Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break

Thursday already?

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Lucky Charms Cupcakes

{Va-va-vanilla cake topped with whipped vanilla frosting, and garnished with Lucky Charms cereal.}

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Andes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

{Andes Chocolicious Cake studded with bits and pieces of chocolate mint candy bar, topped with a whipped mint frosting, and garnished with more chocolate candy bar pieces.}

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Wow, I guess time flies when you’re on the last stretch of the semester! I can’t complain though, I had a great spring break that was busy, yet relaxing in the way of just not having to get up and go to class. I spend the week down in Minneapolis which is always a good time. I’ll keep the words to this post on the sparse side and just fill you in with pictures. By the way, if you haven’t noticed I am playing extreme catch up with my Google Reader, so hang in there! =)

We kicked off spring break by going out to Dave and Buster’s, which if you don’t know, is like a big restaurant/arcade all in one. Tons of fun!

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We also spent a day at the Mall of America doing some much needed shopping!
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All of that shopping sure works up an appetite!

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Healthy Express  strawberry frozen yogurt topped with bananas and a layer of strawberries.

Friday started off with lunch at Jimmy John’s, which I had never eaten at before. I decided on the Totally Tuna, which is fresh housemade tuna, mixed with celery, onions, their tasty sauce, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato. But instead of getting it on a sub, I opted for the JJ Unwich which is basically a lettuce wrap.

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We had to make our way across the metro to get to the Xcel Energy Center for the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments. I picked up some new diet sodas for the ride.

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I am in love with the blue kind!

I also tried a new-to-me yogurt

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Weight Watcher’s Amaretto Cheesecake—pretty tasty!

We had a lot of fun at the games—17,000 people total were there!

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That night, we ate at one of my favorite places ever—Red Lobster!

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I got the stuffed flounder and grilled shrimp with a baked potato—hit the spot as usual!

The next day we hit up Bunny’s Bar and Grill in downtown Minneapolis—it’s basically a sports bar with superb food!

I got their tomato basil soup with a spinach and egg salad—I would highly recommend both and cant wait to go back and try more dishes on their menu!

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We spent the rest of the afternoon pretending we were in a tropical getaway, but instead just hit up the water slides at the indoor Water park of America.

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Our last night we decided to go out to a really nice, authentic Italian restaurant. I had never been to a Buca’s so I was pretty excited! It’s a really fun dining experience; they give you a tour of the kitchen, and everything is served family style. So for example, you order 5 entrees and everyone takes a little of each—way fun!

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We ordered the Chopped Antipasto Salad(Diced pepperoni, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, provolone, feta and Gorgonzola cheeses, tossed with our fresh lettuce blend in our signature Italian vinaigrette), Spicy Chicken Rigatoni (Awaken your taste buds with a new favorite - tender chicken breast sautéed with garlic and red pepper, tossed with peas, a spicy rosa sauce and imported Italian rigatoni pasta), Chicken Carbonara (Tender chicken breast, prosciutto and peas with imported Italian spaghetti tossed in our creamy Alfredo sauce), Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken (Breaded chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto, baked and topped with marinara, served on a bed of pesto cream sauce), and the Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Our famous mashed potatoes made with skin-on red potatoes and dare we mention…garlic).

Let’s just say when this meal was done, I was one  full girl!

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After all was said and done, we made one last trip to Sam’s Club to stock up on food. To say we barely had any room in the car would be an understatement—we won’t need food for at least a month!

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What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day??

7 comments:

lesley lifting life said...

Haha, loved the packed car!

Looks like you've had an awesome break!! :)

Christina said...

Oh man, I would really love a mint cupcake!

Erica said...

I have been missing you! What a great break you had. How yummy does the yogurt from Healthy Express look?! And I love the idea of lucky charms on top of a St. Patty's day cupcake! We didn't really celebrate the holiday...whoops :)Enjoy your weekend

laurie said...

Sounds like you had a fun time!

Kerstin said...

Glad you had a fun break!! Wish I had one of those mint cupcakes - yum!

Tropical Eats said...

you and your boy are so cute. Looks like you had an extremely epic spring break!!!!

loveeee your bathing suit :)

didnt do anything for st pattys.. so lame of me =[

Lisa said...

Looks like you had one great vacation. Sounds like a ton of fun and a lot of yummy food too.