Best Tastes of 2015

I try my best to do some sort of recap/superlative list at the end of every year and while I won’t bore you with a month-by-month list of 2015 highlights — I’m saving that torturous activity for Joey ūüôā — I thought I’d dole out a list of the best tastes!¬† Just know that this is a post where I act like everything was the best thing I ever ate.

Best Food Lover’s Cleanse Meal: Roast Chicken with Butternut-Tahini Pur√©e

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This is where it all began with roasting a whole chicken and that butternut-tahini puree¬†is life changing.¬† I would (and did…) eat it by the spoonful.

Best Family Recipe Meal:¬†My Uncle’s Red Beans and Rice

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We made this for Mardi Gras and it was our best batch yet!  Need to restock on pickled pork so we can make more this winter.

Best Vegan Meal: TIE between the Roasted Veggie Bowl and Garlic Mac N Cheese

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I’m not ready to disclose how many times I made both of these meals this year…Read More »

Weekend Things

I’m finding adulthood to be so interesting and surprising!¬† In a “oh I guess I’m passionate about cleaning my sink!” kind of way.¬† Or in a¬†“whoa, I thought gardening was boring but turns out watering flowers gives me great happiness!” way.¬† I mean, I still don’t know how to check the oil in my car and I’m a lost cause when it comes to putting Ikea furniture together, but all that other “boring adult stuff,” I am totally embracing it.

I asked Joey if he was as surprised by his new adult interests and he said he’s always liked yard work and manual labor.¬† HE’S A FREAK!

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We took off from work early on Friday to… work in our yard.¬† Please, no more!¬† Mostly we kind of had to work in our yard because we were having sod delivered bright and early Saturday morning.¬† I behaved for an hour then decided I was so over it and then Joey suggested walking to dinner and I was done for.¬† Does a salad with a bacon vinaigrette still count as a salad?

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There’s a place down the street called Lou’s that we’ve driven by a million times but had never been to.¬† It was on the Denver Passport, so we finally decided to¬†check it out.¬† We sat out on the patio and sipped Moscow Mules while listening to a guy at another table NEVER STOP LOUDLY TALKING and another guy who¬†kept ordering off-menu¬†items and took two long phones calls while his date sat at the table by herself.¬† Some people are insufferable!

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The sod showed up, as promised, bright and early on Saturday, so we spent from 7:30¬†to 4¬†digging, shoveling, tilling and sodding.¬† Per¬†usual, Joey was about three hours off on his estimate of how long it would take us ūüôā¬† But!¬†¬†When all¬†was said and done, it looked GREAT!¬† And now I’ve discovered another thing about adulthood and that’s that watering your lawn is incredibly boring.¬† Especially when you¬†have to do it 3-4x a day…

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A new drive-in movie theater¬†just opened in Denver so Hannah¬†and Josh came over and we all drove over together.¬† A Jurassic World/Pitch Perfect 2 double¬†feature for $10 each?!¬† Yes please!¬† It ended up raining through the first movie but we were able to move out of the car for the second one.¬† I actually liked both movies!¬† I mean, I still wish there had¬†been a Jeff Goldblum cameo, but whatever.¬† We didn’t get home until 1:30 AM¬†and I wasn’t even tired.¬† Who am I?!

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Joey and I had breakfast plans with my mom on Sunday.¬† She came bearing gifts!¬† She and my sister picked out the cutest bucket flower planters and they are PERFECT.¬† Also, I hadn’t seen my mom¬†for something like three weeks and it was starting to feel like three months.¬† I missed her so much!

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We took her to Onefold because it’s my new favorite place and because the combo of breakfast burrito and Vietnamese Iced Coffee is life changing.¬† I (kind of) shared my coffee with Joey because I know my limits, but my mom, who is usually a decaf-half caf drinker had one all to herself then reported back to me that she spent the day cleaning the house and was probably never sleeping again.¬† Ha!

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After breakfast, my mom helped me plant my¬†flowers and I cannot get over how¬†perfect they are!¬† I need a cute watering can now.¬† We definitely have the best¬†looking house on the block ūüôā¬† Joey told me “I’m giving you the day off today,” so while he continued to work in our yard (I told you he was a freak!) I chitchatted¬†with Mom, went to the grocery store, read on the porch and yes, watered the lawn again.

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We ended the night with dinner, a brief walk through the neighborhood and Food Network Star.¬†¬†Giada rubs me the wrong way but I liked her so much last night when mid-elimination speech, she¬†asked if she could change her mind about who they were sending home.¬† Mostly, I’m just thinking that summer is so sweet¬†right now and I couldn’t be happier!

P.S. I am so sore¬†in the weirdest places right now.¬† Like my right bicep and both forearms and my upper back and the sides of my neck…