Monday, September 9, 2013

the weekend that was

And good crap it was a beauty of a weekend here. I hope it was where you were too.
Friday night we went to dinner at Stephen & Aubrey's, and Aubrey asked me to be a bridesmaid. Joy, shrimp scampi, pound cake and red wine followed.
Saturday morning hausfrauing, dog chicanery, and iced coffee outside.
Lori came down and we headed for Villanova to tailgate and watch Sean's soccer game. It was a gorgeous day and Villanova won.
We're all so proud of Sean - dean's list, great soccer player and really nice and kind person.
1 - Lori, MFD and I went to Sandy's for dinner.
2 - We like to sit in furniture at all the stores we go to, Target included.
3 - A visit from Michelle and a frightening photo of me
4 - MFD and Maisel
Weekly food prep
1 - Scrambled eggs with green onions and extra sharp cheddar
2 - Kidney beans in the crock: I soaked a bag of dried beans overnight, then boiled a pot of water and added them. I cooked it for 10 minutes to release the toxins, then put them in the crock, covered them with water and cooked them on low for three hours. NOTE: When you are making dried beans, it is crucial to boil them even if you are cooking them in the crockpot. Do not poison yourself on my watch, people. If you eat them out of the can, you are safe.
3 - I browned six boneless pork chops in a pan with oil, removed them to a casserole dish, and added a medium chopped onion to the same pan to saute. After a few minutes, I added a cup of chicken stock and a tablespoon of worcestershire to deglaze the pan. I cut up three medium sweet potatoes and layered them over the chops, added salt/pepper/thyme, then poured the onions and stock on top. I covered them and put it in a 375 degree oven for an hour and a half.

I did some writing and a boatload of Sopranos watching and relaxed all day. It was lovely.

What did you do this weekend?


  1. That sounds like a great weekend! I love your photos.
    Have a great Monday!

  2. That looks like a great weekend! It was perfect for coffee outside! Any excuse to Tailgate is okay by me! Those chops looks so good!

  3. This was an awesome weekend to be busy! All about family and being outside...

  4. Thanks for all those beautiful pics from Saturday. Loving having all my people at the game. Sean said that's why he wanted to go to college so close to home! Stunning weather continues today. Would love this weather!
    You are such a gifted writer! Grateful for all of our blessings and gifts.
    Love your MOMMA

  5. Love that you are always so dedicated to your food prep!

  6. What a cute way to be asked to be a bridesmaid!!!

  7. I usually just buy canned beans and call it a day, because I'm lazy. But have read about how its healthier to buy bagged and soak; which were yours? I love the way she asked you to be a bridesmaid!

  8. Cute bridesmaid cards! I also love the tailgating at a soccer game. Genius.

    So I had no idea there were toxins in kidney beans. Good to know. What do you use them in? Outside of chili, I'm not sure I use them in anything.

  9. I want those sweet potatoes in my life. YUM. I'm glad you got some relaxing in - for once your weekend recap didn't leave me breathless!

    I actually spent some time in the kitchen. I KNOW, crazy right? Made a quinoa salad to bring for lunch this week and I'm pretty sure it's awesome. Final verdict coming around 1:30 today.

  10. you are the hausfrauing queen. love that bridesmaid card. i wish i had been creative- no pinterest when I got married!

  11. sounds like a good weekend! yay for bridesmaid and Villanova!

  12. Just so you know, I am glad my husband doesn't read blogs because if he saw yours he would think so much less of me with all this cooking you do on the regular!!

  13. what an adorable card! i just took my friends out for dinner and asked them but i wish i had thought of that!!
    Vodka and Soda

  14. Can you come cook for me? Please and thank you ;)


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