Things That Drive Me A Little Crazy

Join me in sharing what’s driving you a little bonkers lately.

1. I’m usually pretty careful about how much toothpaste I put on my toothbrush but this new tube I have is giving me issues. As I was walking around the house scrubbing away, my mouth was suddenly full of a LOT of foam. I kid you not, I swallowed a little and started choking to the point where I thought I might throw up toothpaste. I mean what the heck kind of chemicals are in this paste that makes it foam up to the point of making me choke? I mean I was literally foaming at the mouth…

2. Every time a FedEx or UPS truck drives by my house, I’m like a dog waiting for her owner to come home. I stare at the window praying it stops in front of my house to bring me a package. When it doesn’t stop, I pull a mini mental tantrum in my head wishing I got an order. What’s worse is when I come home, see an actual package, and realize it’s for my roommate and not me. Sad.

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3. When people on instagram go like-crazy on your photos, hearting like 10 in a row…but DON’T follow you. Listen chicks, if you just liked at least a handful of my most recent photos, I’m gonna guess you’ll probably like the future posts in my feed. Just sayin’. This isn’t gonna make me follow you. #stubborn

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4. Pedestrians when I’m driving/Cars when I’m a pedestrian. How messed up is this? When I’m walking/running and I near a sidewalk, GUESS WHO IS GOING? ME. Massachusetts will slap you with a $200 fine if you don’t stop for a pedestrian at a sidewalk and when I’m walking, I like to just jump straight into the street. A)Because I feel daring sometimes or B)I usually am not even paying attention and am in a rush. But when I’m driving…pedestrians make me insane. If they’re on a crosswalk, you go girl, walk on with your bad self. But when they’re just randomly walking in the middle of the street, oh my god don’t make me use my horn.

5. My work events include anything related to food, fitness, or wine & beer. We go to some pretty kickass places and meet really fun people. Every now and then we meet a super strict vegetarian who just isn’t a fan of jerky. That’s all fine and dandy until they call us meat killers. Yes, this has happened at least 3x. I have no problem with anyone being a vegetarian–more power to ya!–but is that comment necessary? I proceed to hold it together with a slightly awkward grin.

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6. Pumpkin spice everything being here in AUGUST. WHYYYYYYY. Ok, I’m happy for you PSL lovers who seem to be *thrilled* that it’s here early, but it doesn’t stop there. Like I said in my last post, I saw the Pumpkin Spice and Candy Corn M&Ms in Target already. Why do we seem to rush the seasons away? I will hold onto Summer as long as I can. These white jeans aren’t coming off my body anytime soon.

7. TRAFFIC.

And this is why I drink wine! Cheers!

200 Things That Drive Me A Little Crazy

What little things drive you crazy?

Happy Things

On Friday Jess and I went to the Patriots game. They played (and won!) against the Carolina Panthers. Though I was never a Panthers fan and yes, it was only a preseason game, it was still awesome to see the Patriots kick their butt. We had beautiful weather for the game, too—a cool, breezy 60 degrees.

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This week has been much warmer than the last. It’ll be 90* on Wednesday! Heat wave! And what does that mean? Ice cream. I went to Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream again, this time to their original location in Inman Square. I had peanut butter chip and carrot cake. The carrot cake was perfect! Just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and full of raisins. I like Christina’s Ice Cream a lot because the texture is lighter but very smooth.

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On Sunday my friend Mick and I basically had an eating tour through Cambridge. I’m not kidding; we ate at like 4 different places in Harvard and Central Squares. The highlight was the Biggie Brunch at Alden & Harlow. This rap music themed party brought together 5 local chefs who cooked up culinary delights while Notorious BIG, among other hip hop artists, played loudly throughout the restaurant.

We shared two plates. First up, Michael Scelfo (of Alden & Harlow)’s dish. “Honey’s Play Me Close Like Butter Plays Toast”: chicken fried rabbit, holliston honey butter, cold smoked grits. No joke, that was the name. I’m glad this plate was small because it was very rich. The rabbit is dipped in buttermilk and then panko crumbs so it had a very interesting texture.alden harlow biggie brunch cambridge chicken fried rabbit 500x500 Happy Things

The second was a dish by Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames. Huevos Rancheros: chorizo con papa y huevos estrellados. [huevos estrellados = eggs sunny side up] Look at the cute little chips and tiny dollops of avocado! I just wanted to stare at it and not eat it. It was delicious though. I’ve eaten at A&H three times now and I love it more each time.

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I almost always go savory for brunch; I think sweets are best reserved for dessert. But honestly I was pretty shocked to see that the pumpkin and candy corn m&ms have already arrived at Target. IT’S AUGUST!!!! Let the sun shine a bit longer puhleeeeeease. I tried both flavors last year and I liked candy corn much more. Which did you guys like?
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And finally, the last thing that’s making me happy is actually making me crack up, every time I see it. This is my cousin Nolan. He’s such a cutie, isn’t he? One of the cousins’ girl friends told them about the Beauty 365 makeover app, so they downloaded it and gave themselves makeovers. Before:

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After:
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I cannot look at this without laughing. Those boys!

 

 

The Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad

 The Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of The Orange Chef.

You guys know I love kitchen tools and gadgets. My latest find, thanks to Fitfluential and The Orange Chef Co., is the Prep Pad. It’s a really cool food scale that provides you detailed information about your food. It’s not just used to weigh your food; the Prep Pad allows you to create balanced meals to help you stay in line with your dietary needs.

 The Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad

Notice that there’s no screen or display? That’s because it works with the Countertop app, available for iPad 3, 4, Mini, and Air. It uses bluetooth to sync with the app after a one-touch button connect.

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Quick facts:

  • ± 1 gram accuracy
  • 15 lbs capacity
  • Unibody aluminum base
  • Top material approved by National Sanitary Foundation and Forest Stewardship Council
  • Requires 4 AAA batteries
  • 9″ wide by 6.25″ deep by 0.75″ tall

Let me show you how it works. First, you touch the button on the side to quickly connect it to the Countertop App on your iPad. Next you place your bowl/plate/container on the scale, and “lock it in” on the app to tare the scale. That way it does not include the weight of the container and you can begin adding food. For breakfast one morning, I wanted cottage cheese + blueberries + Qi’a cereal. So first I added the cottage cheese to the bowl, then searched for the item in the food database. Once I selected “lowfat cottage cheese” from the list, it then calculated the nutritional breakdown.the orange chef co prep pad 500x375 The Orange Chef Co. Prep Padphoto 3 500x375 The Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad

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and finally the cereal.

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After adding all three, I had a clear view of my meal, broken down into carbs, protein, and fat along with the calories. From there I could also save my meal, take a picture of it, and share via social media.

The food database contains over 350,000 items that you can search for by name or by using the barcode scanner. Super convenient.photo 21 e1408936626967 375x500 The Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad

Now let’s go even deeper. Yes, you can measure you meals to get a general idea of what you’re eating, but there’s more. The Prep Pad allows you to:

  • set up a personalized nutritional goal profile based on physical characteristics, activity levels and dietary needs
  • see a real-time breakdown of the caloric intake, macro- and micro-nutrients, minerals and vitamins by food item and entire meal with weight accurate to the gram
  • Track nutritional intake on a daily and weekly basis
  • see how closely your meals match up with nutritional goals via a Balance Score

I think it’s an awesome toy for people on special diets or who want a better idea of what they’re putting in their body. I can’t say that I would use this for every single meal, but there are certainly times when I want to focus on portion control (ahem, ice cream) and the Prep Pad comes in handy.

Here’s a video showing exactly how it works:

For more info, check out The Orange Chef’s social links:

Who uses a food scale? Would the Prep Pad be something you would use at home?

The Friday Five: Links, Golden Girls Drinking Game, Duozo Sushi, Shrimp Skewers and GIFs!

1. Reading:

2. Watching: I’ve been watching Golden Girls since, well, the 80s. But my obsession peaked around college when I’d watch it every night before bed. I don’t have cable anymore but I DO have all the seasons on DVD. No lie. So when I saw this Golden Girls drinking game video on Buzzfeed, I got pretty excited. Mayyyy have to play this weekend.

3. Eating: Last Friday my friend Jess and I went out for dinner and drinks. Her boyfriend doesn’t eat sushi, so whenever she and I go out, it’s a given that we get some. I’m always okay with this option. After tons of recommendations, we decided to try Duozo in the Back Bay. This place is pretty hyped up, for both atmosphere and food. After ordering a bottle of chenin blanc, we started with the shumai (steamed shrimp dumplings).

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We chose two rolls but one that came out was wrong…so when they brought the correct one we had three! Boom. Kitchen error to our favor.

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  • Crazy – shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayo
  • Crunchy – cucumber, spicy tempura crumbs, wrapped with tuna & salmon, topped with mango sauce, ikura & tobiko
  • Summer – cucumber, avocado, topped with spicy tuna & tobiko

Though the fish tasted fresh, none of the rolls really grabbed my attention. The Crunchy roll was definitely the best; the mango sauce gave it a sweet edge. Anyone have other recommendations?

4. Bookmarking: Lemon Shrimp Kabobs

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5. GIFs!

my life, basically

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when i see a dramatic facebook status unfolding

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being hit on at the gym

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walking home after a mani pedi

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the progression of playing never have i ever with my roommate…

her first turn:

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my first turn:

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10 turns later:

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have a great weekend! xo