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Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’m not really ready for a full work week but there are a few fun things coming up this weekend which will hopefully pass the time quickly.
If you’re catching up from the weekend here’s what you missed.
I gave into fall with a delicious pumpkin banana chocolate chip bread recipe. It’s already completely gone.
My Philly half marathon training plan is complete. Bring on the running!
I love Sunday’s that are a balance of productive + relaxing and that’s exactly what mine was. We started off with some delicious banana pancakes, mine loaded with toppings, Ulysses just plain with syrup. I’m sure there can be some sort of personality correlation drawn with that.
Coffee + blog +reading time ensued and then a massive house cleaning.
Good news…the central vacuum dried out and works! Bad news…our house was pretty disgusting with the water + dirt + dog hair accumulation of the week. Usually, I’ll vacuum 3-4 times a week because of Ginger’s hair but with work travel + the flooding that just didn’t happen this week and the house was gross.
I got into one of those moods where I wanted to deep clean everything and took my aggression out on the kitchen. An hour later I had a scrubbed fridge (inside & out), cleaned sink, wiped down cabinets, clean countertops, appliances and restocked oils, vinegars, salt, pepper and pantry containers! It’s kind of counterintuitive but, a clean kitchen just makes me want to cook. And cook I did after my 4 mile run and a trip to the grocery store.
First *fall* like meal of the year, roast chicken with root vegetables and parmesan + rosemary grits.
Roast chicken is delicious but, pulling out the giblets is just something that will always disgust me. I need to let enough time pass to forget about how gross that is before I’m willing to tackle a roast chicken prep again. Give me 2 months before my next one…
I roasted this guy with carrots, parsnips, onions and turnips. Inside the chicken itself was just salt, pepper, smashed garlic cloves, a shallot and a handful of lemon thyme. On top of Mr. Bird was more s & p, butter, olive oil and rosemary. The chicken itself came out pretty tasty but, the vegetables steal the show in my opinion. They get awesomely caramelized when you cook them with the chicken on the bottom of the pan and are like eating candy.
It went into the oven with actual daylight, but came out when it was dark. Blah pictures…
This light thing is going to be an interesting challenge come fall/winter considering I work until sunset. A light box may be in order.
It was a pretty “white” meal but, still delicious.
Guests happy to oblige for the camera.
Husband sick of the camera and ready to eat.
We spent the meal talking about moving in with my parents as a joke of sorts. When my dad arrived, he saw our school tax bill laying on the counter which happens to be half of my parent’s (only 1 county apart) and he got a little “heated”. So we said we’d move in with them and “help” with the taxes as long as they feed us and take care of Ginger. Sounds like a good deal, no? Think of all the money that could be saved (and flooding avoided)!
Ok, not really. I can’t imagine living in a constant state of 4 humans + 4 dogs + 4 different schedules but no mortgage payments or repair issues would be nice.
Pumpkin banana chocolate chip bread was polished off for dessert.
Dad’s reaction before tasting it: “pumpkin + banana?” (insert half disgusted, half perplexed look here)
Dad’s reaction after tasting it: “Hmm, it was pretty good”
Always so skeptical!! I think he was just mad because he couldn’t watch his beloved Jets game while at our house without cable. I’m sure they lost anyway, it’s just what they do.
*Edited to add: Go check out my guest post today over at Life on Food for a delicious Cornbread Panzanella Salad recipe! It’s a great way to use up those last precious summer vegetables.
Would you ever move in with your parents while married if you needed to or avoid it at all costs?
Happy or want to stab yourself in the eye that football season has started? I fall into the latter group. I seriously cannot stand football. The sport, the announcers, the music, the commercials. U-G-H!