Engaged!

No, not me. There are a few variables missing in my life before that happens.

This post was originally supposed to go up on Monday, but something small happened to one of my family members so it had to get postponed until today. However, NOT posting this would have been tragic because it is such great news!

cue drum roll….

Bailey is now engaged! Her fiancé (B, how does that sound?!) proposed in the sweetest way up in the Marin Headlands. I cannot be happier for her, especially since they have been going out since high school days. Tear!

(side note: also since our last face-to-face meeting, Bailey received her acceptance into the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine!! What a great month this has been, she is going to be my little acupuncturist in 3.25 years.)

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I went to her house last Wednesday to hear all the deets and also because she wanted to show off her new spiralizer and mandolin. We snacked on Acme bread (have I professed my love for Acme yet?) and jalapeño infused olive oil while prepping for dinner. To drink, we opened a bottle of Tarantas cava- a Spanish brut that was perfect for a celebration.

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I never made (or tried) zucchini noodles before, so you can tell by the look on my face how cool I thought the whole thing was. After about five zucchinis, my arm was so tired from the manic speed I was moving and I was over it. Dinner has to be made somehow though!

Before coming over, we sent a few recipes back and forth and decided on this one. I wanted a Asain-y peanut sauce to go with my zucchini noodles and this one looked great with the sesame oil and chile sauce.

To be fair, we did double the recipe because the original amount was not enough for two people.

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Ta-da! Guys, it was SO delicious. We both ate the equivalent to about 3.5 zucchinis and half of a bell pepper. I did not think I was going to be full, but by the end we were both trying really hard to make sure we did not have to throw any away.

It was so good that I impulsively bought a spiralizer off Amazon while at the dinner table. I have not opened it yet but once this semester is over, bring on the vegetables baby.

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After dinner, we headed over to Jacq’s house to catch up with her and also to share Bailey’s good news. Jacque and her mom went on a West Coast field trip from Portland to Seattle! I am thinking of doing something similar in late May/early June.

The selling point to schlep all the way to the Marina was that her mom made homemade cookies in the morning. (insert heart-eyes emoji here)

These bad boys were the perfect texture- crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Michael (her husband) complained about eating five cookies throughout the day- I think I had about six in the whole hour and a half that we were there. I insisted that that I did not want to take any home but was giddy inside when Jacq forced a little doggy bag in my hands before we left. They were made with oatmeal so that means they were healthy right? πŸ™‚

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What are some must-try spiralizer recipes? Do not hold back.

Are vegetables a good replacement for pasta? I say no. As delicious as zucchini noodles are, they will never a replacement. I think it is a great alternative, but I will never spiralize when I am craving a huge plate of linguini and meatballs.

9 thoughts on “Engaged!

  1. Congrats to Bailey! That is amazing!

    I tried to make zucchini noodles with my box grater! Haha. Didn’t come out great. I don’t think vegetables are a replacement for pasta at all! Spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles are delicious but they are totally different dishes, imo.

  2. T! You’re so sweet! I had so much fun with you! Next time we will make a marinara or pesto sauce for our zoodles.

    Love you!

  3. JalapeΓ±o infused olive oil sounds awesome! That on its own might have been fabulous with the spiralized zucchini! I am not a huge pasta fan – my first experience with thick spaghetti had me gagging cos I couldn’t get it out of my head how much it reminded me of worms so veggie spirals are a good replacement for me!
    Congrats to your friend Bailey on her engagement and I so wish I could also have me a half dozen of those cookies for breakfast – I mean, they have oats and raisins – so its like oatmeal – in cookie form! πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations Bailey!
    I dig your spiralizin’ stylins!

    Darling sister..

    1. Linguine and meatballs? Ha! Some of us don’t share your freakish metabolism –
    Although, you have been turing pasta calories into clean fusilli fuel since age zero.
    Super uncool (for me). Super cool (for you πŸ™‚

    2. You know how I feel about spaghetti squash. ‘Nuff said.

  5. False blog post advertising πŸ˜‰

    Spiralizers look so cool but they aren’t trending here YET. Give it a solid few months. And no. Sorry, but when you crave pasta, you eat the damn pasta. Vegetables resembling it do not count. Ever. EVER.

  6. Congrats to your friend!

    And I do like veggie pasta but I don’t know if its a good substitute for the real deal. The one big pro is that you can eat multiple bowls without thinking twice!

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