Thinking Out Loud: Before My Mind Turns to Mush

Ugh…hey.

It has been A WEEK around here, people, let me tell you! Actually, don’t, because I’d rather not relive it all. Suffice it to say (ha, that always makes me feel somewhat Shakespearean) that work has gotten the better of me and I am incredibly thankful that today is my Friday.

#sorryimnotsorry

After TWO jam-packed weekends, I’m looking forward to having nothing on the agenda for the next few days other than carving an indention of myself into the couch as I turn my mind all mushy with too much wine and even more Netflix. But, before I get to my self-induced veg-TEE-bull state, how about a highlight reel from last weekend? Back when things were happy…stressfree…and I had a bird on my head!

Selfie - Zoo

Actually, I take that back…this moment at the zoo last Saturday was definitely NOT stress-free since I was kiiiiiiinda freaking out about this little dude either a.) pecking a hole in my head or b.) leaving me a little “present” in my hair!

But hey, I went to the ZOO!!

Zoo

Although the humidity got the best of us in the end, it was great to get back and check out some of the new exhibits. I loved the kangaroos! And my little giraffe friend wasn’t “trying” to hide this time! ;)

Famished after walking around the zoo for THREE hours and not being able to come to an agreement on dining out choices, I told my crew, we would be eating at the FIRST place I saw after getting off the interstate. And well, I have to admit, I wasn’t hating life when I spotted the golden WF in the distance!

Waffle House - PB & BAcon Wafflewich

Peanut butter waffle with BAAAAAAAACON!!!

I have seriously been craving a waffle from Waffle House for over a month now and let me tell you, this hit THE spot!

Firepit

Oh look, I bought a firepit!

I’ve yet to roast anything but brats on it since it was windier than all get out the night I brought it home. The fire died out faster than I could finish my meat (TWSS?)! But let it be known, those pornirific s’mores are STILL on my mind!

Grilling Out - Burger Beans & Potato Salad

Mom’s birthday dinner last Friday went off without a hitch! Well, that is if you don’t count the fact that I got so wrapped up in cheese and bacon and potatoes that I totally forgot that I was supposed to bring all the fixings for salads…oops? I put lettuce and tomato on my burger. That totally counts.

But let’s just have a closer look at those potatoes, eh?

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

And how about a GIANT serving of this cheesy bacony deliciousness was my dinner TWICE this week?

#noshame

But the dish that really stole the show was dad’s famous homemade blackberry cobbler made with the wild blackberries from the backyard…

Blackberry Cobbler & Ice Cream

For the record, that ice cream definitely left me and my lactose-challenged tummy with some regrets, but the leftovers I put with cottage cheese and ate for breakfast the other day most certainly did NOT! Seriously? HOW do I always forget how much I love cobbler until the summer?! Maybe I’ll find a moment this weekend to bake a cobbler of my own sweet talk my dad into making some more! ;)

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As always, a big thank you goes out to my girl Amanda for hosting this week’s brain dump! Be sure to head on over to Spoons and see what everyone else is thinking about this week!

Do you like cobbler? What’s your favorite?

What is your activity of choice when it comes to mind mushing?

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Freeze Pleeze: Taking Ice Cream to a Whole New Level!

I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ice cream!

It’s not every day that I get to indulge in frozen desserts. Actually, with my lactose-challenged tummy, I rarely even think about going out. After years of attempting to convince myself that lactase pills would save me from ending up in the fetal position, I finally accepted the fact that if I wanted ice cream (not sorbet, because, let’s face it, the two will NEVER compare!), I’d just have to settle for a pint of the dairy-free stuff at home.

Freeze Pleeze Almond Milk Ice Cream

That was until this bowl of frozen ALMOND MILK perfection appeared before me a mere FIVE MINUTES after being poured from a carton.

Two weeks ago, my little town of Clarksville welcomed a new business called Freeze Pleeze. An ice cream parlor promising things like all-natural ingredients and dairy-free alternatives with a variety of flavors all made to order and FLASH FROZEN before your eyes! After a friend of mine raved about their rose-flavored ice cream (?!), I knew I just had to check it out. So after a hot day at the park last week, I packed along a few friends and strolled over to the 50′s-style parlor ready to be awed and amazed.

Freeze Pleeze

With so many flavors and different treats to choose from, I’ll admit, it took me a minute (or ten) to narrow it down. After calling dibs on a sample of my friend’s cup of rose, I finally decided on the almond milk peanut butter with crushed Oreos!

Then I stood gaping at the counter while all my dreams of frozen confection came true…

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Freeze and stir, freeze and stir, and BOOM! Ice cream in my face!

It really was amazing to watch the whole process. I couldn’t believe it only took a few minutes to come together. While they offer the usual suspects as far as toppings go, none of their ice creams have any added sugars or binders. And when it comes to the price, it’s a steal! My medium cup cost less than $5.00 and I was so full when we left! Plus…

FREE SPRINKLES!

The owners were incredibly welcoming. Since they are just starting out, they asked our opinions (my other two friends ordered peanut butter banana and CHOCOLATE peanut butter banana…obviously my friends have exquisite taste) and told us to feel free to voice any concerns if we had them so they could better refine their recipes. But honestly, after a round of musical cups to sample each flavor, none of us could find a thing to complain about!

And now, my mission is to try every flavor! I’m having visions of chocolate coconut milk ice cream mixed with slivered almonds in my near future. Hey, you guys KNOW my infatuation with that combo! Oh man, it’s gonna be a tough summer! ;)

Have you ever been to an ice cream place like this?

What’s your favorite topping/add-in?

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Thinking Out Loud: I’m So Hungry!

Hey hey HEY!

So guess what! I love you! I’m so glad you guys liked Tuesday’s post and just want you to know that each and every comment either had me giggling nonstop or shaking my head like a frickin bobble head.  Sounds like we’ve all learned a few good lessons lately!

With all the craziness of life going on right now, I’m SUPER excited to actually have the energy (and pictures) for a post today. Of course, with excitement also comes a rush of scatterbrained thinking which is perfect for a good edition of Thinking Out Loud!

Annnnnnnd go!

PB Oreo S'mores

Look guys, FOOD!!

I so wish I could take credit for the sheer genius that is this peanut butter Oreo mess of s’more confection, but alas I found it in a copy of Country Woman that I stole borrowed from the imaging department’s waiting room. I know I will more than likely be in a coma afterward AND have to find a way to successfully lick my forearms, but omg, so worth it! And if I have any luck shopping for a deck-sized fire pit this weekend, I will most definitely be taking on the task! ;)

Sandwich

The STACKS are BACK!

This beauty on the other hand, I CAN take credit for! The reason for Tuesday’s lesson in oral torture (oh wow, that sounded weirder than it did in my head), but man was this baby delicious! So I found this “everything” hummus at Food Lion the other day and it is in fact everything I thought it would be. Toasted multigrain ciabatta roll with hummus, kale, tomato, cucumber, red onion, toasted onion mustard (TJ Maxx find), and MORE hummus because, well, in the words of my friend, I had to make up for the lack of dead animals! And because shit guys, it’s EVERYTHING hummus!

Cottage Cheese, Cantaloupe, Perfect Bar

Cookies for BREAKFAST!

For all my Blend-attend-ees out there, I hope to GOD you went home with at least one Perfect Foods bar! I almost didn’t because they are super high in calories…I know, don’t look at me like that. I’m not counting or anything, I just think that 300 calories for a snack is a little much, mmmkay? :P Anyhoodles, I decided to crumble half of an almond butter bar on top of a bowl of cantaloupe and cottage cheese the other day annnnnnd I couldn’t wait to repeat it! So.freaking.GOOD!

How the hell do I already have 400 words in this post?

Book & Coffee

Fuck you, Nora Roberts!

So, I started on the third book in the Bride Quartet the other night and holy crap! I’m only on chapter six and instead of getting toodly in my bits like I usually do with her expert use of steamy adjectives, every few pages, I’m Googling food! So far, I want to make this and this and someone needs to help me find out where to buy ouzo!

And now, because I figured I could get something else out of Google…

The food blogger anthem!

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As always, big thanks to Amanda for hosting our weekly tell all…think all? Eh, whatevs…I’m out in just over 500 words! BAM!

What are your plans for this weekend?
I’ll be heading over to my parents to celebrate Broccoli Mama’s BIRTHDAY! Hamburgers, my famous por-tay-ter salad are on the list with talk of some ooey gooey [boxed because they're the best] brownies! ;)

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