10 Dec 2013

Fall 2013 Recap - Part 1 - In which we play

Fall is by far our favorite time of year. We love soaking in the bright colors, breathing the cool, crisp air, and donning our comfiest of sweaters. Trying to document everything we do takes away from these small pleasures. It distracts us from living in the moment and enjoying each and every thing we love about this season. Or at least, that's our excuse for being shitty bloggers...

This is first part in a three part recap of our Fall 2013. We start with the 50th anniversary of our aunt and uncle, J&C. J&C have been wonderful hosts since we first moved to DC, and they've been featured in many of our previous posts. The celebration reception and dinner were at the distinguished Cosmos Club in downtown DC. The vaulted ceilings, marble staircases, and lush carpets and tapestries make for a pretty swank party. Friends and family were flown in from all across the country to commemorate such a wonderful example of love and dedication.

 

And look! They have the same height dissimilarity we have!

After that, we went to Orlando for a conference that Hillary's work was organizing. The most attentive of our two readers will recall that this is now the 3rd time in 3 years that we have traveled to Orlando. Only the first of which was our idea: our honeymoon. I guess that just means that we're super cool trend setters. Aaaaaand what's a trip to Orlando without some time in Disney World (queue screams of joy from Hillary).

Sitting in Gaston's chair, with Gaston's mug, and .... Minnie's ears?

Special thanks to our good friends Tara and Megan for putting us up while we were there!

And that wraps us the first installment of our Fall 2013 Recap. Coming Soon! Fall 2013 Recap - Part 2 - In which we see colors!

28 Sep 2013

Football Season = Tasty Food

Football season is here. And everyone knows what that means: Screaming at the TV, complaining about refs, hypothetical discussions on the advantages and side effects of increasing the quantity and efficacy of players' padding, and of course, football food. The foremost two really shouldn't be repeated here, and the third is a discussion for another time. But football food... well, I'll just shut up and show you.

First we made pretzel bites (recipe on Annie's Eats) which we dipped in beer and cheddar cheese dip (recipe at Williams & Sonoma). This was amazing. If you don't mind the work required for the pretzels (rolling, cutting, boiling, and baking), it's definitely worth it. It was even delicious reheated the next day.

We also made jalapeno popper dip that we devoured with tortilla chips. This is the second year in a row we've made this dip (see this blog post) and both years we failed to get a picture of the dip. The very minute this stuff comes out of the oven, we begin feasting on it. I wish I was kidding. We did manage to get a picture of Hillary chopping up the jalapenos... 

... but that's it. The recipe is on Brown Eyed Baker's blog if you want to try it yourself and see why we can't wait even to take a picture before stuffing our faces with it's creamy cheesy goodness. 

I'm not superstitious, but the Lions, Patriots, and Wolverines all won their games on the weekend we made this... now THAT is a superstition I could start practicing.

12 Aug 2013

All American Week

Last week was pretty all American. What can be more American than Forrest Gump, shooting guns, and baseball (fortunately not at the same time)? Monday we went to the Crystal City outdoor big-screen to watch Forrest Gump. We brought our usual picnic favorite of fancy pepperoni, goat cheese, and french bread. 

"Mama always said life was a like a tupperware full of grapes" ... or something like that

Then on Thursday I went with a friend to the NRA shooting range to practice our zombie apocalypse plan. Since this was the first time I've ever shot more than a 22 caliber, I'd say I did pretty well. 

Take that, you brain eating zombie man!

Safe from the zombies,  we dedicated the whole day Saturday to the great American pastime. Lunch: Hot dogs and Field of Dreams.

And dinner at the Orioles v Mariners game. We sat in a suite arranged through Hillary's work (free crab cakes!). It was a great game too. 5 home runs, and more than a few amazing plays. 

For those of you following along at home, that would be numbers 14 and 16 on our 2013 Summer Bucket List!