Thinking Out Loud: Before My Mind Turns to Mush


It has been A WEEK around here, people, let me tell you! Actually, don’t, because I’d rather not relive it all. Suffice it to say (ha, that always makes me feel somewhat Shakespearean) that work has gotten the better of me and I am incredibly thankful that today is my Friday.


After TWO jam-packed weekends, I’m looking forward to having nothing on the agenda for the next few days other than carving an indention of myself into the couch as I turn my mind all mushy with too much wine and even more Netflix. But, before I get to my self-induced veg-TEE-bull state, how about a highlight reel from last weekend? Back when things were happy…stressfree…and I had a bird on my head!

Selfie - Zoo

Actually, I take that back…this moment at the zoo last Saturday was definitely NOT stress-free since I was kiiiiiiinda freaking out about this little dude either a.) pecking a hole in my head or b.) leaving me a little “present” in my hair!

But hey, I went to the ZOO!!


Although the humidity got the best of us in the end, it was great to get back and check out some of the new exhibits. I loved the kangaroos! And my little giraffe friend wasn’t “trying” to hide this time! 😉

Famished after walking around the zoo for THREE hours and not being able to come to an agreement on dining out choices, I told my crew, we would be eating at the FIRST place I saw after getting off the interstate. And well, I have to admit, I wasn’t hating life when I spotted the golden WF in the distance!

Waffle House - PB & BAcon Wafflewich

Peanut butter waffle with BAAAAAAAACON!!!

I have seriously been craving a waffle from Waffle House for over a month now and let me tell you, this hit THE spot!


Oh look, I bought a firepit!

I’ve yet to roast anything but brats on it since it was windier than all get out the night I brought it home. The fire died out faster than I could finish my meat (TWSS?)! But let it be known, those pornirific s’mores are STILL on my mind!

Grilling Out - Burger Beans & Potato Salad

Mom’s birthday dinner last Friday went off without a hitch! Well, that is if you don’t count the fact that I got so wrapped up in cheese and bacon and potatoes that I totally forgot that I was supposed to bring all the fixings for salads…oops? I put lettuce and tomato on my burger. That totally counts.

But let’s just have a closer look at those potatoes, eh?

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

And how about a GIANT serving of this cheesy bacony deliciousness was my dinner TWICE this week?


But the dish that really stole the show was dad’s famous homemade blackberry cobbler made with the wild blackberries from the backyard…

Blackberry Cobbler & Ice Cream

For the record, that ice cream definitely left me and my lactose-challenged tummy with some regrets, but the leftovers I put with cottage cheese and ate for breakfast the other day most certainly did NOT! Seriously? HOW do I always forget how much I love cobbler until the summer?! Maybe I’ll find a moment this weekend to bake a cobbler of my own sweet talk my dad into making some more! 😉


As always, a big thank you goes out to my girl Amanda for hosting this week’s brain dump! Be sure to head on over to Spoons and see what everyone else is thinking about this week!

Do you like cobbler? What’s your favorite?

What is your activity of choice when it comes to mind mushing?

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20 Responses to Thinking Out Loud: Before My Mind Turns to Mush

  1. It sounds like you could use to go get a massage this weekend! Go de-stress, my friend!

  2. You took a picture of the lemurssssss! 😀 They’re my favourite — just love the tails. And I can’t honestly say I have an opinion on cobblers either way. I don’t hate them, but I don’t go gaga for them either. And are apple cobblers a thing? Because I feel like I would like those since they’re basically chunky applesauce with dough. Oh! Or peach. Peach sounds good too.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aren’t they the cutest? I think we picked a good day to go as all the animals seemed to be out and about…kinda made me wish I’d brought my big camera along! And girl, that’s the thing with cobblers, no fruit is off limits! I’ve even seen savory ones made with tomatoes, but yeah, that just messes the whole thing up for me. Peach cobbler is my favorite! I’ve actually been Googling recipes for peach and blueberry cobbler…I might just have to breakdown and make my dreams become reality!

  3. Those waffles and burgers…new craving alert. Hmm, now I’m wondering if a burger wafflewhich would be incredibly delicious or incredibly revolting.

  4. Are you sure your little feathery friend didn’t leave any gifts ;)? I’d have double-checked and shampooed my head extra heavily in the evening.
    Also, I think I’ve never had cobbler before so yes, please talk your dad into making some more and ship me a generous serving. For breakfast. I like crumble, though, and one of the best I’ve had aside from apple so far was actually blackberry almond with lime zest-spiked crumble. Thinking about it I need some of that, too.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh hon, you haven’t LIVED!! Hmm, we may need to consider a name change for your little bloggy! 😉 In my opinion, the best part of a cobbler, is the edges…a slight crispy crunch on one side and melt-in-your-mouth soft and squishy (for lack of a better word) on the other! Oh hell, now I’ve made myself hungry! Lol

  5. Natash says:

    Sounds/looks like the perfect summer weekend! Apple cobbler for me, please.

    Love the zoo and since it’s free here in DC I can stroll through any time (well, not at night). My fave is the sloth bear and red panda (who managed to escape a year ago and was nabbed running across a street about 2 miles away to climb another tree!)

    Always an adventure (:

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg, that’s crazy! Poor thing must’ve been so freaked out! I went to a free zoo when I visited a friend in St. Louis a few years ago. I honestly didn’t have high hopes for it thinking they’d cut corners, but it was better than the one we have here that costs to get in! Such crap!

      As much as I love cobbler, I’ve realized that I’ve only ever had peach and blackberry! Obviously I’ve got some work to do before the summer’s over…and once it hits fall, EAT ALL THE APPLES!! Lol

  6. I hope you enjoy your weekend of nothingness! It sounds absolutely perfect. When I need to give my mind a break I like to watch marathons of The OC or Gilmore Girls for the millionth time while catching up on blogs and reading trashy magazines haha.

    I love cobbler – peach is my favourite, but I’m really not picky. Any cobbler made with fresh local fruit is good in my books! 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh girl, I’m right there with ya! I could never turn down a good fruit-based dessert anyway…well, unless it’s lemon! 😛

      And thank you, I had a GREAT weekend! Exactly what I needed! And there was definitely some marathon tv watching!

  7. Kangaroos!!! and a bbq pit…..hello. Put two and two together 😉

    I am totally clicking that link and praying there’s a recipe.

    Okay, clicked, salivated and BOOM. I don’t mind a cobbler but moreso in Winter warmed up!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh yes, cobbler must ALWAYS be served warm…even if a microwave oven is required! Haha, happy to share another recipe from the Broccoli archives with you, buddy! That one is definitely one of my all time favorites! And damn, next time, I’ll have to plan for a kangaroo-napping! Lol

  8. I’m sorry you had a rough week, but I’m hoping you can leave an indent on your couch this weekend and do nothing more than relax and let the stress go. Maybe a yoga class might be in order. Definitely a glass of wine. Enjoy.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      The weekend was exactly what I needed it to be! And I had every intention of getting my yoga on, but can you believe they had some sort of grand re-opening and the classes were closed on Saturday?! I know, the nerve! I could have gone yesterday, but I maybe kinda sorta slept until 12:30! Haha!

  9. Whoa…those potatoes! That’s what heaven’s made of. I’m certain 😉

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