A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!


And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.


Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.


Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.

Weekend Things

This weekend felt therapeutic.  In that laughed-so-hard, got-a-facial, ate-the-best-food, spent-quality-time-with-loved-ones way that makes you feel whole and happy and rejuvenated come Monday morning.  Despite how it may seem in these recaps, not every weekend feels this way and it makes me all the more grateful when they do 🙂


Friday night, we made ourselves a Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza — if I never choke on the fumes of a Fresno chile again, it’ll be all too soon — then headed out to see this much anticipated (by me) film.  When it first started, everyone else was laughing and I thought “wait, is this supposed to be funny?” but then Zac Efron and Josh Hutcherson showed up and I actually lost it.  I literally laughed myself into tears.  I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in A LONG TIME.

Point being, I fucking loved this movie and haven’t stopped quoting it since we left the theater.  Joey is about ready to kill me, but guys, it was so good!  Love me some Franco brothers, ya know?


Have you heard the term “Sunday Scaries”?  I’ve been getting the “Saturday Scaries” lately because my brain likes to think of all the stuff I want to fit into the day and then feel stressed about it (even if it’s fun stuff!) but I think I held it together this weekend.  Maybe it’s because I started the day with an Elvis Waffle made by Joey and a facial?!  Afterwards, we hit up pizza leftovers, the grocery store, a run and some food prep before starting dinner.  CHICKEN PAPRIKA!  We love this recipe so so much and hadn’t made it in a while but I’m now certain it tastes best in your pajamas while watching Scrooged.

P.S. Looking over at your significant other and realizing one of your favorite movies is now one of their favorite movies is one of the greatest moments in life.


Sunday morning, we did a little breakfast/Christmas menu planning at Black Eye Coffee and my heart was so happy!  I am very very excited about the recipes we decided on.  Then afterwards, I headed over to my parents’ to bake cookies with my mom ♥  My sister was there too but refused our attempts to get her to wear an apron or help with the cookies 🙂  We made about a billion cookies (give or take) and I tried to make Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies and look, I was all proud of myself for weighing out the ingredients like a real baker, but then I did 75g of flour instead of 175g!  Let’s not talk about how they turned out.

Back at home, we finished up our salads for the week and I maybe re-made the cookie dough to bake tonight while Joey made us dinner.  He literally ordered me to sit down so he could deliver my plate to me and WOWZA, did it look good!  He acted all nonchalant about it, but I loved this dinner so much.  It felt made with love ♥

In conclusion, laughter, cookies, time spent with other ladies, puppies posing for their Christmas card and a smiley baby picture from your bestie is the best medicine.