Dear Suburbs Part 2

Dear Suburbs,

Can you believe it has almost been a month since we were cautiously reunited? Don’t worry, our time together is quickly coming to an end. Whatever weird event you were planning on throwing at me, do it soon.

While I am still waiting to discover the crazy I know is behind some corner, your peaceful respite found me over the weekend.

After nonstop moving, weddings and festivities, a weekend in your folds was necessary. Where I could roll out of bed and into Starbucks on Saturday morning, with my hair on top of my head and the dog on my lap, without fear of running into a soul I know.

Same with yoga, except for Friend D, who convinced me to take the level higher. I’m sure I’ll thank her later, when I can bend over, sit down normal and lift my hairdryer once again…. Where is a man when you need him to open this bottle of water? O yeah, I’m living with my parents….”DAD!!!!!”

Well suburbs, you even convinced me to try some DIY, and we all know I am the furthest thing from a DIYer…..

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Seriously, what can I spray paint next??! Is this what happens? One DIY and then addiction? Yes I pulled a bookcase out of storage and I’m tackling it as soon as it isn’t 100 degrees out.

Lets be honest, I did make it into the city this weekend, as one of us needs to make new friends:

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Hey Lulu!

And it wouldn’t be a successful weekend without some homemade pesto and roasted veggies:

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I’m sure my yoga torn body will thank me tomorrow…

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How was your weekend?

Veggie Pursuit

In pursuit of the veggie…

I do not know how long this will last or whether this is just a one week phase, as my coworkers say…

But I have not craved, wanted, or missed meat in four days… except when my neighbor made bacon the other night! Really?  You would.

This is most likely just an attempt to add more meatless days into my routine  or perhaps a system cleanse.  Whatever it is, it has been delicious!

Cue the homemade asparagus pistachio pesto.

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I just used the same process here

Added a bushel (correct word??) of asparagus.  First I cooked the asparagus in a pot of water for about 7 minutes, chopped it up and added it to the food processor.

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I really could just lick the food processor clean 🙂

Pesto Pesto!

Living in Italy, one of the things I could not stop eating was fresh pesto.  HMMMMM yum. In pasta, on bread, in paninis.  Hmmmmm pesto pesto! And then all of a sudden, I had had my fill, and could not stomach any more.

Really, who gets sick of pesto? I must be a weird human.

I mean I have truly taken a multi-year break from pesto.

However; I discovered a creamy pistachio pesto at one of my favorite restaurants down the street; Buckleys.  I’ve been craving it/wanting to re-create it for awhile now.  And all of those “how do you do” pistachio commercials are driving me nuts. 🙂

So I bought some Pistachios…. How can you not, when everyone and their mom gets paid to advertise them? Maybe me next?  Please and thank you.

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This took forever. FOREVER. And my fingers still hurt.  I will not ever be doing this again, unless it is for something mindblowingly special.  For realz.

Into my food processor went:

 about a cup and half pistachios

a couple handfuls of basil

3 or 4 cloves of garlic, (more the merrier for me)

a couple handfuls of fresh parm

adding in olive oil as you go

reducing heavy cream in a sauce pan, stirring in the pesto

add noodles in and enjoy

(again I do not measure, so good luck!)

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 Thankfully this turned out absolutely delicious, as I needed a pick-me-up after dropping my keys down the elevator shaft.  Yes, thats right.

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Do you make homemade pesto and what is your favorite?