Things I’m Digging: June Edition

June is almost over. Can you believe it? It’s officially summer and that makes me happy. Here are some other things that make me happy:

Weddings

How cool is that cake topper? The coolest, right? Anyway, as you know, last weekend was Marcus and Lindsey’s wedding and it was a TOTAL blast! I hope to write a full post about it soon, but I’m still trying to round up some pictures. What I will say is that weddings are awesome. It’s refreshing to see two people love each other so unconditionally and without any reservation. Plus, the open bar, abundance of food, and ridiculous amount of dancing don’t hurt either. ūüėÄ You should have seen us cutting a rug!

Disconnecting

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Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and just enjoy a moment instead of worrying about answering texts/taking a ton of pictures/missing phone calls. There’s been a few weekends recently where I’ve done exactly that. I have essentially forgotten about my cell phone and have tried to live more in the moment. As much as I love sharing my life on here via pictures, sometimes I’d rather see things through both eyes – not through one eye and a¬†lens. I hope that’s okay because I’m totally digging it! (no worries though, I will still be taking PLENTY of photos!)

Bacon-Wrapped…anything…

Let’s be real here, this probably doesn’t surprise anyone. But, I ordered the pork tenderloin this weekend at Lindsey and Marcus’ rehearsal dinner and to my surprise and DELIGHT, it was wrapped in bacon. Om nom nom! Now I have a hankering to try everything wrapped in bacon. Bacon wrapped chicken? Bacon wrapped steak? Bacon wrapped…chocolate sundae? I don’t know. Just give me more!

Water

It’s been like 80¬†bazillion¬†degrees with a 1000% humidity here in DC lately. I don’t handle heat very well, so water has been my new BFF. Drinking it, lounging in it, running through it…you name it, I love it. I’m anxious to see what the rest of the summer brings, it couldn’t possibly get any hotter!! (Famous last words?)

Salad

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I know, WTF!!! Right? I, Cait, will admit that I have been eating 3-4 salads per week and….I’ve been enjoying it. *GASP* This is a huge step, people. Huge! Also, I’m not a big fan of dressing, but I love lettuce. I know, WTF again. Everything about me is so backwards.

What are you digging about summer?

Guilty Pleasures

We all have them. Those embarrassing things that you watch, listen to, and do behind closed doors at the risk of others barging in on you at any moment and the gig being up. Mortifying. Now, I’m pretty open about most aspects of my life, but even I have some guilty pleasures that I try to keep under wraps…for the most part.

I can already feel myself getting red in the face. Here we go.

Guilty Pleasure Music: *NSYNC

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If you knew me before the year 2002, you knew this girl:

And to some degree, she still exists. My love for *NSYNC is like a river…peaceful and deep (and if you get that reference, HIGH TEN!). Back in my middle school days, I was obsessed. This band consumed my life. I spent hours on the internet looking at websites, bought every piece of memorabilia I could get my hands on, saw them 4 times in concert, and listened to their albums so many times that I actually wore one of them out. I can’t make this stuff up. Even now, if I’m having a rough day, I know I can turn on an *NSYNC album and Justin, Chris, Joey, Lance, and JC will cheer me right up…it’s just now, I don’t let people see!

Guilty Pleasure Food: Bacon

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Okay, so maybe this isn’t a surprise to anyone. But seriously, I love bacon. And sometimes I hide how much bacon I truly, actually eat from people. It’s almost an embarrassing amount. Think about this: I could eat bacon for breakfast, and then have a BLT for lunch, and then have a bacon cheeseburger for dinner and not even flinch. Not saying that’s ever happened…or has it?

Guilty Pleasure Movie: High School Musical (1, 2, AND 3)

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Once again, I seriously wish I was making this stuff up, but I’m not. I love, love, love all three High School Musical movies. I think I have seen them all a minimum 20 of times. It’s even lamer that I think HSM 3 is the best of the series and saw it in theaters twice. I own all of them on DVD, but my go-to is HSM 3. I watch it whenever I’m just having a bum day and need something upbeat to lift my spirits. WILDCATS! Get your head in the game!

Guilty Pleasure YouTube Video: Nom Nom Cat

Seriously, it’s a kitten literally nomming on some food. I can’t get enough.

Most Random Guilty Pleasure: Extremely long showers

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I fully acknowledge that I may be the worst human being on the face of the planet to share a bathroom with. I LOVE long, super hot showers. I’m talking about showers that can be upwards to 40 minutes or more. After a shower that long, I come out feeling so clean and refreshed. Not that I always have time to take showers like this, but when I do I take advantage of the situation. And then I usually find myself telling my roommates, “No, I wasn’t just in the shower for 45 minutes. It was 20…tops.” Lies, lies, lies!

What are your guilty pleasures?

PS. First challenge weigh-in coming this weekend. Stay tuned!

Doughn’t You Love Pizza!?

Happy Hump Day! It’s been quite an insane week already, but I’m gearing up for my even insaner (apparently that IS a word, who knew?) weekend and the PHILADELPHIA MARATHON! Holy crap. I can’t believe it’s almost here.

Also, here is a random tidbit of wisdom for your day. This has been my life motto for the last few weeks:

Now onto the good stuff! I’ve made my love affair with pizza¬†pretty apparent on my little space in the blogosphere already. But have I shared with you my theory on pizza soulmates? No? Well, allow me enlighten you with a little bit of AWESOME.

If you didn’t click on that link (which you should), pizza soulmates can be summed up as follows: that person who loves the exact same pizza toppings, in the exact same proportions as you do. Without prompt, you would both order the same pizza every single time. It’s hard to find. Some even may even say impossible, but I know it’s not because I found mine.

(yeah, feel the love. geez!)

Melodramatic intro aside, my co-worker, Pera, and I actually fit the definition of pizza soulmates to a tee. The first time we went out for pizza with our group of friends it was a pretty great moment that went something like this:

Pera: “Anyone want to split a pizza?”
Caitlin:¬†“What kind of toppings?”
Pera: “Pepperoni and sausage?”
Caitlin: “And bacon?”
Pera: “Done.”

Easiest decision I’ve ever made.

So, it came as no surprise that as soon as I had the idea to start a blog one of the first things he said to me was, “We should cook our own pizza. Make our own dough and everything!” Done.

Second easiest decision I’ve ever made.

We were both excited to get started. The only problem: we are clueless in the kitchen.

If a picture could say a thousand words…

After a brief trip to the grocery store (yes, I braved the grocery store…I was shocked that we found the active dry yeast), we got to it. I’ve said this before, baking doesn’t intimidate me much. But making pizza dough? Well, that’s a realm I hadn’t quite stepped in to. I put my warface on:

The dough was no match for our culinary prowess. It was delicious and rose surprisingly well after about 10-15 minutes of kneading and an hour of letting it rise. We added garlic and basil to our crust for some extra flavor. It was a nice touch!

I was in charge of cooking up the toppings and may or may not have stolen a few niblet half pound of bacon in the process.

What can I say? Bacon is my kryptonite.

ANYWAY, our pizza was topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon and a metric ton of cheese. You can seriously never have enough cheese on a pizza…but if such a thing were to exist, this would have been dangerously close.

For those of you following along at home, here’s a bit of recipe magic for your arsenal:

The Best Pizza Dough You Will Ever Make
adapted from allrecipes.com

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm (110 degrees-ish) water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil

First combine the water and active yeast. Let that sit for 10 minutes to get those cultures active!
Then, combine that with the rest of the ingredients. Knead for 10-15 minutes. Let sit for an hour or more covered by a damp towel. Roll out. Bake by itself for 5-7 minutes, then add sauce and toppings and bake again 20-25 minutes.

OM NOM NOM!

The crust was flakey, the sauce was sweet, the cheese was gooey, and the toppings were spot on. Pizza success!

Have you found your pizza soulmate? What are your toppings of choice?