A Culinary Adventure

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You know that one friend you have that every time you hang out with them you’re in for some kind of adventure? I’ve had a few of those types of friends over the years. You make plans to get together and just hang out, and then somehow you wind up going on a road trip on a whim, trying something crazy, or escaping a bar fight in Spain . . .

We have a friend who is like that with food. When he invites you over for dinner or shows up with a dish, you never know what awesome treat you’re in for! T spends a lot of time hanging out, cooking awesome recipes, and he often creates dishes that are from other cultures.

When we headed up to T’s house to hang out the other day, I knew we’d be eating something good, and he didn’t disappoint!

He prepared for us seolleongtang (which is ox bone soup) and kimchi bokkeumbap (fried rice) along with a tray of side dishes which included fermented cucumbers, fried fish cakes, Korean omelette, puck led radish, seaweedsalad, kimchi, and spicy fried anchovies!

Moonshine in a Teacup Rice

While not all of it was to my taste (I don’t think anchovies are ever going to be a thing I enjoy.), it was such a fun evening hanging out with friends and tasting something new!

Growing up I had 0 experience with foods. I didn’t eat vegetables at all! Thankfully, The Fellow has been good about making me try new things. Mae West once said, “I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, and a third time to make sure.” While she wasn’t exactly talking about food, I’ve made this my motto when it comes to new food experiences. (Remember those frog legs?)

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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Hurricane Flo and a New Roommate

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I hope everyone is doing well and staying dry. From what I can tell, most of the East coast is getting rain, and with Hurricane Flo heading our way, a lot of us are in for a bumpy ride as we get closer to the weekend!

We had initially planned on taking a second round of wedding photos this weekend, but the more I try to plan something, the more it seems like it is not ever going to happen! I’m not going to lie though; I’m glad to have nowhere to be this weekend. My plan is to stay snuggled up inside and work on the house and enjoy baking things while it’s nasty outside!  I just bought a new high tea cookbook, and some of the recipes look delicious and need to be tested!

It’s funny that even though I feature recipes on my blog, I’ve found lately I’ve been enjoying baking directly from a cookbook over using a Pinterest recipe. Working from an online recipe, I find myself trying to click back and forth, getting flour on my phone or laptop. A friend gifted me The Joy of Cooking, and I’m obsessed. Seriously! The best chocolate chip cookies, EVER! It’s been my go-to for a while when I have a question or need a recipe. There is definitely a reason it’s one of the most published cookbooks in American history.

I’m just hoping the power (and my oven) stays on! I’m also relieved that should something go wrong, even though The Fellow still has to work on Saturdays, I won’t be completely alone in the house – we’ve got a new roommate!

My sister-in-law J has joined the same company that The Fellow and I work for and has taken up residence in our spare room.

It’s certainly going to be an adjustment having someone else in our space, but luckily she’s pretty chill, and we’ve always gotten along. I think I finally need to upgrade my dinner game and start prepping meals in advance some though. It’s harder to just throw something together for three people’s dinners than just two.

We have plenty of candles and lanterns should we lose power, and if worse comes to worst, we can always cook on the grill, so I’m not too terribly concerned about weathering the storm. I am worried about our basement. The Fellow and his grandfather added soil around the edges of our home last fall which prevented it from flooding. (We had issues with that when we first move in.) So far, it’s held up well. We haven’t had any flooding despite all of the rain this year! Hopefully, it will withstand this next storm too.

Do you have any favorite stormy weather recipes you love? What do you do to prepare for a storm? Let me know in the comments below!

Garden Pickings

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The Fellow and I are not much of gardeners. I think we probably got our stuff planted super late, so we’re just now getting some of our garden yumminess.

Unfortunately, we lost a lot of our plants moving from the seed to fully planted stage, so we’re eating a lot of tomatoes, squash and peppers, but that’s ok!

I’m enjoying all that our little garden has to offer. It’s so nice to be able to just run outside and grab something fresh for our meals.

Next year we’re going to try to be better about our variety and research. This was a good test run.

What are your tips for easy gardening? Let me know!

 

Labor Day Activities

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I hope that you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!

The Fellow tried his best to pack our weekend full of fun activities since I didn’t get to go where my heart was longing – the beach.

I need some salt water to ease my soul. We didn’t go last year because of the wedding and honeymoon, and my mermaid half is crying a little bit.

Next year we are 100% going to the beach. Now I just need to plan when and where! (I may even try to get The Fellow out of the country!)

It’s probably a good thing that we skipped the beach anyway. OC had an outbreak of Sea Lice which are tiny, terrible jellyfish things. Yuck!

Instead, we hung out with our SCA family Saturday night, stayed the night with friends; then we all drove up to his grandparents on Sunday to spend the day swimming and grilling out.

We stayed the night again (We’re lucky they love us.), and then we all went tubing on Monday.

It was a lot of outdoor time, and my sister-in-law laughed at me as I was sitting in the river in my tube with a hat, long sleeve shirt on, and a towel over my legs. She asked me, “Are you cold?” and I replied, “No. I’m pale.” The struggle is real when you’re as fair as I am. I’ve gotten a decent amount of sun this year for me, and I’m about to have to change over my foundation color!

I’m not a fan of being sticky or smelly, so I was sooooo glad to get home on Monday night to a warm shower and wash away the greasy sunscreen oiliness and settle in for the evening with a cup of tea.

It was a great weekend, and we’re already talking about when we can all get together and go adventuring again!

What did you do with your long weekend?  Let me know in the comments below!

Bedroom Plans

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We’ve been working to get the house cleaned and organized, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel – for the bedroom anyway.

We bought a GIANT hutch to organize my clothes a month or two back. Somehow I managed to take the measurements of the hutch, doors, ceiling and wall space, but I didn’t measure the hallway!

We tried so many times to inch it and scoot it and twist it to fit into our bedroom, but there was just no way! Finally, a buddy came over and took the molding off of the top and bottom of the hutch, and we finally got it into the bedroom. I love having my clothes all organized, and it’s allowed me to work on organizing The Fellow’s clothes too!

We’ve been slowly buying matching pieces for the bedroom. First the headboard, now the hutch. The next thing I need is a dresser.

I’m a little obsessed with navy ticking for bedding, so I’m getting together a full bed set of it. I like the old-time farmhouse vibe it gives. The only issue I’m having is that I don’t know if it goes with my curtains.

I’m really struggling with the curtains because I’m not convinced that I want to get rid of my stressed Boho vibe and go full on farmhouse. I’m going to play around with it some, but wanted your thoughts!

What do you think? Can you mix Boho and farmhouse style? Help me out!

 

Headspace

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It’s absolutely amazing what you can get accomplished when you are in a good place. I’ve had a few super “up” days in the last week or so, and I’ve been using them to my advantage.

So far I have cleaned, organized, and purged things from the kitchen, living room, and dining room, and we have started on the bedroom.

We have also started eating healthier, and I’m feeling really good right now! I’m even contemplating adding exercise back in.

I’ve been riding these good vibes and catching up on some SCA reading, making plans for a backyard forge, and taking some time for things that I love like singing and daydreaming.

I wish I had more summer months, but I can feel fall slowly pushing its way in. I love fall and am excited for pumpkin spice and Halloween decorations, but I’m still dreading winter.

Hopefully, I can get all the big projects out of the way so I can just snuggle and work on fun things until spring!

If I can get 3 non-rainy days together, I want to keep working on limewashing the house and then organizing the rest of the upstairs before moving down to the basement to clean.

I’m really trying to hang onto this good feeling and stay in a positive headspace as we move into fall and then winter.

What are your tricks for beating the winter blues?

 

 

 

Vintage Dresses!

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Guys, I’m so excited! Joann’s is in the middle of their coupon commotion, and I went into the store with one goal in mind – patterns.

The Fellow has hooked me up with both a new sewing machine and serger, and I’m excited to tackle a few sewing projects that have been hanging around (new bedroom curtains, anyone?).

I figured that since I finally have a machine that I can work, it might be a good time to start stretching my skills.

I’ve been ogling several vintage dresses on sites like Unique Vintage, Pinup Couture, Tatyana, and Trashy Diva and just never can quite stomach the $60-$100 price tags. My bargain hunter instinct kicks in, and I just can’t click “buy.”

What I could stomach was a 3 for $5 pattern sale! I bought 5 vintage/pin-up style patterns, and now I’m on the hunt for the perfect fabrics!

I will let you know when I undertake this project and the results!

Moonshine in a Teacup| Vintage Dresses

After Work Burnout

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Whew. Heading back into work after our vacation has been ROUGH.

I hoped the relaxation of our vacation would last more than a week, but my shoulders are tense, the eye twitch is back, and I have absolutely no motivation to do anything when I get home.

I can’t be the only one who experiences this, right?

All day at work I’m engaged and working, making sure that everything gets handled, and I make lists of all the things I need to get done in the evening, but as soon as I cross the threshold at the house, I’m done.

Try as I might it’s nearly impossible to summon any energy to do any of the things on my list. I manage to get dinner made and most times to do dishes but outside of that . . . it’s #netflixandchill.

Half the time I convince myself that tomorrow I WILL get up early and take care of things, but 5:00 hits and so do I – the snooze button that is.

I’m considering getting a coffee pot with a timer, so I have the promise of caffeine when I wake up, but I hate the thought of being more caffeine dependent. I’m down to about 1 cup a day at the office.

What are your tricks for beating the end of day slump and getting up early? I need your help!

 

Pennsic Recap

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I know you guys haven’t missed a post, but I’ve been checked out on vacation for a week!

It was SOOOO good to step back from technology and just relax and enjoy our week. You know how you always forget something when you pack? Well, I really try my hardest not to, and I’m usually pretty good about checking and rechecking my lists. (You go to 4-H camp just one year without a towel, and you learn.)

Even though I had my lists made, and I had the camp table stacked in the room with the rest of the camping gear, we somehow left without it. Fortunately, it really wasn’t that big of a deal. I just couldn’t lay things out and keep some of our totes covered like I usually do.

I was excited to actually make it to a class this year, not all of the classes I wanted to, but at least one. I think next year I’m going to try to get the schedule in advance, so that I can plan my week. The class I did make it to was on Anglo Saxon cooking. The instructor made the most amazing salmon and an air-dried beef we all were able to sample.

I’m not a fish person, but that salmon was amazing.  I’m hoping to be able to get the recipe from the instructor and duplicate it!

I surprisingly hardly spent any time in the market. I went down to my two or three favorite shops, grabbed my purchases, and then didn’t spend much more time browsing. I know that I’m not going to pay for garb there as I can make it cheaper at home, and the tribal/leather work things don’t really entice me any longer. So I didn’t spend much time there.

We brought a friend with us for his first Pennsic experience and I think he had fun. I, at least, had a blast introducing him to new things. We made sure he hit the top Pennsic must-dos, like standing in the lantern yurt after dark, watching a battle (We even got him to try on a helmet!), partying in the bog, walking around the lake, napping in camp, working on crafty projects at an arts and science event, and going to court. I think he had fun, but time will tell if he comes back to other events. I hope he does!

I was, more or less, in charge of the kitchen this year, but two of the five meals came frozen and only needed sides. Since I had two evening events, the camp jumped in and helped cook and made sure I was where I needed to be for which I am so grateful. It was such a fun week. Camp mates would pull up their chairs into the kitchen and sit and chat and help. I love it!

I particularly loved making breakfast. We had eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, French toast, and one day we made sausage gravy and skillet biscuits which I was surprised turned out really well.

I think next year I may try some hearth cooking just on the side for fun. I’ve never done it before, and I’m really curious about that process.

As always we spend our evening rambling, and I think I was only back in camp before 2:30 one night. Most nights it was actually around 3:00 a.m., and then I was up at 7:30 a.m. to make breakfast. Thankfully, camp coffee is just about my favorite thing ever, and napping in camp in the afternoon/evening is a close second.

I had promised myself that I would do 3 things at Pennsic:

  1. Go to classes
  2. Get a chai latte from the Turkish coffee bar
  3. Get a chocolate milkshake.

I only managed to get one of those things actually done. But that’s ok.

On the way home, we stopped at this old-school, drive-in type ice cream joint  to hit my ice cream craving.  I didn’t get a milkshake though; I got a chocolate bowl with chocolate sprinkles. The Fellow did get a milkshake, but a black raspberry one. It was delectable. Next year some of the friends we camp with are going to caravan home with us, and we will all stop there for some yummy frozen treats.

This year we and two friends stopped at The Fellow’s grandparents’ home as a midpoint on our drive. We swam and had dinner there and sat on the porch talking until our friends headed home. We were so tired we opted to stay the night instead. It was a wonderful evening, and the perfect close to a great vacation!