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Boyf’s FIRST Cheesecake Factory Experience

Saturday was not the best day around here. Boyf and I were thinking of going to the air show this weekend, but it was raining so we bailed. We decided to go to the Leesburg Outlets instead. I was SO good, I think I deserve a medal. I didn’t buy ANYTHING. Usually right before my birthday I don’t need any excuse to buy things. I just tell myself I am ‘treating myself for my birthday.’  But this shopping trip I held back! I did just buy myself a big treat pretty recently too! I kept that in mind.  Boyf got some work pants and shirt. He was the big spender of the day!

Post shopping we were HUNGRY! Boyf has NEVER been to The Cheesecake Factory so we had to go there. It was most enjoyable. We had a bit of a wait, which is pretty standard there so we grabbed a seat at the bar for some cocktails!mas pics 564

I started off the evening with a Pomegranate Mojito. It was freakin’  delish! So good! Boyf got a beer. Since we were starving we got the Buffalo Blast appetizers and it was very tasty but also very filling and we wanted to save room for dinner. I only had two.

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With dinner I got the Red Raspberry Martini. OMG. It was delish. I am already stalking people to go have drinks there with me again this weekend. It was so tasty, I was lovin’ it!

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For dinner, Boyf got the salmon salad, and I got the luau salad. They were both pretty big. I took the ginormous chip things off mine to save some calories. Both meals we HUGE. We left with 3 to go boxes. The portions there are just out of control. It was really good, and I am glad Boyf can now say he has been to The Cheesecake Factory!

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eScampi

I decided to surprise boyf with a romantical dinner on Friday evening after he made his trek down to Va from Pa. I decided to make Shrimp Scampi! I got the recipe from Jenna at Eat, Live, Run. It was a big hit and super easy.
Ingredients:

1.5 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

about 3/4 pound of large shrimp, deveined

1 tbsp chives

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 stick butter, cut into small chunks

1 tbsp lemon juice

pinch of red pepper

1 tbsp chopped parsley

3 slices thick Italian bread, toasted and kept warm in the oven

6 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked (2 ounces per person)

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about a minute.

2. Crank up the heat and add the shrimp. Toss until seared on all sides and bright pink. Remove shrimp and set aside.

3. Stir in the chives, wine, butter, lemon and red pepper. Boil until the sauce is reduced by half. Stir in the parsley and the shrimp again and heat through.

4. Toss the pasta with a bit more olive oil (to coat) and divide among 3 plates, along with a slice of bread. Put the shrimp on top of the pasta/bread and serve with a lemon wedge.
It was very good. Boyf liked it a lot and was very surprised.

The only man down situation was that I burned the damn bread. Every freaking time, I burn the bread. Sucks! Oh well, better luck next time.

Boyf’s FIRST Cheesecake Factory Experience

Saturday was not the best day around here. Boyf and I were thinking of going to the air show this weekend, but it was raining so we bailed. We decided to go to the Leesburg Outlets instead. I was SO good, I think I deserve a medal. I didn’t buy ANYTHING. Usually right before my birthday I don’t need any excuse to buy things. I just tell myself I am ‘treating myself for my birthday.’  But this shopping trip I held back! I did just buy myself a big treat pretty recently too! I kept that in mind.  Boyf got some work pants and shirt. He was the big spender of the day!

Post shopping we were HUNGRY! Boyf has NEVER been to The Cheesecake Factory so we had to go there. It was most enjoyable. We had a bit of a wait, which is pretty standard there so we grabbed a seat at the bar for some cocktails!mas pics 564

I started off the evening with a Pomegranate Mojito. It was freakin’  delish! So good! Boyf got a beer. Since we were starving we got the Buffalo Blast appetizers and it was very tasty but also very filling and we wanted to save room for dinner. I only had two.

mas pics 562 mas pics 563 

With dinner I got the Red Raspberry Martini. OMG. It was delish. I am already stalking people to go have drinks there with me again this weekend. It was so tasty, I was lovin’ it!

mas pics 565mas pics 568 

For dinner, Boyf got the salmon salad, and I got the luau salad. They were both pretty big. I took the ginormous chip things off mine to save some calories. Both meals we HUGE. We left with 3 to go boxes. The portions there are just out of control. It was really good, and I am glad Boyf can now say he has been to The Cheesecake Factory!

mas pics 567   mas pics 570

eScampi

I decided to surprise boyf with a romantical dinner on Friday evening after he made his trek down to Va from Pa. I decided to make Shrimp Scampi! I got the recipe from Jenna at Eat, Live, Run. It was a big hit and super easy.
Ingredients:

1.5 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

about 3/4 pound of large shrimp, deveined

1 tbsp chives

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 stick butter, cut into small chunks

1 tbsp lemon juice

pinch of red pepper

1 tbsp chopped parsley

3 slices thick Italian bread, toasted and kept warm in the oven

6 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked (2 ounces per person)

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about a minute.

2. Crank up the heat and add the shrimp. Toss until seared on all sides and bright pink. Remove shrimp and set aside.

3. Stir in the chives, wine, butter, lemon and red pepper. Boil until the sauce is reduced by half. Stir in the parsley and the shrimp again and heat through.

4. Toss the pasta with a bit more olive oil (to coat) and divide among 3 plates, along with a slice of bread. Put the shrimp on top of the pasta/bread and serve with a lemon wedge.
It was very good. Boyf liked it a lot and was very surprised.

The only man down situation was that I burned the damn bread. Every freaking time, I burn the bread. Sucks! Oh well, better luck next time.

My Morning & Evening Monsters

Superfood Snacks , a small company based on the island of Kaua’i, sent me a package of gloriousness the other day. Superfood Snacks is all unique organic superfood products. They sent me 3 bags of treats to try out, as well as super smoothie mixes and the bags are even 100% biodegradable/compostable! This company believes in the commitment to sustainable practices in all aspects of their business by supporting fair trade sources for all ingredients. 

Thank you Dennis at Superfood Snacks is amazing for sending me all this fabulousness to test out! Check it out! It is all 100% raw and organic. Gotta love that!

Super Smoothie Mixes: Purple Clarity, Goji Strength, Green Life & Cacao Cream
All flavors contain whole raw organic sprouted superfoods. These babies are nutrient packed and energy dense!

Raw Chocolate Snacks: Green Chocolate Dream, Chocolate Goji Treats and Mulberry Mac-Nut Crunch.
These raw snacks are full of antioxidants

Clearly, I had to try some of this is my morning monster. I went with the Purple clarity to start my day.


I enjoyed the kick of energy from the Superfood Snacks smoothie mix. I didn’t even need a mid-morning snack to hold me over until lunch. I was good to go. I can’t wait to try the other flavors I have to test out~

I embraced a liquid dinner as well, as I pounded a bag of sweet potato chips when I got home today and I wasn’t feeling very healthy. I went with a cucumber, carrot and apple juice.

It was very refreshing! I love the coolness of cucumbers in my juices. I also love the sweetness of carrots! Yum Yum! I drank my evening monster out of my new Amazing Grass juice mug. I love it!!

My Morning & Evening Monsters

Superfood Snacks , a small company based on the island of Kaua’i, sent me a package of gloriousness the other day. Superfood Snacks is all unique organic superfood products. They sent me 3 bags of treats to try out, as well as super smoothie mixes and the bags are even 100% biodegradable/compostable! This company believes in the commitment to sustainable practices in all aspects of their business by supporting fair trade sources for all ingredients. 

Thank you Dennis at Superfood Snacks is amazing for sending me all this fabulousness to test out! Check it out! It is all 100% raw and organic. Gotta love that!

Super Smoothie Mixes: Purple Clarity, Goji Strength, Green Life & Cacao Cream
All flavors contain whole raw organic sprouted superfoods. These babies are nutrient packed and energy dense!

Raw Chocolate Snacks: Green Chocolate Dream, Chocolate Goji Treats and Mulberry Mac-Nut Crunch.
These raw snacks are full of antioxidants

Clearly, I had to try some of this is my morning monster. I went with the Purple clarity to start my day.


I enjoyed the kick of energy from the Superfood Snacks smoothie mix. I didn’t even need a mid-morning snack to hold me over until lunch. I was good to go. I can’t wait to try the other flavors I have to test out~

I embraced a liquid dinner as well, as I pounded a bag of sweet potato chips when I got home today and I wasn’t feeling very healthy. I went with a cucumber, carrot and apple juice.

It was very refreshing! I love the coolness of cucumbers in my juices. I also love the sweetness of carrots! Yum Yum! I drank my evening monster out of my new Amazing Grass juice mug. I love it!!

Pre- Race Day Eats

I was very conscious of my eats this Saturday before the big Broad Street 10-Miler. I was nervous and anxious and excited all day. Pretty much I was just ready to get out there and RUN! Scott @ Solixir was nice enough to send me some samples to test out. Solixir is an all natural sparkling botanical beverage that comes in 3 flavors – Awaken, Restore & Relax. I tested out the Relax on Saturday and it was just lovely. A very subtle taste of blackberry and chamomile. All the Solixir drinks are all natural with no sugar added.  I really enjoyed it!

On the way to the Phillies game I had my first ZBar! I had blueberry and it was really good. I have been reading such wonderful things about the ZBars on blogs, people just love them! Now I see why!


I snuck in some Emily’s Desserts into the ballpark today. I like to have a treat or two in my purse at all times. The Coconut Cranberry cookies were divine. I really just can’t get over how fresh the cookies and donuts from Emily’s were. When did I get those? Early last week? Each bite tasted like it just came out of the oven and finished cooling. It was that fresh!

Boyf and I also split some peanuts. I feel like munching on peanuts is a staple snack at a ballpark. I love just snacking on food while I sit there and watch the game. Since I wasn’t able to partake in any of the alcohol fun (due to the early morning race on Sunday) I very much enjoyed my overpriced ballpark peanuts!

For dinner, boyf and I made Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza. I had made this before early in April, and its just SUCH a good meal. Bobbi from N Her Shoes suggested this meal for my pre race dinner eats. Such a good call! I got my good carbs and some veggies in the mix and I loooove this pizza. So good. I had lots of feta, onioins, green peppers, tomato sauce and some pepperioni! A winning combination and perfect fuel for my race tomorrow


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