Minty Finish

Dusting? Done.

Bathroom cleaning? Done.

Vacuuming? Half-way done  :)  The downstairs is done, but the upstairs is not.

Laundry? Started.

I’m not a fan of doing all this cleaning and housework stuff on the weekends, but it just never gets done during the week between work, running, cooking, and doing other stuff around the house. Plus, we’re always around the house anyways, so it works out well.

I had a Cashew Cookie larabar while cleaning – good! I liked it.


After cleaning for a bit, I started on dinner.


I made us some Eggplant Parmesan with tomato / meat sauce and some whole wheat pasta. Plus Christie’s Sweet & Spicy Garlic Green Beans, and I also added broccoli to the pan of beans.


The eggplant (local! woo!) I just sliced and salted and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then I mixed together some cornmeal, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning mix, garlic powder and a little salt. I dredged each slice in the cornmeal mixture, put it on a foil-lined baking sheet and baked at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, turning over halfway through.


While the eggplant was in the oven, I cooked the green beans/broccoli on the stove top, cooked up the pasta, and made a quick sauce.

I actually found one random serving of a meat/mushroom pasta sauce in the freezer so I put that in a pan with some of our freshly cooked-down tomatoes, plus some more diced tomatoes. Added a bit more seasoning (salt, pepper, oregano, garlic) and let that simmer until everything was heated through.

If you ever have any leftovers, even if just a little – freeze it! You can always find uses for it later.

This bread I got today is awesome – very seedy on the outside, but soft. Nick made some garlic bread out of it and it was perfect with dinner.

And then…

Nick read my mind.


We just got back from getting some Dairy Queen. I got a small Thin Mint Blizzard, but it was so melty on the top I had to put it in a bowl. And, just like I always do, I ended up with ice cream dripping down my face a few times. That’s part of the fun, right?

Now, I would much rather have had that frozen yogurt we had last weekend, but that’s all the way out in the “big town”. The only thing we have out here is a Dairy Queen, so that’s what we had.

I mean, our town doesn’t even have a stoplight! No way we’d find a froyo place here :)

My blizzard was minty and chocolatey and just what I wanted.

The perfect end-of-Saturday treat.


What’s your favorite ice cream mix-in or topping?

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  1. Blizzards!! Nostalgia alert :-) I used to always get the one with the PB cup “mix-in.”

  2. mmmmm blizzards…i haven’t had one in forever! pb cup is probs my fave too. eggplant parm is also a fave…and i have been cleaning today too. not fun, but necessary :)

  3. I got coconut ice cream today at a local place. It was amazing!! Your dinner looks so awesome!

  4. o my lanta!!!!!! Dairy queen thin mint blizzard sounds AMAZING right now. i’m sure it was amazing! i’ve always wanted to try the other girl scout one too! hahahah

  5. I love eggplant parmesan, so delicious with marinara and cheesy goodness!
    My favorite ice cream mix in is almond butter with toppings of dark chocolate and pineapple tidbits!

  6. Just found your blog! Love all the guac and oatmeal shots!! Everything looks EXTREMELY delicious! :)

    And mmm, cashew cookie is one of my fave laras!
    And favorite topping? Carob/chocolate chips and/or fresh berries!

  7. i did a ton of cleaning today too….

  8. Mmm that eggplant looks great! Good for you for getting all that cleaning done :)

  9. That meal looks awesome! I bet your hubby just loves all the fine stuff you cook!!

    Ohhh good ol’ DQ! I need to get there and get a cherry parfait soon–my fav topping for sure–cherry pie filling!

  10. When I’m in school, Sunday nights are my designated cleaning night – I love starting the week off with a clean house!

    Seedy bread is the best! Your dinner looks delicious! My favorite mix ins come in phases (like everything else in my life ;) ): M&Ms, cookie cough, and, most recently, Reese’s cups!

  11. You are a woman after my own heart. I’ve been drooling over those Blizzards lately!

    No surprise, but my favorite mix-ins usually have to do with chocolate!

  12. Haha, my ice cream yesterday was far from froyo too, but I still loved it!

    I need to get some cleaning done today too. Thanks for the motivation. Dinner looks great!

  13. I totally want to make eggplant parm tonight!

    I love praline pecans on my ice cream..I was spoiled in New Orleans.

  14. vat a pleasing dinner!! me neither!! i also hate to do all the work at a rush during weekends! hehe ye ice cream sound amazing! yum!

  15. Oh, could you please post the recipe for garlic bread? It looks more than amazing!!

    • I don’t think Nick really uses a recipe – we just sliced up this bread I bought and then he spread on a little olive oil spread, sprinkled on some garlic and oregano and toasted it. Easy!

  16. I’m making Eggplant tonight. Can’t wait to stop by Farmer John’s on the way home to get some fresh eggplant!

  17. get ready for this one but i have offish never been to a DQ! it’s all carvel and friendlys over in my town :(

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