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For once, I wasn’t exaggerating

And here we are again, back to the monotony of the work week.  How is it possible that weekends when I don’t do a single thing go by the fastest?  No, seriously, the extent of my weekend activities involved throwing hot rollers in my hair and venturing to Target.  Mostly because I spent a majority of the weekend like this:

yes, that is a bag of frozen veggies on my back

Since my back looked like this:

The entire upper right 1/4 of it was too swollen to even fit in my jacket.  You can see it there, the swelling even is in my arm.  Tons of fun!  I repeated many cycles of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off with the veggie while watching garbage on TV, and called it a night before 11 pm.

I woke up Saturday morning, and the swelling had gone down immensely, but it was still pretty tight and sore back there.  I ended up getting caught up in TNT’s marathon of motivation sports movies (Friday Night Lights, We Are Marshall, Miracle) for most of the day, before finally heading out to Target around 4 pm.

The sole purpose of the trip was to purchase groceries for the week, and ingredients to make the Baked Potato Soup recipe I’d seen floating around Pinterest.  I also happened to snag a new crock pot on sale because mine just wasn’t quite big or fancy enough.  This is the recipe I used, except I peeled my potatoes, and added 1/2 tsp of red pepper and black pepper, and I cooked it for 8 hours on low.

The smell of onions and garlic cooking all day was nearly enough to drive me crazy, and by the time 7 pm rolled around and my crock pot timer went off I was ready to eat.  Now, baked potato soup is nothing without its toppings so I quickly fried up some bacon and chopped some chives to throw on top.  A sprinkle of cheddar later, and I was shoveling this into my mouth like I hadn’t eaten for a week.

So, now I have six quarts of potato soup spread out between my refrigerator and freezer.  That’s enough to feed a small army, good thing my sister is coming to visit this weekend and has already requested I save some for her.  Don’t worry Col, you could come visit in three months and I still think there would be some left.  This soup was amazing, I don’t have an immersion blender so I put half of it in my regular blender to smooth it out while leaving the other half full of chunks of potatoes.  I can’t wait to enjoy more for dinner tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

My back seems to be improving gradually.  I still can’t lift my arm over my head and fully straighten it, but at least now I can reach forward without feeling like something is snapping my arm back to my side.  However, I do not think any lat pull downs or hammer lat pull downs are in my future anytime soon.  We’ll see how things continue to heal.

You mean, there’s a world outside my house?

So this weekend I did a lot of nothing.  Well, I cooked a few things, but other than that I did a lot of nothing.  Friday after work I went to happy hour with a few of my co-workers, and then found myself slightly buzzed in the grocery store at 9 pm at night.  Thank god for my list and budget, otherwise who knows what would have happened.  Actually I know, I would have ended up with 7 frozen pizzas and a bag of cheez puffs.  Luckily, that did not happen.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling like complete death.  I’m blaming a 24 hour bug, because unless I all of a sudden lost all of my tolerance, there is no was 2 beers and 1 glass of wine would cause me to barf three times in three hours.  So yeah, after the third barfing occurrence I popped a Phenegran and passed out until 5 pm at night.  Apparently it was almost 70 degrees on Saturday, but I wouldn’t know since I was comatose in my bed.  Oh well, I’m still hoping for a giant snow storm at one point this winter.

Sunday I woke up feeling much better, and managed to drag myself out of bed to do something with all the food I bought on Friday night.  First up was something I’d seen in multiple places recently, and struck my interest while also looking delicious.

egg cups!

So simple!  All I did was place two pieces of deli ham in my cupcake tray (sprayed with non-stick spray) drop in two mozzarella balls, crack an egg, and season with pepper and seasoned salt.  I cooked them for 15 min, which was a tad too long, at 375 and they were still amazing.  If you like your yolk a little runnier I suggest 10-12 minutes.

While my breakfast was cooking, I got to preparing my dinner in the crock pot.  Jess posted this recipe last week, and the second I saw it I knew it was for me.  Things I did not add, Mexican oregano, cilantro (gross), corn (because I forgot), and black beans because I couldn’t find a bag of frozen veggies that had some.  It was good, but a little bland, which I suspect is my fault for omitting some key ingredients.  I remember to throw the corn in after my dinner last night, so tonight’s will at least have that.  I’ll definitely make this again, but probably use a pack of taco seasoning, and maybe some hot sauce.

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Chili

Other than that I watched a lot of TV.  The whole first season of Homeland (awesome) some One Tree Hill, and yesterday mostly football.  Then last night I had a dream that I had a Theology test today after only going to one class the entire year so far.  Talk about dream panic.  Luckily I woke up and remembered I graduated college almost 5 years ago and there are no tests to take today.  Phew.

Hope you all had a nice weekend, and that Monday doesn’t suck too much.

Fun (Messes) in the Kitchen

Heyoooo!  Happy Thursday friends! I was too lazy to post yesterday, I’m on vacation after all, so today’s will probably be extra long.  First though, I have a HUGE favor to ask y’all.  My friend Molly and her fiance have entered a contest to win a lighting package for their wedding and she needs votes.  It’s super easy, just click here  click on the photo of Molly and Matt (the third one) and like the photo.  Do it.  Pretty please.

Hokay moving on.  Thanks to boredom and my mom’s awesome kitchen, I spent a lot of time cooking and baking on Monday.  First up was the delicious looking Mexican Lasagna Jess posted about twice so far.  She was tempting me to do it, my sister begged, and I complied.  You know what, it was freaking awesome.  I’m not quite sure how many people the recipe was supposed to feed, but on Monday it fed three.  I followed her recipe pretty close, except I skipped the cilantro and mixed some sour cream in with the ground turkey mixture.  Ya know, cause it needed some more calories :).

Then, because I was still bored, I tackled homemade Cinnamon Rolls.  From scratch, including the dough.  It was my first time with dough.  It was interesting.

They are nowhere near all the same size, but you can’t really tell that when topped with the cream cheese glaze and they all taste good, so whatevs.

While Monday was kind of low-key and boring, Tuesday was the complete opposite.  My sis, Dar, and myself were up and out the door running errands before noon and didn’t wrap up until almost 4 pm.  We hit the mall, Dick’s, the liquor store, the beer distributor, and a local restaurant to pick up a gift card.  We celebrated the end of the long day with dinner at our favorite BYOB, Duck Sauce.  We ate enough food to feed a large country, and ended our evening with some adult beverages with Darren’s family.  I finally managed to drag myself into bed around 1 am.

I love the holidays, but damn are they exhausting.  That’s all for today.  Peace out, and don’t forget to vote!