Category Archives: Andy

His and Her Dinners

My lack of sleep from the bad storm and my 5AM wake up call yesterday finally caught up with me by the time I got home from work.  I was exhausted! I grabbed my pillow and blanket and headed straight for the couch to relax.

Andy had the same idea when he got home a couple of hours later and soon he was fast asleep on the couch while I watched the finale of the Real World Challenge (And yes, I realize I watch the same shows as high school age kids) 

I didn’t want to wake Andy up from his nap, so I headed in the kitchen to make myself breakfast for dinner.  I knew that Andy had wanted to use up some ground beef, so I figured we’d just have our own “His and Her” dinners tonight.

On my menu for the night: Waffles n’ Eggs!

I chopped up a tomato to fill in my omelet, which consisted of 1 whole egg and two whites plus a splash of milk.  Shredded cheese was also added to complete my omelet.

Dinner came together in a flash and it was oh-so-good! I love this combination!  Plus I love waffles topped with real maple syrup.

There was a time in my life when I tried to eat everything sugar free and get as few calories as possible from foods like syrup or creamer.  Long gone are those crazy days!  Bring on the real food! And what’s funny is that I used to eat enormous servings of the sugar free stuff and now that I eat the real thing, I only need a little bit to get all of that wonderful flavor.

Man Food 

Andy finally woke up after 2 hours of napping and was ready for some dinner. So he headed out to make some serious man food on the grill: Burgers!

Boo and Sophia were doing some serious begging for his burger (even after I gave them egg yolks…I guess a burger is more enticing!)

Let's make a deal...You can have some of my dry, I mean delicious, dog food and I'll have one of your juicy burgers...

For God's sake, drop something!

The rest of the evening was spent reading in bed. I’m currently reading The Help, which is such a great read so far! I wanted to read it before I saw the movie that is out.

Morning Run

I awoke today feeling well rested (finally!) and decided to take Boo and Sophia on a quick 2-mile run.  It was a great way to start the morning!

When we got back I attempted to take a picture with the dogs…

The pictures didn’t turn out so well…(although the overgrown weeds sure look pretty!)

This one was as good as it was going to get…

These two  were just more interested in cooling off on the patio instead…

Life is so hard

The rest of the morning was spent eating breakfast (Shredded Wheat and Peanut Butter Puffins cereal with strawberries and soy milk) and catching some of the Today Show before packing my lunch and heading off to work.

Almond Butter and Tomato Sandwich

I was inspired by Kelly when I made my lunch for work this morning.  The other day she talked about one of her favorite sandwiches: Peanut Butter and Tomato! This intrigued me, so I decided to try it.

I sliced up the tomato and seasoned it with salt and pepper:

I then topped two slices of bread with Almond Butter before packing it up in my lunch bag.

I packed the tomato and almond butter sandwich separately and then assembled it at work while on my lunch break.

I loved this sandwich and I think the salt and pepper on the tomato really adds such great flavor.  I’ll be making this combination again!

Gossip Friday

While sitting outside for my lunch break, I caught up with the latest US Weekly.

Fridays have become “Gossip Friday” for me since that is when the new magazine comes out.  I’ll admit, I enjoy reading celebrity gossip and just mindlessly flipping through the pages looking at the pictures.  It makes for a very relaxing lunch break too!

Have a great Friday everyone!

Question:

What are some of your favorite magazines to read?

Anniversary Dinner and The Hill

Thank you for the congrats on Andy and I’s anniversary!  We had a nice time celebrating with a late dinner to Noosa Bistro. Unfortunately I think I ate some bad dairy during lunch at work (left over tacos) and I did not feel too well for the rest of the day. I even saw the on-sight doctor at work to get some over the counter antacids to  help sooth my stomach.

However, as the day went on I did feel my appetite start to come back and began to feel a bit more like myself.  And luckily we didn’t eat until 9pm (since I worked late) and I could enjoy a meal without feeling like I needed to puke.

Drinks and Dinner

To start, Andy ordered a glass of red wine and I went with one of their many martinis. I chose the Georgia Peach since I actually was one for a year 😉 (April 2010 – June 2010 on the blog I was in Georgia for any new readers!)

The Georgia Peach consisted of peach vodka, peach schnapps, champagne, and sour mix.  It was definitely a winner! Strong yet tasty.

Andy looking extra chipper

As an appetizer I ordered the Tomato Basil soup, which is so delicious.  I get it almost every time I go to Noosa.  Andy decided not to get the soup and stuck with the fresh bread and butter as his appetizer (which I also consumed!) Lucky for him I filled up quickly and I gave about half of my soup to him.  It was our 5 year anniversary after all.

For the main entree Andy ordered a rack of lamb and I got the tilapia with lobster mashed potatoes (amazing) and broccoli.  The meal was so good, but my stomach began to feel a bit off so I only ate a little bit of my meal and took the rest home.  I also ordered tiramisu to take home as well, which is fabulous.

Gifts

Since Andy and I spent a lot of money on our recent trip to San Diego we decided that we’d only spend $15-20 on each other for our anniversary.  I gave Andy a picture frame with a picture of us from the beach and a candle.

Andy definitely knows that the way to my heart is through my liver stomach.  He stocked me with one of my favorite drinks: Skinny Girl Margaritas!

The rest of our weekend was pretty boring in terms of blogging material.  Andy had Fantasy Football meetings to attend (apparently it’s a big deal) and I wanted no part of it.  Instead, I spent the majority of the weekend relaxing on the couch, taking naps, and running errands.

The pups joined me in some relaxing and spent time sunning themselves outside:

They looked like a couple of lions in the wilderness:

I took this picture creeping from the kitchen and it wasn’t long before my cover was blown:

Her again...

The Hill

Now that Monday is here it’s back to the grind! I got plenty of rest from the weekend so I am ready to tackle the week!

To start my day off at work today I took my noon class outside for a workout since the weather was sunny, warm and a perfect 75 degrees.  I also decided to introduce them to “The Hill”.

The hill is a side road along beautiful woods and streams.  My boss and I did it the other week during our lunch break and I’ve been meaning to get my class out there.  Today was the day! 

We started jogging on the outside track before crossing the street to tackle the hill:

Then we went downhill (some walked some jogged):

We passed the creek and wooded views:

Then it came time to go uphill…it’s tough!

Once at the top we went back down and back up once more and ran around the track once (which is one mile).

It was such a beautiful day to be outside!

We even spotted some friends hiding in the woods:

Do you see them?

Running down and up the hill two times and running the track for a mile took about 25 minutes.  For the remainder of the class (20 minutes) we did some walking lunges, dips on the outdoor benches, step ups, and core work to round out the workout.  Not a bad way to start off a Monday!

Now it’s time for me to get back to work and prep for class number two today: Cardio Pilates.  Have a great day!

Question:

Do you enjoy walking/running hills? I love the variety that  hills can provide a workout, either outdoors or on the treadmill!

5 Years: And it Started with a Bike Ride

Today marks 5 years for Andy and I! We’ve been through a lot and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful person in my life.

The Beginning

Andy and I met the summer before our senior year in college.  We were neighbors and my house of roommates and his house of roommates soon became friends.

We started neighbor traditions like going to a bar a certain night (like Monday for 80’s night at a bar called Uptown) and we even had our own holidays like Neighbsgiving.  We all just had a great time together and I was lucky enough to become more than friends with Andy.

Love at First Sight

I actually think I experienced “Love at First Sight” with Andy.  I was riding my bike home from my class one summer day and spotted this guy walking a puppy (seriously, he was walking a puppy…can’t get cuter than that!) All of a sudden it felt as if I was being smacked upside the head and if I could put the feeling into words, it was as if someone said to me “Pay Attention!”

I looked up and made eye contact with Andy, mumbled a ‘hello’ and went on my way.  But I had this gut feeling that I would see him again and that he was special.  I would go as far to say that I felt that I would marry him one day.  I felt that strongly about it!  It was really the strangest feeling.

Just a couple of days later when I came home from class, I walked into the door of the house my roommates and I shared and guess who was standing in my kitchen? Andy! I was floored! Here was this random guy I mumbled hello to on the street and creepily felt a connection with.  I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by! Turns out he was friends with one of my roommates.

It was then that I also found out we were neighbors and soon enough we all became friends and Andy and I started our relationship.  And here we are 5 years later. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.  To think this all started with a simple bike ride! 🙂

Our relationship is not perfect and never has been, but it’s been one that I treasure deeply.  It’s one of the most wonderful feelings to have someone you can trust and love completely and know they have your back no matter what can happen in life. I really love Andy unconditionally and I know he feels the same way towards me.  I can’t ask for a better person to be sharing my life with!  Happy 5 Years!!

(This picture is from my friend Lindsay’s blog)

When are you getting married?! 

When are you getting married is a question I’ve been asked quite a few times, especially since we have been dating 5 years now. My family and his family are definitely dropping hints!  We do not have any plans to get married right now and the simple answer for when I want to get married is when he asks! I honestly want to be completely surprised and I don’t want to know when it will happen. I’m perfectly content not married right now and things will happen when they’re supposed to.  I do want kids in the future and so does Andy so we’ll cross that bridge in the next few years 😉

For now these goobers are enough to handle:

Celebrating

To celebrate our 5 years Andy and I are going to one of our favorite spots, Noosa Bistro (OK, I’m lying, it’s totally my favorite but that’s the kind of guy Andy is…but he is a big fan of their tomato basil soup!)

We’ll be having a late dinner since I work until 7:30pm.  And I’m definitely getting a martini!

Have a great night everyone!

Question of the Day:

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Weekend of Babies

My weekend was filled to the brim with babies!

Baby Shower

Saturday was Andy’s cousin Melissa’s baby shower.  She’s due in September and is having a boy.

Melissa and her mom

The shower’s theme was “A Star is Born”, which I though was so cute.

The room was filled with lots of decor that matched the star theme, including these delicious homemade cookies and cake pops:

During the shower we played a few games including baby bingo and guessing the baby pictures of celebrities.

My love for trashy reality TV and celebrity gossip came in handy (for once) and I got most of them right!

For each correct answer you got you earned a raffle ticket for a prize auction.  I put my tickets into numerous prize options that were available:

I was feeling lucky on Saturday and my name was drawn three times! I only accepted one prize though, which was a basket of books.  I can’t wait to get started on some new novels!

Food

A party would not be a party without food.  And  Andy’s family never disappoints in the food department! We had an assortment of goodies including Lobster Bisque (my favorite), sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salads, pin wheels, fruit, and desserts.

It was a great baby shower and I’m happy I got to be a part of it.

Baby Sitter’s Club

On Sunday Andy’s sister-in-Law, Lindsay, and his parents were volunteering at an event and his brother had to work.  That meant that Andy and I were the last resort to baby sit.  With no experience in the baby department, Andy and I went into the situation having no clue what to expect.  We certainly would not have been members of the Baby Sitter’s Club!

When we arrived, little Claire was taking a nap.  The day was off to an uneventful start (which I certainly appreciated!)

Andy and I settled in at his brother’s house and began watching some TV.  But before we knew it, Claire was up and ready to play!

Claire loved this toy and bounced her little heart out:

She also enjoyed playing with her fury sibling, Buddy:

After playing for a bit and eating, she was ready for another nap:

She ended up napping three times while Andy and I were there.  Baby’s are so sleepy (although I could have used a nap too!)

It was a fun day and I’m glad Andy and I got to experience our first baby sitting job together!  What a team we made 🙂

Vacation Plans

Wednesday I’m leaving again for another vacation, although this one will be a bit shorter.  Andy and I are going to San Diego, California for my good friend Sam’s wedding.  I can not wait!  Sam and I were roommates in college and sorority sisters.  A lot of our college friends will be attending as well and it’s going to be a great little reunion!  Now I just need to focus on my work today and tomorrow (which is not easy! I’m so excited) and soon enough it will be party time!

Question:

Have you been to San Diego? If so, what is a “must see” there?

Blog Inspired Workouts

Remember how I had a major blah workout the other day? It turns out that all I needed was a little change and inspiration to get my workout mojo back again!

Blog Inspired Workout

One of the things I love most about reading health and fitness blogs is that you can get so many great ideas on an array of things including exercise, fashion and recipes. I especially love looking to other bloggers for workout inspiration.

During my lunch break on Thursday I decided to try a workout that Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers posted on her blog.  She said it was one heck of a workout and one of the hardest she’s posted on her blog.  I knew I wanted to try and tackle this workout! Plus, it was 30-minutes long which is all the time I have during my lunch break. Perfect!

I followed the workout exactly how Julie posted and it looked like this:


This was a great workout and I loved every sweaty minute of it! I especially enjoyed the variety of running and incline walking. The workout really flew by!  I would definitely recommend this workout to anyone wanting an intense 30-minute cardio workout that kicks your booty.  This certainly was not a blah workout!

Dinner

Due to my intense cardio session on my lunch break and the Total Body Toning class I taught at work, my appetite was in full force yesterday.  I was craving a hearty dinner and I knew that pasta would satisfy my grumbling tummy.

I searched my pantry and freezer and came up with the following ingredients to make a delicious pasta bake:

  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Frozen Chopped Broccoli
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Chicken Sausage
  • Shredded Cheese

Once the pasta was finished cooking, I began layering the ingredients in a baking dish:

I spruced up the ingredients by adding salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning.

I topped the pasta with shredded cheese because I believe cheese makes just about every dish so much better 🙂


Since the sausage was precooked and I microwaved the broccoli, the dish didn’t have to bake that long.  I cooked it at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until the cheese was melted.

I then let it sit in the oven on a lower temperature to keep warm since I was waiting for Andy to come home.

The Stare Down

I wasn’t the only one waiting for Andy though. Boo and Sophia anxiously looked out the window for him to come home:

I just know he'll be here

Dad?

While creeping out the window Sophia had a serious staring match with a bunny:

If this glass wasn't here, you'd be toast rabbit!

You don't look so tough

Luckily Andy came home and broke up the staring match. They were so excited!

Dad's home!

They were so excited they broke out into a serious wrestling match:

I promise they are only playing…don’t let Boo’s crazy snarl face full you.  They were giving each other kisses just moments later.  Ahh, sibling love 😉

The rest of the evening was spent eating pasta  (which was good, but next time I think I want to add some ricotta cheese for more creaminess!) and relaxing on the couch catching up on some shows.

Weekend Plans

This weekend is packed with babies! I have a baby shower for Andy’s cousin on Saturday and on Sunday Andy and I are watching his baby niece, Claire, for the day. Wish us luck because neither one of us has ever babysat, let alone changed a diaper!!

Have a great weekend!

Questions:

1. Do you have any workouts you enjoy that you’ve posted on your blog? If so, please share the link so we can all get some workout inspiration!

2. Any tips on baby sitting a 5 month old? 🙂

Full Fat is Where it's At!

Last night was another successful Taco Tuesday!

Included in our buffet of taco ingredients were:

  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Organic Sour Cream
  • Rice
  • Vegetarian beans
  • Sauteed sweet peppers and mushrooms
  • Chopped tomato
  • Guacamole Hummus
  • Hot salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tortillas

First, I washed and chopped some fresh veggies that I picked up at Trader Joes over the weekend:

These mini sweet peppers rule! They are so delicious.

I sauteed the veggies in some olive oil and fresh garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper

Next I made some Spanish inspired rice by using leftover brown rice Andy had made the other night.

In the rice went:

  • Cilantro (dry)
  • Chili Powder
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

I also heated up a can of refried vegetarian beans in the microwave. We were going to have leftover chicken that Andy had made, but unfortunately we left it in the oven (which was off) overnight and for the whole day. Since neither of us are into food poisoning we decided to forgo the chicken.  Vegetarian Taco Tuesday it was! 🙂

I made another taco pile for my dinner:

My eyes were bigger than my stomach tonight and I ate only about half of my pile! Or perhaps I was saving room for ice cream…which we got later 😉

This sour cream was absolutely the star of Taco Tuesday.  It’s probably the best store bought I’ve had! Full fat sour cream also makes a difference in my opinion. The low fat or fat free is bland.  Full fat is where it’s at! 🙂

After dinner Andy and I headed to Half Price Books. I am in need of beach reading material when I head to the beach this weekend for a week.

I ended up getting a few books (I even got one for $1!) and so did Andy.  It was a successful trip!

After our book purchases we headed to Jerry’s Dari for ice cream.  Andy and I both share a passion for ice cream and I love it.

What a dream boat

We each got flurries, which are basically blizzards.  They were amazing as always.  Andy got Oreo and I got Oreo and Reese Cup mixed together, which is only the best combination ever!

By the time we got home it was nearly 10pm which is bedtime for this grandma.

The Shorts

This morning started out with a walk with Boo and Sophia.  It was not nearly as hot as Monday, which was nice.  But that didn’t stop Sophia from collapsing on the patio to cool down:

Boo also was looking for some shade:

I was perfectly content since I was wearing my favorite pair of shorts:

Andy wanted me to clarify that he doesn’t hate these shorts (I said he did the other day) but he just likes to make fun of them because I literally live in them.  OK, glad we cleared that up.  Andy’s reputation is not ruined and he’s still the nicest guy in the world 🙂

I will wear these until they are falling apart…which I hope is not any time soon!

Questions:

Do you have any clothing that you wear over and over again?

Do you eat full fat, reduced fat, or fat free dairy products? I like to eat mostly full fat, especially cheese and sour cream.  However, I do like low fat milk!

Full Fat is Where it’s At!

Last night was another successful Taco Tuesday!

Included in our buffet of taco ingredients were:

  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Organic Sour Cream
  • Rice
  • Vegetarian beans
  • Sauteed sweet peppers and mushrooms
  • Chopped tomato
  • Guacamole Hummus
  • Hot salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tortillas

First, I washed and chopped some fresh veggies that I picked up at Trader Joes over the weekend:

These mini sweet peppers rule! They are so delicious.

I sauteed the veggies in some olive oil and fresh garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper

Next I made some Spanish inspired rice by using leftover brown rice Andy had made the other night.

In the rice went:

  • Cilantro (dry)
  • Chili Powder
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

I also heated up a can of refried vegetarian beans in the microwave. We were going to have leftover chicken that Andy had made, but unfortunately we left it in the oven (which was off) overnight and for the whole day. Since neither of us are into food poisoning we decided to forgo the chicken.  Vegetarian Taco Tuesday it was! 🙂

I made another taco pile for my dinner:

My eyes were bigger than my stomach tonight and I ate only about half of my pile! Or perhaps I was saving room for ice cream…which we got later 😉

This sour cream was absolutely the star of Taco Tuesday.  It’s probably the best store bought I’ve had! Full fat sour cream also makes a difference in my opinion. The low fat or fat free is bland.  Full fat is where it’s at! 🙂

After dinner Andy and I headed to Half Price Books. I am in need of beach reading material when I head to the beach this weekend for a week.

I ended up getting a few books (I even got one for $1!) and so did Andy.  It was a successful trip!

After our book purchases we headed to Jerry’s Dari for ice cream.  Andy and I both share a passion for ice cream and I love it.

What a dream boat

We each got flurries, which are basically blizzards.  They were amazing as always.  Andy got Oreo and I got Oreo and Reese Cup mixed together, which is only the best combination ever!

By the time we got home it was nearly 10pm which is bedtime for this grandma.

The Shorts

This morning started out with a walk with Boo and Sophia.  It was not nearly as hot as Monday, which was nice.  But that didn’t stop Sophia from collapsing on the patio to cool down:

Boo also was looking for some shade:

I was perfectly content since I was wearing my favorite pair of shorts:

Andy wanted me to clarify that he doesn’t hate these shorts (I said he did the other day) but he just likes to make fun of them because I literally live in them.  OK, glad we cleared that up.  Andy’s reputation is not ruined and he’s still the nicest guy in the world 🙂

I will wear these until they are falling apart…which I hope is not any time soon!

Questions:

Do you have any clothing that you wear over and over again?

Do you eat full fat, reduced fat, or fat free dairy products? I like to eat mostly full fat, especially cheese and sour cream.  However, I do like low fat milk!