Photo Shoot

Sadie isn’t a very good doggie model.

Though I think she’s just about the cutest lil’ thang on the planet, she’s quite modest and didn’t seem to want to pose for pictures. 

Case in point:

Sadie... Not Posing

I wonder if Benji or Otis’ trainers had the same difficulties???

Benji

Milo and Otis

Fortunately I did manage to get one decent shot of the little lady during the dog park photo shoot with my new camera.

The Only Good One of the Bunch

I think I will have better luck taking a picture of Sadie if Ryan is with me to play with her and distract her.

Aside from all the picture-taking, Sadie and I also enjoyed walking the trails and playing fetch at the park.

Since the sun seems to set so darn early, we headed home before Sadie was truly pooped (is she ever actually pooped?) and got a jump start on dinner.

Girl’s Night

It was a girl’s night at the apartment tonight… Party of two. Me and Sadie.

Wow, that made me sound like the lamest person on the planet. I actually adore my girl’s nights with the pup! Ryan had a soccer game at 7 p.m., so Sadie and I were on our own for dinn-ah.

I didn’t really know what I wanted for dinner tonight. I wasn’t craving anything in particular, which makes deciding on one thing much harder than it should be. Whenever I’m in this kind of a mood it almost seems like nothing will really satisfy me that much.

What do you eat when you’re not craving anything?

My fallback meals are generally eggs with toast, pasta or a jam-packed quesadilla of some sort.

Tonight I opted for gnocchi.

Gnocchi

All Cooked Up

I sauteed yellow squash and portobello mushrooms to include in my gnocchi bowl.

Veggie Gnocchi Bowl

To be totally honest, these gnocchi guys are pretty disgusting on their own. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t feeling them or what, but they really needed some sauce… and lots of it.

I topped the veggies and gnocchi with tomato basil marinara sauce and tons of Parmesan cheese.

My Bowl

All Stirred Up

My date for the evening wanted in…

"Gnocchi please!"

To conclude our girl’s night, Sadie and I are watching Julie and Julia, quite the girly movie. Can you believe I’ve never seen this? It’s about a girl (named Julie for goodness sake!), food and a blog… C’mon! Why have I not seen this!?

See ya tomorrow (on Friiiiday)!

Goodnight Gnocchi

After spending several hours at my friend Laurel’s apartment last night, my tummy started grumbling. I headed home for my gnocchi date with Ryan.

Gnocchi

We tried gnocchi for the first time at a wedding in May and loved it. Why it has taken us this long to try it again, I have no idea.

I found a recipe in Real Simple for gnocchi with roasted cauliflower that sounded perfect.

Roasted Cauliflower

 To roast the cauliflower I tossed the veggie with olive oil, salt and pepper before roasting it at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

I altered the Real Simple recipe a bit to incorporate more veggies like spinach and portobello mushrooms before topping the gnocchi and vegetables with Parmesan cheese.

Parmesan Explosion

Gnocchi and Veggies

The gnocchi was so delicious. It was doughy and filling. We’ll definitely be having this again soon.

Today

This morning I woke up in the mood for pumpkin and pancakes, so pumpkin protein pancakes with fresh strawberries and syrup sounded fantastic.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

Weekend breakfasts are the best.

Today I have plans to take Sadie on a long walk with Ryan, run some errands and go to the gym before going out for my friend Merri’s birthday.

Side note: It’s freezing in Orlando today.