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May 28, 2013

Best Weekend Ever {In Photos}

It sure is hard jumping right back into the work week after you've enjoyed days on end of relaxing.
About a month before Memorial Day, Adam and I made a pact. No set plans for this past weekend. We were just going to do what we felt like doing whenever we felt like doing it.

Best decision ever.

The weekend was full of new adventures, hilarious stories, quality time with each other and with some of our favorite people.

// Friday

All of us were shocked to find out that we were getting a surprise half day off work. Amazing. So I spent a solid afternoon deep cleaning our house and doing some chores so that I could be as lazy as I wanted all weekend.

Adam planned an amazing date for us at a local Midwest winery. We packed a picnic blanket and some playing cards and set off for a good time. For only $15 we had a huge catered dinner outside, a wine tasting, and listened to live music as the sun set over the vineyard.

Gorgeous night.

// Saturday

We slept in a bit and then were off on a mission to finalize our new granite counter top selection for our kitchen remodel. Unbeknownst to us (and our contractor) the granite showroom was closed. So we improvised and decided to run a few errands around town... and Adam came across this bumper sticker that he couldn't get enough of...

Our goal that afternoon was to relax, and relax we did! I made a tasty skinny chicken salad (recipe to come this week!) and we lounged around for a few glorious hours.

After receiving a Macy's Memorial Day sale e-mail I decided to swing buy and finally pick up the purse I have been eyeing for a steal of a deal. I may or may not have rescued a second one that was begging for a new home. What can I say? I love helping people (or purses) in need. ;)

That evening, we dined at Seasons 52 on the Plaza where we had the best dinner and live music. The musician was a comedian piano bar player and was cracking us up all night.We caught up with my bro-in-law and sis-in-law for drinks and giggles and may have had an impromptu sleepover...

// Sunday

After majorly sleeping in, we all went to brunch at one of our favorite KC staples and then took the pups to the doggie park. It was so fun to get some fresh air and wear those doggies out!

Later in the day, we came home and did some cooking/baking. I made Joy the Baker's delicious Brown Butter Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies for Monday's cookout, and my chief quality control sampler definitely approved - haha!

That evening we ordered a quick pizza to nosh on while we tackled our latest culinary adventure... ice cream making! Our first recipe was quite the process but oh-so-good! This Bi-Rite Creamery recipe book brought me back to my days living in San Francisco.

And although unplanned, it was the perfect compliment to the incredible Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie my sister-in-law made for Monday's party! Major yum!

Later, we met up with my parentals to catch my cousin's soccer game and grab a post-game treat, before heading home for a movie nightcap. If you haven't seen The Promised Land with Matt Damon, you need to rent it! So good.

// Monday

It's hard to choose a favorite moment out of such a great long weekend, but I think Monday morning takes the cake. We woke up late to discover dark skies and thunderstorms let us snooze late. I put on my favorite oversized hoody and fuzzy slippers, which were perfect for making a leisurely waffle breakfast.

We sipped coffee all snuggled up on the couch and watched the rain pour out our back window. A perfect morning for crazy bedhead hair, my favorite tropical candle and silly movies.

The sun finally peeked through the clouds mid-afternoon, so we were excited to sit on the porch and sip sangria at my in-laws house. The whole evening was full of family and friends catching up, enjoying a tasty spread of delicacies, and giggling as we talked smack while playing board games.


My mind is clear and relaxed, my heart is happy and full of the people I enjoy most, and I'm even more in love with my hubs than I was on our wedding day. Is this real life?

Blessed beyond measure to have made such fantastic memories and gone on some ridiculous adventures these past few days!

How did you all spend your weekend?
What's your favorite highlight?

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  1. OMG!! You did have a great weekend!! I love your Friday, that would have been a perfect evening for me. And I'm definitely going to have to tackle these cookies some time soon. Yummmm!!!


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  2. Your weekend sounds wonderful: Food, family, and fun! I'm glad that you got to relax, smile, and re-energize. Have a great week!

  3. Weekends at home really are the best. I'm looking forward to a very plan-less summer in Austin and cannot be more pumped for projects and cooking galore.

    Have a great week lady!

  4. Looks like a totally amazing weekend :)

  5. Sounds like a super fun weekend!!

  6. You weren't kidding- what a great weekend! All of the food is making me hungry. :)

    The Grass Skirt

  7. Sounds like a perfect weekend! Now I'm hungry for waffles. :)

  8. Aw...I love how happy you are sounding! And it sounds (and looks like) your weekend was divine! :)

  9. GO with the flow weekends w/ no plans are my FAVE. Looks like y'all definitely made the best of yours! Can't wait for the chicken salad recipe!

  10. wow yall really did have such a nice weekend!

    we just rented the promise was good but not our favorite.


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