Holiday without the Kids

So today was a holiday for almost everyone except, the kiddos. They had to go to school today. Hubby and I were totally disappointed exstatic and couldn’t get them to school fast enough this morning.  After we had them dropped off (by 7:35 – Bubba had BBall at 7 and Chickie had Band at 7:40) we hit the road for some shopping.

So an hour later we hit the college town.  Of course it wasn’t a very busy college town.

This is one of the dorms.  As you can tell there are about 6 cars in the parking lot.  Can you tell it is still Christmas break?

So as we move further down the road we come across this tree.

This tree is white with no bark on it.  I have never seen such a tree ever.  Made me wonder what kind of tree it is.

So we were off to do some shopping.  First stop:

Best Buy.  We were on a mission to find a netbook case, PC game of hidden object and a flash drive.  Needless to say, we walked out with nothing.  What a bust.

Then it was off to Sam’s Club. For those of you who don’t know it is like Costco but it is affiliated with Wal-mart.  Needless to say we walked out $450.00 later.  Before your eyes fall out of your head I must say we did get the flash drive, printer cartriages (make that 4 – 2 color and 2 black) which these 5 things totaled $200.00 plus food for Bubba to have after BBall practice and many other things.  It amazes me how fast things add up.  It blows my mind sometimes.

So by the time we got done there I was starving.  So it was off to find lunch.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar plus it was an added bonus because they had all the bowl games on and Hubby was dying for some football.  So what to get when you have started your New Year’s Diet which involves cutting out carbs??

So it was a honey bbq chicken taco and a salad on the side.  Since I am cutting out the carbs I just emptied everything out of the taco shell and made myself one big salad.  Which by the way was much cheaper than ordering an actual honey bbq chicken salad.  The salad cost $7.49 and what I ordered was a lunch special for $5.99.  Score for saving money.  Afterwards we had to hit up some fro yo.  I know, it doesn’t count for the diet but I needed ice cream and hubby and I shared.

Hello Orange Leaf.

So into the cup went Brownie Batter, Mint Chocolate and English Toffee and topped with cashews, heath bar and white chocolate syrup.  By far the English Toffee was the best.  It was just the right amount to top off a light lunch.  Before we headed out of town we had to make one more stop.

Yes Panera Bread.  We had to get something for the kiddos:

A bakers dozen of cinnamon crunch bagels.  The kiddos love them.  In fact they eat them plain.  Yes, that is how good they are.  It about killed me driving home smelling them and knowing they were full of carbs and not being able to eat one.

So once we got home it was time to unload and repackage some of the bulk items.

Cheese.  We buy the cheese in 5 pound packages and then divide it into quart freezer bags and freeze it until we need it.  It is way cheaper and we use a lot of cheese.

Of course while we are bagging the cheese these are at our feet.

The pups are at our feet trying to catch every little crumb that we might drop.  Of course we have gotten much,  much better and now only drop one handful instead of 10.  😉

So since we ate out for noon it meant I had to cook supper.  Must use up some of the bulk food we bought so what sounded good plus it had to include a salad?

Citrus Tilapia Salad.


Citrus Tilapia Salad

by Nicole Weber

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoon Vadilia Onion Dressing of choice


Whisk together oil, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Place fish in a shallow dish, drizzle with citrus mixture, turn to coat, and marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Heat grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Place on top of lettuce and drizzle with dressing.

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This is quick and very, very easy.  I just made the fish and then put it on top of a salad and drizzled with dressing.  This was delicious.

Now off to a meeting.  Have a great night.


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