Weekend highlights

by spiceaholic on January 24, 2010

In case any of you had problems pulling up the site this weekend, I apologize.  We decided to switch servers and it took a little bit for everything to get settled.  Everything should be okay, but please let me know if you have any problems.

We (meaning Mr. Spice) are also playing around  a bit with some stuff on the site, but hopefully this won’t interfere with your enjoyment.  He is the technical brains behind the site, I just tell him what I want and how I want it to look.  The joys of being married to a computer geek!  🙂

A couple small announcements:

The Spice’s Bites Facebook fan page has reached over 100 fans already!  So it now qualifies for its own Facebook URL for easier access:  http://www.facebook.com/spicesbites.   Come on by for a visit, I’m still working on adding some more things to it.  Thanks to those of you who have already become fans!

Spice’s Bites has been recently added to the blogroll of Food and More, a blog about Atlanta food and dining that appears on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) website.  I’m very excited about this and to be listed along with some awesome blogs.

Enough of the attention-hooring.

I decided to be lazy this weekend, so not too many pictures!  It’s been rainy and cloudy all weekend, which makes me moody and grumpy.

Yesterday I had a lunch and movie date with my friend Lopa.  We haven’t done book-club in a few months, and this was our half-hearted attempt at this month’s meeting.   This month’s unofficial selection was The Lovely Bones, since the movie came out a few weeks ago.

We met up at Phipps Mall and after a quick look through Williams-Sonoma, headed up to the food court for a quick lunch.

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I have been having some serious Chick-Fil-A cravings for the past couple weeks.  I have a very unholy love for it, having become addicted to it in college.  I even wrote a haiku about it in the early days of this blog.  Since we were trying to be good, instead of my usual #1 combo, I got some chicken strips and a side salad.

Then off to see the movie.  I bought the book Friday night and had made it through most of it by Saturday morning, due to my super speed-reading skills.  I ended up finishing the book last night.  If I had to pick, I think I liked the book better, as is usually the case when it comes to film adaptations of books.

Even though we ate out Friday night, Mr. Spice decided barbecue sounded really good for dinner so we headed out to this place called Dreamland that he had eaten at a few times at his old job.  It wasn’t close to us, but there wasn’t much traffic so it wasn’t too bad.

I decided I wanted the combo plate, which let me pick 2 meat options — I got the grilled boneless chicken breast, and the hickory smoked sausage. All the plates came with 2 sides, so I got a baked potato and decided the mac & cheese sounded better than a salad.

This was a LOT of food.  I started with the chicken and baked potato, and then had some of the sausage and a few bites of the mac and cheese, which really wasn’t that good.  I had quite a bit leftover to take home, much to Mr. Spice’s delight.

On the way home, we decided to pick up a couple movies at a Red Box kiosk.  The movies are only $1, but the selection isn’t that great.  I picked The Ugly Truth, which I’d seen before, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.  Mr. Spice picked out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  We also decided to pick up some munchies, which was a bad idea . . .

Today was especially rainy and gloomy and I wasn’t in a very good mood for most of it.

Of course, these did cheer me up for a bit:

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Aren’t these fun?  Mr. Spice said he won them at some giveaway at some networking thing he went to.

I decided to do a little experimenting this afternoon. The side of my Fiber One box had this recipe for Crunch Fudge Cookies that looked easy. I decided to tweak the recipe by adding more chocolate chips, some cherry-flavored craisins, and by baking them in muffin tins.

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These don’t LOOK very good, but then appearances can be deceiving. They certainly taste good. I already have had 2 of them . . .

To atone for some of my food sins this weekend, I decided to keep dinner simple tonight. I just marinated some boneless chicken breast tenderloins in some Lawry’s Baja Chipotle marinade, and then baked it. I also roasted some broccoli and cauliflower alongside it.

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I’m about to call it a night.  PBS has an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma that looks good, so I’m going to settle in on the couch and watch it.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Christie @ Honoring Health January 25, 2010 at 11:49 am

LOVE the socks.

Ameena January 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Your socks look SO warm…I want a pair!

You won the LA Candy book! Please let me know where to mail it…

Biz January 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I almost always love the book versions rather than the movies! I haven’t seen that Lawry’s marinade before – sounds delicious!

And don’t even get me started on that chicken – I am a chicken finger whore! 😀 But it has to be dipped in buffalo sauce 😀

Biz January 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm

And I just realized that I excessively use the exclamation point!!!!!!!

spiceaholic January 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Christie — I wish I knew where they’re from.

Ameena — I emailed you with my info!

Biz — You and I are hot sauce sisters. Next time I’ll do them right and make them buffalo tenders. 🙂

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