Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Recap

Here is a cute and cuddly picture to warm your heart on this Monday morning!

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We had a great weekend. I know I say it in every post lately, but we are having the BEST weather in Kansas City.  The mornings are crisp and the smell of fall greets me as soon as I step outside.  The afternoons are filled with warm sunshine and cool breezes, just begging me to take a nap out doors.


I started the day by going to a strength training class at the gym. Loved it.

On my way home, I grabbed some breakfast treats for Justin’s first day of his birthday week off.

First up: Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Pumpkin Spice scone

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My opinion: Starbuck’s coffee is way too strong for this 1/2 caff girl.  The pumpkin spice part of it was super tasty, but a little too sweet.  I think I managed to drink half, maybe.  We shared the scone and it was good, but I don’t get the love people have for scones.  They are a dry piece of cake. 

Then I got busy making breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy (now these, I get!)

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Everyone in the house gobbled these up so fast, I didn’t have time to think about a picture until Justin was nearly on his last bite.  Hold that pose!

The biscuits and gravy pretty much did me in for the day.  I snacked here and there and then finally made myself a salad.

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I picked up a “Salad Shaker” at the grocery store.  I love sunflower seeds and other crunchy toppings on my salads, so this was really good!  Not a healthy salad, but a yummy one!Winking smile


We were supposed to have a family dinner yesterday, but between work and sickness, we decided to cancel.  My sister, Vann, and her fiancĂ©, Matt, still came over and the four of us ate dinner!

We had planned on doing Italian and I had already bought the groceries to prepare this meal so we went with it.

I made a pot of meat sauce and regular noodles, but we were all wanting to try Spaghetti Squash instead.  I also roasted some broccoli and Vann brought a salad.

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LOVED the spaghetti squash! Where have I been?  Why haven’t I already tried this?  I may never eat pasta at home again.

I am probably the last person on earth who didn’t know how to cook a spaghetti squash, but just in case, here is how I did it (after Googling “How to cook spaghetti squash”):

  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half length wise.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with Pam (I used one with edges)
  • Roast rind side up in a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes
  • Turn squash over and gently run a fork through the squash
  • It magically turns into, what looks like, spaghetti noodles!

I think that was the most exciting part. Since I had never made it before, when it came out of the oven, I was thinking…please work.  As soon as I ran a fork through it and little noodles appeared, I almost cheered!

We all liked it and said we would definitely eat that again!

My other meals included:

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This weather always puts me in the mood to crochet. So I did some of that yesterday while watching QVC along with laundry and not showering.

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Why is there a bottle of BBQ sauce on our end table?

In case you want to replicate my look, you have to first take off all your makeup and then, the hair, it’s the product of wearing a head band and sweating for too many days in a row.  (My hair stylist would be so proud.)

Back to QVC. I love watching “In the Kitchen with David”.  First of all, the excitement of everyone on QVC totally cracks me up.  And some of the products are ridiculous and I want them.  Like the following (although this is not ridiculous):


I want that slicer!

This Morning

Looking forward to starting my week with some group exercise classes today!

I was already for Title Boxing this morning. Wrapped my hands at home (following online instructions!) so I could make sure and wrap them good.  My hands and knuckles have been hurting during class lately.  So, I left myself exactly enough time to get to the 6am class.  I hopped in the car and was on my way, only to learn I didn’t have enough gas to get there and I didn’t have enough time to get gas and make it there on time. Dang it!  So, I pulled right back into the garage wrote this post instead!

Luckily, there are two classes I am looking forward to at the Y!

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  1. Oh, to have a dog's life ... haha. Have a great Monday!

  2. I have yet to have spaghetti squash myself... but after looking at that it will be in my very near future. Looks YUMMY!

  3. all i saw was starbucks pumpkin latte....or really just starbucks...mmmmmmmm
    how i miss it!

  4. I love spaghetti squash! It's so versitile too. And how comfy does your big ole chair look? I could nap in that easy!

  5. I love spaghetti squash, too! I use it in place of pasta almost every time (for me, not my family! lol). Yum!

    Wanted to say...for a long time I tried to cut the hard squash, then a friend told me to not worry about cutting it till it was cooked.......and she was so right! :) So now I just prick it with a fork all over and then put it on a pan in the oven and bake it - whole. Then, when it's cooked, I let it cool to the touch and then slice it down the middle, length-wise. SO MUCH EASIER! :) Just a helpful tidbit.

  6. DEBI! Thanks for the tip. That sucker was HARD to cut! It was almost like cracking a nut!

  7. SCONES. They are best eaten fresh out of the oven with SCADS of butter and jam or toasted then, once again, smothered in butter. I've never tried the pumpkin my world scones are light and flaky with raspberries baked right in and no frosting! *drool*

  8. Donloree: My judgement toward scones was probably not helped by the fact that I purchased my scone and coffee in the Starbucks stand in the grocery store. Who knows how long those scones had been in that little plastic case!

  9. Now I can safely look at your food porn and not feel deprived. ;)
    Loving the weather here in KC too and the freedom to eat something other than chicken.You gave me an idea. Like BG's sound good!