Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend Recap

Peter and I had a really low-key weekend so nothing exciting to report but it was nice just to slow down a bit and relax :) I had Friday off of work so I ran a few errands (Ikea, Michaels, etc.) and stopped at Chik-Fil-A for lunch. I had a "split" (a.k.a. Arnold Palmer; half-lemonade & half-sweet tea) to drink, and it tasted like summer to me :) I only crave those when the weather starts getting warmer. Peter and I took a long walk after he got off of work, stopping in at Starbucks for some refreshment, and we realized when we arrived that we had missed Starbucks' giveaway of cake pops that day by about 10 minutes. Boo! A cake pop would have gone really well with my coffee :( Friday night we watched UMD lose to Duke in the ACC basketball championship. I'm sorry for the disappointing end to the Terps' season, but I'm really looking forward to March Madness!!! I grew up in a basketball town (Go University of Memphis Tigers!!!) and in a basketball family (you should hear my mom cheer for the Tigers!) so March is one of my favorite months of the year :)

Saturday we made Praline Pecan French Toast for breakfast, and it was heavenly!

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Such a good recipe to make if you have house guests for the weekend and you need something that can be made ahead of time and then just popped into the oven in the morning! I got my hair cut Sat. afternoon, but I just got an inch cut off so it looks pretty much the same :) I'm still toying with the idea of cutting it shorter; maybe when the weather gets hot, I'll be more inclined to go chin-length! I spent the rest of the afternoon shopping (found some cute Lilly pieces at local consignment stores!) and then organizing some things at home and paying bills (not fun but very necessary!). Peter and I watched Easy A on Saturday night.

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Blech! I'd like to have that one and a half hours of my life back! I usually like modern re-tellings of older stories/books so I was intrigued when I heard that this movie was based on The Scarlet Letter but it really didn't deliver.

On Sunday we went to church and then took another long walk when we got home. It was such a nice day in our area yesterday :) I made gumbo for dinner last night, not realizing that Peter had never tried it before. I was more than happy to introduce him to the deliciousness that is gumbo! I used a new recipe from Southern Living ("Big Easy" Gumbo), and I think it's a keeper. I had forgotten to buy celery at the grocery store so we had celery-less gumbo, but it was still good.

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J. McLaughlin Giveaway at Magnolias, Marriage, and Manhattan!

Magnolias, Marriage, and Manhattan is hosting a giveaway from J. McLaughlin :) The winner will receive this bamboo clutch in natural. MMM will pick the winner on Thursday / March 17 so head on over to her blog to read the contest rules and enter!