So the past two weeks have actually been a bit busy. Thinking back, they weren’t even that busy…it’s more that they were filled with fun times. I’ll catch you up to speed.
First of the fun times was last Sunday (well actually it was the Sunday before that but words escape me sometimes…). Some gal pals that I work with decided to have a Lady Date. We made some tasty challah bread, ate some pizza and beer, and watched A League of Their Own. So clearly we had the best day ever. It was really fun. We kneeded and braided that dough like champs and coated with not one, but TWO egg washes. BOOM. You can read more about our baking adventure on my friend Maren’s blog here.
I wish I could tell you something interesting about my week (Monday-Friday) but to be perfectly honest I don’t remember anything about it. I guess its safe to assume nothing terribly remarkable happened.
But this past weekend I went to New Hampshire with the fam. It was loads of fun. We went kayaking, and chilled by the fire and made smores…mmmm smores…. I really only bring this up because 1. kayaking is super fun (first time going!) 2. smores are delicious and always warrant a shout out and 3. on the way back from NH we stopped for lunch and I had this amazing lemonade.
The lemonade that I had at lunch was “fresh raspberry lemonade” and I decided to recreate it at home. I tweeked it to be fresh strawberry lemonade instead (BOGO strawberries at Stop & Shop woot woot). I cut up some strawberries and added them to some lemonade. I gave it all a good shake shake in my cocktail shaker and poured it into my glass. Then I topped it off with some San Pellegrino Limonata. It’s so refreshing! Also, you could add a little vodka and have a killer cocktail too. Yum Yum.
I also whipped up a batch of Energy Balls I saw on Pintrest. They are no-bake granola bar balls. They are also very easy to make and are totally addicting.
Here’s how you make’em:
-1 cup oats
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/3 cup honey
-2/3 cup shredded coconut
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1 tsp vanilla
Now I also added chopped nuts and craisins, and cinnamon for extra oomph.
Overall a fairly productive July.
And just for fun I’ll add a silly family pic from the kayaking adventure.
There are some things that are simply not meant to be. One of those things was the Zucchini Lasagna I recently made. I found a recipe for the lasagna on Pinterest and was super excited to try it out…its essentially a regular lasagna except instead of noodles you uses sliced zucchini. Yummy right?!
So rather than use store bought sauce, I whipped up some spaghetti sauce in my crockpot the night before I planned on making the lasagna. It totally worked out great. So far operation lasagna was on track.
The problems came the next day. I was planning on assembling the lasagna after work on Thursday, after which I would eat it for dinner and pack it for lunches to stick in my freezer and eat later in the week. Here comes obstacle number one. I get stuck at work until 8:15 pm. Gross. I didn’t get home until around 9 pm…and I was full to bursting with feelings of frustration about the kink work put into my carefully thought out baking plan. I decided to bake the lasagna anyways. Mistake number 1. I was much to frustrated and rushed to attempt this..even though its a pretty straight forward recipe. I rushed through it (I may have also been drinking a bottle of wine too…hey I was at work until 8:15..I deserved it) and did a real bad job. I did an awful job slicing the zucchini, and I skipped pre-cooking it so the zucchini ended up crunchy.
Overall it was wasn’t a total failure…it was just not the way I wanted it to end up. I still brought it for lunch the next day and enjoyed the pasta sauce I had made in Crocket.
See I know what you’re thinking…things didn’t go perfectly, but ‘cursed’? Let’s flash forward to Saturday. I had dished out some of this lasagna for myself and a friend for lunch. We ate it, but on my friend’s attempt at seconds…CRASH BANG. 3/4 of a Zucchini Lasagna are splattered on my kitchen floor. SIGH. The universe clearly did NOT want me to have this lasagna. And when you look at the situation on the whole you can see that it really was cursed.
Maybe next time it will go more smoothly.
So yesterday was America’s birthday and man oh man was it a good one. A friend of mine had a BBQ in her backyard so that we could celebrate this grand ole country of ours.
I made some macaroni salad (thanks Auntie Merri) but I obviously forgot to snap a picture of it and a cool firework cake that I saw on Pinterest.
WARNING: this cake tastes like Freedom.
Hope you all had a great 4th of July!