It finally happened this summer.
I went to bed at an ungodly hour on a Saturday night and woke up at 11. Ughhhhh.
I’m not too mad about it though, because I got to spend some quality time with high school friends who I hadn’t seen in forever.
Other weekend happenings:
Not part of the weekend, but I made some good food that night! “Made” = throwing things in a bowl. Like this salad with baby kale mix, leftover sautéed brussels sprouts, sweet cherry tomatoes, sliced beets (from a can ➔ college d-hall memories), and avocado.
Late night baking adventures involved Amanda’s Greek yogurt banana oat bread! I baked it in two 8×8 pans to speed up the baking time since it was late (and I’m impatient).
I brought most of the banana bread to work on Friday, and it disappeared by the end of the day! I was that girl who brought whole grains into the midst of (freaking delicious) brownies and chocolate chip cookies.
You know when you’re go-go-go all day, and then you finally sit down? Then you realize that you never ever want to move your butt off that chair? That was my Friday after work.
But I love days like that (after I get to sit down).
Part of the hustlin’ day included cooking up a hearty dinner. I baked some chicken thighs with half a sliced onion, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of artichokes, lots of garlic, oregano, fresh basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper, then topped with fresh mozzarella near the end of baking.
that broiled, crispy mozzarella is magical
Then I boiled some whole wheat spaghetti for the base.
These babies also happened:
balsamic roasted brussels sprouts (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper @ 400F for ~30 min)
Whenever I roast vegetables, I eat my fill straight off the pan when they come out of the oven. 😀
Early morning overnight oat smoothie bowl (almond milk, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, cinnamon, blueberries, frozen banana, vanilla protein powder, greens + granola on top) before some praying and morning Mass.
I came back home and napped before movin’ and groovin’ in the backyard. I didn’t have too much time, so I did 5 rounds of Jess’ KILLER 1000 rep workout. I used two 15# kettlebells and a 36# bar, so I made some substitutions:
This workout is quite difficult in an AC’d gym. HALF of this workout is MADNESS in the humid heat. God bless naps and rest days that allowed me to power through that.
I definitely snacked on some brussels sprouts and tomatoes before that workout too.
After showering in cold water, I headed to lunch with two of my good high school friends, Sam and Je’lyn! We met up at The Beehive for sandwiches (after a long bout of menu indecisiveness).
I went with the turkey club (oven roasted turkey, thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pesto mayo) + side salad. I was hungry, so I wanted something hearty. I got what I wanted, because I think the earth shook when this landed on our table:
thinking, “is this all three of our orders on one plate?”
A double-decker, half-foot-long (maybe longer) turkey freaking CLUB.
Literally three meals. I had this portion you see in this photo (eaten as a single decker + an open-faced sandwich), Ben had another portion for his dinner that night, and I had the last portion yesterday for brunch. Talk about a deal!
The three of us caught up on our lives and had great conversation before heading home. I hung out with Ben for a bit, ate some frozen bananas and kettle corn, and then we went to Mass (counting for Sunday Mass). I was still pretty full from my late lunch/late snack, so I ate veggies and crackers with hummus for a light snack.
I dropped off Ben at the train station since he had his first overnight work shift in the city on Saturday night. Oof.
While he was over there making dough, I was spending dough on ice cream with Sam, Michael and Jordan. More long-since-seen friends!
blueberry cheesecake + captain crunch berry ice cream
Village Creamery is amazing.
Sam invited us over to hang out at her house. We vegged out on her couches and chatted for several hours. Later in the night, Sam gave me a Tim Tam and made me Vegemite toast, since she just got back from studying abroad in Australia (‘Straya)!
Vegemite smells like stale bread.
You’re supposed to butter the toast and add a super thin layer of Vegemite. Verdict? I like it! It’s just…salty. Like, extra salty buttered toast with a hint of yeast flavor. I understand why no one can really explain what it tastes like.
Arman, are you proud!?
I got home at around 1, had a dance party by myself in the kitchen, reminisced on old blog posts for old time’s sake, and went to bed after 2:30 AM. I am fully culpable for messing up my sleep schedule.
I got up at 8 AM first to pick up Ben from the train station. Then we both hit the hay again, and I woke up at almost 11.
Big brunch it was!
last of the turkey club with extra greens and sriracha + unpictured brussels sprouts and cherry tomatoes
a small piece of banana bread baked oatmeal + blueberries
I decided to truly embrace Sunday as the day of rest (something that I need to work on). I watched Food Network while typing this post for a couple hours, went on a long walk, danced a little, did some reading…
“Work hard, play hard” is fun, but “work hard, rest hard” is what I needed.
Madre and Pop were away for the weekend in California for a family function, so after they arrived back home last night, we went to (a Groupon) dinner at Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse.
Me to Ben: “I don’t know if I’m ready for that much meat.”
If you’re not familiar with Brazilian Rodizio, it’s essentially meat on demand. Waiters come around to your table with giant skewers of various meats and sausages, and you can just say “yes” or “no” to the meat that arrives.
red side of the card for “no meat, please” // green side of the card for “please bring me dat meat”
They slice off a piece of the meat for you, and you use your personal mini tongs to grab it. So interactive, I love it.
There’s a salad bar buffet, where you can fill your plate with fresh accompaniments for your plethora of meats.
And there are these complimentary Brazilian. cheese. puffs.
These pao de queijo were so incredible that we asked for a second basket. Madre, Ben and I each had three, ignoring most of the other side dishes. They’re made with tapioca flour, which makes them the DOUGHIEST little nuggets of gold you ever tasted. I definitely Googled how to make them when I got home, which was a great yet terrible move, because I learned that they’re so easy to make…Cheese puffs ALL THE TIME.
Other side dishes that came with the meal included some superb rice, baked beans, pickle-y salsa, yucca flour (??), and fried bananas (← we ate as dessert).
I must have tried 8 different meats, but my favorites were the top sirloin, chicken, bacon-wrapped turkey, and beef rib. They also had some bomb grilled pineapple at the end!
Me: “I think I’m going to go vegetarian for the rest of this week.”
What a wonderful dining experience to end the weekend!
Now Ben and I are skipping around between watching Sharknado (the most horrendously bizarre show I’ve ever laid eyes on), American Ninja Warrior, and Harry Potter. I’m also baking some more banana bread baked oatmeal for the week!
Hope you all have a delightful Monday!
So tell me:
Two things you did this weekend!
What are your favorite rest activities (oxymoron, I know)? Baking, walking, meditating, and jamming out to music are my faves.
What is the biggest sandwich you’ve ever ordered?
Have you ever had Brazilian Rodizio?