July 5, 2015

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 07/05/2015



Blogging:
Want to see how my June shaped up? Here's my monthly wrap-up. (Hint: it was a good one.)


Reading:
I'm trying to make time for The Oregon Trail but holiday weekends are busy!

Celebrating:
Since I last updated we've celebrated Father's Day (kickball and beer!), our son Carter's 17th birthday (pizza and cake!), and the 4th of July (baseball and fireworks, 'Murica!). Carter was in the Musky Fest parade here in our small town and our daughter Avery attended her first Pride parade in the big city of Minneapolis.  It's been a busy, but excellent, summer so far.


Watching:
It's Big Brother time again! I'm obsessed and deeply ashamed at the same time. Ha!


Cooking:
I made this seafood pasta for the first time this week. Anyone have a trick for making tender scallops? Everything else about this was delicious but the scallops were pretty chewy. (I don't think I seared them well enough?) Any tips are welcome!


Promoting:
We're talking about unconventional American history books over at The Socratic Salon. It's a lively discussion, as always!

Yay! Booze!
One Last Thing:
My sister, my dad, and their respective families were all here yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. I made pink starburst cocktails. (I made an alcohol free version for the youngsters.) They were a big crowd pleaser. I highly recommend that you whip up a few at your next gathering. Yum.


I hope you've all had a great week! What are you reading? Cooking? Celebrating?



14 comments:

  1. I like searing scallops over really high heat in a cast iron pan in a mix of veggie oil and butter. I'd try them that way and just add them to the finished pasta (not sure if you cooked them in with the pasta or not).
    Sounds like you had a great 4th!

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    1. Yup, the searing is where I went wrong. I don't think I had the pan hot enough so they just kinda sat there. Not searing ;)

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  2. I'm reading two rather unconventional history books right now...one is a classic Texas history book, originally written in the 1960's, and I have to say I'm taken aback with comments about Native Americans...and the other is a brand new history book about a ship in the 1870's trying to go to the North Pole, and it's very, very good...Kingdom of Ice.

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    1. Oh I can bet the comments and content are weird and out of touch. That's an eye opener I'm sure!

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  3. I think I might have to try out that non-alcoholic pink Starburst drink. It sounds good!

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    1. They were super good, very refreshing. Mmm :D Perfect fruity drink for a summer day!

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  4. Oh my...I have all of the ingredients on hand to make those cocktails. Now to find a good excuse to drink one during the week!

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    1. I think a Tuesday is a good enough excuse but I know what you mean, lol. It feels too darn decadent if you don't have a good reason ;) Enjoy!

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  5. I'd sear the scallops like Sarah mentioned... sometimes they get chewy when you overcook them.

    Oregon Trail looks good!

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    1. Yeah, I think I cooked them too long and too low. I'll know better next time :D

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  6. Reading? Just getting back into reading after an NCIS binge watch this weekend. Cooking? Omelettes when I do cook. That's about all I know how to cook. Celebrating? Air conditioning right now as it's pretty warm out there.

    I like the yay! booze gif. :)

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    1. Ah yes, the binge watch is seriously impinging on my reading this week too. Scandal has sucked me in ;) Booze deserves a gif, ha!

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  7. Hm. Hm. Okay, I believe you that the cocktails are delicious, but I am initially suspicious of them. I in general have a hard time with cocktails that include dairy products. It feels like dairy is dairy and liquor is liquor and they're both so glorious but should not be combined.

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    1. I understand that concern. I'll counter with this: They are both glorious and the combination of them makes a drink doubly glorious! ;) Seriously, delicious!

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