What is UP my peoples?!

I hope you are all having a great week! Mine is actually over now being as today was my “Friday”

Don’t be jealous,
I’m sure none of you would want to work my 10 hour shifts!

But I swear the end couldn’t have come sooner. We have been CRAZY busy at the hospital lately…tis the season for cold and flu ya know! πŸ˜‰

Life has been sorta busy lately too…so busy that I’ve only been able to capture bits and pieces with my iPhone and upload them onto Instagram.

So I thought it would be fun to show you my life lately via Instagram!

I last left you guys saying that I was off to make a pineapple upside down cake for my peeps at work. Well, that didn’t happen. Time got away from me and when I looked up at the clock, it was creeping up on 11:00pm and there was NO way I was gonna break out the flour and sugar at that time on a school week night!

So I decided to get up early and get my bake on!

Just so you know, it is perfectly acceptable to lick cake batter from your beaters at 6:30 in the morning…as long as it’s for a good cause!

C’mon, I HAD to check for poison! πŸ˜‰

You don’t even know how hard it was not keep this all to myself! I was so impressed with how it turned out that I literally patted myself on the back…and then I texted a picture of it to half the people I know! Haha!

What I didn’t mention when I said I was making a cake was that I was also getting in touch with my southern roots as I prepped for a Country Cookin’ themed potluck that our department put on on Wednesday.

I ended up with the cake, a recipe that’s been in my family for YEARS called “Chicken Stuff” and a big pan of cornbread.

Everybody LOVED it…I barely had anything to bring back home with me by the end of the day!

Check out that spread…I couldn’t believe how much there was to choose from!

This was BY FAR the best turn out we’ve ever had for a potluck dinner…I guess you can say we all love our traditional southern dishes!

My plate runeth over!

I ended up with (starting at the top and going clockwise): Mashed potatoes, turnip greens, broccoli and rice casserole, green beans, my “Chicken Stuff” served over crumbled cornbread, baked beans, sweet potato casserole, and corn casserole in the middle.

Yes, I cleaned my plate…and then I went back for dessert…but I polished that off without even a thought of taking a picture! Let’s just create a mental image:

Peanut butter pie, homemade shortbread cookies, and Oreo truffles dipped in some kind of peanut butter magic! Mmm!

And as if a day of stuffing myself to the brim with rich and hearty Southern cooking wasn’t enough, today we had our Christmas dinner at the hospital!

I was sure to be a bit choosier this year, and I didn’t even finish my plate, but still ended up stuffed to the max!

Oh and word to the wise, inspect red gelatinous desserts carefully before assuming they are cranberry sauce…turned out it was jello! Blech!

I seriously could.not.stop.eating.sweets today!

I obviously have a weakness for cream puffs, chocolate covered pretzels, and gingerbread men suffering from multiple “lacerations” πŸ˜‰

Needless to say, gym time has been a must this week…

The only thing that can balance out this massive sweets beast that I seem to have lately…

Or so I thought!

Yeah, that would be tonight’s “dinner”…too stuffed for a real meal, but never to full for ice “cream”…right Janetha?

Oh, and if you’ve noticed the nails in a lot of the photos…

It’s Essie’s “Coat Azure” + Pure Ice’s “Don’t You Wish” and I’m in love with the combo!

Looks like it snowed on my fingers! πŸ™‚

Wow, this post got long FAST! If you made it all the way to the end, congratulations…no prize for it or anything, but stay posted because I’ll be announcing the cookbook giveaway winner tomorrow!

Anyone else creating a sweets beast lately?
Proven fact that the more you eat, the more you want…I had no desire to partake in the chocolate covered cherry fest that was going on in my department the other day, but now, Β heck, I’d eat the whole frickin box if I had one right now!

Note to self: Do NOT buy any chocolate covered cherries. πŸ˜‰

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19 Responses to Insta-Post

  1. That cake looks MARVELOUS! I like to get my bake on at 6 am too. I swear I produce some of my best treats at that hour. πŸ˜‰

    Also I’m so jealous of that potluck! I’ve never even been to the South but I think I could live there very happily and just live off baked beans, cornbread, and sweet potatoes for the rest of my life.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I think I DID live off of that as a child! Haha!

      And I found it amusing that when my alarm went off at 6am, I jumped right up and got to work, but I can’t even begin to tell you how many morning workouts I’ve missed because I can’t pry my head off the pillow…baking obviously takes precedence over sweating! πŸ˜‰

  2. Missy says:

    All that looked so good on IG! And are you gonna share recipe for chicken stuff!!

    Oh and Walgreens now has chocolate covered blueberries! If you like blueberries, then you’ll die (of happiness of course and feel like Violet in Willy Wonka!)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ask and thou shall receive! I’ll post the recipe next week! πŸ™‚

      Chocolate covered blueberries?!?! Oh, heck yes!

  3. Anne says:

    Love the Nails, you look amazing. I can’t even talk about food argghhhh to much of it everywhere… And Love Love all your instagram post!! i feel like you are my instagram inspiration..

  4. Haha it’s a proven fact that instragram makes everything at least 45% cooler.

    So much delicious food!!!! Ahhhh. And I’m still loving on my arctic zero. Who cares if it’s december? You can eat ice cream anytime of the year. for sure.

    Happy weekend!

  5. oh my gosh! i can’t believe all of that food at your potluck! we just had our department potluck yesterday too – i love working in a nutrition department! everyone makes the most delicious food & MOST of it is healthy. πŸ™‚ i did of course grab a couple desserts and some beer dip though!

  6. Lauren says:

    Tis the season! I wish we had southern potlucks at work. Oh wait, this isn’t the south so that might have something to do with it πŸ˜›

  7. Oh holy hell, girlfriend… them’s my kinda eatin’, right there! Southern food is made of WIN! Your pineapple upside cake is the epitome of food porn. And you look hot… love your nails and your face! <3

  8. Haha I always use that excuse! Gotta make sure there’s no poison. I’ve been downing sweets like it’s my job lately! All these Christmas goodies I’ve been making. That cake looks so good though!! I’ve been obsessing over pineapple lately πŸ™‚

  9. Emily says:

    Oh my goodness. I think I just died from jealousy. Everything looks AMAZING.
    And your Pineapple Upside-Down cake turned out perfect. I’m impressed! I’ve never attempted baking an upside-down cake but now I’m craving one. I may need to!

    Oh, and your nails are super cute and festive. Essie=Love.

  10. Lou says:

    Do we get the recipe for your Pineapple Upside Down Cake? Personally I’m not a big fan of it – but it is Viper’s FAVOURITE and I would love to make it for him sometime (pretty please!!) Nice guns by the way πŸ˜‰

  11. LOVE your nails! I haven’t been a sweets beast lately, but oddly I think it’s because I’ve been baking up a storm! I never crave sweets as badly when I’m the one making them. Odd huh.
    Do you have recipes for your pineapple upsidedown cake and chicken stuff?
    My grandpa goes CRAZY for pineapple upside down cake, and chicken stuff.. well, that just sounds like the epitome of my family haha.

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