Weekend Things + Happy Halloween!

Hi!  Happy Halloween!  Are you dressing up??  I think I’m way more into seeing what the Today Show crew dresses up as, than dressing up myself.  But I’m excited to hand out candy — giving out BIG handfuls this year! — light up the pumpkins we carved this weekend, watch the original Halloween and to have a holiday that makes Monday feel just a little bit less heinous 🙂

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Turns out I was a bad picture-taker this weekend so this is all I got, but that’s okay, right?  Friday after work, we picked up beer supplies then drove down Larimer to check out what’s new.  Verdict: A LOT.  Crazy excited about the development in that part of town.  We also went to our first Avs game of the season.  They totally lost but we still managed to have fun.  I introduced Joey to Death Becomes Her after the game because he’d never seen it.  Can you even believe it??

Saturday started with a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Weathervane.  Ugh, I’m way too into the seasonal drinks that pop up at all the Denver coffee shops this time of year.  This one was just okay, though.  Onto beer brewing!  It’s an IPA and it’s going to be a HOPPY one.  That’s by far, the most hops we’ve ever purchased for a single beer.  Gonna dry hop for the first time!  Saturday night, we watched A Nightmare on Elm Street — neither of us had ever seen it! — carved pumpkins and ate dinner.  I was feeling irritable all day — it happens :/ — but nighttime Halloween activities had me feeling much happier.

Sunday, we had breakfast with my mama!  Walked over to Sunny’s because we hadn’t been there in forever and filled up on coffee, food and mom time.  I spent the afternoon making our lunches for the week and reading on the couch, so basically, the best!  When Joey got home, we roasted our pumpkin seeds and the recipe we used called for a TABLESPOON of salt per CUP of seeds.  They are SO SALTY and I’m so mad at myself for not knowing better.  Ended the night with a Cubs win, a Cowboys win and a loss for anyone who may have been trying to hide under the covers when that second one happened 😛

Happy Halloween!

Weekend Things

In “hardcore adulting”…

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We bought two tree babies after work on Friday and what the heck, why do they bring my heart so much joy??  Adulthood is just a series of unexpected excitements.  Over things like trees, backyard gardens, a clean sink.  Anyway, these are Cleveland Flowering Pears, so yeah, they flower (in the spring) and yeah, they have teeny tiny little pears growing on them.  Both Joey and the guy helping us at the tree farm ate one and I think they are both so weird.  We got these planted and looking so so cute in front of our house on Saturday and even though I did none of the digging, I did mix all the soil and felt like it was a job well done by both of us!

In delicious things…

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I made us a cast iron pizza on Friday night and seriously, I do not tire of how good it always comes out!  I would like to tell you we ate a responsible two pieces each but no, we ate the entire thing.  And I feel good about it.  Saturday morning, I made my new favorite pancakes and topped them with coconut whip, blueberries, granola and maple syrup.  They were HEAVENLY.

Saturday night, my mom, my sister, Wayne, Lori, Joey and I all went to dinner at The Nickel and the majority of us ordered that melt-in-your-mouth short rib.  I couldn’t get over those baby radishes!  Sunday breakfast was at Snooze this week.  We biked over to sit on the patio at their Union Station location and it was kind of perfect because a slight chill in the air meant no wait for outdoor seating.  I know Snooze has kind of chained themselves out, number of locations-wise, but I still think the food, service and atmosphere feel one of a kind.

In work week prep…

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After breakfast on Sunday, Joey headed to the office (SAD FACE) and I went grocery shopping, then spent the rest of the afternoon food prepping.  Aka, restocking on granola (I used this Pumpkin Maple Pecan recipe and it’s so good!), baking banana muffins and making lunch for the week.  After all was said and done — aka food being packed up and the dishes being washed and put away — I looked at the mason jars full of granola next to my newest batch of ruby red black cherry kombucha and such a pure sense of happiness washed over me.  How nerdy is that??  Do you feel this way when you food prep?

In television/theater entertainment…

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Friday night, we watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake and yikes, that thing was BAD.  We had no idea it wasn’t live until it started and were both really disappointed.  Not even Adam Lambert could save that trainwreck.  Saturday night, our group saw Swan Lake and even though I feel like I should love all things dance, I really only started to enjoy it when all the swan maidens showed up and more importantly, we all turned on the subtitles that told us the plot.  Now I really want to re-watch Black Swan.  Raise your hand if you felt disappointed by SNL.  Tom Hanks AND Lady Gaga?  How do you even mess that up?

I should mention that we started watching Transparent last week and I am loving it.  It has been so beautifully heartbreaking thus far.  Also, we rounded out Sunday night with Shameless and though the novelty has certainly worn off, I still consider it one of my favorite shows.  I’m LOVING all the brother bonding this season plus Emmy Rossum just kills it as Fiona.  Plus she directed this week’s episode!

Share one thing you ate, watched or did this weekend! 🙂