I love sitting here blogging on Sunday morning after church, followed by a scrumptious breakfast with some pretty awesome people waiting for football to start. The only problem this Sunday is that I’m a Lion’s fan in a house of Cowgirls. (Cowboys) I’m kidding. I actually like the Cowboy’s and I’m proud of them this year, but today I’m against them.
I ditched the breakfast spots this morning when we heard Ralph was up and ready to cook breakfast. No restaurant can compete with Ralph’s eggs. We are still pushing him to open up a restaurant or at least write a cookbook.
For breakfast this morning, Phyllis and Ralph made crepes and eggs. The crepe was filled with berries and the omelet was filled with bacon, cheese, and ham. These eggs are cooked with so many seasonings that your mouth goes in all different directions. It’s magical and I’m obsessed. I’d eat those eggs for every meal.
I better jump back in time and explain myself on this one. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on dining out. I can’t promise I’ll cut back on breakfast spots, but I do want to cut back on going out for dinner late nights and ordering things like: pizza, wings, nachos, or anything greasy. I’ve done a good job so far. This photo is from a week ago (before my NY’s resolution) I went to Pinky’s in Charlotte. We wanted a place to go watch the Hornets game and have dinner. We sat at the bar and shared crab puppies as an appetizer. They were so tasty and inspired me to make a healthier version at home. You can look out and look forward to those! I know I am. I ordered their soup of the day, minestrone. It was more of a southwest chili soup and I’m thinking they got the bowls mixed up. That doesn’t take away from how good it was, but no way that was minestrone soup. For my entre, I ordered a shrimp salad with a side of honey mustard. Pinky’s had a fun and hip environment, with lots of signs, art, and old-school games around.
Last Sunday after church,I went to the broken egg café for breakfast. The waiting line lead out the door and the wait was 45 minutes. We decided to head next door to one of my favorite restaurants, Genghis Grill. I do the same bowl pretty much every time. I pile mine high with broccoli, peppers, onions, green beans, green onion, chicken, crab, beef, scallops, beans, eggs, water chestnuts, and spinach. I choose the garlic and herb, ginger citrus, honey soy, and garlic water for my flavoring. I usually order no starch because it’s filling on it’s own.
After lunch, we went to TBCY for fro-yo! In my cup, I had vanilla and chocolate almond milk fro-yo with all kinds of toppings. After our food fest, we headed over to my place to watch the Cowboys and Lions play while I organized my closet.
Now fast forward to New Year’s Day. We drove all the way to Waxhaw to get breakfast, but they were closed for the Holiday. We decided to go to Dunkin instead because it was fast and close by. I ordered the new turkey sausage flatbread with hash browns and coffee. Dunkin has the best hash browns.
While we were having breakfast, we came up with the idea to go see Annie. I’ve been wanting to see it for so long. The movie was great; I shed some tears, and was left wanting more. The only thing that bothered me was Cameron Diaz’s acting as Miss Hannigan. I love Cam and I love all of her movies, but this role didn’t suit her at all. She got better towards the end, but they could have picked a better actor to play the part. I was looking forward to seeing her performance, but it was kind of a joke. But it still doesn’t change the fact that she is one of my favorite actresses.
I cleaned my apartment all day Friday. I scrubbed my window seals, polished wood, Windex the windows, dusted the ceilings, fan, and the window sills, scrubbed my bathroom and organized my stuff.
After gong on a four hour cleaning spree, I had a relaxing day with the pups. I turned on the Iowa Hawkeye game but wanted to puke with how bad it was, so I turned on Dallas. Netflix just added another season and I’m completely obsessed! Jessie Metcalfe <3
I popped some stove popped popcorn and flavored it with olive oil, garlic salt, and old bay seasoning.
Late Friday night, I watched If I Stay with Emilee and then went on a McDonalds road trip to get our guilty pleasure, Diet Dr. Pepper. I ended up getting a vanilla cone to split with Grumps. They’re his favorite. If I Stay was was alright, but not my favorite.
Saturday morning, we watched a little T.V. while I blogged. Around eleven, we attempted the Broken Egg Café again. We were going to go to Terrace Café but it was a thirty-minute wait and we were too impatient. The wait at the Broken Egg Café wasn’t too long, but the service was horrendous. I’ll keep it at that. Fortunately the food made up for the bad service because it was on point. I’m sure people have their days when it comes to serving good or bad, so I won’t hold it against the Broken Egg and will probably go back.
I ordered the build your own omelet. I had an egg white omelet with Monterey jack, roasted red peppers, onions, spinach, baked bacon, and tomatoes. Instead of the side of potatoes, I had fruit as a substitute. I stuck with the English muffin because they’re my favorite. The coffee was fresh and strong, just the way I like it.
After breakfast, we took a ride to York, SC. We have this fascination/obsession with old towns. We stopped in a little cafe to use the restaurants because…way too much coffee. Of course you feel bad using someones bathroom without buying something and so we ordered drinks. After that, it started to downpour, so it limited our exploration. We ended up stopping at the cutest little pet store and bought Mr. Grumples doggy treats.
After we visited York, we headed uptown to Draught to meet up with some friends to watch the Panther’s play. Draught was a pretty cool bar, but so packed you couldn’t move. We left at Halftime to pick up dinner and take care of Grumps.
Because we are trying to avoid the bad late night grub, we headed to Jason’s deli to get to-go salads. Mine had lettuce, bell pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, couscous, corn salsa, zucchini, carrots, spring mix, and cucumber. I ordered beef stew as a side and it was delicious. I still need to make my mom’s recipe for pot roast this week. Jason’s deli is awesome because you can get all you can eat sale for under eight dollars. My salads end up being over fifteen bucks when they’re weighed at Harris Teeter.
Linda @ the Fitty says
I love the shape of that pot-dish thing with the handle, very convenient for serving, not to mention classy!
I went to the broken egg cafe while I was visiting family in destin florida over the holiday. That stinks that you had bad service. Our server was great, and I tried the blueberry quinoa granola bowl. It was fantastic.
Taralynn McNitt says
I’ve had great service there before too. It’s still a great place, just yesterday stunk bad. I hate spending two hours at one place just for an omelet. But, I’ll still go back 😉
you split a soda with grumples?? isn’t soda unhealthy and dangerous for dogs?
Taralynn McNitt says
A vanilla CONE lol
Jackie Campo-Marciniak says
I was just browsing your blog and really enjoying the read. I did get a good laugh when I realized that Mr. Grumples was your dog and not your nickname for my nephew Nick. Looking forward to meeting you soon and happy that Dallas won the game because I can’t imagine the mood in that house if they lost.
Taralynn McNitt says
Thank you! 🙂 I could see where the confusion would come in. Nick can be a “Mr. Grumples” now and then! The tension in the Dallas house was high last night. All the guys started downstairs and as the game got worse, they went upstairs one by one. As soon as Dallas won, they came running back downstairs. Typical.
Looking forward to meeting you as well!
Your posts are the highlight to my days at work! There’s something so refreshing reading about you and your ordinary life, but all the adventures you have! You are awesome.. thank you for the entertainment, advice, pick-me-ups, and laughs always Taralynn 🙂
I’m so sorry my Vols had to put a beatdown on your Hawkeyes 🙂 I was so sad the Lions couldn’t beat the Cowboys last night though…oh well, they’ll be out next round!! haha
The last season of Dallas ended on a major cliff hanger and they just cancelled the show 🙁 so there was no ending.
Taralynn McNitt says
SO MAD ABOUT IT!
Hayley French says
I always think of you when I get the salad bar at Jason’s! Love the changes to your blog, I have been following it for a couple of years now and love it. So glad that you seem happy again!
Kristin C says
I really want to try Jason’s Deli. There’s one about 30 mins away from me in Asheville, NC but I somehow have never made it there. My friends rave over it though!
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Grumple’s Jersey!
Such a good recap post! That was quite a lot crammed into one week, lucky girl 🙂 You look very happy with your man.
If you live in SC you have to visit Greenville! It’s a beautiful little city and there’s a bike/walking trail that is so much fun to use!