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Where Have You BEEN?!

Have you been asking that question? Where did that girl go? Well, here’s some of what I’ve been eating and doing for the last month or so…

Fresh peaches and greek yogurt (quickly became one of my favorite late summer snacks)

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Homemade Chicken (non)Marsala

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The dragon roll of my dreams!! The eel was on the outside, instead of tiny pieces stuffed inside with the cucumber and avocado, and it was the entire thing, tail and all! They even stuck little cucumbers in the other end to make it look like a little dragon, and set the eel sauce on fire. Simply amazing—thank you, Ocean Zen!

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The World’s Best Chili (seriously, dang good stuff!)

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Chris’s Grilled Salmon (deeeelicious!)

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Tacos In A Pan (easy peasy and so yummy!)

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I tried my hand at Mom’s Beer Bread

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The cake I baked for my best friend’s bachelorette party (hehehe)

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Me out waaayyy past my bed time for that same bachelorette party

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The BFF’s St Louis Cardinals garters

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At The Wedding—it was beautiful and she did so much of the décor herself!

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The cake (I want to be this good at cake decorating!)

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My cutie butt niece spent the night after my sister’s bday party, and devoured a popsicle!

Airi loves popsicles 

Besides that, I’ve been working, working, and working!! I finally finished up training, and now I’m a “real” manager. Since things have settled down and I’m starting to get into a routine, I promise to post more regularly again.

I missed you!

 

Amber

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Who’s That Chick?

Hey there, happy Friday! 

I was so busy this week, it flew by and today doesn’t quite feel like Friday.

Monday I started the classroom training part of my new job, which lasts through the next three weeks. It’s going great and I’m learning so much more than I had expected (based off what others told me), and I’m so glad!!

Tuesday, Boyfriend worked, which made it feel like Monday for me. He’s usually off Tuesdays so that threw everything out of whack.

Wednesday night, my mom and dad came up to take us to eat at Lambert’s, and surprised us by bringing the World’s Cutest Sweetest Funniest Baby with them—my niece! Smile  I love that chubby little red head!!

Last night, I did something I haven’t done in about a year:

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I had gotten so used to my hair being dark, I thought it was normal (which technically it is I suppose). My hair has been highlighted since I was in middle school. When I was really little, it was naturally platinum blonde but has gotten progressively darker as I’ve gotten older. I never knew how dark until I went a year without doing anything to it!

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It was also begging for a trim, and was getting completely unruly. My bangs had grown out about three inches past my chin! They were no longer bangs.

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(The crazy frayed ends are after I CHI’d it!)

All night last night and all day today, I’ve been taking second looks at myself when I walk past a mirror. It doesn’t look like me, even though my hair looked like this my entire life (except for a couple times I intentionally colored it super dark).

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Tonight, we are chillin’!  We’re having a delicious dinner (I’ll give you three guesses what it is, and the first two don’t count!) and getting a movie. We’ve been busy all week and Chris had to work outside today in the 105 degree (that’s without the heat index!) weather so I’m sure he’s beyond drained.

I feel pretty again (if you don’t agree, I don’t want to know!)!! Smile

Have a fantastic night!

 

Amber

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Turkey Meatballs

Hi there! Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

My weekend was busy. Yesterday was the wedding shower for one of my best friends, and today was full of errands. This weekend definitely went by way too fast!

Tonight I spent a lot of time in the kitchen—and it was so worth it! Right now, our house is filled with the aroma of zucchini bread (I’ll share that with you later this week). 

Dinner was a repeat of a successful batch of turkey meatballs I told you about a few weeks ago.

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What You Need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 t dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1 t dried basil, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 T low sugar ketchup
  • 1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 T Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

What You Do:

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In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, rosemary, marjoram, basil, garlic, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Add in the onion and breadcrumbs.

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Use your hands to thoroughly mix in the ground turkey.

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Use an ice cream scoop (or your hands) to shape the mixture into balls. Sear them in a non-stick pan with about 1T oil.

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Once they’re browned, pop them in the oven in a Pamed pan for about 10 minutes to make sure they’re cooked through.

Serve them on top of hot pasta and cover them in sauce alongside cheesy garlic bread (if you’re Boyfriend).

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Serve them covered in sauce with whole grain bread on the side (if you’re Girlfriend).

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We both also had a fresh salad with tomatoes, but you probably know what that looks like…

These are so delicious and simple, and the only meatballs either of us has ever liked!

If you try them, let me know what you think!

 

Amber

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Not Your Typical Tacos

Howdy! How was your Monday? Mine was pretty good, I feel like I’m actually learning stuff that will help me do MY job at work! Smile 

Dinner last night was something that we have at least once per week around here… Tacos!

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First look, and you probably think, those aren’t tacos! Where’s your shell? These tacos are not your normal tacos. The first time Chris told me he was making tacos, and what he was using to make them, I thought they sounded weird and not very good… Please do not let the no shell, no salsa, no sour cream thing scare you away from trying these!

No, they aren’t anything like typical tacos, but they are super simple and delicious—which is why we eat them every week! We’ve even started playing around with the meat, and they are delicious made with diced chicken, ground turkey breast, and the classic beef. Try these for yourself, and let me know what you think!

What You Need:

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef or turkey, or boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 14oz can tomato sauce
  • garlic salt
  • romaine lettuce—be lazy and use the bagged pre-cut stuff!
  • 1 large tomato or 2 Romas
  • white onion, diced—about 2 T, depends how much you like raw onion
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded colby-jack cheese

What To Do:

Brown your meat of choice, seasoned with salt and pepper. If using turkey, add a little garlic salt.

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In a separate sauce pan, heat the tomato sauce seasoned with 1-2 T garlic salt (to taste).

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Chop your tomatoes and onion.

Layer it up in a big bowl—that’s it! Really!!

If you’re Boyfriend, you start with a good base of slightly crushed tortilla chips, then lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, onion, and sauce.

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If you’re Girlfriend, you start with a good base of lettuce, then meat, sauce, tomatoes, 2 crumbled Melba toast, and a small pinch of onions.

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Either way, you’re going to scarf it up and continually say how good it is—and you may catch your boyfriend licking the bowl Winking smile

 

Are there any dinners you eat at least once per week?

 

Amber

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Random Foodage

Hi there!  Sorry I’ve been mostly MIA this week. My lame excuse is that I started working full time  this week and I’m trying to adjust to my new life schedule. I’ve also felt completely drained the last two days, but today I’m feeling normal again so here I am 🙂

 I know I told you there would be recipes and how-tos, and there still will be… Promise!  In the mean time, I thought I’d show you a few of the things I’ve munched on lately.

This was lunch Saturday... And Sunday

Two egg whites plus one whole egg, on toasted whole grain with mustard (Sunday there was no bread involved)

Spinach with THE dressing
 
 
Also consumed this week were homemade crab cakes for dinner Monday (picture capture: failure), grilled Ribeyes ala Chris Tuesday (picture capture: failure) and tonight we went to Ruby Tuesday for an impromptu date night (again, picture capture: failure).
 
At Ruby Tuesday’s I had Seafood New Orleans, minus the sauce which means I had Cajun seasoned tilapia and shrimps, with grilled zucchini and grilled green beans. Boyfriend had 1/2 rack of ribs with crispy shrimps, fries, and grilled zucchini. He said it was up there in the top three things he’s ever eaten at a restaurant!!  I was thoroughly impressed with Ruby Tuesday’s revamped, totally-overflowing-with-healthy-options menu! Check out these sides options: grilled zucchini, grilled green beans, mashed cauliflower, spaghetti squash, grilled asparagus, steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, and sliced tomatoes–and the always amazing salad bar 🙂 Definitely a go-to place for anyone who wants to eat healthy or is on a restricted diet without feeling like the only thing they can eat on the menu is a salad.
 

Time to set up the coffee pot so it’s brewed and piping hot for me when I get up in the morning, then bed time (yes, I’m an old lady).

 BTW: Cassie at Back To Her Roots is giving away a free t-shirt that I entered to win–I’d say go enter for your chance, but I want the tee so if you don’t enter, my chances are better! haha, You should still go check out her blog, she’s a pretty cool gal!

Amber

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From Italian to Oriental

I have a confession: last night I was too tired lazy to make Chicken Marsala for dinner, and both Boyfriend and I were too tired lazy to eat real food that required a knife and fork. We wanted something that was easy to eat from the comfort of our couch, so this happened instead…

Chris’s Dinner:

I opened a bag of PF Chang’s Meals for 2

 

Tossed it in a pan and put the lid on it, and came back to stir it every couple of minutes

 

Cooked him some 10 minute brown rice and baked a couple of these yummy egg rolls

 

And this is what the finished product looked like

 

My Dinner:

I tossed some chicken in a skillet sprayed with Pam and browned it up, along with a little bit of onion, then grated some fresh ginger in.

I added a bunch of the already cooked cabbage and let it warm up and start to brown just slightly, then added about 1/4 cup of chicken broth to deglaze the pan and give it some moisture back.

 

Even though this was super simple and used the leftover cabbage  from onion burger night, it was delicious!

 

Then we chilled on the couch for the rest of the night like lazy bums.

Today I’m off to Hobby Lobby after I have one more iced coffee…

I need to find decorations for a friend’s wedding shower and also look at cake pans and cake decorating stuff because I think I really want to start making “real” cakes as a hobby (not the kind you bake then ice while it’s still in a 13×9 pan).

Do you have big plans for the weekend? Chris works so we might go watch fireworks somewhere close, but no traveling or lake time for us (which is why we went Wednesday).

Have a happy Saturday!

 

Amber

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Orientate Me!

Today was orientation day at my new job! It went well: overview of the company culture, the basic safety stuff, tour of the store, met 200 people whose names I won’t remember so thank goodness everyone wears name tags… Speaking of name tags, I got mine! 🙂 It has my name and then Assistant Mgr–pretty standard name tag stuff, but its exciting! haha

I wanted to make sure I wasn’t rushed or running late this morning so that I wouldn’t have that added stress with the first day jitters, so last night I prepped my lunch.

I had my new favorite made-at-home salad: spinach with grilled chicken breast seasoned with Nature’s Seasoning, dried onions, and Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.

Delicious!

I also packed an apple for a snack (which I never ate), and a calcium chew. I love getting my vitamins in a little hunk of chocolate that tastes like a brownie!  (Side note: Boyfriend’s lunch was a sandwich on whole grain made with last night’s tasty turkey leftovers.)

I finished up orientation around 2PM and decided to stop by to see one of my favorite people, whom I was supposed to have lunch with today until I found out at the last minute I had orientation. I brought her some Starbucks since I had to ditch her last minute, and we got to chat and catch up for a couple hours.  She was beautiful as ever, and I’m really glad I decided to go see her! 🙂

Now I’m home and its time to fix dinner. I’m making Chicken (non)Marsala with a simple salad and leftover green beans from last night, and a potato for Chris.

I’ll be back tomorrow for a how to of tonight’s dinner (and maybe the pizzas I made the other night) and the Weekly Workout Wrapup.

Have a great night, and safe 4th of July weekend!

 

Amber

PS: A big shout out and thank you to everyone who stops by to check out my little blog, subscribes to my little blog, or just keeps coming back! 🙂

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