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Any of you who know me probably know that I don’t cook very much.  So, you may be a little shocked to read this post.  But, yesterday I was watching a vlog on YouTube where a girl was talking about how she does meal planning each week, and I got inspired.  So, I printed off the meal plan sheet she uses (found here) and got started thinking of things we could have for dinner each night this week.

I started by looking in the freezer and pantry for things we already have on hand in hopes that we could eat some of them up first before going out and buying new things.  That accounted for about four full meals for the week, and a couple side item choices for a few other meals.  So, I was left trying to decide what main course type items we could have for those other three meals.

Jake helped me come up with some ideas for the other three nights. My goal for the week is to make dinner for us every night this week, with the exception of one night where we have plans with a friend for dinner.  So, one of our meal ideas will just get pushed to next week.

Once we had the meals all decided, I made a list of the groceries we would need, and we actually made a trip to Publix yesterday, when we usually don’t go until Sunday.  We bought everything we will need for the week, and can you believe I am actually a little excited to make dinner every night this week?!  I can’t.  I was a little worried that my motivation to do that would be gone by this morning (haha!) but so far it hasn’t left me.  We’ll see as the week goes on.

I also decided I wanted to make a dessert for us to enjoy throughout the week… a pie specifically!  For our wedding shower, my mom made us the cutest pie plate with a purple dragonfly on it.  If I had a picture of it, I’d show you.  It can’t be put in the oven though, so she had given me a few pie recipes that don’t require baking to use with it.  I’ve been wanting to try out the pie plate and recipes and make a pie with it, so I included the ingredients for a peanut butter pie on the grocery list yesterday, and I whipped it up last night, complete with pie crust!  Haha, I am super proud of myself.

Here is a picture of me making it, and a couple pictures of it this afternoon before I cut a slice out to eat.

It was delicious, by the way.  Only problem was that it wasn’t solid like a piece of pie should be.  It had a thick consistency, but just kinda falls apart when you try to scoop out a piece.  My mom says she thinks it was probably because I used reduced fat cream cheese.

I’ll have to keep you posted on how the rest of the cooking goes this week!  Wish me luck.

Do you plan out your meals for the week in advance or just ‘wing it’?

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The tiny little morstles of goodness that ‘melt in your mouth but not in your hand’… unless they are thawing out after being in the fridge for a while. Who else puts their M&M’s in the fridge? Are they not the most delicious things known to the human race? I know, I know, and I agree… the invention of M&M’s are right up there with landing on the moon.

I first learned of M&M’s when I was approximately 2 years of age. They were used in a ‘ploy’ to train me for the good of society. M&M’s have a rooted foundation in my upbringing. I love the plain M&M’s, I generally don’t like getting fancy with M&M’s… plain and more plain please. I love M&M’s so much, that my amazingly perceptive wife got me an M&M groom’s cake at our wedding.

Ooo… I/we did discover a crazy new type of M&M not too long ago called M&M Premiums. Look at this and try not to drool:

They contain a Chocolate Trio with layers of milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. Do they not look like the most amazing thing… HMMMMM… I want some M &M’s now.

What is your favorite color M&M?

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It’s National Pancake Day at IHOP. They are giving away one complimentary short stack of pancakes per guest, but are asking folks to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in return.

Maybe after our walk today we could swing by IHOP. Unless it is too crowded to get in the door. Anyway, yum!

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Ugh.  Well, the good news is that I am done studying!  At least for a little while.  I took my 4th (and hopefully last!) part – Regulation – of the CPA exam today.  (Jake ended up rescheduling his section for April.) Regulation is full of all kinds of fun material including taxation for individuals, partnerships, and corporations, as well as things like agency law, business structures, and employment regulation just to name a few.  It really is a beast of an exam.

Anyway, fingers crossed I passed!  If I didn’t pass, it means I lose credit for the first part I passed way back in August 2009 when I started this mess, which was BEC.  If I passed, it means I am done studying for the CPA exam!  And it means there will be a celebration of gargantuan proportions.  So, get ready (again, hopefully)!

So, this morning while I was reviewing for the test, Jake went out and brought back some breakfast from Chick-fil-A… my favorite: a chicken biscuit, hash browns, and a large half sweet tea-half lemonade.  Perfect test-taking breakfast.  So, then Jake drove me to the exam (we are a one-car household right now and have been since Christmas, while my dad is fixing a clutch issue on my car) and dropped me off at about 11:30, and the test was three hours.  So, he was there waiting for me at 2:30 like the great husband that he is when I finished up at 2:30.

I had been wanting to go to Hobby Lobby for a little while  now to check out… well, everything there.  I’ve been in a creating/decorating mood but haven’t been able to indulge due to all the studying consuming my free time.  So, that was on the plan for today after my test.  We went by there, walked around the entire place, and did not find a single. thing. to buy.  Very strange.  BUT, I think it was because I needed some lunch.  Or dinner.  It was around 3:30 or so, but I hadn’t eaten anything since the chicken biscuit.  Linner? 

We left Hobby Lobby and went to eat at Ruby Tuesday, which is quickly becoming our new favorite restaurant.  Because…. they have these amaaaaazing garlic cheese biscuits now (like the ones of Red Lobster fame), and they bring them to you (as many as you’ll eat – and if you’re me, that’s a lot!) before the meal to sufficiently fill you up before the food you ordered actually arrives.  So, then I enjoyed the baked mac and cheese and white cheddar mashed potatoes that I ordered with my New Orleans Seafood entree of tilapia and shrimp in a parmesan cream sauce, and brought the fish home with me.  Speaking of, I am kinda hungry, and some leftovers might be good right about now.

Later.

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