My friend said yesterday, "this weekend feels like it lasted two whole weeks!" --and I certainly agree! In four-ish days I sure packed in a lot...
Thursday: Not technically the weekend, but my roommate and I hosted a surprise party for our friend's birthday. She's gluten-free, so it was a challenge for my friends and I to come up with a proper dinner. I was in charge of appetizers, and I made a super guacamole and two homemade salsas--one with jalapenos (mild) and one with habaneros (medium to blazing depending on who you ask). My roommate made a lovely strawberry goat cheese salad and roasted herbed potatoes in butter, and our other friend made chex mix crusted chicken. I made cucumber infused gin lemonade as a drink.
|Party at my house? Finn likes to be in the middle of it all.|
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Saturday: This is the earliest I've gotten up on a weekend in YEARS: 7am. Some friends and I traveled an hour to go to a town-wide yard sale our friend was helping out at. It was pretty neat, and for about $10 I got a bunch of kitchen stuff I've been needing! After the yard saling I went to a fancy dinner for my step-grandma's birthdayat Monte Carlo. Their signature beef Marsala is to DIE for. Tender, juicy, drizzled with a thick and flavorful Marsala sauce and mushrooms--droooool. I am DREAMING of this dish now.
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Sunday: Up early for the Flea Market, but didn't give ourselves nearly enough time. We barely made it through half the flea market before having to hop in the car and go to another town to look at a house. A bunch of friends and I want to split the rent for a house, and we're looking to rent in the area. I am excited of the idea of FRIENDHOUSE and the place we looked at was awesome, but we have a couple more to look at though, so here's hoping! Later in the day we saw Jesus Christ Superstar, which a few friends of ours were in (the guy who played Rocky when I did Rocky Horror was Jesus, LOL!) and then we laid by the river and I got the majority of my sunburn. The day was finished with sushi, and watching some documentary about "The Biggest House in America." And cuddles with Cory, who sadly worked most of the weekend.
So, yeah. A lot of stuff packed into just a few days. Summer is on the horizon and I couldn't be happier!
My friend and former high school science teacher, Stephanie of Stupid Easy Paleo, has some amazing recipes that I constantly drool over. It's really opened my eyes to how many amazing things you can make without the usual carbs/dairy! I remember her having a fried "rice" recipe way back in the beginning, but couldn't find it so I referenced a handful of recipes and came up with my own. Cauliflower takes the role of rice in this awesome substitute, and I actually like it better than the takeout favorite! Thanks for the suggestion, Stephanie--though it's impossible for me to not think of her as Mrs. Castonguay, since that's who she was to me in high school!
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 5-10 slices of bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tbs grated ginger
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- 2 green onions, sliced into rings
- 2 eggs, scrambled
- 1-2 tbs soy sauce (shoyu sauce if you're really being paleo/low carb)
- 1 tbs Sriracha sauce
-Using a cheese grater, grate as much of the cauliflower head as you can. This will be about 4-5 cups of shredded cauliflower--this will be your "rice."
-In a large skillet or wok, cook the bacon pieces over medium-high heat. Remove to paper towel to blot off excess grease and remove all but a few tablespoons of bacon grease from the pan, saving a few tablespoons in a bowl to use if needed.
-Using the reserved bacon fat to fry the onions over medium heat. When onions are just translucent add the garlic, ginger, and carrot. Cook for about five minutes, until carrots have begun to get soft. Add the cauliflower and cook for another five minutes.
-Slowly add the eggs, stirring constantly so that the egg pieces are incorporated entirely into the rice mixture. Add the soy sauce, green onions, peas, and return the bacon to the pan. Cook until the peas are warmed through and the sauces are evenly combined.