Red Wine Spritzer


I’ve been a huge fan of red wine lately but with the weather getting warmer I have been in the mood for something lighter and more refreshing!  I saw this idea a few different times on Pinterest so obviously I had to give it a try!

It’s not really a recipe, but more of an idea, and you could totally do it with white wine too! Or a different flavor sparkling water!  Whatever floats your boat 🙂


Red Wine Spritzer


  • red wine
  • sparkling water
  • frozen berries


Mix ingredients together in whatever ratio you would like (I recommend 1 part wine to 3 parts sparkling water), add berries, and enjoy!

Artichoke · Chicken · Pizza · Wine

Pesto Artichoke Sausage Pizza

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On Friday afternoon I was in desperate need of wine after a fairly stressful week, so I headed to Trader Joe’s on the way home.  I love their wine selection and I was reading the Fearless Flyer online and they were featuring a wine that I wanted to try.

So I bought some.

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While I was there I also browsed the aisles and it became very apparent very quickly that I needed to make pizza for dinner.  So along with my wine I grabbed a bag of whole wheat pizza crust, a can of artichoke hearts, and a bag of shredded mozzarella.

When I got home I added a jar of pesto and a chicken sausage to the mix and got to work!


To start off, I rolled out my pizza dough.  Someone needs to teach me how to do this properly because I never have success making it look nice.


I was just happy there were minimal holes!

Next, I added a layer of pesto.


Then some cheeeeeeeese.


Then chicken sausage! I used a spinach feta one I got from Safeway.  It’s their antibiotic, hormone free chicken sausage brand…I’m all for no antibiotics in my chicken!


After the chicken sausage, I added three of the canned artichoke hearts.  I love these little guys!  I’m a big artichoke fan but marinated artichoke hearts are just too much for me most of the time.  These are perfect!


After that I added more cheese and then apparently forgot to take pictures until I had the pizza on my plate.

Anyways, it was a great combo!

Pesto Artichoke Sausage Pizza


  • 1/2 bagged whole wheat pizza crust (enough to make 1 12 inch pizza)
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, more if you would like
  • 1 chicken sausage, diced
  • 3 canned artichoke hearts, diced


  1. Preheat oven to highest setting, or whatever the package directions say.
  2. Roll out pizza dough on floured surface, move to oiled pizza pan (or baking sheet if you’re me and don’t own a pizza pan)
  3. Layer on the toppings!
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, cool for at least 5 minutes, cut, and eat!



Dietetic Internship · Food Service · Life · Running · Tofu · Weekly Recap · Wine

Week 23 Recap



Yup, that’s me with a microphone on.  Freaked out.  Glad I wore black so no one could see me sweating.

I ended my rotation in food service this week and my last big project I had to complete was a presentation on sugar.  I’ve tried a few times to write a post summarizing what my presentation covered but every time I’ve gotten overwhelmed.  In fact, my entire 5 week journey with the topic of sugar was overwhelming.  There is literally so much information available and I had so many options of routes that I could take with sugar that it took me a substantial amount of time to make any progress.

Overall, I think the presentation went well.  The audience wasn’t as big as I had hoped it would be but those who did show up were very receptive and obviously had an interest in the topic because they were ready with questions at the end.  After I wrapped everything up and took off my mic, I still had people coming up and sharing their stories and experiences with me, which was absolutely wonderful!  My goal was to increase their awareness of sugar and show them how the food at the retirement community is better than some of the other foods they may be eating if they were relying on a lot of processed foods.

I think my preceptor also appreciated me ending on a “the food here is great!” note since my presentation as a whole had the potential to really cause her some problems.

It was a great learning experience through and through.  From my previous job as a peer advisor I was already pretty comfortable talking into a mic (since we used to do lots of presentations to prospective students in a big auditorium) but I’ve never worn an ear mic before.  I actually had to tape it behind me ear because my hair kept pulling at it.  I also had some of my facts questioned which makes me think twice about the resources I used to gather information.  It’s all a learning experience.

On Wednesday I headed up to Forest Grove to spend the day at a different retirement community and shadow the RD there.  I really enjoyed it and I love being able to visit different facilities and see how different things are done.

Thursday I did my orientation at the city hospital in the morning so I’m all set to start on Monday! I’ve got my badge and all my clearances taken care of which is a relief.  Since I was able to turn in my massive binder right when I got to the retirement community on Thursday I was able to spend the rest of they day doing the first section of my hospital study guide.  Then I met up with a friend who I know from college/church/sorority and had a glass of wine with her while we got to catch up.  It was a great way to end the craziest 5 weeks of my internship so far!

Friday was a class day, same old there.  I scurried out the door once we were done because I was dying to just have some relaxing me time for a change!  I went to the gym and had a great workout, picked up some take out for dinner, caught up on some reading and Survivor, and went to bed early.

I woke up at 7 am this morning feeling so refreshed!



The sunshine was trying so hard to break through the clouds!

I have the Shamrock Run tomorrow in Portland.  It’s  a 15k (9.3 miles) so I went on a short run this morning (~2 miles) and had a big, carb loaded lunch.  I also tried to really bump up my carbs yesterday too.  I’m making teriyaki bowls for dinner (mostly because I’ve been craving tofu and broccoli) so I am pretty confident I will be okay for my race tomorrow.  About 4 of the 9 miles are a gradual incline, but once you get to mile 5.5 it’s all downhill.  I just need to get to that point!

I’m headed up to Portland this evening since my race is at 7:40 am.  I’ll have a recap post about it soon because it’s supposed to be a great run!


Dietetic Internship · Life · Weekly Recap · Wine

Week 2 Recap


It’s October and it’s finally starting to look like fall! Okay, so it was 77 degrees today, not very fall like by Oregon standards, but I won’t complain about one last glimpse of warmth before it disappears until June.  I love this time of year and going on a run yesterday I was way too distracted by all the scenery.  I’m just in love with Oregon, plain and simple.  I also love living on the outskirts of Corvallis cuz I don’t have to run where a lot of people are around and I can get out into the country where the scenery is simply breath taking.

As my dad says, “I have found my people.”

You bet I have!

I have also found these fun little friends to watch in the wetlands…


First I scared them and they scared me, so they scurried into the foliage.  I waited for them to come back out because from first glance I thought they were rabbits in the water, which would be weird, and then I thought they were tiny beavers.  They have skinny tails though so I think they’re river otters? I couldn’t get a good look at their feet. Aren’t they cute though???

Anyways, so I survived my first full week of rotations.  Besides the fact that I’m obsessed with all the interns and wish I could spend every day with them, I don’t really have anything new to report.  Nothing super interesting in our didactic day class and the preschool was just nuts all week.  I’m curious to see what tomorrow will be like with the kids.

I hope it picks up things a lot because even though I’m enjoying my experience so far and love my preceptor and the family advocates I’m working with, it’s just not my niche of dietetics and I already know it.  I used to really think I wanted to do community nutrition, back when I first started my nutrition major, but that focus shifted about a year ago.  Unless something changes in the next 3 weeks I think I will be able to say that that is really not the direction I want to go.  That realization has been a pretty big double edged sword for me.  On one hand it’s great that my initial decision to do the senior nutrition care focus isn’t going to be something I’m regretting.  I don’t foresee myself wishing I had done community.  However, on the other hand, it’s unfortunate because I do still have 3 weeks left where I am now and I will get a dabbling in a few other areas of community nutrition through out my internship.

I’m staying as positive as I can.  I’m not going to lie though, right now I’m totally ready to get into my next rotation.  I’m ready to be in a hospital!

As a congratulations to ourselves on completing our first 5 day week (like we had a choice…) one of the other interns, Jill, and I enjoyed some wine on Friday night.  Barefoot had a new red blend out so I decided to give it a try…


There isn’t much too this wine at all.  Not much complexity.  I did thoroughly enjoy it though!  It’s a good wine for just drinking.  In fact, we probably could have downed the entire bottle if we didn’t exhibit some self control on that front.


So classy.

Anyways, I’ve been in quite the cooking mood lately, so a few recipe posts will be on their way soon!

Running · Wine

11 Mile Run…and WINE!!!

So today I conquered my 11 mile run and it felt AMAZING! I was really worried about it after how difficult it was to run 10 last week, but I started out at a slower pace and just let myself keep running at whatever pace felt comfortable.  I stayed around 8:30 for my mile times, which is pretty freaking fast if you ask me, but I felt great at that pace and didn’t have to make any dramatic slow downs like I did last week.  I hit 11 miles down the street from my house so I decided to just end my run there and walk the rest of the way back, which is probably the smartest thing I could have done.

I called my mom and told her the exciting news and sent a screen shot from my running app to my dad.  They were both very proud to hear about the progress I have continued to make.  Even though neither of them run, their support has been incredible through this training process.  I could not do it without their words of encouragement and congratulations every time I share this journey with them.  I wish they could be there on the day of my race, but that’s just one of the downfalls of living so far away from “home” I guess.



I plan on celebrating my success tonight with fro yo and a glass (or two) of wine.  I opened a bottle that my mom got me for my birthday last week after 10 miles, and I figure I might as well finish it tonight. Wine not?



Note the fancy Insta picture…awww yeah.

Taking a week off from long runs and trying 11 again on the 28th!