Evenin’!

Huge bummer at lunch today…Pot Belly never showed with our sandwiches! So the meeting organizers ran downstairs to our (gross) cafeteria and picked up lunch for everyone…which meant I was stuck with a ‘pizzeria uno’ personal cheese pizza that I could only manage to eat 2 pieces of.

That’s one strike against Pot Belly in the sandwich catering war with Jimmy John’s!¬† To make up for it, I had a little afternoon snack at my desk. ūüôā

Hershey’s is sponsoring an event at work, so they sent over box after box of free candy.¬† Total sugar hazard at work every day.¬† There’s a virtually bottomless bowl of sweets!¬† I loved the Valentine’s themed York peppermint patty–it was pink on the inside! Very cute.

Dinner was more reheated leftovers from the freezer.  This was the last one!

This is a simple pasta bake with Wegmans’¬†diavolo sauce and mushrooms, green peppers and chicken sausage.¬† It looked better the first few times we ate it. ¬†Love the chicken sausage!

This Wegmans’ sauce is probably the best jarred tomato sauce I’ve ever had.¬† Slightly spicy with a tomato flavor that doesn’t taste artificial.¬†

Good night!

Happy Monday!¬† I was trying to decide this morning when I woke up what I’d rather do…go to work, or paint?¬† Definitely going to work, hands down.¬†¬† The rest of the walls in our house will be beige forever!

For breakfast this morning I had another cottage double (peach this time, my second favorite) along with a Jimmy Dean D’Lite breakfast sandwich.

I’ve wanted to try these for a while–a whole grain english muffin, turkey sausage, egg whites and reduced fat cheese.¬† It was pretty good, though not something I’d want to eat more than once a week.¬† It’s nice if you’re on the go and only have two minutes to heat something up…and it’s certainly healthier than grabbing a fast food breakfast sandwich.¬† Next time maybe I’d punch it up with some spinach or other fresh veggies.

I had a weird non-appetite today, so lunch (not pictured) was a hot chocolate around 1:00, and a Luna Bar around 2:00 when I gave up waiting for my stomach to come around and figured I should just eat something regardless.¬† Usually I’m hungry for lunch at 11:00 and again around 3:00 or 4:00.¬† Weird!

Last night in the grocery store we were strategizing for the week ahead and trying to incorporate some of our old “staples.”¬† We decided on pesto, but–being short on time this week with all the packing–decided to pick up¬†pre-made pesto.

5 minutes later (most of which was waiting for the water to boil) and voila! 

I loved the texture of the fettuccine–I don’t eat this shape nearly enough, probably because it’s usually covered in alfredo sauce which I am NOT a fan of.¬† But with pesto, it was great.¬† The sauce was OK…not as good as homemade, but good enough for 30 seconds in the microwave.

Spike had class tonight, so I ate dinner by myself.¬† For entertainment, I watched a little bit of Armageddon (is it just me, or is this movie on all the time?!).¬† I’ve seen it a million times but can’t resist…And¬†of course¬†it was the part when Bruce Willis says goodbye to his daughter before¬†he blows¬†himself and the asteroid up and saves the world, so of course I got all teary.¬† While eating my pesto.¬† Doh!

Good night!

Do you ever have one of those weeks where, for one reason or another, you end up eating out so many times that you get sick of it?¬† That’s what this week has been like.¬† Between company over the weekend, and now packing up our apartment to move into the new house, we haven’t had a single dinner at home since last Wednesday.¬† Suffice to say this hasn’t been a good week for the wallet or the waistline.

The other night we grabbed a quick dinner at Noodles and Company — it’s up the street from our new place, and I think we’ll be going there a lot.¬† We both got the meal combos.¬† Spike had tomato bisque and penne with parmesan chicken.

I had the Chinese chop salad and japanese udon noodles with tofu.

I love the texture of udon noodles.  The black sesame seeds were really nice in both as well.  I really like having a variety of foods at dinner (as opposed to just one thing, which usually leaves me bored and wanting to snack later), so this was perfect.

We spent ALL DAY today painting the new place.¬† One room needed the ceiling painted, so I twisted and turned and stretched in all kinds of ways trying to reach into all the corners…it felt like I was doing Pilates!¬† I’m totally sore now, and we have another full day of painting tomorrow.

We grabbed¬†a quick dinner again tonight, this time from Jimmy John’s.¬† On Shannon’s recommendation, I got my favorite (the beach club, no mayo) on the wheat bread this time!¬† It was awesome.¬† I’m definitely a convert.¬† ūüôā

We ate dinner at our new dining room table!¬† Very classy setup, complete with paper towels and napkins to keep anything from spilling. ūüėČ

Enjoy the weekend!

Good morning! We celebrated our first day in the new place last night by going to our favorite restaurant, Donna’s.¬† We were given a gift certificate for Christmas and have been saving it for just this occasion!¬† Now that we’re paying a mortgage, it’s nice not to have to pay for dinner. ūüôā

What we love about Donna’s is that we could literally get something different every time we eat there (which is a lot, by the way), and absolutely everything is amazing.

We started with the meditteranean plate, which included hummus, eggplant caponata (with kalamata olives, peppers, capers and golden raisins), olives and an assortment of pitas and breads for dipping. 

It was excellent! The hummus was really dense and beany.¬† I’m not a huge fan of olives, but they’re slowly growing on me and I actually liked them in the caponata.

For our entrees, I had the mushroom ravioli with portabello sun-dried tomato cream sauce.  The truffle oil was heavenly!

It was really rich. I ate about 2 and a half of the actual raviolis and saved the rest for later.

Spike had the fall pizza with pears, arugula, prosciutto and balsamic.  He took half home with him, too.

At home we broke out our celebratory dessert that we got at Wegmans the other night–the ultimate chocolate cake!¬† With a drizzle of Wegmans chocolate raspberry dessert sauce, no less.¬†¬†

I had a tiny slice with the sauce, and then a¬†couple forkfuls of just the cake itself so I could really taste it.¬† The cake was absolutely delicious, but I think I actually prefer their ultimate white cake.¬† We’d love to have that as our wedding cake, but they don’t make it in a big enough size!

Have a great day!

This is actually two dinners in one!  Two equally yummy and filling dinners, that is.  And relatively healthy, considering what they are and what they look like.

     

A couple nights ago we made an old favorite that we hadn’t¬†made in a while–Rachael Ray’s Chicken Sausage Meatballs with Gnocchi.¬† I know some people get annoyed at her, but I’ve never had a problem with her.¬† The recipes we’ve tried have always turned out OK, though they always take longer than 30 minutes. No big deal.¬† Anyway, I LOVE these meatballs because they taste exactly like italian sausage–only I don’t have to wonder what’s in them.¬† I have mental issues with sausage…I love the flavor (fennel seeds, yum) but get grossed out thinking about what the little bits of stuff are.¬† With these, it’s just ground turkey (99% lean), some seasonings, fresh basil, sun-dried tomato (not my favorite on its own, but good in these) and olive oil.¬† And you bake them, which couldn’t be easier.

Anyway, they are delicious with a spicy (hello, splash of habenero hot sauce!) tomato sauce and pasta.  And, dare I say, even more delicious as sausage meatball subs.

A nice toasty baguette,¬†a sprinkle¬†part-skim mozzarella…delicious!