Fresh Friday IV

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Ramblings
Jan 182013
 

If you haven’t been reading THS for long, let me tell you about my GOLDEN year.  The year I turned 28 [on the 28th! hence the “golden”] I set out on a year long mission to TRY. NEW. THINGS.  [You can read about the experience here: Golden Year Goals: The End ] The experience gave me a new appreciation for stepping away from the comfortable favorites and taking a bite of the yet-to-be-experienced things in life.

Real Food RunnerI’ve tried to carry on with the desire for trying new things, and I love Fresh Fridays [hosted by Katherine at Real Food Eats] because of the encouragement to look for, notice, and celebrate NEWNESS in your life. The focus on FRESHNESS reminds me to choose something other than the regular each week.  [and I encourage you to give it a try, too!]

Three things that brought FRESHNESS to my week:

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1. I started a new habit this week: Sunday Girl Lunches [SGL], with my dear friends Alicia and Emily!  I’m glad we’re going to be adding more of these to our lives, and already have one scheduled for this weekend! BOOM! We get things done.

2. While we were at The Whistling Kettle for lunch on said first ever SGL last Sunday, I purposely chose my meal with Fresh Fridays and my Golden year influence in mind.  While I did get my normal “Afternoon Tea” option, I made sure that 75% of my choices were not only new, but something I wouldn’t necessarily ever pick at first glance.  First things first, I went with the Green Chai with a little milk and sugar.  When you’re at the tea house, the only way to do it is with a little milk and sugar, right? It was my first time trying their Green Chai and I give a great, big, two thumbs up!

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I chose the Italian Roast Beef panini as my top layer.  The sandwich was layered with medium roast beef, sun-dried tomato aioli, spinach, red onions, roasted red pepper and Swiss cheese and was grilled to melty perfection.   Usually, I grab for the Lobster Bisque, but with Emily’s seal of approval as being in her top five soups of CDNY, I chose a cup of the Roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda for my middle layer.  The soup was REALLY hot when it was served, and I still couldn’t stop trying to eat it for long enough to let it really cool off at all.  After burning my mouth at least three times, I finally pushed it aside and started in on my sandwich, knowing I couldn’t resist the goodness even if it was flaming unless I had something else to distract my taste buds.  [Thankfully, that sandwich did the job. WOAH. Flavor overload!]

The Whistling Kettle on UrbanspoonAnd with my 3 of 4 new experience choices a success, I fell prey to my go-to, order whenever it’s on the menu, which isn’t that big of a deal because it’s almost always on the menu, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  After I ordered, I had a moment of realization that I was surprised by my decision.  I remembered, of course it was after I ordered, that the last few times I’ve had carrot cake I’d been kind of disappointed with it.  Thankfully, when the cake arrived it was terrific.  Not at all dry or crumbly, which has been my sad critique of the previous disappointment-filled cakes.

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3. ohmygosh. KETTLE CORN.  Why did none of you tell me about KETTLE CORN!?!?  Remember that George Washington on a Tractor Impulse buy I mentioned on Twosday?  Well, I was serious when I said I only bought the bag because it had a President on it, because at that point in time I had never even had KETTLE CORN before. 

You may notice I can’t type KETTLE CORN without using capital letters because WHY DID NONE OF YOU TELL ME HOW GREAT KETTLE CORN IS!?!?!  The bag?  I emptied it in about three days; and “I don’t even really like popcorn!” [<- that’s what I pretend to believe, but have found myself wanting a lot in the past year. damn it, adulthood!]

Twosday XXIV

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Jan 152013
 

Shows I Binge On Each Week, Watching All 5 Episodes of the Week in One Day, While Doing Computer Work

  1. The View – I was so happy to learn that episodes are available on Hulu Plus.  Was not as happy to learn that they are web-only, meaning I can’t watch them on the Xbox, meaning I can’t watch them on the TV, meaning I sometimes sit with two computers open as I work.
  2. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – let’s see how many more Twosdays I can mention Jimmy and his show, eh? [ps – if you haven’t already seen it: watch the recent episode with Bill Cosby.  It’s spit that water you’re trying to drink out of your nose, funny!]

Computer Work I Complete While Watching Said Shows

  1. Editing Photos. Mostly I use Microsoft 2010 Photo Editor. Sometimes, when I want to pretend I’m fancy, I use PicMonkey.
  2. Making Simply Saturdays. I use Microsoft Paint. Every time.

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Cooking Light Recipes from the JAN/FEB Issue I Plan to Make Before February

  1. Slow-Cooker Marinara [on page 99] – I’d love to try a new sauce [I currently use my mother’s, of course – it’s my favorite!! but I am a firm believer in having more than one kind of favorite, and the six different meal suggestions also listed on page 99 are making my head spin with ways to use up [and celebrate!] this sauce inspiration!
  2. Roasted Cauliflower Soup [on page 158] – I’m on a major soup kick, these days and I love that this one is listed in Cooking Light’s Budget Cooking piece.

New Fitness Challenges I’ve Accepted

  1. Planking every day.  Thanks to a welcomed challenge from my new friend Elizabeth. [you can join, too!]  I’m keeping track of my progress on one of the MANY calendars I keep near my at-home work space.
  2. I’d like to complete one knee push up.  Just one. By the time I’m thirty. [which, spoiler alert, is only months away.]  I’m really great at the lowering of the push up, but not so good at the raising at all able to get myself back up to the raised position. 

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Ridiculous Accomplishments I’m Ridiculously Proud Of, to Boot

  1. Yelling out the correct answer to every question of the quiz about TV series finales on NPR’s Ask Me Another podcast.
  2. I spent 6+ hours with my Gmail account on Saturday evening.  I replied. I organized. I assigned due dates. I can’t believe I finally did it. 

Quotations I Can See from My Desk Chair

  1. To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. – Sister Mary Lauretta
  2. Our intention creates our reality. – Wayne Dyer.  This one is displayed on my desktop wallpaper, thanks to this great post from Katelyn Brooke – 10 Great Desktop Backgrounds. [I came across Katelyn’s blog late last year and she has quickly become one of my favorites for her quality content, valuable sharing ability, and beautiful design inspiration.  Check her out!]

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Recent Purchases Made Only for the Fact That a President was Displayed on Them

  1. American Farmer popcorn.  In Old School Movie Theater Popped Corn [featuring a 3D Viewing Lincoln]  and Sweet & Salty Kettle Popped Corn [featuring a tractor driving Washington.] How could I not?
  2. Presidential Facts Treat Boxes.  I saw them when I was ordering some craft supplies on the Oriental Trading website [I made craft kits for our friends’ daughters for Christmas] and when I noticed they were marked down to $1.69 a dozen, I added a package [or two!] to my cart.  The wheels are already turning to how I can put these to use this year. Hey, it won’t be the first time I celebrate Presidents Day or a POTUS Birthday with some treats Winking smile 

Lessons I Learned This Week

  1. Eggplant doesn’t freeze well.  Especially eggplant you didn’t remove any liquid form in the first place. That helped me to clean out a few of those freezer meals I was hoping to dive into this month… in one big sweep into the garbage.  WompWomp.
  2. The lyrics are "Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart. You’re shaking my confidence DAILY" …. not BABY, as I have been singing at the top of my lungs for years.

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