Awesome Sunday Afternoon

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The end of the weekend is here, but it’s been a good one! I love looking back at the end of a weekend and thinking about all the fun times.

I basically spent most of today re-cooping from yesterday’s adventure.

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I recently got a new tea from Teavana – Youthberry. I bought some of this for my sister for Christmas and have been wanting to pick some up for myself since then. It’s a bit expensive, but it was worth it for a couple ounces. I don’t drink loose leaf tea very often since it’s harder to brew at work (or at least I don’t have the extra brew tools), so it will last awhile.

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From the web site for this flavor:

This tea is extremely high in antioxidants and low in caffeine. The Acai berry is known for its rejuvenating and detoxifying properties. Studies show that white teas may inhibit the growth of certain forms of cancer, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and act as a natural detoxifier for the body. White tea is good for the skin and complexion. This tea contains 1% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.

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I was craving Flying Biscuit for brunch, but ended up just eating at home: scrambled eggs and toast – one savory and one sweet piece of toast. One with real butter and one with whipped cinnamon honey.

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Another TCL lunch-favorite – noodle stir fry with some of the last of the green tea noodles, kale from my garden, edamame, and sesame seeds.

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Whilst catching today’s Harry Potter movie marathon, I decided to bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I even got to try a special ingredient I’ve been wanting to use for awhile – grain-sweetened chocolate chips! These babies are a perfect Not So Sweet baking staple. I tasted a couple chips before baking, and they tasted less sweet than traditional chips. Yay! I think the conventional chocolate chips are often a little too sweet.

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Nothing like fresh-baked cookies…

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…except for maybe fresh-baked rosemary focaccia!

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I used this tried and true recipe sans parmesan and using all AP flour. It worked like a charm.

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To go with the focaccia we had salads…

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…and grass-fed beef spaghetti with whole wheat pasta.

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And of course cookies for dessert!

Spaghetti + salad + Homemade focaccia + homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies + Harry Potter movie marathon = awesome Sunday evening!

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Which movie/book is your favorite?

Planned Parade & Impromptu Bar Crawl

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I don’t know if you’ve ever had the opportunity to participate in a parade, but I was in my first parade on Saturday and it was so much fun!

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Me + Shamecia

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Golden Retriever Galore

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Star Wars – hubby’s fave.

There were so many different groups participating in the parade. It was madness! A good kind of madness, of course. :P

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I was in the local St. Patrick’s Day parade with about 70 others from my dance fitness company. We danced our way down the main street of town and had a total blast!

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After lunch, me and some friends decided to go on an impromptu bar crawl.

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We even made a pit stop for parade eats – funnel cakes!

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Another pit stop for Five Guys.

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The highlight of the day was definitely the spin-the-bottle-dance-off at one of the local bars.

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How-to-play Spin-the-Bottle-Dance-Off: Stand in a circle. Spin a bottle. Whoever the bottle points to when it stops has to go in the center of the circle and dance. Best bar game ever!

Do you have any interesting parade stories?

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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