Wow, last week was a whirlwind — quite literally as we were in windy, snowy NYC. We spent five days in the city visiting John’s family and flew out just before the big snow storm hit. We braved the frigid elements and walked through Central Park, played in the snow, enjoyed a glass of wine in Brooklyn, and visited the 9/11 Memorial museum. John also cheered on FSU with his dad at the ACC Championship tournament. So today’s Five Favorites post is dominated by NYC memories:
1. Time with family and friends
2. Surviving the snow
This weekend confirmed that Grant is officially a Southerner. He was not a fan of the snow and cold. He was interested in the snow in the beginning, but once he refused to keep his gloves on, the snow lost its appeal!
3. Celebrating John’s birthday
It was special for the whole family to be together to celebrate John’s birthday. When we got home, I gave him my annual gift of a photo book recapping our past year. (This year’s gift included three photo books to capture the many photos we took of Grant this year!)
4. Eating seasonally
I’ve mentioned before that John and I are on a mission to revamp how we eat — more seasonal, organic, and local. So I’ve been doing some research about produce that is in season in March and came across two great resources full of recipes:
5. Seasonal One Pot Pasta Dish
In the spirit of eating seasonally, I planned a pasta dish that included asparagus and green peas (two things that in the past John hasn’t been a huge fan of.) I also like to make meals that I know Grant can eat too. I wasn’t sure if he’d like the asparagus but he loves peas and pasta, so I knew they’d be a hit. As it turns out, the whole meal was a hit for everyone! When I first read this recipe it sounded too simple to be flavorful, but that wasn’t the case at all. There’s something about eating fresh, seasonal ingredients that you don’t need to gussy them up and disguise the flavor. In addition, this recipe was quick and easy to assemble (a win-win for a “school” night!). Here’s the recipe that I followed from My New Roots.
The few changes I made: I used fresh peas from Trader Joe’s (hello, seasonal eating!) along with black bean pasta from Trader Joe’s (delicious!). I also used truffle and garlic infused olive oil (not a necessity, just something tasty we had on hand.) We’re not huge mint fans, so I subbed in parsley. Lastly, John and Grant topped their pasta with parmesan cheese. Give the recipe a try and enjoy!