Friday: Harry Potter & Homemade Frappes

Happy Friday Friends 😀

This week seriously flew by! I guess being in the car all day Monday made the week seem shorter. I don’t have a whole lot to share today, so this post is going to be a little random. I am linking up with Clare for Five Things Friday.

Last night I didn’t have to work, so I thought I’d make Terry and I a special dinner for us to enjoy out on our porch. I love dining outside, but he is prone to bug bites (unlike me), so it sometimes takes a little convincing. The mosquitoes were relatively inactive last night, so we both enjoyed our time.

I wanted to make spaghetti with ground turkey and zoodles, but my zucchini was too big to zoodle! I decided to try to make a layered casserole instead. (I would say “lasagna,” but in my opinion lasagna NEEDS ricotta.)

It looked quite nice going in….

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And coming out…

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It was the whole plating thing that fell through…

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At least the husband was happy! (His not-so-excited face is more about my need to photograph him and less about the food ;))

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It was very delicious, but a little too meat heavy for me. It needed more veggies! I did include some feta, which obviously made it bettah!

We went for a walk at a nearby park afterwards, because the weather was too perfect to ignore.

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Five things from this past week:

  1. As noted in my Wednesday post, I decided to try my hand at creating a recipe for granola bars. I was nervous about how they would turn out, but I am happy to say they turned out nicely! I’m going to try making them again to make sure I have the proportions down right before I share. I see so many recipes that call for banana and while I love bananas, I don’t always want to wait for them to turn brown. So instead I used canned pumpkin, which I really love baking with.
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  2. Earlier this week I told my boss at Panera I would not be working during the school year. This was really hard for me and I went back and forth trying to decided what I wanted to do, but I knew that I ultimately would regret keeping the job. Last semester I managed to hold two jobs in addition to being in grad school full time, but it was so dang hectic! I was always tired and looking back I feel like I missed out on truly soaking everything in, both in life and in school. I will miss a lot of my co-workers, but it was the best decision for me. My boss was cool about me coming back to work over breaks, so it is really more of a “see ya later” anyways.
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  3. I decided to restart the Harry Potter series! When I was in 5th grade I read the first 5 books in two weeks. The 6th and 7th were each read in a day. I laid in my bed all day reading only getting up to use the bathroom and grab something to eat. That’s summertime as a kid for ya! I was completely obsessed and read fan fiction to keep the fire alive. This time around I am going to read them sloooowly so I can really enjoy them and because I just don’t think I can swing lying in bed all day as an adult with responsibilities.
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  4. Speaking of reading, one of my favorite things to do is read outside. I did this yesterday while drinking another one of the homemade frappes I shared about in Wednesday’s posts. I hope to do this everyday until school starts back! *Selfie to show I am in my happy place*
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  5. Finally, I just have to share about this delicious dinner we had on Wednesday night. To go alongside roasted gold potatoes (my favorite dinnertime carb), I made a frittata for us to split. In went 4 eggs, 1/4 cup chicken broth, two handfuls of spinach, half a chopped tomato, and about ~1/2 cup cheddar cheese. I also added salt/pepper/oregano. It was seriously so good! It was basically all my favorites on one plate.
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And that’s all for today. I am looking forward to seeing my family this weekend and having a date night with Terry. I hope you enjoy your weekend! Soak it all in.

So you tell me…

Were you ever a Harry Potter lover? Any MuggleNet users back in the day? 

Do you have a favorite frittata combination?

15 thoughts on “Friday: Harry Potter & Homemade Frappes

  1. I was definitely a MuggleNet user and I listened to MuggleCast for a while too. I read the fanfiction. Heck, I wrote fanfiction. Totally a proud Harry Potter nerd 🙂

  2. Yes to the Harry Potter love!! The third book is like my favorite book ever. It is my comfort book that I pick up whenever I am sick or just feeling really down. I love your recipe creations this week. I have tried to spiral use a too large zucchini before and it did not go well. I like your lasagna noodle idea much better. I hope you have a great weekend.

    1. 😀
      The third book is SO good. I think I re-read that one the most. I loved the focus on Harry and Hermione’s friendship. The third and fifth are tied for my favorites.

  3. I worked at Panera for five years!! They always let me come back over breaks at school and during the summer. Not many jobs are okay with that but I am forever grateful that they were! I actually really miss that job at times.

    1. It is a lot of fun working there (most of the time), plus the food discount is great. I wish I could manage it during the school year, but it would leave me with no time off at all. :/

  4. I stumbled onto your blog and I’m really glad I did! The fact you talk about Harry Potter makes me so happy haha I used to be on the verge of tears when new books from the series would be released, seriously best books ever and great post! 🙂

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