>> Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Our weekend was out of this world. We rarely have babysitting, so we took full advantage of the time my in-laws gave us to get out and do things adults do around town. And we were lucky to have our weekend extended by a snow day on Monday. There are certainly tough parts of living on a teacher + tenuous freelance salary, but family time isn’t one of them.
Friday night Stephen and I ran 3 miles together in negative wind chills and snow drifts. We had hoped to go farther, but the wind was seriously brutal, so it was just nice to get out for a bit. Then we dressed up as much as we could (brrrr) and went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. I indulged in a girly martini, a brie platter appetizer, a huge veggie burger with sweet potato fries, and -- of course -- dessert, which was a delicious vegan peanut butter pie.
Saturday I had plans with my friend Elisabeth. We headed to this local antique market to look for home decor and other random items. I think we found more weird stuff than we had imagined. I ended up finding a nice spring coverlet for our bed . . . and this stuff:
Then Stephen and I went to see American Sniper. I get there’s criticism about this movie. That it left out a lot and presented the “enemy” as one-dimensional, etc. At the same time, I also don’t know if the time allowed for deeper development since the focus was more on Chris Kyle versus the war itself. I’m conflicted. Anyway, I thought it was quite good, albeit upsetting at many points. (What did you think?) We also checked out a local brewery and ate our favorite grilled pizza.
Then Sunday we both got in some running before the big storm. Afterward, I suggested we try out the cross-country skis our friends gave us over the summer. It was so much fun! My in-laws had to leave before the storm hit, so we cooked during Ada’s nap so we could have treats for the Super Bowl. The end of that game was sort of nuts, right?
Monday = snow day. We bundled up early and pulled Ada around on the sled for a few miles (I clipped on the skis again). Then we mostly organized and cleaned to get ready for the week. And here we are today with a 2-hour delay. Only problem this time is that Ada’s preschool is closed. Grr.
Laughing Cow sent me some of their cheese wedges to try in exchange for a review + healthy recipe, and I was happy to oblige. I used to buy their original Swiss cheese wedges when I worked my desk job because I’d keep crackers at my desk. They spread so easily! Being familiar with the product already, I was excited to try the new flavor -- Spicy Pepper Jack -- as well as one I hadn’t had before -- Garlic + Herb.
Here’s how I reinvented one of my favorite snacks using the cheese, which has less than half the calories of the mayo I’d usually use in this recipe. The finished deviled eggs are incredible. They have a HUGE kick to them -- and you guys know how much I loved my hardboiled eggs for quick, portable protein!
// SPICY DEVILED EGGS
- 2 hardboiled eggs
- 1 Pepper Jack wedge
- Teaspoon water
- Slice eggs in half, gently remove the yolks and place in a bowl.
- Add the cheese wedge to the bowl and blend with a fork.
- Add a couple teaspoons of water and keep blending until you reach a creamy consistency.
- Scoop filling back into eggs.
- Sprinkle with paprika.
How was your weekend?
And have you tried Laughing Cow?
The Laughing Cow® provided me with product and a $50 gift card for this review. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.
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