This past weekend I hosted a Girls Movie Night In, in which I got to test out 3 new Martinis. Nothing like having the gals test out the drinks!

The night was a huge success. Lots of laughter, great food, awesome drinks, beautiful company and a little crying thrown in there for good measure.

We had a plan since last year to watch the second part of The best Man, however due to travels and holiday gatherings we were never able to nail down a time to hit the movies to watch it. So I planned a movie night in, where we can chill at home and laugh as loud as we like to watch it finally.

It was very hard to not watch it until this weekend of course, but the wait was well worth it. On the menu was Peas and Rice with salted pig tails, stew chicken, sushi and a salad. Followed by delicious, tiny deserts and of course the main attraction the Martinis.

The movie was a hit! Love those hunks! Talk about dark, chocolate. Dang I should have made a dark chocolate-tini! Next time for sure. I love, hanging out my gal pals, every woman needs a gang of gal pals. Mine comes in a range of size, age and wisdom. We are comfortable enough with each other that we can talk about anything. They are also my theater going pals too! And we will be soon traveling together for our Caribbean trip!

For Movie night and Best Man Holiday movie I made three martinis. A Mango Coconut Martini, a Honey Tangerine Martini and a Ginger-Tini. Of all three, the Ginger-Tini was the winner.

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Last Thursday a snow storm graced us here in MN. In the Twin Cities we were blessed with 8-11 inches of snow. What a mess! The snow fell all night Wednesday into Thursday, then when it stopped snowing everything froze! So you know it turned into ice which made driving a nightmare.

I am lucky to have a big SUV as they say, she is my baby, she does not like, snow, ice or rain. She is a girl and very delicate and yes it is my vehicle I am talking about LOL. But I swear I was skating rather than driving the entire time. And I was not so much afraid of me, I was more afraid of the crazies who was speeding!

So needless to say, I camped out at home all weekend. So I cooked up a storm! Yep there was a storm in my kitchen as well. I made a low carb cake, cause I was desperate for something sweet to eat without giving up on my healthy lifestyle, scallops, shrimp and salmon all made the menu! It was a mad menu I must say.

Today I am showing the Low Carb Blackberry Banana Cake and the Scallops. I am off to NC for work and hopefully will be able to post the shrimp within the week. Enjoy! Cannot wait for a bit of warmth in NC! even if its for 2 days. Beggars cannot be choosers!

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Happy belated Valentines Day all! I hope your day was filled with love, kisses, romance, candles, romantic dinners…

I received my traditional bouquet of roses at work and another at home. Yes I am spoiled. We did dinner on Saturday with my family, which is what we do every year. No one is left out.

Update on my low carb eating, I am still fighting the good fight! Yay. It is getting easier I must admit. After a while your mind and body simply adjust to the change. I have not weighed myself, as I do lift a lot of weights, and muscle does add weight. However I am more toned and did fit into my dress on Saturday! That in itself is my accomplishment.

Due to valentine dinner on Saturday, Sunday ended up being a lazy day for me. I needed a quick side dish to go with my pork and beans and these Deviled Eggs – Bacon-ized was perfect! Quick and full of flavor.

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Math? Huh? On a food blog? What the heck! Yep Math! Or as we Trini’s like to pronounce it Maths! And yes my niece laughs every time we pronounce it that way. Nope I am not going back to school…as least not in the real way.

My niece is in 4th grade and every weekend I sit with her and go over her homework that she had for the week and what is due the next week. I cannot tell you how painful it is to do the math with her! First off I have not done math for years other than counting my pennies weekly. Why do I need to have a fraction in its simplest form? I cannot tell you how much crying goes on during the 2 digit multiplication math! And sometimes its me! LMBO.

This weekend I packed her off to my Brother-in-laws house so that she can make a gigantic multiplication table chart to stick on the wall so that every time she walks into her room she can see it and hopefully commit some of it to memory. It is getting better though, this weekend we had no crying. That is a small victory to me. After going through simple fractions this weekend though, I am ready to find me a tutor, well not for me but for her.

I just cannot remember it being this hard 20 years ago. I usually like to take my frustration out in the kitchen, and after doing Math this weekend, I went all out with these finger smacking, Sexy Chicken Wings.
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Congratulations to the Seahawks on winning the Super Bowl…and to the Handsome Percy Harvin for getting his ring! He truly deserved it, one of my favorite football players. And he is such a handsome devil! OYE

I have no idea what was going on with the Bronco’s though? Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. Now onto the commercials…I have two favorites…obviously the puppy and the horse and my other is the M&M ad. Most of the commercials though were of cars, what’s up with that! And of course….Bruno Mars! Awesome performer.

Off of football…I went to see Evita at the theater this weekend, 12 songs in the first part and 15 in the second…OMG…I am a fanatic when it comes to plays and my books of course, however musicals are a little tougher for me. I love plays that has a dialog. However I have seen my fair share of musicals….and Evita has to be one of the better ones. One of my all time favorite plays was War Horse, that I saw two times, once in NY and at home in MN. If you ever get the chance to see it…I promise you will love it!

Okay so as promised…Pork Chops! Easy brine recipe, yummy spice rub. This is probably my first pork chop that actually came out mouth watering! It has nothing to do with the fact that I am craving food from my carb diet! LOL

I am still holding strong to my Low Carb diet. It is week 6 now…I have not seen any dramatic weight loss yet…but I am still hanging in there…for now. I love receiving comments and feedback as usual on my recipes or anything in general!

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