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Real Simple Recipe

What a beautiful day! Spring is in the air, is it not? 🙂

After work, I walked to the park and did a (~3 mile) loop around it. I left my ipod at home and did my best to take in the sights & sounds around me (I’m trying to work on being PRESENT. ;)) – people walking their dogs, kids playing baseball, women walking and talking, boot camp, etc.




I stopped at the grocery store on my way home to pick up a few ingredients for tonight’s dinner- Real Simple’s Cheesy Baked Lasagna with Spinach and Artichokes. I don’t really care for artichokes, so I subbed in about 2/3 lb of asparagus for it. Asparagus was $1.99/lb, which I thought was a pretty good deal.


So delicious!


It was full of flavors and textures- cheesy, crunchy, and just overall delicious! The recipe made 4 servings, so I have just the right amount of leftovers. I already packed some up for tomorrow’s lunch.

My sister got me a subscription to Real Simple for Christmas and I love how reasonable (ingredients and cooking time) the majority of the recipes are.

Where do you look for recipes? Cookbook, online, magazines?



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How is it Sunday already?

I had such a relaxing weekend. I’m watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians right now, and they’re showing Khloe’s wedding. I guess I don’t get it… how can you marry someone after knowing them for a month? Do you guys think that will work? For their sake, I hope it does… but, wow!

So, I went grocery shopping this morning. Lately, I’ve been starting at Trader Joe’s and then stopping at Kroger for whatever else I need. I go grocery shopping every other week and normally spend ~$70; today I spent $66.46. What do you spend on groceries per month?


I knew that I was going to my parents’ house for dinner, so I was tempted to pick up this Kroger pumpkin pie for dessert. $3.99? Something didn’t seem right about that. I looked at the ingredient list and it was like a mile long! Gross.


Here’s what I got:


Do you think I got enough squash? Spaghetti, acorn & butternut. 🙂


On the way to my parents’ house…


I always read my mom’s Real Simple… I think it’s time to get a subscription!


Yikes! Look what I read:


I will be washing my hands even more frequently after reading that!

My mom was making a turkey dinner, so she put me in charge of making frosting for the carrot cake.


Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pkg (8 oz) Neufchatel (1/3 fat cream cheese)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla

Look- it’s Lulu! –>

Whenever I go through an “I want a shih tzu” phase, I just rent this little blue & brown-eyed girl for the weekend or when my parents go out of town!


“I want turkey!”


My plate: turkey, cranberry, stuffing, peas and yukon mashed potatoes.



Carrot cake:


Time for House Hunters…

Good night!


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