A very generous person gave Pat and me tickets to the Cleveland Browns v. Philadelphia Eagles pre-season game on Friday. We didn’t get the tickets until about 1:30 pm on the day of the game, so we immediately hit the road for Cleveland.
This weekend Pat & I headed to Mt. Vernon, Ohio to look at furniture. Mt. Vernon is a rural town about an hour away from Columbus. We struck out at the furniture store, but stumbled upon a great little festival! Downtown Mt. Vernon was hosting their annual Dan Emmett Festival. Never heard of Dan Emmett? Neither had we! But, it turns out that Mr. Emmett is the man that composed the Confederate hymn “Dixie” (as in “Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton…Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land”). Apparently he wasn’t too happy the Rebels commandeered his song. He’s the most famous Mt. Vernon resident, so they have a festival remembering him each year. It was all the best of rural Ohio and the weather was in the 60s. Quite a departure from August in Mississippi!
Well, we made it! We’re officially in Columbus for the next few years. After saying goodbye to our families, we hit the road for our 12 hour trip north…unfortunately a few of those hours were spent in pouring rain and lightening. Our stuff made it too, but with a few bumps and bruises from shipping. Oh well!
Since we’ve been here, we’ve already ventured to the West Chester IKEA near Cincinnati. Here’s the product of that trip:
We needed a little extra storage, so we figured our Fiesta dishes would be cute enough to display in the dining room.
We also made a trip to the Pottery Barn Outlet on our way up. We thought we’d just take a look around, but we ended up finding a new sofa there! We were already planning to order a sofa from Pottery Barn, but instead we found one at the outlet for about $700 less than the one we had planned to purchase. What a deal!
If you follow me on twitter (@sara_fries), then you’ve probably already seen (or been annoyed) by a couple of my recent tweets through the new app Viggle. I first saw the app on Mallory Cornell Lacey’s blog. She posted about a great new app that gives you points for checking into tv shows you’re already watching.
TV is definitely my guilty pleasure, so Pat and I decided to give it a try! Within two days, we had both earned enough points for a small Starbucks giftcard…don’t mind if I do! We’re actually saving our points right now to try for a bigger reward. They have gift cards, Apple products, Kindle Fires, and lots of other great rewards. They do turn the rewards over every so often, so we’re hoping they’ll still have what we want when earn all the points we need.
If you already watch tv, especially if you watch prime-time tv, you should definitely give Viggle a try. You get bonus points for a lot of the prime-time shows…they let you know on the app which ones they’re currently promoting.
**I’m sure it’s obvious, seeing as how my blog is no powerhouse of readership, but I was not asked to write this as a promotion. I just think it’s a fun app.
One of my favorite summer treats is Basil Pesto on fresh bread with mozzarella and fresh tomato on top. Here’s my go-to recipe.
2 cups of basil leaves (or whatever I have and I adjust the other ingredients in proportion)
1/4 walnuts or pine nuts
2-3 cloves of garlic
salt & pepper
Combine in a food processor. Then, with food processor running, add about 1/2 cup of olive oil.
Place pesto in a bowl and add about 1/2 cup of shredded italian cheese (parmesan, pecorino, asiago; whatever is on hand). Add more olive oil if needed and taste for seasoning. Sometimes it needs extra salt, but it depends on what kind of cheese you used.
We love roasted vegetables at our house, especially roasted red potatoes and zucchini. About a year ago we were looking for a recipe with grilled potatoes because we wanted to try some out on our new grill. We found a Bobby Flay recipe that included a lemon-rosemary sauce and this magic sauce has become a staple at our house, especially during summer veggie season.
Lemon Rosemary Sauce
(adapted from Bobby Flay)
-Juice and zest of 2 lemons
-a few tablespoons of fresh rosemary (I think he called for two, but I LOVE rosemary, and I’ve never added too much)
-4 cloves of garlic roasted (I simmer them in olive oil in a little non-stick skillet until soft; turn them up high until bubbly, then simmer on low…learned that trick on Cooking Channel; then I use the leftover garlic flavored oil to roast my veggies in the oven)
-1 Tbs dijon or Creole mustard (I prefer the Creole)
-salt & pepper
Blend in a food processor until combined. With the food processor running, slowly add 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
I can’t get enough of this sauce! So easy and fresh tasting, especially if you have a rosemary bush.
Well, it’s been quite a while since I posted on my blog! I shut it down for a bit while I was applying to graduate programs and job searching because I feel like the less that’s out on the internet when a potential employer Googles you, the better. In the time since I last blogged, a lot has happened.
I had a blog before, but it was mostly personal and was created in the pits of graduate school despair. I love reading blogs, but I needed to create a blog that had more substance than just my everyday life. Plus, since I’ve added a husband to the mix, my single girl blog didn’t really work for ‘us.’ So, here it is. My/our new blog that will still chronicle our life, but also our favorite hobbies…cooking and eating.
My husband is a big Michael Pollan fan. For those not familiar, although I’m sure almost everyone is these days, he’s a journalist turned food author/activist who preaches to us to eat real food not “edible foodlike substances.” This is our goal, although he has lots of other great advice as well.
We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and in the past year we’ve started baking our own bread, making our own pizza dough, eating more quinoa and vegetarian based dishes, experimenting with poaching eggs (runny yolks!?! I wouldn’t have tried that a year ago!), and using lots of herbs from our tiny little potted balcony garden. I hope to share some of our favorite recipes and kitchen adventures here.
I am never one to pass up a promotion for something free, and I am especially excited about the opportunity to get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly! I can’t remember if I’ve ever ordered anything myself from Shutterfly (I used to use Kodak’s website, but I think it changed to either Shutterfly or Flikr), but I’ve loved using their website to see pictures shared by family and friends.
I’m exited to try their holiday cards because this will be the first year I really have a reason to send one! Something about sending a solo card, especially if you don’t even have a cute dog or niece or nephew to include in the picture, was just never appealing. I’m hoping to use my 50 free cards to send a holiday card with a photo from our wedding on it. There are so many cute Christmas cards, but I think I might be going with a New Year’s card this year, which I think is a fun idea too! If you’re a blogger, you should definitely check out this promotion and claim your 50 free cards as well!