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Rolling my balls

7 Feb

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m the only person not hungover today. Maybe because I was sipping on some hardcore cranberry green tea. While others got buzzed, I got my antioxidant on-take that! At least my Sunday was productive yet relaxing.

I finally changed the lights in my living room. It’s been like a bat cave in there for the past month which each light bulb slowly fading out but I couldn’t reach up to change them. Duke Energy sent me some energy-saving lightbulbs…..for free! So I wanted to get those in so they wouldn’t collect dust and I could cut down on my energy bill over time. I finally found a ladder that I could use so it was on!

And now it’s too bright in here and I feel like I should wear sunglasses but I don’t want to be crazy-doglady-who-wears-sunglasses-at-night.

 I planned on taking a nap in the afternoon but stayed up to watch the Puppy Bowl instead and then as soon as I knew it–dinner time it was!

I was going to go out to one of the bars to watch the game but my throat was scratchy all day and the thought of staying at home in my pajama pants sounded better than dolling myself up for the randoms at the bar.

But, if I would dish out the money for pajama jeans, I wouldn’t have that problem would I?


I still haven’t heard of anyone buying them. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. Maybe everyone is like me and waiting to see if anyone will buy them then rave about how they will never go back to regular jeans.

I felt like connecting with my roots for dinner so Italian it was.

First thing on the agenda was meatballs. It’s been ages since I’ve made meatballs and felt like it was time to bring it back.

Some people use ground beef or ground turkey to make theirs but ground sausage is the only way I will make mine as I feel like I get the best results from using sausage. If I really feel like being saucy, I will use bacon drippings and mix in with the ground sausage but I wasn’t feeling saucy (and I haven’t been eating as much pork as I used to so no bacon on hand)

I take about half a bunch of parsley and 1/4 onion, chop finely or pulse in the magic blender.

My onions didn’t get chopped too well so they turned out bigger than I wanted.

I added one egg and 1/3 cup ground flax-seed then mixed together with the parsley/onion mix and seasoned with garlic and black pepper

Then crumble the sausage and mix in

My rule is the bigger the add ins, the bigger the ball so I tried to make these medium size for the most part. Roll the balls (giggity) until firm and round then I place on parchment paper

I had some extra mix so I rolled that into balls then popped them in the freezer so I can bake whenever I am craving meatballs.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. I flip them over half way through and then you have tasty goodness right at your disposal.


I paired it up with Newman’s Own Vodka sauce

Can you say gone within 60 seconds?? Love these babies!!

Next on the list was pizza rolls. I love pizza rolls. I love them so much I only allow myself to have them every few months because I could eat them every single day but I guess processed meats and cheese on the regular aren’t too good for losing weight and cholesterol eh?

I cut up three slices of provolone cheese and hard salami into quarters

Since I seem to be putting Laughing Cow on everything as of late, I got one out to put into the rolls.

I cut whole wheat pizza dough into strips then dust with flour and roll them out.

After that, I spread and pressed Laughing Cow into then, topped with salami and cheese, rolled up then poured a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, oregano and garlic on them. I usually add grated parmesan and red pepper flakes but had neither on hand-boo.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes and they’re done!

LOVE the baked cheese bits!

Love me some pizza rolls, they hit the spot each and every time!

Speaking of Italian food…..I want some lasagna cupcakes!! Has anyone heard of these?

On a completely unrelated note–20 inch nails, really? This chick pays $250/month to get her nails did and it takes five hours. You would have to pay me that and then some to maintain nails like that. Random-if you have google “20 inch” and forget to put in nails, you may get some *ahem* interesting results. Like a baby’s arm….

Day 8-A moment you felt most satisfied with your life

I would say when I got hired to work for my company and my first year with my current company. Yes, for as much smack as I talk about my company, I was actually happy with it at one time. My first real job after college was at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and it sucked hard balls. I was living in Phoenix at the time, had to wear a suit to work and was measured on my sales of the optional insurance (i.e. bullshit). Doesn’t sound too bad? Well, to make it worse, it was Phoenix in the summer time so imagine wearing a suit in 110 degree weather. Plus we were located at a Ford car dealership but also had a satellite office at the Dodge dealership two blocks away so we would have to run from dealership to dealership to “help” people who were only renting a car because something was wrong with their car. They didn’t want to pay for anything out-of-pocket and sure as hell didn’t want any kind of insurance. Plus, I knew the insurance was bullshit so I couldn’t sell something I didn’t believe in. So, I did the only logical thing to do since I was unhappy with my job.

I quit.

Ok, not the smartest move but mind you, I was 24 years old with the thought process “I have a college degree, any company would be lucky to have me!” Well unfortunately life doesn’t work out that way, especially if you don’t have any connections. So I did temp work for the next nine months ranging from a security systems company to insurance company to realty agency. I was pretty much doing menial work just so I could pay my rent so it wasn’t anything that I had to use my brain to do. Then one temp agency had a contract position open at Charles Schwab for tax season so I did that for three months assisting people with tax forms and interest. Then the agency told me about a direct hire position with a bank in a position that seemed really interesting–sales via instant messaging. I had sales experience but hated the face to face, had customer service experience and  was somewhat tech-savvy along with fast typing skills so I went for it. The summary of the position was this: people would come onto the banks website on the credit card section. A pop up instant message box would come up to see if they needed any assistance with selecting the right credit card for them and if so, we would help them through the process to get them into the correct product. If they filled out an application, we got credit.

Well, I got the job. And I rocked. I was top in sales almost every month, had 100% customer satisfaction. I was team player of the year and nominated for a bank-wide award in my first year there, which is pretty much unheard of. Less than a year later, I was team lead of the group I started with. Life was great! Everything goes south from there-literally. I made the stupid decision to move to Charlotte or what I like to call-the biggest mistake of my life. I don’t like this city and really regret moving here. I moved here since my company is headquartered here which in my head meant there would be more opportunities for me to grow within the company. Wrong.I’m trying to figure out how to get myself back on track because my most satisfied moment was five years ago and I really haven’t been happy since with my career.

Thoughts on pajama jeans?

If you make meatballs, what kind of meat do you use?

Better The Second Time Around

25 Sep

 I met up with some friends at Matt’s Chicago Dog for lunch on Thursday. I’ve never been there before but heard rave reviews about this place so I was long overdue for a visit. So many hot dog selections and combinations to get! Being a first timer I  got the Chicago Style Dog combo.

I’ve never had a dog with peppers and tomatoes on it before so it was a bit different but tasty none the less. Kinda bummed that they didn’t put ketchup on it as I’ve recently discovered ketchup is super good on dogs but still–I dug!

That night I really wasn’t feeling the leftover pork chops I had from the other night so I scraped the cranberry preserves off then cut up and heated up in the microwave for a minute and had some pork tacos

This was a simple, quick meal to make and was wonderful but tacos aren’t tacos without dairy (in my book at least). I was hoping to have some plain greek yogurt on hand so I could mix with the salsa but no go.

After I finished those, I laid on the couch and was about to zonk out. But it was only 7P so that was just unacceptable so I had to get started on a project. I saw an intriguing Pumpkin Bar recipe on Hungry Meets Healthy and decided to go for it. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again-I’m not a baker so when I decide to bake something, it’s kind of a big deal in my world.

I couldn’t find canned pumpkin so I used pumpkin pie filling instead (and cut down on the brown sugar amount she used for hers)

The result? Scrumptious!! Tasting these made me feel like fall is right around the corner (despise the 90+ degree weather outside) and I will be making these bad boys again! I even brought some into work so I wouldn’t eat the entire pan so I only have a few left sitting in my fridge. Thanks Xtina for sharing the recipe!!

What I didn’t love? The mess that came with it

I’m not used to multi tasking in a small kitchen and disaster after disaster kept happening

1) My xanthan gum fell out of the cupboard and it had no clip to close it so all over my microwave and blackberry it was.

2) I had a mini explosion of pumpkin pie filling that ended up on my shirt, toes, baby ghetto girl earrings and hair. It looked like a baby spit up on me and then Lincoln started licking it off my toes. Ew.

3) Add a flour explosion to that as well–not fun.

When I was buying the ingredients for the pumpkin bars, I made a stop at the deli and noticed something new (or maybe it just never caught my eye before?) Buffalo Wing Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I love all things buffalo wing  so I had to get a few slices to try out. I had visions of grilled cheese with Laughing Cow bleu cheese wedges in my head but started out making an egg scramble with the cheese folded in. Eek, horrible picture quality.

I had a BOGO coupon at Qdoba to use by the end of Friday one of my coworkers went splitsies on it and both got nachos and a drink (only $5 each not too shabby) and the new guy on our team came down and met us there to chat.

It’s sad because I like all the newer people on my team and will miss them. As many of you know, I rarely take lunch breaks so getting out for an hour and enjoying the day like a normal human being was special for me. We noshed on our food and bitched about work and some of the idiots there-it was fabulous!  I will be a bit sad to leave them on my last day (except Stinkalicious-I hate that smelly bastard) but they already let me know they are taking me out for drinks on my last day-holla!

The hippies were out for one of the last Fridays of the year (they usually leave early October) and I stocked up on some goodies-all for under $7

To celebrate my new job and my friends new job (which she started this wk), I met up with some friends at Mac’s Speed Shop on Friday night for beers and yummies

Even though I got the brisket last time, I had to go for old faithful this time. I got the Little Pig sandwich with a side of their mac n cheese. This is the only thing I ever order there and last time I wanted to try something new and the brisket was amazing but didn’t hold a candle to the Little Pig

Can we say heaven in unison?

For lunch today, I hit up The Common Market. It was another day in the 90’s and I just didn’t feel like being outside at all. I need this weather to go away for the sake of my sanity. I hate working out outside when it’s hot out and would love to start walking (maybe even start running) again on the regular. It’s annoying. It’s fall wtf is up with 90 degree weather? Anywho, Common Market. Last time I went, I got the Mid Eastern Wrap but needed something more substantial this time around. I got the Jack Kennedy on sour dough bread—egg salad with bacon and horseradish mayo. Did he really like this sandwich? No clue but why not give it a shot. I was famished by the time I got it and had to break into it in my car so I would drive safely and not be a raging bitch on the road.

Holy yum batman! I’ve never had an egg salad sandwich with bacon but bacon always makes everything better. But the star was the horseradish mayo—I don’t even like horseradish but it added a huge kick to the sandwich and I loved it!

I haven’t made pizza rolls in a looooooooooooong time and thought with WVU playing against LSU at 9P tonight, it would be a perfect opportunity to make them. I would normally go to a bar to watch the game but don’t feel like spending money and being hungover tomorrow. A one beer drinker I am not.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I use the Pillsbury Pizza Dough…..which apparently posting a picture of the packaging is in violation of Photobucket terms? I had one up before and now it’s saying that….hmmmm. Anywho.


Roll out pizza dough on a greased pan and cut into eight pieces (you can make bigger or smaller pieces if you want but eight has always been my magic number when making these)

Take four slices each of salami and provolone and cut in half and place on pizza dough

Then I take turkey pepperoni and cut into halves and place on top of the cheese

Roll each piece from corner to corner -I also stretch out a bit once they are rolled

In a separate bowl, mix extra virgin olive oil (about three to four tbsp), oregano, red pepper flakes(if you like spice) and grated parmesan cheese then brush over the rolls

Pop in the oven for 14 minutes (or when golden brown)

I also heat up some marinara sauce in the microwave for a minute for dipping.

After that enjoy!

Seriously, this weather needs to get cooler. I am so off the ball with my work outs…if you have noticed the lack of them, yeah so have I. I just don’t feel like doing anything and really need to cut down on my eating out which is clearly occuring a lot more than normal. I chopped a bunch of veggies this morning so they will be easily accessible to me throughout the next few days and am going to cook up a storm tomorrow to have meals on hand for the week. I need to get back into the swing of things because I don’t like not working out, eating out more and  spending more money while my waistline expands. Happy weekend everyone!

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