Monday, July 22, 2013

the weekend that was

I went to my second job Friday night: hausfrau. I cleaned the kitchen, ran and emptied the dishwasher, made iced tea, cut up pineapple, put a load of laundry away, did two more loads of laundry, dusted the top and main floors, and picked up around the house. We were supposed to go see a friend's band but MFD wasn't feeling well so we stayed home, much to the dogs' delight.

1984 We came to the conclusion while watching Footloose that 1984 produced an abundance of awesome movies: Footloose, The Karate Kid, Sixteen Candles, Ghostbusters, Red Dawn, Police Academy,Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Beverly Hills Cop, Splash, Revenge of the Nerds, Romancing the Stone, Bachelor Party, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Johnny Dangerously...pretty impressive for one year, at least in my sophomoric loving movie mind. For the full list, click here.

Saturday morning I met Carly, the blogger behind The Pinot Project, for breakfast at the Great American Diner Pub. It was awesome to see her and linger over breakfast for a few hours shooting the shit. She went one way to run an errand for her husband, and I took off for the hellish Produce Junction. I actually got a parking space IN the lot, which is something to write about. After that I made two more stops to pick up a gift card and dog food.
After a relaxing brow wax and pedicure courtesy of a gift card,  I came out to see two girls running away from the secret message of love they scrawled on the car next to me. Go ahead, girls. Shake your love.
I made restaurant quality bread using Mimi's recipe. It was fucking amazing, and I ate it for dinner like a carb monster. Otherwise, I laid around with the dogs and watched SATC and Lifetime's Dirty Teacher. No, perverts, it was not dirty like that.
I started off the morning with Teen Witch, Dirty Dancing (take two for the weekend), and homemade cold brewed iced coffee.
I quickly moved on to weekly food prep, beginning with SkinnyTaste's cheeseburger casserole. I used red onions and let me tell you, it's a nice taste with the dijon mustard in there.
Ham and cheese egg muffins for this week's breakfasts: a few cubes of ham, green onion, and squares of pepperjack cheese in each little muffin pan + eleven eggs beaten with a dash of milk, some S&P, garlic powder and ground mustard baked at 350 for 30 minutes. You get 12 shallow square muffins, and likely 12 regular muffins out of this also. I take two per day and have a few extra.

Salmon quinoa salad for this week's lunches: Mix a packet of salmon + 1C cooked quinoa + chopped black olives, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers + capers + green onions + a bit of crumbled gorgonzola cheese + the juice of one lemon + olive oil + S&P, mixed well and portioned out for lunches. I got four 1.5 cup portions out of this. The amount you get will depend on how many veggies you add.
This week's other dinner is baked or grilled chicken with light spinach mac and cheese cups a la Emily Bites and steamed broccoli. For the mac and cheese cups, I used 2 oz muenster cheese and 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese and Barilla Plus elbows. These needed more salt than I initially added but they're quite tasty.
Sunday night found us at Vecchia Osteria for an early birthday dinner for Carol's 50th. I love BYOBs. And the vitello di limone was excellent.
We ended the evening at the hybrid Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts for celebratory birthday ice cream. It also happened to be National Ice Cream Day, so it was fitting. Perfect ending to a day.

Did anyone else in the Philadelphia area stay up late to see Rob Jennings' last broadcast on Action News at 11 or am I the only news nerd?

This is my first full week of work in three weeks. I hope it's merciful to me.

Linking up with Join the Gossip for Monday Morning Gossip
Linking up with Sami's Shenanigans for Weekend Shenanigans


  1. You missed a really good show Friday! Hope MFD feels better.

  2. Oh that stinks you had to miss the show, I remember you saying you had been looking forward to it. Another lovely weekend for you to go in the record books. And that salmon quinoa salad... I die. Looks relish, and I might have to attempt.

  3. That cheeseburger casserole looks really good!

  4. Love our nail colors! And you were super productive. Now I want quinoa salad- sounds delicious!

  5. Look at that face! What a cutie pie :)

  6. Is that hash and eggs up there? WANT

  7. i totally agree; 1980s made such awesome and classic movies. whenever any one of those are on tv, i'll sit and watch the whole thing.

    those spinach/mac and cheese cups look soo good... will definitely add them to my list of recipes to try!

  8. This blog is going right into my recipe folder!
    And those movies, so many still remain my faves- Ghostbusters "Come in Ray" "Yes have some" 16 Candles "What's happenin' hotstuff" & Long duck Dong! JMJ hilarious. Happy, funny movies are my favorites.
    BYOB's are my favorites, too.
    JMJ, my Stephen's hair!
    I did watch Rob Jennings last night. Adam Joseph is now my best Action News person. Especially since Cecily called him a moron.UGH
    Have a happy week, everyone.
    Love your MOMMA

  9. Blating, cleaning, cooking and revelations?! You had a packed weekend. And totally agree about 1984 movies.

  10. dude you made this weekend your bitch!

    I've been meaning to try quinoa and that recipe might just be my first attempt!

  11. The cheeseburger casserole is a favorite in our house! I think I could probably eat that whole thing by myself... in one sitting!

    Thanks for dropping by today!

  12. OMG Teen Witch! I haven't seen that in forever! Top that! LOL. Yeah for blates! All that food looks so yummy! What a great weekend!

  13. this post made me very hungry I also feel the need for a pedi waist and wallet do not thank you!

  14. The food made me drool! AND I SERIOUSLY need to try your iced coffee recipe. I keep meaning to, but the thought of the work makes me lay back down. Haha.

    Good luck at work for 5 days. You will survive. It mights be a DD week for the next 4 days, but you got this!!

    PS - I saw an article that literally said Pugs are making a come back this year! They are quickly making their way back up the popular breed list.

  15. So I was born in 1984 and always say some awesome movies came from that year and people are like "biased, much?"...thanks for confirming it for me ;) Love the color you chose for the nails.

  16. Yay for meeting up with Carly!

    I agree about 1984 - who knew? As much as I love me some Indiana Jones though, Temple of Doom is not one of my faves. And two others of my favorite movies were 1984 - Amadeus and Purple Rain. Both based on music but VERRRRRRY different ends of the spectrum!

  17. Damn. I think it would be totally worth a trip to Philly to stay at your house for the weekend and eat up all the shit you make. I am a low carb eater most of the time because of my diabetes (and gluten intolerance) ... but Saturday, all hell broke loose and I made some gluten free blueberry pancakes, and they were the shiznit. From there, carb cravings ensued, and for supper I had a huge bowl of homemade fried potatoes and onions. All in all, it was awesome, as I have made a lot of progress in figuring out how to adjust my insulin to avoid massive carb-induced blood sugar spikes. ;)

  18. Just found your blog - love it :)
    Seems like you had a great weekend!

  19. so.much.cheese. My weakness! Yum!

    Yay for hanging out with bloggers :)

    Thanks for linking up! Here's to a great week ahead.

  20. Hello Cheeseburger Casserole! YUM! I may actually break down and meal plan this weekend. LOL

  21. I can't believe all those great movies in 1984! Crazy. Love all the recipes too. I've gotten so lazy with my cooking...making the same stuff all the time because it's all the kids will eat. But after reading some of the things you mentioned, I seriously am gonna try making some of them (and I'm starving now again...thanks :) lol

  22. I can't handle all this food...I am starving and ready for lunch and it is only 7:15 am. Shit. Also, the pugs...I mean do we get any cuter?! I had a hard time moving past the pictures of them to read the content, I won't lie.


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