Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mailbox Fun

I never win anything.  In fact, my husband jokes that I  have “Irish luck.”  I come back with the old saying that if I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.  lol    Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that I had won 2 bloggy give-aways in the last couple of weeks! 

First off, from Paige at Running Around Normal, I won the Thrive Fitness book by Brendan Brazier.  She also threw in some fun extras like the Vega Sport samples and some Glee gum and organic lolly pops.  I can’t wait to start reading the book. 

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On the same trip to the mailbox I received a second package.  This was from Heather at Simple Daisy.  I couldn’t wait to tear this open, as I knew it contained

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these beautiful earings.  Heather made these – can you believe it?  I can’t wait to wear them with an aqua colored sundress that I have.   Check out the her other goodies on her website www.simpledaisy.etsy.com.   Thank you so much! 

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On to the FOOD!

Eats were fairly simple over the weekend and nothing to out of the ordinary.  I did make this  tasty beet and arugula salad as a side dish on Sunday evening.  I forgot how much I love roasted beets with arugula and goat cheese.   A little sliced red onion, and some balsamic reduction for a hint of sweetness were the only other things needed.  Perfect! 

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I also pan-fried some tilapia with cornmeal, salt and pepper in a little butter.  Mmm…it smelled amazing.

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Sprinkled with parmesan and served over sauteed Swiss chard.  I was amazed at the flavor the fish had with this simple preparation.  I’m usually one to go all out on making a marinade, or a reduction, salsa, etc. to put on tilapia.  It’s good to occasionally take a step back and remember simple ingredients (aka less is more) can really let the flavor of the dish come through.  Not to mention that it is “Quick and Easy.”  

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Well, I’m off to get my strength on with a little upper body weights. 

What was the best thing you ate or drank this weekend? 

7 comments:

  1. Wow, all of those meals sound WONDERFUL to me right now, especially the cornmeal tilapia- yum!

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  2. I have been meaning to read that book! Great little package you received!

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  3. I've been wanting to get that book,but I guess I'll have to buy it because the library doesn't have it. Your tilapia looks yummy :)

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  4. Congrats on the giveaways!! I hope to win one sometime!!

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  5. Love those earrings! The tilapia looks delish. I agree, I usually prefer fish when just a couple ingredients are used.

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  6. Looks like your Irish luck turned around Saint Patrick's Day!

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  7. Aww....I am so happy you like the earrings:)
    I have one of his other books...very interesting!
    I was vegan for a bit but it was just way too restrictive or me. I love my fish, eggs and goat cheese!
    Your tilapia and beet salad looks awesome! I have some beets in the fridge right now.
    Thanks for all your healthy food ideas!

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