Weekend productiveness…kind of

Mondayyyyyy…it’s here again.

Last week I mentioned I went to the fair with work and here’s my recap! I wasn’t there very long but it was still a blast! My night in pictures:

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Salt n Peppa signing autographs!

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Rain's coming!

Rain’s coming!

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When the downpour arrived, we hid out in the International building…it contains both food AND booze!

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And it’s right next to the wine slushie tent…a quick dash in the rain for pure yumminess!

wine slushieeeeeeee = best part of the fair

wine slushieeeeeeee = best part of the fair

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Betsy and Krissy 🙂

An that’s all I’ve got picture wise! It was a blast! And gyros are delicious…yes.

Now…

This past weekend I was kind of very productive… 🙂

Saturday I woke up bright and early and cleaned a lot. The place still needs work (We still have just too much stuff!) but it was so much better than before. I bought dried garbanzo beans, almonds, and wheat berries and so I had to get to soaking. I always have used canned chick peas but thought I’d give the dried ones a shot and possibly save a little money! I soaked them overnight Saturday and then Sunday, I rinsed them and the put them in a pot with water, added a little salt, boiled them for 2 minutes, then let them simmer for about an hour until they were the perfect softness…hardness? They were soft but not too soft because I planned on freezing them and read that if they are a little solid still they hold up better. I plan on making hummus with a lot of these guys!

I also soaked some almonds because I wanted to make my own almond flour! I’m trying out some gluten free recipes because Kev’s mom read that eliminating gluten from your diet can help with ADD/ADHD, which Kev has. Almond flour is so expensive! So I thought it would be at least a little bit cheaper to try and make my own!

I soaked the almonds overnight, took the skin off them on Sunday (It slides right off), ground them until they were a meal texture in the food processor, spread the crumbs on two cookie sheets and dried them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 175 degrees F until the were dry. Then I put them in my coffee grinder in small batches to grind them into a finer texture. Perfect! I made these cookies…And they are our new favorites!! Dark Chocolate and Bacon cookies…YUMM I don’t have any pictures because we ate them too fast!

I also soaked the wheat berries (which if you have never had them, shame on you, they’re chewy, nutty goodness and full of fiber!!) And cooked them up on Sunday. I made a nice little FILLING salad with them. I mixed them with some chick peas, edamame, sun dried tomatoes, and then a quick little vinaigrette. It came out so yummy and is perfect for me to take to work this week for my lunch!

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Doesn’t look too pretty but it tastes amazing!

And lastly yesterday I made chocolate donuts per Kev’s request! It also gave me a chance to try out my new donut pan! They came out a little dry but the quick chocolate glaze I made worked a little bit to add some moisture (And I followed a recipe Kev found…so I am taking no responsibility for the dryness 😉 They also weren’t very chocolately, even with chocolate chips in them (again, the glaze definitely came into play here). At least they look delicious!

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Sorry about the crappy photos…I kind of spilled a lot of water in my purse…while my phone was in it…and some of the water got in there and yeah…it wasn’t good.  I really need to invest in a camera (or borrow/steal Kev’s ;)).

Well anyways, have a great Monday!

Question of the day:

Did you try out anything new this weekend?

~Amber

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Saturday Productivity

Hi all!

Weekend!! Finally!

I was so productive today! Where to start…

So we have a couple of those cheapo laminate wood bookcases that you put together out of a box. These were not being used for anything important and I just so happen to need some bookcases to line the wall behind my desk…sounds like a match to me! But seriously, the fake wood is terrible. I wanted nice, crisp bookcase. So the only option  I had was to paint them. And boy, was this a process.

First, I took them outside and cleaned them up. I took the cardboard (or whatever that stuff is) off with a screw driver (the nails just popped out).

photo (5) - CopyI layed out my plastic (Man gets mad when I accidentally paint the driveway…woops 🙂 ) I used some leftover Glidden Ultra White paint and primer in one that was from the trim of my office. I wish wish wishhhh I had some real primer. I had to paint this with like 5 COATS! 5! I was getting so fed up. Thankfully it was really hot out so the coats dried pretty fast but still, it was a pain. I only got to one bookcase anyways because rain ruined my fun. I ended up painting the back board Dazzle, by Valspar. My stepmom gave me a couple of coupons for free samples!

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Here’s how it looks in the office so far. I still have to paint the other one but I think I may wait until I get some primer to save my sanity.

The extra chair was where Man was sitting. We were bonding ;)

The extra chair was where Man was sitting. We were bonding 😉

I also repainted my “TV table”. It’s actually one of those old tables that have the sewing machines in them. I bought it from a local thrift store years ago to use as a TV stand and its kind of stuck. I did remove the sewing machine because that sucker was heavy! It was originally a sage green color but then two weeks ago I decided I needed some zazz, so I painted it Dazzle by Valspar as well. I loved it outside in the sun…in my office, not so much. So, today I painted it Birchwood White, also another free sample by Valspar. I spray painted the knobs metallic gold by Rustoleum. Love that gold! But now I love how it came out! (Ignore all the painting supplies under it. I’m still trying to organize all my stuff.)

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That’s all I did paint wise. I also did some baking. I love productive Saturdays! I had some ripe bananas in the freezer that were just begging to be turned into a nice loaf of banana bread. I also had some fresh blueberries so I decided to throw them in too!

Blueberry Banana Bread

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  •  3 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (I actually just threw a handful in so this is an approximate amount)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with non stick cooking spray. Thaw bananas (if frozen) until mushy. Beat bananas, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together. Add to the banana mixture and combine. Add milk and stir. Fold in blueberries and pour final mixture into the loaf pan. Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 45 minutes. When it’s done, gently swipe a butter knife between the edges of the bread and the pan and tip pan so the loaf comes out. Slice while warm and enjoy with some butter!!!

Soooo, I may have forgotten about it and cooked it a little long...but it was still moist and delicious!!!

Soooo, I may have forgotten about it and cooked it a little long…but it was still moist and delicious!!!

The perfect blogging late night snack!

The perfect blogging late night snack!

I also had a ton of fresh apricots that I got at the Farmers Market for $1 that I had to use. I didn’t want to go to the store to get ingredients, so I thought some muffins would be an awesome choice to use them in. I used a generic blueberry muffin recipe and just swapped out the blueberries for some chopped apricots. I cut up about 5-6 apricots in small chunks, skin and all. Let me tell you, these were delicious!! Even Man thought they were great and he wouldn’t touch an apricot!  I highly recommend using fresh apricots the next time you go to make muffins!!

Apricot muffins. Made 9, on Saturday and only have 4 left Sunday night!

Apricot muffins. Made 9, on Saturday and only have 4 left Sunday night!

By the end of the day I was exhausted. I sat at my desk, watched some Game of Thrones, and had some snuggle time with this cutie:

Sophie

Sophie

My little bud followed me around all day so it’s no wonder she was a tired as I was 🙂

Question of the day:

What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday in the Summer?

~Amber