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Butternut Squash Soup

I’ve been lacking in my picture-taking lately, but don’t worry life is more exciting than ever. I received a promotion at work, which means I can now travel! And I’ll be hosting events a lot more frequently. In fact, I hosted a happy hour at Macao this week, which is an awesome venue with a crazy cocktail menu. In fact, it’s more of a cocktail book. I ordered the Yellow Fever #2 by the way.

Last weekend I started the party off at Arthur’s for a double date. I had never been there before, but really enjoyed the atmosphere. The menu is a bit meat-heavy for me but the company was more than enough to make up for it. I spent Saturday catching up on chores and running errands in the city (visited the Union Square market for the first time in quite a while). On Sunday Sam and I did our own bar crawl for the first half of the Broncos game. We started at Louise and Jerry’s on Washington. Cozy, not crowded, overall we really enjoyed it. But we went to Moran’s for the second quarter and agreed it was the winner. There were more windows and the scene was more lively. The crowd was quite mixed too, which made the atmosphere more fun. At halftime we headed to Sam’s place to get dinner started. On the menu: butternut squash soup and a chopped salad (made by me earlier). We worked together to create the base, then Sam worked his magic with the spices. So good! I won’t post a recipe since I don’t know quite what Sam threw into the pot for flavor, but our technique was solid. We simply chopped up a large butternut squash, one baking potato, and one onion to saute in a large soup pot. Once the veggies started browning we added just enough water to cover the top, chicken base, and Sam’s secret spices (I know he included some sort of pepper and marjoram). We watched the last quarter of the game while everything simmered and the flavors melded together. Finally, we sent it through the blender until smooth and devoured! It was the perfect dinner for a snowy football Sunday.

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Nitro Circus

Sam and I had the opportunity to see Nitro Circus at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday, so we checked it out. The set was pretty cool and very different for MSG. Here are some snippets:

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And here’s a link to a video clip: http://tmblr.co/ZGtKOy13n7L0H

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First week back….not really

I had a wonderful Christmas week at home in Georgia with my parents, brother, and BOTH grandmas. Everyday was jam-packed and much busier than I expected, but I love being busy and running around town. I flew back to Hoboken the Sunday after Christmas and was mentally prepared for a crazy week at work. Well, it was crazy but not in the way I expected. I worked a full day Monday, half day Tuesday (only one other person was in the office with me), no work Wednesday, full day Thursday, then snow day Friday. So, I was basically only in the office for 2.5 days. So odd. The highlight of the week, of course, was New Years Eve on Tuesday! My date and I decided to stay in, cook an amazing dinner, and watch the fun TV specials while waiting for the Times Square ball to drop. Here is the amazing menu we put together:

  • Salmon
  • my new favorite salad (arugula, fresh beets, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, craisins, balsamic vinegar)
  • Roasted butternut squash with cinnamon
  • Stuffed mushrooms

Everything was delicious and we had a great time watching Kathy Griffin handcuff Anderson Cooper- so awkward. Even though I don’t really have any specific resolutions, I have some great goals and some big news coming soon! I have a feeling 2014 is going to be one of the best years yet. 

Another highlight of the week- Thursday night’s blizzard! I LOVE the snow and am really loving winter so far (we’ll see how long that lasts), so this blizzard was a blast. I woke up Friday morning to 10 inches of snow and ventured out at 6:15 am for a trip to the gym. I felt like such a warrior trudging three blocks through the snow before the sun was even up. Since I had to be on my laptop for most of the day I wanted to get my workout out of the way early. Luckily, Sam met up with me in the afternoon and helped my cabin fever symptoms subside. Here’s the snowman he made for me:

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Now I’m truly ready for a full work week. No more cabin fever for a while I hope. 

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