The Makings Of A Friday Night

July 6, 2012

IKEA Assembly

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Karen commissioned me to assemble her new entertainment center at the new house this afternoon. For an IKEA assembly, it went rather well! Didn’t take more than about an hour.

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Overnight [and day] oats!


Post IKEA installation, it was snack time. I made overnight oats for Karen to taste this morning. She says she cannot do cold things except cereal for breakfast. No yogurt, no smoothies, no cottage cheese. She’s just too “gaggy” when she wakes up. So I made her a tiny taste test portion – one with just milk + chia and one with cottage cheese (she vetoed the yogurt altogether). She did not after all want to taste them at breakfast, but she tried it for a snack and said “I enjoyed it today but not enough that I’d ever make it for myself.” My mouth cannot comprehend! [I also put chopped almonds in there at her request]. I ate the cottage cheese one for a snack!


Which wasn’t enough so I also had a little yogurt + cereal to follow


Musical Numbers

We juuuuuust missed a huge performance of a song from Hairspray on the mall when we arrived downtown tonight! Bummer! I really want to see the show!



Matt and I breezed through McGuffy to check out the latest art


A Speakeasy


Fellini’s opened the 9 1/2 Speakeasy above their restaurant and we had yet to check it out (because, um, cocktails aren’t on my to-do list so much anymore Winking smile) But we were in the mood to get a drink so we found ourselves at the door ready to knock!




Inside was cozy and well decorated – just like the 20s!


We are friends with the bartender, who served Matt a Manhattan and me a delicious non-alcoholic martini that featured an array of citrus, bitters, tonic and simple syrup. It was fantastic because it wasn’t too sweet!


When our glasses were empty, we headed back out into the heat for a casual dinner.



Not wanting anything heavy or expensive, we stumbled into Christian’s Pizza for a hot slice!



We shared a tomato + basil, a Mexican, and a pesto + tomato. Matt ate about 2/3 worth. The black bean + avocado slice was awesome!


Music + Friends

And finally, our night ended with some grass sitting with Seamane and Rob, who we can always count on to brave the heat and celebrate Fridays with us! We chatted until the sun had set and then walked on home.



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1 [email protected] July 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

They have avocado and black bean pizza?! Man, I totally thought it was a cheese or pepperoni joint. My bad!


2 Krissy - Shiawase Life July 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Oooh that black bean and avocado looks fantastic!

My friday: homework, watch movie while doing homework, drink coffee and do homework…

Speaking of which….



3 KathEats July 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Ahhhh homework!


4 Emily M. July 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

this is the exact definition of what a true summer night should be :) so fun!


5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Looks like a fun evening! I couldn’t really do overnight oats for awhile there either. They work for certain occasions when it’s super convenient, otherwise, I do prefer my oatmeal hot and my yogurt at lunch with fruit and granola. 😉


6 Carly July 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Ikea assembly is my worst nightmare! I hate furniture assembly… It gives me anxiety!

But that pizza looks divine. It looks so fresh and not at all greasy. Such a gorgeous Friday night!


7 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I am no good at putting things together from directions- so way to go on the assembly! ….I make overnight oats—- and then warm them in the morning. I’m a fan of warm breakfasts so that is the way I roll (with rolled oats 😉 )
That pizza looks out of this world!!!!!


8 Erin Motz July 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

1. I’m with Karen on the cold stuff for breakfast… especially if it’s early, I just can’t do overnight oats. “Gaggy” is the perfect word!

2. That pizza – heavenly!! Real pizza is just the bomb. Yeah, I said it!


9 lindsay July 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I have never tried overnight oats. They just don’t look/sound appealing. But if someone made them for me I’d definitely try them and maybe I’d like them. Ive always wondered – are they mushy? I hate when my cereal gets soggy/mushy :)


10 KathEats July 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm

They are sticky/ pasty


11 cathy b. July 7, 2012 at 6:56 am

I always tell those new to overnight oats to think of rice pudding-ish consistency :) or tapioca pudding. Puts it into context for those having trouble imagining the texture :)

cathy b.


12 Stephanie C July 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Oh my goodness. That Mexican pizza looks so good. What kind of cheese did they use? I want to recreate it!


13 KathEats July 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Not sure… The white kind : ) mozzarella maybe


14 [email protected] July 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

I was about to ask the same question!
I can’t wait to try and recreate it :)


15 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Lovelys July 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I am IN LOVE with overnight oats! They have changed my breakfasts forever. I love trying new mixes of fixins’ and love reading about your overnight oats! I am definitely with you on the yogurt in the overnight oats – I like the “sticky” feel!


16 Khushboo July 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Wow avocado on pizza- need to try that asap!!


17 Courtney July 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I might have to agree with Karen about overnight oats. After waiting a few weeks to be reuinited with my Vitamix (I was traveling for work) I tried doughboy smoothies twice this week and the texture is just too gaggy for me. Thanks to Karen for the perfect word! At first I thought it was the banana, but then I tried a mango version and it’s still just not my favorite. I do like cold things though. Yogurt, smoothies, and cold cereal are all great for me, just no oatmeal. Oh well, it was worth a try.


18 Danielle July 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I hate overnight oats:( and banana soft serve. Two blog world inventions I cannot comprehend! E


19 Elisabeth July 7, 2012 at 11:44 am

My sister. 😉 Overnight oats are gagifying to me and banana soft serve just tastes like cold overripe bananas. I also hate Greek yogurt, but don’t tell anyone.


20 j3nn July 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I like Karen’s new entertainment center! It’s sleek. And I am diggin’ those unusual pizza toppings. Black beans and avocado sound really good!


21 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I’d love to see Hairspray, if you need a date, haha!


22 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

I have two more girls interstates so I might send out an email!


23 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 7, 2012 at 1:06 am

Love the Hairspray cast member picture and the Rules of Participation. Speak.Easy. That could be repeated to small kids to teenagers to adults. Good one.

And Ikea assembly…just had a Hemnes piece delivered and assembled last week. Best $75 bucks ever spent (on a handyman!) :)


24 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth July 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

What a brilliant idea for a pizza – avocado and black bean. Yum. Always think how I wish our local town put on fun activities for a Friday night – your Friday nights always look so much fun.


25 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

The speakeasy looks like fun! That pizza looks incredible though. Now I want pizza! 😉


26 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 7, 2012 at 5:08 am

My friend tried an overnight oats recipe from PB fingers and thought it was disgusting… haha I told her to try a few different ones before she gave up on them all together!


27 Lee July 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

Avocado on pizza looks delicious. Well, avocado on anything looks delicious for that matter!


28 [email protected] Eating July 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

It once took me 3 days to assemble the most simple looking desk…. Ikea products are puzzles. Taking 1 hour to build something from Ikea is almost unheard of! Good JOb! haha


29 Meagan July 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

I love how you can walk to everything but aren’t smack dab in the middle of the city! I’d love to have that some day.


30 Molly @ RDexposed July 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

Avocado and black bean pizza? I need this.


31 Amy July 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

what is the difference between overnight oats and muesli?


32 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

There are lots of variations of muesli – generally I think it’s served dry and not soaked overnight (although it can be). It also usually has dried fruit and nuts. It’s very european. I first had it in Paris as sort of an oat-yogurt-fruit-nut soup.

Overnight oats are typically soaked in milk and yogurt overnight.

I would say overnight oats are a type of muesli


33 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

What a perfect summer evening! Love the idea of black beans and avacado on pizza!


34 Cait's Plate July 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

Oh my goodness – that pizza looks incredible!


35 Angel7 July 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

That pizza looks AMAZING!


36 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Are you serious with that pizza? Gosh, it looks incredible. Also, that speakeasy is really neat! There’s actually an amazing Italian restaurant near my relatives in California that used to have a speakeasy in that back of it during the 1920s. Cool place!


37 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Whoa that pizza looks gorgeous! I wish avocado came on pizza more often.


38 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Those pizzas looks yummy! I love pizzas that have toppings a little different from the usual margarita.


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