Weekend Things

This weekend was really really good.  The sun was out and it was just warm enough to sit outside for Friday dinner with Hannah and Josh, do a little bit of garden work and enjoy a park brunch.  It felt productive but relaxed, which means I cleaned out my closet and got lunches made for the week but I also got a Saturday afternoon manicure and took myself to yoga.  I want to relive it all again right now ♥

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I spent all of last fall trying to find the best Pumpkin Spice Latte in Denver and decided it was at Cherry Bean, so on Friday, Joey was adamant about driving over to get me one.  I’m so undeserving of this affection, but who am I to argue against a Friday morning latte present? 🙂

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After work, we headed to Erie for dinner with Hannah and Josh.  We got to see the beginnings of Project Nursery (Side Note: Hannah texted me a picture of the finished product on Sunday and I can’t keep looking at it.  SO CUTE!) before heading out to dinner at Community.  News Flash: That place is still REALLY REALLY good!  We also walked over to a little chocolate/gelato shop where I tried to convince Hannah she needed a chocolate baby carriage and then we listened to instrumental versions of popular songs while we enjoyed our dessert.

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Saturday was just perfect.  We woke up and headed over to the 16th Street Mall because: FREE BREAKFAST BURRITOS AT ILLEGAL PETE’S!!!  Sorry, we were just sort of excited.  We did wait in line for half an hour but so worth it because, turns out, walking around the Farmers’ Market is 100x more fun if you’re also eating a breakfast burrito.  Afterwards, we grabbed coffee from Pig Train and headed inside to do a little work.  Serious Question: Why have we never thought to hang out at one of the many tables inside Union Station??  I need to do that more often.  Plus, it was extra cute in there with all the fall/Halloween decor!

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Back at home, I unpacked our adorably small pears from the Farmers’ Market and then we harvested all the butternut squash from our garden and I am so genuinely excited to use them up this season!  Joey also cleared out everything but our strawberries and parsley and then… WE WENT TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH… IN OUR OWN BACKYARD!  Clearly, we were very excited about this.  We’ve got those little pumpkins sitting out on the front porch for decoration until we carve them for Halloween and I love seeing them every time I leave or come home!

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I got myself a manicure later on and even though it was sort of chilly and windy on my walk there and back, it’s early enough in the season that that briskness kind of feels good!  Joey ditched me to go gamble in Black Hawk that night but it was actually fine by me because I got to finish The Night Of.  I sort of thought the series was just okay.  I didn’t hate it but I definitely didn’t love it either.  What should I watch next??

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Sunday started with brunch for Roman’s 1st birthday — actually, it started with me texting Joey three coffee emojis from bed, but anway… — and it sure was a beautiful fall morning to be out in the sun!  Roman really politely ate that cake and it was just the cutest.  Also, the park we were at was SO NICE.  I kept thinking “where was this type of park when I was a kid?!”

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We headed home afterwards to separately do some Sunday chores — made those Buffalo Cauliflower Salads with Creamy Cashew Ranch Dressing and am seriously excited to eat them this week! — and then I went to yoga for the first time in a long time and it felt so nice.  For dinner, we made Burger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy and it all felt so fall comfort food-y in a way that made me really really happy.

We’ve got a whole week of upper 70-degree weather to enjoy and I’m not mad about it.  Happy Monday!

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!