Do I win the award for most awkward Little Happies title this week?
I promise I'm not trying to be awkward. I just happen to unintentionally be really good at awkwardness sometimes. My b.
The reason I say you're probably going to salivate is... there's a lot of food in this post. I'm a little bit ashamed, but at the same time, this girl just can't help it. They say the fastest way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I'm pretty sure that
makes me a man means I'm the exception to the rule. Just sayin'. Food is a happy-maker in my life.
So, here we go. A Little Happies post almost entirely made up of food. Not sorry. Just Happy. :)
Let's start with this beauty.
I found a nearby bakery that makes gluten free cupcakes!!! (Insert extreme happy dance with lots of flailing and fist pumps.) OBVIOUSLY I had to choose the strawberry one, which just so happened to surprise me even more with its killer cream cheese frosting. Mmmmm. Salivating yet?
This boy joined me at work for a lunch date. He ate a turkey sandwich, I drank a fruity smoothie (my go-to lunch these days) and we shared a big
bowl tupperware container of Bacon-Tomato Bisque, a recipe I totally stole from Amanda over at True, Good, and Beautiful. Yes, I totally creeped through the archives of her blog and discovered it. Not even ashamed to admit it because I got a delicious recipe out of it. Plus, isn't that what blog archives are for -- hardcore creeping? Don't act like you've never done it before.
Ok, that was a bit of a tangent. What I meant to say here was... I loved having a lunch picnic date thing in my office with the husband. It was fun and simple and made the work day go by a little faster.
We interrupt this food-centric blog post to bring you a non-fooded intermission.
I co-wrote a post this past week and it was a ton of fun! Lisa from Little Moments helped me write about how adoption and pregnancy are related. Click here to check out the post if you haven't had a chance to read it yet. I had the idea for the post a few months ago, but kept putting it off because I felt like I wasn't exactly qualified to write about adoption things I haven't experienced yet. Ya know? Well, then one day Lisa randomly wrote on her blog about how one thing in adoption related to something pregnant women usually experience and I was like BAM! Let's write a post together! She had some great ideas to add and definitely gave a better perspective on some stuff since she's a little further along than us.
Thanks, Lisa! That was a blast!! It really brightened my week to put our two heads together and create something fun like that.
Be sure to check out her blog if you haven't yet. She writes about lots of great stuff including her handsome little adopted dude, Nathan. Love it.
Ok, so I guess I had two non-related-to-food Happy things this week.
John and I took a newborn parenting class this past weekend, our final requirement from our adoption agency before we're officially offically ready to adopt. It was us plus about twenty pregnant couples in the class, and two funny nurses running the show. Once I figured out how to look past all the ginormous pregnant bellies and ignore some of the "your body after baby" advice coming from the presenter, the rest was pretty alright.
We learned lots of random stuff: how to change a diaper, what normal poop should look like (including pictures -- gross!), bottle feeding, sleep stuff, swaddling, giving a babe a bath, installing the car seat, etc. Overall, I think it was a good call for our agency to require it because I needed to hear that stuff. I only wish the agency could run their own class so that we didn't have to enter pregnant-land to take it.
The best part was when my non-pregnant self actually had an advantage. Our big classroom was right next to the hospital cafeteria and the cafeteria just happened to be cooking really stinky broccoli that day. It was hilarious to watch all the pregnant women gag and cover their noses as soon as the brocco-stink wafted into our room. Lucky for me, I wasn't much affected, as my sense of smell isn't heightened by pregnancy hormones right now. Score for the infertile gal!
Back to the food stuff.
After our newborn parenting class, we went to Memphis's annual Italian Festival! We basically spent the whole afternoon hanging out at the Theology on Tap tent, where our friends were. They competed in the pasta sauce competition so we got to try their sauce (aka gravy) which was pretty tasty. We also wandered around for a little bit and I happened to purchase heaven in a bag...
Please tell me you've had one of these.
Fritos + chili + cheese + jalapenos + Louisiana hot sauce
That's how I ate mine at the Italian Festival. I know what you're thinking. "Who goes to an Italian festival and eats this non-Italian junk?" Umm... the answer is "me." With a follow-up of "I don't even care!" and "It was probably the best dang thing at the festival." (And that's saying something, because there was lots of good food there.)
Just go out and try one for yourself sometime before you judge. They're super easy to make on your own if you don't have a festival nearby serving them up. Oooo, they'd be great as an appetizer at a party. Just go for it. I promise you won't be sorry.
Fish taco bowls for dinner. Delish.
I'm blessed to have a husband who's really good at cooking fish.
I got the recipe off the Anti-Inflammatory Diet Facebook group I'm in. Thanks, ladies. This dinner was a win. Love that little group!
You know what makes me extra happy? That slice of lime. Mmmm. Lime + fish + avocado = a delightful combo.
In this cup sits the most delicious tea: white chocolate mint Tea from Teavana. A great dessert you don't have to feel bad about. Plus, that cup's super cute. Actually, I'm a little bit of a teacup collector wanna-be. If I had an infinite bank account, I'd buy all of the tea cups at Anthropologie and then live happily ever after.
Basically what I'm trying to say here is there's just nothing like a warm cup of tea after a long day. Cupping it in your hands and sniffing in the warmth, then taking a big sip as soon as it's cooled enough to drink without burning le tongue... friends, does it get much better than that?