You turned 28 this week. I’ve known you since you were 18. That’s not much in the grand scheme of life, and there are others who have known you much longer, but I can only tell you that in the last 10 years, I’ve come to love you more and more.
You forgot to take the trash bag out yesterday morning, but I didn’t get mad (yay me!) because I knew you were racing to work to make it another record day for your business. It makes me smile that you love your job and love providing for our family.
You get to have a birthday party this weekend! I won’t mind waking up early on Sunday morning to cook for 20 of our closest friends because I see how your eyes light up when we talk about it, and you can’t think of anything more fun than watching the Saints game with these people. I can’t think of anything greater, either.
You told me I stunk last night. But that’s OK because…I did.
You won’t believe that amount of groceries I’m going to bribe you to come buy with me.
You make me happy, and I hope our future little boys (I’M NOT PREGNANT:-)) have your exact same personality so I can have more and more and more and more of you for the rest of my life.
If you couldn’t tell already from all the Facebook posts exclaiming “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY AUGUST, AHHH!!” Summer is drawing to a close, and my daily life is changing again. So, in true “back to school” fashion, here is my “What I Did This Summer” essay…in blog form.
It’s a timely post, being that it will probably be the last summer of its kind, on break from school, part-time work and more time on my hands that I know what to do with. I tried to make it as productive as possible, so let’s review, shall we?
What I Did:
Spent time with some of the best people I know.
Hung out with my two favorite guys.
Did a few cool things along the way…
And even though I didn’t get through full stack of books to read this summer, I read…ALOT. And that was great.
What I Learned:
1. I’m worth every penny (and probably more) someone will pay me to work in marketing, pr, advertising, etc. (ahem…so hire me in a year!)
2. I’m a great cab/taxi driver. I can take someone to the airport like a pro.
3. Even five, small homegrown tomatoes are better than 50 store bought tomatoes.
4. I’m better at being busy.
5. Memories are like my drug. I can’t break my nostalgic tendencies…so I make arts and crafts out of them!
I’m looking forward to a new Fall, a new semester, a start of a new year. But I sure have enjoyed this quiet, soothing Summer.
Did I ever mention how great my husband is? I don’t mind when our lunch dates look like this because a) he’s so cute, b) he works this hard so I can be in school, c) he kills all the gross bugs around our apartment and d) he
doesn’t get mad he doesn’t get as mad anymore when I watch Gilmore Girls at night to go to sleep.
There are millions of other reasons why he’s perfect, but I won’t bore you with more gush. Just wanted to share a slice of my heaven 🙂
Who doesn’t love a good date night? Today, I’m linking up to Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop about date nights! Who said getting married meant no more fun dates?
Jason and I should be a pro at dating now. It has been 10 years after all. But, we find ourselves being creative with our dates because a) we love staying home, and b) we’re lazy on weeknights when we’ve both been out and about all day.
So, dates often come in the form of pizza:
Or weddings we’re either attending or in:
Or, sometimes we like to stretch our creative muscle (aka Jason buys me a Corks N Canvas night for my birthday so I’ll stop bugging him about going!):
Sometimes we’ll even venture down to New Orleans to soak up the fun:
But, most of the time, it’s spent on the couch, snuggling with this one:
Watching trashy TV, ordering sushi and just being us. Which, is exactly the thing we love to do the most.
Cheers to date nights!
Ever have one of those days where you want to plunge your entire face into a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chip cookies or just eating frosting out of the container with a spoon?
Jason had one of those days yesterday (he didn’t tell me this, I only gathered from the events of the day and the level of “grunts” that came out of his mouth instead of words when he called me).
So I took it upon my wifely self to make our favorite dessert. OOEY GOOEY, or as the foodie elites like to call it…Brownie Pudding. Thanks to Barefoot Contessa, I make this concoction once every few months when we just need a pick me up. It’s divine. It’s part brownie, part underbaked cookie, whole amazing. Sometimes I think it’s one of the main reasons Jason married me….it’s THAT good.
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
- 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean (I use 1 splash of Vanilla extract)
- 1 tablespoon framboise liqueur, optional (I’ve never used this)
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart (9 by 12 by 2-inch) oval baking dish. Melt the 1/2 pound of butter and set aside to cool.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. Meanwhile, sift the cocoa powder and flour together and set aside.
When the egg and sugar mixture is ready, reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla seeds, framboise, if using, and the cocoa powder and flour mixture. Mix only until combined. With mixer still on low, slowly pour in the cooled butter and mix again just until combined.
Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and place it in a larger baking pan. Add enough of the hottest tap water to the pan to come halfway up the side of the dish and bake for exactly 1 hour. A cake tester inserted 2 inches from the side will come out 3/4 clean. The center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding.
Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Somebody got new golf clubs….
And somebody got out this weekend and enjoyed the sunny weather to test them out. And somebody else got to sit and watch for hours…just kidding. Only one hour and it was actually a great time! I hit a few balls too. One actually made it farther than 10 feet, sooo…..success!