Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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The Red Tent

I think this is a pretty well-known book, but somehow, I’d never read it.  Hannah’s mom, Tracey, loaned it to me and I LOVED it.  The story, the writing, the way it gave voice to a female character instead of the dozens of male characters.  It made the feminist in me say hell yeah.  It’s not often that I wholeheartedly love a book, but I felt that way about this one.

“The Unhealthy Truth Behind ‘Wellness’ and ‘Clean Eating’

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but don’t even get me started on the gluten-free fad.  My eyes cannot roll any harder.  Much of this article was focused on Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella and I know nothing about her or her blog/cookbook, but still there were many parts in here that had me internally yelling “YES!”  Namely, Nigella Lawson’s disdain of the term “clean eating,” and this quote at the very end: “Eating a wide variety of foods, trying new things, and taking pleasure in food is good for you. Combine that with the structure of regular meals and snacks, and make an effort to include most food groups at your meals, and you are covered.”  Give it a read and let me know what you think!

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Joey and I found this on Netflix while we were in New Orleans and I cried big fat ugly tears at the end.  I couldn’t stop!  But even though it ripped my heart out, I ADORED this movie.  It was quirky, it was heartfelt, it was funny, it was excellently acted and perfectly scripted.  You always take your chances when you watch some lesser known indie film, but we found a real gem with this one.  Watch it, you won’t regret it.  Plus: Connie Britton.

“How to Ice a Layer Cake Without a Crumb in Sight”

This article from Bon Appétit was so timely because I made the crumbiest red velvet cake for Joey’s birthday and realized my icing skills needed some serious work.  I’ve never even heard of a “crumb coat” before, but that it genius!  Can’t wait to test it out next time I make a cake.  Also, originally, I used the picture from the article above but then I was like “wait, is it legal to post this?”

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Overnight Oats with Kefir, Berries, and Toasted Coconut

Ever tried kefir?  When I asked Joey, his response was “Kiefir Sutherland?”  Um no.  This recipe was part of a whole “Gut Health” section in the latest edition of Cooking Light and I was totally into it.  And I was also so into this breakfast, that despite it being so gray and rainy outside, felt bright and summery.  It was like the consistency of Greek yogurt overnight oats, but way less tangy.  More please!

Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail

Joey decided we should be more into bombers, so he picked this one up from the liquor store last weekend and we cracked it open last night.  Just no.  It was 13% ABV and it tasted like it too.  It was hoppy but had that sweet barrel aged flavor and I just couldn’t do it.  Better luck next time, I hope!

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Vermont Peanut Butter

My Peanut Butter of the Month subscription has come to and end and I’m sad.  The silver lining is that it went out with a bang because that Vermont Peanut Butter brand chunky pb is life changing.  It is SO CHUNKY.  Like full peanuts in there!  A chunky peanut butter lover’s dream.  Looking back, that dark chocolate rosemary peanut butter was my absolute favorite, but this chunky one is a close second.

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Just started this one and because I know it’s being compared to Gone Girl, I’ll succumb and say I like this one better.  A) So far there isn’t anything unbelievably crazy happening and B) The characters seem much more relatable and real.  I sort of already have a feeling it’s headed in a certain direction, but I’m only 60% done, so we’ll see how it plays out.  Ten points if it doesn’t end predictably.

Happy Wednesday!

Weekend Things

Last week, man!  Joey and I both felt so out of it.  We were doing things like accidentally leaving our phone at home (me!), forgetting our water bottles in the dishwasher, buying birthday presents and Mother’s Day gifts a week late, attempting to sprout mung beans but forgetting to rinse them (me again…) and just remembering all sorts of things at the last minute.  We were not on top of our game.

But, get this.  I kinda liked it.  I’m usually week-ahead-organized and it was kind of refreshing and exciting to “live like a normal person” (Joey’s words, not mine).  Sometimes it’s okay, good even, to be unprepared and just take things as they come.  So even though I had this feeling our weekend was going to be busy, I just brushed it off and it all worked out just the same.  Laid back living is fun.

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Right after work on Friday, I took to the grocery store to get that out of the way.  Kinda forgot about Rockies traffic, but I lived through it and made it home just in time to unload our bags, change and head out to our NINE YEAR dating anniversary dinner!  I’ve been dying to take Joey to D Bar ever since my mom and I went back in March.  After talking it up for so long, I was scared it wouldn’t live up, but NOPE.  It was phenomenal.

It may be known for its desserts, but D Bar can make some seriously good food too.  Between the two of us we had the Brussels sprouts (can’t even with that glaze!), roasted chicken with cheesy grit cakes, ribeye with smashed potatoes and… CAKE AND SHAKE!!!  The menu makes this stuff all sound really simple and straight-forward but gah, is this stuff well-executed!  Not a single disappointing bite in the bunch.

I guess this dinner could have been a post in itself, but before this turns into a short novel, I’ll just mention that I saw Chef Keegan in the kitchen and my immediate reaction was just to shout “KEEGAN!”  My Food Network Challenge watchers know what’s up.

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Saturday was all doom and gloom (though the sun did peek out a few times), which isn’t ideal when you have a Cystic Fibrosis Walk to participate in and a graduation party to attend, but what can you do but walk quickly and eat fondant to distract yourself from the cold?  We did this same walk last year but now that I actually know what Cystic Fibrosis is, the event felt a lot more powerful.  Afterwards, there was a BBQ where we got to chat with our friends Brett and Ashley about all things Denver dining and gosh is it energizing to talk to someone who just gets you on a food-level 🙂

Hannah is officially a nursing school graduate!  I’m so proud in a way that’s probably the closest I’ll get before I have actual children to be proud of.  She took everyone’s blood pressure, as any good nursing school graduate would and how amazing is that cake?  Just please tell me you noticed that the cake bakers made a clock instead of a stop watch.  That cake’s blood pressure looks to be about 6:36.  Too funny!

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Up and at em on Sunday to make donuts!  We rescheduled Mother’s Day Brunch with my mom and do you even know how hard it is to find a Mother’s Day card a week later?  All card struggles aside, our donuts came out perfect, the fruit bowl was plentiful, the Bellinis were flowing (or was that just me drinking them all?) and I think everyone had fun.  This was our first hosting event since we got a Chemex and man is it hard to brew enough coffee in that thing.  Gonna need to invest in an insulated carafe, stat!  And because my wonderful mother cannot help herself, she brought ME a gift.  New flowers for my pots.  Joey planted that first beautifully perfect one and mine is the sad second one, that I had to re-do with Joey’s help.  Oy!

We spent the rest of the day at the Rockies game (sweep, sweep, sweep!), then relaxed at home and finally got our act together in preparation for this week.  Laundry, food prep, dishes.  I even got into bed and finished my book (LOVED The Red Tent!).  All signs point to a good week.  Let’s do it!