Sunday, March 20, 2011

Monday is Knocking

by Meghann on March 20, 2011

Do you ever have one of those Sundays that just get away with you? That was definitely today.

I’m not even sure where this day went. All of a sudden it’s 8:30, I’m in my PJs, and Monday is knocking at out door. Can I have a redo please?

We can rewind back to lunch with my cousin’s family if you prefer. ;)

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My cousin, his wife, and their adorable daughter stopped in Tampa on their way home from Weeki Wachee (to see the mermaids! :) ) and invited us to join them for lunch. Abbygail has recently sworn her love and affection to shrimp, so we suggested meeting them at the Colonnade off of Bayshore to eat.

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The Colonnade is famous for their mini muffin basked that comes with every meal. You had the choice of bran, blueberry, or banana, but I was feeling the corn variety.

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For lunch I ordered the crab cake salad and was immediately impressed with not only the presentation of the salad, but the way the crab cake fell apart with just a nudge of the fork. This crab cake was all crab – with very little breading – and was the ideal salad topper.

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I enjoyed every flavorful bite. Especially the ones that had a crunch of pine nut and red onion.

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After lunch my Sunday/ Fun Day turned into Sunday/Stress Day. It was a long afternoon of grocery shopping, multiple trips to Lowes, and realizing we didn’t have everything we needed to hang both the shelves and curtains.

Luckily Derek’s parents popped in to pick Maggie up just as we were about to pull out hair out and saved the day. His Dad immediately stepped in and helped us figure out the right screws and tools we needed to get the job done.

I can’t wait to be a grown up and know the answer to everything. That knowledge comes with age, right?

We still don’t have curtains, but we do have a lonely shelf.

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Yay shelf!

(Ignore the messy living room. I really have no excuses for that one.)

Once the shelf was up – and we decided to call it a day – I made a simple dinner of Kale, Sweet Potato, and Black Beans.

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I was tired, lazy, and wanting something quick.

I chopped the sweet potato into tiny pieces then began sauteeing them in some olive oil with rosemary, garlic, and red onion. When the potatoes got a little soft I added the black beans, kale, and a heavy dose of lemon juice. I served the finish product with a shredded slice of swiss cheese (the only cheese we had on hand).

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The lemon juice takes a little bit of bitterness out while adding a touch of flavor to the kale. I think the lemon is my new secret when it comes to cooking kale in a way that Derek enjoys.

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I scraped the bottom of the Moose Tracks Ice Cream container to get enough to cover one of my Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for dessert.

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I plan to do a ‘What I’ve learned from living with a boy’ post when I’m about a month in, but here’s a sneak peak. When I was living by myself a half gallon of ice cream lasted two months or more. Living with Derek a half gallon lasts a week. Actually, the same thing can be said with most things in my fridge. Go figure. ;)

I’m exhausted. We didn’t even get half the things done that needed to be done, but I’m ok with that. There’s always next Sunday! ;)

Good Night!

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