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 


  1. that chili sounds AMAZING!! just followed along via blog loving so excited for upcoming posts :)


  2. Aw, hope your feeling better! I love tea before bed :)

    Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

  3. It looks like not only are we both nurses, but we are birthday buddies! I just had mine on Nov 9. Happy late bday! I am a new follower!

  4. Oh no, you didn't get sick! I love pumpkin anything hehe

    Thanks for linking up :)