My week is so off! I totally felt like today was Friday – every single day this week has felt off for some reason.

My boss took our whole office out for lunch today, which was nice. We went to this new Mexican restaurant and they have a salsa bar! It has like 10-15 different salsas and things like corn salad (yum), cucumber salad, cactus salad, etc. It was pretty fun picking out all kinds of salsas to try with our chips and meals.

I got enchiladas with mole sauce (and topped them with lots of their corn salad) and had way too many chips, too. Having all those salsa choices made it hard to stop eating those dang chips!

I was full the rest of the day at work and I still smelled like Mexican food, so my only snacks this afternoon were water, gum + mints  :)


We’re actually supposed to get a lot of snow tomorrow and Saturday – like 8-13 inches! – so I went up to the grocery store after we got home from work to pick up eggs, milk, bread, and all the baking stuff I need for this weekend.

It. was. nuts.

I think everyone in our town was at the store tonight! I guess I just didn’t think everyone else would have the same idea. It took me about an hour to get the things I needed and get back home. By then, it was 7 pm and I was finally ready for some food.


I made myself a salad with some romaine, carrots, garlic almonds and a little ranch dressing. I needed some veggies today! Other than the ridiculous amounts of salsa I ate at lunch, this was it.


Nick and I also heated up some leftover potato soup, which is now almost Mashed Potato soup – it was so thick tonight! Just as good as last night, too.


I put the groceries away, put my pjs on, and am about to dig into a baked apple mess  :)


Chopped apple + cinnamon + cinnamon raisin pb + graham cracker crumbs


*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

*Please, please donate to help Holly build a well for people in need in Cambodia! She’s so close to her goal, and any amount is a great help.


Time for me to relax with my snack  :)

Knock, Knock…Giveaway!

Time for a Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Knock Knock to check out this “Plan a Menu” notepad.


If you haven’t checked it out yet, Knock Knock has all kinds of stuff! A Plan-A-Meal Bundle2010 365 Days to Procrastinate Calendar, and one of my favorites – Total Crap Folder. They have lots of funny products and they would be great for gifts!


I chose to check out the “Planning the Menu” notepad and I love it! I’m actually hoping to have a dinner party soon, so this will be extremely helpful.

You can note the occasion, date, and number of people you expect, and it has spaces to list the dishes for the party, the source of the recipe,  what ingredients you need AND boxes to “rate” the dish!


One of my favorite things about this notepad? It has a magnet on the back so you can put it on the fridge!

I love having useful notepads like this on my fridge – otherwise, I end up losing them somewhere in the house.


And this notepad has 60 pages, which is awesome. This will last through many get-togethers  ;)


Want to win your ownPlan a Menu Bundle from Knock Knock?

30000_Meal_Bundle_webthumbnailThe winner will receive:

  • All Out Of Pad: The essential grocery list—the miracle of checking off depleted items as you go
  • What to Eat Pad: Helps you plan, track, and execute household meals with ease
  • Takeout Menu Organizer: Unites everything necessary to feed oneself via telephone or Internet, including tipping sheet, helpful ordering advice, frequently called numbers list, and more

To enter:

  • Visit the Knock Knock site and tell me what product you like the most

For an additional entry, you can do the following:

  • Link back to this giveaway on your blog AND leave me a comment letting me know you did so.
  • if you don’t have a blog and want another entry, leave me a comment with your favorite dinner party appetizer, entree, or dessert!

 I’ll pick a winner Monday at lunchtime!!!


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Eggs + Bran

Have you tried eggs over oatbran yet?


You should. Especially if you like grits or polenta or something else with your eggs.


I actually use to hate grits, but that was before I knew how amazing runny eggs were  ;) Now I have to have something with my eggs to make sure I don’t miss any of it!


The oatbran texture is a little bit like grits but softer and the slight nutty flavor goes great with eggs.

Especially some some crushed red pepper on top.


Nick and I also split an apple this morning and I made coffee! But I’m taking mine to go.


Are there foods you love now that you used to hate?

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Like a Bowl of Gravy

Oh, thank goodness humpday is over, right?

Today was crazy. I had so many emails today, plus all the stuff that was backed up from all the computer issues Monday. Busy pretty much sums it up, I guess.

And I got my hair cut! It was driving me crazy, so I definitely needed it today. I’ll have pictures this weekend for sure – I want to see how it is tomorrow after I do it myself. I’m not really talented in hair styling (which is why I don’t do hair) so the basics are all I can do. I like the cut, though, so I think it will be good.

The weather turned out to be so cold today! It was 36 when we were leaving work, and the wind was even colder.

Good thing I had a warm and comforting meal planned for dinner.


Nick said this soup was like “eating a bowl of gravy”.

I have to agree – it was so good and thick and creamy! The perfect meal on a cold winter day.


I had a salad with my soup tonight – just some romaine, carrots, garlic almonds and homemade vinaigrette for some extra green. I did eat my veggies + hummus, but it felt weird not having many fruits or veggies with my lunch. Plus, I knew I would need something else with my soup and this worked out perfectly.


For the main part of dinner, I made some Baked Potato Soup.

I peeled and cubed 3 potatoes and cooked them in the microwave for about 6-7 minutes to soften them up.

While those were cooking, I crisped up 2 slices of bacon. Once those were cooked, I took them out of the pot (leaving the grease in the pot) and let the bacon cool. I added the cubed potatoes to the pot (and grease) and cooked them until they were soft enough to mash.

At that point, I mashed most of the potatoes up – leaving a little of it still chunky – and added a mix of 3 cups of 1% milk and 5-6 Tbsp of flour.

Then I just threw in some salt and a little pepper and let it cook on medium high heat until it thickened up a bit. Right before serving, I added about 1/4 cup of half and half and some crumbled bacon.

Then to serve, we just topped our soup with the rest of the bacon, scallions, and some cheese.


All in all, it was a pretty good day…but I’m happy tomorrow is Thursday :)

I’m about to help Nick cut his hair and then I think I’m going to read a little before bed.


Make sure to stop by tomorrow for a fun giveaway!


What’s your favorite soup?

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