Tuesday, March 24, 2015

146.8....The Busy Suitcase

Sunday afternoon we went to my sister in law’s to celebrate my nephew’s birthday. We enjoyed some Persian food for dinner. Beef kabobs, rice and salad:

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Dessert was berry pie and vanilla ice cream:

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Breakfast yesterday morning was Honey Nut Cheerios and almond milk. 

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I took the kids to school, went to Cardio Muscle class, ran some errands then home for lunch. Tuna salad and celery sticks:

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Dinner last night was Chicken Enchiladas that I had frozen along with a fresh batch of Easy Mexican Rice and refried beans. 

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I also made a salad to go along with it in order to get some green in the meal.

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Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with spinach, salsa and cheddar cheese. 

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I just dropped the kiddos off at school and am at Starbucks waiting for my cooking class at Great News to get started! Tomorrow I’m headed to Cabo San Lucas for a company trip for my husband. Just when I finished unpacking from the last trip…..no need to put the suitcase away!

What is your favorite frozen meal to keep on hand? Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken! 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

146.4...Lazy Meals

All the guys went golfing Friday in Pebble Beach while Alicia and I stayed back at the house relaxing. We ordered lunch in from Lalla Grill. We shared some hot wings and the 50/50 Burger (half ground chuck and half Italian sausage, jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, cilantro, tomato, pickle, lettuce and special sauce on a house-made bun):

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That and some great wine made it an excellent lunch. We disproved there was ice cream in the freezer. 

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Yum!

We went to dinner that night at Mission Ranch in Carmel. We sat outside on their beautiful patio enjoying some wine. I ordered The Wedge Salad to start:

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I wasn’t super hungry after my fabulous lunch so I just had a bowl of clam chowder:

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Somehow, I wasn’t too full for dessert though! Alicia and I split a Chocolate Martini:

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And I split the New York Cheesecake with my husband:

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We were up bright and early yesterday morning to catch our flight back to San Diego. I grabbed coffee and a Nature Valley bar at the airport for breakfast. 

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Lunch was a turkey sandwich and a salad with ranch dressing at home. 

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Yesterday was spent doing laundry, unpacking and being lazy. Dinner was pasta with jarred marinara. My ultimate lazy dinner. 

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Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with onions, spinach and jack cheese. 

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Both kids had birthday parties to attend so we shuttled them around all morning. Somewhere in the middle, I made a quick lunch:

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Turkey sandwich, chips and pickles. Another one of my lazy meals. 

We are headed over to my sister in law’s house to celebrate my nephew’s birthday soon. A birthday-filled day!

What was the best thing you ate all weekend?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Dramatically Served

Greetings from Pebble Beach!! Joe, Alicia and I arrived Wednesday night and we met up with my husband and other friends for dinner at Sardine Factory.  We shared The Factory’s Famous Cheese Bread (Tillamook cheddar, Romano & Parmesan cheese on toasted sourdough bread):

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Eh. It was ok. Nothing special. 

I ordered the Rack of Lamb (2 bone) for my entree. 

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It’s hard to tell, but the portion size of the lamb was extremely small but the price wasn’t. I was a bit disappointed. I did order a side of Chive Risotto which was delicious. 

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There was an item on the dessert menu that was hard to pass up based upon the description: Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream “Bonbons” ….served Dramatically with Dry Ice. Dramatically huh? I had to see this. 

https://youtu.be/depJB7ijvoI

Yes….it was quite dramatic indeed!!! 

We woke up late on Thursday morning and headed off to The Gallery at Pebble Beach for brunch. I enjoyed the Gallery Grilled Cheese (bacon, tomato, Monterey jack & California cheddar) with garlic rosemary fries.

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Excellence. 

Alicia and I joined the boys on the golf course for the day. Not golfing but hanging out in the cart….

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It was a gorgeous day at Pebble…...

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Last night we went to Peppers for dinner. Guacamole for everyone:

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I ordered the Prawns Gonzalez (tomatoes, chiles, cilantro, lime juice). The menu said it was “Spicy!” and it was the only thing on the menu that claimed that. 

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It wasn’t spicy at all. :( It was bland actually. But after adding the shrimp to tortillas along with guacamole and tons of hot sauce, it wasn’t half bad. 

Since we were celebrating my husband’s birthday we had to have birthday cake!

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Mexican cake with vanilla ice cream. Nom. 

Breakfast this morning was at The Gallery again. 

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Eggs Benedict and prosecco. The only way to start your day. 

We enjoyed our view this morning:

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The guys are out golfing again but Alicia and I are staying back to relax for the day. Too bad we have to go home tomorrow….

 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

144.4...When Leftovers Don't Suck

It’s no secret that I usually don’t like leftovers. That is, of course, not when the leftovers are Souperior Meatloaf and Sautéed Zucchini with Orzo

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The asparagus was good too. :)

Breakfast this morning was Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk.

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I dropped the kids off at school, went to a meeting, then an appointment. By then I was pretty hungry and knew I had to have sushi for lunch. It was more than a necessity. I headed off to Sushi on the Rock

Yellowtail, Salmon & Tuna:

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Red Dragon Roll (panko shrimp, spicy tuna, avocado and cucumber, layered with tuna….spicy eel sauce):

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Sushi craving satisfied…for now.

I’m off to Pebble Beach tonight to help my husband start celebrating his upcoming 40th birthday! Gotta finish packing….

Is there a dish you make just so you can enjoy the leftovers?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

144.6...Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I took the kiddos out to Island’s last night for dinner to celebrate the wonderful reports I received in their parent-teacher conferences. I had the Turkey Burger Lite (turkey burger, tomato, lettuce, onion & mustard on a wheat bun) which came with steamed carrots & broccoli. 

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The burger was great..the broccoli was a bit boring. I had a few bites but decided that my kids’ fries tasted better. :)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I will celebrate this day by having something green at every meal today. 

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Spinach in my scrambled egg beaters this morning.

Green lettuce for lunch with tuna salad. 

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I went to Cardio Strength class this morning. I really like that class..it kicks your butt!

You know who else is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

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Arnold!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

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Monday, March 16, 2015

144.8...Souperior Meatloaf

One of my favorite meals growing up was my mom’s meatloaf. Of course my brother didn’t like it because we couldn’t agree on anything. Except Denny’s. We both liked going to Denny’s. Go figure. Funny thing is that it’s just the recipe on the back of the Lipton Onion Soup Mix box.  Anytime my mom would announce that we were having meatloaf for dinner, I would jump up and down while listening to my brother’s groans of despair. 

Last night I had the immense desire to relive those memories so I whipped up my mom’s meatloaf. I smiled with each bite. I think I could hear my brother groan somewhere….

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Souperior Meatloaf (Serves 8)

Recipe courtesy Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Ingredients:

1 (1 ounce) envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix (I actually use two envelopes!)

2 lbs. ground beef

3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs

2 eggs

3/4 cup water

1/3 cup ketchup

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape mixture into a loaf on a cookie sheet or 13x9 pan.

3. Bake uncovered 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Printable Recipe

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I enjoyed my meatloaf with roasted asparagus and a salad. 

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Lunch yesterday was tuna salad and celery sticks. 

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This morning’s breakfast was a toasted English muffin with peanut butter. 

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This morning I went to a meeting at the school, followed by parent teacher conferences. I ran some errands and stopped at Wahoo’s for lunch. I had two “skinny” fish tacos. Old school lunch!

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What was your favorite meal that your mom or dad made when you were younger?

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