I have no idea what my plans are (the joys of being in a long distance military relationship), so if you find yourself in need of a Valentine, don’t be shy and hit me up :D

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1 Arman @ thebigmansworld February 13, 2014 at 2:06 am

I think I am borderline offended by #10…….

And the soup thing- seriously WHAT THE HELL SPOONS? Actually, I’ve done something with the oven where I opened it abit too excitedly and the smoke legit made my contacts stick to my eyes lol! I thought that banana was a continental cucumber.
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2 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Don’t worry, Mister. You’ll always be my #1 <3 And What in the heck is a continental cucumber? Googling…

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3 Ms.J February 13, 2014 at 2:34 am

I also buy pre-washed greens and I’ve found only ONE brand that I trust where I won’t find bugs in! I ‘m talking live, creepy, crunchy bugs!! Yeah I almost died.. on numerous occasions of coming upon one.
Essies Leading lady hey? Stunning on :)
I don’t think I’d be on board with ripening a banana.. buut drastic times call for drastic measures I agree!
What the bloomin’!? Burning the inside of your nose.. eek its so delicate in there! That’s gotta hurt.. yeah only Amanda ;)
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4 Ksenija @ With An Open Mind February 13, 2014 at 3:01 am

Soooo sad, that Utah is so far away. I would love to meet so many of you guys *sob*. Same goes for being your Valentine. So far my plan is to treat the girls next door to your delicious truffles (I finally found a supermarket who at least has peanut butter in stock) and afterwards an epic 25 person Chinese feast with all of us “lonely” expat students. So happy that is is only two more weeks until Jay visits me.
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5 Alexis @ funrunning4life February 13, 2014 at 3:05 am

Yikes, your poor nostrils! I do have to admit, I’ve never heard of that happening to anyone before. Claim to fame for you, I guess…? I am, however, very familiar with the forgetting-about-the-makeup routine halfway through. I’m not a huge make up person, so I find myself practically looking for ways to get distracted while I’m doing it. Hope your nose feels better soon :) And Happy GALentine’s Day!
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6 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Happy Galentine’s to you too, Alexis! <3

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7 Lucie@FitSwissChick February 13, 2014 at 3:11 am

We’re in the same boat honey – there’s no Swiss flag either. Shall we start a petition? I’m in!! And your pretzel truffels look so good – I know I wouldn’t have ANY moderation with them.
Speaking of embarrassing moments – how about mine? The other day when I went to the gym in my workout clothes an packed my office outfit in my bag, I forgot the pants. I had to go to the office in my sweaty capris and asics.
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8 Jan @ sprouts n squats February 13, 2014 at 3:37 am

I so so so so so wish I could go to the Blend Retreat it sounds AWESOME! One year I will make it to the US for it, one day :)

Those truffles, no wonder you are sad you ran out.

I didn’t see an Australian Flag in the mix there either, not cool!

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9 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan February 13, 2014 at 3:40 am

Blend 2014 sounds AMAZING!!! And those cards are too cute! Now to the burnt nose part – I hope someone comes up with some soup smelling nose guards soon! Those AB and pretzel truffles still make me drool. I have no clue what that spiny thing is – I remember a whole lotta people in Atlanta finding spiders in their bags of grapes [ kept me away from grapes for about 4 months!
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10 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 13, 2014 at 3:41 am

I am so laughing because we both referenced not liking talking on the phone in our posts today. Must be why we get along so well lol. There are soooo many missing emoji’s, I always realize another missing one when I look to insert the image and it just isn’t there. They need an update.
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11 Hollie February 13, 2014 at 4:09 am

Actually I have noticed that about emojis too. I am obsessed and last week I needed a Canadian flag for something and realized they didn’t have it. I was so confused. Design flaw for real.

Have fun at the Blend retreat…if it wasn’t halfway across the country I might go LOL.
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12 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

No excuses! I’m not even in the same country :P

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13 Erin @ The Almond Eater February 13, 2014 at 4:27 am

Need to go to Blend….won’t be going to Blend. WAHHH. Ah well. Sorry about your nose…I may have loled but it’s not funny…..only kind of. Also, I’ve totally left the house with only part of my makeup on before. Embarrassing! <<just now learning how to spell.
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14 Tiff @ Love, Sweat & Beers February 13, 2014 at 5:10 am

Ummm, so embarrassing is the hardest word to spell… at least to me. And yes, I agree, that is quite embarrassing!

I’m not going to Blend Retreat, but I was considering Fit Bloggin’ this year. I dunno. Maybe. Hmmmmm
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15 Morganne @ NutButterRunner February 13, 2014 at 5:11 am

Ahhhh I really want to make it to Blend Retreat this year!!! My friend is getting married that weekend though! Can we make our own little “blend” retreat so I can finally meet everyone I love so dearly in blogger world??
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16 Tina Muir February 13, 2014 at 5:18 am

Your posts always make me smile! I am in shock how you burned your nose hairs! I didnt even know that was possible! I used to freeze mine on my runs when it was really cold in Michigan….but had no idea you could burn them!

Blend retreat sounds amazing….but my flight home is already booked for that day, booooo! I would have loved to go!
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17 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I had no idea you could burn them either! 29 years of life any it’s never happened to me. I guess you’re never too old to learn something new :lol:

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18 Kim @ Racing Bananas February 13, 2014 at 5:20 am

I’m too excited for Blend! I’ll be at my computer right on time to buy my ticket! And Bummer about the no Canadian flag emoji — not fair!
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19 Jen @ SavedbytheKale February 13, 2014 at 5:44 am

Emoji definitely needs an update! There are so many things missing… like avocados! They also need to work on their categories, it takes forever to look for things sometimes.
eeeek! sorry about your nose! That sounds painful!
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20 Jo @ Living Mint Green February 13, 2014 at 5:45 am

I actually just sat here dumbfounded for trying to envision the soup burning incident. HOW. WHY. Can I follow you around for a day and record all the weird shit that takes place? Hahaha.

This is unrelated, but do you know anyone who:
a. wants to give me 4 million dollars to buy a Canmore condo
b. has any apartment/condo/house rentals in Canmore?
kthanksbye
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21 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

If I knew ‘A’ I don’t think I’d share the info :shock: And ‘B’… no :cry:

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22 Caitlin February 13, 2014 at 5:47 am

Haha aw hun, I’m sorry about your nose :( I’ve burned my tongue more times than I can count because I’m too impatient to wait for things to cool down. Pretty sure I’ve lost taste buds by now doing that :P What can I say?? I need to be warm in the winter, and scalding myself ensures that I’m warm!
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23 lindsay February 13, 2014 at 5:55 am

wait.. you didn’t save me any truffles? i expect more at blend!
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24 Elise @ 9toFit.com February 13, 2014 at 5:55 am

Those cards are the cutest thing ever, and great tip with the banana .. I never knew you could do that
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25 Christine @ Gotta Eat Green February 13, 2014 at 6:04 am

Gahh I wish I could go to the retreat but it is the same weekend as my ‘surprise’ bachelorette party! Boo!! But yay for my party! Haha there aren’t enough weekends I tell ya.
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26 Beth @ Running with the Sunrise February 13, 2014 at 6:05 am

I consider myself a pretty good speller and I still have trouble with embarrassing, too. Thank goodness for spell check in browsers. My random thought of the day: a cute little bunny burrowed through the snow to hide out under a bush in our back yard. I’m waiting for my husband to wake up so I can show him the tracks and the little burrow hole.
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27 Taryn February 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

Whaaattt?! I didn’t know you could speed up the ripening process! I haven’t been able to find ripe bananas in any grocery stores lately.. I need to try that method ASAP!
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28 Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food February 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

Blend retreat sounds awesome! I laughed out loud at your makeup story. I definitely forget things if my normal routine is disrupted in any way. Sorry to hear about your soup nostril injury. If it makes you feel any better I once cooked something in the oven in a normal pan, then forgot it had been in the oven and tried to pick it up by the handle. My hand was burned for a week…
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29 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I did that with the lid of a dutch oven before. I had to sleep with my fingers in a bowl of cold water :lol:

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30 Hedda February 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

Amanda. Dearest, most wonderful Amanda.

I sat here with a huge, huge smile on my face while reading this post. You.are.too.awesome. Ha ha, I have never heard of a way to “speed up” this banana process. That is just . . . sort of weird, but wonderful for every bananaramalovers.

I might have to get on a flight to Canada so I can join this Blend? Or just give you a hug. Two hugs. Countless of hugs.

Take care today – and be careful with that cute nose of yours!
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31 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

You coming to Blend would seriously be one of the best things ever. Countless hugs is right :D

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32 Emma @ Life's A Runner February 13, 2014 at 6:29 am

I never noticed that there was no Canadian flag! I do know that a lot of Europeans seem to think Canada is a part of the USA, so that might be part of it. But you’re right – we have too many other things to be happy about to let that get us down!

I burned my hand in four different places the other week by taking kabocha out of the oven without oven mitts, if that makes you feel a little better! ;)
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33 Sarah @pickyrunner February 13, 2014 at 6:37 am

Haha i didn’t know it was possible to burn your nose but it’s something I would probably do too. And then my friends would all laugh at me and tell me I’m an idiot. Which is kind of true, I guess. As for the makeup thing…. yea. That’s why I don’t wear makeup because i’d probably walk out the door like that without noticing I hadn’t finished putting any on. I’m basically not a real girl. My valentine’s day will be me sitting on the couch eating pizza. Perfection.
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34 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee February 13, 2014 at 6:39 am

Agreed on the Canadian flag… craziness! Haven’t seen you around in awhile… hope it’s okay I’m linking up :)
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35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I’ve missed seeing you around too, lady! And of course it’s more than okay :P

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36 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee February 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I’ve been around! My commenting has been lacking though :)
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37 Chelsea February 13, 2014 at 6:45 am

baking bananas? This blows my mind! (and sounds slightly dirty..)
I have never burned my nostrils on soup – but I have been overly excited about baking and reached in the oven without an ovenmit, and then wanted to food too badly to drop it before I made it to the stovetop. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.
Also – apparently – ovenmit and stovetop aren’t really words.
Those playing cards? Cutest things eeeever.
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38 Brittany February 13, 2014 at 6:45 am

I would MUCH rather find a twig thing in my produce than a bug or…A SLUG! no no no. I will be baking today and making energy bites for my Valentine. I struggle with spelling the most random words, thank God for auto correct!! I am bringing your amazing muffin/brownies (they are legit like a brownie to me) to work today for a few birthdays. I am so jazzed for them to taste some GF/DF treats!! BOOYA!
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39 Tamara February 13, 2014 at 6:47 am

The Matrix!

I need those cards…
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40 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Yay! :D You’re the first one who guessed.

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41 Tamara February 14, 2014 at 7:52 am

Yay! I thought so… and I was so surprised! xo
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42 Krista @ Tiny n Fit February 13, 2014 at 6:48 am

Ahh my mom is upset there is not Canadian flag, too! She is Hungarian but immigrated and became a Canadian citizen before moving to the states in her late teens. She considers herself more Canadian and American :) And I forgot to pick up pretzels before being snowed in DC today, could’ve made those truffles! Next time :) Only thing on my mind is SNOW!! I know you get tons, I just love it :) Happy Thursday!
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43 Alex @ therunwithin February 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

girl your rambles make me so happy and such a nice way to start my day. I so wish I could be at blend, you don’t understand how much I would kill to hug you in person. I think you know that. second, that is scary you found that in greens. I mean I know it happens, but still. ouch!!! despicable me cards, now that is just adorable.
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44 Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne February 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

Okay, now I’m wondering the same thing, and am comtemplating emailing apple to ask why there is no Canadian flag!!! I hope they aren’t considering it part of the US, because you guys have your own flag (which I love btw) and deserve your own haha. Love those cards!! Especially the unicorn one :). Thank god you didn’t burn your face! You would have thought that you would have burned your fave before your nostrils haha.
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45 Davida @ The Healthy Maven February 13, 2014 at 7:02 am

you burned the inside of your nose?!? That is embarrassing! In other news I put my niece’s diaper on backwards….
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46 Heather @fitncookies February 13, 2014 at 7:04 am

Genius! I never knew you could bake bananas to get them ripe. I’ve tried numerous other methods but if you say this works, I have a bundle of green bananas to attend to, ha. I’m totally hoping to get to some blogging conference this year, but these plane tickets are absurd, ha
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47 Natasha February 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

Wellll I’m single, so my Valentine’s Day will be pretty mellow as well :)

And I actually had a similar burning experience the other day – I was leaving my house and went to blow out a candle I had lit on the coffee table (which is a very low to the ground table). I bent over and was hovering above the candle when I blew it out. Once I blew it out, ALL THE BURNING WAX splashed on my face and in my eyes…OMG worst experience of my life. LOL. I was also home alone, so while it did hurt, it was pretty funny, but I had nobody to share a typical “natasha-ism.” I swear, stuff like that always happens to me…

And ya what the heck, why is their no Canadian emoji?!?

It also feels very weird being in the USA during the Olympics when I’m obviously rooting for Canada because I’m from Toronto. You best believe I’ve been rocking my Canadian olympic gloves all over campus!

I hope you have a great day and an equally great Valentine’s day tomorrow, despite your long distance relationship!

Natasha
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48 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Burning wax in the face?! That’s seriously a huge fear of mine and why I’m always super careful blowing out candles. And yesss to the Canadian gloves! I got mine from The Bay 4 years ago and I heart them so.

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49 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves February 13, 2014 at 7:08 am

I want to go to the Blend Retreat so badly! I still need to pitch the idea to my parents, so wish me luck on that one. Although I’ll technically be an adult by the time the retreat happens, I DO still live under their roof, and they ARE still paying for college. ;)
I would be someone to burn my hose smelling soup too. I’m glad you didn’t get too injured by the steam!
I loveee those Despicable Me cards. Confession: I still need to watch that movie!!
Have a great Thursday, Amanda!
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50 Ashley February 13, 2014 at 7:09 am

One time, I found a dead beetle in my “prewashed” spinach leaves. Now I just make sure I inspect each leaf before eating it!
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51 Juli @1000lovelthings February 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

Poor you! The soup incident could have happened to me as well :-/
That blend retreat sounds so great! I would love to go there!
Okay I think I NEED to make these almond butter and pretzel truffles this weekend! Have a great weekend :-)
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52 Kelsey February 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

I adore those playing cards! I thought you would find this interesting since you just visited Disneyland… http://www.travelsmrt.com/gallery/5378/what-secrets-is-disneyland-keeping

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53 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Okay now I seriously want to go back and do/look for all those things!

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54 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life February 13, 2014 at 7:15 am

I noticed the lack of Canadian flag emoji! Christian is Canadian so he’s laidback, but I’m American so I get worked up about it. I think it’s hilarious ;)
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55 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 13, 2014 at 7:17 am

I am SO glad to hear that the banana trick works pretty well! I”ll have to try that out when I encounter an emergency situation ;).
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56 Julie February 13, 2014 at 7:25 am

I’ve never tried that with bananas! I don’t eat starchy, unripe bananas either so this would work for me. I’m also intrigued by burning the inside of your nose – never heard of that either! Those cards are adorable!
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57 Mayra February 13, 2014 at 7:29 am

There’s no Brasil flag either!! :(
I curious about the banana baking! Did it taste like baked banana or it just made it ripen??
I love bananas in so many levels I could easily start a new obsession. But considering the insane heat we’ve been up to here, for now I’ll stick with the frozen bananas allllll day

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58 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

It tasted like normal banana, probably because I didn’t leave it in long enough for it to bake, and it was super starchy to begin with so it just sweetened it up a tad. And honestly… frozen bananas are the best thing there is.

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59 Becky @ Olives n Wine February 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

BLENDDDD!! Tickets go on sale while I’m in Jamaica so if there are any available when I get back, count me in :)
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60 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change February 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

I just don’t think Blend can happen for me this year, which makes me so so sad! I could do the registration & everything, but the flying would do me in…especially since I don’t have a “real” job yet!
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61 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles February 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

I’M GOING TO BLEND!!!!!!!! I have a rooming situation worked out and everything; I’m so excited. I can’t sip on (alcoholic) cocktails with y’all because I won’t be 21 till August, but I still can go and that’s all that matters!!

I totally thought your banana was a weird variety of squash when I first saw the picture. I didn’t know baking bananas was a thing…we tend to usually have the opposite problem at school, though–most bananas are a little on the “too ripe” side. :(
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62 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Eee! I can’t wait to see you there!!!!

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63 Rebecca Jo February 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

At first I was like, “There is no #9″ – that’s in a movie… but then I got it. Hello Keanu…

Those cards are EVERYTHING!!!!!
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64 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

So teeeeeechnically I already have a Valentine….but I think I can take on another :-p
And that’s awful on burning the inside of your nose! I had no idea that was even possible…probably because I tend to hurt myself in stupid ways (read: was in a drum class at the gym the other day and smacked myself in the foot with the drumstick) and that hasn’t to me yet. Just give it time…
And I also failed at spelling embarrassing when I just commented on Carly’s post…and then just failed at it again. Yup, that’s what almost 6 years of post-secondary education will get ya ;-)
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65 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat February 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

Well, I can say for sure that I’ve never burnt my nostrils before smelling soup, but it sounds awfully painful! I certainly will be careful smelling soup from now on. Ouch!

On Sunday evening, I’ll be at a birthday party, but we’re going to have to make a point to be home before 8 p.m. I want to be ready! :-)
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66 Jade February 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

I totally have done the “missed part of my make up” routine and headed out the door. I didn’t line one of my lids and all day, if I had gone to the bathroom looked at myself in the mirror, I just felt something was off but just couldn’t put my finger on it until the end of the day washing off my makeup and then it was oooooohhhhhhh.
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67 Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal February 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

I have found those little weird sticks in my salad before too. What’s up with that? I never heard of baking a banana before. I’m like you in that I have one just about every day. I tried making my own version of banana ice cream yesterday but it was kind of a fail. Any tips?
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68 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I think I already answered this in the comments section of your post, but it helps if your bananas aren’t too ripe when you freeze them — the starchier they are, the fluffier your ice cream will be. I usually freeze mine when they’re either all yellow or just starting to show a few brown spots.

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69 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut February 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

Awww your poor nose!! Maybe that’s why we waft things? ;)

I want those playing cards!!!

Also embarrassing is a hard word. I literally just misspelled it haha! How embarrassing?!
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70 Meg @ Meg Go Run February 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

I did not know of your long distance military relationship! I only semi recently discovered your blog buttttt…. now I feel like a bad blog reader!
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71 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon February 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

I did not know about the apple cider vinegar tip for burnt inner noses- I should definitely be checking that one out for soup steam!! Seriously killer though- glad you survived ;)

I am going to spend the weekend debating about Blend- I want to go and am happy you are going, but many bloggers I follow aren’t able to go this year and it is really expensive. I may try to drive but it’s still a 7 hour drive from Denver, which stinks and I would have to take 2 days off of work. We shall see! More debates to continue in my brain.
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72 karla @ finding my fit February 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

Ugh valentine’s day…. I will be doing one of two things. Nursing myself back to semi-health with chocolate and wine (totally makes sense…)

or pretending I don’t feel like I got hit by a truck carrying the plague and go on a date. that would also require the guy i’m ‘seeing’ to ask me. so expect the former to occur ;)
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73 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Aww boo to the plague! I hope you feel better soon… and I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up cozying up to chocolate and wine as well.

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74 Ashley @MilesonOats February 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

Spoons! Will you be my Valentine?! :D If it’s too short of notice just give me your playing cards and we will call it a deal. Cool? Cool ;) Man, I have a calendar alarm on my phone ready to go on Sunday for BLENDING! Is that too much? I feel like it’s going to be a mad rush like Y2K when people got crazy over canned goods.

I expect a rib crushing hug when I meet you do, just sayin’!
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75 Lyric February 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

Oh my gosh that twig is really freaking me out. What the heck? Can you imagine biting into that thing; I’d be scared it was going to cut my mouth. Girl I got your back when it comes to embarrassing yourself with makeup; A couple days ago i went out in public with only lip liner on because I got sidetracked and forgot to but the lipstick component on. It wasn’t until my mom finally asked why just my lips were outlined that I noticed. Yikes.
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76 Ashley @MilesonOats February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

Too* 8O
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77 Caroline Porter February 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

I’m a long distance girlfriend, too, so we can be each other’s valentines! I’m spending mine with a baby and a 4 year old… Might as well give a couple the chance to go out together since I can’t with my real valentine! I plan on forcing the 4 year old to consume massive amounts of sugar with me … This night backfire.

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78 Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails February 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

OMG I’m SO making those truffles. Holy crap. That banana trick is very cool! I’ll have to remember that one! :D
Um no CDN emoticon = SO FREAKING WRONG.
Randomness: One of the bosses at my work is currently trying to set up the TV in our boardroom so we can stream the men’s hockey game. why I love my job reason #43. :D
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79 Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run February 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

I love your playing cards! Sorry about your nose :(
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80 Ashley @ BrocBlog February 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

I will have to try that banana thing! I feel like I always buy bananas when theyre too green but then they are too brown by the time I remember that I have them and I use them for banana bread or something.
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81 Ange @ Cowgirl Runs February 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

Sadly, Blend isn’t in my budget this year :( Booo! Becuase I’d LOVE to go.
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82 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Boooness! But maybe the thing in the Rockies is still happening with Jo in the summer!

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83 Ange @ Cowgirl Runs February 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

I need more infor about this Rockies meet up :)
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84 Kim February 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

I think it’d be a great opportunity to attend Blend…I don’t know anyone personally so would probably feel extremely uncomfortable though, haha. I may try your banana-ripening method. I bought a green batch on Sunday and they’re STILL green- what the heck?!
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85 Lauren February 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

I love those cards! I have never baked a banana before… I’ll have to try it.
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86 Karey @ Nutty About Health February 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

OMG, this playing cards are adorable!!!! Ugh, sorry about the burned nose – ouch!! Bummer, I’m going to miss out on Blend again! I have summer classes that I just registered for… I’ll be heavily engrossed in my Microbiology. Blend would be much more fun though!
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87 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

The “Whaaaaaaaaat?” one made me think of you ;)

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88 cait @ pieceofcait February 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

those truffles LOOK AMAZINNNNNNNG can you send me some?!
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89 Missy February 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

I’m imagining a nose burn must be one of THE most unpleasant pains — right up there with tongue burn, toe stubs, funny bone bangs, and paper cuts.

OUCH! )0:

Also — that banana ripening method. My mind is blown. Blown.
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90 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl February 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

Oh my goodness… I have never heard of burning nostrils from smelling hot soup. I hope the soup was worth it. I wish I could go to the blend retreat, but the timings just not right. :(
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91 Mary Frances February 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

You baked a banana in the skin. That, Amanda, is pretty awesome. Haha, I cannot believe you burned your nose like that! And found that twiggy thingy in your greens. Your kitchen sounds exciting to say the least! Oh, and those playing are the best. I just watched that movie a couple weeks ago. Minions, gotta love them!
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92 Tatum @ eats from the oil patch blog February 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Banana trick = mind blown, thanks for that!

Yay for blend! Can’t wait to meet you
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93 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

The feeling is mutual :D

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94 Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat February 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Oh my!!! Those Despicable Me playing cards are the best !!! I would love them! So cute; they would make me want to get them out and play cards constantly ahah!
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95 Tiffany February 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

OK those cards are adorable! Had you not said that was a banana, I’m not sure I would have ever figured it out since it was SO black! I didn’t even know you could do that. And holy moly there’s a blogger’s retreat?!?! That sounds like so much fun! Too bad it’s about a billion miles away from my home in Alabama.
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96 Courtney @RunningforCupcakes February 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Ah I wish I could afford the blend retreat. I’m DYING to meet everyone!
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97 Kat February 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

So I commented but apparently it didn’t go through? Anyway, if you get two comments from me its not my fault!
You poor thing. If it makes you feel any better, I ran into the wall while brushing my teeth last night. And no I wasn’t distracted really, I was just walking into the bathroom to talk to Ninja and apparently I misjudged how close I was to the wall. BAM! My right shoulder just slammed in to it. What a ‘tard.
But those cards!! I need them!
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98 Cassie February 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Those cards are too cute. Can you believe I still haven’t seen Despicable Me 2 yet? I’m a failure!

Also don’t be embarrassed about not being able to spell embarrassed – neither am I!
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99 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Lady! You need to get on that! Minionsssssss :D

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100 Emily February 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Sigh…why must the Blend retreat be so far away? I want to go.

And that banana trick just blew my mind. I need a banana every day…every. day. I’m addicted. And last week I had to eat a (slightly) green one which I hated every minute of. I’ll take all of my bananas dark yellow and covered in brown speckles, thank you very much.

xoxo
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101 Natalie @ lovenataliemarie February 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I love those Despicable Me playing cards. TOO adorable. :D
I have burned my nose by smelling soup before.. Stings so bad! I hope your nose is feeling better. :)
I’ve never tried baking bananas before. That sounds interesting. I’ll have to test it out sometime.

I hope you have an amazing Valentines day! <3
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102 Michelle @ Tales of a Fit Kitty Mama February 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Linked up for the first time today! Oh, and I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day working… because I am the only manager who is single I am closing the store. It’s all good, I intend on pampering myself once my stay-cation starts next Thursday anyway.
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103 Jessie February 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Aw! Your poor nose. I don’t think I ever knew it was possible to do such a thing by just smelling win. You never seize to amaze me.. in a good way of course :)
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104 Ashley February 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I dont get why they don’t have the Canadian flag in Emoji either and it makes me so mad! I could put that to good use. They don’t have any thing related to hockey in the sports emojis either. They must totally be against Canada!
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105 Ellie@Fit for the soul February 13, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Eeeeeek! Ummm I’m surprised that there’s such a thing as getting nose burn through smelling, lol! I think I just jinxed myself so let’s hope I don’t burn myself now. :P

And man, Blend retreat sounds like sooo much fun! After seeing how you made so many beautiful friendships last year I want to attend even more….but not sure IF or HOW that would work with an (almost) 8 month old babe. Hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day too, Amanda!

Ps: Oh wow, talk about thinking alike! your heart decorations and mine are almost identical! Granted, it IS for V-day but still–pretty cool stuff. :)
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106 Amy @ Long Drive Journey February 14, 2014 at 5:23 am

HOW did you burn your nose?? Did you put it directly in the soup and then inhale? That is hilarious, but I imagine very painful, so I hope it feels better.
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107 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 14, 2014 at 5:32 am

:lol: No… the steam burned my nose. I just opened the lid on the pot and it all came rushing out at once after a few seconds . Totally wasn’t expecting it.

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108 Fran@BCDC February 14, 2014 at 6:42 am

Amanda, I’ve heard other bloggers talking about Thinking Out Loud but I’ve never checked it out. I think I’ll be joining next week. Such fun! Have a great day and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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109 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 14, 2014 at 7:16 am

I really hope you do, Fran! I always love reading them!

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110 Lauren February 14, 2014 at 9:06 am

Pick me! Pick me! I’ll be your Valentine! :D We can bake and eat tons of truffles and good things, then finish off the day with a nice bowl of oatmeal/movie!

I must say, I have burned so many parts of my body trying to make a meal or something. From coffee to soup to grabbing a train from the oven without a mit (yeah, this happened)… I have SO many kitchen scars. At least it makes me look badass ;)

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111 Gina @ Health , Love, and Chocolate February 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

Okay think I am just going to go ahead and buy my blend ticket and figure out the rest later! I am pretty sure I need those despicable me cards in my life ASAP. Oh and if you can’t figure out what else to make besides truffles, you can always make another batch or five…;-)
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112 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets February 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

You baked a banana? I’ve never heard of such a thing, well unless you mean in bread, muffins or some type of baked good. I picked up the most giant bananas ever (no joke) at the grocery store today, and I thought of you. I also picked up some pretzels so I could make your delicious looking truffles. I have no sprinkles, but I think somehow I’ll manage with just the chocolate. ;)

First Heather announces she’s going to Blend and now you. Ah man, some of my favorite and fun ladies. You’ll have to get your share of Chipotle and Apple Butter when you’re stateside.

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113 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

Oh your poor widdle nose!!! For the record, that totally sounds like something that would happen to me! And embarrassing? <- Oh hell! How about I spelled that right on the first try for the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE! haha!

I never knew the trick about baking bananas to ripen them! I am BEYOND amused by this! Really…you should see the look on my face! Ha! Oh and totally random, but I have a snack/dessert for you to try: dried coconut (like the meaty pieces, not the chips) with dark chocolate…that's it, one of each…in the mouth…at the same time…OMG! 8O
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114 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I’ve been hearing good things about this fabled combo, but I have yet to find dried coconut meat around these parts! All I ever see is the shredded stuff, which just… no.

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