monday off

Back to life but not quite back to reality yet.  Even though our honeymoon officially ended yesterday I had today off to regroup and organize my life a little bit after the wedding.

I started today with a great hot yoga class at the Funky Buddha.  And, in exciting news, I signed up for their year-long membership.  Since I’ve started practicing there, I’ve been on a month-to-month plan but I’ve committed to a year of yoga and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have access to unlimited yoga sessions for the next 365.

After yoga I had a quick bowl of Cheerios – we haven’t had a chance to hit the grocery store yet but Todd’s mom sent along a bag of groceries with Todd’s dad when he picked us up at the airport last night, so sweet!

My parents left us those beautiful tulips on Todd’s windshield.  What great parents we have!

Anyways, post-yoga and breakfast I met Todd out at our former home, his parents’ lake house, to clean out some more things.  Moving is not my favorite, not in the least but we made some good progress.

After that I went to Target for some necessities (bath mat, trash can, drawer organizers, q-tips) which took me a good chunk of the afternoon.  While I love shopping, make decisions has never been my strong suit.

When I got back home Todd and I enjoyed a quick Oberon before heading over to my parents’ house to open wedding gifts.  Todd’s parents met us there as well and we had a fun time talking about the wedding, eating pizza from Nantucket Bakery and opening gifts.  What a fun night!

We got home and started to organize a little but I was tired and as soon as the silverware drawer was fully stocked with our new place settings I nestled in to one of the two chairs in our apartment and found a Sex and the City marathon to watch.  Not a bad Monday at all.

I go back to work tomorrow and I’m so glad that it will be a four-day week.  After all of that relaxing in Cancun, I’m not sure I’m cut out for a 9-5 anymore. Only time will tell…

Hopefully this week I’ll have a chance to use some of the awesome new kitchen gear we have.  This poor blog has been sadly recipe-free for the last few weeks.  Wedding brain, I tell you what.

How was your Monday?

hmp: grilled pizza

The Homemade Meal Project return tonight with grilled pizzas.  It was a relatively nice day in West Michigan (read: not snowing or ice cold) so Todd and I decided to pretend it was summer and fire up the grill.  I swung by Nantucket Baking Company on the way home from work and bought pizza dough (and some chocolate chip cookies…).

At home we worked the dough and turned it into pizza crusts.  After spraying the crusts with olive oil, they were ready for their first round on the grill.

Once on the grill, you begin by cooking only one side.  When the bottom is cooked, you remove the pizza dough, flip it over and add toppings to the cooked side.

Todd chose pizza sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, bacon and mushrooms to top his pie.

I went for mozzarella, goat cheese, pineapple and bacon with pizza sauce on half.  No mushies for this girl, no way.

Having the grilled side up when you add toppings allows the bottom of the pizza to cook when you return the pizza to the grill.  The cheese melts pretty well with the grill lid closed.  After about 3 minutes, voila – pizza pie!

Doesn’t that look delicious!?

Grilled pizza is so delicious and really simple.  We just used store-bought sauce and fresh cheese and toppings.  It was so nice to grill outside, it really felt like a (chilly) summer night.  Add in an Oberon and it was the perfect kick-off to a relaxing weekend.

What’s your favorite grilled meal?

Do you prefer homemade pizza, delivery or pizza from a restaurant?

P.S.  I bought myself tulips the other day.  Aren’t they pretty?




happy oberon day!

After a hot, sweaty power vinyasa class at the Funky Buddha, I surprised Todd with a 6-pack of Oberon in celebration of Oberon Day.

What is Oberon Day, you say?  It is the annual debut of what may be my favorite beer.  Oberon is brewed semi-locally at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI.  Oberon is basically West Michigan’s unofficial beer of summer.  And let me tell you what, sipping on an Oberon on a 35 degree day in March makes it feel like summer is just that much closer.


Yup, I love me some Oberon.  Cheers to summer, it will be here soon!

What’s your favorite summer beer?  Or beer in general?

Is there anything that marks the end of winter for you?