Posts tagged ‘comfort food’

May 9, 2011

Wedding Weekend

Happy Monday! I’m still in New Jersey…my trip has extended a little longer than planned due to some sickness issues but I’m feeling A LOT better today.

I arrived Friday afternoon at Penn Station in NYC where my boyfriend picked me up aka help me with my ridiculous amount of luggage for 2 days 🙂 We headed to express because I clearly didn’t bring anything to wear to the rehearsal dinner was being ridiculous and thought I needed another dress.

I ended up with this… I almost didn’t wear it and chose something I brought. Typical. In the end I was rushing to get ready so I ended up telling my boyfriend to choose and threw this one on. I never got a full length picture of the dress on me!

But you guys get the picture…

The rehearsal dinner was at an Italian restaurant in Morristown, NJ called Provesi. They brought out hot and cold antipasto appetizers to start

Followed by a small bowl of penne w/ marinara

and for my main dish I ordered Chicken Marsala which I loved..

Dessert was tiramisu but somehow I missed out on it. Whomp.

Saturday morning we woke up early to grab some breakfast and run last-minute errands. The wedding started at 3 but it was about an hour away and my boyfriend was the best man so he had to be there WAY earlier.

The bride looked SO beautiful. They both looked so calm and relaxed which was nice to see because I could tell they were feeling some last minute stress the night before.

They had their reception at a place called Waterside in Edgewater, NJ. Talk about the perfect view…

The room had a romantic feel and was absolutely gorgeous.

I was also proposed to that night…

by a 5 year old. So cute.

Every detail on the cake was amazing! I somehow missed out on this dessert too. WHO AM I!!?!?!?!

My boyfriend rocked his best man speech…

Proud girlfriend right here 🙂

I loved my rent the runway dress. I will definitely order again!

Someone was sleepy…

We left around 12:30. It was definitely a long but fun day.

Sunday Morning we got up early and headed straight to the one and only Carlo’s Bakery. The line is SO long but since my boyfriend is a Hoboken resident we get to skip it 🙂

We picked up some crumb cakes for mothers day…and a snack or two for ourselves. First one being a lobster tail.

The second being a cupcake…But not just ANY cupcake. A PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE.

To.die.for. and I almost died when I took the first bite out of it and my boyfriend accidentally knocked it out of my hand while riding the public bus onto the floor. I was almost in tears because I could feel my blood sugar crashing and I needed to eat something and now that perfect something was on the floor of an overcrowded dirty bus. Oh well… I got over it pretty quickly and ate the half that didn’t fall on the floor.

We headed to brunch with Adams family at a cute restaurant in Hoboken called Elysian Cafe. I ordered the Cinnamon Amaretto French Toast.

Unfortunately I ended up getting really sick at the restaurant, sweating, shaky and started losing my vision so I had to leave and wasn’t able to eat it. I was so embarrassed but there was nothing else I could do. My boyfriend and his parents brought it home for me and I did split it with him later and it was really good! I now know to never wait so long to eat again. Not pretty!

Since I wasn’t feeling well my boyfriend suggested he make dinner… Was I hearing this correctly? Or was I so ill I was imagining things? Nope..I heard him correctly. He used a recipe from Holly’s recipe page which was a Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese.

He only made one minor change. But it was a perfect comfort meal for a girl who wasn’t feeling so hot.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

slightly adapted from Holly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of chicken breasts, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 cups broccoli, frozen
  • 1 box of velveeta macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup mexican four cheese, shredded
Directions
  • Spray your skillet with Olive Oil non stick cooking spray and on another burner start boiling your water for Macaroni and cheese.
  • Add chicken to skillet and cook fully for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup buffalo sauce and 2 cups of broccoli to chicken and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Drain your macaroni once fully cooked and add cheese sauce. Mix well
  • Combine chicken mixture with Mac & Cheese.
  • Pour into a casserole baking dish and top with breadcrumbs and then cheese.
  • Place under broiler for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted
  • Serve warm
SO SO good. I love Macaroni and Cheese and I adore buffalo sauce so this really was the perfect combination for me.
I should add that he also did the dishes… He’s slowly learning 😉
He should be home any minute now so I should get up and pretend I did something today. See you guys tomorrow!

QUESTIONS: What is your favorite comfort meal? Mac and Cheese for me! What is your favorite part about a wedding? I like to look at the groom when the bride is walking down the aisle 😉

March 21, 2011

Challenges, “Cheese” and Chucky <3

Happy Monday! I know those two words don’t go together.. But I’m trying to be positive people – Plus, Monday is now O.V.E.R. 🙂

I’ve been a baddd blogger – Only posted two times in the past 14 days :/ It’s been rough getting back into my routine since I got back from vacation. But I think today is just what I needed and I am starting to feel back to normal!

Yesterday I ran a 5k for Colon Cancer in Memory of my Uncle Chuck in Washington DC with my entire family. He lost his battle almost 3 years ago and we’ve made an effort to support this cause as much as possible since then. This is probably the only time you wont hear me complain about waking up at 6am on a Sunday Morning to run in 35 degree weather.

I finished the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes! Last year it took me 34 minutes so that is a PR 🙂 I also stopped to talk to someone so I’m thinking I added an extra minute onto my time. I placed 197th out of 3000 so I’m happy with it. The person who crossed the finish line first finished in 14:43 – insane!

Team Schwink ❤ Miss you Uncle Chuck

Friday night was spent with some of my favorite girls – We headed out to Blue Agave for dinner and visited a few bars after. I thought the food was a little overrated but the sangria was delicious! I rarely go out anymore but when i saw that the temperature hit 78 degrees I was ready for a fun night out. Mission accomplished 🙂

I’m finally unpacked, eating healthy and back to the gym will return to the gym tomorrow!

I haven’t shown a full days eats in FOREVER so here it goes..

Breakfast: Blue Green Machine

I am officially addicted to adding spinach to my smoothies now! I know I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon with this but I’m glad I finally did – If you have slacked even longer than I have, don’t wait any longer..

Blue Green Machine

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 heaping spoonful of  brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp nunaturals stevia baking blend with fiber

Directions

  • Blend everything together and enjoy in your favorite glass with a straw

I love that you can only taste fruit in this smoothie because let’s be honest…slurping up a leaf doesn’t sound extremely appetizing! This is definitely a breakfast that will wake you up. You can never go wrong with extra energy on a Monday morning 🙂

Lunch: Dippy Egg, Muenster Cheese and Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin

Julie turned me on to Cinnamon raisin bagel thins.. But I decided I didn’t like them with just cream cheese so when I mentioned that to her she told me I  had to have one with melted cheese… Obviously if cheese is involved I’m in! Julie’s a genius… These are perfect and only about 200 calories

Is it just me or does breakfast food taste 100x better than usual when you have it for lunch or dinner??

I was excited to see that my blog had over 6,000 hits on Saturday – That’s another PR! I think I owe it all to Angela for posting my S’mores Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream Recipe. Angela always has amazing looking recipes and pictures that make my mouth water. The most recent one I bookmarked was her butternut squash mac n cheeze. I made this tonight and it is to.die.for.

Did I mention it was healthy?

Butternut Squash Mac N Cheeze – 2 ways – Oh she Glows

I promise to be back on my healthy eating, fitness and blogging routine tomorrow. Have a good night 🙂

QUESTIONS: How many push ups can you do in a row? 11! What is your favorite comfort food? ice cream, pizza, and mac & cheese – all things that include dairy which I’m allergic to…awesome.