THE Thing To Do

Howdy howdy! Happy Thursday! How’s everyone’s day starting off so far?

So last night was a wonderful evening – I got away from the computer and out of the house for a bit. Jay and I had to make a trip to the mall, so we headed out after eating a quick dinner of random leftovers from the fridge.

Now, it’s not very often that I can get hubster to go to the mall. Unless there’s something he needs (hence, our trip yesterday) I’ve pretty much just stopped asking him to go. I’ve decided I’d rather go by myself than listen to him complain.

But while we were there last night, for some reason, it totally brought me back to when we were younger. As teenagers in high school, going to the mall was one of “the” things to do (aka, one of the only things to do), so that’s where we’d be…pretty much every weekend. Usually after a dinner at TGIFridays, Pizzeria Uno, or Applebees.

100_0429That isn’t high school…but it is Applebees, circa 2007

I love thinking back to those days…knowing just how long ago they were (over 10 years!!) and knowing that Jay was a part of them. Awwww, aren’t I just the little sapster this morning? Winking smile

So after we were done at the mall last night, I was able to convince Jay to stop for some fro yo at another new-to-us place called Lemondrop. I had a Groupon, so he really couldn’t say no. Honestly? I think this is now my favorite fro yo spot. It was just sooooo good.

Conveniently enough, Lemondrop is located right next door to one of our other newest locations…


So we walked on over since Jay still hadn’t had a chance to check it out. (P.S. – going at 9pm on a Wednesday night is PERFECT). We picked up a couple odds and ends, including THIS.


Ohhhh, I know I probably shouldn’t have. I’ve heard people rave about this stuff. I know it’s going to be dangerous…but…I can’t help it. I want to bake with it in a bad way. Winking smile


So let’s fast-forward to this morning. I was up nice and early to attempt to get a head start on my day. I started by typing up and emailing out some client training plans, but about 10 minutes in, the power went out. Basically, the worst thing that could happen to me today…because not only did I still have seven more training plans to email out, but I also still have to frost four dozen cupcakes.

Rather than freak out, I decided to take care of a few things that didn’t require electricity, and as I started to do that, I was getting huuuungry. I really wanted oatmeal today, but I had no idea when the power would be back on, so I settled for a no-heat-required sweet breakfast quesadilla.


It wasn’t exactly oatmeal, but it was better than I expected.


My coffee on the other hand? I thought it’d be okay since I managed to put the pot on before the power went out, but by the time I got to it…lukewarm.


Womp womp.

Of course, not five seconds after I came in to sit down to eat my breakfast…


The power came back! Thank goodness. The first thing I did was warm up that coffee. The second thing I did (am doing?) is type up this post.

The next thing I’m going to do? Get workin’ on those cupcakes!

Question for the Morning:

What were some of “the” things to do when you were growing up (either in high school, middle school, etc.)?


  1. says

    Haha I love the flashback to high school dating. The mall and movies were definitely a common theme in my high school dating days. Or hanging out at Bojangles (a fast food restaurant) after school. So random, but we thought we were sooo cool. Ha!

    And I AM OBSESSED WITH COOKIE BUTTER! It’s a spinoff of Biscoff Spread, which is just as amazing. Right on par with Nutella and Peanut Butter. Mmm mmm.

    If you ever make No-Bake Cookies, I highly recommend substituting the peanut butter with Cookie Butter.
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  2. says

    going to the mall or going out to eat was definitely the “thing” to do..also my friend hannah would always have parties at her house when i was a juinor and senior in high school that my friends and I would always look forward to every weekend..i’m glad the power went back on for you!
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    • Courtney says

      I’ve since left the gym that I was originally working at but am looking at other locations at the moment, in addition to my online training :)

  3. says

    In Jr.High school, the mall was definitely the place to be. We would walk around for hours, maybe buying one item the entire time we were there. In high school, we drove up and down the main drag called “Kemp Street” for hours and hours. Those were the days, lol!!

    Cookie Butter=YUMMY!!! However, my husband and kids do not like it (weirdos) so that has left the entire jar just for me. Somehow I have managed to limit myself to little bites here and there.
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  4. says

    Ohh, I remember those high school days. When my boyfriend and I first started dating, he had just started to drive, so we used to go on drives because it was still so new and exciting! Our group of friends always seemed to end up at his house, though, because his mom always had the best snacks 😉 It was either that or hang out in the grocery store parking lot (yeah, not a lot to do in the ‘burbs!).
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  5. says

    It was definitely the mall. Back when it was booming with businesses and all kinds of restaurants in the food court. Now, there are four (five if you count the Chinese place, which is currently on hiatus while the owners are visiting family) restaurants, and the most popular stores in the mall are Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works (where I work), Payless and Hot Topic. Possibly Claire’s. We also used to have a theater in the mall, which was replaced by a now-defunct Barnes and Noble. C’est tragique.
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  6. Nicole says

    Oh, cookie butter! That stuff is the devil, haha. SO good – I can’t wait to hear how you end up baking with it… so far, it hasn’t made it past a spoon in my house :)

  7. says

    Wow, cookie butter! You guys have the best snacks – marshmallow whip, peanut butter swirled with grape jelly… really love those things whenever I’m abroad, such a novelty. Your cereals are pretty good too :) Our ‘malls’ were not really that great when I was growing up, more like the British ‘high street’ which is just your post office, sweet shop, park and ‘off license’ where you’d try and get the occasional contraband cider… Ha! Altogether a bit of a tragic way to mis-spend your youth – hopefully that is changing a bit for young people these days with the recent buzz of the Olympics. Looking forward to seeing that cookie butter baked into something!
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  8. says

    That cookie butter is so, so good, you’re going to love it!

    In high school we spent a lot of time at one of our guy friend’s house. We pretty much went there every single weekend night. The other hangout was a restaurant called “Dixie Chili” that stayed open super late so we’d always go after Friday night football games.
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  9. says

    Going to the movies! THE only thing to do. The theatre was in the mall, too … so wander the mall for an hour and then go sit in the theatre. Every. Single. Weekend. There wasn’t such thing as an original first date where I grew up 😉
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  10. says

    omg cookie butter is dangerous! Enjoy it! haha I gave mine to my Dad because I knew it would be gone in a day if I kept it :p

    I was such a nerd in high school haha so my “cool” thing to do was orchestra lessons and the school play after school :p

  11. says

    I love reminiscing about high school times 😀 The mall was definitely one of THE places to be, and so was the movie theater. We also had this huuuuge rec room type thing where you could go bowling, play billiards, watch sports on the big screen… it honestly felt like a pub, which is why I think everyone wanted to go there lol. I miss those times! Things were so much more simple. And then everyone got cars, and started working, and getting married… but I guess that’s just another phase of life :)
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  12. Smile says

    Just curious do you still do training at gym? I am jealous of all your free time! Also do you miss teaching? Thought you might with the start of the new year.

    • Courtney says

      I’m actually no longer at the gym I was previously at, but I am looking into some other options right now.
      I honestly don’t miss teaching and am so, so happy with my decision. I guess I miss certain aspects of it (i.e., the kids!) but as a whole, I don’t miss it :)

  13. says

    When we were in high school we would all meet up and sit in our cars and talk in a parking lot of a pizza place in town! Sometimes there were “beverages” disguised as big sodas from the gas station as well.
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  14. says

    I have a jar of that crack opened in my pantry and really the only thing I use it for is baking. It’s a tad too sweet for me to just enjoy on its own but it goes so well in brownies!
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  15. says

    The town I went to high school in was small and kind of hick-ish, so Friday/Saturday nights usually consisted of hockey games, hanging out in/behind the Tim Hortons, going to the skatepark or finding someone who could drive and convince them to drive into the city so you could go see a movie or what-have-you.
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  16. says

    we were huge into getting coffee in high school and college. Perkins or Friendly’s usually had a bottomless cup of coffee for $1 or so and we’d stay there for hours. (the waitresses msut’ve hated us)

    we’d also go to applebee’s after a night of bowling.

    those were good times.
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  17. says

    There’s not really a popular crowd at my school since my class is at a small number compared to other local high schools in the area. The stuff that most people do these days is go to the mall/movies, and Stewart’s after school. Most people stay after school and hang out with each other.

  18. says

    Aw I hate it when the power goes out! Glad it wasn’t too long for ya, though!

    In high school, my friends and I always hung out at this local pizza place down the street from my highschool. They had a deal where you could get a slice of pizza, salad, breadstick, and drink for 4bucks!

  19. says

    In highschool, the cool place to go was Steak N’ Shake after football games. Otherwise, Starbucks! I believe that’s how my addiction started 😉 HAHA

  20. Regan says

    we visited my parents this weekend… and my parents said we HAD to try the cookie butter.. so yummy!!.. have you enjoyed yet????

  21. says

    I remember movie dates use to be the only dates around in high school haha! Yum cookie butter looks awesome. We don’t have that here- luckily or unluckily? Haha. I’ve been meaning to ask you about your cupcake freezing- do they taste as good after being defrosted?I would always assume for some weird reason that they are more a same day bake same day eat sorta thing; especially for special occasions and stuff- at home doesn’t count cuz it’s just for yourself and family 😛
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