Saturday, April 19, 2014

Something Saturdays (4/19/14)

Well this week has been an emotional rollercoaster. Michael's not doing so hot-he misses me oodles (awww) and his routine has been completely thrown off (which he does not deal well with) and he hasn't really been eating or sleeping very well aaaaand...he hates his job. Which...ya know...sucks. We knew it wasn't ideal but apparently it is quite awful-much more corrections (aka prison) than he wants (for the record, the amount of corrections he would like in a future job is pretty much 0. And this job is like 99%). Anyway, it's gotten to a point where I think he'll be able to bear it just long enough for us to find him something else. So that's ok I suppose.

Anyway, all of that compounded with me missing Michael (I forgot how lonely living here can be without him) and not looking forward to us having to job hunt for him again and the overwhelming-ness of the move and everything...I just hadn't really let myself feel those feelings and it culminated in a big sobbing fit on Monday. I feel much better now. Plus, on Wednesday I had a wonderful time with my cousin Emily and TONIGHT IS MY GOING AWAY PARTY!! I'm really excited but really nervous. Past experience of me throwing parties has not gone so well. I'm a smidge worried very few people will show. Buuuut....the fact that it'll be my last chance to see a lot of people will hopefully make some people come out.

yeah. I'll tell ya how it goes!

In other news: My mom said for future family functions (where generally my mom and her siblings bring food, not so much the grandkids) she'll just pay me money for ingredients and let me make the food that's "from her" OH MY GOSH I AM SO EXCITED! I'm gonna feed everyooooone!!!

Posts from this week
Baked French Fries with Rosemary
Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Pastries
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Monster Smoothie-
Peanut Butter & Co. “Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie” Sweepstakes!

Recipes from the blog that I made this week
Cheesy Chicken Noodles

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
Homemade Cheesy Potatoes (Simply Scratch)
I can't resist!
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls (From Valerie's Kitchen)
These Cinnamon Rolls look SO beautifully fluffy and I am just craving them now!

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Friends with Kids-This is an indie movie, I believe. I'd read about it in some of my magazines so when I saw it on one of my movie channels-I watched it. Oh my GOSH-I was overwhelmed by how much I loved this movie. It does a great job of straddling the line of being untraditional and also just like...a classic movie. Plus there's cute babies. The ending made me super happy too. Just....watch it if you can. I really wanna watch it again.

Once Upon a Time-Ohhh good! So happy things worked out for Ariel and Eric. However....esh Hook's current situation is not good. :(

Resurrection-(Wow, next week is the season finale? short season!) I'm very very worried about Rachel right now. But it's super sweet how Jacob's dad has come around.

The Originals-Things are not looking good for the originals right now, including the unborn one. :(

Glee-Yeah Mercedes! Good call! Wait until marriage-it's what the cool kids too :D And good for Sam, he's almost as great as Michael! And it's so sweet and saaad how Rachel talked about Finn. Oh, and, finally: it is entirely unrealistic how Blaine just got cronuts all the time like NOTHIN'! I have never had one because the lines are insaaaane.

Hot in Cleveland-Why must they make all the women single? It's exhausting. Like...ok Victoria isn't gonna go fake her death to be with Emmett. And oh no, conveniently, Joy's long lost baby daddy needs to go to the Sudan. And I'm still upset about Melanie not being pregnant with Alec's baby. *harumph*

The Vampire Diaries-I liked the Stefan/Elena fantasies. It makes me sad. :( Also-ohhhh no! Tyler!

Parenthood-I wonder what's gonna happen to Ryan. And what's going on with Joel and Julia. I still hate Natalie. aaaaand hey! Haddie was not only mentioned, but was actually in this episode (and has a girlfriend!) I can't wait for next seeeeason!

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)
Note: Bottom right photo has cookies from Levain and fried chicken from Harlem Tavern-YUM!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Monster Smoothie-Peanut Butter & Co. “Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie” Sweepstakes!

GUYS! Big big news! So, Peanut Butter & Co (which you may remember them as the peanut butter company I've gushed over this time and that time and also this other time), has teamed up with Rocky on Broadway (a new musical that I'll talk about in a bit) and four food bloggers (including MOI!) to bring a little thing called the Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie Sweepstakes!

Basically, from Monday, April 14, 2014 to Friday, May 9, 2014, all you peoples are invited to vote for their favorite peanut butter smoothie recipe at Facebook.com/peanutbutterco and www.KnockoutPeanutButterSmoothie.com for a chance to win two tickets to see Rocky on Broadway and a year’s supply of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter (50 jars). There will be four week-long entry periods (with 4 different sets of 4 smoothie recipes for each week), during which winners will be randomly selected, totaling four winners by the end of the promotion period. There is no purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Certain restrictions apply.

Rocky on Broadway (which opened March 13, 2014 at the Winter Garden Theatre) brings the iconic story of Rocky Balboa (from the famous Rocky films) to the Broadway stage. It has already garnered so much praise and I am NOT surprised. You guys...I was shocked by how much I loved this musical. It did the perfect job of translating the movie but being its own thing (and in case you were wondering-Andy Karl as Rocky did a fantastic job of being very true to the character but not a caricature of Sylvester Stallone. Could not have been a better performance.) and the way it finagled some of the things for stage was just....amazing. And the love story....I am a SUCKER for a good love story and Rocky on Broadway made me get all swoon-y. *sigh* Anyway. Obviously I'm hooked. For more info about the show check out www.ROCKYBROADWAY.com.
“Whether you’re training for a boxing match or fueling up for a busy day, peanut butter smoothies can make everyone feel like a champ!” said Lee Zalben, Founder & President of Peanut Butter & Co. “We’re so excited to be partnering with Rocky on Broadway, which is sure to be a knockout hit!”
Sooooo every week for the next 4 weeks you'll get to see a new, fun, smoothie recipe from me (featuring one of Peanut Butter & Co.'s peanut butters). And we are starting with my FAVORITE!

Green monster smoothies=the ultimate way to drink yourself some healthy spinach while thinking you're enjoying a sweet treat! This is my absolute favorite green smoothie recipe-it uses Peanut Butter and Co.'s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter so it tastes so sweet and rich while still being refreshing. You really have got to try it!

So go on! Visit www.KnockoutPeanutButterSmoothie.com to see the recipe for this smoothie (and the 3 others contributed by the other bloggers), cast your vote, and enter to win two tickets to see Rocky on Broadway and a year’s supply (50 jars) of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter!!

Disclaimer: I was provided with product, tickets to a preview of Rocky on Broadway, and monetary compensation for my participation in this program. However, I was under no obligation to write a review and all opinions, as always, are my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Pastries

Things are just getting too real for me.

Michael started his new job Sunday (which....he hates). In 2 weeks we'll be moving to Ohio. And my stress levels are through the roooof. So...in times of great stress...you sometimes just need to revert to childhood. That's where these breakfast pastries come in. They're like the poptarts I so loved from my youth but...homemade. From scratch. And filled with delicious chocolate peanut butter instead of that weird chemical-y strawberry filling that I adored for some reason (ok...cuz it's tasty. But when I read what's in it I fuhreeeak out!)
Comfort. With less guilt (cuz I mean...they're still full of butter and all that good stuff.)

These pastries are incredibly flaky and melt in your mouth. And then...obviously...chocolate peanut butter is heaven on earth. Michael had some of these before he left and he said he really liked them (he just wishes the choc pb had been spread throughout the pastry a little more evenly. I agree. So keep that in mind when assembling these lovelies.)
Now...I know making pastries from scratch might sound intimidating and time intensive. But these really weren't. They were ridiculously simple to throw together-the hardest part was rolling them out and assembling them, but that still wasn't difficult. So impress your friends. Impress your S.O. Impress your mom (Mother's Day is in less than a month!). Impress that random dude on the corner. Impress whoever you choose to share these with! And if you don't want to share?

Impress yourself!
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