Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I can’t believe July is over and today is August 1st, but I love when the first day of a month falls on a Monday, cheers to new beginnings, a new week and a new month. Time to recap all the food and fun I had this past weekend.
My mom arrived for a little visit on Friday. We spent the majority of the afternoon sitting in traffic on the way back from the airpot, boo, so I was so happy I had dinner prepped and all I had to do was reheat this Pizza Spaghetti Squash Pie in the oven. Mom was a bit skeptical at first because she hadn’t really enjoyed spaghetti squash in the past, but I turned her into a fan with this recipe. We sat and chatted awhile with my husband and snacked on some of the treats she brought us from Malley’s Chocolates for dessert. Malley’s is a chocolate factory in Cleveland and seriously the BEST chocolate I have ever tasted, their treats are dangerous.
Saturday Mom and I were up pretty early and did a 21 Day Fix workout as my mom was completing the program. Then we got ready to drive into DC to spend the day with my older sister and her boyfriend. Our first stop was Cava Grill for lunch. Cava is like a chipotle but Mediterranean cuisine. You create your own bowl and have lots of different dips, proteins, and toppings to choose from. We joke that it’s just like a hodge podge of food you mix together, but tastes delicious! My bowl was half romaine lettuce half brown rice, chicken, hummus, harissa, crazy feta, pickled cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and a little bit of the yogurt dill dressing.
After lunch we walked past the White House on our way to the National Building Museum. Blondes for president?
The National Building Museum had an Iceberg exhibit that we wanted to see. The exhibit had giant Icebergs that were made of recycled material, the blue net pictured below represented the water. You could walk up top above the ‘water’ to see the top of the icebergs. I liked reading the random facts they had posted about these massive floating bodies of ice. Did you know that after the Titanic they formed a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? I assume they help look for and locate icebergs to warn ships….
There were other exhibits in the National Building Museum. I thought it would be more about architecture, but I think the theme is pretty much anything you could build. We walked through the Dollhouse and Homes exhibits where they displayed artifacts and the history behind each. After the museum we headed to the United States Botanical Gardens to see one of the largest plants, the Corpse Flower. The flower only blooms every few years and when it’s in full bloom gives off an awful odor. The Corpse Flower was expected to bloom Friday or Saturday, perfect timing for Mom’s visit. Unfortunetely it hadn’t yet when we were there, so we just saw the giant green stem.
It was a hot and humid day in DC so after a whole day of walking around the city, we all agreed ice cream would be the perfect treat! I have been wanting to try Ice Cream Jubilee ever since I saw them on the News and my sister has been raving about it. I had one scoop of chocolate chocolate and one of caramel popcorn, with sprinkles of course, YUM! Exceeded all of my expectations, I can’t wait to try their other flavors that change with the seasons.
Sunday mom and I were up pretty early again and did some yoga. Then we drove into DC again because I wanted her to see Union Market. If you live in DC and haven’t been to Union Market you are really missing out! There are so many great food stands and they have a farmers market outside on the weekends. Since you can order from any stand then sit and eat, between my mom, hubby, sister, and her boyfriend we had all kinds of food for brunch. Dosa’s, bagel sandwiches, sweet and savory waffles, biscuit sandwiches, and potato cakes.
Then we all drove back to our house in MD so we could spend the afternoon cooling off at the pool and then have an evening dinner together. For dinner I made these Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers with home made BBQ sauce and served with warm tortillas, grilled veggies, mom;s broccoli salad, and we had Peanut Butter Pie for dessert. I somehow forgot to take a picture of my plate, but trust me everything was delicious and we had very few leftovers. That’s pretty much a wrap of a busy and fast weekend. I still have two days left with mom and we’re hoping to do some shopping and maybe a little pampering together before she has to leave Wednesday. Have a great week friends!
Thanks to Meghan for today’s Week in Review link-up.
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