Few weeks of Food!

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope y’all ha a fabulous day. Mine was terrific…went to Pure Barre class, ran a few miles, went to the pool, cooked dinner, had froyo with a girlfriend. Pretty typical Saturday!

Getting back in the kitchen is one reason I love weekends. Since it has been a few weeks from my last real post, I figured I’d give you an update of the things I have whipped up lately! Hope you’re hungry 😉

Little photo tour for ya:

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So that’s what I’m up to! If you have any questions as to what any of it is, let me know! Enjoy 🙂

An apple tart a day keeps the doctor away!

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone had a lovely day 🙂 it really looked lovely outside here in Birmingham from the big windows of the library! No real surprise that I spent the day studying, but I made some head way today with easements and land zoning.

And then we got kicked out of the library at 5pm. Apparently there’s a holiday or something this weekend, idk Easter (haha) and the library is now closed until Tuesday morning. I swung by Old Navy on the way home and picked up some new shorts. SO excited because they were on sale and had all the colors I wanted!

When I got home, I ate some leftover pasta from last night and then decided to bake. I bought some awesome granny smith apples yesterday at the store and was in the mood to make something with them! My first through was a tart. Then I realized that I don’t really know how to make a tart…hmm. So I decided to wing it! I didn’t have enough dry ingredients to make an actual batter, but I did have the trust Duncan Hines box mix. Always have to keep one in the back of the cabinet for emergencies!

I mixed one box of cake mix with a 3/4 of water and two tablespoons of Chobani plain Greek Yogurt. Noeggs, no oil because eggs and oil make it rise like cake, and I wanted more of a crust texture. I chopped up one granny smith apple and one Bartlett pear, then tossed them with McCormick’s cinnamon sugar.

Spread a layer of the batter on the bottom of the pan, then pour the fruit mixture on top.

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Then in top of the, spread the rest of the batter. 30 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees and you’re done! It came out golden brown and crispy, with softened fruit that made it’s way all through the “tart.” Drizzle some caramel over the top and you have a dessert! Its way easy, and kind if like cheat baking haha. So good!

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After baking, I got sucked into watching the William & Kate movie on Lifetime. Twice. How sad is that? I’m a sucker for a good love story! Wine, good dessert and a love movie…I’m a happy girl!

Pork…the other OTHER white meat.

Happy Sunday funday! Usually I don’t get Sunday fundays, but I kind of made way for one today. I slept in a little bit, ate some breakfast and went to Old Navy and picked up a few things. I’m so excited, they had the same sandals that I bought last year and absolutely loved again but wore into the ground. I bought 2 pairs this time along with some cute navy shorts.

Remember how I said yesterday how I couldn’t decide whether to hole away in the library, or hit the pool and study? Guess which I picked?

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You got it, the pool. I call it “extreme studying.” It was just too beautiful of a day to be stuck inside. Also, my spray tan from Barrister’s Ball is fading and I needed some color, so why not kill 2 birds with one stone? Well I spent the next 5 hours at the pool with a ton of other Cumberland students reading Contracts, discussing Civ Pro, doing some harmless gossip and bronzing the bod. Come 5pm, I had learned about substantial performance and one three steps past bronze. No more pale legs for me! Although, I definitely should have rolled over and tanned the backside more, as I have a lovely stripe going down the side! Along with tanning unevenly, I also got about 20 minutes of treading deep water in for some exercise.

I headed home to cook some dinner. Sundays are big dinner nights for me and I like to cook a big meal, especially when friends are coming over! So the menu was seasoned pork tenderloin, creamed mashed potatoes, lemon pepper corn and asparagus tips with sea salt.

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First up was the pork, which is totally easy. Get a regular pork tenderloin. I bought mine at Publix and it wasn’t very expensive for such a nice cut of meat. Place it on a large piece of foil then coat with a dry rub of salt, pepper, lemon pepper and chipolte spice. Then cover it with half a can of rotel tomato sauce, you can use mild or spicy. (I use spicy to compliment the thick layer of chipolte spice I rubbed on.) Wrap the pork up, cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it rest for about 10 minutes and slice. Thanks mom for teaching me the recipe, you rock!

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*The recipe works for beef tenderloin as well, but use more of the dry rub and less of the liquid tomatoes due to the moisture content of the meat. Pork has to be fully cooked and needs the moisture from the tomatoes as opposed to beef, which can be cooked less and maintains it’s own moisture.

Next was the creamed mashed potatoes and veggies Everyone knows how to make Yukon gold mashed potatoes, it’s fool proof. I don’t really like the super buttery taste, but want some flavor so I add a big scoop of sour cream, a scoop of regular Greek yogurt, sea salt and pepper. Gives it a nice flavor without going Paula Deen style and loading up on the butter. The corn and asparagus (actually left over from the other night) are self explanatory. Dinner turned out great and we had lots of fun. I also managed to dole out 2 more meals into Tupperware to eat later this week!

After cooking, it was time to get back to studying :/ I made about 50 more Civ Pro notecards. I am the queen of the notecards over here, and will not disappoint this semester. By the time I’m done, I’ll have around 300. These babies are golden too so I’m keeping them. By the time the bar exam comes around (in 2013, cringe!) I’ll have my study materials already completed and be good to go! So scary to think I’m already studying for an exam that is over 2 years away.

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Now that I have finished some substantial studying, I’m packing for tomorrow. I have practice tomorrow night and would like go straight there from the library, so I’m taking my coaching clothes to school. That way, I can make up for any study time I will miss because of practice. Practice tomorrow will be HARD because I want the girls to be ready for the 17s division at Alabama Jrs this coming weekend.

Well, I feel great now (and look great thanks to my new tan!). I hope everyone had a great Sunday funday of your own and did something fabulous!

Have groceries, will cook!

So great news! I finally went grocery shopping. It was about 2 weeks overdue, but I finally had an afternoon off. I stayed in the library for a few hours studying Property (ph joy…) and then busted out of there. It will probably be one of my last times to take an afternoon off, as finals are looming over my head and its time to really start the intense studying! But I knew it was necessary to gr4ocery shop, since I spend the month of December studying and eating Firehouse subs and  Chinese food, and felt absolutely terrible one I was done. Good grades, bad body…not a great trade off.

 I really miss HEB, Krogers and Randalls back in Texas, but Publix is a good little grocery store here in Birmingham. After 2 weeks without groceries, needless to say, it was a long trip. But I think I got everything! I can’t wait that long again, I spend a fortune getting everything.

I’ve been eating a lot of junk lately, with Big South offering only $7 hot dogs for lunch and law week providing lunch at school every day. I usually bring my lunch, but really fell off the wagon in the last 2 weeks, sometimes for just sheer laziness. So I swore to myself that I would make my lunch this week. Today I made Turkey Chipolte Roll-ups.  Super easy and it look like, 10 minutes while watching Law & Order. Just get your ingredients: large whole wheat tortillas, cream cheese, laughing cow cheese wedgers in garlic herb, baby spinach, sliced cheese (motzrella or white american), sundried tomatoes and chipolte spice. 

Mix the cream cheese, laughing cow garlic herb cheese and chiplte spice (add apraingly if you dont like spicy! I’m on a real chipolte kick because I like spicy in like, everything) all together and spread on the tortilla…this keeps the roll-up together when it chills. I’d love to tell you that was my knowledge, but in fact, my mother told me that while I was starting and probably saved the day.  Then stack away! I did my layers as baby spinach, cheese, double turkey, tomatoes, and baby spinach again. Then you roll them up, cover in a damp paper towel, wrap in foil and sttick in the firdge to chill. A few hours later, take them out, slice them and they are ready to eat! I was impressed, they turned out pretty good and I’m excited for lunch.

But lunch is about all I’m excited for today. This week is so jam packed with events.. Last night I had a meet-and-greet at a law firm here in Birmingham, followed by a birthday party for a friend. Today, I have 3 classes, a “Called to the Bar” seminar, oral arguments for LLR and volleyball practice. (Stay tunes for a second post about volleyball practice, as this one is getting really long!) Additionally, the paperwork needs to be filed for my job with the US Attorney’s office and thats going to take a while.  It’s also nearing finals time and I have started living in the library. It’ll all be over soon and I will be 1/3 of the way though law school…whohoo.  Ok, off to Contracts class…should be pretty exciting because someone wasn’t prepared last class and now has to sing a song about the casehe wasn’t prepared for! Check back later for the Drills of the Day and some plans for practrice ot finish out the cub volleyball season strong!

Wasting the day away

Unfortunately, I wasn’t wasting the day away in Margaritaville. Rather, I spent almost all day in bed, I can’t even lie. My appellate brief was done, my reading was current, my apartment was dirty (oh well) and I was exhausted! Law week, culminating with Barrister’s Ball last night took it out of me, and I needed the day to relax. We had such a good time!

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Do I feel guilty about lounging all day? Nah, not at all.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just sleep all day. My dad called early for a recap of the night, of course. If you don’t know my dad, he’s awake at like 5am every day and tends to forget that the rest of the world isn’t, but he’s just excited to hear all about life! I also
got up occasionally for food and hydraulics, and to do a few simple things. Like, the bottom of my dress really needed to be soaked (thanks to my mother for reminding me of this, so it’s not ruined. Granted, her solution was to cut the bottom of the dress off and make it cocktail, which I kindly reminded her that cutting it short would make it the absolute sluttiest dress ever. She didnt seem to see a problem with that though…) So the dress got soaked. Hopefully it gets all the funk out.

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Speaking of funk, I’m kind of worried that I got some sort of funk infecting my toe from when I got stepped on. I haven’t taken the band-aid off yet, but it freaking hurts. I did shoot some neosporin down in there though to combat whatever nastiness was on the floor of Nana Funks.

I also tackled taking out my hair up-do. This thing survived a night of drinking and dancing, 8 hour of sleep, two naps and still looked good. I am impressed. A hurricane couldn’t have knocked this thing out…and it definitely took me almost a half hour to get it out.

Around 6pm I decided to actually leave the bedroom and cook some dinner. I wanted something besides like, cereal and oatmeal which I’ve eaten week. I haven’t been grocery shopping in about a month though, so I worked with that I had. I ended up with beef brisket, macaroni and cheese and green beans.

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All I had to do was heat up the brisket (thanks Mom), so that was easy. For the mac and cheese, I use my own concoction. I had kraft noodles in the box (emergency stash!) but I hate the powder cheese. So I used some velveeta in there. I needed butter or milk to thin it out, but I didn’t have either of those So olive oil and water had to do it! It turned out pretty good in spite of all the alterations. I had some mini cans of French cut green beans, so a cup of those with some lemon pepper. I made extra so I have a lunch for tomorrow…since we all know I don’t have any lunch meat or bread or a sandwich haha! I swear, I’m going grocery shopping this week.

Now I’m back in my bed, but this time with my contracts book trying to be a little productive! I’ve got some emails to answer for volleyball, as Big South is this weekend and there’s so much prep that goes into a national qualifier tournament. Big South is a special tournament for me as a coach, since it’s actually a tournament that I played in myself as a player. It’s like, coming full circle.

I love easy days like this, hope you had a fabulous Sunday!

Sunday Fun-day by myself day!

Sunday fun-day can have a lot of different meanings. But personally, I have never been one to rock out on a Sunday (unless there’s a Houston Texans game of course!) This Sunday was actually my first, and only, day of spring break that I had to myself! So my Sunday fun-day went as such…

I slept in. Only until like 9:30, but there was no alarm, no plan and no one woke me up. How fabulous.

I ran. Its gorgeous outside in Birmingham on the first official day of spring. I also am trying to amp up the running for my future tri, and for the formal dress I have to fit in this weekend.

I made breakfast. Pancakes sounded so good, henceforth, I made them. Even used the sweet new pan Mom bought me.

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I watched Harry Potter. Yes, again. There’s this 4 day marathon on ABC family and I just can’t say no. I have a minor crush on Draco Malfoy and chose to indulge in the other half of the series! (But don’t oh worry, I didn’t miss the Amazing Race! It was during a movie I had already seen fortunately, phew!)

I wrote and edited my Appellate Brief. Ok that wasn’t part of the fun day plan, but let’s be real, this is law school.

I went to a meeting. Also not in the plan, but its law week, and we had to plan Freshman Follies. Section 3 will rock, get ready! Plan of a life time.

I cruised in Bumble. For anyone that doesn’t know, Bumble is my 2010 Camaro who I personify into way more than a car. I love him, bottom line. He’s been parked all week, so it was time to take him for a spin! So we cruised on over to Starbucks and got a passion fruit iced tea sweetened with raspberry. Fab choice.

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I baked. Any good day for me involves baking usually. I had a weird hankering for blueberry muffins, so I made sure I had everything and started making them. I already had the dry ingredients mixed, when I noticed that of the two entire gallons of milk I had in the fridge…both were expired. Someone told me once, probably my all-knowing mother, that water can be a substitute for milk in most things, so water it was! They actually turned out very good! Dot laugh at my ghetto pans, they’re next on the kist of homegoods that I need to purchase!

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I ate dinner. Notice I didn’t say made dinner. I just warmed up brisket that mom sent back with me from home and ate that, and was perfectly content.

And what I didn’t do…see many people, clean anything (although I do love to Clorox), go to the library, check the mail or anything else I didn’t want to do. And life was good today. (I also didn’t go to Jason Aldean at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, but that was really out of my hands!)

So now I’m just sitting on the chaise lounge, country music playing on my stereo dock and enjoying it. Real life starts again tomorrow…kind of. It’s law week, so it’s like quasi real life and I’ll take it! A long week of law school sanctioned shenanigans ahead sounds grand to me!

Cocktail Cupcakes

Love Fridays because theyre so chill. I love Fridays even more when I dont have a ton of homework lingering over my head. I do have this Apellate Brief due in 4 weeks, but we haven’t been given everything necessary to write it yet, therefoer I felt no shame in not doing it at that moment. So, we took a little detour between classes to one of Birmingham’s finest and most famous places, Dreamcakes!

One nice thing about living in a new town is that there are tons of places to exploire. Granted, it will take a lot for something to replace Crave Cupcakes in Houston for me, but Dreamcakes definately was delicious. These people are just living my dream while I am chilling in the library reading. I had a “Just Because” red velvet cupcake with cream cheese cuttercream icing, because I am a sucker for all things red velvet. My friend has an “Over the Moon,” and I am clueless as to what is in it, but it was good and they looked adorable!

Fortuantely, I have an excuse to bake today for a friend’s birthday and I will be making a new recipe I dreamed up. Hopefully it tastes good, because I don’t have time to remake anything! They are a chocolate spiced rum cupcake with a chocolate buttercream and chocolate shavings on top. They are for a guy so I dont want to get too foo-foo with it. Here’s how they turned out!

I’ll let you know how everyone likes them tonight! I’ve been watching too many episodes of cupcake wars and have decided that booze sounds very fun for any cupcakes. There are quite a few alcohols I want to try! And cupcake baking keeps me from reading more Evidence…not that I dont LOVE memorizing all the Federal Rules.

And back in the read world, after the birthday dinner I’ll be spending the rest of the night doing tournament prep for tomorrow. We have 6 matches tomorrow going from 9am-7pm, so it will be a very long day. My current dillema is such…we are playing at a local high school who doesn’t allow food tables inside the gym. And its apparently supposed to rain all day. It has been absolutely beautiful in Birmingham ALL week, and now it decides it is time for rain. So I am on the hunt for pop-up tents and canopies to put the food tables under and keep things dry for the girls! Planning and coordinating can sometimes get complicated, but it always comes together and we make the best of it!

Play Prep: As a coach, I like to make sure I am packed the night before and ready for everything, so I can wake up and focus on playing. Lord knows I’m not always a morning person and forget stuff! I check my bags and ensure the stats sheets, line-up sheets, pens, pencils, whistle, contact numbers and everything I need is there. I like to keep some athletic tape, prewrap, scissors, hair rubberbands and some Bobby pins on hand just in case there’s an emergency on the bench. I also always keep a secret stash of Diet Dr. Pepper in the briefcase as a pick-me-up!

I’ll keep you posted how it goes tomorrow, I have a good feeling!

Disclaimer!!

My blog is nor professional advice. I'm not a chef, a nutritionist, a certified sports medicine professional or a lawyer (yet.) I'm just a girl who tries to cook healthy for herself, coaches off personal playing experience, lives by the law she knows and understands and blogs for enttertainment. Seek out a professional if you need help is any of the above categories. Thanks for reading!