Archive for May, 2009

5 Year Old Dinner

We were so productive this afternoon! We got this piece of carpet from Nick’s sister and her husband and wanted to put it in one of our rooms downstairs, so we had to measure and cut it to fit, then move the furniture out to put the carpet down. I love it! It looks so different in that room and I love the colors in the carpet.

After working on the carpet, I finished the laundry and started cleaning the house while Nick cleaned out his “work room”. We got everything done this afternoon….except running. We both forgot until just a few minutes ago. Too late now, but we’ll be able to get in a few runs this week before our race on Saturday.

So, the 5 year old dinner. I bought a package of cremini mushrooms last week and have no clue why I bought them. Since I needed to use them up this weekend, I decided to make a special meal.


I somehow remembered the very first meal Nick and I made together in this house, after we got back from the wedding/honeymoon. So I made that tonight!

Marriage Mushroom Pasta – 4 servings

  • 7-8 oz. whole wheat pasta
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • pepper
  • salt
  • garlic (fresh or powder)
  • crushed red pepper
  • soy parmesan
  1. Heat pan over medium until hot. Add a little olive oil to pan and sliced mushrooms.
  2. While mushrooms are cooking, start the pasta water and add pasta when water boils.
  3. After the mushrooms have browned, add in seasonings and diced tomato. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  4. Once pasta is cooked, put into pan with mushrooms/tomatoes, along with a little of the pasta water.
  5. Stir in about 1/4 cup soy parmesan (or real parm if you have it) and let it melt into the pasta.
  6. Let pasta warm through with veggies.
  7. Top with extra cheese and parsley.


We had ours with some roasted broccoli – I just put the broccoli on a sheet pan with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and cooked at 425 for about 15 minutes.

Then we had these:


My newest “healthy brownie” recipe topped with some vanilla ice cream and a little drizzle of chocolate syrup. Perfect way to end this weekend, I think.

Don’t worry – the recipe is coming soon  🙂



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I feel like this weekend is super long for some reason – I hope it keeps going for the rest of the day. We have a bunch of stuff to get done in the house so I hope the time doesn’t go by too quickly! I have some other fun plans for dinner + dessert tonight, too  🙂  This has just been a super fun weekend!

Ever since I saw this recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine on our road trip a few weeks ago, I’d been waiting to make it. Today was the day!


Strawberry Chicken Club Sandwich

We didn’t make ours triple deckers and I only used about 1 Tbsp olive oil mayo in the avocado mayo mixture, but the rest is pretty much the same!

I had one and a half slices of bacon on mine, broken into pieces. We also used romaine instead of spinach and rotisserie chicken.


Mashed avocado is so good on sandwiches. I need to remember to use it more. We both loved the strawberry + avocado + bacon flavors on this sandwich – definitely a keeper recipe.

We also cooked up some fresh corn on the cob I got at the store today – I had one half and went back for more.


 I can’t wait to make this sandwich more – this was a great summery meal.

 I guess I’ve got to get off my butt and do something – we’ve got to move all the furniture out of one room to put a rug down, plus clean the house and finish laundry.

See you for a fun and special dinner and dessert!


What’s your favorite unusual sandwich item?

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Thundering Hunger

I was woken up last night a couple of times by the loudest, closest thunder I have ever heard. It honestly sounded like our house was about to be ripped in half – the house was shaking, it was pouring outside, and there was lightening. This storm came out of nowhere! Yesterday was beautiful and we weren’t supposed to have any rain or storms last night. It was crazy – Nick told me this morning that he woke up at one point, heard the super loud thundering, said he thought “well, maybe this is the end of the world” – and then just went back to sleep! I guess if you’re gonna go, you might as well be comfy in bed  🙂

Our dinner was pretty early last night (5:30) and I usually have a snack at night if we eat that early but I was still full when I went to bed. That usually means that I’m going to be starving in the morning when I get up. And I was.

Nick made me some coffee this morning, for starters. We both missed it yesterday!


They had a little coffeemaker at the cabin, but we weren’t sure if they would also be bringing some with breakfast so we waited to find out. They didn’t, and by then, we were just too lazy to make any since we needed to get home. The coffee was good this morning.

All I could think about was a humongous bowl of oatmeal to fill my belly this morning


  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1 whole banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup or so frozen mixed berries
  • cinnamon
  • flax


I always forget that I have flax in the house – I love it, but never remember to use it.

I’m trying a new sandwich combination at lunch – it should be good and I’m excited 🙂


What’s your favorite way to use flax?

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A Sweet Farewell

Dinner was fantastic but it was a sad one, as well.

My parents set up reservations for us to go eat at The Bank tonight! Yes, we’ve been there many times before, but it is our favorite place. The sad part? Tonight was their last night. The chef and his wife (the pastry chef) are moving to Houston for new jobs, which is great, but we were so upset to find that out. It just made it better that we were able to get in for tonight and enjoy our last meal there! Thanks Mom and Dad!

We decided to go all out tonight since 1. it’s the last time we ever get to eat there, and 2. it’s our anniversary dinner! I got a Malibu sunset  to drink and it was so tropical and pretty.


This was orange juice + Malibu rum + grenadine.  Nick got a mojito, because, well, they make the best ones we’ve ever had.

Of course, they brought out their amazing focaccia bread and the oil/balsamic to dip. I could make a meal out of this and this alone.


It’s always piping hot and super oily, but in a good way  🙂

I started with my normal salad : mixed greens, tomato, red wine vinaigrette.


For dinner, I actually got something different! I usually get their salmon but I decided to try a new dish I hadn’t seen before: Blackened Tilapia with a Cream Shrimp Sauce, along with their mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and tomatoes.


This was the best blackened fish I have ever had in my entire life. It had the best seasoning and was cooked perfectly. The sauce wasn’t too rich and it went really well with the spicy blackened seasonings. Man, I am going to miss this place.

And…then there was dessert. I honestly thought of trying their dessert special tonight, which was a berry parfait with sorbet and toasted almonds, but I couldn’t imagine not getting the bombe on the last night.


I could not resist – how could you when it looks like this and tastes even better?


Perfection. I love dark chocolate and raspberry together.


My days are so confused! I keep thinking  tomorrow is Monday since we were gone last night – I feel like we were gone the entire weekend, so it kind of feels like I get an “extra” day off tomorrow!

What’s your favorite restaurant?

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Country Bumpkins


Happy Saturday!

This weekend has been so much fun so far, and we still have one more super fun plan for tonight.

Last night, Nick and I stayed at a cabin in Galax, VA and had a nice, quiet evening.


We arrived to see a little cabin, with a nice front porch, including rocking chairs!


The inside was perfect: cozy, warm, and the perfect size for a night away from home.



I think my favorite part was that the bedroom was up in the loft of the cabin! It was so open and bright and welcoming.




We had a little kitchen (that we didn’t even use) and a nice sized bathroom with a whirpool tub!



After we checked in last night, we drove into the downtown area of Galax and ate dinner at a little barbeque place that is actually pretty well known and has won some big awards! No pictures from dinner last night – Nick and I were just enjoying our time together  🙂  I got their smoked chicken with some green beans, corn on the cob, and a few hushpuppies. Nick tried their brisket and pulled pork, and I had a few bites of each – everything was great!

After dinner, we walked around downtown a bit more, went into a few antique stores, then stopped in a little coffee shop for some coffee + dessert. Nick got a chocolate eclair and I tried a bite, but it wasn’t that great. My coffee, on the otherhand, was awesome! I wish this coffee shop were closer to us! They make frozen lattes with NO PREMADE MIX – I have never been to place that makes the frozen/blended coffees without a premade/sugar filled mix. I watched her make it, and they just take tons of ice, espresso, milk, and the syrups you want and blend, blend, blend, until it’s nice and creamy. Yum.

It started to rain just as we were leaving town, and we went back to the cabin, opened the windows, and read for a couple of hours. It was so nice and quiet out there – you could just hear the wind rushing through the trees, the raindrops hitting the roof, the birds chirping. Then…like every other Friday night….we watching What Not to Wear  🙂  It was a nice night.  The only bad thing? I did NOT sleep well at all! I woke up at 3 am and layed awake until 4 before going downstairs to lay on the couch with the tv on, hoping I could fall asleep. Not the best night of sleep I’ve ever had, but oh well.

We got breakfast delivered to us this morning!



We got this quiche type thing? It had this crust that was not greasy at all – I’m not sure what it was, but the filling was eggs, cheese, onions, peppers, and some sausage, but this wasn’t greasy at all! Nick ate about 2/3 and I had 1/3. I wish we had more – both of us did, actually. By the time we got breakfast (around 9), we were both starving! I ate all the cantaloupe since Nick doesn’t like it and it was perfectly ripe.


I had the last bite with about a cup of orange juice to finish off breakfast. Then we hit the road to come back home.

Something was wrong with the air conditioning in the truck, so we needed to get back into town to pick up a part. We got back in time, picked up the part, then came home – Nick worked on the truck, and I’ve been working on laundry.

Around 1:30, we broke for lunch:


I made some egg salad for lunch and had some on an arnold sandwich thin with lettuce and tomato and some pickles.


Plus a banana


Nick is cutting the grass, and I’m finishing laundry before our fun dinner plans – I can’t wait!

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5 years ago today, Nick and I were married. I cannot believe that 5 years have passed, but they have been the best 5 years of my life.

There won’t be many words in this post, but I did want to look at my wedding photos, so I’m posting a lot – sorry some of them are blurry! I had to take pictures of actual pictures since I can’t find the cd. And I promise to tell our story another day!


Mom doing my makeup


My supercool Dad waiting for me to get ready – always waiting on the girls, right Dad?  🙂


My sister Melissa and one of my best friends Alicia helping me get ready


My mom, my two sisters, Nick’s sister and me


Dad walking me down the isle


The Exchange


The Release



My Favorite


We’re legal!


The start of a family I cannot live without.


My new sister!


Me and my sisters, with their big country hair  🙂


The Wedding Party, minus Alicia who kept me sane and Sara who took the “official” pictures





and we’re off for tonight! I’m pretty sure where were going has no internet, but I’ll be back tomorrow  🙂

Have a great Friday!

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A Happy 5 Years

Good morning and happy Friday! This morning has been nice so far – we got up and made breakfast together before I have to leave for work. I’m only working a 1/2 day today, but Nick’s not going in so he can take Roxy back to the vet for another check up.

What else to have than one of our favorite breakfasts?

Eggs and oatbran for me, plus a piece of unpicturese lean sausage


A big bowl of fruit: cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries


and a cup of coffee for me to take with me to work.


and I’m off! See you at lunch for a fun post  🙂

Any fun plans for this weekend?

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