Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Last weekend was a scorcher here on the east coast. With temperatures in the high 90s but feeling like 110 degrees in some areas, it was difficult to find relief. We headed for the beach where it wasn't necessarily cooler, but at least it was more fun than staying cooped up inside in the air conditioning. All the time on the beach allowed me to start and finish a book, get me steps in (I had to park so far away), and to enjoy some time in the ocean with my girls.

Here's how I spent the weekend and what I am up to this week:

Last week while I was waiting for a prescription to be filled at my grocery store pharmacy, I browsed the bargain book rack. I found Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes for $3.99. I read the back cover, and honestly, it was about Paris, so naturally, I was sold. I finished a book at the beach on Saturday and started reading Paris For One on Sunday morning. By Monday afternoon, I had finished the book, including the short stories which are equally as entertaining as the novella. Paris For One is a short, light read at only 151 pages, and it's like taking a virtual trip to the City of Light. Download the book or purchase the paperback here.

I've been on a mission to make as many meals as I can from ingredients that I already have. It's amazing how much food goes to waste in our house. In an effort to minimize food waste, I've been taking careful inventory of our fridge and pantry to see what I have and what I can use together. I am by no means a creative cook. I don't really even like to cook, but if it's easy and tastes good, I'll whip it up. This creamy risotto with peas and greens totally fits that bill, so I was all over the recipe when I found it. It allowed me to use a bag of frozen peas, some leftover spinach from smoothies, basil from my own plants, and rice. I eliminated the leeks because I didn't have them, and buying them would defeat the whole purpose of trying to use what I have on hand. Not sure how much it affected the taste, but I thought it was delicious without it. I can't wait to make it again. Although I ate it as a main course, you could easily serve it alongside a protein such as chicken or steak.
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I'm declaring it the summer of spiked seltzer. It's so refreshing and has replaced white wine as my drink of choice in the summer. When you need to mix it up a bit, this recipe for ruby grapefruit and rosemary sparkling seltzer hits the spot. It's easy to make, doesn't require a lot of ingredients, and is so tasty. When you're not in the mood for lemonade when you're swinging on the front porch swing, this refreshing cocktail proves to be an acceptable stand in.
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After reading this article about last photos taken of celebrities before their deaths, I was taken aback by the last known photo taken of Jim Morrison of The Doors. My mental images of Morrison are the iconic shirtless photos of him. Morrison was brooding and effortlessly handsome. But in his final days he was bloated and nearly unrecognizable. He made such an impact on rock and roll for having been on the scene for such a short time, and the songs of The Doors' have a timeless quality. After doing some research on Morrison, I found a documentary on Netflix called When You're Strange, and it offers insight into Morrison and his band from their rise in the 1960s to Morrison's decline in the early 1970s. I'll be watching it this weekend. Bonus: it's narrated by Johnny Depp.

So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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