I have had the craziest few weeks ever since all those big changes but I am so excited to be in the full swing of events season at my new job and have my cooking mojo back. I mean seriously you guys, I have not been this excited about cooking and baking all the time in a good little while but I catch myself all the time coming up with recipe ideas, excited to get into the kitchen every day and make something delicious.
Aside from that passion for cooking again and some yummy recipes I have in store for you over the coming weeks these are some of my other favorites this week.
Favorite New Activity: Aerial Yoga
So I did something a bit crazy this week and signed up for a Pole Dancing class and an Aerial Yoga trial class. I learned two things….
1. I will never be a pole dancer.
2. My feet really like to stay fixed to the ground.
With that said I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and sign up for the eight week aerial yoga class. Hopefully I’ll get over my fear of heights, make some new friends, and get fit in the process.
Favorite Video: Jim Jefferies’, an Aussie, Opinion on Gun Control in America
I don’t like talking gun control, politics, etc. but given recent happenings in America and the fact that I am an American in Australia I get asked about gun control at least once a week – if not more when there is a tragedy like Charleston going on. Most Aussies – while not comedians – have the same reactions as Jim Jefferies. I’ve watched this video (all 16 minutes of it twice) and definitely think it’s worth a watch if you haven’t already seen it.
Favorite Recipe: Sausage Sweet Potato and Zucchini Noodle Lasagna
Not a recipe I would have picked out for myself, but thank goodness I had Ben give the Pinch of Yum blog a scroll through. He picked this recipe out for dinner last Friday night and I spent the afternoon making it for us – then we fought over who was going to eat the leftovers all weekend long. Seriously delicious!!
Favorite Event: Media Launch
Over the next two weeks I have three events planned for work and I am so excited to have gotten in to this new role and been able to excel at this brand new position. Last week my first event received great recognition throughout the city and was featured in the newspapers 3 times and on the nightly news promoting my upcoming events. My boss is happy, our sponsors are happy, and I am happy.
Oh, and remember that commercial I got to work on a few weeks ago? You can watch that here.
Update: I got so many calls at work today from people who saw the commercial and the four page spread in the paper wanted more information about the events – which is exactly the response we wanted to get from the public.
Favorite New Purchase: Hot Water Bottle
Perhaps this is just the Floridian in me – but I never knew what a hot water bottle was, nor what I was actually supposed to do with one. Last weekend we ended up at Australian Target (totally not the same as American Target) and Ben bought me a hot water bottle as a gift among tons of decor for our new place (I’ll be repaying him in groceries for weeks). Every night before bed he’s been boiling water and filling up the bottle for the bed – holy cow! The bottle stays warm all night long and is perfect for warming up my feet when I get cold. How have I lived in a house with no heat this long without a hot water bottle?!
I am going to spend this weekend cooking, baking, and photographing for the blog – with a quick trip to the Hunter Valley on Saturday for some wine tastings and high tea (I’ve been talking about going to high tea for so long that I think Ben is sick of it and we are finally going!!) I’ll recap the weekend Sunday and Tuesday I’ll have a great recipe for ya’ll for your 4th of July grillin’. Stay tuned!
What are your weekend plans?
What are your favorite things this week?