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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 ūüôā 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.

We're a fan of TJ's

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.

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Dogs and Babies

I have a million different reasons for why I love Florida so much and one of them is this handsome pup:

Hi I am a dog!

Hi I am a dog!

His name is Maverick and we’re best friends. Blaine lives near beautiful Mt. Dora¬†and since the weather today was in the low 70’s and I’ve always wanted to own a dog, I suggested we take Mav for a walk around the lake. The three of us piled into the ‘burb and rode windows down into town. Maverick is an older fella so we were a bit worried about his stamina, plus he rarely walks on a leash and we weren’t sure how quickly he’d get tired of that. ¬†He was a real trooper though and to reward him for all his patience and good behavior we went to Piglet’s Pantry, a locally owned pet treat bakery.

They make treats for both cats and dogs

They make treats for both cats and dogs

We bought Maverick a peanut butter biscotti and a fetchin’ stick, which we heard was a big crowd pleaser (I’m not quite sure what the fetchin’ stick is made from, but Mav enjoyed it!). Judging by his face, I think he liked it:

*drooooool*

*drooooool*

After walking around town for a bit, we headed back home to whip up some lunch before heading over to Blaine’s running buddy’s house. I have to hand it to Blaine, he is a bit of a whiz in the kitchen. ¬†I still had some left over cajun shrimp pasta from boy’s weekend, but wasn’t really in the mood for all of that Old Bay. Blaine offered to see what he could do with it and I happily accepted. ¬†Lunch with no work? Yes please!

He put a little olive oil in a pan and cooked up the leftovers straight from the box. Then he added in some select mystery seasonings, let it heat up, and slid it onto a bowl for me, Food Network Star style.

Le Chef

Le Chef

I liked it better the second time around, although once all the shrimp were gone I wasn’t too keen on the veggies

Take 2

Take 2

Once we polished off lunch, we headed over to Blaine’s friend’s house to visit with her and her adorable baby boy. It was so much fun to hang out with them and the little guy is the happiest baby I’ve ever met! All smiles and hair and smooth dance moves. ¬†He is about 5 months old so he’s past the point where I’m scared to touch babies and hasn’t reached the point where babies just make loud noises. In other words, he’s the perfect little one. It was really great just shootin’ the breeze out on the porch on such a beautiful day and I was a little sad when it was time to leave.

The next big thing on our list? DISNEY tomorrow! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve night. With an early morning tomorrow it’s time to catch some Z’s!