All By Myself…

So I’m a single gal tonight. Brian had some banquet to go to at SMU so I was on my own for dinner. Of course I miss him, but it is kind of fun to create my own little weird meal. After much deliberation, I ended up with….

Annie’s White Cheddar Shells (actually, Brian would have LOVED this- I saved him some):

annies

And my all-time fave salad: arugula, shaved parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt & pepper. Simple but SO GOOD.

arugula

Lauren’s on spring break this week as well, so this afternoon my mom and I met her, Linda and Allison at a cool new (newish- they opened last July) restaurant in Oak Cliff, Bolsa. I love the concept; they have no freezer or fryer, meaning that everything is made fresh and the menu evolves based on what’s available.

We started out with fun drinks, because, as Lauren said, “It’s spring break!

My pomegranate sangria and Lauren’s blood orange margarita:

drinks

I ordered a turkey sandwich with horseradish pickles and white cheddar, and my mom ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with goat cheese. We swapped halves…

bolsa

I think Gina won, but the horsey pickles were SO GOOD.

So you know how much I love new grocery stores, right? Well after lunch we headed to the grand opening of Newflower Market on Henderson:

newflower1

I’d never been to a Newflower, but it’s very similar to Sprouts… which is like a cheaper, bare-bones Whole Foods. They had some GREAT deals. I got all of this for $40!

newflower2

This afternoon I went on a short run (it was 80 degrees today- I was drenched) and then popped in the Jillian Shred DVD. It kicked my butt yet again. These push-ups better pay off.

The April issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray included a recipe for Peanut Butter-Banana Clouds which sounded kind of intriguing. The cookies are basically meringues with peanut butter folded in, so they come out of the oven light and airy but still chewy. Not crunchy like most meringue cookies.

cookie1

And then you top them with banana frosting (mashed bananas, powdered sugar and butter- plus I added a little milk to thin it) and crushed peanuts:

cookie21

These are SO GOOD. They remind me of that Peanut Butter Bar candy you used to get as a kid… the little white, crunchy rectangles filled with PB? The ones that stick to your teeth? I think most people hated those. Not me.

I’m off to watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 (a no-no when Brian’s home) along with my snack: Pyramid Apricot Ale and a couple Peanut Butter Clouds.

snack

Nice.

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8 Responses to All By Myself…

  1. Sammie says:

    You got some good stuff at the store – what a bargain. Is that a cereal dispenser I sopt in to the right? Those cookies look awesome. I have never even heard of those PB Bars – are they a Texas thing?

  2. Rose says:

    Lunch looks great; I like the sounds of that place.

    Did Jon and Kate split up? I have been tearing through gossip blogs online since I saw mention of this on Say Yes To Salad.

  3. Rose says:

    Check that. I didn’t see it on Say Yes to Salad. It was “Winning Friends with Salad.”

  4. Erin says:

    Those cookies sound awesome! Especially with the frosting on top. Yum.
    What a nice night in. Rob can’t stand that show either but I find it very addictive. What is something that Brian watches that YOU hate? In our house, it’s definitely…mixed martial arts. For some reason I find that sport incredibly disgusting.
    P.S. I didn’t eat that candy but I DID love this one: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/abba-zaba.htm

  5. heatherwlu says:

    Sammie- YES! Cereal dispenser. My mom got it for us a few Christmases ago (Container Store, I think). We hardly eat cold cereal but I still like the dispenser.

    Rose- I don’t know! I read something on Perez about Jon out partying w/ college kids, and then the commercial for the season finale features a teaser that sounds like something might be going down. I hope not… I heart Jon & Kate :(

    Erin- “Abba Zabba, you my only friend”. And yeah, Brian watches a ton of crap that I hate: 24, Heroes, Sport Center…

  6. Tammy says:

    I saw that market on the news yesterday and was wondering where it was located. It sounded like they had some great deals. Wow, you scored a ton of stuff!
    I have GOT to get myself over to Oak Cliff.
    Ok, those peanut butter candies were my absolute favorite and I would dig them out of my sister’s bag at Halloween. hehe. :)
    Gotta try those cookies.

  7. Brian says:

    Tammy – That market isn’t in Oak Cliff, it is on Henderson, just West of Ross.

  8. heatherwlu says:

    Bri- I think she meant Bolsa… it’s next to Gloria’s in Oak Cliff, just past the Bishop Arts District

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