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weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

I am going in to today knowing that there is a three day weekend coming up. That little light at the end of a week long tunnel!!! It helps!! For now anyways. How was your weekend? Ours was good. I decided to start out Friday right by surprising Chris with some delicious beers to kick off the weekend! I stopped by Hop City after work and picked up Trim Tab’s Margarita Gose and Anderson Valley’s Framboise Rose Gose. I am always in the mood for a sour, and Chris has been really in to them too. They were both delicious and  unique in their own ways.

Saturday morning was my usual get up before everyone else and get as much of the house cleaned as possible routine. I knocked out the floors, dusting and kitchen before Zoe woke up. Success! I also did four loads of laundry. Chris had to do some work with a co-worker Saturday morning, so he headed out while I stayed home with Zoe and played, fed her lunch and got her down for her nap. I knocked out the bathrooms while she napped and got ready. When she woke up, we headed to Leeds to catch the end of a car show. We knew someone who had a car in the show and wanted to show our support. It was hot AF on Saturday and I am glad we didn’t stay very long. I am already over summer. We have had about three weeks straight of 90 degree temps and it is brutal!

After the car show, we headed over to Homewood to grab a late lunch at SoHo Social. It is one of my favorite spots. They have amazing sweet potato fries with jalapeno gorgonzola cheese dip. And they have the BEST brussels around! I ordered the 3 bacon pimento BLT, and kicked off the L and T. So good!!!!

After lunch, we headed over to Bargain Hunt. Zoe has had her eye on the Vamparina Spookeylele and I saw one sitting on a random shelf for half the price that it is at Target right now. Score!!!! She was soooooo excited and literally pressed buttons on it the entire way through the store, and the whole ride home.

We knocked out our grocery shopping early Sunday morning, and were home by 10:30am. Chris threw some hot dogs on the grill for lunch and they were delicious!!!!

After Zoe woke up from her nap, we played with bubbles outside for awhile and took a little walk. She loves to play outside, and is even more obsessed with sunglasses.

Sunday evening, we had some Banza chickpea ziti with marinara sauce and got caught up on some of our shows.

I always hate the Sunday blues and tried my hardest to keep them at bay and just soak up what was left of the weekend! I am linking up with Biana for Weekending. Hang in there and think THREE DAY WEEKEND!!!!

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Yanny or Laurel, anyone? Obviously it is Laurel, I am not an animal. It has been a week. Work is busy, adulting is hard, it has been rainy and gross, and I am ready for the weekend! I am not sure what we are doing this weekend, I am just glad to have a little break!

Favorite Moments: Chris’s birthday was Monday. Every year, we each pick up two slices of cookie cake for each other’s birthdays. Cookie cake is LIFE! We choose to do individual slices because there is zero self control (at least on my end) when it comes to cookie cake sitting around. It sucks when your birthday falls on a Monday, but this hopefully made it a little better!

On Tuesday, my cube neighbor brought me beautiful hydrangeas. How sweet is she????? They still look like this today!

Laura and I hit up Urban Cookhouse on Wednesday for lunch. It is highly likely that I will order the Very Berry Salad with grilled turkey every. single. time. SO GOOD. What is it about salad from a restaurant that is so much better than one you can make at home?

Laura brought me the cutest cup back from her trip to San Fran, and she got Zoe a super fun purple tshirt that received squeals when presented to her. I love coffee cups that are big enough to hold 12 ounces and some frothed milk 🙂 

Zoe and I stopped for some frozen yogurt at Yogurt Mountain that afternoon. She was so excited when she saw all the different toppings and yogurt flavors. She kept pointing and saying “me me me me!!!!” She was more excited about her blueberries and nilla wafer than the actual yogurt itself. She loved sitting there though, she is such a people watcher. I am sure we will visit a few times this summer.

Her eye is a little swollen in these pictures, we had a doctors appointment to get it checked out. Silly allergies. 

Yesterday I had lunch at Farm Bowl with a friend. Having an acai bowl for lunch is seriously such a treat! I cant even tell  you how many times I laughed. So good for the soul.

Favorite Recipe: How good does this sweet potato enchilada skillet look?

Spiralized Sweet Potato Enchilada Skillet, an easy vegetarian dinner recipe made with spiralizer sweet potato noodles that cooks in one pot and is ready in 30 minutes!

Favorite Lust: These double frayed jeans from the Loft are so cute on. I regret not purchasing them when I was there last week and might need to go back for them next time they are running a sale.

I really like the height of these wedges. They aren’t very high at all, and the ankle strap is stretchy with no buckle. The gunmetal color would match so many things. I saw them at Macy’s, but I know other places carry them also. Thoughts?

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Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

recipe

Zucchini Enchiladas

This was a super quick and easy recipe that tasted delicious! I didn’t miss the flour tortillas at all. You could make this so many different ways, we used chicken. I think having black beans and other veggies would be a great meatless Monday meal. Or doing some beef would be good too! Whatever you have on hand.

What You Need

cooked shredded chicken breast – I had bought a package around a pound, maybe a little less, of thin chicken breasts from the grocery store and cooked them in some chicken broth in the crock pot on low for 8 hours while we were gone during the day. You could also use a rotisserie chicken to make it even easier! Or boil some on the stove.

2-3 zucchini

1 can enchilada sauce

2 cloves minced garlic

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

shredded cheese – I used a cheddar jack mixture

What You Do

–Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your baking dish with cooking spray.

–Heat chicken in skillet along with the salt, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, 1 cup of cheese and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce. Stir for around 5 minutes.

–While that is cooking, using a veggie peeler and slice out your zucchini

–Take three zucchini slices and lay them horizontally flat, overlapping them just a little. Spoon in the chicken mixture to the middle, and close up the enchilada by wrapping the sides around. Lay them with the wrapped side facing down into your baking dish.

–Once they are all rolled up, drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle with some additional cheese.

–Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

ENJOY!!!!

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

First off, should out to Chris today!!!! It’s his birthday 🙂 Happy Birthday!!!!!! We will throw it back old school with a picture from the first few months we started dating. I wouldn’t want to do life with anyone else.

Friday started off with lunch at Chicken Salad Chick with Laura.

Saturday morning I was up and had the house cleaned before Zoe woke up. My sister came over in the afternoon to watch Zoe so Chris and I could have our very first date. just the two of us, since Zoe was born. Almost 18 months ago. Crazy how long has past!!!! We started out at Bird’s for a few drinks and an appetizer. I finally got to try Frose. I have been wanting one since they were popping up all over the place last summer. Now that I know Bird’s has them….and delicious ones!!!!!…I have a feeling they will be happening more often! This place is walking distance from my office, so that doesn’t hut 😉 After Birds, we headed over to Paramount for a little while and sat on their patio. Chris’s co-worker came and joined us for a little bit. It was fun getting to know someone I hear so much about. After that, we headed to Crazy Horse for dinner. We had a fun evening and I am so thankful for my sister who took such good care of Zoe. They had so much fun, I doubt she even missed us.

And when we got home, Tracy had the dishwasher ran, the living room and Zoe’s roomed cleaned up…..and this adorable art work sitting on the counter that she made with Zoe while we were gone. I seriously have the best, most thoughtful sister ever.

Three of those pictures Tracy took when we were gone. Zoe was totally content.

Sunday morning we had to run out the store as soon as they opened so that we could get back and get Zoe down for an early nap. That didn’t turn out so well, she wouldn’t take a nap when we got back. We headed over to Chris’s sister’s house for a Mother’s Day lunch with a lot of his family. Zoe did pretty well over all, considering no naps were  head. She passed out in the car promptly when we left. We decided to take a ride up to Pell City and check out the new Bargain Hunt and let Zoe nap for awhile longer. I knew if we got her home, she wouldn’t want to go back down. We scored two shirts for Zoe, a water bottle for Chris and a Nepresso machine!!!!! Such an awesome bargain!

We stopped at Sonic for some drinks afterwards. It got hot and steamy in a hurry this year. It was in the mid 90’s yesterday and I was dying! So much for spring. When we got home, it was already time to get Zoe dinner and start the bed time routine. Chris and I had Zucchini Enchiladas for dinner. They weren’t that hard to make and were super tasty!!! I might share the recipe this week if I can get my life together and get the post out.

We watched Grey’s last night, and of course I cried like half the episode. I hate when main characters are on their way out.  That and This is Us….it never fails. I always cry!

Back to the grind this morning. I always hate when birthdays fall during the work week, but especially Monday. Poor Chris! I am going to grab some cookie cake slices today though, and make it at least a little special! I hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there. For those who are mothers, mothers to be, mothers trying to conceive, mothers who have had a loss. You are all the real MVP’s of the world! Linking up with Biana. 

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Friday!!!! Can you believe we are already through the middle of May??? Chris’s birthday is on Monday, so I am hoping we can celebrate some this weekend. Last year, work ruined his birthday weekend and we barely even got to see him, yet alone do anything special. I keep forgetting that it is Mother’s Day weekend too.

Favorite Moments: One of my friends saw my pictures of Brat Brot and said she wanted to try it out with me.  Twist my arm!!! Being the good friend that I am, I accompanied her on Tuesday for lunch. This time I got the foot long frankfurter and Bavarian Potato Salat (which was basically a german potato salad that was vinegar based with BACON!!!!) It was sooooo delicious! The frankfurter had some kind of smoked mayo and curry ketchup on it. Plus that mustard? Yes, please. This time I just opted for an ice cold root beer. Next time I want to try the Colaweizen (which is Tucher Hefe and Coca-Cola.) Sounds lovely.

Lately, Zoe has been little miss independent. She likes to walk to the car in the evenings when I come pick her up, instead of being carried. She stops in the hallway outside her class door and puts her hand up in the air for me to hold it….and she walks out to the car saying hello to every person who passes us. If they don’t say hi back, she yells “hey! Hey! Hey!” until they do. (I mean, WTF is wrong with the people who ignore a tiny little human who is trying to say hi to you????) And she stops to look at the bushes and plants on the walk. Every day. She takes such delight in it. Like it is the first bush she has ever seen in her life. She likes to point at different sections of it, showing me how all the leaves look just a little different. Reminds me that we all need to stop and smell the roses more.

Her hair is starting to grow out now. It is longer in the back now, touching past the collar of her shirts. I am going to have to start learning how to do hair soon! Any mamas that have any advice, throw it my way! Poor kid has my super baby fine hair. So there isn’t much of it.

Favorite Recipe: Chris made up our meal plan this week. On Wednesday, he had this Chicken Avocados Taco recipe on the menu for dinner. You guys!!! TACO STUFFED AVAOCADOS?!?!?!!? Just get on this ASAP. Trust!!!!!

And for those of you who are all, I am not the best cook. I dont have time. This literally was done in under 20 minutes because you use a rotisserie chicken. The hardest thing for me was pitting my not yet ripe avocados. So drop your excuses and just do it! 

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Favorite Lusts: Last week I went to Loft because they were having a 40% off sale and I am in some serious need of some wardrobe staples. I picked up this short sleeve black swing dress and it is the nicest material!!!! Reminds me why it is better to pay more for better quality. I am looking at you, Old Navy.

When I was there, I saw this dress and fell in love!!! Unfortunately, they are sold out of my size in stores and online right now. Please restock!!!!

I think this bar back dress is really cute too! Can you tell I like solids?

I also saw this beautiful beaded split neck blouse there, but again, had none in my size. How gorgeous is this??? I wonder if you can see through it? Why is everything so damn see through these days??? It is already in the 90’s here. I cant be wearing multiple layers in this heat! I just loved the color, and the tiny little colored bead detailing around the edges was so cute!

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Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!