Monday, October 12, 2020

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good! I am linking up with Lindsay, Tanya and more here.

Starting with Thursday, I got to meet up with a friend that I hadn’t seen since July. We met at Grassa Gramma, an Italian restaurant that has come up with a patio for the current situation.

We had some awesome cocktails and they bring you complimentary focacia to start. We split three little dishes and it was so nice to get caught up.

Friday finally arrived. During lunch, I participated in my co-worker’s Friday cooking lesson. I was so excited to learn to make tostones. I had never tried to cook with plantains. You slice them, fry them, smash them, and then fry again and add salt. They turned out so great! I have always been intimidated by frying things. Thanks to my co-worker for coming up with this creative virtual cooking class. I have attended three of them so far. She does it during lunch and it is open to all Spanish students.

Tom took off Friday to work on our boat. When I finished my faculty meeting at 3:30, I met him and we went out for a bit.

We had dinner at Captain’s Quarters and headed back in.

I was so tired but I managed to stay up for a bit of t.v. and fire time and then I went to bed at 9:30.

Saturday morning I had my coffee outside.

I piddled around and enjoyed not getting on a screen at 7:30! I did get to go to Target to get my prescription sunglasses that had come in but I did not buy anything!

Tom and I walked around on one of my favorite streets and went in a few boutiques.

The new prescription sunglasses – game changer! Why did I wait so long?

We headed home and I made a fall charcuterie board. I bought frozen pretzels and used mustard for dipping – yum!

My nail color is really holding up! I did two super thin layers and then followed with a different top coat – Sally Hansen Shine. I blame my top coat for my previous problems.

I made an afternoon mocha joe – a package of hot chocolate in the mug before you brew your coffee.

That evening we went to dinner at a place with open garage doors for air circulation.

I got the best fall sangria.

They only had 3 things on their entree menu because of Covid. We all thought that was odd. There was fried chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, or cheeseburgers. I got the grilled cheese and it was gourmet with fig jam and arugula.

Then, we went to a nearby dessert place. It was nice to walk a bit after dinner and I got this ice cream pie.

I stayed up kind of late Saturday night trying to watch Saturday Night Live – I couldn’t keep my eyes open but I taped it. The political parodies are pretty funny.

I started Sunday on the patio again. We didn’t get the rain we expected! Instead, it was much warmer this weekend than it has been.

For Soup Sunday, I decided to make the soup in the morning! I did spicy vegetable soup with turkey sausage.

I used spicy V8 and it turned out great! I also added chicken broth, can of tomatoes, carrots, onion, spinach (all fresh), frozen corn, sauteed zucchini, and diced up potato. I have become much more of a soup person in the last few years. Next week I plan to make lentil bacon soup. I am really wanting to cook more with lentils. I fell in love with them in Spain.

And, I did a little bit of school work to try to have a smoother week!

Tom was busy, busy, busy yesterday. He ripped up carpet, cleaned out his stuff in our old Master closet for good, dismantled our old bedroom closet system, and took out the closet doors. I don’t want to get ahead of myself but I think work on our Master bath is going to start this week. The plan is to get that done, then to renovate the hall bath so that we are not without an upstairs bathroom. Then, we have the kitchen to do and all new wood flooring on the main floor to match our bedroom and all new paint on our main floor. It still seems like a lot but that’s ok. I also made a trip to Goodwill which is open on Sundays so that felt good to get some stuff off of our hands.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Thanks for reading!


14 thoughts on “Hello Monday

  1. I honestly think your recipe for Fall Sangria is the very best!!! I haven’t yet treated myself to any this year but it’s soooooo good!
    You had some delicious food – that grilled cheese sounds delish!
    Our bathroom renos are in full swing here – hoping to they get started on the 2nd one this week.
    We had a great dinner with my family to celebrate my brother on Saturday night. He’s having surgery on the 21st and will be in the hospital for 10 days afterwards. We won’t get to see him thanks to Covid.

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    1. Thank you! I really love it! A bit of fresh cider makes all the difference! But the sangria at that restaurant was excellent – it wasn’t as strong on the apple but it tasted fresh.
      The grilled cheese had arugula and fig. I need to try that at home!
      I need bathroom Reno advice. I just keep telling myself it won’t be as bad as creating a foundation and adding on like we did last year. I hope I’m not wrong.
      Thinking of your brother. I hope his surgery goes well and that the time passes quickly for him.


    1. I agree – she really had a great idea to help us connect!
      Thank you! I bought another color this weekend that looks like pumpkin! I have had too much delicious food. It’s time for some low cal bland food! Ha!


  2. A lunchtime cooking class sounds so fun! I still haven’t tried Grassa Gramma but know I need to go after seeing so many good reviews. Do you like your Solo Stove? We just bought one and used it for the first time Saturday night and LOVE it!

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    1. It is so cool! We have done guacamole, tostones, and a couple of things I can’t remember. Grassa gramma is pricey!!!!
      I love their spinach dip and we got fries and a side of gnocchi but many entrees are $30-40.
      We love our Solo Stove! I heard firewood is in short supply!


  3. Hi there!
    We were awaiting COVID tests and we found out last night our 16 year old son is POSITIVE. yikes. We are fairly certain he got it from Football. Ugh. His symptoms are only loss of taste and plugged up head.
    How are your sons doing at college?
    I love your prescription glasses!! SO CUTE on you!!

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    1. Oh no! I guess that’s good the rest of Family was negative, though! I think sports are a big spreader for high
      School age but the kids need something!
      My boys are very strict about their masks and I’m respecting that and wearing one with them. Thank you! New glasses after 4 years was exciting! Hope your son is 100% soon!


  4. There were 3 things on the menu and you thought that was odd. I cracked up! 😂 Well, if you were going for a math joke there that is…
    Love your blog life!

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  5. My highlight was heading to Fresno for a fun morning of hiking boot shopping with my youngest daughter and eating chick fil a in my car and just catching up with her! I love my adult daughters! They are definitely my best friends. Have you tried e-provisions pretzels? They are FABULOUS! I ordered them at the start of the pandemic and I make them in the air fryer. They arrive fresh and then you can freeze them or eat them within so many days. They come with fun salt too. I made some for Tony and I on Sunday afternoon after we had done our pedi date and went to fruit stands. They are just the best! google them- if you want. They are online!


  6. I love your weekend! All that great food! And the boat! And the new perfect glasses. If I needed sunglasses more than a couple of months each year I would definitely get prescription ones!
    Weekend was fine, thanks! We made a huge bonfire (we have chopped down some trees), found a thai street food restaurant quite close to our cabin (in the middle of nowhere, quite surrealistic!) and made an apple pie…
    Fall sangria – what’s that? A lot of our coffee shops have psl! But I can’t imagine they sell many? Pumpkin is a very foreign thing for us…. but I need to try one though! And I will definitely make your mocha Joe!
    Have a happy Tuesday!
    T-T (:-D)


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