Wednesday, October 22, 2014

144.0….The Wasabi Roll

Last nights was one of those nights. If one thing went wrong, everything went wrong. Homework issues, light fixtures breaking, and the list goes on. I was all set to make a new recipe but by the time I got around to it, I barely felt like eating, let alone cooking. Good thing there was leftover pasta and a jar of spaghetti sauce in the fridge. 

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When I woke up, I declared this to be a better day. Sometimes just announcing things like that, makes it happen! 

Breakfast was scrambled egg beaters with salsa and cheddar cheese. Nothing fancy. Just eggs and cheese. Oh and hot sauce. I drowned it in Cholula. 

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I took the kids to school, went to a meeting, followed by the gym and lunch with a friend at Love Boat Sushi. This is my favorite sushi restaurant! My meal started with some miso soup, tuna and yellowtail sushi.

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My favorite sushi roll in the whole entire world arrived next: The Wasabi Roll:

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The roll has tuna, salmon, yellowtail, smelt egg, mayo, green onion, sesame oil and lots of fresh wasabi. Basically the greatest creation ever. 

If you could create the ideal sushi roll, what would be in it?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


What stinks!?!

This is what my kids asked me when I was cooking my dinner last night. I had Amazing Salmon in the oven and I was roasting Brussels Sprouts as well. 

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I have to admit that the Brussels Sprouts did not make the house smell very good. But they sure tasted great! I roasted them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes with some olive oil, salt & pepper. Sorry, kids!!! 

Breakfast this morning was blueberry Chobani yogurt, Almond Coconut Granola, strawberries and blueberries:

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I took the kids to school, then went to spin class. I ran some errands and came home for lunch.

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Beloved tuna salad, veggies and ranch. Tuna is another one that doesn't make the house smell that great. I guess I'm a stinky eater!!

What food smells bother you?  For me, it's bananas. Hands down.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

146.2…Ups and Downs

As promised, here are two videos from the Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias Concert this past Wednesday night. These were two of my favorite moments. Enjoy!

 Friday night, I went with my friend Alexis to Katsuya in Brentwood. Our husbands were playing in a golf tournament so we decided to grab dinner together. 

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We shared a whole bunch of fabulous dishes. 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Soy Reduction and Toasted Almonds:

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Creamy Rock Shrimp (crispy bite-size rock shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce):

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SSC Roll (sautéed shrimp with asparagus and mushrooms over a California roll):

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Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño (fresh yellowtail, ponzu and jalapeño):

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Crispy RIce with Spicy Tuna (my personal favorite):

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I went to bed a happy camper that night. 

Saturday morning, my husband left early for the second day of the golf tournament. I had the ideal morning. I slept in then ordered room service for breakfast while watching TV and playing candy crush. 

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My kind of a morning!

I got dressed and Alexis and I met the guys at the golf club when the tournament ended. Later on, we went to Q's to celebrate my brother's birthday and watch the Notre Dame (where he went to college) football game. Before his game, was my game: USC. We had a great victory over Colorado. I wish I could say the same for Notre Dame. It was a heartbreaking loss that came down to the last few seconds. :(

I ate breakfast so late that the food at my brother's party was lunch/dinner. Taco Bar:

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I started out with those two carne asada tacos and had two more over the course of the evening. 

Here's me, my brother's wife Stephanie (she's due in January!!!), my mom and my brother: 

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Happy Birthday!!!!

Yesterday morning we were up early to pick up the kids at my sister in law's and head back to San Diego for the Chargers game. Along the way I had a latte and turkey bacon sandwich from Starbucks. 

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At the game I had a couple of sliders and chips and dip. The Chargers didn't fare well as they lost to the Chiefs. :( I guess you can't win them all right!?! 

I ate so much this weekend that by the time we got home last night, I didn't want to even look at food. So I didn't. :)

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

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I dropped the kids off at school, then went to a PTO meeting. I missed my beloved Cardio Muscle class so I had to go to the gym and work out by myself which, as you know, I dislike immensely. But, I got it done.

I ran to the grocery store because we were all out of any fresh food. For lunch, I made tuna salad on a bed of greens. 

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I needed some vegetables in my life!!

Did you experience any "ups and downs" this weekend?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

I LIke It!

Wednesday night, I went to the best concert of my life.

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Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias. It was epic. I'm not normally a big concert goer because I don't always love live music. I like to hear the songs the way I know them. This concert did not disappoint. 

Dina, Silvana, Lisa and I hit the road for the concert at Valley View Casino Center. 

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Thanks to a friend, we were able to get a tour of the tour bus area and well as the stage area.

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Finally it was time to take our seats! 

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Enrique performed first. He rocked the house. 

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Thank you to LIsa for running up to the stage to grab some fabulous photos!

Pitbull was next and he stole the show. 

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For the final song of the night, Pitbull and Enrique both performed "I Like It" and they brought the house down. I have some video that is taking too long to upload that I will share later. 

Insanely fabulous night. 

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Friday morning the kids didn't have school. I needed the extra sleep!! I grabbed a Cascadian Farm Protein Bar for breakfast before heading out to an appointment. 

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Lunch was a turkey sandwich and some Cool Ranch Doritos. 

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I took the kids to various activities before coming home for dinner. The last of the Creamy Taco Mac leftovers: 

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Then we all hit the road for Los Angeles. We are here this weekend for a golf tournament that my husband is in, plus my brother's birthday party. It was pretty late by the time we arrived so we checked into our hotel and went to bed. 

I had room service this morning for breakfast. I ordered a bagel with cream cheese and lox.

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Unfortunately, my bagel tasted stale, like it had been toasted an hour prior. Boo.

I took the kids over to my sister in law's house where they are staying this weekend so they can hang out with their cousins. My sister in law made turkey wraps and salad for lunch.

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Now I'm back at the hotel. We are heading out to dinner with some friends tonight. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Are you a fan of live music?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

144.6…Stitch Fix Shipment #6

I bring you another Stitch Fix review! It's always exciting to see what's in the box each month!

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I always get a pair of jeans. Every single time. And I've sent them back every single time. This time was no exception. I was sent a pair of Sanctuary George Zipper Detail Skinny Jeans in black:

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The top was Tart Irene Abstract Print Back Zip V-Neck Knit Tank. So…the jeans were actually cute. They had a fun zipper detail on the front pockets. I usually wear tops that will cover the zippers (like the top above) so there was no point keeping the jeans. I already have a black pair that I love. 

Now for the top: I normally LOVE Tart clothes. This top was horrible. I thought it was matronly and and shapeless. It looked worse in person. That went back too.

The next item was the Renee C Galena Textured Knit Stripe Open Cardigan. I realize the outfit doesn't go together but for ease, I added it.

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A big boxy furry mess. Ugh. Again, it looked worse in person. 

Next was the RD Style Holland Zipper Detail Ombre Sweater:

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Did I mark on my style profile that I lived in the woods and had 6 grandchildren? What is going on!?! No. No. And No. 

Last was LA Made Christine Lightweight Ombre Scarf:

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It was just ok. You really couldn't tell it was ombre when you had it on. Not worth keeping.

So this Stitch Fix shipment was a total bust. First time I didn't keep anything. I was sad. But there is always next month. I am hopeful that the next shipment will be a winner. Fingers crossed!

In going along with my "clean out my freezer" project, I pulled out some Creamy Taco Mac leftovers for dinner last night. 

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Defrosted and heated up pretty well! 

Breakfast this morning was peanut butter on an English muffin and half a grapefruit. 

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After I dropped the kids off at school, I went to the gym then home to tackle my long to-do list. Somewhere along the way, I made lunch.

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Tuna salad on a bed of greens. 

Tonight I'm going with some friends to the Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias concert. To say I'm excited is an understatement. 

What was the last concert you went to? 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I recently realized that Thanksgiving is fast approaching. This is about the time every year that I also realize I need to start clearing out my freezer to make way for all the do-ahead Thanksgiving dishes that I freeze. I saw that I had taco meat in there so tacos it was for dinner last night!

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You can't go wrong with taco night.

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

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After I dropped the kids off at school, I went to a PTO meeting and then off to The Grand Del Mar for Dia Del Sol's annual event benefiting Untied Cerebral Palsy. They had a fun theme this year: a Speakeasy. 

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Lisa, who was on the planning committee, requested that we all dress the part. We were happy to oblige. 

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Our table looked amazing!

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After a few speakers, we enjoyed lunch. I ordered the chicken because it looked like the most food. :)

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One of my friends had to leave early, so I split her shrimp dish with someone else. Can't let a good thing go to waste right? 

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Dessert was mango cheesecake.

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Thank you Lisa for helping to put on an amazing event with such a great cause!

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Are you normally the Thanksgiving cook or do you go to someone else's house?

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