Sunday, January 29, 2012

Let There Be Light

by Meghann on January 29, 2012

We have light!

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Last Thursday Derek and I were watching tv in the living room when we heard a faint ‘pop’ and all three lights in the fan’s light fixture went out above our heads. My first thought was how odd it was that all three lights would choose to go out at the time. What a weird coincidence, right? Wrong.

The next day Derek purchased three brand new light bulbs that he attempted to replace the old ones with. A flip of a switch, a pull of a string, and still no light. Dratz. We both sort of looked at each other with a “now what?” look to our eyes. I went away for the weekend and returned to the same dark cave I left. Where’s that landlord who fixes things when we need him? Oh, yeah – we own the place – this task was all on us.

So, in lieu of a landlord, we called the next best thing – Derek’s dad.

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This is why I love living near family. Derek’s dad walked us through all of his trouble shooting steps to figure out what was wrong with the light, before concluding there was a shortage in the fan’s box and we had to replace the whole unit. He then helped us install the new one, while teaching us how each of the wires worked and what to do in case this happens again.

Derek and I aren’t the handiest people, but we’re learning – one broken light fixture at a time.

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Success!

Thanks Steve for all the help today! We owe you. Again. :)

Backing up… Derek and I dug into my stash of weekend leftovers for lunch.

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He had a sandwich while I made a generous salad with red leaf lettuce, tortilla chips, turkey, blue cheese, salsa, carrots, and walnuts.

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It was my take on a taco salad. :)

After we hit the grocery store for enough food to get us through our upcoming short week, I made a new favorite snack.

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A bowl of oranges and strawberries drizzled with a PB2 sauce. Looks funny in the photos, but tastes amazing. :)

Dinner was inspired by the bread bowls we stumbled upon at Publix.

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Derek fell in love with clam chowder in a sourdough bowl when we were in San Francisco a couple of years ago and has been on the hunt for a perfectly portioned sourdough bread loaf for an at home version of it ever since. When we saw the mini bread bowls, we knew we had to try it.

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Sourdough bread is great, but the pumpernickel option was more my cup of tea. Pumpernickel > sourdough :-p

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I filled the bowls with a batch of this recipe that I found via FitSugar. I replaced the fish with chicken and it came out just fine.

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Not exactly the same as what we had in San Francisco, but I still enjoyed our version. The soup was full of goodies and the bread added a nice carby touch.

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A homemade chocolate chip cookie for dessert.

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Our plans for the rest of the evening…

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Good night!

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