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Lunchtime is the Bestime

I think it may be a sign that I never quite graduated from elementary school that my favorite part of the day is my lunch hour! Especially in the summer, it’s so nice to be out of the office for a while, in the sunshine, enjoying a change of scenery.

When I lived in Cleveland I used to always walk down to Lake Erie to eat, but now I’m in downtown DC I had to find a new body of water to dine on. But this isn’t bad!

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I have lots of veggies to use this week so I made myself a big salad for lunch. Almost as pretty as the scenery!

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The mix is:

  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 7 slices of beets
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • kernels off one cooked ear of corn
  • 1 tbsp. TJ’s Raspberry Gorgonzola dressing

Mmmm. I also had an expensive Whole Foods strawberry yogurt on the side. For how much that thing cost you’d think the plastic little spoon that comes on top would stay together for me – no such luck!

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Still have a ton of Sunday night’s pasta to finish up so I think it’ll be made into tonight’s dinner. Luckily my roommates have been helping me make a dent in it!

Beth

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June Wrap-Up

Can you believe that June is really over?  The time really flies!  It’s been just over 2 weeks since we launched our blog and so far it is going great!  In case you are just tuning in, here are some of the highlights from June:

Posts:

First Offical Blog Post

Recipes:

Curry Chicken Salad

Couscous with Dried Fruit & Parmesan

Reviews:

Surfside

And of course, check out the About section to get to know us better.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s challenge announcement! 🙂 

Thanks for reading :mrgreen:

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Last nights dinner was just dreamy, so of course I’m going to share! I decided to make Pumpkin-Peanut Curry with Shrimp and Scallops. Louisa’s favorite food is pumpkin and mine peanut butter so really, could anything be more perfect!?

There was A LOT going on in the recipe, so although there were no near disasters I was so glad to have an assistant chef  on hand! If I were to make this again (which I’m sure I will!) I think I’d spend a lot of prep time before beginning the actual cooking.

The other lesson I learned is to HALF the recipe! It said there was a yield of 4 servings, which sounded good for a nice dinner and a few nights of leftovers, but I’m pretty sure I made enough to feed the British Army. Oops!

Here’s the final result:

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Aaand with my lovely glass of wine.

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Excellent. After dinner we took a nice walk over to Barnes and Noble.  Beautiful night and the perfect way to wrap up a fun weekend. I’m sure those noodles will be making several appearances later on this week. Wish my co-blogger was in town to share!

Beth

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The Sis Can Bake!

Well, the rain stopped!  And it turned out to be a very muggy day.  After my sister and I were done shopping we came back to my place so I could do some work on my thesis.  Neither of us were really hungry for dinner, I think because of all the humidity.  The sis stuck around and did some fabulous baking.  She may hate cooking, but boy, can she BAKE!

Alyssa whipped up some “You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate” Cookies from the cookbook Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.  I ran out of peanut butter so she substituted in some almond butter and they were to die for!  She even took the pic herself (I have her well trained now 😛 ).

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These babies won’t last long around here!

 

-Aaron

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Decadence

There’s only one way to describe this morning’s brunch. Pure decadence! My sister and I went to Founding Farmer’s  for breakfast this morning to fuel up for our day of shopping. I was back and forth about what to get as always, savory/sweet, savory/sweet, but eventually decided to go with my fave – sweet :O). I ordered the french toast which was soaked in vanilla cream and fried, topped with bananas and chocolate. Healthy? I think not, but it was worth every delicious bite! Just take a look.

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You need to have a serious sweet tooth to enjoy that breakfast, but since I do I can only say it was heaven! Louisa on the other hand opted for something a little more traditional.

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And on the side, we each had a lovely latte.

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No way I could finish that whole breakfast but I did my best for sure! We had a big day of shopping  afterwards and even met a few of my work friends for some champagne at a little boutique party. I think I could get very used to champagne and chocolate on a Sunday afternoon. But perhaps I better not…

Tonight I’ll be making a (hopefully) tasty dinner at home for us both. Louisa’s off in the morning to go back to Ohio so we have to enjoy what’s left. Weekends go toooo fast.

See you with a re-cap shortly!

Beth            

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Since I was hard at work all afternoon yesterday, my sister came over to make me dinner!  She made a veggie stir-fry smothered in an orange glaze.  The glaze wasn’t as “orangey” as we were hoping for, but it was still alright.  We had half of a bagel with a slice of fresh mozarella, as well.  She did a great job!

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In the fry:

  • 1/2 an onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup broccoli
  • 1/3 can navy beans
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced

In the glaze:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp corn starch

After dinner we wanted to go catch a movie, but we left it too late to leave.  We ended up just renting a movie on RogersOnDemand.  There wasn’t a lot of choice since all the movies I wanted to see my sister had already seen!  We settled on Role Models and it was pretty funny!

Woke up this morning to lots of rain!  It hasn’t stopped yet and is a dreary day out there.  At least I don’t feel quilty for staying inside and getting some work an cleaning done!

My sister and I are going grocery shopping this afternoon, so before we go she is coming over for lunch.  We pretty much do everything together now that she has moved close by! 🙂  I made a tuna sandwich and added some of those Farmer’s Market tomatoes from yesterday!

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In the tuna salad mix (makes 3 sandwiches):

  • 1 can of tuna packed in water
  • 1 tbsp light mayo
  • 1 tbsp PC’s Sweet with Heat mustard
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced carrots
  • salt & pep

Now, off to do some g-shopping!

 

-Aaron

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Sister, sister

Fun Saturday! I wanted to introduce my sister to some banana oatmeal, so I made us twin bowls to start our day. I topped them with dried apricots, cinnamon, a bit of pumpkin butter (hehe Aaron!) and even found a use for last night’s left over cornbread. And of course, no bowl of oatmeal is complete without the peanut butter spoon. I think Louisa was impressed!

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After our oatmeal, Louisa, my roommate and I went to Eastern Market‘s grand re-opening since it was damaged in a fire a few years ago. It was really cool to see as I’ve never been before. It was soooo busy so we didn’t end up buying anything –  a little overwhelming! But, I’ll be happy to go back again soon when hopefully the crowds are a little thinner.

Post market we headed straight for the zoo. By the time we arrived we were really hungry for lunch but couldn’t find ANYTHING decent to eat! I was so mad at the zoo. It was all deep fried and greasy. Blech. With it being so hot out that’s really the last thing we wanted. We walked and walked searching for something decent and finally ended up with ice cream cones and half a bag of pretzels Louisa had left over from her flight. Grr.

After a bit of a rest at home and showers we headed back out for dinner and a move. Dinner was wonderful!! We visited Surfside in Glover Park. It was my first time there and I was super impressed. Here’s the food:

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And Louisa enjoying it all!

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We shared a small order of guac and chips, then split and order of the shrimp and an order of the pork tacos and both had a margarita on the side. Such a good meal! Check back for a full review on our Restaurant Reviews tab soon!

After dinner we took a loooong walk around to soak up the evening and then headed to the movies to see The Proposal. Cute but ridiculous – pretty much what I expected! 

Pretty sure we couldn’t have crammed anything else into the day and we both collapsed in bed around midnight for some much needed zzzz’s. A similarly busy Sunday is on the agenda!

Beth

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