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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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Boyfriend and I all dolled up for the wedding IMG_1166

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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It’s Been A While…

Since I had an iced latte from Starbucks…

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Since I’ve had pants that aren’t too big

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Since I saw raindrops on my windshield…

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Since it’s been under 95 degrees in the middle of the afternoon…

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Since I’ve been on the treadmill (okay, only a few days)…

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But not since we had tacos!!!

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This was my Saturday, hope yours has been fantastic as well!

 

Amber

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Where DID We Put The Hide-a-Key?!

Yeah, we really had to ask ourselves that last night! Here’s how it all went down…

For dinner, we decided BBQ chicken on the grill sounded good. I started the grilling while Chris showered, and when he was done he joined me outside. When the chicken was done and it was time to head back in he went to the door… And the handle wouldn’t move!  We both looked at each other in a panic–what do we do now?! 

All the screens on our windows are the type that can only be removed from the inside, plus even if we did get the screens off, we keep all our windows locked unless they are open. The garage door is electric and can only be opened manually from the inside.  My idea was for Boyfriend to wiggle through the doggy door–until we remembered there’s a cover on it since we don’t have a dog to use it, which can also only be removed from the inside.

What are we supposed to do!? Panic began to set it…

Then I remembered we hid a key–but where?? We searched and searched all the places we apparently discussed putting it, but obviously didn’t. We spent a good 5-10 minutes looking for than darned key!! Crawling around on our hands and knees searching through spider webs under the deck, in the weight bench, on the grill… I’m so glad our neighbors weren’t outside to see us! About the time I was on the verge of freaking out, Chris apparently decided he would risk breaking the handle off the door to get in, and gave it a good yank–and it opened!!! 

Was it locked? No.

The handle just refused to move! Why? We have no clue!

I do know that the first thing on my agenda for today is going to have a couple of spare keys made… Which is where I’m off to right now!

Hope you all have a great Saturday morning!

Did you do anything fun or exciting last night? This was the most excitement we’ve had on a Friday night in a while, haha! Tell me about it below…

 

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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Baby You’re A Firework

So, I’m no pro at taking pics of fireworks (obviously, since only 1 turned out and the rest were blurry), but I thought I would share what I managed to snap anyways (minus the solid black night sky pics and overly blurry ones) :

The little fireball right before the explosion of color!

 

The one good one I got, haha

 

Blurry, but looks cool

 

Hope you had a happy, safe, fun Independence Day! Thanks to all our troops, past and present, who made and keep our country free–especially my favorite Marine, who may or may not have been ready for all the pics I snagged of him last night! 🙂

 

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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A Tasty Turkey

Hi there!

Today we went on another quest to find work shirts, and finally had success! The shirt I found fit me like it was made specially for my body, and was comfy even though it’s a button down dress shirt. I bought it in two colors, and I’ll be on the lookout for more shirts from that brand since they fit so well!

When we stopped to get gas before the prices jumped 15 cents here like they did in Springfield, we went inside to get drinks. I love Gold Peak Sweet Tea, but when I checked the label it said there are 190 calories in the whole bottle!

 

I’ve never given any consideration to calories in my tea, but  now I’m paying attention to everything. Chris saw that they had a Diet option, so I decided to try that… Boyfriend is my hero!! 🙂

The diet version tastes just like the sweetened version, for zero calories! Chris even tried a drink of it, because he usually thinks that sugar-free versions of drinks taste funny, and he agrees it tastes just like the bottle he was drinking. I think we’ll both be buying Diet from now on!

This - 190 = This! 🙂

 

For lunch, we had Q’doba. I got the Chicken Taco Salad, minus pretty much everything, haha! Basically I had romaine lettuce, fat-free picante ranch, grilled chicken, and fresh pico. It was so spicy and so fresh! They are really good about only chopping up the super green part of the romaine, so there isn’t any of the tasteless white part of the lettuce.

Once home, Boyfriend decided that today (the hottest day so far this summer, under a heat advisory) would be a good day to powerwash the deck and back of the house.

I decided to workout. I opted for an old DVD I’ve had for about 7 years, Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates.

It has three separate 10 minute workouts that target either your belly, butt, or thighs–I did all three. There is also a 10 minute total body workout option.  Afterward I was sweaty and burning, which felt good!

 

For dinner I decided to pretend it was Thanksgiving and roasted a turkey! To keep things simple, I bought a boneless turkey (you can also buy breast only, but Boyfriend likes dark and light meat) which is about three pounds and only takes about 1 1/2 hours in the oven.  It’s the perfect size for the two of us and leaves enough for leftovers.

Here’s how simple it really was:

Preheat your oven to 375, and line your roasting pan with aluminum foil. This makes clean up sooo much easier, because all the stuck on parts stick to that and not your pan!

Rinse your turkey and pat it dry, and lay it out on your lined baking sheet. Use your hands to rub all the surfaces down with a few tablespoons of butter (I use Country Crock Light) and about one tablespoon of olive oil, then salt and pepper it.

Stack all the parts back up: breast, then dark, and finally the skin.

Pop it in the oven for about an hour, and then take a peak at it. If the skin is golden and crispy, make a foil tent to cover it with to prevent over-browning. Let it roast for about another 2o minutes, checking it with a meat thermometer to make sure its 160 before you take it out.

When its done, take it out of the oven but leave the tent on it and let it rest at least 10 minutes before you slice into it. This lets the juices redistribute and makes it super moist. (Not to brag too much, but I’ve always been told I make the best turkeys that are super moist! Right, mom?)

When you’re ready, slice it up, plate it up, and enjoy!

We had ours with “fried” green beans, sliced whole grain bread, and Chris had mashed potatoes with gravy.

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This was a delicious dinner, if I do say so myself! 😉

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And cleaning the roasting pan was as easy as throwing this in the trash!

Now its time to prep lunch for tomorrow and relax, tomorrow is orientation for my new job!!

 

Amber

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