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Weekend Bits

My weekend post is a bit late because of my bout with sun poisoning.  I’m much better now but I still have a few remaining battle scars.  Needless to say, this is how I felt about the flurry of weekend events because of it:

When you’re ill, your body just doesn’t want to cooperate and of course when it rains, it pours and where I live, that’s also been quite literal.  I had to wade home the other day (just kidding).

Poor plants, most of ours are suffering from water stress and then these little boogers were attacking them too

But we captured a harvest nonetheless.

And look what I found in the backyard!

I feel that when I’m not feeling great, food always provides a great pick me up.

A progressive dinner night with roasted quail wrap tapas at one spot (even featuring gochujang ftw)!

roti canai at another spot,

with spicy yellow tail rolls

and rendang daging

This weekend also marked my bff’s birthday.  Happy birthday, “Treasure!”

A birthday menu of pesto chicken, garlic basil roast, potato casserole, creamed corn, grilled squash (from the garden), and roasted tomato (from the garden, too) mozzarella, and basil crostini with a tuxedo birthday cake for dessert..  Unfortunately, I think I may have hit my basil plant too hard.  Not pictured were also pomegranate basil italian cream sodas.  Poor naked basil.

After food, a quite happy Squishy Monster.

After a week of migraines, unbearable itchiness, and dizziness, I have a million and a half things to smile about.

In the words of this fella,


Your all smiles Squishy Monster ^.~

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44 thoughts on “Weekend Bits

  • Asmita says:

    Roti canai has to be one of my favorites!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It’s one of mine too =)

  • Suzie says:

    So glad you’re feeling better, sun poisoning is nasty. My hubs was sick with it a couple weeks ago. We have a heatwave going on right now and I pretty much stay in the pool or in the house. All the food looks great, at least you had that comfort!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I survived with the promise of food dangled before me, lol!

  • Veronica says:

    I’ve never even heard of sun poisoning! I had to Google it. I used to purposely lay out on the beach with no sun protection for hours, wanting to see as much red when I was done as possible. I thought it was a quick way to tan and it took me a few years to realize that all it accomplished was a quick painful tan that just as quickly came off b/c it was like a big scab! EW. I don’t remember ever getting sun poisoning from it so either I blocked it out (I do remember being in a ton of pain) or my skin is just hard core-lol. Sorry you had to go through that! BTW your summer harvest bowl is gorgeous! I ate it all up with my eyes.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I used so much sunblock but to no avail, the sun doesn’t like me…OR the more likely theory is that I was out there waaaay too long, lol. Either way, it was no fun.

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    Ouch! I know your pain. I had a case of sun-poisoning back in early 2000. I’ve not forgiven the sun or myself since then. I still shy away from summer (day) time events.

    What a colourful harvest! I’m still kicking myself in the can for not starting my garden this year.

    Ahhhh, biscuits and gravy; a staple in a southerners diet. When I was in elementary and some of middle school my father and I had a weekly trip to a small diner for breakfast before classes. There my love for biscuits and gravy was cemented. The quickest way to my heart? A plateful of B-n-G! Add a side of bacon and I’d put a ring on it~.^

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    I got to the biscuits and gravy and had to make a post. I forgot to finish reading your blog. >.<

    What a pleasant surprise when I scrolled down to see a gorgeous smile! I'm glad you're feeling better.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    <3 Paul

  • Norma Chang says:

    Glad you are feeling better and are all smiles. That sure is one nasty tomato horn worm, hope you were able to dispose of it before it did any more damage. Beautiful food photos, making me hungry just looking at them. Stay well.

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today says:

    You looks so beautiful and happy and I found moth in my kitchen yesterday. Poor thing did not know how to fly out.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon! And how do you look so great when you have such delicious food around you?

  • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen says:

    You poor thing.. you’re much too tiny to get sick for long.. you’d vanish! I’m so glad you’re feeling better.. from the look of your photo, things are back to normal for you! xx

  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    Feel better my friend, you are so super gorgeous

  • brian says:

    hope u get better Squishy! nothing a little ice cream won’t cure! 8)

  • DWei says:

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling ill from too much sun. I get the same way.

  • Sissi says:

    I hope you feel better now (you do look joyful at the photo!). Your weekend food looks luscious, as always.

  • Hotly Spiced says:

    That attack from the sun doesn’t sound too good but the food looks incredibly delicious – a great way to cheer yourself up when hit by a plague xx

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Food never fails =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Muuuch, just a few more itches and I’m home free!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It’s crazy because I love love love to spend time outside but too long and I get headaches from the sun/heat and when I want to lay out on the hammock, bug spray or not, I get massacred!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I couldn’t agree more, Brain!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    awwww, you are too kind…good luck with exams, girl!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m glad for it too, Barb!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I have super doses of natural energy to expend calories =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    With all the rain we’ve been having, the insects have been super crazy during the in between spells.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    He was so so fat, it was absurd, lol

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Aw, thanks Paul!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    you’d put a ring on it…LOL!

  • Chef and Sommelier says:

    Hi Angela! Hope you are much better now…

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Food helped me heal =)

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    poor thing! hope you’re feeling better! Those biscuits and gravy look like the perfect comfort food.

  • yummychunklet says:

    Wow. Great photos!

  • Joanne says:

    I had sun poisoning once and it was AWFUL. So glad to hear you’re feeling better!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Me too, it definitely knows how to be a buzz kill, haha

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  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hot, flaky, creamy and hearty. It definitely didn’t hurt =)

  • Nik@ABrownTable says:

    Glad you feel better. I am having a problem with bugs too, they seem to be eating my strawberries in the garden.

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    Sorry you had so many bad things pile up at once but good food always makes you feel better.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    For sure =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It’s always a tough call when it comes to preserving them with pest/herbicides or maintaining an all organic garden. Next year, I’m going to look into some natural preventative measures.

  • Liz says:

    Hope you’re feeling better by now. Your progressive dinner menu sounds terrific…such fun!!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I feel like a brand new person now =)

  • Amelia says:

    Hi Angela, sorry to read that you’re not well. But glad to know that you’re back in tip top squishy monster again.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Oh man, I feel like I could eat a million roti cani…YUM!

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