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Cupcakes and Leftovers

Good Saturday morning! How did your week turn out?  Mine was, again, busy and exhausting!

On Tuesday, we decided to have Chris’s birthday party on Wednesday. I came home from work and spent from 5:30pm to 9:30pm in the kitchen baking, filling, and decorating 4 dozen of these cupcakes. I also managed to fix dinner in there somewhere (I think that’s the night we had tacos in a pan?).

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Half of the cupcakes were taken to work Thursday for a bake sale auction to raise money for MDA, and the other half were either eaten Wednesday night or sent home with our families.

Wednesday night, of course, we had my parents and Boyfriend’s parents over to celebrate his birthday. We kept it simple by grilling burgers, my mom brought her famous macaroni salad, and Chris’s mom brought her famous baked beans, and we had chips/dip and fresh veggies.

Thursday I decided that I wasn’t doing ANYTHING when I got home from work. I heated up leftovers for each of us for dinner, took a shower, and then chilled on the couch the rest of the night.

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Don’t get me wrong: I love cooking, I love baking, and I love having family over, but coming home from work every night and not getting to relax and re-energize for the next day wears me out!

Last night was pretty much a repeat of Thursday night, but with different leftovers and TV shows!


Today I’m off to the farmer’s market to see what goodies I can find.  I also need to make a stop at the natural food store to pick up some nutritional yeast—I want to give kale chips a try. Then I’m going to Michael’s to see what I can find to spend my 40% off coupon on!! Smile  I’m pretty sure I have more things than that on my To-Do List for today, but those are the two that stand out in my mind right now.

Have a happy Saturday!

 

Amber

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An Improvised Dinner

Hey there! How did the week treat ya? I’m so tired my eyes are burning! I had big plans to come home and workout today, but I only got as far as putting on my workout clothes…

I wanted to share with you what happened the other night, and how I saved dinner!

The plan was to have BBQ chicken, grilled zucchini, and grilled corn on the cob (for Boyfriend)… On the grill. I got everything ready for the grill, took the chicken out and put it on, closed the lid, and came back inside to get the veggies. When I got back to the grill and opened the lid, I noticed the flame I had left on “High” was looking more like “Low”. I thought it was just the wind keeping it from coming up; but then, right before my eyes, it slowly disappeared!!!

I’m not the griller in this house (he was in the shower), so I went and asked him what was going on—and learned I was out of gas!  OMG!! What am I supposed to do now?!

George Foreman to the rescue!!

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I got that plugged in and hot, put a skillet on the stove for the zucchini, and transferred the corn from aluminum foil to saran wrap.

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It took a little bit of improvising, and a lot of quick thinking on my feet, but dinner turned out delicious!

The zucchini got caramelized and yummy in the skillet…

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And the chicken cooked up evenly and stayed moist.

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I had a giant pile of zucchini with my chicken breast:

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And Boyfriend had a sweet potato with his:

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(That corn is from my parent’s garden, thanks Mom and Dad!)

I’m going to classify this dinner as delicious and successful, even if it didn’t go quite as planned.


Tonight we’re having breakfast for dinner—scrambled eggs with veggies, and hashbrowns and bacon for Boyfriend. I’m wishing I had picked up a watermelon to go with this tonight, but oh-well! 

After dinner is figure-out-which-insurance-plan-to-choose time and then probably early to bed. My to-do list for this weekend is extensive, starting with an oil change tomorrow morning.

Are you a quick on your feet type of person, or do you freak out when things don’t go exactly as planned?

 

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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