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Happy Easter! Recipe: Baked Mini Ham Sammies

HAPPY EASTER!

I hope everyone has been enjoying a beautiful day filled with family, food and fun- and, most importantly, remembering that this is a day of celebration of our Lord and Savior- He is Risen!

Let’s cover yesterday before I recap my lovely Easter Sunday.

Breakfast

Yesterday was Saturday, which means only one thing- pancakes!  I decided to switch it up and make “egg in the middle” pancakes.

I started by cooking two large pancakes:

I fried two eggs, sunny side up:

I used a knife to cut a hole out of the middle of the pancakes:

I placed the fried egg in the middle, and enjoyed my egg-in-the-middle pancake with a huge cup of coffee:

I topped mine with sugar-free syrup and ketchup, which, surprisingly, wasn’t weird.

After digesting for a little while, we headed to the gym for our Saturday-afternoon BodyPump class.  I may be addicted to the ‘Pump.

Lunch

We decided to skip cardio because we had some errands to run before my parents arrived from Ft. Lauderdale.  We did some grocery shopping, and then stopped at Subway for lunch.

I had a 6-inch turkey on whole wheat, toasted with provolone cheese, honey mustard, spinach, tomato, green pepper, banana peppers and pickles!

I sipped on a Vidration water in Lemon-Lime flavor:

Although it has 0 calories, after skimming through the ingredients list, I don’t think I’ll be buying this again- far too many mystery ingredients!

When we got home, I got to work on the food I was planning to bring to Corey’s parents’ house for Easter brunch.  I decided to go with one of my mom’s recipes that is my absolute favorite “holiday” breakfast- baked mini ham sandwiches!

Baked Mini Ham Sammies

Servings: makes 24 (I suggest 2 per person)

Ingredients:

24 mini potato rolls (I used Martin’s brand)

1/2 cup of Smart Balance spread or butter

4 tablespoons minced onions

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

12 oz. thinly sliced deli ham

9 slices swiss cheese, cut into 24 small slices

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

*Note*: Can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator the day before, and baked right before serving.

Directions:

Lay tinfoil across a cutting board or cookie sheet and place the rolls on top (to have a sturdy working surface).
Use a knife to slice directly through the middle of the rolls, so you end up with two halves.

Top each bottom half with 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and spread with a knife.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of minced onions on each bottom half.

Top each half with a portion of ham (just use your fingers to tear it up into appropriate portion sizes)

Cut the cheese into the right size:

Top each one with a slice of cheese.

Spread the top halves with a thin pad of butter or Smart Balance Spread.

Place the top halves back onto the bottom halves, making sure they line up with each other.

Place another thin pad of butter or spread on top of each one, then sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Wrap completely with tinfoil and refrigerate.

Before Serving: Place sandwiches (still wrapped in tinfoil) in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

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My parents arrived around 6PM, and we went straight over to Corey’s parents house for appetizers and a glass of wine.

Corey’s mom made an awesome dip with avocado, tomato, red onion and feta cheese that I loved.

She also had some Easter-themed treats!

We decided to go to Antonio’s, which is one of Corey’s parents’ favorite restaurants.  It’s a great little Italian place that is separated into a downstairs cafe and an upstairs “ristorante”- the downstairs atmosphere is more casual, while upstairs is a little more upscale.

The best part about eating downstairs is that you can browse the wine selection, pick your own bottle, and they will open it for you and let you drink it while walking around.  Corey helped pick out some good bottles for us:

What…a jokester.

Once we sat down, we munched on some delicious garlic bread.

As soon as I saw the menu, I knew exactly what I was having.  Melanzane alla Parmigiana, also known as my favorite meal- Eggplant Parmesan!

It was delicious, and I was happy to have some leftovers to take home with me!

Corey ordered the special, which was tilapia in a gorgonzola cream sauce.  I had to sneak a few bites- the sauce was to die for.

Here’s a picture of the whole gang:

It was great having both of our families together, although we missed my sister!  She couldn’t make the trip down from school because she has finals this week.

Easter Sunday

Breakfast

I woke up this morning and had a quick breakfast.  I was excited yesterday because my grocery store finally had the Lemon Chobani I have been dying to try!

I wanted to try it because, as we know, I hate fruit yogurts, so the lemon adds flavor without being in the category of the many fruit flavors I don’t like.  Yay!

I also had a Chocolate Pancake Muffin with peanut butter:

After eating, I got ready for church and my parents met us at our apartment.  My mom gave me my Easter basket, which I look forward to every year.  I expect to still be receiving one even when my own children are getting theirs.

Highlights included new make up, a chef’s basket (for easily removing pasta or vegetables from boiling water), a stack of coupons, and an electric hair remover <–Is she trying to tell me something?

We met Corey’s family at our church, which we were excited to bring them to for the first time.  We all enjoyed the service very much.  Afterwards, we headed to Corey’s parents house for an Easter brunch.

We enjoyed some appetizers, my favorite being the smoked salmon with chive cream cheese- yum!

My mom and I had a mimosa:

Corey’s mom sent us on our traditional hunt for our Easter baskets!  I always find mine before Corey, which he hates.

Highlights of Basket #2 included a Southern Living Weddings magazine, a Groupon to one of our favorite restaurants, and a mini grow-it-yourself Basil!

How cute is that?

Corey’s basket suited his interests perfectly:

Corey’s mom had a beautiful Easter table set up, overlooking the amazing view of the lake in their backyard:

After Corey’s aunt, uncle, cousin and grandmother and her husband arrived, we dug into the fabulous brunch spread!

My plate included a little of everything, of course: quiche Lorraine, ham and egg casserole, my mini ham sammies, Kielbasa (Polish sausage, a holiday staple, because Corey’s parents are Polish) and a slice of chocolate swirl cake that I was supposed to share with Corey, but accidentally demolished on my own.

Once we were sufficiently stuffed, my mom and I took over the entertainment, in true Turner form.

My mom started off by singing and playing the piano, and then I got up and sang while my mom accompanied me on the piano.  We used it as a practice session since I will be performing the song at her upcoming piano recital next month.

Afterwards, we celebrated Corey’s grandmother’s husband’s birthday!  My mom played “Happy Birthday” on the piano while he blew out the candles on a massive chocolate cake.

Bella was not happy that I forced her to wear an Easter dress:

Cruel and Unusual Puppy Punishment

Here’s me and my Dad:

Corey and I in our Easter finest:

And finally, a picture of Corey and I with our parents:

I had such a great weekend with my family, and I am so happy they were able to spend Easter with Corey and I!

Now, I’m planning to eat my body weight in Easter candy while memorizing every muscle in the human body, learning the principles of chemistry, and engraving the causes and treatment of infectious diseases into my brain.

1 week to go!

Sunday in the Sun

My Sunday was spent mainly in the sun.  My embarrassing sunburn is proof of that!

Breakfast

We slept in a little later than we usually do on Sundays.  Our friends spent the night, so we decided to skip the morning church service and go to the later one at night.  I really wanted pancakes again, but opted for the lazier choice of a toasted whole wheat bagel thin with peanut butter.

I enjoyed several shots of Patron instead of my usual morning coffee.

Juuust kidding, people.  No need to call Betty Ford on me just yet.

Corey and I decided it was a great day to go for a long walk.  We took Bella with us for a 2.5 mile loop around the neighborhood.  I forgot my camera, which always happens when there’s a lot of things that I wish I had a camera to take pictures of.  We stopped at the dog park and had several good laughs at our pathetic animal hiding under our legs from all the other “real” dogs, as Corey puts it.

Lunch

After our walk, we decided to head down to Park Avenue for a healthy lunch, and to do some window shopping, since that’s all we can afford to do at Park Ave, anyways 🙂 .

We chose Powerhouse Cafe for lunch, which is a great little Mediterranean-style pita and smoothie place.  I ordered a tuna pita melt, which was fabulous, but I refused to take a picture inside the cafe, due to the intimate seating and awkward silence all around us (my camera phone makes a really obnoxious and obvious noise).  I also ordered a strawberry and banana smoothie.

We took our smoothies to-go, and sipped them while walking down the Ave.

We stopped and sat on a bench in the park for a little while, doing some people watching.

Or shrub watching.

We decided to stop in one of my favorite stores…Williams Sonoma!  We walked around and pretended to be registering for fancy shmancy things, although we both know the bulk of our wedding gifts are most likely coming from good ol’ Target.

I was extra-excited to peruse the coffee-maker selections.  I’ve added “fancy latte maker” to my “must-haves”  list for nursing school.  And life.

Apparently, my dream can be realized all for the small price tag of…

On second thought, my $7 Walmart coffee-maker will probably work just fine.

I also spotted the perfect tool to seduce Corey into helping me in the kitchen.

Darth Vader spatulas!

We came home and were greeted by one very excited pup, along with her new boyfriend, Mr. Moose.

Welcome Home! You may have my moose!

I got hungry after all that walking, so I made a little snack.  A healthified version of my favorite fatty indulgence, cheese fries.

I heated up a small plate of sweet potato fries from the night before, and melted a slice of meunster cheese on top.

Dinner

Later on, we showered and got ready, and then went to the night-time church service.  Afterwards, we got into a heated debate about where to eat dinner.  Proving that relationships are all about compromise, I ended up at Pei Wei.

I normally despise this place, but I ended up finally making a good choice off the menu.  I went with the tofu and vegetable fried rice, and it was actually pretty good!

We also shared two vegetable spring rolls.

And, of course, a fortune cookie.

A few extras may have ended up in my purse…

To round out our little date, we decided to get some fro-yo.

My cup included:

  • White Chocolate Mousse fro-yo
  • Espresso fro-yo
  • Golden Grahams
  • Brownie pieces
  • Rainbow sprinkles
We sat and ate by the lake, enjoying my favorite view:

I love our neighborhood.

Now, it’s back to the grind of the week.  Only 2 weeks left in the semester!

Breakfast for Dinner

Bring it on, Monday! I’m ready for ya!

Breakfast

Corey and I woke up and got ready for church, with just enough time to have a quick breakfast.  I chose a 1/2 cup of Kashi 7-Grain Puff Cereal with unsweetened almond milk, and half of a toasted whole wheat bagel thin topped with peanut butter.

Corey made a pot of coffee, and I took a cup to-go.  He pointed out that my outfit and my thermos were color-coordinated:

Special.

After the service, we stopped by Barnes and Noble and read some magazines for an hour or so, because we had time to kill before the Orlando Magic game started.  We made plans the day before to go to Graffiti Junktion to watch the game and have lunch, and that’s what we did!

Lunch

Graffiti Junktion is a really unique, “artsy” bar/restaurant, located in downtown Orlando. The decor is, as you would probably expect, graffiti-centered, bright and busy.

Source

The fun decor is secondary to the star of the show- their burgers!  They have been voted “Best Burgers” several times, and for good reason.  We decided to start with our favorite appetizer, the Zucchini Fries.

The waitress mentioned that the Soup of the Day was Beer & Cheese Soup, and both of us agreed that it sounded like a must-try.  We shared a bowl, and it was so delicious!

For the main event, we decided to split the Chi-Town Burger, which was stuffed with bleu cheese and mushrooms.

By the time the burger came, I was already getting pretty full, so I ended up just having a few bites of my half and surrendering it over to Corey.  So, basically my lunch consisted of fried, cheese, and more fried.  Oops.

After the game was over, we stopped by the store and picked up a Sunday paper.  After watching TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” last week, we were both inspired to try this whole coupon-clipping thing for ourselves!  I channeled my mother and got to work snipping away.

I felt the need to stash the “1/2 Off a Milkshake” from Steak ‘N’ Shake for a rainy day, OK? So, sue me!

After I made a shopping list including some of our coupon items, we went to the grocery store and got to work.  Here’s what I learned.

  • There are no coupons for health foods.
  • Coupons make you think you need things that you do not, in fact, need.
  • We could buy 100 items, or 12 items…it doesn’t matter.  We are always going to spend 90-FREAKING-5 dollars every week.

So, after realizing that half of my coupons were for items that our Publix doesn’t even carry, we ended up using one for Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Dough, and one for Truvia Natural Sweetener.  Our grand total of savings? $1.75.  Cost of the Sunday paper? $1.60.  That would be a savings of $0.15.  I don’t think I’m in the running to be featured on the next episode of “Extreme Couponing”.

Workout

After shopping, we decided to head out for a run.  I was really mad because my iPod was dead, and I absolutely despise running without music.  Corey agreed to run “at my pace” so I wouldn’t be bored, and this lead to an argument that lasted for most of our run about how “my pace” isn’t really that much slower than “his pace”…so that kept me occupied for most of the time!  I was able to run the whole 2.5 without stopping, and at a slightly faster pace than usual.  Yay for improvement!

Dinner

We decided that good ol’ “breakfast for dinner” sounded perfect after our run.  I made a batch of Fiber One pancakes:

I was excited to use my favorite happy-face spatula:

Twins! (Including the red post-run face)

And I also whipped up 2 professional-looking spinach omelets!

I started with 2 egg whites and 1 egg, mixed with 1 tablespoon almond milk and 1 cup chopped fresh spinach:

I poured it into a skillet and let it cook until the bottom was firm, and then I added 2 tablespoons fat free shredded cheddar, plus 1 tablespoon reduced-fat feta cheese down the middle, and flipped one side over:

I let it continue to cook until the middle was no longer runny.

What’s your favorite “breakfast for dinner” meal?

Go Predators! I Guess…

Yesterday was my favorite kind of Saturday- filled with things to do!

I woke up feeling a little…crappy. We were supposed to go to BodyPump, but I knew that wasn’t happening for me.  Instead, I scarfed a whole wheat bagel thin topped with peanut butter and went back to sleep for several more hours until I awoke feeling good as new!  Carbs heal everything.

Lunch

We decided to go to our favorite sushi place for lunch, Seito Sushi.  They have a great lunch special that we always enjoy.

I ordered the Kalbi Bento Box.  It came with marinated short ribs, half of a California roll, salad with ginger dressing, 3 fried dumplings, rice AND miso soup.  Score!

I was trying to be adventurous by ordering Kalbi, but that was a mistake.  The short ribs had bones in them, and it just wasn’t good.  Next time, I’ll stick with teryaki chicken or salmon with veggies.  Luckily, my great view made up for the gross meat 😉 .

After lunch, we came home and changed into our bathing suits and spent several hours by the pool.  Then, we got ready and our friends met us at our place to go downtown to watch the Orlando Predators, an arena football league, play.

Of course, it would be un-American to go to a football game and not get a huge beer.

In case anyone cares, the Predators won.  Honestly, none of us could decide if we really cared or not, either.

Afterwards, we were all starving, so we grabbed sandwiches from Jimmy John’s.

I split a Hunter’s Club (roast beef) with Corey, and topped my half with chips because I’m in Kindergarten.

We finished eating and then walked down the street to meet a bunch of our friends at The Attic, a bar that one of our friends opened.  For some reason, I didn’t take any pictures!  How unlike me…

Time for me to go attempt to convince Corey that watching The Masters all day is not an option for me.  I loathe golf.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Green Sauce

Come baaaaack, weekend!

Doesn’t it always go by too fast?

I’ll tell you about my lovely Sunday so I can relive it.

Breakfast

Before heading to church yesterday, I toasted a whole wheat bagel thin, spread with a little Smart Balance spread, and served with a sliced pear on the side.

After the service, we ran some errands before debating where to have lunch.  We have both been talking about how we wanted to go to a Sunday brunch somewhere, but the only place we knew of in the area that had one didn’t sound that great to either of us.  We opted to stop by one of our favorite little sandwich shops, called 903 Mills Market.

903 Mills Market is a cute little place, located basically in the middle of a neighborhood.  Although parking is hard to find, it’s well worth searching for a spot.  They offer a variety of unique sandwiches and salads, as well as a big selection of craft beers.  On Sundays, most people can be found sitting outside on the “porch” sharing pitchers of Mimosas.

For my meal, I decided to have half of a tuna sandwich on their homemade wheat bread, and the Lake Davis salad, consisting of spring mix, cherry tomatoes, bleu cheese and pecans, with balsamic vinaigrette.

Corey had half of the California Club with the Thai Peanut salad.

Both of our meals were delicious, as always.

We spent the rest of the day running some more errands before coming home and taking Bella on a 2.5 mile walk around the lake by our house.

At the grocery store, I was really thirsty, and picked up this noteworthy bottle of Vidration Vitamin-Enhanced Water in Dragon Fruit flavor while I was in the checkout line:

I have never heard of the brand before, but I really liked it!  It was very flavorful, and definitely quenched my thirst.  It’s sweetened with Splenda, so it has zero calories, which happens to be my favorite number.

Dinner

One of our favorite meals in college was from a place called El Corral.  You could get 1/4 of a chicken, yellow rice, black beans and a drink for 3.99.  We were sad to leave El Corral behind when we moved, but we discovered that one of the chains near our apartment, La Granja, offers almost the same thing.  However, we’ve always said that it would be nice to be able to make the meal at home sometimes.  I mean, it’s just chicken, rice and beans- how hard could it be?  Well, both El Corral and La Granja have one special item that makes it hard to recreate their simple meal- SAUCES!  Both places have a variety of sauces and salsas that bring tons of flavor to the table, literally.  My favorite is “the green one” (they don’t really have names).  I decided to try to make my own version of their green sauce, and I think I came pretty close!

Green Sauce

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh cilantro

1/4 cup Light Mayo

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/4 onion, roughly chopped

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon lime zest

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/4 cup water

Directions:

Add all of the above ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.

Drizzle over tacos, rice, steak- you name it!

We picked up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, and I also microwaved some Steamfresh Brown Rice:

And a can of Bush’s Reduced Sodium Black Beans:

I topped our rice and beans with store-bought Roasted Garlic Salsa, and voila! At-home La Granja, in no time at all.

 

Under Attack

I hate bugs.

Does anyone like them? I hope not.  But, I’m sure there are people out there that can tolerate to be around them.

I am not one of those people.

I spent the better half of yesterday in my apartment, under attack by what I believe to be fruit flies- they look like flying fleas, which makes me want to vomit.  I found myself surrounded by dead bug bodies by the time Corey got home.

I saved some of my conquests to prove to Corey that they do exist, because he keeps saying that the bugs are “in my head”.  My plan backfired, and he is now convinced that I need a therapist.

I called an exterminator, but he can’t come until Wednesday. I will certainly be mentally unstable by then. Does anyone out there have a solution to this buggy problem?!  The only fruit we had in the house was 3 bananas, and those are now gone, and I also removed the trash from the apartment and put it outside the door. Yet, the bugs remain.  HELP ME!!!

Work Out

Corey and I finally dragged our butts out of bed yesterday morning with enough time to go to the gym before he had to go to work.  I completed 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 15-minute run on the treadmill at a 1.0 incline.  Afterwards, I met Corey upstairs and we did some ab work on the balance ball before heading home.

Breakfast

After my work out, I decided that another oat-filled smoothie was just what I needed.


Into the blender went:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 frozen strawberry, plus 1/3 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 scoop Muscle Milk Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Splenda
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cooked oats
  • Handful of ice

After breakfast, I caught up on some blog reading and watched a recorded episode of Thursday night’s Grey’s Anatomy.  If you watch Grey’s, you know that I was in tears the whole time.  It was also a musical episode, which I loved!  I love musical-anything.

The rainy weather from this week disappeared yesterday, and I was really excited to head out to the pool with my book to relax in the sun.  I put on my bathing suit, lathered up in SPF, and walked to the pool.  Then, I saw this:

Of course it is.

Who does pool maintenance on a Friday afternoon on the most gorgeous day EVER?!

I walked back to my apartment, highly annoyed, and even more annoyed that I was now covered in sunscreen for no reason.  I figured they would be done with the pool eventually, so I layed my towel out on my couch, and read my book while enjoying the view of Bella licking her butt, instead:

Lovely.

After an hour or so, I decided to give my luck another try, and headed back down to the pool.  The sign was gone, and I was able to enjoy the beautiful day!

Lunch

After a few hours in the sun, I was ready for lunch. I came inside and made a big salad, using leftover Lemon Chicken and Zucchini from a few nights ago.

I added some leftover whole grain couscous, and drizzled Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing over top.  Big salads our always a great solution for lunchtime.

When Corey got home, we got ready quickly and headed right over to Mitchell’s Fish Market for our usual Friday Happy Hour.

Corey ordered a different drink than usual- he got a Dirty Martini, but “on the rocks”:

I love Dirty Martinis, but, since I gave up liquor for Lent, Corey was the only one enjoying the salty goodness.

We ordered our favorite dip, the Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and enjoyed Mitchell’s amazing sourdough bread with it:

For our second appetizer, we decided to try the Spicy Asian Shrimp:

The shrimp were fried and tossed in a creamy, very spicy sauce.  Corey and I both absolutely loathe cucumbers, but for some reason, the thinly sliced cucumbers mixed with red onion complimented the flavors of the spicy shrimp perfectly.  We were both sufficiently full after our mini meals.

We love Mitchell’s because the seafood is fabulous, but their Happy Hour specials just can’t be beat- they have 6 or 7 amazing appetizers that are all half-price between 4-7.  Between the bread, the dip and an additional appetizer, we both leave with full stomachs and wallets!

After eating, we walked across the street to the movie theatre where we saw Source Code. We shared a box of my second-favorite movie treat, Buncha Crunch:

My favorite movie treat has always been a box of Sno-Caps– but you have to eat them with popcorn.  Salty + sweet never fails!  Corey has always made fun of me for this; he says that he’s never met anyone that actually buys Sno-Caps at the movie theatre.  Apparently, most people agree with him, because our theatre stopped selling them.  How rude!

What is your favorite movie theatre treat?

Do you have a solution to my fruit fly infestation?!

Shop ‘Til Ya Drop

How’s this glorious weekend treating the blogosphere?

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it, myself.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling a little under the weather, as I mentioned, so I decided against working out.

Breakfast

I woke up and made myself a filling bowl of peanut butter creme, topped with banana slices, strawberry slices, and cinnamon:

I’m really diggin’ this new invention!

Lunch

Corey’s parents took us to lunch as a small celebration for Corey’s new job!  Corey got to pick the place, which can sometimes be scary, because he is all about trying new things (opposite of me).  His mom was whispering, “red saucered sauce!” in one ear, and I was yelling, “HOUSTON’S! HOUSTON’S! in the other.  We both lost.

Corey’s pick was a place called Ravenous Pig in Winter Park.

We have eaten there together once before, and I was under the impression that we were never going back, after Corey and I both got sick from the lobster tacos!  Apparently, his stomach is more forgiving than mine, because he was not budging on his decision.

The good news is, their menus is constantly changing, so there were plenty of new options for me to choose from:

For an appetizer, we decided to try something that caught all of our eyes- a Sourdough Pretzel with Porter Fondue Dipping Sauce:

The sauce got neglected in this picture, but I assure you it was the star!  I’m not the biggest pretzel fan, and this one was too salty for my taste.  The sauce, on the other hand, was $$$.

Being a Reuben connoisseur, I knew exactly what I was getting when I saw the Smoked Pork Reuben on the menu.

The pork was topped with an apple and celery root slaw, thousand island, and gruyere cheese.  Unfortunately, Corey’s mom and I both agreed that this was pretty disappointing.  The pork was really fatty, and the flavors just weren’t up to par with a standard Reuben.

Corey ordered a Chicken Spatzel Sandwich, topped with a fried duck egg:

His was much more impressive than mine.

After lunch, Corey went back to work and I did what I do best- caught up on some TiVo and relaxed on the couch.

Dinner

When Corey got home, we headed out to our usual spot- Mitchell’s Fish Market. We ordered our usual drinks and usual food, and it was fun- as usual!

We shared our favorite Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and also split the Wedge Salad.  Afterwards, we headed out to meet our friends at World of Beer to watch the Magic game.

Jah and Laura (aka Vanna White)

Laura and I

One of our friends, Sam, got a blueberry beer, and it had real blueberries in the bottom! I found this to be equally as cool as it was gross, due to my hatred of fruit-flavored things, and blueberries, in general:

If you’re a fan of blueberry, this beer would probably be a winner!  It was a fun night, especially since the Magic won!

As for today…

Breakfast

Corey and I woke up and made protein shakes for breakfast, before heading to the gym.

Into the blender went:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 scoop Muscle Milk Protein Powder
  • Splenda

We were both feeling pretty lazy at the gym, but gradually, we got more motivation and Corey ended up putting me through a pretty strenuous upper body workout!  We both ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes before heading home to shower.

We got ready and headed out for a long day of shopping!

Corey needed to get basically an entire new wardrobe of work attire for his new job, so we had a big task ahead of us.  We started out the Premium Outlets, which is gigantic.  They have every outlet store you could imagine.  He found lots of great work clothes, and I even scored some cute stuff from Forever 21 🙂

Lunch

After the outlets, we were starved.  We probably walked 5 miles while we were there!  We were excited to try out a new place for lunch that we’ve heard tons of good things about, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza:

We knew exactly what to order for an appetizer- 10 wings, cooked to crispy perfection in the coal fired oven:

These completely exceeded my expectations.  The wings were crispy and flavorful, and coated in what appeared to be rosemary and some other spices, instead of the usual “wing sauce”.  The best part was that they came covered in caramelized onions, with 2 pieces of focaccia bread on the side.

Everyone knows wings are meant to be served with either Ranch or Bleu Cheese Dressing.  We asked our waitress for a side of Ranch, to which she replied that they do not have Ranch.  “Ok, do you have bleu cheese?” I asked.  “No,” she said, “but we have the other kind…oh, what is it called…umm…hang on.”  She went to go figure out what comes on the salad, and came back reporting that they did have gorgonzola cheese.  I told her we would take a side of that to dip our wings in, thinking that it was really strange that a restaurant doesn’t carry any kind of salad dressing options except a gorgonzola dressing.  This is what she came back with:

Um…thanks?  She brought us actual gorgonzola cheese.  Not a dressing of any kind.  I still don’t understand what could have caused this kind of communication barrier, but she clearly did not understand that we wanted some sort of liquid-form to dip our freakin’ wings into!

Moving on…

We ordered a large pizza, topped with mushrooms, kalamata olives, and sweet peppers on one half.

This was delicious- probably the best pizza I’ve ever had!  The oven makes the thin crust extra crispy, and I don’t know where those olives came from, but they were especially amazing!  Clearly, we would have been fine ordering a small, but I had a feeling we would want some extra slices to take home.

After eating, we were totally stuffed.  Good thing we had lots more walking ahead of us!  We headed next door to IKEA Furniture, in search of a large closet for the new place we’re moving into next month.

Corey and I always have fun picking out our favorite rooms for our future dream house:

We liked this living room:

This bedroom:

And this kitchen:

After a long walk, we went next door to the Mall at Millenia to continue the shopping spree.

The only con about our lunch was that it was majorly salty, which started to kick in right when we got to the mall.  We headed into Starbucks for some sweet treats to cut through the salt-overload.

We each got a Mocha Light Frappucino, and we shared a Birthday Cake Pop from the Under 200 Calories Petites! It definitely hit the spot.

After we got the rest of the things we were looking for, we headed home. First, we each chugged 1 liter of Dasani water.  That’s how salty our food was.  Then, we both passed out on the couch in a food coma for an hour.

We just enjoyed another slice of our salty pizza for dinner, chugged some more water, and now we’re parked on the couch with stomachs that look very similar to balloons.

Hope you’re having a much more cholesterol-friendly weekend!

Drained…

I think…my head might actually explode within the next 30 minutes.

I decided to pull my first post-undergrad-all-nighter last night to study for my FOUR tests that I had today and tomorrow.  Well, let’s just say it’s not as easy as it used to be!

I went to “sleep” at 6AM this morning, woke up at 8AM, and have been studying and taking tests ever since.  My brain hurts.  Unfortunately, the torture isn’t over yet.  I plan to wake up really early tomorrow morning to study for my Anatomy test that I have to take tomorrow night.  I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND!

Breakfast

I’m pretty sure this is not even worth posting, but here it is…

Breakfast of Sleep-Deprived Students

In all my sleepless delusion, the only thing I could think of this morning was caffeine and sugar!

After my first two tests, I met Corey and his parents at a new place in Winter Park for lunch:

The place is called Jimmy Hula’s.  Corey’s parents raved about their fish tacos, so I was excited to try it out.  To start, we munched on the chip and dip sampler:

For my lunch, I ordered a Malibu Fish Taco:

It had grilled fish, guacamole, salsa and lettuce.  Right up my alley! Corey and I agreed that we liked their California-style menu. Simple, fresh and delicious.

I headed home to study some more after lunch, and then went to my night class.

Dinner

Corey is out tonight, so I decided on a simple dinner for one when I got home:

Whole wheat penne pasta topped with Publix Premium Tomato Basil Sauce, and shredded parmesan cheese.

When I went to grab the penne for this dinner, I discovered that I may have some sort of pasta-hoarding problem:

Always be prepared...

Who has this many boxes of whole wheat penne?!

Alright, it’s time for me to attempt to sleep before I have to wake back up again!  One more test and then I’m freeeee!

For 3 days.

Goodnight!

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