Thursday, April 23, 2015

Casino Nights

Popping in real quick to share this hilarious photobooth pic that M and I took this weekend while at the Casinos in Black Hawk with friends!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend Recap

Friday afternoon, I took off work at lunchtime and headed a few blocks over to the ballpark neighborhood in order to take in Opening Day events for the Rockies at the surrounding bars with our friends! This was my first time attending Opening Day (not the game) events, and it was so much fun--I will definitely be trying to do this again next year. We hung at bars in the ballpark neighborhood from 1pm-8:30pm, soaking in the Summer time vibe that now feels just around the corner :-).





Saturday evening I worked out and then went on a long walk with Emily. That night, Matt and I went on a date to a restaurant called, The Range. It was our first time and the food did not disappoint. I had the Halibut and Matt had the short rib. Both were very impressive and I loved the furniture in this restaurant (and in the hotel lounge attached)!

We also both tried a glass of the Zinfandel by Michael David "Earthquake", CA --it was so delicious.


After dinner we went to Cru for a glass of wine...then went to our friend Cary's house to hang out with him and his girlfriend Mira for a few hours! We talked a lot about spirits and dead people that "reside" in apartment complexes...and I have been freaking myself out every night before bed since hah!

On Sunday, we drove up to Boulder and had breakfast at The Walnut Café. Afterwards we went hiking for a few hours in Chatauqau park. The weather was absolutely perfect and our hike was a great workout! Afterwards we looked at some art galleries on Pearl Street in Boulder.




Last night, I facetimed with my best friend Tory and her 5-week old foster-kitten! She is taking care of her until she finds a forever home....she is the SMALLEST little snug ever and I could not get over how small and cute she is!


I'm in charge of finding a great recipe for Mint Juleps for our friends' engagement party on Derby Day! If anyone has a good one, please send my way!




 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Weekend

I had such a lovely and relaxing weekend! Much needed after an extremely busy March.

On Thursday night after work, I met up with Bridget, Emily, and Meredith for a girl's night at one of our favorite bars on S. Broadway! We had some apps and a few drinks and a lot of girl talk! It's always the best getting together with my girl friends for a night out.

On Friday night after work, Matt brought me to get a massage! It was such a nice hour to just relax--and my girl really got all the knots out! I slept so well on Friday night.

Saturday, we got a piece of artwork framed, ran errands, ate a yummy and healthy dinner, then went to see IT FOLLOWS at the movie theater. It was one of the best horror films I've seen in awhile--incredibly creepy. We followed the movie up with some homemade margaritas! I also finished my book, The Girl on the Train---which I really recommend. If you loved Gone Girl, you will love this book.



I also spent the weekend making homemade cinnamon rolls for Easter brunch with friends (I have a lot ofo leftovers that I can heat up in the future for brunches). I used this recipe which was very easy to follow and delicious! It makes a LOT of cinnamon rolls--I baked then frosted all of the batches (after letting them sit for 45 minutes to rise in their pans), then immediately covered (tinfoil) & froze all the batches. Then you can heat them up for about 10-15 minutes in the oven whenever you're ready to eat them.




This was the messiest part!:



Forgot to take a picture of the roll/cutting the roll!

When you let the cinnamon buns sit in their pans, they rise and fill out the pans more.


VOILA:


The Maple-Coffee frosting is really wonderful--though next time I may make half with coffee and half just as maple.





Sunday morning, our friend SJ hosted an Easter brunch at her house for a bunch of friends. We obviously brought cinnamon rolls! It was fun to drink a mimosa outside on the deck (it was almost 80 degrees!) and enjoy some nice conversation!

Sunday afternoon, Peanut and I did laundry and relaxed and watched movies. She is such a mama's girl <3



In other news, our friends Brian & Meghan recently got engaged, and their engagement party is going to be Derby themed (on Derby day). So, I ordered this awesome Fascinator to go along with my sun dress (not sure which dress I will wear yet). I love the color....and the bigger the better when it comes to hats!



Last night, I took out my spiralizer and made this dish for dinner! The crispy prosciutto with the zucchini "pasta" and baked cauliflower in a Greek yogurt-lemon-parm sauce is SO amazing. This is one of my favorite dishes to make. Spiraling zucchini is so easy (a lot easier than spiralizing sweet potatoes) and it makes for a lighter dish. I love eating a "pasta" dish without the pasta!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chicken & Dumplings

On Tuesday, I switched it up a bit and made chicken & dumplings for our dinner date night.

I lightened this dish up by using only a splash of cream, half the dumplings (which was still A LOT), and no butter. It was still a very filling dish. Next time I would add double the veggies though & probably halve the entire recipe as it makes a very large amount! This dish was delicious, but I am thankful I could send Matt home with a lot of the leftovers ;-)--bikini season IS right around the corner!


http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/02/creamy-chicken-and-buttermilk-dumplings/



Added in the cut-up (already cooked) chicken breasts....





I know this picture looks disgusting...but the dumplings were cooking on top...it was actually very tasty!