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The Weekender: Celebrating, Sleeping, and Sparkles

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What the what is going on with Mother Nature here in CNY? It’s been nearly 70 degrees for almost a week in February! As nice as our mini-vacation of weather was, it’s that much harder to revert back to the cold misery again. Man, why do I choose to live this way?

Maybe that’s why I have to cover everything I eat in copious amounts of cheese; I’ve got to comfort myself somehow. I shared my favorite weeknight comfort meal with you this week in case you’re in need of a pick-me-up too: Zucchini Casserole.


In keeping with my attempt to self-induce a cheese-related coma, Ryan and I made our annual trek to Olive Garden to celebrate our 3-year anniversary. It was our first date spot, so we love going back. I got eggplant parmesan with a side of fettuccine alfredo, and it was just as tasty as I rely on OG to be. This week on Facebook, I asked y’all what YOUR guilty pleasure chain restaurants are, and you said everything from Buffalo Wild Wings to Chik-Fil-A. Add yours in the comments!


I have to add Ryan’s perfect anniversary gift for me. Of course, anything Hello Kitty-related is bound to be perfect, but what I love most is the message on the back: “I love you to the moon and back.”

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I love dining out for special occasions, but most nights, we make something delicious and easy here at the Smart Cookie household. I love to make meatless tacos, usually at least once a week. I’ll be sharing my ridiculously simple recipe with you guys soon!

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If it’s been a long week for you, then you might be feeling like ol’ Mina here. Cats will literally sleep anywhere!


That’s it for this week!

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Colleen Bierstine