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Confessions

–When I find a new song that I like, I listen to it over and over and over again. I might be worse than the radio DJ’s about overplaying something

–I was talking to my mom last night on the phone and she told me the weight of her puppies at their vet visit on Monday. I was like ummmm send me a picture. I haven’t seen them since Christmas. You guys….they are HUGE!!! Like I can’t even believe it!! Here are two then and now comparisons…

MM2 MM1–Yesterday was one of those days where I hated every single item of clothing I put on. This happens several mornings when hurricane Nadine comes swiping through and destroying everything in site then having to put it all back together because I am OCD.

Seeing Tracy (not to be confused with my sister) do her capsule wardrobe really has me thinking. Perhaps it is time to let go of all the clothes in my closet that I do not love, that do not fit, and that make me feel anger every time I enter to get dressed in the morning. I keep telling myself I have already done that, but clearly I have not.

–I am going to say it. I hate eggs. I hated eggs when I was younger, but started eating them in college because they are cheap and easy to cook. Every time I cook some for Chris now, I put some on my plate and take one bite and can’t do anymore. There, I said it. I hate them.

–I just realized that it is January 28th and I still have a lot of work to do to complete my goals for this month. Looks like it better be a really productive weekend!!!

Confessions in Ecard

This was me yesterday

Sometimes I think the weirdest things, like this….

Making Melissa

Peanut Butter Cookies
foodie, recipe

Damn Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies

Last Sunday we were settling in to watch some TV. Chris mentioned that he could go for something sweet. I told him that we didn’t really have anything sweet and he looked disappointed. I thought for a moment and said “Hang on!” I searched the pantry and found that I had all of the ingredients on hand to make homemade peanut butter cookies.

Our oven has been broken, so I could only make six cookies at a time in our toaster oven. If that isn’t love and dedication, I don’t really know what is. After the first batch came out, we enjoyed a few. Chris said, “So you made these from scratch?” I said, “Yup, there really isn’t many ingredients needed to make these, we had everything here.” He then said, “This is the best thing you have ever done since we have been married.”

I wasn’t really sure to take that as a compliment or an insult. Thoughts? Haha!

There is nothing special about this recipe. Just a consistent one that makes perfect cookies every time that has been handed down again and again over the years.

Peanut Butter Cookies

What You Need

1 cup sugar

1/4 of sugar in a separate small bowl (to roll cookies)

1 stick butter at room temperature

1 egg

1 cup peanut butter (creamy not chunky)

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

What You Do

-Preheat oven to 375

-Grease baking sheet or spray it with some olive oil

-In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup of sugar and butter. Beat egg into mixture.

-Mix in peanut butter and vanilla until you have a creamy, smooth mixture.

-Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.

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-Roll cookie dough into one inch balls, then roll around in the additional 1/4 cup of sugar. Place on baking sheet and press with a fork vertically and then horizontally to form the shape.

– Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

This makes two dozen cookies.

Enjoy!!!

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Martinis & Bikinis

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Birmingham, weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

I want a recount. It can’t possibly be Monday already?! This weekend we didn’t really have any plans for Saturday and Sunday, but it ended up being much busier than expected!

Friday – I met up with Laura after work Friday evening for the Pride of Dixie event at World of Beer. There were fifteen Alabama breweries in attendance with FORTY taps. Forty people. 4-0. Try picking a beer with all that going on! I couldn’t believe the turn out! I got there shortly after 5 PM and there wasn’t a single table available inside. About 15 minutes after I got there, all the outside tables were gone and there were people standing around everywhere. In 40 degree wet weather in Alabama might I remind you! Such an amazing event for this city and the breweries here! I tried the Rocket Republic Peanut Butter Astronut Brown beer. It was delicious!

World of Beer

Saturday morning I did a deep cleaning in the dogs room. I vacuumed, cleaned out their crates and threw out their old beds and blankets. Then they got baths as well, the little stinkers!

Chris and I headed down town after that and grabbed Jack Browns for lunch! It has been awhile since we have been and it was so damn delicious! I got the Danny Laruso (cream cheese and jalapeno jelly) and we split fries.

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We then decided to hit up some thrift shops. We scored some really good deals on some old Xbox’s and a Sega. We decided if they didn’t work we would do something crafty with them. We also got some old Xbox games and a few Nintendo games that we didn’t have. From there we headed to TJ Maxx to get the dogs their new beds and I got the first piece for our gallery wall too!

Sunday – We met up with Chris’s parents for lunch at Village Tavern. They have the best crab dip!!! I also got their tomato basil soup and a spinach salad and failed to take pictures. From there, we headed to the Antique Flea Market Mall in Gardendale. You guys, we scored big time!!!

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So many video games!!! A few were rare, hard to find ones. Also, I collect character glasses from the 60’s – 90’s and these ones were too good of deals to pass up. One day I will have to share my collection with you. One or two of these might be repeats but I dont care, these were a steal!

We got our grocery shopping done late in the evening and had peanut butter cookies for dinner.

And that was how the weekend just flew right on by!!!

In other news, Crispy M&M’s are back you guys!!!

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I found that single serve pack at Walgreen’s but they have the full size bags at CVS. Go getcha some!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Weekending

 

Erin, Laura and Nadine
friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Favorite Song – Mad by Ne-Yo – I just love this song. “I don’t want you to go to bed mad at me. I dont want to go to bed mad at you”. Isn’t that the truth?

Favorite Moment – Our group finally got together for happy hour last night at Southern Kitchen! Some of the girls had to leave early and we didn’t get a group shot. Fail. Laura, Erin and I stayed a bit longer and remembered that we were bloggers and needed a picture. Even if it is a grainy selfie.

Erin, Laura and Nadine

Favorite Recipe Pin – The picture will take you to the site. There are nine different mason jar salad recipes that look and sound amazing. Sometimes you need to switch things up at lunch!

Mason Jar Salads

Favorite Deal- I had to stop at Walgreens after work one evening because I forgot I needed eye make up remover and face wipes. Of course, I just had to walk past the nail polishes because they are on the way. They had so many on clearance for $1.99!!!! I picked up these two and made myself put back a few others….

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I also texted Joey immediately to admit my guilt. She justified it for me by saying she would have been all over that!

Favorite Work Out – I have been doing mostly Pop Sugar Fitness work outs this week. One of my new favorites it the fat burning one. I really like the ones with Astrid McGuire in them. She remind me of a friend of mine that lives in Georgia.

Favorite Funnies 

Whoa, am I the only one that just caught on to these shenanigans?!?!

When you friend says something hilarious and keeps on…

How I am going to be at  5 PM today…

 Have a great weekend everyone!!

If you are a local, come on out to the Pride of Dixie event at World of Beer! It is going to be awesome!!! All the local brewers are going to be there and there are 40 local taps! Starts at 5 PM.

lemonwater
fitness, health

The Benefits of Lemon Water

Yesterday I mentioned that I am back to drinking lemon waters in the morning. Some of you asked what benefit I get from it other than my water having a flavor. I decided it would be a great post topic.

With anything, what I am about to say could be considered hokum or poppycock by some. However, there have been many studies and claims on the subject. I also believe that sometimes if you believe in something, then it works for you too! lemons

 

 

Lemon water…

-is an excellent source of vitamin C, it also contains: citric acid, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus

-is known as a toxin flush

-balances the pH levels in the body

-aids in digestion

-helps nourish brain and nerve cells

-provides natural energy

-strengthens the liver

-replenishes body salts after a work out

-reduces pain and inflammation in joints as it disolves uric acid

-helps in the prevention of wrinkles and acne on skin

-helps fight eye problems

-gives the immune system a boost

-serves as a powerful antibacterial

-freshens your breath

-supposedly aids in weight loss

-stops UTI’s

-reduces phlegm

-promotes healing

Some have asked how much lemon to use? I did some research and it looks to be based on weight. If you are 150 pounds or less, you use half a lemon. If you are over 150 pounds you want to use an entire lemon.

Now if that isn’t enough reason to start, I really don’t know what is folks! Are you going to try this? I would love to hear your thoughts after a week or so. I have been telling everybody to do this.