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!

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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? 🙂

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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.