Category Archives: Twosday

Twosday XCV

Easy Non-Recipes I’m Eating a Bunch of Lately

  1. “Leftover Party Quesadillas.” Shredded cheese and tortillas are two ingredients we always keep on hand. At least once a week I find myself transforming some sort of leftover into a quesadilla filling for a warm, quick, and delicious weeknight dinner. I’m thinking of getting a variety of different types of tortillas and wraps next grocery trip to raise the flavor variety levels. 
  2. Eggs and toast.  A few weeks ago I started to make this for myself for breakfast just about daily. Taking the 5-10 minutes to make myself a quick plate of simple and yet still uber-yummy food has added a dose of joy to my mornings, a special kind of self-care.  Some mornings I make runny-yolked eggs to dip my toast, other times I may scrambled eggs with leftover roasted veggies and toss with goat cheese. Most often I fry eggs in butter and eat them on toast, sandwich style.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Found in the #BlogHealthy Community I Want to Make ASAP

  1. Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Tacos with Pickled Onions and Pineapple Pico from How Sweet It Is.  I mean REALLY. My mouth is watering just looking at Jess’s photos, I can’t imagine what will happen once my apartment smells like this deliciousness.
  2. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and 3 Easy Meals from A Nutritionist Eats. Talk about making a meal plan EASY on a girl! I could totally see myself making this slow cooker recipe on a Sunday and using the goods for several lunches and dinners throughout the week.


Iced Coffee Recipes I’ve Got My Eye On to Welcome Spring

  1. Iced Lavender Dirty Chai Latte from The Almond Eater.
    Dirty Chai’s are one of my favorite warm lattes to indulge in when working at coffee shops or traveling, and this recipe offers a cold brew concentrate version which is perfect for warm mornings when I’m too lazy to use our espresso machine.
  2. Toasted Coconut Cold Brewed Iced Coffee from Ari’s Menu
    Coconut is a flavor I can easily become obsessed with, and Ari’s simple cold brew with a tropical punch thanks to toasting coconut DIY style is the way I like to spend my time in the kitchen; taking simple recipes and adding special details. This iced coffee is something I want to drink every morning this spring. 

Google Play Music Playlists I’ve Been Listening to While Working

  1. WISCONSIN MEMORIES.  This playlist brings me BACK. You know that feeling of hearing songs that seem to rewind your mind to high school? A good portion of this playlist brings all those emotions back.  It’s a lot of upbeat pop punk and alternative jams, which is why I’ve found myself bopping along and pushing through administrative tasks while this is on.
  2. Work Mix Feb. I made this for February, but haven’t been able to give it up yet. All of my most favorite cast recordings from Broadway, plus a dose of Ben Folds and Mates of States.


Media Consumed While Working on #THSTheJesusYears Journal Transcription

  1. Jolly Napier’s Twentyone Even album. I adore this album to this day and remembering it existed is definitely on the list of favorite things to come of this transcription process. 
  2. Project Runway All Stars on Hulu Plus. Perfect background noise that continued to be perfect background noise for HLB tasks this weekend, too.

Recent Additions Saved to My Pocket

  1. Ask Polly: Am I Pretty? from NY Mag
  2. 12 Fantastic Pieces of Fiction from 2016 You Need to Read from Buzzfeed


Artwork I’ve Got My Eye on for the Location Gallery Wall We’re Building

  1. Ideal Bookshelf NYC from Jane Mount. I’ve always liked these bookshelf prints, and the location theme to this print would make a great addition to our collection.
  2. DIY City GPS Coordinates Sign from Little Glass Jar. Would love to have our little village coordinates added to our wall!

Frame Inspiration for the Gallery Wall

  1. I’m going to be transitioning the wood and colored frames to black options, but this Hallway Gallery Wall from Little Bits of Home has me thinking that pairing black with a few white frames will look fantastic, too.
  2. We have been looking for ways to incorporate more poster-sized art to the wall, and this photo found on Lonny helps me visualize how we could better arrange our collection if we were to frame and add some of the location themed posters in our collection and from our wish list.

Twosday XCIV

Full Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau.  Though this post is NOT directly sponsored by The Beef Checkoff, my trip to NYC was and falls under my Bureau membership activities, which is a paid position.


Additional Introductory Notes About My Trip to NYC

  1. Due to work priorities, I came into the group late.  Most of my fellow Bureau members and the Beef team got into the city and got to work on all the awesomeness early on Thursday afternoon.  I took a train in late Thursday night, eager to join my friends on Friday morning
  2. It’s a miracle I was able to be there for as much time as I could. My original plan was to come in late Friday night in order to be in the city for a 2-hour meeting on Saturday morning.  During post-work workout two weeks before the trip, my boss and I discussed the trip for a while and decided I should take some PTO and enjoy NYC with my beef friends.  [She’s fabulous about supporting what I do outside of the office!] I was able to take all day Friday off and leave by 6:00 on Thursday to assure I could catch the train.  So v. THANKFUL for my work situation and how it allows me to follow some passions, too!

The Major Focus of the Trip: Video

  1. The lessons started way before I got to town, when the crew enjoyed Google’s Port Authority Building and YouTube Studio Space visits you can read more about here >> Amee’s Recent Trip to New York with The Beef Checkoff from Amee’s Savory Dish.
  2. I was SO THANKFUL to be able to make it for Friday morning’s video workshop with the brilliant minds behind Chez Us, Denise and Lenny.  It was totally hands-on and JUST GET STARTED energy was passed on to our group of bloggers.  We did lots of note taking, question asking, practice lighting, take one-and-two-and-three-ing, tip swapping and it was FABULOUS.  We also got to talk a bit about food and did a lot of laughing [the background noise on my practice videos brings smiles to my face!] so it was basically the perfect morning.


Filming Takeaways from ChezUs

  1. The basics:  Just start shooting with what you have and move forward step by step.  Starting a new medium/art form like video can be really overwhelming, but like anything you just need to get started and keep moving forward in order to build  skill.  It takes practice and learning by doing.
  2. The simplest lighting note: the light should be behind the camera, facing the subject – and you know, lighting the subject.   In the photo above I’m videoing with the front facing camera, and am using the natural light through the hotel window to light me as I talk to the camera.

Tacos I Want to Takeaway to My Kitchen from ChezUs

  1. Chipotle Lime Butternut Squash Tacos << oh. my. WORD. Could these BE anymore perfect for fall? #ChandlerBingVoice
  2. Carne Asada Tacos.  If you read Amee’s post I linked to above, you too may be having serious dinner envy after their Thursday night meal.  Everyone was raving about ALL the food, but especially the tacos, which more than one person had claimed were the best they’d ever had.  Ever since my first mouth watering jealous moment, I’ve been thinking about a taco night dinner party of my own.  This classic is totally going to be on the menu!


Butcher Shop Stops on Our #KnowYourBeef NYC Walking Tour

  1. Fischer Bros & Leslie, 230 West 72nd Street
    A Kosher Butcher on a Friday afternoon, as customers were preparing for the Sabbath.  It was incredibly interesting learning about the Kosher process.  I had assumed going in to the tour that Kosher laws impacted what is done at establishments like Fischer Bros & Leslie, but I didn’t really know about the intense monitoring of all the special arrangements being made!
  2. Lobel’s, 1096 Madison Ave
    Celebrating their 5-Generation strong 175th anniversary, we loved talking to Dave Lobel about the care that goes into each customers experience at this classic NY butcher shop.  Lobel’s is known for USDA Prime beef and fine cuts of all sorts of meats; the order form covers all the bases with steaks and roasts and other beef cuts, but it also includes a long list of lamb, poultry, pork, and “special variety” items including venison, quail and more.  They also offer mail order service, which brings my gift giving to the next level for sure: Shop Lobel’s of New York

Other Stops on Our #KnowYourBeef NYC Walking Tour

  1. Morton Williams Supermarket which seemed like a market dreams are made of, and was a great place to chat about super market case beef and the goodness that can be found there with our pal Suzy Sirloin.  Karli pointed out one of my personal favorite tips – shop the Manager’s Selection/Special section and cook the meat with-in a day.  There is nothing wrong or “bad” about the meat found here with marked down stickers… the butchers just know it’s getting close to the sell by day and want to help get it home and in your kitchen pronto.  Hunting down those stickers and stopping by the “specials” section is one of the ways I save money on beef and other meats.
  2. Parlor Steak & Fish for a Q&A with Chef Carlos and a DELICIOUS dinner.  The Chef surprised the table with a round of meatball slider appetizers which were AMAZE-BALLS. Literally.  I then had the most amazing chopped salad on the recommendation of Suzy Sirloin, which had ice berg, cucumbers, red peppers, onions, kalamata olives, basil, feta, and balsamic.  It was LEGIT and I need to recreate it in the THS Kitchen STAT.
    For my main I had the Marinated Bistro Filet and whipped potatoes, which you can see below and all I can say is WOW. Possibly the highest quality meal I’ve had all year and seriously divine.  The beef was so tender and richly flavorful and the whipped potatoes were oh-so-smooth and buttery.  << worth the bold.


Friday Night Out with My #ProteinPartner Melissa

  1. Dylon’s Candy Bar was the first stop on our long walk & talk after dinner. I’d been to Dylon’s at the Houston Galleria several times before, but this place is ALWAYS fun for me.  Not only because #rainbowismyfavoritecolor and Shugarman is literally my last name but also because – CANDY.  We had a blast browsing the store and picking out treats for our loved ones back home.
  2. Pig & Whistle on 3rd. We continued walking for a while, then turned back to head towards the hotel and decided we wanted to keep talking for a while and grab a drink.  We found ourselves at this standard Irish Pub which you can apparently find on several different Avenues and Streets across the city since the first one opened in 1969.  We spent some time creative planning and bouncing ideas off each other which brought me to my happy place. I love this kind of quality time with my blogging community!

Fitness in NYC

  1. A few long walks, because when in Rome NYC…
    I got a lot of site seeing in, including both a street light lit and day light filled Bryant Park/Chrysler Building stroll thanks.
  2. 15 minutes of hotel room yoga…while watching a RHONY special.  Now that’s balance.

Twosday XCIII

TV Podcasts I Discovered and Subscribed to This Summer

  1. Pop Rocket from Maximum Fun. I. LOVE. THIS. PODCAST.  I heard about it from another favorite pop culture podcast I’ve mentioned dozens of times, Pop Culture Happy Hour, when PCHH host Linda Holmes was a guest on Pop Rocket and suggested listeners check it out. I am so happy I took that advice.  I am a Guy Branum comedy fan, and he hosts this weekly show with four panelists discussing different topics and answering recommendation-based questions each week.  Sometimes guests join the party and all the times I am smiling and laughing through the episode. Highly recommended.
  2. Vulture TV Podcast. Nothing like my favorite TV focused podcast [Extra Hot Great from Previously.TV] but they do seem to talk about the same topics week to week, which is great!  It makes for filling my ears with different perspectives before I choose to give something a try sometimes. 

Podcasts I Recommend if You’re a Lover of Trivia

  1. Ask Me Another.  This show features puzzles, word games, and pop trivia in front of a live audience. Just trust me and try it.
  2. Doug Loves Movies. Okay, so I recommend this to EVERYONE, trivia-lover or not. Movie-buff or not. Comedy-nerd or not. It’s my favorite, my gateway podcast after This American Life and Wait, Wait [which don’t count because you know, NPR on the actual radio forever and ever,] and also the reason my cat is named Benson. Check it.

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TV Pilots We Watched Last Week That I Loved

  1. Quantico. This has a very Shondraland feel without being Shondraland, paired with an FBI/cop show and you’ve found my own personal catnip. I wasn’t sure I would like this going in, but so far I’m IN.  I can tell I like a show these days if when an episode ends I want to start the next episode immediately.  When the pilot of Quantico was over, I wished it was a Netflix show and binge-able.
  2. The Grinder.  Fred Savage has been sharing his comedy talents behind the camera on some of the best shows over the past decade [Garfunkel and Oates, Best Friends Forever, Happy Endings…the list goes on and on…] and Rob Lowe is one of my favorite actors in all of television [Sam Seabourne, duh.]

TV Pilots We Watched Last Week That I Liked

  1. Blood & Oil. I can easily see myself getting into this show in a Dawson’s, Revenge, Brothers & Sisters sort of way. [Yes, that’s a way, apparently.]  I liked the pilot about 20 times more than I liked episode 2 of either How to Get Away with Murder OR Scandal, neither of which held my attention enough for me to tell you what actually happened on them.
  2. Grandfathered.  I’m a Stamos fan, and Fox has been winning with comedies lately [see: The Grinder, above & Brooklyn-99, our favorite returning comedy. This one is fine for a pilot and shows promise for the coming episodes.


Recipes on My To-Soup List
Now that the weather has chilled, I’m craving the comfort of a mug of warmth for dinner just about every night.

  1. Crockpot Coconut Curry Chicken Soup from Amee’s Savory Dish.  These flavors are right up my alley and I love the ease of a crockpot dinner.
  2. 30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup from How Sweet It Is.  I still love all things buffalo and the idea of dinner in 30 is still so appealing to me!

Accessories to My To-Soup List Recipes
Because soup needs a companion sometimes, ya know?

  1. Cheddar Cheese Muffins.  I make these suckers with a bar of my favorite Cabot at least once a year.  They are great on their own, but perfect with chili or any sort of hearty soup or stew! 
  2. Buttermilk Chobani Naan from My Bizzy Kitchen.  This stuff would go GREAT with that curry soup from Amee.  Bizzy shares the best recipes because they are all so EASY when you follow her instructions and tips. Love that lady!


Enjoyed at Jade Bistro in Scotia. 

  1. Dad came to town for work recently and we met for dinner at Jade Bistro, where we had dined together before.  We started with the Dragon Feast featuring fried dumplings, spring rolls, BBQ pork tenderloin and Spicy Walnut shrimp.  The shrimp were FANTASTIC, but I really enjoyed all the items on the platter. 
  2. We then went with a trio of specialty rolls.  I honestly don’t remember what they all were, but they were all fresh and delicious.  I trust my dad when ordering out – he’s never let me down!  

All You Can Eat Deliciousness at Sushi X in Latham

This place is a sushi lovers DREAM. Or just a food lovers dream. Full disclosure: I was VERY hungry going in, but every single thing I ate tasted delicious.  We went the all you can eat route, which on the weekend runs $23.95 a person.  For the variety of food we ordered and enjoyed, it was QUITE the deal.  The All You Can Eat menus are two fold – sushi, which features fresh made-to-order sushi, sashimi, maki rolls and specialty rolls and a “Kitchen” menu FULL of options for appetizers, soups, salads, and protein dishes. 

We were a table of eight – which is a story in itself. It was a gathering of people who all kind of sort of knew each other through other people, but had connected on IG and decided through group message we were going to be friends.  This was my first hang with the group and it was a blast! 

Our group rearranged ourselves into two tables in order to make group ordering a bit more manageable, and as we settled in we commented on the 70’s disco vibe the place had going on with the “cool” lights and bead curtains.  My table of sushi lovers included one salmon allergy, one eel-hater, and one pescatarian, which was unexpectedly easy to deal with because eel is so easy to recognize and keep salmon orders to the sashimi menu.

  1. Round one Kitchen side included vegetable tempura [four perfectly cooked! pieces,] for Tia and I to split and crab wontons for the table. Our table mate ordered Chicken Teriyaki which he raved about, too.

    Round two Kitchen side was simply an order of Rock shrimp which was FANTASTIC.  After we put the order in I wished I would have ordered the Beef Negimaki didn’t notice until after our sheet was turned in.  Next time for sure! [there has GOT to be a next time!]

  2. Our sushi order round one included a plate of spicy tuna roll, sweet potato roll, dragon roll and Angel Roll which was mango, cucumber and avocado topped with spicy crab and mango sauce. We ended up just sharing everything across the board throughout the night, since the other table received our sushi platter and ate half of it before any of us noticed.  It worked out just fine since we all are the type of people who want to just take a bit of everything.

    Round two sushi order was a bit crazy. It took a while for the waitress to come back to the table for the order sheet and as we sat there staring the menu we just kept adding to the order until she came back.  That photo on the right above includes all the goodies of our 2nd order: salmon and pepper salmon sashimi, spicy tuna roll, spicy crab roll, Super Lobster Roll, Volcano Roll, Dynamite Roll, Snow White Roll, and another Angel Roll.  We were in sushi heaven!

    Sushi X also has a $3 hot or cold SAKI or beer from the list special if you are going the All You Can Eat route, which is a great deal.  I can totally see this place becoming a go to for celebrations, birthdays, and special nights on the town.  It’s a little pricier per person than we would normally pay, but for what you get it’s totally worth the price! Also, lunch Monday through Friday is $14.95 for the All You Can Eat menu, which means that future PTO days will definitely include sushi lunches! Highly recommended – everything was so fresh and delicious.