Recently Consumed

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


Carrot Hummus at The Pig and The Sprout

We chose this spot for our Tuesday Date Night and when they posted a picture of this luxurious looking carrot hummus on Instagram that day, I KNEW I had to order it and see what was up with those “funyun” chips.  Turns out there’s no chickpeas involved in that hummus, hence the creamy texture and those chips DID have the exact flavor of Funyuns.  We dug it!

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Forgot to mention our March book club read!  Probably because I really wasn’t into it.  Basic Plot: Grad student/aspiring writer borrows a very buzzed about book from her roommate and discovers it’s about HER (very troubled) past and was written by her long lost childhood best friend turned first love.  Ugh, just writing that description reminded how annoying this book was.  The entire cast of the book seemed to cater to this very selfish and immature main character and I was not about it.

Girls Final Season

The highest respect to TV writers who had reviews of the final season of Girls out the night of the finale.  It’s been weeks and I still can’t make sense of my feelings on the show in its entirety.  I meant to write about the finale and I didn’t.  I meant to post about my favorite episodes from all six seasons and I didn’t.  I meant to figure out why I’m so conflicted about this show and I haven’t.  I will say, that final scene between Hannah and Adam was easily one of my favorite moments of the entire series.  They said so much by saying so little and though it was heartbreaking, it felt right.  Also, I will continue to pretend “Goodbye Tour” was actually the finale because Hannah and Jessa reuniting (even if only temporarily) was so touching and the whole dancing scene interspersed with snapshots of Hannah’s future was really the only ending I needed.  Plus I really hated “Latching.”

Well that “quick blurb” certainly got away from me…

Broken Angels by Gemma Liviero

This book reminded me A LOT of both All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, both in the setting (Europe during WWII) and the formulation (characters from different sides of the aisle whose stories eventually combine).  That being said, I felt the effect was damaged because I kept thinking “I’ve read this all before!”  And I liked the writing in both of those other books more than this one.  Still, I liked this one well enough and wouldn’t dissuade anyone from picking it up for themselves.

Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie

Well I’ve mentioned this recipe on the blog approximately 7,000 times, sooooo HAVE YOU MADE IT YET?  If not, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, but I’m actually not waiting for summer to eat corn and zucchini.  JOEY cooked this for ME and even though we were short a few ounces of cheese, it was still SO GOOD.  So that’s probably why I’ve talked about it so many times.  Paired with the best sweet potato fries (Joey makes them so much better than me!) and I think this meal actually willed the sun out of hiding that day.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

GUYS.  OMG.  LITERATURE!  I tried to explain to Joey — in a lengthy and cocktail induced speech — the difference between what I read in book club and actual literature and how damn refreshing it was to know within seconds of starting Beloved that is was the latter but he was probably mostly hoping I’d just stop talking 🙂  But seriously, the writing is so poetic and the story is so deeply painful and beautiful and I don’t know why it took me this long to finally pick this novel up but I’m so glad I finally did.


Happy Friday/Cinco de Mayo/Birthday to my mother-in-law!  We are celebrating all those things the best way we know how… with burgers, fries, beer and a Rockies game!  Bet you thought I was going to say tacos and margaritas, huh? 🙂  What are you up to this weekend?

Odds & Ends, Take 6

Confession: I start drafting these “Odds & Ends” posts ALL THE TIME — adding to it here and there — but then one day I realize the stuff I wrote about happened months ago and no one, myself included, cares about that stuff anymore.  But look at me actually posting one for real this time!


My parents went on vacation a couple of weeks ago so I went over for dinner when they got back and my mom made this spread of pure beauty.  Needless to say, I’m really glad she’s home 🙂


In addition to Sunday morning breakfasts, Joey and I are instating a Tuesday Date Night™ policy.  Started with a bang at Biju’s Little Curry Shop because it’s curry weather in Denver this week.  I’m well aware of how good that place is but Joey seemed EXTRA blown away.


Words of wisdom from my kombucha.


Made this Greek Quinoa Salad (+ pita and hummus) for lunches this week and our co-worker totally caught me standing outside taking a picture of it.


Got five bug bites on my foot in D.C. and ohmygod, my foot was so swollen on Monday.  I quick texted my private nurse (aka Hannah) to ask if I should be concerned.  She said no but she’s the one who should be concerned because I plan to send many more texts like this in the future 🙂img_3940Joey and I celebrated our 2 Year Anniversary last Tuesday by tailgating with Illegal Pete’s before Film on the Rocks.  We FINALLY saw the newest Star Wars and I feel like Adam Sackler would really shun Adam Driver for being a part of a blockbuster.  Otherwise, we thought it was pretty good.


This happened.  Ain’t no bond like a sibling bond, because a sibling bond don’t quit is based on the seamless quoting of movies you grew up watching together.


Found this copy of Life of Pi in one of the Free Little Libraries in our neighborhood and decided, since I’d never read it, to give it a go.  Loving it so far and can’t wait to re-watch the movie once I’m done.  Also, it’s WAY better than this s%*# I’m reading for book group.


And speaking of book group, we got to go to a preview of “This Is Us” on Thursday night!  Pizza dinner first 🙂  I’ve seriously seen the trailer for this show a thousand times and it took me until the 999th time to realize it was Jess from Gilmore Girls and Mandy Moore!

We’ve got friend-filled plans and perfect fall weather to look forward to this weekend.  Hoping you all have equally good things on the agenda!