I’m about a week (or more) late on March’s Lookback List, so I’m going to attempt to keep this one short and sweet! I have a few other good posts in mind for the month of April. 🙂
MARCH IN REVIEW
I’m a little embarrassed to tell you guys that I am STILL on The Invention of Wings. But you know how life goes, some weeks or months are just busier than others. Work is picking up again which means heading in early and/or staying late most days, and so less time to read! I want to say I’ll finish this one before April ends, but you never know!
I don’t know how many of you keep up with the Academy Awards, but this year, a documentary filmed in LA won “Best Documentary Short Subject.” It’s called Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405. It’s a series of interviews with and about Mindy Alper, a 56-year-old artist in LA who channels her depression and anxiety in her artwork. It’s a pretty heavy subject, but also extremely eye-opening. I think it’s streaming on most apps now, but you can also catch it on YouTube, and it’s only about 40 minutes long.
Our weekly husband/wife meals are continuing, and we’re having so much fun with it!
Some meals we’ve made this month included a “fried” chicken and sweet potato dish from a cookbook of mine called One Pan, Two Plates. We used cornflake crumbs to bread the chicken, and I swear it tasted just like adult Chicken McNuggets. It’s also one of those recipes where we have all the ingredients regularly on hand, so we’ve made it a few times since then as well!
We meal prepped these burrito bowls, that Al picked out. Why is Mexican food so good even the second time around?!
You can read about my corned beef recipe –> here for St. Patricks Day! We coupled it with mashed potatoes, of course 😉
This Thai Chicken Curry in the crockpot was amaaaazing. Adding the peanuts on top is a must. This one was packed with flavor, and I think it’s maybe my favorite Crockpot Curry to date.
This Chicken Tikka Masala was also made in the crockpot and it was good + made a lot! I think I would actually add more chicken next time around, as the sauce to chicken ratio could have been more equal.
Al prepared this awesome Mexican Casserole in the crockpot for the entire Redondo Condo, and we all went nuts over it. It fed six of us without leftovers, but I have a feeling we’ll be making this one again for a weekly meal prep soon. 😉 We have a thing for crockpots …
And of course we BBQ’d lots after Al and Vince completed the LA Marathon mid-month! Burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and zucchini! With summer quickly approaching, I think we’ll be doing a lot of grilling. When you don’t have AC, the last thing you wanna do is turn on 80 degree days is turn on the stove or oven!
This month was the month of trying new breweries!!!
The first one we went to was The Arts District Brewery in Downtown LA. This one sits right smack dab in the middle of the Arts District. The place is huge, has it’s own kitchen (with a really good chicken sandwich and tots, might I add), and maybe the most important factor – it has ski ball! Parking can be a little tough, but once you’re in, you’ll find yourself staying for a while. Beer was good!
The second brewery we finally got around to visiting was Scholb Craft Brewery in Torrance…I think this one has quickly jumped to the top of our list of favorite Southbay Breweries! The beer is great, the staff is friendly, there are regular food trucks, they’re dog friendly, and the space is pretty awesome. The best part might be the giant Jenga and Connect Four games for anyone to play. We spent a good while here on a Saturday afternoon, and we had the best time ever.
We then visited the Southbay’s newest brewery, Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne. This place is gigantic. As of now, they’re still a little bare bones as they figure out their art situation, but don’t get me wrong, the space already has some really great vibes, and maybe the best outdoor patio of them all. This one is also regularly visited by food trucks, dog-friendly, and you can get a competitive game of corn hole going with your gang. 😉
And aside from breweries, we visited LA’s first Distillery in Downtown LA: Greenbar Distillery. We’ve been here a couple of times, but we always enjoy taking new people to the Tasting Tour that they offer! It’s kind of crazy how much they’ve expanded their liquors since we’ve been there last! If you’re visiting LA and looking for cool things to do (especially in downtown), I totally recommend making a reservation at this place!
I think it’s also worth mentioning, that Trader Joes has a new brand of canned wine for sale, called Simpler Wines. Have you guys hopped on board the canned wine train yet? I’m not a huge fan of the canned whites, but the canned reds I can get behind! Most of the cans are typically half a bottle, so perfect to split with someone else!
March’s Weave Along Challenge included using geometric shapes, neutral tones, and a pop of color. I so enjoyed this one! Finding the time to weave regularly has proven to be difficult lately, so I’m really enjoying these monthly challenges to give me the push I need!
I also finally got back on my little sewing machine during the last weekend of the month! Better late than never, right?? I bought this really pretty grey stretch-knit fabric months ago and knew that I wanted to make a sleeveless shift dress. I used part of an existing pattern that I had used before, and then just came up with my own thing for the rest of it! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! It’s one of those pieces that I can style with almost anything…and I don’t know about you guys, but I spend pretty much all of the Spring and Summer months in little sundresses, so this is perfect for work and social life.
While we didn’t go on any sort of trips this month, I’ve been trying to make it a point to get up early on Saturday mornings with our pup, Marty, and take him on hikes or to the dog beach! Our favorites are any of the multiple hikes up in Palos Verdes because the views are unreal, and this guy loves staring out into the big blue ocean more than anything. Cruising in the early morning when there’s no traffic, with my tunes on, always puts my in the best mood for the weekend. I feel extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful town!
This month we reached one year since we lost our little Jack Russell / Beagle, Biff. We spent a lot of that weekend with friends, reminiscing on funny Biff-isms. It’s funny, how time is really the only healer for something like that. For so long, Al and I couldn’t even mention Biff without tearing up or getting sad, and now we’re able to remember all of the joy and love he brought into our lives; and we smile and laugh when we talk about him. The day that Biffy passed away, our neighbors were incredible and got us out of the house to go bowling and try and take our minds off of things, so we thought we should go bowling a year later in his honor. I’m so glad we did. So this month we’re loving the memory of our dear Biff, and we’re loving the kindness and big hearts of our neighbors that have turned into family.
Obviously – with Al and I both having Irish roots – we celebrated St. Patricks Day this month! However, since it was the night before Al’s Marathon, we didn’t celebrate in the typical Irish fashion. Instead, we had Corned Beef and Cabbage the night prior with our neighbors, and got to bed early for the race 😉
We also celebrated the amazing feat of Al and Vince running 26.2 miles in the LA Marathon!! I wrote a post about it –> here if you haven’t read it yet!
I always love this time of year, because Daylight Savings Time hits and we gain an hour of daylight at the tail-end of the day. Not only that, but the mornings start to get lighter, earlier. I feel like it makes all of the difference in my productivity and active-ness. It’s easier to get up and out in the mornings, it’s warmer, and being able to head down to the beach after work for sunset is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I just feel overall healthier and happy this time of year, how about you guys!?
Al and I went to this awesome acoustic show in Highland Park this month, where we got to see Rivers from the band, Weezer, perform! It was a one-man show in a small venue – I think there were maybe 200 of us there – and it was super cool. He played a lot of Weezer songs acoustically, but also threw in a lot of fun covers too. I love small, intimate shows like this one! It was also a good excuse for Al and I to head to a different part of the city for a little date night. 🙂
I hope everyone is enjoying their month of April so far! What are ya’ll up to this month!?