Weekend Happenings and Peanut Butter

>> Monday, September 20, 2010

Yes. For the first time EVER, I successfully made peanut butter this weekend. Well -- actually, it was this morning, truth be told. But we'll get back to this topic in a moment. This weekend was great. It began with a dinner out Friday night (we usually cook at home on Fridays because we like what we make better than most restaurants around here). Our favorite place in town has expanded its menu to include a variety of new dishes, appetizers, and drinks!

We spent the rest of the night watching TV in bed (I have like 3,000 pillows and 10,000 blankets). Because we had nothing better to do. And it was glorious.

Saturday, we each began the day with a large serving of the banana-stuffed faux crepes. Yum! Then, a run! I did an easy 5.5 miles and Stephen completed a 4 mile pace workout. I'm still not feeling like I want to run. But I'm also getting excited for the race. It's only two weeks away! After that, we met up again with our friends Lindsey and John.

Lindsey and I went shopping -- she got some awesome maternity clothes she needed . . . and I got a ton of stuff I probably DON'T need, but still enjoy. I'm curious -- because I bought for colors of the same shirt, and I am thinking about going back for more. Does anyone else have this habit? I tend to find a cut/style I like, and I stick with it. I just end up with different colors of the same thing. If it works, it works. At least that's how I feel!

John and Stephen stayed back at the house and brewed another batch of beer. This time, they mixed up a kit for Hopnog. And though I can't yet attest to the nogginess, the hops are DEFINITELY there. They also experimented with a new method that might help save water and more effectively cool the batch faster for the future.

Sunday, though we're in our taper, is still long run day. We each had 12 miles ahead of us. I planned to run part of my 20-miler route -- out and back -- but I couldn't because there were several road closures. Thankfully these closures were THIS week and not last. It's difficult to change up your route when you're 5 miles from home and have 15 to go. With only another 7, it was no big deal. I finished my run in 1:45:00 -- 8:45 pace. Basically, this is my "ultimate goal" marathon pace, so we'll see if I can maintain it at the race (would mean a finish around 3:49:30). If not, that's OK, too!

Stephen ran a half marathon distance, finishing in 1:26:00 -- or 6:28 pace. (Sick, right?) We're both feeling confident and ready to hit the pavement. But I think we're both nervous about the weather. October is a tricky month up in the Northeast. It could be cold and cloudy . . . or it could be hot and sunny. There's really no telling -- and the temperature, etc., certainly impacts performance. For example, yesterday was much warmer than it first seemed . . . and I ended up getting pretty dehydrated by the end of the run.

I'm also happy to report that we've added a new appliance to our kitchen family. Yup -- I caved and bought a new food processor last night. It's awesome. Specifically, it's the Cuisinart 11-cup Pro Custom model. I'm not entirely sure if it's the same one that Ashley has, but I think it's the same one that Julie just picked up last weekend.

Let's just say . . . I don't feel like I'm just playing around anymore. This baby has POWER. And I'm starting to understand that all my failed attempts at making peanut butter weren't failed because I'm deficient in some way. No. I just didn't have the right tools . . .

Major difference, correct? The new processor has no trouble at all transforming peanuts into peanut butter (we used Ashley's recipe). It's as easy as . . .




More about the food processor (and peanut butter) another day, though. I still need to play around with it more. It even came with a DVD and special slicing plates for fancier cuts, like julienne!

Seen any good movies lately? Why, yes. Yes, we have! This sort of gets us back on our music discussion from the other day (with our video post). Stephen and I both love this band called Joy Division. You may or may not have heard of them. They're late 1970s post-punk out of England. Anyway, there's a movie that was produced about the lead singer, Ian Curtis, that came out in 2008. It's one of those movies we meant to see when it was released, and then forgot about.

Then we FINALLY remembered. It's called Control. I highly recommend it.

After watching it, we spent Saturday and Sunday listening to Joy Division and a band that grew out of them, New Order. We also found some cool covers that we like almost as much as the originals!

So, that's pretty much everything. What did YOU do this weekend? Craft any new recipes? See any good films? Rock out any workouts? Let us know -- just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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