Bagel-A-Thon

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Hi friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! In case you missed any of this weekend’s posts, I listed them all here (click to view).

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Someone sure is happy to be home. He’s already tackling his toys…

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…and re-claiming his spot on the couch.

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Breakfast featured…duh…more bagels!

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I figured we could freeze them for later and though I do get good results from my re-bake heating method, I really prefer food at its freshest. The current plan is to eat all the bagels we took home from our weekend adventure as fast as possible. I may freeze one, though. We’ll see.

I ate the last Honey Oat bagel and more yummy honey nut cream cheese. I still can’t get over how the bagel shop makes all the bagels and cream cheese from scratch! Why can’t we have somewhere like that around my home?

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Lunch was a re-heat of dinner.

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I re-heated last night’s noodle dinner in a saute pan with some chicken broth and soy sauce. Sooo much better than microwaving!

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I enjoyed lunch with a deeeeelicious Cascal light red drink. I first sampled this stuff at the Foodbuzz tasting pavilion and instantly liked it. The fermented drink tastes natural and is a far cry from overly sweet soda. Made with fruit juices, which are the only sweetener, this drink may not be healthy, but it’s a MUCH better alternative to traditional sodas.

I’ve been craving sweet, bubbly drinks a lot lately (especially after Zumba), so when I saw Cascal on sale for $2.50 off a 4-pack, plus a coupon, I had to pick some up. I only wish I’d gotten the white flavor, too. lol

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Carb load for Zumba = another handmade bagel – blueberry this time and just toasted and topped with butter.

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After work, I had a dentist appointment. I must admit, I’m not the best with teeth care. I brush my teeth every day, but I’m terrible at remembering to floss! Every time I go to the dentist, I leave with good intentions of taking up flossing on a daily basis. But eventually I slack off and get back into the bad habit of non-flossing. I had an interesting thought in the dentist’s chair while my chompers were being polished. I wondered if dentists and the teeth cleaners (what are they called?) get frustrated with the lack of dental care the same way I can about healthy living and the bad habits I see my co-workers doing (eating “lunch” out of vending machines, etc). I think it’s interesting how people pick what they want to passionately follow and what not. I can be so serious about trying to eat healthy and yet so lax on flossing.

Since we’re on the topic, consider this your reminder – remember to floss people! :)

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When I got home from the dentist, I got started on dinner – a slow cooking lentil soup.

I ended up cooking two pots: 1 with meat and 1 sans meat.

I love making soups for dinner because they make for such great leftovers. This will definitely serve for a few delicious and easy lunches later on.

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And for dessert – the very last coconut macaroon.

Can you believe I actually considered eating another bagel for dessert?! It would have been a bagel-a-thon! lol

Do you drink bubbly drinks (soda or otherwise)? What kinds?

Best Bagels of the Mountains

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Did you miss any posts from my weekend trip to the NC mountains?

Here are some links to this weekend’s posts:

Our last day of the trip was a short one as we had to be out of the cabin by 10am, so we basically woke up, got ready for the day, packed up, and took off.

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We left the cabin, but we made a pit stop in Boone, NC before heading home.

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Michelle and Ben told us about a fabulous little bagel shop called Mountain Bagels – a place they said they like to visit when they’re in town.

I cheated on Eat In Month, but considering we did lunches and dinners in, I wasn’t too worried about it. It wasn’t so much that we went to Mountain Bagels because we were feeling lazy, but more so because we wanted to experience the restaurant while we were in town. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity this local gem.

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The inside was bright and cheerful.

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The bagel selection was nice and varied. I saw flavors I’ve never heard of before – Tomato Basil, Everything Pumpernickel, Honey Oat, and a couple others.

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We were all really excited about the COFFEE because we didn’t brew any at the cabin and it was late in the morning by the time we hit up the bagel shop. I really liked the Mountain Bagel brew – it was light and smooth – just the way I like my breakfast brews.

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I decided to get the Pumpernickel Everything bagel. It was amazing – so flavorful! I loved the texture, too. You could tell they are made from scratch and with care.

This was, I believe, my first ever Everything bagel. To be honest, they’ve always scared me before. I usually keep my bagel selection kind of simple, so all the toppings on everything bagels sounded overwhelming. I actually really enjoyed the flavor. YUM!

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I had my bagel toasted and topped with veggie cream cheese. Mountain Bagels makes their own cream cheese, too! The cream cheese was really tasty and had nicely sized pieces of vegetables (celery, carrots, green onion) throughout. I especially liked the crisp bites of celery.

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Hubby opted for a bacon and egg bagel, though I forgot what flavor bagel he ordered. I believe he got the jalapeno cheddar.

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If you’re ever in the Sugar Mountain / Boone, NC area, I highly recommend a visit to this cute little bagel shop. Elie, the owner, couldn’t have been nicer and besides supporting a locally owned business with a charming staff, you’ll be able to enjoy real quality baking. Mountain Bagels also bakes pastries from scratch, including chocolate croissants that Michelle raved about.

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After breakfast, we all road tripped it back home. One of my favorite things about visiting the mountains is enjoying the scenic views. Luckily, I am not usually driving because it would be really unsafe to take in the views

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Hello rolling mountains!

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Hubby and I loved Mountain Bagels so much, we took 8 bagels home with us – 7 for us to enjoy later and 1 for my sister.

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We decided to go ahead and use bagels in our lunch as soon as we got home.

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Organic, cage-free eggs with toasted bagels.

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Hubby ate the Tomato Basil and I had Honey Oat with Honey Nut Cream Cheese. It was lovely!

Later in the day, we picked up Bailey from my sister. Thanks Sis for taking such good care of Bailey!

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We had plans of going to the grocery store that night, but started feeling lazy. Luckily, our pantry is well-stocked and I was able to put something yummy together. I made edamame as a snack while my tofu roasted away.

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And I made a slightly altered version of my 3, 2, 1 Vegetarian Noodles, but with roasted tofu, for an easy and tasty dinner.

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Dessert was candy from our candy shopping spree! I only had a few pieces. Phew! I forgot just how sweet candy is! Maybe I’ll make some Not So Sweet candy, next? lol ;)

Do you eat bagels? What’s your favorite flavor?

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