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the haas machine: Wednesday's "What We Ate March 11-17, 2013"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday's "What We Ate March 11-17, 2013"

Most of this week we were visiting family in lovely Florida. We really had 2 goals while we were there & they were to 1) be outside as much as humanly possible & 2) eat as much seafood as humanly possible & we pretty much accomplished both of those goals.

I'm not much of a hot weather kind of gal. In fact, I prefer living in sub-zero temps to the sweltering humidity. The last time we were in Florida, we were there for a wedding on the beach. In August. My hair has never been larger & aside from being pregnant in July, it was one of the most uncomfortable times I've experienced weather-wise. So when we were getting ready to go, that trip stuck out in my mind. When we got off the plane, I was immediately pleased that there was hardly a trace of humidity in the air & it was oh so pleasantly warm. Yes, March + Florida = perfection for this northern lady.

I don't wanna brag too much (because who really wants to hear about us going to the beach every day when it's been in the negative temps & snowing in Wisconsin?) but let me just say that it was one of the best trips we've taken. We hardly did a thing, but that was exactly what we needed. John & I haven't taken a vacation since our honeymoon 3 years ago, so we were definitely due for some hardcore relaxing!

And when we relax, it usually means that we're going to be eating well. Oh man, I can't even begin to describe the quality of the food that we ate... the shrimp were literally the size of my hand. And everything was fresh, fresh, fresh.

Oh to live by the sea.

Even though the trip was fabulous, we are comforted to be home. We are excited to sleep in our own bed (we have the best bed ever) & even though there's more snow that when we left, we feel refreshed, knowing that spring is nearly here. Soon enough we will be toasty ourselves & wishing for those fleecey jackets. We are weary travelers, but our hearts (& tummies) are very full indeed!
 Wednesday's meal: chicken, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, & tomato kabobs on the grill
 Thursday's meal: lobster (can you believe I ate this?!) with sauteed zucchini, onions, bell peppers, & carrots with potato wedges
 Friday's meal: grouper, tuna, & swordfish tacos with roasted corn, fresh guac, tortilla chips, & homemade mango salsa
 We ate at a charming French bistro for breakfast one morning & here's the chocolate croissant we shared
But we couldn't stop at just one croissant! John had a soft egg dish covered in cheese with toast, Ruby had scrambled eggs with toast, & I had lox with cream cheese & capers on a croissant.
This pretty (intense!) caramel roll has planted some serious baking inspiration!
Saturday's meal: "peel & eat" shrimp, fish cakes, bulgogi with rice & the best kale side dish I've ever had (sauteed kale with bacon, white beans, & almonds)
 One of our lovely breakfasts: banana, strawberry & nutella crepes with sausage


What We Ate March 11-17, 2013
Monday: Homemade mushroom & spinach pizza with apples & cuties
Tuesday: We ate at Noodles & Company in the cities
Wednesday: Chicken, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, & tomato kabobs on the grill
Thursday: LOBSTER with sauteed zucchini, onions, bell peppers, & carrots with potato wedges
Friday: Grouper, tuna, & swordfish tacos with roasted corn, tortilla chips, & homemade mango salsa
Saturday: "Peel & eat" shrimp, fish cakes, bulgogi with rice & the best kale side dish I've ever had (sauteed kale with bacon, white beans, & almonds)
Sunday: For St. Pat's, corned beef, cabbage, carrots, & potatoes with chocolate Guinness cupcakes (they even had irish cream frosting)

If you've missed out on past weeks of meals, make sure you click here for some more meal planning inspiration!

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