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Springing Sunday

13 Mar

Sunday was a much better day than Saturday. I’m feeling back to normal now but still a little spooked by the driving incident. Thanks all for your kind words, I really appreciate and you know how to make a girl feel good! It was a good day, even if it was the day where we sprang forward (Arizona excluded of course, I didn’t like not changing time when I lived there and still get confused if they are two or three hours behind the East coast). When I woke up on sunday, I was groggy as all hell but was quick to get ready because I had plans for brunch at Terrace Cafe!

Terrace Cafe was voted best brunch in Charlotte and heard about it from Diana when she came to visit Charlotte and my sister. If out of towners are telling me how good this place is–I had to try it out! The thing I was looking to most was of course was the infamous Red Velvet Waffles but they also have S”mores french toast so I was conflicted on what to get. Sweets like those or savory like their breakfast casserole or Eggs Benedict? Sweet wins all the time and I went with the Red Velvet Waffle with fresh fruit (in an attempt to get some vitamins in at brunch) and a skim latte.

The waffle was out of this world amazing but it was so sugary and rich I could only finish 3/4 of it.  The drizzled sauce on it was a cream cheese sauce–yeah, you can only imagine how good that was. The fruit was amazing as well and I had a fully belly and a smile on my face when I had to be rolled out of there.

After the food had digested, Lincoln and I went for a 30 minute walk. It was the perfect day—70 and sunny and there were so many people out with their pups, Lincoln got some play time in there as well. I went to the gym shortly afterwards and had a good workout. I don’t know what’s up with my left knee but it’s starting to act up again and the front lower part of my knee has been killing me whenever I go on the elliptical. I finally found the right stride and resistance on the elliptical  that wouldn’t kill my knee and ended up doing the Precor crossramp with a 8-11 resistance going backwards. I did 30 minutes of that then did various leg strength training—leg press (240 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets), leg extensions ( 80 lbs 13 repx x4 sets), hip adductors (140 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets) and hib abductors (110 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets)

I did some cooking as well but not as much as I wanted since it was gorgeous inside and didn’t want to spend the day inside. I made cole slaw pasta salad with cole slaw mix, spaghetti, black olives, mushrooms, green onions, parsley, mushrooms and feta cheese. For the dressing, I kept it pretty sour with a mix of extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and red wine vinegar.

I’ll probably cook some chicken to add to the mix so I enjoy as a quick-lunch this week.

Dinner was leftover Chipotle BBQ Chicken with cole slaw pasta salad

That was the last of the chicken, le sigh.

I made cranberry walnut bread using the banana bread recipe I used this week. I just subbed out the bananas for dried cranberries and walnuts. And you know what? It was a HUGE fail.

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take me a good five minutes just to pry that brick out of the pan.

Hmmmm, looks burnt and tiny. Does not look edible.

But when I cut it open, it was absolutely gorgeous on the inside. I guess looks can be deceiving and I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…..

I texted Leila to tell her about my cooking fail and she said perhaps it was because bananas are wetter and it didn’t need to cook as long and that made sense to me. Any other thoughts on where I went wrong? I tried a slice and it was definitely edible but not the easiest thing to chew, I figure if all else fails, I can use as biscotti!

I really don’t want to go back to work tomorrow–where the hell did my weekend go? I had plans of going into work today to play catch up but that obviously didn’t happen and just hope this week goes by quickly. Pretty soon I am handing in my two weeks notice—cannot wait!!

Breakfast–sweet or savory?

I Licked The Bowl and I Liked It

28 Oct

Ok, so today has been a long one. With training, getting last-minute Halloween stuff, baking cookies (many of you know I am NOT a baker) and of yeah, living, it’s been busy. Let’s do some highlights of the past couple of days

*Mexican Pizza

*Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies

I saw Shelby’s post where she made Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies and knew automatically that I had to make them. I am a chocolate person but not so much a chocolate cookie or cake girl, it’s just too rich for me. But I am going to a party tomorrow night and wanted to bring something different and nothing goes better with beer and football than chocolate cookies right? Also, I wanted to make some tonight so I could taste test on co-workers. Ok, that’s a lie. I was only bringing them in so they like me more.

So I went to the store and got all the goodies and was ready to bake tonight since I didn’t want to rush myself after work tomorrow. With a frantic text to Mo regarding the shelf life of the batter (thanks again for replying so quick!!), I was ready to go.

Funkadelic, looks promising

Nothing but chocolate, again promising.

I had to take a taste or five ….don’t worry, I used five different spoons and now have to wash all my spoons. And I licked the bowl and I liked it. Then I started singing that to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, kill me for that song is really annoying. That paired with having the Bieber in my head all today, I just want silence.

Back to the cookies……

I was watching Community and I could smell them baking. I started to get all kinds of happy since good aroma means they are going to be beautiful and tasty, right?

Negatron.

I don’t know what I did wrong and that made me sad. A) They were burnt B) They weren’t as fluffy and pretty as Shelby’s. But I manage to salvage one and it was damn tasty.

The rest had a new home

 Having extra batter on hand, I gave it another go

Better but why are they so flat?

Thinking that I am not a quitter, I decided to try one more then I was throwing in my apron

Big, flat babies-wtf? Someone help.

These were tasty with the combination of chocolate, walnuts and toffee but don’t know where I went wrong. I urge someone (Amy? I’m looking at you since I’ve tasted your cookies. Hmm, that kinda sounds dirty hehe) to try these and let me know what’s up. Anyways, thanks Shelby for posting—they tasted good but am just not the baker I thought I was.

*Tropical Chewy Lemonheads

When did this happen? I am so tempted to try a box.

*Purple Monsters

*Pepperoni Rolls from West Virginia

*The company I work for

Supposedly, we get a debit card each year with $600 to spend on health care related expenses. I’ve been with the company for five years but was never made aware about this. Ok, I probably was but ignored it but was talking with one of my teammates about it today and she said they are doing away with it next year but I can still get a card and the balance will carry over. I called our benefits team about this today and I have $1900 available to me!!! WTF?! I can get LASIK with this or use it to pay for my tattoo removal and more. The possibilities are a plenty of things I can spend this on and I am stoked I finally found out about it. Maybe I don’t work for such an evil empire after all

*Not a highlight but for some reason Taylor Swift really bothers me. She reminds me of the bunny in Donnie Darko and I think she is an evil bunny rabit. The fact her and I share the same birthday is not kosher in my book.

*Companies that take your opinion into consideration

I wrote Hain Celestial who makes Terra Chips regarding a bad bag of chips I had a few weeks ago. It was the Mediterranean flavor but the chips were completely stale when I had just bought them a month before. Seeing they are $4 a bag, I was not happy so I went to their website and let them know and they sent me some coupons for sharing with them—thanks Hain!!

This is going to be a busy weekend-I don’t even feel like I have a weekend!

I leave you with some Lincoln love

Why does it look like he’s saying “Bitch, please”??