Home Is Where the Food Is

So much food, so little time!!!

That seems to be the theme whenever I come home. Not the worst situation.

I’ve been home for a little over two days, and I have definitely been soaking up some R&R, spending time with the ‘rents, eating mom’s home cooking, and utilizing the kitchen.



My friends Joe and Louis let me hitch a ride with them back home since we all live fairly close to one another. We left Boston on Friday afternoon, bumpin’ some tunes, chatting about our lives, and criticizing Joe for his love of country music for the 4 hour drive.


Madre prepared a fabulous dinner that was waiting for us when we got to my house. What a wonderful woman.


She sent Joe and Louis home with fried rice and egg rolls, because you don’t leave her establishment without food.

The rest of my night involved laundry, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos until 2 AM because I’m dumb.


I woke up naturally at 8:30 on Saturday (weird, considering I went to sleep so late), so I took my time getting downstairs and deciding what to eat for breakfast. I get very pensive about breakfast when I’m home, especially if I’m only home for a few days, because I know that I have limited time to utilize the kitchen/time to make some of my favorite breakfast recipes.

I was in the mood for either pancakes or oatmeal. But I can do regular oatmeal in my dorm any day… homemade pancakes though? Girl.


I used The Baker Mama’s recipe for whole wheat banana pancakes, which were fluffy and delicious. I had three (+ another baby one) with blueberry Chobani, peanut butter, and fresh blueberries. Served with a glass o’ milk.


WOW. I keep staring at this picture and reminiscing on the amazingness of this breakfast.

I think I caught up on some more blogs and took a nap before interviewing my mom for my Behavioral Biology of Women term paper. It was fun to hear all her stories! Lunch happened sometime in there.


sautéed spinach, avocado, egg, and sriracha in a Flatout wrap + too many snacks to count

I got to move and groove in the basement for a bit as well! I worked on pull-up/chin-up negatives, pushups, and wall walks before doing a 20 minute circuit (and then stretching! #PTtobe).


We went to Mass at night and then came home for dinner to make our way through some of the leftovers from Friday night.


hodgepodge of noodles, spaghetti squash, tofu, fish, and vegetables topped with sriracha (the condiment of the gods) + a bunch of unpictured crackers with eggplant dip

Dad and I decided to watch Eddie the Eagle later that night at the theater, which was a good choice! An entertaining, feel-good kinda movie (with British accents, so +100).

Upon coming home, I ate another pancake with peanut butter, dried figs, and a glass o’ milk. 😀


Smoothie Sunday (#smoothiesunday?)! This was an overnight oat smoothie (same recipe as this one) topped with granola that my dear friend Emma gifted me! (Catholic friend giving granola made by Catholic monks to fellow Catholic friend. How Catholic.)


Fast forward through some relaxing reading, school reading, and blog reading… My parents and I went out to lunch at a seafood restaurant thanks to— the one and only— Groupon.


Their warm sourdough with a sprinkle heavy dose of pepper to start.


I went with the prix fixe option since it was the best deal. For appetizer I got the salad of the day, which was arugula with bell peppers, tomatoes, feta cheese, candied pistachios (!!!), and a lemon vinaigrette. It didn’t look like all that much at first, but it tasted great!


For my entree I ordered the scallops with mushroom risotto. I also helped my mom with some of her lobster ravioli and had a bite of my dad’s parmesan-crusted cod. It was all pretty darn tasty!


We took most of my risotto to go, along with the dessert that came with my prix fixe (pistachio cheesecake!) because a) I was full, b) we were in a rush to go to a concert, and c) we knew there would be cookies at the concert reception.


It was a benefit concert to help support the Maryknoll Sisters’ global outreach mission. A local orchestra performed some awesome classical and cinematic pieces. My fave was the Jurassic Park piece at the end (mostly because it was the only one I could recognize, but also because it was spectacular).

During intermission, these happened.


Beautiful mini desserts!!! I got a plate for myself and then had a bite of, like, five different cookies from my mom’s plate.


Ugh, so good. The sisters baked all of them!


Back at home, I changed into comfy clothes and went on a 3 mile walk around the ‘hood while listening to the latest Girls Gone WOD podcast. I ate a light dinner at around 8 since I was still kind of full from our big, late lunch.

And here I am typing up this blog post. It’s taken me two hours to type up this little recap. I’m queen of getting sidetracked (aka dancing to music and texting my friend about exploding stars).

The funny thing is that I had several different plans for spring break including a possible mission trip to Ireland or Guyana. Then I planned for a weeklong retreat after the mission trips didn’t work out, but the weeklong retreat was canceled, so then I was left with little to work with. Home has been a nice treat though ♥︎

Hope you all have a mighty fine Monday!

So tell me:

What is the best thing you ate this weekend? 

Oatmeal or pancakes?

Are you a fan of country music? 

Are you a fan of orchestra concerts? They’re not my number one activity of choice, but I can definitely enjoy and appreciate the music!


33 thoughts on “Home Is Where the Food Is

  1. Glad you enjoyed your weekend home! Funny how plans work themselves out.

    Why choose? Oats IN pancakes for me!! Taylor Swift & Andy Grammer are as country as I get HAHAHA. Best thing I ate this weekend was gnocchi

  2. Unfortunate when other plans fall through – but time at home is never a bad time. And it looks like you are doing it right. What beautiful pictures not only of the food but of family too. Enjoy!!! And pancakes, all the way. Country on the other hand… not so much.

  3. Spring break is so short that I’m totally fine with just spending it at home this year. I spent half of mine last year in NYC and it was fun but it definitely made the week fly by! Looks like your weekend at home was an excellent one and full of delicious food and love (as it should be). Pancakes over oatmeal and I’ll be the unpopular one who does like country music 🙂

  4. I am more of an oatmeal person! But when I am home and can utilize my kitchen… pancakes or waffles it is 🙂 I do like country music! I love Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley! Glad you had a fun weekend girly!

  5. What a lovely weekend! That blue dress you wore on Sunday is so pretty 🙂 Loving your outfits lately girl. I remember in college coming home and feeling like all the food was SO GOOD. Though I will say your college food looks 10000 times better than mine did haha

  6. Oatmeal for breakfast, pancakes for dinner 😀 I honestly have no idea WHAT kind of breakfast options I’d tackle if I was only home for a short period of time. Actually, scratch that. I’d make my mom make me some of her crepes. They were my favourite thing ever back when I still lived at home, and it’s been too long since I’ve had any. And I 100% know what you mean about posts taking forever to write because you’re always getting sidetracked. I should be writing mine as we speak 😛

  7. I love weekend eats! Arman of thebigmansworld and I actually went out to Lemonade LA on Saturday and I got a lovely plate of various seasonal vegetables, ahi poke and the BEST roasted Brussel sprouts in the world. But I’ll have to say that that’s tied with his copycat Easter eggs or my sweet potato kabocha chocolate pudding I made on Sunday! 😛
    And I love BOTH oatmeal and pancakes, but I have to say I’m more of a pancake person! Who wouldn’t be?

  8. Pancakes! I’m not big on oatmeal, although I like it better than I used to. I never choose to eat it, though. I save I for if I’m sick or have an upset stomach, which thankfully is pretty rare.

    Yes, I do like country music! I prefer the songs that have more meaning, but I do love me a catchy tune. 😄 As long as it doesn’t have anything in it that I find inappropriate. 🙂

    I’m the same way as you about orchestra. I love all kinds of music, so I will probably enjoy myself somewhat (and probably more than I would expect), but it’s not my #1 choice of activity.

  9. Ha I have to agree with amanda and say oatmeal for breakfast and pancakes for dinner;) 👍🏼👍🏼
    Lovin all your classy outfits too!
    Hate orchestra concerts tbh😴 But might have to rethink that because…cookies lol
    And I loveeeeeeeeeeee country music so much! You can judge 🙈😜
    Have a great relaxing week at home Alison!!

  10. LOL. Al, it’s never a trip home unless a groupon is involved.

    I still can’t believe you cheated on Fage BUT we need to discuss a new competitor- I was pleasantly surprised. It was so damn thick, like hair gel but like edible.

    I actually LOVE some orchestra music- My bucket list includes seeing the Studio Ghibli music played live.

  11. I feel the same when I come home for holidays or breaks! Just eat all the stuff. So if I should choose between oatmeal and pancakes I choose some of your pancakes. Looks really good 😉

  12. Despite disappointment about other plans falling through a weekend with family after not seeing them in a while sounds great. You had a full schedule and clearly made the most of it.
    Not to be too nosey but what exactly is your paper in Behavioural Biology of Women – sounds like an interesting class as is – about?
    Also, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one taking forever for a post. I can’t even pinpoint out why at times. ..

  13. What is the best thing you ate this weekend?

    Hmm… My brain is blanking on this. The honey pretzel peanut butter I’ve been eating has been pretty tasty. 🙂

    Oatmeal or pancakes?
    BOTH! Depends on my mood. 😀 I really like pancakes for the toppings, but I like oatmeal for the toppings + the simplicity of making it. 🙂

    Are you a fan of country music?
    Not modern country…

    Are you a fan of orchestra concerts?
    Sometimes, but sometimes I just can’t sit that long. I really understand little kids having trouble sitting, because it’s hard for me to sit longer than an hour. O_O God definitely uses those to test my patience. ❤

  14. For once, I have a for sure answer to the best thing you’ve eaten question! My aunt and uncle took me and my sister to a legendary dessert place in Walnut Creek, CA where they make their own cookies and their own ice cream in house (and you can taste it!). You get to custom choose cookie flavor + ice cream filling flavor (and optional toppings) to make your own ice cream sandwich. There were so many choices and I wanted to have like ten cookie sandwiches, but it was delicious! They did other things with ice cream + cookies, but I was trying to limit my choices, lol! I think the restaurant was called Cream. I had a vegan double chocolate cookie with cookie dough ice cream.

    Not any kind of concert person…but I do love me some country music! I know opinions are pretty polarized on the topic, but I like it a lot. I’m not solely a country girl though; I have probably at least 60% other music on my player.

    Weird question, but which of your friends is on the left in the dinner photo at your parents’ house? He *really* reminds me of a guy I knew when I was in high school, and the guy I knew was named Joseph…the coincidence was just too close for me not to ask. 😉

  15. Oatmeal or pancakes is the hardest question EVER. Can I have pancakes with oatmeal on the side? 😉 I’m not a huge country fan anymore, but I really like Kelsea Ballerini 🙂

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee

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