Weekend Things: When it’s summer in winter

It’s officially the first day of spring, but it was 80° in Colorado this weekend!  We had all the fans on and all the windows open, but it was straight up HOT.  Felt like we completely skipped over spring and went straight to summer.  It’s cooling back down (slightly) this week, but I didn’t mind that little summer vacation one bit.

Last night, as we were putting away the dishes and getting ready for bed, I asked Joey what his favorite part of the weekend was.  He couldn’t pick.  And honestly, neither could I.  If I were to share it with you in word form it would look something like: patio beers at a new-to-us brewery, traditional St. Patrick’s Day corned beef & cabbage (PLUS GREEN VELVET CAKE!) with my family, a kombucha field trip with my sissy, pizza lunch date, LOTS of reading outside in the sun, an evening run, Beauty and the Beast, the most incredible Sunday brunch, exploring the Stanley Marketplace, “Sunday stuff” (aka being an adult), an evening stroll and capping it all off with a perfectly springy salmon dinner.

And in picture form, it would look like this…

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Joey suggested we hit up 4 Noses Brewing after work on Friday and it did not disappoint.  That place is doing everything (from their website to their beer to their taproom atmosphere) right!  

P.S. Remind me to drink more saisons.

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PSA: My mom is the best.  I declare this the best corned beef she’s ever made (so perfectly salty!) plus I mentioned to her earlier in the week that I was dying to try Irish Soda Bread and she surprised me with a loaf.  Red GREEN velvet cake for dessert because, as I said, my mom is the best.

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Our tree babies bloomed!!!!!  I actually squealed in delight when we pulled up to the house on Friday night and I saw the little blossoms.  Joey texted me this picture Saturday morning when he left to pick us up some iced coffee and those little flowers are so perfect.

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I made Joy’s whole grain waffles and they were seedy, but in a good way.  I kind of loved them!

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At noon, my sister and Wayne came over and then we all headed to American Cultures, which is, GET THIS, a kombucha taproom!  I got a taster — ginger peach was the best! — and Joey got a kombucha float so he was just as happy.  I asked Joey to take the picture at an angle that would make me look just as tall as my sister but I see he failed completely.  

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After my sister and Wayne headed back home, Joey and I walked over to Denver Deep Dish where I had a salad + slice lunch and it was so satisfying.  Post lunch, we hung out in the backyard, went on that evening run, watched the animated version of Beauty and the Beast (HOW’S IT SO GOOD, THOUGH??) and then I fell asleep on the couch at the like 10 PM.  

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Sunday morning at the new Stanley Marketplace.  People have been talking it up and I was like “yeah, yeah, but how’s it any better than The Source?” Turns out it’s way bigger, has way more restaurants and shops and is just… uh yeah, better.  

We ate at Annette and I was so totally smitten with the experience.  They do a daily biscuit (apricot & ginger) and it was huge and buttery and I think Joey loved it more than he loves me.  We both ordered the pork shank hash and it was INCREDIBLE.  Those crispy potatoes, that fall-apart tender pork, those perfectly poached eggs and PICKLED mustard seeds.  Help, I’m head over heels.   

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Post-brunch, it was grocery, laundry, lunch salad prep, slow-cooker beef (for burritos this week!), reading, being delighted by Joey finishing a bunch of house projects, I actually cleaned the bathroom (instead of just talking about needing to) and then we went on a little end-of-the-day stroll before dinner.

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I made us this Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce + Warm Buttered Radish & Edamame Salad and it tasted like straight up spring deliciousness.  Joey was blown away and I take that as the highest of compliments.

I give this weekend an A+ and gosh, I’m so happy it’s spring today!  What did you do this weekend?!

This Week

Valentine’s Day!

I got Joey an ice cream of the month subscription, he got me a craft beer of the month subscription, we both wrote “TABLES TONIGHT!” in our cards, I got a mid-day flower delivery and we had an epic dinner.

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Just know this stuffed chicken was incredible and I ate a strawberry “pocket pie” that tasted like Captain Crunch Berries in the best possible way.

Joey and I booked a trip to Nashville!

We don’t actually know where we’re gonna stay or what we’re gonna do, but we do have plane tickets so that seems like a step in the right direction.

I dreamt I went to a twenty one pilots concert?

I guess I did just see them at the Grammys so maybe they were on the brain?  P.S. It greatly pains me that they use all lower-case letters in their band name.

I made a savory breakfast.

Who am I?  Though I usually go for savory when we go out, my weekday at-home breakfasts are always of the sweet oatmeal variety.  But I really wanted to use up this 5-Minute Magic Green Sauce I made last week and actually this was very very delicious.

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I bought the newest Lumineers album.

Yeah, I know it came out a while ago, but I’ve been loving that “Angela” song on the radio so I figured I’d bite the bullet and buy the whole thing.  It’s pretty good, though the three songs that have made it to the radio are the most upbeat it gets.

I remembered we finished watching The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Over the weekend!  And I didn’t even say anything about it in my weekend post!  Two things that totally sickened me: the way Marcia Clark was treated and the fact that Mark Fuhrman didn’t have to change his name and move to Antarctica.  He’s literally on tape saying the most heinously racist things and instead of being shunned by the entire world, HE’S ON FOX NEWS??  This is majorly disappointing.

I ditched Thursday night yoga to join my family for dinner.

Back when I lived at home, my mom used to do a salad bar for dinner and turns out, she still does that!  Or she did last night at least 🙂  I shoulda got a picture of all the stuff she had set out, but how great does this loaded salad look??

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My mom got me a Valentine’s gift!

Where my list makers at?!  She requested that I use this notebook to make a list of the lists I make, ha!

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I’m feeling so so glad it’s Friday.  Are you with me?!