3.31.2011

it's friday.

It's my Friday anyway! D and I are off to Las Vegas tomorrow for a fun and relaxing weekend, just the two of us.

So if you have spoken to me in the past week, I have probably discussed my obsession with love for the BronxZoosCobra. Ridiculous? Yes. This snake is my Charlie Sheen. But gems like this have gotten me through this week!



But even Mayor Bloomberg is on board, so I'm not really that embarassed.



Happy (almost) weekend!

3.30.2011

I love you like cupcakes.

I wanted to do something special to ask my nearest and dearest ladies to do me the honor of being bridesmaids in my wedding, and when I found these adorable cards on etsy, I knew they were perfect. Getting the sweet replies the past few days has been amazing! Love these ladies.



Cards ordered from Borrowed & Blue Paper Creations' Etsy shop.

3.29.2011

nyc.

NYC was such an amazing adventure!

Favorite moments:
- Multiple trips to Brooklyn.
- The whispering gallery at Grand Central.
- Seeing the City Hall stop on the subway.
- Bagels and more bagels (brought some home to D!).
- Dinner with some of my future family out in New Jersey.
- Making an obnoxious point to visit Cafe Lalo because it was in my mom's favorite movie.
- Wine and snacks at Brasserie Les Halles.
- My first wedding dress adventure at JCrew!

Oh, and running 13.1 miles through Manhattan, of course!

Some more fantastic moments...

Around 5am, overlooking Manhattan right before landing.



Spent my first day in town out in Williamsburg...and it was everything I imagined and more.



Williamsburg water view...amazing.



Knitting bomb...love.



Of course...



A darling tea shop in SoHo...



Absolutely necessary bloody mary over brunch...



Oh look, a flea market in Hell's Kitchen!



Then Carly bought a chair...and brought it out with us for the rest of the night (this would be everyone saying "not it!")...



Bailey!



3.25.2011

abbreviated week.



(How cute is this guy? It's like an elk happy dance!)

Even though it's a short week this week for me, I am so relieved it's Friday. Leaving the office for a few days always brings on insanity when I return! I'm so excited to just be in town this weekend, with a few plans here and there and generally getting my life back in order...especially since I'll be out of town again next weekend.

Happy Friday!

3.24.2011

mile 9.

I got back into town from NYC on Tuesday night (thank you, 4 hour flight delay!) and am still playing catch-up on life and work.

But here's a pic of me at mile 9 or so of the half-marathon, running through Times Square!



It was about 35 degrees...brr! I can't complain though...I hear the LA Marathoners had torrential rains the same day for their race!

Be back with pics and recaps soon...

3.17.2011

Fantom.



Today is a monumental day.

It's St. Patty's. It's my 3rd anniversary at my job. I leave for NYC tonight! And UCSB is doing the dance today.

Cheers to my Gauchos! And here's a great tidbit for your day...

The Fantom of UCSB has a special place in my heart. He happens to be a high school teacher. A teacher at my high school! Ah, the fond memories of his crazy energy on campus...and dancing at the pep rallys (our teachers were particularly amazing). And then I go off to college, take in a men's basketball game, and who do I spy?

This guy. Mr. Bishop, I salute you.

Have a great weekend friends, be back next week!

3.08.2011

sweet potato chipotle soup.



(My sad attempt at food photography. I have miles to go, clearly.)

Last night was windy and chilly...perfect soup weather. So I made me some soup!

D plays hockey on Monday and Wednesday nights, and usually I take it as my opportunity to eat fridge and cupboard scraps and not have to cook. But this week I decided to use hockey nights to try recipes that D wouldn't eat. Last night's menu featured Sweet Potato Chipotle Soup: off-limits spicy for D.

I hate buying an ingredient that will go bad long before I use it again, so I've taken to freezing small portions of things. Like canned chipotle in adobo sauce. What recipe ever calls for more than one of them? And I rarely ever use chipotle peppers these days. I love spicy foods though, even if they don't get made in my house often!

So I pulled the chipotles out of the freezer and made this soup with the immersion blender I inherited from Mary. Thanks Mary!

It was my first time using an immersion blender, and I'm in love. L-O-V-E love. SO easy.

Oh, and this soup is delish. Spicy and oh so good. Perfect for a cold windy night!

Sweet Potato Chipotle Soup
(Adapted from Martha Stewart)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 medium sweet potatoes (approx 2 lbs), peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 whole chipotle chili in adobo, chopped (I was generous, I love spice!)
7 cups vegetable broth
coarse salt & ground pepper

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until beginning to brown around the edges, 5-7 minutes.

Add cumin and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in sweet potatoes, chipotle chili and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a rapid simmer, partially cover and cook until sweet potatoes can be mashed easily with a spoon, about 20 or 25 mins.

Let soup cool slightly. Using an immersion blender, puree soup in the pot. This can be done in the blender too, in batches.

Season with salt and pepper, adjust seasoning if necessary.

Enjoy!

3.07.2011

pizza and beer.



The last few weeks, as the week winds down, there has been consensus in our house for dinner: homemade pizza + beer.

Sadly that photo isn't one I took (I suck at taking pics of my cooking, new resolution perhaps?) but it's pretty on par with what I make.

It generally goes something like this: homemade whole wheat crust, homemade pizza sauce (playing with an improvised recipe to get the yummiest version), mozzarella and basil (D's side) and mushrooms and basil (my side). Pair with delicious beer. Slip into a Friday coma. Yet another reason to wish it was Friday instead of Monday...sigh. I know I can make it whenever I feel like it, but there's something special about it being a Friday night ritual!

This weekend was the last relaxing one for awhile. The year is really revving up in the coming weeks, between birthday parties, engagements and weddings, and heading off to NYC for 5 days next week! It was nice to just relax this weekend.

Saturday D and I headed out to my parents' to celebrate our engagement. My mom and I ran errands and found ourselves in the wedding section of Barnes and Noble. Is it just me, or are there some ridiculous wedding books out there? My mom bought me two bride magazines and we called it a day. Oh, but she made sure to purchase this book for D. Ridiculous. Slash amazing. It definitely got a laugh.

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