Monday, September 26, 2016

Turn It Up Tuesday #158

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This weekend we had a party for my graduation. It was so much fun seeing all of my friends who supported me through grad school. And, now I'm busy taking care of (aka consuming) the leftover sangria and cream puffs. Yep, you know it - Costco cream puffs! SOOOO GOOD! I actually had the party catered, and that was the best idea I've had in a while. They delivered the food, set it up, and it was delicious. Totally worth it. And, I got to spend time putting on my makeup instead of tryiing to put together sandwichs and appetizers at the last minute, which you know is what I usually do.  Fabulous! So, what have you been up to this week? I can't wait to see what you share.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Whiskey Tasting on the Disney Dream

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We recently took a vacation on the Disney Dream. The four-night cruise was fabulous, with great food, a beautiful ship and lots of fun activities for all of us. I admit, it took some convincing for my husband to agree to the trip. In fact, he wasn't really convinced when I booked it, or even really when we embarked. We'd been on one cruise almost 20 years before, on a budget cruise line, and the experience was less than stellar. Since then, he's figured he didn't like cruises, instead of not liking that cruise line. Regardless, I knew that Disney always does a great job and had heard great things about the cruises, so was determined to book it. I think my words were, "shut up, I'm booking this. It's my vacation too." or something along those lines. You know, what an understanding, loving wife usually says to her husband. Luckily I wasn't wrong, and everyone, even my husband, had a fantastic time.

One of the great things about the cruise is the number of activities there are for all of the guests to participate in, even the adults. And, they aren't the activities you see in a lot of vacation resorts that involve bouncing a ping pong into a shot glass or slinging pool water around in a bucket. The activities vary, of course, but a lot of them are quieter, and even educational. There are cooking classes, ship tours, cocktail tasting classes and even a class to teach you how to make the folded towel and blanket animals we found in our stateroom each night. On the first night of the cruise, we attended a guided whiskey tasting.

We tried four whiskeys, learning about how they were made, the qualities of the liquor, the flavors and even some marketing secrets.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Turn It Up Tuesday #157

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Happy Monday! I spent the morning at a job interview, and am so happy to be home setting up this post now. I got a very attractive offer, and now I just have to decide if this is what I want to do. I need to "ponder" as the doctor put it. And pondering I am. But, enough of that, I need something to take my mind off of it, so I can allow my subconscious to do the work for me. Tell me what you've been working on this week so I can think about something else. And, after sharing here, be sure to post a comment on my Facebook page for a little extra social media attention. Have a great week!
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pumpkin Butter Bananas

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Delicious, quick and easy breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert. Use pumpkin butter alone, or up the complexity by adding creamy peanut butter. A delicious bite of Fall in under a minute.

My friend and I took a trip to Trader Joe's yesterday. Overall I was pretty good. I didn't get any wine, or ice cream, or yummy frozen appetizers. I got apples, some fancy cheese, lentils, and nitrate-free lunch meat. I also got one tub of TJ's crispy chocolate chip cookies, but only a few of those are for me, I swear! They're for the boys (ahem). The one treat I did get myself was pumpkin butter.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

StepBet Week 4

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Dietbet has a new app to help people get more active called StepBet. I decided to try it after graduation to get myself moving more and work harder to get to a healthy weight. My husband said I was crazy to sign up for it right before going on the cruise, but I actually got more steps on the cruise than I did the previous weeks.

The app syncs with your fitness tracker (I have a FitBit Alta) and gives you personalized goals based on your historical activity level. My active goal is 6,301 steps, and my stretch goal is 8,987 steps. Each week I have to accomplish two stretch goals and four active goals, and I get one rest day. If in any week I don't make those goals, I am out of the game. In the end, all of the people who are still in the game split the pot of remaining money. Of course, StepBet takes 12.5% off the top, so you need at least that many people to fail before you make any money. It kind of sucks to think of it that way, but it is a competition so there's really no other way around it.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Turn It Up Tuesday #156

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I can't believe it's already the middle of September. All of the kids are back in school, cool weather is coming, recipes with apples and pumpkins are being pinned, and the stores have Halloween decorations out. I love Fall.

Yes, that's all true, except the cool weather part. If you know where we live here in SWFL, you know that's a BIG FAT LIE that we tell ourselves to get through these sweltering months. Yesterday it was actually a little cooler - only 82 at dinnertime. Today it was 95 degrees. Yep, 95. That's hotter than most people get all summer. But, we are a tough bunch down here. We'll still drink our PSLs and dream of apple cider and pumpkin pie. So, share your Autumn posts with me, even if it is too hot to turn on the oven.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tarragon Citrus Chicken

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Quick, delicious one-pot meal of chicken, green beans and carrots that has the sophisticated taste of tarragon and clementines. Easy enough for a weeknight and delicious enough for company.

Do you watch Grey's Anatomy? Remember when Lexie and McSteamy are finally getting back together, she's cooking him dinner on the night he tells her Callie is pregnant with his baby? She says she's putting tarragon in the dish. She doesn't know what it does, but it just seems more sophisticated and mature than the other herbs she usually uses, so she's cooking with it. It's very cute and kind of romantic, especially since she's much younger than he is and that's always been a tension between them.

Of course, then he tells her Callie is pregnant, so he's going go be a father, and blows the whole evening. Lexie was just getting used to the idea of settling down with him; the last thing she wants is to be a mother to his baby by another woman. She storms out of the apartment and dinner is over. So, we never know how her tarragon dish turns out.