Early Turkey and Game Night

Happy short week!! I’m so excited for Thanksgiving and to see my family this week that I almost didn’t get a weekend update post up … but have no fear – here it is! Hope you all had a great weekend as well.

My Friday started a little early- FW had a Thanksgiving lunch at school so I decided to take a half day to stop by the lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon with him.  This meant enjoying some early turkey and stuffing (me – not FW.. he stuck to a banana, roll and cookie #pickyeater)

And then we spent part of the afternoon outside. It  was nearly 50 degrees so it was fun playing around in our backyard.

Friday night, the three of us went out to Aladdins and had some Lebanese food for dinner. FW loves hummus, so he was content for a little while.

And then after FW went to bed, B and I finally watched a movie that had been on our list forever- Get Out.

Saturday morning started with a walk to Stone Oven for pastries and Phoenix for coffee. FW has started liking croissants so we split three of them – forgot to take a photo until after the first few bites. They were delicious – cinnamon, ham & cheese and almond!

The day ended up being mostly rainy after that, so after a trip to the West Side Market to get some food, we pretty much hung out inside and read.

That night we had plans to head to B’s brother and sister-in-law’s house for a sibling family game night! We played Scattregories and Trivial Pursuit. My team won categories but didn’t win trivial pursuit. Believe it or not, the answer to last question in trivial pursuit was “Finland” and the question when to my Finnish sister-in-law. Needless to say, she knew the answer before the questions was fully read 🙂 What are the odds?!

FW hanging out with his cousins during game night

Sunday morning we slept in a little (even FW did after being out so late for game night!), and started the day with some pancakes. B made us pancakes on our new griddle, and I had one with an egg and toast. Sweet and savory breakfasts are the best, don’t you agree?

The rest of the day was pretty gloomy with rain and snow, so we stayed inside most of the day. We played hide and seek (okay, we really just played where FW hid in the cabinets) …

And did a lot of cleaning. It felt good to clean the kitchen and part of our bathrooms. And of course, there was a lot of reading and coloring. FW loves books so much- I think we ready at least 13 books this weekend (or at least a few of them 13 times!).

Even with the cold and less-than-stellar weather, it was a pretty good weekend. And now, the countdown to Thanksgiving!

Some questions for you:

  • What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you hosting? Traveling?
  • Have you ever played Scattergories?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Weekends in the Burbs

For those of you following along, B and I are officially suburbanites. We traded in our downtown apartment for a house in the ‘burbs a month or so ago, and while we still have much to do to get it ready (including some more painting and 2 bathrooms to finish), it’s coming along.

I’m not going to lie – I miss our easy downtown apartment living. Being able to walk to the grocery store (and well, everywhere, including work) was amazing, and having 2 full working bathrooms were something I took advantage of. That being said, life in the ‘burbs isn’t that bad, especially when you have some fun AND relaxing weekends like the one we just had.

 

Friday night we had a parent meeting at daycare, so we didn’t get home until after 7. BUT, I was able to go running around the local lakes earlier in the day, which led to this beautiful view.

For dinner, we had Indian takeout, which was delicious.

AND this delicious ice cream. 

Saturday morning started with a run with my sister-in-law Mary. We ran to our niece’s cross country meet and got to watch her run. I unfortunately took a fall during the run and bloodied up my knees … but my niece ran her 1.5 mi pretty well in the hot weather!

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Saturday afternoon we hung out for a bit with our friends Joey and Lulu and cleaned up / worked on the house for a little. Which of course included some snoozing.

For dinner, we had plans to invite friends Sarah and Bobby over for homemade pizza that B made. After pizza, we put FW to bed, and enjoyed hanging out on the front porch drinking beers. Having a porch and being able to sit outside is definitely a perk of our new house.

Sunday morning started with a walk to a local bakery for breakfast. It was another hot morning, but felt good to be outside and walking! I decided to take the day off of running since I hadn’t taken a day off in more than a week.

After our walk, we had lunch plans with Dave and Anson who wanted to see the new house. They brought us Aladdin’s, some of my favorite Lebanese food! Then, their daughter, Celia, and FW played for a bit.

That night, we had plans with B’s family to celebrate some birthdays. Not only had B had a birthday since we last got together, but out of all the people who were at dinner, 6 people had had birthdays since August!

And that was it for our weekend.

Some questions for you:

  • Did you spend some time outside this weekend?
  • Do you like Lebanese food?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Foods Not In My Routine

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday post, I’m bringing you something NEW. That’s right – not a normal, typical routine day (egg whites for breakfast, lunch in the office and then dinner likely at home); instead, this is a non-routine eating day. It included both lunch and dinner out, due to dr’s appointments and travel. Aren’t you so excited? (yes that may be sarcasm…unless you really are excited? Then good for you!)

In the morning I started my day with a pretty good run. I haven’t had many of those lately but I was able to get in 5.75 miles pretty much nonstop on the treadmill.

After the run, for breakfast I was craving some fruit. And nut butter (as I mentioned last week, I have a rotation of around 4-5 nut butters in my pantry right now). I’ve eaten more fruit and nut butter during my pregnancy than I typically eat and this day was no different. As I was making breakfast and some tea, I enjoyed a hard boiled egg white. I made myself a fruit salad and had some nut butter on it and on the side. A spoonful of natural peanut butter and natural sunflower seed butter was perfect.

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In the afternoon, I had a doctor’s appointment, (I’ve come to realize that I now have a lot of these!) so I grabbed some food while I was out. Aladdin’s V9 soup (their amazing vegetable soup) with feta on top, plus some pita and hummus. SO good. I love Aladdin’s hummus!

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I had some snacks in the afternoon back at the office – an apple, a sweet/salty bar and some unsalted cashews throughout the afternoon. I knew we’d be eating a late dinner – likely at the airport, as I had a flight to Philly for a conference that evening.

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Welp, plans changed. My flight to Philly was cancelled and then as I was at the airport, the next flight out got put on a delay and would ultimately mean I’d miss my connecting flight and be stuck in Charlotte overnight. Since my conference was the next day, I didn’t want to chance getting stuck in Charlotte and not making it, so I made the ultimate decision to drive. It was already pretty late by the time I got on the road (7:30ish), so dinner wasn’t until around 8:30 and at a rest stop on the high way. The rest stop had McDonald’s and a pizza place. I was craving something warm, sweet and comforting – and ultimately I ended up with a fruit/yogurt parfait and an oatmeal from McDonald’s. Surprisingly, both hit the spot.

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That was it! Not a typically eating day for me, that’s for sure, but it did the job. And I made it to Philly safe and sound, around 3:30 a.m. I may have had a few bites of an apple and a chocolate covered peanutty bar sometime after midnight, but let’s say those count for the next day … right?

 

Some questions for you:

  • Are you a lucky traveler? Or do you typically have travel woes/issues?
  • Do you have a typical rest stop/on-the-road meal?

 

WIAW #38 – LOVE me some hummus

I haven’t been feeling the vegetable love lately. I know – shocker – I tend to eat tons of veggies, starting my day usually with eggs and veggies and spinach, having a salad for lunch AND plenty of veggies for dinner. But not lately. But what I do love is hummus. I don’t eat it NEARLY enough and I’ve been realizing that lately. Anyway, for this week’s WIAW, I knew I had to have some hummus in my life.

Since I wasn’t in the mood for veggies in the morning, I decided on something sweeter – some yogurt, berries and some mixed candied nuts on top of the yogurt. I saw some limited edition apple cinnamon greek yogurt and tried it out. Not bad! Enjoyed it with some herbal tea.

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Lunch was semi-on-the-go. I had a busy day and didn’t have time to take a real break, so I opted for some almond butter, cashews (not pictured), crackers and an apple.

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Before dinner, I had some more tea and part of a chocolate chip cookie. So good.

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I also tried some of these flavor changing Tic Tacs. They start out tasting like peach and then go to lemonade flavored!

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For dinner, B and I hit up Aladdin’s and I finally got my hummus fix! We started with pita and hummus and then I got the baba ghannouj wrap.

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And that was about it! A perfectly delicious day. Without too many vegetables 🙂

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like hummus and baba ghannouj? Which do you prefer?
  • Do you find that some days it’s hard to get in all your veggies? What do you do?

That weekend I won $2

You know the first weekend that it truly feels like spring? The air is warm, the city is buzzing and the flowers are blooming? Well – it may be May but we finally had that weekend here in Cleveland! The weather was simply perfect and we took every chance we could to enjoy it.

Friday night B and I had plans to go to a movie but 3 hours at the Verizon store got in the way … but yay for a new phone! We did at least get to go out to dinner together and enjoy some hummus, lamb shawarma and fattoush salad. Yay Aladdin’s! Seriously – perfect pre-long run food.  I also could eat hummus all day long every single day.

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Saturday started off with an 11 mile run with B and Mary. We took it somewhat easy (unlike last week’s 10 mile race) and the weather was pretty perfect … sunny, 50-60s, light breeze – goooorgeous!

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finishing up strong-11 miles done!

We didn’t end up doing much after the run – a quick trip to the grocery store, some cooking (making Buffalo Chicken Dip) and then it was time to head to B’s brother’s house for the annual Kentucky Derby Party!

My annual derby hat!

My annual derby hat!

Like my hat? I made it like 5 years ago for the first derby party and have worn it annual since. Anyway, this year I bet $1 on 5 horses (so $5) total and one of my horses won, so I won $7 (based on the party odds) – meaning I came home $2 richer. Woohoo!

Ready for the Derby - Mint Juleps!

Ready for the Derby – Mint Juleps!

So. Much. Food. And so much not pictured.

So. Much. Food. And so much not pictured. Including our buffalo chicken dip.

It was such a gorgeous night that outside of watching the race, we spent most of it outside – such a treat!

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Sunday morning started somewhat early – I wanted to get in an easy elliptical workout to loosen up my legs from the 11-miler, but had to get it in before my board meeting and event. It was the annual big event for the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa – our scholarship banquet where we recognize high school seniors from schools in the area and celebrate them with a luncheon. It’s a great event and so wonderful to see so many young, bright minds!

Oh – and during the event, one of the parents asked what school I was going to next year. It threw me for a loop – school? I then realized he thought I was one of the high school seniors! So there’s that.

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After the event, I had planned on going shopping but it was sunny and 70s and I was dying to spend the rest of the day outside. So I got home and nearly immediately B and I headed to the beach for a walk  – we weren’t the only ones! The beach and park were crowded and tons of people were there. Even a few swimmers! (70 is too cold for me to swim)

just going for a walk...love this view!

just going for a walk…love this view of downtown!

After our walk it was dinnertime. We didn’t end up going to B’s parents house for dinner but instead got Vietnamese food – it was delicious! The second we walked into Superior Pho, the smell brought me back to Vietnam. I decided to try something new – a papaya salad with pork jerky (and of course spring rolls!). It was … interesting to say the least? I enjoyed it and ate very last bite; however I think I’ll go back to my usual cabbage salads next time 🙂

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All in all, a pretty good weekend. And winning $2 helped! Now, what to spend it on?

Some questions for you:

  • If you like Vietnamese food – what’s your go-to order? What’s your favorite?
  • Hummus – yay or nay? Favorite flavor? I love traditional hummus but also love cilantro hummus!
  • Did you go to a derby party? Wear a hat? Make any money?
  • Was the weather amazing where you were this weekend too?