Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
We were invited to play in a Euchre tournament this weekend with some friends from our baseball team. I was kind of embarassed, because I associate euchre with old ladies... but let me tell you, it was so much fun!
Good times, great friends, delicious food, crazy-amounts of rum and diets.... AND, the best part?
I got a trophy and $15 for the most 'lone hands!
....and a hangover. But that's ok. All in the name of euchre!
Friday, February 24, 2012
I've come to the conclusion that I must stop whining.
I can't control the chaos at the office, but I can control what I put in my mouth right?
Here's what's on tap for today:
Apple, banana, peach Oikos, strawberrries, a Clif bar.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I go through phases where I'm gung-ho for it. Followed by phases of pure hatred.
Whenever a long period of time passes without running, admittedly, I'm always afraid of that first run.
"It's going to hurt."
"I've lost too much endurance."
"I suck at running, I want to eat peanut butter truffles instead".
But you know what? After that first-run-in-a-while, I'm always surprised.
I don't actually suck that bad. Yah, it was kinda uncomfortable... but I could still physically do it.
Having a good running buddy always helps too.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
As a result, I'm rebelling by wearing jeans. I know... very scandalous.
I did a little cross-border shopping on the weekend. I picked up this cute top from New York and Company. And now that I see it on the model, it looks way better on her. The thing with those tops that are supposed to be flowy? I don't want to look flowy. I don't need to look any wider than I already am. Regardless, I'm feeling pretty sassy!
...and you can't forget the shoes. Picked up these little babies, 60% off. There's a 2.5" heel under there. Perfect for walking and not making me look like a giant.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
You can be Judgey McJudgerton, but at least hear me out.
The only real food on this plate is the broccoli. I even chased it down with a can of diet pepsi.
And I'm perfectly fine with that.
I think sometimes we spend so much time trying to eat cleanly, that it just becomes a chore. Of late, I've been spending many long nights at the office. As a result, Andrew has been doing a lot more of the grocery shopping which means a lot more 'Amy unapproved' foods have been gracing our freezer and pantry.
When I saw the breaded chicken breasts in the freezer, the first thing I thought was "What the eff Andrew? Why would you buy those?". I can tell you though, I was pretty thankful to have them in the freezer. They're quick, effortless AND to boot they actually taste good.
I've loosened my "must be perfect and eat amazing" strings for now.
I'm happy to have the help from my husband, and I'm extra happy to not have to be a stepford wife all the time. Boys will eat anything - thank god for that. In fact, I suspect Andrew is enjoying my looser strings more than I think. :)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day… not even a little bit.
But I do enjoy having an opportunity to make something delicious for my colleagues.
I had a box of red velvet cake mix in the cabinet from our last US road-trip so I decided to whip up some cake balls.
I’ve made them once before, so I should have known tackling them at 7pm on a Monday night was ambitious.
I used white chocolate to coat them, but it gets pretty goopy, resulting in the cake ball crumbling when dipping.
Usually when I’m making things that need to be dipped, I dip them using a fork and leave a little bit that isn’t dipped on the top of the ball. Then after I’m all done, I use the back of a spoon dipped in chocolate to smooth it out. Works great with dark/milk chocolate. Not so great with white.
By the time I went back to cover up the “holes” there was a ton of cake crumbs (even though I froze them prior to dippage) in the chocolate so it was tainted pink.
My vision for gorgeous cake balls was promptly shattered, so I decided to opt for creating the world’s ugliest ones instead.
I also attempted to create Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, but my batter never firmed up. Booo. I used the last of my coconut, so I might try adding some more to save it. The batter is too delicious to throw out!
My valentine left me a beautiful surprise this morning. Gorgeous!
I’ve never owned an orchid before. Any tips?
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
...and now back to regular programming.
Usually, I have carrots and hummus as my afternoon snack. Yesterday my carrots were a little rank tasting. I think my ginormous Costco sized bag went bad. I decided to supplement with almond crackers. Long story short: Almond crackers + artichoke/spinach hummus are a match made in heaven.
While I was feeling adventurous, I decided to change up my morning snack too. Dates!