You know you’re getting older when you spend an entire weekend acting out the life of a suburban housewife and you find it to be AWESOME. You see there was a time not too long ago where I would be so pumped each week to spend the weekend getting dressed up to go out and about, stay up late, dance, etc. Now I’m finding that what I really enjoy about the weekend is the time it provides for relaxation as well as actually getting some stuff done, all of it close to home.
On Friday night I attended a soup swap at the home of a neighbor. In preparation, I spent Thursday night making an unreasonable amount of soup:That’s five quarts, and there had to be at least another quart or two still on the stove at this point. I had both of my largest stockpots going simultaneously to cook it all and it still barely fit!
Each participant in the soup swap brings 5 quarts of frozen soup and puts it on a big table in the middle of a room. We had 25 people (so, 125 quarts of soup!). Then you draw numbers and take turns picking a soup off the table. Whoever’s soup is gone first gets a prize. Also, whoever’s soup is gone last gets a prize.
I chose to make my Easiest Lentil Soup for the swap, because it is one of my favorite things to eat in the world and everyone loves lentil soup, right?
My humble entry (1 of only 5 vegetarian options, only 3 of which were vegan) did not come in last (thank goodness), though it was near the end. People seemed much more interested in the bacon- and cream-filled soups. Oh well. [Oh, and that Carrot Soup with Lemon and Ginger next to mine? Sounds veg-friendly, doesn’t it? But it’s not. It’s made with chicken broth. This was actually the case with like 50% of the soups there. Why do people insist on ruining perfectly good soups with chicken broth? Food for thought: if you used vegetable broth, it would taste pretty much EXACTLY the same AND it could be enjoyed by more people. K end of rant.]
I actually had a wonderful time at the soup swap and it was a great chance to meet some ladies from town. And drink wine. Plus, the lack of veg options worked out to H’s advantage because I ended up using all of my turns to pick out stuff for him!
On Saturday, H was out helping his brother move and so I had some time to do some work around the house. In addition to cleaning and grocery shopping, I also got a new rug for our sitting room and a fun new apparatus for my kitchen:
It makes the whole kitchen feel so much more organized. I’m in love.Yup, organizing my kitchen is what excites me these days.
We stayed in on Saturday night and enjoyed Netflix and this:
On Sunday morning, I got in a Ragnar training run (in short sleeves!!) before we headed out to have brunch at Walnut Grille with friends who were visiting from out of town.
I got the Mighty Greek omelet (veganized as a tofu scramble with Daiya):It was tasty but definitely benefited from the liberal addition of hot sauce and ketchup.
After brunch it was time to get ready for the Superbowl! To get in the Seattle spirit, I enjoyed a homemade iced mocha:
To make: nuke 1/2 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond-coconut) with 1 tbsp. dark chocolate chips for about 1 minute and stir until chips are melted. Add 8 oz. cold coffee and lots of ice cubes. If you’re feeling feisty (and I usually am), throw some Kahlua in there and go to town.
We went to a party at our neighbors’ house (not the soup swap neighbor) and brought Spinach Artichoke Dip with Garlic Cashew Cream OBVIOUSLY, and Skittles for Marshawn and also guacamole.
This was the best guacamole I’ve ever made. Seriously it was outrageously good. I mean really how can you fail when you’re working with something as gorgeous as this:
Well, maybe you can if you’re this guy:
So, in summation, my suburban weekend consisted of a soup swap, cleaning, grocery shopping, staying in, running, brunch, and a neighborhood Superbowl party (complete with small children). I’m not even mad.
How was your weekend? Any good Superbowl eats?