Parties, grills and cake

I’m trying something new these days – instead of giving into my mile-long to-do list, I’m trying to go with the flow and enjoy the days as they come. One may call this procrastinating, but I decided that this in fact is a healthy approach because none of the things on the list are urgent and there is no way to treat them as such. They will get done eventually and in the meantime, I may actually enjoy my weekends. Imagine that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This weekend was sure action packed. Adam and I attended my friend Molly’s good-bye party on Friday night (she’s opening a frozen yogurt shop in Northampton, MA). It was bitter-sweet. I’m super excited for her but I’m so sad she’s leaving. I could go on and on about what a large part of my life Molly has played in the past year, but I’ll just leave it at wishing her lots of luck. She knows how I feel. And Molly, I can’t wait to come visit!! :) Seriously, how many of us would dream of doing something like that?!!

Saturday was Josh’s birthday party (ha, I think it’s funny that more and more of my friends now have links to their names – blogs, sites, etc.). We first met Josh and Melissa at Josh’s beer tweetup, then again for dinner at American Craft. We learned that Josh loves bbq and poker so naturally Adam was game for attending his birthday party. ๐Ÿ˜€

At the party, we enjoyed some snacks

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cheddar and bass beer bread

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Sweet potato (baked) fries

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… and of course beer

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And bbq. This was the best bbq spread I’ve had in my life. I opted for the vegetarian option and it did not disappoint (both Josh and Melissa are vegetarians so they know that veggie burgers are not the only thing you can make on the grill).

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Salad of mixed greens, walnuts, cranberries and feta + grilled sourdough bread (with a drizzle of EVOO) with feta, grilled peppers, zucchini and yellow sqush. OMG – this meal was mind-blowing. I cannot wait to recreate it!!!!!!

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Side note: we bought a grill on Sunday!!!! Our first one – what’s your favorite grill recipe? I want to put this baby to use!

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Back to the party. I brought my vegan cookies and everyone loved them. This guy was double fisting both kinds while mmmm-ing. That’s a good review in my book ๐Ÿ˜‰

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There was also some rock-band action. I did not partake but Adam rocked out on a guitar. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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And of course there was birthday cake. Actually two! Black forest cake:

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Double chocolate

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I had a few bites of this guy. Wowza, that’s a lot of frosting!

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Sweeter than the cake were the FOUR cookbooks Melissa gave me. She’s built up quite the cookbook collection and is actually running out of space in her living room. I made out like a bandit, that’s for sure. Thanks, Melissa, I’m SO excited to put these to use!!!

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Sunday was a lot more chill yet somehow I still had no time to blog. Let’s run through the days eats quickly, ok?

BREAKFAST

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+ banana walnut muffin & coffee (to-go)

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LUNCH

Teriyaki chicken wings + carrots and turnip (baked) fries

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Adam has been craving wings for weeks so I told him I’d make him some. No need to feast on the fried version when you can satisfy the craving at home. I made a homemade teriyaki sauce that tasted awful so I dug deep into our fridge and grabbed bottled teriyaki sauce instead. Hey, I tried! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I marinaded the wings for 4 hours in 1 cup of bottled teriyaki sauce + 1/4 cup of water (the sauce is soooo salty, I wanted to dilute it. I bet you can use an even higher water/sauce ratio). Then I broiled these babies for 5 minutes on each side, while reducing the marinade down on the stop-top. Note: if you want to baste the marinade onto the chicken, make sure to reheat it so that you kill all the raw-chicken bacteria. Then I covered the wings in sauce and baked them at 375* for 30 minutes (25 mins covered, 5 uncovered), basting them with the marinade after 10, 20 and 25 minutes. Time consuming but that’s how you get this sticky glaze. Adam was in heaven. Mission accomplished! :mrgreen:

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In my second oven, I baked a pound of carrots and a pound of turnips with 2 tsp of coconut oil and S&P – baked at 450* for maybe 30 minutes. Between me, Adam and his dad, we consumed TWO pounds of veggies. I think Adam did most of the heavy lifting (I ate 4 wings as well). ๐Ÿ˜†

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A super-charge me cookie for dessert

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MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

Mango + walnuts – who took this awful photo? ๐Ÿ˜•

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DINNER

Thai green curry mussels (recipe can be found here – I added spinach to the sauce and raw tomatoes to finish)

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The sauce was too mild. I added extra green curry paste, salt and pepper to the leftovers. Hopefully that does the trick! :)

Dessert: Barney Butter stuffed banana

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… and a little later: a serving of TJ’s nutty american trek mix <3

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Let’s quickly talk about activity. I’ve been trying to implement the 20-minute rule but didn’t make exercise a priority this weekend (I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather). Saturday morning before the party I got Adam to go for a walk with me. We walked for quite a bit and ended up stopping for a slice of heaven.

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Ernesto’s portobello mushroom + garlic slice (yes, this is one slice – 1/4 of large pizza – Adam and I split it) – it was amazing!

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Needless to say, after this I had no chance in hell of convincing Adam to turn the walk into a run. Better luck next time! Sunday I didn’t even get 20 minutes in. Time totally got away from me. I feel strongly about the fact that you always have 20 minutes for at least a walk. I need to make sure to make it happen. No excuses!!

How was your weekend? Do you use the extra time to check things off your to-do list or is it all about fun?

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