Hashtag: Send Rebecca Mugs

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Hi. My name is Rebecca and I’m addicted to coffee shops.

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

I can’t help it! There are SO MANY in this area and they are all so awesome!

On Tuesday I met up with Susanna at Panacea Coffee Company in Waynesville, NC, about 35 minutes from Asheville.

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Susanna and I met through the NC Blogger Network last week, and because I’m obviously addicted to blogger meet-ups too, we scheduled a coffee date.

I immediately fell in love with Panacea’s outdoor seating space, and we took full advantage of it  since it was such a beautiful day in Western North Carolina.

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

Susanna and I spent a good chunk of our date hanging with a cat that just randomly wandered up to our table.  It even sat on Susanna’s lap for bit (if you click on that link, please ignore my ridiculous face and pay attention to the awesome mug instead).

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

We had a great time getting to know one another and talking about all things blog-related.  I definitely see more meet-ups in our future. Preferably at Panacea because 1) the atmosphere was great, 2) the coffee was delicious, and 3) perhaps most important: I want to hang out with that cat again. Don’t tell Aslan!

Panacea Coffee Company, Waynesville, NC

Panacea Coffee Company, Waynesville, NC

Speaking of blog friends, a few weeks ago Teri and I started talking mugs on Twitter.

Twitter Mug Chat

Seriously, the number of mugs Jeff and I own for just the two of us is completely ridiculous, especially considering there are probably only three I drink from regularly.  But I just can’t get let go of them and I’m always compelled to buy more.  It drives Jeff crazy, but I’m a hoarder, what can I say?

We went back and forth until we finally decided it was necessary to do a mug swap. I mean, Jeff can’t get mad about another mug if I receive it as a gift, right?  Right.

Teri said it was OK.

#SendRebeccaMugs

When the guy at my rental office asked why my package had a hashtag on it, I simply said, “it’s from my blog friend.” He definitely gave me a weird look, but I was too excited to explain.

Blogger problems.

I ran home and ripped open the package to find coffee beans, dark chocolate, and, of course, a fabulous new mug!

Mug Swap Goodies

Thanks, Teri, for the delicious goodies! I can’t wait until you get yours! Let’s make sure #SendRebeccaMugs starts trending on Twitter so I end up with 3,000 mugs and Jeff can kill me…

Now that we’re done talking about mugs, we should probably talk about this burrito I shared on Instagram yesterday.

Wow. OK, guys, stop whatever the heck you’re doing and go make this right now. You think I’m kidding, but I am so not kidding. This burrito will change. your. life. I don’t know if it’s because I just got back from spin class and grocery shopping, but I scarfed this down like at any minute someone was going to come in and take it from me. It was THAT GOOD. You absolutely need this burrito in your life. In the Whole Wheat Tortilla: (measurements are whatever-just do you) Brown Rice Chickpeas, yes, chickpeas Spinach Habanero Cheddar One Egg All the Frank’s Red Hot. All of it Garlic Powder Avocado, my love Olive Oil, for the pan Heat rice and chickpeas in a small amount of olive oil. Add Spinach and Grated Habanero Cheddar. When spinach is wilted crack egg into pan and let cook through. Add all of the Frank’s Red Hot. Sprinkle on some garlic powder. Heat your whole wheat tortilla in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Top with cooked ingredients. Add avocado. Stuff. Your. Face. You’re freakin welcome.

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I whipped it together after returning home from a particularly challenging spin class, where my bike was stuck in a ridiculously high resistance for most of the class until I finally decided to move to a different bike.  (Side Note: I don’t know what it is with me and spin classes lately.  Last week I pulled my pants off by accident and this week I nearly pedaled my legs off. Sheesh!)

This burrito, though, this burrito was magical. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s probably the best one I’ve ever made.  Now, I may have just been ravenous from my workout and in one of those phases where I would have eaten the frying pan if I didn’t get something in my stomach ASAP,  but I sincerely believe my taste buds know better than that. Please, please, please go make this and let me know if I’m totally insane.

While you’re doing that, I’m going to chug ALL of this Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time- Catawba Brewing Company, Asheville, NC“PB&J Time Ale is a ‘Light Brown’ ale brewed from five different grains that is then lovingly-aged on raspberries and roasted peanuts.  Take a sip, let the bread, fruit, and nut flavors mingle on your palate, and recall the carefree days of youth as you enjoy our PB&J in a glass.”

Yes, it smells and tastes just like a PB&J sandwich.  No, it isn’t weird or gross.  Yes, it’s completely delicious.

I wonder if I can special order it for our wedding.  Hey, Catawba, let’s get on that!  P.S. I love you.

Speaking of our wedding, here is a short wedding planning update.  Yesterday morning I ran into Jeff’s office to remind him that it’s ALMOST MY BIRTHDAY. Then I called my mom and told her too, ya know, in case she forgot.   Totally normal for an almost-29-year-old, right?  I’ve always loved birthdays and this year I’m extra excited because we’re going to New York to visit family and friends and to go BRIDESMAID DRESS SHOPPING. Caps were necessary there.  This whole planning a wedding is moving right along.  We hired a photographer earlier this week, I updated our wedding website with accommodation info for our guests, and I contacted some DJs. I’d be lying if I told you I’m not completely overwhelmed. I mean all I really care about is the food and the cake anyway.  Oh, and Jeff, I care about him too! Smile with tongue out

OK, now that I’ve talked your ear off, I’m off to yoga!

Are you a mug hoarder? Do you like camping out in coffee shops? What are your plans for the weekend? Let’s chat!

Have a wonderful weekend! <3

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Saving Time With Recipe Ready (A Giveaway)

Oh, Friday, how I love you!

Life lately has been kind of hectic. This weekend will be the first one in two weeks where I’ll be able to just sit around in PJs all day with no obligations. I. can’t. wait. Don’t get me wrong, I loved visiting family over the past two weeks, but there’s nothing quite like waking up in your own bed and drinking a cup of coffee in your own mug on your own couch. Am I right?

Anyway, I was going through old blog posts recently, and, man, do I miss all the free time I had in college! I was cooking and baking up a storm those days and I really wish I could figure out a way to get back to that with a full time job and a jam-packed schedule.

Jeff and I have been eating out a lot lately and I’m finding myself yearning for the time I used to spend in the kitchen when I was a broke college student and that’s all I could afford to do.

Somebody take me back!

Recipe Ready Chicken & Vegetable Grill

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Birds Eye asking if I wanted to try a new line of products called Recipe Ready.

Recipe Ready comes chock full of pre-sliced vegetables with a recipe included on the bag so busy people like me can save time in the kitchen.

Personally, I love chopping vegetables; I find it therapeutic. My father used to be a chef and I’ve watched him chop onions in two seconds with his eyes closed.

Me? I’d probably chop my hand off if I tried.  Chopping vegetables is easily the most time-consuming part of meal-prep for me.

So I sent an email back to Birds Eye letting them know that I’d love to try Recipe Ready, and, within a couple days, I had this lovely bag of frozen veggies in my possession.

Recipe Ready Chicken & Vegetable Grill 2

Ignore that it says chicken. I’m a vegetarian. I do what I want.

I think it’s pretty cool that Birds Eye includes a recipe on the bag, but I decided to use the veggies to spruce up one of my go-to, easy-peasy weeknight recipes: Baked Cheesy Pasta.

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Adding Recipe Ready to this old favorite was really simple. I just threw the veggies in a pan while the pasta was cooking.

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Then combined the pasta, sauce and veggies in a baking dish…

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…topped it with cheese and popped it in the oven (350 degrees F–covered with foil) for 25 minutes. Then removed the foil and baked it for another 10 minutes.

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So ridiculously easy and delicious!

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I loved that the package included veggies that I wouldn’t normally think to chop up and add to my pasta! The zucchini and squash were my favorite additions.

I also picked up a Recipe Ready bag for tacos, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet. I’m sure it will be just as tasty!

Recipe Ready Giveaway

Recipe Ready Coupons

Because I love you all so much, I want to give you an opportunity to try Recipe Ready, too! Birds Eye offered me five coupons to give away for free packages of Recipe Ready. I’ve decided to split them up so more than one of you can win!

One reader will win three coupons and two runners up will each win a coupon.

This giveaway will run until 11:59 EST Monday night (December 9) and is open to U.S. residents only (sorry to those of you reading outside the U.S.)

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me how you save time in the kitchen, then click the “I commented” button on the giveaway widget below to earn an entry!

Good luck!

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Full Disclosure: Birds Eye provided me with coupons to try out Recipe Ready. The opinions stated here are my own.

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