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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lately... {5.1.12}

...I've been slightly obsessed with Simply Lemonade with Mango.  Seriously.  I can't even keep any around long enough to snap a photo or figure out something fun to do with it. It's too good.  Like, ridiculously.

...I've been reading the latest books from some of the series that I adore.  The first being Buried in Buttercream (a Savannah Reid mystery from G.A. McKevett).  And the second one which I just finished being Dolled Up for Murder (A Josie Prescott Antiques mystery from Jane K. Cleland).  And I'm extremely antsy for the library to open today so that I can pick-up the new Sookie Stackhouse book Deadlocked.  Sookie!

...I've found myself getting addicted to a few of the great new t.v. series from this past season.  My fast-favorites were New Girl, Revenge, and Grimm.  Why yes, I do have very eclectic tastes...why do you ask?

...I have a new obsession.  It goes by the name of Baby Arugula.  Small...tender...peppery and reminiscent of mustard greens.  How I love thee.  It all started with this salad, by the way. How else have I used it, you ask? Well.  I'm gonna go ahead and get real for a minute and admit that I almost always have a few frozen pizzas in the freezer.  Sometimes I just want easy.  But the great thing about that is dressing them up.  Oh yes.  Get a cheese pizza and before you slide it into the oven, add some roasted garlic cloves, some artichoke hearts, and some salami....once you pull it out, put a big ol' handful of baby arugula on top, drizzle it with a dash of olive oil, and sprinkle on some dried chile flakes and oregano.  That's the stuff, baby.
Plus, I've also been throwing it into pretty much any kind of sandwich you can imagine.  I'll be sharing one such sammich soon.  Plus, it goes fantastic with grains...which I'll be sharing in a guest post coming up towards the end of next week.  I'll give a heads up.

...I've also been contemplating getting a dog.  I mean, I like dogs...but I'm a cat person.  But I know the kids want a dog.  I think I was just scarred by having to scoop so much poo as a kid.  Tiny folding shovels hurling...ahem...projectiles over the fence and down the hill across an alley may or may not come to mind.  Anyhoo.  Bulldog.  Pug.  Something along those lines.   I'm sure I'll be wavering on that for quite some time.  You mostly comes down to "potty training". Don't know if I'm ready for that.

...I tried Biscoff for the first time.  It was odd.  And addictive.  And I enjoyed it.  I even used it to make a Malted Biscoff Banana Milkshake.  But now that my jar is empty, I won't be rushing out to buy another one.  I kinda got over it.

...I've made some things that I know I'm not going to get around to blogging.  BUT.  Since they've already been blogged other places, I can still lead you to the recipes.  One was this Beer BBQ Chicken of the crockpot variety.
And another were these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies of the "made with coconut oil" variety.

What have YOU been up to lately?

Would you like to comment?

  1. I'm now going to be keeping a lookout at our local stores for Simply Lemonade with Mango (I've seen the simply orange with mango but not the lemonade... I hope they get it here!)
    I'm also excited to try the chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil!

  2. Love the salad on top of the pizza! And I love anything with Mango so I will be keeping an eye out for Simply Lemonade with Mango

  3. Beer BBQ chicken sounds fantastic! And I've heard the biscoff hype and need to try it... not sure what I'd DO with it though.

  4. I do love baby arugula - and pugs and biscoff cookies (although I've never tried the spread). Good luck with the decision on a dog - I haven't had a dog since before my teens but someday hope to have one again. Although I do love cats...

  5. I've been loving the New Girl. Can't wait to try these recipes. Especially the cookies. I've got coconut oil I've been wanting to use.

  6. Love this post :) I'm really into arugula right now too. You know who else loves arugula? Giada. LOL! I had to throw that one in there. She has lots of recipes with arugula in her new book.

    I'm gonna have to check out that lemonade with mango. I gave up soda 2 months ago and I'm always looking for something different to drink.

    I love watching Revenge on Wednesday nights. So good!

    I'm going to a book signing on Saturday night to meet Charlaine Harris and get a signed copy of Deadlocked. Shhh!! Don't tell anyone. It's Derby Day here and I totally skipped out on all the Derby parties to go get my book signed. I think that makes me an official "book nerd."

    My kids drive me crazy for a dog all the time and I like dogs and all, but but I'm not having it...too much work.

    P.S. I love that crockpot bbq chicken. So easy. so good. I need to make it again.

  7. Great post. And I love the paper plate with the pizza topped with greens, yum. I finally made something I have been wanting to make forever (tlayuda) and am now obessed, had themforlunch,breakfast and even hadone at 2 am while I was packing up the last of my kitchen. so good, girl you have tobe the busiest blogger Iknow. You Rock!!

  8. I love these kinds of posts. I feel like I'm getting "heather, uncut" :)

    I love New Girl also! kind of obsessed. That and Grey's.

    So glad you're on the MMM Arugula! team. It's the only way to go.

  9. I do believe that YOU belong to that club as well ;) ...and I have always wanted to try tlayuda, as well. I did see yours, but haven't gotten over to comment yet. I definitely wanted to reach into the screen... =)

  10. AWWWWWESOME! Say hi to Charlene for me... I picked the book up around 1 pm yesterday and I'm about 3/4 of the way done. Darnit. I want it to last, but I just can't put it down. Please tell her to write faster. ;P

    Giada Shmiada.

    And YES on Revenge. One of my biggest guilty pleasures!

  11. I swear, the spread tastes just like the cookies. It's such a strange sensation...

  12. Oh, I haven't tried the Simply Orange w/ Mango...but now I will keep a look out for that. Anything mango and I'm SO there.

  13. How have I not heard of the simply lemonade with mango? Fresh mangos are everywhere in Beijing right now, and I've been a bit obsessed. I need this lemonade.