Veggie Lasagna Encore + Cookie Fail

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First off, Marie guessed my sister’s oatmeal design from yesterday – nice work!

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I love my brunches dearly, but they totally throw off my eating. I rarely show photos of my snacks but that’s mainly because I rarely snack. I like to have 3 solid meals every day with snacks thrown in on occasion to make up for light meals or for work-out fuel.

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Today, at around 4pm, I started getting the munchies, so I grabbed a couple handfuls of pretzels, a couple pickles, a handful of almonds, and a couple Hi-Chews. So random…I know!

Anywho, snacks or not, I still plan to enjoy many more brunches – they are simply too wonderful to miss. :) I’ll have to plan out better snacks next time. I just really wanted something salty, something tangy, and something sweet.

Sis and I did MASSIVE cleaning in the house. We:

  • scrubbed the guest bathroom floor
  • cleaned the toilets
  • wiped the bathroom countertops
  • scrubbed the tile shower – floors, walls, doors, cracks, crevices, you name it
  • hung a new shower curtain
  • cleaned the sinks
  • organized the living room
  • reviewed a couple “junk” boxes

I love being so productive.

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Random Bailey shot.

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He told us when it was dinner time for him.

Feeeeed me Seymore!

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After all the cleaning, we worked up an appetite. (I put the lasagna back in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes while we worked away – it’s so much better re-heated in the oven IMO than in the microwave).

I started with a local lettuce salad with sunflower seeds and rosemary balsamic dressing.

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Sis requested olive oil with fresh cracked pepper for dipping our bread. I added balsamic vinegar b/c it’s a must in my dipping bowl.

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The lasagna was still delicious Day #2. Especially topped with some fresh-grated parmesan and served with some rosemary bread (drizzled with EVOO, sprinkled with salt, re-heated in the oven at 200 degrees F – tastes fresh-baked! Mmm….

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The local TV stations reported severe weather, so Sis decided to stay one more night. We decided to bake in our PJ’s.

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The cookies looked promising.

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But they totally spread out together to be a big cookie blog. The texture wasn’t quite right either. Gotta work on this one some more. Practice makes perfect, right?! You’ll never learn if you don’t make mistakes.

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I mean, the cookie was still edible and tasted darn good, too! I just wasn’t 100% satisfied with the texture (or flavor).

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I made bedtime tea for me and Sis. I’ve been letting her pick her mugs and bowls all weekend and tonight she chose a mug to match mine.

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We had the tea just in time to catch a wild ride – a scary hail storm! Luckily, the storm was over quickly, but it was so LOUD!

Gave myself another mini facial tonight. My skin feels so soft! I hope this new routine works out and doesn’t irritate my skin. Time will tell and then I’ll be telling you. ;)

Do you ever look back at a weekend and wonder how you fit everything in that you did? This weekend was so much FUN! I love my lazy weekends, but jam-packed ones are pretty awesome, too. Now, if I could just squeeze in some much-needed yard work! :lol:

I’m actually looking forward to Monday and not just because of Starbucks Monday. Mondays are like a chance to start fresh and I’m planning to go into mine with a positive attitude. Here we gooooo!

Prep Day Sunday

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I prepped a couple things for Prep Day Sunday. I started with some marinated kale. I’m still perfecting the recipe, but I think I’m almost there! A taste test tomorrow will tell me for sure.

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I also cooked some hard-boiled, cage-free eggs. I’m hoping to work on that egg salad recipe I promised you guys! I want to make sure it’s a goodie before I pass it on. Nothing less than the best for you guys!

We actually have more veggie lasagna leftover still, so I may pack some of that up for tomorrow’s lunch. Either way, I won’t have time to prep food Monday night (busy-busy night!), so Sunday was the day!

Project Hydrate Day #21

I did a pretty crappy job with Project Hydrate this weekend.

Consumed:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup hot tea

I’m wondering if maybe I should I continue with Project Hydrate longer than I originally intended? Long enough to really get into the habit of drinking water, ya know?

Randomness

BIG Announcement tomorrow! So glad I’m finally going to get to share one of my latest secret projects with you guys!

Remember to check out my Facebook page and get involved with the discussions. Any topics you want to start? Let me know. :) Oh, and that big announcement I just mentioned? Facebook friends will find out fiiiiirst! Be there or be square!

One year (minus 1 day) ago today, I was blogging about a life-changing meal – click here to check it out!

Would any readers be interested in emailing your picture to be featured here on The Chic Life? Let me know (click).

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know here or here.

Have a great week everyone!

Breakfast Squared – Cereal & Fun Waffles/Omelets

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Happy Sunday!

I can’t believe the weekend is almost over already! It just flew right by. Guess time does fly when you’re having fun. :)

So, I know I’ve talked about beauty regimes before but yesterday, my makeup specialist recommended that I go ahead and do a daily face wash instead of just using warm water (see this post for details on why I use warm water typically). She also gave me a sample of the Bobbi Brown buffing grains, which she said would be better than the mild exfoliator I’m currently using.

Last night, before going to bed, I decided to give myself a mini facial:

  • First, I removed my eye makeup.
  • Then, I mixed some buffing grains with my lathering tube soap to remove my make up and cleanse my skin.
  • Next, I used a cotton pad to apply some toner all over my face and jaw.
  • After the toner, I applied hydrating face cream all over my face and jaw.
  • Finally, I dabbed some eye cream just under my eyes.

My skin felt fantastic!

I think I’m going to test out using a face wash daily and see if it irritates my skin or not. I will not be exfoliating every day but maybe every other day I’ll test out these new buffing grains to see how I like them. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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I got to enjoy breakfast twice today! First – a pre-brunch meal before a get-together with friends.

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Since we had brunch plans for 11am, I kept it light with some Larry’s Beans coffee and Trader Joe’s yogurt/fruit cereal with organic milk. I definitely wanted to eat something before our get-together.

Btw, I think turquoise and red look soooo pretty together! The color combo makes me happy. It’s the little things, right?

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Then, it was time to get ready to go out.

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My, Sis, and hubby headed out to Terrace Cafe to meet friends for brunch.

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The gang: (front row) – Kate, Moi, Sis, Kath, Emily; (back row) – Hubby, Nate, Matt.

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We got to sample apple fritters while we waited. They offered us drinks, too, which I thought was a nice touch.

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Me + Sis

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We had a nice seat up top.

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Fun cups.

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Cappuccino (added a packet of raw sugar).

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Neat-looking silverware though I think they’re designed for righties.

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My sister got the thing I was thinking of trying – Red Velvet waffle with cream cheese sauce. She gave me a bite and it was delicious, though a bit dessert-like.

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Hubby and I shared a waffle…

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…and a veggie omelet with tomatoes, bell pepper, and spinach; fresh fruit, toast and homemade strawberry jam.

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The fruit was a nice collective mix of mango, canteloupe, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, melon, and raspberries. I love a good fruit cup.

I should have taken a picture of my plate, but I forgot! Sorry!

Brunch was fabulous and it was so great seeing so many friends on the last day of a fun-packed weekend.

Anywho, back home now.

Gotta work on some projects, clean up, get organized and all that jazz.

Sis is painting my light switches now and wants me to check them out, so I gotta run.

Time to go be productive!

PS Remember to HYDRATE!

PSS Fun stuff in the works right now…BIG announcement Monday!! ;)

Easy + Delicious Vegetable Lasagna

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After a fun day of shopping for makeup, fun doggie treats, and new plateware, a satisfying dinner of cozy lasagna was in order. I decided to try out Kath’s The Best Ever Vegetable Lasagna, which she shared with us for my Meatless for Lent Guest Post series.

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I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about the cottage cheese in the recipe (instead of ricotta) but only because I have tried eating cottage cheese plain and never really liked it at all. However, the final result was spectacular, so if you don’t like cottage cheese like me, consider trying it out anyways.

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I used the same veggies Kath recommended: spinach, zucchini, carrots and sun-dried tomatoes. I did about 1 1/2-2 cups of spinach, 1 zucchini (which was about 1 1/2 cups), about 1/2 cup carrots and about 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes.

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The lasagna was a cinch to put together.

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While the lasagna cooked up, Bailey got comfy, per the usual :lol:

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…and I sipped on some wine.

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We also had some simple salads using the local lettuce we picked up at the farmer’s market earlier in the day. I simply topped mine with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and my fave Drew’s rosemary balsamic dressing.

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I also woke up the bread we got at the market earlier by drizzling it with EVOO sprinkling the top with salt and baking at 200 degrees F for just a few minutes, till warmed through. It makes it taste oven fresh!

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All baked up and ready to eat!

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This lasagna was fabulous! I loved it! By the way I second Kath’s motion – the sun-dried tomatoes are a must – don’t skip them! They really add a great texture and flavor to the lasagna.

Seriously, even the meat-eaters in your family should be satisfied with this yummy dish.

Click here to check out The Best Vegetable Lasagna recipe. And thanks again to Kath for sharing it with us!

What’s your favorite type of lasagna?

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