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Martin’s Review

I can’t help but sing the theme song from the sitcom “Martin” every time I think of the store! 

You remember??? Note “Marrrrr-tiiiin.”Note

Ha!   What a blast from the past!

Yesterday after work and a small celebratory happy hour for a friend who just found out she gets to keep her teaching job nest year (YAY!), I headed to the new Martin’s grocery store for some much needed groceries. 

For those of you not from the Richmond area, here’s the back story on this.  Ukrop’s was a family owned chain of grocery stores popular to this area that were recently bought by the Giant-Carlisle Division.  Gradually, the old Ukrop’s stores have been closed and converted to the new Martin’s.

I was never a regular Ukrop’s shopper.  The prices were more expensive than other stores, and I’m on a house buying budget.  I tended to only go there in emergencies, or for their fantastically fresh salad bar.  I also had them make my wedding cake, which was phenomenal!

But after hearing several people proclaim that Martin’s was much cheaper, I thought I’d give it a shot!  The store is much closer to my house and it is right next to Target, which I frequent regularly for cleaning products, household goods, and other bounties of cuteness.  It could be the start of a wonderful relationship!  😉

The first thing I noticed when I walked into the store was the bright green employees!  They were swarming everywhere and you could not miss them!  They were this color:


Very convenient for finding help 🙂

I also noticed that it was pretty much the same as Ukrop’s.  They had the same salad bar and cafe; the same deli, and sushi bar; and the same bakery.  The only differences I really saw were that the prices were lower, they flip flopped the fish and meat department, added a wall in the produce department, and they added a beer and wine section.  Unlike Ukrop’s, they will be open on Sundays and sell beer and wine….  Oh, and they sell cigarettes behind the customer service desk (yuck!).  It had a fresh coat of paint and new signs, but all in all, pretty much the same.

It is always hard to shop a new grocery store when you are unfamiliar with the aisles and where everything is, so I’m sure I forgot a few items.  But I will definitely go back to Martin’s the next time I need groceries and give it another shot!  Hey!  I might go on a Sunday and buy some wine!

Today, my friend Gen is driving into town and we are going to go for a hike!  I love hiking,  but I don’t get to do it very often.  I’m not very familiar with hiking trails in this area.  We are going to pick a Walking Trail from this website and head out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather! 

Have a wonderful Saturday!!!! 

Do you have a favorite place to hike??? 


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Demon Denim and Laptops

I’m so excited, I just can’t stand it!!! 

For starters, tomorrow is Friday, and it’s a spirit day.  That means we can wear jeans to work!  There is something that makes a workday so much more enjoyable when you get to rock the denim… even if certain unnamed persons believe that they are the“devil’s leg tubes.” 😉

Secondly, I just ordered a new laptop!!!!  It is fully loaded, shiny, tiny, and coming in the next week, or so!  This is going to make my life so much easier!  No more blogging all cooped up in the upstairs office.  :)  I can not wait for it to come.  It’s like the P90X-citement all over again.  Except I don’t think I’ll get bored with this delivery after only a month 😉

Here it is!!!! 


Beautiful, right?!?!?!

I haven’t posted a recipe in a while, so I thought I’d post last night’s dinner:  Soba Noodle Stir Fry.  I adapted this recipe from March’s issue of Clean Eating Magazine.



  • 12 oz. soba noodles
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 package of portabella mushrooms sliced (and/or 1 lb round steak, sliced into strips)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • juice from 1 orange
  • orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic 
  • couple squirts of honey

1) Cook noodles according to the package.

2) Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Spray with olive oil cooking spray.  If making without steak, move on to step 4.

3) If cooking steak, add slices to pan and cook until cooked through.  Remove from pan and set aside.

4) Add onions, garlic, broccoli, peppers and mushrooms.  Sauté until cooked through.

3)  Once noodles are finished, add to the skillet and mix with vegetables. 

4)  Mix soy sauce, orange juice, orange zest and honey together in a small bowl.  Pour over noodle and vegetable mixture and stir to coat. 

5) If using steak, add to the pan and combine with noodle stir fry.


Hers & His I’m a bit of a messy cook, huh??? 

I made Larry’s noodle stir fry  in his very own meaty skillet.  Oh, what we do for love 😉

Larry has requested Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia for dinner tomorrow night, which I love to make, because it is so quick and easy.  It also means that I get to try out our new Martin’s grocery store.  I’ve heard that the prices are not too shabby!  Check back tomorrow for a review. 

Have a Fabulous Friday!!!!!


magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!


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Takin’ it Easy

Like I said last night, is it Friday yet?!??!?

We haven’t been able to go outside for recess in almost a month because of the cold, the melting snow, and the mud.  If anyone has ever been trapped in a classroom full of 8 and 9 year olds for six hours a day, five days a week, then you must understand my need for the weekend!!!

I decided to take it easy today.  I looked at my Fitness Log, and realized that I have only taken off five days the entire month of February.  My body is getting toned, but it is also getting very sore.

I joined some friends for a happy hour and enjoyed a little brewsky.


I almost never drink beer, but tonight I was in the need for something light.  Having a glass of wine would have made me a little too relaxed, if you know what I mean, and I had errands to run and papers to grade.

I also munched on some chips and salsa. 

These made me very thirsty!!!

Tonight we are even going to make an easy dinner.  Larry is going to have a lean burger grilled on our Foreman, and I am going to have another Quorn chik’n patty with TJ’s BBQ sauce.  I think I may be in love!  And because you can’t have a “burger” without fries, I am going to broil unseasoned fries until they are nice and crispy.  Doesn’t get much better than that! 

   George agrees!

Have a wonderful night! 


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