Monday, August 19, 2013

the weekend that was

Dog walking, cold brew iced coffee making, Scarface and The Godfather I & II watching, hausfrauing. I also made sweet potato jerky dog treats, which I shared on Facebook but are worthy of sharing again: heat oven to 300 and grease a baking sheet. Slice sweet potato. Roast 25 minutes per side. Store in fridge. My dogs loved them!
This is why I plant marigolds. They grow like crazy and withstand summer heat with aplomb. I spent Saturday morning weeding, deadheading, and doing some dinner prep.
Marla of Luck Fupus and I met at Market East for coffee and a Reading Terminal stroll. It was mid-Saturday craziness of course. I couldn't resist the cheap locally grown tomato prices, along with raspberries and blackberries. And I had to have a strawberry rhubarb pie from Beiler's. The Amish can really do pie.
1&2-We crossed the street to the Field House for a Northeast Bloggers Meet & Greet. It was a nice gathering. Thanks to Rachel at You Can't Google Everything for organizing this day!
3&4-Little goody bags from Circus Berry. Blog Ideas and Thoughts notebook from 
5&6- I won a gorgeous clutch from On3Designs
Dinner: taco stuffed peppers. Blanch peppers in boiling water and plunge into an ice bath. Brown 1 lb ground chicken and 1/2 onion. Add taco seasoning (4 TBS or 1.5 packets). Cut up a bit of zucchini and add that, then dump in a can of white beans (rinsed) and a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles (drained). Line the bottom of a 13x9 with some salsa if you'd like, otherwise just grease it. Stuff the peppers, top with cheese, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes covered, then 10 minutes uncovered. I used three peppers and could've used four. 
Dessert: strawberry rhubarb pie from the Amish. I'm sad to say that we ate this entire thing in 24 hours. I cannot even describe how amazing it was, but my hips will be able to show you.

I caught up on the last four episodes of Under the Dome and read myself into a coma.
After an exceptional 9.5 hours of sleep, I had some coffee and watched Scarface (thank you Mob Week on AMC), then I got busy in the kitchen. A simple pasta salad with veggie tri-color rotini, black olives, grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning and salt). For this week's breakfasts: zucchini pie made with homemade whole wheat bisquick. This week's lunches: egg salad.

I made pizza sauce to freeze. I'll use 3-5 cubes per pizza. I took 15 oz cans of tomato sauce and two 6 oz cans of tomato paste and heated them up. I added onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, basil, italian seasoning, salt and a bit of sugar to taste. Allow it to cool, freeze in trays, then put in a labeled freezer bag and take out to thaw as needed.

Sunday flew by with laundry, picking up around the house, watching Pulp Fiction and The Sopranos On Demand, and reading. Hotdogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob for dinner.

That's all she wrote. Is it just me, or did this weekend fly?

Coming up tomorrow: a quick tour of my house.

Linking up with Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip


  1. LOL at the shoplifters sign!

    i wish my city would hold a bloggers meet and greet!

    Vodka and Soda

  2. How did our stroll through The Gallery not make it into the blog!?!?!?!? Hahaha, so lovely to see you this weekend!! I love that flower selfie of us!

    PS- Everyone MUST use SMD's recipe for taco seasoning. I'm Domestically Challenged, and whipped it up in 5 minutes!!!

  3. Sounds like a great weekend! So much fun and so many people, and pups! Love all the photos. Hope you have a great Monday.

  4. Oooh, Godfather and Scarface marathon?! My kind of night :)

  5. Hooray for blogger meetup!

    I totally binge watched Under the Dome yesterday. I still have to watch last week's but then I'll be caught up.

  6. All of that food looks amazing! You have me craving pasta salad! I may have to try those sweet potato dog treats for Gracie and Mac...I guess they deserve some home cooking too.

  7. Of course your weekend flew by - you did about a million things!

    Yay for blogger meet-ups!

    And now I'm hungry...

  8. You always get so much accomplished on weekends. I'm envious of all your food prep. I've been so bad this summer!!

  9. I love the shoplifters sign. Yay for Ice Coffee of any flavor. I can't live without mine. Sounds like you had a great weekend.

  10. This was a rather "quiet" weekend for you, too, and still a ton done.
    I may try those taco stuffed peppers in those cute little red, orange,yellow peppers from Sam's. Would be a great appetizer.
    Time keeps flying by!
    Enjoy every minute!
    Love your MOMMA

  11. Yay for home tour! I can't wait to see that!

  12. The weekend, the month, the summer, etc. are all flying by. I'm not a fan.

    I am so over my flowers. I am done with watering, weeding, all of it. I don't even care what they look like anymore.

    Your weekend food looks better than mine.

  13. you had a busy weekend! i love sweet potatoes, i will eat them absolutely anytime. looks like you and marla had fun!

  14. Mmmm...that pie looks delicious! Definitely missed the Amish baked goods from my hometown...there was this one place that made the BEST monster cookies.

  15. 1. I cant grow things
    2. I dont ever win things
    3. I want those peppers in my mouth
    4. weekend went WAY TOO FAST! I demand a recount!

  16. How did you make your sweet potato jerky?! I tried and mine took like 3 hours! Yeah for blogger meet-ups! That clutch is so cute! Glad you had a great weekend!

  17. Damn it! I didn't know you could freeze pizzas sauce. Hubs made some amazing stuff one time...I saved it as long as I could...

    Next time.... next time...

  18. I should know better than to read your post the day after I start a diet and can't eat all of this yummy food!! lol

    Thanks for linking up :)

  19. I want to go to a blogger meetup. They look like so much fun!

  20. Yay for a blogger meet up!!! So fun making it real life! And I need your green thumb!! Your flowers are GORG!!!!


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