Adult-y Lunch + Garden Growth

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

Thank you so much for the fabulous sangria recipes you left in comments on yesterday’s post! I also heard on twitter that this sangria posted by Rhodey Girl is pretty fantabulous!

I had phone conferences till 7pm tonight so I’m going to try to make this post snappy so I can possibly work in some much needed me-time.

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I broke into a new Barney Butter today, which I promptly slapped on some Power Toast with coffee this morning.

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Breakfast #2 = a local donut.

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I got a little dressed up to have…

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…an adulty business lunch.

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I got the soup and salad combo with Tomato Bisque.

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I had a bite of hubby’s turkey club. Best club sandwich ever. There was no ham and they added avocado. FABULOUS!

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I scoped out my yard/garden for updates…

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Purple basil is looking much better now that I’ve moved it out in the yard!

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Baby green zebra tomato.

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My other tomato plants are getting so big I’m having to tie them up!

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I also almost cloned another corgi simply by grooming him! Stellar!

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Tea and toast

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Plus pear = snack time.

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Hubby and I got PF Changs take out for dinner. I wanted to cook but slacked off last minute.

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Brown rice, Moo Goo Gai Pan, spicy green beans.

I enjoyed dinner whilst catching up on last night’s Glee! Ooh la Lady Gaga! I loved it!

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I baked cookies.

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Which I’m about to enjoy now with a wee bit of organic milk over a DVR’ed Cold Case. I need some relaxing gel-out time.

Btw, how it it almost June already!? The year is halfway over!!! Gah!

What are you guys planning to do for Memorial Day? Any fun activities or eats planned?

Omm with Nature

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So glad we didn’t stay out late last night because I had a lot of leisurely morning activities planned:

  • trip to Great Harvest
  • trip to the farmers market
  • trip to the local plant nursery

I started with a trip to Great Harvest to get one of those Oat Bran Blueberry muffins I’m currently addicted to. I love that they’re whole grain and I think they’re made with real, fresh blueberries. Yum!

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Next up, a trip to the local farmers market.

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Unfortunately, I came a little late, so most of the produce (and all of the local strawberries *sad face*) were sold out. I did manage to pick up some swiss chard and a butterfly weed from these guys.

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I got an heirloom lettuce plant from these guys.

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Local free range eggs…

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…and a sample of apple mint juice from these guys.

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And I even ran into my friend Vatsla whilst shopping. We got to do our farmers market shopping together. So much more fun with girlfriends!

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On the way to the nursery, I picked up a veggie juice:

  • apples
  • carrots
  • beets
  • spinach

So sweet and yummy!

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When I got back, hubby suggested we eat at Fran’s Filling Station. We grabbed a nice patio table there. I loved all the plants and herbs they grow in the front of the store.

I was a little irritated that they didn’t have any of their fabulous burgers on their lunch menu and that they couldn’t even prepare anything from the dinner menu (some places let you order lunch at dinner and dinner at lunch…no such luck here). Mostly I was sad because I had my heart set on trying their amazing-sounding veggie burger, but I couldn’t get it since it was on the dinner menu.

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Hubby ended up getting a hot turkey sammie with chips.

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I got the lemon chicken salad sammie on wheat with their veggie of the day -

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watermelon sprinkled with salt and cayenne pepper. Very refreshing!

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The lemon flavor was an interesting take on chicken salad, but I thought it really worked. I’m a big fan of chicken salad, though I do think the herb-y flavors are a little better.

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Back home, I headed straight to the yard to get my plants settled in.

See the little one in the front? That’s my butterfly weed (click to learn more about it). It’s supposed to attract monarch butterflies! I planted it near the patio…it would be so neat to enjoy coffee or lunch outside and look up to see little butterflies fluttering about.

Here are some befores and afters – I was trying to add some more color to my yard:

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Before

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After

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After

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After

The sad thing is, until the plants really start growing and spreading, I can hardly tell a difference! I was really trying to add a pop of color to the yard, but it kind looks…well…the same. :( I think I may need to pick up some more petunias tomorrow. :lol:

Anywho, all these earth-friendly activities are making me feel really omm with nature.

Do you do any earth friendly activities on the weekends? Visit farmers markets? Yard word? Garden?

Mother’s Day 2010

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Mom requested Chinese for her Mother’s Day meal, so we happily obliged.

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We headed to Lieu’s Chinese Bistro upon the parentals’ recommendation.

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Dad, sis, and I shared some hot white tea.

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I had an egg drop soup (this version had chicken in it).

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We shared spring rolls and I had a little bite.

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We also got some pork, pan-fried dumplings to share, and I had one. I love dumplings, but I’m finding myself liking pork less and less. :(

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We got 3 entrees to share among the four of us.

Moo Shu Chicken (I talked the parents out of pork…hehe) – I had one roll of this. I love the sweet-savory flavors of this one.

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We also got ginger broccoli chicken with brown rice. I wish I would have tasted more of the ginger, but it was still pretty good.

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And for our third entree, we got the Singapore noodles with shrimp. I really liked the curry flavor of the noodles.

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My fortune – “Consolidate rather than expand business projects in the near future.” Guess I need to tone down my idea brainstorming, eh? ;)

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Lookie what I found at my parents’ house! Oh yea – my old-school camera. I used to carry this thing around with me everywhere! See, I’ve always loved photography.

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Here’s where the film would go. Wow, when’s the last time you used a film camera!?

There was a man at the art show yesterday who did nature scenes. He shot all his photos in film. He said it’s the only way to get the full detail.

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Here’s a photo I took when I was in fifth grade during my extra-credit photography class. Ok, it didn’t help our grades, but it was an extra class that we had the option to take. This photo won “Photo of the Year”!! I was so honored! :)

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Did you guess which bowl I got yesterday?

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Not this one…this is my sister’s bowl. I talked her into getting a handmade bowl, too. They’re so special to use!

She made some chocolate rice just so I could take a photo of her bowl with food in it. Thanks sis!

(may I add, I wanted a bowl in this shape, but couldn’t fork out the dough for two handmade bowls. Not when I have…I dunno, curtains to buy? hubby would probably not be happy)

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Sis actually has the same Anthro bowl that I have, which is the one she used to serve my dessert. Mmm…chocolate rice is so good!

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Mom loaded me up with lots of plants for my garden back home – great for Project Yard Beautification & Project Organic Garden!

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All this stuff took up my entire trunk! Rosemary, dill, mint, basil, thyme, chives, sage, impatiens, and a dragon begonia.

I got home around 6:30 so I went ahead and planted the stuff I was going to plant (I’m leaving some of the herbs in pots permanently and some temporarily while I test out different locations in my yard).

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I moved the mint inside the veggie garden. It’s a pest deterrent. I left it in the pot, though, because it spreads like crazy! We can’t have it taking over the garden now can we?

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It’s funny whenever I get a bunch of plants, they look like so much when I’m leaving the store with them or setting them out in a group to plant. Once I spread them out, they look like nothing! I’m hoping they grow up quick and share lots of blooms with us. Our yard could definitely use some more color!

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As for the bowl I got…I actually got TWO! And, I sort of asked a trick question. When I posted the photo of the wall of bowls, this one was already taken down! :lol: Sneaky, sneaky!

I bought these two fabulous, HANDMADE, sea foam green bowls at the craft show yesterday. I’m not sure they’ll photograph particularly well, but I sure do love the color!! When I was shopping the art show, I first picked up the larger sized bowl and noticed a girl holding the matching, mini one at the other side of the booth. I could only hope she would put it down and as luck would have it…she did! When I noticed the chick moving about the booth without the bowl, I bee-lined for the basket where it was located and found it. Phew! Close call! This was the only mini bowl left and the larger sized one was the only one in that color. All the bowls were one-offs.

Hubby and I had a pizza dinner and caught up on Flash Forward before I got to work on a web project. Busy, busy! Guess I do need to consolidate like the fortune says! lol

Guess I’d better hit the sack. Big week ahead!

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By the way, I am MUCH better at taking pictures of things (like food) than people. I didn’t take any photos of mom today!! I suck! I did find this picture of dad and mom from when we went blueberry picking last summer (click). Fun times!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous moms out there!

I don’t know about you but I appreciate mine more and more every year!

What’s your favorite trait of your mom? I think I love my mom’s kindness. :)

Tonight’s Theme = BEER!

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Happy Hump-day everyone! The week is officially more than half way over, and I’m already ready for the weekend! :lol:

I have some scary, frightening, what-did-I-get-myself-into but mostly exciting, exhilarating, and happy things in the works now. I can’t wait to share more details with you guys!

Workday Eats

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We had some bread on its last legs, so I decided to go ahead and have Power Toast instead of the blueberry oatmeal I was craving.

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I had a mini Vega shake (vanilla chai health optimizer + water) for nutrition.

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As soon as I got to work today, I was freezing! Instead of using my blankie I put on my teddy bear polar fleece. I think this thing makes me look like a stuffed animal! :lol:

I had a lunch date at 12:30 with a co-worker, but I was feeling pretty hungry by 11am. I tried to ignore my hunger, but it wasn’t working! Sometimes, I avoid snacks because I don’t want to take on the calories (though I’m not counting any more, I can easily estimate in my head and I’m such a numbers person!), but lately I’m leaning more towards the thought that…if I’m hungry…I should EAT! It seems so obvious, but when I was employing less-than-healthy methods to “get skinny”, I used to think being hungry was good. I know now that while a little hunger is good, the way I was approaching it was not so good.

Luckily, my new approach to eating is much more intuitive! I mean, your body is smart, right? It tells you what it wants. If it’s saying it’s hungry, then you should probably give it something, right? So while logic told me that the numbers weren’t adding up the way I wanted, my body said…FEED ME!

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So feed myself I did – with a half KIND Fruit + Nut bar in Almond & Apricot. I saved the other half for later. I only went with half so I wouldn’t spoil my appetite for lunch. ;) It was just the right size to tide me over.

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For lunch, my co-worker and I got something I’ve been wanting to eat for MONTHS and haven’t been able to talk hubby into getting – Thai.

We started with soup.

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I also got a Thai tea – delicious!

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My co-worker gave me a bite of her green curry. It was freakin delicious! I tasted coconut, cream, and lemongrass…yum yum yum!

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I got the pud wun sen but only managed to down about half this plate. There were so many noodles on that plate!

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I picked up some of those yummy donut holes on my way home so I could give some friends a sample later…details further down post.

Project Yard Beautification

Hubby and I don’t know what most of the plants in our yard are. Our neighbor and my mom pointed out some, but we’re still, for the most part, completely clueless!

There are a couple things I’d like to do with our yard:

  • Learn what we already have
  • Beautify our yard with more fabulous plants and flowers
  • Take care and nurture our yard and plants

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Today I swung by a local nursery on my way home and picked up just a couple little things. While I’d like to do one big project and have a giant, fantastic post about it, the truth is that biting off small pieces of projects will probably be the easiest.

When I got home, I quickly planted our new goodies. There are two large, white, plastic planters that contained existing plants, but I wanted to add some other colors and textures to them. Well, honesty, I don’t care much for plastic planters and would prefer to replace them with ceramic, but have you seen how much large ceramic planters are?! They’re like $100-300 depending on how nice they are. Yowsa! So, I just stuck with what we had and added my cheap-o little plants. :)

Reader Question: Anyone know where I can get nice, cheap planters? I’m thinking maybe Lowers or Target? Ideas?

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To each pot, I added petunias and sweet potato vines. I love the pink of the flowers and the chartreuse of the vines. I can’t wait till these grow out some more.

I picked the petunias because they are a good companion plant for both deterring bad pests and attracting good ones. Granted, I didn’t plant them in my garden, this pot is right near my herbs, so hopefully that helps. I figure, the more good plants the merrier, right?

I have many more spots in the yard where I’d like to add flowers and other plant-life. I think I have more spots than money unfortunately! :oops:

Edible Garden Update

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Something is eating my purple basil!!! It’s putting tons of little holes in the leaves and it’s really pissing me off. I even tried companion planting a marigold with the basil to deter pests, but I guess it’s not deterring the right ones! :(

Does anyone know what might be eating my plant?

Compost Update

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The worms seem to be settling into their compost bin. Tonight I fed them their first scraps – some romaine lettuce (that I had put in the freezer a few days ago so it didn’t spoil). Eat up boys!

Tonight’s Theme = BEER!

And now we get to the fun part!

Matt came over after work and took hubby and me to The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Here are some photos from our trip:

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We stopped by to drop off the beer Matt and hubby brewed a few weeks ago and to sample the new OMB beer – Mecklenburger.

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To celebrate the new beer, they tapped it out of a wooden keg. Neat-o!

As for the beer – I really liked it. It was nice and smooth. I’m far from an expert beer drinker, so for me – the smoother the better. I like some hoppy (sp?) beers, but my palate isn’t as refined as it could be for beers. Guess I need to drink more! Good thing hubby is getting into home-brewing.

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After our quick trip to OMB, we headed to Dilworth Neighborhood Grill for a home brew meeting.

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Kath and I shared a summer ale.

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Bottoms up!

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We also shared a hummus trio appetizer. It was served with yummy, tender pita bread. I love pita bread with hummus, though I think Ellie’s is still my fave style with her spiced pita chips.

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I also had a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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And, I had a crab cake appetizer as my entree. It looked kind of silly on the mostly empty plate, but it tasted good. I picked it out because I read on the restaurant’s web site that they won a prize for “Best Appetizer” for Taste of Charlotte in 2009!

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We sampled lots of beers, including many flavored ones: mint, coconut, and raspberry (ok, TWO raspberries!)

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After our beer tasting fun was over, Kath and I had a donut tasting!

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I must have eaten a dozen of these today…Oy! So wrong, but so right. :lol:

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After the meeting, Matt dropped us off and stepped inside for a quick minute – just long enough to taste-test the fruit of their labors – to sample their home brew they made a few weeks ago. I got to try a sip, too, and I’m happy to say it was awesome! Go team hubby and Matt!

So much fun hanging out with Kath + Matt – they’re fun friends! :D

Break-up Recovery Week

Here are more tips for my friend who is recovering from a recent, and very difficult break-up. If you have some tips to share, I’m sure they’d love to read them and they will really help. Please leave them in a comment and I’ll blog them later this week.

  • Jessica – I always think getting a new hair cut and a new outfit helps. Once when I felt like I was going to be single forever, I went out and bought a gorgeous ring!!! A big blingy ring… it made me smile!!
  • Andrea – i love pedicures, long sweaty runs and trips to whole foods or tjmaxx to cheer me up
  • Cindy – What worked best for me was hitting the gym. Working out was a great distraction and it made me feel and look great. Just concentrate on what empowers you, whatever that may be.
  • Faith – As far as breakup tips, I think it’s so important to focus on your positives. We usually dwell on negatives – how the relationship went downhill, the irritating things about the partner, but it’s much more mood-boosting to remind yourself of why you are an amazing woman definitely make a list of things you love about yourself!
  • RunnerForever – After any hardtime, like a break up, I go run my heart out!
  • Emily – Gosh, I’d love to help your friend but all I can think of is to just revel in all that life offers. Being single and having that independence is just as fantastic as being with someone. Be okay with how you’re feeling now, and truly feel it. And then be glad to have known and loved.
  • Marie – What I would do if it was me going through a breakup is either make an actual list or a mental list of all the things that person did that I didn’t like, approve of, or hated. This makes you realize that you are better off without him and may lessen the hurt. Think about & plan all the things you have wanted to accomplish but could not because of this other person and immerse yourself in them. Whether its taking a class to learn a new language, a hobby, joining a gym, getting a pet, or going back to school to get a degree. The upside of this is while you are doing what you want, you are in a social setting and the potential for meeting a new mate is there. Good luck to your friend – it’s true — time heals all wounds and everything happens for a reason!

Wow – what great tips guys! You’re like our own Dr. Phil! haha

I do have some other emailed, twittered, and commented tips, which I’m saving for the Thursday and Friday. I do need some more, though, so please send your tips in! I know they’ll love them!

Reader Question: Do you let yourself eat when you’re hungry or do you try to stick to a diet, calorie count, etc. that sometimes leaves you hungry?

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