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. 🙂

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!

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. 🙂

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!

Spike and I shopped up a storm today! We had really good luck finding all the pieces we needed for our new house at great holiday sales prices.  And everything will be delivered on the same day next week!

But first, breakfast…

I’m still feeling like a cold is coming on, so I’ve been chugging orange juice.

While we were out at the mall this afternoon, we picked up snacks…

 

His and hers ice cream from Maggie Moos.  His was pumpkin pie with heath bar, graham cracker and caramel, and hers was red velvet cake with brownie, almonds and pecans. Yum!

 

The future in-laws are visiting this weekend, so we met them for dinner at a new pizza place up the street from our new house–Coal Fire.  They got stuck in traffic, so while we were waiting Spike and I shared a calamari appetizer.

 

Spike also tried a new Sam Adams seasonal.  He liked it a lot and said it was a perfect lead-in to spring.

 

For our meal we split a grilled caesar salad (which the waiter warned us would be served warm).  It was really different.  I loved the grilled flavor of the romaine.  The bread on the side wasn’t bad, either. 😉

 

We also split a small pepperoni pizza.  Coal Fire’s ‘special’ sauce was slightly spicy and sweet, which went really well with the toppings.  And I love burnt pepperoni, so I was in heaven.

Sharing everything was a great plan–we got to try a lot of different flavors, but I definitely didn’t leave feeling too full.  We have a bunch of restaurant dinners coming up this week, so I’m trying to behave myself.

Happy early Valentine’s Day! Good night!

Tonight I’m in mega-cleaning mode.  We have company coming tomorrow, and then more coming later this weekend.   Between that and packing to move into our first house next week, there’s much that still needs to be done. Good thing I’ve had all week off. 🙂

After shoveling both our cars out AGAIN this afternoon, dinner was half leftover and half new.  We warmed up some buffalo chicken pizza that I made the other night to use up our non-Super Bowl dip ingredients (well, Spike warmed his up–I prefer mine cold).

Before and after…

 

This was really simple–3 chicken breasts, shredded, mixed with a bottle of Frank’s buffalo wing sauce and topped with part-skim mozzarella.  Yes, I used the entire bottle and it was a HUGE mistake.  It was way too spicy, even for us.  The dough came from Wegmans (where else?).

I wanted to use up the rest of the sweet potatoes, along with some brussels sprouts we picked up yesterday, so we roasted both in some olive oil and seasonings.

Going in…

Ready to eat!

Some of the outsides peeled off to make crunchy little brussels chips! Yum.

Good night!