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Friday Night Confessions

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to confession. So here goes…

Confession: I am totally ashamed to admit this but I absolutely LOVE the new Robin Thicke song.

I know. HowΒ embarrassingΒ is that?!?! Am I the only one that thinks of Alan Thicke whenever you hear the name Robin Thicke or one of his songs?

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The song is catchy and sexy–reminding me of Marvin Gaye and Earth Wind and Fire and I find myself dancin’ a little bit whenever the song come on. {hangs head in shame} And doesn’t he look like George Michael in the above video?!?

Confession: I have a 14 year old girl crush on JT. Like I’d probably be in the first row of his concert screaming like the other 14 year old girls if I didn’t want to keep SOME shred of my 33 year old dignity.

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Whenever he hosts SNL I get ridiculously excited and squeal like I just won the lottery. Fat Kitty’s eyes get super big and I’m sure he’s looking around for the mouse I must have seen… Michael gets sooo annoyed. But, I know his confession would be that he loves JT too. πŸ™‚ He’s FUNNY on Saturday Night Live! The skit he does about the Vegan Town is hi-larious.

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To all the other 14 year old girls with crushes, you’re welcome for those photos. MOVING ON…

Confession: I have sung karoake exactly ONE time in my life. I have zero singing talent, can’t carry a tune, have no sense of timing and hate being the center of attention. So karaoke has never once been something I aspired to do. One time I had a friend who was a drag queen (and awesome performer) whoΒ serenadedΒ me at a club with Dancing Queen and managed to get me on stage but I surely did not sing with her! Anyway, so back to the one time I sang…

I met my friends Jackie and Kathi at this total dive bar in Milwaukie (Oregon). It’s a steak house and definitely not the kind of place mid-20-somethings would ever go to but they wanted to sing and picked out the place. I drove from my place in SE Portland to what I thought was the boonies (at the time) and met them at this super dark, weird restaurant. It ended up being a cowboy bar. After several hours of drinking, eating fried foods and watching cowboys get up there and sing, they FINALLY convinced me to get up there. I agreed but ONLY if the two of them came up there with me. So the three of us got on stage and sang this song:

It’s a girl my lord in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me! Yep, I sang my favorite Eagles song. You should have seen the evil glares from the half dozen patrons in the bar…the nerve of us…singing an Eagles song in a cowboy bar…

It was just as awful as you imagine it to be. Β πŸ™‚ But I did it.

Confession: I’ve started watching two shows new to me: Hung and Homeland. I’ve heard great things about both but so far I’m on the fence. I don’t feel like my life would be missing out on something if I stopped watching either show, but I’m hanging on to see if they get better. Especially with Homeland–so many people talk about how it’s the best show on TV (I have to disagree, Breaking Bad or Walking Dead are the best) that I feel like I’m missing something.

Another couple shows that Michael and I tried but gave up on were The Americans and The Following. The Following had such potential. I love Kevin Bacon, I like those types of shows…but it got absolutely ridiculous and predictable and I was SO ANNOYED that everyone on the show turned out to be a secret member of the cult. Give me a break. Lazy writing if you ask me. So we gave up half way through.

Since I’m confessing about TV shows, I just have to say this…

Confession: I love Modern Family and think it’s one of the funniest and smartest shows on TV right now. But I absolutely loathe Lilly. She ruins the show. She’s a horrible actor (yes I know she’s just a kid) and I feel like the writers are crowbar-ing her into the show to give her a bigger part than she needs to have. She seriously ruins the show for me. I can’t be the only one

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Confession: I’m pretty bummed that I’m not attending Fitbloggin this year. I’ve wanted to go to a blogger conference for a few years now but the cost of the conference and a plane ticket discouraged me. This year it’s in Portland! Sounds perfect right? Except it seems to be sold as a package deal –including the hotel–which makes it just as expensive as it would be to go to one out of town! So disappointing. πŸ™ I really wish they had an option for people who don’t want to stay in a hotel. πŸ™ BUMMER!!!

But on a positive note, if anyone wants to meet for coffee or something, or needs advice on must see and must do things in Portland, let me know! πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Got anything to confess?

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Are you a “Modern Family” fan? If you haven’t seen the show, it’s an exercise comedic brilliance as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never laughed so often and so hard from a sitcom in a long time. One of the characters on the show, Sofia Vergara, recently revealed in an article that she was told she should lose weight.

“The “Modern Family” star admitted that she used to have trouble finding outfits to wear to events because the size zero dresses sent by designers didn’t fit her hourglass figure. But the actress refused to change her curvaceous shape.”


Good for her! These are things I like to read about celebrities and “diets.” She went on to say: “Columbian women are held to different standards than American women. “We’re not expected to be as thin or skinny,” Vergara said. “And we’re a little less conscious about our bodies.” ”

I think that’s a breath of fresh air. I hate seeing these models and actresses criticized on the cover of magazines because they have curves.Β  Or if they aren’t rail-thin the tabloids make fun of how they look in a swimsuit or claim they are pregnant. Who wants to look like this:


When you can look like THIS:


I’d take Sofia’s curves ANY day! I think she’s gorgeous and looks like a real woman to me. One thing I’ve noticed as my body changed with the weight loss was the loss of my curves. My breasts shrank, my stomach flattened, my waistline narrowed. I saw my curves disappearing a little. I’m happy with my curves. Michael asked me once what happens if I reached my “goal” of 140 pounds–what’s next? 130 pounds? Nope. I don’t WANT to be super skinny. I DO want to keep my curves! That was a realization that I came to in the last few months: a low number isn’t what I’m searching for.

QUESTION: How has social media changed the way you respond or think about yourself or your body?

Tuesday night a friend came over for dinner. Michael and I had picked out the following recipe when we Meal Planned this weekend and it sounded good to me. We bought 3 pork chops and gave it a go.

Pork Chops au Poivre

From EatingWell

Turn your dining room into a French bistro when you dress up pepper-crusted pork chops with a rich, creamy brandy sauce. Serve with roasted sweet potato slices and green beans.

Ingredients

* 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
* 4 4-ounce boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick, trimmed
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 medium shallot, minced
* 1/2 cup brandy
* 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Preparation

1. Combine pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Pat the mixture onto both sides of each pork chop. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge each chop in the flour, shaking off any excess.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops, reduce heat to medium and cook until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add brandy and cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve the pork chops with the sauce.

Nutrition Per serving (4 Servings): 299 Calories; 15 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 8 g Mono; 72 mg Cholesterol; 3 g Carbohydrates; 22 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 342 mg Sodium; 319 mg Potassium


The pork chops were easy and Michael just prepared them in the skillet the way he normally does. The only difference was the flour.


Michael didn’t think the flour was necessary by I liked the extra flavor and crunchiness it added. Instead of sweet potatoes and green beans I baked a squash of unknown origin. There was no sticker on it so I am at a loss for what it was!


The squash was small but took a long time to bake.


Dinner was delicious but I was disappointed that the “gravy” wasn’t very thick. Too much brandy perhaps?


What kind of squash do you think I picked up? It was sweet but not overly sweet and when I first cut it open and scooped out the seeds it smelled like cucumber.


Our friend Kat brought her adorable baby so I got my baby fix too. Kat also baked a PIE!! From scratch! Oh my did it smell good. It was still warm too.


It tasted delicious. It fell apart but it tasted good. She used the Paula Deen recipe for Apple Pie but I’m not sure which one.


There’s nothing better than homemade pie. I had a great time. The kitties–not so much. They were alarmed by the baby in the house and they scattered whenever she made noises. Poor Maya!


Scared to pieces. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: What’s your favorite homemade pie recipe? Any tips for a newbie that wants to try?