Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up & A Recipe

Friday night I went to a Christmas dinner party that my friends host each year.  JB and I made sure to reserve a room at their house since we knew there would be drinking involved.  We ate too much, drank waaaaaaay too much, had some Dance Central 2 battles (which I dominated, BTW), and made some great memories with great friends.  Of course I don't have any pictures to show for it.  FAIL.

Saturday morning I woke up pretty much hating life.  We had breakfast and I tried to choke down a bloody mary in hopes that it would make me feel better, but my headache would not go away.  Four hours, six ibuprofen, one bloody mary, one cup of coffee, and a water bottle later, I still felt like crap.  I knew I had to rally though because I still had my mani/pedi date with Mrs. Monologues.  She came and picked me up around 3:15 and I had managed to shower and make myself look somewhat presentable.  I felt better, but was still pretty tired and I'm sure I wasn't very good company.  Pictures, you ask?  Nope.  Not one.  FAIL.

Later that evening JB and I went over to his coworker's apartment to watch the UFC fights.  My headache had started creeping back in and my stomach was in no shape to be away from home, but I powered through it.  I took some Excedrin Migraine and had a few beers and managed to have a good time despite my condition.  The fights were AMAZING!  Bones Jones is a gangster and I was so glad to see Frank Mir get a W.  Hoping to see the Jones/Silva fight in 2012!

Sunday I woke up with my throat full of gunk, but I felt okay otherwise.  I laid in bed and caught up on Private Practice on the DVR and JB brought me Starbucks for breakfast.  I was excited to find out that they decided to switch to showing the Patriots game and got to watch the last half of the game and see the Pats get a W!  After the game ended I retreated back to the bedroom for some more DVR and didn't emerge until 3pm.

I decided to use the rest of the afternoon/evening wisely and prep some of my food for the week.  I cleaned/chopped/packaged a bunch of veggies to take for snacks:

I made some of Jamie Eason's Chicken Meatloaf Muffins and a pot of brown rice to take for lunches:

I also decided to make a new recipe for dinner, Butternut Squash Soup.  I have never made this before because I was not excited about peeling and cubing the squash, but I found a package of it pre-peeled and cubed at Costco for only $4.99 and it was the exact amount of squash that the recipe called for!  I had everything set out to take a before pic and totally forgot.  And then I was too hungry to remember to take a pic of the finished product, so the only pic I got was a during:

It was soooooooo yummy!  Here is the recipe I got from a friend of ours:
6 Tbsp chopped onion
3 Tbsp butter
6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp dried marjoram or parsley (I used parsley)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
8 oz. cream cheese (I used Horizon reduced fat)
3 cans (42 oz.) chicken broth (I used lower sodium, organic)
Salt to taste (I used a teaspoon)

  • Saute onions in butter until tender
  • Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT cream cheese
  • Boil 20 minutes or until squash is tender
  • Puree squash and cream cheese in batches until smooth (I used the blender)
  • Return to pot and heat through, but do not boil.

Since there isn't much substance to the soup, JB and I added some brown rice to it and had a couple of the chicken meatloaf muffins with it to add some protein.  I really like what the brown rice added to the soup.  JB actually put his chicken muffins into the soup, but I just dipped my pieces in there.  I can't wait to have it again for lunch!

How was your weekend?

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