Weekend Things

It was a weekend of finales — we watched the final season of Veep, I woke up from a nap to hear Joey watching the final scene of Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones, of course — and a weekend of me saying I was going to do stuff and then… not doing that stuff — going out to dinner, running 5 miles, buying a dress for a wedding — but I also got to watch Joey accept an award and finish a half marathon and we finally planted our garden!

Also, SPOILER WARNING because I’m definitely talking finales of all sorts in this post.

Friday, after work, we headed to Mile High (or whatever it’s called now) to pick up Joey’s race packet and despite how OVERJOYED he was at getting bib number 303, no one else commented on it 😛  We went home afterward to walk and feed Andi then spent way too long trying to decide if/where to go out to dinner then ended up staying in.  We’re the most fun!  But actually, putting on my pajamas, eating leftover enchilada casserole and watching the final season of Veep felt 100% right.

I set my alarm to run Saturday morning and then asked myself if I really wanted to do that or make pancakes and guess what the answer was!  We used our leftover ricotta to make these and wow, I forgot how good they are!  Afterward, we headed to Paulino Gardens and it was A) packed and B) pretty picked over.  I don’t know if it was because it’s already mid-May or because they’re closing at the end of this season but it was sort of nuts in there.  We managed to leave with most of what we needed but we’re still at a loss for what to plant in the shady part of our yard.  Also, Joey stood in line for something like 40 minutes while I stayed warm in the car and ordered us lunch delivery 🙂

I fully planned on heading to the mall afterward but it was already past 1 PM, we had somewhere to be at 6 PM and I still needed to shower and go to the grocery so dress shopping got the ax.  We spent the evening at a work-related gala where we were fed a family style meal of not nearly enough food (my top concern, obviously), but our company won an award, so I guess that’s cool!  Back at home, we watched a few minutes of SNL (oooh, another finale!) then went to bed because Joey had a race in the morning and I was dropping him off.

First time at the Colfax Half Marathon and the parking/traffic situation actually wasn’t bad.  Joey’s race started at 6:45 AM which seemed really early to us (the marathon started at 6!!!) so I dropped him off around 6:15 then headed back home to make myself some coffee before Lori picked me back up.  I think we took a really long route to the finish line, but Max seemed content in his stroller ♥  Joey cruised in at 1:37:59 which is a new PR for him and I was so proud!!!  He and I had a celebratory breakfast at Onefold afterward and then I went home and took a nap.  Wait, did I actually run the half marathon??

Post nap, we regrouped outside and did some planting.  I thought of my mom the whole time I assembled my planter pots since she bought them for me and is such a gardener at heart ♥  We also got our garden seeds in, plus these shishito plants that I am legitimately SO EXCITED about.  Fingers crossed!  We lost our garden bed when we built our new garage but then they left us that little strip of dirt and it looked perfect for a row of flowers.  I took myself to yoga afterward and Joey kept on working like he hadn’t run 13.1 miles very early that morning!

Came home to make salads for the week, finish up Veep, eat dinner and watch Game of Thrones.  Before I get to GOT, can we give it up for Veep?!  What an incredible, hilarious, vulgar, expertly crafted show.  Everyone gives an amazing performance but Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just PHENOMENAL.  What an all-time character!  We are so lucky to have her comedy genius in this world.

Guys, I was so ready but also not at all ready for the finale of Game of Thrones.  This season has been so strange and rushed and up and down.  I don’t think it’s any great secret that the show runners couldn’t quite get it right without the books as source material, plus this is a show built on long term development being condensed into six episodes and that just doesn’t work.  I won’t say I hated all of this season because the visuals are still (mostly) amazing and I thought this season had some nice acting and moments that I really felt in my heart but it also had far too many unanswered questions, logistics that just didn’t make sense, important scenes left unshown and character arcs that felt unsatisfying or worse, unnatural.  I feel real sad about some of it (Dany), real annoyed by some of it (Bran??) and real thrilled about some of it (QUEEN IN THE NORTH, BABY!).  I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of the week processing it all, but what a ride it’s been!  What are we all watching together now??

How was your weekend?

Make This Now

So much of life is a Catch -22.  I like planning ahead, but I like to match things to my mood and you can’t plan your mood ahead of time, can you?  That would be nice though!  Good moods every Friday please!  Anyway, this is all to say spring is so up and down and I find it hard to match pre-planned meals to ever-changing weather.  I feel like grilling a burger when it’s 80° and sunny and curry when it’s rainy and gray, but those things can happen in the same day!

I guess this list is comprised of meals that managed to match my mood and the weather.  Those make me extra happy and are the reason I continue to chase that feeling.

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One-Skillet Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Orzo

Do you every just HARD-sear some zucchini coins and then realize they look bad in pictures?  Me neither…  Anyway, we made this skillet dinner a few weeks back and were delighted when the orzo cooked perfectly and tasted wonderfully decadent but still light and citrusy.  Also, we bought a bag of Meyer lemons to make this and I legitimately full on ate the other six?  Joey thought I was insane, but they tasted like candy to me!

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Banh Mi Burgers

Okay, I maybe said “next time I make these, I’m definitely adding more salt to the beef” something like 10 times the night we made these, but they were still REALLY GOOD.  Then again, I’m a sucker for banh mi anything.  Joey asked me “what makes these banh mi burgers??” and I was so confused, because… everything?  Those quick-pickled veggies, that fiery sriracha mayo, all that cilantro!  I loved them.  Also, I’ve tried SO MANY sweet potato fry methods and then I just tossed these in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them for 30 minutes and I think they were the best ones I’ve ever made, ha!

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Tomato-Ricotta Pizza

Per my Dinner Diary (yeah, I still keep that!), I made this pizza two years ago and not since.  Which is a shame, because it is delicious!  It has a pesto-ricotta and roasted cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of feta and basil.  So many flavor bombs that just really sing together.  Plus I ate a cherry tomato while prepping this pizza and it had NO RIGHT to taste as good as it did this early in the season.  Not mad about the leftover ricotta I have in the fridge either because it means ricotta pancakes are in my very near future!

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Black Bean and Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

These tacos were a breeze because I had leftover cheese sauce from burrito bowls the week before and black beans I’d already cooked from scratch in the freezer.  Look, I’m not really one to enjoy a veggie taco because you know what’s good?  Steak, chicken, shrimp, carnitas!  But these were honestly so good and satisfying.  Also, how good are those corn-wheat blend tortillas?  Thank you, La Tortilla Factory, for this little gift.

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Skillet Poblano and Pumpkin Enchiladas

Two skillet recipes in one post?  You know it!  And let me tell you, skillet enchiladas are way way way easier than real enchiladas.  Joey and I are still traumatized by the time we made enchiladas from scratch (cooked the meat, made the sauce, individually fried the tortillas, milked a cow and made cheese… okay, maybe not that last one) and it took HOURS, but this recipe basically just requires you to stir some tortillas strips into a skillet and that I can do!  Plus all the garnishes just make this meal feel extra special.  There’s a lime yogurt sauce, a sprinkle of salty Cotija and those spiced pepitas.  We loved it!

I hope that you’ll find some inspiration here and that you have a wonderful weekend!