do you see it too??

So I would love to post the photos we took on our trip to DC but I will spare you our sweaty gross faces (hello, 2 record hot days!) and just show you these few…

Oh our last day in DC we went to Georgetown. Jessica, food blogger and resident of Georgetown, gave us so many suggestions for places to eat and things to check out while we were in town. One being a restaurant called The Tombs, the bar that inspired St Elmo’s Fire. Well, since I was delirious from the heat I read my map incorrectly so we ended up missing the easy way and going up this insane flight of stairs instead.

Our waiter noticed that we looked a little spent and quickly got us water. We said how the heat was made worse by this long flight of stairs we just took. “Oh the exorcist stairs!” umm escuse me? So he went to tell us about the stairs and how they are in the movie- the part when the priest flew out the window and crashed down a flight of stairs… these stairs. Spooky.

So we went back to take some photos. And this is what we got. Seriously?

of all the photos we get 2 with blurs on them. no other photo has these spots. Price tried to argue it is the sun but I don’t by it since one photo is taken looking up the stairs and the other is taking looking down. I checked to see if the spots lined up in the photos but they don’t. Just weird….

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Right Now List

With the weather getting warmer I have been having a hard time sitting down at the computer to do any real blogging. Or turn on the oven to bake. Or sit inside to scrapbook. So what do you do when you are stir crazy? You go on vacation!!!

A few weeks ago I got tickets for Pricer and me to go to DC when Jet Blue was having a fare sale. It was a great way to kick off the summer and celebrate our graduation.

So here we are enjoying DC. Blogging on my phone is not as the computer so I’ll keep it short and sweet! I saw a ‘right now’ list on Amy Tangerine’s blog, I’ll take the time to fill it in for this moment in time.

listening: well watching the world cup. Go USA!

eating: plain tortila chips, left overs from last nights dinner out

drinking: bud light lime and water

wearing: orange beaded tank and white skirt from old navy

feeling: tired, happy, glad to be back in the hotel after being out all morning

weather: heatwave! High of 93 today, just 91 now!!

wanting: more time here and a pedicure

needing: a cold shower

thinking: this would be a nice place to live

enjoying: this quite time this afternoon. Can’t wait to head over to dupont circle tonight to check out the bars there.

wondering: how I will scrapbook this trip

Do your own right now list

Kicking off Summer

Price and I kicked summer off early by spending our weekend in CT on boats. Memorial Day is the kick off of summer to me, along with just about every boater out there. Which is why I love that my dad and step dad own boats… lots of boating fun.

On Saturday we started the day by going to Bruce Museum in town. I wanted to see an Andy Warhol exhibit they had and Price wanted to check out an exhibit on preditory animals. Pretty cool exhibits for a small museum. Plus it was great that we got to use our Museum of Science Membership since it is in its Reciprocal Admission program.

After the trip to the Museum we went over to my Dad’s boat to see him for Father’s Day and for a ride on Long Island Sound. We started off by going to Cos Cob Harbor to check out the massive houses that are some of my favorites and some new ones to check out.

Our ride continued on down towards New York. On our way down we passed by Playland, which made us discuss their fireworks, New Rochelle, where the boat for my sister’s wedding reception left out of, and several lighthouses that my dad told us about.  We got pretty close to Manhattan Island before turning around after Riker’s Island so we could make it back in time to get some sides for dinner and be on time for Robin, my dad’s girlfriend, who was meeting us for dinner. We had my favorite salad from a place in town and my dad made Tangy Turkey Burgers.

Price and I have a healthy competition that relates to this ring game at the boat club. I have been playing this game since I was a kid. I rock this game. Now, I admit that Price is good at it, even playing it backwards and having it loop back onto itself. But… he can’t get ‘holes in one’ like I can. 🙂

 

On Sunday we headed up the coast to spend the day in Westbrook, CT, where my stepdad’s boat is located. We took the boat out so we could be anchored while we ate lunch. The jet skiers in the area really enjoyed our trip out to Duck Island. I love watching them jump over the waves. Maybe I’mm try that this year? Ha probably not. I just like to put put around on it.

It is always so surprising how different the temperature is/feels when you get out on the water. While we were at the dock we were baking away but once we were anchored we got to relax since there was a nice breeze out on the water. Even the dogs notice the difference. Pipes cuddled up the Pricer to relax – she has been glued to him since he has been down in CT working. Glued!

 

It was such a nice weekend. Totally worth getting a bib shaped sunburn from the dress I wore on Saturday. 🙂

Surf, turf and a hint of cirrhosis

Last Saturday Emily and I went on a Cape Cod Adventure. It was my first time down there since I was a young kid. We ventured around the Dennis and Yarmouth area. We started with an amazing breakfast from a place called Grumpy’s. Then we went shopping and went to a Strawberry Festival. Funniest and cutiest thing ever… we showed up at the historical society, paid $5 for stawberry shortcake and a drink, and got to listen to a church choir sing sings from the 40’s and 50’s. We were the youngest ones there by about 30 years. Too Funny!

Last year we decided we had to get lobster from the source so Em and I drove up to Maine and got lobsters off a dock. While driving back through New Hampshire, we  stopped in a state liquor store. The endless aisles of boxed wine prompted us to buy some for a night of lobsters and cheap, bad boxed wine- always classy. We decided that Saurday night would be a repeat of last years adventures. Below is a photo break down of the evening.

Clean some muscles and clams. Start the night with some peach arbor mist. BUT it has to be served in a mason jar glass!

Cook muscles and clams with some white wine (not flavored!) and garlic. When you don’t have a lid, just put a platter on your large skillet to keep the heat in.

After the arbor mist we started going after other wine in the house. Bottle after bottle and this is what happens

Take out the opened muscles and clams. Throw in some spinach… helps fight off the cirrhosis!!

Enjoy! And when you don’t finish you put the extras outside for the raccoons and skunks. Picky bastards decided they did not want anyway. Stupid bandits like to eat the rabbit poo we throw out. go figure!

ahh see here… this is the boxed wine dance. Must celebrate the adult juice box.

And then Emily and I have Price cook the lobsters. I just can’t deal with them clanking around to fight their way out. Price cooked his steak in the rain. But he said it was really good steak!

I decided to practice doing my hair for halloween. I figure it will be so much better when it is longer and I’m not boozing. Jack was eatting the coffee table so Emily decided his punshiment would be kisses, and hers would be a possible allergy attack.

Much to our surprise we woke up in the morning with no hangovers. That would have been awful… so much sugar! So our lobster, steak, and boxed wine evening went off without a hitch! Ohh I can’t wait for next year!!

 

*I am not trash talking boxed wine. There are plenty of good boxed wines out there. In fact a lot of wine makers are going the boxed wine route because it is more eco-friendly. We just make it our mission to buy the worse boxed wine 🙂

Spiced Carrot Soup

What to do with a 10 pound bag of carrots? What to do? While my rabbits enjoy carrots they can’t just live off them (seriously, if another person expresses shock when I say this…) and by the time they get to them they will be bad. So I turn to carrot loving recipes to help this bag disappear. I saw a great carrot soup recipe on A Chow Life. I really love the recipes on there and the stories that precede them.  Once such recipe, and story, that jumped out at me was for a carrot soup. This has been in my to-do list of recipes for awhile and if having a 10 lb bag of carrots in the fridge is not reason enough…

I thought that the original recipe, posted on A Chow Life, sounded great but I did not have the spice mill needed for the cumin seeds, which I did not have either. So I figured I would use the recipe as a starting point and go from there. I love the flavor and smell of cumin so I kept that, but I used powder. Turmeric and cumin seem to be best friends so I added turmeric to the party. Instead of adding honey, I used agave nectar. I like honey but I have a very dark intense honey that I reserve for tea so I knew that using it would have made the carrot soup go all wrong. The agave nectar would provide some sweetness, without the floral honey taste.  Lastly, I added white pepper to the recipe. I often see recipes that call for S&P at the end, as complete after thoughts, but I wanted the white pepper flavor to stand out so I added to in to the soup. You could use black pepper but I love how white pepper blends in and gives a rich pepper flavor without saying ‘ Hey look at me!!!”

You can make this vegan but swapping out the butter for oil and use vegetable stock instead of chicken broth. I have not tried that but I’m assuming it would work well.

Spiced Carrot Soup

3 tablespoons of butter
1 onion medium onion diced
1 1/2 pounds of carrots
4 cups of chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon white pepper
juice of half a lemon
1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
serve with plain yogurt (a swirl to a 1/4 cup- depending on preference)
salt

Melt butter in a pot. Sauté onion in butter for a few minutes, until they are beginning to become clear. Add carrots and broth to pot and bring to a boil, simmer carrots until they are soft. Once the carrots are tender, add to a blender in batches until the carrots and onions are pureed and evening mixed with the broth. While there is still a batch of soup in the blender, add the spices, lemon juice, and agave nectar. Blend to incorporate. Combine all batches of pureed soup to mix spices evenly. Serve with a swirl, or generous dollop, of plain yogurt.