Friday, September 30, 2011

Five Things

I've been celebrating my birthday all week, and the celebration will continue this weekend as we head to a couple of great dinners.  Yesterday was my actual birthday (29 on the 29th!), and John's mom gave me this great organic dog biscuit cookbook.  Harper is in for a treat soon!  I'll let you know how the pumpkin cookies turn out!

Our new favorite thing to buy at the farmers market are these BBQ pork buns from a stand that sells dim sum.  We just take them home and steam them for 15 minutes, and dinner is ready!  Delish!

I ordered a new pair of glasses from Warby Parker, and they arrived this week.  All of their prescription glasses are $95, and the shipping is free.  They send you 5 pairs for a free home try-on, which helps solve the problem of buying something like glasses online.  Like the whole Toms thing, for every pair you buy, a pair is donated to someone in need.  Works for me!

We've been eating a lot of vegetarian meals lately, so I've been trying to incorporate more beans into our diet.  I've started cooking beans from scratch, which has proven a lot more challenging than I originally anticipated (I keep overcooking them!).  I finally made our first successful meal of beans recently though, so that's progress.  These Rancho Gordo heirloom beans are from a local company, and I can't wait to try them.  Good Mother Stallard - that sounds like a good type of bean, right?

John and I have been preparing like mad for our trip to Paris.  And by "preparing" I mean buying things like new jeans and boots for said trip to Paris.  The important stuff, of course.  Hopefully I can go shopping again this weekend to load up on last minute essentials like cardigans and skirts.


  1. Lodging a request for a post on cooking beans. I know it's probably not complicated, but it's daunting. I've been using a lot more beans lately, too, and have tired of cranking open all those cans. Have you ever done them in a Crock-Pot? I've heard that works well.

    You're going to look super cute in Paris! Y'all are the best travelers!

  2. I was just thinking that I need new glasses! Thanks so much for the link to that site. Love it!

    Have a blast in Paris. It's an amazing city if you've never been. And, if you have, skip the touristy things and sit in cafes and people watch all day...and shop. St. Germain and the Marais have lovely boutiques. And, Le Bon Marche and Galleries Laffayette are also fun. Oooh, now I'm jealous!

  3. And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 29 is a perfect age. In fact, many women I know seem to enjoy turning 29 over and over again.

  4. Eliz - I haven't tried beans in a crockpot yet, but I usually Google it every time before I make beans (and then decide to just do it on the stove). Ha. The problem with cooking beans from scratch is that all the recipes require you to wing it - "cook 45 min - 1 hour, maybe more." To me, that isn't much help. Even the slow cooker recipes require you to taste the beans for doneness. I will try to post about it sometime soon though! I'm glad to hear someone else is venturing into bean territory.

    Elana - Thanks for the bday wishes. I have been to Paris twice, but my husband hasn't ever been. He doesn't like museums much anyway, so I think we plan to do a lot of strolling. Thanks for the great neighborhood ideas!

  5. Yay Paris!!!! Love the boots!


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