25 May 2009

Weekend recap: food, shopping and manual labor

By: Jessica B.
Oh Memorial Day, the “unofficial” kick off for summer. And to celebrate this long weekend, I was back in Wisconsin, where it was a balmy 50 degrees by the lake and I was left with one coat, one pair of closed-toed shoes and a plethora of short sleeved tops. FAIL. It was like my packing fail for last year’s BlogHer in San Francisco.
Despite the not-very-warm weather, I dialed the “relaxation” up to 11, stopped wearing make up and did a whole lotta nothing but bonding with my parents.
In fact, we bonded over four things: food, manual labor, shopping and television.
So let’s recap the bonding that occurred this magical weekend.
Due to my power outage last week, I missed Fox’s Glee pilot, but thanks to iTunes, I downloaded it for free and enjoyed it this weekend. And OMG I’m obsessed with this show. I cannot WAIT for it to start up in fall.

First, Jane Lynch is one of the funniest people on TV right now. Woman steals every scene she’s in. And along with my serious crush on Finn, here is my favorite part of the show:
I love Journey and I love the glee club version of Journey even more. It makes me want to rock out. If you haven’t see this show yet, go download it right now from iTunes and enjoy.
I also started watching The Fashion Show on Bravo. It’s my short-term Project Runway-knock off fix. Kelly Rowland is tragic, Isaac Mizrahi works but I’m really shocked by the lack of talent from most of the contestants. Half of them can’t sew? WTF? But I like that they focus on sell-ability, which PR doesn’t do.
Oh we also rented Taken with Liam Neeson. Damn that movie was intense. It make me want to kick someone’s a** much like Liam did. Watch the unrated version, it’s heavy but good.
My stepmom is the DEVIL to shop with because she is the biggest enabler I know. I learn from her!
So we went to the outlet malls on Saturday and I got a little too close to sales of at least 40 percent off and a JCrew outlet store. It wasn’t pretty. But here is a picture of my favorite new item, a gold scarf, which looks awesome with my new blue shirt and of course, the Coach sunglasses.
Manual labor
Nothing says “I love you,” like manual labor. And that’s what I got roped into doing this weekend. After we shopped and watched TV, it was time to work! The hardest job was bringing inside this new cabinet from the car. The thing is massive and weighs as much as I do. Fortunately I don’t have to bring it upstairs. That will SUCK.
In our house, Memorial Day = lots of cooking out. And because I don’t have a grill in Chicago, I was ready for some grilled goodness.
Join me on my Memorial Day culinary journey…..
Friday: Swiss and mushroom cheeseburger (mushroom and cheese is stuffed inside the patty) with a pretzel bun, ketchup and mustard.
Kettle corn from the outlet mall shops. I know, sounds crazy, but it was really good. Sea salt and sugar on kettle popped popcorn. Healthier than movie theater popcorn and just as good
Sunday: Sirloin steak on the grill with cooked mushroom and au jus sauce plus Yukon Gold potatoes with light butter, salt and sour cream. Truly amazing. Num.
Dessert: Brownie mix with Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips and nuts. I must stay away from this pan.
And after all that eating and activity, I basically laid around like a beached whale on a chaise lounge, couch, bed, chair, really any surface that allowed me to spread out. Heaven.
How was everyone else’s Memorial Day weekend? Do anything or fun or grill out? Or did you go see any good movies?


  1. Lil' Woman says:

    Journey makes everything better! :)

  2. Kate says:

    I have GOT to get to Glee! on my DVR. It’s just sitting there, sadly waiting for me to press “Play.”

    I really tried to watch The Fashion Show — I so wanted it to be good a la PR — but I just can’t do it. I’m not impressed by or interested in anyone on that show.

    I love kettle corn! And please may I have a brownie???

  3. Maki says:

    Oh my goodness you look gorgeous – such a beatiful smile you know that????

  4. wekeepsaying says:

    definitely had a big hunk of juicy homemade steak with some little yukon golds the other night. so good. i don’t think i would survive without meat.

  5. wekeepsaying says:

    definitely had a big hunk of juicy homemade steak with some little yukon golds the other night. so good. i don’t think i would survive without meat.

  6. Blaez says:

    since i was sick this holiday weekend i’m living vicariously through other bloggers and you!

    we did end up with fried chicken yesterday, mashed tators and watermelon when i started feeling better…

  7. i also fell in love with GLEE! specifically though because i was a theater/choir kid in high school.

    and i’m proud of it :)

  8. Miss Grace says:

    Those sunglasses are adorable!

  9. That sounds like a glorious Memorial Day weekend! And I agree–I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait for Fall for Glee to start back up again! I just keep listening to Rehab and Don’t Stop Believin’ and hoping that will tide me over ;)

  10. P says:

    well obviously we don’t do memorial day weekend over here, but it does coincide with our second may holiday weekend, which meant a lovely long three day weekend for me. lots of drunkenness, some clubbing, and I saw “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”, which I loved!

  11. Angela says:

    Mmmmm burgers, steak, and brownies!!! Sounds yummy and like the start of summer to me!

  12. RWF says:

    LOOOOOVED Glee. It’s about time they make an A Cappella show. I’m a closet AC fanatic – read Pitch Perfect in like an hour.

    I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

  13. web design says:

    That burger looks EPIC! We were making some fat burgers like that by my house too. Wine+Burgers+Fire Pit= good times.

  14. Jenn says:

    sorry i missed you this weekend – holiday weekends can be so hectic, but i’m glad you had a good time at home!

    i tried watching glee – i made it through about 20 minutes of it. maybe in the fall i’ll give it another try but i never really hopped on that high school musical bandwagon, and this is basically a knockoff of that, right?

  15. Kyla Roma says:

    I missed the preview of Glee, I can't believe it! It sounds like your weekend was just dreamy. Mine wasn't a long weekend but I had the least healthy, most delicious veggie burger I've ever had and went to a baseball game. It was pretty awesome & since I was hanging out with my American family it was very much in lieu of Memorial Day.

  16. Deutlich says:

    I LOVE that hair color

  17. Jenn says:

    Looks like you had a fun weekend! I watched Glee and I’m ashamed to admit I enjoyed it.

  18. Erin says:

    I adore Glee! I’ve watched it multiple times already this weekend, and I’m contemplating it again.

    I cannot get into the Fashion Show. It’s ok, but the contestants are awful. I need Project Runway, STAT!

  19. Heidi Renée says:

    I loved Glee too. I don’t know how I am going to wait for fall for it to start again.

    We went outlet shopping today. The Gap Outlet is my weakness. Everything is just so cute!

  20. Andhari says:

    Your weekend sounds amazing, esp. with all those food. Everyone has been talking about this Glee show, now I’m curious.

  21. I’ll have to watch Glee, the little clip you had was pretty awesome :)

    And I saw Taken right before I went to Italy on my own for a week and my friend after was like maybe not the best movie to see… but omg Liam Neeson!

  22. Jane Lynch is superb in everything she does – she’s just hilarious. I love her in “Party Down” too :)

  23. Hi! I'm Erin says:

    I’m not even hungry, but looking at your photos of the food is making me change my mind!

    I ran errands, did a ton of yard work, and spent time with friends. It was an excellent and productive weekend. Just what I needed.

  24. Mandy says:

    I enjoyed some grilled goodness and beer. I watched Taken a few weeks ago and yeah, I had the same reaction. The food you enjoyed looks delicious. I just saw a recipe for a “stuffed” burger like that. Sounds like a great weekend!

  25. Maris says:

    Is that you in that picture!? You don’t look like you, maybe it’s the sunglasses! LOL. Love the scarf though!

  26. Ahh I loved Glee! I can’t wait for more episodes.

    Also, all that food looks amazing! I love kettle corn.

  27. Caz says:

    tee hee I think it’s funny how you guys all say “grill out” instead of having a BBQ. I know, in America, BBQ is something specific, whereas grilling out can be any sort of food but we just call it all the same thing!

    PS I love your gold scarf. I’ve been on the hunt for a similar one since I passed one up at a market a few months ago. I love the colour!