Southern Living Wednesday?

Yesterday was very busy between running errands and getting ready for a dinner party our family hosted last night.  Our neighbors are moving in a few days, and since the packers arrived yesterday to start loading everything up, we invited them over to our house for a meal (yay for more Southern Living recipes!).  It was a lot of prep work, but also a lot of fun!! I’m sorry I just met them this summer, they’re very cool people! Our menu consisted of

It was a really fun meal and I was ecstatic the pie turned out well.  My mom helped me with the filling, but I was still worried I would somehow manage to ruin it.

Looks pretty good, huh?

Looks pretty good, huh?

I discovered lemon meringue pie is really my thang, but I think we executed it well.

I went to the gym this morning and was looking forward to that Fit Boxe class I chickened out on Tuesday.  I gave myself a little pep talk and as I was doing my 30 minutes on the bike I was pumped to try the new class.  But it was not to be.  For some unknown reason, the class was cancelled today, which really put me in a funk.  I was excited to participate in a group ex class again and working out by myself suddenly seemed lonely.  I did some exercise I saw in the special summer issue of Self magazine that involved a Swiss ball, and that got a little goofy.  I think I managed to cheer up one guy’s day as he saw me struggling hopelessly with my ball, trying to keep it under me as I was laying on top of it on my back.

If only it were this relaxing…

Not an invigorating workout, but I’m glad I still managed to do something.  Next Thursday that class is mine!

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I’m Wafflein’

Tonight’s Southern Living Sunday recipe is Oatmeal-Honey Waffles!! Although I really have to stop making waffles because my mom’s are just too good and I’m left feeling disappointed.  Sadly, it was the same story tonight.  The waffles were fairly easy to make, although they did require some heavy machinery like a food processor for the oats and an electric mixer to beat up some eggs. Side note: Another bright side of my parents living overseas, besides the great travel opportunities, is I received some great stuff to ‘babysit’ while they’re in Italy.  Take, for example, this mother of all waffle makers:

I feel spoiled 0:)

I feel spoiled 🙂

The only time I ran into problems was when I tried to add the 2 tablespoons of honey.  I hadn’t used this particular honey in a while and so, as honey is wont to do, it had crystallized quite nicely.  I tried poppin’ it in the microwave to break it up but that wasn’t too much of a success and my egg/butter/milk/honey mixture ended up a little lumpy.  And by a little I mean the crystallized honey decided it would crystallize some egg/butter/milk too. I skimmed the lumps off the top and added in a little more milk to make up for the moisture I had removed and the consistency of the final waffle didn’t seem to suffer too much from this adjustment.

I still have yet to master the allotment of batter.

I still have yet to master the allotment of batter.

I had a weird hankering for peanut butter on my waffle, so I topped one with crunchy PB and did a classic butter and maple syrup combo for my second. mmm mmm good!

I’m going to briefly talk about yesterday because it was so much fun! Every year my rugby team hosts a prom dress game which is a round robin tournament just for fun at the end of the season. Also, everyone wears prom dresses.  It’s hilarious and my favorite weekend out of the year.  This year, the other teams invited couldn’t make it so we scrimmaged ourselves and I think it was better that way because it made it that much more fun.  Usually we take a trip to Goodwill and pick out fun dresses, but this year I decided I’d wear the prom dress I wore in high school.  It must’ve been good luck because I scored!

I dedicated this one to you, Mom and Dad!

I dedicated this one to you, Mom and Dad!

It was a little sad because none of my family members could make it (thanks for answering my invite, big bro) but I still had a magnificent time with my rugby family.  Now it’s off to do more homework, 27 days until summer!!

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This weekend was great! We didn’t do very well in the tournament but we played some great games, plus hanging out with some of your best friends isn’t a shabby way to spend a weekend. I was given player of the game for our game against Pitt, which made the whole tournament that much better.

For dad :)

For dad 🙂 Sorry it’s small!

There was one small hiccup though. On the drive back home, we stopped to eat lunch and stretch our legs. I was driving and reaaally had to use the restroom so when we got out of the van I didn’t want to wait for everyone to get out in order to lock it.  I asked one of my teammates to lock it for me when she was done and left the keys on the seat for her.  You know where this is going. When we finished lunch we realized the keys were locked inside the van, charmingly sitting right on the driver’s seat.  Luckily one of the girls was a ‘gold card carrier’ with AAA and a very nice man came out and unlocked the van for us. Thank goodness we were in a shopping center so we could kill time!

When I finally  got back on Sunday afternoon Blaine–once again–came to my rescue. Not only did he buy delicious dark chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes from Trader Joe’s, he also picked out a Southern Living recipe he thought sounded good, bought all the groceries, and made the whole meal!

So. Stinkin. Good.

I asked Blaine if he wanted to do a guest post to talk about the Pasta with Sausage and Kale he made, but he declined. You can tell from the following pictures that he is definitely more of a photographer than I am! The whole meal came together pretty quickly and Blaine said everything was basic, although he suggests adding in the pasta at the very end, otherwise it can get to0 soft.

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We’re a fan of TJ’s

I think the feta combined with the spicy sausage made this pasta super flavorful and the extra crunch provided by the pine nuts brought it all together.  I loved the pasta and ate it for lunch both yesterday and today (the recipe makes a ton!). Kale is one of my favorite veggies and I love finding recipes that incorporate it in any way.

Finished product. Yummmm

Finished product. Yummmm

I highly recommend this dish, especially if you’re looking for something fairly quick yet absolutely delicious and filling.