Friday Flotsam


Appetizer with goat cheese, honey, cherry toms and parsley!

We made it. We made it to Frahdah. Praise the Lahdah.

We’ve had a good week ’round hur. On Tuesday I hosted a play date! As seen above. Those treats were soooo delish. Let me tell you about this biz. Farm fresh bread, goat cheese, honey, cherry tomatoes, parsley flakes, coarse salt. Das it. Even the littles loved it.

I may try to eat it for dinner every night. Or maybe just lunch. Or lunch and dinner. But like, just once a week. At least four times a week.

I’m good at math.


Ugh, I’m trying to eat more salad. I say this as I’m seriously shoving a cheese and sour cream quesadilla into my head. WHAT IS MY PROBLEM.

But I’ve been making a version of the above salad a lot lately, and I have to say, it’s deeeeuuuuum tasty. Candied walnuts (that I made a couple of weeks ago and just sprinkle sprinkle sprinkle as needed), scallions, parmesan, avocado, a few kidney beans, and a simple vinaigrette with oil, white wine vinegar, honey and salt.

You see, I’m trying to make up for the lack of recipe yesterday. I forced you to look at DETACHED HAIR, for crying out loud.

Antique Copper Tea Kettle

I’ve had an issue lately. No no, not like a whoa-you-should-see-a-dermatologist-about-that-thing issue. Just something internal. But it directly affects my surroundings. I’ll just tell you.

I’m.obsessed.with.copper. I’m sure you’ve noticed the fabulous return of coppers and brasses and golds, oh my? This is such happy goodness in my heart.

It started off so innocently last summer when I found a stunning antique copper pot at a flea market. Then it started to slowly unravel. Copper this, copper that. Aaron didn’t help the situation by gifting me the raddest copper cups for Christmas. I’ve even gone so far as to paint metal desk lamps copper. It’s getting out of control. When does it end? When should it end? Or should it end at all?

Maybe I’ll paint myself copper like one of those frozen old timey statues you see in parks that scare the living *#$% out of you when they move ever so slightly. Is that when it should end?

I’m taking your silence as a yes.

Mexican blankets. YAS.

So, we’ve entered a fun new phase with the babies. And by fun I mean all the stabs. They are so competitive. It’s maddening. And they have no mental ability to reason out the fact that the other person is enjoying that bottle or that sippy cup or that toy or that pacifier. Because I MUST HAVE IT. Then of course the ugly tantrums ensue. I find myself all day like, “You guys this is so not a big deal,” or, “Dude, the toy you have is just fine!” or, “Stop freaking out, there’s another dust bunny like a foot away from you.”

At this point they don’t really understand discipline, just redirection. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “This is it. This the way I die. Redirecting manic toddlers who desperately need that nasty half-eaten dog bone under the couch.”

But! On the flip side, they both know how to high-five. Things even out, ya know.

Lavender and Blankets

I need workout inspiration. My true love is running, but that season for me doesn’t start until it’s light outside in the morning. You know, because murderers. So I’ve been doing this Giaiaaaiaam wakeup workout on Hulu Plus, which I dig! But I’m losing interest. What do you recommend for something right around 30 minutes, that has a lot of cardio and a smidge of weights and core? Or should I just forget it all, eat more cheese quesadillas and sleep in?

While we figure this out, Pareeeenthooooood waaaaaaah! One episode left. How will we manage? Did you watch last night? Did you cry? What am I talking about, of course you did.

I want predictions for next week! Let’s hear it.

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25 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Melinda January 23, 2015 at 7:23 am #
    I'm doing the T-25 workouts because they're 25 minutes with like a 3 minute cool down. I'm not sure if I love them, but it does the job with cardio and core.
    • Bev Weidner January 23, 2015 at 7:31 am #
      Awesome! Is this on Hulu, or is it a DVD?
  2. Panna January 23, 2015 at 7:59 am #
    The Tracy Anderson method works for me, I love it! I know she's got too much celebrity pr going on, but her workouts are really awesome.
  3. Jen January 23, 2015 at 8:10 am #
    My prediction for Parenthood- Julia gets pregnant
  4. Ashley January 23, 2015 at 8:38 am #
    Do not say the "P" word!!!!!!!!! #tears Have you tried online barre classes? I'm assuming you're looking for things you can do in your home? It's not cardio but holyyyyy crappers do they work your entire body. I got a free month with ClassPass (let's you try all different studios in your area unlimited each month) and have been taking barre classes 2x/week for 3 weeks and can SEE a difference. WHAT!? And I'm sore every single day. The only thing is the technique/posture may be a little hard to pick up on in the videos, as it's even hard to get it right in class. When you do get it right it BURNS. They probably have great tutorials though. Anywhoooo, check IT out.
  5. Heather January 23, 2015 at 8:49 am #
    I just bought the BBG by Kayla Itsines and it's a HIIT 28 minute workout that completely kicks your butt. I can't wait to start running again, but like you said -- murderers.
  6. Julie January 23, 2015 at 9:05 am #
  7. Estelle January 23, 2015 at 9:06 am #
    I'd recommend Cassey Ho's videos from her blog Blogilates! You can pick and mix what you want to workout, and they're all really good.
  8. Morgan January 23, 2015 at 9:38 am #
    We do Bob Harper's workouts for 30 minutes. IT KILLS. in a good way.
  9. Jenny January 23, 2015 at 9:50 am #
    Plank, squats, butt squats, forward squats, kneeling squats, backward squats, plank and or rotate one day light arm lifts and then legs, squats. And then just walking.
  10. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog January 23, 2015 at 9:58 am #
    first- copper, it never has to stop -- like neva neva. And the babies -- dude, high-fiving wins all. And working out ... I do Jillian Michaels' 30 shred - I've been doing level 1 forever ... because it still kicks my behind like nothing i've ever done. happy frrrrrrrrrrrrridaaayy
  11. Laura January 23, 2015 at 11:33 am #
    I went through the entirety of last night's Parenthood episode thinking that it was the series finale. It was when there were about 15 minutes left that I was like, they don't have enough time to wrap this all up! WHAT'S GOING ON, THIS WILL BE THE WORST FINALE EVER. Threads will be left hanging! And then I blubbered my way through Amber introducing Zeke to baby Zeke, all while wondering why old Zeke was still alive, and then it ended and there was an ad for another episode next week. I was simultaneously delighted, relieved and pissed off. Because now I need to psych myself up for another week of bawling.
  12. Tracy January 23, 2015 at 11:56 am #
    Cried like a freaking baby over Parenthood. Zeke meeting baby Zeke about did me in! I'm going to be so sad when this show is over because it is seriously my favorite show on TV. What I am hoping for in the final episode, but I don't think it's going to happen, is that we don't have to see Zeke die, but maybe there will be a thing from like a few years in the future where we see Amber with her baby and see where everybody is and Zeke is just not there, but they talk about how great he was as a father and husband. I don't want to see the man die. I know it's fictional, but man, it just tugs at my heart!
    • Bev Weidner January 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm #
      I know I know! I'm hoping they do a Six Feet Under-style ending, where they jump into the future and show everyone's demise. Ha! But really, I want to know how/when Zeke dies. And will Ryan show up? Yeah we need to know these things.
  13. natalie@thesweetslife January 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm #
    fitness blender workouts! There are hundreds of then on youtube and I guarantee you'll find whatever you're looking for (cardio, abs, weights, or a mix of all 3!)
  14. Erica @fulfillmentfromscratch January 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm #
    Copper yes! My obsession started about 3 years ago, and the comeback has only gotten stronger. I love antiquing for copper stuff.
  15. Alison January 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm #
    Sometimes if I think I'm getting too much copper, I call it 'gold'. Like, "oh hey babe, that plate isn't copper like the other 9 I have, it's more a gold hue." He's all (eye roll), "yea, okay. Gold." Humfpp. Works well. And am I the ONLY one who is sorta pissed that copper (aka gold) is making a comeback, stay with your silver people, leave me and my gold obsession alone! #Bravermansforever - bahaha, I love it! Rumor was the cast was too expensive to keep employed. I'd pool my dollars to keep that show on the tube. Probably doesn't cost too much right? . . . . . right? . . . .
  16. Michele January 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm #
    Cheese, not exercise. I'm a big cry baby fan of Parenthood. I swear I've cried at every episode. I'm hoping they don't kill off Zeke. I will write letters. Ha. No, really. I don't want to sob at the finale, but I'm making a tissue run just in case.
  17. Jessica January 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm #
    I say Zeke decides to have the surgery after meeting baby Zeke and goes on to live to be a very old man. Ryan comes back and steps it up big time. Julia better make it freaking work. And Crosby buys out Adam and becomes a huge success. And Adam and Christina just keep on keepin on like always. I was very happy how they wrapped up Friday Night Lights. I'm hoping they do Parenthood the same way.
  18. Heather January 26, 2015 at 7:30 am #
    Turbo Jam! So fun. Seriously!
  19. Carrie S January 27, 2015 at 6:00 am #
    Try, it's free and you can put in whatever criteria you want and search all their workouts
  20. Sara January 27, 2015 at 9:02 am #
    I'm a big fan of p90x 3. 30 minutes long, a bit of weights, a bit of cardio, and a bit of ADD (Tony is a bit if an odd duck!) but I rather enjoy it. If you're not looking to spend cash, online barre is pretty dang fun too!
  21. Kelly January 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm #
    Try for free workouts ranging from 5 min to 1 hour. I do a lot of the 30 min. ones. She's great!
  22. Emily January 27, 2015 at 11:28 pm #
    Hi Bev! I met you in the nursery at St. Michael's Episcopal on Sunday. I remember you saying you have a food blog (and I love food...ha!) and my mom's name is Bev so I actually remembered your blog name! Great blog!! I will have to try the above salad! It was great meeting you! Hope to see you & your cute babies at St. Michaels again. P.S. One of my favorite workouts is Fusion Fitness...I love the studio classes, but they have DVDs too for at home workouts. Beyond bummed this is the last episode of Parenthood this week...sniff sniff.
    • Bev Weidner January 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm #
      Heeeey, Emily! Thanks so much for the comment. It was nice meeting you, too! I'm sure we'll see you again come Sunday. I'll look into Fusion Fitness, thanks!

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