Sunday, August 14, 2011

Birthday Recap, Meal Plan and What's To Come!

I had a great birthday.  The actual day was Friday the 12th.  But I ate cake for four days straight beforehand so you can say it was more like a five-day fiesta!  :-)  In fact by the time my real birthday arrived, I was a bit sick of cakes! 

I ending up making three different kinds - (1) Almond-Berry-Pineapple, (2) Nutella Flour-less with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting and (3) Oreo Cookie Crumble Double Layer Cake.  All were good.  The first two were easy to make.  The third and final one was a giant utter mess!  I am working on typing up the recipes and sharing the funny photos with you real soon!  Thankfully all tasted excellent!  The Nutella one was my favorite though.  It looked and tasted like a nutty brownie with wonderful frosting on top.  So... maybe next year, I'll just make myself that one cake.  We shall see! 

My birthday was a great day.  My husband took the day off and we had breakfast together as a family, saw a funny movie, did some shopping, ate out Mexican, enjoyed a few margaritas (Two for one baby!) and then had a family cake picnic on our living room floor that night while watching another film.  A great day with my wonderful family! 

For my birthday present, my husband and daughter gave me this very cool double-layer Belgian waffle maker by Waring Pro (pictured above).  He knows the way to my heart - useful kitchen appliances!  LOL!  So I've made waffles for two mornings in a row now - a blueberry oat and a spiced pumpkin flavor!  They are!  Please visit my Facebook page for those recipes if you want them right now!  Trust me, you won't regret it!  :-)

I've got those three cake recipes coming soon for you.  Then I've also got two great sub sandwich recipes that you can make for your family - quick, easy, nutritious and delicious!  Stay tuned and come back soon for those!

Meanwhile, here is my meal plan for the week:  I'm keeping it low key.  I'll try out two new recipes and make some easy stuff too.  It's our anniversary on Wednesday so I'm sure we'll eat out for dinner.  My parents are dropping in for a one-night weekend stay so I'll make some waffles for them!  The rest is my tried and true favorites.  No desserts this week!   I still have leftover cake and I'm going to up my exercise workouts to make up for all I ate the past few days! 

Here is what I have lined up:

Monday, August 15 - Creole white beans with turkey sausage served over brown rice with a side green salad (That's right, even I open up a can of food sometimes, especially of this stuff - it's hard to beat the flavor!)

Tuesday, August 16 - Beer Batter Waffle Ham and Cheese sandwiches with sweet potato fries

Wednesday, August 17 - My Nine-Year Wedding Anniversary!  Eat Out for Dinner!

Thursday, August 18
- White Chicken Chili in the slow cooker with corn bread

Friday, August 19
- Sloppy Joe Pizza with a side green salad

Saturday, August 20
- Smoked Tilapia AND Grilled Garlic-Tequila-Lime Shrimp with sweet pepper kabobs

Sunday, August 21 - Big Homemade Breakfast for our House guests:  Spiced Pumpkin Waffles and Cheesy-Eggs-Grits Casserole
Dinner: Leftover Pizza or Chili;  Or eat out.

It's going to be a great week!  What do you have lined up for your menu? 

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