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Broiled Pineapple Shrimp September 14, 2010

Filed under: Product Review,Quick and Easy,shrimp — hmills96 @ 7:46 pm
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I have had really good intentions this week. Both yesterday AND today I have wanted to exercise. All day at work I sit in my cubicle, looking forward to being able to get home and walk outside. It’s been beautiful out!

However, neither day has worked out. Yesterday, I got home and was ambushed by a stupid sales person from Unique Home Solutions. I’m totally calling them out because the whole experience left a really bad taste in my mouth. The sales lady was on my porch when I got home, talking to J. Actually, when I pulled up, it looked like J was on the phone and this random chick was on my porch. Turns out, she was going door to door to schedule free estimates, and J was on her phone with the office scheduling an appointment. However, because I walked up at that point, they had to talk to me too, and let me know that the appointment was Wednesday at 6. The person on the phone, Stephanie, repeated three times, “Now, you ARE going to be there on Wednesday right? Because you know, we are making a special trip for this appointment just for you.” Completely obnoxious. THEN she told me, “Now, I need you, while I’m on the phone, I need to hear you tell J that the appointment is Wednesday at 6, so he does not miss it either.” I should have said no at that point. Seriously, I don’t want this appointment that you are shoving down my throat anyway, now you’re going to treat ME like the idiot? Anyway, we hung up, and Missy, the door to door person, told us that the office would be calling me back on my phone in a few minutes to go over more details. WHAT? What other details do I need to know that you can’t tell me right now? She left, and I ended up missing the call because my phone was still on silent for work. So I called the company back, and at this point, I just wanted to cancel the appointment. I was so irritated by this whole thing, I did not want them anywhere near my house again. I told the receptionist that answered the phone that I wanted to just cancel the appointment, “Oh no, you have to talk to Anthony, he’s actually the person who called.” Seriously lady, I just want you to take me off your schedule. But of course, Anthony was on the phone with another customer. She said he’ll call me back, but he never did. Whatever. If they show up, they are not coming in this house.

Anyway, after that whole episode, my work out mojo was ruined.

Then today, it took me 45 minutes to go 3 miles. It took me 2 hours to get home! So yeah, no exercising today either. Plus, someone shut all my windows and didn’t turn the AC back on. So it’s a million degrees in here.

Am I bitching too much? Maybe.

I did manage to cook last night. This was a very easy dish to throw together, definitely one I’ll keep in my┬árepertoire. You can play with the spices, and the veggies. Mix it up!

Broiled Pineapple Shrimp
Adapted from DoughMessTic

16 oz shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 1/2 Tbsp Old Bay
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 lb sugar snap peas
1 can cubed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp cubed butter

Mix all of the ingredients together to coat with spice and sugar. Wrap mixture in heavy duty foil, to form a packet.

Place under broiler in oven for 10-15 minutes, until shrimp is pink.

We just ate this with our fingers in front of the TV (classy, eh?), but it would be good over rice to make more of a meal out of it.


Camelbak Better Bottle Review June 1, 2010

Filed under: Product Review — hmills96 @ 4:25 pm
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I haven’t done many product reviews on here yet–it’s something I used to do on my other blog. But, I think when we come across something that shouts out to us–either really good or really bad–we should share it with our fellow consumers.

I’ve never been a naturally thirsty person. I KNOW I should drink more water, but I don’t crave it like some people do. For me to drink something, it has to be convenient. It has to be within reach. I often won’t even get off the couch when I DO want something to drink, I’ll wait until J. gets up to go to the kitchen, and ask him! I just don’t need it that bad. Lame, I know.

The one good thing about the whole migraine mess is that it forced me to drink more water by taking out all of the alternatives. Now, I keep a Brita filter in the fridge (more because I like my water super cold than actually caring about the filter), and try to keep it filled so I always have cold water ready.

Still, I hadn’t found anything that kept me drinking when out and about. Pop tops are awkward, and the screw off lids on those aluminum things are just a pain. I buy them, and eventually, they gather dust in the back of my cabinet.

But, J brought home one from his training for me this week. I LOVE it. I’ve carried it with me all over the house–which is a good sign I’ll take it with me when I go out (I started to this morning but drinking 24 oz of water on the hour drive to an interview is probably not a good idea, so I left it at home).

What makes this bottle different is Camelbak’s bite and suck technology. No, that’s not a Twilight reference. The bottle is fitted with a flexible mouthpiece that you bite down on, causing a notch to open on the front end. Then you suck the water out like a straw. When no pressure is being applied, the hole is closed off completely and it is virtually leak proof.

This method was originally used on Camelbak’s military canteen backpacks (hence their company name) to keep water from leaking from the long hydration hose attached to the pack. A soldier could quickly hydrate without breaking concentration. I’m glad to see this technology come to sports bottles. It makes awesome sense–even if I’m no athlete.

Since J brought this home, I’ve found myself going through at least 3 refills a day. My bottle holds 24 ozs. Before, I was MAYBE drinking 2 or 3 GLASSES of water a day. I’ve tripled my water consumption. That’s a big deal for someone who didn’t think she was thirsty.

Check out my bottle and others here. For the record, Camelbak has NO idea who I am. This is a totally unsponsored review. I just like their product.