Taking Back My Twenties

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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Birthday Weekend

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 | 2 comments

I had a fabulous birthday weekend – feels like each year gets better! Since the real day fell on a Saturday, Matt planned the day. I told him I wanted to relax and eat cake!

First, I took Matt to my favorite gym class at Equinox, and then we showered and headed out on foot for cupcakes. We stopped at two different bakeries and acquired 5 cupcakes for the evening. We also ducked into a fun salad place for lunch and did a little shopping at boutiques.

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After lunch, we got a couples massage! The experience was fantastic because we got a cold stone facial, foot scrub, and hot stone massage too! It was heavenly, and one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received. Then we headed down to Bishop Arts for dinner at the very famous Lucia. We got in off the waiting list only hours before dinner. It was fate!

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We grabbed cocktails at Stock and Barrel before dinner – this was a lovely twist on a bourbon sour made with passion fruit.

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We kicked off dinner with a bottle of Argentinian wine – Lucia is Italian, but I couldn’t resist this recommendation by our waitress (and I believe it was a collaboration between two winemakers). Side note: the service was phenomenal! And, oh my goodness, the olives!!

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We ordered two of the foie gras stuffed prunes – who can resist a $1 menu item? I thought I had gotten adventure-some enough for foie gras, but no! I hated it and washed the bite down with wine:)

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Our first plate was pork belly with pear and gorgonzola – this was divine, and a generous portion!

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Next up, some sort of Italian pork with sautéed mushrooms – also delish.

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We ordered two small pastas: the squash risotto with rabbit meatballs and brussels (above) and an interestingly shaped pasta with squab ragu (below). Both were perfect and rivaled the meals we had in Italy!

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The real star of the night was the braised lamb with red pepper, cilantro, and an olive tapenade. The meat melted together with the sauces and it was seriously a top ten entree.

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Despite the cupcakes waiting at home, we had to try the Italian donuts with squash and caramel!

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Clearly, the meal was superb! And the restaurant is so romantic:) I’m already dying to go back!

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We ended the weekend festivities with Sunday brunch with some friends at Vagabond. We had [more] donuts – these were basically apple-stuffed fried dough!

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I had a grilled cheese benedict, but I also shared Matt’s burger and it was great! I hear Vagabond is quickly becoming famous for it.

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Thanks to Matt and my lovely friends and family for a wonderful birthday!

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