Posts tagged ‘train’

May 10, 2011

That. Just. Happened.

Who wants to hear about my day!?

You?

Ok good.

Well, let’s just say Tuesday and I started out on the wrong foot. I woke up at 4:24 (random time i set my alarm for) because my boyfriend had set up a car to pick me up at 4:40 am and take me to New York so I could catch my train back to Baltimore. If waking up long before the sun did wasn’t enough torture I literally bumped my head so hard on the car door that it’s bruised. Looking pretty! I was starving so I wandered around the station to find that only one shop was open. Helllllo, it’s 5 am, don’t they know this girl’s tummy is rumbling? The only “restaurant” that was open? The healthy option of Krispy Kreme. I may or may not have gotten a doughnut…But, if I did – it would be a pink glazed with sprinkles. I sat on the floor waiting for the train to arrive and once it did I was crossing over the gap between the sidewalk and train my flip-flop falls off. I mean, really? How often does that happen to someone. Most likely NEVER. But, it would happen to me. Only me. Whatever, I can’t deal with it so I just walk onto the train smiling with one shoe on like the crazy woman I am at 5:30 am. After I rummage through my carry-on suitcase to find another pair of shoes I attempt to lift it in the overhead compartment…What do ya know? It’s too over-packed to fit. Cool. I have no patience left, I’ve lost one of my favorite flip-flops and I’m still hungry because sugar isn’t filling…So, my suitcase is getting its own seat. I dare someone to say something to me. Oh wait, nope, it’s not… The train is full so I now have a neighbor. I planned on falling asleep and waking up to a “new day” but the woman next to me had other plans… Number 1, she smelled like feet and Number 2 she would NOT stop talking. “Everyone in my company is SO attractive,” “This guy really likes me but we’ve only been dating for one day and he tried to hold my hand so I’m not sure I like the PDA” “Why wont the cafe cart toast bagels?” Seriously lady…Not in the mood to chat. All i wanted was for my phone to ring… But really, it’s 6 am. Nobody was calling me. I listened to her whine and remembered I was on my way to work which included two whiney children. This is clearly the best day ever. I finally get home, get in my own car and hit a bird IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. Windshield? Cracked. I thought hitting a bird was impossible? I notice my gas light is on… Please lord, just get me to the gas station.

That really just happened. This all happened before 9am.

Want to know what made my day better?

Baking.

I saw a recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Banana Muffins on Courtney’s blog last week and have been dreaming of them ever since. I made a few adjustments so here it goes.

Oatmeal Raisin Banana Muffins

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Strudel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Muffins:

  • 2 whole, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.

For the Topping:
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter; set aside.

For the Muffins:
Mash bananas in a medium bowl. Stir in egg substitute and milk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, remaining oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Stir just to combine (batter should be lumpy). Stir in raisins.

Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each with the reserved topping. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-19 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in one of the center muffins comes out clean or only with some dry crumbs from the topping. ENJOY!

When Courtney said these reminded her of a soft chewy oatmeal raisin cookie she wasnt lying.. These were perfect. I had one for lunch with yogurt and maybe another one on the side 😉 I usually leave my baked goods at the house I nanny so I’m not tempted to eat them at home but I brought a couple of these suckers home.

My day went OK up until 5pm… When I got home with my groceries.

Half of them rolled down the hill. I think I have poison ivy. I need to go to bed.

I did get all of this

for just about the same price it cost me to fill up my gas tank. Does that make this a good or bad part of my day?

All I know is that out of all of these groceries…the only thing I’m worried about right now is this.

Dinner is served. Goodnight.

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 😉