National Pancake Day

September 26, 2016

National Pancake Day

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Vacation. Ahh, it’s so nice, but you know what it does to a brain? Vacation shuts a brain down! I almost forgot all about the beloved blog! I ate pancakes this morning – after I ate Eggs Benedict, because it was on the menu and as I’ve explained in the past, I’m literally incapable of not ordering it. Since we went to Elmer’s, I was going to go with my girl Crystal’s suggestion and order the cinnamon roll pancakes until I saw the Eggs Benedict and remembered that protein is a much better choice over a sugary breakfast to begin the day. I did, however, still need to eat pancakes today so I went with a small side of the blueberry pancakes that Courtney and I could share.

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So, how did I spend my first day of vacation? I didn’t sleep in. That’s for sure. Apparently I don’t know how to sleep in thanks to that adorable little boy of mine who likes to wake up between the hours of 5 and 6 am on a daily basis. Obviously I ate a delicious breakfast and then we spent several hours poolside at our hotel, the incredibly colorful Saguaro. As any good girls’ getaway goes, day drinking ensued and as a result, no drinks were consumed after sunset and we were home in time to watch the final 15 minutes of the first presidential debate. We’re so old! We also ate a plethora of awesome snacks today and my favorite by far were the Coachella Valley Dates at our hotel. They were stuffed with blue cheese and then wrapped in bacon. And they were to die for. Yum!

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Tomorrow’s adventures in vacation will include more time at the pool as well as a hike through Joshua Tree National Park. Tomorrow is also National Chocolate Milk Day so I planned ahead and packed my own. Oh yeah, better believe it!

National Lobster Day

September 25, 2016

National Lobster Day

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Today’s adventures in blogging led me to a little place on Coronado Island called Lobster West. Unsurprisingly, lobster played a rather significant role on their menu. I deeply considered going with a traditional lobster roll and then saw they also had a lobster grilled cheese but in the end, my stomach fought me and I heard it loud and clear – feed me now! Lobster bisque to the rescue!

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I went with the cup of soup and a side of bread because obviously that’s necessary for dunking. Duh. The sweltering heat came as a surprise to me today as I left the house in jeans and a short sleeved shirt and closed toe shoes. I wanted to punch myself in the face for such a wardrobe malfunction. Even my lace shirt was no match against the 98 degree temps! I was miserable and eager to order the quickest thing in the restaurant and get back in my air conditioned car. Apparently I didn’t look all that miserable though, or perhaps I just wear miserable well… Either way, a kind elderly gentleman rolled up to me in his Rascal scooter and told me, “You are a picture of complete happiness,” as I swallowed down the last spoonful of bisque.

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Being the kind and empathetic person I am, I accepted his compliment with gratitude. I smiled and said, “Thank you. I am happy. I’ve got a nice lunch and I got to enjoy it by myself.” To me, I meant that this was a rare occasion, something worth celebrating and being happy about. It’s not often I get a meal to myself, let alone one that is so hot I have to wait for it to cool down before eating it. Apparently my response came out all wrong though because he then said, “Well, then I will take that as my cue to leave.” But he didn’t. He just sat there. Which made it even more strange. I told him I was just finishing up anyway. I wasn’t sure why he was lingering around, but he was. I’ll go ahead and give him the benefit of the doubt on this one, but let’s be clear – I don’t know this man. He is a stranger to me. He engaged me in conversation, I thanked him for a compliment and thought that was it. I always feel so awkward in these instances. Like I’m supposed to perform. Like it’s my duty to continue on. Perhaps that’s the people pleaser in me. Can I just say that this is not an uncommon occurrence? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by strangers that I should smile because I’d look even prettier. I smile pretty much nonstop and some stranger just caught me once not smiling? Shame on me. But you know what? It’s not shame on me. I’m allowed to make the decisions that I want. I’m allowed to respond in a manner I see fit or simply ignore catcalls altogether. Just last night, I went to dinner with a girlfriend and her 3 month old daughter. While pushing a stroller, we were approached by what I can only assume was a homeless man because he was asking us for money. He was persistent. To two women. In public. He asked us more than once if we had money, even just change. And then you know what he did? He told my girlfriend she had a great set of legs. Why? She or I are supposed to take that as a compliment? No. In no universe is that acceptable. And just to make this crystal clear for my readers, this will set up the perfect trifecta. This morning at my writers group, me and two other members started arranging tables for our meeting and a guy sitting by himself asked, “Are there going to be more of you ladies?” with a rather condescending smile on his face. The leader of the group was quick to speak up and inform him that there may indeed be more ladies or men or people who don’t identify with either gender. He quietly closed his laptop and left the room. These are all things that happened within the last 24 hours of my life, however, this isn’t anything new. I come across these remarks and questions and comments on a fairly regular basis. And you know what? It’s not ok. It makes me uncomfortable and it’s unwanted. I consider myself a strong, independent, modern woman. But that sort of unanticipated attention brings me back to feeling like a defenseless little girl who can’t even come up with the right words in the situation. Sexism, harassment, whatever it is, I just don’t want it. It has no place in my life or in the world. Is it an awful thing that I’m grateful I have a son and I feel like I don’t have to worry about these things happening to him? Instead, I consider it my job to make sure he does not become a man like these males I’ve encountered. And I’m fairly confident I’m doing things right already.

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Rant over.

Tomorrow is National Pancake Day! Upon suggestion from a good friend, I’ll be going to a great breakfast joint in Palm Springs and I couldn’t be more thrilled to begin my girls trip! Champs is calling my name…

National Cherries Jubilee Day

September 24, 2016

National Cherries Jubilee Day

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I can’t even look at yesterday’s blog post… Let’s just say that my coughing fit this morning led to something more. Apparently I also gave myself food poisoning in the past 24 hours. I’m so mad at myself. I know it was from yesterday’s food of the day (which I can’t even seem to utter right now without feeling nauseous). I was stupid on Thursday and left my rotisserie chicken out on the counter for about 4 or 5 hours before I finally remembered it was probably cool enough to pick apart. I’m pretty sure that one awful mistake led to today’s feeling of discomfort and unease. DON’T do the same thing! It’s going to be a long time before I can eat anything that was in yesterday’s food!

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Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day and I had fully prepared to make my own at home. And then I got sick and lost all motivation. I hadn’t even bought the cherries yet, so as I caught up on sleep this morning, I happened to think it might be possible to find a cherries jubilee ice cream in stores. Google did me one better! They showed me I can get the same stuff direct from Baskin Robbins! Google for the win! Though, admittedly, I did pay $3 for a child sized portion of ice cream, but it was so worth it to just get the single serving and be done with it.

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Can I tell you a secret? I totally picked around the ice cream to make sure I got all the cherries. I wasn’t all that interested in the neon pink ice cream but I wanted those cherries for sure! This was so different from what I expected. First of all, it was much more salty than I would have ever guessed. I didn’t taste the rum accent they eluded to in the flavor profile but then again, my taste buds aren’t sensing much at all at the moment. I suppose that’s a survival technique.

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The other secret is out, now that the boys have safely arrived in Iowa for the week. I’m so excited for them to spend some quality time together on vacation. I will also be having a vacation of my own. I’d say I deserve that trip to Palm Springs – mimosas and sunshine and brunch, here I come! It’s also nice I’ll be spending it with one of my favorite gal pals, Courtney! As she said, we could spend an entire week cooped up in a hotel room and still have a good time. Don’t you just love those friendships?! I’m so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing friends across the country! If there’s one thing I am, it’s a loyal friend!

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Tomorrow is National Lobster Day. Yeah, I know I already celebrated it once this year, but apparently this is now the more official date. Go figure! I really hope my stomach is up to eating some of that good stuff tomorrow!

National Great American Pot Pie Day

September 23, 2016

National Great American Pot Pie Day

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Who makes a homemade pot pie (almost entirely) from scratch for a weekday lunch? This girl, that’s who. All of that chopping and slicing and dicing is kind of my happy place though. And I think we’re going to sushi tonight for dinner so that Joseph can fulfill his miso soup and tempura shrimp craving. That kid! Is it completely clear he’s a California boy?! He may have been born in Colorado but I think he’s a SoCal boy through and through!

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Anyway, so yeah, I whipped up a pot pie today, NBD (no big deal). OMG, it was such a big deal! For real! Generally, I’m not a fan of the savory pot pie that I was raised on as a kid. And that’s why I searched high and low for a very uncommon pot pie recipe. I love being unique and finding special recipes that are hidden gems. This one was such a great find! It was a pretty time-consuming process, but totally worth it!

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Chicken Alfredo Pot Pie (adapted from The Midnight Baker)
1 package sliced mushrooms
1 small crown of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 small leek, diced (leafy green discarded)
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 chicken breasts, cooked & diced
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter
Add garlic, leeks, and mushrooms and saute until mushrooms begin to brown
Add stock and cream, heat through
In small bowl, mix flour and water with whisk and add to sauce, stirring constantly to thicken
Add parmesan cheese, stirring to blend well
Add salt & pepper to taste
Stir in chicken and broccoli
Pour chicken mixture into individual ramekins
Cut out circle shapes from puff pastry and slice with an X on top
Top ramekins with puff pastry circle
Place ramekins on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until puff pastry becomes golden brown

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I didn’t measure my chicken and veggies, as suggested in the recipe. Instead, I picked up a rotisserie chicken and just chopped up the two breasts of meat. Additionally, I used an entire package of sliced baby bella mushrooms and the smallest crown of broccoli I could find, trimming the pieces very close to the puffy end (what’s that called…?). I also added a leek to this recipe and I’m so glad I did, considering Walmart only sells them in a pack of three and I have had two leeks sitting in my fridge for about a week now. I only needed one for the recipe I made on National Linguine Day. Let’s talk about leeks for a minute. I’ve only cooked with them on a handful of occasions. I seem to think celery when I see them, but in all reality, they are giant onions. And they are delicious! And we, as Americans, should be using them more often.

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This thing was hot! Like molten lava hidden inside of a ceramic ramekin hot! Even after blowing on my small bite a dozen times, it still managed to burn my tongue. I don’t know, maybe it’s operator error, but I’m just putting this warning out into the world. Beware friends!

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Tomorrow is National Cherries Jubilee Day – two of my fave things – cherries and liquor! Yum!

National White Chocolate Day

September 22, 2016

National White Chocolate Day

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It’s a wonder to me what my body is capable of when I’m sick. I really do feel fine and I’ve been keeping incredibly active since I’ve had lots of visitors recently, but my chest feels like an MMA fighter moved in and is trying to fight his way out. I’m looking at you, Robbie Lawler… For the past week, I’ve had a lingering cough that my out of town guests have had the privilege of experiencing all day long with me. Poor them. I finally made it to the doctor today and it wasn’t much of a diagnosis but I’m on antibiotics now and hoping things turn around just in time for my girls trip to Palm Springs! Yeah, that’s happening whether I have to travel with a humidifier or not!

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What else is incredibly weird is that I had no interest in eating this candy bar whatsoever today. None. It could have been a piece of cardboard for all I care. Anyone who knows me knows that that is weird! Very weird! I’m a big fan of sweets but they haven’t sounded very good to me ever since I got sick last week. I’ve been eating like a reckless glutton and not working out though, so maybe my body just knows what it doesn’t need right now. Also, as a result of skipping all my workouts, I really miss my friends! Hi girls! Miss you! I’ll have you over soon for the big zucchini bread baking party!

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So Happy National White Chocolate Day! I’m going to celebrate by eating that one single piece of a Hershey’s Cookies n Creme bar and then eating the rest of it later, once my body has gone back to normal. I almost celebrated today by ordering a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks and then the thought of having to drink the entire beverage made me almost as sick as thinking about the $4 I’d have to spend on it and all the unwanted sugar and calories I’d unhappily consume. I even had some grand ideas of baking a white chocolate dessert or specialty fudge today and those got derailed at the thought of excess dessert taking up prime real estate in my fridge.

Tomorrow is National Great American Pot Pie Day and I’m really looking forward to that! I’ll be making one that is not your typical pot pie because I really don’t like traditional pot pie. I’m thrilled I don’t have to eat another dessert though!

National Pecan Cookie Day

September 21, 2016

National Pecan Cookie Day

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My go-to pecan cookie has always been the copycat Great American Cookie Co. Chewy Pecan Supreme. Not today. This time around, I let the pretty photos on Pinterest lead me to a recipe for National Pecan Cookie Day. I knew I’d be traveling or out of town today, so I wanted something easy that I could make ahead of time and bring with me, rather than prepping and cooking the day of, considering I wasn’t sure what time I’d be home to bake and blog.

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I perused a few recipes before settling on one that sounded rather interesting – pecan pie cookies, with a pie crust cookie bottom! These were basically mini pecan pies! How adorable is that?! Plus, the prep work was so much quicker because I used a refrigerated roll-out pie crust. Additionally, the pecans and the pie crust were the only things I had to purchase at the store to make this recipe, seeing as I’ve made a plethora of pecan pies and other sweets in the past few months for this blog.

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Pecan Pie Cookies (from Spend with Pennies)
1 prepared single pie crust (homemade or purchased, I used Pillsbury)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup pecans, chopped
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup corn syrup
2 eggs
⅛ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large non-stick pan, combine butter, pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and eggs. Cook on the stove top over medium-low heat just until thickened. (You don’t want it dry, just slightly thickened, about the consistency of pudding). Remove from heat and set aside
Unroll dough and using a 3″ cookie cutter, cut out circles. Gently fold about ⅛-1/4″ up on the edges.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pecan mixture into each circle
Place on a parchment lined pan and bake 8 minutes or until filling is just set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack

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I must admit that I do have one major complaint about this recipe. I thought it was strange I’d be adding eggs into a pot of hot ingredients and I was right to think strangely of that. The egg began to cook immediately and I later had to fish out individual chunks of cooked egg whites from the mixture. It was kind of a pain in the butt and I’m not entirely sure how to avoid that if I were to make this recipe again or recommend it to a friend. I guess maybe I could have beat the eggs in a bowl ahead of time and kept the temperature low while adding in the eggs. I don’t know. Any suggestions? And then I wondered if the eggs were even necessary. Baking is a science though and it is impossible to take something out once it’s been added. It’s not like adding more salt to spaghetti sauce to enhance the flavor.

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I’ve got to say that despite the strange recipe, these cookies were excellent. I ate mine on the road today as I drove back home from a couple nights with one of my BFFs from out of town. They were a great road snack between the amazing Eggs Benedict (it is a FACT that I am without a doubt unable to order anything but Eggs Benedict when I find it available on a menu!) I ate on the Queen Mary for breakfast and the scrounged leftovers from the refrigerator I’ll eat for lunch.

Tomorrow is National White Chocolate Day. I could just eat another copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie…but I feel like I should do something new.

National Punch Day

September 20, 2016

National Punch Day

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I’m pretty sure I’ve already done more today than most people! I packed up the little guy yesterday for a trip to Long Beach to visit with my sister from another mister, Jenny T, who is in town for work. Can I just say that Long Beach is NOTHING like I expected? Not. A. Thing.

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Anyway, moving right along… What is really cool about Long Beach is the Aquarium of the Pacific! That place was amazing! We spent the morning there but it felt more like the afternoon because Joseph decided to wake up at 5am. Yay!

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Early wakeups call for afternoon cocktails. Isn’t that a common phrase? No? Weird. I’m officially making it a thing. You’re welcome. When I found out that I’d be celebrating National Punch Day with Jenny T, my mind immediately went to rum punch. I was totally ok with finding and creating a good rum punch. Until I thought of the most popular wine varietal right now – rosé.

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I’ve been so eager to jump on the rosé train! So I checked in with Pinterest to see what they had to say. It turns out there is such a thing as rosé punch. Can you believe it?! I know, I couldn’t either and it made me a little bit more excited than I expected it would. When the time came to pick up a bottle of rosé, I found this little gem, Cote des Roses Rosé from Gérard Bertrand. Need I remind you I am a marketing person’s dream come true? There’s a rose on the bottom of the bottle!

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Rosé Punch (adapted from Valley & Co. for Style Me Pretty)
1 ounce grapefruit vodka
2 ounces sparkling water
Splash rosé wine

Fill glass with ice
Pour 1 ounce of grapefruit vodka in glass
Pour 2 ounces of sparkling water in glass
Top with a healthy splash of rosé wine

I wasn’t 100% sure if my readers would consider this a punch because it doesn’t contain juice. I don’t know what really makes a punch a punch, per se. Back in college, Jungle Juice was a punch. I’m not sure that it contained any juice either, just flavored liquor, but that was a long time ago and I can’t trust those memories. So I went ahead and took a sip of Joseph’s fruit punch juice box as well, just in case my handcrafted drink was more of a cocktail and less of a punch.

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Tomorrow is National Pecan Cookie Day and I made something very new and exciting! I can’t wait to try them out!

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 19, 2016

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

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I can’t say that I’ve ever gone out of my way to eat butterscotch pudding, or anything butterscotch, to be perfectly honest. Well, except for butterscotch hard candies. Oh, I love those, or at least I used to as a kid. I remember my grandma having them in her house. Not it a candy dish, but maybe just digging them out of her magical purse that produced candy at a moment’s notice. I loved seeing that yellow cellophane wrapper and the taste of sugar and butter on my tongue as I let the candy slowly dissolve in my mouth.

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Today’s food was just like that. And I made it myself rather than buying a 4-pack of prepackaged puddings or a box of the dry mix. While my aunt and uncle made the most delicious breakfast pizza I’ve ever eaten this morning, I whipped up a batch of homemade butterscotch pudding. I couldn’t believe just how quick and easy it was and neither could they. I only started using the stove after they finished using the oven and I was done in time to eat breakfast together at our table like one big happy family. I scoured the internet (OK, Pinterest…) for just the perfect recipe and finally found one I was happy with ingredient-wise and time-wise. Here it is.

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Butterscotch Pudding (from David Lebovitz)
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup packed dark brown or cassonade sugar
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2½ cups whole milk
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons whiskey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the dark brown sugar and salt, then stir until the sugar is well-moistened. Remove from heat
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with about 1/4 cup of the milk until smooth (there should be no visible pills of cornstarch), then whisk in the eggs
Gradually pour the remaining milk into the melted brown sugar, whisking constantly, then whisk in the cornstarch mixture as well
Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently. Once it begins to bubble, reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for one minute, whisking non-stop, until the pudding thickens to the consistency of hot fudge sauce
Remove from heat and stir in the whiskey and vanilla. If slightly-curdled looking, blend as indicated above
Pour into 4-6 serving glasses or custard cups and chill thoroughly, at least four hours, before serving

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This was quite the science. I was honestly surprised by just how quickly the concoction thickened up after reaching its boiling point. It really was only about a minute before it became a thicker, hot fudge consistency. I know this might not look like much, but it tasted fantastic. I took things a step further and added a small sprinkling of sea salt on top and it was completely unnecessary because the amount of salt in the recipe is already the perfect complement to the sweetness of the sugar.

Tomorrow is National Punch Day and I’m trying something fun and new. Check in to see what I’ll be drinking.

National Cheeseburger Day

September 18, 2016

National Cheeseburger Day

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I really do have the eating habits of an unaccompanied minor at a birthday party. All I can say is thank goodness I work out! I have this blog to blame for a lot of the gluttonous things I put myself through! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked how I do this food blog and maintain my figure. Well, first of all, I don’t eat an entire pie or cake or vat of soup in one sitting. I’ll let you in on a little secret: sometimes I don’t even eat an entire cheeseburger. Like today. I just had a bite of Joseph’s kids meal cheeseburger that I forced upon him at Coronado Brewing Co this afternoon. I began by looking at the selection of kids meals (which was an impressive collection) and almost let him choose for himself what he wanted to eat. And then it dawned on me that if I made him eat the cheeseburger, I could take a bite of it, therefore fulfilling my non-legal obligation to consume a cheeseburger on National Cheeseburger Day. That also freed me up to make my own decision as to what I wanted to eat for lunch myself. The Cajun Shrimp Tacos were mine!

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Yeah, that was a kids meal folks! I was shocked by just how much food there was and that they provided all the burger fixings (which he wanted NOTHING to do with)! I took the burger from him, after he quickly reached for a fry, and tore the lettuce and tomato and pickle into little pieces and placed those little pieces on an edge of the burger. I covered the bun with ketchup and then placed a small dollop of mustard on the veggies. That was my bite. Joseph almost had a meltdown as he watched me add everything but the ketchup to the burger. I had to reassure him several times that everything was OK and I was going to eat the stuff he didn’t like. Story of my life…

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Just in case you think I’m lying. Here’s a visual. Yeah, he was upset over that tiny little corner of his sandwich that ceased to exist as soon as I laid my lips on it. Kids, amiright?!

How else do I keep up this blog and not gain weight? I work out. A lot. It’s probably more than the average person but it’s what I like to do and it keeps me busy and active and if I’m being really real – it’s time with my friends, so why would I want to miss out on that? Plus, it’s three hours out of my day sometimes that I don’t have to come up with an activity for me and Joseph to do. It’s extremely difficult to fill the hours of the day at this age! Coffee only keeps me so energized so I’ve come to find that getting out of the house is a surefire way to pass the time. OK, enough defending my workout routine! I eat. I work out. I’m a mom. End of story!

But there is something else that has come up recently. I’m looking forward to the day that I will hang up my hat on this blog adventure on January 27th. I’m hoping it will free up time for me to do more lucrative things like write my next novel. I have SO many amazing ideas in my head that I need to get out, but this blog has kept me way too busy to explore. That being said, I’d love to offer up the opportunity to anyone who is interested in taking over for the next year. Is there anyone out there who is as crazy as me and would like to try this out for themself for a year?! If so, I’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch and we will work something out to pass the blog powers on to a new contributor next year. I promise it’s a ton of fun!

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Tomorrow is National Butterscotch Pudding Day and as unexciting as that is, I’m going to make it extremely entertaining my attempting to make it myself! Wish me luck! There will be whiskey involved…just sayin’.

 

National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17, 2016

National Apple Dumpling Day

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It was right around the time I finished up my second of three 30-minute workouts this morning that I realized the apple blossom (which I’m totally going to call an apple dumpling from now on) I ate for breakfast wasn’t such a good idea. I needed protein. I needed eggs. And toast. Or maybe a white girl breakfast taco like I’d made the past few days prior to this. What is a white girl breakfast taco? Whole wheat tortilla, egg (scrambled, fried and chopped up, microwaved and chopped up, whatever…), American cheese, diced onion & green pepper. That’s it. It’s pretty lazy and doesn’t rank real high on the spice scale.

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Yesterday I searched every grocery store in a 2.5 mile radius for a frozen apple dumpling. I came up short and had to settle for an apple blossom but I did so happily. Having never baked apple dumplings myself, I didn’t have anything to compare this to, so I let that work in my favor. I wasn’t about to follow a recipe and buy half a dozen apples and core them and whip up some pie crust from scratch to cover them in. That just wasn’t going to happen. I know how to manage my time and I know how many hours are in a day and how they should be spent. In other words, I used my time better for this project. I was thrilled when I found a single apple blossom for sale, rather than a box of 4! I didn’t want 3 additional frozen desserts taking up precious freezer space!

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I actually enjoyed eating this for breakfast. I’m also happy that I remembered I needed to eat it for breakfast. It’s been a crazy day of running around so I wanted to knock out the food of the day as soon as I could. Now, getting around to blogging it is always a different story… I’ve managed to take advantage of some quiet time happening in the house right now so I’m thrilled.

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I spent the morning working out with my girlfriends at Mission Bay Park in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Fit4Mom! I can’t believe they have been around for that long already and I love the fact that it was started right here in San Diego! They offered 30 minute classes of Stroller Strides, Body Back, and Stroller Barre so it was fun to try the other classes out I haven’t had the chance to take. There were snacks for the kiddos (and mamas too) and we even got some adorable California Mom hats perfect for keeping the sun out of our eyes while sweating outside. It was a great way to start the weekend!

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Strangely enough, I also wrote a post for Today’s Parenting Team this week about how I found my “village.” I shared my love for the Fit4Mom family I’m surrounded by. It really has been an exceptional addition to my life. I haven’t had this many great friends all together in one big group in such a long time! Add to that we are all moms supporting and depending on each other for love and encouragement. I feel like I’m surrounded by superheroes in human form!

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got family in town and the first place I took them to eat was In-N-Out. It was as I took that first bite of my cheeseburger that I remembered tomorrow is National Cheeseburger Day. Oops. I guess I’m eating a cheeseburger tomorrow too. Good thing I’ve got Stroller Strides!