Happy Friday! Working a full week after a holiday is always though, but I’m glad I’m getting back into the swing of things — hanging out with friends, reading awesome books, working out and being productive!! Here’s a snapshot into what’s been going on lately.
1. Thanks everyone on your suggestions for How to Kill a Sugar Craving. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has a hard time with this. Yesterday I did pretty good by my standards. I only had one TINY truffle all day.
Last night I met some friends/former co-workers at El Beso in Greenfield, WI (be very jealous, Brittney!) I ordered the enchiladas verdes with rice and beans. My only complaint was I wish there was more verde sauce.
Since I’m well aware that this is very indulgent, I ALWAYS bring food home. That way I feel like I’m satisfied by getting what I want, but I don’t feel guilty because I get two meals out of it. From this picture, I took home 2 enchiladas (out of the three), plus some rice and beans. Brenton is going up to Appleton this weekend, so I’ll be a lone chick with Oliver tonight. I also wanted leftovers so I didn’t have to cook tonight :)
2. I am reading such an awesome book for book club that I need to shout it from the rooftops. A friend recommended “Matched” by Ally Condie as a book similar to “The Hunger Games.” They are in fact very similar. It’s about a society in the future and how the government controls citizens by matching them for procreation to produce optimal offspring. I’m listening to this one on audiobook. I really love Ally’s voice. Sometimes the production company can kill a good book with the wrong voice, but they made a great choice on this one.
3. For me, weekends are all about relaxing and being productive. I love reading the newspaper on Sunday and drinking coffee while watching “The Sunday Morning Show” on CBS. And yes, I’m still one of those people who subscribes to the newspaper. It makes sense since I write for one!
On the flip side, I love getting errands done, cleaning our apartment, catching up on freelance assignments and taking a class or two at the gym. I’m making this the weekend to put all of our Christmas decorations away. Plus, Sun is having one of her clothing swap parties again! I LOVE these and will make sure to post any fun outfits I receive.
If you have some time to relax, consider making these Apple Butter Pancakes from Laurie. Since I have a few jars of Cranberry Apple Butter leftover from canning this summer, I would definitely substitute that for regular apple butter.
Cranberry Apple Butter Pancakes
Adapted from Laurie at Love, Laugh, Laurie!
3/4 cup pancake mix
1/3 cup cranberry apple butter
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Combine all the ingredients to make your batter, and prepare the pancakes as you normally would. Enjoy!
TELL ME: Are you more about relaxing on the weekends or catching up from the week? What book are you reading?
In addition to “Matched,” I’m finally reading “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey. I know there was so much controversy surrounding this book, but I am keeping an open mind.