Today is a special day for 3 reasons:

1. It’s my dad’s birthday! Happy birthday Dad! I LOVE YOU!

2. It’s Friday.

3. It’s National Dog Day!


Maizey is already completely spoiled rotten, but I’m using today as an excuse to spoil her just a little more.

  • I took her on an extra long walk this morning
  • I sprinkled cheese over her food
  • I let her snuggle with me on the big couch (which she usually isn’t allowed on) during my morning quiet time
  • I took her outside for more snuggles once the sun was up — she loves sunbathing (don’t we all??) 🙂

Teri and Maizey

I also gave her a Grain-free CORE Turkey & Duck with Kale Superfood Protein Bar for a special treat this afternoon. She loves these things, and I love that they’re a healthy treat option. They’re not too heavy in calories and are packed with protein, both of which are important as my little miss Maizey gets a bit older. CORE superfood protein bars are grain-free and contain superfoods, like blueberries and flaxseed, to promote whole body health. (I feel like I could benefit from these protein bars! Ha! I put flaxseed and blueberries in my smoothie yesterday so I guess I’m set. 🙂 )
CORE superfood protein bars for dogs

How did you spoil your dog for National Dog Day? 

Is your dog allowed on furniture? Maizey isn’t allowed in my bed and she is allowed on the couch if a blanket is down, which she knows and follows…for the most part. 😉

Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (terilynhutchie) for more pictures of Maizey!

Thanks to Wellness CORE for sponsoring this post and for Maizey’s dog treats. She loves them! 

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Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while since I shared some favorite links…I started to write this this yesterday morning and then I decided I wanted to take Maizey on a nice long walk instead. But Tuesday is close enough to the weekend to still count this as the Weekender, right? (Not close enough, I know.)

The first link is about Miss Maizey. Doesn’t she look super happy about it?


Wellness CORE Dog Food, which is what I feed Maizey, was just named Best Dog Food by Dog Food Advisor.
That link gives more details on the criteria they used to evaluate dog food, and it made me feel even better about what I feed my pup.

11 Training Tips for Runners to Get You to the Finish Line Injury Free.
Great advice from Jen! (You can read how I stopped getting running injuries here.)

What elite runners really eat. 

Shalane Flanagan Superhero Muffins

I LOVE these Superhero Muffins, packed with zucchini and carrot and walnuts.
I’ve made them the past two weeks, freezing the extra muffins and reheating them as needed for a quick breakfast or snack. It’s a recipe from Shalane Flanagan’s new cookbook Run Fast Eat Slow, which I don’t have yet, but I really want.(This recipe was published in Runner’s World.) Have any of you gotten her new cookbook yet? I posted a picture of the muffins on instagram and tagged Shalane, and she liked my picture! I only freaked out a little. Okay, more than a little. 😉

Why using a period in a text makes you sound angry.
(So true!)

I was a featured blogger on Healthy Living Blogs.
I shared my favorite blogging tools and how I named my blog over 7 years ago.

Alright, I need to go get ready for my run! The sun is about to come up and it’s only 65 degrees – so excited for a cooler run! Have a great week!

P.S. I’m glad I’m not the only one who cries when overwhelmed! Thanks for sharing with me!

6 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

This classic Cobb salad recipe doesn’t use any fancy ingredients, but the combination is unbeatable. If you prep hard boiled eggs and cook the chicken in advance, it comes together very quickly for a fast lunch or weeknight dinner.

best classic cobb salad recipe

At work today, I listened to a webinar from a former FBI undercover agent who recruited former spies, no big deal. The topic was developing mental toughness and staying focused when you feel overwhelmed. I dialed in because I wanted to learn how to not cry at work when I’m overwhelmed, my go-to reaction, which I HATE and can’t stop, despite 10 years in Corporate America where that’s not really the best reaction. She didn’t tell us how to not cry at work (not that it was teed up that way anyway, but I was hoping! 😉 ), but she did talk about placing a higher value on your contributions  and removing negative self-talk where we limit ourselves and what we bring to the table.

So how does that relate to a Cobb salad, other than the fact that it’s what I brought to the dinner table most recently?

Here’s how: I often post pictures of my meals on Instagram, but I rarely blog the recipes. I think Oh, well it was just something I threw together. Or, It’s not really a recipe. Or, Someone else has blogged something sort of similar and they take better pictures anyway. But last night, I posted a picture of this salad with dim lighting and it was kind of out of focus and multiple people commented, asking for the recipe. And today, when the former FBI agent talked about valuing what I bring to the table, I thought about this Cobb salad and that I should place more value on what I can bring to the table (literally at home and figuratively at work), and what bring to the blog, and ultimately bring to you, my fine readers.

I hope you enjoy the recipe, but I also hope you know how much you make me feel valued, as a blogger. I can’t tell you how much it means that you visit my blog (many of you for YEARS), that you leave comments, that you share my recipes, that you make my recipes and let me know you loved somethings, and when you tag me in an Instagram picture showing a recipe of mine that you made, my heart explodes a little bit with glee. Thank you, my reader, for making blogging even more fun. You’re my favorite part. Now on to the salad! An onto greater feats at work sans tears! 🙂

The Ultimate Classic Cobb Salad

Serves 2

You can easily double this or save the leftovers for the next day’s lunch, leaving the dressing off. And if you’re extra hungry, add an extra egg! 

  • 4-5 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 stalk green onion, thinly sliced (white part + a little of the green part)
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts
  • 2-4 pieces thick bacon lardons, cooked until crisp
  • Cheese (blue cheese, feta, or goat cheddar are great!)
  • Favorite dressing + salt & pepper to serve
  1. Just assemble it in two bowls, dividing the ingredients evenly.
    • I put the romaine in first and then group the toppings in sections (eggs on one side, tomatoes on another, etc.), but you could evenly spread everything over the romaine too. I don’t know why I like it grouped together, but I do.
  2. Drizzle dressing over the top and dig in with a fork and knife. Cutting it all up helps spread the dressing.

best classic cobb salad recipe

Recipe Notes:

  • I buy the 5 pack of romaine hearts from Costco and use one heart for this. They’re super easy to chop into strips and then wash in a salad spinner.
  • I use a vegetable peeler to create thin slices of carrots. If you have a mandolin, that’d work great too. I’m too uncoordinated and fear I’d lose a fingertip if I bought one.
  • I bought a slab of thick bacon at the farmer’s market, and I LOVE the bacon lardon style in this. Plus, it was super cheap! If you use regular bacon, I’d recommend upping the # of slices.
  • I like an herb vinaigrette or honey mustard on this. Tommy goes for a poppyseed dressing.

best classic cobb salad recipe


best classic cobb salad recipe

Do you cry when you’re stressed? 

20 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

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