Y’all, I was worked to death this week! Monday night I almost fell asleep while I was eating my beef burrito dinner. That’s just wrong! I work alongside a very demanding ophthalmologist as her glorified gopher. She snaps, I retrieve. It’s not my dream job, but it pays the bills. All I really want is a pina colada and a cookie. Oh, and maybe a vacation. Okay, definitely a vacation.
This week was busy, but I was able to squeeze in some much needed and overdue mother-daughter time. Mama Dukes and I went shopping and caught a movie. We saw Silver Linings Playbook. Best. Movie. Ever! If you haven’t yet, go see it. During my outing with my mom, I found myself in Home Goods for the second time. Home Goods is like a Toys R Us for foodies. Everything’s pretty, and everything’s cheap. A few new bowls and glass mason jars may have found there way into my cart. I certainly wasn’t going to be the one to tell them they had to leave; that’s rude! Mama Dukes lost her footing on our mother-daughter adventure. I’m not quite sure what happened, but by the end of the day, she was hobbling. I almost had to carry her to the truck. Being the nice daughter I am, I was making her laugh on the way to the truck. You know, trying to make her forget about her bum foot. It worked, but she almost peed her pants. You’re welcome, mom! Next time we go out, I’m bringing a back up hover cart and slapping some Depends on her.
I can’t forget to tell you about my secret news; except it’s a secret and I’m not allowed to tell you. I suppose that’s the opposite of news. Well, I have some really cool stuff going on that I can’t wait to tell you about. As soon as I can blab, believe me, I’ll blab big… and loud!
Stefanie over at Sarcastic Cooking made my entire week with her Greek Green Bean recipe. I am a green bean FA-reak! I love them so much that when my mom makes them for me, she makes me my own pot, knowing all too well that I’ll eat the entire thing by myself. I recently discovered Greek green beans at my local diner and fell in love with them instantly. I always get them as a side to go with my big plate of sliced beef and gravy. Thanks to Stefanie, I can now make this delicious side dish whenever the craving hits, which could very well be every day. Thanks, Stef! You are my green bean hero.
I’m taking a mini break from the kitchen this weekend to spend some quality time with this gal:
That, my friends, is my bff. We’ll call her by her nickname, Lucy. I’m Ethel and she’s Lucy. We’re a force to be reckoned with. We’re some bad mamajamas. We’re shoe shoppin’, cosmo lovin’, attitude-having, heel-struttin’ ladies. Well, lately we’re more like go-to-sleep-at-nine-because-we’re-too-tired-to-close-the-bar ladies. Today we’re going to take it easy at a local museum and have an early dinner. What? We’re still hardcore!
I got crafty this week and made an Easter wreath that I found on Pinterest. It’s so cute!
See. How cute is that? And, it only took me 5 minutes to assemble. I purchased a grapevine wreath and egg garland at Michael’s, then I attached the garland to the wreath with 2 pieces of floral wire. Easy as eating pie.
Here’s what we do to the dog when we’re bored:
Here’s what I pinned this week:
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter by Texanerin Baking
Bananas Foster Bundt Cake by Hungry Couple
Sauteed Ratatouille with Quinoa by Whipped
Veggie & Herb Cream Cheese on Everything Bagel Topped with Salmon by Home Skillet
Smore’s Ice Cream by A Kitchen Addiction
Here’s what I’m craving:
Look What I made:
Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos by Pass the Sushi- These burritos mean business. They’re moist, tender, smoky, and spicy. This beef is 10 times better than the barbacoa beef I get on my tacos at Chipotle. I ate this beef every single night until it was gone. This recipe definitely makes the cut for my monthly meal rotation. I’m telling you, these are a must make. The best part? Set it and forget it, baby! Thanks, Kita.
Bourbon Chicken by Juanita’s Cocina- I’m a frequent flyer at Jen’s blog. I love everything about it, from her witty writing style to her delicious recipes. The girl is plain ol’ hilarious. One day I’m going to visit her in and we’re going to eat our way through Texas. This bourbon chicken was a real treat. It only took 20 minutes to cook, and Squirrel loved it. We will be making this dish again, for sure. Thanks, Jen!
What’s on the menu:
Grilled Chuck Burgers with Extra Sharp Cheddar & Lemon Garlic Aioli by Home Skillet- I’m more than excited for these burgers. Have you seen this burger? You have to see this burger. It’s big. It’s bad. It’s beefy.
Italian Drunken Noodles by The Cozy Apron
Sweet Potato Hash topped with a Dippy Egg