Weekend Things

Good news! We had our house inspection on Thursday and nothing major or deal-breaking came up. And Joey officially closed on the house he was selling on Friday. In other words, moving right along. I couldn’t be happier. In other news, this weekend has been a good one. Actually, Joey has been at the office for most of it (making up for time missed doing house stuff this week and holding two fantasy football drafts), but we’ve been making good use of our nights for fun stuff.

On Friday, my family went to Red Rocks for “1964 the Tribute,” which is a Beatles tribute show. I figure I’m never going to see the actual Beatles in concert, so this is the next best thing. We had a car picnic in the parking lot then headed into the amphitheater for the show. The band had the Beatle mannerisms down.

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Please excuse the poor quality and size of this photo. Trust me, it only gets grainier the bigger I make it.

They sang a lot of their older songs, stuff the Beatles actually would have been performing while they were touring. I’d been hoping to hear a lot more of their later stuff but now I understand it was all for authenticity’s sake. Mom even taught me some old school dance moves like “the mashed potato” and “the hitchhiker.” Hilarious!

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How cool does the moon look in this photo?

On Saturday morning I went on a 5 mile run and was so proud of myself. That’s far for me these days. I’m kinda sorta thinking about signing up for a 15K (that’s 9.3 miles) in October so I thought I’d test the waters with a run that was longer than the 2-3 mile runs I’ve been going on lately. I felt pretty good on the 5th mile (it was my fastest!) but the thought of running 4.3 more miles terrifies me. I also started packing up our apartment. Our bedroom walls are looking so bare! Then I took a break to make some zucchini mini muffins.

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They came out great! I only know this after waking up at 1:30 AM, going into the kitchen for a glass of water and deciding what the hell, might as well eat a mini muffin too. That’s a normal thing to do, right? Anyways, we decided to head into Denver for dinner on Saturday night and ended up at Ace, the sister restaurant of Steuben’s and Vesta Dipping Grill and the only one we hadn’t been to. Yelp reviews weren’t the best but I’ve decided that people who give bad Yelp reviews just didn’t have enough beer with their dinner.

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We clearly did, so we loved it. Joey thought the ambiance and outdoor bar was way cooler than the set up at either Steuben’s or Vesta. I thought the two steamed buns with choice of side for $8 was way cooler than the prices at either Steuben’s or Vesta 😛 I tried kimchi for the first time and my tastebuds were blown away! It’s like sauerkraut on steroids. My mouth was on fire but I couldn’t stop eating it. I need help.

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Afterwards, we drove by our house and our future neighbors were having a giant party in the front yard with a bouncy castle. Now we’re wondering if that’s a regular weekend occurrence. Sunday involved sleeping in for what felt like the first time in forever and pancakes. And good news, I had just enough time between pancakes and yoga to pin a billion house-related things.

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Anyways, the real highlight of Sunday was a Farm to Table Dinner at Whole Foods with my family. I know, you probably thought it was Miley Cyrus’s performance at the VMAs, but you’re wrong. They had some tables and tents set up outside and for $10 we got a huge spread of locally sourced food, including bratwurst on a pretzel bun. Guys, a PRETZEL BUN. Oh and beer (yes, more beer) from my hometown. Louisville pride!

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Plus a real life Chopped competition. These two WF team members were given Hatch green chiles, Swiss chard, chocolate, bison skirt steak, peaches and red quinoa. Honestly, both of their plates looked really tasty! My mom and I stood up near the contestants for 10 minutes and tried to come up with our own creations. Then we both decided we’d rather just follow a recipe that someone else already created.

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Before we left, I ran inside with my sister to replenish my chocolate supply and had to buy this little Venus Flytrap for my office. Plus a mini orchid, so cute! Now we are parked on the couch watching the VMAs. I am actually mortified for Miley. What was she doing?! But I know JT and Nysnc are coming up so I’m bursting with excitement. On Saturday morning I watched One Direction’s performance on the Today Show and all those crazy crying and screaming girls totally reminded me of Nsync in the 90’s. Ah, how I missed them.

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Did you watch the VMAs?

What would you have done with those “basket ingredients”?

What did you do this weekend?

CSA Things: Purple Veggies

I almost just wrote “Big ups to my mom for picking up our CSA veggies last week,” then I remembered no one says “big ups” anymore (and never should have!).  But seriously, so thankful my mom could grab our produce for us while I was hanging out with Bruno Mars at Red Rocks.  Just one of the many reasons I don’t know what I’d do without her.

CSA Pick-Up #6 Included:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Bell Peppers

What We Cooked:

I’ll try to be brief — even I’m semi-bored listening to myself go on and on about farm fresh vegetables — but the gist of this week was purple veggies and meals that were almost too pretty to eat (or so I thought at least), and tasted even better.

Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad

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Although the beets were great (and so colorful!), this salad was just okay and I won’t be making it again.  But those tenderloin filets!

Curried Veggies with Roasted Eggplant & Chickpeas

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Does anyone know what kind of eggplants those are?  And does anyone know how someone could not like eggplant?  Cough, Joey.  I could’ve eaten this roasted eggplant by itself but I’m glad I didn’t because this curry dish was really tasty.   Also, cutest teensy purple bell pepper and eggplant rounds ever.  I may have squealed when I first saw them.  Mini eggplant parm, anyone?

Kale, Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Lasagna Rolls

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I’m so over kale.  Actually, I’m just over washing it and tearing the leaves off the stems.  Annnnd, I’m now realizing how lazy that makes me sound.  Anyways, after slaving away at that kale for a whole 5 minutes, and assembling these lasagna rolls, we had such a good dinner.  Sautéed up that CSA zucchini in some olive oil for a side dish.  Simple but I LOVE it.  I would certainly make this whole meal again.

Garlic, Carrots, Cucs

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While I think the difference between farm fresh and store-bought garlic is kind of subtle, I could tell which was better.  Guess which!  The taste, smell and color is just enhanced.  We used it in all of the above.  What if someone didn’t like garlic?!  In other news, CSA carrots have become the bane of my existence because I can’t for the life of me get to them before they get kind of…flimsy.  I used those flimsy carrots and the cucs in a soba noodle salad with an almond buttery dressing (yum!) and the rest of the cucs were eaten alongside some roasted red pepper sabra, aka the best hummus in all the land.  Did I really just say “cucs” that many times?

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What’s your favorite purple food?  Please don’t say it’s that purple ketchup they used to make.  Remember that?!

Do you like eggplant?

What old sayings do you wish we still used? I wish I could still tell people not to “have a cow.”  What does that even mean?