Friday, July 29, 2011

Personal Questions

I saw these 10 personal questions on Caitlin's blog and I thought it would be a lot of fun to join in.  I enjoying getting to know other bloggers, so maybe you'll learn something new about me!

What do you have on your bedside table?

I think the real question is what don't I have on my bedside table?  It's a mess! There's a lamp, my NFP chart, magazines, my cell phone and the baby monitor. 

Do you have a tattoo?

I don't, but I wanted one when I was a teenager.  I am terrified of needles, so that doesn't help too much.  A few years ago I was going to go and get one and chickened out at the last second.   Looking back on it, I'm glad that I didn't go through with it - I don't think I'd want it now!

Do you believe in abstinence prior to marriage?

Yes, yes, a million times yes.  I know it isn't the 'thing' to do anymore, but for my husband and I, it was the greatest gift we could've ever given to each other on our wedding night.  We both grew up in Catholic households (although his mom told him more than once to "get out there and experience things").  Thankfully, the hubby didn't listen to that advice.  Looking back on it, I can't imagine sharing something so special with anyone else other than my husband.  With that said, everyone is different and you have to do what works for you.

What is your worst habit?

The husband could probably answer this much better than I could, but I'd probably say procrastination and biting my nails.

How do you handle finances in your relationship? Or, how would you like to handle money in your future relationship?

We have a joint bank account where we put our checks.  It makes things much easier that way. Most of our bills come directly out of our account (we both hate writing checks) and we try to sit down and do a budget once a month.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I love the name Gianna.  If the little guy was a girl, that's what we would've named him.

Where do you want to go on your next vacation?

Italy.  That would be awesome.

What is one political cause you feel strongly about?

Abortion.....a topic I probably shouldn't get into on the blog.

Have you ever stolen anything?

Never anything from a store.  I did steal my friend's Barbie's outfits when I was 6.  In my defense, it was an adorable outfit.

Tell us something embarrassing about yourself.

Where do you want me to start?  I have been known to trip over absolutely nothing while walking.  It makes me looks like a moron when it happens!

Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed answering!

Can I just tell you how much I love asparagus?  Like love it so much that I could eat an entire batch by myself.  I haven't had it in a long time, but when I cooked some up this weekend to eat with our weekly meals, I was reminded of how amazing it is.  Word of wisdom - make sure you cook it with some olive oil.  I tried cooking some with  plain cooking spray but it only made the asparagus taste flavorless.  Adding the olive oil made it amazing.

Question of the Day:
Pick a question above and answer it OR tell me something random about yourself.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

I know it's only Thursday but I'm super, super excited for the upcoming weekend.

Today, I'm thankful that I was able to coordinate a get-together with my brothers, their significant others and the kiddos.  I'm so happy that we'll all be under the same roof for a few hours to laugh, share a meal and let the kiddos run around.
This is the only picture I have of my younger brother holding the little guy.  This needs to change asap!

When we went on vacation last month my brothers and I had so much fun, and I've been looking forward to hanging out with everyone since we left.

Hubby, my brother and the boys

I love watching them interact!
And, as a completely awesome added bonus, I get to shower my niece with tons of hugs and kisses. Because really, who can resist this face?

Woo hoo! I can't wait!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Food Review: Breakstone's 100 Calorie Cottage Doubles

Hi friends!

I've been really bad at letting a few free coupons from Kraft's First Taste Program pile up.  I had a coupon to try Breakstone's 100 Calorie Cottage Doubles and when I saw it at the store this weekend, I knew it was time to give it a try.

I snagged the blueberry flavor thinking that it would be decent.  I have to say that I loved the convenience of being able to throw this in my lunch bag without worrying about it leaking all over the place.

I decided to eat it as my afternoon snack.  I typically eat a snack in the afternoon when I come home from work because the little guy has to eat before the hubby and I do.  My afternoon snack holds me over until I'm able to eat dinner.  When I opened the container, I saw this......

....and I knew it wasn't going to be a good eating experience.  I certainly didn't expect fresh blueberries but I wasn't expecting the off taste of the blueberry "sauce".  I have to admit that I was hesitant to add  the "sauce" to the cottage cheese because I love cottage cheese straight up.

Needless to say, it wasn't pleasant.  The taste of the sauce was off and in the end, it kept me satisfied for all of five minutes.  I would've loved to have more cottage cheese where the sauce was.

While eating, my friend (and co-worker) asked me what the heck I was doing snapping pictures.  I reminded her that I have a food blog and she smiled and said "I have some reading to catch up on!"  I told her I was taking a picture of her reading my blog and posting it today.  She'll probably kill me when she sees it....but she loves me so it's all good!

Question of the Day:
What's something you had high expectations for but were disappointed in?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I cannot express how amazing I'm feeling right now. I just went over to Janetha's blog to see how the auction for Susan went. Are you ready? Between the auction and direct donations, the event raised $26,432.  You can see the breakdown here.  Thank you to everyone who donated money, bid on an item or donated something to the auction.  I'm sure Susan is overwhelmed at the turnout.  It's hard to believe, isn't it?  You guys are incredible!

I've been trying to round out my meals because, according to the pediatrician, what the little guy sees us eat, he'll eat.  The husband and I have been trying to make sure that we include veggies and fruit with each meal.  Since we've been doing this, the little guy has taken an active interest to see what we are eating.  It's amazing to see how much he wants to mimic the hubby and I.  For the time being, the little guy is loving the fruit (even though he doesn't swallow much of it) and snubbing his head at most of the vegetables.  Right now, I'm okay with that.  Fruit is good for him and he gets his vegetable servings in the pureed food anyway.

I made a big batch of baked ziti this weekend to serve the husband and I for three days.  I have to confess.....I broke a cardinal Italian rule, and Grandmom, please forgive me for what I'm about to say.  Instead of keeping the spaghetti long, I broke the noodles in half.  Growing up, the only time cutting or breaking of spaghetti noodles was allowed was if you were a young child.  Once you were about six years old or so, the cutting spaghetti stopped and the twirling began. 

I decided to break the noodles because, for this dish, it works out much, much better.

On the side, I served some steam in a bag vegetables that were coated with a light olive oil sauce. 

I bought the vegetables on a whim from Target and I will definitely be purchasing them again. It was AWESOME!

Question of the Day:
Tell me something incredible in your life right now.

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday, Monday

Before I start this post, I want to let you know that The Great Fundraising Act is underway!! Janetha was so awesome in putting this all together.  You find all of the items for auction here, and the direct link to my crocheted scarf is here.  Happy bidding!

Happy Monday!

This weekend went by so quickly, but then again when does a weekend ever drag on?

I found out late on Friday that my priest friend passed away. Thanks for all of your prayers and good wishes. I know he's in Heaven watching over us.

Yesterday was the usual cook once eat all work week day, except I didn't have my two helpers with me.  Instead, the husband hung out with the little guy so that I could get all the cooking done as quickly as possible.  I was able to make meals to last us the work week in about an hour and a half.  Not too bad!

While the food was in the oven, I cleaned the kitchen floor and the husband vacuumed.  It felt great to be so productive, especially on a Sunday!

One of the meals I decided to make was shortcut chicken parmesan.  I had every intention of making chicken cutlet but I realized that I was out of breadcrumbs and eggs.  Fail!

I think I may have used too much cheese......thoughts?

I just came back from body pump and I have some work to get done. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Question of the Day:
How was your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 22, 2011

Highs in the Hundreds

Happy Friday!

Gross. That's the only way I can describe the conditions outside. It's one of those days in Philly where you go outside and the air is stagnant and it feels like you can't breathe. It's supposed to be in the hundreds by the end of today with a "cool down" of 90 degrees on Sunday. Since when are temperatures in the 90s considered cool? Weather forecasters.....they crack me up sometimes.

Despite the heat, I'm still planning on going to the Farmer's Market near my work today because I can't pass up the opportunity to get fresh fruits and veggies.  Crazy?  Yup, I think so!

Speaking of veggies, I'm excited for tonight's dinner.....stuffed peppers!  I love meals where a vegetable is the main focus.  Makes it more tasty, in my opinion!

I'm sitting here at my desk listening to Pandora's Glee Cast Radio and one of my favorite old school songs came on. I'm pretty sure this song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. (Sidebar - am I the only one watching The Glee Project?  I can't get enough!) Music like this gets me through the day.  I'm lucky to be able to listen to music and work at the same time.  It certainly makes the day go by faster!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Question of the Day:
What's one of your favorite old school songs?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Today, I'm thankful for generosity.  Both of my sisters-in-law surprised the husband and I with some great goodies over past week.

My sister-in-law Jacqui gave us a huge bag of jarred baby food that she wasn't able to use with her son.  IT.WAS.AWESOME.  There are a ton of fruits and veggies that I've never tried with the little guy and I can't wait to try them out!  Trying new foods with him is one of the most fun things we do together.  I love seeing the surprise on his face when he's tasting something for the first time. 

My husband's sister has two boys who are now (almost) 7 and 4. They were both born in the fall months, like my son. As a result, she has given us a ton of clothes. Last night, the husband came home with 6 bins of clothes, two convertible car seats and eight trash bags stuffed to the brim with more clothes. Apparently, there are still 5 more bins of clothes at her house! The clothes range in age from 12 months - 4 years old.  Looks like we'll be saving a lot of money on clothes as the little guy gets older, which is fantastic! 

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Great Fundraising Act

Good morning, friends!

Over the past week, I've commented on Biz's blog a handful of times about how much I love the blogging community. Even though we don't know each other, I love the sense of community, care and concern that happens within the blogging world.

If you read quite a few blogs, then you may already know about Susan from the blog The Great Balancing Act. She's a healthy living blogger who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. She switched jobs a few months ago and her insurance hasn't kicked in yet. This means lots and lots of bills for her and her family. I encourage you to read her full story on her blog. She is currently blogging all about her journey through this disease.  Her story is incredible.

So where am I going with all of this? Janetha is hosting The Great Fundraising Act to help defray the cost of the hospital bills.   Over 100 bloggers  and some "blogger-favorite companies" (think Chobani, Great Harvest and Annie's just to name a few) have teamed up to help raise money for Susan.  I'm not much of a baker but I can crochet, so I'm offering to crochet a scarf for the winning bidder.  Bids for all items begin at $10.00 and all proceeds go directly to Susan.  The picture below is the one I submitted for the auction, but I have a few more for you to see. Of course, the winner will get to pick their color(s) of the scarf. 

For more information, feel free to check out The Great Fundraising Act.  The auction starts on July 25th!

*Special thanks to my cousin Allison.  I made her the above scarf for her birthday last year and she took the photos.  It's funny to me that even though I've crocheted a lot of scarves over the years, I've never taken pictures of any of them!

Question of the Day:
What's a cause that's near and dear to your heart?

For me, the answer is cancer.  It's affected too many people that I love and care about.  I'm glad I can do something to make a difference.

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Food Review: KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce

Before I start with my regular post, I want to mention something that literally just came to my attention.

You see, when my husband and I got married, we were very blessed to have not one, but three priests celebrating the Mass with us.  I was very active at my home parish, so two of the priests from my parish were there and there was a priest from my husband's parish as well.  I have known this priest since my husband and I started dating.  He is a kind, compassionate, humble and gentle man.  At the time of the picture below, he was entering into retirement.  He went out of his way to come to my parish to celebrate our wedding with us.  It was one of the highlights of our day.

I just received word that he's not doing so well.  If you pray, please say a prayer for him.  If not, please keep him in your thoughts.  We know he's near the end, but it doesn't make the situation any easier.  Fr. Meehan is on the left hand side in the picture below.

Okay, back to regular blogging......

This weekend, while I was doing my cooking for the week, I had two helpers in the kitchen....
Little guy did more snackin' then cookin' but that's okay :)

The husband was in charge of making the barbecue chicken with this sample from Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program.
The hubby marinated the chicken and cooked it for 30 minutes.

Honestly, I was a little disappointed in the barbecue sauce. It was very runny and the taste seemed off. Maybe it's because it was Southern Style? (although I'm not sure why that would make that much of a difference). The sauce seemed too tangy....can't say I was a fan at all. Oh well - you win some, you lose some, right?

Question of the Day:
Are there any sauces that you don't like?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend Recap

Here we are back at another Monday.  Usually it's slower at work this time of year, but today and Friday have been painfully slow.  The other two girls that I sit with are out today, so there is hardly anyone to talk to.  Needless to say, I've only been at my desk for two hours but it feels like the day should be halfway over already.

This weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time.  The husband was off on Saturday so we took advantage of the time by going out on a lunch date.  Since the little guy was born, we haven't had much time to spend together.  We are lucky because both sides of the family are more than willing to babysit for a few hours but, honestly, we I feel guilty leaving the little guy because I work during the week. 

There have been lots of people telling me how important it is to spend time with your spouse once children arrive and, after this weekend, I realized they were right.

We went to Saladworks and grabbed a super quick lunch.  I decided on the Buffalo Bleu Salad and wasn't disappointed in the least.  It's so, so good and only has a value of 6 PointsPlus (before adding any dressing).  I was disappointed that I didn't take a picture so I had to use this not-so-lovely one from their website.

Since my  mom was babysitting, we ended up going to a park nearby her house.  This park holds very special memories for the hubby and I.  We spent a lot of time over our dating years walking the trails and the husband even proposed to me there!

This park is my favorite one, hands down.  It stretches for miles and miles and there's an opportunity to take a gravel path or a more wooded path.  We opted for the gravel because we were both wearing flip flops.  We didn't plan that one too well! 

I loved walking and taking in the scenery.

Of course, no visit to the park would be complete without visiting the bench where he proposed.
Ahhh....the memories....
The husband picked this spot to propose because there's a waterfall right near the bench.  It made the proposal even more romantic.

We were only away from the little guy for a short time, but it was enough time that we came back refreshed, renewed and closer together.

Question of the Day:
How was your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 15, 2011


Happy Friday!!

Thankfully, all went really well with the little guy's doctor's appointment yesterday.  His double ear infection is gone and now the hubby and I can start table food with him.  Pasta, grated fruit/veggies and shredded mozzarella cheese are some of the foods he can try.  Since he had a milk allergy when he was first born, he has to tolerate the mozzarella cheese before he can move to eating baby yogurt.  The doctor mentioned that I could give him soy yogurt in the meantime, but I want to wait and see how he does with the cheese.  I'm hoping the milk allergy is something he has grown out of....but we'll see!

In other baby news.....

The little guy has begun his adventure in crawling.  Sure, he doesn't go more than a few inches before he flops on his belly but it's still awesome to watch!

Please excuse my high pitched voice. I, too, was so excited for him!

Nothing too interesting on the food front.  I made some healthier meatloaf that the husband and I have been enjoying. 

Tonight, my best friend is coming over.  It wouldn't be that big of a deal except that we've been trying to get together since APRIL.  Every weekend one of us had something going on, so I'm glad that we are finally able to get together! I still owe this girl a birthday present! (Her birthday was April 10th). 

The husband and I are planning a date lunch tomorrow.  We are in some serious need of couple time.  It's amazing how a relationship changes after children.  We're super excited to get the chance to go out - thanks for watching the baby, Mom!

Question of the Day:
Any fun weekend plans?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to another edition of Thankful Thursday!

Today I'm thankful for little signs of God's presence. Little signs that seem to say "Hey, Anne Marie, slow the heck down and appreciate things."  You see, things have been pretty stressful lately over in my neck of the woods. Conflicting schedules, planing date nights and the feeling of being stretched too thin have all contributed to the somewhat negative atmosphere in my house.

Last night, as I was coming home from my mom's house, I was greeted with the most beautiful sunset. If I wasn't driving, I would've taken a picture of the was beautiful. I was hoping that by the time I got home, I'd be able to capture at least part of it.

Thankfully, I was....

I wasn't the only one who was outside catching a glimpse of the sky.  This fellow was out there too.

Sometimes I need things like this to remind me that life isn't so bad, sometimes stress is caused by things I have no control over and really, I need to sit back, relax and count my blessings. Thanks, God, for reminding me of that last night.

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fun Finds at the Train Station

I woke up this morning barely able to get out of bed because I was so sore from Body Pump on Monday. I know that soreness can be a good thing, but seriously? I'm over it! Truth be told, I didn't feel like going to the gym but I told myself that if my co-worker asked, then I'd go. Wouldn't you know that I ran into her around 8:30 this morning and the first thing she said was "wanna go to circuit express today?" Yup, that's how my life works. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to be working out but it's more difficult when I'm sore!

As my former Weight Watchers leader used to say, "have you ever looked back on your day and said "gee, I regret going to the gym?  you never regret going."  I know I'll feel better (mentally, anyway) when I come back but getting there is half the challenge!

Random story, but you know what I love about the train station where I live?  It has a book swap.  When someone's done with their book they can leave it in the bookshelf for someone else to enjoy.  Even though most of the books are on subjects that I'm not interested in, I think it's a neat concept.  I stopped by the bookshelf a little while ago and found this gem.

I won't talk about the fact that it's over a year old, but I will say that it kept me entertained on my train ride.

I'm such a sucker for books/magazines with pictures of the recipes.
Well....I'm off to get ready for circuit training.  Hope you enjoy your day!

Question of the Day
What magazines do you enjoy?

I like Self, Weight Watchers, Parents.....and probably a lot more that I can't think of right now!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rewarding Yourself

Happy Tuesday!

Over the weekend, the husband came down with a cold, pain in both ears and a burning sore throat. He made an appointment with the doctor yesterday and it turns out that he has the same thing the little guy has. It kind of makes me want to go to the doctor as well....except my ears aren't hurting and I rationalize that somehow I don't need to go. stupid does that sound?

On Saturday I worked my usual Weight Watchers meeting and our new leader was telling the group about a reward strategy she was going to use on vacation.

When she goes out to eat, she normally orders dessert. While she's on vacation, she's going to look at the price of the dessert and write it down (without ordering it). At the end of the week, she'll total all of the money she would have spent on dessert and spend that money on something special for herself. I thought this was an awesome idea and one that I could've used while on vacation.

Instead of using her method, I've decided to come up with something similar.  Something I've been struggling with is eating dessert after dinner.   If I have points left over at the end of the day I feel like I need to eat them up.  Go figure.  In an effort to force myself to eat more fruit I've decided that at the end of the day, if I want a dessert, I'll choose a fruit instead of trying to eat my remaining points in graham crackers, chocolate chips or something else super yummy.  Whatever points I save (usually from 3-5), I'll "bank" and at the end of the week, I'll use the points for something meaningful i.e. some yarn for crocheting, a new book or a new shirt.  I still have to develop how many points I need to "cash in" for the items. 

It may seem kinda confusing, but it all makes sense to me!

So....the long short of it is more of this....

Less of this.....

Any questions?

Question of the Day:
Do you reward yourself for achieving your goals?  How?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jelly Arms

Happy Monday! The title of this blog post is attributed to the fact that my arms feel like complete jelly. I just got back from my first Body Pump class in years. IT.WAS.AWESOME!!! If I'm not mistaken, the fabulous Erica teaches that class (or something similar). I love taking classes because I enjoy having the instructor push me. I need motivation and let me tell you, this class wasn't short of the stuff! I'll definitely be visiting this class again. Don't you love classes/exercises that make you feel strong?

This weekend I actually came up with a new(ish) recipe for Italian Chicken. I had a bunch of leftover ingredients that needed to be used up and some chicken that needed to be cooked.

All you need to make this recipe is:
  1. Chicken breasts
  2. Shredded cheese
  3. Marinara sauce
  4. Turkey (or regular if you prefer) pepperoni
  5. Breadcrumbs
  6. Toothpicks

I started off with two large chicken breasts that I split into four pieces.

Next, I added a few slices of turkey pepperoni and the shredded cheese.  I rolled the chicken up jelly roll style and secured with toothpicks.

I put the chicken in a greased 8x8 pan and sprayed the tops of the chicken with cooking spray.  Sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top and add a few spoonfuls of marinara sauce to the top of the chicken.

Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until chicken is done.


I'm actually eating this for dinner tonight so I'll let you know how it is.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the day!

Question of the Day:
What type of exercise makes you feel strong?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sweet Surprises

There's a problem in the building I work's always cold in there! I have a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal on my desk. On top of that, I'm wearing my hoodie. Seriously, it's that cold. I know I shouldn't complain because I'd rather be cold than hot but at the same time enough's enough!

By the time I came home from work yesterday, the hubby had already taken care of the baby's laundry and food shopping. Bonus - he had these waiting on the kitchen table. I love when he has days off. haha.


I love sweet surprises. They make me smile!

After dinner I wanted dessert. I think it has something to do with the way I was raised, but I need something sweet to round out my dinner. Meet my newest obsession.

Frozen bananas with chocolate chips

Sweet, relatively healthy and delicious. It really hits the spot, especially on humid days.

After dessert the hubby and I went to Target to get the little guy some formula and baby food. You know what I'm noticing? Baby food is really expensive considering how much he goes through a week. I'm toying with the idea of making my own baby food but am not sure I'd be able to devote the time to doing it. With the husband working two jobs, things get sticky sometimes and the time just isn't there. Perhaps I can compromise and buy frozen fruits and veggies and puree them. Thoughts?

Question of they Day:
What's a sweet surprise that's happened in your life?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thursday!

Thank you for the well wishes for the the little guy's double ear infection.  With each dose of antibiotic, he seems to be doing better.  He was up at 4:00 this morning (completely awake and not the least bit sleepy) so needless to say, I'm walking around in a zombie-like state today. 

Remember before my vacation when I said that fun times are ahead?  Well, they certainly were, and let me tell you, today, I'm thankful that I got to spend time with my brothers for a few days.  We may have been ready to fight at some points throughout vacation, but when all was said and done, it was nice to have these guys around.  We aren't 6, 12 and 16 anymore, but we still act like it.

Sometimes I miss the way things used to be....before we got married, had kids or went to high school. When I think back on how many great times we've had along the way, it makes me smile. Now that we're all in different places in our lives (and a little bit older), we continue to make memories to last a lifetime.

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Happy Wednesday! (It is Wednesday, right?)

This weekend, the hubby, little guy and I were all set to take part in the 4th of July festivities when all of a sudden, the little guy came down with a fever that stayed from Saturday morning until Monday night. I took him to the doctor's yesterday and she said that he has a double ear infection. Fantastic! What a way to finish off the weekend. At least he's on an antibiotic though. Me on the other hand? I've developed his cold and feel like I need an antibiotic of my own! 
Instead of wallowing in our sickness, the hubby and I made the best of the weekend and enjoyed spending some much needed quality time with our family.

We enjoyed some pretty yummy food.....

.....and I was even able to take some pictures of the little guy, even though he wasn't feeling himself.

Go Phillies!
Today I'm back at work and somehow it feels like I never left the place. I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Needless to say, I'm playing catch up today with blogs, work and everything in between!

Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 1, 2011

Lots of Stuff in One Post (and the Giveaway Winner!)

Woo hoo! We're at Friday already! I'm so excited because we're getting out early from work today. I'm thinking about stopping over my grandmom's house so that she can have some one on one time with the little guy. I love seeing them together. It melts my heart!  So grandmom, if you are reading this, hope you don't mind us stopping over!

I took a Cardio N Tone class the other day and loved every second of it. The instructor is hard core and pushes the class to their limits. The one down side? We were using a step to do push-ups on and the palms of my hands weren't too fond of the it.

See the red mark? Ouch!

As part of Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program, I received a bunch of dip packets from Lay's to test out.  I knew that I didn't want to use them as a traditional dip, so I decided to use them as seasoning for chicken.

I seriously need to get better with food photography.

I still have an Onion flavored packet to use.....hopefully I'll think of something more creative to do with it.

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the giveaway is Ron!  Congratulations, Ron! E-mail me at with your address and I'll get the prize pack out to you.

Question of the Day:
Any fun weekend plans?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie