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corned beef & cabbage

18 Mar

Happy St. Patty’s Day! I love any excuse to make this dish and making it in a crockpot couldn’t be easier! We roughly use this recipe from Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/slow-cooker-corned-beef-and-cabbage-recipe/index.html and it turns out great each time! This year we used Rolling Rock for the beer because it’s all we had and it was perfect! The boyfriend chopped away all morning and threw it in this morning because he had the day off (luck of the Irish, I suppose!). We had a couple friends over and it smelled so good we practically all ate it out of the crockpot! We also had some adoreable mini cupcakes I picked up from the store but they went so fast I didn’t get a pic.

He also got this shot of a rainbow in the sprinklers.. and I love it!

But what does it mean????? 🙂  

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drinks

15 Mar

There are so many blogs about what people eat and cook and like and what’s healthy but I never really hear about the drinks.

Some background on me… my mom is a coffee fanatic. Her whole family is. Us kids grew up with warm milk with a little coffee in our bottles! Now, my dad.. he loves his Mountain Dew and drinks it all day. Offer him a cup of coffee after 10am? He declines stating he won’t sleep for week. Try to make sense of that! So put the two of them together and you get me… a full-blown coffee and soda addict at the age of 10. While I was in high school I worked as a barista in a locally owned coffee shop to support my habit. I exaggerate but to be honest I don’t even notice the effect of caffeine unless I don’t have it. I usually will get a headache on day two and realize that I haven’t had coffee and I pull into the closest Starbucks, chug a Grande iced coffee and away the headache goes.

I’m not so worried about my coffee because I’ve pretty much gotten down to one or two cups of black coffee a day (the second if I’m dragging and have class or studying to do). The soda was another story. I’d drink a couple of glasses a day. Then I started to really worry about this neon green liquid full of sugar and chemically engineered ingredients and cut it out. I started mixing 100% juice with sparkling water and then switched to water. It really is amazing what happens when you stop drinking soda. You kind of deflate. It’s been a couple of years now but I’ll have a glass sporadically (movies!) but really can’t stand the sweetness.

So, on a normal day, I have my coffee in the morning with water, a glass of green tea around 10am, and then water the rest of the day until I get home from work then I either have a glass of iced mango tea (TJ’s black mango tea – oh so good!) or a glass of wine. Then it’s back to water until bed. Sometimes a glass of skim milk with cookies sneaks its way in but I can always use the calcium. When we go out to eat I usually have wine (Merlot or Pinot Grigio) or I get a Michelada!

So what do you drink throughout the day?

friday lunch

11 Mar

Lunch today was a quick soup I made last night after class for today’s lunch. It’s chicken broth, rice noodles, lots of garlic, peanut butter, green onion,  ginger and basil. Easy and delish!

I got this six-pack of Rolling Rock from one of my attorney’s as a ‘thank you’ for running around town this week to drop off forgotten documents one day and a wallet another day. You’re welcome!