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.

Pizza Spaghetti Squash Pie

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.

Weekend Recap, Mom's Visit. Lunch at Cava Grill

After lunch we walked past the White House on our way to the National Building Museum.  Blondes for president?

Weekend Recap. Mom's Visit.

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….

National Building Museum Iceberg Exhibit

National Building Museum Iceberg Exhibit

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.

Botanical Gardens Corpse Flower

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.

Weekend Recap, Ice Cream Jubilee

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.

Union Market DC

Union Market DC

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!

Weekend Recap Mom's Visit to Maryland

Handle the Heat Peanut Butter Pie

Thanks to Meghan for today’s Week in Review link-up.

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11 Comments on Weekend Recap: Mom’s Visit to Maryland.

  1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    August 1, 2016 at 5:13 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m not sure which meal I want to eat first….everything looks amazing, especially that peanut butter pie. I’d love to try Cava Grill since I’m a huge fan of Mediterranean flavors.

    That flower…wow, it’s huge and incredibly phallic shaped. Sorry, I can’t help myself.

    Malley’s makes the best hot fudge sauce.

    Enjoy the rest of your visit with your mom, and thanks for linking up.

    • sweetandstrong
      August 2, 2016 at 1:07 am (7 years ago)

      I’ve somehow never had Malley’s fudge sauce, I even worked their one winter break in college, lol. and the PB pie and Cava grill were my favorite parts of the weekend =)

  2. Ellie
    August 2, 2016 at 12:32 am (7 years ago)

    In my city, the trails are the greatest attraction. Every once in a while I hike them, but also love running on them. The only thing that stinks are the bugs. Last time I got eaten alive =P

    • sweetandstrong
      August 2, 2016 at 1:09 am (7 years ago)

      Yes bugs on trails are the worst! I try to remember to use bug spray before a long run, but usually forget and end up running through cob webs and getting eaten alive too. Oh well, all a part of nature right?

  3. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
    August 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm (7 years ago)

    Cava Grill sounds delicious! I love places like that since they’re so easy to customize!

    In the summer I love to do a BBQ when ppl come over, burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, grilled veggies & pasta salad. In the winter time I love to do baked potato bar or a chili bar. I make a bunch & then set out all sorts of different toppings. Or, combine them & let people top their baked potato with chili!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Jessie, you definitely need to find a Cava Grill near year, so fun to make your own bowl. And those are all great ideas when having company, I love the baked potato bar idea!

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    August 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm (7 years ago)

    omg that peanut butter pie!! I love making tacos or stuffed peppers when i have a crowd. Im in the Philadelphia area so there are obviously so many historical places to visit!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm (7 years ago)

      The peanut butter pie was so so good! I haven’t been to Philly in forever but yes there is so much to see! I love having company and a reason to walk around the city.

  5. Susie @ Suzlyfe
    August 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm (7 years ago)

    You cooked, we gorged ourselves. I love Cava btw. Discovered it at Reagan, of all places, but it is delicious! What a wonderful visit with your mom! They are better than all the food in the world, right?

  6. Emma Sapio
    August 4, 2016 at 2:25 pm (7 years ago)

    Aw, what a sweet post 🙂 I love when my mom comes to visit me. That pie looks UNREAL!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Emma! That pie was soooo good. I will definitely be making it again!