Sawyer Day.

Happy Daylight Saving Time. Or Sawyer Day. Or We-Went-On-A-Picnic Day.

The weather in LA has been exceptionally beautiful, so Bill and I decided to pack a picnic this weekend and enjoy the local park. On the menu was my amazing pulled pork, homemade coleslaw,  jalapeno potato chips, sweet tea, and fresh strawberries.

Sawyer guarding the food. And longingly waiting for Bill to return.

I honestly love making pulled pork. 1) It’s cheap. 2) It’s little work (with high yield). 3) It’s always a huge hit. I’m glad I finally got to make it for Bill…now he can eat it for the rest of the week!

Sawyer also got to enjoy the (human) park and the dog park today. He even taught Bill how to play bocce ball. Quite the talented canine.

Touchdown! Preparing Sawyer early for college football season.

“I claim this land in the name of the kingdom of Saywer!”

If Sawyer somehow formed opposable thumbs and knew how to use the internet, he would find the following pictures embarrassing:

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Minty Fresh.

For round 2 of dessert this past week, I made mini mint-chocolate cupcakes for Bill’s Section D BBQ. They were pretty easy to whip up, especially since I used boxed fudge cake mix. It was definitely a welcome break though after making chili and chicken tikka masala – more on that later.

The cupcakes are an excellent balance between mint and chocolate and they turned out to be a crowd-pleaser with Section D. I have a ton of extra frosting and broken cupcake bits. It’s been pretty hard not to make a meal out of the leftovers.

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Decembrists.

So here I am, tearing through December!

This cover of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness makes me smile…and makes me wish it were summer – and not all cold and rainy. On the upside, I think my cold tolerance has increased! 50° is the new 65°.

Sushi-Gen $15 sashimi lunch special + ankimo. I’ll def be taking advantage of this again during my week off between Christmas and New Years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday morning brunch for one. *sniffle*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawyer was looking unusually fluffy on this particularly cold morning last week. And he found a stick that he desperately wanted to bring with him inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty much every night at around 10-11 pm, a lone snail crosses the walkway right at the foot of the stairs of my apartment building, and Sawyer harasses said snail. I finally caught him in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True winterventures start soon! Can’t wait!

Game Day

It’s the start of NCAA football. So what does that mean? Lots of Saturdays filled with food, beer, and football…and possibly more beer.

Even Sawyer’s excited for USC football. But he really doesn’t have a choice.

We even had a beer pong tournament! Three regulation-sized tables fit into one small part of the living room – pretty impressive.

And what’s football without meat? Since I have a tradition of making odd meat-things for Jake’s birthday, I decided to continue and make mini meatloaf cupcakes. Sadly, I couldn’t find mini foil liners, so they didn’t look as “cupcakey” as I wanted – they looked more like meatballs, but oh well. It’s just an excuse to make them again. I was really pleased with how moist and tasty they came out, so I’m tempted to make it normal cupcake-sized or even just as a loaf.

Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef

1/2 large onion, diced

salt and pepper

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup milk

1 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Glaze:

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 apple cider vinegar

3 tbsp brown sugar

Tabasco sauce

For topping: mashed potato, green onion, bacon

Directions:

Pre-heat oven at 350° F. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Fill each mini-cupcake mold with meat mixture, forming slight dome since meat will shrink slightly. Combine all ingredients for glaze and heat on low on the stove top until brown sugar melts. Brush glaze on top of meat. Cook for 15 minutes. Top with mashed potatoes, chopped green onion, and bacon.

Note: I cheated and used dried instant mashed potatoes. I thought it’d work well since you can make it super smooth and creamy (and buttery!) pretty easily. Use whatever mashed potato recipe you prefer, of course.