Saturday, June 27, 2009
Now don't get me wrong, I fully support the Benjamin in all of his crazy triathalon-like endeavors, and I'm lucky to have a boy who cares about being in shape and staying healthy, but there comes a point when a gal like me--who has dessert after just about every meal and gets to the gym only when she feels like it--starts to worry.
And that point occurs when you keep seeing the boy's scale read less and less (no matter how many sleeves of Oreos he eats in one night), while your own scale keeps miraculously rising, no matter how much will power you think you're employing. And then, boom boom pow, right before you know it your boyfriend weighs less than you and suddenly nothing is okay in the world.
And so this is why, my dear Benjamin, as well as all you other fellows out there, when you keep urging us ladies to go ahead and have that fourth piece of pizza, to please come over for a nice french toast breakfast, or to not worry about the massive ice cream cone we're engulfing, we just have to look at you with beady little temper-enraged eyes and clear our throats in disgust.
Because it's like that Slim Quick commercial says: just because a quick jog around the neighborhood somehow dissolves every ounce of those three Wendy's junior bacon cheeseburgers off your tummy pooch, we females have a more rough go at it, and goodness knows it takes more motivation for me to even consider taking that run than it does for the Benjamin to sign up for a triathalon a month and then get right to training. every. single. day.
I still love him, though, and I'm not dismissing his six-pack. :) But come on gentlemen, you do realize how frustrating you make it for us, yes? Argh.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thankfully, I must say I had a great time and everything turned out wonderfully! Everyone was so very nice and welcoming, and the wedding was beautiful. His grandparents live on a huge spread of land that despite being in the middle of nowhere, was really enjoyable. They have been in the farming business for life, and it was really interesting getting to ride around in the golf cart seeing all the different tractors and buildings and what not, as I've never really been introduced to that style of living before.
There were tons of bugs, though. Ew. Like maybe even worse than in Greece. While riding in the golf cart the first night, I could actually feel them pelting me in the head as we drove along. Again, ew.
The Benjamin also comes from a huge family, which I'm not really used to. My family is not only fairly small, but we have also all lived in the same city for just about my entire life, so he's been able to meet them all somewhat gradually and in more casual circumstances. I, on the other hand, got to meet his five aunts and uncles and their spouses and their children and their cousins and their this and their that...all in about an hour's time. Whew! It was a little exhausting, but I had wedding cake to help me through it, and I loved every person I met.
Sorry for the absence of the Sunday Sweet Spot yesterday. I was on the road from morning til night returning from North Carolina. I'm hoping to make up for it at some point this week, but we shall have to see! I think I will go indulge in some angel food cake with ice cream and strawberries...you should too. :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Love it! It's actually an outdoor pillow, but it will still work great on my bed, and I'm excited to build the room around it! I'm using the curtains that Nat and I had in our living room at Laurel, which are a really cute green and white pattern, also from Pottery Barn. I'm trying my best to not go crazy and buy everything new for the room, but we shall see how that goes...
My trip also included a walk through J. Crew, and let me just express the pain it caused. Every time I step into that store I'm bombarded by the adorable front display and I can't help but to sigh. If only the bank account was endless...
I made a really great decision in agreeing to spend my Wednesday babysitting a little girl with a virus all day. She's precious and I'm excited to see her, but I'm not looking forward to the very early start time, nor the hazardous bacteria...yikes.
And another thing: I really hope someone else is witnessing the incredible catfight that just broke out on the Real Housewives, because words can't explain...hah.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
These cake-meets-brownie treats are quite an interesting concoction: the bottom is very dense, made of just cake mix, melted butter, and an egg. It's almost like a chewy crust in the finished result. Here's the first layer after I molded it into the pan:
Lovely fingerprints, eh? :) Atop this bottom layer lies the real tastiness: the "gooeyness," if you will. Let me point out that this upper portion alone contained a whole stick of butter, huge slab of cream cheese, and entire box of powdered sugar. So yes, it was delicious. The mixing process:
Hurray for powdered sugar mess! So worth it though. It bakes for about 40 minutes, and be warned: the toothpick test is not a good indicator of doneness in this case. The key is to keep the gooey consistency the toothpick usually helps us to avoid. Trust me, it's better that way.
Good grief this recipe was so good. I actually had two servings because I just couldn't help myself! Slap my finger I know. I strongly recommend this little gem from Paula, though. It's a new fave of my own.
Prior to the deliciousness that was dessert, I also tried my hand at a bit more cooking in the kitchen. After dragging my poor mother on a serious marathon trip through Walmart this afternoon, I felt I owed it to her and the pops to create a lovely dinner in addition to the weekly Sunday yummy. I whipped out a recipe I've been wanting to try for years now, Giada's Penne with Spinach Sauce. It turned out pretty well, though the goat cheese in the sauce gave an unexpected twang I'm not sure I absolutely loved. Look how pretty the color was though!
I served the pasta with zucchini and squash that I coated in Jiffy cornbread mix and sauteed in olive oil. The veggies were a definite hit, and I will be making them again. So, all in all, I'd say Sunday night dinner and dessert=success. Thank you Food Network.
In other news, I realize it has been a couple of days since my last post, and I will go ahead and warn that there may be a small absence in the future as well. The culprit? Redeeming Love. Amazing. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. And an incredible reminder of just how much God loves us and how far He will go to let us know that. I absolutely can not put it down, and I'm sure it will not be too much longer until it's complete.
I'm off to immerse myself in its pages once again! No munchkins for me tomorrow! My alarm is turned off...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Up until tonight, the only exception to this rule was A Walk to Remember. Oh Nicholas Sparks. I now have to add another though, and it was a biggie.
On the plane ride home from Greece, I started My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. I was looking in the Greek bookstore for a good read that could outlast the dreaded eleven hour flight when Nat suggested this one, mentioning that at one point you couldn't put it down. Uh yeah. While hysterically crying, I might add.
It was a wonderful read, though, and I would definitely recommend it. Just keep some tissues handy. And prepare for some critical thinking, too. It poses some interesting questions that were fun to ponder. Well not really actually, considering the situation. Just read the book.
Now I'm watching Cheaper by the Dozen. Yep, there goes a tear. Good grief Emily...
I'm not sure I'll make it through the movie that comes out in a couple weeks...
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Yep. That would be the absolutely lovely sphinx cat that belongs to Dina, one of the crazy New Jersey housewives. And get this...its name is Grandma Wrinkles. Ew. I love you Bravo, I love you Dina, but I refuse to make myself love anything about this cat. It's just not right.
Tomorrow night Bravo premieres yet another brilliant gem of a tv show: Top Chef Masters. As I mentioned earlier, I am a Top Chef devotee, always and forever, and I am so impressed by and excited for what they've cooked up this season. Instead of the usual slew of amateur chefs and cooks vying for their shot at the spotlight, this time the show will feature a wealth of five-star chef-celebs, most of which were former judges on the show. Talk about a battle. I am stoked.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Oh yes, he's gorgeous. Mm hmm. And hysterical, I might add...
On another note...we had some major Bachelorette drama this evening. Almost took it too far, ABC, almost. I laughed.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Here's all the ingredients ready to go! You cover the ice cream balls with pound cake slices, then dip them in an egg mixture, at which point they look like this:After freezing these for a few hours, it was time to fry!
They only fry for about a minute, so that was nice. As you can see, my very small make-shift frying pot only allowed one to be done at a time, but the oil wasn't deep enough in anything bigger, so I made due! Here's a finished product...they were a definite hit!
So there you have it, Sunday Sweet Spot take one! I would definitely recommend experimenting with some fried ice cream. We just topped ours with hot fudge and whipped cream, but I'm sure you can get more creative than that. Let me know if you try anything else! Now I should probably move my experimenting to the gym to make up for this...
Friday, June 5, 2009
Really?I mean is that even okay?
Don't get me wrong. I have probably the worst sweet tooth of anyone I know, and I'm all for creativity when it comes to dessert, but I also believe there's a time and place for making changes, especially when it comes to classics.
On that note, Benjamin just walked in with the biggest waffle bowl full of Bruster's Oreo ice cream I've ever seen...classic enough for me! Time to indulge...
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The munchkins are darling and usually pretty happy. They're 20-month old twins: a boy and a girl, so things can get a bit rough at times, but I'm learning to deal! We just kind of lollygag through the house, playing with anything that can serve as a five or ten minute source of entertainment. Their favorite thing on earth is this little bubble machine they have outside. Girl munchkin is particularly obsessed with it. While her brother proceeds to remove each of the 10 or so riding toys housed in their garage, she just sits there and turns the thing on and off, fascinated by the circular-moving wand, even when there are no bubbles inside. I had mom pick up a few extra bubble toys at the store last night to bring for them today. They of course loved them, but let's just say the back porch of their house should be an interesting spectacle next time it rains, as most of the bottle ended up in a pile on the deck. Lovely munchkins.
Post-work I've had lots of yummy lunches this week. Yesterday Mims and I went to Jason's Deli. I've stumbled upon a recent pesto kick, and my turkey and provolone on multi-grain ciabatta with basil pinenut pesto really hit the spot. And it was so wonderful to see Mims over the summer for once! I'm hoping it will happen a whole lot more!
Today, then, I went with my mom and grandmother to Brixx, a new pizza joint in Turkey Creek. Oh my goodness was it fabulous. I got a half cheese, half barbeque chicken pizza and ate way too much of it. I managed to bring home some leftovers though, and I'm pumped to make another meal out of it, not to mention planning a return trip soon.
Outside of the kiddies and lunch dates, I've just been mixing in a little pool time, nap time, reading time, and oh yes, class time...unfortunately. It's really not as gruesome as one might expect a three hour history of Western civilization class to be though, thanks to my eccentric goober of a teacher. He's just a really great storyteller, and since that's really all history is, it makes for a completely tolerable evening.
Hopefully now that my life is once again falling into a routine of sorts, I will be better about updating posts. Since it's summer and I have more time on my hands, not to mention my new budding career prospect in writing (more on that another day), I'm hoping to shake things up and perhaps get a little creative. My day to day can get pretty boring, so I'm thinking it might be necessary. Until then...