Florida in December

2 12 2011

Wait, what? It’s December already? Whoa! Christmas is in 3 weeks!

I’m in Florida for a few days, and let me tell you, December in FL is quite different than what I’m used to experience up north! Ok, we did have unseasonably warm weather last weekend, but still, its normally quite frigid by December!

Here in FL, they say it’s really cold (for them). On Wednesday, it was about 55, and the woman on the radio said it was a “run on the treadmill kind of day” becuase it was so cold outside! Um what? That’s PERFECT running weather!

It was a bit chillier on Thursday morning (high forties), but I still was able to get a run in on the beach! There’s nothing like running next to the ocean Gulf. Hey, I’m okay with any large body of water, especially if its salty!

Then, I had lunch with Meghann, from Meals and Miles! I was in her neck of the woods, so we met up for lunch at this super cute coffee shop called Sophies.

I got there early to do some work, and so I snacked on a pumpkin cookie. There’s nothing wrong with dessert first. 🙂

When Meghann arrived, we ordered our food. We decided to split the grilled vegetable sandwich and order our own cups of soup. One thing I love about eating with foodies is that they’re usually up for sharing when there’s so many yummy choices!

I ordered the Portobello Mushroom and Onion soup, topped with goat cheese.

Holy yum! It was SO good! It was similar to French Onion soup, but with chunks of ‘bellos. MMMM!

The grilled veggie sandwich was also quite good. I loved the crusty baguette!

I always think its fun/awkward to meet other bloggers. It’s fun because you share common interests, but a little awkward since you kinda already know a lot about them from their blog…Almost like Facebook stalking, but not as creepy maybe? 😉 Regardless, it was nice to meet Meghann in real life! She’s off to Vegas tomorrow because she’s running a half marathon there this weekend! Good luck girl!

After lunch, the sun was shining, so I went for a short walk along the bay.

The water was really clear (at least close to the seawall), and I even saw a few (pretty big) fish jump out of the water. Strolling along in a short sleeve tee and jeans? Definitely not something that regularly happens in December in DC.

It’s kind of fun to be somewhere warm in December, though seeing the Christmas decorations on palm trees kinda weirds me out! I’m off to enjoy some more warm December weather. Have a great weekend friends!

Question of the day: Do you prefer warm weather Decembers or cold weather Decembers? Why?



A Pea-lightful Office Lunch

5 10 2011

I try not to talk much about my work on the blog, but I’m making an exception today because it involves food!

First, let me rewind to last week, when I decided to make Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Slow Cooker Soup. A soup with sweet potatoes, chick peas, peanut butter, and some of my favorite spices? Yes, please! And it will be ready when I get home from work? What more could I ask for?

So I threw all the ingredients in the crock pot one morning, and that night I walked home to the delicious smell of the soup.  I didn’t even wait to pour myself a bowl, I just dug right in with a spoon (you can do that when you’re only cooking for one!) Well friends, it was love at first bite. This quite possibly might be my absolute favorite soup of all time. It’s THAT good.

Mama Pea must think I’m some psycho blogger girl because I immediately professed my soup love on Twitter multiple times.

I wanted to drink the entire pot in one sitting. (I didn’t). Instead, I brought leftovers in to work for my lunch all week long. Each day I had the soup, my colleagues asked about it, commenting on how good it smelled. I did my best to be nice and share, but I really just wanted to eat all of it myself! I did offer up a few spoonfuls, and each time someone tried it, they said some version of “OMG this is the best soup ever.” Ok, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but they all really liked it.

Being that the soup takes 3-4 hours to cook, I thought it would be a great idea to bring my crock pot in to the office and make the soup for a fun lunch with a few of my colleagues. With the weather quickly changing to soup and sweatshirt weather, I decided that Tuesday would be the day!

So, I gathered the ingredients on Monday night and then arrived at the office a few minutes early on Tuesday to throw everything into the crock pot. At precisely 12:30, it was soup time for me and 4 of my colleagues.

Best. Lunch. Ever.

Very happy colleagues!

It was a lunchtime success! Everyone really enjoyed the soup 🙂

I passed along the recipe (and blog link) to all of them, and I’m pretty sure they’ll be making some for themselves soon. We even had leftovers, which I shared with two others. One responded in an email with the subject line “FANTASTIC” and the other came in to my office and gushed about how good it was.

This recipe will make a regular appearance in my apartment this fall/winter. I hope you try it too!

Thank you Mama Pea!

Question of the day: Have you ever made a meal for colleagues? What did you make?