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Guess what? This little blog of mine got a facelift!
But you’ll need to go to my new domain at http://www. brittneybreathing.com!
Be sure to change over your links in Google Reader (or whatever reader you use).
Exciting things are happening!
Lookie what arrived in the mail…
I won’t say too much about them because I have readers that will be getting them
But now we just to address them & deliver! One more thing off the list. It’s getting serious now, folks. Less than 5 months!!!!
Workouts this week have been almost non-existent considering I got sick AGAIN. I did make it to the gym today for a quick 30 min incline walk on the treadmill. In the past, I would have written off a short workout because it wouldn’t really count. Not anymore! My short workout still burned calories that I wouldn’t have burned if I would have went home and sat on the couch. It all adds up, people!
Random. Very, very random.
A black bean, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion and pepperoni with a side of green beans & carrots w/ ranch greek yogurt dip (and a peeking salsa cup). Told you, very random.
I would take out the pepperoni because it was weird. Not a good combo! Oh well, ya win some, ya lose some.
Off to watch American Idol! Am I the only person watching this show anymore under the age of 60?
(this actually wasn’t from this weekend, but felt the need to share )
Murphy’s report card after his first day at doggie day camp. 5 tail wags!!!
Bloody Mary @ Horny Goat Hideaway
Free monkey bread while waiting @ Horny Goat Hideaway
Eggs Benedict (forgot to ask for the hollandaise on the side… womp)
Pre bike ride, post eggs benny.
Testing out the new Camelbak I got as an early birthday present!
Turkey taco boats, courtesy of Ryan T.
Question: How was your weekend?
Shoes. OMG shoes.
Let’s get some shoes. Let’s party.
If you have no idea what I’m referring to, please watch here.
And stop living under a rock.
Shoes. I suppose I should get some for the wedding, eh? I go back and forth between loving looking for shoes and loathing it. I mean, no one will see them, right? And I’ll end up just taking them off halfway through the reception, right?
But I want to have blue shoes! So I want everyone to see them! So I will wear them all night! (Yeah right)
Here are a couple I’ve been looking at:
A few ideas. I like the first one the best, but…they are $100. Soo…there’s that.
All of these I found via etsy. Does anyone else have any other ideas of where I can find cute, affordable blue (non suede ) shoes? Help!
Well, us party animals were out all day & night yesterday!
Ha. Just kidding. Ryan golfed all day while I got some major housework/IIN work/workout/wedding work/play with Murphy time in. It was probably one of the most productive Saturdays I’ve had in awhile. Speaking of accomplishing tasks…I updated some pages on the ole blog too! Be sure to check out my updated recipes & wedding pages when you get a chance!
Like I mentioned yesterday, it was Ryan’s turn for date night this month. We could only do part 1 of our date night (the second part is a distillery tour!) but that was fine with me since it included food!
We headed to Asiana which is located in Pewaukee, WI, which is an asian cuisine steakhouse with a hibachi grill section. Ryan had been here before for a work meeting & kept raving about it so I was pumped to check it out.
I have never experience a hibachi grill so I was interested to see how it works. Apparently, they give you free saki shots via a squirt bottle…but that’s besides the point
Our dinner started with the miso soup & traditional salad.
I pretty much inhaled this. I was starving!
Then our chef came out and started with his tricks. How do begin to practice something like this? Do you just practice and…drop things until you finally figure it out? Someone teach me!
I ordered the shrimp & scallop combo dinner. Gah, I heart seafood.
A kid in our section refused to eat any of his vegetables because “they are disgusting.” I almost leaned over to steal his plate. Almost.
Everything was so delicious. How do Asian restaurants make their stir frys so good? HOW?! I wish I could make a dish at home taste this good!
We came home to watch American Idol & The Office since Ryan has been gone all week. The Office just isn’t the same anymore, is it?
Today’s adventures included a trip to American Furniture to look at bed sets. Another round of feeling like a grown up, for sure. We think we found a set we like, now we just need to grow a money tree to pay for it!
(The believed winner!)
With the dresser & mirror. Plus 2 night stands & an additional tall dresser. Ah, if we only made the big bucks.
After schmoozing with the furniture salesmen, it was time to head to the best place on earth. In other words, Costco.
Our food loot:
Sweet potato fries (my splurge), Multi-grain crackers, black beans, plain greek yogurt, almond milk (yup, 3 1/2 gallons…), Kashi Go Lean cereal & grapefruit cups (Ryan’s splurge).
Avocados (less than a $1 each!), 24 farm fresh, organic eggs (swoon), bananas, baby portabellas, blackberries, cuties, spinach (I forsee lots of smoothies in my future…) & the clorox wipes. Again.
And then a bunch of non fun items like tissues, drain-o, lightbulbs, dishwashing liquid (to last like, the rest of our lives) etc.
All in all a great weekend, especially since the weather is SO NICE. I’m sorry, I have to keep saying it. Tonight on the menu, Turkey burgers!
Question: Did you do any grocery shopping this weekend? What did ya get?
Ever heard of the song Saturday Morning by the Eels? I always think of this song when it’s a bright & sunny Saturday morning. If this weather never ends, I’d be a happy camper.
Today started out with this face jumping on my head:
He’s a real peach.
After getting up, I headed to an eye doctor appointment. It was as fun as it sounds. I need new contacts and glasses any my insurance only covers one. Womp. Glasses aren’t too expensive, so looks like I’ll be buying those. Just call me four eyes!
Strangest picture ever.
After that I headed to the gym for a sweaty treadmill & arm sesh! Felt good to move after not being able to make it to the gym much this week.
Then I took the monster for a walk.
Obviously, he loved it.
Now I’m watching Gossip Girl on Netflix (don’t judge) and plan on doing some homework for IIN! Tonight is date night & it’s Ryan’s turn…can’t wait!
Question: How do you like to spend your Saturday mornings?
It’s cake time. Well, more like cupcake time.
Yep, we’re doing cupcakes instead of cake and it will be amazing.
We had our appointment at Milwaukee Cupcake Company this past Saturday and…well it was by far my favorite appointment so far!!!
Eeee! Excitement face!
The menu. Well, one menu. They have 80 some cupcake flavors ranging from a simple vanilla bean to a cookie dough flavor! We were able to try every cupcake that they had made for that day.
Yes. We had 14 cupcakes. 14 CUPCAKES.
SO MANY CUPCAKES!
We were most excited about the red velvet cupcake. It did not disappoint! Love that cream cheese frosting.
Thumbs up for an empty wrapper!
Next favorite: Strawberry cupcake with strawberry icing. I am usually a chocolate feign, but holy cow this was sooo good!
So many cupcakes, so little time.
The cupcake above was a dark chocolate cake with a dark chocolate frosting. I liked it, but didn’t love it.
But there were more cupcakes to be had.
And done. We got to box up the leftovers and take them home. Granted, I didn’t want to see another cupcake until the wedding day because I was on such a sugar high. I immediately crashed once we got home. Hard.
Anywho, the flavors we picked were (drumroll, please):
– Salted Caramel
– Red Velvet Cake
– Grasshopper (like the alcoholic drink-vanilla cake with broken up Andes mints, & mint icing)
– Carrot Cake
– Reese’s Peanut Buttercup
– Strawberry w/ Strawberry Icing
Now to decide which one we will share on our wedding day….
Question: What’s your favorite flavor of cupcake?
I know. I know.
I leave for a week with barely a peep and then I come back with Tofu Stir Fry?! Who eats…tofu besides weirdo hippie people that wear tie dye shirts and sport the peace sign any chance they get?
Okay, so more than just hippies eat tofu. But you get the idea, tofu sometimes gets a bad rep and I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that bad!
The first time I ever had tofu was not a good experience. Not good at all. Actually, up until a few days ago, tofu was probably the worst tasting food I had ever had.
It was during college that I first tried it. A bunch of us girls in the house (I lived in a sorority type house) wanted chinese food so we all ordered from our beloved Rice Cafe. Many o’ dimes have I spent at that place.
Okay, that’s besides the point. So we ordered our food and one of the girls ordered their meal with tofu. I told her I had never had it before and she insisted that I try it. One small little bite and I thought I was going to hurl. It was mushy, flavorless and the weirdest texture ever! So gross.
Well, lo & behold tofu was on sale a couple weeks ago at the grocery store and I either had a lapse of memory or I was feeling wild because it somehow ended up in our cart. (Ryan was skeptical but didn’t say anything).
Well friends, Friday was the night to finally put that tofu to use. And let me say, I am so glad I tried it again!
Tofu Stir Fry
- 1 block of tofu, extra firm
- 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- Half a head of broccoli
- Half a head of cauliflower
- 3 carrots
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 1 green pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
Directions for tofu:
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Press excess liquid from tofu. Wrap several paper towels around tofu, and place tofu in between two plates. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Cut tofu in 1 inch by 1 inch pieces.
- In a small, microwave-safe bowl, mix EVOO, honey, chili powder, black pepper, and paprika.
- Microwave marinade for 35 seconds and stir thoroughly.
- Spray cooking sheet.
- Coat each piece of tofu in marinade and place on cooking sheet.
- Cook at 375 for 30 minutes, turning once.
Directions for veggies:
Chop all vegetables. Heat olive oil & garlic in large skillet. Toss all chopped vegetables into skillet, cook until tender. Mix in the same marinade you made for the tofu.
Top brown rice with vegetables & tofu. Enjoy!
I’m sorry it took me so long to come back to you, tofu.
I had the leftovers today and the tofu was even better! I would suggest letting the tofu marinate before baking it!
Question: Have you ever had tofu? Yay or nay?
And that she is me! After 4 days of sniffling, sneezing and (lots of) sleeping I am back!
Traveling always wears me down & I try my best to eat healthy meals & take my vitamins but sometimes the inevitable happens and you get sick. Thankfully, I’m feeling all better now and good timing too because today we’re taste testing CUPCAKES for the wedding! Cupcakes rule, cake drools. (And are much cheaper!). I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures (to make you all jealous of, of course )
Anywho, I finally made an appearance at the gym this morning. Murphy woke up at 6:30 AM THIS MORNING so I was alert & awake at 7 and couldn’t go back to sleep. I scooted to the gym (while Ryan ran 6 miles with Murph!) and did a quick 30 min treadmill run/walk workout. It wasn’t much, but it got me sweatin’ and it felt great.
A lot of times when I get sick, or I go more than a few days without working out, I get nervous that I’ll never want to go back. I think I’m finally to a point in my life where I just crave going to the gym (or at least getting in some sort of exercise). It’s a reassuring feeling that I won’t ever not want to workout for the rest of my life. Laziness, be gone!
Eats have been boring as of late with the whole sickness going on. I DID however make tofu for the first time last night and it wasn’t terrible. It was actually, quite decent! I’ll be posting up the recipe some time this week.
I need to go eat some real food before I stuff myself with cupcakes. YUM!
Question: How do you get over a sickness?