Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

Guys, can we talk about how I sometimes have a very pretty food picture but then don’t post it on Instagram because it’ll be my 5th food photo in a row?  Life is just a series of carefully curated social media posts, that aim to make us look perfect or, at the very least, not crazy.  I don’t know the consequences yet, but we’re all in on this social experiment.  Anyway, point being, I’m just posting all those pictures here now.  You know what you’re getting into when you come to this space: MOSTLY FOOD.

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Jalapeño Ranch

On Monday, I posted this picture of our lunch salad, featuring Joey and I’s Food Obsession of the Moment: Jalapeño Ranch (!!!) but last week, we made these Summer Bliss Bowls with Sweet Potato Falafel and that’s really when we fell in love with this incredible dressing.  That and those falafels were addictingly GOOD.  We pan-fried em and I think I ate like 14 of the 17 we made…

Also just realized I actually DID post this picture on Instagram, but here, take a second look because this bowl deserves one.  

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Dusk in Denver

The walk back to my car after yoga is one of the brightest moments of my entire week.  Not only do I have that post-yoga euphoria going on, but I stroll past Little Man and all those people out enjoying ice cream with their loved ones just makes me so happy.  Not to mention that cotton candy sky!  WOWZA.

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Citrus Mistress IPA

Guys, I thought I’d never say this, but… TOO HOPPY.  And of course, I purchased a whole pint without knowing if I’d like it or not.  I didn’t.  Lucky for me, Joey is a human garbage can (which sounds mean, but I love this about him) so he finished it for me and Film on the Rocks is a dream experience regardless of whether your beer is good or not.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and really liked it!  Picked it mainly because it fit my “Read a book published between 1900 and 1950” task, but it also had a very high Goodreads rating and it’s always a good sign when a novel can stand the test of time.  I read a lot of more recent/popular stuff for book club so reading something from an earlier time period is always refreshing.  I read for a variety of reasons, but being transported to a time or place that I don’t know firsthand and feels fantastical is probably one of the biggest.  This book had that going for it, plus the plot was just eerie enough to keep me enticed without totally freaking me out (which is alarmingly easy…).

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Homemade Pizza

A few months back, Cooking Light had a little pizza segment and I think I bookmarked every single recipe.  We’ve made two in the past couple of weeks and HOW GOOD IS PIZZA?  If I had to choose between pizza and tacos, I’d probably die of old age before I could make a decision, but I feel like I do a way better job with homemade pizza than I do with homemade tacos.  I’ve got Tomato-Ricotta on the brain for our next pizza party at home.

Obvious Child

Do you know Jenny Slate?  She did a too-brief stint on SNL and she played Tally Schifrin on Girls, oh and she’s the voice of Marcel the Shell!  I really love her and think she’s underrated in this world.  Her movie Landline just came out, but while I was watching the trailer I noticed a trailer for another movie she’s in called Obvious Child so we watched it and laughed and loved it.  It’s a little short but it ends before it has a chance to ruin anything it’s accomplished in its 83 minutes.

Homegrown radishes!

How gorgeous is that purple radish, though?!  They’re maybe a little softer and less spicy than the radishes we buy at the grocery, but food you grew yourself just tastes better.  Just know Joey accidentally spilled a bunch of the seeds in our garden and now we have a cluster of weird-shaped radishes growing.  Too funny!

Hey, this list actually included a few non-food things.  Round of applause for me!

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?!