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Smirnoff Summer Entertaining Extravaganza: Campfire Cookout

Thanks to Smirnoff and Foodbuzz my friends and I had a great weekend camping!  The weather did not hold out for us, unfortunately it rained both Friday night and Saturday night but we definitely made the best of it.
We planned on having a Campfire Cookout party Saturday night and decided to do something really different then the usual burger and hot dogs.  We decided what could be more fun than doing a grilled personal pizza party, over a campfire? 

To drink while preparing the pizzas we drank some Smirnoff drinks I brought to keep us cool.  During the day it got super humid and these were definitely good drinks to cool us down. I bought The Smirnoff Tuscan Lemonade, Smirnoff Vodka Mojito, and Smirnoff Pomegranate Martini, and Smirnoff Ice Triple Black. Picture 093

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These drinks were really good but definitely strong, my favorite was the Mojito, and it seemed all the girls really enjoyed the Pomegranate as well. Michelle had brought fresh Lime Mint from her garden at home and crushing up some of those leaves and putting them in the Mojito really made them taste fantastic. 

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The one thing I recommend is definitely cutting it with something, the bottles suggested Soda Water but we didn’t have any.  We did use just regular bottled water (about a ¼ cups worth) and that really made them better.  I’m sure it would have been even better with the soda water though.

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I made the dough Thursday night and brought it with us, I made enough dough for everyone to have their own personal pizza.  I used Michelle’s mom’s recipe and it worked out perfectly.

  • 1 package yeast,
  • 1 cup warm water,
  • 1 teaspon sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 2 tablespoons oil,
  • 2 1/2 cups flour. 

Dissolve yeast with water stir in remaining ingredients. beat vigorously.  allow dough to rest.  spread dough on pan.  make your pizza!  

We decided to make one pizza for all of us to share and to test it out
For the test pizza we made it with just cheese and sauce. 
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And onto the fire it went.

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It cooked for about 25-30 minutes.

Meanwhile we all posed with the pizzas.

The boys:

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And the girls:

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The smoke was getting our eyes which is why Jess and I have them closed.

Unfortunately we forgot to grease the pan in any way and we kind of created a big mess.  The pizza was delicious but it was a pain to get it off the pan.

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What a delicious mess.

Michelle had brought Pam but the container was empty so we used a small amount of butter on the foil each time just to keep it from sticking.  We brought a variety of toppings so everyone got to have exactly what they wanted.
Andrew’s pizza was up first and he chose to use BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, and bacon bits on his pizza.

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We didn’t have the timing down quite yet, so his was a little doughy, it’s hard to regulate the temperature and cook it thoroughly.  The real trick is to just be patient.  The bottom is going to be super crispy but honestly it tasted delicious even if it was black in some spots.

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Next up was Scout and Rob, we decided to hurry the process along by putting 2 at a time on.
Scout decided to make a hamburger pizza.  He cooked up the hamburger meat in some bbq sauce and then used tomato sauce as a base on the dough.  He then layered meat, and American cheese on top.  His looked really great!  Definitely creative!

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Rob went with a classic.  He used the tomato sauce, with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and bacon bits.  The smell of his cooking was really fantastic.  I think we made some of our camping neighbors pretty jealous.

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Just as us girls were about to begin making our pizzas, dark clouds started rolling in.  A severe thunderstorm warning came on the radio and the sky just opened up.

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  It poured for a few hours, and our chance at pizza over the campfire was quickly squashed.  We improvised with frying pans on the camping stove, which was sheltered by one of our canopies.  It was even harder to regulate the cooking on the stove top.Picture 172

While Rob and Scout had been cooking their pizzas, the girls threw some fruit and veggies into tinfoil and threw it right in the fire.  So we had those to use on our pizzas.

Michelle’s pizzas was fresh mozzarella cheese, sauce, peppers, and eggplants.  I have to say I was pretty jealous of her pizza, it looked fantastic. Jessica used the fresh mozzarella, sauce, and peppers. 

Michelle’s is on the left and Jessica’s is on the right

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And I used the fresh mozzarella, and pineapples on mine. But apparently I was too busy taking pictures of everyone else’s pizza because this is the only shot of it cooking I got.

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Unfortunately the bottom of the pizzas started to almost burn but the top was completely doughy, we made do by scraping most of the dough off and just eating the crusty parts with the toppings, I have to say with all the trouble, and mishaps, the pizzas were really fun to make and to eat, and we all really enjoyed it.

I think this picture gives you an idea of how hard it was raining.

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But we made the best of our time on the campground, and we definitely have some great memories.  The rain died down later that night and we were able to enjoy some time by the fire.

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And we of course had dessert planned.

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Thanks to Smirnoff and FoodBuzz for making our camping trip such a memorable one!

August 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm 9 comments

I’m Back!

Thanks for all the comments about my mom.  She came home Sunday and is healing and recovering perfectly.  Her appendix hadn’t ruptured so the surgery was pretty simple and not really invasive, here’s a little blurb I found online about the type of surgery she got:

The laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical technique involves making several tiny cuts in the abdomen and inserting a miniature camera and surgical instruments. As many as three or four incisions are made. The surgeon then removes the appendix with the instruments, so there is usually no need to make a large incision in the abdomen. The camera projects a magnified image of the area onto a television monitor which helps guide the surgeons as they remove the appendix.

They actually sent her home with pictures of her appendix before they removed it.  It’s so weird.  She’s happy to be home and was touched by your comments, thoughts, and prayers.  

I really missed blogging but to be honest my meals were far from “blog worthy”, too much convenience food for sure.  I stepped on the scale positive I gained a pound but luckily I stayed the same.  Time to kick my butt into gear.  I feel like I’m stuck in a rut, and plan to correct that soon.  I am pulling out some cookbooks and looking for some fun new recipes to try out because I feel like every week I’m eating the same thing and I’m getting bored with it.  I really need to refocus on eating better and exercising more often, the weather has been nice in the mornings when I’m leaving for work and I think I need to get out of bed early and get a run or walk in bright and early so I don’t have any excuses, I just need to make myself a morning person.

For breakfast this morning I had the usual Chobani and a Heart Thrive Energy Bar

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I picked that package up (the flavor was Raisin Spice) when I was at the hospital Sunday afternoon and absolutely loved it, unfortunately that’s the only place I’ve ever seen them so I might be sneaking into the hospital coffee shop to pick them up every so often.  The flavor was perfect and they are very dense.

The nutrition facts are pretty great!

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INGREDIENTS

OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, RAISINS, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, CALCIUM CITRATE, CINNAMON, NUTMEG.

Lunch today was pretty boring I had a sandwich Thin, this is a recycled picture, I forgot to take a picture of my lunch, I did not have an orange but a Mcintosh apple that a co-worker gave to me.  He brought a whole bag in and put it in our fridge and told us to help ourselves, so I of course did, I wound up cutting a few slices of apple and placing it one of the halves.  I wish I had some granola to sprinkle on, but I’m all out.

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This did not stick with me long by 2 I was hungry luckily I started to put bars in my purse for those more snacky days.  Something I should have been doing all along but oh well.

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Favorite bar ever!  I need to restock because I’m pretty sure that was my last one.

Dinner tonight was an easy one, I had plans to go on a walk with my friend Jessica, so I wanted something fast.  I used my last piece of ww naan and made a pineapple, meatless meatball pizza.  A flavor combo I’ll never get sick of.

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Naan bread is the perfect size for a personal pizza.

In fun news I just bought a new phone Sunday night.  I’m officially addicted to my blackberry.

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I couldn’t get a good picture of it, but this is the exact one I got.  Look familiar?  Rose just got the same one as well. I don’t know how I ever functioned without it. 

Well I’m off to snuggle and watch tv, see you tomorrow! 

June 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm 23 comments

Beach or Bust!

I couldn’t be any happier right now, I’m almost all packed and ready to go! I have 4 hours until we’re on the road and on our way to the beach.  I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging much this week, we’ve had to do a lot of things to prepare, Wednesday we had to go bathing suit shopping (I got 2 new bathing suits that will hopefully fit me throughout the summer because damn they were expensive), then we went to Panera for dinner (I forgot my camera but I do have pictures of the leftovers I had for lunch yesterday) and then my friend Laura came over so I could see her before we left and so she could show me some samples of invitations she got for her wedding next year.  After she left I cleaned the apartment a little and then went right to sleep.

I do have my eats from yesterday to share, unfortunately they are pretty boring because we seriously have NOTHING left in the fridge to eat.

For breakfast I grabbed a Luna bar.

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Perfect as always.

Work was a little hectic yesterday because I had a lot of things to finish before my vacation started.  When lunch time rolled around I realized how hungry I was and was more then happy to eat my left overs from Panera.  I had decided to skip the “you pick two” and get a whole sandwich.  I got the Chipotle Chicken sandwich which I customized without the tomatoes (I hate tomatoes) I got it on regular french bread, and I didn’t get the chipotle mayo spread.  So even though it says it should be about 900 calories I’m guessing with it was less and I did spread it out over 2 meals so I don’t feel like it was that bad.  It was definitely delicious if nothing else.

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Once I got out of work I had a quick errand to run, then met Andrew at my mom’s house so he could leave his car in their driveway instead of on the street by our apartment.  Then we ran to whole foods to stock up on some bars for the trip. On our way home from running errands I realized how hungry I was, I was craving pizza so I I had 2 pieces at our local pizzeria.  I got sausage, peppers, and onions.

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After dinner I went to my friend Jessica’s to drop off a check I owed her and to see her before we left, we only stayed for about 1/2 an hour but by the time we got home it was after 8!  Andrew still had to pack and I wanted to load up the car before bed.    Andrew couldn’t get off work today so I drove him into work this morning and will be picking him up and leaving right from their for the long road trip.  After I got home from dropping him off I called my mom to talk to her, I’m so excited to be with my family again tonight, while on the phone I saw a gigantic hornet/bee/wasp (whatever) on the window in the kitchen.

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It’s hard to get an idea of how big this thing really is but it’s about the size (both width and length of my thumb).  I am convinced it is a killer bee of some kind (are those even still around?)  I grabbed a can of hornet spray from under the sink but there was barely anything left in it since I have to spray every bug I see with it, I called everyone of my friend’s to see if their boyfriends were around, I even contemplated calling the landlord to come up and take care of the situation.  I was afraid I would hit the bee not kill it and then it would come after me.  Then I came up with a brilliant plan to kill the bee!

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I got a glue trap that we had, sprayed a fake flower with some perfume and placed it on the glue trap hoping to entice the bee to step on it.  I do not know if this worked because I’ve been hiding out ever since if it doesn’t work soon I will be picking a real flower and placing it on the trap, if that doesn’t work I’m going to just leave for the week and hope it dies on it’s own. 

Well I’m off to run the last of the errands, we will be on the road at 3 and won’t be arriving until very late since we have at least an 8 hour drive.  I will be blogging throughout the week (hopefully poolside) and keep your eyes open for a very exciting give-away sometime early in the week! 

May 15, 2009 at 10:22 am 9 comments

Reappearing Act

Sorry about my disappearance this weekend.  I had a lot of things going on and didn’t have the time to blog at night.  I also ate a few meals with Andrew’s family and I still haven’t told them about the blog so I felt awkward pulling out my camera.  I’m sure you all understand.  I was going to do a recap of the weekend eats minus those meals but decided to just start fresh today.

This morning I once again had a clif bar.

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This is definitely one of my favorite flavors.

For lunch today my camera went dead, so I’m recycling a picture.  I had a veggie veggie sub from Subway.

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It looked pretty much the same, and was as delicious as always.

Today work flew by I was so excited when I saw it was already time to leave.  I was so sure this week would go by so slowly but if today is any indication of how the rest of the week is going to go then I’m in luck.   After work I had some errands to run and then came home to a dinner of leftovers.

Last night Andrew and I made taco meat and I had a taco salad, I had some meat left over and decided to have a taco pizza.  I used a piece of WW naan, used salsa for the sauce, then a layer of the meat, then some 2% mexican cheese blend.  I put it in the oven for about 12 minutes.  Once it was out I shredded some lettuce on top.

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This was so delicious and a fun way to use up things in the fridge. 

I have a lot of things I need to do before my vacation starts so I’m going to go but I’ll be back tomorrow.

Bear with me this week since I’m mostly going to be cleaning out the fridge the eats might be a little weird and all over the place.  I hope you all have a fantastic night!

May 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm 16 comments

Here Come the Sun

The sun has returned!  After over a week of rainy weather we have a beautiful cloudless sunny day!  It’s supposed to rain later on but I’m so happy to have at least a few hours of sun.  Unfortunately I have some things I need to do around the house and a few errands to run, and you all know I love using Fridays to get everything out of the way before the weekend! 

I didn’t post last night because we didn’t get home until late.   My friend, Michelle, finished her last class of college on Wednesday and will be graduating in a couple weeks so we went out to celebrate.  We had a really good night and once again I stuck to drinking water all night,  I was planning on have some drinks tonight so I didn’t want to over do it this weekend.   But let’s rewind to yesterday morning.

I didn’t know what I wanted for breakfast yesterday we don’t have any milk and I just didn’t want any yogurt for some reason.  So I decided to keep it simple and have a clif bar.  Are these meal replacement bars?  The calories are pretty high but I know most people eat them as a snack.  I’m not sure I should be eating so little in the morning but it does hold me over.

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For lunch I had some left over’s from Wednesday night.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any of that delicious rice left so I just had green beans and chicken.

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And on the side I had some Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips I picked up on sale at Whole Foods last week.

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This lunch was so delicious, the lean protien, whole grains, and fiber from the green beans did a great job of satisfying me.

I don’t think I give green beans enough credit, just look at the nutritionals.

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Once I got home I was in pizza mode.  I think because Thursdays are my Fridays I crave pizza on that day.  Growing up we had pizza on Fridays all the time so I guess it has stuck with me.  I didn’t have any pizza crust so I used a piece of whole wheat Naan,  With a little bit of sauce, 2.5 meatless meatballs crumbled, lots of pineapple chunks, and some 2% mozzarella cheese.

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I love pizza on Naan bread!  It’s so delicious!  And pineapple chunks and meatless meatballs is probably my favorite flavor combination right now. 

Well I’m off to get ready for my Friday errands today’s include getting my oil changed, and getting Cocoa (my car) washed.   She definitely needs one!  Plus the usual cleaning up around the apartment and doing some gardening.  Hope you are all having a great Friday so far!

May 8, 2009 at 8:13 am 21 comments

Rainy Monday

I’m so glad the rain held off until today as it was supposed to rain on and off yesterday. I don’t care what the weather is like Monday through Thursday but if I have the next 24 Friday’s off I want them to all be nice!  According to the weather this Friday and Saturday are supposed to be in the upper 70’s and sunny again, it’s still early in the week so clearly that can change but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is true.

Yesterday after I blogged I went to my parents house, we sat out on their patio and snacked on some peanuts (unpictured) and enjoyed the time in the sun.  It wasn’t 80 like it had been on Saturday but I sat in the sun and enjoyed the warmth.  My mom invited us to stay for dinner and she was making my favorite roast beef so we stayed.  It looks very similar to last weeks Easter dinner because we had the same sides but instead of prime rib I enjoyed 2 pieces of roast beef.

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With Mashed potatoes (I had a second helping).

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And a ton of asparagus.

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All together:

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Fantastic dinner.  To finish out our almost Easter repeat I also had a piece of cheese cake left over from last week.

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So good, thank God this is in their fridge and not mine or this cake would have been eaten in a couple days.

After dinner we came home where I organized my things for the week and promptly fell asleep.  This 8 hours of sleep is wonderful!

Today was a day of mostly leftovers, sorry if they are boring.

I made a full batch of pancakes yesterday so I brought in the 3 leftovers.  I was asked by Erin if I have a recipe for these pancakes.  I didn’t make these from scratch but used the Whole Foods 265 brand of Whole Wheat buttermilk pancakes, they are really delicious but definitely not quite as fluffy as regular pancakes, but I really enjoy them.

I smeared a litlte pb on each of my leftover pancakes, these were amazing.

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For lunch today I continued with the leftover trend and had the last of my turkey burgers from Friday.  I had it on an Arnold Sandwich thin.  We’ve always had ketchup packets at work but apparently they were all out but I actually enjoyed this a lot plain.

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After work I had an errand to run and then went straight to the gym.  I was so hungry (I should have had something to eat at work but I didn’t get hungry until I was in the middle of working out.  I burned about 307 calories but then called it quits, it was embarrassing how loudly my stomach was growling.  I came home and threw together a spinach pizza.

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For the whole pizza I used about 1 cup of spinach, and 2 ounces of cheese.  I didn’t think I’d eat the whole thing but I totally did.

Before I go jump in the shower and get ready for bed I was tagged by Brandi to fill out the Survey of 8’s.  I love filling these things out so I of course was happy to do it.

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
1. Vacation next month!
2. The 4th of July (it’s such a fun holiday!)
3. Spending time with my friends outside on my deck during the summer.
4. Seeing my family in a couple weeks for my cousin’s communion
5. Being in my friend Laura’s wedding next year
6. My cousin’s wedding to be over and done with in September.
7. Moving down South eventually
8. Going to the beach on Fridays.

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Slept late (whoops)
2. made/ate pancakes
3. caught up with things on our DVR
4. Went to my parents house
5. Enjoyed the warmth of the sun outside on their patio
6. Ate a fabulous dinner made by mom
7. took a short nap on my parents couch
8. Snuggled in bed and watched some TV with Andrew.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1. Not have to worry about money EVER!
2. Get to my goal weight.
3. be able to travel more
4. Cut my hair (my cousin won’t let me for her wedding…yuck!)
5. Live somewhere warm year round.
6. Be able to write for a magazine.
7. Lighten up.
8. Not take out my frustrations on others.

8 Shows I Watch:
1. The Office
2. Real Housewives of wherever (I’m addicted)
3. America’s Next Top Model
4. Biggest Loser
5. Ugly Betty
6. Hell’s Kitchen
7. Parks and Recreation (Love this new show, it’s so much like the office)
8. How I Met Your Mother

So now I have to tag 8 people to fill out this survey, sorry if any of you have already been tagged or already have done it if I missed it!

  1. Kate
  2. Vani
  3. Erin
  4. Sharon
  5. Ellie
  6. Tina
  7. Amanda
  8. Caroline

Hope you all have a great night!  It just started thundering and lightening here, what a weird day!

April 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm 17 comments

Brinner Makes It Better

Well I successfully got 8 hours of sleep last night but as you can see it’s already after 10, I don’t actually have to be asleep until 10:45 for it to be a full 8 hours but I know how long it takes me to wind down and get to sleep.  I’m hoping I can rush it along and still get my 8 hours!

This morning I woke up refreshed and ready for the day I decided to make a smoothie for breakfast.  It was delicious.  I ran out of POM juice and I really think that’s what was giving my smoothies the bright colors and really enhanced the taste.  I will certainly be picking up more of it soon if only for my smoothies!

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Looks like cement doesn’t it?  This smoothie contained:

  • a couple cups of spinach
  • skim milk
  • 1 scoop soy protein powder
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • 1 banana

Really delicious but definitely missed the POM and the color was a little unappetizing.

For lunch today I had the slice of free white pizza from last night.

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Is it possible this tasted better because it was free?  I ate all of it except the crust.

For a snack later on I ate the other 1/2 of the peanuts from yesterday but totally forgot to take a picture.

I had some errands to run today after work so I decided to have a quick and easy brinner.

3 pieces of turkey sausage, a bagel (the bagels I have been eating are from Costco, 2 sleeves of 6 for 5 bucks!)  and 1 egg scrambled.

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Yummy, a few times during Lent Andrew had turkey sausage and I was craving it badly today once again I gave in to the cravings for meat.  There’s one more thing on my list of things I want to eat now that Lent is over, turkey burgers!  I plan on having one on Friday when the temperature is going to be 70!  Perfect night for a bbq!  Also that night we’re having our friends over for our first night out on our deck this season!  So exciting!

Tomorrow is my new Friday so my sister is coming to sleep over since she’s on spring break.  Then Friday I plan on spending as much time outside as I can.  What are your plans for this weekend?

As always have a fabulous night!!!!!!

April 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm 16 comments

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