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April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

Ohh, what a weekend. Where should I begin? How about with food?? 😉

Friday night  when my boyfriend finalllllly arrived we sat down and made pulled pork sandwiches. I have 2 things to say about this. 1.) This is the easiest recipe ever. 2.) Have you ever had bone suckin sauce? You must go buy this RIGHT NOW.

Obsessed. This was my first time making pulled pork even though I order it every time I eat out if it’s on the menu. Who knew it was so easy to make?

Pulled Pork

  • 1 sliced onion
  • 3 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 can of vegetable broth
Place it all in the crock pot on Low for 9 hours. Remove pork and shred (remove fat). Place back in the crock pot. Serve on Whole Wheat Buns. Clearly I like BBQ sauce,so my sandwich is drenched in it… But whatever you choose to do with yours, PLEASE use the bone suckin sauce. You won’t regret it.
Since I made 3 pounds there were plenty of leftovers… We could’ve easily made these sandwiches again. But I have a.d.d. and a new  pan
so it must be put to good use. Cuban panini’s sounded like a good plan to me 🙂
and they were. Whole wheat bread, honey mustard, leftover pulled pork, deli turkey, Muenster cheese and of course pickles! Sorry about the bad picture :/
Saturday was rainy so we dyed some easter eggs in the morning.
Don’t mind the clorox bottle… My boyfriend’s a little messy.
Since it was raining we needed a comforting, warm breakfast. So we had a “healthier” version of my Overnight French Toast Casserole.
The “healthier” version included whole wheat bread, egg whites, unsweetened almond milk, earth balance “butter” and sugar-free maple syrup. Still JUST as good as the regular version, so save the calories if you can 🙂
The sun magically appeared and we headed to Camden Yards to try to scalp tickets to the Baltimore vs Yankees game. My boyfriend is a HUGE baseball (yankees) fan so being the great girlfriend I am 😉 I agreed to give up my dreams of trying out the new Vegan restaurant to have blue moons and hot dogs.
Best part about it? We got FREE tickets 20 rows behind home plate!
Worst part about it?? My car was towed…To the tune of almost $400!!!!! Baltimore city is THE worst.
So annoying.
That left us a good 4 hours of sleep before Church the next day.. Somehow we managed to look presentable.
It turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day so after taking a million pictures outside we headed to my mom’s for Easter linner.
The Easter Bunny had dropped off a basket for me – Sprinkles cupcake mix (dark chocolate), pretty cupcake liners, sugar-free peeps, jelly beans, lindt chocolates, a notepad, hand made note cards and of course REESE’S EGGS! I politely asked the Easter Bunny to go easy on the Eggs this year because I knew I would eat all of them. So there were 2… I approved.
Aren’t these notecards GORGEOUS? Every detail is hand-made… I’m saving them for a something special!
NOW, for the food. We easily ate ourselves into a food coma… But, that was the plan.
Honey Baked Ham

Spinach Salad w/ feta, dried cranberries & sunflower seeds

Grilled Corn salad with cheese, tomatoes and avocados

Homemade mac & cheese

Grandma's Mashed Potatoes

Unpictured: Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, and rolls.
My plate went like this:

Carb Loader

My boyfriend and I were in charge of dessert and I’d like to think we succeeded.

Strawberries & Cream Cake

Crumb Cake from Carlos Bakery in Hoboken

My plate:
I had to try everything 😉
It really was an AMAZING weekend (minus the car being towed) with surprisingly beautiful weather. I went to bed at 745 pm to catch up on sleep from the night before in hopes of feeling normal today. It didn’t work. BUT, I am hoping to be back on track by tomorrow. I have a little confession…
I’ve been eating horribly, not going to the gym and I’m really starting to feel gross. So, tomorrow I need to get back on track… I need to get to the gym, I need to pack healthy food and I need to get out of this funk!! Give me some motivation 🙂
Let’s make this week a good one!!

Questions: What do you do for motivation? Send me some!! 🙂 What’s your favorite memory from the weekend?

December 26, 2010

Back to Reality…

Booo…Christmas is over! I feel like I’ve been on the go for the past 2 weeks…So today I took time to myself to just do whatever I wanted – and that just happened to be a whole lot of nothing!

I had an amazing Christmas! I must’ve been a good girl this year because I received A LOT of wonderful gifts that were all so thoughtful and perfect 🙂 The thing I love most about Christmas is getting to spend time with my family. There is never a shortage of love, laughter or fun. Another thing there is never a shortage of is food… We had enough food to feed a small army.

 

That right there is NO joke. Christmas Eve brunch is one of my favorite meals all year. I will have you know that every single one of these items were on my plate…Some once, some twice…some even three times. Don’t judge me please.

There they are… the peanut butter to my jelly, the bacon to my eggs, the cheese to my macaroni. These are my favorite people in the whole wide world (with a few missing 😉 ) and I don’t know where I’d be without them.

Ok, enough sappiness…More food talk.

We went to Yellowfin for dinner. I was too busy taste testing everything to take pictures but here is a list of a few of my favorite things

  • cream of crab soup
  • boardwalk fries
  • thai shrimp eggrolls
  • coconut shrimp
  • shrimp scampi
  • crab cakes

Can you believe that they asked for the check without asking if anyone (specifically, me) wanted to order dessert? Ugh, the nerve… So i snacked on a couple more sugar cookies and some mint M&M’s, and maybe a couple of other things. I’m surprised I was even able to fall asleep with all of that sugar running through my body!

Christmas morning we had a little bit of snow…but nowhere near the 10 inches they were calling for! Breakfast was edible, barely. Just kidding mom 🙂 I enjoyed it…

Annual Christmas jammie pic!

We took an extra long time opening gifts this year… I sipped on marshmallows w/ a tiny bit of hot chocolate 🙂

Back to grandmothers house we go! I put out the appetizers I had made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookie dough dip, 7 layer dip, Buffalo chicken dip…Dippity Dip Dip. I honestly had no room for dinner or dessert…but somehow I MANAGED to squeeeeze it all in. I’m such a trooper. Dinner was a traditional thanksgiving meal. Dessert was fudge. I quickly threw on the biggest pair of sweatpants I own and made big plans of eating healthy, working out and doing some day after Christmas Shopping at the mall. 1 out of those 3 were completed. There’s always tomorrow…….

Below are the cookie dough dip and buffalo chicken recipes I’ve been promising. I wish I would’ve taken a video of how quickly these appetizers disappeared but I was too busy shoveling them down my throat to bother. It was like they (we) were going to the chair the next day.

Tastiest Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast (or approximately 3-4 chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 cup of ranch dressing ( Hidden Valley, Kraft, or Wishbone)
  • 1/2 cup of blue cheese dressing (use same brand as ranch)
  • 1 cup of Franks Original Red Hot (do not substitute)
  • 16 oz of cream cheese (you can use low fat – but really you should go all out on this one it DOES make a difference)
  • 2 cups of cheese (I used cheddar and monterey jack)
  • Green onions (optional)

You will also need these items to dip in your masterpiece: Carrots, celery, pretzel thins, french bread or a spoon. Whatever you feel is right 🙂

  • Boil your chicken breasts on the stove until it’s fully cooked through. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees
  • While the chicken is boiling – Mix cream cheese, franks buffalo sauce, ranch and blue cheese dressing for about 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  • When chicken is fully cooked shred with 2 forks. Add to sauce mixture with 1 cup of cheese and fold in carefully.
  • Add to pyrex dish and sprinkle the remainder of cheese on top.
  • Cook for 20 minutes until bubbling and browned.
  • Dig in.

Creamy Cookie Dough Dip (3 different ways) adapted from this blog

  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese
  5. 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  6. 3/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
  7. 1 100 calorie Brownie bites
  8. 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  9. 1/4 cup of Creamy Peanut Butter
  10. 1/8 cup of Cocoa Powder
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously, until the brown sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla extract and set aside to cool.
  • Beat the cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar for 1 minute.
  • Slowly beat in the cooled butter mixture and beat again for another minute.
  • Divide into 3 different bowls.
  • In the first bowl add 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix.
  • In the second bowl add 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. Mix.
  • In the third bowl add 1/8 cup of cocoa powder and brownie bits (break these apart first) Mix.
  • Serve immediately (If you refrigerate remove 30 minutes prior so cookie dough can soften for dip)
  • Plate with vanilla wafers, graham crackers or even cookies*

*Reminder – Broken cookies do not have calories. Especially around Christmas time.

I think I have a little bit of this leftover so….gotta go!

Questions

What was your favorite gift this holiday?

What was the best thing you ate?