One hot day

Hi friends!

It’s one heck of a hot day today and the weekend will be even hotter. I don’t mind the heat (it’s a thousand times better than those negative temps in the dead of winter, right?).

What kind of bird is this? I spotted it in our neighbor’s yard. Wild turkey? It was pretty large and didn’t fly very far. I’ve seen wild turkeys around here before, but this little dude was quite a ways off so i couldn’t tell what it was.

Lunch earlier in the week was improvised in order to use up food in the fridge before it went bad. This consisted of a cheeseburger leftover from book club on a piece of whole grain bread (we ran out of buns) topped with ketchup, mustard, and relish. The winning combination! It hit the spot.

Our sink is seeing more and more dishes these days since we have been cooking a lot more lately. Our dishwasher is getting quite the workout keeping up with all these dishes.

Joel and i had some time to kill before picking someone up from the train station, so we made a pit stop at Vivi for some taro-flavored bubble tea. I can’t get over how yummy this bubble tea is. Joel branched out and got a jasmine honey tea instead of taro. I can confirm his drink was tasty, but my heart remains with taro!

Dinner involved grilled chicken courtesy of Grill Master Joel, brown rice courtesy of our trusty rice cooker, and some mixed veggies topped with soy sauce. If you are not cooking your rice in a rice cooker, what even are you doing with your life? πŸ™‚ For years i boiled rice in a pot of water, but i’ve come to realize that rice cookers take all the guess work out of the process, and you always get perfectly done rice every time πŸ™‚

We rarely have fresh pomegranate but boy is it one of the tastier treats in life! It takes a bit of work to get the seeds out of the shell, but it’s very much worth the effort.

Amy hosted small group this week at her house (we didn’t know if the baby would make an early appearance by now so our friends are hosting until the baby comes). Joel and i brought over a snack to share. Homemade friendship bread for the win! I might have left it in the oven a smidge too long, but the crispier outside made for an even better effect than usual. Our smallgroup pals seemed to enjoy it too, which made me happy.

A bowl of chevda (straight from Kenya!) while working on our puzzle together. We’re making good progress. We got this puzzle at Atticus in New Haven when we were there a couple weekends ago. Joel made a puzzle board out of a big piece of cardboard so that we could easily transport the puzzle to another room whenever we need to use the table for meals.

Breakfast never looked so good. Strawberry yogurt with fresh strawberries, kiwi, and blackberries. Way too delicious! We hardly ever buy fresh kiwis because they are rather pricey, but every once in a while it is pretty incredible to treat ourselves.

What are you up to this weekend? Do you cook every day? What’s your favorite way to beat the heat?

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