Wednesday, April 16, 2014

142.6…A Re-Gifting Party!

It was off to Lisa's house last night for Bunco! Lauren hosted it, just at Lisa's house. 

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I OD'd on pita chips and white bean hummus. 

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All the ladies:

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Lauren made a delicious (and healthy!) dinner complete with chicken, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes and salad.

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Her desserts were awesome too!

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*Brownies courtesy of Lisa.

This wasn't just any Bunco. Lauren requested that everyone bring one or two home or accessory items from home that you don't want anymore and "regift" them. We did a gift exchange similar to the one we do at Christmas and it was SO fun! 

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I ended up with a beautiful glass bowl for my kitchen, courtesy of Cathi. 

Thank you Lauren (and Lisa!) for a fabulous evening!

Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with salsa and pepper jack cheese. 

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 The kids and I took Arnold for a walk. I was going to go to the gym but I thought the walk would be more fun. :)

Today is my son's 9th birthday! He gets to choose where we eat lunch and dinner today. Lunch was McDonald's of course.

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Tonight we are doing my son's normal birthday dinner routine: a hike and dinner at his favorite restaurant, PF Chang's! Happy Birthday to my little man!

By the way, the shirt I had on last night was from Stitchfix.com. You sign up and tell them your style, size, and budget preferences and they send you a box of clothing/accessories just for you. If you keep everything, you get 25% off it all or send back what you don't like. I recently received my first box and everything was pretty cute but I only decided to keep that shirt. It's hard to tell from the picture but it's black and sheer on the back. Anyway…I can't wait to see what comes next month! 

 

Are you a re-gifter? 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

142.8…Mock Boursin Cheese

One of the appetizers that I made for my son's birthday celebration this past weekend was Mock Boursin Cheese. I love how easy it was to put together (you can do it ahead!) and it tasted like the real deal!

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Mock Boursin Cheese (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)

Recipe from Diane Phillips 

Ingredients:

Three 4-ounce packages whipped cream cheese, softened

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. chopped fresh chives

2 tsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. In a medium-size bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients, stirring until they are incorporated. 

2. Turn the cheese onto a large piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball, or transfer to small ramekins and cover with plastic wrap.

*At this point, refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days to let the flavors develop, or freeze for up to 6 weeks. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

Printable Recipe

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Last night we attended Passover dinner at a friend's house. It was such a nice evening. 

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There was so much attention to detail. Check out the flower arrangement in matzah. Love.

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The camera was put away for dinner but everything was delicious, I assure you.

Breakfast this morning was Honey Nut Cheerios again. I've been sleeping in a bit since the kids are on vacation so cereal seems to be a light meal to have right before working out. 

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After breakfast, I went to spin class, then headed over to Lisa's house for a special skincare focus group. We had breakfast (number two for me) and got to try a new cream that claims to reduce wrinkles (think Botox without the needles). 

Lisa made her delicious egg casserole.

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We answered some questions from the representatives there then put on the cream and waited 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

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Results are supposed to peak at about 8 hours so we'll have to see what happens!

Later on, I decided that I still needed lunch so I made a roast beef sandwich using the Mock Boursin Cheese. Delish!

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I'll be back at Lisa's tonight for Bunco! 

Is there a certain skin care product you couldn't live without?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

142.8…Rosemary White Bean Spread

I have so many delicious eats to share with you!! The weekend was full of them! We celebrated my son's birthday on Saturday with some family and friends. I made a few easy dips for everyone. The first one I'm going to share with you was the Rosemary White Bean Spread. It's similar to hummus but with a kicked up flavor, in my opinion. 

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Rosemary White Bean Spread (Makes 2 cups)

Recipe from Diane Phillips 

Ingredients:

Two 19-ounce cans cannellini beans or small white beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves

2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 

Directions: 

1. In a food processor, combine the beans, oil, vinegar, rosemary, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. 

*Do Ahead: At this point, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days to let the flavors develop. Bring to room temperature before serving.

2. When you are ready to serve, stir the dip, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, ad sprinkle with parsley.

Printable Recipe

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Friday night we went out to dinner at Mia Francesca. That makes twice in one week. I'm not complaining.

Our table shared a few things, including Bruschette, Calarami and Caprese salad.

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For my entree, I ordered the Penne all Carrettiera (sautéed with ham, peas, wild mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce).

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It was an amazing bowl of pasta. I didn't want to seem piggish and eat the whole thing so I left a couple of bites. :)

Dessert was a repeat of Monday. It was too good not to repeat. 

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Stracciatella di Pizze (warm chocolate chip pizza with vanilla gelato and chocolate sauce).

Breakfast Saturday morning before the party was a quick Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich.

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We headed off for the party. Party was a success with me managing to only eat one slice of pizza. I knew I had delicious dips awaiting me at home. Besides the Rosemary White Bean Spread, I also made Fresh Herb Ranch Dip:

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As well as Mock Boursin Cheese:

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Recipes coming! They were winners!

Later that night, we attended a large dinner party at a friend's house. There were a bunch of yummy passed appetizers that I indulged in. Dinner was fabulous as well...

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There was a buffet of sea bass, white beans with kale (my favorite), steak skewers and sautéed vegetables. 

There was a beautiful dessert table with all sorts of different sweets. I enjoyed some chocolate covered popcorn and chocolate covered corn flakes (my favorite).

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What an amazing day of food!!!!

Sunday morning started out with a toasted English muffin and half a grapefruit. 

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We hung around the house for the morning. My mom was visiting so we took her to our club for lunch. I ordered the Chopped Salad with was fabulous!

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I'm a big fan of chopped salads!

After lunch, my mom headed back to Palm Desert and I got ready for our next event: our friends, Tim & Michelle's wedding!

The wedding was held at the New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego. The ceremony was outside on the grass across the street from the museum. After the ceremony, it was cocktail hour on the museum's outdoor patio.

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I was able to catch up with some of the ladies from our recent Cabo trip.

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After cocktail hour, we were seated for dinner. 

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Dinner was served buffet style at several different stations: Mixed Berry & Goat Cheese Salad; Roasted Filet Mignon Carving Station; Marinated Grilled Vegetables; Macaroni and Cheese Bar (Hello!?! YUM!); Seared Ahi.

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I loaded my mac and cheese with lots of roasted jalapeños. 

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After some dancing, it was time to hit the Donut & Cookie Bar! Say what!?!

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The donuts were in lieu of a wedding cake and I personally enjoyed it greatly. :) 

We really enjoyed ourselves at Tim & Michelle's wedding. I love all the detail and love they put into everything and it was fun catching up with friends!

This week my kids are on Spring Break. They are not the only ones who are excited. I am! No early, crazy mornings this week. No homework or running around to their different events. No PTO meetings. Nothing. Ahhhhhhhh.

Breakfast was Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk.

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I went to Cardio Muscle class then came home to take the kiddos to hair cuts and dentist appointment. No cavities! Yes! As a reward, we went to McDonald's for lunch.

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I had my standard grilled chicken McWrap and a salad. I also did my standard job of stealing a few fries and McNuggets as well. 

 We are off to a friend's house for Passover tonight. Happy Passover to all that celebrate!

What did you do for Spring Break growing up? My family traveled a lot (wonder where we get it from!?!) so we always went somewhere…usually a road trip.

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