Posted by Lauren
I’m in bed right now, enjoying a slice of homemade cheesecake and a mug of vanilla tea, while assembling the post. I’ve also got Once Upon A Time on in the background. That show really slowed down this season, didn’t it?
Let’s start with Lunch on Monday – I finally met up with Kristine, the fabulous blogger behind Vine to Wind. I loooove her blog! Our offices are surprisingly close to each other, so a lunchtime meetup was perfect. Kristine treated me to lunch in one of Google’s amazing cafeterias. (Thanks!!) I made an overflowing turkey jalapeno sandwich, a spinach salad with pepperoncini, eggs, and pumpkin seeds, and grabbed some sweet potato fries.
I am so happy we finally met! Now I’m dying to go on one of the gorgeous SF runs she does every weekend! Before heading back to work, I grabbed a delicious samoas-inspired cookie. Oh man. Too good.
Dinner on Monday was a real treat. Sarah and I were lucky enough to go to another dinner at Cindy’s house for Bachelor night!
To start: kale salad with honey-crisp apples, almonds, and parmesan
The star of the show: roasted turkey (Cindy followed a recipe from Molly Stevens’ All About Roasting cookbook)
Main plate: The roasted turkey; a medley of roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and grapes; and rice pilaf! Cindy makes her rice pilaf from scratch. Move over Rice-a-Roni, you’ve got nothing on Cin.
I love our girl chats. And wine. It’s always soooo nice to catch up with these two. Before we sat down to watch The Bachelor’s Women Tell All, Cindy whipped up dessert #1.
She combined frozen berries and contrineau in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. After about 5 minutes on medium-high heat, she poured the berry/sauce over vanilla bean ice cream and added chopped dark chocolate. <- Go ahead and reread that sentence. DROOL!
Every bite was heavenly!
Sarah, Cindy, and I parked our butts on the couch, super excited about The Bachelor.
– I want AshLee’s new hairstyle. But I can’t do extensions. I’ll challenge my hair stylist, Joanie, to replicate.
– Can Chris Harrison start dating Sarah?? She’s so pretty and nice and calm, I think they’d be a good pair.
– I don’t want Desiree to the next Bachelorette. I like her, but I just don’t think she’s right for the role.
– AshLee’s accusation that Sean said he has zero feelings for the two remaining women? What the what? That was awkward.
– Little Miss Nevada, aka the Tierraist, had the worst dress. If she can’t apologize for her time in the house, can she at least apologize for that?!!!
I did say dessert #1 above… because Cindy had TWO desserts for us. I bet Nicole is rolling her eyes because she gave up dessert for Lent and now only craves “salty” food. Anyways, Cin brought out homemade cheesecake for us!
We were a
little lot excited.
Thanks for a wonderful night (AGAIN!), Cindy! We’ll be back next week with a bigger crew for the finale!
And since it’s WIAW Goes Green this month, here’s Tuesday’s Lunch to prove that I’m getting some greens in (and not just amazing sweets). It was Taco Tuesday in case you forgot how that happens every. single. Tuesday.
The ironic part is that I had to go to the dentist this morning to fill a cavity. UGH.
Question: Do you watch the Bachelor? Who is your favorite? NO SPOILERS! Ice cream or cheesecake? What’s your favorite “green” produce?