Monday, November 11, 2019

Comfort Food Cooking Club

Valerie, Summer and Nancy were the cooks for this evening's cooking club, and the theme was comfort food! We were told to eat light all day and come wearing stretchy pants.

Valerie started us off with some potato chips and homemade french onion dip.

For cocktails, Val made a round of Scarlett O'Haras. This drink is Southern Comfort and cranberry juice. Cheers!

Then she made a round of Rhett Butlers! Southern Comfort with orange curaƧao. Hers and his cocktails, how delightful!

After cocktails, it was time to head on to the deep fryer portion of the evening.

Awwwww yeah! Beer battered fish!

And hot, crispy fries!

Valerie made some amazing tartar sauce. We had truffle oil, vinegar, bourbon ketchup and cheese as fry toppings.

Normal humans might have decided to stop the meal there. But not us! That comfort just kept on coming! Summer made crab macaroni and cheese!

CRAB MACARONI AND CHEESE!! So crabby! And with light, crispy panko on top! Mmmm.

Around this point, Riley stopped by. Solly, who had been hanging with us, was happy to see his momma.


Next on the menu was Valerie's brie-stuffed soft pretzels. This is basically my dream food!

The pretzels were served with Nancy's tomato sesame soup. Plus some honey mustard sauce for dipping. Match made in heaven!

To make sure that we left feeling as comforted as humanly possible, these ladies made TWO desserts. Summer made a layered cheesecake with Bailey's and chocolate, with an Oreo crust and ganache topping.

And Nancy made apple crisp with fresh whipped cream!

What a delicious and ridiculous meal. Enough comfort to last for ages! Good night!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Look at my happy, handsome boy.

We had a party at work!

Slytherin and a rain cloud!

Bad Janet!


After work, it was time for Trick or Treat!

Come and take my candy!

Kate was the devil! So cute.

Scott was a pumpkin!

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Happy birthday, Jasper!

Today we celebrated Jasper's second birthday! We played lots of games. The first was Go, Fish! Cheryl helped the kids get the worms on their fishing poles.

Fishing for prizes!

So many cool prizes!

A handful of us dressed up in the spirit of Halloween, which is right around the corner!

Joe made an ENORMOUS birthday cake!

Gather 'round!

Aw, look at that happy face!

Making wishes.

Neapolitan cake! YUM!

The birthday boy certainly approved.


Two unicorns!

Happy birthday, Jasper!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

bbcon 2019 Nashville

Abby, Lam and I went to Nashville to attend bbcon 2019! The night we arrived, we went to Husk for dinner and drinks.


All the food was soooo good. Country ham and cheddar biscuits.

Beef tartare!

Shrimp and grits. Terrible photo, but it was DELICIOUS.

Trout with blue crab-stuffed squash. Mmm.

The view from my room's balcony! The Gaylord Opryland Resort is super nice.

In the daytime.


Abby and me.

We spent a long time in the photo booth, trying to make Boomerangs.

We laughed so hard we were crying! It was so fun!

On our last night, we went to Two Ten Jack for ramen. And cocktails! 

I had tonkotsu ramen. It was fabulous!

Heading to the airport on the last morning. As usual, bbcon was a great conference. Peace out, Nashville!