Friday, March 4, 2011

E: The Rest: AB Noodles, Oatmeal Chocolate Muffins & Family Time

Thank you to everyone who has entered our Itzy’s Kitchen baked goods giveaway!! If you haven’t entered yet, you have until Saturday at Noon.

How has your work week been? The rest of mine has been really nice. Tuesday night, I decided to whip up a batch of my adjusted version of Rachael Ray’s Hot and Cold Sesame Noodles. This time, I used raw, unsalted almond butter instead of peanut butter. I made a noodle packed dish for Josh and a more veggie packed dish for me (I later added and apple to mine too):

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We both enjoyed what the almond butter did to the flavor of the dish.

On Wednesday, Josh’s Mom and her friend arrived in town. They were only going to be here for a short time, so I wanted to make them a batch of muffins for their car trip. I turned to Jessica’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie muffins. I replaced the egg with a flax egg and made mini muffins…they are deliciously addictive!

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Thursday was the big day! Josh and I took most of the day off of work for our doctors appointment. Results to come! For dinner, we went to Crave with Josh’s Mom (on the right) & her awesome best friend, Katie.


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We started out with Crave’s awesome raisin nut bread:


J got the scallops with green beans and lobster risotto:


And I got a chicken Caesar salad with balsamic on the side (instead of Caesar dressing):

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And now, its FRIDAY!!! What do you have in store? Today will include a workout, work, dentist, dinner at home and the movies (we’re going to see Hall Pass). Saturday will include teaching pump and ?? Sunday will start with a great brunch with friends followed by cleaning the house & taxes (ugh!). Enjoy it!


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Glad you liked the muffins girl! :)

Gen said...

Those muffins look yummy!!!
Can't wait to find out the results! =D
Hope you have a great day!

Pound said...

those muffins would be perfect for perfect for breakfast today, if only i had some :) happy wknd!

Heather said...

Yayay!! Can't wait to hear about the dr. appointment!! :)
Sounds like you have a nice weekend planned - enjoy!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Can't wait to hear about your appointment!!

I love sesame noodles!!!

Bridget said...

Omg you're killing me!! I WANT TO KNOW NOW!!! haha :)

Everytime I see you make those noodles I remember that I want to make them...I need to write it down or soemthing!
Happy Friday Mama!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Those noodles look so good. My noodle dishes never seem to look quite so tasty. Happy Happy Friday!

lesley lifting life said...

Muffins sound delicious!

Have a great weekend!! :]

Jennifer said...

ooh what a fun new use for AB! Great idea! I'll have to try this super soon!

thanks girl! and have a fab friday! <3

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Olivia said...

Those noodles look amazing! I'm so glad I found your blog, you have so many great eats!! That lobster risotto looks unbeliveable. I know it wasn't your order but still, YUM!

Jenn said...

Yummy muffins!

Christina said...

i looove cold sesame noodles. i have copied the ones from the WF's hot bar (cold bar? haha) and they are so darn good. i have that top from ann taylor too! but mine is black. it's so soft! you need need need to go to granville's for brunch and eat some of their bread that they give you. last time i had blueberry date bread and banana nut. SO good that i called the next week and asked to buy some hahah. they were like "um, we don't sell it." BOO. good luck with the dentist and taxes! get that tedious stuff out of the way so you can have fun :)

vanillasugar said...

now that's a salad! can't find a decent caesar salad around here. well not with that much chicken on it. lucky you.

Katie said...

Oooh those muffins sound so good! I've finally added Jessica to my reader after seeing how many delicious things of hers you've made.

Crave looks so good! And so nice you got to go out with Josh's mom and friend. I love hanging out with my parents and Ari's parents and their friends!

Have a great weekend :-)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the results - still hoping its a girl and you name it Hannah! Still biased about my daughters name! :D

Hoping to get my husband out of the house this weekend, even if to walk the aisles of the grocery store!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Biz said...

That last comment was me - I hit enter too fast!

Liz Bridges said...

I was hoping to know your results, but I guess you are keeping everyone in suspense! :) When I had my ultrasound, the next day I went to work and wore a "It's a Girl" tee shirt. Ah... so fun being pregnant. :) So... dumb question... what is a flax seed egg? Everyone is writing about them lately. Happy Friday!!!

Maria said...

Love the muffins and a dinner out is always fun! I can't wait to hear your big news!!! So fun! Have a great weekend!

Laural (bhealthier) said...

OMG- you know already by this time and I CANT TAKE THE ANTICIPATION!!!!!

you two are cutie pies!! love the noodles, i havent had AB in awhile- need to get me some now!

Love that parm crisp on your salad- it looks huge and delicious!

we had dinner with jeff's parents last night too!!!

i have no plans this weekend, strange! Im sure we will do house improvements though since they are never ending.

i need to do my taxes too!

Val said...

Now that is what I call, good eating!!!

Julie said...

gahhhhh the anticipation is KILLING me! i just don't think it's fair that josh's mom can know but i can't and have to wait until sunday.

hahaha obvi i'm kidding

hmm well i got to leave work early today because i worked late wednesday and now i'm just procrastinating another 3 minutes until i start doing some thesis work whiiiich will swallow my whole weekend bsh!

enjoy hall pass :)

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

Enjoy your weekend Erica! and I can't wait to hear the news! Will you be shopping pink or blue this weekend? haha

teresa said...

love the noodles, as well as the muffins. can't wait to hear what you're having!!

Annie said...

oh dinner does look good!! have a great weekend!

Shannon said...

i should do my taxes... eugh. perhaps i'll just spend time in the kitchen :)

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

That looks like such a fun dinner with family! Caesar salads are amazing. Glad your work week has been good and not stressful :) Mine had its up and downs but wasn't bad overall. So happy it's Friday! This weekend I'll be watching hockey, babysitting and running a race. Hope you have a great one, Erica!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I can't wait to find out about baby (boy/girl?!?!) !!! Tonight we are laying low and then tomorrow is a day of shopping & farmers market with my mom, dinner with the fam and the a night out for my best friend's bday. I'm excited! Sunday may be a bit lazy, but I totally need to do my taxes too... some CPA huh ;)

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yum! Good food and good times...there is nothing better :)

Priyanka said...

The use of AB for the noodles sounds so good. You are glowing in the picture! Have a wonderful weekend.

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Krista said...

Glad to hear the almond butter worked in the noodles! Sometimes I hear that you HAVE to use PB or the flavour will be off. The muffins sound great!