It’s Wednesday, just in case you were wondering like I was when I woke up.
It gets all confusing around the holidays, doesn’t it?
It’s also the last day of 2014. Like, wow.
I recall New Years Eve 2013 so well that I cannot believe it was 365 days ago.
I randomly ended up in Manhattan (in Times Square for bit no less!) and had one of the best nights of my life.
What’s so interesting about that night (and I encourage you to read last year’s post) is that I had no intention of going out.
I wasn’t having the best of days but that night serves as reminder that just when you want to do nothing and be alone, going out with your friends will almost always be the best option.
In fact, words can’t even express to you today just how special that night really was and rereading my post further validates the feelings I have had about that night ever since.
We still talk and laugh about that evening, it was really that much fun and I will forever be fascinated at how much fun I had when I thought I was anything but happy.
Since last New Year’s was so fun, we decided to head into the city again tonight.
We have dinner reservations at The Sugar Factory which of course, is totally up my alley.
I will be sure to recap our night tomorrow but in the meantime, I have some other food things to chat about.
This makes me super happy.
That little blue glow in the early morning brightens my day and is part of why I love being home for breakfast.
And that early morning first bowl of oatmeal with mashed banana, cinnamon and a drop of peanut butter alongside my coffee is how I like (and need) to start my day.
My son picked this mug from one of the Disney gift shops and had to have it. I don’t know why he loved it so much but I appreciate it as my yogurt bowl.
We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory the other day because 1- it’s our favorite 2- my son loves the soup they serve on Monday (some kind of corn chowder) and 3- we had a gift card.
After lunch we did our usual hang out at the bookstore thing since Barnes and Noble is right next door.
I saw this book on display, flipped through it and really liked it.
Fun fact: I started writing a children’s book based on food and nutrition. I should really get back to completing it because it was a great storyline and unique in its theme and characters.
Sometimes I forget what I share on instagram and what I discuss here on the blog.
We celebrated my dad’s birthday at my house Sunday night.
I was in charge of dinner and dessert.
Nothing crazy but super tasty — roasted brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes and regular potatoes, roasted rainbow carrots, onion rings and skirt steak for my carnivore family.
I usually buy the rainbow carrots from Trader Joe’s but this time I bought them from Whole Foods and they had purple carrots in the bag.
I think they all taste the same but I love how the purple carrots roasted in terms of their texture.
I may not eat steak anymore but that doesn’t mean that I forgot how to cook it.
Always marinate overnight with a drop of TJ Carolina Gold BBQ sauce and cook with lots of onions in the pan.
Under the pile of yummy side dishes on my plate is a mix of quinoa and lentils which I cooked in vegetable broth.
My son sparked a debate with me saying that everyone needs meat/poultry in their daily diet for protein.
Since he is a good debater (seriously, his Social Studies teacher told me he should at the very least be an attorney or Supreme Court Judge), I fired back with the breakdown of plant-based proteins along with the fact that quinoa is a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids.
I was not up for baking a chocolate fudge cookie dough layer cake from scratch like last year (recipe here) so I decided to custom-order a frozen yogurt cake with lots of crunchies, rainbow cookies, whipped cream frosting and cookie dough.
I must say, it was really good.
Of course I had more than one slice. If I ever fail to take a second plate of dessert, that means the dessert wasn’t good enough to eat in which case I probably didn’t eat the first serving either.
It’s double or nothing, you know?
Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today and have a very Happy New Year!
Enjoy your night and I will chat with you tomorrow!
What kind of coffee are you brewing these days?
What are you doing tonight for New Years? Do you stay in or go out?
If you are a vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan or whatever you call yourself, do you still cook meat/poultry for others?