Monday, March 12, 2012
Boy am I one lucky lady..I haven't had to cook dinner in four days, woo hoo.
Thursday: Went to Applebees to check out their newest server...my DD. It was her first night being a server, she has worked as a hostess for about 5 months and moved up to server so we had to check her out (or harass/embarass her, lol - we did neither, she was actually glad we came in). Her boss came over to our table and told us what a lovely daughter we have, so nice to hear that others think she is as special as we do. Love ya KP.
Friday: My DD cooked cheese ravioli on Friday night, what a special treat to have her make her parents dinner - thanks.
Saturday: Congrats to our granddaughter for winning her basketball championship game, they played awesome and walked away with a huge trophy, enjoyed a quick lunch with the family. Got to watch my SIL play in the coaches bball game after lunch - way to go Danny - so glad you are great influence in the lives of so many kids, you're a great coach.
(SIL, far left - GD, blonde on back row)
Sis and her BF (mostly her BF) cooked a yummy dinner, steamed shrimp with a grilled vegetable medley of red potatos, butternut squash, onions and brussels sprouts - oooh to die for, my new favorite is butternut squash. I have always liked yellow squash and spaghetti squash but was too afraid to experiment with acorn or butternut, but WOW oh WOW was the butternut delicious - lots of recipes in the SPARK Cookbook for butternut so I'm gonna give those a whirl.
Sunday: Mowed the lawn and stayed outside all day. Painted my old birdbath for fun, a great way to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Sis's BF cheffed up another wonderful meal: crabmeat stuffed mushrooms (I tried one, but not a fan of mushrooms) and eggplant parmesan, and asparagus. I could easily just eat nothing but veggies when it's cooked to perfection. Thanks TD for some great kitchen creations.
Lots of leftover eggplant which means another yummy dinner this evening. Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Missing that one hour of sleep we lost yesterday with the time change, uggghhh. Wishing you all a great week.
Friday, March 09, 2012
"The windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror because where you are going to is more important than where you have been".
I just love this quote and wanted to share. It's important to see life thru the big picture (windshield). And remember to every now and then take a glance in the rear view to remind you where you've come from and smile knowing the past is safely behind you.
Keep on SPARKING, love to all.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Never be afraid to try.
Amateurs built the Ark....
Professionals built the Titanic...
Always remember that YOU have the potential to be GREAT. Try, try and try again - we will all get there together.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
If it floats, toss it. That's how to tell if an egg is fresh. Put it in a bowl of cold water, if it floats toss it. (Great tip from my magazine article collection)
I am known to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes. I found a healthy recipe for jalapeno poppers, it looked so yummy I could have eaten it right off the paper, lol. Well last night I finally got to try out this new recipe. Took me a while to prep everything and then I put those babies in the oven. I could almost taste them as they were cooking, ahhhhh the anticipation. They looked great when they came out of the oven, oooooh couldn't wait to take a bite, but had to wait for them to cool. Don't they look absolutely delicious?
The moment of truth....the taste test. Drum roll please........
Blahhhhecckkkk, YUCKO, I wanted to spit it out, yuck, yuck, yuck.
Imagine my disappointment.
I think it was the cornmeal coating, had to have been. Some things you just can't turn into a healthy recipe, you just have to have the fattening option. But my option last night was.... TOSS IT in the trash - not fit for human consumption.
Lesson learned: just cuz you see it in a magazine doesn't mean it's delicious, lol, it was an experience.
Monday, March 05, 2012
C L E A R A N C E.
S A L E.
I got some much needed retail therapy this past weekend, I certainly hit the jackpot. I went into Sears and every where I turned there was rack, after rack of C L E A R A N C E stuff, oh my gosh, where do I start? I didn't want to miss any good deals so I shopped for about an hour hitting all my favorite departments with a cart full of stuff to try on. I ended up leaving with $300 worth of clothes for $93.00. I think hubby was really happy about that especially since he was giving me the evil eye with all those clothes piled up in the cart, I think he was afraid I was going to buy them all, hee hee.
I got three pair of pants - brown, tan and gray - Size 6 woo hoo, 6 tops (there was even two of them that were "SMALLS", double woo hoo and two pair of totally wild shoes, and yes of course a pair is purple.
And of course it's all about the shoooooz.
I did manage to do all of my workouts this weekend so I didn't feel so bad hanging out at the mall all day. Friday a two mile walk and a round of P90X kenpo, then Saturday - a three-mile stroll. Yesterday was a rest day, but I really didn't rest.
Cooked dinner for the entire 11 of us, cheez-it chicken, mashed potatoes and I even introduced the family to my new favorite brussels sprouts and believe it or not, they were a big hit.
The week is starting off good with great eating today and I have developed my own strength training workouts since I am so bored with DVD's, so I have an arm/ab workout tonight, woo hoo. Waiting on some great weather this week to get some runs in, hoping the hip isn't cranky.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
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