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Lazy Day…..or not

23 Jan

Today has been a great day thus far!

Woke up and had a wonderful cup of coffee along with my favorite orange juice (and the only kind I will buy)…..Indian River Juice. If you have never tried it, please do! I am originally from South Florida and grew up on this stuff!

Then I had a cup of coffee in my favorite coffee mug (how could you see this mug and not be happy? I collect mugs and got this one in WV when I went up in the fall)

I made a wrap for breakfast with three slices of Butterball Turkey Bacon, Papetti Easy eggs, laughing cow garlic and herb cheese wedge with a bit of ketchup on a burrito size tortilla and a side of fruit. Wonderful, easy, filling….fabulous!

After that, I felt like my day was ready to begin….yet I had no plans. I decided to put together dinner for tonight —– Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with Beer  from myrecipes.com

Anything with beer and beef has my vote plus I have never had parsnips before so cheers to trying new things! I choose Frugal Joe’s Beer from Trader Joe’s.  A wonderful cheap beer if you have a TJ’s near you. And you can mix beers and create a variety pack for yourself or friends as a gift from their varied selection!

Here’s all the ingredients together in the crock getting ready to cook

 After that, I cleaned my kitchen (finally!)

After that I went for a 2 mile walk.run (even though it was colder than I thought out!) and made it back and made lunch……Cheemo Spinach and Feta Perogies with grilled onions (if you can’t tell by now, I am onion friendly) and Chobani 2% Plain Yogurt with pepper and garlic mixed in for dipping. I love making these because they are so easy and something out of the ordinary. I definitely want to learn how to make my own perogies this yr!

I went to the dog park with my friend and her dog with Lincoln afterwards then came home to this beautiful creation all finished.

The meat just melted about when I took it out of the crock and I am excited for dinner tonight!

All together now….

The meal

Broccoli with some Ken’s Lite Honey Mustard

My friend and I went out to a local bar shortly after and enoyed some beer

Then I spotted a baby…..in a bar. Lovely. At least there is no more smoking allowed in the bars here (on another note, I believe I left before the baby did—eek!)

Plenty of Fish in the sea?

23 Jan

When out with my friend today, we talked extensively about recently dates we have been on. Moreso, I have thought about my dates from the last yr. I date often but haven’t had a serious boyfriend since April of last yr. After that the dates just went downhill……involving a guy who just got out of prison and made me a prison meal, one whose tooth fell out when we were having sushi, one who wouldn’t talk throughout the meal at all (he would sit there and chew while I asked him questions and wouldn’t respond at all), the one who didn’t do drugs but have a pharmacy breakfast bar and some random others. All weren’t bad but those were the pretty odd ones from last yr. Then I had a man who left me six voicemails in two days, texted me repeatedly and filled up my voicemail box. Ugh.

 I am definitely taking a break from dating for a while because honestly, I just do not have the energy to deal with it at the time being. I need to work on myself for the time being which is super easy with a 5K to run in March and my ever lasting quest to a healthy lifestyle. I am not sure if all of this stems from Valentine’s Day coming up or what. Or maybe just the men in Charlotte are complete weirdos? Who knows!

I tried something new for dinner and was pleasantly surprised—-Fried Catfish Bites!

I had a 8 oz farmraised catfish fillet that I cut into bites. I then dipped in whole wheat flour (shook off excessive flour), dipped in egg white then in a bowl of panko breadcrumbs (with garlic, Cajun seasoning and parsley mixed in). I fried in a bit of vegetable oil and voila—-a wonderful easy protein packed entrée!

Props to myself for using lemon and not a creamy sauce as a dip (Oh Tartar sauce, I miss our days together).

Side was Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers (Broccoli Cauliflower and Carrots in Cheese Sauce)

And fresh fruit for dessert

Topped off with a great movie or two (how awesome is it that my library carries kick a** movies??!) and we have a great Friday night!