Did anyone else get their ass kicked by Daylight Savings yesterday? I might as well have just slept through the entire day. I was worthless.
You may be hoping for a Bachelor Final Rose recap right now, but I must disappoint you. I have ish going on on Monday nights so The Bachelor must wait until Tuesday mornings. That and my fiancé refuses to watch it. The bastard. So I’ve been staying off social media and distracting myself with laundry until I drink my coffee this am and watch my recording. Be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow, I’m sure I will rant about something. I’m happy with whoever he chooses, so if I am ranting, it will most likely be about the length of his shorts.
Speaking of the bachelor, I’m officially one step closer to getting married! I had my bachelorette party this weekend which means it’s less than 1 month until we tie the knot in Jamaica! I got to hang out with a handful of my closest girlfriends on Saturday, doing my favorite things: shopping, eating and making memories. I know that sounds corny, but I really do mean it. These are moments that happen very rarely and I feel so lucky to be experiencing it all right now. Ok ok, I’ll stop with the corn.
So I’m going to have to do some recaps of the day because I could talk forever about all the little details that were important to me, but you wouldn’t give an F. Any person who knows me should know that any sort of special occasion I partake in should revolve around food. What’s the point in celebrating something if you can’t eat while you celebrate? No point. So we started our day off on Saturday with brunch at Leña. I pretty much want to live there since they have yuca and plantain everything. Chips, bread, rolls, fries. I want it all. Later on, once we got to the Glass House apartments where we stayed for the weekend, my maid of honor Laura welcomed me with all sorts of my favorite snacks like sweet and salty popcorn, gluten free crackers with butternut squash goat cheese dip, paleo cupcakes, macarons, champagne, meat and cheese. It was all so freaking good. Then we finished the evening at Zengo for a little asian fusion and fun cocktails. Wait…there’s more. The next morning, we officially finished the weekend off at Ophelia’s for brunch. We are seriously so spoiled in Colorado with restaurants.
Now let’s recap activities. We started off with the best activity of all: shopping. We stopped by Wish Boutique where I instantly fell in love with things that are a must on our trip to Jamaica. I have a feeling I’m going to be packing way too much for that trip…I may actually already have all my clothes laid out on a table in my basement. I have issues. Then once we got to the apartment, we started some bachelorette games. Since we are getting closer or are in the age range of 30 at this point, we weren’t interested in many games or penis attire, but I’m so happy we played a couple because they brought up some memories. My favorite game was a little question booklet that Laura put together with questions about me and Brian’s relationship, that he answered the questions to (she found the game through Julie at PB Fingers, whose blog was one of the first I ever read!). Questions like our first date, our first kiss, what my biggest dream is, etc. So every time I answered a question right, I gave out a drink. Every time I answered it wrong, I had to drink. I definitely got our first kiss wrong. It’s been about 4 years now and I seriously don’t remember that first kiss at all. I’m a terrible soon to be wife.
After games, cocktails and food, we headed to Lannie’s Clocktower (which is at the bottom of the clocktower, and I got engaged at the top!) and watched their burlesque show. Secretly, I was hoping Christina Aguilera would come out with Cher. It never happened. Just a lot of boobie tassels. I haven’t seen that many spinning boobs since…ok never. I wonder how women decide they want to be part of a burlesque show. I could imagine dancing around in my underwear…because who doesn’t do that from time to time, but making my boobs dance in circles…that just sounds painful. After looking at 20 pairs of boobies, we headed to a club to hopefully get our dance on. Instead, we got bombarded by short men and terrible music. The guy to girl ratio there was about 10:1. So we lasted a total of 10 minutes inside. But it’s ok, we finished the evening by eating cupcakes and gluten free pizza. The best.
Now I have 25 days to get everything done. 25 DAYS!!!
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 2-3 pounds beef short ribs
- salt, to taste
- garlic powder, to taste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 cups red wine (just get a bottle you like)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 (6 ounce jar) tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 cups button mushrooms
- fresh parsley, to garnish
- flake salt, to garnish
- Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add ghee. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder on all sides of each short rib then place the the pan and sear on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side, until a nice crust appears on the short ribs.
- In a crockpot, place garlic cloves, onion, carrots, and celery in the bottom. Add the seared short ribs on top. In a bowl, whisk together red wine, broth, and tomato paste. Pour mixture on top of short ribs then add bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and red pepper flakes to crockpot. Lastly, add mushrooms to the top. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- When cooked fully and falling off the bone, garnish with fresh parsley and flaked salt.