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Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

Instead of another macrobiotics post, I thought I might share what I was up to this weekend. I am so glad springtime is finally around the corner.

Friday night I was able to leave work by 6pm. I meandered home and cooked up some sweet potato gnocchi (Trader Joe’s) for myself. Bobby ended up having to work late so I was on my own. I just played around with a couple of website ideas I’ve been thinking of… overall a relaxing evening. I also read The Help (my current book). It’s really great; I definitely recommend it. I have not seen the movie yet but I will when I finish the novel.

the help book Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

The Help was really popular back in the summer of 2010. I remember being on our honeymoon in Maui and it seemed like everyone around the pool was reading it as they basked in the sun. At the time I think I was going through some Michael Crichton books and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series and forgot to put The Help on my list. I found the hardcover copy at the thrift shop last week for $4 and picked it up and I’ve been reading it every spare moment since.

Saturday… we got up early and I cooked us brunch. I made myself an omelette. I happened to bust out the brewer’s yeast and my hubby discovered that it’s his new favorite food. So since then he has been putting it on every meal.

brewers yeast Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

This is the brewer’s yeast that I have. Apparently it is made from beets so it is not bitter like normal brewer’s yeast. It has about 40 different vitamins and minerals; if you want to see the whole list (nutrition facts), click {HERE}.

On Saturday afternoon I got a bunch of house stuff done. I put up a shelf that has been sitting on our counter on the end of our cabinets (it was out of stock and came in after renovations were done, so I had to install it myself). I put up some wall shelves to use as a spice rack. I painted the trim of the doorframe in the bathroom. I think we also had a late lunch at some point (random leftovers).

By the time I finished all that, it was nearly 5pm, and Bobby and I headed off to Pure for a yoga class. I was expecting a gentle flow, but the class was killer! Bobby is sore today; I’m not, but I was exhausted after class last night (Saturday).

After yoga we had a friend over and cooked in (tofu scramble, rice, and massaged kale salad; Ben and Jerry’s for dessert). We also started to watch Girls. Have you guys seen this show? What do you think? I’ve only seen two episodes and I think I like it so far. I like the fact that the characters look like real people and not perfect Hollywood people.

Today we were supposed to go to Staten Island (brunch with a friend) but we ended up rescheduling. After brunch at home (leftover tofu scramble, omelette), Bobby worked more while I did more house stuff (fixing up my paint job from yesterday, cleaning). Around 2pm we took a Zipcar up to Westchester just for fun. We ended up in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Got lunch at this place: Sweetgrass Grill.

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(Grits pic source – New Forker)

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(Thank you Foodspotting for the soup picture. I forgot to snap pics before digging in.)

I got the mushroom soup (with a few crispy kale chips on top) and Bobby got the Grits with poached eggs and goat cheese. The grits also had mushrooms, spinach, and essence of tomato which is just some kind of tomato-y juice. We shared with each other. Both dishes were incredible! Bobby got a beer as well (I drove, ha).

After wandering around Tarrytown more (we got coffee {HERE}), we headed home, but stopped at Trader Joe’s for a major haul on the way back. When you are a New Yorker and you have a car you can bring home groceries in, you don’t hold back.

We cooked in again (using the TJ’s stuff we just got) and then (as if we didn’t do enough this weekend), we headed off to Terminal 5 for a concert. We saw Alt-J. They recently won the Mercury Prize. I thought they were great! Bobby was not as happy as I was with the show but I think he enjoyed it overall.

I think that is all of it. Finally, finally, we are home (though we stopped for a slice – Bobby – and some garlic knots – both of us – on the way back). And now I think it is sleepy time! There is a slight chance I will be up early enough tomorrow to go to yoga before work. A very very slight chance. Anyway, here are some questions of the day…

What was the last concert you saw? What were you up to this weekend? Do you like brewer’s yeast?

Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

I have had a really amazing 6 day streak of happiness. Ever since Wednesday night I’ve been over the moon. Since I’m in such a good mood I wanted to give an update about the thing that makes me the happiest girl in the world: getting married to Bobby, the most amazing man I have ever met! (The engagement post is here.) I am also excited about a product review that I’m going to do for a company that sells bar stools – stay tuned icon smile Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle Maybe I will get some bar stools for my wedding, hehe.

We have picked a place for the ceremony – the meetinghouse I grew up going to in Yardley, PA. Here is a nice picture (this is in the winter):

yardley friends meeting Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

They are so sweet – when my dad told them I was getting married they blocked off every weekend in July for us (we still haven’t picked the exact date).

Now for the reception! We have a few options. We may be able to have it at the meetinghouse, if we can get them to let us have wine and beer (Quakers typically do not drink, myself included). If that doesn’t work out, we will likely have it at my parents’ house in New Jersey. My really sweet Auntie Jo and Uncle Morris (remember our gingerbread houses?) offered their house (in Flushing) for the reception as well – they have a great backyard. I think we will have a party there this summer anyway even if we don’t hold the reception there.

Speaking of Auntie Jo, we took a really awesome cooking class last week… I must update about that. Soon, I promise. It was called “Eat Local, Drink Global” and the focus was fish. The very talented Peter Berley was the teacher. I think Bobby is jealous of my celebrity crush on him.

Onto the food! Here are some yummy things I have eaten recently: frozen yogurt from Berrywild – The Art of Yogurt.

berrywild frozen yogurt Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

Berrywild has two kinds of yogurt – “berry smooth” and “kinda icy”. Bobby and I both got “kinda icy”. So good! I will definitely go back. Bobby always gets toppings but I am too cheap for them.

I like to switch up my morning breakfast grains (when I go for grains). This is grits with lots of cinnamon (that’s why it’s kind of brown and looks like oat bran). I topped it with agave nectar and coconut oil.

grits coconut agave Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

I don’t understand what the difference is between coconut oil and coconut butter. The oil is solid at room temperature, so it’s kind of buttery. The butter melts really easily just like the oil. Are they the same?

I went through a phase once where I did not eat much oil or any fats in general, and I was miserable. I couldn’t get full not matter how much I ate, I was cold, my skin was dry, and I was cranky as hell. Healthy fats can be revitalizing for your skin, hair, hormones, etc… Fats are so necessary in a healthy diet! I would even go so far as to say that eating more fat will help you lose weight, provided that you don’t overdo it. When I eat more carbs and less fats, I gain weight; when I do the opposite, I lose (or maintain, if I want to).

What’s your favorite healthy fat? I think mine is coconut oil or butter. Love them both.

I Love Chipotle Burritos & Grits. And Wedding Planning.

Today I got Chipotle for lunch. My fajita burrito had…

 I Love Chipotle Burritos & Grits. And Wedding Planning.

  • Wrap (why don’t they have whole wheat yet?)
  • Rice (yum! I love the way they season and butter this)
  • Carnitas (shredded pork)
  • Extra fajita veggies
  • Tomato and corn salsas
  • Lettuce

I ate a little more than half and put it away (I was at lunch with Bobby). Five minutes later I was still ravenous (Bobby was just finishing up his burrito – exactly the same as mine but with beans instead of fajita veggies) so I finished it off. Yum.

Ah, here was my breakfast today – grits with coconut oil and maple syrup. My dad used to make grits all the time when I was growing up. Actually – he still does. Every time Bobby and I go to New Jersey he makes us fried grits and they are amazing.

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I have been very busy wedding planning this week (did I mention I’m trying to plan a wedding in 5 months?). Luckily it’s a simple wedding and I already have the dress ordeal behind me. It was not an ordeal at all.

Anyway, I didn’t get to do my walking yesterday and then I didn’t walk again today (raining). So tonight I plan on doing my Diane Von Furstenberg exercises (sometimes I call them DVF exercises or dvf stretching). I haven’t been into yoga lately but that’s okay. My interests come and go in phases (not that yoga is going – it’s just not top priority right now).

What’s your favorite burrito? What do you put in it? Where do you get it?

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