I have had one productive Saturday!
Put lets rewind real quick and get caught up.
Thursday just happened to be my dear friend Jill’s birthday and birthdays are a reason to celebrate. And a reason to eat delicious italian food. Holla, fist pump, t-shirt tiiiiimmmmmmeeeee!
We went to a favorite restaurant, Uncle Sal’s, which is a little italian restaurant in a nondescript strip mall. Once everyone arrived and ordered, the waiter put a plateful of delicious smelling garlic bread for everyone to snack on. Even though I was a starvin’ marvin’ by that point (hey, it was almost 8, not my usual early bird hour of dining), I managed to keep my ration to one piece.
Dinner started with a salad
Pardon the blackberry pictures, I am apparently in the habit of not ever having my camera on me in a restaurant these days. I got the blue cheese dressing on the side.
I chose the eggplant rollatini for my entree
So good. The eggplant was lightly breaded and stuffed full of light, creamy ricotta cheese. And the sauce. The sauce can really make or break an italian dish, and this sauce was spot on. I made my way through half of this and took the rest home.
Since it was still early, we stayed out for a night cap, or two…. or three. Silly Amy. Hanging out at a bar, on a school night, for someone’s birthday never ends up being a good idea.
Lets just say I had a wee bit of a headache on Friday morning. Luckily for me, I only had half a day of work, which went by quickly. The whole time, I had one thing on my mind.
Delicious, vegetarian food was just what my soul needed to kick off the weekend. Ever since dining at Watercourse Foods in Denver, I have been dreaming about their Seitan Buffalo Wings. I knew Green had their own version, but had yet to eat them.
Cue the nom. nom. nom. Even though they forgot the vegan cucumber ranch dressing, these wings were out of this world delicious. I want to eat them everyday. To make them last, I only ate a couple and continue to sample one or two everyday. Gotta make them last!
I followed this up with my fav, the Mexi-cali burger.
This is seriously the best veggie burger ever. I need to learn how to recreate it. And the wings. Or, I’ll just let Green do it for me. Either which way, I love this food.
Apparently someone else wanted to check the goods out.
Yes Gritton, you should be jealous.
I ate the rest of my Uncle Sal’s fare for dinner and called it an early night. Mama was still a bit worn out for the antics of the previous night.
When I woke up this morning (thanks to an awake and hyper dog), I spied these suckers on the counter.
Blech. Normally, these bananas would be inedible to me. Any sign of spots elicits a crinkled nose response from me. But, Caitlin has been raving about this Grilled Banana Sandwich, and I figured I’d pardon these bananas and cook ‘em up.
First things first, get a sleepy boy to slice some bread.
And start cooking.
Now comes the important part. Don’t get distracted when cooking the brown sugar side.
Yeah… the brown sugar is more on the burnt side as opposed to the slightly caramelized side. Its cool, it still tasted delicious. I think next time, I’ll add a quick schmear of peanut butter. Or even chocolate peanut butter… mmmm……
After breakfast (and a couple of rounds of words with friends), I started on organizing the clutter in our life. I tackled the bathroom area first, cleaning out the bottom of the sink and tossing things left and right. Its amazing how much stuff was just taking up space. I added plastic bins to contain the items that made the cut and everything is neat and tidy.
Next, I turned my sights to the hall closet. As soon as I opened it, I cringed.
Apparently this had become the place to shove all things without a home.
Yup. That’s a toaster. Sigh.
I needed to fuel.
And then I started tossing. The pile for Goodwill grew as the closet became emptier and emptier. Dust bunnies practically scurried into the dustpan by themselves. I meant business.
Yeah, I patted myself on the back. I may still be patting. Which makes typing complicated.
The three junk drawers in the kitchen were the next victims. Necessary junk was consolidated into one drawer and the rest tossed or added to the Goodwill pile.
While I was a decluttering fool, Brian took care of the yard work. Everyone was happy except for one black dog.
She was tired of entertaining herself and dramatically threw herself on the floor and stared off into space.
Does someone want to go on a walk?
Then shake off the blues, and lets go!
For lunch (and dinner), Brian picked up some Pita Jungle. He just happened to be getting his hair cut next door to one, so why not?
The usual, Lentil Fetoosh Salad.
They forgot the lemon vinaigrette, which almost crushed my soul, but my goddess dressing saved the day.
Now I’m enjoying a glass of red and taking it easy. I’ve got my eye on some other clutter that needs to go, so I’ll need plenty of rest.
P.S. Here’s a picture of Siouxsie. She felt left out.