Thank you for the wonderful comments on my blogiversary post. You’ve put a huge smile on my face! And if you haven’t yet, you still have until tomorrow night to enter the giveaway!
It has been a crazy week around here, so I thought I’d do a bit of a mishmash post to share what’s been going on beyond my world of food lately. I’ve seen these types of posts in various forms on a lot of my favorite blogs and always love the random, fun information that is shared…so here goes!
1. I’m developing a slight obsession with front door decor. You may recall my previous ode to Michaels in February. Now I’m singing Kirkland’s praises. This store always has some sort of sale going on, plus a mobile app that often gives you additional coupons. I picked up the above combination for a spring-y addition to our entrance. I also can’t believe Easter is next week.
2. Speaking of spring, the new season is officially here in Arizona! It has been absolutely gorgeous this week. Suddenly everything around our neighborhood is in bloom, and plants that I didn’t even know had flowers are now a rainbow of bright colors. I hope they stick around for a while.
3. I’m currently reading Cinder, the first in a series by Marissa Meyer. Normally I’d be skeptical of a sci-fi version of a fairy tale (it’s a retold version of the Cinderella story, only this time the main character is a cyborg…) but I am as hooked as all the reviewers on Goodreads. I have a feeling I will be finishing out this series and will be sure to post a review when I do!
4. We have a bit of a prairie dog problem. Gunnison’s prairie dog, to be exact. He’s cute and all, but he has also dug his burrow around some major pipes in our backyard. And I should add that he is extremely smart. We are at somewhat of a loss on what to do at this point – we can’t have him hurting the pipes but I also refuse to do anything to hurt him. We’re taking ideas if you have any.
5. I’m obsessed with this new song from Justin Timberlake. If you have some time, I’d recommend watching the video above. Thanks to Mama Bender, I now also have his new album (I can always count on her to have the latest hits).
6. If you liked the looks of my gougères, you should definitely check out this Red Pepper, Mint and Sage Gougères recipe from Leslie. I happen to have some mint in our new kitchen herb garden so this is next on my list of versions to try.
8. You’d be hard-pressed to find something more quintessentially Southwestern than a Friday night at the Buffalo Chip. We headed there to join the action last week with a couple of friends (who also happen to be our cousin and cousin-to-be). It was the first time we’d been there since July and it was packed! I can’t decide whether the highlight was a bull named “Bananas” or the sheep-riding six-year-old cowboys and cowgirls (all dressed up in their hats and boots).
9. I mentioned that we’ve been growing a few herbs in our kitchen: basil, sweet mint, oregano and cilantro. We’ve used all of them in recent recipes and they have been a big hit, but none so much as the mojito that Bobby surprised me with on a Sunday night. Best way to end the weekend. The recipe is similar to this one but with Sierra Mist instead of club soda.
10. Last but certainly not least on the list is what has been keeping my mind the most preoccupied lately: our upcoming trip to Europe! Yep, it’s officially happening. In fact, we’re leaving in less than a week! We’ll be traveling to Paris, a few cities in Italy and Barcelona. The list of “want-to-dos” is endless, but since we can’t stay in Europe forever (darn) we are also going to do our best to relax as often as possible with a glass of wine and very likely the best food we’ve ever tasted.
To say I am excited would be a huge understatement. Thanks to all who have provided tips and thoughts on where to go as we make this big wish for 2013 into a reality!
What’s been happening on your end lately?
Bonus: I filled out my NCAA bracket last night. I tend to pick teams based on a) if I have any sort of connection to the school or b) if someone I know has a connection to the school. I can’t say it’s a guaranteed winning strategy, but it makes it a lot more fun to cheer.