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A Very Productive Friday Night

Every now and again, even the most outgoing extrovert needs a night in to relax…and to try out new recipes! Remember me mentioning the pickles and brownies? Well, I made them and took it one better by fixing some kale chips, too.

I started off with some kale, grabbed on sale from Lucky’s. I figured since they had the least amount of prep and cook-time, it would be the perfect beginning (and provide a snack while I finished the other items!).

20140801_180706I washed and dried the kale in my trusty spinner, cut the stems, and pulled it into pieces. I arranged them on the pan, spritzed them with olive oil and seasoned them with Tony’s before popping them in the oven (275*F). After 10 minutes, I flipped them, spritzed them, and seasoned the other side. After a mere 20 minutes total, they were ready. Delicious, if a bit over-seasoned! Live and learn.

20140801_190117Then, I got started on the brownies and the pickles. The pickles were made from a simple refrigerator recipe that I cut in half. I had a half-liter ball jar, 4 medium cucumbers from my sister’s garden (thanks, beautiful!), some pickling salt, white vinegar, and some freshly chopped dill. As the salt wilted the slices, I was able to put more in, so I did use every slice of the cucumbers after all.

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And finally, the brownies. I even splurged and used my dark chocolate from Iceland to make them extra-chocolate-y!
20140801_182653 The recipe made a bit more batter than I anticipated, so I was lucky enough to have not only a pan of brownies, but an entire pan of mini-brownie muffins, too. I bumped the oven up a bit, and popped them in.

20140801_185816It was perfect timing, too! I met my new neighbors and was able to give them rich, freshly baked brownies to welcome them. The old neighbors were moving out, and I was able to send them along with mini brownies. All in all, it was a fantastic Friday night.

Welcome to August!

At the Denver Aquarium

Today marks the beginning of the end of summer. By the end of the month, students will be back in school and the feeling of the city will vastly change. We’ve had a downpour for days to cool off the main heat of July, and it’s time to look at harvesting and canning.

Last weekend my parents came out to visit, I had a house-warming bbq celebration, and I discovered that the tree in my yard, all scraggly and overgrown, is actually a plum-tree. I love plums! I also went to the Denver Aquarium for a friend’s birthday, which is where I found the lovely mermaid bench I’m reclining on in the picture above.

I have had plenty of luck finding new recipes, trying new restaurants, and enjoying Boulder life. I think I’ve been on Pearl St. more in the last two months than I had in seven years of living in Colorado. That’s right, last week marked me being here for 7 years! It’s amazing how much can happen. It really doesn’t feel any different from when I first arrived, other than I know my way around on all the buses now. 🙂

I’ve started dancing again, and climbing. I’m a happy Patty. My plan for tonight? Either a dinner out or trying a new brownie recipe, and possibly a new refrigerator dill pickle recipe. Either way, it will be a good evening!