Posts tagged ‘cousins’

June 4, 2011

Graduation Celebration

Yesterday we had a graduation party for my cousin Ryan. We couldn’t have asked for better weather…78, no humidity, sun shining… Yes, please and thank you.

We grilled a ton of food (sorry vegetarians, don’t look) and it occurred to me why I will never become a full-time vegetarian. I rarely eat red meat, I could do without chicken, turkey and even seafood. But I LOVE me some pulled pork. Does anyone else feel this way? I also have a strange love for bacon. Pork has my heart….for today. Because we all know I’ll get back together with peanut butter tomorrow.

Anyways enough about my love for food…onto the pictures.

Chicken Legs


Pulled Pork

Teriyaki Chicken w/ grilled pineapple & Jerk Chicken

Fruit Salad & Fresh Watermelon

Baked Beans & Potato Salad

Cookies (i only had one…so impressed with myself – but I did get the pic after everyone attacked them)

Cake (passed this AND ice cream up. i don’t even know myself)

Here was my plate: 1 rib, dollop of pulled pork, half a piece of teriyaki chicken, potato salad & baked beans and tons of fruit. I was the only person in my family who wanted to mix my beans and potato salad…is that weird or something??

I also had a couple of handfuls of pretzel m&ms….The only thing that would make these better if they had peanut butter filled pretzel m&ms. I should contact Mars before they steal my idea.

I know say it all the time but I have the best family in the entire world. Really, seriously… I don’t know what I would do without them. They are all just so darn cute… Proof:

See? I don’t lie.

They were all real cute until they asked me if I wanted to play “Extreme Challenge”. They told me all I had to do was sit in a chair and try to shoot basketballs while they all wave their hands in front of the hoop. Easy enough right? Yeah, until I didn’t make the baskets and they flipped me over in the chair! Jerks. You can see the video below but my brother recorded it on his phone so it’s a little shaky.

I then chased after them…only to end up over my brothers shoulder still helpless.

Thanks for thinking it was funny mom and documenting. Family 1 – Alyssa 0.

I’m headed off to Saturday morning bootcamp!

Then I’ll be getting ready to go see this guy.

OK, well I’ll actually be working the Kenny Chesney concert…But I’ll be making money and watching an amazing free concert. SCORE. Happy Saturday everyone 🙂


QUESTIONS: Do you like Country? What is your favorite Kenny Chesney song??

December 22, 2010

Back to America

Today is my Friday!!! WOOHOOOO! Can you tell I’m excited 🙂

Yesterday the girls and I ended up making the Oreo Balls. I zoomed in closely because I let them cover most of them in the white chocolate and they didn’t look extremely appetizing. But they were foodgasmic. I saw this recipe the other day and decided since it was 3 ingredients it would be prefect to try out with a 2 and 4 year old! Well the 4 year old doesn’t like chocolate (insanity, right?) – So i changed it to her likings…and for the sake of me eating less.

It didn’t work… I still at the same amount I normally would have. Below is the recipe. You’ve got to try it.

White Chocolate Covered Golden (Oreo) Balls

For the Balls
1 Package of Golden Oreo Cookies
1 8 oz Block or Tub of Cream Cheese

For the Dip
1 bag of Ghiradelli white chocolate baking chips


Sprinkles 🙂 *I am the sprinkle queen.

Crush the Oreos and stir in the cream cheese.
Set in the freezer (at least 10 minutes) while making the white chocolate dipping sauce.
Remove from the freezer, dip the balls, and place on parchment paper and freeze again until serving.   Store in the freezer or fridge.
Yields 40 balls.

I headed to the gym straight from work and put in another 40 minutes on the elliptical. Yawn. I got back to my car and received this lovely note.

Merry Christmas to you too! I wasn’t even over the line… Sometimes I feel like people are so miserable around Christmas time. Anyways…I had a couple of missed calls from family members – My cousin was home from his semester in Spain and they were meeting at Outback. I NEVER turn down Outback and I of course wanted to see my little T-T. When I finally arrived they had already housed 2 orders of cheese fries…SOOO I ordered another half order because you don’t go to Outback and not eat these. Seems that everyone else was full off the 2 previous orders because I was the only one to touch these. 

and finish them I might add…. You cant go wrong with potatoes, cheese and BACON. Good thing I went to the gym, right? Riiiight. I ordered the half appetizer of seared ahi tuna for dinner… But was a little too full to even take a bite. So I boxed it up and am thinking of making some sushi out of it for lunch today!

I also went to the library yesterday and checked out a Fitness DVD – Billy Banks Bootcamp! I did that this morning and my body already hates me. But the good kind of hate.

Breakfast was Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal! Thank goodness I bought a lot of pumpkin because I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this again tomorrow morning…and the next…and the next.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp warm water, mixed and set aside for 2-3 minutes)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon + nutmeg to taste
  • cooking spray of choice

The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

The next thing you’ll want to do is mix everything together in a greased oven safe bowl and pour the batter into it. A single serve Pyrex bowl would work, or in my case a mini cake pan 🙂

Into the Oven!

You will want to bake this for approximately 20 minutes at 375 degrees, or just until your flax egg sets.

Top this baked pumpkin oatmeal with your toppings of choice and enjoy! I topped mine with some fresh raspberries (even though I really wanted a banana), some raisins, and a dollop of peanut butter. The only thing I would do differently is wait to put my toppings on because my peanut butter melted instantly… I guess I was a little excited to eat this – and rightfully so 🙂

Off to work…and late again. I wonder what we’ll get into today!

PS: I also took this on my way to outback… I’m obsessed with sunrises and sunsets and thought this was a cool picture. Backwards out of my window while driving – So talented.