yummy eats


Yesterday, this girl definitely had a bad case of the Mondays. After a low key, enjoyable Super Bowl/Puppy Bowl/Glee Sunday, I was faced with a ridiculous task list at work. Some of the items on the list were normal, day to day tasks, but there was definitely more than a fair share of stress inducing items. From the moment I clocked in, I felt like everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It was difficult for me to keep a positive mindset throughout the day, and there may or may not have been a frustrating experience with our copier (I bet we’ve all had moments where we wished we could remake that scene from Office Space). It’s like Murphy wasn’t on my side. The only thing that slightly comforted me (in a weird way) was the fact that one of my managers was also approaching one of our projects with a similar sense of trepidation. At least we’re on the same team!

The only thing that got me through the day was knowing that after work, I had a date with yoga and wine. As luck may have it (or not), I found it really difficult to get in the right frame of mind for my yoga practice. I’m not sure if it was because it was a class with a new instructor, if I was rusty from a lack of yoga, or if my mind was too caught up with work, but regardless the reason, the first half of the class was difficult for me. I was physically and mentally drained, but once I was able to close off my mind and focus on the practice, I felt so much better. I was able to lay on the mat and release all the negative energy that had been keeping me stressed all day.

I got home and was greeted with a wonderful surprise. J had taken note of my stressful day at work and had dinner ready for me! I sat in the kitchen with a glass (or two) of wine while he finished getting everything ready.

Spaghetti isn’t normally a dish I’d order at a restaurant. I can sometimes be picky about how I like it prepared, but J gets it right each and every time!

The pasta was paired with french bread (toasted and topped with butter and Garlic Gold Parmesan Nuggets) and an unpictured salad.

Of course, we can’t forget about the wine!

Dinner was followed up with a date with my favorite Monday night shows – How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. We were accompanied by a piece of S’mores Brownies that I had made over the weekend (inspired by Jessica)

Monday definitely had a rough start but shaped out to be an alright night. Hoping that things get better in the long run!

*hoping that this post made sense. Ecto deleted my original draft, so my mind is just a blur atm =P

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This mission must be split in several parts:

#1 – find canned pumpkin

#2 – bake Rachel Wilkerson’s Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

#3 – die in butterscotch heaven

Edited to add: I actually need to finish consuming this batch of deliciousness, recipe courtesy of Jenna

Once upon a time, I lived in Mira Mesa (a suburb of San Diego). If I had to guess, I’d say that about 6 or 7 self serve yogurt places opened up within 3 miles of our condo. This was awesome for my taste buds (but rough on my wallet and waistline)! I’d go once, twice, sometimes even three times a week and indulge in the 20+ flavors of yogurt and huge plethora of toppings.

It’s safe to say that it became quite the problem. It got to the point where I thought I was actually…sick and tired of fro-yo (i know, i know, i’m ashamed of myself for even thinking that!). I actually don’t think i’ve had fro-you since before we moved (6 months ago). I’m not even sure if I’ve even had it this year!

Don’t worry though, this story has a happy ending. I’ve been craving my long lost favorite treat, and today made the trek back out to Mira Mesa (a whole 15 minutes away, oh my! haha) to get a dose of fro-yo goodness. Granted, there is a self serve place near our new neighborhood, but it just isn’t the same…at most they might have 5 or 6 different flavors and the toppings are pretty scarce. Yogurtland was definitely worth the time and effort.

(sorry for the poor quality blackberry pic. I was ready to eat!)

Tart yogurt, blood orange tart, a splash of strawberry and just a bit of vanilla, with fruity pebbles, white chocolate and fruit to make it “healthy” (strawberries peaches, pineapples and lychee). The BF got a massive bowl and I couldn’t even keep up with all the toppings he put in it!

Yummmm. Fro-yo, i’m so sorry we’ve been apart for so long. It wasn’t you, it was me. But don’t worry, I’ll never leave you again. You + Me = US! Plus, pumpkin spice yogurt is back! I have epic visions of pumpkin spice mixed with NY cheesecake (pumpkin cheesecake!)

Not to leave anyone in the family out, Roxy (our furbaby) had a frozen treat tonight as well:

Now it’s time to rest up. I’ve been feeling exhausted and achy, which isn’t ideal two days before a 13.1 mile journey. Good night!