Thank you all for the kind comments on Bobby’s birthday post. We were both grinning ear to ear as we read through each one of them, and Bobby says, “thank you!”
The birthday weekend itself brought about some truly delicious food. After our trip to McCormick & Schmick’s on Friday night, we slept in on Saturday morning and woke up ready for some college football and breakfast food. Egg burritos stepped up to the plate.
We filled our Flatout wraps with scrambled eggs, green peppers and tomatoes topped with Swiss cheese and salsa. On the side we cooked up freshly chopped potato seasoned with garlic salt and pepper. All we did was throw the slices into a pan with some olive oil – a quick and easy way to “roast” ’em!
This hearty breakfast brought to you by the Northwestern Wildcats, who are now 2-0!
They are bringing their first-ever race to Chicago for a spooky-themed Monster Dash on October 31, 2010. There will be a 5K and a 1/2 marathon with COSTUMES.
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Race details can be found here and you can follow the team on Twitter and Facebook. If you are in the Chicago area or know you will be in the area around Halloween and would like more information, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! There will be a lot of fun social media opportunities in the coming weeks.
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While we were at the expo, I picked up an exciting new product.
I’ve read about SPIbelt on other blogs before and was very intrigued. The version I ended up buying had the waterproof inside, perfect for someone who tends to perspire like no one’s business. Not that I do that or anything…
But seriously, I loved the way it fit my cell phone, key and cards perfectly. I took it on an 8-mile run Sunday and I had to physically check to make sure it was still there several times. I couldn’t even feel it and was worried it had somehow fallen off! But this was actually a great thing because now that I know it’s not going anywhere, I can truly enjoy my runs.
To date, I had been carrying a black makeup bag filled with all of this stuff in my hand. It was awful.
Once I got back from the expo, Bobby and I stayed up late watching movies and hanging out. The next morning, we slept in again and then I decided to whip up a birthday breakfast! There were so many different options – Ebleskiver pancakes? I fought for them most, but Bobby had other plans in mind.
Light ‘n’ Crisp Belgian Waffles. I certainly didn’t oppose his request.
This is an incredible breakfast favorite from my childhood that has been passed down to me from Mama Bender. I have the recipe under the Brunch tab but it is worthy of repeating.
Ingredients (yields 8 round waffles):
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Preheat waffle maker. Put all ingredients except egg whites in a large mixer bowl. Beat on low until moistened. Increase to medium and mix until smooth.
These bowls are AMAZING. They are part of a four-piece set from Williams-Sonoma that we received at one of our bridal showers. I love the spout on the end for easy pouring into pans!
But back to the recipe. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. By hand, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the rest of the batter.
Pour 1/2 cup batter over the griddle. Close the waffle maker and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.
I add a little non-stick spray to the waffle maker and know they are ready when they are golden brown!
Top with your favorites and serve hot.
We enjoyed ours with maple syrup and fresh blackberries. A delectable combination.
They are not the most nutritious waffles ever created, but they have the delicious part down pat.
Nutrition Information (per waffle):
- 236 calories
- 11 g fat
- 28g carbohydrates
- 1g fiber
- 7g protein
The rest of our Sunday was as low key as this recipe. We watched the Packer game – another win for the weekend – and Bobby went to his soccer game while I went on my 8-mile run. When we both got home, there was only one thing on our minds…carbo-rehydration. 😉
We cooked up a box of Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar and threw in shrimp, peas and carrots to spice things up. We also added a dash of stir-fry sauce to increase the flavor. A very easy dinner that was perfect after a lot of running around for both of us.
On Monday – Bobby’s actual birthday – I baked him up the sweetest gift I could give.
I couldn’t decide which picture I liked most, so I decided to share all of them with you!
Which photo style do you like most? I’m leaning toward #5 (the bottom middle photo)!
After Bobby “Mmmmm”-ed his way through Nicole’s awesome bread, I shared with him my digital birthday card. It was a great celebratory weekend!
EEK! As of midnight tonight, there are 30 days left until our wedding. The official countdown begins!
Do you create countdowns for special occasions? If so, which ones?