This Week

I’m trying to do a better job “documenting” (and actually publishing) small moments from the week.  I often find myself lost in thoughts of the past, wondering “when DID we watch that movie??” or “what DID I wear to that wedding??”  These aren’t all that important but they will swirl around in my brain until I remember.  Maybe if these snippets exist elsewhere, they’ll stop taking up real estate in my head 🙂

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I finished The Eyre Affair on Monday night and I really really loved it!  I got completely (and wonderfully) lost in a world where “Baconians” hand out pamphlets attempting to disprove the existence of William Shakespeare, where dodos are alive and well, living as house pets and everyone knows the story of Jane Eyre like the back of their hand.  If only!  Also as far as main characters go, Thursday Next is pretty badass.

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I think I may have mentioned Tuesday night 🙂

In the same vein, I also read this Buzzfeed article called “I Tried the Gray Stuff and It Really Was Delicious!” so if you A) get that reference and B) have also always wondered what the gray stuff is then we should be besties.  Turns out it’s some kind of frosting covered thing but the “article” was packed with comments about how that mystery food appears on a tray of savory appetizers so it’s more likely mushroom pâté and I actually have to agree with the people on that one.

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I made Golden Milk!  Joey thinks that’s a gross-sounding name but he’s got a gutter brain and knows nothing Jon Snow.  It was so good all freshly simmered, frothed and spooned straight from the blender but equally delicious in my morning cup of coffee.

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I saw some stupid Facebook video a few weeks ago showing how to make a week’s worth of lunches for your kid and thought yeah yeah with kids, I want those lunches.  So I made them for Joey and I and while eating-wise, it was a nice break from our salads, it was so much more work.  Back to salads next week, please!

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Real Question: How many years do I have to be on this Earth before the time change stops affecting me so much?  We had just gotten to the point where it stopped being dark in the morning and then we just had to spring forward and now, when I wake up, it feels like the middle of the night.  The good news is, post-work napping in the extra end-of-the-day sunshine helps.

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Wednesday: Joey and I tag-teamed this veggie shepherd’s pie and after I finished it up, I ate a big bowl on the couch, in my pajamas while watching Midnight in Paris and it was easily a top moment in a week filled with top moments.  HAVE YOU EVER COMBINED SWEET POTATO AND GOAT CHEESE?!  It is life changing.  Also, should I post this recipe??

Also on Wednesday, I set out on a post-work run (the best part of springing forward is being able to run outside at the end of the day!) and made it a whole 2 miles before throwing in the towel.

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Joey was jealous of my solo coffee + toast date last week so we went on one together this week.  After I took this picture, Joey butter-and-jammed that toast to perfection.  More of that, please!

I’m going to my parents’ tonight for corned beef & cabbage, Irish Soda Bread and homemade Green Velvet Cake so sounds like one happy St. Patrick’s Day to me!

Weekend Things

Truth is, I got lots and lots of thoughts, moments and images floating around in this brain of mine today.  And I’m trying to find a way to share them all without writing a post that goes on and on and on.  Sometimes, when I recap all the bigger things that happen over the weekend, I completely miss/forget the little ones.  The song that played in the car on our way to the grocery store or a movie we had on in the background while I made a King Cake.

So I’m gonna do my best to share those little moments (as well as the bigger ones) from this weekend.  If you really think about it, they’re equally important.

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Friday

We skipped out early and, because the sun was shining, the weather was perfect and a hint of spring was in the air, decided to head to happy hour.  We tried to go to The Way Back but they were closed for a private event so Root Down it was!  Not complaining though 🙂  Afterwards, we settled in to watch Arrival and while it was thought-provoking, neither of us were blown away by the movie.

Little Moments:

Pulling into the liquor store parking lot to make a serious pro/con list for going out vs. mixing up cocktails and cooking dinner at home

Eating the BEST EVER lamb slider with stars in our eyes and trying to figure out what old movie was playing on the projector screen in the bar

Mid-movie popcorn snack

Trying to figure out what exactly that movie was about

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Saturday

We woke up and made blueberry-buttermilk waffles with cinnamon sugar and don’t get me wrong, they were perfectly blueberried and crispy but I’ll take all future waffles with maple syrup, please.  Spent the afternoon shopping for groceries, a rug (we mustered the strength to make a trip to IKEA and I think it majorly paid off!), purple sprinkles and white wine then spent the night at home, making dinner, drinking that white wine and watching the very last of the Oscar Best Picture nominees: Hacksaw Ridge.  I tweeted my movie rankings but I think I might dedicate a full post to that before this coming Sunday so stay tuned 🙂

Little Moments

Joey telling me he’s a professional “waffle maker heater up-er”

Watching batter ooze out of the side of the waffle maker… noooooo!

Watching the cast of The Kitchen make a brownie bombe

Looking across the produce section to see Joey just standing there staring at our grocery list

An older couple calling out “WHERE ARE YOU?!” to each other in the IKEA parking lot

Joey begging me to buy him a $1 hot dog

Carrying a 4-pack of Melvin Citradamus back to the car while Joey carried a bottle of wine — to hell with gender stereotypes 

Semi-watching pieces of Finding Nemo, Cars, Knocked Up (“… with emotion??) and 21 Jump Street (“you do have the right to be an attorney, if you want”)

Caramelizing onions in white wine (THAT SMELL) while Joey set up our new bedroom rug and installed our over-the-sink light

Laughing SO HARD at that scene in Hacksaw Ridge where Andrew Garfield slo-mo slaps a grenade 

A bite of Joey’s ice cream ♥

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Sunday

We woke up Sunday and decided to venture out East (jk, it’s just Stapleton :P) to have breakfast at Four Friends Kitchen.  Backstory: our company did some work on this restaurant when it was built and we attempted to have Mother’s Day brunch here last year but we’d never successfully eaten there.  FINALLY FINALLY!  And it was KILLER.  Everything was so so good and we couldn’t stop talking about it.  We already can’t wait to go back.

I could detail all the things I did in (and a few things out of) the kitchen post-breakfast, but it’s probably better if I just list them.  So:

  • MADE A KING CAKE (first and foremost!)
  • Prepped the crock pot for Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos
  • Made a new batch of kombucha — pineapple coconut is either gonna be very weird or very good
  • Went for a run in perfect weather
  • Made salad jars for lunch this week
  • Cooked dinner
  • Collapsed on the couch

I’m dying to tell you all about that King Cake but as I’ve been blabbing on long enough as it is, I’m going to do that later this week 🙂  Just know that Joey and I both posted pictures of it and I’ve already been asked twice if I’m pregnant.  I’M NOT.  But I am loving my first try at homemade King Cake ♥♥♥

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Little Moments

Joey Etch A Sketch-ing me a picture of bacon while we waited for a table at breakfast

Rocking out to “The Bird and the Worm” on the way home and realizing I may have had too much coffee at breakfast

The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in the world’s softest dough — you can’t even imagine!

Sticking my nose over the little steam hole on the crock pot to sniff the deliciousness going on inside

Joey magically popping in from whatever outdoor project he was working on every time the sink got too full of dishes 

Imagining what the Mexican restaurant that recently closed in our neighborhood will become instead — our vote’s for pizza or, ya know, if Root Down could just relocate  

Watching bits and pieces of Superbad (“Miss each other? No thank you, I don’t miss each other) but also, just listening to Joey laugh while watching it

Cutting into that King Cake and hitting that damn baby on the first slice!

This weekend was a good one 🙂