Last week was my birthday week! N and I went out to dinner at a local place called Jackie’s and then stopped by the ice cream shop for a couple of scoops to enjoy on our walk home. It was so nice to actually be able to get out and enjoy this nice weather with a walk to dinner.
My mom came and visited this past weekend and we made a day of it in DC.
Sissy really liked that her shoes were there while we were out.
Over the course of the day we covered 6 miles of walking and my feet could feel it. Funny how sometimes 6 miles of running seems a lot easier than 6 miles of walk. I think it is the time spent on your feet! We were upright from about 11:30am-4:30pm.
After getting tussled around by lots of school children, we headed down to another crowd at the Tidal Basin. The cherry trees are in full force! Why are they not pink?!?!
From the cherry trees we walked up 17th street to our dinner destination. At this point we both really wanted a cold beer!
We dined at Founding Farmers. I want to say that the food was amazing and the service was stellar, but as my mom put it, “the drinks were the best part”. This restaurant prides itself on being farm to table, organic, fresh, sustainable, and all things natural. I had been craving a street hot dog from the vendors all day and when I saw them on the menu, I got excited. Unfortunately I found out that their hot dog contain nitrates! Nitrates are an extremely harmful carcinogen and I was sad to hear they were in my dinner choice. I scrambled and got the shrimp and grits because I had never had it before.
I tried not to think about the fact that my shrimp were probably from China and my sausage had nitrates as well…you live and you learn and we both agreed we need to make a trip up to Baltimore to our beloved Woodberry Kitchen instead of Founding Farmers.
This restaurant had really good coffee after dinner drinks and they served mine to Nick and vice versa – we didn’t realize it until Nick had almost finished mine!
And now a recipe!
Garlic Scape, Cilantro and White Bean Spread/Hummus/Dip
- 1 bunch garlic scapes – I got mine at the farmers market
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro
- 1.5 cups of white beans
- juice of one lemon
- 1 tbsp evoo
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 large tbsp of tahini
Spread on some toast with a side salad from dinner.
Go make this now!
Happy Birthday GiGi! Today is my grandmothers birthday! I hope you have a great day Gig and I will see you at Thanksgiving! Love you!
Today is my amazing Mom’s birthday!
She has always been my number one fan and behind me 100% with everything I want to do in life.
She is kind of crazy, but that is why I love her.
She is always up for anything and ready for anything that life gives her.
I love you mom, and I hope you have a great day!
Sissy’s Birthday isn’t actually until the 24th, but I picked up some birthday presents for her today and I just couldn’t wait to give them to her! She seems to like her new scratcher.
Sissy came to us on September 22, 2009 and has been special member of this house even since.
Chillin with daddy.
Yes, I am obsessed with my cat!
Recipe to come later today.
Hello there! The weekend is winding down and I feel like I didn’t really relax at all! Therefore I declare the time after this most me and Zach Efron time 17 Again is on well, again!
Rewind to yesterday afternoon…I had a little lunch before heading out to pick up all of Nick’s party elements.
Party elements, cheesy gordita crunches, fruit salad, veggies and hummus, pretzels, chic-fil-a nugget, chips, salsa and guacamole that every loved!
Ice cream cake! Nick’s favorite!
Birthday boy! Nick actually ended up feeling really sick around 8pm, but we stuck it out until 11. He has been sleeping all day and I just wake him up to shove cold meds down his throat and make him drink water.
I slept in this morning and woke up for a lazy bowl of cereal.
Banana and butter!
Speaking of butters I tried a new one with my lunch today!
Chobani champions collection! This is a line directed at kids to eat low sugar natural Greek yogurt. This was also a winner in the flavor category. This came in a four pack with chocolate. It should make an amazing dessert!
I also had a spinach salad with tomatoes, peppers and feta.
Now it’s time to go watch Mr. Efron and have a little Emergen-C of my own. I have to protect myself!
See you after a very special dinner!
Welcome to Boston!
After landing I loaded more money on my Carlie Card…yes I saved it and I was excited!
I wasn’t super hungry because it was only 11:30 and I had my peppermint mocha around nine. I got a “Greek” salad with olives, feta and chickpeas from Au Bon Pain.
After lunch I went for a long walk down Newbury Street and up Boylston and back to meet Katherine to head on home!
When we got back to Savin Hill I had a birthday almond raspberry cookie and we went for a walk around the neighborhood. We also ran into the neighborhood turkey.
Upon our return we opened up a bottle of wine and hungout with the cats and had some cheese.
For dinner we headed over to the Back Bay and chowed down on some indian.
Regular delicious naan, which came out late and made me forget to take a picture at first! I also got some sort of spices with veggies and basmati rice.
After dinner we headed to Dillon’s where I had a few greyhounds and danced the night away.
I think Katherine enjoyed her birthday crazy times!
Not really sure what is planned for the rest of the day except bowling this evening! I have a running itch that I might need to scratch very soon!
Back on the train again headed southbound, and yet again we have another weekend with no finding of wifi so we have a large wrap up post! Grab a snack.
When I finally arrived in CT (an hour late!) it was time to head to dinner! We went to Cafe Sylvium, which is a local place that always has a line on the weekend. So what’s a girl to do? Or a glass of the house Chianti of course!
I wasn’t staving thanks to my waffle and pb/apple snack so I went with a salad and app. Before that came out I had a piece of chewy Italian bread and some white beans that always are served with their bread, no butter!
I did of course had to have some cherry dark chocolate when I got home!
We had wanted to go to Kent for the day, but we had a lot of party prep to do any it was supposed to poor on and off all day long and then be a monsoon in the evening. We played it safe. There is nothing worse than being rushed through Kent!
Before decieding all of this I had a cup of coffee and a slice of almond butter toast before getting in 6 miles and second breakfast of Nature’s Path flax flakes, granola, raspberries and more almond butter.
By staying close to home we ended up being able to go to the farmers market for some winter squash and root veggies that we planned to serve tonight. We also were able to pick up a special seasonal treat that I have been wanting all fall!!!
I had one the second we got back into the car after passing this little rainy day sunshine one of the vendors had put out!
We stopped by Whole Foods and Whole Body, their new body exclusive store, where I sampled a shot of Amazing Grass and mango juice and got a small tub of the the original because it was 50% off! Score for greens!
When mom and I got home it was time for lunch, but I wasn’t very hungry due to my doughnut so I waited a bit before having salad and soup. It was a soup kind of day out there.
I just realized how green this lunch was! Vegetarian split pea soup with a green salad made of AMAZINGLY fresh organic greens from the farmers market this morning, avocado and cuc with light Italian dressing.
Then it was time to tackle this bad boys…
It took my mom and I an hour to cut up beets, parsnips, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, onion, brussel sprouts (not pictured), pumpkin and the little yellow and green squash that I didn’t know the name of. We ended up sparing the acorn squash.
After all of our hard work Mom and I set our for pumpkin spice lattes.
After getting showered and changed I set up the appetizer table and consumed many kashi crackers and pita chips while doing so
I then proceeded to pour myself of a not so good wine that mostly ended up in the sink. I then poured myself probably my favorite wine right now – Rijoa. I call it the Rijoa with the orange house on it. That is how I can remember these things! There is also an orange Tinto with a cannon on it that I like but is not as good.
As I was putting the finishing touches around the house I snapped a couple pics of the table and flowers.
There were 8 people all together at the birthday/harvest party.
Along with a large amount of roasted veggies, which people loved and even a non-veggie lover had second of , we had rosemary herb chickens from Whole Foods already cooked. Makes life so much easier! We also had a wonderful salad of greens, mandarin oranges, cuc, carrots, cranberries, cantaloupe and celery.
And then it was cake time!
My family has always had angel food cake for birthdays. I think there may have only been 2 years when I didn’t have one for my birthday (?) one because I wanted a funfetti cake or some other kind of cake for some reason and two was because I was away from home in college. There may have been a few more than that but I can only think of 2. And angel food cake is not just for my birthday it is my mom’s, grandmothers and grandfathers cake. Needless to say I have eaten a lot of angel food cake in my day and tend to only eat it with my fingers like I did when I was one.
Every cake has a theme. This year was Halloween/Harvest I guess. We had a standard angel food cake with marshmellow peeps in the shape of pumpkins and ghosts. We also drizzled pumpkin butter that I heated with bourbon all over the top then dusted with coconut. We also had coconut sorbet on the side, but I stuck to the cake.
Overall it was a great party and I think my mom had a great time!
On Sunday we woke up and made coffee. What did we have for breakfast? Apple cider doughnuts of course! Heated in the mirco for 20sec so the sugar starts to melt. I also had an apple for a little more healthy fiber and fillage.
After breakfast mom and I went on a hunt to find me a part of my Halloween costume and ended up finding it was 52 cents at Michaels! We wanted to go to Marshalls but they didn’t open until 11 and we didn’t want to wait around. We then went to J.Crew, which didn’t open until 12(!!!) so we went for stroll down Greenwich Ave. and stopped by Lucky to check out some new jeans for mom. I thought they could help her, but alas we left empty handed. We made our way to the end of the Ave. and stumbled upon a brand new French bakery and community table. All of the ingredients are organic and they are key on sustainable and local ingredients. We sampled a pumpkin muffin that was really good, and walked out with a 1/2 loaf of spelt sourdough. I loved the idea of very long community tables so that you can get to know those that you dine with. It is kind of like a bar without the drinks. When we finally made it to J.Crew we didn’t even find anything that NEEDED to spend that much money on so we headed home for lunch.
It was an amazing day in CT! The sky was clear and crisp, the trees were amazing, and we could eat outside on our front steps!
We made up some salads of greens from the farmers market, cuc, avocado, leftover chicken and root veggies/ squash with a side of toast. We also had bloody marys for a kick at lunch time! Why not, I was taking the train!
We also had an unwelcomed yellow jacket seriously bite off a piece of my chicken. I did not know they were carnivores!!! Crazy!
I can’t wait to see Sicily and Nick!
********3 hours later…Home!*****
My train snack was granola and some honest tea.
OK off to watch Restaurant Wars from last weeks Top Chef!!! I am psyched that they are focusing on sustainable seafood for this challenge!!
Bring on the week!