Creamy Nutella Goodness

I went out to lunch today with one of my co-workers from my old department. This was the first time I’d seen her since Christmastime! We’d been planning to go out to lunch together in January, and we kept having to reschedule because we were both so busy, but we finally got to go today. We went to this diner that opened nearby several months ago. It was my first time there, and it was pretty good. She told me she and her family are moving back to this area (they’ve been living with her mother, over an hour north of here, for a couple years), which is awesome because maybe I’ll be able to do some things with her outside of work!

Tonight is my “night off,” I guess, but really it’s my night to get a lot of stuff done, because I’m free and GG has band practice. I’d like to sew a couple things, redo some item photos in my etsy store, and maybe paint my nails. And make Nutella mousse!!

Recipe (from Trader Joe’s)

Ingredients:

  • 1 container Nutella
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Whip cream. Fold in Nutella. Pass out from creamy Nutella goodness.

You can also halve this recipe (1/2 pint cream, half a container of Nutella) if, like me, you want to save some Nutella for separate snacking.

Check out the cute mice that D is selling!! There might be a treat in the mail for Ivan and Katrina soon…

Cactus Pear Gelato = Crazy Delicious!

GG’s set went great last night! The way this club works is, the comedians sign up a couple hours before the show, and then about half an hour before the show they put out a final list of who’s performing, what order, and how many minutes they each get. GG ended up going 16th (out of 21 comics), which is really good! He was also probably the first one to really get solid laughs throughout his entire set. He told some jokes he’d used before, because he was practicing for tomorrow night, but he also had a couple new ones, with a lot of success. I met a bunch of his comedian friends, too, so hopefully I’ll be able to remember faces with names when he talks about them.

We went to this crazy gelato place for dessert before the show. They had flavors like tahini, basil, blood orange, burnt sugar… I ended up with avocado and cactus pear (both delicious). GG got basil, coconut, and one other one that I forget. And they were very eager to give out samples, so we got to try a lot more. It was a cool place… and I would tell you the name if I could remember it.

A Blip from Work

I was trapped in a teleconference until 12:30. My ear was so hot by the time that was all over!

Luckily, that means the rest of the afternoon should go by pretty quickly, since we didn’t go to lunch until later than normal. Jess waited for me to go, which was nice of her. I was looking forward to the Baked Potato Bar they were offering (basically, a $5 potato with assorted topppings), but we both ended up getting some sort of spinach and chicken salad.

Because I now have to title and categorize my posts, I’m starting to re-think whether or not I want to write little blip posts like this.

Taxes and Dumplings

I went out yesterday morning, bought a copy of TurboTax, got all my taxes done, and dropped everything in the mail this morning! It was definitely worth the cost of the software – it made everything really easy.

When we went food shopping on Saturday, we got supplies to make my pork dumplings! My grandmother was cleaning out her kitchen last week, and gave me a little dumpling folding device, so that inspired me. I fried them all up last night, and GG and I had most of them for dinner – the rest he’ll probably take to work today for lunch. They are so good (really, try the recipe!), but you have to be careful about the oil splattering. I got splashed near my eye (I’m okay) – maybe next time I’ll wear goggles.