Make This Now: Fall is here!

Somehow, we’re here, mid-October, and I have no idea how it all happened so fast!  I swear it was just September and it was still hot and I could still convince myself it was summer but now all the trees have turned, many have already started losing leaves, oh and that part where it already snowed.

I think I might be into it though!  Sweaters, pumpkin spiced things, just enough daylight after work to fit in a quick run and I’m really embracing fall comfort foods, so I wanted to share some of the standouts thus far in this fall game.  Enjoy!

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Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

I don’t know much, but I do know you need this in your life.  I made this pizza dough a few weeks ago and not gonna lie, I was skeptical because you add the oil in last and I had a hard time getting it to fully incorporate (it seemed so oily!), but then it all worked out and I think half the beauty of this pizza was the dough we used.  The other half was perfectly roasted cauliflower, the subtle heat from the creamy yogurt sauce, cheese (obvi!) and those green onion and jalapeño garnishes.  MAKE IT!

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Crispy Peppercorn Chicken Wings

Remember when I said I should cook wings more?  Tis the season!  As disinterested as I am in actual football, I’m equally as interested in football food so while Joey was cheering on the Cowboys, I was cheering on these wings.  But actually, so was Joey.  Not gonna take any credit because he marinated them and cooked them and all I did was cut up some green onion, celery and a lime but these were delicious!  It’s a dry-rub so these aren’t dripping in sauce but that rub was a slow burn of epic flavor that we both loved.  I could definitely get used to eating these often.

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Kale Salad Bowl w/ Tahini

You know what makes eating a salad for lunch (almost) every day really easy??  Roasted sweet potatoes, feta cheese crumbles, chickpeas and a garlic-y tahini drizzle to tie the whole thing together.  I looked forward to this lunch-time combo EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I usually make this with arugula (because sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience to prep a bunch of kale) but they were out, so spinach it was and it worked perfectly.

 

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Roast Chicken with Butternut-Tahini Purée

There is something so innately comforting about roasting a chicken.  That is, until you set off the fire alarm… TWICE.  But still, this came out of the oven and I carved it up and served it with the butternut-tahini purée that Joey made and some black rice and was in fall food heaven.  We make this meal every fall/winter and every time, I’m blown away by how delicious it all is.  I could (would? did?) eat that purée with a spoon.  It is SO GOOD.

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Super Soft Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Okay, this picture is making these muffins looks kinda craggy but I swear they were, as promised, “super soft.”  And also really light and fluffy and I totally ate one (the SECOND biggest, because I left the actual biggest for Joey) fresh from in the oven, in the dark, while watching The Night Of and it all felt too good to be true.  Plus I got to use my new ice cream scoop on the batter and it was deeply satisfying how quick and easy it made the whole process.

Pro Tip: Crumble one over some yogurt and call it breakfast 🙂

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Weekend Things & A Change of Seasons

This weekend was chill.  Weather-wise, vibe-wise, football players uniting in solidarity against evil forces-wise.  Do I wish we didn’t even have to go there?  YES.  But do I respect the hell out of everyone who took a stand (er, knee) yesterday?  EVEN MORE YES.  And just like that, I’m a football fan 😛

But in all seriousness, this weekend was very good, very laid back, very cozy and I’m left feeling rested and reinvigorated.  Let’s do this thing!

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Friday started with a work event at the Leopold Bros. Distillery, which we’d never been to but it was a beautiful space.  We totally missed the tour but from what I hear it was very in-depth and not in a good way so maybe I’m glad we missed it… Did get to drink a real good cherry-infused Moscow Mule though!

Afterwards, we battled our way through the traffic back to Denver, then hit up Illegal Pete’s and the Kaleo concert at the Paramount Theater.  We had GOOD seats and per usual, the band sounded incredible.  Also felt like saying, “Look, I see you bass player/hype man and I’d love to jump up and down but this floor is sticky as hell and I can’t actually lift my feet.”

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Saturday started with an 8-mile run.  Actually, Saturday started with my alarm going off and me feeling like “NO!!!!”  Really not into that run.  But we did it, it’s done and now we just have one week of short training runs before the actual 15K race on Sunday.  I got a massage afterwards and there’s really nothing better than post-long run pampering and an hour and a half of Mom time ♥

Came home and Joey had planted the mums my sister bought me.  I love them both so much!  Also hit up the grocery — there were peaches, apples and pears and I couldn’t decide what season my tastebuds were in so I got one of each — then made pizza dinner.  Guys, this was a Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza and it was AMAZING.  You gotta make it!  Also, La La Land is on HBO now so we re-watched and upon second viewing, we decided… it’s still a delight!

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It basically drizzled ALL DAY on Sunday, but before the rain started, we made it to breakfast at Stowaway.  Of course we ordered a Salted Maple Pecan Donut as a breakfast appetizer!  Joey headed out to watch football afterwards and I put on cozy clothes and didn’t leave the house for the rest of the day.  I just started Big Little Lies and I think I like it!  Also knocked out our lunch for the week and then, after Joey was done re-writing the baseball standings (eeek!), we made a huge pot of 5-Ingredient Green Curry for dinner and it was kind of the perfect meal for a rainy day.

It’s only supposed to be gloomy like this for another day or so, but I walked around yesterday saying stuff like “I can’t believe it’s winter now!” because JUST LAST WEDNESDAY, it was literally 90+ degrees and this weekend felt like such a sharp contrast.  I’m not ready for it!

How was your weekend?