extended family secrets – she’s a sourpuss

After Scott’s graduation and brunch on Saturday we spent the afternoon at Joel and Kim’s house relaxing and enjoying the sun.  I read for awhile then joined Todd, Scott and Todd’s dad in a game of bags.

It was a close game but Todd and I pulled through and won.  Since we didn’t want to gloat we claimed the win for Team Neckers which included all present.

Eventually the afternoon led into the evening and we got hungry again.

Thankfully Kim had run into a meat salesman the day before we arrived and was swindled into buying a fridge-full of meat.  That meant a celebratory barbecue for us!  We had steaks, asparagus, the best (and only) potato salad I’ve ever eaten and caprese salad.

It was a delicious, robust meal.  Of course a great meal should be followed up with a great dessert and this meal was no exception.  Kim introduced us to her grandma’s specialty which she calls Sourpuss.

Sour Puss begins like this…

With a few turns of your spoon the separate piles of blueberries, sour cream and brown sugar turn into a sweet, creamy dessert.

I was skeptical but Kim made me a believer – Sourpuss is delicious!  If you need a quick, easy (and interactive!) dessert, this is a great option.

I did a Google search for “sour puss dessert” and found nothing but when I searched “blueberries, sour cream, brown sugar dessert” and got one result.  Apparently Sourpuss is known to the wide world as “Blueberries with Brown Sugar Cream“.  I say that’s a lame name and I’m sticking with calling it Sourpuss.

A few glasses of wine and rounds of Apples to Apples later we were all ready to crawl into bed.  So much fun can be exhausting!  The next day Todd and I headed back home.  It was a whirlwind trip but well worth the quick turnaround.

What desserts are staples at your family get-togethers?


saturday in denver – graduation

The reason for our trip to Denver this weekend was the graduation of Todd’s younger brother, Scott, from law school.  Now the family is even more jam-packed with attorneys.  Everyone is an attorney except me and Todd’s mom – crazy, huh?  Thankfully they now how to not talk shop at the dinner table so we all get along just fine.

We arrived in Denver on Friday evening and Todd’s brother and his wife, my new siblings-in-law, greeted us at the airport.  When we got to their house I met their dog, Turtle, for the first time.

Turtle is huge.  I’d heard the stories but I really wasn’t expect him to be so big.  I’ve never met a dog before who weighs more than I do!  Thankfully after some obedience classes he’s just a big ball of love.

The graduation was at 10:00 on Saturday morning so we all got up and went to the ceremony at the University of Denver.  The ceremony was nice and we were all proud to see Scott get hooded as he officially became a law school graduate.

After the graduation we all met outside to congratulate the new grad and snap some family photos.

After graduation we went out for brunch at Satchel’s on 6th, “a nice little place to eat and drink” per their slogan. I would agree.  They have a very limited menu but lots of things sounded good.  I ended up ordering a mimosa with Tang on the rim while I was deciding.

The Tang on the rim was a great touch.  I hadn’t had Tang since I was about 10 years old and it brought back great memories.  I basically licked the whole edge clean before touching the mimosa.

I finally ordered their farm fresh ricotta.  I’d say it was a good decision.  I tend to overeat at brunch (Don’t we all?  I hope I’m not the only one…) so I was happy with the small portion size and lightness of the dish.  And the honeycomb on top was exactly the perfect touch to sweeten up the ricotta.

One thing I knew I wasn’t going to order was the roasted bone marrow.  Todd and his older brother Joel went out on a limb and they both tried it.

Both of them hated it.

Oh well, you live and learn.  Plus, Turtle was VERY happy to munch on their bones when we got home.

This post is getting a bit long so I’ll sign off for now.  Coming up tomorrow, a family barbecue and a new dessert called sour puss, yum.

Happy graduation, Scott!

Did you try any interesting foods this weekend?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

travel smut

One of my favorite things about traveling is catching up on reading. I always read on airplanes, at least for the first few minutes before I doze off. Even though I always have a book, I inevitably end up buying a magazine or two from an airport newsstand.

In the airport on the way to Denver yesterday I grabbed two options.

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I don’t know what it is but I just can’t resist the call of “Will and Kate’s Baby Heartbreak” or “Angie Catches Brad with the Nanny”. It’s all so scandalous and juicy.

On the way home from our honeymoon I read up on Pippa, who I think is adorable.

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When I’m at home I rarely, if ever, but magazines. What is it about flying that make trashy magazines so appealing? Maybe it’s just the age-old question of whether or not the stars are just like us…

it’s friday!

I think my post titles are getting worse and worse.  I’ll work on that.

Yesterday Todd and I went to go see Bridesmaids.  It was hilarious and really made me appreciate how easygoing and wonderful all of my bridesmaids were throughout our wedding planning process.  If you’re looking for a good laugh, go see this movie.  You’ll laugh your butt off.

I think that the last movie we saw in the theater was The King’s Speech – which was fabulous if you haven’t seen it – and that was back in December.  It was nice to get out of the house and have a little date night.

Today, I was eating a Pomegranate Chobani and discovered that I don’t like pomegranate seeds.  I’ve never had them before and I bit down on one in the yogurt.  I had no idea they were so hard! 

Oh well, the flavor is still good and they’re easy to eat around.

After work today, Todd and I are flying out to Denver to celebrate his brother, Scott’s graduation from law school.  Congrats to Scott and yippee for a reason to visit Denver.  I love Denver and can’t wait to be there, even though it’s only for 36 hours or so.

How do you feel about pomegranate seeds?

Have you seen any good movies lately?