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Last night was a relaxing night being snowed in.  We made some No Pudge Fudge brownies with half of a marshmallow in them.  I put them in a muffin pan to keep them portion control friendly. 

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Baked at 350 for about 20-25 minutes (just keep checking on them).

And we had a bottle of Trader Jose Light beer with a lime each.  Tasted just like Corona!

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You know how you get the lime in the bottle? Stick your thumb in it and turn it upside down right?  Well, we found out quickly that my thumb was way too small to plug the bottle so the husband had to do it for me!

This morning I woke up and made some chocolate chip pancakes with some recipe I found on Allrecipes.  Be careful,  I think this website gave my computer a virus and we had to run a long virus scan on it this morning.  I had a bunch of trojans! ugh!

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I ate a few with Skippy Super Crunch PB and the husband used Peter Pan creamy.  I hate creamy pb because I feel like a dog trying to scrap pb off of the roof of his mouth!

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And Zoey (unfortunately for her) got a bath this morning!

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Here is another weekly recap of Cooking Light recipes!

Sloppy Joes with Corn

With oven wedge fries from TJ’s.

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Sliced tomatoes with blue cheese crumbles from TJ’s.

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 Pork Chops with Carolina Rub

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Served with broccoli slaw with blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles.   

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice

I’m glad I bought the spicy jalapeno sausage from TJs otherwise this recipe would have been just meh. It was ok, but not my favorite.  It smelled awesome while cooking, but I was disappointed.

We snacked on this: Frank’s Red Hot and 100 calorie Jolly Time Popcorn while we waited on the Crock Pot. 

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Need to get some more water in?  Add hot sauce!! Frank’s is awesome!

So there is last week’s recap.  I’m going to count the recipes in the book to see how many there are.  I am determined to make every one this year!  Since we are snowed in today, I am going to read more of “The Time Traveler’s Wife",” since I finally finished to “Twilight” series!  Those books were good, but the chapters were never ending!  I might play in the snow today too 😉

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I enjoy Sunday mornings. Really, I do.  It’s Sunday nights that I hate.  The thought of going to work after a relaxing weekend, the weekly routines, the coming home exhausted and then making dinner…bleh!  But, a Sunday morning is wonderful. 

This morning the husband and I slept in!  It was so nice.  We went to our friend James’ birthday party last night.  Just a small get together.  It was funny.  A lot of his friends are so hilarious.  My cheeks hurt from laughing by the end of the night!

Here are the Thursday and Friday night meals I needed to catch up on!

Thursday night was Creamy Mac n Cheese with a Seven Layer Salad.

It looked so good and we were so hungry.  Wrong!  It was AWFUL! By far the worst meal I’ve made from this cookbook.  OMIT THE DIJON MUSTARD!

I would recommend this meal, if it did not include dijon mustard!  I was skeptical myself, but I put the two teaspoons in like it asked. It was terrible.  I was so sad about it.  The husband tried to appease my feelings by eating more than one bite, but was pretty relieved when I threw in the towel on this meal.  We just ended up eating the Seven Layer Salad instead.

Here is the recipe for if some reason you like a lot of dijon mustard taste:

Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

If I ever want to make this again (still having bad thoughts) I will definitely  nix the crazy ingredients and just make the mac n cheese. But hey, you may like it!

Friday night the in laws came over and I made:

Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

along with fancy french cut green beans with a mixture of mayo, mustard, lemon juice, celery salt… you’ll have to look it up in the cookbook beside the recipe!

It was a little spicy, but so good.  I love love love Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.  If your recipe calls for hot sauce, you must use this!

Frank’s Red Hot I used the original.

And then we made homemade icecream.  A simple recipe that our friends James and Shelby gave us:

one can sweetened condensed milk

one half gallon chocolate milk (I used reduced fat)

one tub of Cool Whip

It tastes just like a frosty from Wendy’s!  Soooo good.

Then last night we ate some pizza and went to our friends party.  Overall, it’s been a good weekend.  The husband and I are just lounging around and then going somewhere to eat. 

I ate this just a few minutes ago for a snack:

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These tasted like Honey Grahams. Oh. My. Word.  I see myself using these for dips in the near future! And of course, a little glass of chocolate milk!  I’m going to read some more.  I am finally on the forth book of the Twilight Series (man, those chapters are long) and then get ready for dinner! 🙂

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Happy Monday guys!  Here is a recap of the crazy weekend I had!

Friday I woke up and was ready to go shopping!

I ate this on the way to Cary to go to grocery shopping.  I bought these at Aldi.  Pretty good, but not very filling.

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Then I was stuck behind a garbage truck for what seemed like forever.  There was so much traffic on the other side I couldn’t pass.

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I went here first. 

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This store just puts me in awe.  I am amazed by all of the cool and healthy food items they have.  My wallet hurts every time I go in here because I want to buy it all!

I bought some chocolate milk (it was supposed to be soy, but I wasn’t paying attention!), some Oikos yogurt and a few other items. 

I then went here: The mothership!

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I can buy a weeks worth of groceries for around $100 that are fresh, gourmet and inexpensive. I love love love this store.  I could spent hours in here.  I’m so glad they built one here. It is so worth the drive.

Brandon and I are spending a little more in groceries, but think of all the money we could be spending eating out.  It makes a huge difference.

I think it was Jenna who said she feels rich when she has groceries and books.  I feel exactly the same way.  TJ’s and Barnes and Noble make my life complete.

We rented “Twilight” Friday night and then Saturday we went to see this:

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New Moon!  It was good, some animated scenes were a little silly, but I enjoyed it.

Then the hospital craziness happened yesterday.

And then this happened:

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I only got 6.  Brandon had been through a lot so a little treat was needed 😉

I went to Harris Teeter today.  These bottles of water were only 3 (24 packs) for $10!  That’s awesome. 

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I also got a pack of this since I had a coupon:

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We aren’t big breakfast people, so maybe this will help.  These are little packets that you mix with milk. They are worth a try.  I am not into a lot of “packaged” stuff. Like oatmeal packets, for example, I’d rather have fresh quick oats that packaged “peaches n cream” packets.  The oats in the tub are much better for you! So these will be used sparingly, but it will be nice to get some vitamins in me in breakfast form. 

I made some Crystal Light lemonade for the husband.  I read online that it helps with kidney stones.

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We are going to pick up his films/scans from the hospital this afternoon.  But the rest of the day will be spent reading this:

Eclipse, the third book in the series!

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Off to wake up a sleeping hubby!

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Sorry for the hiatus guys, but this past week at work about killed me.  I have been emotionally drained with stress and needed a break.  However, I received this package this week!

From Pop Chips!

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I received BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Original, and Cheddar

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And this cute chip clip 🙂

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Today I snacked on the BBQ.  Delish!  I love how light they taste and it was only 100 calories for the whole bag of 15 chips!  I love chips, but I hate splitting up the portions.  I love that I could eat the whole bag and not have to worry stopping!  The husband tried the sour cream and onion for lunch one day.  He said “Yeah they were good.” Yeah, his reviews wouldn’t go far on a blog 😉

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I loved the BBQ and can’t wait to try the rest.  (PS: I do not get paid for my reviews so everything I say is my honest opinion!)

I will review more as I eat them so stay tuned!

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This morning I went to Harris Teeter for triple coupons.  I spent $44 and saved $42! Woo hoo!  I love saving almost as much as I spend.  I have been clipping coupons forever for the anticipation of triples.  I was so excited that I forgot to eat breakfast.  Who does that?

Okay so I admit, I have been eating a bunch of garbage lately.  Milkshakes (not pictured and things like chicken tenders and bbq).  Time to whip my butt back in shape! 

For lunch today I made myself (it took a while) a healthy meal.

I made kale chips

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This AWESOME sandwich with a piece of turkey, fresh spinach, and a piece of muenster cheese melted on a 100 calorie Arnold flat bread in my toaster oven.

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Then I added some TJ’s white bean and basil hummus.

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Ate with a sweet potato, light butter and brown sugar.

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I ate about half of the sweet potato and saved the other for lunch tomorrow.

Total Weight Watchers Points (just to check in):

Food Description WW Points
Kale 0
1/2 sweet potato 2
100 calorie Arnold FB 1
Spinach 0
Hummus 1
Cheese 2
Turkey 1
Total: 7

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The awesome people at Food Should Taste Good sent me a gift of samples to review. Here is the swag:

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I received these flavors: yellow corn, lime, cinnamon, and potato and chive.

I tried the lime today and OH MY WORD!  They are so good (and I don’t get paid to say that).  You know the lime tortilla chips the stores carry (I love these), take those subtract the lime powdery stuff left on your fingers afterwards add a wonderful lime aftertaste and overall natural/better quality of chip and you have these wonderful chips.  The lime is not too bold, it is the perfect amount.  I am so in love 🙂

I paired them today with TJ’s fat free black bean dip.

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I ate the serving size which was 12.  I could have eaten the whole bag, but I was good.

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I love the natural benefit of these chips.  They are not greasy and do not leave any residue on your fingers.  Each bag comes in a fun shape and they are packed full of flavor and limey goodness.  Thanks so much FSTG for sending me these and I can’t wait to try the rest!

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Eatin’ Local

Today I went to Trader Joe’s and the farmer’s market.  I rarely go to the farmer’s market because it is a little bit of a drive out there.  Since I had a really crappy week this week at work, I decided I needed a good drive. 

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I love how country people are there.  The fact that they farm as their job and come out to the farmer’s market to sell their stuff, sometimes at 5am, is awesome!  They are such hard workers and I love supporting what they do.

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There are so many farms close to where we live.  That’s one of the reasons I love living in North Carolina.  We still have rural places around us and down home country people.  

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I looked around and got items from Willow Spring, NC (where we live), Meadow (pronounced Medda) and other farms in Johnston Country.

This is what I picked up:

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Eggplant, kale, spinach, two zucchinis, two pieces of yeller squash four sweet potatoes, and an eggplant.  I am trying to explore different vegetables and greens and incorporate more veggies in our lives.

I read Kath’s blog every day.  KERF I decided to make her kale chips.

I took one of the pieces of kale and broke the leaves off of the big stem into bite size pieces.  I put some aluminum foil on my pan (for easier clean up) and rinsed my kale pieces (always rinse your veggies and fruit no matter where it comes from!).  I laid them flat on the pan and then drizzled a little EVOO on them.  I them sprinkled sea salt and a little parmesan cheese on them.  The oven was preheated to 375 per Kath and baked for about 10minutes?  I didn’t set the timer and just waited until they looked crispy.  I served them with ketchup (my love) and tried them out. 

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They were awesome.  Just like thin potato chips!  I loved them and the taste of the greens was very mild.  The salt sprinkles are parmesan were a great addition and I can see myself adding other seasonings in addition to them in the future.

Thanks Kath for the awesome idea!

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