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..
I also whipped up a little roasted goodness topped with a fried egg. Because what goes better with OJ than eggs?!
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!
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!
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..
Onto the birthday party.. Nathan really knows how to get down to a 6-year-old’s gymnastics party! 😉
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!
Good thing chocolate chip cookies are easy to get rid of. I think I might have some lucky coworkers next week! 🙂
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? 😉
Click here to enter the giveaway and win some tasty treats!
Food for Thought
Did you do anything fun over the weekend?
As always, all of your food pics look AMAZING. Last time I ate at DuClaw my food was underwhelming, but I may have to go again to try that kale salad! yum! I love the creamy peanut butter and caramel fudge ThinkThin bars!
I think overall, the food is always pretty good at DuClaw but not amazing. I was impressed by the salad though!
i’ve never tried thinkthin but they sound delicious!
You must! I’m in love with them.
Yum! Everything looks so good!! Especially the Kale Quinoa salad, no matter what the waitress says! My favorite flavor so far is the creamy peanut butter!
Clearly I took what she said to heart 😉 Glad I followed my gut on that one.
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!
I’ll pretty much go for anything peanut butter 🙂
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.
Yea, I may not have mentioned the 2 little slices of their flatbread that I had too haha. But it’s SERIOUSLY flat so that didn’t do much to help me fill up.
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!
If you haven’t had the chocolate PB toffee fiber bar yet, you have to try it! My new fave.
I have not tried those bars…but I’m always open to trying any new food or drink. It’s a hobby.
Haha and a wonderful hobby it is!
Everything looks amazing but now I just really want chocolate chip cookies 🙂
The dough balls are in the freezer and I can’t wait to bake them up!
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 🙂
Your mom is so right 😉
I love the chocolate carmel flavor!! I also think ThinkThin bars are better frozen!
Ooh I’ve never tried the chocolate caramel or having them frozen!
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.
Oh I haven’t tried lemon or cookies & cream!
Great looking weekend, and as if kale is a garnish- your waitress is a garnish.
I love thinkthin bars- my favourite is the chunky peanut butter- so good!
Hahaha that would have been a hilarious response to her..
I haven’t tried all the flavours of Thinkthin bars yet, but so far the brownie crunch tastes pretty good!
Oh yes–i entered on rafflecopter as “Mint C D.” 🙂
Definitely recommend any of the peanut butter flavors!
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I love the peanut butter (creamy) flavor! And you know it’s good when even my husband loves it!
Haha always good to get the guy’s approval too!
I have yet to try a think thin bar… but anything with chocolate or peanut butter sure does maker me happy 🙂
Right? How can you resist that combo?
Chunky Peanut Butter sounds great to me!
Have not tried a Think Thin Bar and the Blueberry Mixed Nut one looks fabulous!
They’re all so good!
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i LOVE their peanut butte protein bar!
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I love the chunky peanut butter think thin bars!!
I like the white chocolate one!!