Cooking in Pearls

by Lauren on April 3, 2012

Well, you all totally get me and that is one of the many reasons why I continue to pour out of heart and soul.  After last night's ramble, I was so pleased to hear that many of you often go through the same thing and even better, you all had some wonderful suggestions on healthy ways to clear your head when your faced with some heavy decisions.  A few of my favorite: 

  • Go for a long walk
  • Go for coffee with a friend and talk it out
  • Listen to music 
  • Escape for the weekend 

Love it!  I am going to try all of these in hopes I'll find some clarity in the next few weeks.  

In the meantime, I'll continue to drown my sorrows in pints of Ben and Jerry's, which by the way is fantastic since so many of you asked. 

The past week, I've decided to reach out to my good friend and personal trainer to help me with some exercises that I can do while I'm recovering from my foot injury.  I knew that if I tried to rehab on my own, I would probably damage myself more so I did the expensive smart thing and hired help. 

I met with my trainer this morning and remembered why I love working with him.  He pushes me harder than I would ever push myself on free weights.  I have been feeling it all. day. long. 


Raw Oats, Berries, 1/2 a Banana, Peach Chobani, Muffin Piece, Almond Butter, Chia 

Look at that..the sunlight has returned for breakfast!  Today is the first day I noticed the light and practically fell over in the thought of what this will now do to my am photos. 

I spent all morning in the office working on reports.  Definitely not my favorite part about my job but it has to get done so I sucked it up for a few hours and got everything done. 

I came home for lunch and to a nice surprise on my doorstep. 

A few days ago, Jennifer from My Freshwater Pearls contacted me to see if I would be interested to receiving a pair of beautiful fresh water pearls.  Funny story, but when I was a little girl, my dad bought me a real set of pearls and I thought they were the uncoolest thing in the world.  To a 10 year old girl, pearls were something only my grandmother wore.  Today, I kick myself for not being more appreciative because pearls are one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry I have. 

I was more than happy to receive a set of Simply Pure 8-9 mm freshwater Pearl Earrings to add to my collection. 

Right away, I was drawn by the color.  A soft pink that is subtle enough to wear with almost anything. 

They are the perfect size too!  For someone with small ears like myself, I'm always looking for posts that don't overpower my lobes.  These are just right. 

Thank you Jennifer for such a thoughtful gift.  Even though my birthday is next week, I considered them an early present. 

*disclaimer: My Freshwater Pearls has given me this product to review. I was not given the product in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own


With one single slice of pizza leftover from the past few days, I knew exactly what I would be making for lunch today.  Pizza croutons of course!  

What is pizza croutons you ask?  

Simply one of the best inventions ever!  You take a leftover slice of pizza, cut it up into small bite sized pieces, bake it, and top your salad with them.  Really, it's delicious!  A one-bowl pizza and salad lunch is my kind of meal. 

Dinner was slightly more conventional.  I had a coupon for fish from the store this weekend and as I was browsing, I decided I wanted to go with a fish we usually don't buy often. 

Mahi Mahi happened to be on sale and is one that we haven't had in ages. 


I marinated the mahi mahi in a marinade of soy, teriyaki sauce, honey, garlic and OJ in the fridge for a few hours and had Toly throw it on the grill. 

Sides included Swiss chard, brown rice, grilled eggplant and asparagus. 

Quite impressive.  The mahi mahi is definitely a hearty fish but holds up so well on the grill.  I'm pretty sure the eggplant may have been my favorite part about this dinner though.  I added dried rosemary tonight which totally transformed the taste.  Eggplant is one of those vegetables that just tastes so much better to me on the grill than anywhere else. 

I'm ready for more fro-yo now.  Yeah, that little container isn't going to last long, I can already tell. 

Have a good night! 

Did you know??? Yesterday was National PB&J Day!  Check out a fun recipe on the NAG Blog that incorporates the classic into a delicious cookie! 

18 thoughts on “Cooking in Pearls”

  1. Those are beautiful earrings! I loved talking to you tonight! 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    Your pearls are beautiful!!  I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on some blog reading…hope all is well.  Lunch sometime this month??  

    1. Lauren says:

      YES!!! I was just thinking that. 🙂

  3. Becca says:

    The pearls are beautiful!!  What a lovely color 🙂  It's great that you are working with your trainer again.  it's true that trainers have a way of pushing us much more than we often do on our own.  I really hope your foot heals quickly!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks Becca!

  4. I am in love with those gorgeous pearl earrings!  I agree with you; pearls are one of the most beautiful, sophisticated pieces of jewelery a woman can wear.

  5. Love the Pearls. Definitely not the grandma type:) I love the idea of pizza croutons!

  6. Oooh! Pizza croutons! I remember you mentioning that on a comment on my blog. I MUST try!

  7. Alaina says:

    Those earrings are gorgeous! I love the color. 🙂
    I don't eat a whole lot of fish but I am definitely a fan of the mahi. I do like how hearty it is.

  8. Cait's Plate says:

    YUM!  Now THAT breakfast bowl looks awesome!!  I'm in bed checking blogs for some good breakfast inspirtation and I think you may have just given me mine! 🙂

  9. Sarah says:

    I love pearls and these pearl earrings are so pretty.  I just happen to be wearing a multi-strand freshwater pearl necklace today.  I've had it cough 20 cough years now and it still looks great.  Pearls never go out of style IMO.

  10. i think pearls are beautiful.  my great grandmother gave me my first set and i still have them for more special ocassions 🙂  I hope you take this long weekend to relax and enjoy yourself!!!

  11. Lisa says:

    What beautiful pearls, so thoughful and a nice gift. I so have got to try the pizza crutons, great idea for leftovers!

  12. Shay says:

    Food looks delicious! I love the pearls! New follower on FB! You can visit me at

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks for stopping by Shay!

  13. Pizza croutons?! Yes please! 

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