food

Long Weekend

I hope everyone had a good holiday and hopefully a long weekend! If you work retail, my thanks goes out to you. I did that for a long time and I even though I liked the time and a half working on holidays, it was still stressful.

We had a pretty good long weekend. I worked from home Wednesday so it was even longer! And our new bed was delivered! In our old house, the master was so small we couldn’t get a bigger bed but our new master is absurdly huge, so it made sense to finally get the king bed we’ve always wanted. We bought the bed and mattress Veteran’s Day weekend on a great sale.

We love it! It’s so nice and now it’s big enough for Stevie to sleep in the middle. LOL

Thanksgiving was nice. Low key. Slept in. Went to the gym. I stayed on the keto diet until the Thanksgiving dinner and then splurged. It was great to have my favorite carbs (stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie) but honestly I felt gross. Stuffed and bloated from carbs!

I made sourdough bread and it turned out ok. It LOOKED perfect. It didn’t rise overnight like I wanted it to. I’m not sure what happened.

Logan had a good Thanksgiving, even though all he ate was a roll and pumpkin pie. LOL


Friday I went to the gym and did a little black Friday shopping in the afternoon and then we went to the community Tree Lighting Ceremony.

It was a quick visit and then we went home because Logan started to throw a tantrum. 3.5 is not a fun age. I tell you. I often wonder where my sweet baby went to. I am told that 4 is much better. I am counting down the days until that happens. We had some rough moments over the weekend with Mr. Defiant Toddler. But overall it was a nice break.

Saturday afternoon Michael and I dropped the little terrorist off at the grandparents house and met some friends at Montinore Vineyards for a wine tasting (and to pick up our long overdue wines!).

I love their wines! And it was so nice to see friends and catch up. Unfortunately it felt rushed. We only had about 90 minutes or so and then we had to go pick up the kiddo.

Sunday I went swimming. We decorated the house with the Christmas decorations (no tree yet). Logan helped me wrap some presents–that was hilarious!!!!!

I am seriously debating getting a fake tree. I have been anti-fake tree for a long time but dammit…I am sick of cleaning up pine needles! I vacuum them up for MONTHS after the holiday. So maybe….it’s time. We’ll see.

Dinner Party

Saturday we had a little dinner party. My aunt and uncle and cousin came over to see our new place. Michael smoked a chicken on the Traeger. I made a cheese plate. I got some really good stuff! A tomato and basil goat cheese and an apple and walnut smoked cheddar. Both were really delicious.

To go with the chicken, I made a roasted veggie dish. I found a recipe for Tahini Roasted Broccoli and it sounded so delicious I had to try it.

Instead of broccoli I used carrots and butternut squash. I was just feeling more of a “Fall” veggie. It turned out really good. I would definitely make it again but I probably wouldn’t use the butternut squash. It got a little mushy. I’d probably do carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli next time.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons tahini, well stirred
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to serve
  • large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into 1 1/2-inch florets
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except for the broccoli in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add broccoli and toss well to thoroughly coat. Scatter on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. Serve hot for best flavor, squeezing a little extra lemon juice on top.

Anna brought a salad and it was fantastic! So delicious! I would make this for a party in a heartbeat: Honey Dijon Mustard and Poppy Seed Coleslaw with Cranberries and Toasted Almonds

The chicken turned out great, as usual. It’s always really good on the Traeger, much more juicy and flavorful than plain ol’ chicken.

I’m happy with how everything turned out!

It was nice to have them over to catch up and show them our place. We are slowly getting things finished up. We spent the whole weekend working on the office, storage, organizing and then organizing the half bath storage. Michael installed shelves in one of the office closets and I got everything organized (and labeled!). It felt good to check something off the list and it looks really nice.