Weekend Dinners at Home!

z and I usually go out one weekend night a week and the other nights we love to cook in!

Saturday was a gross day! It was gray, windy, and rainy from the time we woke up until the time we went to bed.

I didn’t leave the house all day and decided that I needed some sort of project to do. z suggested I make the box of pudding that had been in the cabinet for a while…

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The recipe called for 3 cups of milk and since z drinks so much, I decided to use 2 1/2 cups of my skim milk and only a half cup of his 2%.

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Now, read very carefully! This is a difficult and intense process:

The milk goes in the pot first.

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The packed of JELL-O goes in to the pot second.

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Then you whisk away.

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After some good stirring, the mixture should look like this! You have to keep stirring the whole time until it boils because it starts to thicken.

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After it comes to a full boil, put it in serving containers and stick it in the fridge. Still with me?

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Then prepare an “appetizer” of carrots with balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper for your boyfriend who is making dinner and wait for the pudding to set.

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I was off dinner duty Saturday night, so this is how I spent my time…

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z grilled baby peppers in foil packet along with some NY Strip steaks.

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He also baked some potatoes (rubbed in butter) in the oven.

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After dinner we watched some tv while we monitored the weather. We wanted to go get whipped cream from CVS but it was POURING. z spotted a 10 minute break in the rain and we got moving!


Side note: It was kind of hilarious walking in to CVS at 10pm and walking out with only whipped cream. I definitely think the kid ringing us got a chuckle out of it. I know I did…Now before your minds go to the gutters…

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…this was the purpose of the whipped cream! A pudding topper!

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Oh my, my, my! This was amazing! So simple and so delicious!

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Enough about whipped cream. Moving on to Sunday!

z got up for a long run and I went to a church down in Franconia to check out the ASL interpretation.

It was such a gorgeous day so z and I brought our lunches out back and ate while we basked in the sun! After lunch I went for a two-mile run…my first exercise since the Cherry Blossom run thanks to my stupid lungs. I took it easy, but (knock on wood) it felt good! After some water and stretching I headed back out the door to get a noise machine (for sleeping!) and some groceries!


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Trader Giotto’s! Ha! Why is Trader Joe’s so adorable? I love that place.

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Marinara sauce with fresh basil, black pepper, dried oregano, dried tarragon, and red chili flakes!

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Veggies for the salad (minus the carrots because we didn’t need them)!

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Fresh mozzarella! Smooth and milk. MM!

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Rigatoni. I love how cheap easy dried pasta is!

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Delicious pasta toppings.

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Time to eat!

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Productive day. Deliciously simply dinner. Great weekend.


Time to start another week!



7 days until Easter with z and the family.

17 days until the end of the semester.

18 days until I leave for Rwanda.


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