• A Winning Combination

    March 12, 2012

    Husband + pug + beer + grilling on the back porch = a winning combination! :mrgreen:

    Mal, Murphy, and I had a nice time hanging out and enjoying the evening last night. The unseasonably warm weather puts me in the BEST mood—it actually puts us all in a great mood. There were lots of laughs on the porch last night!

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    While Mal and I sipped beers, chatted, and grilled-up the chicken for dinner, Murphy enjoyed a Peanut Butter Kong. We add peanut butter to his Kong toy and then freeze it, so it takes him quite awhile to lick it all out. He loves it.

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    Check out that pug talon! Murphy has huge paws for a pug. Actually, he’s just huge, in general, for a pug.

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    Ha! Love the face, Murph.

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    Dinner

    When we realized the weather was going to be so gorgeous last night, Mal and I nixed our plans for Balsamic-Ginger Lettuce Cups and did our own thing. We still had lettuce wraps for dinner, but we used grilled chicken, brown rice, scallions, and tomatoes in the mix.

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    I also added Caramelized Onion Dip to my lettuce wraps (I ate four), and Mal added soy sauce to his. They were so delicious, and we decided that we need to eat them more often. Lettuce wraps are such an easy meal—pretty much any ingredient works in them!

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    After dinner, I enjoyed a Butterscotch Oatmeal Bar. Love.

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    Be back soon with a fun post—it involves an interview and a giveaway!

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    Bjorg March 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Seriously, I never get enough of the pictures of Murphy :)

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    Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa March 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

    This morning was super warm and I was very happy to see that every treadmill at the Y was taken, thus forcing me to run outside. The run made me insanely happy, and then seeing that it is going to be near 80 this week – giddy. So excited for the weather!

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    Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

    The Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars look so good! I’ve gotta check out that recipe and make myself a batch! :-)

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    Justine @LifeWithCheeseburgers March 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    @Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life: I was thinking the same thing, except I will probably end up using both butterscotch chips AND raisins since I love them both!!

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    Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    What a nice Sunday! My husband and I went for a walk last night before dinner and were talking about how badly we wished we had a grill and backyard… Perfect night for it!

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    Jen March 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    wow, Murphy is huge! he looks like a tiny dog in the pictures of him by himself but then next to you he looks like a monster. LOL! so cute!

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    Lindsay @ Running the Windy City March 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I’m loving the nice weather right now! So amazing!

    Lettuce wraps are such a good idea for a weekday meal, I’ve never thought of doing that.

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    Stephy C March 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Those lettuce wraps looks delish! Light and tasty. And, I wish I weren’t at work because now I want a nice cold beer too. LOL

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

    “Pug talons”…that’s hilarious!

    Love lettuce cups, so versatile and makes you feel dainty. You could have a side of beef in a lettuce cup and feel lady like.

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    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake March 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    In the picture where he’s sitting on your lap, Murphy DOES look larger than the average pug!

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    CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com March 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

    oh wow I really like lettuce wraps too! and those in particular look delicious!
    I love the picture of murphys paw! I have a tea cup yorkie who weighs about three pounds but I swear at least a pound of it is his ginormous paws! he looks a bit weird but hes my baby and I love him haha

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio March 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

    This weather is amazing!! I hope y’all enjoy it all week!

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    Molly @ RDexposed March 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I hear ya on the beer in the warm weather. They go together so well!
    But I must say Belgians go so well with cold weather, too.
    Beer year round. :)

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    Coco March 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Murphy is one of the cutest pugs I’ve seen! Not that I don’t love all dogs and think they are cute.. but sometimes pugs can be kind of goofy looking- which is why they are cute I suppose! But seriously though- he is adorable! Looks like a perfect way to spend a Sunday :)

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    Kelly @ Vegolosophy March 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Those oat bars looked super yummy! Love the pictures of Murphy too, so cute!

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    Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a blast! I love warm, almost summer-ish nights and grillin’ :)

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    kes March 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Do you like your Master Forge grill? We were just looking at them at Lowed yesterday. Would love to get your opinion.

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    Tina March 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

    @kes: Yea, it’s great! :)

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    Alli @ alli learns life March 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    this weather puts me in a great mood too! can’t believe its going to be almost 70 today!

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    Alaina March 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I am loving this beautiful weather! I hope I can grill this weekend at my birthday party. :-)

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    katie @ KatieDid March 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Did you use butter lettuce? I love making lettuce wraps, collard greens hold up well but butter lettuce I have found tastes the best.

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    Tina March 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

    @katie @ KatieDid: Boston lettuce! :)

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    Corrie Anne March 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    We are LOVING spring!!! Yay spring!! :) Sounds like a great, relaxing evening!

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    Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter March 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Murphy cracks me up! :) Love the face!

    The lettuce cups look super easy to make, and delicious. :)

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    Heather March 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    It is GORGEOUS out. I am loving it!

    I am going to check out that carmelized onion dip – I made a fantastic dip this weekend with avocado and greek yogurt. My husband used it to make tuna salad today for lunch.

    I love dips!

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    Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    All of those eats look delicious! So much fun to relax and grill.. that’s a good idea to freeze the pb in the kong. I’m gonna try that!

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Those wraps make me think of the lettuce wraps at PF Changs, so good!

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    Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

    You guys are such a cute family! Sounds like an amazing night!

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    Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I love butterscotch bars. It’s a real problem.

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    Meg March 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m in NY, it was so nice here yesterday too! I wish I would have grilled out but the grill didn’t have it’s cover on during last weeks blizzard so it needs a little cleaning!!!

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    Laura @ Unchartered 20s March 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Mmm lettuce cups. I keep meaning to make these for dinner! They look great!

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    Justine @LifeWithCheeseburgers March 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Even here in ND the weather has been amazing! It feels like we’re usually in the middle of a blizzard in March, but this weekend it was in the 70′s–perfect since my sister was visiting from dental school, so we could all enjoy the day outside together. And we definitely fired up the grill for some corn on the cob!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen March 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I’m a total wimp in cold weather (even when its only slightly chilly), but I feel like I should have done some grilling last night myself! The lettuce wraps look great.

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    Shana March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

    What kind of lettuce do you use for the cups? I’m trying to find some that will stand up to heated or warmed foods.

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    Tina March 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    @Shana: Boston lettuce!

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    Khushboo March 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Good weather instantly lifts my mood!

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    Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy March 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, the feeling that spring/summer is on the way…yay! You better believe I clicked on the link for the butterscotch bars…and bookmarked it. Yum.

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    honeywhatscooking March 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    those lettuce wraps look so good and healthy. you’re so right, they are so good for dinner when you want to eat fewer carbs and then finish it off with dessert. can’t give up dessert! :-)

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    Crystal March 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I agree, the warm sunny weather makes me very happy. There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun on those first arm days of spring!

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    Kelly March 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    That dinner looks great! And Murphy is adorable : )

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