Saturday, February 12, 2011

What do the Super Bowl, curry, snow, Thai food, pizza, TVs, the Xbox 360 Kinect, and cousins have in common?

[Wow. Longest title ever.]

The answer? They were all part of our week.

[Fair warning: This a long post (just like its title), with lots of pictures.]

1. Sunday: Thomas and I went to our very first Super Bowl party... I had never even watched an American football game before. But I really only went for the friends, food, and funny commercials :)

Boys watchin' the game
Girls watchin' the game

And us watchin' the game :)

2. Monday: I made an experimental chickpea & yellow summer squash curry that turned out to be delicious.

3. Tuesday: Ummm. Nothing?

4. Wednesday: more snow for Dallas!? I thought we had moved to Texas, not somewhere in the wintery wastelands of the north.

 We stayed warm inside with Thai food take-out and a movie on Netflix.

 5. Thursday: Homemade pizza... mmmmmm.

Directions (in case you wanted to know):
Make quick pizza dough ( for a basic recipe click here... I make a few modifications... use half bread flour, half whole wheat flour, add some oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. And 1/2 tsp of salt. Also, it rises really quickly in a [very] slightly warm oven)

Form a circle out of the dough

Put it on pre-heated pizza stone in the oven to bake (between 425-450 Fahrenheit) until golden.
[I love my pizza stone. It turns out a perfectly baked crust.]
Spread homemade pizza sauce on it.
[Approximate recipe: Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, oregano, thyme, garlic & some onion, serrano pepper, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste, a little salt... blitzed together in a blender.]
 Feta cheese [plus whatever toppings you might want].

Mozzarella cheese and chopped fresh basil.
Put it back in the oven to melt the cheese.
We ate it with sliced avocados, and steamed yellow summer squash.
{I'm on a yellow summer squash kick. Love. It.}

6. Friday: We bought new toys!  Birthday-Christmas-Valentine's Day presents combined, with a little help from our tax return :)

Samsung 46-inch flatscreen TV... the box barely fit in our car.

We didn't realize quite how big it was until we got it into our little apartment.
We also got an Xbox 360 Kinect and a few games.
I was glad my engineer husband was here to set it all up... I'm completely hopeless with screwdrivers and wires.

The TV is currently sitting on our coffee table. We got a TV stand today, but haven't assembled it yet.
I have a feeling that this will be a common sight in the future:
Thomas in the recliner, playing Halo Reach.
I may or may not have made us some dinner at 1am, because we were too excited and forgot to eat earlier.
And we may or may not have kept playing with the Kinect until 3am, at which point we may or may not have put a mattress on the floor in the living room and fallen asleep to a movie on our new huge screen.

7. Saturday: Our new toys attracted visitors... our cousins Craig & Emily Congdon came over to play! And eat pizza, brownies, and ice cream.
Thomas & Craig playing ping-pong on Kinect Sports.

I think Thomas won :) 

Thomas about to throw the discus on Kinect Track & Field.
Craig and Emily busting some moves on Kinect Dance Master.

We all decided that the Xbox Kinect is incredibly awesome. And loads of fun.

[Aaaaannnddd... that is the end of this massively long post. Congratulations if you made it this far.]

1 comment:

  1. Haha, I enjoy reading about your activities! It looks like you are making the most of your snowy days...instead of griping about the cold, you're making wonderful food and playing fun games and enjoying friends--so good to see! :) Miss you!


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