A Marvelous Countdown + a Giveaway!

Monday again, huh? Well, the countdown is on; I officially have 15 days of work left. I’m taking the week of Thanksgiving off completely to finish packing, get my life in order, and spend time with my family. I can’t believe we’re moving this month! In the meantime, I’ve been taking time to relax and get some quality time in with some of my favorite people.

Friday night, Nathan had plans after work so I took some much needed me-time. And I also spent it with my friend Jim..

Jim Beam Bourbon Orange Juice Seltzer

Jim Beam with a little OJ and seltzer water. Making Caitlin proud πŸ˜‰

I also whipped up a little roasted goodness topped with a fried egg. Because what goes better with OJ than eggs?!

Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Egg Yolk

Spinach, roasted brussels, sweet potato, and an egg. Nothing better.

Saturday we had lunch at Duclaw, a local brew pub. They recently revamped their menu and I couldn’t pass up their new Wilted Kale Quinoa Salad with grilled chicken.. even after asking the waitress’s opinion of it. She feels strongly that kale is best used as a garnish and not to be eaten.. cracked me up!

Duclaw Quinoa Kale Salad

I like to eat garnishes.

Saturday night we went out to World of Beer with my cousin, Nicole, and her boyfriend, Kirk. They recently moved here from Pittsburgh and I’m so sad we haven’t had more time together before Nathan and I head out!

World of Beer

Just the beginning of the shenanigans that night!

This location just opened up a few weeks ago so we had to give it a shot. Word to the wise – stick to the beer and appetizers. The rest of the food is a BIG miss! Not to worry though, the party continued back at our place and we had so much fun [read: the boys went to Royal Farms for fried chicken and western fries at midnight.]

Sunday was for lunch, a little cousin’s birthday party, and baking prep. We went to Seasons 52 for lunch as a treat on our way to the birthday party. Nathan and I had only been there once before and really enjoyed it. Their presentations are beautiful, but I have to admit, I left a little hungry. I am known for making ridiculously huge salads though..

Seasons 52 Ahi Tuna Salad

Maui Tuna Crunch Salad – sushi-grade seared tuna, organic greens, pineapple,
toasted almonds, miso vinaigrette

Onto the birthday party.. Nathan really knows how to get down to a 6-year-old’s gymnastics party! πŸ˜‰

Gymnastics Balance Beam

I’m so proud!

After we got home, I had to do some prep work which involved chocolate chip cookies. I referred back to my throwdown experience and made a batch of the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies. I rolled them into mini cookie balls and popped them into the freezer to save for my future baking. However, I should have made a half batch because this ended up making over 100 mini cookie balls!

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FOR DAYS!!

Good thing chocolate chip cookies are easy to get rid of. I think I might have some lucky coworkers next week! πŸ™‚

And now what you’ve been waiting for.. the giveaway! I was contacted by thinkThin [one of my most favorite protein bar companies] about doing a giveaway and since I love these bars so much, I had to share them with all of you! Pretty marvelous, huh? πŸ˜‰

Click here to enter the giveaway and win some tasty treats!

Food for Thought

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

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41 thoughts on “A Marvelous Countdown + a Giveaway!

  1. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend! I’ve never tried thinkThin bars, but they’re on my list. Can’t go wrong with peanut butter flavor, though!

  2. i am LOLing at this crazy chick who only eats kale as a garnish. in college my friend lidia always called garnish “decoration”. well let’s just say i love me some braised garlic decoration.
    i’m glad you had a fun weekend and enjoyed yourself! you definitely deserve it especially given the fact that you have so little time left in your home city!
    i got that same salad last time i went to seasons (surprise surprise) BUT i also had it with a side of brussels and a flatbread shared with a friend. so yes i agree with you on the size of that salad and am not surprised you left hungry! nor am i surprised we chose the same salad.

  3. ThinkThin bars are my absolute favorite! Creamy peanut butter is definitely my go-to… especially when I want something sweet for breakfast. What an awesome giveaway!

  4. All this food looks amazing! I’ve never tried a think thin bar but my mom is obsessed with them so i’m sure they are fabulous πŸ™‚

  5. I’m obsessed with ThinkThin bars, I love them all. I just tried the chocolate fudge flavor yesterday for the first time and loved it, but I think my favorite is the creamy peanut butter or the lemon! Cookies and cream is also amazing.

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