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Weekending 01.07.2013

fishThis weekend, I dove head-first into my meal plans. I only planned five meals, and I’ve already cooked nearly half of them (I would have cooked more, but I didn’t have all the ingredients for smoky black bean soup… ugh).

Friday night, Josh and I tag-teamed preparing the crispy fish sandwiches. We loved them so much, that we made them again last night! (This is likely to happen at least one more time this week). I think Josh was pretty stoked about the homemade fries too. Anyway, this sandwich is quick and easy to make (once I’d prepared my homemade Panko breadcrumbs–not necessary, by the way; you can buy them pre-made if you prefer–the whole process took less than 20 minutes). Somehow they managed to taste fried and fresh at the same time. I’m not really sure how that happened, but I liked it. I definitely recommend.

Saturday night, I made chxpotpieindividual chicken pot pies. These were awesome because 1) I got to use the ramekin dishes my mom gave me for Christmas and 2) I have lots of ideas floating in my head to make this recipe my own. I’m pumped to try this again so I can put those ideas to use.

(Side note: the photos I took this weekend made me feel like I missed my calling as a food photographer. I know there are folks who are waaayyyyy better at this than I am, but I still couldn’t help but admire my work. Not kidding–I was still looking at those pictures at 2 o’clock this morning. I think there’s something wrong with me.)

falloutIn other news, I got the Fallout game I’ve been wanting. I was still kind of mopey about how I wasn’t able to buy it at Target last week, but Josh drove me to Gamestop in the gross, rainy weather to check their prices. I got the game for $10 less than I originally planned to pay at Target! And I love it! Lesson of the weekend: be patient.

Also, Josh and I went to the movies to see The Hobbit with Hilary and her boyfriend yesterday, which left me wishing I had re-read the book before now. Seriously, I haven’t read it since I was 11 years old, so I don’t remember much about it. And most of the fun of watching a book-turned-movie is comparing to see how closely the movie was actually based on the book, amiright?

And I spent most of yesterday morning/last night switching between reading How to Be a Woman and the articles and blog posts listed here.

Anyway, that’s just about it for my weekend. (Though it still kind of feels like a weekend, thanks to the BCS championship game tonight–can I get a Roll Tide?)

What have you been up to since Friday?


Weekending 12.17.2012

vinylsThis weekend, my mom drove up to see my sister and me! This was exciting because 1) I got to see my mom, 2) I didn’t have to drive for four hours to see my mom and 3) this was the first time my mom’s been able to see our new homes.

It went by way too fast, though! I swear my mom was only here for about two seconds before she had to leave again. (Honestly, though, she was only here for a little more than 24 hours–not long at all.)

In the short time she was here, I got to spend a little time shopping with her. She saw Josh and me eyeballing the Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer vinyl figures in Barnes & Noble, and she totally surprised us with them! (They’re pictured above.) I’m now only missing the Misfit Elephant and Bumble.

bagsI also finally got started on my Christmas shopping. We’re not even going to discuss what a procrastinator I am.

And Josh and I finally made the “First Home” ornament I mentioned last month! I was fighting an awful headache, so he did most of the work (mostly softening and shaping the clay; you would not believe how difficult that stuff is to work with). We had a little leftover clay, so we were each able to make our own individual ornaments too. (Shown below)

To finish off the weekend, last night we went grocery shopping. Thanks to my over-planning for our last shopping trip, we still had most of what we needed–we just had to pick up a few items to round off meals.

homeWe’ve been doing a pretty good job of planning meals before shopping, and it helps a lot. It’s definitely taken some of the work-week stress away for me.

In planning these meals, I’ve been trying to add in at least a new recipe or two–something I’ve never made before–in an attempt to broaden our horizons and polish my cooking skills. (The Brunswick stew was part of that planning.)

Buying groceries every other weekend works best for us, but it also means we need to plan for two weeks of groceries. It works. We have to make another trip or two to grab fresh items like lettuce that would otherwise spoil, but that’s no biggie.

So over the next couple of weeks, we’ve planned these new meals:

So you know you can expect to see photos of these on Instagram, right? Just so we’re clear.

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week!

Weekending 12.10.2012

My weekend involved a lot of kitchen time. This weekend I….

Hosted a cookie exchange,


Tried some marshmallow vodka….


To put in my Grown Up Hot Chocolate,


And made boozy Marshmallows.


What did you do this weekend? If you have any new recipes, I’d love to try them!