Long Weekend Favorites

Happy Friday! I am so excited that I have this day off. I hopefully will get out to the hiking trails to enjoy it, after the insurance adjuster comes out and takes a look at my basement again. I am also heading out for another girls night for a beer tasting. I am just hoping my liver can stand a third night of drinking, I am not 21 anymore. Wish me luck.

I am also switching it up this week and linking up with Amanda at Meet At The Barre for Friday Favorites since hers always makes me laugh.

 Favorite Song

Like I’ve said before I like all music but I am a rocker chick at heart. It is what I listen to at the gym, in the car, and when I want to tone people out at work.

 

Favorite Recipe

I am going to be cheesy and say my own Eggplant Parmesan because I do love it and am making it again this weekend. Addicted.

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Favorite Mug of The Week

A Friday wouldn’t be a Friday without the mug of the week. So this week I am giving one a Virtual Mug to Kelli of She Crab Soup. She makes me jealous living so close to the beach and having actual warm weather to enjoy it. She also works from home and started a new series from How To Design Your Own Blog so be sure to check her out.

Susan Wallace Barnes Stoneware Cafe Mug - Beach Umbrella

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Favorite Read

After a really horrible book I was so glad to pick up a nice light and fun book. I didn’t want to put this book down and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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From Good Reads: The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . .

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

Favorite Funnies

What I need to do this weekend but what I feel like doing.  Cue up an episode of Hoarders that always help.

Ha Ha!! Not cleaning!

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Just me? No.

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How I felt about getting to see Maddie again last night when she came up to Boston. We got to be snarky and sassy together. Her Sister In Law also got to learn a little more than she wanted about blogging. So many laughs.

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 What are you up to this weekend?

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A Time To Play

When I went hiking this past weekend I saw snakes and lots of dogs. Since I am a huge animal lover it is no surprise this is my third Be The Change that involves animals. You may remember this one, and this one.

Every time I go hiking I am so jealous that Seamus is just not behaved enough to take hiking. He has stranger issues and although he has gotten much better since I got him he just can’t handle that many new people at once. Besides so many dogs are off leash and he can’t manage that either and after getting bit he wouldn’t like it. Watching the dogs though are so fun. They run and jump into the water, they tumble and chase each other and getting them nice and tired is a bonus. What better way to tire them out then chasing a ball?

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So I bought a few canisters of tennis balls from Wal-Mart and placed them in a box (be sure and weigh it down with a rock) I had lying around for the owners to take and play at the little lake.

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This can also be done at a dog park, or anywhere that you see dogs hanging out frequently. The dogs will love you for it and the owners will too. Win-win.

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I placed it under the entrance map kiosk and then hit the trails. After my hike I headed to the lake to see if they were playing with the tennis balls. I saw a few and the Dobbie had one in his mouth he didn’t want to let go of it. So precious.

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 Also in case you didn’t get enough dog talk today head on over to Kathy’s blog to see my guest post about 5 Reasons to Get A Dog.

Are you considering doing your own Act of Kindness? If not, what is stopping you? Grab a button if you would like to spread the word. The change that we seek in others has to first come from within. This year I hope you decide to Be the Change You Seek.

Till Then Smile Often
 

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Eggplant Parmesan

When I originally made this I didn’t use the recommended amount of cheese. Gasp! I know, right?! In my defense though the original recipe called for 4 different types of cheese for a total of 7 cups of cheese. That is a lot when you are only using 1 Eggplant. So to make it easier and not have to buy 4 different kinds of cheese I modified it down to 2 cheeses and almost half the amount. Trust me it is still cheesy and leaves me feeling full!

 

Eggplant Parmesan 

Ingredients: 1 Large Eggplant ~ 2 Eggs beaten ~ 1/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk) ~ 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (or regular) ~ Vegetable Oil ~ Jar of Pasta Sauce (26 ounces – or homemade) ~ 4 cups (16 oz) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese ~ 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese ~ 1/4 tsp garlic powder ~ 1/4 tsp onion powder ~ Pinch of salt and pepper

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish add the bread crumbs. In another dish combine the eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, milk, salt and pepper.

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Cut eggplant into 1/2 thick slices. Dip eggplant into the egg mixture then cover with the bread crumbs.

Heat vegetable oil (about 1/4 inch) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Heat approximately one minute and then flip and cook for an additional minute.

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Eggplant should be browned on both sides. Place on a paper towel lined plate and repeat with the remaining slices.

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Spread a 1/3 of the jar of pasta sauce in the bottom of a 13×9 inch glass baking dish. Layer the eggplant, half the mozzarella, and the pasta sauce. I ended up with 12 slices of eggplant and two layers. Sprinkle the top with the Parmesan cheese.

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Bake for 30minutes or until the eggplant is tender and the cheese is melted.

 

 

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Ingredients
  • 1 Large Eggplant ~ 2 Eggs beaten ~ ¼ cup Almond Milk (or milk) ~ ½ cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (or regular) ~ Vegetable Oil ~ Jar of Pasta Sauce (26 ounces – or homemade) ~ 4 cups (16 oz) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese ~ ½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese ~ ¼ tsp garlic powder ~ ¼ tsp onion powder ~ Pinch of salt and pepper
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish add the bread crumbs. In another dish combine the eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, milk, salt and pepper. Cut eggplant into ½ thick slices. Dip eggplant into the egg mixture then cover with the bread crumbs.
  2. Heat vegetable oil (about ¼ inch) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Heat approximately one minute and then flip and cook for an additional minute. Eggplant should be browned on both sides. Place on a paper towel lined plate and repeat with the remaining slices.
  3. Spread a ⅓ of the jar of pasta sauce in the bottom of a 13×9 inch glass baking dish. Layer the eggplant, half the mozzarella, and the pasta sauce. I ended up with 12 slices of eggplant and two layers. Sprinkle the top with the Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30minutes or until the eggplant is tender and the cheese is melted.

 
 Martinis & Bikinis

 

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Barely Walking

Isn’t it really Monday? I did realize that due to a switch in our company holidays we have Good Friday off so I am a little excited to have a 3 day weekend coming up. I don’t have anything planned either other than a get together Friday night so hopefully I can finally work on some yard work. I know my life is exciting, don’t get jealous! I am getting ahead of myself though, here is what I did this past weekend:

Saturday: I spent the morning getting some chores around the house done and reading for a bit. Then I headed out to get a gift for tomorrow’s baby shower. I know I really leave it to the last minute but after the million and one birthday’s this month it is catching up to me. Then I hit the trails. I came across not one but TWO snakes when I was on the trails. It about gave me a heart attack but of course I had to snap a picture.

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Then after the huge hill at the end I saw this tree blocking the trail so choices are left, right or over ….so I went over of course! ;) I finally got to add to the #50MilesinApril challenge that I committed to before I was sick for 10 days. Hoping I can still make it.

hiking-1I stopped home for a quick lunch. I made a salad with tomato, red onion, smoked Gouda, and red beans with a side of cantaloupe. So yummy. Then I took Seamus for a long walk.

lunchLoved that the park is so close to my home and across from the park is a lake where I can take my kayak in the Spring and Summer.

walkThat walk added to my hiking for a total of 7.72 miles for the challenge. After that I went grocery shopping and then finally relaxed with a movie and a little reading.

Sunday: I woke up feeling a little sore after all the exercise yesterday, go figure. I finished the book I was reading and it was horrible. It was not what I was expecting based on the cover summary. Let’s just say it was offensive, bigoted, and cliched. I only finished to give it a fair review but I wanted to quit reading after about 20 minutes of reading it. Then it was time to get ready for the baby shower. It was for the sister of my sister-in-law. I broke the Vegetarian Diet for some bacon.

showerIt is not often that I get a good picture of my older Niece. She is usually sticking her tongue out or covering her face so this was a nice surprise.

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I headed home around 2pm and then took Seamus for a walk and did some more chores around the house and relaxed. Perfect end to the weekend.

How was your weekend?

 
Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip and with Kelli from She Crab Soup


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Sip Happens

Kate from Another Clean Slate was kind enough to remind me that the linkup for Sip Happens is going live on Monday.  Kate was kind enough to host the party.  We chose a bottle (or two) of wine based solely on the label. My contributions:

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 This was actually my second time meeting other bloggers and it was a ton of fun. Emily, Jody and Allena were so fun and we are getting together again this week. Kathy was there in spirit or via photoshop. ;)

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The others wines that made an appearance, I have to say the Relax Riesling was my favorite. 

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 Kate was kind enough to provide some yummy grub for us to eat so we didn’t get to tipsy. She also served a Greek Chicken Orzo that was delicious!

 

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How cute are these tomato and mozzarella balls too.

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I must say I didn’t take near enough pictures because we were laughing so much and tasting wines, and getting someone (who shall remain nameless) addicted to Tinder. ;)

So many great laughs and I loved getting to know some local bloggers. If you are considering wanting to do a Sip Happens party head over to Eva’s Blog to sign-up!

 

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