I forgot why I like to be away from home on brew days. Hurricane Brew was a category 5 today!
Connor, Matt’s brew-pal, brought his parents to observe, so we had a festive occasion. They were very cool! His mom and I have a lot in common on the healthy eating front 🙂
I nibbled on corn chips and Trader Joe’s Double Roasted Salsa (which I LOVED despite my onion frustration with salsa) all afternoon (probably had a serving or two)
And had the tail end of this brew that Matt handed me at some point
While the brew winds reached 126mph, I hid myself upstairs and embarked on a massive organizational project inspired by the realization that we might be putting our house on the market this fall in anticipation of our probable move to Charlottesville.
- I sorted my closet (made a pile of stuff I NEVER wear for Goodwill)
- threw away old underwear that I should no longer wearing even though they were some of my all-time favorite pairs (sniff)
- organized the linen closet
- removed unflattering sports wear from my dresser
- cleaned out all of my toiletries and mini shampoos and conditioners half used that I hoard from hotels in my "I might need these someday" toiletry box
- organized our bathroom drawers
- folded sheets
- admired our new pillows
- sorted my jewelry box
- did what I could with the laundry room
- sorted the bookshelves
- sorted my desk
- sorted our junk drawer
and put all the donation stuff in my trunk to deliver to Goodwill tomorrow. (And luckily I was able to give some of it to our brew-guests!!)
I. feel. so. much. better.
(yes, I am OCD because our house is already pretty uncluttered 😉 )
…..Then I came downstairs and saw the storm aftermath!
….And then Karen arrived for a dinner that I hadn’t even thought about yet
…..And Matt was busy cleaning up a day’s worth of beer dishes and equipment
Thanks to Mrs. Robinson for helping me get started on the potatoes!
Dinner was assembled in a tizzy but it ended up being really good!
We grilled some of our frozen grass-fed beef tenderloin and attempted a cilantro-jalapeno sauce, but it turned out pretty gross. Not recommended.
And we grilled some green beans. They were awesome.
But the star was the Rosemary Cottage Cheese Smashed Potatoes!
I cooked 5 quartered russet potatoes in the microwave for about 10 minutes until they were very fork tender (put them on a wet paper towel and covered them)
Then I smashed with a potato smasher with about 3 tbsp 2% milk, about 1/2 a cup of 4% Daisy Cottage Cheese, 1 tbsp of butter (at Karen’s request!), 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary, and generous salt and pepper to taste.
Matt had yet another brew that I sipped during dinner. Red wine would have been nice, but I was the only one who wanted it and didn’t want to open a whole nice bottle. Sounds like I need to get some single serving bottles or something!
We are all spent. The house is back together and piles of dishes have been done.
I’m hoping to take a cool shower and start The Time Traveler’s Wife since I do not have Gossip Girl to entertain me! Anyone know where I can find it online? I’m willing to pay a small bit per episode! It’s THAT good!