sharing some tasty things

muffin

Last week we picked up two very large containers of strawberries. Well, I’m only one person and couldn’t eat them before the berries got too ripe. I decided I needed to do something with them and found this amazing Fresh Picked Strawberry Muffin recipe from The Domestic Geek. I baked up a batch last night and let me tell you, they were so yummy! I had a few mishaps, which was totally user error and not the recipe. For example, I may have poured my very cold milk into my very warm melted butter and it got a little lumpy. I also don’t think I mixed the batter enough before scooping it out into my pan. You’d think I’ve never baked a thing before. They turned out well though! It’s definitely a recipe I want to keep using in the future. I’m thinking I may need to buy some fresh blueberries next!

shakeology

Today I started my morning off with vanilla shakeology mixed with peanut butter and a banana. This is pretty much my go to breakfast lately. This stuff isn’t the most tasty, I won’t lie, but with some stuff added in I really enjoy it. The bonus I’ve found is it has done great things for my energy level all day long. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it!

Every Wednesday we have staff meeting at work. The office has been super cold the last couple of days because our boiler unit has been shut down for the summer. I ended up having to make mint tea to warm myself up. This is the part where I complain about how cold it is outside and how it should be SPRING AND WARM. We had snow flurries yesterday morning. SNOW. FLURRIES.

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I usually work through lunch, meaning I sit at my desk and eat because more often than not someone will knock on my door it’s closed. I guess I sorta know what it feels like to be a mom and not be able to go to the restroom on your own. (I do┬áhave a coworker that has actually followed me into the restroom to talk business before.)

salad for lunch!

I’ve been making some variation of Gina’s black bean and corn salad for a few years now. We love it (and so many other Skinny Taste recipes) during the summer. It’s one of those dishes that gets even better after it’s been in the fridge over night. For lunch today I put it on a bed of salad and cut up some grilled chicken. It was incredibly tasty! Sadly this picture is terrible, but since I only took one because I was so hungry and wanted to EAT, this is all you get. Maybe I should start using my camera instead of my phone more often?

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And finally, I had to share this because it’s so cute. A friend at work picked this up for me. Sticky notes and stickers as well as a pink glittery ink pen. Target, y’all! They always have the best Hello Kitty things.

Currently listening to: Dan + Shay, Hunter Hayes, Danielle Bradbery

How is your week going so far?

random happenings

I can not believe it’s been so long since I’ve blogged!! I’m a couple of book reviews behind and I haven’t done anything exciting with makeup recently. Mostly due to oversleeping every morning.

So this is what I’ve sorta been up to lately…

There’s been this recipe for peach dumplings and apple dumpling floating around everywhere! Who am I to deny myself something when it’s called a dumpling?! Yeah.

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A couple cans of croissants, quartered peaches or apples, cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, a canned soda and bake. I tried it last week and let me tell you, it’s not much to look at in photos but it is yuuuuummy. Now I’m thinking…how amazing would it be with strawberries?!!

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Played Barbie’s with a close friends daughter. Notice the makeup and tattooing she’s been doing lately. Some of these dolls belonged to me. I kept them stored in an air tight container for years and years until finally giving them up.

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Hung out with friends and watched a dog fall in love with my guy. Though I can’t say I blame him for that.

ImageDid yard work and then pulled a muscle in the back of my thigh.

I need to get back to taking pictures daily. Otherwise I feel like I have next to nothing to blog about!

 

Current and Upcoming Reading List #1

I have a really bad habit of jumping around from series to series. I don’t know why that is because I love to keep visiting with characters that I fell in love with in the first book.

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Right now I’m reading Beautiful Creatures, book 1 in the Caster Chronicles series. I am loving it (after having watched the movie a million times). This is one of those books I’ve had on my kindle since…forever but I have no idea why I haven’t read it already.

I’ve decided I’m making myself continue with the series when I finish BC! So my next reads will be:

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I already know what I’m reading after those too! It’s hard for me to read more than one thing at a time but I may try a few novella type books here and there. What are you currently or planning to read?

the one where I talk about food

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*drool*

I love a bit (or a lot) of love for pimento cheese. Maybe it’s in my southern girl roots? I don’t know if that’s likely though, since I don’t care for a lot of southern dishes (no sweet tea?! *gasp*). I could eat pimento cheese every day though. Let’s be honest…I could eat any kind of cheese every day. It’s one of my food weaknesses. But pimento cheese is all smooth and creamy and mmm. I’ve never made it home made (though I have always wanted to) but we’ve always bought the same brand for as far back as I can remember. We keep a tub of regular pimento cheese and jalapeno pimento cheese in the fridge at all times.

For dinner Monday night we had home made beef stew and grilled cheese sandwiches. I pretty much adore a grilled cheese. Case in point, my boy made me one for dinner just on Saturday night. His version was just cheese slices, my version was jalapeno pimento cheese. It was ooey and gooey and messy. It was also one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth!

lunch!

asparagus!

I always pack my lunch for work. Sometimes it’s a sandwich. Other times it’s leftovers from dinner. I very rarely (maybe once every couple of months) go out for lunch. I don’t see the point in trying to rush out to pick something up when I could just relax in my office. I’m also cheap.

Yesterday I brought leftover chicken and pineapple pizza, but when a co-worker swung by to ask if I’d like a grilled chicken salad, I said “yes please, and make it a double” (ok, I didn’t REALLY).

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nom nom nom

It was the most yummy and filling salad! Grilled chicken, tomato quarters, shredded cheese, cucumbers, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, black olives (which I removed because yuck) on a bed of mixed greens. The dressing though! Jalapeno ranch, home made in house. Are y’all seeing a jalapeno theme?

I’m glad I had the protein in that salad because I needed the energy boost to make it through my work day. I was slammed and ended up working until after 5 o’clock, trying to catch up on things I’ve missed. I was so tired when I got home I can’t even recall what I had for dinner. Though I know there was something.

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it’s ruff being this cute

This chick and I hung out and watched tv after I showered and put on pj’s. She had a hair cut over the weekend and with our temps dropping again had to put on her sweater yesterday. We can’t wait for Spring. Yay for the last day of Winter!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

ImageI did green nails because DUH. I’m some percentage of Irish and Scottish both. Some day I’d love to do the Ancestry.com DNA test they have. It’s on my wish list big time. I’m fascinated by genealogy and think that would be amazing additional info to have. Which reminds me, I really need to renew my Ancestry.com paid account!

I don’t have plans to go out and celebrate tonight, but I know a lot of you probably do. What do you have planned? Green beer? Corned beef and cabbage?

Yay Friday!

I’m always happy to see the weekend come around. But let’s be honest, who isn’t? Everybody’s working for the weekend, after all (yes, I did go there. Sorry. I’m lame. What can you do?). I don’t usually have ‘big’ plans most weekends but it gives me the opportunity to spend some time with a friend or two, so that makes me happy. There’s not much I love more than my core group of friends. The bulk of them don’t live in Alabama so I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like. I’m currently day dreaming about when I can start planning my next trip to North Carolina to see them.

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I rearranged my bookcase at work this week. In the beginning I started out just wanting to frame a million pictures of different shapes and sizes, then instead I ended up bringing in “toys” from home. It’s fun to have pieces of family and friends that I love and trinkets that reflect who I am and what I enjoy.

In between working and day dreaming today I also updated my “about” page with some photos and random information about myself. It’s suppose to be nice this weekend so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can get out and take pictures. It’s been a while since I’ve done that, which means I’m not blogging either. I need to get on that too!

Anyway, this weekend I’m hoping I can see Catching Fire since it’s at the local “cheap theater” right now. Otherwise it’ll be a low key one. What are your plans?