Instagram is so addictive. On my Facebook, I recently posted a status saying exactly that. I literally can spend hours on that network. My favorite hash tags to search and then drool at pictures of are #FrozenYogurt #Saltfish #Dessert #Breakfast and #Dinner. And scrolling through hundreds of these pics daily can take away from the other things I have to do in my day. Take for example, my dear food blog. Ha! I’ve been meaning to post a recipe since Saturday and here I am posting today a random post about….Instagram. In any case, if you’re on Instagram, follow me. My handle is IamSimplyTia. Here’s some photos of what I’ve been eating lately.
This weekend was so-so. Nothing spectacular except for a little mall trip on Sunday morning. I hate crowds. So instead of going to the mall on Saturday when every Tom, Dick, Harry, Mary, Jane and Sue is there, I decided to go as soon as it was open on a Sunday morning. 10 am I was in the parking lot, waiting to go in and get a few things before all the people got there. Anywhoos, Friday’s dinner consisted of salmon, medley of roasted potatoes (red, gold and purple)… oh yeah, I threw in some green beans too. This salmon recipe is coming to you highly recommended from How Sweet Eats. It’s a crispy bourbon glazed salmon filet. Geese, it was sooooooo appetizing!
There was nothing particularly exciting about this weekend. Friday evening was spent watching episodes of Frasier (Oh how I love Niles Crane). Saturday, we were out and about for a bit but managed to get back home by 1, where we spent the rest of the weekend watching documentaries about the wildlife to be found in and around Africa. I seriously have lost all respect for lions and leopards. Hyenas lived up to my expectations and cheetahs impressed me mostly because of how agile and talented they are. On Sunday, more relaxing and early bed. See? It was truly a simple weekend. The extreme temperatures outside did not dissuade us from staying indoors. 104 degrees seemed like the perfect weather to be indoors under the breeze of a fan and the air conditioner. Anywhoos, to start off the weekend, for dinner on Friday night we had Shrimp and Basil Stir-Fry
This weekend was a pretty relaxing one. It mostly involved watching a marathon of Frasier, The Hangover (2) (that movie was an hour shame!) and national finals/trials for the USA Olympic teams in track and field and gymnastics. Other than that, there was some cleaning, laundry and cooking. That’s pretty much it. Food-wise, we pretty much had delicious food and drinks all weekend. No complaints at all. Here’s Friday’s dinner. It’s THIS recipe but instead I swapped out the bow ties for penne. Yum!
This past weekend was alright. I had a very stressful Friday and was super happy to unwind. Someone stole our apartment key (with car key on keychain as well) right out of our door’s keyhole *shakes head*. Saturday, I had lunch with friends then made a quick run to grocery (commissary afterwards). Speaking of commissary, I was on my PIC’s (military) base a few weeks ago waiting on him and as I had time to spare, I made my way to the commissary. Oh my goodness!! Why did I wait that long to go. for those of you who aren’t familiar with commissaries, they’re basically military supermarkets/grocery stores. And everything is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than in a regular supermarket. I got butter for just a little over $2.50. I was paying a little over $4 for four sticks of butter before. So, you know I’ll be living in the commissary from now on right? Sunday was spent cleaning up, watching Frasier and cooking. After all the stress from Friday had died down, the rest of the weekend wasn’t too bad. Friday’s dinner. The recipe is included….
This past weekend was a relaxing one, I suppose. We went out to run some errands Saturday midday but other than that, we were in the house. We decided to do spring cleaning. Man, did the place feel lighter and looked so much cleaner afterwards. On Saturday evening up until Sunday when I went to bed, I was having some terrible terrible sinus headaches. My head felt like it was constantly being tasered (taser – gun – electro-shock). They were, at times, crippling. I would literally scream out in pain. My poor PIC stood around looking worried, confused and helpless. I eventually went to bed at 7pm. I just couldn’t bear being awake any longer. And that basically was my weekend. Nothing exciting at all. Here’s the round up ladies and gentlemen. As usual, we begin with Friday night. We had a delicious herbed salmon with oven roasted potatoes. Truly yummy.
Warning: This is a super long post but it’s a good one!
Birthdays are a huge deal for me. If you’re close to me, I cannot just let any birthday go by with just a “Happy Birthday” and let that be it. If it’s my birthday, I usually want a trip, a party, a dinner or a night out on the town partying. My last birthday was dry as we had just moved to these parts and I just wanted to throw myself a party at home for me and my PIC. But now I know more about our city and its neighbors, I decided that I was going to make my PIC’s (recently passed) birthday special. I spent about two weeks planning and decided to surprise him. His birthday was on a Saturday so on the Friday morning before it, I woke him up and told him to pack his bags for a weekend away. I told him after work, we were going away but I didn’t tell him where or what the plans were.
This weekend was a pretty cool one. My Friday was very busy and I got some not-so-good news at the end of the day but I tried to remember all of the things I’ve learned over at Rachel’s and Florence’s site and maintained a positive attitude. I swear by being optimistic my entire weekend became GREAT! I don’t know what any of you reading this might be going through but I’m encouraging you to keep those chins up, be positive and know that it will all work out for the best! So with all that in mind, I prepared Friday’s dinner. It was a simple cornmeal crusted tilapia with oven roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed spinach. Yummo.
This weekend was very busy one. In fact the entire past week has been hectic. To start the weekend off, hubby had Stewed Saltfish. I cooked this before hand (on Thursday) for him because I spent Friday in New York. Last month when I went up there, he ate Ramen for lunch, dinner and then lunch the next day because I didn’t cook before I left. I made sure that this didn’t happen again this time. There’s a lot more saltfish in the plate than rice in this plate and that’s how we like it around here. Yum. Click HERE for the recipe with step by step photos of making this Caribbean dish.
This weekend was a very busy one. We spent a lot of time out of the house and finally got to relax and unwind on Sunday. I won’t give a long drawn out run down of the weekend but here’s the roundup of our food. I’m going to say that I was very very bad this weekend. Eating all sorts of not-so-good-for-me stuff. Ah, they were delicious!!!! First up was bang bang shrimp on Friday night for dinner. These shrimp are breaded, then fried and then tossed in a mayo-siracha sauce mixture. Yum! but before that I’m gonna take it back to Thursday when I made coconut and rum crème brûlée just for my PIC. It was Mmmmm Mmmmm good! By the way on Sunday night, we watched Animal Planet’s “Frozen Planet”. Did anyone catch it? I couldn’t stop saying “WOW!!!!” the entire two hours!
So, I’ve decided to make this a ongoing series. It’s just convenient for me and my 12 readers actually encouraged me to continue. Alllrrriigghhttt, I know I have more than 12 readers and I’m very very thankful for EVERY ONE OF YOU and your consistent and faithful support. If you want to see the other “My Weekend in Food” entries, either click the link or click the tag that says “RoundUp” to the left of this post. Now, on to the matter at hand. This weekend was pretty relaxing. I spent Friday night at home with my PIC, him playing video games and me web surfing. On Saturday, it was sooo lovely out, I just couldn’t stay indoors. He said he’d go to Timbuktu with me and back as long as I did the driving. So I drove around (for a good hour) and guess where we ended up? The supermarket. We picked up a couple snacks for our “Stay At Home Date Night” and headed back home. I love our date nights a lot but for some reason I was extremely excited about this last one. It was movies night. We were supposed to watch two movies but ended up watching a marathon of Wayans Brothers on DVR because nothing that interested us was on cable. I had a blast nevertheless. On Sunday, after we did our usual Sunday praying and Bible reading, my newspaper came and after breakfast, I caught up on the news and then cut coupons (THAT is soooo much fun!). We pretty much spent the day relaxing with me making some trips to the kitchen, some calls to our family members and us cuddling and making love faces! It was a weekend of perpetual bliss.
I think this might be a regular thing around here from now on. I’ve sat back and looked at it and I really do cook a lot and I have this really annoying habit of taking pictures of food, even when I’m not going to write about it. It’s kind of sad when I think about it. Anyways, this is basically like the last Weekend In Food post. There are no recipes to be found here, just photos of some of what I consumed over the weekend. Hopefully you might find some inspiration to want to try or search out a recipe to make a dish by looking at the pics. Friday night was pretty simple and laid back – we had a delicious Tuna Melt. You can find my Fully Loaded Salad recipe HERE
I have been so lazy this past weekend to actually write up recipes and posts. I’ve been cooking but I haven’t been taking pics of the step by step processes nor have I been writing. Bad Tia! Bad, bad Tia! Will you all forgive me? To somewhat make up for this lackadaisicalness on my part, I’ve decided to share my weekend eats with you. There are no recipes but maybe you might see something you like and be inspired to cook it for yourself. Hmmm. First up was Friday’s dinner. I sauteed spinach (with ham), made stovetop mac and cheese and blackened shrimp. All very tasty!
I trust that everyone’s Christmas was wonderful. I couldn’t individually wish you all (my regular readers and fellow bloggers) an enjoyable day but I hope you had a good one regardless. What did you do? What gifts did you get? Who did you spend Christmas with? Tell me about it!
Now this post is basically a summary of the eats at my house on Christmas Day. We did not have any breakfast (by choice of course) but had a wonderful Kahlua Cappuccino to start our day off. My Christmas Day was excellent. I woke up with my health, strength and a wonderful husband by my side. I still had my family, friends and my passion (food) so I honestly couldn’t ask for more than that. It was a beautiful day.