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Happy Days!

by agirlandhermutt on February 15, 2011

This time of year is my absolute favorite. Winter is starting to wean off a *teeny* little bit, my birthday comes around, and Valentine’s Day makes me feel loved! This year was no different.

RECAP TIME!

I started the weekend of fun with a birthday skating party! When I was a kid I loved having roller skating parties. I had my own skates. Hello…that screams mad skills! Not so much the same with ice skating, but just as fun.

A few of the girls met up with me in Kendall Sq to get our ice skating on.

Despite the overcast weather, it wasn’t as cold as it had been in the past few days. We showed up just in time to have them kick everyone off the rink to start the Zamboni. Of course.

Finally they let us on the ice and we were off! Well, kind of. There wasn’t any falling involved, but I did think the kid in a helmet behind me was a pretty smart idea.

The rink is kind of small so after an hour and a half or so, we were ready to get our drink on. Lets be honest…activity on the birthday is to make room for some beer! Winking smile

We headed over to The Asgard in Central Sq for a bite to eat (veggie chili and a salad), some good drinks (Cider!), and a lot of laughs. Big thanks to more of my friends joining me to celebrate!

For my actual birthday on Sunday, I woke up bright and early to hit up Zumba with Tea Party Karen. Holy crap. The class was super crowded but it was AWESOME. You go expecting to sweat, but you haven’t felt sweat until after this class! I spent the rest of the day at the spa, thanks to The Scientist. He was out of town for the weekend so he kept me entertained by treating me to a day of luxury. Le Sigh…

I started off with a pedicure and manicure. The chairs were so comfy that I wanted to take a nap right then and there!

Mmm…tea and pampering!

I went for OPI’s Original Red on my fingers and some fun sparkly reddish pink color on my toes. Both services lasted an hour each!

After my mani/pedi I had an hour long Swedish massage. OMG. These should be part of my regular calendar appointments. The final results have made me smile every day since.

 

It was the perfect treat for my birthday and a great way to kick off Valentine’s Day. Big thanks to The Scientist!

Valentine’s Day is always a low key event for me. I love the idea of making sure the loved ones in your life know that you are thinking of them, but I hope that I make them aware of this year round! The Scientist and I don’t do gifts or a fancy dinner for the holiday, so this year we just hung out at home for wine & cheese night. There were also some flowers and cards involved. So sweet…

I also enjoyed a fun Valentine’s Day gift from my parents. Fun jewelry!Seriously, could anyone have gotten my style more spot on?!

Sparkly bobbles that can brighten up any day, right?!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day no matter how you spent it!

PS. I have officially updated the 30 While 30 page! I’m in the process of coming up with the 31 While 31 list. Check out the update and let me know if there is anything you are dying to do this year!

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Totally Tostada…

by agirlandhermutt on February 10, 2011

Ugh…I struggled with a title for this blog for a bit. Sometimes it just isn’t making it. This is one of those times.

Fortunately, this little dish made up in taste what my blog title lacks in creativity.

Hello Polenta Tostada! I’m totally a Mexican food kind of gal. If you were to ask me my favorite type of food. If you were to ask me what my favorite food was I would yell “beans!” before you could even finish your question. Me…Mexican Food…match made in heaven. Unfortunately, a tostada is typically a tortilla that has been fried or toasted. Not exactly the most healthy, or easy to make, dish. Enter polenta. I used polenta as my base to create mini-tostada inspired dish.

When I was at Trader Joe’s the other day I came across a polenta I hadn’t seen before. It had bits of quinoa! How fun is that?!

I sliced the tube (which for some reason really grosses me out) into about 10 slices that were 1/2 inch thick.

Check out that fun quinoa! Funky and fun all rolled into one.

To the top of each slice, I added about a tablespoon of refried black beans with jalapenos, a dollop of green chilies, and a sprinkle of cheese.

Finally ready to go! I stuck in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I did a little dancing around the kitchen pretending to have maracas while my dinah was cooking. The dog looked at me like I was an idiot. He has not be impressed with me lately. Winking smile

Finally…DINNER!

These little bites were easy to eat, super filling, and so tasty! Although I felt like something was just *missing*. Oh yea! Salsa.

Maraca dance ensued yet again. I believe Korky barked at me that time around. Whatevs. He doesn’t know what fun is.

Happy Tostada Thursday! (better? Eh, I didn’t think so either).

Are you a dancer? If so, how did you learn?

I was a dancer as a kid and took lessons for MANY years. BUT my real dancing was learned in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store. My dad would let me stand on his feet and we would dance around while my mom gave us the “I don’t know you” look. Winking smile

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