This past weekend was sweet – literally and figuratively. I’m so lucky to have wonderful friends and family to spend my time with. They spoil me, and I hope they know how much I really appreciate it. My last spring break ended with a marvelous weekend. Big thanks to Katie, the Healthy Diva herself, for always allowing us to link up to her blog.
The weekend really started on Thursday when I met Erin from The Almond Eater. We totally failed as bloggers and forgot to take pictures with each other, but you have to believe me – she’s such a sweet person! If you don’t follow her yet, you really should. I can’t wait to hang out with her again!
My mom decided to take off of work on Friday to spend the day with me as an early birthday celebration, which I was so excited for. We had a great day that started at Pamela’s Diner. Pamela’s is a Pittsburgh staple, and she’d never been! Of course, I was thrilled to be there for her first visit, foodie that I am. Mom ordered the blueberry hotcakes, which is was somewhat wary of because the filling was sour cream and brown sugar. The waitress assured her it was delicious and, in no time, she declared them the best pancakes ever.
I ordered the chocolate chip and banana hotcakes, which I quickly deemed the most marvelous
dessert breakfast ever. Basically, I ate chocolate chips with a side of hotcakes and banana.
After breakfast, we walked around town for a bit and then headed to Trader Joe’s. Am I the only person on the planet who responds to the question “what do you want for your birthday?” with “a trip to Trader Joe’s!”? Perhaps. That’s a-okay with me. I got all of my staples to take back to school, and we rounded out the grocery portion of the day with a special trip to an Oriental market to get me two big a** kabocha squash.
Later in the afternoon, my mom and I headed to a local salon to get manicures and pedicures! It was so nice of my mom to schedule those for us. I haven’t had a manicure for a year – a pedi for even longer. My nails and toes were atrocious but now they’re looking marvelous. And so are my mom’s!
After the salon, we headed to dinner at an Italian place. They have amazing sauce, so I just ordered spaghetti since it was a Friday during Lent. We also had a glass of wine with our meals.
Because my mom is a bad influence, she suggested we go get some frozen yogurt after dinner. And because I am just as bad, I didn’t oppose her. Obviously. We ended the night watching the movie Odd Thomas on demand because we’ve both read the book. I hadn’t had a whole day of mom/daughter activities in a while, and I really enjoyed myself.
On Saturday, we had plans to go out to dinner along with Emily to celebrate our March birthdays even more (mine is the 17th, her’s the 23rd). We stopped at my grandparent’s house (dad’s side) for more birthday celebrations. My mom and I had picked up little mini cakes from Prantl’s Bakery, so we ate those after we sang. Dessert before dinner!
We had dinner at Mad Mex after a change in plans, but I’m not one to turn down margaritas and Mexican cuisine.
I had a veggie and chicken filled quesadilla. Spicy, succulent, and filling! Is succulent a gross word? This quesadilla was not gross by any means, though.
Sunday morning brought pancakes again, as Adam and I went to our favorite breakfast spot. I can’t believe that was the last time he and I will have an “interim” breakfast together… that is, until he graduates next year and heads his own way. He took the SATs on Saturday… time goes SO fast! Anyway, we both enjoyed marvelous chocolate chip pancakes with eggs on the side for me and bacon for him. They were delicious as usual. I guess I only eat chocolate chips for breakfast now? Doesn’t matter because these pancakes are some of the best around.
Later, I made the ride back to school with a friend. When I got home, I went on a crazy cleaning frenzy. I’m not really sure what got into me, but at least my house looks/smells fresh now.
Aaaaaand I’m back on that college grind, but I’m really excited to be back. Last few weeks… GO!
Question of the Day:
>> What’s your favorite thing to order for breakfast?
>> What did you do this weekend?