monday meal madness!

matt's 40th, V

Happy Labor Day! Happy 40th to Mister Fresh Scratch!

Over the last week, we’ve been in the thick of back-to-school teacher meetings {Dante surely had a place for these in his circles of Hell; he just forgot to mention them!}. We’ve eaten a lot of pizza. Not homemade.

But I do have a couple dinner ideas for you, so get out those menus and grocery lists, and away we go!

GP's wontonsThe Mister cooked me dinner on our date night last week – chicken fajitas that were to die for. Where’s the photo, though? I think my camera was off and I was so bedraggled that I didn’t even notice when I pushed the button!

He also attempted these little tofu and veggie-filled wonton wrapper guys from Gwyneth’s latest cookbook, IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. He served them with steamed, salty edamame, and they were fabulous, even if they were falling apart.

matt's 40th, IIn celebration of Matt’s 40th, we had his family over for a luau-themed birthday dinner last night. He and his brother {plus his bff and one of my brothers} spent a week on Maui last month, waiting out hurricanes, snorkeling, and scuba diving, so we just had a small bash.

matt's 40th, IIThe tables were covered in sarongs. We had chicken and pineapple kebobs, sweet potato fries, slaw, and veggies from his uncle’s garden. Oh, and how can I forget the pina coladas?! Do you like pina coladas?

How about getting caught in the rain? Ya like that?

matt's 40th, III matt's 40th, IVmatt's 40th, VI matt's 40th, VIIAunties will be aunties, even if you are forty!

matt's 40th, VIIIHere are my bro-in-law and his lovely lady. I just adore her!

matt's 40th, IXMy in-laws, who dressed for a luau {I forgot the outfit part!} and are so generous and loving.

matt's 40th, XUncle Rob clearly was bursting with joy! Or tired because I put him to work fixing a dresser upon his arrival…

matt's 40th, VMatt’s aunt and uncle made their famous “6 3′s” ice cream. Or is it “3 6′s?” Not sure. But it has bananas. And I love it!

The cake was vanilla with pineapple cream cheese frosting. We saved one big piece for the birthday boy for this evening, as today is the actual day.

Good luck keeping us out of that piece of cake all day, Mister! Happy 40th!

insta.friday!

old suburban

For me, the entire week has been filled with cramming bits of summer fun in next to the transition back to school. Oh, and my classroom mysteriously became a small pond and is currently drying out.

But it’s Friday, and I can share the little moments of my week with you via cell phone pictures {I’m mrsfreshscratch on Instagram} as I drink my tea. And I like that.

Shall we?

peaches “Millions of peaches, peaches for free!” {as an aside, now that song will be stuck in your noggin all day…haha!}

Scotty brought these back from eastern Washington for me, and a few of them were lovely in Molly Wizenberg’s pistachio cake. Another was divine in my vanilla ice cream. Many are going to be heavenly when I pull them from the freezer during the rainy season when I can only dream of summer.

VW ranchero This.

How cool is this?!

Do you think it came like that, or was it a custom job? I mean, these are the things that keep me up at night!

Clementine soap Last weekend was the weekend Emily and I were waiting for: our time to visit our third amiga, Stacee, who happened to be vacationing at her friends’ home in Seattle while they were vacationing in San Diego. Um, good deal, no?

First stop: Anthropologie. I saw these soaps and just loved seeing my crazy, energetic little girl’s name on the wrapper.

orange vespa Santa, please leave one of these under my tree this year. Along with the deed to an apartment in Paris. That is all. Thank you!

rosemary & fig cocktail at tutta bella I love my time with my girlfriends. We walked down the hill from Stacee’s friends’ house in the Columbia City part of Seattle to have dinner at Tutta Bella. We sat outside and spilled all the dirt to each other while we drank these amazing cocktails of rosemary and fig and some other stuff I’d never heard of but really, really loved.

Then Stacee and Emily got a second one, and I was still on my first because I was talking too much. Dang it!

We literally stumbled in the front door that night. Sometimes you’ve got to have a night like that amidst the chaos of just – well…- everything!

columbia city bakeryBreakfast the next morning at the Columbia City Bakery, to which we also walked? Yes, please. If you can make it there, trust me when I say that the ham and gruyere croissant will charm you and the apricot gallette will do a good job of it, too.

old suburban Seriously. An old Suburban? Isn’t it gorgeous? The idea of a “Suburban” back when this was made translates to the size of my station wagon. Adorable.

the fault in our stars In my world of entertainment, this was a banner week, friends.

I finished The Fault in Our Stars with nary a tear. Because I am the ice queen, apparently, and the only person who did not need one single kleenex while reading this awesomely written story. Believe the hype and give it a read.

You will fall in love with a teenaged boy named Augustus Waters – not to creep you out, but just to warn you. You will wish you were 17.

"boyhood"And “Boyhood” – who has seen it?! It is an epic journey. The genius Richard Linklater filmed it over twelve years, so you see this boy grow in real time and see the actors change and age {hello, Ethan Hawke! Still crazy about you after all these years!}. And it’s just a beautiful, simple/complicated story of coming of age and growing and changing – not just for him, but for all the people in his life. It ended so perfectly, too. Please, please see it!

And now, it’s time for those back-to-school haircuts. Last year Annabelle went into the salon with long hair and left with a Pixie. I am justifiably curious about what the day will bring.

xo and happy weekend,

mrs. fresh scratch

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