Monday, February 21, 2011

Fun Weekend: Birthday Dinner, Antique Market, & Cooking

You know those fabulous weekends where you feel like you had a lot of fun and got a lot done. That was this past weekend.

Friday night we celebrated the Mr.'s birthday at JiRaffe in Santa Monica. It's a French/American gourmet restaurant that's Zagat rated, but we've never tried it.


It was amazing! We ate burrata and tomato salad, mushroom ravioli with truffle oil, apple pork chops, and coq au vin. And we drank Stag's Leap Petit Syrah. Loved it.

For dessert we had this lemon bread pudding, which was divine.


For a birthday present I got the Mr. a Lacoste Polo and a new Magic Wallet (he wore his old one out) and he liked both a lot.


On Saturday we went to yoga and then I planned out the meals I wanted to make for the week since I'm working from home most of the week. Then I hit Trader Joe's and Albertson's to get all the goods. Friends, this is as full as you'll ever see my fridge...


On Saturday night we watched The Social Network on Blu-Ray. I was surprised at what a great movie it was! I wonder if Zuckerburg is really that big of a jerk.


On Sunday I went with my blog-friend turned real-life friend, Brittney (from Our Poverty with a View), to the Long Beach antique flee market.

There was all kinds of trinkets and trash. But definitely a few treasures. Brittney and I kept commenting that if we were crafty like Young House Love or Brooklyn Limestone we'd able to turn a piece of china + a ceramic bird + a candlestick into some amazing centerpiece with the help of a little spray paint. :)

Brittney bough a cool old seltzer bottle to go on her bar...



And I bought some seashells...


After the Antique Market I went home to start my first cooking project of the week, making my own version of the Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti. I made this recipe last year but thought I could make it bit healthier. So I cut down on the spaghetti, cream of chicken, and cheese. And I really increased the veggies (adding mushrooms, squash, and upping the peppers and unions) and lean chicken.


Here's how it looked, ready to be frozen!


I was able to get three casserole dishes out of the recipe. We're going to eat one tonight, so I will let you know how it is!

How was your weekend?

12 comments:

Pamela M said...

Your fridge looks a lot like mine this week!! Gotta love the fresh produce from Trader Joe's!!

Virginia Belle said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend! Your dinner out Friday night sounded amazing. I'm heading to Trader Joe's this afternoon and only hope my fridge looks as well stocked after as yours does :)

Cheryl E. said...

Sounds like a great weekend :) Now dont you wish it was friday again?!

AllyceR said...

I love that feeling after a weekend, having fun but also having gotten some good things accomplished! Do you freeze meals often or is this something new you are trying? I'm trying to get into a different shopping and cooking routine so I'm interested to hear!

Dee Stephens said...

So good to make and freeze! I need to do this!

Brown Girl said...

I should try freezing meals, let us know how it turns out!

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

I am so impressed with all your meal planning and grocery shopping! Way to go! Also, your Young House Love comment was hysterical! Wish I could "whip up" a centerpiece too :)

christi said...

What a great weekend! We love that salsa from Costco ... it is our favorite (on the top shelf in your fridge). I'm cooking through our fridge and freezer this week because I'm out of town next week. I've got the Mr. all stocked up with delicious homemade freezer meals so I was able to avoid TJs this weekend. Which was sad because I didn't get my weekly flowers, but then Mr. surprised me with some more tulips! Gotta love weekends, especially in SoCal! I'm going to visit that flea market some day!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

dude. you just put my fridge to shame.

are his apples in there?!? ;)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like it was a great weekend!!

B. Wilson said...

Seeing lots of TJ produce in your fridge! :)

I make a similar recipe called baked spaghetti with cream of mushroom or cream of broccoli. I also add in some olives, red pepper flakes, and plenty of cheese. I should check out PW's recipe. She highlighted it the other day, but was too busy to check it out.

Leah said...

I am jealous of your weekend! Looks like it was a blast!

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