March is not my favorite month for which I mostly blame the weather. When I really stop and think about it I would say March is perhaps my least favorite month of the year, although I don't actually hate it. Hey, the days are getting longer even if it was 27 degrees when my feet hit the floor this morning. And this year March will have Easter sneaking in on her coattails, which feels wrong but makes me happy anyway. Easter should be sleeveless pastel dresses and maybe a new spring cardi. I think we all know that is an unlikely scenario for Northern NJ in the month of March.
We were not out of town this past weekend.
It seems I need to say that. When snowflakes stay on your nose and eyelashes it's hard not to wish you were still in a beach chair on Florida's Gulf Coast. March. Grrrr.
My gourmet group met on Friday and we had a Panera Pick Two theme. Did you know there are recipes on the Panera website that aren't served in their stores? Me neither. I made a roasted red pepper soup which was tasty, but next time I'll add a cheesy crouton or a handful of popcorn as a topper.
Hubs bought me a Cuisinart hand blender for Christmas and I am in love with this little kitchen tool. It makes pureeing a soup so easy, and it also has a chopper attachment that is super easy to clean so I use it all the time.
Another member of the group made a chicken peanut soup and I will definitely be making that one again. It's got a slightly different flavor than the Virginia peanut soup, but I loved it. She gave me a container to take home, and hubs loved it too. We ate soup and salad for dinner and watched Taken2 courtesy of Red Box. It wasn't as good as Taken, but it confirmed that if I run into trouble while traveling I want Liam Neeson nearby.
The sky spit snowflakes off and on all day Saturday so we did a few household chores and then went to the movies. We saw Quartet and we both loved it. Maggie Smith is so fabulous in everything, but in our minds the star of the show was the magnificent English countryside. The movie takes place in a home for retired musicians, and the house used in the film is in Taplow, a little village not far from where we lived. We get ridiculously sentimental when we watch British programming.
Or hear British accents.
Or think about England.
On another note... what's up with movie theatre concessions these days? I tell the girl I would like a small diet coke and a medium popcorn and she immediately does some sort of magic math and asks if I would like a medium coke and a large popcorn for the same price? Why don't they just give you that instead of trying to trick you into thinking you're getting more than you pay for? I am not a fan of the medium drinks because you need two hands to carry one, and we always share a medium popcorn, but I still found myself saying yes because it felt like I was in some sort of shell game. It makes no sense.
Saturday night we went out to dinner with friends, and came out of the restuarant afterwards to actual snow falling and sticking. We woke up Sunday morning to snow on our driveway and hillside, although it melted before it could cause any inconvenience. March. Grrrr.
I added a splash of Spring to the apothecary jars on my kitchen island because it felt therapeutic to do so. I liked the finished product and asked hubs what he thought. He said, "Why do you have peas in a jar?" I told him I liked their spring green color, but they're actually chocolate. Shhh....don't tell.
Last night hubs and I finally watched the season finale of Downton Abbey. It's been sitting on the DVR for weeks, but I knew we needed to be in the right frame of mind to actually sit through it. I knew what was coming (thanks Social Media!), but still it was so so sad. I'm glad there is a break before Season 4 begins because between the drama, and that castle in Scotland, and the green, green rolling hills and gray blue magnificent English sky we're gonna need the full six months to recover from this season.
Reading back over the weekend it seems like all we did was eat and watch movies. There was more, but that was the gist of it.
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