Monday, June 21, 2010

photos from the weekend

Eric and I started off the weekend with a trip to the neighborhood farmer's market.
On our walk there we came across this. A bunch of these 'animals' have been popping up, but I loved having them all together, dancing!

northern liberties

Once we arrived at the farmer's market I think I squealed when I saw fresh chamomile. I had never seen it in real life!

fresh chamomile

fresh chamomile

As soon as we got home I cleaned the bunch and put it in some water for tea.

chamomile tea

We spent the rest of the day cooking and cleaning...we were having some friend's over to celebrate our first year in Philadelphia. I can't believe that the year is already over and we are starting our second year here.
We put together some finger food, chips and salsa, veggies and hummus, strawberries, pita bread and cookies.
Eric made the cookies, vegan oatmeal cookies with goji berries.

oatmeal cookies with goji berries

And I made the pita bread.

homemade pita bread

We also got a quarter keg from Slyfox, a local brewery.

In addition to the keg, I made a jalapeno lime spritzer. I came across the recipe in this month's Real Simple and it sounded perfect for a summer evening.

jalapeno lime sprtizer

It's pretty simple, combine 3 cups club soda, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup agave, 1 thinly sliced lime and 1 thinly sliced jalapeno pepper. You can then add tequila if you like.

jalapeno lime sprtizer

Later in the night we celebrated by opening a bottle of Shiner. Shiner is to Texas as Yeungling is to Pennsylvania.

celebrating one year in philadelphia

I actually found this bottle in a gas station in North Carolina when we were moving up here. I was scared I would never get to drink Shiner again, so I bought the bottle. I was saving it for a special occasion, and figured this was a good time to crack it open.
Our neighborhood beer distributor just started carrying it as well, so it's not like I have to go without it now.

celebrating one year in philadelphia

Woo! To one year of living in the Northeast.

celebrating one year in philadelphia

celebrating one year in philadelphia

The party was great and thank you to all our friends who came over! Eric and I both had a lot of fun.

We woke up Sunday morning to a fairly clean house. We put away a few party supplies then got to work on lunch.

I made a simple slaw salad for us to share, it was spicy! It had green cabbage, purple cabbage, carrots, jalapeno, lime juice, peanuts, hemp seeds, hemp oil, siracha and rice wine vinegar.

slaw salad

The rest of Sunday was filled with the usual errands and when we got home from the grocery store we were both craving pizza.
I made a quick rise pizza dough, it wasn't great, but worked in a pinch.

making pizza dough

My pizza was topped with sweet potatoes and cashew cream.
vegan pizza

And Eric went more traditional with marinara and cashew cream.
vegan pizza

We ate outside on the deck.

sunday night dinner on the patio

A nice way to finish up the weekend.


Kelly said...

I want those cookies! I have been adding goji to everything. Can you post your pita recipe?

Happy end of first year in Philly!

Lauren said...

We were really sad that you guys weren't around for the party (next time plan your honeymoon at a different date, mmk?), so we will definitely be having another so you can come!

Amber Shea said...

Oatmeal-goji berry cookies are something I've wanted to make for a long time! Much yummier and prettier than raisins.

You made homemade pita? Impressive!

Eric said...

Kelly game plan is to get the pita recipe up a night this week and I'm hoping on getting a few more ready as well. This blog needs more recipes!

For the cookies there are still a few left (I hid some before the party :)) if you want to try them. I did add bits of pecans to the oatmeal-goji cookies for taste/texture as well.

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Ooh, fresh chamomile is super exciting!!! I'd LOVE to try that. How did the tea turn out?!

Congrats on your one year NE anniversary!

Lauren said...

The tea turned out great! I made ice tea, but I hope to make hot some time this week.
Now I really want to grow chamomile!

Jackie said...

Oh man, I finally made cashew cream and started adding it to smoothies. I'm trying to figure out how to make some sort of alfredo sauce out of it since it has such a perfect creamy consistency. I really want to make the thicker version at some point though because it sounds really good sweetened up and served with fruit.
sweet pizzas yo.

Bianca said...

Congrats on year one in Philly! The jalepeno cocktail sounds amazing!!! And the pizza do too. It's about time I made homemade pizza again...yum!

tastymoog said...

i want to party with you guys so i can get stuffed on vegan goji cookies and beer! i can return the favor with my vegan brownies + donuts and um, more beer. :D

happy 1 year! i celebrated my 2nd year in philly this april. year one was kinda rough for me, looks like you guys are doing great, though!

Amanda said...

That spritzer looks so refreshing! I love Real Simple! That cashew pizza also looks pretty fab - I hadn't thought to use it as a topper but now the idea sounds pretty obvious!

Lauren said...

Amanda you have to try cashew cheese on pizza! It gets all crusty in the oven and is delicious!

Kelly said...

Lauren, inspired by you I made a pita pizza with cashew cheese, basil, and nooch for lunch yesterday and it was super sexy, even if the pita was store-bought. Today I think I will try a cashew cheese salad with avocado and raw chip croutons. It's the summer of cashews.

Let us know when you are free this week and we will stop by!

Eric said...

Uh oh brownies and donuts??! This sounds like bad news. A dessert and beer party sounds like a good idea though.

JennShaggy said...

Thank you so much :) I'm glad you left me a comment because I really dig your blog. So many amazing photos!

Katie said...

Happy 1 year, guys! Lime (tequila) spritzer seems like the perfect way to celebrate.

penelope said...

we've got to get you some lone star!