Testing My Marvelousness

 Happy Monday, my lovelies!

So this weekend was a bit of a test…

Even though I went to the doctor early last week about my knee and got on some medication for the swelling, the pain and accompanying pirate-ish hobbling has yet to pass. On top of being utterly annoyed with my newly acquired limp and the stares/questions that come with it, as luck would have it, I also had an 8 hour training class to go to on Saturday.

Ok, so now that that I’ve got THAT out of of my system (it’s nice to whine every once in a while, no?), I’d like to say that I feel I’m a glass-half-full kind of gal, so I shrugged off the negative thoughts, carved my initials into my pirate leg and ended up having a pretty MARVELOUS weekend!

After a few weeks out, I’m back to join in on the fun that is
Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday!

It started on Friday night when the man-friend introduced me to one of his favorite restaurants in East Nashville, Batter’d & Fried, a Boston seafood house with a wave sushi bar. They serve a lot of traditional fried seafood dishes, but I was amazed with the quality and the overall lack of that “greasy” feeling on the inside.

After perusing the menu, I decided to take the man-friend up on a recommendation…

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Seared tuna atop a bed of mixed greens with walnuts, goat cheese, and Kalamata olives with eel sauce and house-made balsamic on the side.

I was a little skeptical of the flavor of the olives mixing with the goat cheese and the walnuts, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well they went together. Seriously, the BEST salad I have EVER eaten in my life!

The man-friend ordered the salmon and chips of which I stole a few bites and I couldn’t get over the quality…fresh, not greasy in the LEAST, with some of the best homemade tartar sauces I’ve ever tasted!

After dinner, we found out that they were still serving some of their famous Boston Cream Pie for dessert. They order straight from a bakery in Boston and only get a limited amount each day and going by the fact that the man-friend immediately started drooling once the waitress confirmed their stock, I KNEW I was in for a treat!

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Now THAT is a thing of beauty!

I was pretty stuffed, but I managed to find some room for a couple of bites…

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So soft, so fluffy, so polished off in like five minutes! 

On Saturday, after a LONG day of training, the plan was to head to Nashville again for some Thai food, but I just didn’t have the energy after sitting on my butt working my brain cells all day (plus my knee was killing me) so instead we decided on a quite evening at the house.

While he was on his way over, I had an idea!

I’ve been drooling over Heather’s Spinach Crust Pizza for a couple of weeks now and nearly jumped up and down (which is pretty much impossible with my leg right now) in the middle of the grocery store when I found the pizza yeast packets needed for the recipe the other day.

Since I don’t own a stand mixer, I took the time to take out some of my pirate aggression, but I have to say I was super nervous after a few minutes of kneading when things weren’t looking quite right….

Pizza Crust

The dough was hard and dry…nothing like Heather’s pictures! :(

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I’ll confess that I almost gave up, but something told me to keep going. I whipped up a quick sauce out of tomato sauce and spices, threw on some toppings, and, with my fingers crossed, tossed ‘er in the oven.

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Fifteen minutes later, I opened the door and my mouth dropped open…I couldn’t believe how great it looked and smelled!

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And low and behold it TASTED amazing!

Which is nice since my arm is STILL a bit sore from kneading that dough! Lol

The rest of the night was spent relaxing on the couch with two of our latest movie rentals…

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Both were absolutely HILARIOUS!

The next day…and well, into today as well, the marvelousness has continued via Instagram…

Coconut Banana Fans

In the last 24 hours, six people have already made my
Coconut Banana Pancakes!

I LOVE coming up with new recipes, but it’s all for nothing if I don’t have anyone to share them with. But seriously, every time I hear (or see) that someone has made and enjoyed something I’ve created, I get the biggest GOOFIEST smile on my face!

And THAT is absolutely MARVELOUS! Thank you guy SO much!

What was marvelous about your weekend?

Do you prefer to go out to the movies or stay at home?

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22 Responses to Testing My Marvelousness

  1. Sounds like you had a very marvelous weekend! Sorry about the leg though! Aside from that, it sounds pretty darn great. Glad your pizza turnout out & it looks really amazing, btw. 😉

  2. I died when I saw that cream pie. FACT: no matter how full you are, there is a whole seperate spot for dessert in your tummy.

  3. Megan says:

    quick question does a colorful but sassy parrot come with the peg leg? If not you should demand your money back!
    My weekend was Marvelous because I got to get to know all my new and fabulous housemates!
    Re: Movies, I always prefer to watch dvd’s a home. That way no one yells at me when I fall asleep half way and snore loudly (except for my partner captain ginger beard)
    -Megan
    P.s i had no idea you had an Instagram I just became follower 5459! @foodonmyface

  4. That pizza and that cake – OH my gosh!!!

  5. Oh man! I’m still very full from dinner, but seeing all of your delicious eats is making me hungry again!

  6. Brittany says:

    I also made your Coconut Banana pancakes! The recipe attracted me because it’s so simple and I had all the ingredients. Also coconut flour can be tricky and make the pancakes too dry but these turned out better than ones I’ve made before. I loved the addition of the almond extract too. They were delicious–thanks!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Awww, yay! Wow, you seriously just made my day…thank you SO much for the great feedback! I know what you mean about coconut flour being dry…I’ve definitely encountered that before. The almond extract was actually a last minute thought but I thought gave them just enough of that “oomph” to put the flavor over the top…love that stuff! :)

  7. Yum – all your dining out food looks yummo! Plus I am eager to try the pizza base out, I am always looking for healthier options for pizza! Hope your leg is feeling better soon.
    xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

  8. I may or may not have drooled a little bit when I saw you post pictures of that pie on IG… I kid you not 😉 I enjoyed some cookies this weekend, but that pie just blows my cookies out of the water. Holy.yum. And I love your IG stardom, but you ARE the Queen of Pancakes, so I expect no less 😀

  9. Jessie says:

    Oh My Goodness!!! I don’t think I could EVER pass up a bite (or two.. or three) of that dessert. There is no such thing as too full for something that amazing.

  10. You have me seriously craving ahi tuna now, yum. I definitely prefer staying in and watching movies because it means I don’t have to go to the trouble of sneaking my snacks into the theater. 😉

  11. Lucie says:

    Oh that salad! Oh that Pie! Oh that Pizza! Ok, I am not getting any further since I am drooling and have to clean my face…..

  12. This definitely looks like an awesome weekend! That tuna salad looks to die for. And that dessert looks even better – yum! Whenever I hear that a dessert is limited edition or a restaurant’s specialty, I know I HAVE to try it or else I will regret it. You only live once right? 😉

    I loved Pitch Perfect too – definitely had me cracking up the whole time. I haven’t seen The Watch yet though.

    My weekend was marvelous because I made pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, went out for my friend’s birthday, and had some time to myself to unwind after the week!

  13. Wow! That pizza turned out awesome! I haven’t seen either of those movies yet. We like to stay home to watch movies. Well, mainly because we have 20 month old but even before that we watched more movies at home. Maybe if movie theaters served healthy snacks and wine I’d be more opt to go!

  14. I just ate & hungry just looking at all those pics! :)

    I forgot I had to make those pancakes.. sent the recipe to myself again! 😉 LOVE SIMPLE!!

    So sorry about the knee!!!!

  15. Holy wow, I am utterly jealous of everything in this post. I’ve never had Boston Cream Pie but it looks just marvelous indeed. I am soo jelly, I need to try! It looks so beautiful too. I love seared ahi tuna, I only had it once — I ordered an ahi tuna salad without knowing that ahi tuna means raw tuna lol and I was a little freaked out by it but I ate it nonetheless and LOVED it. So I bet I would love the seared tuna you had. It looks delish!

    I love Pitch Perfect, it’s such a feel-good movie. My roommie got it on DVD and she got obsessed. I’m pretty sure she watched it 80 times now. And that is not even an exaggeration. When she really likes something, she will watch it over and over and over again.

    Glad you had a nice weekend love!

  16. Pizza base sounds amazing – have to check out the link!!

  17. All of that fooooooood…. oh man, EVERYTHING looks delicious!!!
    You are pretty much a celebrity on Instagram. You have about a million followers! :)
    And the man friend…. we need to catch up!

  18. I’m still confused how your dough ended up so tough so fast, but THRILLED it turned out yummy in the end. :)

    I’ve had pancakes two weeks in a row for Sunday breakfast, I think you’re rubbing off on me!

  19. So that blows about your knee. I didn’t realize it was this bad. You poor dear; I think you should let the man friend nurse you back to health. Although it sounds like he’s doing a pretty decent job already, and there are a couple of ways to burn calories without using that knee.
    Onto to the food…that Boston Creme Pie looks like heaven on a plate, and your pizza is so chock full of veggie goodness. I love it.

  20. I’m so sorry about your knee love!! I hope you get better very soon! Knee problems suck… especially since you are on your feet all day.
    I much prefer to watch a movie at home!

  21. I have been wanting to make that spinach crust pizza, too. Must remember to. :)

    I watched Pitch Perfect this weekend and I’m pretty sure it is my new favorite movie. I’m not even exaggerating.

    Sorry about your knee, but I appreciate–no LOVE–your constant positivity. :)

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