the third day
seriously THRILLED to have an extra day to this
lazy long weekend! our apartment is progressing:
josh spent yesterday building this while i went about other domestic duties
we’re getting closer to the apartment therapy finish line, but there’s still plenty of work to be done . . .
fine with me, as long as those piles stay AWAY FROM MY PRISTINE DESKTOP, please:
just the essentials
loving. it. of course, i now need to find a happy home for the rest of my stationery/notebooks/office toys, but there’s no reason i need 10 different blank notebooks at my fingertips at all times, right? [. . . i think?] i am going to try to stick with this minimal setup at least for the time being.
i feel more zen + focused already.
[although maybe that’s just the result of 3 consecutive nights of 8-hour+ sleeps]
mediterranean dinner party!
we’ve built a pretty solid sunday dinner routine with k + m [aka dr. s]. from polish to swedish to french and back again, we’ve had some serious culinary adventures together. no matter what the theme, a night with these two means flowing conversation + flowing WINE! last night was no exception.
i was going for some sort of mediterranean vibe, but i’m not sure the elements came together in any sort of cohesive way. but no one was complaining [at least not to my face!].
honeydew mojitos, minus the cheesecloth-straining and with darker rum
perhaps not as pretty, but still tasty and a fun way to start the evening. i’m not sure this beverage was the ideal accompaniment to this little aegean snacking tray:
but this served its purpose of staving off our guests’ hunger while the lamb finished braising!
the main event: sara moulton’s braised lamb shanks with ratatouille. i chose this recipe mostly because i had [unknowingly] purchased every vegetable it called for at the farmer’s market on saturday morning. plus, when else would i have time to make something with total preparation time: 3 1/4 hours??
served with a side of buttered egg noodles, i think it turned out quite well:
loved this sweet hungarian dessert wine – it tasted like nectar!
and somehow, we still had room for jenna’s blueberry crisp —
other than recovering from the above feast and doing a little more cleaning/organizing, not much is on the agenda! i may head over to BP later today for some yoga fun, and josh and i are about to head out for a very short run in 80-degree heat. mostly, i just plan on kicking back and enjoying this EXTRA day — every minute of it 🙂 happy 4th of july!
1987: me on the left, my sister on the right.
[yep, i posted this last year but couldn’t resist a repeat!]