Friday, October 6, 2017


Another week has come and gone. The days are flying by but I expect all of October to go this way since I've got a full calendar. Here's how my week shaped up!

The high of my week was going out to dinner with another couple last night at the restaurant we went to the night we got engaged. If you find yourself in Minneapolis, I highly recommend that you check out 112 Eatery! The food is so good! It's definitely our favorite special occasion restaurant. Make sure you get the scallops as an appetizer and the butterscotch budino for dessert! Those are must-haves for us every time we come here! Our double date was with a guy I work with and his wife. Phil and my co-worker used to work together way back in 2005. Then  almost 10 years later, I joined the same group that Phil worked with, we are just owned by a different company now so the name has changed. As a result, Phil actually knows a lot of my coworkers as most of the people who were in this group in 2005 are still in the same group all these years later. It's kind of crazy how many ways mine and Phil's lives have overlapped. He works with a girl I went to college with (who set us up on a blind date), he used to work with many of my coworkers, and he used to live with another guy that I went on a blind date with years before I met Phil. It seems like we were destined to meet!

The low of my week was getting yet another flare. This is my 6th one of this pregnancy. I'm so FED UP with these stupid flares. As a point of reference, I used to get maybe 2-3 flares a year before changing my drugs to ones that are safe for pregnancy. So getting 6 flares in about 2 months is A LOT. 

A book I am reading is This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. It's the October selection for my local book club. I've heard great things about it so I think it's going to make for a great book club discussion!

A recipe I made was Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls in my Instant Pot. It's not the prettiest dish but what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste. Phil and I LOVE cabbage rolls but they are kind of a putzy thing to make. This dish was super easy to make, especially in the Instant Pot (the recipe also has directions for making it on the stove top). And the leftovers have been great. I need to do a post soon about all the things I've made in the Instant Pot. That gadget is not for everyone but I really love it and have gotten a lot of use out of it! 

The best money I spent was on a prenatal massage on Monday. This was my first prenatal massage and it was wonderful! I have decided to treat myself to one once a month for the duration of the pregnancy. I figure it's a good investment as it's so relaxing and I could use some extra relaxation/TLC. 

My plans this weekend include going out to dinner tonight with another couple at our favorite Taqueria. They make their own corn tortillas and the food is so good and inexpensive. It reminds me of the kind of food you find at Taquerias that I've been to in the Mission district of San Francisco. After dinner we are going to stop at a number of breweries in the area. I told Phil that he needs to take advantage of having a DD! The other couple we are getting together with also loves beer so it should be a fun night, especially since some of these breweries tend to have board games, which I love! On Saturday my nephews are coming over in the afternoon and will spend the night as it's my brother and his wife's anniversary that day. I don't see my nephews as much as I would like given our busy schedules so I am excited to have them stay with us! I'll give them a choice of making dinner or going out to eat and we'll come up with something fun to do. On Sunday I'll bring them back to my brother's and we'll all have lunch together. I don't have much else planned for that day besides going to a prenatal yoga class so it should be a fairly laid back day. 

What was the high of your week? Did you make any new or tried-and-true recipes this week?


katielookingforward said...

Enjoy the tacos!! (and thankfully most breweries have some n/a beverages these days). This is how it always is sounds interesting! If you like it I might recommend it to my book club!

Charbelle said...

That is crazy the way your lives overlap so much! I always say it is such a small world! It surprises me that with Michael being from Concord our lives didn't overlap nearly as much as you would think. 112 Eatery is definitely a treat! I don't think we ordered the scallops but the appetizers we did order were so amazing!!! I'm glad y'all were able to enjoy a delicious dinner out! I'm so sorry about the many flares :( I'm glad that you are treating yourself to a massage once a month, I think that is a fantastic plan! I've never been to a Taquerias that I didn't like!!! That sounds like so much fun!!! I was DD last Friday because I had a race Saturday morning, I did have one beer but it was early on. I know how much you love your nephews and how hard it is to get together with busy schedules so yay for time with them!!!

Marlys said...

It sounds like a fun weekend! Have fun with the boys, and give them my love.
We don't have much planned for the weekend except to work on fall outside work and start cleaning windows etc. I should stay back and work here as we are so behind but hopefully the weather cooperates so we can get it done in the evenings. Right now we still have to mow as the recent rains have made the gras grow like crazy!

Jeanie said...

I'm just about to try a new recipe for Lemon Zucchini bread! And high of the week was going to Southern Exposure for the first time this fall and making a wonderful autumn door decoration!

San said...

So curious what you think of This is how it always is!

Have fun with your nephews! I wish I could host my niece and nephew sometime.

Sorry about the comment galore... I am catching up after being on the road trip with my cousin + girlfriend for the last couple of weeks!

Stephany said...

I can't believe you're still getting so many flares. That has to be so frustrating and painful. <3

This is How it Always Is will most likely be my favorite read of the year. It was just so fantastic and really opened my eyes. I also adored the husband and wife in the book!

No recipe making for me last week - I was too busy!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That's terrible that you have had six flares in two months. I really hope your whole pregnancy isn't like that.

You and Phil were definitely destined to meet and be in each others lives <3 I love that.

Have a fun time with your nephews!!!

Amber said...

I kind of want to get an instant pot JUST to try that cabbage roll recipe because I LOVE cabbage rolls. We are having a big Ukrainian dinner with all my extended family on Christmas Eve this year and we're doing perogies, cabbage rolls, sausage etc. I'm obviously already SO excited! Ha. I have been SO unmotivated in the kitchen lately. I am hoping to do more cooking while I'm on maternity leave but maybe that is just wishful thinking :)

That date night with the couple where you are checking out different breweries sounds SO fun! I miss having couples to go on double dates with, we don't really have any couple friends here and also with Eric's work schedule I feel like it would be almost impossible to schedule anything anyways. Ah well, tis the season of life we're in!

As always, keeping my fingers crossed your flares are done for now!