…Great Balls of Cheese!

Good morning all. I’ll tell ya, its so much easier to get out of bed when the sun is shinning and birds are chirping. I can tell today is going to be a great day. AND it’s the first reinstated Date Night! We took a small hiatus from our weekly date nights for several reasons but now that everything is settling down and Nolan’s back to work, they are back on and I couldn’t be happier!

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You ever go through phases where you love foods, and then phases where you hate them? Hummus and I have  love hate relationship. Lately we have been on the outs but the last time I went shopping I suddenly got a craving for it!

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This roasted red pepper hummus went perfectly with my cucumbers, peppers, and celery.

I also enjoyed a generous portion of this leftover buffalo shrimp mac and cheese that Nolan’s step dad made for the cookout. It has giant chunks of shrimp and jalapenos in these creamy cheesy noodles. YUMM

Dinner was one of my favorite meals! Trader Joe’s Taco night!

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Tacos have always been a favorite of mine because of all the fresh and diverse flavors and textures that all come together in one dish.

Lettuce, avocado, tomato…

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my current favorite condiment …
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peppers and onions…IMAG5425

ground chicken

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It’s always a good night when we can use the meat grinder!

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I made a giant taco salad with all the fixin’s in an edible bowl.

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One of my biggest weaknesses is spacial awareness, so I can NEVER stuff a taco shell or fill a burrito appropriately. With these bowls I don’t have to worry about over stuffing. 🙂IMAG5428

I scarfed down my food because we made plans to stop by and visit this little peanut!

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(No I’m not wearing eye black in this pic, it’s just my hypothyroid-caused bags. Hot huh?)

The looks she was giving me was cracking me up!

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Ugh soooo adorable. I couldn’t be happier for Ashley and Shawn.

Believe it or not, this is the first pregnancy I have witnessed up close from start to finish, (that I recall) and I’m still in amazement. Amazement, but not inspiration. 😉

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So I went shopping at Trader Joe’s the other day…and I went a little crazy per usual. I went right after work, before dinner so my appetite really took control of the cart!

I was so excited because I finally found the vegetable bird nest’s that I had been searching for the past month or so! They inspired me to put together an appetizer menu for dinner!

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I decided to pick two other bite size treats which I had never tried before.

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PicMonkey CollageUnfortunately I “messed up” because none of these had any meat in them so Nolan threw a bit of a fit. But fear not, he managed to eat anyway. 😉

My favorite was definitely the veggie nests! They are basically veggie tempura, minus a super thick batter. It’s like an onion ring! YUM!

 The mushrooms were good, but they were a bit soggy from being frozen. The spinach and cheese mix inside them was very tasty! I wish I could buy it by the jar to dip chips into!

The cheese bites were fantastic! I will certainly buy these again for tailgating parties. They are quick, easy, and very poppable!  And really folks, who doesn’t love a fried ball of cheese?!

Question of the Day:

What is your go-to appetizer when expecting company?

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Monday Montage: Vacation

Well, today is day one of vacation! I have a pretty extensive to-do list planned for this week, and high expectations for productivity.

QT outside

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Out to lunch

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Bought a new spring/summer wardrobe 

Yes I went a bit crazy at the mall this weekend at a store called Love Culture. I also bought some new capris at Bob’s. The best part about these place? I spent $145 on all these clothes. 6 tops, 2 sweaters, 3 tank tops, and 2 pairs of capris. Not bad, huh?! 

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And no new wardrobe is complete without some new shoes!  Got to love Payless and their BOGO- 50% off sale! 4 pairs of shoes for $54. Yup, a whole new wardrobe for about $200. 

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It was hard, but I had to leave the Hello Kitty flip flops behind. 😦 Oooh the selection when you have size 3 feet. 

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Went to the movies

Enjoy the day

Question of the Day:

When you go to a place that offers lunch combos of soup or salad or sandwich which do you go for?

Song of the Day:

Vacation- The Go-Go’s