Monday, July 18, 2011

Chats + Coffee + Cuddles

My weekend had just the right mix of lazy time and fun activities. Ok, mostly lazy time, but after a week of traveling, it was just what I needed!
I always consider the beginning of the weekend to be Friday night. I picked up my best girlfriend, who has just come back from a few months in Australia, and we headed to the store for junk food (frozen pizzas + brownie mix) and some wine. I also picked up some Smirnoff Blueberry Lemonade, because it looked delicious and thought it would really hit the spot on a hot night. It did!

We headed back to my place for movies and just general catching up. Steve was working late, so we didn't have to worry about overloading him with girl talk and gossip, even though, I think he enjoys laughing at us when we do.
He got home just as the pizzas were ready; we popped the brownies in the oven, and decided to watch "Ferris Bueler's Day Off" (one of my favorites!). Steve had recently just seen it for the very first time (gasp), but I was shocked to find out that my girlfriend had also never seen it! Luckily, they both liked it, so I can continue speaking to them. Ha.

 People make fun of me for my "pizza cutters", but I am telling you, nothing works better than a pair of scissors! Just try it!

Saturday morning, I made some Cafe Au Lait with the Cafe Du Monde ground coffee we brought back from New Orleans. I read that "New Orleans" style Cafe Au lait (a.k.a. "coffee with milk") is simply coffee with hot milk (just short of boiling), rather than cold milk, as people commonly add to coffee (known as "white coffee"). Typical American Cafe Au Lait uses steamed milk with coffee, but I definitely wanted to make the New Orleans style, so I just heated up a little milk in the microwave. Ok, I may have done an excess of research on this, but I actually found it pretty interesting. Long story short, the coffee came out really well, and I am really enjoying having that taste of my vacation to wake up to each morning! I paired it with a fried egg and a whole wheat bagel thin for breakfast.
My girlfriend slept over and got to experience our newly set-up guest room (which we didn't have when she was last here). I can't blame her for sleeping in, as she tried to get rid of some of the jet lag from her Australia-Taiwan layover-Los Angeles layover-Texas trip (Whew) before heading to a job interview.

Steve and I spent the rest of the weekend being total hermits, watching movies, and eating way too much junk food. It was great.
On Saturday night, I made a New Orleans inspired dinner with some of the Cajun seasonings and Tobasco sauce we brought back from our vacation. It turned out quite well. We also watched one of my favorite musicals "1776", since we never got around to it on Independence Day weekend (it's a tradition of mine and my family's).

 Pan seared tilapia with Cajun seasonings over brown rice, cooked with Cajun seasoning and Tobasco sauce, paired with okra coated in flour, salt, and pepper, and pan fried in a little vegetable oil.

Think this will be enough? Steve loves his food spicy and picked out this giant bottle
at the Tobasco brand store in New Orleans. Behind it, to the right, you can see the container of Black and Gold brand "Cajun seasoning" ( he bought there, too. The ingredients are listed as: salt, paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, red pepper, and "other spices". The full recipe must be a secret....

Steve headed to bed around midnight (he'd been working until about 10:00pm everyday since coming home from vacation, and I know he was beat!), and I got to spend some quality alone time with a Guiliana and Bill marathon (I'm a little hooked on reality TV) with Guiliana Rancic from E! News and her husband. (Quick plug: They are a super sweet and down to earth couple, so if you like those kind of shows, check it out! It's on Style network.)

Sunday morning brought more Cafe Au Lait and fried eggs (I love breakfast!) and Women's World Cup soccer. It was a disappointing end for USA, but a good game, never-the-less. Steve did his best to not let his disappointment last too long. We spent most of Sunday watching movies again (Fools Rush In, Iron Man...) and I also caught the series, "Avonlea" on TV, which I probably haven't seen since I was about 10 years old! It was really nice to watch it again. All the faces looked so familiar!
For dinner, we ventured out of the apartment to Subway. Later, we pulled the roll-up guest room mattress out to the living room so we could get comfy on the floor in front of the TV. We even decided to invite the dog to cuddle. All in all, it was a really nice night and I just loved feeling so close to my boyfriend in our little place.

Hope you have a good weekend, as well! Any stories to share?

1 comment:

  1. oh my gosh I use scissors on pizza too! it works the BEST!