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Chocolate covered 7-layer cookie pan-cake with whip cream

Laura’s here!

And we made a cake this afternoon!

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Chocolate covered 7-layer cookie pan-cake with whip cream.

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This recipe inspiration was from the Rachel Ray magazine and was my own variation of the recipe in the magazine.

Abby was being a very good helper. . . just like Laura!

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First we made the iced oatmeal cookie pan-cakes

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Then, melted the chocolate into the heavy cream/butter mixture.

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Pour the chocolate sauce over the layers of pan-cakes and whipped cream

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Check out these layers!

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It was yummy. . . I think if I were to make it again, I would layer chocolate and whipped cream instead of just putting the chocolate on top.

Don’t worry Dad – I’ll send some home with Laura tomorrow! I heard you were excited about it. Winking smile 

Chocolate covered 7-layer cookie pan-cake with whip cream

10 iced oatmeal cookies
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup skim milk
3 large eggs
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
6 T unsalted butter
2 cups heavy cream
9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 T powdered sugar

Using a blender, grind the cookies at high speed. Add the flour, eggs, milk, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Blend until smooth. Melt 3 T of butter, add to batter until combined.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour about 1/3 cup of batter in the pan and cook like a pancake. Make about 7 pancakes.

In a small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup heavy cream and 3 T butter over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, and stir in chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes and then whisk until smooth.

Using an electric mixer, whip 1 1/4 cup heavy cream with powdered sugar until soft peaks form.

Assemble the cake, layer pancakes, whipped cream and then top with chocolate glaze. Enjoy!

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Smoothie craving swap

Abby and I spent the morning watching The Office and hanging out on the couch watching the rain.

About 10:30 I decided to get my butt off the couch and head downstairs to get my sweat on.

60 minutes on the bike and I was definitely sweaty! I finished my workout with a round of tug with Abby and planks and pushups.

For my planks and pushups, I did the following x2:

  • standard plank on forearms and toes x 60 seconds
  • standard pushups x 15
  • plank with straight arms and on toes x 60 seconds
  • triceps pushups x15
  • side plank – hold each side x45 seconds
  • downward dog pushups x 15

It was a good way to get in some strength training and ab work.

My pink socks made me happy to look at during the planks!

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After a shower and folding a load of laundry, I was ready for lunch.

Repeat of yesterday: Salad of leftovers. It included:

  • lettuce mix
  • carrots
  • parmesan couscous
  • roasted asparagus
  • a few candied pecans
  • sprinkle of crushed tortilla chips for crunch
  • blue cheese dressing

It was just as good as yesterday. I really like the addition of grains – like couscous!

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And just like yesterday, when I was done with the salad, I was craving some dessert.

Instead of diving head first into that open bag of candy, I made myself a yummy smoothie!

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Such a better decision. . . in the mix: chobani raspberry yogurt, frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana, splash of OJ. Finished with sprinkle of banana chips and chia seeds.

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Perfection – and now I am full and not craving any more dessert!

I have never used a frozen banana in my smoothies before. It gave the smoothie a nice creamy texture – love it!

Abby loved the smoothie too. . . she actually got up from her ‘spot’ on the couch to come and help clean up my bowl!

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Now, just chillin’ until Laura gets here in a little while! Hope you are having a great weekend. Smile

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Amazon wish list

Happy Saturday!

It is the perfect day for a lazy Saturday. It is raining here today and is supposed to rain all day long. Thankfully my sister is coming today and we have a movie marathon planned. . . with some cake eating too! Smile 

I started the day with a bagelwich – everything bagel thin, 2 egg whites, provolone cheese, apricot preserves.

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Enjoyed with my CSL. 

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I am watching The Office on Netflix Instant Play and perusing the internet this morning.

I am really liking this necklace from Stella & Dot. And trying to justify buying it! Smile 

I am also reviewing my super long wish list at Amazon and trying to decide which books to buy first.

I have some health and fitness books:

Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time

Fit From Within : 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life - Starting Today and Lasting Forever

The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged: Lasting Fat Loss That's Better than Ever!

And also some for fun reads:

The Nanny Diaries

Water for Elephants: A Novel

The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

The Hunger Games

Have you read any of these books? Any recommendations?

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5 guys: Take 2

Abby enjoyed the morning sunshine!

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Lunch was a good mix of leftovers!

In the mix:

  • lettuce mix
  • carrots
  • blue cheese
  • craisins
  • parmesan couscous
  • roasted asparagus
  • candied walnut pieces
  • blue cheese dressing

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Yum! Unfortunately, it didn’t fill me up like I wanted it to and subsequently spent the afternoon eating: 3 rice krispie bars, 2 iced oatmeal cookies (bought to use for a cake I am going to make for Laura coming tomorrow), and too many mini candy bars (opened from the bag that I bought to take to work and just haven’t taken it in yet!).

Thankfully, the fact that Scott and I were going to go for a run after he got home from work, made me stop snacking so my tummy wouldn’t hurt during the run.

Unfortunately, by the time we were ready to go running, it was threatening to rain, the wind was picking up and our beautiful sunshine day was gone!

We still took Abby and looped around Mankato State University for an easy 3 miles. The rain held off and even though we almost got blown away by the wind, it was still a good run.

After we got showered up, we headed out for dinner!

Both of us have been hungry for burgers at one time or another this week, so of course that can only mean. . . another trip to 5 Guys Burgers and Fries!

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It was busy in there tonight.  . . so we loaded up our table with ketchup and waited. . .

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Scott kept me entertained while we waited!

This time instead of the ‘original’ fries, we tried the ‘Cajun’ ones! They were spicy and had a little bit of a kick to them. Better than the original though.

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I had the same burger I had last time, and it was just as good!

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The only problem is that we left smelling like a burger joint. . . we immediately changed into our PJs when we got home!

A quick walk over to the grocery store across the street to pick up dessert!

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Now we are going to enjoy dessert and some couch snuggling!

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Have a great Friday night.  .. Any fun weekend plans?

Laura is coming tomorrow and we have lots of movies planned to watch. I am also planning to make a cake – I never need much of an excuse to make dessert. Winking smile Also have plans for a run and hopefully some quality time with Scott and Abby!

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Did you watch?

Did anyone else watch the Royal Wedding this morning?

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I wasn’t crazy enough to get up early to watch it but of course I DVR’d it!

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Kate seemed so happy and totally beautiful in her dress. . . just like any bride should be on their wedding day.

I think this wedding was especially interesting to me because they are about my age and duh, her name is my name! Who wouldn’t want to be Princess Kate? Winking smile And whoa hats! I am sorta glad that tradition didn’t make it over the pond. . . well except for the Kentucky Derby!

And I am not going to lie. . . I did fast forward thru some parts of it! My favorite part was the vows. I was looking forward to the kiss, but was a little disappointed, I think I totally missed the first one because I was multitasking: watching the wedding and reading blogs. . . I can’t blame them though, I probably would have done the same thing! It was cool that they did a 2nd kiss!

Kate Middleton and Prince William kiss (AP/APTN)

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Breakfast was enjoyed after the Royal Wedding.

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CSL with a barley bowl. The return of my favorite thing ever: Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. OMG soooo good, I can’t even explain it. I topped my barley with the nut butter, sprinkle of granola, and fresh strawberries.

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Here is a photo depiction of my morning latte. . .

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And how I feel when it is gone.  . . Sad:

Denial:

Thinking about what I can eat next and how long until tomorrow morning when I can have it again:

Such a beautiful sunny morning here in MN – it is supposed to be 66 degrees today! Looking forward to our family run after work. Smile 

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BTW: Here are some pics from last night and the rice krispie eating.

They were good. . . a little fruity? tasting from the multi-colored marshmallows. We still managed to eat 1/2 the pan between the two of us!

Abby tried to get in on the rice krispie action too!

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Rice Krispie tastings

Happy Thursday. . . 1 day closer to Friday! Smile 

Thursday breakfast started with enjoying my caramel skim latte while catching up on The Voice. It seems like a really fun show. CeeLo Green is really funny.

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Abby was trying to get some attention by bringing out some socks to entice me to play with her. It worked!

Lunch was a repeat of yesterday – salad and kashi granola bar.

After work, Scott and I took Abby for a nice 5 mile run in the sunny 51 degree weather.

We had a snack of blueberries after our run. . . yup right out of the colander!

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While I was waiting for dinner to cook, I whipped up a batch of rice krispie bars. We had leftover marshmallows from Scott’s surprise birthday party in March that I needed to use.

Melt the margarine (3T), mix in 1 package of marshmallows.

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Taste multiple times to make sure it tastes ok. Winking smile 

Mix with 6 cups of rice krispies.

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Try to hold off on eating any bars until after dinner. .  .

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Dinner was awesome!

I also had help in the kitchen. ..

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Pouting after ‘help’ didn’t lead to any treats or dropped food!

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I roasted some broccoli and cauliflower in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. I lightly spinkled olive oil and kosher salt on them before putting them in the oven.

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I used this olive oil that Laura brought me from California. Isn’t it pretty?

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We also had mashed sweet potatoes, from Let’s Dish and chicken cordon bleu (frozen and bought on a previous trip to Sam’s Club).

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Someone’s nose was very close to dinner!

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Now off to taste the rice krispie bars! This is the first time I have ever made them with colored marshmallows (bought for the party, ‘cause I thought they would be more fun than boring white!).

Have a great night!

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BWW

Nothing very exciting happened today. . .

CSL from Caribou for breakfast. Haven’t been doing well the past few days with eating something more for breakfast other than my latte. I have some frosted mini wheats in my work bag for breakfast tomorrow to try to change that around!

Lunch was a salad from the hospital cafeteria.  . . a nice spring mix lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, turkey, green olives, pickles, parmesan cheese, croutons. With honey mustard dressing. yum! A kashi granola bar for ‘dessert.’

Came home after work, hopped on the bike downstairs for a quick 30 minute ride.

Then, Scott and I headed to:

to celebrate. Scott had a big presentation at work today, so we decided we should go out to dinner to celebrate like we did last week after my presentation.

We shared soft pretzels with spicy cheese dip for a starter.

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Then, I got 6 honey BBQ traditional wings. I  totally forgot to take a picture until 2 wings were eaten! Smile 

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Scott got 6 spicy garlic. We each swapped 1 wing – man, his were SPICY – my mouth was en fuego! Winking smile

We headed home after dinner, I quickly changed into my PJs and hit up the couch. Scott brought me the perfect end to the evening: ice cream!

Chocolate chip ice cream with white chocolate chips and walnuts.

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Someone is very interested in being my buddy when I have ice cream!

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What my ice cream looks like when I finally eat it. . . I mix and mix and mix until it is smooth and creamy.

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Sometimes Abby resorts to pouting if I am taking too long eating my ice cream.

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But, it usually pays off for her.

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Now, off to watch Survivor – go Boston Rob!

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Tilapia with raspberry sauce

Hungry-ness. . . is that a word? pretty sure not, but it explains how I felt all day today!

It all started fine this morning, my CSL and a barley bowl.

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I tried out a packet of Justin’s Nut Butter – Chocolate Hazelnut, along with a sprinkle of granola.

 

The nut butter definitely added chocolate to my morning breakfast! It was no maple almond nut butter – but still good!

Busy at work this morning but, had a chance to stop by home before lunch to let Abby out and eat 2 bowls of cinnamon toast crunch!

Then, I was still hungry so I grabbed a turkey and provolone sandwich and carrots and celery with ranch dressing from the hospital cafeteria since I was STILL hungry!!!

I was ok for most of the afternoon, then 4pm – hungry again! I grabbed a Kashi granola bar – YUM.

Scott and I ran to Sam’s Club and the grocery store after work. Got lots of yummy things to eat!

This is what was waiting for us at home!

Dinner! The highlight of today!

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For dinner, I made tilapia with raspberry sauce. Recipe for raspberry sauce thanks to Julie from PBFingers.  Super easy – just mix 1:1 raspberry jam with white vinegar. Put it over fish after cooking.

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Pan roasted asparagus. I place my asparagus in a big ziploc bag. Add olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and mix to coat all the spears. Then, roast in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.

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Parmesan couscous.

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We had never had couscous before, I was being adventurous. . . and it paid off – both Scott and I really like it. It was good to eat with the tilapia and raspberry sauce. It was really quick to make, just bring water and the spice mix to a boil, stir in couscous, and let sit for 5 minutes. Easy peasy – love it! We will have to check out different flavors and recipes using couscous.

Now, off to watch some TV – I see some of these in my near future. . .

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and some of this!

Have a great night. . . See ya tomorrow. Smile

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Surprise plates

We watched America’s Next Great Restaurant last night. . . they are opening up one of the restaurants in the Mall of America. When Scott and I are in the cities for Mother’s Day weekend, we are looking forward to going to the mall and checking out the winner’s restaurant. It seems like Soul Daddy is the favorite right now, but I think I am rooting for Spice Market, the modern Indian place. We’ll see!

I slept like a rock last night and this morning came way too early.

I stopped by Caribou to make my Monday morning more tolerable. My usual large caramel skim latte! I had a quick and fast start to work this morning, so I never got to add anything more to my breakfast other than the latte. So, by the time lunch rolled around, my tummy was hungry!

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I made a quick trip to the hospital cafeteria. I had some Italian wedding soup – mini meatballs and orzo pasta in an Italian broth – not sure if that is traditional Italian wedding or not. . . either way it is still good! Added a string cheese stick. And an adora calcium chocolate. yum! I am saving the chobani yogurt until snack time!

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It is gorgeous and 60 degrees here today! Spring finally. Smile 

Yeah! shorts weather.  ..

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I tried out my new playlist on my iPod during a quick 3 mile run before heading to the YMCA to teach CTI tonight.

Highlights from my playlist included:

Show Me How You Burlesque – Dynamix Music          
Forget You  – Cee Lo Green           
Who Says  – Selena Gomez     
Till the World Ends  – Britney Spears          
On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)  – Jennifer Lopez        
The Lazy Song  – Bruno Mars          
Love Drunk  – Boys Like Girls           
Yeah 3X – Chris Brown          
Born This Way – Lady GaGa         
S&M (Remix) [feat. Britney Spears]  – Rihanna        
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne     

Highlights of my afternoon include:

My couch buddy

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And my afternoon snack: Cinnamon toast crunch!

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CTI

CTI tonight was awesome. I had some new members who really seemed to enjoy it and get their sweat on!

We only used a mat tonight and all of the moves (other than plank and pushups) were done running side to side in the aerobics studio.

Circuit 1
Running with random jumps when I called out “jump”
Alternating feet forward and back
Walking lunges
Plank position on elbows
Standard pushup – 10

Circuit 2
Squat hops
Skipping
Walking front kicks
Shuffle jump
Triceps pushups
Side plank position

Circuit 3
Shuttle run
Walking steam engines – alt knee to elbow
High knees
Plié squat hops
Downward dog position pushups
Plank position with arms extended

Dinner!

After I came home and got showered, I got to work putting together surprise plate leftovers. When I was a kid, my Dad made ‘surprise plates.’ He would put all sorts of random things on the plate, we had to stay out of the kitchen while he prepared them, and we only had to eat what we wanted (aka no complaining). Really he was genius, because he got the kids fed, alone time to make the plates, and no complaining allowed.

BTW, shout out to my Dad who just subscribed to my blog! Smile 

Anyway, dinner = leftover surprise plates. . .

We had: enchiladas, stuffed chicken breasts, Asian mixed veggies, ribs from Famous Dave’s, and we shared some canned pears.

Here is what my surprise plate looked like.  . .

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I ate most of the chicken, all of the veggies, only about 2 bites of the enchiladas (they were kind of mushy), and the ribs.

We also had 1 lemon hanging out in the fridge,  so I sliced that up for our waters.

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Scott picked up some pretzel M and M’s at Target tonight, so I know what is for dessert tonight!

Have a great night. . . off to do some couch snuggling, TV watching and M and M eating! Winking smile

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Egg salad sandwiches

Happy Easter Sunday!

This morning started out with getting dressed for church. And a quick banana snack to tide me over ‘til brunch.

Me showing my sister how many cuts I got on my legs (3) from using a cheap travel razor.

Our family. . .

 

 

Scott and I went to church with my sister and my Dad. It was very bright out!

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After church, we headed to brunch on the Tavern on France with Scott’s family.

The highlight was the parmesan hash browns and the chocolate cake for dessert.

We drove back to Mankato and hung out for the afternoon.

It is gorgeous today – finally 60 degrees out!

Scott, Abby and I went out for a nice 5 mile run.

After a quick shower, I used the eggs we colored last night to make some egg salad sandwiches.

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I don’t like the yolks, so we eat egg white only salads. I love it because then you can see the colors better from the egg coloring!

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I just cut up the egg whites and mix with miracle whip, salt and pepper. Done!

We paired our sandwiches with black pepper kettle chips and carrots (ya they are still in the bag. . .that’s how I roll!)

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Now, off to watch America’s Next Great Restaurant and Amazing Race. I heart Sunday nights!

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