But, you know what? I'm kind of okay with that. And, if you know me, those words have probably never been spoken, ever. I'm getting just a little excited for the smell of fallen leaves and being able to wear sweaters again. Usually I'm a Sundress Fiend during the summer, but my weight issues have left me rather conservative in that department, so I haven't been enjoying my sundresses as much this year. The ones I still fit into, anyway. And I've been to the beach a grand total of once, so my tan is rapidly disappearing too. Plus, my friend and I conceived the BEST Halloween idea over Watermelon Mojitos last night, so that got me thinking that I'm probably okay with my favorite holiday coming sooner rather than later.
Also I'm way excited for the Big E, which opens in September. Hands-down, the best fair, ever.
Anyways, it was a great week for friends, and I saw a whole bunch. First, I modeled wedding dresses for a friend's bridal show (she owns a bridal shop in town) with a few other friends modeling:
|This booth was a TON of fun and I totally want one for my future fantasy wedding.|
Then I visited my college besties in NY, where we apparently were channeling the Power Puff Girls in terms of wardrobe.
|Except, when we did this in college Jill was the green one and Jessika was a bumblebee instead|
Cory's 1 Year Smoke Free cookout was Sunday, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub, despite being nearly choked by the chlorine from it being recently cleaned.
Finally, my dear theater friend Kara left for Texas, so we had a going away party. It included an abundance of the cheapest shots I've ever encountered. $1.25 for lemon drops and birthday cake shots. On a MONDAY. Woo! The bar was super divey, and I would not go there without at least four other people, but I feel like next time I need some celebratory shots I know the place.
And Finn thinks he's a people. This is nothing new, but I finally got it caught on camera.
And he likes to imitate Cory, apparently.
AND, there were rehearsals for THIS, which opens on THURSDAY! :D If you live in Western Mass and want to check out my first-ever directing gig, AND my first ever written play (not the same one), message me for the deets!
|From the Boyajian website: http://www.boyajianinc.com/|
I had two leftover Pork Sirloin from my Failed Pork Experiment from the Pintester Challenge and decided to take a friend's advice and simply pan fry the suckers. Even though I'm not the biggest pork fan, I know that pork is a perfect base for fruity flavors to play on, so armed with some Discount Grocery Store cherries (on sale for $3, WOO!) and my new cocoa balsamic, I got cooking.
Grilled Pork Sirloin with Cherry Cocoa Balsamic Compote**
- 2 pork sirloin steaks
- 1 cup golden cherries, pitted and halved
- 3 tbs sugar
- 1/4 cup Boyajian Cocoa Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/4 cup moscato wine
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2+ tbs Boyajian garlic oil, optional
-To begin, I rubbed the pork sirloin steaks with the garlic oil and salt and pepper and let them sit while my grill pan heated. Season pork steaks as you'd like, and grill until cooked through.
-While pork is cooking, combine all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and cook over high heat, until cherries burst and release their juices. Reduce heat and let simmer until reduced by half. Taste, and add more or less liquid if desired.
-Serve compote over pork.
*I was given free samples of the products listed, but all opinions are my own! This is NOT a paid post.
**I need to get better at titles...
Happy Weekend, everyone! Have any fun summer plans? Extra points if they involve food. I know mine will!