Monday, March 17, 2014

the weekend that was - birthday edition

Birthday eve dinner at Zahav - amazing food and service experience. We loved it and will definitely go back. We did the tasting menu and sampled a good number of fabulous dishes. I'll boldly say I've never had better brussels sprouts and that the labenah ice cream was quite possibly made by someone actually from Heaven. Philadelphians, you should go. Dinner menu here and dessert menu here. We followed that with a stroll around Old City. It was a wonderful night.
Up at the crack of dawn on my 37th birthday on Saturday to head to Honey's Sit-n-Eat for breakfast. I had excellent breakfast quesadillas and got fried green tomato caprese to go. Holy shit, I'm glad I did. It was delicious.
We took to the dogs to the park close to our house for some family exercise. They loved it.
The afternoon consisted of browsing HomeGoods and TJ Maxx and finding nothing (WTH!), frozen yogurt, and a couples massage. Ahhh.
I got a fabulous surprise delivery from Kerry at Till Then, Smile Often: chocolate dipped apples and strawberries. They were an instant dessert hit. Thank you Kerry! You rock.
We had dinner at home in lounge attire per my request. MFD grilled steaks. I made sauteed local mushrooms and spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, steamed fingerling potatoes, and corn. My brother Stephen and Debbie joined us. I finished out my birthday with some big bad red on the couch. Glorious day.
Sunday food prep: Amanda from Voyage of the MeeMee's quinoa taco filling for this week's lunches, barbecue chicken with sauteed onions for this week's dinners, and Guinness roasted corned beef with a side of boiled cabbage/potatoes/carrots for Sunday dinner. Breakfasts for the week are breakfast burritos, snacks are strawberries, raspberries, raw carrots and cucumbers.
Not pictured:
1. Errands (Sam's, Giant, Target) and hausfrauing (the party doesn't stop because it's my birthday)
2. Basement purging - got rid of some chairs and other crap
3. Finished Night Film, fabulous book

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Things you may have missed this weekend: 37 things about me for 37 years and how I did on my winter goals.

Tomorrow: 10 Tips on Decluttering.

Thank you all so very much for the birthday wishes. They made a great day even better. For you, my favorite Irish blessing for Saint Patrick's Day:
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Linking up with Leeann for

30 comments:

  1. i'm so happy you had a fab birthday! you totally deserve it. i love the at-home dinner in lounge wear; that's my kinda dinner party!! and i love the fact that kerry sent you some awesome treats! she's so sweet.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. OMG all that food is making me so hungry! Looks like you had a great birthday!! So glad you got to enjoy it doing exactly what you wanted to do. Dinner at home sounds perfect! Glad the treats made it to you! :)

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  3. I need to learn how to meal prep, especially breakfast. Sell me your secrets!

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  4. I would like your birthday meals, please. So impressed that even on bday weekend, you hausfrau-ed like a champion. But I totally get that you would have regretted it all week if you didn't...

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful birthday weekend!! And um fried green tomato caprese?! Gimmmmme

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  6. Nobody celebrates a birthday better than you! I wish I enjoyed cooking as much as I do eating... I would make everything on your menu. As it is, I have to hope somebody will make it for me. Happy birthday month!

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  7. Lovely weekend. I want Saturday's weather back right now. Shoveling/snow clearing for the absolute last time this year !
    Crazy weather. I need to know about the brussel sprouts. Very nice of Kerry to send that lovely gift. I am intrigued by the chocolate covered apples! I am just putting it out to the universe that 3-20 is the first day of spring. #letsgetit

    Love your MOMMA

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  8. Hooooray for a fabooosh birthday weekend. Can't wait to take you out and celebrate with a little Mexicana and pottery! I'm glad to see you enjoyed the eatery of my People, I've heard great things about that place. I hope you made it to work safely, or that you're at home working. mwah. <3 Happy free ice tea/coffee Monday :-P

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  9. It looks like you had a fabulous birthday weekend!!! All that food looks and sounds just wonderful! Mmmm! And look at you being a rock star on your weekend and getting stuff done like a boss! I wouldn't expect anything less from you! Did you get the Goldfish puffs when you are at Target?! Yum!

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  10. sounds like you had an excellent birthday!!! so much good food. I'm jealous of that couples massage!! i've never done one but looks really fun. glad you had such a happy b-day!

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  11. Looks like you had you a damn successful birthday weekend!!!!! :D
    Lounge attire is the BEST attire. That's usually what we wear to my family gatherings so when Pete first started coming around and I would wear sweats to things he thought I was weird. haha
    Hope you like the taco filling! I think I might make some for lunch today. Seriously, I can't get enough of that shit.

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    1. Oh shit... I forgot... I about DIED at MFD's facial expression in the couples massage pic! bahahah Like a little kid on Christmas!

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  12. I don't understand why more people don't require lounge attire for house parties/get togethers. I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday. The pictures from the massage is my favorite. there's no way I could relax if Justin was next to me - it would be a constant stream of inappropriate comments.

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  13. Breakfast quesadillas are a thing?! I must have these!!!

    Glad you had a great birthday weekend!

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  14. Looks like a wonderful birthday weekend to me. Lots of yummy food which is always a good way to go! I love choc covered strawberries. What a fun surprise to get in the mail!!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  15. So glad you had such a good birthday weekend. Couples massages? Jealous!

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  16. SO much delicious food! I'm drooling!! Sounds like an amazing birthday weekend :)

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  17. Damn, now I want a grilled steak. Hooray for a great birthday weekend! I love tasting menus. Glad you tried a new place and liked it!

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  18. Holy best BIRTHDAY weekend ever!! I am over here salivating at the mouth!!! And you didn't find anything at HomeGood or TJ Maxx....I am disappointed in you!! :) Seriously, you are so blessed, lady! Glad you enjoyed yourself!!

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  19. OMG, the breakfast quesadillas at Honey's are DELICIOUS! So glad to hear you had a nice birthday weekend!

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  20. WTF? I had the idea for fried green tomato caprese, like, three years ago! I have it written in my old blogging book! Honey's STOLE my idea!

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  21. Wow there is so many amazingness kinds of food in this post I can't even keep up! Looks like you had a great weekend being spoiled for sure!!!

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  22. Looks like a wonderful birthday weekend, I'm glad you had such fun! But nothing at HomeGoods?! How is that possible??

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  23. Sounds like a great weekend! Glad you had a happy birthday! I love fingerling potatoes.

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  24. All this food! Yum!

    I'm glad you had a fun birthday weekend!

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  25. Glad you had a wonderful birthday!

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  26. Looks like you had a fantastic birthday! And enjoyed some amazing food. I need you to come teach me how to cook the complicated things!

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  27. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! It looks like you celebrated perfectly this weekend! So glad you had a great time. And how sweet of Kerry!

    Thanks for linking up :)

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  28. Totally sucks about the Maxx. Always happens though right? The food in the post made me drool! So delicious! So glad it was a great day, minus the no fun finds! And the pack appreciates your attention to them on your day I'm sure!

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  29. Happy Belated Birthday! Seriously with the food though! I want to eat with you...always. Everything looks effing amazing!

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