running behind

My plan for today was to go to yoga in the morning, walk to work, walk home, have a quick dinner and then prep a few things for dinner tomorrow because my parents and brother are coming for a meal.  Here’s how my day went.

5:30 Wake up

5:54 Arrive at hot yoga class

6:00 “On your backs.” – ab work begins followed by an hour of morning yoga power

7:00 Wake up from savasana

7:20 Post-shower/pre-work nap

8:32 Almost ready to go but officially too late to walk to work

8:45 Drive to work

8:54 Punched in, let the office grind begin

1:12 Eat lackluster but delicious lunch.  Hello, Muenster!

1:30 Convince Todd that it might be a good idea for him to run to the gym, meet me at the office and walk home with me

3:45 Texts start arriving with pictures of the homemade BBQ sauce and salsa Todd has been making, belly begins to grumble again

5:30 Todd arrives at the office, flip flops in hand, to walk home with me in the glorious sun

5:32 Flip flops on, pants rolled up into shorts, walking home.

5:40 Quick stop at Nantucket Baking Co. to pick up buns for veggie burgers that will accompany Todd’s fresh batch of homemade BBQ sauce

5:41 Choose pretzels to use as buns – excitement rises, belly begins to grumble

 

6:05 Home.  Time to start cooking.

6:38 Chow time!  In just 33 minutes we’ve whipped up a pretty little meal

7:02 Dinner is over, time to write a quick blog post before starting to prep for tomorrow night’s dinner for my parents

7:05 Kitchen too hot, to bedroom to blog because it’s more comfortable in there

7:07 Eyelids heavy

7:30 Todd comes in to wake me, prep time

7:31 Snooze

9:01 Is it 7:30 yet?  I’m awake!

9:02 Realize I woke up early this morning so at least there’s an excuse for all of my tired

9:39 Done with lackluster blog post, time to prep for tomorrow’s dinner – only two hours behind schedule

The day didn’t go exactly as I planned but it’s all good.  An evening nap isn’t the worst thing in the world.  And that dinner, that was so good.  Got to love those spicy black bean burgers.  Time to prep, for real this time!

Did your day go as planned today?

Do you mind if your day doesn’t go as planned?

peen-ya keen-wa

Today was a very pineapply day.  I had a mid-morning snack of pineapple Chobani and I let some of the pineapple gummy bears that are floating around the office – leftovers from our wedding candy bar – go for a swim in it.  Gummy bear yogurt is definitely a fun thing.

For lunch, I had a homemade concoction – quinoa, black beans and pineapple.  Yes, it’s true, I can never get enough pineapple.  I just love it.

I made the quinoa last night and added black beans for the taste and a little protein boost.  I seasoned it with some garlic and herb seasoning and then added some ground chipotle for an added kick.  I got heavy-handed and my quinoa end up with a big kick.  The sweet, juicy pineapple was the perfect thing to temper the spiciness, thus piña quinoa (peen-ya keen-wa) was born.

This was a great little meal made better by the fact that I was able to enjoy it outside because it was still over 80 degrees today.  Summer’s really here!

We’ll see if I can fit some pineapple into my dinner.  I’m crazy pizza (like usual) and always top mine with pineapple.  Three meals, one fruit.  I like the sounds of that!

Do you like quinoa?

Is there a fruit or food that you could eat at every meal?

zingerman’s got that something

On Sautrday, after we had wandered though the whole farmer’s market we walked over to an Ann Arbor institution, Zingerman’s Deli.  I’ve enjoyed some of Zingerman’s products before – specifically several loaves of their delicious Parmesan Pepper bread, compliments of my former boss.  I was excited for our Zingerman’s experience because I’ve only heard positive things.

There was a line for sandwiches when we got there so we got in, preparing for a long wait.  Less than 10 minutes later we were at the front of the line where a tray of samples awaited us.  While we waited out our final moments in line, we were offered bites of brownies, roasted peanuts, cheese and even mini sandwiches.  I was impressed by the spread and it made our already short wait a breeze.

When we got inside the deli, it was packed but that gave us plenty of time to decide on what we were having and also to take in the vast array of products offered there.  On top of being a deli, Zingerman’s also offers dry goods, has a creamery, a bakery, and owns a coffee shop next door that is aptly named Zingerman’s Next Door.  They even have a mail order business so people across the country can have access to their products.

I could have spent $500 on products there but, since we still had furniture to buy, just ordered a sandwich and lemonade.  I am not a huge sandwich fan.  If I eat a sandwich it is almost always grilled and evenly more likely to be some form of grilled cheese.  I don’t like lunch meat and pretty much only eat it when it’s offered to me and I don’t want to be rude.  I do, however, love barbecue and chicken so I was torn between Jay’s BBQ Chicken and Benno’s Birdie.  Taking the advice of an extremely friendly and helpful Deli worker, I chose Benno’s Birdie.

I chose well.  The (half!) sandwich was stuffed full of Amish chicken breast, Ligurian pesto, oven-dried tomatoes and fresh handmade mozzarella and served between grilled rustic Italian bread.

There was a part of the sandwich where the pesto met the butter they used to grill the sandwich and it was the most delicious salty, butter taste.  Mmm.  That was a great sandwich.  To top it off, the lemonade was delicious too, a perfect balance of sour and sweet without favoring either taste.

I can see why Zingerman’s is so popular.  They have a ton of options, use local ingredients and offer high quality deliciousness.  They just seem to have found that something special that a place needs to be a huge success.  It helps they don’t seem to take themselves too seriously.

You’ve gotta love a good sense of humor.

Are there any food institutions near you?

What’s your favorite sandwich?

it’s friday!

I think my post titles are getting worse and worse.  I’ll work on that.

Yesterday Todd and I went to go see Bridesmaids.  It was hilarious and really made me appreciate how easygoing and wonderful all of my bridesmaids were throughout our wedding planning process.  If you’re looking for a good laugh, go see this movie.  You’ll laugh your butt off.

I think that the last movie we saw in the theater was The King’s Speech – which was fabulous if you haven’t seen it – and that was back in December.  It was nice to get out of the house and have a little date night.

Today, I was eating a Pomegranate Chobani and discovered that I don’t like pomegranate seeds.  I’ve never had them before and I bit down on one in the yogurt.  I had no idea they were so hard! 

Oh well, the flavor is still good and they’re easy to eat around.

After work today, Todd and I are flying out to Denver to celebrate his brother, Scott’s graduation from law school.  Congrats to Scott and yippee for a reason to visit Denver.  I love Denver and can’t wait to be there, even though it’s only for 36 hours or so.

How do you feel about pomegranate seeds?

Have you seen any good movies lately?

surprise potluck

Today at work my co-workers surprised me with a surprise potluck.  I walked into the office and it was decorated with a “Congratulations Kate” banner.

I was so surprised!  I also had to ask to make sure that it was for me and not a royal wedding celebration that I had forgotten about.    On top of that I was quickly informed that we were also having a potluck and a few people even gave me some gifts.  It was so sweet and completely unexpected.  I was really touched, it’s sweet that people wanted to surprise me and have a special day in my honor.

The potluck was fantastic and delicious.  My department really gets food right.  It helps that our department is so international, people always bring in yummy dishes from their native countries.  I really wish I had taken a picture of the whole spread, it was substantial.

I did manage to take a shot of the sopa de lenteja that one co-worker brought in.  Lentil soup with fresh pineapple, cheese and cilantro.  I was skeptical but it was delicious.

As if all of the food, decorations and gifts weren’t enough, when I was getting ready to go back to my desk, Todd came walking through the door!  Even he had been in on the surprise for weeks!  Needless to stay, I didn’t go back to my desk right away and sat and chatted with and my co-workers as they filtered in and out.

It was such a wonderful surprise and a great way to end the week.

Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you?

Do you like surprises or prefer to be in the know?

happy birthday to em and happy saturday to you!

First of all, happy happy happy birthday to my big sister, Emily!  She’s off in LA celebrating her big day and I wish I could be there.  It sounds like she is having so much fun, I think she’s at the beach right now.  Keep celebrating your day sister, I love you!

This morning I didn’t wake up until 8:34.  It was glorious.  I slept for almost exactly 8 hours and it felt great to not have anything to get ready for.  I had a quick bowl of cereal (in bed) and then putzed around until I had to leave for yoga.

Yoga class was hot and sweaty today.  Well, that’s kind of a given.  Today’s class was exceptionally hot and sweaty and it felt so good!  I left feeling stretched out, firm and loose.  I also left feeling pretty disgusting, sweat-wise and not smelling very good.  That didn’t stop me from stopping by the grocery store on the way home.  The big supermarket I like to shop at is a solid 15 minute drive from the house and I didn’t see the point in going home and showering and then making a special trip back when I have to pass it on the way back anyways.

When I got to Meijer it was a madhouse.  I didn’t realize that everyone would be doing their Easter shopping today.  I had to park my cart and wait for people multiple times and was almost run into a bunch of times too.  No big deal though.  I was grocery shopping and I loved it just the same.  Plus, I left the grocery store with a cart full of goodness.

Yes, there are three pints of ice cream in the corner.  After 40 days without ice cream, it was hard for a girl to decide what to start with.  I can’t wait to dig into those tomorrow!

When I got home I was staaaaaarving.  I had a craving for watermelon while I was at the store so I threw together a little fruit salad and ate it with a Think Thin bar.

The fruit was delicious and the bar was…a meal bar.

I’ve come to that conclusion that  I don’t like meal bars in general. They always taste a little chalky.  The flavor of this was okay but I didn’t even finish it because I figured I’d rather eat some chips and hummus or something after I shower.

So that’s where I am right now.  Post-lunch, pre-shower and putting off packing and thank you notes for now.  But only until after I shower, I swear.  Then it’s pack, pack, pack and thank, thank, thank.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Do you know of any really good meal bars?

Do you like grocery shopping or is it a chore for you?

one a penny, two a penny

As you know I had a half day of work today and it was everything I hoped it would be.  Todd picked me up from work at 1:00 and I was greeted with lunch from Panera.  After scarfing down a half Tomato Mozzarella Panini, I got to work on a hot cross bun.

I honestly didn’t think that these buns existed out side of the nursery rhyme but lo and behold, there they were on Panera’s menu, how could I resist?  Thankfully, our location had them and Todd picked one up for me.  The bun was delicious and yeasty and good but my favorite part (no surprise here) was the cross of frosting on the top.

After eating our lunches quickly in the car we had a successful meeting with the event coordinator  at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and then headed over to the county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license.  It was quick and easy and we can pick up the license on Monday.  We’re allowed to get married, phew!

We made a quick stop to re-sign our lease and then went our separate ways.  I stopped by my favorite book store, Schuler Books and picked up a few new reads and a few small gifts for my flower girls.

I went to my parents’ house after that and sat down and next thing I knew, I was taking a nap.  It was heavenly.  I didn’t wake up until my dad got home from work.  Fortunately, that was before I had to meet my mom to go pick up my wedding dress.  Unfortunately when we went to pick up my dress it didn’t quite fit right so I have to wait another week to take my dress home but it looks pretty amazing and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together.

After the fitting my mom and I met my dad for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse and we had a darn good meal.

Steak, veggies, mashed potatoes and macaroni to share?  Yes, please.

When I got back to my parents’ I went through some old photos in search of some good shots for our wedding photo display.  I found some gems.

There were certainly a ton of some more embarrassing shots too.  Oh 90s, you were something else.

I enjoyed my little afternoon off so much!  It felt like a mini-weekend and it was so needed.  My next break will be for the wedding and honeymoon and that is just beyond!

How was your day?

How do you spend your days off?

hmp: lunchtime burgers

The Homemade Meal Project is back!  After having no time to cook anything for what seems like weeks, we finally made a full homemade meal.  Granted it was just burgers but we still cooked it from start to finish.

After a very sweaty and intense yoga session, I called Todd and said “I want meat.”.  He obliged and ran to the store to pick up some lean ground beef and by the time I got home, the burgers were on the grill and he had a potato and veggie mixture cooking on the stove.

The potato and veggie mix was actually a frozen mix that I picked up yesterday, one of Alexia‘s new products – or at least new to me.  I’m confused as to whether Alexia product are organic or not, I thought they were but it may be that only some of their products are organic.  Either way, they’re all “natural”, whatever that means, and that’s always a good start.

I had also bought a few ears of corn so I popped those on the grill and about 15 minutes later, we were sitting down to a grilled lunchtime feast.

I always douse my burgers in ketchup because I’ve never liked any other toppings on my burgers.  This time, I attempted to make a smiley face with my ketchup but it came out looking a bit demonic, sorry about that.

For dessert I had a mini cupcake leftover from last night’s half-birthday surprise.

I allowed myself a post-lunch nap and now we’re just sitting around waiting for paint to dry.  Literally.  We’re working on our one and only try DIY project for the wedding and so far, it’s not so promising.  Hopefully it turns out wonderful and beautiful though.  Keep your fingers crossed!

What do you top your burgers with?

so much to blog, so little time!

It seems like I have been so busy the last two days that I’ve barely had time to sit down, let alone blog.  Instead of trying to squeeze everything in, I’ll just share the highlights, some of which I’ll elaborate on later.

1) Meeting at Sweet Cakes Design:

I know that I already wrote a whole post about this but, I am just so excited about our cake and all of the flavors.  I also think the cake and mini cakes are going to be just gorgeous.  On top of that, Barb’s enthusiasm for the project and her job was totally infectious.  She made a career change late in life and seems so thrilled with it – definitely something to give some thought to.  What could I be doing that I really love?

2) Goat Cheese Salad

Vegetables have never really been my thing.  Growing up, I’d eat green beans, corn on the cob and baked carrots drowning in brown sugar.  Until maybe two years ago, this hadn’t really changed.  As I’ve gotten older and started to think more about what I’m putting into my body, I’ve opened up to more vegetables.  Salad was one of the harder additions to my diet and I still don’t love it.  First of all, I hate dressing.  Just don’t like any dressing that I’ve ever tried.  I like salad with fruit on it (and love fruit salad) but would rather be eating something else most of the time.  Yesterday for lunch, I found what might be the perfect salad.  It is spinach with carrots, cinnamon fuji apples, candied pecans and goat cheese.

I removed the sprouts and tomato.  This salad was so good that I saved my second half for lunch today.  I think the candied pecans really helped, they were awesome and countered the bitter taste of the spinach perfectly.

3) Wedding Shower

I had another wedding shower today with the aunts and cousins on my dad’s side.  It was really lovely but deserves a little more recognition so I’ll blog more later.  It’s always nice to get together outside of the major holidays and I am feeling very blessed and lucky to come from such a great family, we had a great time.

4) Another Etsy Arrival

When I got home from the shower a package was waiting for me.

I am such a sucker for package.  How adorable is this with that cute label and the blue striped twine?  Love it.

Inside the package from Silver Pencils was the hair flower that I’m going to wear at the reception.  Brandi makes such adorable and affordable hair accessories.  They’re simple and beautiful and I’m so excited to wear mine on our wedding.  She also has a great blog that you should check out.

Atlantic Pure Ivory Bridal Hair Flower

[picture from Silver Pencil’s Etsy site]

Isn’t she purdy?

 

That’s all for now.  This business has made me awful sleepy.  Todd and I are going to attempt to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother.  Anyone want to takes bets on how many minutes it will take us to fall asleep?  My bet is 7 and a half.

Good night!

 

 

 

 

 

east side adventure

Today was a super Sunday.  It’s opening weekend at Comerica Park in Detroit so Todd and I went with some friends to the Tigers’ game today.  It was seriously the most perfect day.  All week they had been calling for rain but this afternoon the sun was shining and, believe it or not, it was hot.  I love warm weather and I did not mind the 80 degree weather at all.  I was so happy just to be outside on such a gorgeous day.

Of course, ballpark food is always one of my favorite parts of game days.  I had a hot dog, an ice cold lemonade and split a bag of peanuts with Todd.  Exactly the right combo.

The Tigers lost to the Royals today but it was so much fun to spend the day at the game, enjoying our friends and the beautiful day.

After the game, Todd and I went to IKEA to look for some things for our newlywed apartment.  We’re moving May 1st, the Sunday before our wedding so we thought it would be a good idea to pick up a few things before then so the apartment would be a little more ready for us post-honeymoon.

When we were done there we met up with our friends Justin and Krista for dinner at The Prickly Pear Cafe in Ann Arbor.  They had been at the game with us but were all the way down the row so it was really nice to be able to catch up with them over dinner.

After eating my fair share of chips and salsa, I decided on the Vegetarian Sweet Potato Enchiladas.  I really like sweet potatoes so I couldn’t pass this dish up and I’m so glad I didn’t, it was delicious!

I don’t really think of sweet potato as a Mexican food and I love when Mexican restaurants offering interesting choices with unique ingredients.  Oh and the squash salsa on top was a great addition.  Good work, Prickly Pear!

Today was a really nice day.  It’s always good to get out town and spend time with friends, we were lucky to spend the first gorgeous day of the year together.  And honestly, it was nice to have a day where I wasn’t thinking of or doing anything for the wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the planning and preparation process but it was nice to step away from that for a whole day as well.

I hope everyone else had an awesome Sunday and that it was nice and warm wherever you are!

How did you spend this amazing day?

What are you favorite ballpark eats?