Fall Fest Dinner

WordPress was down for a LONG time last night so I couldn’t post about my evening! When I came home from work, I continued what my husband began in the kitchen while he went to photograph a party. He had started a homemade French Onion soup. I’m glad I didn’t have to cut the onions because I cry like a baby every time I do! He had the onions “steaming” in the oven before we caramelized them. It smelled so good. We love French Onion.When he got home he finished them up on the stove. The whole concoction took about 3.5 hours from start to finish. He used this recipe:

http://www.cookography.com/2008/the-best-french-onion-soup-ever

I decided I wanted to try something new as a side dish so we had some root veggies (butternut squash, sweet potato, rutabaga). I diced them all pretty small and seasoned them with about 1.5 tbsp butter, cinnamon, a little brown sugar and salt. I thought about some cayenne or rosemary but decided I wanted them to be fairly sweet. They were so good even though Patrick didn’t like them very much. He ate them like a good boy though! We also had some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. It was a great accompaniment to our meal which was full of delicious fall flavors!

Punkin

It was finally cool enough outside for a meal like this and boy was I ecstatic! We watched The Office Wedding while we were eating and loved it. The Chris Brown “Forever” aisle dance made me laugh and cry. I know it was on YouTube this summer but I thought it was sweet that they recreated it. The whole episode was the feel good moment I needed for the day.

After we ate and did some things around the house, P said he wanted some frozen custard which sounded good to me too. We went to Shake’s and I got a small Mint Oreo Concrete (unpictured) and he got a medium Caramel Concrete. We listened to a good mix CD on our way over there. It had Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal which is one of my fave songs right now. I also found some new songs on the Indie Spotlight section of iTunes. 6 Day Riot’s Be With Me and Dear Reader’s Out Out Out. Very fun songs with funky female vocals. I was soo tired when we got home and fell asleep right away.

Today I’ve had some good eats which I’m going to briefly describe but I don’t have pictures. I had a cinnamon raisin english muffin with a Laughing Cow Light wedge. I also had an apple with breakfast. I got some awesome plain coffee from Madden’s which is a wonderful restaurant inside the shop where I work. It is also where I ate lunch. I got the Veggie Quesadillas off their vegetarian menu.

Description from web, minus tenderloin plus grilled veggies:
Tenderloin and portabella quesadillas in wheat
tortillas, avocado, chipotle sour cream, cotija cheese,
and greens tossed with sun-dried tomato pico de gallo

I had two wedges and half the salad with unsweet tea. My tablemates wanted dessert so I had the mini creme brulee. It is one of my favorite desserts ever and theirs is one of the best. I had some more coffee with dessert. I LOVE coffee! Now, to burn off that dessert I’m going to go do W6D2 of the couch to 5K. Then the hubby and I are going to shoot some pictures that a friend commissioned us to do of Downtown Bryan, Texas A&M and other locales. Fun fun. I hope everyone has a great and safe weekend!

nicole



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See Mystery Lights

I woke up kind of late this morning since it was raining. So I couldn’t make whipped banana oatmeal. But I had a delicious Larabar PB&J bar. I love the short ingredients list. And the taste.

I also had some french press in my See Mystery Lights mug from the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas. We went to Marfa last week to see Bon Iver in concert with Megafaun. They were amazing and well worth the 10 hour drive there on Thursday and 10 hours back on Friday. It was the most intimate and moving concert I have ever attended.

If you’re interested in indie or folk genres I really recommend Megafaun. Some folk, some jam and even some reggae. I did a hula hoop workout to their album the other night. And Bon Iver is just in a league all their own. Perfection.

For lunch I am having a peach chobani, kashi asiago crackers, a banana and an apple. I only had a little banana because I was super full. Also I got a diet cherry limeade from Sonic.

Not sure of our plans tonight yet though I imagine we may watch one of our Netflix sitting on the table. A Broke Down Melody is one choice. It’s a documentary by Jack Johnson. Or No Country for Old Men which was coincidentally filmed in MARFA. Small world.

nicole

Whip It

After work I was hankerin’ for some fuel so I went to Jamba Juice for a small Pomegranate Paradise with a free energy boost. It was a perfect pick me up before our run.

When I got home P and I went to the middle school track and ran W6D1 of the couch to 5k program. I’ve never been a runner but he has run 2 marathons and I wanted to start so he agreed to help me with it! So far so good. I don’t think I had enough water today because I was really out of it tonight. When we got home, P made some chicken while I was in the shower.

Unfortunately I couldn’t consume said chicken as I was running late for my movie date with Laura. We saw Whip It. Two enthusiastic thumbs up. Great and empowering storyline, cast and music! Lots of funky hip hop with some wild cards thrown in. One of my faves was Your Arms Around Me by Jens Lekman. But I will def be putting this Lollipop remix by The Chordettes on my next playlist! Go see this movie!

Since I didn’t eat at dinnertime I just had a small salad with some Kashi Toasted Asiago crackers and Laughing Cow Light. I’ll wake up early to have a good breakfast! Maybe some WHIPped banana oatmeal??

Sorry for the random pictures right now. I can’t find my camera charger so gotta rely on the iPhone. However, it does not want to upload my pics to the computer. C’est la vie. Will fix soon!

Night night…

nicole

Honey Citrus Sunflower

My lunch today is a little random because I forgot to pack leftover stew from last night. I had a Honey Oikos, sunflower seeds, a red pear and an orange. The citrus was a Lipton diet citrus green tea. This will fill me for the rest of the afternoon.

When I get home from work I will make a snack before my run with P-Honey (that’s my hubby!) Speaking of work we have some great music going in the store right now. A mix of Cat Power, Bon Iver, Hot Chip, many others..I adore music.

I haven’t published my about section yet. I’m Nicole and I want to join in this fab world of blogging! Toodles people!

nicole