wiaw: {my weekend at home eats + p’s birthday dinner}

Hi friends!

So you guys may remember that I went home this weekend!! It was amazing 🙂

This What I Ate Wednesdayis a little different than the usual… it is a little bit of my at home eats mixed in with P’s birthday dinner. I am SO proud of the dinner that I dedicated an entire post to it.

{Thanks Jenn for hosting this!}

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A quick weekend recap (sorry for the lack of food pictures… who am I?!):

Thursday night I met this little crazy person at the airport and we got to Jackson around 11 pm. P was coming to pick us up and Rebecca came with him to surprise us 🙂 We got home and I got to hang out with my favorite person (okay animal) ever for a little while and stayed up catching up with the fam.

Friday morning P and I went with my family to watch Becca perform in the pep rally! Is she really a senior?!?! We joined my grandparents for lunch at my favorite Keifers and then went on a 2 mile run with Gumbo!

We went to dinner with his parents and then to the football game to watch Rollins crown the new queen… CONGRATULATIONS LUCY!! Lucy has been one of Rebecca’s best friends for forever and we could not have been more excited for her on this special night!

Saturday I had breakfast with my bestie at Broad Street and then mom and I went dress shopping with my cousin who is also on the homecoming court at her high school in a few months!!

I spent the rest of the day cooking and preparing for P’s birthday dinner with my family.

Let’s talk about about this dinner. What was on the menu?!

1. Grilled salmon for me, mom and dad. I marinated the salmon in a baby drop of olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it. It was amazing! P grilled (yes, he had to help with his birthday dinner haha) them for about 5-7 minutes. They turned out perfectly!

2. Filets for P, Becca and Ro. I used this recipe for the steaks and they turned out FANTASTIC. Full of flavor. I marinated them all day in some kind of special meat sauce and worchistier. They were perfect!

3. Grilled shrimp. Marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper and garlic salt. Grilled for about 2 minutes on each side.

4. Asparagus with roasted pine nuts. Dizzled in olive oil and roasted at about 400 degrees with a sprink;e

5. Mushroom quinoa. I used this recipe: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto. It was fanastic! I like having a carby side with dinner and quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein and a really healthy complex carb. Healthy and delicious? I’ll take it!

4. Fresh Market french bread.

5. Salad with asiago cracked pepper dressing.

6. Chocolate fudge pie.

opening his gifts!

Modeling his new hat.

Sunday was a rainy, lazy day and I did not get out of my pjs until I was forced to go to the airport 😦

Diva HATES the rain

Did I mention we got fro yos the size of our head and I ate all of mine and all of his? It was a neat moment.

It was a perfect weekend at home. I was getting real homesick for my family and this was just what I needed! See you guys later this week!!!!

Have a YUMMY, FAB Wednesday!

Question: What are you eating today/ lately?!

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Green Pancakes

Happy weekend friends!!!

Hope your weekend is off to a great start. Anyone have any fun plans?!! Tell me!

After I left you on Thursday, I went to a yummy dinner at sweetgreen (this is quickly becoming my favorite place). We sat outside and enjoyed the gorgeous weather then headed to see Snow White and the Huntsman. Overall, the movie was really well made and we enjoyed it a lot. But it was a little more action and violence packed than I expected!

When I came home, I celebrated National Chocolate Ice Cream Day (these are the kind of pictures that P gets from me… lucky, lucky guy).

Yesterday I had a delicious waffle breakfast and then started my day with a little 35 minute cardio on the treadmill before hitting up a Pilates class. This was a mat-based Pilates class and was my first time to ever go to one like this. I thought it was going to be fairly easy (hence why I ran before class). I was wrong. I mean just WRONG. I will never again “judge an exercise class by its cover.” Now, I am not saying I broke a real big sweat or anything but this class worked every single muscle in my entire body including places I did not even know existed. Parts of my arm hurt today that have never hurt before and my legs are screaming. I will definitely be going back!!

I relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and then Cecilia, Nyla and I went to a delicious sushi dinner and fro yo afterwards! It was such a nice night outside and was perfect for walking around. We were lame and stayed in but I was just fine with that!!

Dinner at Chopsticks

This morning I woke up, looked at my phone and it read 5:30 am. Seriously? And I was WIDE awake. UGH. Eventually I fell back asleep until 8:30 and then got up. It’s a good thing I was up earlier than everyone else because I woke up with one thing on my mind: PANCAKES!! Not just any pancakes, GREEN PANCAKES! Can you imagine walking in on your roomate you have known for one solid week and seeing them make spinach pancakes? But I swear you can not taste the spinach and I already have one serving of veggies down for the day.

I got the recipe from STUFT Mama. Expect to see a whole lot more of her recipes in the near future because I literally love every single thing she makes and most of them are for single servings. Because I am cooking for one all summer, that is just perfect for me! Her recipes are all super healthy but they do not taste gross. Since I am such a foodie, you know I am not going to waste my time eating something that tastes like grass and rabbit food.

The only real change I made to the pancakes was I added a few more oats (it called for 2 tbs, I probably added about 3) + (of course) I added my beloved chia seeds + a pinch of xanthum gum for thickening + 1/2 of a ripe banana. What else was in the mix? 1/2 cup egg whites + splash of almond milk + pinch of salt + 1 packet of stevia. I blended everything together and got to cooking my pancakes!

*If you decide to make these, the batter seems really liquidy, its okay.. just pour it in! And make sure you spray nonstick!

I topped them with 1/2 a banana + a few smears of Justins Honey PB + sugar free syrup. Very filling! SO yummy. Okay, enough about my green pancakes. Apparently I am real proud of them 😉

I am off to go for a quick little run and maybe run to the grocery to grab some fruits and veggies for this week!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

PS: If you have a chance check out this post on Clare’s blog. It is so inspiring and SO true. Something I need to remember everyday!