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Words of Wisdom

by Meghann on May 23, 2010

Today was a good day. πŸ™‚

How can a day not be good when you start it off with a triathlon? I need to begin starting all my days with races – I forget how addicting they are! I’m already eager for another one. πŸ˜‰

After I finished my post this morning I met my cousin Debby (have I mentioned I have a zillion cousins?!?!) at Infusion Tea for lunch and some business talk.

Debby is looking to start a ‘how to’ blog on homemade beauty products and I happily shared everything I know about blogs with her.

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Check out those notes! I didn’t realize I had that much knowledge to share! πŸ˜‰

Debby is celebrating her third wedding anniversary next weekend and I swear it feels like yesterday I was watching her get married on the beach.

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Blast from the past!  

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Fun fact: Debby is exactly 2 years older than me! We have the exact same birthday only she was born on February 8, 1983 and I was born on February 8, 1985!

I wasn’t planning on eating at Infusion Tea, but time got away from me and before I knew it, it was 1:50 and I was suppose to meet Debby at 2:00. Yikes! I felt out the door and ordered a quick bite to eat when I arrived.

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Of course, I wasn’t really complaining. I’m not sure I could ever complain about eating at Infusion Tea. πŸ˜‰

I had the 1/2 and 1/2 combo which included half of the Milton Salad (greens, tomato, beets, cucumber, craisins, tabouli, humus, & balsamic reduction)

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And 1/2 an Almond Butter, Honey, Granola, and Strawberries sandwich.

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I ran into my old AP english teacher at Infusion Tea who (whom? Some AP english student I was!) I haven’t seen since high school graduation 7 years ago!

I don’t know about you, but every time I run into an old teacher I immediately want to start listing off all of my accomplishments since I’ve seen them last. It’s as if that constant need to impress teachers never seems to disappear. Somehow in our 3 minute conversation I managed to work in graduating from FSU, my full time job, my morning triathlon, that my twin bro was finishing up his third year in med school, and how my sis just finished her first year at grad school (they were also her students). I hope I made her proud. πŸ™‚

For dinner tonight I put my thinking cap on and got a little creative.

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Ricotta Cous Cous with Shrimp

  • 2/3 cup dried cous cous
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 12 shrimp
  • 1/4 cup chopped leeks
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • oregano
  • fresh basil
  • s&p

Start by combining the dried cous cous with the boiling water and set aside for 5 minutes.

Add the leeks, tomato, mushrooms, tomatoes, and oregano to a hot pan and sautee until veggies are soft. Add the spinach and shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink.

Move the pan to a lower heat setting. Add the cous cous and ricotta cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.

I topped my portion with raisins.

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And had a small salad of arugula, artichoke hearts, and raspberry vinaigrette on the side.

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The addition of the ricotta to the cous cous made the dish very creamy and delicious. I was a little nervous how the ricotta flavor would blend with everything else, but it was perfect.

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For dessert I had a serving of vanilla ice cream with TJ’s mini pb cups, dark chocolate edamame, and cacao nibs.

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Tomorrow is a brand new day! πŸ™‚

Good Night!

1 Dori May 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Your cousin is my age and celebrating her 3rd wedding anniversary. Sigh for me! Infusion Tea food always looks so yummy!

2 Emilyeatsclean May 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

That sandwich and salad combo are so colorful and delicious looking!! YUM!

-emily

3 Nicci@NiftyEats May 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love how to blogs, can’t wait to read it. Dinner looks great tonight, I haven’t had cous cous in a long time.

4 ellaroo88 May 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Please be sure to give us more info on her blog- I love home beauty products! I’d love to get her tips and info

5 theprocessofhealing May 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Sounds like a good need! And yeah, the constant need to impress teachers is always there πŸ™‚

6 Beth May 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Wow looks like you had quite the day! Ricotta cheese is amazing. I just had pizza with ricotta (and 4 other cheeses) and it was out of this world – but the ricotta was my favorite part!

7 Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

What great looking eats!!!!

8 Mary May 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I <3 cous cous! how funny you and your cousin have the same birthday!

9 christina cadden May 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Dark chocolate edamame sounds good. Is it?

10 Jenny May 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm

That salad looks to die for! Yum!

11 danica May 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I really need to try that recipe – I never know what to do with couscous! congrats on the triathlon!

12 Erin May 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Every time I see Infusion Tea on the blogs, I really want to go! If only there were some northern locations. πŸ™‚

13 hundredtenpounds May 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I loved the recap of your tri! Congrats!

14 Nicole May 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

woah! Almond butter + strawberries? I think I might have to try that, sounds crazy! & by the way, you and your amazing triathlon! Congrats, girl, such an inspiration!

15 missyrayn May 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Whom πŸ™‚

I feel like that too. And my prior students feel the same way when they contact me on facebook. It feels funny to be on the teacher side πŸ™‚

16 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover May 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Lovely pics, Meghann!
IΒ΄m sure you two had tons of fun πŸ™‚
But you know whatΒ΄s even funnier?
I was born on February 9, 1995!
One day and 10 years later then you πŸ˜€
What a coincidence, haha.
Have a great week, love!
From your brazilian semi-twin,
Gabriela

17 rebecca lustig May 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

dessert looks phenomenal!

congrats on the race, lovely lady

18 justjac May 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Wow, great ricotta shrimp dish! Love the addition of raisins!
I know what you mean about feeling like you have to ‘prove’ yourself to old teachers/friends you run in to… I’ve definitely felt that way too!

Your infusuion tea lunch looks great! I’m sure your cousin really appreciated your guidance and I’ll be interested to see a link to come in your posting for her site! When I read your sandwhich order, I was like, omg yum! Seriously though Almond butter, strawberry, honey and granola?! That is SO a “Meghann” sandwhich!!!! Haha πŸ˜€

19 Amy May 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

Whom is correct in that sentence! You are describing the object of your sentence. Who is used for the subject of a sentence or clause, and whom is always used for an object.
I was an English major and I love grammar. I just might have to become a teacher at some point. πŸ™‚

20 Marina May 24, 2010 at 1:26 am

I’m only at my second year in the uni, but I feel the same way, when I meet someone from my high school, whether it is a teacher or a student, I feel I need to brag a bit. It’s not like I accomplished much, but I feel proud and I want to share that πŸ˜€
Great dinner creation!

21 britchickruns May 24, 2010 at 1:58 am

What an incredible sounding sandwich!! The US are so much more adventerous with their sandwich fillings!
I love seeing teachers now I’ve finished school – I feel more like they’re ‘real people’ kind of thing πŸ™‚

22 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

Did you say dark chocolate edamame?!

23 GirlonRaw May 24, 2010 at 5:11 am

All your eats look amazing. Congrats on the triathlon too. Uber inspiring!

24 Kelly May 24, 2010 at 9:37 am

I ran into an old teacher when I was stocking up on booze in the liquor store the other day. It was awkward.

25 Lesley May 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

I just watched your musical video on the Chevy site…and I think we could be best friends. lol!

26 Jessi May 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm

You should really share that page of notes with us. Many of us are bloggers or wannabe bloggers so it’s useful info, and hey, you already have an outline for a post. πŸ˜›

27 chasingcasey May 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

That dessert looks SO good. Do you think you could share some of your blogging/tip knowledge with me/us. I’m fairly new to the game.

28 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Mmmm..that salad and strawberry sandwich look GOOD!!!

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