Friday, January 29, 2010
I have the most amazing Sister in Law. How lucky am I to have acquired a SIL on my wedding day who I already considered a friend. We have so much in common beyond the obvious stuff like being married to brothers. I feel like our phone conversations and emails could go on forever! We had a pretty long talk yesterday and I definitely needed it :) She has been such a supportive friend and I don't know what I would do without her. She came to DC a few days before our wedding and was such a huge help. She kept this high strung bride sane and never once complained about my constant mention of the possibility of rain on our wedding day!
Peyton and her husband are by far one of our favorite couples to hang out with. Good thing they are family too! I just wish we weren't so far apart. They moved to California soon after their wedding and it makes getting together much more difficult. But that just makes VABeau and I even more excited for the few times a year that we actually all get together. I'm still secretly hoping for the day when we live closer to each other and can raise our future babies together, haha ;)
Whether we are on opposite coasts or in the same town, I am so lucky to have her in my life. She has such amazing taste (you should see the awesome outfits this girl can put together!), tons of class, and a pretty amazing blog! Peyton-you have no idea how much I appreciate you always listening, your amazing advice, and friendship. I hope you have a fabulous Birthday!
Caren-I hope you have an amazing Birthday today, you deserve it!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens....
I loved the Real World in high school and watched it religiously. For a girl still living at home with her parents, I was intrigued by the lifestyles of people in their early 20s living on their own. I was convinced that that was how normal young adults acted and how life was really like when you moved out on your own. Boy was I wrong! My Real World obsession ended soon after I started college and found out what the "real world" was really like.
However, I have anxiously awaited the premiere of The Real World DC. Did it really have to take 26 seasons for the show to finally make it to our nation's capital? I was so excited to watch a show that took place where we lived. I thought it would be fun to see them go out to the bars we go out to in Dupont and Georgetown and see our city's awesome sights on display every Wednesday night. My excitement for the show intensified after a night out in Dupont with VABeau. We were on our way to Russia House (a bar the real world cast frequented) and were passed by a guy with a huge video camera. He was following a few members of the cast who were just ahead of us. When we passed them we finally figured out that they were part of the infamous DC cast. We tried to play it cool and avoid them. However, I have heard several rumors that the cast has not had the most warm welcome from most DC residents. There's even an "anti-real world DC blog."
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I respect Brennan more than he knows and for so many reasons. He has so many characteristics that I admire and often aspire to. Great things are in his future and I know the girl he ends up with one day will be a very lucky girl. He will treat her like a princess. He grew up just down the hallway from one of the biggest princesses I know so he has a lot of practice ;)Happy Birthday Brennan, I hope you have a great day!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
- 3 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (we used pre-cut stew meat)
- 2 cups chopped onion, about 2 onions
- 5 cups sliced cremini mushrooms, about 12 ounces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
- 2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices carrot
- 1 3/4 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices parsnip
- 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
- 2 tablespoons country-style Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
1. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings; set aside. Add half of beef to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining beef.
2. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until half of liquid evaporates. Stir in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add bacon, beef, carrot, and remaining ingredients to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaf.
What our stew looked like-sorry no beautiful pictures in a bowl like Cooking Light, we are far too impatient!
Not sure if you have noticed, but our new Le Creuset dutch oven is popping up in recipe posts pretty often. We use it all of the time! I am so happy we ended up getting the 71/4 quart one. It seemed huge at the time but we use it all of the time for huge stews, curry, soups, you name it!
The Belgian Beer VABeau picked out-It's a medium strength Belgian amber ale
The bottle was huge so we had some left to pair with our stew, yum!
This stew is amazing! I decided to post this recipe in lieu of Menu Monday because we have so much leftover this may very well constitute our menu for the week. We made it for the Colts game Sunday (Superbowl bound baby/Peyton Manning is incredible!) and it was perfect. So hearty and full of flavor. I have a hard time believing it actually came from my Cooking Light Magazine. I will admit, VABeau and I almost skipped over this delicious recipe out of our fear of parsnips. See, neither of us can recall ever having parsnips and when we saw what they looked like at the grocery we were ready to toss this recipe out the window (I know, how can we even consider ourselves truly adventurous eaters and drinkers). Luckily the recipe prevailed and the parsnips were fine. In fact, they cooked down so much over the two hours that it was almost like eating tiny pieces of potato. I definitely recommend this recipe and am looking forward to another dose of leftover stew tonight.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Ticket prices vary somewhat but we paid $18 each for the show last night. That's not much more than a night at the movies and the drinks are super cheap. If you decide to check out one of the many super fun concerts at The State Theatre don't forget to hit up the ATM beforehand. Most of the bars are cash only. Hope y'all had a great weekend!
Friday, January 22, 2010
VABeau, always being so very practical, gave me a bottle of this cleaner soon after he proposed. I love it so much, I have already used up my first bottle less than a year after having getting ring. I use it all of the time to clean my rings and give them a little extra sparkle. I especially feel the need to use it after a night of work at the hospital. There is no telling what my rings carry home with them after a night in L&D.
Making this list has helped already. Gifts always make a Birthday much more exciting :)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I think this is such an amazing deal and it applies to anything (even sale items!) Here are some of my favorite things I saw in the store. I was a very good girl and only purchased a few :)
Striped Zig Zag Top-Medium Melange Grey $34.50
Open Front Tab Detail Cardigan-Rosette $34.99
Shirred V-Neck Cardigan-Black $24.99
A perfect cardigan that goes with everything!
Ink Dot Print Shorts-$34.99
These shorts make me even more excited for Spring. I can already picture these with a white button-up shirt.
Full Length Leggings-$24.50
My all time favorite leggings come from Loft. They are so comfortable and fit really well.
Cascading Ruffle Shell- $24.99
Love this shirt and the color.
Another reason I am ready for warmer weather. This necklace reminds me of Greece and it will make even the most boring outfit fun!
Hurry to your nearest Loft or www.anntaylorloft.com
Monday, January 18, 2010
*Left over Chicken Curry
*Dijon Croque Monsieur (From January 20120 Cooking Light)
*Shrimp Fra Diavolo (From January 2010 Cooking Light)
This meal was originally planned for last Friday but VABeau and I opted for an delicious meal full of seafood and good drinks at Boulevard Wood Grill in Clarendon. I'm pretty excited to try this pasta dish so it's planned for this week too.
*Beef stir fry in our wok-one of my favorite meals to cook together on the weekends.
Hopefully taking advantage of one of the extended Restaurant Week deals. My vote is for Firefly in DC.
Trader Joe's Chicken Curry
(This is a recipe I created so please ignore the unusual descriptions and wording)
- 1 Jar of Curry Simmer Sauce
- Trader Joe's marinated Chicken Strips cut into cubes (found in the refrigerated section)
- 2 red peppers, sliced
- 1 large white onion, cut into medium chunks
- 1 cup of dry rice
Combine the Chicken, simmer sauce, and peppers in a large saute pan. Let simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. For even more flavor, let simmer on low for at least an hour. The longer the curry simmers, the more flavorful the chicken and peppers will be. Serve over cooked rice.I love TJ's Naan! You put it in the oven for 2 minutes and end up with a delicious compliment to any curry dish.