Monday, November 25, 2013

a baby shower weekend

This past weekend was a complete whirlwind.

We drove up to DC on Friday morning to spend the weekend with family and celebrating our baby niece who is due to arrive in January!

Friday night, we enjoyed a delicious dinner of crab soup and sliders at Clyde's Tower Oaks in Rockville. It was one of the first restaurants the Chef took me to when we were dating and quickly become one of our favorite spots as newlyweds living in Bethesda.

Saturday morning, my FIL made us delicious waffles before my MIL and I headed to Virginia for my niece's baby shower.

It was so much fun getting to see family and my SIL's friends at the shower. I loved catching up with my cousin Kate and doll baby Natalie. She is really the sweetest little girl.

Unfortunately, that is my only photo from the shower because I was in charge of taking photos with the real camera. But I can tell you everything was adorably decorated and my SIL looks incredible at seven months. 

Saturday night, my family spent the evening together watching (some family members napping) the first Hunger Games. My favorite times are always spent with family. 

Sunday, we met up with my in-laws for their lunch bunch and got to see sweet friends, including my favorite Carolyn. We didn't get much time together, so I can't wait until we're back in DC again to see her and her boyfriend. 

We decided to stay an extra night and headed home early this morning. The ride was made so much better with carmel popcorn made by Carolyn. Aida stared me down for some. 
We had such a great weekend and now can't wait for more family time this Wednesday for Thanksgiving! 

Linking up with Sami and LeeAnn

Monday, November 18, 2013

a carmel latte weekend

Our weekend started out a little on the sick side. 

Friday night was a cozy night in with lots of hot tea, NightQuil, Cowfish take-out, and catching up on episodes of The Blacklist. It's become one of our new favorites this season. You should definitely dvr and watch and episode. 

Saturday morning, we went house hunting and found one that we love. It's in the perfect location, updated, and has a pool. We'll see what happens...

We did a little Christmas shopping before things got crazy at the mall and then headed to Babies R Us for shower gifts. That place was insane. We got our presents and left as soon as possible. We were on baby overload.

Afterwards, I went and celebrated a sweet friend's baby boy who is due to arrive in January. We had so much fun, and I can't believe I didn't take a photo with the precious mommy-to-be.

A few of the nurses headed over to Yard House for delicious drinks and appetizers. We need to make that a monthly tradition.

Later that night, the Chef and I drove over Ashley and Steve's home for a delicious meal and the most amazing drinks. I had no idea that Ashley is the best barista. She made this tasty carmel latte for me after I was drooling over the guys' drinks.

The guys had shots of espresso in addition to carmel lattes. 

Sunday, we drove around different areas of Raleigh in search of where exactly we want to look for houses. We enjoyed the afternoon at Yard House with drinks and football. We also worked on our Christmas cards and turned on the Christmas music (gasp) to get in the spirit. 

The day went by too quickly, and it's already time for Monday again. 

I'm thankful for a full weekend making memories with great friends. 

Linking up with Sami, LeeAnn, and Sarah

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Flank Steak and Snow Peas

Sunday night, we wanted an easy, new recipe to try before curling up on the couch to watch our favorite tv shows.

Scrolling through Pinterest I found the Pioneer Woman's beef with snow peas.

It was absolutely delicious and really easy and quick. I think that it'll go into our save to use again recipe pile. We did add two carrots: thinly sliced into matchsticks to this recipe and could have added another. It added one more veggie to the mix and a little extra crunch.

Linking up with JessicaAshley, and Cheslea

Sunday, November 10, 2013

birthday weekend

We had an incredibly fun last week celebrating our anniversary and the Chef's birthday, and over the weekend we tried to relax. 

Saturday morning, Aida and I headed out for a long walk while the Chef and his friends took off to a golf course to spend the afternoon. 

While he was gone, I made spicy black bean chili and added some extra flank steak that we had for another recipe. We had a low key evening with a to-go order of Cowfish burgers and shows. 

Sunday morning, we slept in and went to a late service where we spotted two of our friends from small group in the choir. We spent the afternoon running a few errands, working out, and baking. 

Lately, I've been loving baked oatmeal. I like to make a pan on Sundays before the week starts. This time I made pumpkin baked oatmeal and added one cup of walnuts for extra crunch and protein. Just to note: this recipe isn't sweet at all so when you eat it you might want to add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. 

With the leftover pumpkin, I made pumpkin bites and roughly followed this recipe since I had most of the ingredients. 

Over the weekend, I started feeling a scratchy throat coming on, so I've been loading up on tea, drinking lots of water, and hoping to not get sick this week.

Hope you have a great start to the week!

Linking up with Shami, LeeAnn, and Sarah 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

high five for...saturday

I love all of the November thankful posts that are being posted and am so thankful for our marriage and the Chef this week.

1. I only worked two shifts at the beginning of the week, so my weekend started on Wednesday morning. 

2. We celebrated our anniversary early this year with our recent trip to Vail

So on the actual day, the Chef made reservations at Saint Jacques. The food was incredibly delicious, and I'd highly recommend the onion soup and the pesto lamb chops. 

3. Thursday night we celebrated the Chef with a dinner to Cowfish and then his favorite birthday cake: ice cream cake.  

We're so thankful for this group of new friends. They have made us feel more at home in Raleigh, and I love that we are walking through the same phase of life together. It's encouraging and fun to get to share life with them. 
 4. Friday night, a group of our friends met us at Yard House for drinks and dinner with more drinks at World of Beer afterwards.  

After dinner, we talked about how thankful we are to be surrounded by great friends who we have met within the past year. It's incredible how much we have been blessed by friendship living here. 

5.  Aida. She is the sweetest girl. Since I've had so much time off this week, we've gone on a few long walks. We've loved the cool, crisp weather with the crunch of leaves under our feet (paws). 

We absolutely love all of the shades of red and orange around our neighborhood.

I love seeing this long tongue because it means someone will take a really great nap when we get home. 

Hope your week was incredible too! 

Linking up with Lauren and Lindsey

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Our Third Anniversary


Today is our three year wedding anniversary. 

The time has flown by, and I can't express how much I love being married to Jeff. 

The last three years have been full of adventures, traveling, laughter, and four apartment moves. I love sharing life with such an incredible man. 

I love looking back to our wedding day but am even more thankful for today and for what is to come.

Wanna pack your bags, Something small
Take what you need and we disappear
Without a trace we'll be gone, gone
The moon and the stars can follow the car
and then when we get to the ocean
We gonna take a boat to the end of the world
All the way to the end of the world

Oh, and when the kids are old enough
We're gonna teach them to fly

You and me together, we could do anything, Baby

You and I, we're not tied to the ground
Not falling but rising like rolling around
Eyes closed above the rooftops
Eyes closed, we're gonna spin through the stars
Our arms wide as the sky
We gonna ride the blue all the way to the end of the world
To the end of the world

We can always look back at what we did
All these memories of you and me baby
But right now it's you and me forever girl
And you know we could do better than anything that we did
You know that you and me, we could do anything

Two of us together, we could do anything, baby

"You and Me" by Dave Matthews Band that we danced to for our first dance and Mr. and Mrs. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Grand Opening of SMAC Food Truck

The grand opening of my dad's South Carolina Mac and Cheese food truck was Saturday!

He had a great first day at a local festival with lots of people buying amazing, gourmet mac and cheese with options of bacon, chili, or shrimp as toppings.

I would never have thought to try chili and mac and cheese, but it was actually my absolute favorite.

We had fun helping by handing out samples of mac and cheese and delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

After a long day on our feet with bellies full of mac and cheese, we crashed with our friends at the house and relaxed in the hot tub laughing and talking. 

I love my family and am so proud of my dad in his new business endeavor. 

To find out where SMAC food truck will be next check out facebook, twitter, and instagram

Linking up with Shami, LeeAnn, and Sarah