Spring into Strange (But Good)

I always look forward to spring.

Except the pollen.  Who knew San Diego had pollen?!

Spring food is the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a roasted winter squash and the orange glow that comes with it.  The lighter, fresh spring fare has my heart though.

Today’s #strangebutgood is a round up of some of my favorite spring recipes.  Some stranger than others.  All good.  In my not-so-humble opinion.

Berry Chia Pudding

Berry Chia Pudding… 

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Basil Veggie Frittata [Recipe] + WIAW

Breaking in a new oven is the best.

Not to be confused with breaking… or burning… a oven.

We’re back in business this week with a new oven installed.  No thanks to GE or Home Depot.  You don’t realize how much not having an oven can cramp your style!

Our new oven is gorgeous.  It’s even blue inside!  Just look at the LG beauty compared to the GE POS model (♫ to the left, to the left… ♪):

New Oven

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Eating Local in San Diego + WIAW

We’re finally getting some normalcy post-move.

The term “normal” is used loosely for us.

The boxes are slowly disappearing.  Things have places on shelves.  There are curtains in the bedroom and dining room (the other rooms are another story).  We joined a gym… I joined a second gym.  We have groceries and are eating at home *almost* each week day.  And we have redneck Christmas lights strung up on the cabana.

Cabana

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Banana Walnut Protein Pancakes [Recipe] + WIAW

WIAW is on the move again this week!

Because I haven’t had enough  moving…

Here’s the deal.  What I Ate Wednesday has been jumping around to give mamma Jenn a break.  She’s entrusted me this week with hosting duties (which may be a sign she’s taken up a crack habit… is rehab where she’s disappeared to?!). 

Since I’m sooooo known for sugar coating things, I’m going to come out and say that the link up got a bit out of control and Jenny from the block was suffering from exhaustion. WIAW was meant to just be a day of eats.  Don’t be linking shit from 5 weeks ago, everything you ate for the past 3 weeks, or some unrelated giveaway you’re trying to get more traffic for.  Follow the rules and don’t be greedy.  In short, don’t be a dick.

WIAW - New… 

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Irish Cream Protein Pancakes + WIAW

Moving is exhausting.

I’m mentally tired.

Organizing, cleaning, and decorating are not my favorite things.  Doing that while working and dealing with annoying shit that comes with closing on the sale of my condo has left me grouchy.  People commenting on my lack of cooking gets me fired up.  We just got a working oven and found time to grocery shop.  If I want to have some beers, then I will.  Jeeeeeeesus.

The Whole Foods has a bar.  It really is like heaven here.

The Whole Foods ha a bar. It really is like heaven here.

This isn’t a blogger rant.  These are Facebook friends.  I’ve actually been loving going out in our new neighborhood and trying out new things workout-wise.  I’ve taken up boxing and tried out jiu jitsu.  I’ve been running more.  Ending the day jogging back home to Vegas with this view makes me incredibly happy:

San Diego sunset

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San Diego Move-In Food

Anyone need boxes?

Actually, we posted an ad on Craigslist and someone came for them within hours!

The thing about packing that you have to unpack.  While a couple drinks (ok, maybe more than a couple) makes packing easier, it makes unpacking full of hilarious surprises.  Apparently at some point I gave up and just added IDK to a box (that’s “I don’t know” for those of you who don’t have millennial siblings or kids).

Moving boxes

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Leaving Atlanta’s Weather + WIAW

Sometimes Mother Nature is a big help.

I know most of you think I’m nuts based on the US weather as of late.

This was my view this morning:

My camera couldn't pick up the snow very well so I took some artistic license.

My camera couldn’t pick up the snow very well so I took some artistic license.

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Chasing My Tail + WIAW

Is there such a thing as a moving consultant?

I need to be project planned.

In my “normal” life I’m pretty organized.  I’m structured.  I have a routine and I like it.  Some might call me Type A (though you wouldn’t know it from the past couple months… I blame Vegas).

Anytime I move it’s a whole new story.  I turn into a Jack Russell puppy chasing it’s tail.  I have bubble wrap everywhere.  Piles of shit I  have no idea what to do with.  Empty boxes.  Boxes that are 75% full… but that I can’t seal because I’m looking for little odds and ends I can cram it the remaining 25% (you know those odd spaces that need to be stuffed by nothing really fit in?).

moving… 

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Red Velvet Oreos, Wine, + WIAW

The competition is off.

I don’t know how I thought I was going to pull that one off.

I just got married.  I’m moving across the country (anyone want to buy a condo in Midtown Atlanta???).  And I was going to do a competition… a week after moving.  HAHAHAHA!  I’m stubborn.  I don’t understand the word “no.”  But even I’m not quite THAT crazy.

Also, red velvet Oreos are delicious with Zinfandel.  We all know I have an Oreo thing.  That red velvet is definitely contender for the top flavor.  The cookie isn’t so different, but that cream cheese filling rocks my world.

Red Velvet Oreos and wine… 

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