30 Days of Exercise
It has been a while since I have posted on PamperMe 30; I have had so much in my life change in the last nine months that I have decided to live my life very differently. It take only ONE life altering event to make you realize that you only live once and you need to make it the best life you can. With that said I have decided to get in shape, and live a healthier life style. I want to start a habit of working out daily; I heard it takes 21 days to form a habit so I have decided to begin working out everyday for 30 days, documenting each day until I have form a healthy habit of getting in shape...Wish Me Luck :)
8:37 PM

Dinner in 30 - Day 25 EASY MEATLOAF

Only 5 more day of cooking:)thank goodness!!! I can't wait for this to end I will probably eat takeout for a full week, I will not turn my oven on for 1 week:) Tonight I decided to make Meatloaf; I had some ground beef in the frig that need to be cooked, and I could take the leftovers for lunch this week. Enjoy!


* 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
* 1 egg
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 cup milk
* 1 cup dried bread crumbs
* salt and pepper to taste
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
* 1/3 cup ketchup


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Recipe is from Allrecipes.com

7:10 PM

Dinner in 30 - Day 24 Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Today I stayed in all day making sure I clean everything out of my bedroom so I can just go in and paint this weekend. I finish everything about 3pm and decide to make an early dinner, something tasty and EASY ( basically a typical GD recipe). I have wanted bake mac and cheese all week, and today was a good day to actually make it. It an easy recipe and quite tasty also. ENJOY :)

Classic Macaroni and Cheese:

* 1/3 (16 ounce) package macaroni
* 5 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, sliced
* 1 teaspoon butter
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/3 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Place a quarter of the macaroni in the bottom, followed by an even layer of one-quarter of the cheese slices. Dot with butter and season with salt and pepper. Repeat layering three times. Pour evaporated milk evenly over the top of all.
3. Bake, uncovered, for one hour, or until top is golden brown.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

2:51 PM

DINNER IN 30 - Day 23 Shrimp Scampi

I decide that tonight I would just relax and throw something together; tomorrow I have a lot that needs to be done if I am going to paint my bedroom next weekend. I need to take everything out of the room including the closet; I have decided to finish redoing the closet also. Let's hope I can get everything done tomorrow because i really don't want to be pulling things out during the week:) I am going to relax and watch TCM all night:) Sounds really Great, right:)

I made this in 10 minutes and it was quite tasty. ENJOY.


* 1/4 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 clove garlic, sliced
* 6 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon white wine
* 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
* 2-1/4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 4 servings.

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add angel hair pasta and return pot to boil. Cook until a ldente. Drain well.
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter, saute garlic until tender, remove garlic and discard. Add shrimp and cook until colored pink. Stir in white wine. The bread crumbs are used as thickening, so stir in a little at a time until desired thickness is reached.
3. Serve shrimp over angel hair pasta, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

8:41 PM


I decided that I would cook the last chicken breast I had in the freezer tonight; I have been wanting Chicken Parmesan for some time now and when I saw this recipe it was easy and simple. The only thing I did different was I slightly cooked the chicken in olive oil and garlic for a minute on both sides before I put in the baking dish with the sauce. I turned out quite good:) I give it a 5. Enjoy.

Chicken Parmesan:

* 1/8 (700 ml) jar pasta sauce
* 1 tablespoon KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
* 1 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
* 1/4 cup KRAFT Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 6 servings.

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Pour sauce into 13x9-inch baking dish. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan. Add chicken; turn to evenly coat both sides with sauce. Cover.
3. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is done (170 degrees F).
4. Top with remaining cheeses; bake 5 minutes or until mozzarella is melted.

Recipe is from AllRecipes.com

8:30 PM


I wanted to stop at KFC tonight on the way home but I didn't:) I came home and made fried chicken and a salad. Not the same but my cooking is better:) I am going to eat lay back and watch a little TV, do some sit ups and head off to bed. Have a good night:)

Fried Chicken

* 4 pounds chicken pieces
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 2 large eggs
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons salt
* 2 teaspoons pepper
* 3 cups vegetable oil
* salt

Rinse chicken; pat dry and then set aside.

Combine milk and eggs in a bowl; whisk to blend well.

In a large heavy-duty resealable plastic food storage bag, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.

Dip a chicken piece in the milk mixture; let excess drip off into bowl. Put a few chicken pieces in the food storage bag and shake lightly to coat thoroughly. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining chicken pieces.

Heat oil to 350°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, for about 10 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Chicken breasts will take a little less time than other pieces. Pierce with a fork to see if juices run clear to check for doneness. With a slotted spoon, move to paper towels to drain; sprinkle with salt.

7:17 PM

Dinner in 30 - Day 20 Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta

Today was spent trying to repair my computer after being down a couple of days. I went to a site that was using my blog name to see who it was; when I first started my blog the name pamper me 30 didn't pop up in Google; it was not until after I starting posting did you see the name Pamper Me 30. Long story short I got a mean virus when I enter the site, so bad that end the end I had to reboot my computer back to factory setting I had to whip out everything I downloaded:( After I did that I had trouble getting my Norton to work; it been a bad couple of days. But I am BACK!!!! OH how I missed my computer.

I made something really easy tonight Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta; it was really tasty I give it a 5:) I hope you enjoy it:)

Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta

* 8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
* 3 cloves garlic
* 1/2 sweet onion, cut into wedges
* 3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
* 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 cup spinach leaves
* 1 pound cooked shrimp - peeled and deveined
* 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
2. In the container of a food processor, combine the garlic, onion and oregano. Pulse until finely chopped. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion mixture; cook and stir until fragrant and almost golden. Mix in the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes while the pasta is cooking, stirring occasionally.
3. Mix in spinach until it wilts, then just before the pasta is done, stir in the shrimp. Cook until heated through. Toss with pasta in a large serving bowl, and mix in mozzarella cheese.

11:16 PM


Today was a very long day I had to get up 45min early so I could shovel out my car for work this morning. It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I felt great by the time I arrive at work, and I was on time J even with all the snow I was not delay at all. Work was kind of slow, a lot of people did not have power or the city did not send anyone out to plow their roads yet. So my day was filled with client calling to make sure we were opened today. We had about 18 in of snow yesterday; on top of the 18 or more we got on Sat. I am REALLY REALLY tired of the snow; I am ready for the sunny days of spring. I had to stop at Home Depot on the way home tonight to pick up sample paint colors (I am getting ready to paint my condo). By the time I got home it was 8pm. All I want was a sandwich and to lounge on the couch, so I went on line and found a really good chicken salad recipe and made a quick sandwich. I hope you like the recipe as much as I did :)enjoy


# 8 to 12 ounces chopped cooked chicken
# 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
# 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped celery
# 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
# 1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or as needed
# 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
# 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl, combine the chicken, onion, celery; toss to blend. Add the relish, 1/3 cup of mayonnaise, salt, and pepper, blend well. Add more mayonnaise, if desired.

Southern Food.com

2:04 PM


Today I was up early just in case I had to leave out early to be to work on time. I was just about to leave out when my boss call to say our office was closed today. I notice that over night it snow quite a bit but by the time I received the call it looked as if the storm was over. How wrong I was. It started back snowing about 11am and continued until 11pm-12am this evening. All was going stir crazy being stuck in the house all day. Cooking was one of the way to entertain myself this evening. So after a extensive search and not find anything to catch my interest I decided to make up my own seasoning for my chicken

Salt, pepper, a sprinkle of basil, some oregano, a clove of mince garlic and olive oil.

1:55 AM


Today was a very laid back day, work was an all around Great day no bad customers :)I decided to go to the gym after work get in a workout before the storm ( you gotta love all the snow). When i got home this evening all I wanted was a simple meal, and to get ready for my evening of American Idol:) I decided to make a TUNA WRAP for dinner; I came up with my own little recipe from some of the ingredients I have been using the last couple of days. I hope you enjoy it:)

Tuna Salad Wrap:

I can of Albacore Tuna drained, about 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of basil leaves, salt and pepper to your taste, 1 cup of baby spinach leaves,2 tablespoon of low fat mayo, and 1 medium tortilla wrap.

Mix tuna, Parmesan cheese, basil leaves, salt, pepper and mayo together; place tortilla wrap on a plate, lay out the baby spinach leaves in the center of the wrap, and finally place a scoop of the tuna in the center the spinach leaves.

2:53 AM


Today was a really easy day at work; We were not very busy due to the fact that the snow storm had some resident still stuck in there homes. I decided on the way home that I would make burritos with the left over chicken from the other night. So that was my night burritos and Family Guy. EnjoyJ

Chicken Burritos:

I cut up the leftover chicken in stripes, cut up a clove of garlic, and threw a cup of spinach. I did not measure any of the mention ingredients I add them according to my taste.

7:14 PM


Today I had to go shovel out my car, I am working Monday morning so I couldn't put it off another day like I wanted to. After getting my car all cleared out I had so much energy I decided to get a quick workout in at home (it was quite nice). My aunt called to make sure I was ok, and Taj called just to kill some time. When I finally got off the phone I realize I needed to shower, wash my hair, and start getting ready for work tomorrow. I decided to go online an find a recipe for leftover Salmon; I came across Salmon Patties and thought it sounded real good, why not give it a try. I have to say I think I over cook them or maybe I put to much bread crumbs in the recipe either way it was not very good; I will give it a 2.5 only because I think I may have over cooked them.


* 1 can (approx. 7 ounces) salmon
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/2 tsp. pepper
* 1 onion diced
* olive oil, enough to cover bottom of skillet

Remove skin and bones from salmon; drain well. In mixing bowl, combine with egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and onion. Make patties about 2 inches in diameter; fry in oil until brown on both sides about 10 minutes.
Sprinkle salmon patties with salt.

2:08 AM


Today I got up ready to brave the massive amount of snow that accumulated over night, I had my boots on, my hat on, put on the scarf and was about to put on the coat when my boss called to tell my that we were close today (THANK GOD!!). So what did I do at 7:30am on a Saturday morning I call Taj hoping she was up, and YES she was! I was so full of energy this morning I could not go back to sleep. Taj and I kicked it on the phone for about 2hrs then she had to go get ready for her day. I made myself a quick breakfast, open up my blind to watch the snow fall while I lounge on the couch. I must have feel asleep because the next thing I knew it was after 2pm. I got up made myself a HUGE drink and watch 2 movies on Demand ( District 9 and Inglorious Bastards). By the time the movies were over I was ready for dinner. I had thaw out some chicken early so I decided to make BAKED GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN. It was an tasty easy meal, I give it a 5; I hope you enjoy it.


* 1 teaspoon olive oil
* 1/8 clove garlic, minced
* 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons dry bread crumbs
* 1 tablespoon and 2-1/4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
* 1/8 teaspoon dried basil leaves
* 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 6 servings.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. In a bowl, blend the olive oil and garlic. In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper. Dip each chicken breast in the oil mixture, then in the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish, and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
3. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

1:59 AM


I had a long day today:( We are getting ready for a major snow storm here in the northeast. All I wanted to do after work today was get home before the snow started; I was going to stop by the grocery store after work today but after seeing how long the lines were yesterday I decided against it. I finally decided the only thing I really wanted if I was going to be snowed in the next couple of day was Malibu Coconut Rum:) So when my long day ended I made my way to the Liquor store closest to my home to pick up my drink of choice only to find that the lines were just as long. My first thought was Damn all of these people need a drink if they have to be stuck in the house with love ones this weekend (lol), but when I got home Taj reminded me that it was Super Bowl weekend so that could explain the lines.

When I finally made it home it was almost 8pm, to late to really make a decent dinner so I went on line and found a easy egg salad recipe and had a sandwich for Dinner. I feel bad that I did not make a decent dinner so I decided to give you the recipe for the Peanut Butter Cookies I made the other night as well::) I hope you enjoy both!!!


* 2 eggs
* 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
* 1/4 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
* 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/8 teaspoon paprika

This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 4 servings.

1. Place egg in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
2. Place the chopped eggs in a bowl, and stir in the mayonnaise, mustard and green onion. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Stir and serve on your favorite bread or crackers.



* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup shortening
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 tablespoons hot water
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 eggs


1. Mix sugars, peanut butter, and shortening. Add baking soda to the hot water. Add to mixture. Stir well.
2. Stir in the eggs. Add the flour. Roll dough into balls.
3. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with fork dipped in water to make criss-cross design. Bake at 350 - 375 degrees F (175 - 190 degrees C) for about 8-10 minutes.

10:26 PM


Today was an easy day all around. Work was a breeze, despite the fact I had to work late. Unless I am extremely tired or I have had to deal with some very exhausting customer issues; I really like working late on Thursdays and Fridays. On my late nights I get to work with a very nice co-worker who only works part-time, its always a very pleasant evening. At work all everyone wanted to talk about is the snow storm headed our way tomorrow and Saturday. Why must there be always be snow storm when I am the one responsible for opening up and working on Saturday morning?!! UGH!!!

After work I stop by Shoprite to put up some salmon, I have been craving it for some time, so I finally decided to have it as my Dinner for One meal. I made Lemon Pepper Salmon over rice and it was amazing!!!:) It is a 5! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:)


* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 (4 ounce) salmon steaks
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
* 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 2 cups boiling water
* 1 cup uncooked couscous


1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place salmon in the skillet, and season with garlic, lemon pepper and salt. Pour 1/4 cup water around salmon. Place tomatoes and cilantro in the skillet. Cover, and cook 15 minutes, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork.
2. Bring 2 cups water to boil in a pot. Remove form heat, and mix in couscous. Cover, and let sit 5 minutes. Serve the cooked salmon over couscous, and drizzle with sauce from skillet.

Recipe from allrecipes.com

11:15 PM


When I left out this morning there was a little snow on the ground nothing heavy. At work things were a little hectic, but nothing to off the wall. I went to the gym on the way home and put in an amazing workout and chilled in the sauna for about 15 min ( I love the sauna after a good workout). By the time I got home I was exhausted and starving, something easy and simple was all I wanted so I took the leftover penne pasta, add some spinach and made a cream sauce. Easy!!! and really good :) Enjoy.

I am going to bed early ( I must be getting old), Good night:)

Cream Sauce

* 1 cup butter
* 2 large cloves garlic, minced
* 2 tablespoon dry sherry or white wine
* 1 cup heavy cream
* salt and pepper to taste

8:51 PM


Today I headed back to work after a couple of easy days off. Work was very calm today, nothing out of the ordinary, just calm. I love work days when no one is yelling or complaining just calm. Everyone that sat at my desk today was pleasant and joyfully (I starting to think something was in the water), either way I’ll take it:)

My at home experience was not as pleasant; I came home to my shower going full blast with no explanation (I am not even going to touch this subject because it just freaks me out); needless to say I am going to invest in home security. After a couple of drinks and my BFF (Taj) talking me back to my senses, it was time to figure out my dinner for one meal. I did not take any thing out so Taj recommended shrimp saute in butter with garlic and spinach. It took me 7 min and was a tasty meal. I did not measure any thing I just simply sauteed the shrimp in butter with garlic, then threw in some spinach. A 5 Enjoy

11:27 PM


Today was a very busy day I spent most of the day running errands. I also joined a gym today, I need to get in shape and I am hoping going to the gym will motivate me to get my ass in gear. My only problem is I can’t go all out because my ankle is still really swollen; hopefully over the next couple week I will see an improvement. I also decided to check off one of the item on my Bucket List; Learn How to Swim. I stopped by a local swim club to sign up for classes; I am waiting for the instructor to call me back. I am really excited about the swimming lessons I just can’t wait to get my swim on!!!! Oh, I also brought new boots today, on sale at Aerosole’s regularly 99.99 got them for 49.99 (I so LOVE a sale). By the time I got home all I wanted to do was make a quick meal and relax. My dinner for one tonight was BEEF AND SWEET POTATO TURNOVERS. I thought this recipe was interesting so I decided to give it a try; it was a little to bland for me, but maybe someone else may like it:) On a scale of 1-5 I give it a 2.



1. Brown ½ pound ground beef with 2 cloves chopped garlic. Add 1 grated sweet potato and 2 cups baby spinach; season with salt and pepper.
2. Cut 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (thawed) in half. Divide the beef and 1½ cups grated Cheddar among the 4 pieces of dough; seal the edges.
3. Bake at 375° F until golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Recipe is from realsimple.com

7:47 PM


Today was a day of cleaning, and just hangin out around the house. I was trying to get everything done so I can watch the Grammy tonight with my BFF:) I wanted make sure I had time to make dinner this evening, and get my drinks ready(Malibu Coconut Rum and Orange) :) You can't watch the Grammy's without drinks and foods, it's just now right(lol). So tonight I decided to make LASAGNA with meat sauce; I must note that I used store brought sauce. Either way it was Great and I give it a 5!!! Enjoy:)

Also Enjoy watching the Grammy's this evening I can't wait!!!


* 8 ounces lasagna noodles
* 2 tablespoons salt for cooking water
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 16 ounces low fat ricotta cheese
* 8 ounces sliced Mozzarella cheese
* Sauce
* 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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* 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 pound ground chuck or round
* 1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes
* 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
* 2 teaspoons salt
* pinch cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 cups water

Start sauce about 30 to 45 minutes in advance.
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until onions are soft; add ground beef and brown. Pour off excess fat. Add remaining ingredients; stir well. Simmer slowly, uncovered, for 1 hour.

Cook noodles in boiling water with 2 tablespoons of salt for about 25 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Drain; add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange noodles in a shallow 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Make 3 layers each of noodles, ricotta cheese, Mozzarella cheese, meat sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45 minutes.
Serves 6.

Recipe is from SouthernFood.com

1:01 AM


I know that an omelet does not sound like something that is made for dinner, but it can be. I am one of those people who love to eat breakfast for dinner:) I leave out so early in the morning during the week I rarely have time to make myself breakfast, so I actually eat a lot of breakfast foods for dinner. I rarely eat pancakes, bacon and eggs, waffles, or cereal for breakfast; I am always preparing these items for dinner and I love it. So today after work and running around shopping I realize that I had not given any real thought as to what was for dinner this evening. Everything I could think of required something that needed thawing time; time I really didn't have if I wanted to eat dinner at a decent hour. Then it hit me, I had just brought eggs and quite a bit of baby spinach why not make omelets. Sounds good right? :)

I went on line to find a good recipe and came across this easy and tasty omelet:)
I was a little leery about the recipe calling for nutmeg ( I have never used nutmeg in an omelet before), but I have to admit it came out really nice, all the flavors mix together were awesome:)!! Now when you look at the picture you can see I had some trouble with the flip, but all in all it came out decent. My rating is a 5 on this dish. ENJOY:)!!!


* 2 eggs
* 1 cup torn baby spinach leaves
* 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
* 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
* 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* salt and pepper to taste


1. In a bowl, beat the eggs, and stir in the baby spinach and Parmesan cheese. Season with onion powder, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
2. In a small skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat, cook the egg mixture about 3 minutes, until partially set. Flip with a spatula, and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes, or to desired doneness.

Recipe is from Allrecipes.com

9:11 PM


Tonight I did not get home until 7pm; Friday's are usually my takeout night and believe my I REALLY REALLY wanted to go pick up takeout. But I didn't. Cooking for 30 days straight is going to be quite hard for me, its just so easy when your single to just order out. My day starts at 6:30am and I don't get home until 6pm on a normal night, so believe me when I say the drive thru has been my friend:)especially on Thurs and Fri my late nights.

Now let get to my dinner for one this evening; I decide on something that took me 10 mins to prepare:) Shrimp With Garlic And Cream:) Absolutely Great! A 5:) Enjoy!!!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

* 1 cup butter
* 2 large cloves garlic, minced
* 2 to 3 pounds raw jumbo shrimps, shelled and deveined
* 2 tablespoon dry sherry or white wine
* 1 cup heavy cream
* salt and pepper to taste
* chopped parsley

In skillet, heat butter; cook garlic over medium-low heat until soft. Add shrimps and cook until they turn pink. Add sherry and simmer for another minute. Add cream and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired. Serve with rice or over toast or biscuits.

12:51 AM


Tonight was one of my late nights. I spent part of the day trying to figure out what I would make for dinner. I have been eating very heavy meals lately and I don't think my stomach can take another one this evening. I decided I would eat salad for dinner tonight, however I didn't want the same old Cesar Salad I always eat. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone; so when I came across the Waldorf Tuna Salad I thought it was perfect:) It is a definite 5!!! Enjoy:)


* 2 (6 ounce) cans light water-packed albacore tuna, drained and flaked
* 1 large red apple, chopped
* 1/3 cup chopped celery
* 1/3 cup raisins
* 1/3 cup chopped dates
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
* 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
* 4 lettuce leaves
* 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese


1. In a large bowl, combine the tuna, apple, celery, raisins, dates and walnuts. Combine yogurt and mayonnaise; add to tuna mixture and toss to coat. Serve on lettuce-lined plates; sprinkle with the cheese.

11:11 PM


I went back to work today after spraining my ankle on Saturday:( I must say it was a very uneventful day; the same old clients with the same old complaints. UGH!!! I came home workouted a bit nothing too stressful, but enough to work up a sweet. I kind of lost my routine the last week, so I have started back tonight. The bad thing is I think I canceled out the workout because I ate to much dinner. It was SOOO GOOD!! Tonight I made PASTA CON BROCCOLI; it was an easy dish that required not meat (I need a break from chicken). All I can say is IT'S A 5! Enjoy:)


* 4 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
* 1 cup heavy whipping cream
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 ounce tomato sauce
* 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1/2 cup broccoli florets
* 1/4 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
* salt to taste
* ground black pepper to taste
* 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


1. Cook fettuccine in a large pot of boiling salted water until "almost" done. Drain, and return noodles to pot.
2. Stir cream, butter or margarine, tomato sauce, garlic, and broccoli into the noodles. Simmer until noodles are done. Stir in sliced mushrooms, and remove from heat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe is from AllRecipe.com

11:15 PM


Today was a day of just hanging around the house. I couldn't really do anything but put my foot up and chill out. I have to go back to work tomorrow :( I really have enjoyed hanging out at home; I know my foot is all jacked up, but not going to work the last couple days was like a mini vacation:) I sat around watching day time TV, just mindless hours of The Wendy Williams Show (my God this show is a wreck, one that I could not turn from:) Criminal Minds repeats(one of my favorites), and MTV. Just a lazy, do nothing day:) NICE!!!!

After all my TV watching I decided to make Dinner around 4:30pm. Tonight's Dinner For One is LEMON HERB CHICKEN. It was something simple and quick; it turned out to be quite tasty. I give it a 4 on a scale of 1-5. Enjoy!!!


* 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
* 1 lemon
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 pinch dried oregano
* 2 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish


1. Cut lemon in half, and squeeze juice from 1/2 lemon on chicken. Season with salt to taste. Let sit while you heat oil in a small skillet over medium low heat.
2. When oil is hot, put chicken in skillet. As you saute chicken, add juice from other 1/2 lemon, pepper to taste, and oregano. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes each side, or until juices run clear. Serve with parsley for garnish.

Recipe is from AllRecipes.com

12:26 PM



12:45 AM


Today was a lazy day. I had to go to the doctor because I sprained my ankle at work on Saturday. I have been hobbling around the house for 1 1/2 day. Saturday was the worst. I fell on AN ORANGE (no laughter please)someone threw one on the ground right in front of a step. Someone tried to take me down with fruit (lol):) You cant image some of the jokes I have heard the past 2 days:) Well, the doctor told me today it was a bad sprain and it will take 72 hours for the swelling to peak, then go down. I have taken off tomorrow to allow that to happen, and keep it iced throughout the day. It a good thing I have decide to cook for the next 30 days because it would have been a challenge to do anything else.

I pulled out the IPOD, opened a bottle of red, and hobbled happily around the kitchen getting my DINNER FOR ONE READY this evening:) I tried to shake it to the music a little but having only one good foot you just image how I looked:)

My dinner pick this evening took a little more time, and time is all I had tonight so I said why not. I made BAKED CHICKEN WITH HERBS. I must say it was SOOOO GOOD!!! I always told everyone I did not like mushrooms, but after tonight I can never say that again. The way the mushrooms taste after they finish cooking in the sauce with chicken. SOOO GOOD:) The chicken came out so tender and tasty:) On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 5.



* 6 chicken breast halves
* salt and pepper
* 1/4 cup butter
* 6 to 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
* 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup
* 3/4 cup dry white wine
* 1 can (5 ounces) water chestnuts, drained, sliced
* 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon leaf thyme, crushed
* 1/4 teaspoon leaf basil

Wash chicken and pat dry; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat; cook chicken slowly until browned, turning to brown both sides. Remove chicken pieces to an 11x7 or 13x9-inch baking dish. Add mushrooms to the skillet and sauté until tender. Add soup to skillet then slowly stir in wine. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour sauce over chicken. Cover baking dish with foil and bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 to 25 minutes longer, until chicken is tender and juices run clear. Serve with hot cooked rice or noodles.

Recipe from SouthernFood Online.

7:58 PM


I have finish my month long Pamperfest, and realize I don't want it to end. Pampering myself for a month was heavenly, it was something I now realize I need just for me. I was taking Me for granted, I did not fully value Me. Looking back at some of the things I did to pamper myself I realize that doing something small for myself like waxing my eyebrows or taking a bubble bath or talking to my good friend; all of those small things had a HUGH affect on my mood. It made me really happy. I was going through my life (like so many other woman) always trying to make other people happy. I am not saying that is a bad thing, but once in awhile a woman should spend time thinking of ways to make herself happy. I got to do that for 30 days straight, and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF TI!!! I loved it some much I don't want to stop.

I have decided to cook dinner for myself for 30 days (DINNER IN 30). After my DINNER FOR ONE post I realize that I really enjoyed cooking for myself. I never really took time to cook, maybe because I am always preparing the same meals over and over again. I have decide to go online and find new recipes to try over the next 30 day. I am going to organize my kitchen, turn on the music, break out the liquor (every cook should have a drinkie drink while cooking:) and get my cook on!!

My first meal was tonight and I decided to make GARLIC SHRIMP OVER RICE AND BROCCOLI.
It was an easy and quick meal; most of my time was spent preparing the rice. I also had to improvise I did not have any parsley in the house so I threw in some Broccoli:) I had my ipod on shakin it to QUEEN, drinking a Margarita and doing my thing in the kitchen. A nice way to pamper myself:)

Garlic Shrimp
This recipe for shrimp is made with lots of garlic, butter, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh parsley or basil, and seasoning.

* 1/3 cup butter
* 1 1/2 to 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 4 to 6 medium cloves garlic, crushed and minced
* 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
* 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* salt, to taste

In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat until butter stops foaming, about 30 to 45 seconds. Add the shrimp and garlic and sauté over medium heat, turning frequently until the shrimp just turn pink, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the parsley, lemon juice, and salt; stir well. Remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately, with rice or a salad.

Recipe is from SouthernFood Online

11:14 PM

Day 30 - BUTTER PECAN & 20/20

Today is DAY 30 (YEAH ME!!!) of my month long pamperfest, and I am really proud of myself. Today I decided I would not go out to buy anything to pamper myself I would just finger it out when I got home from work; Today was my late night at work I did not get home until almost 7:30pm. After a sandwich for dinner I went on the computer to read my favorite celebrity gossip sites,and call a friend to gossip for awhile. Just some everyday stuff. While surfing the TV Guide I saw that Lady Gaga was going to be on 20/20 tonight; so I decided that I would pamper myself with a big bowl of BUTTER PECAN ice cream, and watch 20/20 tonight. I am really digging Lady Gaga right now and I would love to see her be herself in an interview. I have to admit I enjoyed the interview but wish it was a little longer; maybe I will Google her Oprah interview online this weekend.

My pamper suggestion DAY 30 indulge in a big bowl of your favorite ice cream (BUTTER PECAN) while watching your favorite show:)

I have really enjoyed every minute of blogging this past month; so much that I have decide to just continue after today. I have decided that I will take on another 30 days of pampering myself but with a little twist.

11:35 PM


Today was the day from hell!!! I had to deal with clients who were demons from HELL! I thought this day would never end, it just kept getting worse as the morning just crawl into the afternoon and it seem like the clock just stop when it hit 2:30pm. THANK GOD TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!!! To try escape a bad day I decided to go to Blockbuster after work to check out their 2 for 20 (Preview Movies Only) movie bin. It turn out they were having a sell and you can get 3 movies for $20; so I picked up The Hangover, My Sister's Keeper, and Star Trek. I picked up some takeout, put on my sweats, pull out my favorite blanket, and pop in Star Trek. I am a huge Star Trek fan and I did not get to see it in theaters so I was excited to sit and watch it finally. I must say I REALLY REALLY enjoyed the movie. I think I will watch The Hangover tomorrow if I have time:)

So my pamper suggestion this evening make it A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT; go pick up a new movie and lounge:)

11:12 PM


Today was a quiet day at work and at home; work was kind of the same old routine nothing out of the ordinary. I had plans to catch the second night of American Idol with my BFF (she will hate that I used that acronym, LOL:) I must say it was funny as hell:) the guy splitting his pants, you gotta love it :) Well, on my way home I had to stop at the grocery store to put up a couple of things; while shopping I notice the flower bin. It made me smile. I have not received flowers in a while, so I thought why not buy myself flowers, you don't always have to wait for someone to send you a flower bouquet. When I got home I displayed them in a beautiful vase and put them out for everyone to see. I am smiling as I write this post:) Mission accomplished, I feel pampered today.

BUY YOURSELF FLOWERS for no reason other than it will make you smile:)

11:11 PM


Today was a nice day; I was able to sleep in a bit because I was working closer to home this morning. When you start your day relaxed everything seems to just flow. I was full of energy today, nothing could get under skin; I was just to happy:) After work I decided to hit a couple of store to just browse the aisles, something to do that requires no money (free is always good); I was not in the mood to go straight home from work. I was browsing through the body therapy aisle of Walmart when I came across Shea Body Butter Almond & Honey:) I fell in love the soft sweet smell. So after my workout tonight I tried out my new body butter and I must say I LOVE IT! It was a nice way to pamper myself, a little treat for my skin.

My pamper suggestion this evening treat yourself to A NEW BODY BUTTER/LOTION.

9:46 PM


I had a really great day; I spent most of the day shopping for new boots (I LOVE LOVE LOVE SHOE SHOPPING) :) I have worn out my favorite riding boots, and I was out today replacing them. On top of enjoying the shoe shopping today, it was such a BEAUTIFUL DAY here in the northeast; it had to be about 50 degrees today. The sunny weather is such a nice change from all the rain and snow we've had the last few weeks. BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL DAY:) After I finish shoe shopping I came home and did my 30 minute work out (still going strong!), and I sat down for 15 OF MINUTES MEDITATION. AT first I felt a little wierd sitting with my legs crossed, eyes closed; however after the first 5 mins I was really into it. You have to calm your mind and focus on the quietness. It's very relaxing, I can see how it can be very therapeutic for mind.

My pamper such tonight is to de-stress by taking 15 MINUTES TO MEDITATE:) I guarantee you will love it.

12:05 AM


Today I was able get a couple of things done that needed my attention in the morning and relax for the rest of the evening. Once I completed my tasks today I decided I would make myself a nice dinner. I lit a fire, pour a glass of wine, and pull out the cutting board. I don't cook for myself that often, its just me and I tend to make to much (it goes to waste). Tonight however I enjoyed every minute of it; I was actually humming while I cooked. I lit a couple of candle, sat in front of the fire and enjoyed my DINNER FOR ONE. Nice right? YES!!! :)

My pamper suggestion tonight make yourself dinner; pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy:)

1:59 AM


Today I decided I would take time to think about some of things I would like to see or do in my lifetime. Lately I have been feeling like there are things I should be doing or maybe it's goals I feel like I have not accomplished yet; a feeling of discontent. I have kind of touch on this subject with friends and family throughout 2009; it started after I brought my first home. Buying a home was on my old 25 things I want to do or accomplish before I die list (a list I had since my very early 20's). It was a huge achievement for me last year, however instead of feeling good I feel like something is missing. So I took the time today to try and figure out what I need to do to put that fire in my belly again; I began to think about what are some of the goals and/or things I what to acheive before I died and started to list them one by one. As I was listing them I started to FEEL GOOD ABOUT ME. Maybe it was putting them on paper, but I started to feel like WOW I have a new purpose; something to focus on. I told myself I would not stop until I had 100 items listed; by the time I reach 100 I had a huge smile on my face:)

So today I am going to suggest that you pamper yourself by making your very own BUCKET LIST. I guarantee by the time you finish your list you will have a sense of purpose and a smile on your face:)

3:19 AM


I was thinking earlier how would I pamper myself today. Then I knew right away what would make me feel good about myself; knowing that I did my part (even if it was not much) to help those in need (the catastrophe in Haiti). Watching CNN the other night made me realize that my not helping in some way was not acceptable. So that is exactly what I did; I donated to the Haiti Relief via the American Red Cross.

So my pamper suggestion today HELP SOMEONE IN NEED; it will put a smile in your heart:)

Text "Haiti" to "90999" to donate $10 to American Red Cross!

11:14 PM


Today was a long day; I had to worked late tonight and by the time I got home all I wanted to do was eat and curl up on the couch. So I picked up some take out, lit a fire, and watched CNN most of the night. I was really exhausted tonight and the warmth of the fire really help relax me:)

Pamper suggestion day 22 RELAX IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE:)


11:18 PM


Work was very crazy today; you would have thought some of my clients actually had lost their mind. So when it was time to go home I almost ran out the door! On the drive home all I could think about was what my pamperfest was going to be this evening:) Then it hit me, why not spend the evening watching TV with a friend. So that is exactly what I did:) my night was full of American Idol (I never really watched this show before, but my God its hilarious), Margaritas, and laughter. If this not pampering yourself then I don't know what is:)

So my pamper suggestion day 21 is spend the EVENING WITH A GOOD FRIEND.

11:06 PM


I have to admit today was pretty easy day; work was pleasant, spoke to my family and friends about a little bit of nothing (just a chance to catch up):) It was just a REALLY REALLY nice day:) I decided after my workout this evening I would just relax and listen to some music. A little Alicia, some Pink, and throw in a bit Jay it's all good:)

So my pamper suggestion this evening, chill out by LISTENING TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC:)

11:09 PM


Today I had a lot of errands to run so I could ready for work tomorrow. Lately I have been trying to maintain a 3 day a week, 30 min work out routine. The last month and half it has been a little hard to stay dedicated, but I can say I am sticking with it:) I have also been doing the same work out routine (30 min on the elliptical) for the last 1 1/2 months; it's becoming a bit boring and I am starting to lose some of my momentum. So today I decided to go out and get a new work out video; something to switch things up a little. It's called Walk at Home. I will be walking a mile each night right at home:) I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about the whole walking a mile at home, but it turned out to be a great workout:)!!

So my pamper suggestion today would be TRY A NEW EXERCISE ROUTINE, it will help add a little spice to mundane workout week!!!

1:55 AM


Today was one of those very hard emotional days; trying to figure out what went wrong; why did I close my eyes to SO MANY clues right in front of me. Why do we keep forgiving and forgiving when I should have said enough is enough; Well ENOUGH,ENOUGH,ENOUGH!!! I ending a very very hard weekend with A HOT BUBBLE BATH, my IPOD, candles, and a bottle of champagne (the whole bottle). The bubble bath and candles help soothe me and the bottle of champagne was there to relax me. Believe me it was pamper section I really needed. So when life throws egg in your face, get a towel and wipe it off; then go run A HOT BUBBLE BATH, light some candles, turn on the music and just RELAX. Tomorrow will be better.

7:34 PM


Today is a not good day :( All I can say I hope this evening is better). As I was told (Have Confidence). So to kind of take my mind off things I did a little window shopping this afternoon. It help me feel a little better. So when you need to a distraction from your increasing bad day(horrible weekend); pamper yourself by doing some WINDOW SHOPPING. It will brighten your day if only for a little while.

12:06 AM


After a very long day I get to sit down and relax a bit:) It was snowing here in the northeast early this morning and I thought I would not be able to get much done this morning early afternoon; but I was able to get a PEDICURE today:) It was relaxing and something I was able to do just for myself:) It is a ME activity. So my pamper advise today would be go to the nearest salon and GET A PEDICURE; your feet will thank you and you will leave the salon knowing that you did something just for you today:)

2:54 AM


Tonight I had to work a little late so I decided to get some takeout and pop in one of my favorite feel good movies. Sex and the City the movie is one of my go to movies to relax and just watch for fun:) So I had my favorite blanket wrapped around me, an order of egg foo young in front of me, and Sex in the City in the DVD; a good way to pamper yourself and end a Thurs night. My pamper suggestion today is pop ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES in the DVD player and relax:)

2:00 PM


It is 11pm and I am about to call it a night; I am a little tired and could use something to help me total relax. I was looking at my bookshelf and realize there are a few books that I brought with the intention of reading in the near future. So now is the time to pick up a forgotten book. I have tried to watch the film adaptation of this book but could never really get into it; I brought the book when the movie first hit theaters, but never took the time to read it. The only disadvantage I have now is I can't create the characters in my mind because I have seen the movie first (bit and pieces). I like to read the book first then see the movie. My book choice this evening is The Da Vinci Code. I am about to pamper myself by CRAWLING IN BED AND READING A GOOD BOOK:)

1:00 AM


I have just finish my day and now I am relaxing:) I am going to watch Criminal Minds until it is time for me to go to bed, but I decided Why not watch my favorite show with some candles lit and my favorite blanket. Sound great doesn't it (YES!!!) The candles make loungefest more relaxing and cozy:) And remember IT'S ALL FOR YOU! So my pamper suggestion this evening is LIGHT SOME CANDLE JUST FOR YOUR YOURSELF:) It will make you feel like you doing something a little romantic for you.

Oh, and a glass of wine wont hurt either:)

11:44 PM


Today was a long day, between running errands and handling some personal issues I thought I would not be able to pamper myself today. My brother stop by to check on me today, and I wind up helping him with some things he needed to get done. So it is after 11pm and I just finish my pamper suggestion for today. But it was worth the wait;I took a long hot shower and gave myself Sea Salt Body Scrub. My skin feels so soothe and the heat from the shower has relaxed my whole body. It was a nice way to end a very long stressful day. So my pamper suggestion tonight would be give yourself a nice BODY SCRUB your skin feeling amazing and you body will be totally relaxed after the hot shower:)

8:59 PM


I was still a little under the weather today so I decided to do something that would make me feel and look good. I have been neglecting my eyebrows for sometime now; I have been just touching them up every now and then. I looked at myself in the mirror today and realize I looked a bit run down; so I pulled out the wax, heated it up and went to town on my brows. I don't know why, but every time I go get my eyebrows done or I wax them myself, I feel prettier afterward. I feel better about myself; I feel like I am taking care of ME:) Pamper suggestion for day 11 GO GET YOUR EYEBROWS WAX OR YOU CAN DO THEM YOURSELF; either way I bet you will feel good about yourself when you are done:)

2:47 AM


I know a HOT CUP OF TEA does not sound like something one would do to pamper themselves, but when you are so sick that you can barely sit up without feel pain a HOT CUP OF TEA is the best thing in the world. It soothes the throat, helps settle your stomach, and warms the body up when you have chills running up your spine. I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst pain in my stomach and chills running through my body. It was horrible; to make things worst is I had to go to work feeling like death was knocking. Thank God it was only a half day. I came home, pull out my favorite blanket, made a HOT CUP OF TEA (it was heaven) and feel asleep for 8 hours. I am still feeling like death but I promise no matter what I would finish my 30 days of pampering:) So my pamper suggestion when you are feeling like death is at your back door; A HOT CUP OF TEA!!!

8:25 PM


Happy New Year to Me!!! The year is 2010, out with the old and in with the new. I get a fresh start, no hanging on to past mistakes or unfulfilled goals. 2010 is the year I will find and fulfill my destiny. I have decided the best way to pamper myself on this day would be to make a NEW YEARS RESOLUTION LIST that is short (only 5 things)so it is attainable. 5 resolutions that will MAKE ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT BEING ME:) I will not list the 5 here but I will tell you one of them.


So my pamper suggestion on this New Years Day is sit down and create a New Years Resolution list. Something short and attainable; A list of 1 to 5 things you can do that will MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT Yourself.

12:59 AM


Today is New Years Eve and I was trying to decide what my pamper suggest would be. Then I realize what it would be while on the phone with my best friend, drinking mix drink:) We were laughing, reminiscing about old times, discussing celebrity gossip, we talked about a little bit of everything and nothing at all. It was time out our busy day we took to just hang out together (on the phone because she lives so far away). I love her so much and really miss her. I realize in the middle of our conversation that is was something nice and special I was doing for myself today; Hanging out with my GOOD FRIEND OF 20 YEARS ;) So my pamper suggestion today is have A CONVERSATION WITH A SPECIAL FRIEND, I bet it will make you feel loved, happy, and put a smile on your face:)