Friday, April 26, 2013

Everybody's Working ON the Weekend

For the past few months I have been working weekends a lot here at Lexus of Charleston.  Now, the vibe at work is much more relaxed on Saturdays, but that doesn't mean we can dress down.  The hardest part about working on a Saturday for me is putting on my Career wear. I just want to relax in jean shorts and sundresses.  Here are a couple of Saturday outfits that I snapped photos of in the mirror.  These are a bit more unbuttoned and casual than I will typically wear M-F.

  I am off this weekend, but I am still going to be working y'all.  We are puttting in Hardwood flooring in our Living Room and Dining Room.  It's my goal to stay focused on the end result and remain patient through the process.  We are starting early tomorrow morning and I'm really hoping to have it wrapped up by dinner time so we can have a relaxing Sunday. 
Whatever it takes though, we'll do whatever it takes!!!!!
And now, a couple of dissapointing products:
 Y'all know I look forward to trying the seasonal New Belgium offerings, but this one really had no distinguishable qualities.  It tasted just like DIG to me...
Now, I did not purchase this product but did try it out in the store and let me tell you what it is.  It reminds me of the glitter gel that I used in middle school. Cheap Cheap Cheap!  Clearly I did not expect anything more, but I was attracted to the gold tube and thought maybe?
Well the answer is No.

TGIF, see y'all Monday!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Parmesan Plum Tomatoes

It's time for a tomato treat! 
For this dish, I was inspired by our dinner at FIG last summer where K ordered the baked heirloom tomato as a side and it was awesome, and also by a Kraft ad I saw in a magazine a few weeks back.
So, here is how you make the tasty tomatoes from our Sunday dinner!
What you need:
8 plum tomatoes
1.5 cups Italian Style breadcrumbs
1.5 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
olive oil
What you do:
Line your pan with foil and drizzle with olive oil.
Cut the tomatoes in half, length wise.
Bake face up at 400 for 30 minutes.
Combine breadcrumbs and cheese.
Top the tomatoes with a healthy spoonful of the breadcrumb mix.
Bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown on top.
Done and Delish!
Enjoy :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Some Recent Happenings...

Hi! Here are photos from the past 2 weeks:
 Basil with the most wonderful visitors...
who loved it (and us ;) so much that they are moving here!!!!! ! ! !!!
 These were dissapointing.
 My favorite sauce ever is the Buffayaki sauce at Gene's Haufbrau.  They sold me a full cup of it for $3.00 last time I was there, a good deal in my book.
 Buffayaki chicken, at home!, with grilled pineapple.
 Creekside happy hours are the best happy hours.
 The Movies in the Park was rescheduled (due to rain that never came) to this past Friday when the rain actually did come, and lots of it.  This was the "crowd" before we all went running for shelter about 5 minutes later.
 My boys!
Parmesan Plum tomatoes.  Recipe coming soon.
I honestly don't know what I would do without tomatoes.
 Our version of a Sunday Funday.
I bought new lamps on sale at TJs, and hey! hardwood floors are going in this coming Saturday.  Wish us luck as we will be doing it ourselves.
How was your weekend??

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just Checking In

Well, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Let's go with good:
I created this week's menu Sunday morning and I must say, it's a good one:

We had such a fun time visiting with Mattie and Joe this weekend.  During her visit, Mattie landed an interview with a historical publishing press and recieved word that she got the job (um, duh!). 
So when she consulted me with moving advice of course I told her:
Ok, and now for the bad news. 
In addition to the horrible situation in Boston, I received word last night that a sweet friend had died this past Sunday evening.  This girl, who I have socialized with (very much acquaintance level friends) for over 7 years, is suddenly no longer alive. 
But, NO, I just saw her last week at The Rarebit! 
This has really rocked me to my core.  I keep morbidly reading her facebook wall and repeating "oh my god, is this real" over and over to myself.  She was a beautiful, fun loving, and friendly girl who I thoroughly enjoyed running into over the years.
Honestly, I've been sick (just SICK!) to my stomach and a total nervous wreck since I heard.
This life is precious,
 and that's all I have to say today.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Visits from Queens :)

My GIRL is coming into town today (from Queens), and I'm very happy about it!!!!!!!
And here are a couple of blurry pics of me and that cutie:

I can't wait to see you Mattie Jane!  I tried to find some of our old Facebook chats circe 2008 to quote but it appears those aren't saved. 
(Which reminds me, what ever happened to my Facebook graffitis???)
 I will be at the Movies in Marion Square tomorrow night representing The Neighborhood House.  We will have a table set up before the show which  starts at dusk, so stop by and say hello :)
I will be volunteering Saturday at a Stock our Shelves event for Our Lady of Mercy Outreach.  We will be at the Pig on Maybank (next to Jpaulz) taking nonperishable donations?
Can you help?

That's all I got!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Hey Monday!

I woke up in a great mood today! 
Well to begin, My bff Mattie is coming from NYC to visit this weekend and we have a fun double date planned for Saturday night.  I have a special event representing the Neighborhood House this weekend as well. Annnd Lexus is sponsoring several events for the Charleston Horticultural Society so I'm a busy girl.  I'll be attending my first fete! 

And of course the change in weather has something to do with my sunny spirit today.
But even more than that- I am taking this Friday off, making it a three day weekend for meeeeeeeee!
I haven't had more than Sunday off in over a month and let me just say, One day off per week is just NOT enough.  
I work to live, never vice versa.
Okay, next:

If you've also been wondering why there isn't a Diet Coke ICEE, here is your answer:
"Diet or sugar-free ICEE’s are currently not available. Sugar actually plays two roles in the production of ICEE. First, it helps make ICEE taste great and second, it acts as a “freezing control.” Without the exact amount of sugar, ICEE would freeze up too hard and would not dispense from the machine to your cup. A lot of research is being conducted to make a sugar free ICEE, but so far, no sugar substitutes have been found that carry the same freezing properties as real sugar."

And last night we watched the movie "The Painted Veil".  It was pretty good, but really I loved it because I think Edward Norton is such a fox!

The End.
I hope you are feeling good today too!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Oh snaps!

 Hanging on the couch with my little boo, in my favorite hanson t-shirt.  mmmbop.
I tried Fernet for the first time, still on the fence if I like it or not.  Definitely different.
at Pearlz for happy hour
 Using whole wheat pasta and 2% milk cheddar is as "healthy" as my Easter mac n cheese gets...
For this year's Easter pic Alfie was just not in the mood.

 Rarebit with B!
 annnnnd maybe a quick stop into our old stomping grounds.
 K is absolutely thrilled to be at the Caberet!
 new dress!
 This weekend: The sun came out!!
And we soaked it in, lowcountry style.
How was your weekend?

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Whole Lotta Nothin'

Well, let's hope for a little sunshine this weekend, huh?
Random thoughts galore for you today:

We are going to go to Cabaret Night tomorrow at the Woolfe Street Playhouse and grabbing dinner at Osteria la Bottiglia beforehand.  I've been really wanting to visit this place for a while now.  The prices are reasonable and it looks very "authentic".  And in that light, I have a feeling the reservation I made is more of a "Sure, we'll see you-a then, Ciao Bella!", than an "8 pm sharp pencilled you in".  
The Italians are a bit more relaxed, yes? 
I will offer 10% off for Hominy Girl readers!
 Annnnd here is a refreshing beverage that I'll recommend:
Another recommendation:
Both of these Sister Schubert Yeast Roll variations are delicious and absolutely perfect for weekend brunch!  I will occasionally splurge with these but be warned: once you start it's very hard to stop!

Good Luck to anyone bridge running this weekend.
Also, I finally filled my Receptionist position so I'm ready to celebrate a bit.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Break Down

No, I'm not having a breakdown.
But I did spend some time this morning breaking down all of my time and how I spend it each week.
Each week consists of 168 hours, and here is how I spend them:
Work: 55 hours per week
Sleep: 56 hours per week
Gym: 6 hours per week
117 total

This does not include time spent preparing for these activities (showering, driving, etc) and of course cooking and eating, which I will low ball at 1 hour total per day.
So, I'm at 124 hours.

So with all of these calculations it turns out that I have roughly 44 hours per week to use any way I'd like.  This is comforting to me when I feel like there aren't enough hours, when in fact my calculations allot me a solid amount of free time!  Who would have thought!
Check out these adorable cards I picked up at TJs last week for $5.00.  So cute!

And onion burgers tonight! 
I've used ranch dressing mix in beef for burgers as well, turned out very tasty!
So, we chose our book club pick:

It's a mystery set in the 20's!
I've never posted one of these, and I know it's not a very ladylike sentiment, but this had me nodding my head and laughing so much:

Strange but true, huh?

Ok friends,
Humpity Hump, let's do this!