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August 28, 2011

Cheap Date

by Ashley

I was quite bummed last night…  We didn’t get to go to Seven Peaks (water park) like we had hoped.  Cody and I were planning on meeting our friends at 4 because after 4 pm they have lower ticket rates, but by that time it looked like there was a chance of some storms rolling in.  We didn’t want to risk spending $35 to go for an hour, so we quickly made other plans.  We put our heads together to think of something easy, fun, indoors, and not too pricey.  I came up with going to see a movie at the “cheap movie theater” (it only costs $3/person).  You can always resort to a movie, right??  Cody was totally down for that.  He loves movies…seriously, biggest movie nerd ever. 😉  (Love you, Cod.)  I also decided I had no interest whatsoever in cooking dinner, and I realized I had a buy one meal get one meal free coupon.  Yes, I know I just went there three days ago, but I can never get enough Cafe Rio.  Seriously, it is like my favoritest.place.ever.  I guess I just had to make up for the past couple months that I haven’t been there…  Anyway, so I got prettied up, and we headed on over to Cafe Rio for yet another delicious meal.  It always feels great when we spend $8 on both of us eating dinner (a yummy dinner nonetheless!). 

You guessed it, I got my chicken breast salad with black beans (no rice), pico de gallo, guacamole, a few tortilla strips, in a whole wheat tortilla topped with cilantro-lime vinagarette.  Never can go wrong with this!  (I remembered to snap a picture this time… except I already started eating it, so it’s not as pretty as when they first give it to you.  Oops.)  Oh, and I promise all of the “good stuff” (chicken, beans, etc.) is at the bottom!  You can kind of see it peeking through!

I also made sure to grab a huge handful of these little guys.  They are not your ordinary peppermint candy… they are cinnamon!  I love them.  I enjoyed like a dozen of them during the movie, no big deal. 

After we were nice and full, we headed on over to the movies.  We decided on the movie “Super 8”.  We heard it was pretty good and the reviews weren’t bad on it, so for $3/each we were totally down to see it.  The “cheap theater” tickets are quite a bit “cheaper looking” than a normal theater’s tickets, don’t ya think?

After discussing the movie, Cody and I decided it was “okay”.  The movie was really well-done, but we felt the plot wasn’t the best.  I, personally, am not one that loves movies in the “sci-fi” genre anyways.  We concluded that it was worth the $6 for us to go see it though. 

On our way home from the movie, we got to see an awesome lightning show.  We were away from the city, so it was dark and perfect for watching the lightning as it would light up the entire sky. 

When we got home, we came home to this sitting outside our front door (except it was a full loaf when we got it 😉 ).

Our wonderful neighbors across the street brought it over for us.  It was de-frickin-licious!  Fresh, soft, moist bread…YUM!  (As you can see, we dug RIGHT in when we got home!) 

What a great evening it ended up being!  I had a great date with me, enjoyed a yummy dinner, got to see a decent movie along with a free lightning show, and finished the night off with some delish bread for “dessert”….all for only $14!  What a cheap date!  I just love it. 

Questions:

  • Did you see “Super 8”?  If so, how did you like it?
  • Do you ever go to the dollar/cheap theater?
  • What are your plans for your Sunday?

 

 

 

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August 20, 2011

Cookie and A Movie

by Ashley

Last night I was scrolling through movies on Netflix, and I came across this total oldie but goodie!

I love this movie.  I was so excited!  It’s one of those movies I totally forgot about, so when I saw it as I was browsing movies, I immediately knew it was the one I was going to watch.  I opted for Tina’s 3 minute cookie instead of some ice cream, and boy, did it hit the spot people!  I revised my cookie a little bit with it looking like this:

3 minute cookie (Ashley’s Version)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup oats

2 tsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 mashed ripe banana

1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl. 

 Flatten cookie out on bottom of bowl into a cookie shape.  Cook in microwave for 45 seconds.  Let cool and enjoy!

Tina’s version calls for an egg white instead of banana, she used white all-purpose flour and I used whole wheat, and she uses raisins and cinnamon instead of chocolate chips.  I’m totally a chocolate chip cookie person over oatmeal raisin.  Don’t get me wrong, I won’t pass up any warm, chewy cookie.  If I have to choose though, I’ll definitely go with the chocolate chip.  I really enjoyed the cookie! 

Last time I made it, I did use egg white, and it wasn’t quite as moist and chewy as it was this time with the mashed banana.  However, if you don’t like the taste of banana in your cookie, I’d go with the egg white, as it was still delicious!  Another difference I noticed from the egg white to the banana is that it’s much more “moist and mushy” with the banana, so I had to eat it with a spoon.  I didn’t mind though, my belly still loved it! 

This morning I plan on doing some form of exercise… I am pain achingly sore, so I don’t think my initial plan of strength training is an option.  I was considering yoga?  I’ve never been a big yoga person, but I keep trying it with the hope that I’ll finally discover I like it.  Or maybe a light jog?  Hmm…  I’ll fill you in on what I decide later today! 😉 

I am SO STOKED to go meet up with a good friend of mine later today.  I haven’t seen her in way too long, so it will be really nice to catch up.  Not only that, but we’re meeting for some good ol’ FRO-YO!  Um, yes please!! 

See you later today friends!

Questions:

  • What’s one of your favorite “oldie but goodie” movies?
  • Do you have a favorite snack to munch on while watching a movie?
  • What workout/type of exercise do you do when you’re really sore?
  • What are your plans for the day?
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