Monday Love

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Another Monday Love already?!  At least it’s a Monday I don’t have to go to work!

As happy as I am about that, the reason we are able to enjoy a day off from work, hanging out with friends and family, eating BBQ, and shopping great sales is because of those who gave their lives.  A heartfelt thank you to them, and their families, for their ultimate sacrifice.

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To thank them for that sacrifice, let’s make sure we’re living our lives to the fullest, okay?

I am definitely making a Summer Bucket List and want to hike all the hikes!

Hopefully these DIY Ice Pops will suddenly appear in my freezer.

I’ll be cooking my way through Jessica’s cookbook when it arrives on my doorstep in 99 days – you know, stuff like this sweet+spicy masterpiece! #drool #drool #drool

I’ll surprise my kimchi loving husband with these burgers sometime soon.

And make him these potatoes which would go perfectly with some grilled steak.

And change up the breakfast routine with this smoothie, and this smoothie, and this no-bake granola bar, and this pie (!!!) bar.

Most importantly, tickets for Feast went on sale!!  You can view the schedule and buy tickets here.

And in Instagram life last week… got a pedicure, Koko has started hanging out in the bathtub, I got some sandals from Target I wasn’t too sure about, and date night at Serratto.

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That was my last week, how was yours?  Anything fun planned for this week?

Monday Love

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So… I had a Monday Love post for last week, but something happened with LiveWriter and I lost it and was too sad to rewrite it.  There is a small chance it could have been operator error, but I just don’t know.  And what the heck happened to auto-save, huh?!

So, Monday Love… the things I loved from the last week and think you should know about:

  • Joy the Baker is such a genius, Cheddar Buttermilk Waffle B.L.T. sandwiches!!
  • I love FoodBabe, and her recent info on Taco Bell and the glucose drink pregnant women have to chug for gestational diabetes testing were both quite interesting.
  • I’ve never used rhubarb before, not even sure I’ve ever eaten it, but this Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp might have to happen soon.  You don’t even need a bowl, just mix it in the pan!!  Hello easy breakfast idea!
  • I am still in love with my spiralizer, and this Deconstructed Manicotti Skillet looks delicious!  I’d have to make it just for me though since Mr. Won’t Run isn’t a zucchini fan.
  • With Summer and sunshine on its way, I won’t be turning on the oven unless absolutely necessary, so these No-Bake Dark Chocolate Granola Bites look like the perfect little snack or dessert when you just gotta have a little somethin’ sweet.
  • Another no-oven option is this Spicy Cilantro Mango Wild Rice from Running to the Kitchen; it’s a rice salad you serve chilled which sounds perfect for a backyard picnic!
  • Whipped.Coconut.Cream

Enough links, here’s what life looked like last week:

KokoPuffer had some hangry eyes for french fries:

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Costco had Stacy’s Pita Chips on sale so I had to stock up, those things are like crack!

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Had a fun date night at a new-to-us place, The Country Cat.  More details to come on that, but definitely check it out!

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And a quick trip to OHSU with a not-too-shabby view.

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That was my last week, how was yours?  Anything exciting planned for this week?

Monday Love

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Oxymoron?  Maybe.

Mondays tend to be a little rough, getting back into the 9-5 grind after two blissful days away, so I’m trying to choosefindcreate some joy on Mondays by reminding myself of all the good stuff I came across the week before. And to keep all that good stuff in one place so I can find it again, I decided to share it with you!

So, here’s a little Monday Love:

  • In case you didn’t notice, the blog got another facelift!  I finally broke down and bought the Genesis theme and then the Foodie theme… Genesis is like the parent and Foodie is the child, or something like that.  I’m still a bit confused and spent the weekend fumbling my way through, but I’d like to think I fumbled successfully.  Let me know what you think about the new layout, and the new Archives section!  There will be tweaks to come, and I can’t get my old header image to size correctly so it’s gone for now, but I think I’m liking things.
  • Lindsay and Bjork from Pinch of Yum are releasing another e-cookbook on May 12thEveryday Healthy! It’s 40+ healthy recipes in the 200-400 calorie range, and it’s on pre-sale for just $10.00, but hurry up, early bird pricing only lasts through Sunday, May 11th. Can’t wait!
  • I’m 35 and am still pretty clueless when it comes to doing real makeup, still hoping that one day I’ll figure out how to make my face look something like this.
  • And then I must make this coconut cream pie from Taste & Tell, it’s got an animal cracker crust!!!
  • I’m really not that into the sports scene, but what a game the other night, the Blazers beat the Rockets AT THE BUZZER to win by ONE POINT!!! Crazy!
  • I am terrible at keeping up with the Facebook page for this blog, it feels futile with all the ways that Facebook doesn’t show your posts to people who have liked your page, but I just noticed it’s got 197 likes!  Whaaaaat?  Maybe I should put a little more effort into it for those 197 super sweet souls!  Thanks guys!!
  • Took Koko for a walk after work one day last week and it started to rain.  My first thought was a very sarcastic “awesome”, but then I realized the sun was shining so I turned my back to it and there she was… awesome!

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Now tell me, what are Y O U feeling happy about this Monday?