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Story Time

So this morning as I was driving to work listening to the country station as I do every morning, Zac Brown Band Colder Weather came on.  I love this song, have since the first time I heard it, mostly because it reminds me of my relationship, but probably not for the reason you might think.  Anyway, more on that in a minute.

Yesterday was a typical day, lunch time workout of 33 minutes on the elliptical and the core workout I’ve done every Thursday for the past few weeks.  And is it just me, or did Thursday afternoon just draaaaaaaaag on.  I remember looking at the clock at one point and being completely amazed that it was only 2 pm.  Either way, the day eventually ended and I made it home and tried to think of things to stuff in my face for dinner.

As you remember I made Black Bean and Corn Salsa for the Crab Fest on Sunday, and I made a shit ton of it.  Sadly I forgot that once people start to drink a lot, they tend to forget about all things that aren’t liquid and booze based, so I still have a shit ton of it.  That means I’m trying to eat it all before it goes bad, (twss?) so far it’s been the insides of a quesadilla and last night the fillings of an omelet.

With ketchup, because there’s not much I don’t eat without ketchup.  I also had a side of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, because they’re delicious and addicting.

Things that take as little time to cook as possible the better, because even after I managed to hoist our air conditioner into the window yesterday, it was still 81 degrees in the kitchen.  Blech.  Anyway, I’ve decided I’m going shopping tonight, because I have zero cute summertime tops appropriate for work and weekends.  I’m wearing a green tank from JCrew today, the favorite tank, I need some new shit.

Anyway, back to what I was saying at the beginning of my post.  For whatever reason, some people in my life seem to think that Dar and I had this huge plan to get together at Christmas time, and had been trying to work that out for a while.  Not the case at all.  In fact, even as I was driving home to PA he was telling me he didn’t want to see me.  That he liked his life the way it was, only worrying and thinking about himself, and didn’t want seeing me to change that.  Nice right?

Still, I was persistent in my attempts that we could hang out and be friends and it would all be fine (ha!), which it was at first.  Then we actually got in a fight about something stupid, which left me crying and him talking loudly into the phone that this was exactly what he wanted to avoid, and why he didn’t want to see me in the first place.  Obviously we got over that fight, and my incredible irresistibleness (ha! again) won him over eventually, but lyrics from Colder Weather still hit home for me, especially since Dar has actually said that he doesn’t want to love me or want me, that life was much simpler before I came back into it, haha.

“You’re a lover I’m a runner”
“I love ya but I leave ya, I don’t want you but I need ya.”

Just a fun little story for your Friday morning.  And I’ll leave you with this, because really, how did bird shit get into the back seat of my car without also hitting me?

Dinner for 7

This is probably the only week of the entire year where I will think, “Nooooo it’s Thursday already!”  I am so sad that there are only two days left of my vacation :(.  Yesterday was another glorious day on the beach, the water warmed back up and we were actually able to tolerate it for more than 30 seconds.  My uncle and cousin borrowed a kayak from some of our beach neighbors and went on a little ocean adventure.

It was hilarious to watch them tip over and try to get back in the kayak, a good 10 minutes of entertainment.  To beat the heat, my sister and I drug our chairs down to the water and sat at the edge of it.  The breeze coming off the ocean really helped to keep us cool.  As of right now, I’ve finished two books and am about to start book number three.  You really cannot beat reading on the beach in my opinion.  Here are some other pics from the beach yesterday.

bf and I

beach horse shoes

abandoned kayak

Then I took on the task of cooking dinner, including appetizer, for the entire family.  On the menu?  Spinach and artichoke dip, sweet potato fries, taco salad, and grilled Caribbean Jerk chicken.  All of my favorite things, and everything was a hit.

Gorgonzola Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • 2 10 oz boxes chopped frozen spinach
  • 1 box frozen artichoke hearts (I used 1 can)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola crumbles
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Parm

Defrost the spinach, and then wring out the water.  Melt the butter in a large pot, add the garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.  Add the flour and combine for 1 minute more.  Whisk in the stock and milk, add the pepper, salt, and nutmeg, and allow to thicken.  Remove the pot from the heat and add the Gorgonzola cheese.  Stir in the spinach and artichokes, 1/2 of the Parm cheese, and then transfer to a casserole dish.  Cover the dip with the remaining half of the parm.  Cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes and serve.

I served some Stacy’s pita crisps and tortilla chips with it.  For the sweet potato fries, I added some olive oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a plastic bag and then added the sweet potatoes and shook it up.

Spread out onto two baking sheets, and cooked at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.  Some people use Paprika and not nutmeg, but I really enjoy the cinnamon/nutmeg combo.

ready for eatin!

Then I got to work on the taco salad, while the men took care of the chicken outside on the grill.

brownin the meat

grill grill grill!

taco salad

This taco salad is so easy and delicious.  All you do is brown some ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning, and then add it to some iceberg lettuce.  This also had two tomatoes, and some Monterey Jack cheese.  We use a Light Katalina dressing, but Ranch is good as well.  You can also add in some crushed up tortilla chips, but since we ate a lot of them with the dip, we left them out this time.  Dinner was a success, and we ate almost everything.  I am not cooking for the rest of the week now, haha.

This morning, my sis, bf, and I went out for another run.  We did another 3 miles, which brings my vacation workout total mileage to 9 miles so far!  If you take into consideration that I did exactly 0 miles of running on my last vacation, this is a big improvement.  Alright well I’m off to make some lunches, pack up the cooloer, and head to the beach!  I hope everyone has a great Thursday!