Gabriela recently posted the 5-4-3-2-1 survey on her blog, and before that it was Tina and I’ve seen many other bloggers post it.

It’s my turn today.

5 Words to Describe Myself







4 Favorite Foods

Plants of all kinds

Fruits and vegetables <–that’s my #1 and #2 fave foods

Fresh, raw, or simply prepared plants

As close to the way they were found in nature, for me, is the best way

See my Roasted & Baked Vegetables & Sides section for ideas

Chocolate (#3 fave food)  Let me Count the Ways I love it. 

From Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

to Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

I never met chocolate in any way, shape or form that I didn’t like

See This Post for all my Chocolate Recipes

Coffee (not officially a food but it will make the list at #4 fave anyway)

Vanilla Iced Coffee

to a massive Coffee Reviews Post

I do love my coffee!

3 Things I’m Most Proud of Accomplishing

a. Motherhood.  As I said in this post, if I don’t do this job right and well, nothing else matters.  Period.

b. Starting my blog and nurturing it and watching it grow.

As my blog has grown, I have grown so much as a person and have received so much from blogging.

I have learned about everything from the technology-based side of of blogging (please see my Blogging 1o1 Series if you’re a new-ish blogger or need help with these things) to interacting and negotiating terms with with large corporations.

I’ve made amazing friends that I know I’ll have for life.

c. If nothing else, blogging has helped me unlock my passion for photography!   I’ve learned that I’ve not only liked photography, but that I love it and it is like yoga; it will always be with me nowIt’s a life path.  Who knew. 

I’m proud of the ways I have grown as a photographer.

From using a point and shoot to where I am at today

I’m clearly a work-in-progress, as we all are.  But I’m trying to learn and I am proud of myself for diving in.

2. Favorite Workouts

a. yoga

b. running (or walking)

They are free, you can do them anywhere, nothing other than a mat (or an old towel on a hotel floor if you’re traveling) or a pair of shoes is required.

You don’t need a team, a coach, a buddy, a partner.

Just you and your mat, or you and your shoes and the open road, is all that’s needed.

You can make them fancy, complicated, or expensive with classes, gadgets, or what I think is non-essential equipment, but for me, my mat, my shoes, and my legs are all that I need.

If you missed this post from earlier in the week, Diet vs. Exercise, check it out as I discussed my thoughts on working out, where I’ve been, what I’ve tried, how that relates to diet, and so forth.

The physical and mental benefits of both are why I will always be a runner and a yogi.  Period.

It’s interesting, when I first started my blog it had a longer name, Love Veggies and Yoga. Running. And Chocolate.

Seems I have touched on all of those things in this post.

1 Thing to Expect From My Blog

The unexpected.

I have no idea what I am going to post about from one day to the next.  I write much of my content 24-48 hours in advance so that I have a rough shell and outline of what I am going to post about but there is massive flexibility in my posts.

Some of my drafts never make it to be published and other times, I am determined to share a “vital” piece of information or something that just happened that was unplanned or something I did or food that I made and that’s what I publish.

Some days it’s recipes, other days it’s product reviews, what I found at TJs or at the mall or what I bought for my house or a photography project I am excited to share or a trip I went on.

I just never know until I sit down to write and try to let the words flow where they want.

Case in point, my last post, Random Bits from the Week.  I surely didn’t know I was writing that one until I sat down to write.


1. Answer one of the categories from above

I’d love to hear the things you’re most proud of! (item 3)

And also what you come to expect from my blog or what you think readers come to expect from your blog if you have one?  Do you have a style, theme, or category you think your blog falls into?

2. Best thing you’ve done or eaten so far on this (Holiday) Weekend?

My weekend has been flying by!  I’ve had to work, I’ve cleaned my house, done some baking, taken pictures, been with Scott & Skylar.  It’s been going way too fast!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the No More Pests Giveaway

55 comments on “5-4-3-2-1”

  1. Hi Averie!

    I’m a relatively new reader and just made my first recipe from your blog: vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls!! What a great way to start, huh? I held the plate out for my husband and he sorta turned up his nose (as he always does when he knows something is vegan or “healthy”), but after he got used to the texture, he immediately grabbed a second one. And it was so fast, so easy, so little mess. This will be a staple in our house for SURE! THANK YOU!!! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes — especially the desserts!!


  2. We basically have the same favorite foods! :)

  3. 5 Words to Describe Myself:
    1) Determined
    2) Dichotomous
    3) Fun-Loving
    4) Organized
    5) Responsible

  4. My favorite exercises are yoga and hiking. But I also love my water sports, particularly snorkeling, diving and swimming.

    What I have come to expect from your blog – consistency, straight talk, high quality content and delicious photos :)

  5. awww motherhood….I’m looking forward to it :D

  6. Fun post, I’ve been seeing a few of these and enjoy reading them.

    1. Favorite workouts – running, trampoline aerobics, hiking, and biking
    2. Went for a day hike at Squaw Valley.

  7. Your passions shine through to anyone who meets you! When you love something you throw your whole self into it, which is something I’ve always admired about you

  8. Great post those pictures of the cookies are to die for they are making my mouth water!!

  9. 3 things I am proud of:
    1. Married 23 years
    2. Just lost 15lbs
    3. Started website to hopefully help people also lose weight

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