Blame it

1 May

Hello all! Happy May Smile Where has this weekend gone? I can’t believe it’s Sunday night already and I blame that on one thing:

No, not the alcohol


or rain 

Blame it on Marathons!

And not the running kind

It seemed like each time I turned on the tv this weekend there was a marathon of some sorts on. First there was a House marathon on Saturday night, which killed my evening right there. And today there has been non stop Real Housewives. I love that I can catch up but hate how it just sucks me in. Especially when I’ve seen Theresa from RH of New Jersey flip over a table and call Danielle a whore at least 30 times now. I’ve officially decided I want to create a RH of NJ drinking game and each time Caroline says “We’re family” or “protect the family” you have to take a drink. I would be drunk within the first 10 minutes of the show!

Even though, I was plagued with a case of the marathons, I still got quite a bit done.

On Saturday I woke up at 3am and couldn’t get back to bed. Not that that was annoying at all. As soon as the sun rose, I got to cracking on my errands. While driving around, I saw at Wiki Wiki Car Wash for a free $15 car wash in celebration of their grand opening. There was a huge line but I had absolutely nowhere to be so I drove in and waited my turn.

Yeah, apparently everyone and their mom is about the free car wash. Could you blame them?

But then I saw we were actually going through the car wash and it wasn’t a manual car wash.

Eeks! I remember as a little kid, I would love going through the car wash and it was exciting. Now? It just freaks me out and I think I am going to stall or crash into someone. I blame this on Enterprise Rent A Car. Enterprise was my first real job out of college and to keep it simple—the job sucked. I was making $10 an hour, wore a suit to work….in Phoenix….in the summertime….while running from one car dealership to another to go get cars. At that time I didn’t run so yeah, it was a horrible job. Oh and I didn’t mention that the main part of the job was selling the optional insurance that is complete bs? I am not one to be pushy especially with a product that I don’t believe in so I often had to go to sales calls with our regional manager so I could “learn” from him. That never happened because I knew it was BS. One day I had to run a white F-150 through the car wash and I crashed it while going through since the wheels weren’t on track. I believe this traumatized me and still haunts me to this day.

Even though I was completely hungover, I still made it to the gym on Saturday afternoon. I started with doing 25 minutes on the elliptical than did upper body strength training. I would love to tell you what I did but I cannot remember for the life of me since I wasn’t too hot. And I think I was the stinky person at the gym….I blame it on the night before since I was sweating out all the liquor.

Even though beer was coming out of my pores, I had a great workout!

Dinner was put together last minute on Saturday night. I had white shrimp defrosting in the fridge but didn’t have a plan as to what to do with them. I didn’t want to fry them and wasn’t in the mood for pasta so I marinated in Paula Deen’s Peach BBQ sauce for 30 minutes then cooked the shrimp on the stovetop

While that was sitting,  I got to start on the side items first up was baked okra. I love that okra is back in season since it’s such an easy veggie to prepare! You don’t even have to fry it , which unfortunately was the sole way I used to eat it. I blame that on working at Cracker Barrel. I worked there for four years in my high school and college days. I started off a hostess than working my way up to server and made awesome money there. I just hated the ugly brown apron we had to don, that did not help me with tips. I like to slice mine up, toss in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and pepper and bake at375 degrees for 20 minutes. However, no extra virgin olive oil tossing this time (um, how dirty does that sound??) Because I finally put down the $10 to buy a Misto!

I spritzed the okra with extra virgin olive oil from the Misto then let bake.

Hmmmm, not as oily as previously made but still tasty. They didn’t turn out as crisp as they normally do which was a bit of a let down.

When visiting the hippies on Friday, I saw they had turnips. I’ve never cooked with turnips and am forever on a quest to try new veggies. I asked them what I could do with turnips and they suggested that I add them to mashed potatoes. I’ve been jonesing for sweet potatoes lately so I killed two birds with one stone with by making mashed sweet potatoes with turnips mixed in. I boiled one sweet potato and one turnip until soft then mashed and added half and half, grated  parmesan, salt and pepper.

This turned out smooth and creamy and was a perfect way to try a new veggie! I  really didn’t notice too much of a stand out taste of the turnip but from what I’ve heard it’s a mix between a carrot and potato so it jived well with the sweet potato.

This meal was a little more labor intensive that what I had hoped for on a Saturday night but a successful dinner all in all!

This morning, I went to Panera to work on some internship stuff and get my free bagel waiting for me via MyPanera rewards.

I was sitting enjoyed my jalapeno cheddar bagel when all of a sudden, a terrible headache hit me. And you know what I blame this on? Unruly children whose parents don’t discipline them.

Beautiful noise my ass.

I know a lot of you reading this have children and my tolerance of children has gone up in the past few years but these kids were horrible!!! The kicker was that the terrors looked like little angels. Little angels who like to shriek at a pitch that Lincoln would’ve heard and little angels who like to throw pieces of bagels at each other. I already switched locations from the area over the wall where  the guy wearing a velour suit kept rubbing his right pec while reading the paper. I couldn’t stop staring at and he probably thought I was getting turned on (not so much) So I didn’t want to move yet again but tried to power through the rest of my work and get out of there. And you know what? As soon as I walked out of Panera, my headache went away. Go figure!

Words cannot express what an awesome workout I had today! I got to the gym right as it opened and found a Precor AMT to hop on. Does anyone else feel extremely awkward while moving backwards on those and using the handles? I tried to do both simultaneously and it just didn’t work for me. I did a resistance ranging from 8 to 12 and killed it! So much that I was sweating in places I never knew I could sweat. As much as I tried to cool down, I felt like I kept having to wipe myself off. Gross, I know, but I’m a sweater when I workout. If sweat is a result of a great workout, that’s A-OK in my book! I did lower body strength training afterwards including

*squats (15 reps, 2 sets 20 lb kettlebell)

*hip adduction  (12 reps, 4 sets 95 lbs)

*hip abduction (12 reps. 4 sets 110 lbs)

*leg extension (13 reps, 3 sets 80 lbs)

*hamstring extension (13 reps, 3 sets 65 lbs)

Awwwww yeah. Like I said, sweating is not an issue if it results in an awesome workout!

When I got home, I went straight to the kitchen. I didn’t even greet Lincoln properly and I blame this on the workout since I was voracious. I put together a quick wrap with hummus, veggies and ham with a side of blue tortilla chips

The ham was a completely random addition to the wrap but I had a couple of pieces sitting in the fridge that I wanted to get rid of. I hate throwing something out if I don’t need to and Lincoln helped me get rid of some

When I went to Panera this morning, I noticed they didn’t have any Tabasco sauce out with the rest of their condiments so I couldn’t snag any for my house. I went through my stash of condiments and couldn’t find any hot sauce for the tortilla chips

Then I went through some of my purses because there had to be a hot sauce hidden in one of my purses, right?

Right. Mission accomplished!

My frugality and refusal to buy condiments like normal people? Well, I guess I could blame my Polish heritage on.

For dinner, I mixed it up by making tofu but doing it Italian style! I’ve cooked tofu with Mexican and Asian influenced spices before but never Italian. How could I leave out my heritage in my tofu loving??

I coated the tofu in a mixture of thyme, pepper, salt, garlic and red pepper flakes then let cook in oil with zucchini, red onion and red peppers

I had sea shell pasta cooking on the side which I then covered in parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and extra virgin olive oil from my Misto

Then topped with the tofu and veggies

The tofu and veggies had so much flavor this didn’t need any sauce. If you’re looking to mix up your dinner one night, try this out!

As for the rest of the nights, I’m chilling with my peeps


What’s your favorite way to prepare shrimp or tofu?

Are you a hot mess like me when you work out?

Real Housewives: love it or hate it?

28 Responses to “Blame it”

  1. TheSceneFromMe May 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Coconut shrimp is my favorite. Tried to make it at home and it was a disaster. So at home, my favorite way to eat shrimp is grilled. I like the tiny baby shrimp best.

    I love RH! I think they should film one in my town by the looks of what I see when I go out at night, ha!

    I always have to wear a headband when I work out to soak up the sweat. That, and I can’t stand to have my bangs hanging in my face.

    • simplyshaka May 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

      I would definitely watch RH Indianapolis!

      I’ve never tried to make coconut shrimp b.c I have a feeling it would be a huge fail and disappointment.

  2. Kristina @ spabettie May 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    ugh, “beautiful noise”. I LOVE kids, but am annoyed by parents who don’t parent, and let their kids run wild. Jason and I have a joke – when we hear children laughing we say “ugh, what IS that horrid noise!?” 😀 joking, of course. but we do like others kids…

    sweet Linx!! SO cute!

  3. adrianna May 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    aah kids…i’m the oldest of 4, have like 30+cousins, so i know annoying-ness, and have become much more patient, but still!

    congrats on free time chica! and great work-outs. i’m ALWAYS a hot mess, no matter what work-out i do…elliptical, run, spin, etc; sweat like a man, and i love it. makes showering worth it.

    oh you know i love the housewives. since i was on vaca at home, they dont get bravo, so i’ve been without for a week. dying! i know what this week/next weekend will be consisting of, however. love me a marathon or 5.

    • simplyshaka May 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

      Have fun catching up on RH!! 🙂 I’m going to my parents next wk and they have HBO I’m so stoked!

      Big props for being sweaty messes!

  4. lookingupwhileslimmingdown May 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    I have a phobia of those drive thru washes, too. I always think I’m not going to drive on the conveyor belt thingy.

    What is white shrimp? How is it different than regular shrimp? My favorite is mango, veggie shrimp kabobs. SO good.

    Did you get my text with that pic on Friday of you and B climbing a wall?

    Hooray for good workouts!!

    • simplyshaka May 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      I need a grill so I can make the kabobs. Or a George Foreman. I saw one today at the thrift store!

      Yes I got your text, I love that picture!

  5. Heather (All Sizzle) May 2, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Haha I am a HUGE sucker for RH of all kinds. Such brain candy!

  6. Vixter2010 May 2, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    I didn’t realise your name was Tiffany, cute! Love the pic of you feeding Lincoln – give me the ham 🙂

  7. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle May 2, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I hate most children. Probably not going to have any and I’m ok with that.

    I KNEW that extra insurance was a scam! Thanks for confirming.

    TV Marathons are the best…damn I wish I had known RH of NJ was on. I love me some crazy housewives!

    • simplyshaka May 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

      Me either and I’m fine with that. It was a RH marathon, the most memorable episodes of all seasons. I was in heaven.

  8. Monique May 2, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    When i buy shrimp (its rare cuz its $$$) i like to simply grill it with salt and pepper and eat it with a salad dressed with homemade sundried tomato vinagrette and smoked mozzarella. I havent made that in YEARS.
    So whats on the agenda now that you are a woman of leisure?

  9. euniece May 2, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    even though your dinner was labor intensive it looks absolutely scrumtious and soooo flavorful! woohoo for free car washes.. ehh reminds me of what i should be doing right now!

  10. Karla May 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    First of all, let me just say I love TV marathons. I don’t even have a TV but I love them (and the internet for letting me do my own tv marathons). Recent discovery: Pregnant in Heels. Bravo TV show. Love it.

    Tofu is the best when pressed slathered in BBQ sauce and either grilled in a george foreman grill or baked! Deeeeelish!
    Can you believe I’ve never cooked shrimp!!

    • simplyshaka May 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      How have you never cooked shrimp before? You should try it, its very quick to cook! I love bbq tofu.

      I just can’t get into Pregnant in Heels, I’m kinda hoping it goes off the air…oops…:)

  11. Katherine: Unemployed May 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I am a real housewife when I work out: aka stay out of my way! hot mess not hott! (got to keep the fat away to be phat! k I’m done)

  12. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings May 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    1. Those sweet potatoes look amazing.
    2. YAY for free carwash!
    3. Boo for lines 😦
    4. LOL! My dog does circus tricks for food too! (Is it bad that I do circus trick for food too lol!)

  13. Kace May 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Fact: I almost hit a child during Easter Mass. Or actually, I almost hit his father before lecturing him about discipline. I didn’t of course….but the thought crossed my mind. Kicking pews and throwing (unlit) candles is not appropriate behavior.

  14. According to Gus May 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I have a Misto – and love it!

    Those photos of Lincoln are soooo cute! His button nose is so stinkin adorable!

    I heart RH!

  15. Laury May 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    It’s unbelievable the bargains you find on clothing!!!!!!

    I heart my misto…been using it for years! Michael hates it for some reason, maybe because he never pumps it up right and he can’t get any out.

  16. Ashleigh May 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    I love Real Houseweives. NY, NJ and OC.. I didnt get into any of the others.
    Lincoln is so cute eating that ham! I love to feed mmmy kitties and make them jump haha

  17. dianacheung May 4, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    next time mix the shrimp with the tofu…MIND EXPLOSION. Anyways, nice eats Tiffany! My friend worked for Enterprise and he wanted to shoot his head off…honestly they promise you all this shit but it ended up being…SHITTY. So I guess they upheld their shitty promise. Anyways, you KNOW i love the Real Housewives..minus Miami..that one sucked. Have you been watching the OC?

  18. nic - the auspicious squirrel May 5, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    How interesting about the ‘optional’ insurance at Enterprise. On my recent trip I had an Enterprise rental, and didn’t know if I should decline the insurance. The person really sold it, even though it made my daily rate nearly twice as much, with the tornadoes, hail and rain.. I didn’t think I should refuse. I plan to call my insurance company and ask what they cover when I rent a car. But I find it rather timely and interesting that you should blog about that very topic! So, total BS, huh? Very interesting.

    As usual, Lincoln is absolutely adorable! I love the look in his eyes as you are offering up a treat. 🙂

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