Ede-more please.

Tonight was the ever-famous Champagne Thursday.

During my graduate program, every Thursday evening was dedicated to Champagne Thursday, a time to gather round bubbly and nibbles, (all potluck style), and relax.

You should really implement Champagne Thursday in your life. Like right now.

We haven’t had a Champagne Thursday in quite some time. January 20th to be exact. And while January 20th was declared National Cheese Lover’s Day, March 31st was not. I didn’t have a foodie inspired “holiday” to direct my potluck side-dish for the evening, and instead decided to investigate my fridge in hopes of cobbling up something worthy of presentation.

I found lots of produce, quite a few condiments, and a nearly full container of garbanzo beans. Hummus it was. But not without a few tweaks.

Last weekend I spied this “NEW PRODUCT!” bag of shelled edemame at Safeway. Taking advantage of the introductory price, I quickly grabbed a bag, unsure what I would do with it*.

*aside from eat it straight up with sea salt, of course.

Edamame + garbanzo beans? Yes, it works. Do it.

This recipe is dedicated to my friend, Kammie. Who just wanted to know the ingredients, because she cooks like I do: tell me what you used, I’ll figure out the rest from there. But in case you aren’t like Kammie, or myself, this recipe if for you too.



1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans, (rinsed & drained if from a can)

1/2 cup thawed shelled edamame

1~ tsp. Cholula, tobasco, or other hot sauce of your choice

1 tsp. prepared wasabi

2 tsp lemon grass via tube, (or sub half lemon grass stalk)

2 tsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic

2 tsp tahini

sea salt, or lemon sea salt, to taste


Add all ingredients to food processor. Mince until processed thoroughly. Add water until desired consistency is reached.

Enjoy with carrots, celery, bell pepper slices, or straight up with a spoon.

Or your finger. I won’t judge, promise.


Like most people, I thrive on routine. Lately my routine has been thrown off due to conference week. Yes, I am probably the only librarian you’ll meet that does parent-teacher conferences.

How do I handle late nights + lack of sleep?

No water soy chai’s + petite vanilla scones,

50% off Amy’s frozen meals (if you must go frozen, you must go Amy’s),

giggling at advertising techniques on my commute home,

breaking out the “white girl” dance moves for spontaneous dance parties with my students in the hallway and backing out of drive-through lines with my co-worker when we’ve already ordered, only to pass the order box and have the girl inside ask if she can take our order.  Tears erupting as we laugh and say, “no thanks, we’re good,” and continue on our way.

Yes, I’m loopy, and am very ready for Saturday, when I can sleep in. But I’m happy to report I’ve powered through and only have one conference left.

How do you power through when you’re lacking sleep and energy?

Weekend update

How is it already 6:39 p.m. on Sunday?

I totally skipped out on posting yesterday, and I can’t make any guarantees for how many posts I’ll be able to publish this week. I’m in the midst of writing my first-ever grant, and it is quite the arduous process. Between that and this being conference week I can make no promises in the blog department.

So I’ll leave you with a little weekend update, mostly via pictures.

Friday night I attended the 4th annual Gift of Golf fundraiser.

And although my friend Jenny told me the dress code was jeans and a cute top, I decided a wine tasting was the perfect excuse to wear this little dress I’ve been waiting to debut.

With my favorite, too tall to teach comfortably in, Cole Haan boots.

Upon arriving we purchased some raffle tickets.

And I won! Not the grand prize of 2 rounds of golf + overnight accommodations at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, but I did win See’s chocolate. My friend Karen won a $25 gift card to O’Dohrety’s Irish Grille and Marla won a hat 😉

I must have been starving, because after I finished eating I noticed I completely neglected to take a photo of the spread. Tons of local restaurants donated food, and Celebrations donated cupcakes! I did not neglect a cupcake photo-op!

No, I did not devour two cupcakes, although I totally could have. The hubs enjoyed the chocolate peanut butter one, and I nibbled away at the cherry.

Saturday involved a lot of errands and cleaning for me, and raised garden bed making for the hubs.

One errand was a trip to Celebrations to pick up happy hour cupcakes, when all cupcakes are $1. Unfortunately, I got the date wrong for happy hour cupcakes, but it didn’t stop me from walking out with a few!

The champagne cupcake has edible sparkles on it!


I decided appetizers for dinner would be the perfect complement to the Lady Zags game that evening. Who, by the way, are the first 11 seed team to make it to the Elite Eight – Go Zags!

To complete my appetizer menu I hit up my local fromage shop, Saunders.

I walked away with 4 tasty selections, courtesy of our friend Kate, and assembled quite the vegetarian friendly spread.

Cheese board

Vegetarian meatballs + homemade marinara

These tasted nothing like meatballs. They actually tasted like a Morningstar Farms veggie burger. Not exactly what I thought I would be biting into.

Artichoke + jalapeño dip


And LaBrea bread

Today I added leftover bruchetta and truffle cheese to my scrambled eggs. It was a brilliant idea. I gobbled them right up.

I’d tell you more, but wordpress is being a pita. It took me over an hour to write this much. Arrgh!

What is your favorite appetizer?