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Jingle All the Way

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:42pm

That’s the movie my little bro and I just finished watching :mrgreen:What ever happened to Sinbad?

We’ve been having a “Sib Night” that included a trip to the grocery store to get some baking supplies - expect the results in a future post! - and a delicious dinner from Bad Donkey. I’ve blogged about this restaurant in the past - it has some of the best pizza and salad I have ever tasted! I usually opt for the salad because it comes with a piece of cheesy pizza bread, so it’s the best of both worlds!

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The cheesy bread is on the left. It’s basically a thick pizza crust (!!crust!!) covered in cheese. Absolutely delicious. As for the salad, I got the choose-your-own with romaine and spinach, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and feta cheese. It all came with low-fat honey mustard dressing.

Since we last “met,” I’ve been doing a lot of C h r i s t m a s shopping. I’ve gathered all the necessary “ingredients” for my Blogger Secret Santa gift that Sarah over at Our Kitchen Adventures is hosting. I also put the finishing touches on my family gifts. All that’s left is some wrapping and shipping and we’re good to go! I am usually never this early, so it’s a true first!

For yesterday’s lunch, I heated up a Dim Sum platter from Costco.

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The platter comes with an assortment of potstickers (veggie) and dumplings (veggie and shrimp). It’s garnished with pea pods and carrots. If you ever come across it at Costco, I HIGHLY recommend that you try it. Everything tastes amazing!

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Another view:

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I also broke out more of Melissa’sbaked amazingness. I started with a piece of peppermint bark - which was great! I love the crunchy candies on top!

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I also split the Dark Chocolate Covered Oreo with my little brother. We both agreed that while Oreos are good…they are even BETTER when they are covered in chocolate!

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Thanks again, Melissa! We are enjoying everything, if ya can’t tell ;) Yum!

The rest of the day was spent shopping with my mom. We also stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some goodies - mainly Greek yogurt - and didn’t get back until dinnertime. Luckily, Papa Bender saved the day by cooking up a delicious meal for us while we were gone - Seafood Pasta!

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He used whole wheat spaghetti noodles and topped them with shrimp, mussels and clams. The sauce was a delicious white wine butter - I later realized I needed some bread for dipping! On the side, he made up a delicious salad with tomatoes, black olives and cucumbers.

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And of course, what better to go with pasta than a glass of red wine?

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The answer you’re looking for is nothing ;) Notice the scissors in the background. We are all about the multi-tasking dinner table.

For dessert, I broke out Melissa’swhite chocolate Oreo bark - yummy!

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And that brings us back to today. This morning our family made the INSANE decision to play golf at 8:00 am in the 40* weather. It was soooo chilly!! But fun, nonetheless. Before we headed out, I grabbed a fast breakfast of Chobani Greek yogurt topped with pomegranate seeds, raspberries and blueberries.

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After freezing our a$$es off the chilly round, we grabbed lunch at the clubhouse. I knew I wanted something warm and I saw on the menu that they had “bottomless” cups of soup. I found out that the soup of the day was cream of mushroom - holy yum, it was SO GOOD! I had two cups.

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Then my mom and I split the “Formaggi-dilla Caprese,” a fancy pants way of saying quesadilla with mozzarella and tomatoes. It came in a spinach wrap with fruit on the side.

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I came back and took a nap - the cold weather/golf combo made me very tired! - and then read a bit of The Host before working out. And now we’ve come full circle to the “Sib Night.” All caught up!

My ‘rents are home again, so I think some family time is calling my name. I hope that you all have been having relaxing and enjoyable weekends. There’s just one day left in the Vita-Mix Super 5200 Giveaway! I can’t wait to find out who the lucky winner will be!

Goodnight moon! And blog readers, too ;)

      
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