Thursday, November 19, 2009

Peanut Butter....How I Love Thee

While that's very true, I really just needed a title, & my peanut butter & jelly sandwich inspired me.   I'd forgotten how much I love those!   You see, for the first time in a long while, we actually have a jar of peanut butter in the house that's only for us..... The dogs get peanut butter every night, & they have their own jar.  Last week, I decided that Doug & I were worthy of our own, especially since we both love it so much.  Ah, it's the simple things.

Man, it's been a while....& I have to admit, writing up our first Cali wine trip was more than I wanted to deal with.  This in no way means that I will diminish the fantastic experiences we had...I'll cover them as time allows, or as we open the bottles that we purchased.  Our California Central Coast wine trip was a complete success, & my lack of writing should not reflect anything negative...

Speaking of food & wine...

A few nights ago, Doug & I had a special meal.   A while back, we went to Time For Dinner, & it was the second time we'd been.  Those of you that know me, I am not a cook.    I want to be, but I'm not at this point.   Luckily, there's Time For Dinner - or TFD - for people like us (for those of you that are not in St. Louis, look up pre-prepared frozen dinners, or whatever - I'm sure that there's something just as lovely in your corner of the world).  We had just purchased a bottle of Cosentino's Franc, & we wanted something that would work well with it.  I reached into my freezer & found the perfect solution: Rosemary Flank Steak.

My goodness.  It was terrific & a great matchup for the wine.  Of course, I knew it would be because rosemary is actually considered to be a "red wine booster".  I'm sure both the steak & the wine would've been good on their own, but they brought great things out in each other.  Yum... We felt so fancy that we even ate at the table, something we rarely do.  Fancy is good.

Tonight, we're going to Pi Pizzeria with friends.  They just opened up a new location just a stone's throw away from where I grew up, in Kirkwood.  Some of you that don't live here might recognize the restaurant from the news:  President Obama chose them to fly to D.C. to make their pizza for the first family.  Hey, good enough for them, it must be good enough for me.

In other news, Truvy is growing like a weed, & her top speed on the treadmill is 7.4 mph!  She was 53 lbs. at her last weigh-in at the vet's last week.  She had to get a flu shot - yes, there is a canine flu; it's fatal, & there have been cases in Jefferson County.  That's not home, but it's close enough!  Anyway, she finds new ways to challenge me every day, but I think we're finally getting somewhere.

Or maybe I'm just fooling myself.

The little jerk actually gave me poison ivy a few weeks ago.  Unbelievable, right?  I'd never had it before, & after my poison ivy cherry was popped, I never want it again.   I was reminded of this after watching a Grey's Anatomy rerun...you know, the one where Addison had poison oak on her.... yeah, you do know.  Seeing that reminded me to count my blessings - my poison ivy was nowhere near that place!  I shudder at the thought.

One month from tomorrow, I'll be in Jamaica.

Back off, kittens.

8 comments:

Joe Joe said...

MMMMMMMMMMM . . . now I want a jar of peanut butter too! Especially the Peter Pan one with a touch of honey . . .

And never heard of a poison ivy cherry being popped . . . that just sounds so wrong :)

Can't wait to here more about the wine -- I have tried several you suggest and have enjoyed the experience!

Thom said...

You had me at the Peanut Butter... I could eat it every day.

Claire Uncorked said...

Joe Joe, there's certainly nothing RIGHT about a poison ivy cherry being popped, let me assure you! I'm glad you've tried some of the wines I've mentioned!

Thom....yes. I could, too.

WineLush said...

Truvy's a madwoman!!
Wine sounds delish. We make rosemary roasted potatoes sometimes and they are excellent wtih wine. (super easy- dice up potatoes, toss in olive oil and rosemary. Bake or grill)

Rhonda said...

Jamaica! Oh how I miss thee... Where are you going this round? Another Couples?

Claire Uncorked said...

WineLush, we'll have to make those potatoes sometime. Yum.

And Rhonda, of course! I don't think we'll EVER go to any other resort in Jamaica other than Couples. We're headed back to San Souci, & we get to do a day at Tower Isle because we're repeaters. We're stoked!!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

I love peanut butter, it probably comes in a close third after my hubs and our pups! Reese's Big Cups are the best!!! I'm so jealous you're going to Jamaica. Hubs and I went there last year for our honeymoon-we stayted at Couples Negril and it was AMAZING!!! Have fun!

prashant said...

And never heard of a poison ivy cherry being popped .

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