Holy cow Saturday is almost over and I can hardly believe it. This last week seemed to disappear without any warning, gone in the blink of an eye. It’s so true what they say about time going by faster as you get older. I remember the days when being bored was a nightmare and having nothing to do but sit around sounded grotesque. Too bad I can’t go back and give my 15-year-old self a good talking too, but what am I saying – I wouldn’t have listened anyways.
This week has actually been one of the good ones. Work was busy but not too busy, cooking didn’t feel like too much of a chore, and I got to have a bit of girl time last night by eating froyo with some friends and swooning over Leo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby. The movie was good but the frozen yogurt was my favorite. Ha!
This week also brought the addition of a new member to our family…. a new camera! I bet you thought I was going to say puppy or something huh. No way, puppies are crazy and pee everywhere people! No, this new little gadget is just as good, and seems to be providing Michael with as much entertainment as a new puppy ever would. We’ve been discussing a new camera for quite some time and finally decided to pull the trigger. Michael did A LOT of research so we felt comfortable dropping a good amount of $$ to pick up the Olympus E-PL5. Once we’ve learned the ins and outs of how to use the thing we plan to add a couple of lenses to our collection as well. I can’t believe the difference a nice camera makes – my food pictures are just not even comparable. Don’t get me wrong, my iPhone has done pretty well for itself, but this camera takes it to a whole new level. Who knows, maybe this will even inspire me to start styling my food for the blog more…. maybe.
Check out some of the pictures Michael snapped during our food prep this week:
In addition to fried rice and banana ice cream, we also chowed down on the following:
Kalua Pig with Roasted Baby Potatoes
Lastly, I can’t leave a blog post about pictures without including one of Tessie. Hope you all have a good Sunday!
I can’t believe it’s been an entire week since Michael and I were with my family back in MO. Although the trip was 4 days long, it seriously felt like it was over in a day. I left feeling like I should have taken more vacation time, but it is what it is. It may have been short, but we packed a ton of stuff into those few days. It’s so refreshing to be able to see old friends, eat food you haven’t had in a year, and finally spend some quality time with family. Not to mention Michael and I got to meet the newest edition to my family, my niece Finley Morgan.
Isn’t she the cutest baby ever? Well, maybe not the cutest because she does face some stiff competition with her big sister. Oh babies… you are so adorbs. They make me want one of my own, but definitely not right now. Ha!
While we were visiting we took the opportunity to take some family pictures, which we very rarely do. I can’t actually remember the last time we had good family pictures taken. I think I may have still been in high school – crazy!
During our photo session (taken by my sister’s hubby, thanks Shawn!), April and I decided to take some ‘sister’ pictures. I guess we weren’t communicating very well because at one point April decided to kiss my cheek at the exact moment I was turning her direction. It definitely made for an awesome set of pictures… haha!
The rest of the weekend was spent eating some AmaZiNg BBQ (burnt ends = YUM), taking the kids to the science museum and relaxing in my sister’s living room. Needless to say I was really sad to leave and am already counting down the days until our next visit over Labor Day. Can’t wait!
You know what’s nice? Having the ability to work from home every so often. There’s something about sitting at my dining table with the sun peeking through our big apartment window that makes me feel really productive. Plus, it’s always a good thing to be able to get a load of laundry done while you’re typing away. I ended up having to work from home today due to some poorly timed doctors appointments, one for my eyes and the other for my old lady hip. My eye appointment was just the basic 3 month check-up after Lasik and I’m super excited to say that I can see 20/15. I’m still amazed that it’s possible to completely fix your vision with just a quick 20 minute procedure – way worth the investment!
Other than a few appointments and some cooking, this week hasn’t been very exciting. I’m definitely not complaining, sometimes a good stretch of nothing is just the way I like it. I’m sure things will speed up once Thursday is through – Michael and I will be jetting off bright and early (6:00am!! Wah!) Friday morning to visit my family back in Missouri. I haven’t seen anyone in my family since Thanksgiving, so you could say I’m just a tad bit excited. I have a brand new niece to meet, some presents to sprinkle on the other, and some major shopping to do for items not found here in Cali. Hello Jack Stack BBQ Sauce and all clothing items inside of Maurices! Another thing not quite as exclamation worthy, but equally important, is that I finally get to have my hair cut again. That’s right, I’ve gone 5 months without a split end snipped off and I can’t express to you how bad it needs it. I refuse to get my hair cut in SF again… remember what happened last time??
Ugh, I’d rather forget… so on that note let’s move on to some pictures of what we’ve been eating this week:
Balsamic Beef Pot Roast with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Stuffed Mushrooms with Parsnip Fries
And that’s it for now! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – I’ll be back next week with some BBQ sauce in tow, a fancy new haircut, and a new suitcase full of sundresses! Yay for vacation!
I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday! I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that I’m getting older, but time seems to go by so quickly these days. Of course, it doesn’t help that my days have been jam-packed full of work, CrossFit, and cooking. When will there be some time to relax? Alright, enough with the complaining, I can just hear my dad say now “You gonna play you gotta pay!” Ha! Oh Daddio… how I miss thee!
So, last night I had my first physical therapy appointment to correct the pain in my hip. I didn’t really know what to expect, and to be honest I didn’t really want to go, but man I’m glad I did! Turns out that running a 5k without any training is definitely not a great idea because I caused my hips to jump out of alignment. When the PT was examining me, you could actually see that there was an inch or so difference between the height of my hip bones. It was crazy! We did a few exercises to help push my hips back into place and I can already tell it’s better. That, coupled with a few exercises to strengthen the muscles around my hips, and I should be back to 100% in no time. WOOT!
Moving on to a more exciting topic, I have a new recipe for you! A couple of weeks ago Michael and I were shopping in Whole Foods and noticed they had some plantains, which was incredibly exciting. The Whole Foods by our house never has them, so we had to buy at least 3 for good measure. We normally just slice them up and fry them in coconut oil, but I wanted to do something different for a change. I decided to blend them up with an egg, cinnamon, and salt, and then fry them in coconut oil – best. idea. ever.
2 – 3 Ripe Plantains (the riper the better)
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
3-4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
Blend the plantains, egg, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor until almost smooth. Heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat until it’s melted and hot. Spoon 1 – 2 Tbsp. of the mixture into the skillet and let cook until bubbly (2-3 minutes). Flip and cook on the other side. Enjoy that crispy cake of delicious goodness!