Happy Saturday, friends! Welcome to the official weekend.
I know I told you that I was headed for Phoenix to do some conference session planning with my dear friend and colleague, Mary, and that we were planning to see “The Greatest Showman” in last week’s newsletter. What I didn’t realize was that we would both love it so very much that we’d go back and see it again not once, but twice. Yes. Two grown women went and saw the same movie in the theatre three times in four days. And what’s more? I plan on seeing again today with my husband and this weekend with some of my sons. I honestly can’t remember seeing ANY movie three times in the theatres! If you love musicals, you must go see this!
While in Phoenix I also discovered a few more things to love including a fast-food, take-out salad place. If you’ve been part of my Foodie with Family crew for long, you know I’m certifiably nuts for salads and the salads at Salad And Go are absolutely wonderful. If you have one near you, I highly recommend the Asian, Southwest BBQ Ranch, and Cobb Salads.
While Salad and Go is a great everyday solution, I also visited a restaurant that I’ll be dreaming of until I get back to Phoenix; Rusconi’s American Kitchen. Oh my word, friends. From the second I walked into the restaurant, I was in my happy place. The aroma of the wood grill, the music, the lighting, the decor? It was wonderful. The food itself -from the most mind blowing truffle macaroni and cheese of all time to the carrot and rosemary spaetzle and wood grilled grouper to the chocolate bread pudding to end all bread puddings- was the stuff of dreams. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. All in all, I cannot wait to get back to Phoenix to eat there again. If you live in the Phoenix area, please do yourself a favour and book a special occasion meal there!
Have you seen this video yet? I feel such sympathy for this poor mama. Parenting isn’t for wimps in any species, is it?
And this dog video! Oh my goodness, but people reacted strongly to it. Mercy… dogs’ feet need to be protected from ice, snow, cold pavement, chemicals, and salt just like ours do!
I am a little anxious about the flu that seems to be laying everyone out right now. I felt like Monk navigating the airports and planes I was on this week. It seemed like everyone was coughing or hacking. I am relatively certain my kids have had it, but I seem to have escaped so far. I am carrying this antimicrobial lotion around and using it like a crazy person. Have you dealt with the flu this year?
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG THIS WEEK:
- Many years ago, I started making and refining my own taco seasoning at home. I never seemed to have the little packets on hand, and my husband didn’t like them anyway. This homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning blend makes us both happy, and I can keep abundant amounts on hand all the time. We even sprinkle it on popcorn!
- We eat these Tender Melting Sweet Potatoes year round and in a multitude of ways. I even love the leftovers cold on salads.
THINGS I LOVE:
The Greatest Showman Soundtrack: Really guys, you probably saw this coming, right? After seeing the movie the first time, Mary and I bought the soundtrack and listened to it on repeat for the rest of the week when we weren’t at the theatre watching the movie again. I realize this sounds insane, but the music is really good and catchy and energizing. Oh, and I may have listened to it on repeat for the 4 ½ hour flight back to Buffalo. Okay. I did. And I had to keep myself from dancing in my seat. Obsessed? Yep. But it’s so good.
These jeans. There’s no getting around it; it is hard to find jeans that are comfortable AND cute as a 43 year old woman who has had five kids. I always seemed to have to compromise something. They either pinched and poked at my waist or were tight in the butt and thigh but were adorable or were comfortable as heck but needed to be hiked up constantly or looked dumpy. A friend clued me into these excellent jeans and I felt like I hit the lottery. They’re a bit pricey, but a good pair of jeans gets a lot of wear in my world, so they end up being worth it in the end.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND:
Jerusalem: A Cookbook. By Yottam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. This cookbook is in my top 10 of all time. And yes, sometimes I read it at bed time. The photography is lush and every single recipe I’ve tried from it -and I’ve tried nearly 80% of them- has been wonderful.
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
Have you seen a particular movie more than once in the theatres? If so, which one?
Which movie have you seen more than any other movie?
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