Turn Down for What?

1.  I realized that Turn Down for What was a Lil John song via a zumba :(

2. Ryan had to tell me what Turn Down for What meant…umm, I’m getting old? Thanks to Rap Genius for further clarification.

3. Saturday I embraced the song and went wine tasting at Del Posto (5 tastings for $5, can’t beat that!!!).  Then we came home and our local fine goods store had a beer tasting where we were able to try a few differ brews from Grimm.  I loved just about everyone we tasted but I’m still feeling summery so I bought a bottle of the Biere de Miel made with honey from Virginia. While at the shop we also came across a pumpkin cider.  I’ve never seen a pumpkin cider so we bought a few to try later this fall.

That’s it for now, back to work related writing, catch you on the other side of this weekend.

Nicole

 

What’s cooking?

Some days all I want is a bowl of cereal for dinner but with a little more time and energy I’ve come up with some nice dinners over the last few weeks.

Most recently, biscuits and gravy made with turkey sausage and green peppers to pump up the nutritional content. 

I’m amazed how creamy the gravy was, I was kinda sad when I took my last bite, I need to make this again soon!

Next up and in order to use the large amount of plums in the refrigerator I made the best plum cake using this recipe, but I opted for coconut sugar and orange juice instead of lemon.  Ryan said it was the best cake ever!

Before adding crumble topping (also added oatmeal for the topping)…oh and I used some natural light for the photo, hence the trees in the background:

After added topping:

And out of the oven!

There has also been mussels cooked with beer, onions, lots of garlic, and beet greens, eaten with a pretzel baguette:

Not the best picture, but an amazing mac’n’cheese with lots of vegetables and the non-traditional pasta.

I think that’s it for now, catch you later!

Nicole

 

 

Weekend Happenings

Hey all,

I’m ready for a do nothing vacation because I’m not ready to think about deadlines and work quite yet.  That said I did have a great weekend mixed with activity and lots of relaxing.

Friday night Ryan and I had a date night.  We started at Blue Smoke for dinner followed by a 10:20 showing of The Giver-not quite sure how I made it to the end of the movie without passing out. I do think my eyes closed from time to time. Not because the movie wasn’t great, but because I was exhausted! I worked late several days this week and while we had dinner together each night I felt like I was zoning out more than anything so it was nice to decompress and catch up on the week over dinner.

The movie was again, excellent.  They changed a few things from the original story to perhaps make the movie flow better in the time constraint, but overall a great film.  Ryan, who has yet to read the book, also fully enjoyed the story-a much better dystopia film than The Divergent. 

On Saturday after lots of rest, I ran up to lab and then met up with my friend Devin and his new wife.  I went to their wedding reception last weekend but it was great to chat a bit more before they head back abroad.

This afternoon involved lots of cooking, a little cleaning, and a failed attempt to buy new sneakers :(. I’ll share some of the meals later in the week.

Night,

Nicole

 

 

Summer Happenings

Hey all-

Lots of work this summer but also some fun. Most recently a day trip out to Long Island with friends Crissy, Ena, and Ena’s incredibly cute daughter.  After a trip to Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods we visited Harmony and Whisper Vineyards.  Harmony only carried Chardonnay and a Red Blend, of which I only enjoyed the 2010 red. Whisper had a nicer range of wines including Chardonnay, Riesling (grapes grown in the Finger Lakes), Sauvignon Blanc, an orange Rose (also not my favorite), a red blend, and a Merlot.

We had a great spread for our picnic.

I also had the opportunity to check out the rooftop exhibit at the Met this summer.  Although I unfortunately missed the latest fashion exhibition.

Last but not least Ryan and I went to a local restaurant, the Spur Tree which features Jamaican inspired dishes.

I had the jerked chicken tacos, Ryan the curried goat.  Both were great and reasonably priced.

Later,

Nicole

The Kooks at Terminal 5

Last week Ryan and I went to the Kooks concert with Clara Nova as an opener.

I was not at all a fan of Clara Nova which was a major bummer because I discovered The Morning Benders.  But I was neither a fan of the sound or the image of Clara Nova. And the awkward moment in the set while we had to wait for the guitar to be restrung, she couldn’t even entertain the crowd…seriously a painful set!

But then it was time for the Kooks who I have not seen since 2007.  They put on a great show that seemed to go on forever!!  They quickened the tempo of several songs which potentially allowed them to fit in more music.  They also provided one of the best mix of new and old music, covering all 4 albums!!  Picture credit goes to Time in Moments.

Luke is such a cute dancer, I could watch him every night!!

Later,

Nicole

Guilty Pleasures of the Summer

Teen Mom 2, I can’t stop watching!! I think it’s because they have drama and lives so different from my own.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls-I like Zack Efron less after his episode, but the one with Ben Stiller was hilarious, love him!

Penn and Teller: Fool US. This show gives me a new appreciation for magic :).

Last but not least-Last Comic Standing.  Long standing show, 10 years I think! And always good for some laughs.

 

 

 

As for books, they aren’t so guilty and truthfully given my time, well lack of it, they have been books on tape. But great reads that I would recommend all the same.

The Goldfinch. A fictional memoir of a young boy who experiences a traumatic event and how he is able to cope into his adult years.

A Long Way Gone. Another kind of depressing book, but a great story and lesson in world history.  I had no idea of the child soldiers and the wars in Sierra Leone that occurred in the 2000s.

Enjoy your weekend,

Nicole

Utah Day 5

The northern rim of the Grand Canyon and more stargazing at night!  All photos because I gotta get back to writing for work :P

Well a few words, because I saw wild buffalo-first time for this east coast girl.

And babies!!

Driving in I thought, yay buffalos/bison but that’s it…that’s the grand canyon.

But then we parked, and walked, and oh, yes, that’s the Grand Canyon.

Look who we found-Ryan’s parents and cousin.

Selfies everyone.

And then the sun went down.

 

Later,

Nicole

Workouts for the week

Hey y’all!

About a month until wedding dress shopping plus stress eating from work equals I must keep to a workout schedule to maintain…well actually I’d like to lose a few as well…but not counting or pushing too hard for that change. So here’s to weekly workout postings once more to keep me on track.

Workout plan for the week of 8/3/2014

Sunday-40 minute cardio + legs, plus a long walk with the pup

Monday-30 min barre routine (I was tight from Sunday’s workout)

Tuesday-OFF

Wednesday-plyometrics + total body tone

Thursday-60 minute cardio

Friday-cardio and 60 min barre or pilates

Saturday-45 minute cardio + biceps and tricepts

 

And for a little music-

Catch you later,

Nicole

Day 3 and 4 in Utah

Day 3 we went to Zion National Park.  There were so many trails to choose from!  We narrowed it down to Angel’s Landing which I don’t know if I could have handled-sometimes I have awful issues with heights so we went for Narrows.  For Narrows we had to rent equipment for walking shoes and water socks.  The shoes provided a decent amount of ankle support and the socks warmth-that water was cold!

This picture is pretty misleading, while there were times when the “trail” thinned out, most of the time we were surrounded by a group or 2.  On the way out there were hundreds of people.  The afternoon crowd was there to play in the water more than hike.  It was a great experience, and talk about beautiful, well I think the pictures do the talking.  We were slowed down by all the picture taking-I would love to go back and just hike so we could make more ground. In about 4-5 hours we probably made it 3-4 miles, I think.

Family photo from that night, before we headed out for dinner.

On day 4 we visited the St. George tabernacle and Brigham Young’s summer home.  That afternoon we went on ATVs.

It was mostly good times. Ryan’s cousins and mom and dad flipped and had some injuries, but thankfully they were okay!

During the ride we had 2 longer breaks where we were able to go on short little hikes and explore the dunes.

Footprints!!

It was windy!  Trying to keep my hood up here and show off the print.

We then went to little Hollywood for dinner, and a little acting.  The city of Kanab was once home to all the western movies so we got a little taste of the western movie life and some dinner too.

One more post to come :).

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