Highs + Lows

by Holly on December 12, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,rambling,recipes

The weekend.

Starting at 5pm on Friday, it’s a glorious 55 hours where I am usually able to enjoy doing the things I want to do. These activities include cooking, baking, exercising, reading, shopping, going to Target + spending more money than I can afford, sleeping and hanging with friends.

However, this was my first weekend in Madison in FIVE weeks. Therefore, my weekend mostly consisted of less glamourous activities like scrubbing the toilet, taking out the trash, doing the 3-day-old dishes in the sink, cleaning the bathtub and realizing how behind I am on life.

In other words, the weekend has got its highs…AND its lows.

High: If you follow me on Twitter, you will know I got my hair did last Monday. While there was a hot debate between whether I should go blonde or auburn, I decided to go blonde. They have more fun, right?

Anyways, I am in love with my hair color and promised a few of you a picture.

Low: Going out with Brett on Friday night, dancing the night away and then waking up in the morning after having four beers in five hours (read: NOT drunk) with a hangover.

I am getting old.

High: Despite the ridiculous hangover I should not have had, I got to spend three hours with my friend Steph (who is also a food blogger!) at Madison Sourdough eating, talking about food, chitchatting, talking about food and drinking massive amounts of coffee.

Low: Coffee didn’t do much to mitigate my throbbing headache.

High: This egg, aioli + cheddar sandwich on the flakiest, yummiest croissant I’ve ever had.

Inbetween: I wanted more. A good thing for my stomach but definitely not my wallet.

Low: Since this is the place where I discovered The Sandwich That Changed My Life, I naturally thought about ordering it again. As I looked at the menu and pondered my overly dramatic breakfast choice, I noticed something absolutely shocking.


I totally forgot the sandwich had onions and neglected to put them in my re-creation.

High: Guess this means I have to make this sandwich again, this time with onions…

Low: My lightbox + I are still getting to know each other, which means that sometimes my photos come out really well in the lightbox while other times, they look a little funky.

High: This snackplate of leftover pesto + buffalo mozzarella pizza, dried apricots and Heather’s carob-roasted almonds was delicious and did not taste funky whatsoever.

Low: I was really unproductive yesterday. Like, really.

High: Taking aesthetically ugly, knotty sweet potatoes and suddenly having a fantastic idea for turning them into something beautiful.

High: Revolutionizing the way I roast squash.

Steph informed me that instead of forcing my whole body weight on my knife to cut through a squash before roasting it, all I need to do is poke it with holes and throw it in the oven. Once its soft, take it out and the knife (and seeds!) come out so easily.

Low: Making a delicious pot of Curried Lentil, Sweet Potato + Squash Soup that does NOT photograph well at all. It really bothers me.

High: The ugliest food often tastes the best. This soup was fan-freakin’-tastic, especially since I drizzled it with a bit of leftover smoked paprika oil.

High: Watching Once, the most heartbreakingly beautiful movie I’ve perhaps ever seen.

Low: Waking up to this snowpocalypse to find my car buried in 6+ inches of snow. Guess I am not running any of those errands I needed to get done today.

Inbetween: Mother Nature is forcing me to stay in my apartment all day and finish my freelance writing project due tomorrow, which is good for my procrastination but bad for my A.D.D.

High: I just came up with the most delicious gluten-free Almond Flour Pancakes this morning for breakfast. The recipe is on its way tomorrow.

Final weekend count…

Highs: 10
Lows: 8
Inbetweens: 2

I’ll take it.

Give me one high + one low from your weekend. Sharing is caring!


Alex @ IEatAsphalt December 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

The hair looks great!
High: Two holiday parties in DC.
Low: Two finals to study for.

Ilana December 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

Oh Holly I love your curls. I always wished for spirals like yours. So fantastic. And the blonde looks fun!
High- I baked and cooked my little heart out.
Low- Rain!! Arrrghh!!!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans December 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

The hair looks great love! High- being home all weekend!!! Low- spending an hour trying to unclog my sink with a plunger. Gross.

Carbzilla December 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

Hi Gorgeous! I had two half glasses of wine at a Christmas party last night and feel like crap this morning. I’m sorry you have old people’s hangover at such a young a young age.

I’m going to have to construct your light box at some point but I’m still busy trying to find a decent Xmas card photo.

OMGGGGGGG that croissant!

Amber December 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hi: I got my second Christmas project done. Only 2 more to go :) Finding the best gluten free bread mixes ever! Breads from Anna had about the greatest Pumpkin Bread I’ve ever found. (http://www.breadsfromanna.com/)
Low: Having to plow my driveway 3 times yesterday just to keep up with the snow fall. We got around 20 inches here! Oh and I ran out of eggs which really put a cramp on my ability to cook so far this weekend.

Carbzilla December 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

*You’re so young I had to say it twice!*

Angharad December 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

I need to call you back. You are lovely.

High: baking/eating chocolate sea salt cookies just for the sake of it.
Low: snowmageddon a.k.a the worst storm MN has seen since 1991 a.k.a. not able to go ANYWHERE and 14 inches of snow taking over my weekend. (kinda of really fun though…)

Kelly December 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

High: Getting home Friday evening before the big snow storm so that we weren’t stranded in an airport for the weekend.
Low: Realizing all of the things I should have been doing (Christmas, work, etc) on my 10 day vacation.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) December 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! i was wondering when we’d get to see that gorgeous head of hair of yours with its new hue :)
sounds like quite an epic week for you. lots of new things!
yeah-sorry about the snow and windchills :( i don’t miss that at all.
it’s just rainy and 50 degrees here. :p

high: new car!!!!! i haven’t driven since we moved to Seattle 2 months ago. now i got my own “new” car.
low: the Packer game isn’t on here :(

emily (a nutritionist eats) December 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Love your hair! I’m sitting here stranded in Chicago because of the snow. But I’ll take a lazy day :)

Erica December 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

You have been one busy lady lately! Catch up weekends- although they make you feel SO good when they’re done, are tough to get through! That croissant sandwich looks amazing. Y’all are getting hammered with snow- stay warm. Weekend high= dinner with my parents and baking my Saturday morning away, Low=being cold in my dress Friday night :)

VeggieGirl December 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

High of my weekend = spending time with “the suave one.”

Love of my weekend = studying for final exams.

janetha December 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

get out. i always count how many hours my total weekend is! oh. i love you. oh man, that croissant sandwich looks too heavenly. i need one. and balls, you guys are getting a lot of snow in your neck! well, at least in minnesota, and that is by you, so yeah. i saw the metrodome collapse on TV–gnarly! definitely a low for those football folks. LOVE the new hair!

Katie December 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

High: i had two nights of dance performances and they went fantastically!
Low: the snow today is probably going to keep me from being able to go to Whole Foods and TJ’s. I need food. :(

Kristie December 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

High – I walked to Willy St. Co-op to get groceries since this next week is going to be way too freaking cold to walk over there.
Low – Their meat is too expensive so I still need to go elsewhere to get a few more groceries.

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

High: baking on Friday and drinking the night away at a Christmas party I went to. Gotta enjoy those last few months of college while I can!!

Low: yesterday afternoon I was in a pretty bum mood. Meh. It happens.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm

High: my friend got an adorable puppy
Low: So bad i’m not talking about it
Inbetween: if it keeps snowing, we may get a snow day!

p.s. will you have time this week to maybe do a guest post for me? I’ll fill you in via email…

katie December 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

JUST when I think you cant get ANY hotter… you go and do your hair and it looks AWEEEEESOME!!! Will you marry my brother? he is single!!! but seriously…

High: home with the whole fam!!
Low: watched paranormal activity- that was dumb


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I love your hair! It really goes well with your skin tone and lightens your entire face up! :)

High of the weekend: Getting my washing machine fixed
Low of the weekend: The 25 loads of laundry that accompanied it.

Katie December 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Holly! U are a stunner with the blonde hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i LOVE it! Ulook beautiful brunette too but Im loving the change! Muah!

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Hey at least the highs out weigh the lows!

high: I made so many new delicious food combos this weekend!
low: I stayed in my house two days in a row (was nice, but I wish I couldve done something fun!)

dana @ my little celebration December 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Low: Feeling borderline depressed, lacking any motivation to do anything all weekend.

High: Going to a crafting event with a few of my girlfriends this afternoon that will hopefully boost my spirits.

I think I’ve got a severe case of winter gloom. And there’s not even any snow in Portland!! Sheesh. What’s wrong with me?

Amanda December 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm

High: A fabulous Friday night with the staff from the newspaper.
Low: Studying for finals.

Susan December 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

High: making a gingerbread house
Low: running out of icing and necco wafers halfway through.

I love “Once”. The theme from that movie brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it!

Tamar December 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

you look stunning! the hair color definitely suits you.
high: a woman at the gym saw me using a stability ball and asked what i was doing so i gave her a mini lesson.

low: shopping at the mall, i found a shopping bag that someone left in the bathroom, but there was no way to identify whose it was. i turned it in, but was so sad to think someone may have lost their christmas presents!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

As long as the highs beat the lows! That’s all that matters :)

jen December 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Love your hair! And that egg sandwich…Yummmy in my tummy!

High: The limit on my credit card was raised :)
Low: Crazy amounts of snow are currently dumping on this area and I’m stuck in the house.


sofia December 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

BLONDE!! ahh! i love it. we do in fact have more fun, i’d like to think. welcome to the dark (light?) side.

highs: boyfriend’s holiday party open bar. buying pretty banana republic party dress and shoes and jewelry for said party. lookin’ classy and dancing the night away.

lows: hangover from open bar abuse. impending banana credit card bill. foot pain from heels.

i’d say the high outweigh the lows, no?

Katie December 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm

High: The Packer game was just on tv here in Arizona!
Low: The Packer game was just on tv here in Arizona!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

your hair looks great!!!!!! blonds do have more fun, for sure :)

the squash tip. I knew this, but thanks for the reminder not to lose a hand trying to saw thru a raw squash.

getting hungover but not actually getting drunk…oh, this happens to me. It’s usually from 1 drink. I get a headache, dont really get buzzed, and wish I was 21 again. haha!

High = being in Aruba!
Low = tons and tons and tons of rain here. Major home improvement, i.e. new roof, needed to be put on!$$$$$$

Lynn @ The Actors Diet December 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

hey blondie! you look HOT.

high – seeing “black swan”
low – doing an interview for a radio station where fans could call in and ask questions. nobody called – SNIFF!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

High – my baked goods exchange came on Friday night – such yummy treats!
Low – I have a never ending pile of laundry waiting for me and I want to be lazy. it will go ignored.

Love the blonde hair! You always have fun :)

Jamie @ Tearaveler December 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

High: Momma Tearaveler’s connecting flight through MSP to home was cancelled and got to spend a weekend snowed in with me =)

Low: Her rescheduled flight home was also cancelled… meaning a 4hr drive to Alex and back on a what should have been productive Sunday…

Love the blonde, you’ll have lots of fun – trust me =)

Lauren December 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Oh Holly, you look so stunning!!! I LOVE this hair color on you.

High: Attending my company’s annual Holiday Gala and getting away for the night.

Low: Eating my weight in roasted nuts and underbaked brownies today while attempting to perfect a few different recipes.

Erica D December 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Can I just share a couple highs?
-Saw performance of my friends’ band at a famous venue
-Saw live performance of Rocky Horror Picture show
-Ate Indian food afterward with my bestie
-Came home to find that my little sister has finally taken a boyfriend

And, drumroll….I just scheduled a hot date for holiday break, complete with roadtrip.

The only bad part is that I’m still a little sick, so the blog is going to be a little bland/cautious/restrained for a while. Thank you so much for the shoutout! You’re the best. And I LOVE the blond!

BroccoliHut December 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Oooh! Love that cute sectioned bowl/plate.

julie December 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

high? one of my best friends got marrrrrrieeed

low? one of my best friends got marrrieeed and i’m still siiiiiiiiiiiiingleeeeeeeeeeee hahahaha :)

i want that sammie now. WITH onions!

Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches December 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

High: getting my downhill skii groove on with my friends on Saturday. There’s nothing better than quality ski action in the Rockies. No, I didn’t mean it like that. Although I secretly wish I did. Maybe?

Moving on…

Low: getting my massive cart of groceries stolen today at CostCo. Luckily, whoever stole my cart realized it wasn’t theirs and left it in the frozen meat section about 10 minutes later. Phew…crisis averted.

Andrea@WellnessNotes December 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Your hair looks great!

High: Fabulous tree trimming party at an “old” friend’s house.
Low: Can’t really think of one. I haven’t been able to say that in a looooooooooooong time!

Have a great week!

lora December 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm

High: seeing my best friend and making bills at work. Low- not working out.

off to nyc tomm! ill bring u back pizza, cupcakes and hot dogs.


whit December 13, 2010 at 7:33 am

Blondes DO have more fun! I love it!

high: attended a most excellent christmas party
low: it was freezing cold and I had to spend sunday evening volunteering. OUTSIDE.

Maya December 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

Love your hair!

High: attended birthday party that was good times. And attended the culmination of this season’s Girls on the Run volunteering at the 5K race.
Low: Studying. Blegh.

Katie December 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

I love your hair, you pretty young thang.

High: romantic wintery food adventures on a rainy night (and your sweet e-mail, thanks!)
Low: Not making my race because of the weather :-(

Katie December 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm

High: I made a LIGHTBOX! Whopee! I’m loving it so far.
Low: I haven’t been able to sleep lately and it’s making me sort of cranky – like a toddler.

Your hair looks great!I have always wanted to be a blonde…but I am scurred. Maybe someday. :-)

Megan (Braise the Roof) December 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

High: Christmas party Friday night and sleeping in under my warm covers on Saturday.
Low: The cold weather I had to brave once I finally got myself out from under said warm covers. Hmph.

Love the hair!

Pure2Raw Twins December 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Love your new hair!! Beautiful!!

I still need to make a lightbox, it is on my to-do list! Hopefully soon.


Kaitlin With Honey December 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Just one quick thing: you look stunning. That’s all!

Brett December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I thought going out with me would have been one of your highs. Guess not. :(

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