uneventful events.

by Janetha on January 1, 2012

in meals,random rambles

it’s been a VERY uneventful beginning to 2012. come on in and join my boring day!

we watched the packers beat the lions. even randy was decked out in his packers gear.. even though he was too hungover to watch the game. please keep your eyes off his man bits.

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i spent a good hour browsing bikinis online. mexico is coming up and i haven’t purchased a new bikini in over two years. i owe it to myself after all this hard work in the gym, right? i ordered a few…

this one, because i love the back detail:

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this one:

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and this one:

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i am one of those online shopping addicts.. especially when free shipping is involved. plus, i like trying things on at my house, not at a store. i will end up returning two of the three, but i like to have options.

i caught up on my google reader. i now know what everyone did in 2011 and what they plan to do in 2012. it’s actually really inspiring and motivating to read what people are aiming for this year. go team go.

i took down the few christmas decorations we had up. since we didn’t have any ornaments adorning the tree, it was actually a really easy, speedy clean up job. we just have to haul the tree to the recycling bin tomorrow and that’s that! maybe we won’t put christmas ornaments on the tree ever again…

i spent a good hour organizing my pinterest boards to make them easier to navigate when i want to find a recipe. i split my recipe boards into sweet and savory. i need to remember to look back on things after i pin them so i can actually make them! i want to try to make at least one new recipe a week. i am not making a resolution out of it.. it’s just something i want to do.

a few of the recipes on the top of my “to make” list are:

protein bread.

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crock pot beef & broccoli.

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healthy peanut butter banana muffins.

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oatmeal cheesecake cranberry bars.

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yum.

as i mentioned in my last post, i had pork in the crock pot for our carnitas tacos we had for dinner tonight. we usually eat around 7:30 PM, but since nothing was going on and the pork was ready, we ate dinner at the early hour of 5:30!

a few of you asked me to share my carnitas recipe. well, hmm, i had never made carnitas until today. i didn’t really even make them, either. i used a pouch of sauce and spruced it up a bit with some spices.

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i found this frontera garlicky carnitas slow cook sauce at harmons yesterday. i bought a few different sauces because they were on sale for 3 for $5.

to make the carnitas, i diced about 1.75 lb pork shoulder into large chunks and browned each side in olive oil quickly–under a minute on each side. i transferred the pork to my crock pot along with a diced red onion and the slow cook sauce. seven hours later, i shredded the pork with two forks and seasoned it with garlic powder, salt, and a bit of cumin.

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i think the extra spices were a must, as the slow cook sauce alone was a tad bland. however, the meat came out incredibly tender and was perfect for our tacos!

i prepped a few items to complete our meal.

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taco toppings included avocado, cilantro, tomato, cheese, and chobani.

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i recently came across these organic brown rice bowls at costco. the rice comes fully cooked! you just heat the bowl in the microwave for 90 seconds.

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i also warmed a can of black beans on the stove.

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i fried some yellow corn tortillas in olive oil for marshall. he declared them soggy and fried a new batch himself. hey, i never said i was perfect.

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i opted to make a layered bowl.

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this bowl definitely rivaled chipotle’s carnitas burrito bowl.

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there is a ton of leftover meat, so i will probably use it for a mexican casserole later this week. it may not be snowing outside, but it’s definitely casserole season.

and now.. i am back on the internet. geez, i have spent WAY too much time online today! and the only time i have stepped outside was to take out the trash. the gym was closed today so i didn’t even work out.  luckily we are getting out of the house soon.  we are going to see the girl with the dragon tattoo in about an hour. i haven’t read the book (um, yeah, i am not a big bookworm if you didn’t notice) so i don’t have any expectations. hope it’s a good flick!

Q~

1. what website were you looking at before reading this post?

2. where did you go today (or if you are reading this on monday.. where did you go on new year’s day?)

xo. janetha g.

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Carnitas is basically pulled pork right? Yum.

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BroccoliHut January 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Love that first suit–you’re right, the back detail is so cool!
1. Before this, I was looking at wedding invitations online (American Stationery, I think?)
2. Yesterday was pretty uneventful for us too. We bought socks at Target. Woo.

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Naomi(onefitfoodie) January 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

happy new year beautiful gal!! you and marshall are the king and queen of mexican cooking…seriously I want to jump into your crockpots everytime ou post a recipe!

pinterest is the worst! (well the best, but ya know procrastination at its finest!)I want to wish you and marshall the happiest new year and heres to an amazing 2012!! xoxox

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Mary Legare Whaley January 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

My first days of the new year are always uneventful…probably because I don’t make resolutions! The last website I was on was Facebook, planning next Monday’s Bachelor viewing party. Guilty pleasure, I can’t help it! It’s a good excuse to get girls together to watch trash tv and drink wine. Where did I go today? I went to the gym twice. Since I was off today, I did a 9 am spin class with my Golden Spin Instructor (hallejulah chorus), took the ornaments off my Christmas tree at home (left the lights on, trash pickup isn’t til Friday), Trader Joe’s for some veggies and hummus, then back to the gym. Totally lame day. I didn’t go anywhere yesterday (NY day.) I ran 10 miles, walked 3 miles with my mom, and ate some hoppin’ john, collards, and tomato pie—traditions? It was good. But honestly, I’m ready for the holiday season to pass on by! You’re lucky you have snow sports for the winter. Me? It’s just cold and boring as we wait til spring…happy new year! =)

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 3, 2012 at 6:52 am

LOVE the photo of Randy!! My dogs love to sleep on their backs- I always think it looks so funny!
We make Chipotle at home all the time- we also get it all the time- just can’t get enough of it. The carnitas are my fave!

I like all of the suits- especially the middle one. I have never in my life been able to wear a bikini and never will – but will live vicariously through you and your six-pack!

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Sami January 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

the second suit is my fave! i’m a huge girly girl and love ruffles. the print is cute, too!

before this, i was looking at shutterfly. they’re giving me 100 free prints in honor of the new year! i’m totally taking advantage.

on nyd, i was at my house…the wholeee family comes over for christmas #2.

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Tamara January 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

1. I was shopping for boots on JC Penney.com. Free shipping on all boots, yay!

2. We went to Qdoba (had a buy-one-get-one coupon) and then to my cousins’ for a family dinner.

I want to make ALL of those four recipes you linked to, plus the carnitas. That looks yummy. I just saw those frontera sauce pouches at Meijer this weekend, but didn’t pick one up because I was hurrying and I tend to take forever when mulling over new products. Now I might have to go back and give it a whirl (but will definitely add extra seasonings if I do).

Thanks for sharing your dinner recipe and all the great links! Happy new year!!!

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Kim (Does P90X Work?) January 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

When I stumble upon a blog like this it really reminds me of how woeful my gastronomic knowledge really is. Thanks for sharing the info about the protein bread. I’ve just noted down the recipe on the link you added. Also, the oatmeal cheesecake cranberry bars look very delish. I will endeavor to expand my recipe list for the new year. Wishing you a very happy 2012.

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Shannon January 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

Since I was catching up on Tuesday… I went and saw We Bought a Zoo with my aunt, mom, and brother. It was very good! And… the website I was on before reading this blog was wrongnumbertexts.com, hee hee!

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natalie (the sweets life) January 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

you will LOVE those cheesecake bars–so yummy! :)

i’m so pumped that you’ve become such a Packer fan–although probably not as pumped as Marshall!

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Allison January 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

I totally almost bought a pack of that Mexican sauce for the burritos we made on Christmas Eve! Kinda regretting I didn’t, but just another reason to make them again ;P

P.S. Love the frills and design of bathing suit numero dos :D

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Lindsay @ Chobani January 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Yum, as always your treats look tasty! Thanks for including a dollop atop your carnitas bowl. Great idea to separate your pin boards into sweet & savory, there are so many dishes we’re dying to try we can barely keep track of them all.

PS- LOVE bathing suit #1, incredibly cute back!

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Melissa January 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I need to find that carnitas sauce. I have had the enchilada sauce made by that brand before!!

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Carlee Danielle January 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I LOVE the first bathing suite! SO CUTE!

Your so creative Janetha! That bowl looks delicious!

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elise January 4, 2012 at 1:05 am

i LOVE the back on that blue suit. actually they are all cute. the ruffles on that halter one! so so cute.
we had a very similar mexi-feast on the 1st. it was one of my 6 meals. oh hangovers.

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats January 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

Love the first swimsuit! The back is badass! :)

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