Happy Monday! :D
How was your day back after the long, holiday weekend? I became engrossed in a copying/packet making project early in the day that made the afternoon absolutely FLY by. Holler!
Another little bonus? We reached 50 degrees today! 8) There was a massive storm cloud that hung over the city all day, making it look pretty horrendous out, but every time I stepped outside I was pleasantly surprised. I really hope this doesn’t mean we’re in for it this winter. 50 degrees in late November? Sure feels like we’re being setup for something! Have you gotten any snow yet?
I dodged the raindrops that eventually came and made it to the gym after work, where I proceeded to sweat my LIFE away. Granted the gym was packed, making it hotter than normal, but I seriously felt like that sweaty girl at the gym. Eek! A quick, 30 minute 3-2-1 Treadmill Routine wasn’t really the culprit…
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It was THIS beast – the step mill - that REALLY did me in! I seriously have to work so much harder on the climber than on any other machine in the gym – treadmill included. It was invented to torture me, I’m sure of it.
As I was perched on top, drowning, I made a big girl move and decided that I’m ready to invest in some REAL workout clothes that will keep dry through the toughest of workouts. Right now I wear Sofie shorts from HIGH SCHOOL and old t-shirts. I know.
I still don’t feel right about plunking down $50 for a Lulumon-esque top, so if anyone has recs for affordable, ahem, moisture-wicking, workout clothes that might be available somewhere like Target/Old Navy – I’m all ears! :D
There’s really no appropriate segue to go from talking about sweat issues to dinner so I’m just going to lay it out there…I made Hamburger Sliders tonight!
A couple weekends ago in Colorado I ordered some Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders from a restaurant Ben’s parent’s took us to. They were so cute and tiny – when I saw the recipe for these puppies I knew I wanted to make them right away!
Mini Hamburger Sliders with Feta & Artichoke Salsa
Adapted from President Cheese Feta Slider Recipe.
1 lb 93/7 lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon ketchup
salt & pepper
Feta & Artichoke Salsa Ingredients (approximate measurements):
1/2 can chopped artichoke hearts
1 Tablespoon capers
1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tablespoons chopped sundried tomatoes
dash each of oregano & thyme
salt & pepper
squeeze of Italian salad dressing
1. Mix slider ingredients together, shape into 8 mini patties and cook on a hot skillet until cooked through.
2. Combine artichoke salsa ingredients and top burgers!
The slider recipe actually came from a cookbook the folks at President Cheese sent me. They suggested topping the burgers with a slice of feta cheese and red onion, but when I found myself with nearly all the ingredients to make my favorite artichoke salsa, I improvised!
I’ll spare you the betta/feta joke but, do you like feta cheese?
I paired my sliders with my most favorite side dish on earth, Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Halved and tossed with EVOO, garlic salt & pepper then roasted @ 425 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. PERFECTION.
These babies are best eaten with a knife and fork, because of the artichoke salsa, but you could totally do whatever! :D
In other news, I stumbled upon a new blog yesterday called “This Week for Dinner” where the author Jane posts, you guessed it, what she’s making this week for dinner! Along with her weekly menu, she’s also shares some incredibly delicious sounding recipes and great photography.
Well I’m taking a cue from Jane and sharing MY menu for the week!
Monday: Mini Hamburger Sliders with Feta & Artichoke Salsa
Tuesday: Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken
Wednesday: Pumpkin Pie French Toast (I know…Thanksgiving’s over but I can’t help myself!)
Thursday: Chicken Pesto Pizza
Friday: most likely takeout Chinese
Saturday & Sunday: road trip with my Mom so we’ll see what we get into!
Just thought it’d be fun to see what I have planned! Next week I’ll try and post both my shopping list/haul AND menu so you can see how much groceries cost for everything too. :)
Well somehow it got to be almost 8:00 and you know what THAT means – Gossip Girl! I am doubly excited for this week’s epi, seeing as how last week was a re-run – never good!
Have a great night!
What’s on your menu this week?