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Weekend Wrap-Up| November


What a normal weekend! Friday night I went to the grand opening of Ulta with my friend Dara. We didn’t buy the whole store, so I’m really proud of us. On my way home I grabbed a burrito from Pablo’s and spent the rest of the night relaxing on the couch. Audrey brought me home these Sippin’ Specs from the World’s Largest Truck Stop. Best thing to drink orange soda with.


Saturday I did a bunch of blog stuff, cleaned the house a bit, and then head up the Third Eye to check-out Jessica’s new tattoo. Later that night I went on a date with Audrey and Graham. We went to see Interstellar. The movie was a little mind boggling. It seemed very realistic, and we all walked away like “whoa.” Certainly an award winning movie. If you like sci-fi I would highly recommend it! But be prepared, it’s over 3 hours long.


After the movie we headed downtown for some drinks. I didn’t take many pictures, but Graham ran into a friend and their embrace was too cute. Another great night out on the town with my babes!


Sunday morning I worked on my October Favorites, if you haven’t read that post yet, check it out here! We went to breakfast (my lunch), at the Cedar Falls Family Resturant. It has such a small town vibe, and pretty tasty food. I had a delicious chocolate shake, and good ole bacon and eggs. Yes, those things are good together.


I did a little shopping for my tree with my Mom that afternoon. Audrey made us amazing ham sandwiches for dinner, and we watched a couple documentaries. Overall the weekend was very relaxing, which was great to have as we gear up for another busy week, and weekend.


Peas and Carrot will be playing Studio One on Iowa Public Radio on Tuesday. Be sure to tune in to 90.9 in you live in the Cedar Valley at 7:00 pm to hear their set! Or you can attend the live recording at UNI in Communcations Building! Make sure to arrive early!

Have a wonderful week,
Sweet Hannah Pea

Date Night


Yesterday Audrey and I decided that it had been way too long since we’d gone on an actual date, so we got a bit dressed up, and went out for some Audrannah time. We grabbed a little dinner at Old Chicago; an order of nachos and a side of fries.. I just really wanted some french fries, okay?! Our theater has a special on Thursday nights where student tickets are $5 so after dinner we went to see “This Is Where I Leave You”.

We had been talking about seeing Annabelle, which is a horror movie, but we both LOVE us some Tina Fey, and I don’t love me some scary movies. I would say we had the right choice as we both enjoyed the movie. I would give it 4 and half stars. It was pretty funny, and certainly worth the $5.

Tomorrow Octopus and Mohair Pear are hosting the Cedar Falls Zombie Walk. The walk is a fundraiser for the North East Iowa Food Bank. Our friend, and chef, Matt Hoecker will be hosting another Subterranean Supper Club pop-up restaurant. Broad Street Brewing is doing a tap takeover where you can try all of there Oktober-y beers. Check out all the details on the event page, here! I’m going with my favorite gal pals, Jessica and Becca. And you can sure as heck bet we are dressing up as zombies. Audrey has put a bunch of work into this event, so I know it’s going to be a blast!

Well aside from actually writing it on my hand, I’m going to do everything in my power to remember to take a bunch of pictures this weekend because it is full of fun and exciting things.

Happy Weekend,

My Chef Audrey: Spring Rolls and Peanut Sauce


Here’s the facts.. Peanut sauce is not pretty, and cooking past 6 o’clock on a cloudy day results in dark pictures. And with that here is a recipe for spring rolls and peanut sauce.

What you’ll need:

For Spring Rolls
Rice wrappers (we found these at our local asian food store)
Romaine hearts
Sliced carrots
Red pepper
Red onion
Sticky rice

For the Peanut Sauce:
Fish sauce
Coconut milk
Hot sauce or ground chili
Soy sauce
Chunky peanut butter


Start your rice! We used minute rice because it’s cheap and starchy so it sticks. If you are fancy you can buy sushi rice.

Did you know the easiest way to peel ginger is with the edge of a spoon? Yeah, me either, but it is. So do that. Mince your ginger and garlic; about a tablespoon of each. In a medium size sauce pan add a splash of fish sauce, half a lime of lime juice, your ginger, and your garlic. Put your heat on medium and “let it do it’s thang!” Fish sauce, when it’s cooking, smells flippin’ awful. Really. It’s terrible. But it adds a nice little bite to the sauce so it’s worth it. Once your garlic and ginger have browned slightly, add a can of coconut milk. Add in couple good shakes of hot sauce, we used Cholula Chili Garlic. If you like spicy, add more. I can’t handle spicy, and it was so not spicy at all. Also add in about 1/4th a bottle of soy sauce. Stir and let simmer. Next add about a cup of peanut butter. We got a little over zealous with the peanut butter so your sauce might look a bit thinner than ours. Keep stirring and throw in a good handful of chopped cilantro and basil. At this point Audrey killed the heat, so do that. I forgot to ask if that was a real instruction. Whoops.

At some point during all that you can slice your veggies into long, thin, pieces. Also remove your rice from the heat once it’s cooked and put it in the fridge. If you were really smart, you’d make your rice earlier in the day and put it in the fridge so it’s cold. We are more fly by the seat of our pants dinner planners.

Now the fun part! Get a sheet of rice paper and wet it, like this. Add a little of each veggie, your cooled rice, and roll!




Add a splash of lime juice over your spring rolls, serve with peanut sauce, and be way impressed with yourself because these are super fun and fancy! This would be a great meal to prepare with kids, or even at a party! They are so fun!!!!

I’m sorry I can’t always be specific with measurements. Audrey just throws everything in there! Hope you enjoy making these as much as we did, and that you have an easier time finding your ingredients. If you have an Asian food store, start there!