Let's Catch up on my weekend - and then, I want to hear/read all about yours!
I went home intending to feverishly clean the house, and have Rosalie come over to help me finally zip into that dress. . . The dreaded (yet very pretty) wedding dress.
When I got home, all of the cleaning was done - except the kitchen. Got to love a man that will clean for me. I think I will marry him - did I mention that happens in 33 days? Yeah it does.
So, I cleaned the kitchen - and then Emry asks me if I would like to do a CHOPPED CHALLENGE DINNER. I was hesitant, because, honestly, I just CLEANED the kitchen. But, I accepted anyway - I can't turn down a good challenge!
My Entree Challenge Consisted of:
Yes, you read that right... Oreo freaking cookies.
My stomach lurched, and I shot Klay the world's most evil glare. He put his hands up, as if to say, "I tried!" So - I submitted, got all the ingredients ready - and the timer started.
I finished just as Rosalie came through my front door.
What did I make?
I was utterly surprised, it was edible.I made a Mole Encrusted Salmon, with sauteed carrots and peppers, and topped with a Tangy Tomato Avocado Sauce.
How did I accomplish this?
Well, I took the cream off of the oreos, and then pounded them into dust... I mixed them with dried chipotle chile powder, onion powder, s&P and some garlic powder. This became the dry mole-esque rub. I took the eggs and I beated them into an egg wash. I dipped the salmon in the egg wash and then I dipped that into the dry seasoning.Put it on a pan, and broiled it until cooked. While I was doing this - I had the carrots (we had shredded in the house) and a green bell pepper on the stove. I added some minced garlic, and sauteed until they were cooked, but still had a little crunch to them. While I was waiting for the salmon to be done, I took some Pepper Jelly, Chopped Tomato and Avocado and Emulsified them until they were a sauce.
There you have it. Chopped Dinner Challenge - Emry ate ALL of it. I thought I had a picture, but, I suppose my phone deleted it. **SIGHS** I was really proud of it too.
SO - by time I was done, Rosalie had walked through the door, so we went downstairs and made the attempt of getting the dress on.
Let me tell you, it was SLOW going - between the bunching of all of the layers of the dress - to realizing that the corset bra (I was made to buy) was the reason it wouldn't zip up all the way - Let's just say - it was a PROCESS. But - We got that Bitch ON. Zipped - and EVERYTHING. I am going to try and lose like 5 pounds though - just so I can ensure this will not happen the day of. (More on that later this week).
Another fun filled day at the New York Renaissance Faire. Volunteering has taken up a large part of our August - and the sheer drama that comes from the volunteer group is EXHAUSTING.
I really thought I was going to loathe this day - the volunteer director is becoming a tyrant, and truly expects every member to pull a 10 hour day of volunteer work. Sorry, not sorry - the job that actually PAYS me, doesn't require 10 hour days - I'm sure as heck not doing that for you.
Things smoothed over fine enough - and we had a wonderful day - I even bought myself another layer of garb. What do I mean by layer of garb? Well - most renaissance faire outfits start with a base layer - Shirt, Skirt/pants - and then you add to it - over skirt, under skirt, Bustle, Vest, belt, corset/cincher - so on and so forth. I bought myself an OVER skirt. It's prettiful - So so prettiful.
We went home, and Emry went with me to a surprise birthday party for a friend's boyfriend. There were quite a few kids there - and Emry seemed to have fun - up until the large german shepherd puppy got a little rough. Emry will tell you he was BIT... I saw it - the puppy just kind of put his mouth over Emry's arm - never biting down - Multiple times. I put the dog inside, I comforted my son - and we were all back to having fun. But, now, Emry insists he's afraid of BIG dogs. **SIGHS** Yes - It's a BIG puppy - and I understand his fear. The dog should have been tethered. If he is that excitable. But, it happened, and I don't want to make a big deal of it - because there is no reason to fear dogs. Yet, my heart goes out to Emry - because he was truly frightened.
I'm exhausted - I've been exhausted for weeks. I've also been feeling the pressure of our upcoming wedding (did I mention 33 days?) So, I took a stand - and I told Klay that I was not going to faire. I had too many crafts to finish - and I really wanted to do them at my leisure.
And that's what I did - ALL day. If you have been following me on Instagram - you've probably already seen the finished products! I made our Cake Topper, and finished my button bouquet, plus bouquets for the bridesmaids - I even was able to finally take some pictures of the favors we BUILT weeks ago. So nice.
The day was overall very relaxing - even though I started to develop this weirdo pain in my left leg. It spreads from my hip joint - all the way down to the dorsum (top) of my foot. Now, I say pain - because it is not sore... it's a shooting feeling. And, I figured that meant I should rest it, instead of running on Monday.
For dinner that night, we had a Build your own Salad - Bar! I had Iceberg, and Mixed Green Lettuces - and for the toppings I had: bacon bits, grilled chicken pieces, avocado, red onion, spicy red pepper slices, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, and shredded cheese!
It was a big hit! Emry had this huge plate of salad, and ate all of it. I was SO impressed!
Klay went to the Labor Day Monday of Ren Faire - leaving Emry and I to our own devices.
Which turned into, and I'm not very proud of this - Emry playing Minecraft for most of the morning - and me doing the crazy Pre - First Day of School Organizing Spree. Moms, you know what I'm talking about right? Making sure you bought all of the school supplies - Labeling all of the, said, school supplies - picking out the 1st Day of School Outfit (which should be so Impressive and forms the best VISUAL impression) - preparing the whiteboard calendar (does anyone else have a whiteboard for lists and a calendar to organize those lists?) - All of the laundry being done - the neglected chores from the summer (polishing the wood, cleaning the play room, organizing the medicine cabinets - stuff like that).
When that was done, we had some time to kill before Soccer Practice - So, Emry and I went over to Old Navy to look for a Fall Coat, even though it's a MILLION degrees outside. (Remember when I was afraid that it would be too cold to have our wedding outside? At this rate - I may need to provide hand fans for everyone - Let's hope by October we've hid the mid way point between Scorching and Freezing - shall we?) ANYWHOO - Do you know we went from Old Navy, to Marshall's, to Kohl's - looking for a fall coat. It's as if they do not MAKE them anymore, FOR BOYS. Girls had 2 or 3 different selections per store. Boys, nope, boys get hoodies or winter coats - there is no Fall Blazer. What the HECK is that? We winded up buying him a new hoodie - just in case I can not find an actual lightweight coat for the fall - and got ready for Soccer.
Soccer practice was fun - we are preparing for the first game, which is This Saturday. Emry will be starting out the first quarter as a midfielder - and I'm certain none of the children have any idea what they are really supposed to be doing. HAHA. I love the youth sports - just have a little fun - but, maybe learn a little while you're at it.
This was followed by Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner - and has resulted in an upset stomach today.
I woke up, and my leg was still killing me - so no running this morning, I plan on doing a HIIT workout during my lunch break. After I had my breakfast this morning, I got super nauseous - and I'm hoping the exercise will help subside whatever is wrong with my stomach.
And that's it for now -
How was your weekend?