sushi kick

Thursday night, after Nol got home from work we decided to have date night at a place called Yoshi sushi.  Someone at work had mentioned it was the best sushi in town.  And it’s very near where we live.  So i thought why not give this a try.  I really should have thought this one through.  You see Thursday, Nol had a quick turn around at work.  Closing up the night before and having to go in early in the morning.  Poor thing was exhausted.  Date night turned more into, let’s eat and get out of here and take a nap.  I’ll have to consider these things next time I schedule a dinner date.  Maybe they are better suited for Friday evenings.

Anywho, the place inside was small and quaint. Run by a cute Japanese couple.  We took our seats made our selection and waited.  There was no wine at this place.  Which usually I dont mind.  But I totally would have ordered a glass if I had the option. I ordered a Rainbow roll, and Nol ordered something else. When our meal came, set on a wooden board I was surprised at how small the rolls were.  I was expecting a bit more.  So we finished up our dinner, and came home and needless to say I just felt unsatisfied food wise.  I ate a bunch of other stuff to fill up my tummy.

But on Friday, during the day, I decided to set out on a mission to truly satisfy my sushi craving, WINE and all.  So after working out, taking Walt for a walk, and running a few errands … I was off in search of some ready made sushi for the grocery store.  I know, it’s not the fanciest of things, but I didnt feel like ordering out from a restaurant all by myself.

sushi dragon rollI got a dragon roll from Hannahford… made a tossed salad with the Asian peanut dressing, and yes, poured my self a glass of pinot grigio!  It was divine.  I sat down and enjoyed every bite of it.

Jury duty

The other day I had to go down to the courthouse for jury duty (not fun).  Especially when you have to rush to work right after.  But that’s another conversation for another day.  I knew I’d be sitting around for a long while … so I decided to bring a book.  It’s one that Nol had recommended titled Hyperbole and Half , by Allie Brosh.  It’s a quirky book, with colorful pages, and lots of stick figure drawings.  So imagine my discomfort as I’m trying to read through this book, sandwiched in between two people, in a room full of people.  Maybe they were thinking … good for her, she’s trying to read — even if it is a picture book!

The book is pretty hilarious.  There are lots of sections that reminded me of Walter, and also shed light on my own weird quirkiness and push back of becoming and adult and having responsibilities.

While reading the hilarious chain of events that had occurred in the author’s life I stumbled upon one chapter where the author talks about a time in her life where she became utterly depressed… for no particular reason at all.  Just life bearing down.  I make this sound way more serious… but we’ve all been there.  That state of “what is the point of all of this?”  And then I came across this quote from the very last page of that chapter that struck a chord with me.

hyperbole

I think it sums up the unknown beautifully!

FITBIT

Nolan first bought a fitbit months ago.  At first, I made fun of how excited he was about this tiny gadget that displayed how nerdy he truly is.  It counts your steps, miles, sleep activity, and in general motivates you to reach certain health goals.  Pretty nifty and nerdy looking too.  He keeps his in his pocket.  After weeks of seeing him get excited about his, I ended up seeing a friend who had one while I was visiting down in the city.  She had the flex, which seemed pretty inconspicuous to wear around the wrist.  We chatted about hers for a while, and after hearing her rattle off exactly how many miles she had walked and what not, I immediately wanted one!

So when I got home I started shopping around for one!  A few days later, Nolan was kind enough to purchase one for me.  I was so excited to get it and tell everyone about it.  I now try to beat him in his steps.  It’s nice to see where I stack up against other people.  I feel bad if I dont reach 10,000 steps! fitbitI’ve also learned that when I’m at work my activity level drops dramatically.  Mostly, because more than half the day we are sitting around editing, logging sound, and putting together a story.  I’m sure there are days that are more active than others.  But it’s nice to know I can keep track of it all!

fitbit and pizzas = one happy girl

I’m done with making cauliflower crusts for a while.  They weren’t that easy to make, made kind of a mess, and didn’t taste enough like the real stuff.  It was fun to experiment with, but I’m going back to REAL doughy goodness.mo cheeseExhibit 1: Store bought dough.

This stuff came in a bag, already formed into a ball… I just let it rise and stretched it out.  Topped with sauce, onions, tomatoes, and lots and lots of cheese.  Oh yes, and I even threw in some shrimp on top!  Best pizza I’ve had in a while!  Will be making again VERY VERY SOON!Walt runsCouldn’t leave you all without a picture of my favorite pal!  We had a great time last week at the dog park.  The weather is taking a turn for the better and that means more time outside with this guy!  Let the fun begin.

 

P.S. I realize I did not get to my fitbit!  This post is to be continued . . .

Cosmo Friday!

I know I know, it’s not really Friday, but it is my FRIDAY!  And to make it even more special, my husband also managed to get the day off tomorrow!!!!  We have not had a day off together in a long while!  I’m not even sure what tomorrow will have in store, but I am excited to spend the entire day with him.  It’s been a long time coming.cosmo friday

Since, I’m in a celebratory mood I decided to make myself a cocktail!  I used one of those skinnygirl mixes with some vodka! Still sippin’ and enjoyin’!
orzoAnd just in time for dinner — some pasta salad.  I now realize after looking at this picture it’s slightly misleading.  I wanted to use up a box of orzo we had.  When I dumped it into the pot I realized there wasn’t all that much.  So I mixed in some elbow pasta.  Still, there is ORZO in my pasta salad.  Despite the picture above not really showing any..haha

Nol did not like this dish very much, but I did! It was basically a pasta salad with honey mustard esque dressing.  I also think it’s perfect to pack up and take to work.  Along with orzo and macaroni I diced up onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  I let them sweat in some olive oil and added black peppers and mixed in all the pasta. Next time I am going to leave out the cucumbers.

To make the dressing I mixed up 1/2 avocado, 2 tsp of mustard, 1 tsp of honey, a bit of olive oil, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.  I combined everything and let it refrigerate.

eggs n then some …

I was never too crazy about avocados other than in guacamole.  I thought I’d give it a second try.  I’ve been throwing it in my salads and a bunch of other stuff.  I think I may even try to make a pesto like sauce out of it for my spaghetti squash dish.  I used some in my breakfast the other day and spread it on toast and topped with a fried egg.  breakfast of champions

I seasoned the egg with black peppers, and chili flakes.  This was to die for, and I devoured it.  Kept me pretty full too!  Give it a try if you have avocados handy.
CaptureHere’s a shot of my favorite boy taking it all in after our wonderful walk (it’s our moment of spring)!  We had beautiful spring time weather here, and it looks like the rest of the week is shaping up to be like that!  We are both thrilled!

Cauliflower pizza!

I’ve had a recipe for Cauliflower Crust pinned on Pinterest for quite sometime.  I’ve been making a concerted effort to by more vegetables and fruits, and to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store.  You know, buy most of our produce, dairy, and grains so that we don’t buy all of the processed crap that can be quite unhealthy and not as filling.  I know I’m starting to sound like a health nut, but I really am trying to be more conscious about my health.  Anyway, all this leads to me getting my hands on some cauliflower.

Here’s the recipe I followed to make my crust –> Cauliflower Crust — from Eat.Drink.Smile.  It was fairly easy to make.  Next time instead of chopping up all of the cauliflower to bits and pieces I will probably use a bullet to grind it all up.

Cauliflower CrustAlso, try to make sure your cauliflower is totally dry before you mixing up your cheese, egg, and seasonings.  I blotted mine with a towel to get rid of excess water. Once I spread it on the sheet and shaped it into a round pizza like formation I let it bake and topped it with sauce, cheese and onions.
cauliflower pizzaThis was the end result!  A beautiful looking pizza.  Definitely did not taste like your typical crust, but as far as pizzas go it was still cheesy and yummy.  Pretty light too, obviously with the cauliflower and all.  So I didn’t feel like not moving after a few huge slices.  I’d say this was a pinterest success!