Weekend Things: Olympics, Rockies, Squash!

Okay, I think that post title pretty much sums it up.  My work here is done.

But in all seriousness, HI!  Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  Did you pick up ice cream on your way home on Friday? (YES!)  Did you watch the Opening Ceremony?  (I fell asleep in the middle of the Parade of Nations but woke up in time to see the lighting of the torch.)  Did you discover baby squash in your garden and almost cry? (No… but totally yes.)  Did you fit it all in and make it all happen? (Never, but what can you do?)

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Remember how I said I’m my happiest version of my self in the summer?  I was wrong.  I’m my happiest version of myself when Summer Olympics roll around!  Don’t invite me anywhere for the next two weeks, I’m busy watching every single Olympic event my eyes can handle.  Carbed up with this bowl of pasta to watch the Opening Ceremony and OHMYGOD when Team USA came out ♥♥♥

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Saturday was all kinds of busy but it ended with family night at the Rockies game.  My mom only asked me if we were going to Biker Jim’s for dinner before the game about six times last week.  So we hot-dogged then watched the Rockies crush the Marlins 12-6 and my mom wore that cute shirt I got her for her birthday and life was good.

IMG_3583 I was totally gonna wake up and go for a run on Sunday but then Joey was like “let’s go to Stowaway!” and I forgot all about that plan 🙂  But look at this!!!!  BABY SQUASH!!!!  Itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikini summer squash and the cutest patty pan I ever did see.  My mom asked me to send her a daily update on their growth and be careful what you wish for, Mom because you just might get an hourly update with how excited I am!

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Ended Sunday with this bowl of summer, aka a grilled romaine, corn and shrimp salad, complete with an avocado-cilantro dressing and a cucumber straight from Lori’s garden!  And full disclosure: after eating this salad we made root beer floats with Not Your Father’s Root Beer, but we needed a treat to celebrate the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay win.

I think it’s gonna be a week of late nights, frenzied excitement and… Joey pretending our ottoman is the Olympic vault??  Don’t ask.  We’re a little crazed over here.  Have a good one!

Make This Now

It’s summer and all I want to do is grill and eat every meal al fresco.

This maybe has something to do with living in a house without air conditioning (though we did finally get a window unit for our living room and it’s been life-changing), but even if turning on the oven/stove didn’t cause the temperature in our house to skyrocket to 90°, I’d still want to eat every meal outside.  Something about eating without the distraction of the TV, under a perfectly blue summer sky, AT AN ACTUAL TABLE (I’m so sad to say we are normally couch eaters) is just perfection to me.

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Spinach Goat Cheese Turkey Burgers

I’ve made these twice now, but the first time, I grilled them up all by myself and um can we just talk about the confidence boost you get from successfully manning womanning the grill?  Aside from that, these burgers are just phenomenal.  Moist (sorry), juicy, flavorful and is there anything better than biting into a goat cheese pocket?  Answer: NO.  I straight up declared this the best burger I’d ever made, so there you go.

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Roasted Carrots and Red Leaf Lettuce Salad with Buttermilk-Herb Dressing

Butter…milk makes everything better!  And I wish I had a picture that did this salad justice but it was 8 PM and Joey was on the couch, waiting to press play on Zoolander (so much better but also way way worse than I remembered it being…) so I was short on natural lighting and time.  Just know the carrots were perfectly caramelized, the mix-ins were on point and the buttermilk-herb dressing was straight up drinkable.

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Not a picture of the recipe I’m talking about but let me distract you with this avocado.

California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps with Basil-Mayo

A lettuce wrap?  Ugh, I know, but just hear me out.  I was mesmerized by this recipe less because it was low-carb (so not into that) and more because: BACON!  And BASIL-MAYO!  And also that part where making it didn’t require turning the oven OR the stove on.  WIN!  I thought it was just gonna be okay, but I was shocked by how good it was and how much we loved the flavors.  New summertime staple!

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Grilled Lamb

Not going to pretend this is the cheapest cut of meat but also not going to pretend it’s not 110% worth it because this recipe was SO EASY (I was kind of terrified I’d ruin a $40 piece of lamb!) and SO DELICIOUS.  Beyond impressed/excited with how well this turned out.  Definitely a showstopper meal, even if it was just for Joey and I.

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Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie

I still remember making this for the first time because it was August 2014 and we were soclose to our wedding day and it felt like the sweetest summer to ever exist.  Now, every time we remake this zucchini pie, I’m brought back to that time and it just makes me feel so happy.  Even if you don’t have a wedding-memory connection with it, this pie is the best.  Fresh and summery but also delightfully cheesy.

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Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

Apparently we made these last summer.  I don’t remember it, yet there it is in my “Repeat Recipe” folder and there’s my review on the recipe page.  After tasting it for a… second?? time, I have NO IDEA how I could forget something so good!  The sauce is tropically sweet but surprisingly well balanced and you guys know how much I love chicken thighs.  Also, Joey grilled these in the rain.  My hero ♥

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Banana Cream with Raw Chocolate Fudge

Guys…blended frozen bananas is NOT ice cream.  But…it’s still really good.  And I hadn’t made any in what I’m pretty sure was years, but I felt inspired this week and also I just really wanted to make that fudge sauce to drizzle over.  It went all Magic Shell on us when it hit the cold banana cream, except thicker and fudgier.  So so good and so so easy!  Totally gonna make more next week!

In other news, it’s Friday, it’s summer, we’re going to the Rockies game tonight, I’m having a pre-Shakespeare Festival picnic with my mom and sister tomorrow and right this very minute I’m off to read this week’s Grub Street Diet.  Happiness abound!

Have a good weekend!