Weekend Recap

9 Aug

 On Saturday, I was up and at em at 5A. WTF is that all about? Let’s just say I was not a happy camper about the situation but couldn’t go back to bed so I laced up my shoes and got to walking. Ok, well not quite…..it still a bit dark so I watched some infomercials then walking I went. It was so peaceful out and I only saw a couple other people out running and walking, I absolutely love desert early mornings.

Not bad for almost an hour of walking. I stopped at Starbucks on the way back and got a grande coffee and then made a breakfast smoothie with blueberries, half a packet of Spiru-Tein Banana Protein Powder, Almond Milk and Xanthan Gum

 As many of you know, I am not a nut butter fan at all. I will eat it every now and then (especially when covered in chocolate) and have read many rave reviews of Peanut Butter & Co. Bloom had it on special for $3 a jar this week and I bought a jar to see if I would like it.

Success! I haven’t had oats since it was cooler outside and decided to bring it back on Sunday morning. I sliced a banana then sprinkled the slices with cinnamon, laid rolled oats over that and then topped with a dollop of the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. Yummy. I think if I bought the White Chocolate Peanut Butter they had I would be done (thankfully they were sold out when I bought this jar)

 After seeing this recipe on Tamara’s site, I was in the mood to bake. I still have a supply of POM Wonderful on my hands and haven’t baked in a while so I bought the few ingredients I didn’t have on hand and got to baking! I don’t have a cake pan but have muffin pans on hand so I made cupcakes with this recipe and bought Fun-Fetti cake mix instead of vanilla cake mix.

I love playing with food dye

 These were great but I was expecting more pomegranate flavor so I would use more next time.

After seeing the cooking demonstration on pesto at Carrabba’s on Saturday, I decided to make my own.


Lincoln was even eating good. I had to either use or throw away the last turkey burger I gave the other night and knew he would appreciate it

I made home-made pizza with Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough topped with mushrooms, olives and fresh basil and scallions.

I met up with some girlfriends for lunch at Fox and Hound It was Sunday at noon and  hot outside. Why not have a drink? I tried the Fruit Loopy-Three Olives Grape and Cherry vodka, Triple Sec, hurricane and sour mix with a splash of Sprite.




Can I just drink this forever? Ok, maybe not forever because I would go into sugar shock but I could seriously down this in a few sips since it was so good!

I kept flip-flopping between wings, a burger, sliders or a sandwich. I love bar food so much but everything else looked good. I finally had to just close the menu and decide on something because if I didn’t I would have never made a decision. I hate that. I wish more restaur ants would have Choose Two options because sometimes I want to try something new but then what if it disappoints?

Anywho, I got the Black Forest Sandwich—grilled turkey, applewood bacon, Monterrey jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and honey mustard on a Bavarian pretzel roll.

I stopped at Earth Fare after that to look around and ended up getting a Magenta Magic Smoothie

It was great but this alone reminded me that I can make my own smoothies at home and save $4 or $5 a pop. Damn you smoothie cravings!

I went to Ross and got some great deals—two dresses and a Nike Fit Dry shirt (for only $5—holla!!)

I went on a two-mile walk and then did some yoga poses when I got back home. I even ran a bit on my walk and it didn’t hurt too bad and my knee isn’t hurting any more from when I don’t run so I may start incorporate more running into my program again. Well, when it gets cooler at least, I am so not a hot weather runner.

I really had no clue what to make for dinner. I have lunch for the next couple of days courtesy of Carrabba’s but then I remember my beautiful white eggplant I bought the other day

Eggplant Parmesan it was!

I cut the eggplant and dipped in eggwash then in seasoned breadcrumbs and baked for 17 mins at 400 degrees. I flipped half way through and sprinkled with marinara sauce, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese a few minutes before it was finished then placed on noodles. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I wasn’t frying it but it was delicious and the texture was similar to meat.

Oh, Lincoln got pretty! I almost forgot about his day of beauty.

Dirty Dog

Clean Dog

I am really confused where this weekend went. I feel like I just got off work on Friday and once again, back to the grind. This needs to change soon.

13 Responses to “Weekend Recap”

  1. thehungryscholar August 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    What a yummy weekend. Hamburger and fries sound so good right now. It is my go-to hangover dish. I’m not hungover, btw. 🙂

  2. Julie August 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Lincoln is soo freakin cute!

  3. christina August 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    great ross finds! i love all your eats 🙂

  4. genesis August 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    lol, that does not look like lincoln. its a poser…so different without all his fur.

    i love bar food too and actually try to go at happy hour just so its 1/2 apps and i get to try evrything i want and not feel guilty!

    • simplyshaka August 10, 2010 at 8:23 am #

      I feel the same way….Mr Biggelsworth is back! But he is so silky and smooth, I just love it.

      Half priced apps rock my world. I wish I didnt like bar food so much.

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    ha ha… it seems you were roped in by good ol’ PB&Co. I tried their White Chocolate Wonderful, but wasn’t really a fan. I think after having the natural stuff from TJ’s for so long, it seemed a bit sweet to me. Or maybe the white chocolate flavor just didn’t agree with me? hmmm…

    Sounds like a solid weekend to me!

    • simplyshaka August 10, 2010 at 8:21 am #

      I wonder if you and I have opposite taste buds. I loved the TJ’s edamame hummus but you not so much. I can’t imagine white chocolate steering me in tje wrong direction. Hmmm curious now…

  6. Diana@mymarblerye August 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Dude I woke up super early on fri and sat too! We are freaks! Anyways your posts always make me hungry…it’s always the pizza! Anyways I’m so happy u heart pb&co! We’re meant to be bffs!

    • simplyshaka August 10, 2010 at 8:19 am #

      Haha I can’t believe I’m actually enjoying the pb…..I’m usually meh about it. You’ll have to let me know which one to try next 🙂

  7. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 10, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Sounds like a great weekend…your meals look amazing! Lincoln also looks so cute!

  8. Nora@LiveLifeEatRight August 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Yay for making pesto!! I had my first bowl of hot oatmeal in a very long time this weekend too…I missed it but the weather just hasn’t been suiting. Also–yor pizza made me drool. 🙂

  9. nic - the auspicious squirrel August 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    The eggplant Parmesan looks really good! It’s been a while since I’ve had that… I think I’ll have to look into a vegan version. 😀


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