Thursday, March 26, 2015

Life Lately...March

What I'm doing lately... of these every once in a while. I drink water with lemon all day every day and coffee for a lot of the day. I like to sneak in an iced tea or one of these and shake shit up.

Keeping a list...of possible long weekend trip destinations. I always like to travel to new places, and I always like to have a list of possible destinations in my back pocket. Do you have any ideas, Philly area friends? Short/cheap flights or driving distances of under 5 hours?

Still on a high from...Dirty Dancing on stage Tuesday night. Carol and I went with Michelle's mom, two aunts, sisters, and cousins. Thanks to Aunt Cathy for securing the tickets! We had dinner at Bellini Grill before the show. I was super jazzed to see they sold merchandise, and I bought a zillion things because I'm insane. I've had the time of my life indeed. I really enjoyed the show because honestly? I love all things Dirty Dancing. However, I do think it was a hard translation for a much loved movie to go from screen to stage. I thought Baby was awesome and looked and sounded a lot like Jennifer Grey. Johnny was a little off, forced or overacted maybe? Then again, no one comes close to The Swayze. I really liked seeing how they worked around some of the limitations of the stage, and how they incorporated the music without relying solely on the soundtrack. The two main singing cast members were very good. I appreciated how they stuck with the main frame of the story and made sure to include well known dialogue but were a little more interpretive in some scenes. I went into it with no expectations - I knew it couldn't be a replica of the movie I love so much so I liked what they did well and wasn't bothered by what they didn't. Was it a technical masterpiece or an award winning show? Probably not. I think it's a show for true fans so in that regard, I loved it.
Looking forward to...seeing The Breakfast Club on the big screen tonight for the 30th anniversary re-release. Yes, I will be the dork in the John Bender tee-shirt. Look for that on Instagram, I'm sure it'll be up there. It's like a freaking 80s revival in my life this week.

Reading...The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly. Mark your calendar for the next Show Us Your Books link up on April 7.

Finishing...My March Relationship Theme goals for Choose Your Own Adventure. The link up is a week from today on April 2.

Regretting...That not everyone knows this. It's important.

Playing...a lot of Amy Winehouse.

Watching...Very little TV. Phase 1 of Give Comcast Das Boot has commenced.

Loving...being back in touch with my old college friend Jana, who you likely know better as Jana from Jana Says and the lady with whom I peddle the aforementioned Show Us Your Books linkup. She trekked into Philly yesterday and we had lunch at Continental Midtown. We haven't seen each other in 15 years. Can you believe it? We're going to make it a monthly thing. I'm so pleased to have this relationship revived. get my shit in check. Birthday month eating has gone way off the rails as you see from the lunch time dessert above.

Appreciating...My parents.

Nodding at...

What's life like for you lately?
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Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff & Things

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Recommendations

Skimmers, recommendations are in bold. Anything that's colored text is a clickable link. This month all the recommendations are from me because it's my birthday month and I do what I want. Boom.

1. DD Perks Program: Frequent Dunkin Donuts guests, you need this. You get points when you pay with a gift card associated with your account - I keep it on the app on my phone. When you reach 200 points, you get a free medium beverage. It's not hard to get there. You also get offers and coupons.

2. Iris pet food container: Now that my dogs eat two different types of food, I wanted something that would be one unit but keep them separate. This is perfect. I fit a 24 pound bag of food in the bottom and about 10 pounds in the top. This will serve you even if you don't have two different foods - you can store treats in the top too.

3.  Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press. People were always all oh my god, french press coffee is divine. I wondered how it could be so incredibly different. It just is. Smoother, richer, deeper. I love it.

4.  Weight Loss Cardio Kick with Violet Zaki. If I'm going to stick with exercise, I need variety. When I work out at home, I have to switch it up a lot. This is good, quick (warm up/workout/cool down in 31 min), and most importantly of all Violet is not annoying. It's $10 right now on Amazon.

5. Never say you're bored. It implies that you aren't smart enough or resourceful enough to entertain yourself.

What are you recommending this month?

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 Linking up with Shanna for Random Wednesday

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Butternut squash mac and cheese-ish

You're like what the hell is with the -ish, right? Well, there's no traditional roux in this. And as far as fat assness goes, it's not as bad as your typical mac & cheese. No butter or flour in a roux, skim milk, and whole wheat pasta. Don't worry, it's still edible.

Also, I hate peas, but had some I needed to use. If I had broccoli I would've put that in here instead. Food for thought, friends. Food for thought.

Butternut squash mac and cheese-ish

by Life According to Steph
  • 20 oz bag of frozen butternut squash
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbs garlic
  • 2 tbs greek yogurt
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup shredded gouda
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas or broccoli
Add butternut squash, garlic, milk, and chicken broth to a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook 20 minutes or until squash is tender, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and pour into a blender (you can also use an immersion blender for this step). Add cheeses, yogurt, and salt and pepper. Blend.
Steam peas or broccoli and drain.
Boil pasta in salted water. Drain and toss with squash mixture and steamed vegetable.
You can eat it like this or you can bake it off in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes.
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Summer. Kellerman's.
Corners and Baby don't mix.
Let's practice the lift.
Tonight I see Dirty Dancing on stage. I'm all atwitter.

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Martinis & Bikinis

Monday, March 23, 2015

TWTW - the first one of spring

Well, Friday sucked the wang. I was at the emergency vet with Gus on Thursday night and only got two hours of sleep so I was snarky to begin with. When I got off the train, heavy snow waited to be cleaned off the car. I was wearing boots but my wool coat was soaked and I was full of raaage. Way to suck, first day of spring. I was in bed by 7 p.m. and everyone was safer for it.
Saturday morning I did my weekly food prep - savory oatmeal for breakfast; hard boiled eggs, apples, and snow peas for snacks; a whole roasted chicken; butternut squash mac and cheese-ish (recipe coming tomorrow); and I began the long process of making bone broth for the dogs using the bones from the whole chicken. Lunches are soup from the freezer and butternut squash mac and cheese-ish.
Forces conspired against me on Friday so I missed my first 40 minutes of exercise in 31 days. Rage! So Saturday I went to the gym and made that up, then splurged on $7 worth of flowers in honor of spring. I usually make a game of seeing what I can get for $3, LOL. I also got my refillable coffee mug so I get 99 cent iced coffee until June. Boom. Thanks DD Perks!
Saturday night we went to MFD's work bowling thing to benefit a local homeless organization. Realtors + homeless charity = good fit.
Then we headed over to listen to Frank play at Dolan's in Burlington, NJ, for a few hours, and in honor of my birthday he sang one of my favorites - Soon Forget by Pearl Jam. I loved it. Thanks Fronk!
Sunday morning I was up and out of the house by 7:20 to get my 40 in for the day.
I met up with my lovely friends AEB and Alicia for breakfast at the Vintage Grille in Doylestown and had eggs benedict over a crab cake along with excellent conversation as always.
I laid around on my ass with the dogs for a while before unloading the dishwasher, cleaning up the kitchen, laying out my clothes for the week, and changing sheets. I planned on being more productive but sometimes you just have to say fuck it, you know? The dogs love when I say fuck it and lay around.
Sunday night we were off to Tacconelli's in Maple Shade, NJ, to have dinner with Michelle & Bob and Amanda & Frank. Holy shit, that was awesome pizza. That white pizza with roasted red peppers? Whoa nelly. I wanted to lick the pan it was served on. Of course dinner was punctuated with lots of laughs. I love my framily. I also had cannoli cake which you can see on Instagram.
And in more birthday news, I got superb smelling lotion from Alicia - local yogis, check out The Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio with gorgeous locations in Langhorne and Yardley - they also offer spa treatments and have a really cool shop. This lotion is from there and I can't get enough of it. I got an awesome sign and blinged out new bookmark and a bottle of wine from Amanda & Frank too. Birthday celebrations continue!
Other weekend things:
-I went out with chipped nails two days in a row and my life did not come crashing down around me.

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It's Monday, mon frer. Tell me something good.

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Goals

Happy Friday! Even though snow is in today's forecast, according to the calendar it's the first day of spring which means it's time for me to share my seasonal goals with you. Here are some things I hope to accomplish this spring:

1. Raise money for March for Babies for the March of Dimes. I'm walking on Team Eva the Diva on April 26. Click here if you'd like to donate. Your gift will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care, like Eva was.
Image via Evan Leslie Images
2. Further pare down my wardrobe when I switch over my summer and winter clothes. There are a ton of shoes that must go.

3. When Lent is over and I've completed my 46 days in a row of 40 minutes of exercise or more a day, formulate another plan and stick to it.

4. Pantry and freezer clean out - use or toss. The time is now.

5. Canoe.

6. Yard and flower bed cleanup and flowerbed planting.

7. Check out the Before I Die Board on Broad Street.

8. Try two new restaurants.

9. Go strawberry picking.

10. Spend the morning in New Hope.

And you? What's on your agenda this spring?

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