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Playtime + Downtime

This weekend has been exactly what I needed it to be…relaxing. It’s been a nice mix of playtime time with friends versus downtime tackling “operation organize my life.”

On Friday night I met up with some friends for dinner at 131 Main. I was coerced into ordering a Poma-tini while we waited for a table and while it was delicious I had to pass half off to a friend because it was so sweet. I like to stick to dirty martinis when I have the urge to drink them!

Of course dinner involved red wine and interesting conversation along with great food. We shared the most amazing scallop appetizer. I could have eaten this as my entree and been the happiest girl in the restaurant.

My entree was cajun grilled trout and spaghetti squash. Although my fish was good had I known about the deliciousness of the scallop appetizer before ordering I seriously would have ordered it for dinner!

It was so nice to end my crazy work week with a fun dinner out with friends. I came home and passed out in preparation for early morning plans with another friend.

Kelly mentioned on Twitter Friday that it had been a while since we had a running date so we made plans to run Saturday morning. I ate a piece of peanut butter toast with honey and then headed off to do four hilly, chilly and rainy miles with Kelly. I didn’t mind the hills, cold or rain since I had such good company!

I squeezed in a quick yoga practice after our run and then went over to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store to drop five bags of clothes off at the Goodwill truck and to get coffee and browse used books at Julia’s.

Julia’s is a coffee shop attached to the Re-Store and 100% of the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. They have a large selection of very reasonably priced used books so I like to pick up a few while I’m there and then re-donate them when I finish. I got four new paperbacks for just $10!

I have had a weird craving for tempeh lately so I stopped by the store to pick some up on my way home. I made an open-faced sandwich with avocado, hummus, tempeh, spinach and white cheddar on Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness. Blue corn chips and apple slices on the side.

It’s no secret that I have the biggest sweet tooth ever and I wanted to make something a little different yesterday. I decided to browse through Mama Pea’s recipes to see if I could make something marginally healthier to satisfy my sweet tooth. While these chocolate snowball cookies certainly aren’t “healthy,” they are insanely addictive. It’s a no-bake cookie featuring chocolate, peanut butter and oats. I won’t even tell you how many of these I have consumed over the last 24 hours. Warning…make at your own risk! I followed Mama Peas recipe with the exception of using butter instead of Earth Balance.

The rest of my day was spent purging the third bedroom of crap that doesn’t need to be there anymore. Stuff that’s moved with us over and over again and cluttered up the extra room in every house we’ve lived in. The hallway is lined with stuff that’s going to Goodwill or the dumpster and I couldn’t be happier. I abandoned my efforts around 4:30 to meet Sarah for a manicure/pedicure and wine. She’s leaving today for a 9-day European vacation. I am sooooo jealous!

I made a healthy dinner to counter act the cookies and afternoon wine. Quinoa cooked with kale and chickpeas and topped with Angela’s Low-Fat Vegan Cheese Sauce…except mine wasn’t vegan because I used regular milk.

Hope you’re having a great weekend. Anyone have fun Super Bowl plans? Back with a Sunday update later. Enjoy the day!

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  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 5, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Like I always say, you make the best sandwiches!

  • heather February 5, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Sounds like a really fun weekend. I LOVE 131 Main – I think they have the best veggie burger in Charlotte. It’s all I ever order, I really need to expand my food horizons. Thanks for posting about Julia’s, I had no idea that place existed!

    • Jen February 6, 2012, 8:25 am

      i love their veggie burger too! order it on a salad a lot of times. bricktops also has a great veggie burger.

      check out julia’s…nice to support a local/nonprofit coffee shop.

  • Marisa February 5, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Awesome that you had “me time” to do fun things :-)
    I noticed that you have not really mentioned your hubby as much as you used to lately. Hope everything’s ok!

  • Mama Pea February 5, 2012, 5:57 pm

    Glad you liked the snowballs! Way to treat yourself :)

    • Jen February 6, 2012, 8:25 am

      they are amazing and i cannot stop eating them!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 5, 2012, 6:29 pm

    sounds like a fabulous weekend! i love productive weekends, filled with runs, yoga, and friends!

  • Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 5, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Just watching the game with some yummy food!

  • Jenna February 5, 2012, 10:13 pm

    Jen, where is Brandon? I feel like you haven’t mentioned him in forever!

    • Megan B. February 6, 2012, 9:43 am

      I was just thinking the same thing!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh February 7, 2012, 8:18 am

    I had such a good time running with you! Anytime you need a running/sipping red wine at 131 Main partner, I’m your girl. :)

  • Jess February 18, 2012, 8:09 am

    I am glad I’m not the only one who un-veganizes recipes like that. Last night I made “cheese” sauce that involved pureed butternut squash and nutritional yeast… but also cheese and milk.

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