Breaking Up The Work

Spending four hours of my Sunday doing all of the grading the I procrastinated doing during the week = total bummer. Ughh. 😳 One of these days I’ll learn!

At least I was able to break up the work with some football & a couple trick-or-treaters. And I must say, I was quite proud of the fact that I only stole one piece of candy from the candy bowl! 😯

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Then a little while later, I figured hey, a little wine never hurts either…

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Oh yeah, and dinner’s a pretty good way to break up the work too. 😉

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Jay and I decided a quick and simple dinner was in order, so we cooked up the package of ravioli that I got last weekend at Trader Joe’s.

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I topped my ravioli off with some sautéed onions and broccoli (which were generously coated in some Garlic Gold seasoning), marinara sauce, and some fat-free Mediterranean feta crumbles.

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To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ravioli. 😦 I didn’t really love the flavor of them…must have been the mushrooms? Luckily, I had cooked up a boat-load of broccoli, so I didn’t feel deprived.

But even though I wasn’t huge fan of the ravioli, here’s a couple things I am a fan of:

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Watching Cody fall asleep in the funniest positions EVER.

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AND, the fact that I have this huge bowl of candy sitting in my house…

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with no more trick-or-treaters in sight.

Yeah…hubby was nervous we wouldn’t have enough candy after the 4th trick-or-treater came, so he went out to get some more.

That was about 2 hours ago, and we haven’t seen one since. Looks like it’s gonna be time to get creative in the kitchen!! 😉

Question for the Evening:

What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy?

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Want To Meet My New Nephew??

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Happy Halloween! Are you being festive today??? I may not be in costume, but I’m definitely sportin’ my favorite Halloween socks! 😉

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We’ve also got our mini bowl of Halloween candy ready for the one or two potential trick-or-treaters we might get. (Our house gets few, if any!)

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I’m hoping the weather clears up soon though…

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…otherwise I’m gonna be left with lots of leftovers! 😯 😉

So I have some exciting news to share!!! I am an AUNT!

Let me now introduce you all to my new “nephew”…

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Meet Tram!! 😀

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I’m sure I just made anyone who knows that I have a younger brother a little nervous & curious, didn’t I?? 😉

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Isn’t he adorable?? Last night, Jay and I headed over to Sarah & Jeff’s house to meet the new addition to their family. Tram is a Morkie (Yorkie + Maltese) and is the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen. I might steal him…watch out Sarah! 😉

So we didn’t ONLY go over to meet little Tram, but also to celebrate Sarah’s birthday, which included one of my favorites: Funfetti Cake!

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I enjoyed every.last.bite. in the healthiest way possible, of course. It’s been a while since I’ve had Funfetti + Rainbow Chip frosting. Yummmm. 😛

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While eating our cake, the boys had a little more fun with Tram…

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Workout

This morning, I got up bright and early to head to the gym, where I spent 45 minutes on the treadmill doing some interval running. I ended up covering just shy of 4.5 miles in 45 minutes, which also included a bit of power walking on a heavy incline. It was a good, sweaty workout.

After showering and getting ready, I went to meet my friend Heather for a Starbucks date! Believe it or not, I haven’t seen Heather since before I went to Vegas in August!

While we sat and chatted, I enjoyed a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte,

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I had some grocery shopping to take care of after our Starbucks date, so by the time I got home, I was already starving again. I quickly grabbed a plain Chobani and mixed in about 2 tsp of sugar-free vanilla pudding mix. Julie was absolutely right…what a delicious idea! 🙂

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I also brewed up a little coffee, at the hubby’s request. Hey, what’s a little more caffeine, right? 😉

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The rest of the day looks like some school work, football, and waiting for trick-or-treaters (hopefully!).

Question for the Day:

Do you like Halloween? Do you like passing out candy for trick-or-treaters??

Halloween Party Recap + Two Flank Steak Dinner Ideas

Today has been a much-needed, lazy day in the Horan household. 🙂

Last night, Jay and I had a Halloween party to attend…you like our costumes??

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We actually recycled these costumes from last year, when we went as some of the “Average Joe’s” from the movie Dodgeball. Last year, we were a foursome with our friends Joe & Kate…

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but this year, Jay and I had to go as a twosome. We really didn’t feel like spending any more money on costumes, and when it comes to Halloween, I’m ALL about comfort. Case in point:

Two Years ago:

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Three Years ago:

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So anyways, last night’s party was a blast! I can’t say I’m really surprised…whenever we get together with my favorite college crew, it’s always a party! 😀

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Eileen decided to go as a cat burglar, since she’s always been kind of obsessed with cats. 😉 Too bad she wasn’t very good at keeping an eye on her loot!

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Stolen Kitties! 😯

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There was definitely enough food to go ‘round…I lost track of what entered my belly. Probably better off…I don’t really want to know how much of that I consumed. 😳

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My Girls! 😀 😀

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It was a great party, but I’m definitely feelin’ a little tired today. 😉

After spending a few hours lounging on the couch, catching up on school work, and watching our DVR’d Jersey Shore finale (which I was kind of disappointed with?), it was time to make some dinner.

A few weeks back, I won a contest through the Foodie Blogroll for some free grass-fed flank steaks. I was stoked…who doesn’t love winning free stuff?? 😀

The steaks came from Hearst Ranch, which sells only humane-certified, sustainably-farmed, no-artificial hormone/no-antibiotic meats. That made me happy.

When it comes to eating red meat in this house, I have one stipulation: I will eat it, but I won’t cook it. I just never felt comfortable cooking steaks, but it doesn’t mean I won’t eat them. So whenever hubby feels like taking the reigns, then I’ll go with it.

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Earlier today, he marinated the meat with a recipe that he said he found online. It was able to sit for about 5 hours, so it had a good amount of time to soak in the flavors before grilling. If you like soy sauce, then you’d definitely like this marinade. We both decided it was good, but I don’t know if we’d use it again…

Flank Steak Marinade

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix well. Add to steak, cover, and refrigerate, turning occasionally.

While hubby took care of the grill, I got to work on sautéing some peppers and onions.

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After having our steak, peppers & onions ready to go, it was time to start prepping the final products: quesadilla for him, steak wrap for her.

Using some LaTortilla Factory wraps, I started by melting some mexican cheese in Jay’s quesadilla. Once the initial layer was melted, I added in the peppers & onions, steak, and a little more cheese. Then, all you gotta do is fold it over, press, and hold for about a minute. Flip it once, then you’re done!

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To make my wrap, I first started by adding my peppers & onions, followed by a few strips of steak,

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Next I added in some President Herbed Fat Free Feta crumbles.

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Then I got really crazy and added a tiny drizzle of reduced-fat Ranch dressing.

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His & Hers 🙂

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Jay let me try a couple bites of his quesadilla…definitely delicious!

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But not quite as delicious as my wrap was! We both decided that the combo of feta + ranch dressing was perfect.

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On the side, I enjoyed some roasted veggies. Actually, they were more like slightly charred veggies, but I like ‘em that way. 😉

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Lucky for us, we already have some dessert in mind for this evening. But I think somebody else has them in mind too…

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I don’t know how I feel about you guys eating cookies that look just like me, Mom…”

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🙂

I’m thinking that some of these dunked in my Mom’s homemade applesauce will be the perfect way to end my Sunday!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Question for the Night:

What are you being for Halloween this year? Do you like Halloween?