Good evening! How’s the weekend treating ya so far? Life’s been pretty good over here!
I finally got some much needed relaxation this afternoon– in the form of laying out by the pool! It’s been REALLY HOT here this week, so I had to cut my sun-session short… but it was still just what the doctor ordered. Getting my daily dose of Vitamin D always makes me feel better!
Another thing that turned my day around? A new pudding variation:
I found a bag of organic frozen cherries during my trip to Whole Foods, and have been dreaming of eating myCherry Chocolate Bomb Puddingever since! But this time, I added a secret ingredient:
Okay, so maybe it’s not-so-secret. If you ask me, Pure Almond Extract makes EVERYTHING taste more gourmet!!
This flavor combo was so rich and exotic! It reminded me of a gourmet-flavored scone you might find in a “fancy-schmancy” bakery–> only this version won’t stick to your hips later!
The best part of making this pudding? Definitely licking the food-processor bowl:
I like to set my pudding in the freezer for about 10-minutes before eating, so that it gets icy-cold –> so licking the mixing bowl keeps me occupied while I wait!
Mmmmm…. chocolate-y goodness.
This stuff doesn’t last long in my presence!
I’m actually praying that these avocados ripen overnight so I can eat this pudding again tomorrow:
I’ve heard that placing avocados in a paper bag with an apple is the fastest way to make them ripen! Here’s hoping it works!! Any other tips out there for ripening avocados?
After lunch, I picked up my bridesmaid dress from the tailor I found on Yelp this week. I am SO HAPPY with how my dress turned out! Whew, that’s a relief! With that off my shoulders, I spent the rest of my afternoon with my sister-in-law and baby niece. That sweet little baby girl just makes my day!
Tonight, I met up with my friend Teija for some dinner and shopping at the Americana. The weather was GORGEOUS, so we ate outside!
I had the Thai Ginger Salad for dinner, with avocado, mango, and various fresh veggies–> it was out of this world!
Along with a side of grilled veggies:
We walked off our dinner with some shopping! Check out the awesome deal I got at Home Goods:
A pack of 2 bamboo cutting boards for $10!
Previously, I have only used plastic cutting boards in my home, because they’re just so easy to clean in the dishwasher. However, I recently learned that many plastic cutting boards have BPA in them! [check out this article for other sources of BPA in your home!] With everything else I try to do to keep my home reasonably chemical-free, I figured this was a good time to trade-in my plastic cutting boards for some wooden ones! I know it’s best to wash these by hand, but I’m lazy and will probably wind up throwing them in the dishwasher– andat $5 a piece, I can afford to replace them if they wear out!
I also picked up a couple basic tees and tanks at Old Navy– they’re having a pretty good sale on that stuff right now! I love their tanks for working out!
Okay, I’m off to relax a little more tonight… I see a few of these in my immediate future:
Along with a little self-pedicure!(my toes need it!!) Sounds like a pretty good night, eh?
Hope you all are having a great weekend!!
Something to Do:Have you all signed up for Groupon yet?(or a similar discount program?) I finally jumped on this bandwagon, and am LOVING the deals that are delivered to my email box! Yesterday, I got $50 worth of merchandise from The Gap for only $25!! Score! I know there are some great deals on local restaurants out there, too. Whoever came up with this idea is GENIUS.