Taking Back My Twenties

Weekend of Hosting

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 | 1 comment

We had too much fun this weekend!

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Matt’s sister came to visit and we had all kinds of good eats and drinks.

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Friday, we made homemade margs – one of my favorite things since we bought really good tequila over the summer – and then we walked to Victor Tangos. I can never get enough of that place. There’s an energetic vibe, the cocktails are creative and ever-changing, and the food is fun. I had a drink made with house-made mushroom (Chantrelle) syrup and something in the whiskey family. So tasty!

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To start, we shared a duck and fig flatbread and bbq lamb ribs. The ribs were incredible, and I always enjoy a good flatbread.

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For the main event, we shared this giant family style pork over lemony polenta and greens

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plus fried kabocha squash.

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Even though we were pleasantly stuffed, we got talked into the sticky toffee cake. It was decent, but for once, too big for me to finish!

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Saturday, I took Chelsea to my favorite gym class and then we ran some errands to get ready for our house party. We recently moved further outside the city to get a bit more space, and decided that Chelsea’s visit and the move were a good excuse for a gathering.

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I also decided her visit was a good excuse for a blow-out:) Sadly, I was too busy cooking and chatting with guests and took almost no pictures all night. I do have one from an after-party of sorts, but we walked in the rain to get there, so it’s not a good hair picture.

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Sunday was spent brunching, enjoying couch time, and eating leftover cupcakes. We had a freezing weekend and even saw flurries Sunday night. Needless to say, it was an excellent weekend, and I’m feeling the beginnings of a sore throat this evening.

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I’ve got a quiet week at work since the first trimester just ended, so I’m hoping to take it easy and get lots of sleep in the coming days. I’m ready to do absolutely nothing but rest over Thanksgiving break.

See ya.

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A Cold One & A Weekend Recap

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 | 3 comments

Hello and happy hump day. It’s a cold one here in Dallas – I forgot how miserable the 30’s feel. Good thing it doesn’t get much worse than this in Texas. I had a staff presentation this afternoon, and it seems that any time I have something big at the very end of the day, I get so so tired. I ditched my plan to go to a Shockwave class, and went home to to the couch, my version of Indian food, and a lovely screening of The Wedding Planner. I didn’t catch the beginning, and I want to see that first scene where they meet!

I had a wonderful and productive weekend.

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We had dinner with friends on Friday night and drank some delicious wine! This reminds me that we have wine from our Sonoma trip that has yet to be opened!

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Saturday, Matt and I went to see the 7th grade musical at my school. It was fantastic and put me in the happiest of moods. Nothing like some song and dance on a Saturday afternoon. The day was absolutely gorgeous, and we ran some errands to get ready for a party for are hosting this coming weekend.

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For dinner, we met another couple at Origin Kitchen, which is becoming a new favorite! We got a brussels salad to start, and then could not resist getting the incredible squash cup again. I’m obsessed.

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We also had the short rib curry, which was cooked so perfectly,

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and the duck and dumplings…we didn’t realize we had ordered this last time. It was fine with us though, because this dish is wonderful!

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Sunday was the productive day, with grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning plus a fun class at the gym called Stacked. I finally found a Southern Tier Warlock (where are the pumpkin beers this year? Sold out already?). Matt and I drank it out on the balcony with blankets and sunshine. We cooked the most delicious thai curry shrimp burgers from Whole Foods, and watched a very interesting documentary on adoption.

And just like that another weekend is on it’s way. Matt’s sister is coming to visit, so it should be a fun one. See ya.

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Life Recently

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 | 5 comments

Hello!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit! I’ve been crazy busy at work, and my moments in the evenings have been filled with cooking, packing lunches, dinners with friends, attending speaker series, doing housework, and going to bed early to get up for the gym. Every week, I think things might calm down, and they never do! I’m loving it so much though because my days are filled with helping kids, supporting teachers, and trying to figure out the big picture of my new role. I’m never bored, which means my days are flying by. I can’t believe it’s almost time for Thanksgiving break, and I cannot wait to see family and rest for a few days.

The weather has cooled off here (relatively speaking), and Matt and I have been enjoying drinking fall beers and getting cozy in new restaurants. We tried a restaurant called Gemma from a couple of Napa transplants, and had a lovely dinner at the bar. I’ve never had fried olives before.

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I haven’t been too creative in the kitchen during the week because I’ve been reverting to quick and easy favorites. Fridays and Sundays have been my cooking days, and I made this delicious butternut squash pizza last week.

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What’s new in the blog world? Does anyone have any awesome fall recipes?

Happy weekend.

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