Lazy Days

Hello all!

I’m finally back and recovered from my grueling week at school!!! Yesterday was a  JAM packed Saturday. I was up at 7am for a quick workout and then mom and I hit the outlets for some retail therapy. I sure needed it after this week! I was such a nice day and fun to hang out with my mom, who I haven’t seen in months. I started my day out with a new -to- me yogurt Oiko’s super fruit Greek Yogurt with a cereal mix on top:

Oiko's Greek Yogurt Super Fruits!

It powered me nicely through my day of shopping as well as some snacks I took along. Let me just say I love Ann Taylor LOFT and J.Crew I made out great in those stores and am officially ready for spring and summer weather!

Later the whole fam headed out for dinner at a new local farm to table restaurant. It was SUPER delicious! I started with a mixed green salad with apples, pecans, and big chunks of bleu cheese, topped off with an apple champagne vinaigrette. (this went unpictured as well as the amazing house made rolls, because I was starving!!!). For my entree I had Wild striped bass with a poached egg, lobster, roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and a garlic pesto sauce. The flavors were wonderful!

Next came the best dessert I have had in AGES!!!! I loved it! It was a house made butterscotch pudding w/ whipped cream and candied walnuts on top. I LOVED how it was served in a jar!

Needless to say all the shopping and delicious food wiped me out! I came home and went straight to bed!

I woke up at 9:30am this morning….. when was the last time I slept past 8? I have no clue but it felt GREAT! I hung around for the morning and caught up on some blogs. I decided to take the day off from working out and just relax.

Mom and I headed to the one and only Trader Joe’s! I love going there. There isn’t one near my school so when I come home it is a must-do! I got lots of great stuff to take back with me!! I always go crazy in that store!

We came home and I took a wonderful nap! And awoke just in time for a scrumptous family dinner!

Grilled Shrimp

The rest of the fam had grilled Steak as well

Sauteed southern Greens.... I should have grown up in the south!!

Grilled bread w/ sea salt and olive oil

And some vino!

I even got some cooking in today! Today was the perfect lazy day Sunday!

I’ll save that recipe for tomorrow 😉

 

What is your perfect lazy day?

Sleeping in, running errands, napping and cooking!!!

 

What is the best dessert you have ever had at a restaurant?

The butterscotch pudding I had this weekend is right up there with the pear cranberry crisp w/ caramel ice cream I had a Nora in D.C

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Israeli Lovin

Israeli cous cous that is! I have never even tried it in all my 22 years. I think it is because I have never really liked regular cous cous so I figured Israeli cous cous wouldn’t be much different, but boy o boy was I wrong!

Now that I have your attention….. (did you like the title of this post?)

This morning it was snowing. Yes, really… more snow. Obviously there was no way of getting around that I had to walk to class in it so I started my day off with a warm cup of coffee and some greek yogurt mixed with Trader Joe’s cranberry apple butter, this stuff is goooooood in yogurt! And it was the end of the container, so I got to eat out of it which is always great when I don’t have to do dishes in the morning!

Lunch went undocumented, but consisted of some carrots and hummus, an orange, and a Kashi TLC bar. My wednesdays are jam packed so I munch when I can….. I had some peanut butter crackers and apple sauce as a snack that also went undocumented.

So basically I had been planning what I wanted to  make for dinner all day long, because quite frankly after 3 nights in a row of pasta with cream sauce I was feeling pretty horrible. –>The boy and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Olive Garden on Sunday and the portabella mushroom ravioli were calling my name. Unfortunately they had cream sauce on them which isn’t my favorite, but it was fine for one meal. However, I was left with leftovers, and being as I loved the ravioli I wasn’t going to let it go to waste.

So I knew I wanted something fresh and full of veggies this evening. I had originally planned to make this meal with quinoa, but was rooting through my pantry when I found the cous cous. It took less time to cook and I was hungry, so obviously I was going to settle for that.  Here is the break down:

Israeli cous cous mishmash (my random name for this awesome delight)

Kidney beans, kalamata olive, balsamic vinegar, cherry tomatoes, and parmesean cheese

1 box Israeli cous cous

1/4 cup Cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, halved

1/4 cup Kidney beans, rinsed

A splash of balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Italian herb mix (basil, oregano)

Directions:

Following the directions on the box was my approach to the cous cous which included some olive oil in a sauce pan and sauteing the cous cous over medium heat until it was light brown

Then add 1 3/4 cup water slowly, then turn back heat to medium-low and let  simmer until all liquid is absorbed.

While I was waiting for the cous cous to be done cooking I sliced some cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and drained/washed a can of kidney beans.

When the cous cous was done cooking I added a splash of balsamic to the pan and stirred in the veggies

Mix it all together and ENJOY! I dusted the top with some grated Parmesan cheese and had a salad with almonds on the side. It was wayyyyy better than I ever imagined!

Off to do some homework, it is really starting to pile on…. I guess it is to be expected 3 weeks into the semester. I plan on finishing my night with a few delicious snacks ( I always need a bedtime snack) Tonight it’s some TJ chocolate cat cookies and pineapple!

Best dessert/snack ever!

This was cut up directly after this photo.... I think pineapples are so pretty!

I hope you all have a good Wednesday!

What new unexpectedly delicious food have you tried lately?