Monday, January 25, 2010

Tuna Casserole fail

Ugh...a total and complete dinner failure. Let me say for the record I have never, and probably will not be a tuna fish fan. Something about the texture and the fact that this mysterious fish gets packed in water and shoved into a can that you then have to drain to get the foul smelling, and weird looking fish. Yuck! Not a fan - don't get me wrong I will occasionally make a tuna fish sandwich, but that is few and far between. Growing up, and still to this day my Dad makes tuna fish sandwiches regularly and I can stomach those, but anything else, no thanks!

Anyways, Mr.President is a fan of tuna fish so I being the fabulous (HA!) girlfriend I am I decided I would whip up a tuna casserole the other night. Sounds like a sweet gesture in theory - but it failed miserably. The above photo is the proof in the pudding (or tuna) that it was not good. It tasted like wall paper paste and salt mixed together.

Bless Mr.President's heart, he tried a few forkfuls before he politely said "Can I be honest without hurting your feelings....I don't want to eat this". I can't blame him, I wanted nothing to do with it either.

Tuna helper you are NOT in fact a helper at all, but instead a gross mix of sodium and putty. YUCK! No wonder it is so cheap at the grocery store. Avoid it at all costs!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

1-800-Brownies Anonymous

"Your good friend has just taken a piece of cake out of the garbage and eaten it. You will probably need this information when you check me into the Betty Crocker clinic" - Miranda, SATC

So I have a confession to make - I am officially addicted to brownies. Yep you heard me right. I am 100% a brownie addict. I love everything about brownies. I love licked the spatula after stirring the mix (don't worry I am full aware that there is raw egg in the batter, that has yet to stop me), I love the smell of chocolaty goodness baking in the oven and filling the house with pure yummyness..and I most certainly taking the first bite of a warm brownie fresh from the oven. I just can not get enough of all of it. Seriously I have found myself dreaming about brownies.

Now I wish I could stop there and tell you that was the worst - but it isn't. Three weeks ago I bought a mix of Betty Crocker Lowfat brownie mix and made a delicious batch on Sunday evening. It doesn't stop there, I ate the entire pan (read the ENTIRE pan) by Tuesday evening. That is alot of brownies - and I am fairly certain eating that many brownies in three days negates any redeeming quality there was in the brownies being LOW FAT. The following week I did the same thing, the same thing! I ate an entire batch in three days!

Now I would stop there, but it is even worse. On Saturday morning I woke up early, went to body pump, did the elliptical for 45 minutes..and then promptly took my bootie to Harris Teeter and bought yet ANOTHER box of Betty's lowfat brownie mix...and what do you know there are only TWO brownies left in the pan tonight.

So I tell this to you my blogging loves so that you have his pertinent information when I overdose on brownies and need to be checked into the Betty Crocker Clinic ASAP!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Just around the corner...

yours truly scoping out the flavors of the day

Lookey lookey what I found on a walk the other day during lunch time. I have heard all about this little gem of a pink truck in my DailyCandy, but have yet to see it in person...until now! I practically went running towards the pink-mobile I was that excited.

If you know me you know I love all things really ALL things sweet, but my sweet tooth most certainly leans the most towards sugary sweet cupcakes. Be still my heart. Speaking of, and not to take away from these cupcakes but if you live in the DC area and have not yet tried Georgetown cupake, then you must drop everything (really everything) and take your bootie to Georgetown STAT!

I digress I know...I just get oh so excited about cupcakes!

So back to the pink was pink as pink can be and smelled like a little piece of heaven. Inside the pink mobile was the most delicious flavors - cookies and cream, red velvet (their signature) and vanilla! YUM! Basically how it works is that Curbside Cupcake is a mobile truck of cupcake goodness that travels around the DC area and makes a handful of stops across the day - and the kicker is that in order to find the truck you need to follow twitter or facebook to see the truck's next,, huh?

The man behind the truck could not have been nicer - I could've chatted him up all day (if you know me you are just rolling your eyes thinking, yes you most certainly could and would)...the business was started with himself, one other guy and his fiance, who does the tweeting and the facebook. I melted right then and there when he started mentioning his fiance....cupcakes and true heart was swooning out of control.

Anyways, if you ever happen to be in DC...look up Curbside cupcake and scope out their daily flavors!

you know I will be looking up the pink mobiles next stop fact I think they already posted for tomorrow...please oh please Union Station

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Good Morning Sunshine

image via here

Let me explain my work set up. At my non-profit the majority of the office functions on an open floor plan (ie...the worst idea ever) where no one really has an office, but instead we sit in cubicle land. My desk mate and I (I can call her that because we sit about 5 ft from one another) can hear everything the other one says, when we are on the phone we can practically hear what the person on the other end is saying. You get my point - we sit close! Aside from that my cubicle is affectionately placed near the only bathrooms on my floor so I get a whole lot of visitors. I deal with it pretty well for I am a self-proclaimed chatty cathy and can small talk with the best of them, and in the morning I often revert to part-time greeter by wishing everyone a "good morning".

This morning as one of my co-workers walks by I say "good morning sunshine" to which she responds good morning etc...well next thing I know another co-worker walks past my desk and says the following...

"Did you just call her sunshine? That sort of name is for strippers"

Yep, that is what he honestly said to me. I couldn't help but smile and giggle...all while thinking, he can't really thinking I was giving her a nickname of sunshine, can he?

On that note....I am wishing you all a Good Morning Sunshine!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A tisket, a tasket...

image via wardrobe

a green and yellow basket!

Don't ask me. I have no idea why but that nursery rhyme just keeps going over and over again in my head and I can't seem to shake it. Lord knows where it came from...go figure.

So all night i have been looking forward to writing a new post - and in all the excitement I have found that I have no idea what direction I want to take this post in. Me indecisive - hard to believe right? If you know me in "real life" you know that I am just about the queen of indecision. I can barely decided what to wear in the mornings.

Speaking of...I was reading my daily blogs today (in between doing work of course) and came across a post about outfit planning and immediately felt at home. Everyday since 3rd grade, the exact time I remember asking my mom if I could start picking out my outfits the night before school...I have in fact laid out my clothes the night before. I tell you I can probably remember on one hand how many nights i have gone to bed without laying out my clothes (and those days are NOT good mornings at all). I have always been a stickler for organization and there is just no way I can wait until the morning of to start deciding my outfits. Call me obsessive compulsive (I can almost hear Mr.President chiming in right about now) but I just can't go to sleep not having my outfit selected. In fact often I will even go as far to pick out more than one (sometimes three or four) options just in case come morning I am not a fan of the night befores decision. It is quite a process and has given me the title of "high maintenance" far too many times...

Do you all do this too? Please tell me I am not alone here!

image via Closet Coture

Speaking of...I just saw this fabulous website the other day and thought it was my lucky day for sure! I subscribe to CityShopGirl - which I am not entirely sure if this is a DC only newsletter, but regardless you should subscribe ASAP! Anyways...the site is called Closet Coture. Essential it allows you to upload clothing items from your own personal closet to share with friends, or via blog etc. I am officially obsessed...I am certain there is much more to come for you lucky readers via Closet Coture. Check it out and let me know what you think!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Well hello there 2010...

I love New Year's Eve for oh so many reasons. I love the feeling knowing that everyone, everywhere is watching the clock eagerly counting down the moments until the clock strikes midnight. I love that there are noisemakers, and silly party hats, and lots and lots of midnight smooching going on...I love it all.

I even love the idea of New Year's Resolutions...although I have to admit I rarely make (or keep for that matter) very many resolutions. I relish the idea that once we are done ushering in the New Year that we have a fresh slate...a new beginning and a whole new year to do what we want with. Even if resolutions are broken a matter of days after they are made, there is still the sweet aftertaste of optimism and the possibility of change in the air (I sound like a hallmark card, I know I know).

This year I made a few resolutions and you bet your bottom dollar I am going to try my best (hopefully with my lovely readers and friends and family's support and helpful nagging) to keep them.

1) Run a Half Marathon - quite the lofty goal considering I am just getting back to running since my injury

2) Save more money - stop buying more clothes and frivolous other odds and ends that i do not need (but still very much want!) and that do not fit in my already overstuffed closet

3) Eat less junk - yea I am talking to you beloved french fries, cookies, donuts, chips, ice get the drift. Focus on eating HEALTHY

4) Focus on my passion (design and ALL things bridal)

5) Take a new class...preferably salsa dancing (hint, hint Mr.President)

6) Be less judgemental of other. If you know me you know that this might very well be the hardest (and my honest resolution) thing for me to do...but I am going to try my best to bite my tongue

7) Take deep breaths. Sounds easy enough, but I assure you there are far too many moments in my day that I let the little things get me all riled up and start putting on my grumpster pants way too quickly. I need to practice patience, deep breaths.....if there is a dish on the counter, or a throw pillow out of place it will be ok (I am silently repeating this to myself right now to drill home this message)

8) Write a new blog post 3 times a week (you lucky readers you!)

So with that, I hope and pray that I am going to be able to stick to these resolutions and truly work hard at keep them. Half the battle is making them right? (check!) And I think another big chunk must be throwing them out into cyber space (check)

Now I am in my warm bed, glasses on, a box of tissues in hand (I have been feeling a bit under the weather today), teeth brushed, waiting for Mr.President to finally get home.

Happy Belated New Year to you all! I hope 2010 proves to be more wonderful than the last