Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Giada De Laurentis has a winner with this recipe:
Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I served it over pasta (my favorite kind: Rossi), with a salad and a glass of chardonnay. It is the perfect meal, and is quick cooking. Perfect for a late work evening. Which was the case Friday evening.

Saturday started my “free weekend” season. Working at an outdoor wedding venue in Florida, we don’t typically have summer weddings. This is my chance to catch up on my weekends, and travel. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Relaxation and no huge plans.

Saturday, I found myself at a recent favorite, Tijuana Flats, for lunch:

Three tacos and a pile of chips with salsa, queso, and guacamole, with a bunch of hot sauces. This place is so much fun.

Then I found myself in the Chinese grocery store, and I’m really mad I didn’t get some shots of all the interesting things I found 😦 I only took this one picture of the “candy” (if you could call it that), I got:

This candy is the flavor of the Asian fruit “durian”. The lovely cashier did warn me that durian has a “pungent” flavor. I would describe it more as the flavor of dirty socks. I literally spit it out! Awful…and stinky, yuck!

To continue the Chinese theme, dinner was take out:

Egg drop soup (my first time trying…Not a fan), Hunan chicken (yum), and steamed dumplings (my favorite). What a great Saturday!

Sunday was more greatness. Coffee, grapes, and a copy of Whole Living magazine for breakfast. Then an early afternoon workout, followed by a small bowl of instant oatmeal for second breakfast? Then to hang out with my family for Father’s Day. I love hanging out with my loves:

She is fascinated by airplanes.

Did I mention there was ice cream cake?
And a bunch of other goodies:

Turkey burgers, and a nibble of regular burger and hot dog, baked beans, chips, corn,potato salad, watermelon, and tomato.

And grilled pineapple. And everything was delicious. Thanks mom!

That wraps up a wonderful weekend. This is a busy week. A lot of appointments with brides and getting ready to attend a wedding this weekend. It will be fun to be a guest for a change!

Cookie in the Sky

One of my favorite things, combined with one of my least favorite things. I love cookies:

And this cookie is amazing!!!!!!
I hate flying:

But this view is amazing!!!!
The cookie makes it even better though… And the wine.

Back to breakfast. My iced coffee was delicious made from yesterday’s leftover coffee, which I refrigerated. My breakfast itself was a little sub par. Just a measly little granola bar… Not enough fuel.

Lunch was good and filling.

Leftover chili relleno and a simple salad made with a cucumber and zucchini my neighbor generously brought to me. I added a little mango vinaigrette dressing and was good to go.

Before I got on this late flight, I hit up Friday’s for a bite to eat:

Jack Daniels Chicken with fries and broccoli. And a wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese. Now I’m happily munching my pretzels and sipping my wine. Can’t wait to see my girls 🙂