Merry Monday, everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Did you do anything fun? I heard the weather in Iowa was good, bad and otherwise this past weekend, so I hope you were able to enjoy some of it! Our weekend started off with a great Supreme 90 work out and, of course, Thai Food Friday!
|Drunken Noodles for me.|
|Pad Thai for Alex.|
Thai food has been a major part of our lives for about 2 years now. Alex’s mom and sister took us out for our first Thai experience in Waterloo, IA and though I was skeptical at first, I knew it was for me from my first bite of green curry. We became regular customers at an awesome place in Colorado Springs. When we first moved to C-bus, we didn’t have a Thai place. It was devastating, we couldn’t do Thai Food Fridays anymore! We occasionally went to Tuscaloosa (about an hour away) but their Thai wasn’t all that great and their service was even worse. We learned a lot about how to cook Thai food, but we were running out of ideas. Then one day, Bann Thai showed up across the street from Lowe’s. We were thrilled and tried it the second day they were open. The food was wonderful and very authentic and well prepared. And locally owned by a family –> even better. We have been there at least once a week ever since. Welcome back, Thai Food Fridays! Another thing you may not know about us, is our crazy taste for spicy food. We always order our entrées Thai hot which means they made it with Thai hot peppers. Super spicy. Unfortunately, Bann Thai doesn’t get it quite as spicy as we’d like it, believe it or not, but they refer to us as the “Spicy people” when we come in every time – yes, we’re regulars already. They are getting better at making ours super spicy. Apparently, we’re pepper snobs. We enjoyed the rest of Friday evening like we usually do with some popcorn, a movie and relaxation.
|My favorite appliance.|
|Elmer knows how to relax like a pro. Check out that leg.|
|We went in for tomatoes and peppers and walked out with all this.|
As you can see, we had our afternoon plans taken care of. We spent the rest of the afternoon planting azalea bushes and a garden!
|Azalea bushes in front our abode.|
|THE “portable” GARDEN!|
Before we found out we wouldn’t be staying in Columbus, we had plans to put in a more permanent garden in the yard. But since the AF had something else in mind (thank you, AF) we tossed those plans aside. We decided it would be okay to plant just a couple things we use the most, like tomatoes and peppers, for this summer. Obviously, we got a little carried away. We call it the “portable” garden – we planted everything in pots just in case we end up moving before the end of summer. Hopefully, it won’t be too detrimental to plants, we realize it isn’t ideal conditions for a garden, but maybe if we talk nice to the plants they’ll still produce nice for us. They say talking to your plants works, so we may have to try that… So, what’s all in there?
- cherry tomatoes
- grape tomatoes
- homestead tomatoes
- hot banana peppers
- Thai hot peppers <– oh, yeah!
- cayenne peppers
- garden beans
- herbs!! (sage, cilantro, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme)
We went back to Smackers in C-bus for dessert. It’s a new fro-yo (frozen yogurt) place. They have 8 different flavors that you can mix and match and every topping you could possibly imagine. What’s cool about is that you get to make your own, kind of like Hu Hot. So, if you don’t like it, it’s no one’s fault but your own! I had Vanilla Bean/Grandma’s Nanner Puddin’ and Alex had Pomegranate/California Tart each with a variety of toppings. Nom, nom, nom. Best part –> it’s way better than pigging out on ice cream!
|4 pm: Pre-makeover.|
|What’s left of the 2x4s we pulled up.|
|10 pm: the finished patio!!|
- 4.5-5 pound chicken
- melted butter (about 1/2 stick per chicken)
- salts and seasonings to your liking (I used Tone’s Cajun Seasoning with a little extra sea salt and pepper, JoAnn used pepper, sea salt, paprika, and garlic)
- can of beer (sprite works too, but is that any fun??)
|Meet Chuck the Cluck, ready for the oven.|
|Oven roasted asparagus: olive oil and sea salt, half with garlic powder, half with thyme (from my garden!)|
Well, that about sums up our weekend. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the garden. We have a busy week ahead: Alex starts IFF (Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals) tomorrow and I’m getting ready for finals. Be sure to check back, though, I’ll still be blogging!