Borrowing Recipes

It is time for another delicious What I Ate Wednesday. Normally I would show you a day in the life of what I have been eating, but today I’m going to show you what I have been making off other people’s blogs. So without further ado, I’m linking up with Jen over at Peas and Crayons to bring you a special

Peas and Crayons

First up was some oatmeal over at The Real Life RD. I am normally not an oatmeal person, that is my polite way of saying “I think oatmeal is gross” and while we are on it I am one of the only food bloggers out there who doesn’t like chickpeas. There I said it, buffalo chickpeas are not a good substitute for buffalo chicken. End of story. I digress, so Robyn posts these pictures of chocolate oatmeal with peanut butter. Hmmm you have my attention, I thought why not try it, worse case I throw it down the drain and crow my victory of hating all oatmeal.

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There was no crowing, only devouring the bowl and thinking about seconds, luckily I was too full. People go and try the oatmeal she made here. It’s worth it!

Second recipe came from Miss Martha herself. I saw it in one of the magazines I was catching up on this past weekend (I think it was the Mother’s Day issue to be honest) and knew I had to make it for my boyfriend who loves all things carby and blueberry.

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He loved it, I loved it, some is leftover in the freezer. Need I say more? It was like a cross between a cake, blueberry muffin and a pancake. Delicious! She was nice enough to put the recipe on her website so you can find that one here. 

Next on the list, does anyone remember my obsession with mac and cheese? Well if you don’t I won’t downplay it, I can eat it until I get sick. I love the stuff and put it in my mouth as much as possible. So last week Liz from I Heart Vegetables posted a comment on my blog. I read all comments, respond to all comments and then head over to check out your webpage if I have one. See I don’t get tons of comments so it’s pretty easy to do. I head on over and fall in love, she writes beautifully and the first thing I see is Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese that is 150 calories per serving. I set out to make it for lunches this week, thinking worst case I dump it if I hate it and then go buy lunch.

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It is phenomenal, I put some crushed garlic and some red pepper flakes on mine before I baked it and love it! Seriously the squash does not bring this dish down. The recipe is here. 

Last but not least I have been craving beet and spinach salads like a mad woman but didn’t want to just top it with some boring vinegar so I did a quick google search and came up with a recipe from Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips. I didn’t add as much oil as she did and I might have used a tad more greek yogurt, not sure  I didn’t measure but look at the creamy goodness this is!

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It looks like soup and tastes like heaven! I used about a third of this on my salad and then put the rest in the fridge to save. I left it uncovered so now the fridge smells like a delicious balsamic viniagrette dressing. Good thing the boyfriend is away for work! She posted the recipe here.

So that is it for this week and my stealing of recipes. Now you tell me whose sight I should go look at for my next inspiration! 

Weekend Recap

What a wonderful weekend I just had. I was worried that since we didn’t have any solid plans it was going to be kind of a bust, but we ended up making the most of it and I woke up this morning beat from all we did. It started off Friday not so great. I had a co workers going away party that I put together, we had a few drinks and a bunch of appetizers and then out of no where my stomach dropped. Leaving hastily I made it home in record time to be sick for the rest of the night. I was nervous when I woke up Saturday morning, I had a wax appointment at 10 but didn’t want to be sick the whole time, luckily my stomach had calmed down so I headed over. When I got back the boyfriend and I packed up the car and headed out mountain biking.

photo1 1 I was so much more worn out this time than last time which made me a little discouraged by the boyfriend reminded me that what I was doing was still hard work and I should be proud of myself. It was a great time and I did work up a huge sweat. We came out of the trails and went and explored a little and found a fantastic pond.

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We were both wishing we had our swim suits so we could jump in and cool off. Great to know for next time!

After heading home and showering we were famished so into Boston we went for an early dinner. I knew he wanted to keep it low key so I picked out a brick oven pizza place to try. It was called Woody’s Grill and Tap and it had a huge selection of beers and brick oven pizzas. I was undecided between a clam and bacon pizza and the wild mushroom pizza, so the server chose the wild mushroom one for me.

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It was really good but I think I would have liked the salty smokey bacon more. Oh well I guess I’ll just have to go back and get another one! After getting another drink at a bar down the road we decided to head home and call it a night, I was sound asleep before 10:30. We woke up the next day and I didn’t want to waste a beautiful day sitting inside so I got a coffee to enjoy on my back deck.

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While I was out there catching up on some blogs I hatched a plan to get the boyfriend to do something outside. I came up with either the beach or some more bike riding. I thought he would go for the beach to get some down time but he was up for more biking so we headed about 20 minutes away to the start of a 15 mile bike trial.

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I didn’t think we would do the whole thing but the boyfriend was feeling it so we were off. I felt great the whole way down but about halfway back I started to get tired! By the time we reached the car and had gone 30 miles I was totally done. I love exercising to exhaustion though and felt great!

The night was then spent cleaning, doing laundry and relaxing. I thought I would have a hard time falling asleep, but the second my head hit the pillow I was out.

Two more work days and I’m officially on vacation!

Do you like bike riding? 

 

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