Not So Laborious

Labor Day hasn’t been too laborious, which is a very good thing. 😀

I ran to the mall to do some returns before meeting up with my friend Laurel to lay by the pool for an hour or so. When I arrived home, I found Ryan sitting at the kitchen table hard at work stuffing our remaining wedding invitations. What a guy!

I sat down to join him after making us banana vanilla protein shakes.

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The shake included:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c. vanilla bean frozen yogurt
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

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My “J” cup was in the dishwasher from yesterday’s mocha green monster, so Ryan kindly let me use his initial cup.

We ran out of stamps for our RSVP card envelopes, so we couldn’t completely finish stuffing our wedding invitations, bu t we only have 10 left. That’s nuffin!

Dinner

Though we had some snapper waiting to be prepared for dinner in the fridge, Ryan had the idea of serving the fish with a fresh arugula salad, so we headed to the grocery store to pick up the necessary goods.

While I prepared the fish and a side of Kraft grilled cheese explosion macaroni and cheese, Ryan prepped the salads with sliced zucchini, freshly squeezed lemon juice and grated lemon, salt, pepper and a bit of olive oil.

I broiled the snapper, topped with salt, pepper and several lemon slices, for approximately 10 minutes.

We enjoyed our fish on top of the arugula salad with a side of mac and cheese.

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(My salad bowl looks like a super tiny plate, but it’s actually a deep bowl. Lots more veggies that ya think!)

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Ryan picked up a box of this new flavor of Kraft mac and cheese saying we just had to try it. I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty fantastic, though I think we’ll be sticking to mac and cheese varieties with a more understandable ingredient list.

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Tasty, tasty!

I gotta run… We’re in the middle of Jeopardy and celebrities are on this week which means the trivia is easy-peasy. I gotta go win a million dollars! 😉

Question of the Evening

Do you enjoy trivia?

A Wedding Venue is Set

Today we get to cross several major decisions off the wedding-planning to do list!

  • Select ceremony site – check!
  • Select reception location – check!
  • Select caterer – check!

All these decisions became quite easy after we went over some financial details and met once more last night with Jennifer from the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club since the ceremony, reception, food and alcohol would all be provided by the facility.

Numbers were crunched, budgets were adjusted and various dates were discussed, but eventually we all agreed that the Vinoy would be the perfect place for our upcoming wedding. It’s honestly the location of my dreams! I can’t wait and am so excited that several BIG decisions are finalized.

Lunch

Ryan and I drove back to Orlando early this morning because he had a soccer game. Post-win (yay!), we cooked up some Kraft organic macaroni and cheese for lunch.

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It's the Cheesiest!

I love mac and cheese from the trusty ol’ blue box, but the never-ending list of ingredients deter me a bit. The organic option has a much shorter ingredient list and the sauce has a less-intense unnatural orange hue. Much better!

I actually don’t add any butter or milk to the mix. After draining the noodles I just stir in the sauce powder and it’s still delicious.

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Cheesy Noodles

What a yummy childhood throwback meal!

Sunday To Do’s

Ryan and I are now off to run some Sunday errands. Target, Best Buy and the grocery store are on our list of stops. Our apartment is also looking pretty horrific, so cleaning is in my future.

Also, Ryan has already pre-warned me that he’s in the mood “to eat some crap” tonight, so I’m not sure what deliciously-greasy junk food will be on the menu. I think our pizza date last Sunday put him in greasy Sunday night date mode. 🙂

Mac and Cheese Fo’ Me

Leftovers for lunch!

Last night Ryan had soccer practice and came home famished so I decided to cook up some Annie’s organic white cheddar macaroni and cheese for my super-schweaty fiance.

Annie's Mac & Cheese

Annie's Mac & Cheese

This pasta delight doubled as my lunch today. Both of us love white cheddar macaroni and cheese, so when I saw this lil’ baby sittin’ pretty in my parents’ pantry the last time I was home, I snagged it! It’s been taunting me ever since we brought it back to Orlando.

I love several things about this boxed pasta:

1. Whole wheat pasta shells!

2. It’s made with real cheddar cheese (listed as the second ingredient)

3. One serving provides a decent amount of protein (9g) and fiber (5g)

Compare the ingredient list of Annie’s mac and cheese with Kraft‘s famous blue box and the “real cheddar cheese” is replaced by “cheese sauce mix” followed by a slew of other ingredients. Yum??

Making the macaroni and cheese was beyond simple… So easy even a caveman could do it, Geico might say.

First, boil water and add the whole wheat shells, returning the water to a boil until the noodles are slightly soft (though I prefer them al dente).

Pasta Shells

Pasta Shells

Then add 1/4 cup of milk and the cheese mix, stirring until the shells are covered in ooey-gooey cheese.

Cheesy Shells

Cheesy Shells

I LOVE pasta shells because each little noodle holds the possibility of housing a pocket of delicious cheese sauce. It’s like a cheese explosion!

I added some Morningstar Farms chik’n strips to my macaroni and served it with a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower to round out my lunch.

Chik'n Strips

Chik'n Strips

This macaroni and cheese did not disappoint.  Looks like Miss Annie is here to stay!

Question: What was one of your favorite childhood dinners?