Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekend Recap

I'm ridiculously proud of myself for doing my weekend recap on a Monday :)

Friday was my day off so I spent the morning going on a Target run and buying a gift for a friend's baby shower this coming Sat. I love picking out baby gifts for friends, but I seriously dislike Babies R Us! Lots of things that are listed on registries as "available in this store" are, in fact, not available in this store. The aisles given for different products are always wrong and/or the aisle numbers are difficult or impossible to find. The store employees, while nice, do not seem to know any more than I know. Ugh! I did find a cute gift, though, and then was off to meet my husband for a little ice skating :) We both love to ice skate (we're not skilled/graceful, but we love it!) and realized last week that we had almost let the entire winter go by without skating. So Peter took off of work for the afternoon, and we went skating at our local ice rink. I had a great time, except when the rink guard was showing off to a group of little kids by skating really fast backwards and slammed right into me. Ouch!!! Thankfully I wasn't really hurt, just a bit bruised, but I was kind of upset that the rink guard who was supposed to be enforcing rules and protecting people made me fall. Not cool! When we got home, I made Deep South Shrimp and Sausage over Spicy Cheese Grits (thanks to Rachel from In No Simple Language!).

(image from Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast, Oxmoor House)

This was dangerously yummy and very easy to fix! The recipe has already gone in my "favorites" in my recipe file :) After dinner, we watched Despicable Me which we really enjoyed. I wasn't sure I wanted to see this one, even though I usually like animated movies, since the previews didn't look that great, but I decided to take a chance and was pleasantly surprised. Sat. morning I helped set up for the Junior League of Washington's annual consignment sale, Tossed & Found. This weekend was the last weekend for members to drop off their stuff for sale, and, let me tell you, we got loads of stuff! The clothing alone made a small mountain in the middle of the room :) It looks like it's going to be a great sale! After my morning shift, I needed to go to Bloomingdales and Sephora to pick up some make-up, and while at Sephora, I fell in love with this:

 (image from Sephora)

Smells great and makes my lips rosy and soft. I think I'll be using this a lot this spring and summer! Sunday we went to church, came home and had lunch, and then I had an advisor meeting for Junior League to go to. My provisional year is almost over; I can't believe it! After I came home, Peter and I went for a walk around our neighborhood since it was nice outside and fed the ducks in the nearby lake. After dinner (TJ's Orange Chicken - always a fave in our house!), we attempted to watch the Oscars but ABC was not coming in on our TV for some reason. So we eventually gave up and watched The Simpsons :) I did check out some of the dresses online this morning (the only reason I watch awards shows!), and I loved Natalie Portman's dress (she is radiant!).

(image from Vogue UK)

I also loved Cate Blanchett's dress! So different - kind of structured yet frilly and feminine. Maybe I'm just really into purple too  :)

(image from Vogue UK)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane ...

I wish! I'm really just sitting here at my desk, but I'm dreaming about leaving on a jet plane for somewhere wonderful. I've been dreaming a lot about summer vacations lately; I think it's a coping mechanism to get me through the last cold days of winter :) Peter and I both love to travel, but we're not sure about our travel plans this year since things at my job are a bit up in the air at the moment. We don't really know when we could go on a vacation, how long we could stay, what our budget should be, etc. This uncertainty does not stop me from doing some preliminary vacation research, though!

First possibility: Scotland!

(image from

Scotland is the only part of the UK that I havn't seen yet, and since I'm a total Anglophile, this doesn't seem quite right to me :) I also love Alexander McCall Smith's books which are mainly set in Edinburgh, and I would love to see some of the places that he describes. Pros = castles; relatively cheap airfare for Europe; no need to grapple with a foreign language; sort of related to Wills and Kate's wedding this April since they met at St. Andrew's. Cons = not as adventurous; not sure how to travel from town to town since we don't really want to rent a car and attempt to drive on the wrong side of the road.

Second possibility: Germany and Austria!

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Peter studied German in high-school, and I think that it's only right after all of that hard work to go to the source of that language! Pros = castles; Sound of Music tour in Salzburg; strudel and other delectable pastries; a reliable and somewhat affordable train system; beautiful mountains; awesome beer; unique architecture. Cons = flights are crazy expensive; not as sure what we really want to see and what we don't.

Third possibility: Australia!

(image from

One of Peter's good friends from college moved to Australia last year (his wife is Australian), and we would love to visit them! Pros = chance to see friends; English-speaking; very adventurous; kangaroos and koalas!; Great Barrier Reef. Cons =  no castles; super expensive flights that last 24 hours (an entire day on a plane - I don't know about that!);  huge country that is not easily traversed; again not as sure what we really want to see and what we don't.

Those are our foreign country possibilities. I would also love a week at the beach in the good ole U.S.A.! Peter has never been to Florida, and I've never been to the Florida Keys so a trip there has potential. I've never been to Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, etc. and think a trip to that area is highly overdue! I always love the Outer Banks in NC or Hilton Head in SC so I wouldn't turn a trip down to one of those beaches either.

I guess we can't really make any decisions until everything is more settled, but it certainly is fun dreaming about all of the possibilities :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weekend Recap & Menu Wednesday & Thoughts on The Bachelor

I'm really going to try to do better at doing my weekend recap posts on Mon. (or Tues. if Mon is a holiday) instead of later in the week. It just feels weird doing a weekend recap in the middle of the week! It also feels weird to do a Menu Monday post on Wednesday :)

On Fri. Peter and I took full advantage of the nice, spring-like weather in the DC-area (temps in the 70s!) and took a walk at the college campus where he works and the nearby neighborhood where we used to live. All of the college students were out and about enjoying the weather too; there was really kind of a street-party vibe going on. We gave up trying to count how many frat house barbecues we passed :) We were hoping that some college students would invite us to share their hamburgers and hot dogs but no luck so we headed home for pizza and a movie. We watched Eat Pray Love. Cinematography=gorgeous. Acting/Storyline/Etc.=mediocre. I remembered from reading the book that Elizabeth Gilbert certainly had a way with words but that overall I thought the book was a bit on the self-indulgent side, and I felt the same about the movie. Sat. was a lazy morning with a yummy breakfast of biscuits and honey and then we ran some errands that we had been needing to do for awhile. Peter got two pairs of new sneakers, and I got a bike! My bike was stolen last year (apparently a rite of passage when you live in the DC-area), and I really missed riding last spring and fall. Now I'm fully prepared to tackle those trails when the first signs of spring come (so excited for that!) :) Getting home from the mall was quite an adventure on Sat. because there were brush fires in our area!!! It was an extremely windy day, and a fire that started at some kind of factory ended up burning acres and acres of land. The smoke was so bad that the police had to close I-95 for awhile. Needless to say, traffic was horrible, and Peter and I had to be creative taking back roads home. After that, Peter took me out to eat (in the opposite direction of the fires!) for our belated Valentine's Day. Deep Creek Restaurant and Marina was terrific! We both love seafood, and our meals (he had scallops, I had crab) were fantastic. We had a table looking out onto the water, and a group of swans (?!) decided to swim by while we were eating which was fun to see. Sun. was church, lunch with friends (we went to a Vietnamese noodle place which was a new experience for me, and I loved it!), a grocery store and library run, and then talking to our families and relaxing. Mon. was a holiday for me, and I stayed home the entire day and cleaned like a crazy woman! Maybe it was spring fever or something, but I really went to town and was exhausted that night. I also almost finished organizing my recipe cuttings into binders. I've had a drawer full of recipe cuttings for about five years now and it was getting out of control (meaning the drawer was overflowing and I couldn't find anything in there!) so I finally decided to do something about it. P can't tease me any more about taking 3 years to find a recipe :)

Speaking of recipes, I tried one new recipe last week that I think deserves a shout out: Bacon Pierogi Bake

(image from Cooking Light)

Potato dumplings and cheese in cream sauce baked and topped with bacon, tomatoes, and green onions. Yum! Low in calories, fat, etc. and quick to prepare and easy on the budget. Even better! Peter didn't think that he liked pierogis, but he liked this and I'll definitely be making this again.

I don't really have a good transition into speaking about The Bachelor so I'm just going to jump in. I'm SO glad that Michelle was given the heave-ho last week!!! I was worried that she was going to be kept for the drama factor, but, thankfully, no. I really think that she thought she was going to win with all of her shenanigans and couldn't believe that her scheming didn't pay off when Brad didn't hand her a rose. Not sad to see her go at all! I was sad, though, to see Shawntel leave this week. She seemed so nice and genuine, and I really admired her for having such a different occupation. I'm rooting for Ashley now, even though I like Emily too :) I loved the hometown visits this week, and Ashley's family is too cute for words!

(image from
Can't wait to see the finale!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ape House: Chapters 26 - Epilogue

1. How would you describe the relationship between John and Isabel?

They're good friends who respect each other a great deal. I think that they admire each others' work and character. I get the feeling that if John had not already been married he would have romantically pursued Isabel since the author hints in several places that John is physically attracted to her.

2. What was your reaction to finding out Peter's role in the explosion and capture of the apes?

I was appalled. I can't believe that Peter put Isabel, his fiancee, in serious physical danger and broke her heart by kidnapping her beloved apes and then spent time with her after the bombing, lying to her face. And even when she found out about his involvement, he still thought that he could get back into her life. Incredible!

3. Both John and Amanda ended up achieving their professional goals. Amanda ended up getting pregnant and John is excited about having a baby. Do you think this is the end to their problems? Can John and Amanda be happy?

They will certainly have more problems in their lives and in their relationship, but I think this episode in their marriage showed them that they truly do love each other and can get through anything together. In the Epilogue, they seemed really happy.

4. What did you find to be the most intriguing about the bonobos?

I thought it was very intriguing that one of the bonobos was able to identify one of the men who had participated in the bombing. Wow! I also thought it was very intriguing that the bonobos remembered Isabel so well and asked for her by name, even though they had been separated from her for quite some time. 

5. Which character did you enjoy reading about the most?

I really liked John. He was such a nice, decent, stand-up kind of guy. I really admired how he cared for his wife when she was depressed and how he saved that man's life when there was the explosion at the meth lab. I also really liked Ivanka. She was certainly a surprise! I thought she might give John a really hard time, but then she ended up being a good friend to him.

6. Was the ending what you expected? Did things resolve the way you thought they would?

I had not expected that John and Amanda's careers would take off the way that they did. I was happy for them; they had worked so hard and deserved some recognition. I had expected that Isabel would reunite with the bonobos, but I didn't expect that they would end up in a facility even nicer than the language lab had been!

7. And finally, any overall thoughts or feelings that these questions haven't addressed? How would you rate this book for others? Any part that you loved? Anything you hated? SHARE!

Sometimes the level of detail on the bonobos was a bit too much. Sara Gruen had obviously done a lot of research on bonobos for this book and seemed determined to include all of her information even if it didn't really contribute to the story. The parts where the readers were taken into the bonobos' minds were overkill for me. She is a very good writer, though, and I especially enjoyed her skills at characterization. She really made the characters come alive. I'm looking forward to reading "Water for Elephants" in the near future!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Weekend Recap & Valentine's Day 2011

Whew! What a busy weekend!!! I like being active and having things to do, but I have to say - I am looking forward to some down time this coming weekend. Last Fri. was my day off of work, and I spent it running errands - some enjoyable (Michaels), some not (post office). On Fri. night, I volunteered for an event for Junior League and met some really fun ladies, but it was LATE when I got home and I was wiped out. Thank goodness P and I didn't have anything to do Sat. morning so we slept in and made awesome blueberry pancakes. I found this recipe from Martha Stewart, and let me tell you - my husband and I thought we had died and gone to heaven while we were eating these :)

(image from Martha Stewart)

Sat. afternoon I was crafty :) (maybe I was channeling special Martha Stewart vibes from the pancakes) I made the Valentine's Day card for my husband while he was at work for a bit, and I made cake balls. The card turned out nicely; the cake balls were not all that I had hoped that they would be but they were much better than the last batch that I made (which was a total fail!). I think I just need to tweak a few things, and they'll be Bakerella-perfect!

I kind of realized after I had made the card that I might have made my husband the girliest-looking valentine ever, but I gave it to him anyway and he thought it was "cool" :)

My smile of relief after the cake balls turned out 100% better than before!

Sat. night my church hosted a super fun square dance to raise funds for the youth group's mission trip to Jamaica this summer. The square dance caller was a hoot and totally looked the part with his cowboy boots and bolero tie! He threw some disco and 50's tunes in with the country while we were dancing :) Peter and I always forget how much fun we have square dancing until we do it again. We're doing to have to find a way to dance more this year! Sun. we went to church and then we went out to lunch with a big group to celebrate the baptism of one of our friends. We spent the rest of the day getting some chores done around the house and talking to our families on the phone. 

We had decided last week not to celebrate Valentine's Day on Mon. since we didn't want to be pressed for time trying to go out to dinner and do something special on a weeknight. I gave Peter his present and card, and we ate cake balls but that was about it. That turned out to be a very good decision because Valentine's Day turned into a bummer for me with a really shocking and sad announcement at work. I can't go into details, but it just wasn't a great Valentine's Day from that perspective. After my day at work, I didn't feel like celebrating anything so I was only too happy to stay at home and enjoy some relaxing time with my husband. Peter has a belated Valentine's Day outing (a surprise!) planned for Sat., and I'm really looking forward to it :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ape House: Chapters 13-25

1. Would you watch or be tempted to watch a show like Ape House?

I might watch a bit of it at first because I would be interested in the bonobos, but it seems like the show is just as cheesy and fake as other reality TV shows so I would probably lose interest quickly. And I would definitely not pay a subscription fee to watch it!

2. Do you think John did the right thing by quitting his job and moving to L.A.?

I think it was the right decision for him. His boss was obviously persecuting him and looking for any reason to fire him; he really didn't have much of a future at the newspaper in Philly. And his wife was out in L.A.; he wanted to be with her and support her. It was a risky, scary decision since he didn't have a job when he moved and they needed his paycheck, but I can understand why he did what he did.

3. We haven't seen a whole lot of Isabel in this section, but what do you think of Peter now that we know more about him?

I'm SO glad that Isabel isn't engaged to him anymore. What a creep! She is way better off without him.

4. Can John turn the ape story for the tabloid into something he is proud of? Is he getting a little bit of redemption by being assigned to his dream story again even if it is for a tabloid?

I think that John can write a wonderful article on the bonobos for the tabloid, but whether the tabloid publishes it or not is a different story. His boss could also edit his story a lot to make it more "tabloid-friendly." I hope that doesn't happen and he can write his dream story the way that he wants to and that it will lead to better opportunities for him, but his boss doesn't seem that supportive so that might be very unlikely.

5. Have your thoughts on John and Amanda's marriage changed since last week? Where do you see their marriage headed?

I was getting worried that Amanda was turning into a "Hollywood bot" when she started getting work done on her face and buying really expensive clothes, but I was really relieved when she became fed up with trying to fit in and regretted moving to L.A. and the damage she had done to her marriage. I think John and Amanda are going to be OK. I think that their marriage is going to survive and that they're going to have a baby.

6. What do you think will end up happening to the apes?

I think that as soon as the ratings for Ape House dip, Faulks is going to try to get rid of the apes. I have a feeling that he'll try to sell them to a testing lab, but I hope that they eventually go to a zoo or sanctuary where Isabel can take care of them.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sperry Top-Sider & Elaine Turner

What do these two have in common? Rue La La is hosting sales for both of these great, preppy companies this week! The Sperry Top-Sider sale will be tomorrow, Feb. 10 opening at 11am EST, and the Elaine Turner sale will be Sun./Feb. 13 opening at 11am EST. I'm a little bummed that the Elaine Turner sale is on Sunday because I'll be in church when the sale starts, but maybe if I keep my fingers crossed, there will still be some wonderful shoes and purses left when I get home. I'm really hoping to add these lovelies to my shoe collection :)
(image from Elaine Turner)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Weekend Recap

So no Menu Monday (or Tuesday) this week because P and I subsisted on frozen meals last week :( We were out of town last weekend so I wasn't able to go to the grocery store and I didn't have time (or the will!) to go after work so we depleted the hoard of frozen dinner items that I keep on hand for just such occasions. I did make homemade banana walnut muffins, though, on Fri. night for Sat. morning's breakfast so I'm not a completely bad wife :) A friend passed along the best banana muffin recipe to me last year, and I think I make a batch every two months at least.  You can find the recipe at All Recipes. The streusel topping is what really makes them fab!

(image from All Recipes)

Fri. night we were super tired so we stayed in and I made the muffins and then did my nails while we watched some random nature program (until the wolves started hunting and eating some defenseless animal - I can't stand to watch animals being hurt even if I know it's just the circle of life and such). Sat. I volunteered for the Junior League at the MLK Library in DC. I learned a lot about the Adaptive Services division which offers so many great services to the blind and deaf in the city. And I volunteered with a great group of girls so we had a lot of fun chatting while working :) I finally made it to the grocery store that night, and - let me tell you - it was packed out! I've never seen a grocery store so busy - not even before snow!!! I guess people were stocking up for Superbowl parties, and some of the shelves were bare. I found some of the apparently popular Superbowl food choices kind of funny. Frozen waffles? Seriously - there were like two boxes of frozen waffles left! Celery? No celery to be had in the store. Canned black-eyed peas? Hmm ... Sun. we went to church and then one of our friends, who is Chinese, invited us to lunch to celebrate the Chinese New Year (Happy Year of the Rabbit!). She is an incredible cook so P and I never turn down an opportunity to eat at her house! We lounged at home the rest of the afternoon and then went to a Superbowl party at our friends' house. So much good food! I didn't have to cook all day :) We had a fun time watching the game (Hooray for the Packers!) and talking. My friend's four-year-old son was sitting with me on the couch and was asking me all kinds of questions about the game. I've never felt so knowledgeable about football in my life! I was saying things like, "The green guys have to take the football from the yellow guys and run with it down to the end of the field" and he seemed pretty impressed :) I hope his daddy can correct any misinformation that I might have imparted to him!

Before I end - I have to say that I will be very disappointed if Brad ends up with Michelle on The Bachelor. I think that Nina summed up my feelings about Michelle well in her post today. I didn't know she had a daughter until I read Nina's post (I've just been able to watch bits and pieces of this season)! Yikes! I can't imagine having a mother like that.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ape House: Chapters 1-12

 Woohoo! This is my first time to join in on the discussion for the blogging book club Book Beginnings & Bookends :) This month we're reading Sara Gruen's Ape House. Check out my answers to the first set of discussion questions below.
1. What was your initial reaction to the idea of a language lab with bonobos who are capable of having conversations with humans? 
I was fascinated to read about the bonobos communicating with humans through American Sign Language. I wanted to be with John Thigpen when he got to visit the lab and experience this first-hand! Even though I thought the bonobos and the work done at the lab was very interesting, I was a little disturbed by how attached Isabel was to the bonobos. She calls them her family and has their pictures all over her apartment! It almost seems that she has let her "relationships" with the bonobos replace human relationships, and that just isn't healthy. I think that she's too close to them- emotionally and physically. I was also a little disturbed that the bonobos seemed to order the humans around at the lab. It was kind of like the bonobos were royalty and the humans were their servants - rushing to fetch them anything they wanted. 

2. Isabel said early in the book that the apes know they're apes and know that the humans are humans, but they don't see any superiority with either... What do you think the major difference is between the two?

The bonobos are mainly concerned with satisfying their apetites - food, sex, etc. - as much as possible. They don't show the restraint that humans do.

3. What are your thoughts on John and his feelings toward Isabel? How do you think their relationship will play out?
John only spent a few hours with Isabel so I would think that his feelings for her would only be a physical attraction. The author seems to indicate in several points, though, that there's more to these feelings or that something further will develop between these two. I'm disappointed in this aspect of the story because John seems to genuinely love his wife, and the author seems to foreshadow that his marriage is eventually going to collapse and he's going to end up with Isabel. I'm hoping that's not the case!

4. How do you think Isabel will respond to the apes being taken?

I think she's going to be utterly disconsolate since she considers them to be her family. I think that she's going to stop at nothing to get them back.

5. Do you think Celia is part of the team that ambushed the learning center?
I don't think so. I think that she's too obvious a choice to be the real villain. I think that she's going to be instrumental in helping Isabel find the bonobos.

6. What are your thoughts on John and his relationship with Amanda? 
John is very supportive of Amanda. He really wants the best for her and tries to make that happen. He has also been very patient with her as she struggles with depression. I feel some sympathy for Amanda because I can only imagine how difficult it would be to deal with the failure of a first book and all of those rejection notices for a second book! But I also think that she's being selfish moving out to LA to work on a risky project and leaving her husband behind in Philadelphia. She seems to place her needs ahead of John's needs and is willing to sacrifice their relationship to further her career. I think that at some point in the book John is going to burn out, and there's going to be a crisis in their marriage.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Day DIY Cards

This year for Valentine's Day I would really like to make a card for my husband. That said - I am certainly not the most crafty person in the world. For example, I spent 4 hours trying to make one bow out of ribbon for a decoration for my wedding and it turned out to be an utter disaster :( But I aspire to be crafty so I think I'm going to give it a shot this Valentine's Day. The card might turn out looking like something a 4-year-old made, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Doing some research, I've found several really fun ideas. I'm not sure which one I'll pick yet, but I think these are all super creative and possibly doable for me :)

Martha Stewart:

1. Quilled Open Heart Valentines

This looks like the most challenging of the designs, but I love the result! I have no idea who sells quilling paper, though. (Michaels? Hobby Lobby?)

2. Queen and King of Hearts Valentines

Simple but cute. I could pair it with a homemade envelope for a little more cuteness.

Lots of complicated folding, but I think P would really enjoy opening this :)

I think I did something similar to this in Girl Scouts back in the day :)

Real Simple:
Real Simple had several great Valentine's Day craft ideas. Love the button card! I need to buy some buttons anyway so I could just buy several pack of red ones while I'm at it.

The Sweetest Occasion:

This is my favorite, but I think I'm going to save this idea for our anniversary in April because I just don't have the time to do this right now! This project is called the "Library of Love" which, of course, is oh-so-fitting for me since I'm a librarian :) Basically you create library catalog cards replacing the call numbers with important dates in your relationship, book titles with memories and significant quotes, and publisher info with cities where you have traveled and then file them in a decorated box. I especially like this idea for an anniversary because you can add cards to it every year.

I'm also going to attempt to make cake balls for him as a little Valentine's Day treat. I tried to make cake balls for the first time for my office Christmas party, and they were a gigantic fail and I couldn't take them. But Peter thought the ugly results were quite tasty so I vowed to try again. I will not be defeated by cake mix, frosting, and melted chocolate :)

(this is what my next batch will look like!)

(images from Martha Stewart, Real Simple, The Sweetest Occasion blog, and Bakerella)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sending Lots of Love to Punxsutawney Phil!!!

I guess Punxsutawney Phil is as tired of hibernating as I am because he came out of his burrow today and didn't go back in. Spring is almost here!!! It is a very happy Groundhog Day :)

As a side note - I was perusing the Cake Doctor website yesterday and saw these really cute groundhog cupcakes.

I've never been one to really celebrate Groundhog Day, but I might need to whip up a batch of these and start a new tradition :)

(images from Google Images and Cake Doctor)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Menu Monday (sort of)

I had planned to post this yesterday but was too busy so Menu Tuesday it is :)

I only tried two new recipes this past week since we were eating leftovers and we were out of town this past weekend.


*Vegetarian Country Captain
*Tossed Salad

I love traditional Country Captain and have a great recipe for it, but when I saw this recipe in Cooking Light , I wanted to try it because I've been trying to include more veggies in our diet. It smelled wonderful while it was cooking (love curry powder!), but the result was not so wonderful. Not awful but not nearly as tasty as the original and not a keeper. Grade: C


*Leftover Vegetarian Country Captain (it did not improve as a leftover!)
*Leftover Rice
*Leftover Salad


*Leftover Vegetarian Country Captain (this recipe made a ton!)
*Leftover Rice
*Leftover Salad

*Kung Pao Chicken
*Rice (we ate a lot of rice this week!)
*Steamed Broccoli

Another recipe from Cooking Light and another so-so result (unusual since Cooking Light rarely lets me down). The snow peas were still crisp on the first serving, but with reheating, they wilted and were kind of mushy (bleh - no mush in my food please!). The sauce also didn't have much kick to it; I thought Kung Pao chicken was supposed to have some "Pao" to it but it was lackluster. Grade: B-


*Leftover Kung Pao Chicken
*Leftover rice
*Leftover Broccoli

Friday through Sunday

We were at my in-laws so I didn't have to cook all weekend! I love cooking, but it is nice to have a break every now and then :) My MIL made a very unique coffeecake for Sat. morning. I had never had anything like it; it was more of a sweet bread than a traditional streusel coffeecake. Hot out of the oven with butter = Yum!