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All Dressed up with Someplace to Go with FOOD!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So today was the very day that I have been looking forward to ever since I completed Spring Semester this year- The President's Dinner!

So what is the Presidents Dinner you ask? Glad you asked, I'll inform you hehee...
The President's Dinner is a tradition that has been going on at Trevecca Nazarene University for years. Every year the President hosts this really fine dinner where everyone gets all dressed up for a formal evening of dining, fellowship, and usually some sort of "surprise" happens during this party. The party is exclusive for faculty, staff, admin, and their families. Since my husband is an Admin at the University, I am invited to the party. So far, I have attended the party for the last three years, and it is different every time. Everything about the party is pretty much kept top secret until the day comes.

Ok, so now you know about the party, the first question always is "What are we eating?" Usually, its' something uber fancy that I have never heard of, and today was no exception. Man, I wish I would have taken a picture but the menu was as follows:

Beef Short Rib with Rainbow Chard -What the heck is Rainbow Chard?
So being the trusty techy that I am, I googled this ;) and it's pretty close.

But what is Rainbow Chard really? WOW, what a simply divine looking green!

So here is the "skinny" on Rainbow Chard AKA Swiss Chard.

Swiss chard is part of the beet family. It is very high in vitamin A and K. Vitamin A is very beneficial for your eyes because your body can use it to create retinoids. A very important retinoid is retinol, a chemical compound well known for increasing the effects of the visual pigment, rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is very important for night vision because it helps rod cells to absorb light better. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting, cell growth and may help with bone development. One cup of fresh swiss chard can contain over 300 percent of the daily value of vitamin K. Swiss chard is also high in vitamin C, magnesium, manganese and potassium, and is a good source of iron, vitamin E, dietary fiber and copper.

-The leaf color of swiss chard is usually green but its stem comes in many different colors. This is why some people like to call it the rainbow vegetable. The flavor of swiss chard is somewhat similar to beets and spinach. The main flavors can be described as lightly bitter and slightly salty. If you are planning to cut down on your calories, swiss chard can be your best friend. One cup of fresh swiss chard can have as low as 35 calories.

Benefits of swiss chard

Great source of antioxidants
Helps prevent inflammation
Helps with blood clotting
Excellent source of vitamin A, C and K
Great source of fiber
Great for improving night vision
Promotes lung and digestive health

Me being the foodie and nerd that I am, I had to see what this strange food was! It sure is pretty, I can tell you that!

The other stuff I get LOL.
I'm pretty good with short ribs, carrots, green beans, hashbrown casserole, and salad

So, I was ok with most of the food but the Rainbow Chard was a bit too sweet for my taste.
Now onto dessert, Oh my my...... that DREADED word DESSERT. Ok we have two choices here either we get Turtle Cheesecake... WHOA.. wait just a minute.... did someone say.. TURTLE CHEESECAKE?? Yea, Cheesecake is probably my favorite dessert of all time, and Turtle cheesecake- REALLY? So what's the other choice, COME ON- Does it really matter?? Well yes it does.... and THAT is why we are HERE!

Ok, Ya'll are gonna hate me this, BUT I gotta make you suffer just as I did!

Choice 1- Turtle Cheesecake

Looks Amazing huh!!!
Choice 2- Fruit Torte? This is an actual pic.

The whole ordeal made me feel kinda like the Devil, and an Angel were fighting on my shoulder!

I was being pulled to the delicious TURTLE CHEESECAKE...... but the calories were bound to be better for the torte! I felt like I was being torn apart!

In reality, it was more like this...
Ok, dramatics aside, I chose the Fruit Torte,and it was SO good, although I am sure that it was loaded with sugar! I also left out the bread completely, and keept everything small today, so that should help.

So now that the food is out of the way, and we have had some singing, and speaking, what's left? How about the announcement of a surprise Employee BONUS!!!
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So yes, this was an Amazing night, so I took a few after pics, and decided to compare them to last year. ..

These are last years pix

And now this year!

I defintely have more curves than last year!!!

Aren't we cute??? I always have to make hubby smile,and I inadvertently crack myself up in the process!

Oh and what is dressing up without the perfect shoes?

Funny thing, I noticed that these shoes are actually really loose, I have been a size 11 shoe forever, but I'm wondering if it is possible to be going down to a 101/2. Maybe it's just the shoe, but it was still a thought, and they were so comfy too!

I sure am one happy camper today that is for sure! Wonderful night, wonderful news, wonderful food (mostly), now hopefully it will be a wonderful Fall Semester! Oh and I LOVE my Alma Mater! Good OL' TNU emoticon

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Your hubby is a real keeper girl. He looks so much like my one Grandson.

    You make a lovely couple. You guys are so young looking to even be married. Wow!.

    You look in your now picture. Slimmer and those shoes and red dress. Lovely.Cute hair style and red lipstick

    Your a walking talking pretty dollie. Oh and your toes all painted up. Good for you.

    Your hubby looks so proud beside you.
    2458 days ago
    I went down a shoe size btw, so YEP!
    2606 days ago
    Oooohh love the red shiny shoes.. you look so purrrtty when dressed up :D
    2606 days ago
    Awww...you look beautiful and so glad you had a great time. You and your hubby are a great looking couple!
    2607 days ago
    Wow, what a darling couple you are! I'm glad it went well. You look amazing in red!
    2608 days ago
    Cheesecake used to be my nemesis. I honestly can't remember the last time I had any. Kinda funny that those were your options because now when I have to make a similar choice I go with the fruit tort too.

    Your red dress was super cool..
    2610 days ago
    I'm pretty sure you did the right thing with that torte. At LEAST you got the vitamin boost from it if nothing else. LOL Shoes are SO sassy! And yes, I have gone down a full shoe size and 3 ring sizes since I started, so... everything is shrinking.

    Looked like such a fun night and YAY for a bonus and all of it :) Love how happy you look, gorgeous! XOXO
    2610 days ago
    I would not be able to choose between those desserts! They both look AMAZING!
    2611 days ago
  • MELLIE1030
    2611 days ago
    It is possible that your feet are losing weight too my friend. The first time around when I lost weight my feet went from a size 8 to a size 7.5. So yes it is very much so possible. Sounds like you had a great time and made the best choices you could. Good for you!! :0)
    2611 days ago
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