Here’s what I’m drinking – DRY Soda

My relationship with soda is tumultuous. For years and years, I drank diet. Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Mug, Diet Squirt, and obv, Diet Coke. Working at Microsoft for the past 7 years hasn’t helped, with the refrigerators stocked full of every soda imaginable. I reevaluated my diet soda obsession when I became pregnant, nearly 5 years ago. This rang in the era of sparkling water. Pellegrino, Talking Rain (which Microsoft also has in the fridges), Perrier, even a SodaStream have all quenched my thirst and I was getting to the point when I was drinking more sparkling water than regular, which was making for a slight bloat issue.

In the past year, I’ve made an attempt to drink regular old water. Boring, I know, but it seems to actually hydrate me, so that’s good. That’s not to say that I don’t indulge in a diet soda once in awhile. When I am eating a burger, I need a Diet Coke. Period. But I have discovered a new soda, no aspartame or chemicals, delish and low calorie. And it’s a local Seattle company, so yay for that! I am obsessed. Hello DRY soda!

DRY Blood OrangeDRY CucumberTaken straight from their website. “DRY is soda for everyone. Created specifically to be a less sweet soda, DRY has just four all natural ingredients and is sweetened with a minimal amount of pure cane sugar. DRY contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of traditional soda, which allows its fruit, flower, and herb flavors to shine through. DRY Soda is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free. Available in slim aluminum cans as well as glass bottles, DRY Soda is ideal to sip, pair, or mix for any occasion.”

My favorite flavors are Cucumber & Blood Orange and I have yet to mix with booze, but doesn’t that sound good mixed with a lil vodka? Mmmmm, delish. Check out all of their flavors:

DRY Flavors

I don’t feel guilty when I drink this stuff, am supporting my local economy. I think I can hang it up for the day, I’ve done enough. But seriously, try it out, so good!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what works: my 4-year old asking me to be his Valentine. There probably aren’t too many more years when this will happen, so I’ll eat it up with a spoon. Someday, I would love to have a Valentine a little closer to my own age, but for now, I feel filled up with love for my little boy. I know that my Valentine of the future is out there somewhere, not quite sure what he’s doing, where he is, or when I’ll find him, but he’s out there! He’s going to be funny and goofy and witty and loving and strong, strong enough to deal with my special brand of crazy. Can he also be a good dresser and really good looking? Great, thanks.

Until then, I have the best little Valentine a Mama could ask for.

Hope everyone has a love-filled day.

xoxo,

Lynne

Valentine

Tomato-Glazed Meatloaves & Mashed Potatoes

Oh my god. This is the best thing I have eaten in awhile. I am currently shoveling it in my mouth while typing.  I made this a few months back, before blog, but didn’t make the glaze. You need to make the glaze. I consider myself a meatloaf connoisseur, I love meatloaf. I am picky about my meatloaf. This is one of the best I have eaten. Ever. The thing I also like about this one is that it’s really meatballs, not a loaf. Meatloaf balls. Bravo, Deb Perelman. Everything you make is good.

I served with steamed green beans and Yukon gold mashed potatoes (cut up potatoes into small pieces, boil for about 10 minutes until tender, mash with milk, butter, salt & pepper). She serves with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, which looked amazing, but I was cooking for 1. If I had guests coming? Absolutely.

Tomato-Glazed Meatloaves – (from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook)

Ingredients

Glaze

  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2  tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
 Meatballs
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 2lbs ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs

Directions

  1. First, make the glaze.  Combine all glaze ingredients in a saucepan and simmer, whisking, for about 2 minutes.  Set aside.
  2. To make the meatballs, preheat oven to 350°F. Tear the bread into chunks and then blend it, in a food processor, into breadcrumbs. Place the breadcrumbs in a medium-sized bowl. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot to the food processor and pulse it until they are finely chopped.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Once the skillet is hot, coat the bottom with olive oil and heat the oil for a minute; add the finely chopped vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables to the breadcrumbs, then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the ingredients together with a fork. With wet hands, form the mixture into twelve 3-inch meat meatballs.
  5. Space meatballs so that they are not touching, in a baking dish. Drizzle or brush each meatball with a teaspoon or so of the tomato glaze and bake until completely cooked through, about 25 – 30 minutes. (An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a cooked meatball will register 160 to 165.)
  6. Serve with any leftover glaze on mashed potatoes.

Currently Coveting…

Essential Grey
Essential Grey

I have an online shopping problem. Not like I always make the purchase, but I am always obsessed with something. Right now it’s a few things, all house related. As I am getting ready for the change, I of course have decided that much of my current furniture should be changed out as the overall aesthetic is changing from beige to grey (Sherwin Williams Essential Grey, to be exact. The interior just got painted and I am obsessed). Will this happen? Probably not. But am I filling carts up all over the place in the meantime? You betcha!

Room & Board Sava Chair ($229) – Love the clean, simple lines, love the grey leather. I need 8 of these. Stat. My current dining room chairs are upholstered, a green/brown/taupe stripe with nailheads. They are lovely, great quality (duh, they’re from Masins) and I have also considered reupholstering, which is not a small or inexpensive task. I am just ready for a change. Chances of buying? Low.

Sava Chair    Sava Chair2

Limeade Metal Counter Stools, set of 2 ($148) – The new house doesn’t accommodate my kitchen table, it has an island with room for 4 counter stools. The kitchen will be primarily white, so I love the idea of a little pop of color, plus the price is right! They come in charcoal as well, so I can play it safe if I so choose. Chances of buying? High.

metal counter stools

Plantation Shutters, 1st floor ($5500) – I love this look so much that I want to marry it. It is timeless, classic, and so much more than just a window covering! But it literally hurts me to think about the price. Chances of buying? Undecided. The runner up is top-down honeycomb privacy blinds. Not as exciting, but still a solid option.

plantation shutters2 plantation shutters

New Bedding – West Elm ($296 for King Duvet & 2 Shams) or Crate & Barrel ($196 for King Duvet & 2 Shams) – I love my current bedframe. It is upholstered, nailhead, totally solid (Masins), but the fabric color isn’t exactly what I’d choose now for my new grey walls. I’m determined to make it work with some new bedding. Who doesn’t love getting new bedding? An inexpensive way to change the look of your bedroom. Chances of buying? Too late, already bought the Crate & Barrel on my lunch break, all bedding is currently 20% off.

West Elm Bedding  West Elm Bedding  Crate & Barrel Ritva bedding

Decisions, decisions. Even though I can’t have it all, I can put it all in my cart, which alleviates the want. Sometimes, that’s enough!