Wonderful Weekend

Saturday morning I was so wrapped up in doing chores around the house that Tony and I didn’t end up eating lunch until after 1:00!  We went to a local bar/restaurant.  Two NSV’s:  I didn’t order beer even though they had Blue Moon on tap, and I ordered a grilled chopped chicken salad instead of a burger, for a place known for their burgers!

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Then in the afternoon it was time to do my Fit Test for Insanity.  The premise is that you do it on Day 1, then repeat the fit test every 2 weeks to see how you are progressing.  Holy shit, this was hard.  Some things were easy for me – like the switch kicks, but then the suicide dips (think burpees – I know Shelley – gah!) kicked my ass.

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The fit test was 25 minutes long, and I went into the living room afterwards and Tony couldn’t believe how red my face was and how sweaty I was!  I ended up doing a 20 minute walk around my neighborhood to cool down.

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I can’t remember if I told you or not but when we were in Austin, Lizz and Joe didn’t have t.v.  They watch stuff off of Hulu and Netflix.  So we have a shit load of stuff to watch on the DVR and we caught up on a bunch of stuff Saturday night.  And guess what?  I had no after dinner snacks.

I have to thank Helen for for the push for this Dietbet I am doing – I can’t remember the last time I worked out on a weekend!  Thanks Helen!

Sunday morning?  I was up at 7:30.  I didn’t grocery shop the day before so I did my meal plan, went to the store and then went to the Farmer’s Market that just opened.  I wish I could bring these pretty flowers home with me, but they would be dead within a week – I have a black thumb.

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When I got back Tony made me one of his delicious breakfasts – so good.  I ended up eating 3/4 of it.

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Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for Twinfest – lunch out with my twin sister and our best friends who are twins. We ended up going to Wildfire.  Since I was still a bit full from breakfast, I ended up ordering the baked goat cheese app – goat cheese topped with spicy marinara with pita points for dipping.

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I ended up eating half of this appetizer, but it was really good.  We spent two hours catching up with everything that’s going on in our lives.  Sadly, our friends are camera shy so here’s a picture of me and Jenn.

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We had invited my SIL over for dinner since she was picking up her food for the week.  When I was at lunch Tony called and said that my nephew Chris, his son Sean, Chris’ girlfriend Kate and her son Luke were also coming over!

My house is pretty much company ready most of the time.  But I had never met Chris’ girlfriend before, so while I had planned on doing Day 1 of Insanity before my SIL came over, I found myself preparing apps, making biscuits, and cleaning a bit more before they came over.

Saturday I made a batch of my stove top refried beans for later in the week, so I ended up making a cheezy dip out of it. 

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And I had leftover salsa from our taco fiesta at work on Friday.

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I also made a quick batch of mock red lobster biscuits – these are so easy – 20 minutes from beginning to end.  You can find the recipe here.

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I ended up making ribs.  Tony went out to get hot dogs in case the kids didn’t like ribs and to get drinks.

I ended up making the ribs in the Dutch oven again – so good.  Perfectly tender.  I  finished them off with the bbq sauce from Rudy’s in Austin. 

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Kate brought potato soup for a first course – super spicy and delicious!  I wish I would have taken the soup in better light, but it was very good.  She had jalapenos in it. Open-mouthed smile  I like her already because she loves spicy shit and she loves to cook!

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My grand-nephew Sean was getting a bit tired of all the pictures I was taking of him!  Ha!  But I wanted to post this for my MIL to see.

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My nephew Chris and his girlfriend Kate – it was great meeting you Kate!  Wish this one was a bit more in focus:

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And Kate’s son Luke, who basically went through our entire house within the first five minutes of entering the house – he even checked out the basement and wanted to know if he could get into the attic!  I forget how lively 7 year old boys can be!

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By the time I finished cleaning up, it was nearly 8:15, and I was so tired.  So tonight is Day 1 of Insanity.  I plan to swim during lunch today though. Open-mouthed smile

I didn’t prepare any of my food yesterday for today, but I still have 40 minutes before I need to leave for work.  I have a strawberry sauce going already for breakfast parfaits – I have a new artificial sweetener I am working with and will share that with you tomorrow.

What was the highlight of your weekend?


29 thoughts on “Wonderful Weekend

  1. Yay for great weekends with family!

  2. Glad you had such an awesome weekend! Good job on finishing the fit test, I know it’s hard as hell! You’re doing so awesome, your NSVs are proving so 🙂 Hope your week is just as great as your weekend.

  3. Thank you so much for the pictures. Those are for the wall. Wish we were there.
    You are fantastic.

  4. Sounds like a super fun weekend!! And, I love all of the recipes you have (I pinned that rib one to try soon!).
    If no one has already told you yet, the warmup is long (for Insanity) – my first time, I thought we were done and it was just the end of the warmup (it was better after I was prepared).
    Good luck – you can kill it!!

    Oh, very cool that you are a twin – I have a twin, too (brother, though).

    • ahhhhhh, I remember the first time that I did the warmup, too! It really is a fake out.

      Insanity is super tough, but I love how they don’t make the other (super fit) people on it pretend that it’s easy. They take breaks, too!

  5. Looks like you had a great weekend with family. I wish mine were close by! And good job on that work out!

  6. Girl – you were busy! But sounds like a great weekend. I’ve heard of “those people” who don’t have TV:)

  7. What a FUN weekend! I laughed out loud at the 7 year old boy comment – yep, they pretty much don’t stop. Ever.

    And yummmmmm – I love wildfire! Haven’t been there in forever.

  8. Looks like you had such an awesome weekend! The highlight of my weekend was seeing John use the potty. lol Such an exciting thing, I know….

  9. Love that picture of you and Jenn! Print and frame it – you both look so pretty!

    And go you for ordering a salad at a burger joint!!! You’re going to rock this month!

  10. I Hate those insanity/p90X workouts. To clarify I hate that I can’t do them 🙂 I can, but I just can’t stick with it, it makes me hate exercise. So even though I don’t get in as hard as a workout, I do enjoy running and catching up on Law and Order on the stairmaster.

    • I hope I can take this Insanity challenge as a check list – I always like to check things off of my to do list – we’ll see!

      I have to way I like working out at night – not tempted to overeat at dinner and I don’t feel like having a glass of wine after the workout!

  11. BUSY weekend! But all good stuff. What a spread you put out for your company! I would have eaten all of that refried bean dip- mm mmm. Hope day 1 of insanity goes well.

  12. You sure are Bizzy ~ Biz!! Everythings looks great, foodwise. Yumyum!! The ribs sound good, must do that this week.

    I caught an “insanity” commercial on tv last night…..uge that sure looks hard, but then the results in a couple of months is fantastic. I will cheer you on from the sidelines, are you working for a 4 pack or 6 pack ( 😉 )

    Our weekend consisted of taking our old car to the salvage yard, we got $350 for it. Sunday, we went out to eat at “Serious Burger” I got a spicey Italian Burger and we shared fries. Then we went to Menards for mulch and a slab of cement for my fountain and the pump, and a tomato plant. We managed to spend $150…….spender’ Have to hold on to the rest for a little mini-trip to Door County and get some cherries.

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    LOVE all the photos Vat. Happy twinfest to you, Jenn and the other twins! Have a great Monday!!

  14. Random question…when you have lots of leftovers do you freeze them? Like your stews and crockpot creations?

    • Hey Lisa! I usually don’t have too many leftovers , but if I do I usually bring them to my boss for lunch, or if I have lots of soup or chili I will put in ziplock bags in individual servings. FYI, my husband doesn’t eat leftovers! 😜

  15. Sounds like a great weekend Biz! Love all the pictures. My friends come over with their 2 1/2 year old girl and my house is not baby proof. I just move things around and try to watch her also, I said it’s getting me ready for my grandson! He is pulling his self up to a standing position right now! I should see them in July 🙂 I spent my weekend cleaning the pool. My cover fell in last year (along with all the leaves) and it was brownish green. 3 days and lots of hours later and it’s crystal clear now 🙂

  16. I did a Crossfit workout last night as my “fit test” for getting back into working out. Holy crap, am I sore today!

    The highlight of my weekend was Taste of Omaha, and sleeping in until almost 1PM with MAK on Sunday 🙂

    • I have to say I thought I was going to be more sore today, but I think the stretching at the end really helped! I love tastes, but its so much $$!

  17. That was a lovely weekend indeed filled with lots of good friends and family.

    I did the fit test for Insanity too about 2 months ago I think and remember it was hard.

    Highlight of my weekend? Well it was a great weekend at home but I enjoyed myself very much.

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