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Monday:  Just your average 10:00 to 2:00 workday today.   I was at an office that used to be a garage.   You know, like where mechanics work.  It was beautiful with the exposed brick and the cement floor, and it was impeccably decorated.  In the lobby alone there is an Alexi Torres painting of Abraham Lincoln and these superfab benches that are hairy.

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And I made this Almond-Raspberry Jam from Cooking Light’s 2006 Annual Recipes.

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Canning is not something I would normally attempt on a weekday.  However, this is only stored in the fridge for six weeks, so no processing necessary.  It has amaretto in it, so it may not last six days, if you know what I mean.  I do love this combo.  In fact, the top layer of our wedding cake was almond cake with raspberry filling.  Come to think of it, that didn’t last six days either; we ate it on the honeymoon.

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Obviously I wasn’t blogging back then.  If I was I surely would have made the photographer take a picture of the inside.

Tuesday:  I was supposed to work 10 to 5 today in Buckhead, but it canceled last night.   Oh, well.  Then the office tried to call me at 4:30 to race to some doctor’s office by 5:30.  Unfortunately, I missed the call.  But, fortunately, I was able to make these muffins:

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I had some raspberries left, so I think it was fate that I saw this post on theKitchn.  I knew I had to make these Jumbo Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction.   I love it when I have everything on hand for a recipe.  Sally said semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.  Dark sounded amazing, but I used semi-sweet; however, I can’t help but think that white chocolate would go perfectly with the raspberries.   I also feel that I should disclose that I am now addicted to Sally, but not in a creepy way.  I’m just after her recipes.

Wednesday:  I had my last dentist appointment today.  Well, for the foreseeable future, that is.

Then I went to my new favorite salon for a pedicure.  Sugarcoat in the Vinings Jubilee.

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So cute.

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And a bargain compared to the Remede spa.

And I made broiled bok choy.  I was inspired by the recipe in BHG’s Eat Well Lose Weight, but I didn’t have all the ingredients.

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Toss with a little oil and broil for six minutes then flip and broil for another seven or eight.  My version of the sauce has OJ, ginger, honey, and mirin.  Honestly, next time I will just give it a spritz of soy sauce and call it a day.

Thursday:  Lucky me.  I got to go to Gainesville today, and I don’t mean Florida.  Two hours in the car is not my favorite way to spend the day.

Friday:  We went to see Man of Steel today.  My new favorite way to see a movie is at noon on Friday.  There is usually only one or two other couples in the theater.   I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen the movie, but I will say it made me want to watch the Christopher Reeve version again.

I also made Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding from Cooking Light’s Crave!

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Saturday:  Before we set out on our one big chore for the day (going to the garden center) I made Lemon Crepes with Cherry-Ricotta Filling for breakfast.  I got the recipe from the Drop 10 Diet Cookbook by Lucy Danziger.   This was the first recipe I’ve made, but if the rest are like this I think I’ll be using it more.  Besides, there’s a lot of cherry recipes and I still can’t stop buying them.  I think my days are numbered, though.

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Also, my new centerpiece came from NapaStyle today.    I just couldn’t resist the chicken wire.

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I was hoping to put hydrangeas in them, but these little purple flowers still had some shine, so I settled for the vase from Whole Foods, which you can’t really see anyway.

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I’m proud to say that the hydrangeas are from my yard.

Sunday:  Today we went to the Grant Park Farmers Market.  I had ordered some bug spray from Small Batch Garden and they said I could save shipping if I picked it up.   I wish I could say we had a great time checking out all the vendors.  But we had a limited amount of time and of course we parked on the wrong side of the park to begin with, but I got my bug spray.

I made it home in time to plant my shade garden.

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I hope it doesn’t die.  I can’t help but think that we could have achieved the same result by burying a $100 bill in the clay.  I’m going to spruce it up some with a little more mulch and maybe a stone border.

I’m wiling away the time until Mad Men starts by watching Viva Las Vegas.  It’s nice to the old sights, and a lot that are still around, not counting Elvis, of course.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

 

 

 

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About Monica

A court reporter who likes to cook, and travel, and go to the spa, and read, and spoil her dog.

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