I had one of the best weekends ever. Thank goodness I wrote a post on Friday because this weekend’s recap is longer than most of my weekly ones. Kyle’s birthday is coming up, and the only thing that could top jumping out of a plane was getting a surprise visit from his mom! His mom and I had this plan in the works for a while, and it was so hard for us to keep it a secret, but we did it. 🙂 The permanent smile on his face all weekend was so worth it. We hadn’t seen Kyle’s mom since Thanksgiving, and we missed her so much! Kyle’s mom, Kathy (or I’ll keep saying “Kyle’s mom”), is the type of person that makes you feel like you’ve known her for years after the first five minutes of chatting with her. She’s so full of life, and her energy is contagious. Anyone who knows her is lucky. I could hardly wait to see her on Friday.
I woke up at 5 am to write a recap post and head to the gym before picking her up at the airport.
When I pulled up, she was standing there waving her arms, and I knew this was going to be a fun weekend!
After she had settled into the guest room, we made hot tea and chatted for three hours catching up on everything. Around three, we took the boys for a walk around the block and then got ready for the night. We had dinner reservations at six Uptown and Kyle still had no idea what was about to happen!
We made it uptown a bit earlier, so we walked around the city. The weather couldn’t have been any more perfect all weekend. It’s usually 95 and humid, but this weekend it was in low 80’s and breezy!
I took her into Amelie’s, one of my favorite places! We tried their passion fruit & strawberry lemonade. I am going to make this drink at home! It had pureed passion fruit and strawberries, mixed with lemon juice, sparkling water, and ice! It was refreshing, healthy, and not loaded with added sugars.
Look how happy that face is!
Kyle thought we were going out to dinner together, but that was it. I knocked on the front door (which was already out of the norm) and told him I had a surprise around the corner. He thought it was a bark box for Leo (lol I don’t know why he thought that), but his mom popped out, and he was in shock! He had no idea and was so happy to see her! This was the best surprise ever.
The boys had a special gift from Kyle. That kid goes through peanut butter jars like it’s his business. They’ll do anything for leftover peanut butter jars.
I made reservations for us at the McNinch House. This is definitely a special occasion place, and this was most certainly a special occasion 🙂 I was so excited for Kyle’s mom to experience it. I took Kyle here for his birthday last year, so I guess this is now a tradition. If you haven’t checked out my post from last year, you’ll want to read all about the restaurant! It’s incredible and a place you have to go when visiting Charlotte.
Kyle’s roommate, Steve, joined us too!
Watermelon with goat cheese and a balsamic reduction. This combo was so heavenly! I’m going to make these at home! Watermelon and goat cheese go great together.
First Opening Course: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Louisianna-style remoulade, lemon aioli, and cucumber-tomato salad
Second Opening Course: Shrimp and grits with fried grit cake, tasso ham gravy, and stuffed fried squash blossoms.
Palate Cleanser: Guava sorbet with mint leaves.
Main Course: Filet Mignon cooked medium rare with zucchini, purple potatoes, and cognac bordelaise.
The best way to end a delicious dinner is coffee.
Their coffee was rich and even better with these cute cups.
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Terrine: Chocolate Fluid Gel, Feuilletine, Strawberry/Honey Ice Cream. I loved how light and airy the dessert was. Everything was perfection, per usual.
I love how each dining area is different. You must make reservations months in advance because they only seat about ten tables a night.
Kyle ordered the blackberry cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. At the end of dinner, each lady receives a rose.
Kyle was flipping through the guest book before we left and he saw my name from last year 🙂
They have an adorable porch that wraps around the restaurant.
Dinner was so much fun and watching Steve teach Kyle’s mom how to use a dating app was hilarious. She was swiping for him.
We hit a storm on the way home, and Grumples sat up with Kyle and his mom. It was so cute! We stayed up late watching Dateline and chatting more. I fell asleep on the couch before making my way upstairs.
I woke up at six to make coffee, walk the dogs, and chat with Kathy before heading to the gym.
I made it to my HIIT class around eight! I thought it would be a good way to get my fitness in and let Kyle and his mom have some time together.
This was the hardest Saturday class yet! Holy Moly!
When I got home, I got ready, and we all headed to Waxhaw to grab lunch and walk around together. Another beautiful day!
We decided to have lunch at Rippingtons. I ordered a grilled salmons salad. The salmon was cooked perfectly!
We walked around the town and stopped in all the fun little shops.
We showed Kyle’s mom the “haunted house.”
We stopped at Crossroad Coffee House for a pick-me-up! I ordered a small cappuccino with skim and an extra shot of espresso! Just the way I like it!
If you’re ever in Waxhaw, you must stop at Stewart’s Art Gallery. It’s such an amazing hidden gem. The art there is out of this world! So much inspiration, and fun unique gifts.
Sunglass thief behind me.
Kyle’s mom brought me tea from a health food shop and DIY tea filters! I can’t wait to start making my own tea blends. She’s the best!
I made a reservation at the Garden Cafe for Saturday night. My parents met up with us to have dinner! This is another “must” if you live around Charlotte. It’s all the way out in York SC, but it’s worth the drive. If you missed it, here is a post about the Garden Cafe! This is another spot you’ll want to make a reservation at weeks in advance.
Of course, we started with the fried green beans and steak bites!
I ordered the pecan-crusted chicken salad. It had lettuce, onion, homemade (addicting) croutons, cheese, bacon, and honey mustard on the side. The crazy thing is that this is a half portion! You get so much food here, and everything tastes so good.
It’s a sin to eat at the Garden Cafe without dessert. It doesn’t matter how full you are; you have to have at least one bite. It’s always better with coffee, too.
The buttermilk pie is what I first recommend, but this chocolate lava cake is second. The portions are big enough to share with the entire table and still have some leftovers.
We had so much fun at dinner!
Of course, you have to walk through their gift store! They have pumpkin soaps. HELLO, FALL!
Surprise, Kyle! Your mom is here!
The Garden Cafe also holds weddings and events. They are breathtaking, and you would never even know it’s there! Too much coffee? Not a real thing.
We spent the rest of the night on the couch watching more Dateline!
Sunday breakfast before heading to walk the Riverwalk. Another beautiful day 🙂
We walked three miles, and then stopped at the Grapevine for water and tea!
He was trying to get the ice out of my tea!
I ordered an unsweetened passion fruit guava tea and it was delicious!
When we got back to my house, I made breakfast!
Whole Grain toast, Harvarti omelets, bacon, and fresh fruit!
Kyle’s mom brought me Spirulina powder, and I’m obsessed. There are SO MANY health benefits. I’m anemic and it has so much iron in the serving. It’s filled with protein, magnesium, vitamins, no carbs, no sugar, and it detoxes the blood from harmful metals and protects cells. I blended some with almond milk and frozen banana.
Later in the afternoon, we packed snacks and headed to the movies!
We saw Dunkirk at the IMAX. It was an intense movie, but very good. Kathy and I were swooning over Harry Styles.
Also ^ This stuff…SO OBSESSED. It tastes so good! It has 28 calories and 7g of protein per bottle! No sugar and no carbs. It has the best flavor. It’s called TriMino Water.
After the movies, I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up something easy for dinner.
I was so hungry, so I grabbed snacks for the drive home. I tried the Primal Macadamia Nut Sea Salt bar with collagen. It was alright… But, it is super healthy! So that’s a positive. Now, Whole Food’s lemon vitamin water is delicious.
I made us a Whole Foods Pizza and added peppers and onions to the top with pepperoni. I also bout some garlicky green beans, grilled chicken, salad, and cauliflower rice for sides.
My dinner plate! My salad had goat cheese, pecans, lettuce, and cranberries.
We all hung out having dinner and relaxing. We were so sad his mom was leaving in the morning 🙁
After dropping off Kathy at the airport 🙁 I headed to the gym for my HIIT class and a ten-minute walk on the treadmill. Check out that incline! When I got home, I headed out for a walk with the pups and had a Spirulina shake!
Monday afternoon got even better! My ThredUp order came!:)
I found my favorite Gap tanks in different colors for $6.99 a piece, a never worn Lucy Activewear tank and Underarmour pants. I fell in love with my last set of workout clothes from ThredUp and these were just as great.
For dinner, I had cauliflower rice mixed with crab meat and garlicky green beans.
An evening Spirulina shake! 🙂
Bachelorette season finale party! Me, the pups, yogurt & crackers! We didn’t get to watch the ending until later because we had crazy thunderstorms and the cable went out. But, I didn’t like the way Rachel treated Peter during their chat. What do you guys think? I just felt so bad for him, and I hope he (or Dean) is the next Bachelor.
Breakfast this morning! yogurt mixed with honey and spirulina powder, chia seeds, blueberries, raspberries, and almonds! Well, now I’m off to the gym! I hope you guys have a fantastic week!
Questions for you!
- Is it hard for you to keep surprises secret?
- Obviously, Bachelorette finale thoughts. Go…
- What is your favorite superfood?