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Posted on Nov 21, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 17 comments

Potlucked

Whew! What a weekend! Not only did it start off with an exciting giveaway (you can still enter to win a skirt or necklace from Shabby Apple!), but the rest of the weekend was full of vampires, food, dogs, and emotional drama. Winning!

Friday night was both excellent and terrifying, mostly because of seeing Breaking Dawn. I am only slightly ashamed of my extreme love for all things Twilight, and I was really excited to see the movie. Don’t judge me! While I fully acknowledge that it wasn’t exactly quality cinema, I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. My only real disappointment was that I didn’t get to see the Hunger Games trailer up on the big screen! And hey, there’s nothing like vampire-werewolf-human love triangles and hybrid-baby-mama-drama to put your own issues in perspective, right?

Wheeee!

Saturday was the busybusybusy day. After completing a 6 mile training run/walk (PDR!) and meeting up with my friend for lunch at Sweetgreen (best salads evaaaar!), my roomie Erin and I headed to the dog park with the pups. Not just any ol’ dog park, either, no sirree. Shirlington Dog Park!

Brothers

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but this park is fantastic! It’s further from my house but so worth the drive. There are always so many dogs, and such a great mix of sizes.

Running with the DogsPack

This means there are always at least a few pals for Harry & Daxter to play with that don’t make me seize up in fear due to their enormousness, haha… ha.

Daxter

Good times were had by all!

On the Hunt

Post-dog park, it was time to finish up the dish I made for Panda’s Thanksgiving potluck. It was partly a pre-Thanksgiving celebration, and partly a Bon Voyage party, since she’s moving away for a little while. I decided that my contribution had to be extra adorable to try to make up for the sad part, hence:

Pumpkins Pies

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts! Topped with cinnamon whipped cream. I’ll be posting the recipe for these tomorrow, so stay tuned. They were a precious supercute huge hit!

Just a Bite

I couldn’t go to the party without putting my face on first, of course.

Mustachio

My espionage-ready face, that is. Hehe.

Tiny Pie MeFaced!
Rachel & ChadDrank.

I’m going to assume I don’t need to spend much time detailing how much fun it is to get together with friends, eat food, drink, and play Rockband. We all know it’s pretty much always awesome.

ErinRockbanded

Although my epic failure at Super Smash Bros deserves an honorable mention.

Gaming for One

As does awesomely running into fellow blogger Amanda!

IRL

More blog-life colliding with real-life awesomeness. Running-on-Waffles-Amanda knows Panda-Amanda from work/grad school, and happened to be at the potluck too! Small world, no? We had a lot of fun reflecting upon how creepy/awesome it is to feel like you know someone without ever having met them before. Instant friends!

BuffetTaters

Oh yeah, and the food. Oh my, the food! I don’t think I’ve eaten that much in, well, a looooong time. And I won’t be eating that much again until… Thursday. HA.

Cider MeWatergate
Dang.

My plate was literally bursting, and I didn’t even get to try everything! There was hash brown casserole, chicken, stuffing, mac & cheese, sweet potato rolls, squash souffle, asian slaw, meatballs, and not one, but two different kinds of mashed potatoes! It was a beige wonderland of deliciousness. I also had my first encounter with Watergate “Salad”, too, courtesy of Erin’s contribution. Who knew so many processed ingredients (pistachio pudding mix + cool whip + crushed pineapple + marshmallows + walnuts?!) could combine to create such epic tastiness?

Pilgrims

And on the dessert table, alongside my mini pumpkin pies, were these pilgrim hat cookies that Amanda made, funfetti cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and an epic-looking coconut cream pie that I was sadly too full to consume.

Oof, so many noms. It definitely set the mood right for Thursday! Speaking of which, I have luckily coerced blog-reader-turned-friend Ania, who is also on her own this Thanksgiving, into having dinner with me! So if you are similarly orphaned this holiday, please email me if you’re like to join in! There will be turkey, taters, and other deliciousness.

Happy Monday!

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Posted on Aug 13, 2010 in Weight Loss | 5 comments

I may or may not regret…

… the smoothie I made today. FYI: apple, blueberry, spinach smoothie — not a good idea. It was good in theory, but all of the fruit was a little bit on the old side, and it looked pretty gross due to the spinach… I think it was just the mealiness of the apples, really. Flavor was okay, but texture… ugh. Also, looks gross. Blueberry blue + spinach green = unappetizing. I had two sips.

So the reason I decided I wanted to try to make a healthy smoothie, was because I wanted to use one of the newest additions to my kitchen family:

Yes, I know, shameful as it is we didn’t actually own a blender or a slow-cooker prior to today! So I was very excited to try something out. Unfortunately, as you now know, it didn’t work out. But my roommate made herself a Pina Colada and it was apparently very successful, haha!

So the dreaded potluck actually ended up turning into a very nice, small dinner with some friends. My roommate made lasagna, which smelled amazing and I just knew I wouldn’t be able to resist so I threw together a little salad to fill up on and cut myself a small portion of lasagna for dinner.

We also munched on crudite and hummus for appetizers, so overall my calorie content today is lingering in the 1700+ range. Not as great as I would hope (mostly because of the salad from CPK for lunch plus the lasagna…) but I’m very full and satisfied and it was all still mostly kind of very nutritious. And in case you didn’t read my previous post, I resisted Cakelove cupcakes today! So VICTORY IS MINE.

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