Bites of My Life

Coming back from such a fun weekend in LA was an adjustment, mentally and physically. Physically I was exhausted and sick on Monday, and mentally I was still in La La Land. The week however went by surprisingly fast. Come Friday I got to celebrate my sweet roommate’s engagement. If you need me to keep your engagement to your fiancé a secret, I’m up for hire! Pat on my back for keeping this huge secret while simultaneously psyching them out for two of the people closest to me. Maddie and Kenzie got engaged two weeks apart and I’m relieved that the cats are out of the bags.

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-Brought a little bit of Beverly Hills home!
-Recent Brandless haul full of pantry staples and all the non-toxic cleaning products. Have you made the switch to non-toxic? I’ve read tons on how this simple switch can make a difference on your health and well-being. Brandless has great options for cheap!
-Lunch has looked a lot like this lately. I’ve had zero motivation to follow a recipe lately, so I’ll go to the store and buy all the veggies that a speaking to me. Roast some, keep some raw, throw it all over greens with avocado and call it good.
-Went to DryBar for their OKC grand opening on Friday and my stylist told me, “beware, you’re going to get hooked.” I’m not one to spend too much money on personal beauty. I get my hair cut once a year, rarely spend money on my nails, but one good blowout later and I signed up for the monthly DryBar membership!
-And just like that my sweet roommate Kenzie is off the market! So so happy for these two besties of mine and their recent engagements!
-Saturday morning baking feat: disgusting pajamas, bed head, this playlist and my favorite apron.
-If you follow me on instagram, you know what all these sprinkles led to. The “fun” recipe will be coming this week!
-Omelette for dinner and this combo is a win! Two eggs, golden tomatoes, roasted zucchini, green onions, almond milk mozzarella and sprouts!
-Celebrating six years of Take A Bite today!

Annie

Bites of My Life

Let’s rewind to last Monday about 4:30pm when I was setting up for a work happy hour at our office. By 4:40pm I was in my car on the way to the emergency room. Short story a heavy glass plaque fell off a shelf onto my face slicing right above my lip open. Two emergency rooms and three stitches later and I was back in business. Why do things like this happen to me? Who remembers the mandoline slicer accident fall 2k16?

The week started interesting, but ended on a high with one of my best friend’s engagements! Such a fun night celebrating with friends from in and out of town. Now it’s a busy short week before I’m California bound for #ShesAlwaysBennett!

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-Nothing like a Monday night trip to the ER…3 stitches later and we are back in business.
-This combo!!! Roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, spinach, cilantro, mint topped with tahini and dukkah.
-Lunch last week was another win! Slow roasted sweet potatoes, brown rice, Trader Joe’s cruciferous crunch with again, tahini and dukkah.
-#MaddieonCloud9
-Our sweetie Maddie is finally engaged and we loved getting to be a small part of the day!
-Sunday turned into a massive spring cleaning day that involved me pulling everything out of my closet, 4 bags of giveaway items, a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target and then back to Target, and the result of a very organized closet and under bed situation.

Annie

No April Fool’s joke will ever beat last year’s.

Bites of My Life

A pretty easy and fun week last week that led up to another weekend in Dallas. Started the weekend with #NationalMargaritaDay and a copious amount of tortilla chips (I have zero restraint). A beautiful day Saturday catching up with friends getting to meet our Lo’s baby girl. It’s wild being the age where your friends start having babies, but it’s incredibly fun too! Finished the weekend with the Oscars which in my opinion was one of the best in years. Having seen zero nominated movies, the show was entertaining and the pink moment was everything!

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-My friends and I have officially started a book club and I can’t wait for our first meeting. We’ve been talking about it for forever, but finally committed to getting together monthly to discuss our chosen book. First up, the book of the moment, Educated. Anyone else in a book club?
-The makings of my one of my favorite Defined Dish meals!
-Fun morning with work getting to prep, cook and serve at the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance!
-Samoa Popcorn. It’s a thing. Figure out how, here.
-No story behind this picture except that his corner of my room was just looking cozy and cute.
-When you work in hospitality marketing and national food holidays lead you to taking vibey drink pictures and mentioning margaritas about 100 times in one day.
-It’s a crazy thing I tell you when your friends start having babies, but loved getting to meet sweet little Grace this weekend.
-A baby weekend kind of weekend apparently. Stole my little bestie for some on one aunt Annie and Elle time on Sunday.
-And the Oscar goes to… Samoa Popcorn of course!

Annie

Oscar bite: Pink for the win at the Oscars! My favorites were Gemma Chan and Julia Roberts!

Bites of My Life

Food coma, weekend coma, busy week, groundhog saw his shadow, early spring. That is my jumble of thoughts looking back on last week as I’m trying to keep my eyes open while finishing this post, so goodnight.

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-While Molly was in town the weekend before we swapped some recent favorite dinner dished. Molly has been cooking up a storm up in Chapel Hill (check out their Dunc Dins in her saved highlight), and suggested I try these asian spaghetti squash noodles. Tried them, loved them, can’t wait to make again.
-A few months ago i read an article on how we’ve all been cooking spaghetti squash the wrong way. To cut down on cook time and to ensure longer spaghetti like strands, cut your squash into 1 inch rings. scoop out the center of each ring, then drizzle with salt and pepper and bake at 400 for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s the best way, y’all.
-Tried the brandy ice at The Drake on Friday. While it struck a cord, Junior’s still takes first place in my book. Also, while I have you, are Brandy Ice’s just an Oklahoma City thing or do you indulge in your neck of the woods too? Please comment below.
-Came for the croissants, stayed for the cinnamon buns! if you haven’t take a Sur la Table cooking class, you should. And may I suggest starting with the Saturday morning croissant class. We loved it! (not pictured, the multiple attempts to recreate the scene from It’s Complicated).
-Post brats, beer and pretzels! A very happy German 30th to Uncle Joe!
-I know Kerrygold is the “it” butter, but I’m tend to lend toward the cheaper ingredients when baking. However, after the instructor from our croissant class said she only uses Kerrygold when baking, I got intrigued. She said if she was going to take the time to make a baked good, she might as well use the best ingredients she could. So, I upped my Perfect CCC recipe again by using the butter of all butter. And I must say it made a difference.
-Homemade French Onion Dip a la (my favorite) Bon Appetit. I posted the recipe in the caption of this post, but I also polled everyone on insta all to see if you preferred getting the recipe from instagram or on the blog or both. 80% said instagram caption, 20% blog and a few DM’d me saying both. What do you prefer?
-”Best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had.” Proud to share this quote from a friend who told me this after having a Perfect CCC at our Super Bowl Party.
-I still have a stomach ache from all of this.

Annie

Streaming Bite: The past two weeks I’ve been all caught up in the hooplah of the Fyre festival documentaries #TeamHulu, but I started You last night and the fist episode has me hooked. Anyone else watching?