Cheap Chic Kitchen Goodies

I had some retail therapy at the mall the other day.

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When I was younger, I purchased clothes. Now, I purchase random kitchen goodies. I ended up picking up a few random and affordable things at Sur la Table the other day.

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A sparkly, pink spatula by Le Creuset – $8.

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New napkins – $1.99 each

Mini heart dishes – $1 each

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A mini Le Creuset dish with lid – $20 (not super cheap, but compared to the full-size version, a steal!)

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Oven thermometer – $8.

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Hubby made dinner tonight.

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Earthfare cheeseburgers, Alexia waffle fries, and grilled asparagus. He even got to bust out the grill! I can’t wait till the weather warms up more and we can use the grill all the time.

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Have you found any cheap-chic kitchen goodies lately? What are they?

Dirty Thirty

This past weekend was extra fun because of some special birthday celebrations.

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My friends Erica and Toya celebrated their dirty 30 birthdays!

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Erica’s dad whipped up a delicious BBQ-birthday lunch complete with homemade spicy-sweet sauce. Yum!

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Of course there was birthday cake. Really great cake!

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Then more cake!

Then a night of dancing. I mean like 8-2am dancing. Oh yea!

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I left my big camera at home. It didn’t fit in my tiny Coach bag and forgot to take photos during most of the party. So, while I only have a few iPhone photos from the weekend…

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…I’ll always have the memories. ;)

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And then we have Monday.

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I decided to try something new for dinner – Lundberg Roasted Brown Rice Couscous. I guess this is supposed to be the couscous alternative for those who eat gluten-free. I just bought it because it cooked pretty fast and because there was $1 off coupon for it at Earthfare.

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Nutrition facts.

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Ingredient list.

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Since I was buying dinner groceries around 9pm, I went with easy eats – a chicken roll-up (spinach feta), the couscous, and steamed broccoli.

The meal was simple and tasty. Not so much fast (the chicken took about 35 minutes), but it was cheaper than getting take-out and much more yummy.

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As for the cous cous – I think it was more sticky than traditional cous cous. It also wasn’t as fluffy, but maybe that’s because the box directions didn’t have any fluffing steps. I think it was mostly due to the sticky nature of the rice. The texture was really close to regular cous cous, though, and the flavor was nice. I also liked how the cook time was much shorter than that for regular brown rice. I’d definitely eat this again. And I’ll have to. The tiny box made a whole bunch – way more than I needed for just one meal for me! lol

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Happy birthday Toya!

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Happy birthday Erica!

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