Happy Monday, peeps!
1. The fact that it’s Friday. Bring it on!
2. Spending some solo time with my laptop and a glass of wine at Winebar.
3. Getting to live in a neighbourhood that means our amazing city life is within walking distance.
4. The hours of the day where the sun actually does come out.
5. The 70% off sales rack at Adorn in Inglewood, where I scored a cute black polka dot Kenzie sweater.
6. Last minute Friday plans with fabulous peeps.
7. Six, count ‘em, SIX friend dates in one week!
8. The work I do IRL got some great accolades at national conferences.
9. Party dresses!
10. Homemade bread, which I finally made the time to bake.
- Tyler Adam Smith’s tumblr, 100 Books the SHOULD be written, is a hilarious commentary on pop culture.
- 52 years ago, Harvard asked Phyllis Richman (or rather, Mrs. Alvin Richman) to describe how she planned to accomodate her obligations to her husband and “possible future family” in order to gain access to the Department of Regional and City Planning. She finally wrote him back.
- Put your online procrastination to good use.
~The Rumblr’s in house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant.
This has to be the best horoscope I’ve ever been given as a pisces.
Back in my twenties, I was a vegetarian for 3 or 4 years and I can honestly say that during that time, I didn’t miss meat. Then one day, in the fall of 2007, I got home from work, starving, and saw some turkey meat that Mike left in my fridge; I made myself a sandwich and haven’t looked back.
When I came across this recipe on The Kitchn, I was reminded of my years as a veg and decided to give it a whirl. Verdict: it was delish, even sans animal protein (I know, right?). Bonus: it’s super portable and stores well, so pack it for lunch tomorrow.
Cold Noodles with Creamy Peanut Sauce (from here)
Note: This recipe is really a general guide. Use whatever vegetables you’d like (I added mushrooms and green onion) and whatever noodles you’d like. My local hippy store was out of true soba noodles so I used a rice-based soba style noodle; it was fab.
1. In a large pot, bring the stock and salt to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until al dente, 3 to 4 minutes. Reserve two cups of the cooking broth before straining. Run the noodles under cold water and shake to remove excess liquid before returning them to the empty pot.
2. In another bowl, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and 1/4 cup hot cooking broth and whisk vigorously until mixed. (It will be quite thick.) Toss the peanut sauce with the noodles until coated. Stir in additional hot cooking broth — a few splashes at a time — until the dish is smooth and creamy. (You will probably not need all of the reserved broth.) Taste and season with red pepper, additional soy sauce, and rice vinegar if desired.
3. Fold in 2/3 of the bell peppers and 1/4 cup peanuts. Transfer noodles to serving dish and garnish with remaining peppers and peanuts. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lime wedges. This can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature.
1. Two friend dates this week that weren’t planned but were fully enjoyable. Shout out to R & K!
2. More sun this week that we’ve had in awhile.
4. A super fab friend date and interview with this cool chick.
6. Daniel Bergner’s latest book, What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, which I finished reading in less than 24 hours.
7. I think my cold is finally gone. (Fingers crossed that I did not jinx this!)
8. Roasted broccoli. Seriously, I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!
9. Getting a loaf of homemade bread from my momma ‘cause I’ve been way too lazy to bake lately!
10. The peeps in my life who love me for me, flaws and all (I’ve got a lot!). That includes you, readers!
- If you don’t think these photos of baby animals are cute, you are dead inside.
- Long time photo journalist Rob Hart was fired from the Sun-Times and replaced with a reporter with a iPhone, so he started a tumblr to document his new life with his own iPhone.
- This blog will give you serious house envy.