over the weekend

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this weekend we started transforming our home into a christmas wonderland. ok, not really, but we set up our tree and train. this lionel set has been in matt’s family for a long time. it was his as a boy and he grew up playing with the little people and train cars, and making the tracks wind all the way around the tree. it was a christmas tradition that matt and his dad started and it’s the sweetest thing to see him carry it on with our son. plus, bonus, the cat is terrified of it and it keeps the cat from eating the tree.

over the weekend: friendsgiving

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last night we hosted the first annual No Worries Friendsgiving. it was a delightful evening full of amazing people, delicious food, tasty drinks, and lots of laughs. matt fried a couple turkeys and everyone brought different thanksgiving treats for us all to share. we had football on the tv and smooth tunes playing on vinyl. these guys mean so much to us and i was blessed to have them around my table. at the end of the night (or more accurately, the wee hours of this morning), i had a sink full of dishes and a heart full of happiness. here’s to many more friendsgivings!

milanesa

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last saturday, after the busyness of costumes and parties, we craved the simple pleasure of a nice meal prepared at home. we used to make milanesa quite a bit, but since i had to go gluten free a few years ago, we just hadn’t thought of it. i just so happened to have some gf flour in the cupboard and matt had the brilliant idea to bring this dish back. it was soooooooo good.

we went to the hispanic market up the road and picked up the thinly sliced steak. matt made an egg wash and dredged the meat in there and coated it with the flour. we cooked it in the cast iron skillet with a little olive oil until it was done and crisp on the outside. to accompany our milanesa, matt roasted some golden potatoes, chopped some greens, and made a red pepper sauce to drizzle on top. all that paired with a sweet riesling to cut some of the heat. it was pretty much perfect.