I Am In Big Trouble

This afternoon after I got out of work, I headed to the grocery store to pick up some necessities for tonight’s dinner. When I asked Jay this morning if he was craving anything in particular for tonight, I got a response of “chicken.”

Hmmph. But hey, I guess it’s better than the usual, “Oh, I don’t know. What do you feel like having?”

So I decided this afternoon that I’d go with a quick and easy dinner that would incorporate some chicken for him and some veggies for me…stir fry!

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Stir fry really is so easy to do. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often?

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Jay took care of grilling the chicken (since he is the Grill Master and all) while I cooked up the brown rice, put together the carrots, red bell pepper, and sugar snap peas. Thanks, again, to the wonderful Cooking Light magazine, I was also able to one of their recommendations to put together a killer teriyaki sauce. Jay and I decided that it was definitely the best I’ve ever made. Yum!

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Almost immediately after dinner, I couldn’t help but dig right into a fun package that came in the mail today.

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These, my friends, would be chocolate covered medjool dates from Sweet Pillar & Co.

Last week, I was contacted by the folks at Daily Gourmet to see if I would be interested in sampling some of these divine little treats and of course, you know I’m always game for anything that involves chocolate. Winking smile

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I received four flavors: Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Almonti Stuffed, and Crispy Chocolate

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Out of all four flavors, it was the crispy chocolate that caught my attention today, so that’s what I went for.

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Holy cow. Think: Crunch bar meets Larabar…then multiply the yum factor times 100. I’ve already eaten three. Thank goodness I put the rest in the freezer…

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Then again, that’d probably taste just as good, if not better? Oh boy. I am in big trouble. Surprised smile

But enough about me teasing with how good they are…you want to know the coolest part about these chocolate covered medjool dates?

YOU have a chance to win some of your own!

Here’s the deal…

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Daily Gourmet, is very similar to other discount deal websites, where they offer a deal every few days which you can buy, based on your food preferences. They regularly have gluten free and vegan options, which is most likely a major bonus for many of you reading out there! Winking smile

Right now, the latest deal at Daily Gourmet is from Sweet Pillar & Co., so that means that…

**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

How To Enter:

  1. (mandatory) Sign up at Daily Gourmet using this link and leave a comment saying “hi” (or whatever else you want – just let me know you signed up!).
  2. (optional) Like Daily Gourmet on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did.
  3. (optional) Follow Daily Gourmet on Twitter and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did.
  4. (optional) Tweet about the giveaway, and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did. Something like: “I want to win some chocolate covered dates from @dailygourmet & @SweetToothCourt. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1g6nA-6Hf”

I will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday evening, September 28th.

And trust me, you definitely want to get your hands on these things. Oh.mah.gawd.

Good luck, and as always, thanks for reading! Open-mouthed smile

A+ Afternoon!

Hey guys!  So my afternoon ended up turning out pretty awesome.  Everything checked out good at the dentist, so thankfully I will not be seeing them for another 6 months! (No offense to the dentist & hygienist, who are VERY nice! :) )  Looks like my excessive coffee drinking is becoming noticeable…eeeek!  As I’m sitting in the chair…

Hygienist: “Do you drink coffee?”

Me: (with hands and sharp tools in my mouth) “Arrrhuhhh”

Hygienist: “Hmmm, I can tell…

Yikes! :0  Apparently she said it was really only noticeable on the backs of my teeth, but STILL…maybe it’s time to consider a little round of teeth whitening?  Does anyone have any recommendations??

So after getting the A-OK on my chompers being cavity free, I was left with the perfect amount of time for…..Any Guesses????

SEPHORA!!

Ohhh Sephora, how I love you.  Even though you take my money away as easily as giving candy to a baby, you still give me such pleasure and joy! Ahhhh, smiles. :-D

So I needed to stock up on some essentials…

BARE Escentuals that is!  Typically, I won’t wear this during the winter because my skin gets too dry and it feels like it’s just sitting on top of my skin (yuck).  But now that it’s getting warmer, me and my skin are happier, so it works.  I use their regular foundation, and then top it off with a little bit of warmth all-over face color.  It gives a really nice “sunned” look, just without the sun :)

I also was in need of a new blush, and as I was scanning the shelves of Laura Mercier, I came across not only my blush, but another product I’ve had my eye on for months now!

Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer gets RAVE reviews, every time I see it in one of my magazines.  I’ve been holding off, just since it’s a little pricey, BUT with the warmer months coming up, wearing a tinted moisturizer will be perfect for everyday use (at least I hope!)  I’m definitely giving it a try tomorrow, so I’ll fill you guys in on my thoughts!  I also ended up getting a free sample of Oscar Blandi’s Pronto dry hair shampoo too.

Looks exciting, I know!  I’ve been meaning to try this stuff for a while, so I figured I’d check out the free sample first, since I already did enough damage today! ;)

On my way to BodyPump, I snacked on a Clif Z-Bar.

I wasn’t super hungry, but I knew I’d need something little to hold me over through class.  It worked perfect.  I have to laugh, because when I first started buying these, Jay would look at them and say things like, “eeew, organic?” or “a kids bar??”.  Fast-forward a couple months later…now when we buy the big pack at Sam’s club, guess who’s eating most of them?!?!  That’s right, the HUBBY!  Maybe someday he’ll listen to me when I tell him some of the “healthy stuff” really isn’t that bad! ;)

Dinner tonight was QUICK, EASY, and YUMMY…3 components to a good meal!  Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry!

To make the sauce, I mixed:

-2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth

-1 tsp cornstarch

-1/8 cup Hoisin sauce

-1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.  Then I took 1 large chicken breast, cut it into 1 inch chunks, and tossed it with about 1 tsp minced garlic and 1 tsp ginger powder.

I cooked the chicken for about 4 minutes, until it looked cooked on all sides.  Then I added my veggies, cooked it for about 4 more minutes, then added the sauce from above until it got a little thick.  Tonight’s veggies were sugar snap peas, red & green bell pepper, and shredded carrots.

I served it on top of brown rice, and TA-DAH, dinner is served! :)  Jay and I were both really happy with it!