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Weekend Recap 2/1/2014

Had a busy but fun weekend.  Here’s a few pics:

The weekend started Friday evening with a little Franziskaner at a local German Bar.image

Saturday for a late lunch The Hubs and I hit a local Italian restaurant and they had my favorite meal that I’ve been waiting for them to have as a special for almost a year!  Seafood St. Jacques.  Oh my GOSH!  It’s this creamy cheesy sauce with crab, shrimp, and scallops, with a crumb top.  It’s served with dry toast so you can sop up any left over cheesy goodness.  And I also got a baked potato and green beans as my sides.  I’m not really sure why I didn’t center the dishes to look presentable.  Probably because I was so excited to eat I just took the picture quick.

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Sunday was, of course, Superbowl Sunday!  After church I tried to hold on to any last bit of healthiness that I was going to have and made a smoothie.  It had a banana, blueberries and spinach.  It was actually pretty good, I could only taste a hint of spinach.

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And let’s bring on the Superbowl food!  Definitely had our share of typical football fare.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, this is only a fraction of what we had.  Taco dip, salsa dip, fruit, veggies, chips, dips, homemade egg rolls, the list goes on.  We also enjoyed carrot cake, grilled venison, venison chili, and home made jalapeno poppers.  They were delicious!  Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto.  I can’t even remember everything else!

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In case you missed last weeks bentos: Bento #18, Bento #19, and Bento #20.

Bento #20

Wow, we’re up to my 20th bento!  I’m using my Rove Laptop Bistro Box.  Forgive me for the less than stellar cell phone pic.  It’s nearing midnight and I just wanted to get the lunch made and get moving with this post.

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The left triangle contains an awesome salad that I’m very excited to eat tomorrow!  It might look small but there’s tons of room in that container.  Besides the lettuce I have cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and sliced up string cheese in there.  The right triangle has a smoothie type thing that I just decided to wing.  It has a banana, oatmeal, strawberry Greek yogurt, and a few strawberries & raspberries.  I’m not sure if I should drink it or eat it with a spoon… but since I put it in here I’ll probably eat it with a spoon.  The top square is strawberries and raspberries, and the bottom square is Italian dressing for my salad.

Bento #18

After a nice email conversation with my friend, and the fact that The Hubs made me go grocery shopping, I ended buying some healthy stuff for meals this week.  I have to get this extra weight off me.

Here’s tomorrow’s lunch:

Tier 1:

Raspberries, straberries, and a half of a banana.  I haven’t decided if this is going to be breakfast or dessert for my lunch.  I’m sure I’ll end up eating it for breakfast.

Tier 2:

Tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumber slices, turkey roll ups on a toothpick with a tomato, and a string cheese.

Let’s hope I can keep this up!

Brief Weekend Recap

Friday morning started out with this:

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It was an absolutely beautiful sunrise!  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.

Friday night we went to a local bar where my high school music teacher’s band was playing.  Definitely a fun time and I got to see some teachers and students I haven’t seen in years!

Saturday night The Hubs and I went to Monster Jam with some friends and their kids.

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On the left is all the trucks lined up, top right is Monster Mutt flipped over, and bottom right is Grave Digger.

It was my first time seeing monster trucks.  It was fun, and I’d definitely do it again.  We bought our tickets a little later than our friends so we ended up being in the next section over.  When we went to find our seats there were people in them.  There were enough empty seats that we ended up going over and sitting in the row in from of our friends which happened to be the front row!  Well technically the 4th row since they had the first few covered in plastic as a safety precaution I guess.  Anyway, I got some great pictures and The Hubs even got some video of the Doughnut Competition.  Grave Digger won!

Here’s this week’s posts in case you missed it:

Bruschetta Alfredo Toast

Bento #17

Bento #17

I worked late today and when I got home I was totally beat.  I didn’t do laundry, didn’t do dishes, didn’t vacuum, but I made my lunch for tomorrow so at least I somewhat felt like I was being a grownup.

This lunch is pretty balanced, I guess.  My friends wedding is at the end of this summer, so if I want to feel like a hottie and not a fatty I need to start now with at least attempting to eat healthy and lose some weight (of which I am the heaviest I’ve been in my entire life right now, thank you stress eating. Yeah yeah, I can only blame myself, I know).

Now on to the picture.  I made this with my Rove Laptop Bistro Box that The Hubs got me for Christmas since he knows I’m a little cray-cray and obsessive when it comes to lunch containers.  It handily comes with it’s own utensils that click into the top and the small containers are allegedly leak-proof.  Although this is my first time using it and I haven’t tested it with liquids yet.

Here we have some oatmeal and blueberries (just add water) for breakfast.  For lunch a ham and turkey sandwich, sliced string cheese, and tomatoes & cucumbers.  There’s a lot of carbs here, but it’s probably healthier than a trip to the local BBQ joint for a pulled pork burrito.

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Bruschetta Alfredo Toast

Bruschetta Alfredo Toast?  Yeah I totally just made that up right now, but it works.

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My mother-in-law made something similar a few months ago.  She whipped up a batch of homemade alfredo, threw some homemade bruschetta on top of thick sliced Italian bread and put it in the oven.  Absolutely delicious!  She made it as an appetizer to our spaghetti dinner but I could have easily made a meal of it.  I probably could have eaten 5 pieces. No joke.

A few days ago I ended up making homemade alfredo for sphagetti and had some leftover.  I bought some mini Italian bread yesterday and fresh cherry tomatoes so I decided to do my own take on the Bruschetta Alfredo Toast.  I put the bread in the oven for a few minutes to crisp it up, added the alfredo, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning and slapped it back in the oven until I felt it looked done.  That’s how I cook, I don’t measure and I just wing it.  It must have been ok because even The Hubs gave it a thumbs up tonight!

Delicious Dinner

Tonight The Hubs and I went to dinner, and tonight I was that weird person taking pictures of her food before I ate.  I realize that food photos are a relatively new thing which is just a side affect due to the birth of social media and people’s needs to share everything they do from going to the bathroom to what they ate for dinner.  I must admit I’m in that same category.  That being said, here’s the delicious dinner drink I had which I stole from my Instagram feed.  Those of you that follow me on Instagram and Facebook already saw this.

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The drink is called Angry Balls, it’s made out of Angry Orchard Hard Cider and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.  It tasted like a crisp Fall afternoon.  Sooo good!

My dinner was actually an appetizer.  I love appetizer foods!  Often The Hubs will say, “Why don’t you get real food, not just snacks?”  Well that’s because I like snacky-type foods better.  Anyone that knows me can attest to the fact that nachos are one (if not my most) favorite foods.  Whether fully loaded with all the fixings or just simple with some melted cheese, weather white tortillas or tri-colored red, white, and blue, with beans or without, I love all nachos equally.  And tonight’s dinner didn’t disappoint.

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Christmas is Over

I took my Christmas tree down yesterday. My plan was to do it while I was off on New Year’s Day, but that day came around and I just wasn’t ready. I figured I’d do it this weekend and we’d do some major house cleanup since we have more than slacked since the busyness of the holidays.

When I got home from work yesterday I knew it was time. Christmas is over, the New Year is here. After dinner with my in-laws while I was relaxing watching TV, at 10:30pm I decided to make the move and take the tree down. There’s something bittersweet about taking down your Christmas tree. It means that all the hype and excitement that’s been pushed down our throats since the day after Halloween is over. All the preparation, shopping, cooking, wrapping, stressing, parties, Christmas music, warm fuzzy Christmas feelings, all the “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” is done and over, and it’s time to get back to normal. Our decorations again have found their 11 month homes in big, red & green, plastic totes and cardboard boxes we place on shelves in our basements and garages. Douglas firs that took their cold journey on car roofs from tree farms to living rooms are shunned to the curb, with needles drying out they are no longer needed. All the amazing gifts opened beneath their branches now memories in our minds and camera memory cards.

I’ll miss my quiet mornings sitting with only the tree on, sipping coffee before the sun came up, and I’ll miss watching TV at night in the glow of tree lights. But it’ll be nice to have my living room back, especially because now I have no branches poking into the edge of my TV viewing.

Just for fun, this is the new Tervis travel mug The Hubs got for me… because I LOVE my morning coffee!

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