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Posted on Sep 12, 2010 in Food, Pup Posts | 2 comments

Some Frickin’ Adorable Dogs (oh, and a few other things)

So this weekend really felt like a lovefest for Northern VA. I feel like I did so many fun, local things! My family enjoyed the Taste of Falls Church and took in a show at Wolf Trap! Also just spent some time hanging out with Steve (my guy) and leaned on my brother’s awesome photography skills for a puppy photo shoot. Alright, where to start, where to start…

First of all, I want to share this awesome breakfast sandwich that I made Saturday morning. Seriously, this thing was delicious, and soooo filling (I could only eat half!)

The star of the sandwich was definitely theĀ Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese! So glad I picked this up – only 35 calories a wedge, and for those of you who may not be blue cheese fans, don’t worry — they come up in a variety of delicious flavors (I also got a thing of Mozzarella & Tomato – yum!)

I tossed two eggs into a bowl with some salt and pepper, and a little skim milk. Whipped those up then poured it into a pan sprayed with some nonstick sunflower oil spray. This is the most perfect egg omelet/egg patty/whatever you want to call it that I have EVER made. I don’t know if it was the new skillet I just bought, of the cooking spray, or the whipping of the eggs, but it turned out into a really perfect little egg for my sandwich!

So I let the egg cook, lifting up the edges to let the gooey stuff on top run under, then when it’s almost cooked through, I flipped it over halfway, and turned it over in the pan for a tiny bit longer. (If you wanted to make anĀ omelet, I guess you would add the veggies, cheese, whatever before you flopped it over.)

Perfection! As you can see in the top picture, I paired it with a whole wheat english muffin with the laughing cow wedge on one side, and a little nonfat greek yogurt on the other, and added a slice of turkey. Mm-mm good!

So for lunch on Saturday, my sister, mom, dad, and I all went to the Annual Taste of Falls Church festival! It was super fun, where you buy some food tickets and go around to the booths where local restaurants are set up! There were some great places that I could try out that I hadn’t been to before, and it was SUCH a beautiful day. I wanted to hit myself over the head when I realized I forgot to take pictures while we were there! The only thing was that due to all the little samples of food I picked up from the various places, I really couldn’t tabulate my calories! So yesterday kind of ended up being a no-count day, my first since I’ve started this journey.

We went to see the National Symphony Orchestra play the score of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King at Wolf Trap! It was super cool, the orchestra was live on stage, playing along to the movie as it was being played. The weather was beautiful, the music was amazing, and that movie is just SO good. There was a real sense of comradery between all of the nerds in the audience too, with everyone cheering at all the heroic moments!

We had grabbed some food from the food bar at Whole Foods since you’re allowed to eat if you have lawn seats. But of course, again, couldn’t really count my calories too well there either. Oh well! I don’t feel that bad about it. It’s probably healthy to let the severe calorie-counting go every once in a while and just enjoy. I still feel like I’m in a good position since I feel like I made pretty good choices with what I did consume. Here’s a pic of the pepper-stuffed salmon, veggies, and baba ganoush that made up part of the picnic:

This morning, I went to church with my parents and sang with the church choir. It was my first time singing in a choir since Freshman year of college! I was a little rusty with my sight-reading, but it was nice. Good to be doing something musical again, since I’ve been pretty lacking in musical outlets lately. Got back after church and Ben and Taylor were around, so we decided to make use of the special seamless background paper that he bought a little while ago, and take some puppy photos! My brother has been dabbling in photography as a pretty serious hobby and he’s getting to be quite the professional.

I played the role of dog handler, and we got some really cute shots! Most of this was really for testing purposes because it was the first time we had set anything like this up, with the seamless paper and whatnot in the kitchen, but now we know for next time and can hopefully get even MORE adorable shots of my babies!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend! I leave you today with a few photos to fulfill your daily quota of cuteness:

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