Food...and lots of it.

This post is going to be all about food because I have a million pictures to show you. I have been pretty busy lately, so as a result, my blog posts have become more sporadic. I have eaten some delicious things, so lets try to catch up!

Last Saturday, myself and a few other bridesmaids threw our friend, Erica, a bridal shower. I think it turned out delicious. :)

Favors for each guest - a bottle of red wine with a customized label.
Baked Brie wrapped in crescent dough w/ Pecans and Brown Sugar
Shrimp Wontons
Fresh Fruit
Fresh veggies and dill dip
Chicken Salad (Served in lettuce wraps and sprinkled with cashews)
Bongo Bongo Dip (This was a staple at one of the restaurants in our college town, basically a cheesy spinach dip)
Cookies (Chocolate chip and Oatmeal-Almond Butter)
The Cake!
There were people at the shower too. The bride-to-be is front and center.
Saturday night, Kevin and I took his sister out to dinner at Canton Dockside restaurant. I have had steamed crabs here a few times - and they are OUTSTANDING - but tonight we stuck with the regular dinner menu.

House Salad w/ Apple Cider Vinaigrette. This salad dressing was incredible - light, but full of flavor.
I ordered Rockfish in a beurre blanc sauce w/ a side of green beans for my main meal. The fish was fresh and cooked perfectly, but the sauce was just OK.
After dinner, we headed over to Harbor East to catch a movie - Gran Torino. We were early, so we stopped by James Joyce Irish Pub and I got a Irish Coffee. Warmed me right up.
Sunday, I made a quick and simple Butternut Squash soup using my Vitamix!

  • 1.5 T light butter
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • half butternut squash, peeled & chopped
  • chicken stock
  • salt, black pepper, red pepper to taste

Melt butter in large pot and mix in all vegetables. Saute over medium-high heat for 5-10 mins. Pour chicken stock in same pot until it covers all vegetables. Add seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer until all vegetables are soft - about 15 mins.

Transfer contents of pot to Vitamix blender (I am sure another blender or food processor would work) and mix on HIGH for 1-2 mins.Check out that color and consistency! super creamy.

I served the soup with sauteed broccoli, baked tofu, and a slice of whole wheat toast w/ smart balance.

Monday, we had a "major" snow storm in Maryland, so I decided to stay home from work. I made a great bowl of oatmeal. (oats, raspberries, walnuts, bananas, spoonful of barney butter)

Had a sandwich for lunch. Sliced granny smith apples, white cheddar cheese, smart balance, and a drizzle of honey on toasted wheat bread.

Played with Oscar in the snow. He loves it.

Made a nice dinner. Salmon w/ herb and garlic butter from Let's Dish, green beans, and Near East Mediterranean Curry Flavor couscous.

Whew! Are you hungry from checking out all those eats? I know I am.

I promise I have been keeping up with my workouts, but more on that later because this post is long enough. Have a great day!


ttfn300 March 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

actually now i'm hungry :) so much fabulous food! pups have so much fun in the snow, it's awesome!

Rose March 4, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

After reading this post, I am totally ready for lunch. Looks like you've had a busy couple of days!

lauren March 4, 2009 at 12:01 PM  

ttfn300/i totally MEANT to say HUNGRY - not sure how i was thinking one thing and wrote the other - ha! thanks for catching that!

Anonymous March 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

what a great weekend! Love the doggy pic as usual :D

Balance, Joy and Delicias! March 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM  

it seems that you had a great weekend. everything looks delicious!

Erica March 4, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW This post was huge and awesome! What a great shower. The food looks seriously amazing and the cake is so cute. Oh and I could use one of those irish coffees right now ;)Tell cutie Oscar, Frank and I say hi!

Anonymous March 4, 2009 at 12:50 PM  

All the food looks great. What a great idea about handing a bottle of wine! Your friend is very luck.

VeggieGirl March 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM  


Such a cute cake!!

Love Oscar!!

RunningLaur March 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

The bridal food looks ah-mazing.
I want to throw a party just looking at it.

Tyler March 4, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

all the food at that shower looks amazing....especially that baked brie! oh wow!

your sandwich with honey, apples, and white cheddar sounds so unique and delicious!

tfh March 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM  

So much tantalizing food in one post! I am definitely hungry now.

Anonymous March 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

You guys did a great job on the food for the party!! Looks like a blast :)

Your lunch from yesterday - delish! White cheddar is so good, actually what kind of cheese isn't good?! ;)

Anonymous March 4, 2009 at 4:56 PM  


Bec March 4, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

That cake is way too cute!

Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 4, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

You know how to eat right, girl! You can come to my house and cook anytime you want. Except no bongo bongo dip. ;)

Matt March 4, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

This post made me starving! Good thing my dinner is almost done!

Juliet March 4, 2009 at 10:14 PM  

Oh my gosh, what an adorable cake and what adorable wine covers. So cute!! :) All the food looks really tasty too!

I Run for Fun March 4, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

Wow! You've been a busy lady!
I don't know what to drool over...everything looks so delicious. That was some bridal shower! I love the idea of wine bottles with customized labels. So cool.

I have to try out that salmon...looks really good.

Anonymous March 4, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

everything looks amazing! but you had me at baked brie!

ChickPea March 5, 2009 at 12:18 AM  

What a lovely shower!

I swear, you can make everything with those VitaMixes...Maybe I'll get one when I strike it rich:)

HangryPants March 5, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

Great job w/ the shower. I love the cake!

aron March 5, 2009 at 1:20 AM  

yummmmm all that food makes me hungry. too bad its 10:20pm right now :(

Lori March 5, 2009 at 7:47 AM  

Love Oscar's snow pic and yes I am very hungry now. :) What a spread at that bridal shower! I am so jealous of your Irish coffee. That is by far my favorite drink ever. Coffee and cocktail in one - heaven!

lesley March 5, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

I'm hungry from checking our these eats!!

Looks like a great bridal shower with FABULOUS food!! : )

esave March 5, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

Hey Lauren!
Great pic of you SU gals. Aw, tell E I said congrats!
Chat later.

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

All your food looks yummy!

Bake My Fish March 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM  

I just went to Trader Joe's yesterday on the way home from work. Picked up some bagged salads, coffee, bananas, apples, and Spelt bread (I hope I spelt that right). It is a great grocery store. Two slices of spelt bread is equivalent to one whole grain English muffin. 140 calories and 6 grams of protein. It smells so good when it's toasted.

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