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Weekend Hodgepodge—Hidden Falls Edition

I sit here swigging on green tea and Gatorade, recovering after a weekend making sure the little ones in my Girl Scout troops were drinking enough water, yet forgetting to drink enough myself. Despite neglecting to properly hydrate, I had a fantastic weekend at Camp Hidden Falls with 5 Daisies, 5 Brownies, 8 Juniors, and 8 Seniors. It was bright, sunny, and warm, with minimal tears or injuries.

Camp Hidden Falls

Camp Hidden Falls

Girls on Dock

The first night, just the Seniors came along. They quickly found their favorite hangout location on this dock at Sunset Lake.

Bunks

Our first night’s accommodations were in a nice cabin just past the lake. We slept in these bunks. I got the top bunk, allowing me to feel tall for once in my life! We spent the evening snacking, talking, tie dying, playing games and making crafts- A laid back night before the arrival of the younger girls Saturday morning.

Ferns

Saturday morning, we took a nice hike to the ranger’s station to pick up the young girls as they got dropped off at camp. Ferns are one of my favorite woodland landscape elements.

Turtle

This turtle ducked his head in just as we passed by.

Hidden Falls

While we waited for the rest of the girls to arrive, the punctual scouts visited Hidden Falls, a quaint bridal veil waterfall not far from the camp entrance.

Flower

Near the falls, we saw these dandelion-like flowers with pretty rust colored edges.

Lake View Tent Site

We hauled our gear to the Lake View tent site, where all of the girls would spend Saturday night.

Two-Seater Latrine

The latrines were unlike what I was used to- Behind each large door was two seats with a partial divider wall … Awkward.

Buttermilk Falls

After a quick lunch and a discussion of Leave No Trace principles, we hiked out to Buttermilk Falls, completing a scavenger hunt along the way.

Stream

The girls had a great time exploring the falls, stream, and surrounding woodland.

Millipede

The girls saw lots of critters, including toads, snakes, racoons, and millipedes. Fortunately, despite the presence of bears in camp, we didn’t cross paths with any of them.

Irises

These irises grew along the path back to our unit.

Board Game

After the hike, the girls made Sharpie tie dyed bandana (Sharpie markers & rubbing alcohol) and played this game the Seniors developed. After rolling dice to move along the game board, the girls had to find a corresponding number card hidden in the surrounding area.

Rock Doll

A symbol on the back of the number told the Seniors which task to have the girls perform before moving on. Tasks included creating dolls out of natural objects (pictured here), making toilet paper dresses, solving puzzles, hula hooping, etc.

Columbine

While the girls played their game, I took a moment to check out the lake shore, and discovered these gorgeous Columbine blooms.

Campfire Cooking

After playing games, the girls got to work preparing dinner. The Juniors built the fire and made soup, the Daisies made baked potatoes, the Brownies made salad, and the Seniors made spinach and rice casserole.

Pot of Gold Soup

Pot of Gold Soup was tomato soup, loaded with nuggets of cheese wrapped in biscuit dough.

Spinach Rice Dutch Oven Casserole

The dutch oven casserole contained spinach, mushrooms, rice, cheese, and eggs. It was a big hit!

By the time we finished dinner, the sun had set, so we washed our dishes by flashlight and toasted marshmallows for smores before loading “smelly” items into the bear box and putting the younger girls to bed. Then, once the young ones were sound asleep, myself and another leader took the Seniors to the dock for some midnight stargazing. We saw shooting stars!

Sunset Lake

Sunday morning, the girls had “Jungle Breakfast” (where their bag of cereal and fruit is hidden in the woods), and we said goodbye to the beautiful lake. By 11am, we headed home to check for ticks, shower, nap, rehydrate, and get ready for the week (and another camping trip next weekend!)

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Weekend Hodgepodge

Whoo … I am wiped out from this weekend. It was three days of straight celebration between Commencement where I work and Mothers’ Day. There are much worse ways to spend a weekend than celebrating, but non-stop for three days gets to be tiring!

Greek Festival

I’m starting this Weekend Hodgepodge post with lunch break on Friday—The Greek Food Festival at St. Nicholas’ in Bethlehem! Twice a year, this church pulls out all the stops and cooks up Greek specialties en masse. For $10, I got two meals worth of stuffed peppers, green beans, orzo, salad, and bread. [Secret: If you go the last day, in the last 15 minutes, everything is half price]

MTS Senior Banquet

Friday night, Moravian Seminary Commencement activities began, and I attended to carry out my responsibilities as event photographer and wish the students well. Just after work, the whole MTS community gathered for a communion service, followed by a banquet.

Billy Bob Zinzendorf

Esteemed banquet guest Billy Bob Zinzendorf made his annual appearance at the banquet, providing a humorous review of the year. (For those concerned, Billy Bob DID sign a photo release, haha.)

After grazing at the banquet, I ducked out to pick up Kevin and head to a friends’ home for dinner function #2—Takeout from Prince Palace Dumpling House! I forgot to take a picture of the spread, but it was delicious and seemingly endless.

Running Shoes

Saturday morning I woke up with the determination to run a solid 4 miles for the first time. I ended up walking a portion of the last mile (why, oh why, did I put the Elizabeth Avenue hill at the end of my route???), but I did it!

Tober Laying on His Back

This is my cat doing a pretty accurate imitation of how I looked when I got back from the run.

Moravian Theological Seminary Commencement

After chugging some water and chowing down on some kohlrabi, I traded my running shoes for heels and dove back into Commencement activities. My co-workers and I set up a reception, then dashed downtown to take part in the ceremony. Academia is so funny …

Reception

After the ceremony, our building flooded with people (One student had a CHARTER BUS of supporters. How cool!) for a reception.

Lasagna

I kept my nibbling at the reception to a minimum because I knew that Kevin was at home preparing homemade lasagna with freshly made ricotta and his own pasta.

Ice Cream

For dessert, we pigged out on these ice cream sundaes. Yes, that is artificially colored mint chip ice cream and whipped cream from a can. It was utterly disappointing. However, the chocolate raw milk with whipped cream vodka was NOT disappointing.

Flowers

Sunday morning, I woke up early enough to snap this photo of the pretty flowers I planted before our slew of rabbits ate the blossoms off again.

Salmon Pizza

Two of my sisters and I took our mother to Sette Luna (review coming soon!) in Easton for brunch. After a bit of a wait, despite our reservation, the food was well worth it! I enjoyed this pizza topped with smoked salmon, ricotta, red onion, capers, and lemon. As my father noticed, “It’s like a twist on lox on a bagel!”

Yin & Yang Fondue

For my mother- and grandmother-in-law, we picked up some take out Mexican from Fiesta Olé (a favorite of my mother-in-law), then went out for dessert at the Melting Pot, where we enjoyed this Yin & Yang fondue and Flaming Turtle fondue.

After arriving back home, I popped a chicken in the oven to roast for dinners this week and set out to catch up on some of my work backlog. Now, I think it’s time to hit the hay.


Weekend Hodgepodge

After a ridiculously busy (planned) and pretty wretched (not planned) week, I was really looking forward to a fun weekend. Highlights of last week included my car being subject to a hit-and-run while it was parked at work, my camera being stolen, and my ice cream sandwich disappearing from the work freezer. On a positive note, I found out my co-chair and I were awarded scholarships to the CCMA conference for cooperative businesses in Philadelphia this June!

Friday night, I darted to Best Buy after work (where I was surprised to receive really poor customer service- usually they jump on you right as you walk in the door, but this crew didn’t want to even be bothered to make a sale) to purchase a new camera. While it charged overnight, I went to my co-leader’s house for a Girl Scout sleepover (although I didn’t stay the night) with the high school troop. They had a good time making jewelry and eating brownies.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early, anticipating the highlight of the whole weekend- The Dirty Girl Mud Run!

The Fembots Team

I ran the 5K obstacle course (in the mud) with my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and friend. Since the event was to benefit breast cancer research, we thought an appropriate team name would be “The Fembots,” a la Austin Powers.

Mud Pit

Walking into the race area, we got a preview of the last obstacle- An enormous mud pit! Other obstacles included a 10ft wall climb, 20-30ft cargo net climb, mud up to my waist, rappelling down hillsides, and crawling through muddy tunnels.

Starting Line

Every 15 minutes, a wave began, totaling 8000 women running.

Shoe Pile

After an exhilarating run through the course, we tossed our mud caked sneakers into the donation pile and headed to the hose-off tent.

Team Fembots After

We were covered in mud and in high spirits after the run. We celebrated with a group fist pump before cashing in our free beer tickets.

Anne Retirement Party

After dashing back to Bethlehem, I jumped in the shower and went to catch the end of my professor and mentor’s Cinco De Mayo retirement party. I rushed in just in time to hear the toasts.

Anne's Stuff

Sunday morning, I picked up some Jumbars breakfast to go and went to my old stomping grounds in Moravian’s art department to help my former professor pack and sort her old office items. An artist’s office is always full of the most fascinating objects.

Dandelion & Potato Soup

Sunday afternoon, I set to work preparing some quick to reheat meals for dinners this week, including this dandelion & potato soup.

Spinach, mushroom & ham quiche ingredients

I also made a spinach, ham, and mushroom quiche.

Spring Brunch Pizza

I also made this spring pizza for our Sunday dinner, topped with pesto, potatoes, duck eggs, wild garlic, arugula, and fromage blanc. It was delightful! The recipe will be posted this week, just in time for Mother’s Day brunch!

So, all in all, the weekend made up for a lousy preceding week. Here’s to better weekdays to come!


Weekend Hodgepodge

Whoo … I am still sleepy from this weekend! It was a great couple of days, full of awesome people, adventures, and productivity.

Porch Sitting

On Friday after work, I enjoyed basking in the warm sunshine with a couple of co-op friends on a rooftop deck. Porch sitting is one of my favorite warm weather activities, made infinitely better with cool people and fresh fruit!

Tapas on Main

Later that evening, some other friends and I walked downtown to share a pitcher of sangria at Tapas on Main. My best friend Emily and her partner, Jenn, hammed it up for the camera.

After a fantastic evening with friends, I came home to relax and get to bed early so I could wake up early for a busy Saturday. Unfortunately, my plans for a restful night were not so successful, as my husband was night fishing in his canoe on Lake Nockamixon, which always leaves my over-anxious mind turning until he comes home. He finally came home around 1am, only to turn around and leave again to try to find his missing hat and fishing license. He didn’t find the hat, and we didn’t get to bed until about 4:30am.

Pancake Breakfast

Saturday morning, I was still up bright and early to go to Applebees, where my high school Girl Scout troop served a pancake breakfast as a fundraiser. They worked hard, but the effort was worth it in the end!

Bake Oven Knob

Following the fundraiser, and after fueling up on caffeine, my co-leader and I took a few of the girls up to the Appalachian Trail for a hike to Bake Oven Knob. The girls had a good time pretending to "rescue" each other from the side of the rocks.

Bake Oven Knob

Despite the copious amounts of graffiti, the views from Bake Oven Knob are always excellent. Even better are the views from the Bear Rocks, where we hoped to hike to, but postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms.

El Paisano Taqueria

As I returned to Bethlehem, the clouds were growing thicker, so my husband and I raced the rain drops to walk to this new Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood.

Chicken Tacos

The food was great- Fresh and authentic. I wound down the day, listening to the rain and enjoying these chicken tacos, topped with cilantro, onions, and lime juice.

Jumbars Oatmeal

Sunday morning was dreary, with a threat of strong (much needed) rain. We picked up some breakfast from Jumbars. Oatmeal with fresh fruit was the perfect choice for the cool and cloudy morning.

Planning

Since the rain cancelled our plans to go skeet shooting, I curled up with a blanket and planned the rest of the Girl Scout year for the Brownie troop. I also buckled down and got some freelance design work done and tried not to let the melancholy weather get under my skin too much.

Italian Meatloaf

Sunday night wrapped up with homemade Italian meatloaf and pesto-roasted veggies. We hit the hay for an early night to try and catch up on sleep. I'm still catching up now!


Weekend Hodgepodge

I didn’t get to write this Sunday night for Monday posting because I told my husband I wouldn’t go online all day Sunday in honor of his birthday (which is actually today). You see, Kevin is not a huge internet fan, especially when it comes to social media. He’s totally supportive of my blog, but it made him smile to know he’d have me all to himself on Sunday, when we celebrated his birthday.

Pulling the pictures for this post, I realized that it looks like all I did this weekend was eat. I swear I did more than that!

Mei Fun

Friday evening we picked up some Chinese takeout from Eastern Palace to eat while we watched Fresh on Netflix. I got this mei fun, which I am still working my way through! It was huge!

Bethlehem Food Co-Op Table

Saturday morning, I picked up a fellow co-operator and drove to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for the Farm Fest, where the Bethlehem Food Co-Op had its community event debut! We spent the morning talking to enthusiastic community members, handing out brochures, selling some merchandise, and having people fill out member profiles and feasibility studies.

Tex's Smokin' BBQ

On the way back from the zoo, we stopped at the drool inducing Tex's Smokin' BBQ on Rt 309. The only advertising this authentic Texas BBQ truck needs is the smell as you approach it. Our co-op t-shirts did their job nicely, too, inspiring several comments and questions!

BBQ Pork Sandwich

Tober was very interested in my pork sandwich.

Garden

After working my shift at the zoo, I had picked up some items from farmers who were there, including some plants for our garden. A bunny chewed the flowers off the pretty colorful plant right after it went in the ground, but new blooms are sure to come soon! We planted parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano and kale. The rest of our veggies will come from our CSA.

Grilled Dinner

After helping plant the garden, Kevin went fishing with a friend. I worked on some freelance projects, then, when they returned, we grilled some burgers, kale, and potatoes for dinner. Grilled kale is EXCELLENT.

Ham, Egg & Potato Crepes

Sunday was Kevin's birthday (observed), so he got to pick whatever he'd like to do for the day. I made these ham, egg, & potato crepes to start the day off.

Primo Hoagies

We lounged around for the morning, then got Primo Hoagies for lunch. Mine had eggplant, roasted red peppers and broccoli rabe.

Titanic Poster

Surprisingly, Kevin changed his mind from the original plan of fishing all day, and we went to see Titanic in IMAX 3D instead. Man, that movie is way sadder on a huge screen.

Pho

After the movie, we picked up some pho for dinner. This stuff is like an all powerful elixir.

Birthday Celebration

Finally, we capped off the night with a little birthday celebration including cake batter martinis in sprinkle rimmed glasses, Jumbars chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, and presents. Happy birthday, Kevin!


Weekend Hodgepodge

I had one goal for this weekend: to catch up on sleep! This week was sooo busy, with a viewing, a service unit camping meeting, two co-op meetings, and a tour of a conservation area, plus a full load of projects at work, so I was exhausted.Well, I learned that I’ve crossed that grown-up threshold where it’s impossible to sleep past 8 o’clock in the morning. I did, however, sneak in two power naps, which is totally out of the ordinary for me, so I do feel a bit refreshed, despite what turned out to be a pretty active weekend.

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer

Friday evening, I met a few of my friends for dinner at Horns, then headed to the Banana Factory to see a performance of "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer." The V-Day performance was heavy, focusing on themes of violence towards women. Here, Karly Ann Griffin fiercely performs "To Stop the Violence Against Women."

Tober on my lap

Kevin went boating until well after midnight, so after doing some freelance design work, I waited up for him while watching some Netflix and having a beer, with Tober on my lap.

Last Chance Ranch Alpacas

On Saturday morning, I set out with my co-leader to Quakertown for a field trip with the Brownie troop. We visited Last Chance Ranch, an animal rescue. These alpacas were staring each other down. Other animals included turkeys, donkeys, a pot-bellied pig, horses, cats, dogs, and chickens.

Brownies Donkey

I have so many adorable pictures from this trip, but I won't post any on this blog that show the girls' faces. Here, some of the girls pet a donkey.

Mini Horse

The girls especially loved this mini-horse, which was about the same height as them! The troop donated $100, some homemade dog treats, and homemade horse treats.

Spinach & Smoked Turkey Quiche

Saturday afternoon was pretty lazy. I took a nap, watched a "Hungry for Change," and worked on a bunch of design jobs. I also made this crustless spinach and smoked turkey quiche.

Jumbars Breakfast

Sunday morning started off with breakfast from Jumbars- oatmeal with fresh fruit and a grilled berry muffin for me!

Prince Palace Dumpling House Lunch

Sunday morning was also pretty low-key, with a bunch of work on things for the co-op and a little power nap. For lunch, we picked up a few dollars worth of take out from Prince Palace Dumpling House. I had a Chinese sandwich and a scallion cake. I hadn't even know what a Chinese sandwich was! It was really tasty- Veggies and chicken in a sweet soy sauce on a soft sesame bread.

Lehigh River

A little fed up with how lazy the earlier part of the weekend was, we took a bike ride down the canal path towards Freemansburg on Sunday afternoon.

Turtle

Lots of old storm damage was causing some trash backups in the canal, and algae is already starting to bloom. We saw this turtle hanging out on a log in the midst of it all.

Afro Duck

After our bike ride, we drove out to Klein Farms to pick up a little mozzarella. We said hello to my favorite animal there- This afro duck I've nicknamed Thomas Jefferson!

Mule

We also became acquainted with the Klein's new mules! This one was so soft!

Pea Shoot Stir Fry

Finally, we returned home to make some ice cream and have some pea shoot stir-fry (recipe to come soon!). The last part of the weekend was spent doing some more design and watching old episodes of the X-Files.

 


Weekend Hodgepodge

The start of this weekend was pretty low key, beginning with a trek to our CPA for a tax appointment on Friday night. Yeah, what a rad Friday, huh? It was a steady crescendo, however, culminating with an incredibly inspirational trip to Weavers Way Co-Op in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Jumbars Frittata

Saturday began with a delicious Jumbars fritatta, loaded with sausage, caramelized onions, farmers cheese, and roasted red peppers.

New Tripoli Road

After breakfast, I headed out under the dreary sky to New Tripoli with my Girl Scout co-leader to visit a friend/sister scout who took a bad fall and is homebound for weeks.

Keepsake Barn

In the afternoon, Kevin and I visited Keepsake Farm, where we had a long chat with Farmer John and got to see a calf that was born that morning! I was trying to take a picture, but this cow stepped right in front of the view!

Petite Beef Tenderloin & Mushrooms

We picked up a petite tenderloin and cooked it up into this meal of beef & mushrooms in wine sauce with roasted red potatoes with blue cheese & lemon juice and spinach. Recipes to come soon!

Sunset

The sunset looked especially dramatic through the wind blown clouds Saturday evening.

Finally, on Sunday, a group of us piled into the car to visit Weavers Way, a utopia of cooperation and good food. It was amazing, informative and inspirational!

I’ve detailed every bit of our experience on the Bethlehem Food Co-Op website. There’s a detailed photo tour of both Weavers Way locations so that you can start to get as excited as I am about the possibilities for our town! Part one is here and part two is here.

Co-operators

Co-operators with the produce manager from Weavers Way Chestnut Hill

While you are at it, head over to the Bethlehem Food Co-Op Facebook page and click “like” so you can stay informed about the awesome stuff we have planned!


Weekend Hodgepodge

Ah, a weekend without a single cookie booth sale! Don’t get me wrong, I love everything I do with Girl Scouts, but it felt great to not have any chunk of time this weekend dedicated to standing at a table in the cold. Instead, my weekend revolved around food, graphic design and recreation. A light coating of snow from Friday night into Saturday morning decorated the landscape without making hazards on the road, so I was able to enjoy the winter scenery, too!

Burger

Friday night began with a thick burger, topped with raw milk Swiss, mushrooms and BBQ sauce, paired with homemade pasta & a spicy-sweet sauce and served with a tall beer. Good start to a weekend!

Keepsake Bambi

Saturday morning began with a trip to Keepsake farm for some milk. Farmer John's mom was working in the shop and was kind enough to show me the back of the new facility! I got to see the new milking parlor, which accommodates up to six cows at a time- Smaller than the previous parlor, but very nice for the cows! I also got to meet Bambi, here, who was enjoying the shelter of the new barn. In the new barn, the cows are not confined to stalls and can come and go to the pasture as they please.

Keepsake Cheese Room

From the main store at the new Keepsake Farm location, you can peek through a large window into the cheese making room.

Snow Geese

On the way home, as the snow from the morning was just ending, I saw an extra haze of white in the sky. It turns out, a huge flock of snow geese was coming in for a landing! I never saw snow geese this closely before, so I pulled over to have a look as they gathered in the field.

Padula Potatoes

Another quick errand for Saturday morning was a stop for potatoes at Padula's on the way back from the dairy. I love this place. In a small, dark cellar, mounds of red, white, yellow, and purple potatoes are watched over by an elderly couple who has been working the fields for quite some time. You absolutely cannot beat the prices for these tasty tubers- just a couple dollars for 10 lbs of potatoes!

 

Tober Water

Kevin and I sat down to enjoy some quiche and tomato soup from Jumbars for lunch, and Tober decided to join us and pretend he was human enough to use a pint glass.

Blueberry Ginger Snap Ice Cream

After an afternoon spent meeting with other foodies and designers, working diligently on designing the logo for the Bethlehem Food Co-Op, I hurried home to put our fresh milk to use in our first ever batch of homemade ice cream! We used our Kitchenaid to concoct this blueberry-ginger snap ice cream. Look for the recipe soon!

Pierogi Casserole

For dinner, I whipped up this PA Dutch/eastern European inspired casserole of kielbasa, red cabbage, pierogies and Swiss cheese. Really simple, inexpensive and tasty! This recipe will be posted soon too.

Tober Scrabble

Kevin and I settled into a Saturday night of board games, playing chess, Boggle, and Scrabble ... until Tober decided our game was over.

 

Hello Burrito Soup & Wrap

Sunday was freezing cold, so I was exeptionally happy to not have a booth sale! We had Jumbars breakfast, then I spent the rest of the morning preparing awards to distribute at an upcoming Brownie Girl Scout ceremony. At noon, I headed off to Hello Burrito with a friend & colleague to go over what I'd be teaching when I sub for Intro to Design this week. This black bean & salsa soup with a brown rice & black bean wrap was great for fighting the chill outside.

Vagina Monologues

After lunch, I picked up Kevin, and we headed off to Moravian College for a V-Day performance of the Vagina Monologues. I was happily surprised to see the number of men in attendance! The cast did a great job reading the monologues.

Potato Soup

Finally, we capped off the weekend with some Anthony Bourdain, Franklin Hill wine and a pot of hearty potato soup with carrots & rosemary. It was the perfect meal for the cold night.


Weekend Hodgepodge

I swear, this is the last of the string of weekends where my life revolves around Girl Scout cookies. I didn’t even post a Weekend Hodgepodge last week because I didn’t even want to think about cookies again to write about it! I did have some time for non-cookie related fun this weekend, though.

Homemade Egg Sandwich

Saturday morning started off with a homemade pepper-jack & egg sandwich on an english muffin. We took the weekend off from Jumbars food so that they could wrangle the restaurant week crowd, but I've got to say, my egg sandwiches just don't measure up. I even wrapped it in wax paper like they do so I could eat it in the car, but it's not the same!

Girl Scout Cookie Booth

My sandwich was scarfed down in the car on my way to a booth sale at the ever-so-uplifting Westgate Mall. It's so funny to think I used to hang out there …

Thad Jett

After the booth sale, I picked up Kevin, and we ran off to SteelStacks to visit our favorite winter market vendors, Jett's Produce (Farmer Thad is pictured here) and Apple Ridge Farm. Thanks for the garlic, Apple Ridge!

Potts Doggie Shop

After the market, we swung by Franklin Hill Vineyards to pick up some wine for our Superbowl festivities, then grabbed a quick, artery-clogging lunch at Pott's.

Liz & Ryan at the Bookstore

Shortly after lunch, a friend who was visiting from out of town invited me to her parents' house to have a glass of wine as they celebrated several relative's birthdays. Later, we headed to the 20's themed Bookstore Speakeasy.

Johnny Apple Tea

I indulged in this great Johnny Apple Tea concoction of apple brandy, Grand Marnier, black tea bitters and something else that I can't remember … I also had a Hemingway Daquiri, and we shared chickpea popcorn, wild mushroom & goat cheese toast, and sweet potato crisps with onion dip.

Sausageless Gravy

On Sunday, Kevin woke up craving sausage gravy, but there was no sausage in the house. So, we created a mushroom-based hearty breakfast that was just as tasty! Recipe coming soon.

Girl Scout Cookie Booth

What's this? Another cookie booth sale? Yep, Sunday afternoon was spent peddling cookies at the very unusually deserted Crayola Factory in Easton.

Tober Superbowl

The weekend wound down with a feast (recipes posted!) of snacks as we settled in to watch the Superbowl commercials (which, unfortunately, the streaming online broadcast doesn't include in entirety). Tober hung out on the couch, too, but I don't think he's much into football or commercials by the way he conked out for much of the game!


Weekend Hodgepodge

“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” ―Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

The big shadow of Irie’s death still kind of clouded this weekend’s chance at sunshiney fun, especially when combined with a hospital visit, Christmas un-decorating, catching up on household business, and the remnants of a chest cold, but not every weekend is destined to be insano-amazing—That’s what lets the fantastic ones seem even more fantastic! Don’t get me wrong, this weekend wasn’t terrible, and it included time with friends and some remarkably good meals.

The Other Fish Sushi

Friday night, my friend Sarah came to visit in an attempt to cheer me up with a few drinks (not many because of the steroids I had to take for a crazy allergic reaction earlier in the week) and a trip to The Other Fish for delicious sushi (which I thankfully was not allergic to—no clue what the aforementioned reaction was to!). The little hole-in-the-wall that used to be Hacks serves up some fine rolls and gyoza. We tried the Shamus, Mr. Haas and Porkchop.

Kevin Express Times

Saturday morning, Kevin's handsome face appeared throughout Bethlehem on the front page of the Express Times. They photographed him removing the zillion candles his crew maintains downtown for Christmas. Yep, he risks his limbs every year to scale buildings putting up all those quaint window candles on the historic buildings. He might as well be Santa.

Most of my day Saturday was spent visiting a friend in the hospital. She took a bad fall and broke her collarbone, dislocated her shoulder and broke both bones in one leg. Sunday was her birthday, so I thought she could use some company on the weekend. I brought her one of the survival bracelets I made at Christmas and told her she needs to wear it whenever she walks down stairs. 🙂

Jumbars Tofu Scramble

Sunday, of course, began with takeout from Jumbars. I was feeling a bit over-saturated with meat, so I opted for this delicious vegan tofu scramble with squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, tofu, spinach and potatoes. As always, excellent!

 

Laundromat

After breakfast, I got to work doing the laundry I had neglected over the holidays while Kevin worked on un-decorating the house. Anyone who knows me well will be able to attest for my hatred of laundry. It is one of few tasks that reduces me to whining, sulking and otherwise carrying on. P.S. Anyone know why there is a raccoon on this sign? I've always wondered.

 

Potts Doggie Shop

After my healthy breakfast, I didn't say no to the option of a Potts' hot dog for lunch, provided I walked to get it. After walking one direction to the ATM, then another to Potts', I rememberedd they are closed on Sundays. So, I walked downtown to try out the new Istanbul Grill, which was closed despite an hours sign claiming to be open 11am-10pm.

Francisco's

Finally, I wandered past Francisco's Salvadoran restaurant, which called out cheerfully against the gray sky and had a lit open sign. I hadn't been in this place since it was the Kimchee Express, but I figured it was worth a shot. It was great! I ordered a sampling of dishes like papusas and tacos for barely any money. The flavors were fresh, not oily, and handmade. I'll be back!

Pasta Drying

While I was making an epic walk for our lunch, Kevin put his new Christmas gift (a pasta rack) to work making and drying some homemade pasta for later use.

Zumbathon

With Salvadoran fuel and the walk to warm me up, I headed off to a two-hour Zumbathon for colorectal cancer with my sister-in-law, Sarah. We had a blast, but man, they were intense! It was two hours of non-stop full energy with over 100 people.

Pho

Finally, we picked up some takeout pho and brought it back to slurp down while watching Tangled. It was Kevin and Sarah's first time experiencing pho, and they were just as enchanted as I am with the Vietnamese noodle soup and all its condiments.

Now, to hope this work week goes by quickly, because next weekend is EVERCLEAR! 😀

 

 


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