Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bubbly, {ka}bobs & besties

Man, getting together with friends is the best.  This week I got to have dinner with two of my besties from college!  I wish we all lived within two minutes of each other like we did in college.  Those were the days…  But at least we all live in the same city right now.  We got together to celebrate Woo’s engagement!!!  We’re all so excited for her!  And I can’t believe I haven’t even met her fiance yet!?  But we’re hoping to fix that within the next couple of weeks. Of course we celebrated with a little bit of champagne!

Woo holding the raspberry champagne.

Ellewhy pouring the bubbly.

We made kabobs for dinner which I did not get a picture of sadly.  They were really good.  LY had marinated some chicken.  We also used mushrooms, onions, peppers and pineapple.  They were really good and filling.  I did get a picture of LY’s roommates cat which was trying to get our attention the whole time.

Exhibit A:Exhibit B:

And finally a pic of the three of us. 

P.S.  Brandon and I started a push-up and plank challenge.  He is on an actual push-up plan.  I just do as many as I can, which is 10 right now.  And they’re girl push-ups too – not the real kind!  But I’m trying to work up to that!  And the same for the planks, we’re just trying to do them for as long as we can.  I’m recording them so that we can see the progress as we go along.  I think I’m ready to start P90X again soon.  Another thing I can mark of my 101 list!

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Spring-a-marolls

Thanks to Jenny Steffens Hobick I made these Spring Rolls last night.  They were awesome!  I altered the recipe a little bit.

  • 1/2 package of Buckwheat noodles (a little bit healthier and have more fiber)
  • Rice paper wrappers
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup julienned cucumbers
  • basil leaves
  • fresh spinach
  • 1 onion (sauteed in 1 T olive oil)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • You can add shrimp or grilled chicken to it as well
  • Rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar or splenda

Drop the noodles in boiling water and cook until soft.  Sautee the onions in 1 T olive oil.  While the noodles and onions are doing their thing, prep the other toppings.  Julienne the carrots and cucumber and marinate them in rice vinegar and a bit of sugar (I used splenda).  Dice the avocado.  Make the peanut sauce while the noodles and onions are finishing.

Assembling the rolls      

Fill a clean saucepan with room temperature water (some recipes say you need to boil the water but I did it without boiling and it worked fine).  Put one rice paper wrapper in the water.  It’ll take about 30 -45 seconds to completely soften.  Take out the wrapper carefully and lay flat on a clean surface.  Start putting your toppings on.  Wrap tightly.

Making the peanut sauce (From Weight Watchers)  

Makes 12 servings, 1 tablespoon per serving, Points Plus value: 1

  • 1/4 cup(s) peanut butter, creamy, all-natural
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable broth, reduced-sodium
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice, or balsamic vinegar (I did a tiny bit less than a tablespoon)
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (I did 1/2 Tablespoon)
  • 1 Tbsp ginger root, fresh, minced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (I didn’t actually put this in at all)
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (Splenda)

Mix all the ingredients together.  If the sauce is a little too soupy for you liking add a little bit more peanut butter until it gets to the consistency that you like.

We calculated the rolls (without the chicken) with 1 T of peanut sauce to be 3 pointsplus.

I made a huge fruit salad again.  In it I put grapes, pineapple, canteloupe, blueberries, strawberries and peaches.  I’m pretty excited about it.  I may make crepes for breakfast and use this as the filling.

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Shea-nanigans

We had dinner with some awesome friends, Mason and Marcie (from VT) the other night.  We live so close to each other yet see each other only twice a year.  What’s up with that?  OK OK, we have busy schedules and it’s hard to get a date nailed down but still…

So I love their house.  They’ve done almost, if not all of the work themselves and I envy their kitchen.  They painted one wall with chalkboard paint and it’s pretty awesome.

Marcie made tacos with homemade shells.  I had never had them this way before.  I grew up having the store bought taco shells.  She just dipped corn tortillas in really hot oil and flipped them over and bent them with a fork before they hardened.

They were soooo good!  The tacos consisted of re-fried beans, ground beef, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream and then we had a side of delish watermelon.  So good!

Ha. This was the best shot of the night.  We played this game, which I can not for the life of me think of the name.  It’s mainly a lot of trivia, which I like the idea of, but in reality I am horrible at.  There was a design category though, but it really had nothing to do with design.  One design question was, what animal is on the United States Postal Service logo?  Design?  Seriously?  Yeah right.  But it was still fun and Marcie dominated all of us.

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I feel GREAT!

Haha.  Seriously.  B and I have been doing Weight Watchers and have really been trying to eat healthier.  I’ve been pounding the fruits and veggies and I love it!  A couple of weeks ago I was having a banana pudding milkshake from Chick Fil A (small- w/ whipped cream and a cherry) about once a week.  I. LOVE. THEM. SOOO MUCH!!!!  But I loved it a little less when B told me how many points were in a small shake.  22 to be exact.  SAY WHAT!?!?  I screamed when he told me.  He texted it to me and I was in the car with my boss.  I literally screamed out loud.  Then I had to explain why I screamed.  Then my boss screamed.  She is doing WW as well and couldn’t believe it.  Especially because we get 29 pts a day.  Sadly, I will not be having those as frequently.  Boo.  So instead of throwing myself a pity party, we decided we would try to make our own healthier smoothies.  We did and they are delish! 

Brando’s Banana Bloob Strawberry Smoothie

Makes 6 cups = 5 points

  • 5 Strawberries
  • 2 handfulls of bluberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (we used Kirklands plain nonfat greek yogurt)
  • Ice

Toby REALLY wanted to help, I mean, eat it.  But we’ve been bad about giving him non-dog food (lettuce, milk, etc…).  Not bad for him necessarily but he will boycott his food when we give him little treats.  One time he didn’t eat for 2 whole days because he was holding out for something special.  He was really hungry, and we knew this because he would cry whenever we ate anything.  But we had to tough it out and stand our ground!  Eventually he ate his food.  We win!

Back to healthy eating…  We’ve also been trying to make lunches and take them to work.  So tonight we prepped some salads (with chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, julienned carrots and 1 tablespoon of dressing).  I also made a fruit salad, like Dorsa did.  This past weekend, B and I were really good during breakfast.  We had about a cup of greek yogurt (Kirklands again) and put a bunch of cut up fruit in it.  So that’s what I plan to do for breakfast this week.

And I’ll leave you with a picture of my beautiful fur baby.

If you have any healthy suggestions for lunch, I’d love to hear em’!

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4th of July

We went to my granny’s lake house for the 4th of July.  We had such a good time but I think Toby had the best time.  He could not wait to get in the water.  We barely had walked out the back door when Toby ran down the hill and almost jumped in the water.  But we had to give him a haircut before he got wet so he just had to wait. 

There was lots of playing with cousins…

lots of cheesin’…

lots of bathing beauties : )

H-Core tubing!  (that’s my bro)

some more sunbathin’…

some more tubing…

my cutie patootie nephew

my gorgeous niece, kk

Toby always has his mouth open when he jumps in the water, haha.

me and tobes floatin’

Toby posin’ in his patriotic britches…

Hope yall had a great 4th of July!

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