One of my favorite parts about Monday morning is sitting back with my cup of coffee and reflecting on the weekend. I love spending time with family, bringing the friends together for good food, and getting time to work on projects we can’t normally do on the week days. I especially enjoyed this weekend becuase it was the first time I felt comfortably enough to leave the house after getting a bad case of poison ivy. It also happened to be in the mid 70’s all weekend, so there was no excuse to stay inside.
We took an afternoon break to meet up with some friends for lunch and to shoot some photos. One of our friends, who is an incredible event planner in Charleston, needed a couple of head shots for a feature story her company is running on her. I was so thrilled that she asked me to take them and they turned out so well.
We did the photos uptown so we could get the city in the background. Since we were already up there, we ended up having lunch at Vapiano’s Italian restaurant. I ordered the Reef n Beef salad. It had grilled beef filet, shrimp, grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes, spring onions and lettuce. Their food is so good and I love their fun set up and environment.
I also had a slice of their proscuitto pizza. I liked how thin and crispy the crust was.
After we tore everything apart, we took the dogs for a well deserved walk around the neighborhood. I couldn’t get over how nice it was. I’m all for the cold Christmas spirit days, but no way am I going to complain about a 75 degree day in December!
I decided to relax on Saturday night and catch up on some sleep.
Sunday was all about Funday.
We decided to bring all the friends together for a football Sunday filled with food, drinks, and cigars.
After church, I took the dogs for a walk and then headed to the grocery store to grab everything for the get-together. I just wanted to spend every waking second outside soaking up the fresh air and sunshine. It felt like spring.
We I love putting spreads together for football games. It’s my thing! I picked up items to make a cheese, meat and cracker platter, a nacho bar, mimosas, and some other little finger foods.
I wore the Simply Taralynn Collection weekend drink shirt! (after church of course)
Items I picked up for the spread:
- Summer Sausage
- Pepper Jack Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Fresh oranges
- Fresh pineapple
- Lemon slices
- Orange juice
My mimosa had 1/4 cup of high pulp orange juice, juice of one lemon slice, pineapple chunks, ice, and topped with champagne.
Our other friends brought some ingredients over to make bloody Marys. Bloody Marys will never be my thing. I can’t even stand the smell of them, but I definitely think anyone who drinks them are kind of badass. They were throwing in hot sauce, worcestershire sauce and all kinds of crazy ingredients.
Someone once told me that a bloody Mary cures hangovers and I think the first sip made me even sicker than before. Since then, I’ve never touched another bloody Mary.
We also put together an EPIC nacho bar.
I made up a huge batch of nacho cheese. In a large pan, melt together: 1 box of Velveeta, 1 stick unsalted butter, 1/2 cup light cream (or milk), 4 cans diced green chilies, 2 cans Rotel, 1/2 can drained jalapeños, and 1/2 tablespoon chili powder.
Keep the heat on low and continue to stir once all the ingredients are melted.
Nacho bar included:
- Grilled Steak
- Grilled Chicken
- Diced Avocados
- Black Beans
I ended the weekend having my favorite coffee drink, watching Christmas movies, and being old!
These are the weekends I live for. I love making memories, sharing laughs, and remembering what life is all about – especially with everything going on in our world. It’s important to enjoy the small things in life.
Now, I love leaving my posts with three questions for you.
1. Do you enjoy bloody Marys?
2. Why are weekends special to you?
3. What kind of weather did you have this weekend?