Date and Plate-Filled Weekend


First of all, I think you guys should all check out my guest post on my friend Catherine’s blog Kitten The Cat. I think you will enjoy it even if you are not a cat fan, as it is a pretty funny story about how I accidentally locked my friend Lisa’s cat in my suitcase for three days (ACCIDENTALLY). He was fine, all is well, and you can all laugh guilt-free.

But then come back here because I am not done with you yet.

Um, did Daylight Savings creep up on anyone else? I totally forgot about it until I woke up this morning pleasantly surprised that it was only 8 instead of 9. Hooray for an extra hour of sleep!

Total unhooray for it being dark at 5:30 pm now though. Kind of a bummer because I am a fan of sunshine, but I am not going to let it get to me.

Today was pretty ho-hum around here. House chores and grocery shopping took up most of my day, but I did squeeze in a little gym time – 40 minutes arc trainer + 20 minutes weight machines. It wasn’t a bad little workout, but nothing to really write about.

Mainly I want to talk about yesterday, because it was busy, fun, and packed full of eating.

First we had a little brunch party at Andrew’s parents for his older sister Sharlene’s birthday.

Beautiful Girls

If you have followed my blog for a while, you probably know that brunch at Ando’s parents is pretty much my favourite thing ever.

Check the Spread

Andy-pop’s family really goes to town in the brunch department. And I go to town filling up my plate.

It’s the least I can do.

New to the brunch spread is this amazing breakfast casserole type thing that Andy’s mom made. It was amazing. It’s on the left, and I don’t know the exact ingredients, but I know it included bread, eggs, cheese, and peameal bacon, so…it included heaven, basically.

And of course I loaded up my plate with the yummy as always Tortilla Orlando at Dawn (bottom of plate).

And then I loaded up with cake and ice cream.

I had to eat and run because I had an afternoon date with my friend Leah and her bridal party (which I am so happy and honoured to be a part of) to go bridesmaid dress shopping!

Edit: I have removed the photo in case we do go with the dress I was wearing, as I am pretty sure Leah wants the choice to be a surprise, and I didn’t think of that when I posted it!

We narrowed it down to three choices, so I’m not sure yet what dress it will be, but they are all beautiful and I would be happy with any of them.

And after dress shopping extravaganza, I had a girls’ date with my high school homies, where we had a ton of girl talk and ate a lot of food.

Some of the highlights:

Crackers with goat cheese, sliced tomato and basil that my friend Joanna made, which were AWESOME. I had about four of those.

Sliced apples with a delicious cream cheese and caramel dip with crumbled Skor bar (Heath bar in the States) that Joanna also made, and I was hoping it was going to make an appearance because it is so good. I need to remember to make this the next time I need an appy.

Chocolate and peanut butter chip (!!!) cookies.

And my fave…

Joanna’s mom’s KILLER apple crisp. The apple crisp I made a few weeks ago absolutely pales in comparison to this deliciousness. Remember when I said Joanna’s mom used to make this when we were in high school and send it along with Joanna to school to give to me because she knew I loved it so much? Her recipe has not changed at all, and it was just as good as I remembered. I die for this apple crisp.

I filled my plate up several times with goodies.

My friend Emily also made a really good roasted red pepper and artichoke dip that included red peppers, artichoke hearts, banana peppers and cream cheese (on the crackers to the right) that I think I will also have to recreate.

I was a bad friend and did not contribute anything to our appetizer party. Not to worry though, I will get them next time.

Definitely a weekend filled with treats, but the rest of my eats were the usual healthy fare.

I am off to watch The Walking Dead and prepare for the week ahead! Have a great night!


15 responses to “Date and Plate-Filled Weekend

  1. OMG I would have gone into a food coma. The apple dip sounds amazing. Skor is one of my favourite chocolate bars!!

  2. Gaahhh food porn. I am so incredibly hungry after reading this.
    Just give me all of those goat cheese and tomato crackers, because I’m pretty sure they’re on Breton crackers and yeah, I’m obsessed with Breton crackers.
    And that apple dip is seriously making my mouth water.
    I give you serious props for trying dresses on after eating that amazing-looking brunch though. You look amazing! Not like a human rolling pin… although… maybe a cartoon depiction is needed 😀

  3. Wow so much food porn in this picture 🙂 I can understand why you love that brunch, all of the classics available!
    The appetizers with the tomatoes are pretty! I might have to make something like that soon

  4. Beautiful, beautiful food. Honestly, it sounds like the perfect day: good food, family, friends, shopping, more good food, zombies. What else could a girl possibly want? That dress is very pretty and it looks great on you! I especially like it with the socks, but I might recommend going with argyle socks next time, just to have a bit of contrast.

  5. Omg I want all of that food! It all looks so good :). And I know what you mean about it getting darker earlier now- it was getting dark around 4:30 yesterday. Not fun at all!

  6. You make me want to eat. EVERYTHING. yum.

  7. Hahaha – poor cat! I laugh, but just yesterday I almost trapped my cat in the DISHWASHER by accident. How did she even get in there? No idea. Cats are sneaky.

  8. Feeling like total crud at the moment and not wanting to do anything – I don’t feel like working out, I definitely don’t want to do housework so instead I made myself a cup of tea and signed up for Lindsey Shenanigans. I am so glad I did, I feel so much better now.

    I didn’t have too much catching up to do, but I still got a great laugh. Your cartoons are hilarious and I love the voice over the speaker telling you to come upstairs and not sit on the bench. I was laughing so much I had a coughing fit (I have the flu – stupid flu)!

    That Percy dude is sooooo creepy in every way. I hated him in The Green Mile also wanting to punch his face in, but I also hated Archibald Cunningham aka Tim Roth in Rob Roy – I’d give his face a good punching too. Back to Percy (Doug), he also played a creepy, stretchy, liver eating serial killer in the X-Files.

    I know you hate the treadmill, but I love it. I mainly do interval training though and that’s really different from just running. The intervals make the time go so much faster so I guess that might be why I love them.

    Andy-pop’s mum makes the most perfect pancakes I have ever seen. Great job on your 5k run with Lexy too, I love how you really enjoyed it and your 5 min pace the other day is absolutely fantastic.

    Hope you don’t get too romantic with the Arc trainer – Andy may get jealous 🙂 Off to read your guest post about locking the kitty in the suitcase, I’m laughing already.

    • I LOVE your comments Jane! Seriously. They make my entire day. I was feeling a little “meh” and then I read this and I was instantly picked up!
      I am sorry about your coughing fit (but not really ;))
      Definitely have not seen Rob Roy, and definitely not going to see it now. Good to know. And ew, yeah, I remember him in the X-files. Blech.

      Alright, so next time I am on the treadmill I am doing the interval thing. I don’t know why I never do! I can see that being less boring though, so I’m doin it.

  9. P.S. I loved your doughnut moustache – it made me laugh.

  10. Holy eats batman! What a day. You must have been so insanely full. Because if you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you didn’t hold back at any event.
    The apple concoction looks like a great idea. And the breakfast casserole sounds amazing!
    I love apple crisp!

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