Girl’s night in

One down, four more to go! I hope you all had a good Monday. Thanks to a relaxing Sunday evening watching Bottle Shock, a cute film about a wine showdown between early Napa Valley wines and the French wine establishment and drinking our own delicious domestic vino, Belle Vallée Pinot Noir (one of the best Pinot’s I have ever had, very round with lots of dark red fruit flavor and a long, lingering finish), I slept well and faced the day with lots of energy. It didn’t hurt that my boss was out of the office and I was able to really get through a lot of my work. I am thankful for bearable Mondays!

As I write this my husband and brother in law (and most of my Facebook friends!) are rockin’ out to U2 at Gillette Stadium. I gave up my ticket at the last minute because I had to work too late tonight and because apparently the people who went last night were in traffic until past 2 am. I would never be able to function if I stayed up that late on a work night!

In lieu of going to the concert, I worked a little late, went for a 6 mile run, and decided to have a nice relaxing evening at home with the girls. . . Smuckers, Scout, and Gossip Girl of course :)

On my run home I stopped to get a few groceries and refueled with something new:

Sunkist Lights pomegranate cherry smoothie

This drink was really good. It smelled and sort of tasted like a cherry popsicle. It is all natural and boasts  good amount of antioxidants and vitamins. Like with most juices, it was a little thick for me, and I definitely preferred it with seltzer water.


When I returned home, I had a whirlwind of activity in the kitchen. I like to try to make work lunches at the same time as dinner so that there is one clean up and when I am done I am really done. Since I already have a few portions of sweet potato oats at work for breakfast, I concentrated on making a filling, healthy lunch:



Romaine lettuce with roasted red peppers, radishes,and pickles, later topped with some tuna mixed with light mayo,chopped white onions, and chopped pickles

Once lunch stuff was put away, I moved on to dinner. Tonight’s menu featured homemade Thai curry shrimp and veggies over whole wheat couscous.

I started by chopping a bunch of garlic, ginger, and hot peppers and sautéing them in olive oil.

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Once they were sizzling and fragrant I poured in a can of coconut milk and added two scoops of Thai red curry paste.


In a separate pan I thawed out some frozen vegetables, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and string beans. I tossed the shrimp into the coconut and curry mixture and cooked them very slowly. Then I stirred in the vegetables.


The end result was delicious, but next time I would double the amounts of ginger, garlic, and red pepper. I loved the coconut flavor of this, but I think a little bit more of a kick would have been nice! Cooking is definitely the best part of my day! I had so much fun thinking up and putting together this meal and even more fun eating it :) I bought my first apple cider of the season, so I am going to have a glass of that with some of my mom’s apple pie for dessert. Off to enjoy some bad TV.

Have a great night!

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  1. talesfromtwocities’s avatar

    Sounds like a relaxing night – I sometimes love nights on my own like that! I watched Bottle Shock a few weeks ago, thought it was cute too, and amazing scenery.


  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes’s avatar

    Too bad you missed U2, but I’m glad you enjoyed a relaxing evening… :) The movie sounds interesting; I’ll have to look for it! Apple cider sounds nice…


  3. Naomi’s avatar

    ahh a few people I work with and one of my best friends went to U2 on sunday, they said it was awesome! one was not happy with the encore choice of song and traffic was not pretty BUT it was a great concert he said! that thai curry shrimp looks sooo good!!!


  4. Jessica’s avatar

    That meal looks so good! I have to try it! Great blog…love it. :)


  5. CookiePie’s avatar

    Delicious breakfast AND lunch! It’s a shame that you missed the concert, but I totally get it — sometimes I’d rather just get a bunch of stuff done and enjoy some solitude… :)


  6. Ruby’s avatar

    Oh yeah, I recently had shrimp red thai curry as well – soooo good. I ate too much, haha it was so good. I love coconut milk in cooking, so rich and creamy and it doesn’t feel as “bad” as cream *lol*. Hope you had a nice night in! I like those sort of stolen evenings, they are precious.


  7. Gina’s avatar

    Ooh that curry sounds delicious! I’ve never cooked with it before but might give it a try now!


  8. Holly’s avatar

    girls night are the best! and you had me at curry – DEELISHUSS!!!!


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