Birthday Week Eats

Birthday week last week was full with lots of yummy things!

We started off the week on Sunday at SOWA Open Market.  You can read about our full experience in this post.

SOWA Open Market

We decided to put some of our SOWA farmer’s market goods to good use on Sunday night when we got home.  We made farro and veggie stuffed pattypan squash for dinner!  This recipe was our own creation, and I’ll be sharing it with you guys later this week.

Farro & Veggie Stuffed Pattypan Squash

For lunch on Monday & Tuesday, I threw together a bunch of random things using the leftover farro mixture from the pattypans.  I forgot how much I *love* edamame.

Farro Salad

For dinner on Monday and Tuesday, we whipped up a batch of grilled nicoise shrimp salad.  We liked it so much the week before that we just had to make it again.

Grilled Shrimp Nicoise Salad

An extra treat on Tuesday included this giant soft pretzel at the Red Sox game!  It’s pretty much impossible to eat healthy at Fenway, but when I’m there and hungry my go to choice is a pretzel.  I just really like them.  They also remind me of the times Katrina and I would go shopping at the Natick Mall and have zero luck.  A huge pretzel from Auntie Anne’s would always cheer us up!

Red Sox Pretzel

Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday was another repeat – southwestern sweet potato salad.  Obsessed.  As much as I hate summer winding down, I am beyond psyched for the amount of meals I can make with pumpkin and sweet potato again.  Woot!

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

Wednesday night dinner was pasta style!  Eggplant over wheat noodles with tomato sauce.  I inhaled this after my last CrossFit class!

Eggplant & Pasta

Thursday night dinner was out with Slesh at Playmakers on Moody Street.  We got $3 quesadillas and our first Shipyard Pumpkin Ales of the season.  Normally I like to wait until after Labor Day, but Thursday was chilly and the Shipyard tap was just speaking to us. 😉

Playmakers Quesadilla

Tim and I had the day off on Friday, so we decided to grab sandwiches from Whole Foods and have a little picnic at the Fresh Pond Reservoir before walking the three mile loop.  I got an apricot glazed turkey with arugula and goat cheese on an onion focaccia bread.

Whole Foods Turkey

Friday night before my birthday celebration with friends, Tim and I met Slesh at Four Burger to grab some food.  I got the turkey burger with caramelized onions and mushrooms and gouda, on no bun, with a side salad.  In retrospect, I should have ordered the bun.  Maybe even some fries.  That probably would have helped my severe hangover ailments on Saturday morning!

Four Burger Turkey Burger

My drink of choice on Friday night were Julius Echters.  Don’t mind the recycled picture from another post, but I didn’t snap any brew pics on Friday.

Julius Echter

Because of said beers, on Saturday I couldn’t stop eating junk all day long.  It happens, you guys!  I don’t know how I used to go out ALL the time <— spoken like a true 28 year old.  Anyways, I managed to feel better by dinnertime, thank God!  Tim planned a special dinner for me at Towne Stove and Spirits on Boylston Street.  I’ll recap in my birthday post later on, but my meal was DELICIOUS.  We ordered the ricotta and lemon ravioli for an appetizer, and I ordered the swordfish steak for my meal.  And we split sides of asparagus and roasted mushrooms.  It was to die for!

Towne Stove & Spirits

This week’s meal plan looks like this:

  • Sunday:  Homemade pizza night
  • Monday:  Steak with leftover sides from Towne
  • Tuesday: Salad with barley and fruit
  • Wednesday:  Peach and basil ravioli with seafood
  • Thursday:  Birthday dinner out with my family
  • Friday:  TBD before Ashley & Bret’s wedding eve beach bonfire
  • Saturday:  Wedding dinner!

And for lunches, quinoas and salad with barley and fruit.  Pretty typical.

Questions for you!  Do you usually order food at baseball games?  What’s the best dinner out you’ve had lately?  Anything yummy on the meal plan for this week?

Catch you later, friends!

Scenes from North Conway

Two weekends ago, Tim and I escaped to North Conway, NH for a weekend getaway.  I’ll let pictures do most of the talking for this post!

North Conway Picture Recap

Scenic drive / walks / hikes along the Kancamagus Highway

White Mountains

Kancamagus Highway 1

Boulder Loop Trail

Kancamagus: Lower Falls

Scenic Rocky Gorge

Scenic Rocky Gorge2

Sabbaday Falls

Sugar Hill Scenic Vista

Pit stop at the Bavarian Chocolate Haus for a treat…

Bavarian Chocolate Haus

Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery for Saturday night dinner and beers…

Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery

Moat Mountain Smokehouse Flight

Peach’s Restaurant for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast…

Peach's Restaurant

Strolling around North Conway Village shops and cute downtown area…

North Conway Village

Exploring / enjoying Diana’s Baths

Diana's Baths 2

Diana's Baths

Diana's Baths 3

And Chef’s Market of North Conway for a late lunch/dinner on the way out…

Chef's Market

Was such a fun weekend to celebrate Tim’s birthday!  Wish we could have stayed longer.

Ever been to North Conway?  What’s your favorite local overnight getaway?

Hunkered Down

Blizzard Nemo

biggest loser

Julius Echter


Pasta Mess

Slumbrew Happy Sol

Garlic Parmesan Pretzel Crisps

Blizzard Nemo - Tim Shoveling

Extra Chocolately Strawberry Pancakes

Triceps Dips

Deck of Cards Blizzard Workout

Blizzard Nemo - Me Shoveling

hot chocolate with peanut butter vodka

Food Network Magazine

Chicken Sausage Pizza

Hope everyone survived winter storm Nemo!  I know that I had a wonderfully lazy and relaxing weekend all cooped up in the apartment with Tim.  Of course I was disappointed about things like the Y’s canceled Spin-A-Thon (it’s rescheduled for this Saturday if you are still interested) and Erica not being able to visit from New York, but I’ll be honest – a hunkered down weekend was exactly what I needed.  It felt so nice to just not be doing, well, much of anything.  Today it’s back to the grind though, and let’s be honest, I’m too Type A to be able to sit around doing nothing for more than a couple of days at a time.  I already busted out a morning workout, it’s back to the office today, then tonight my brother and I are taking my grandfather out to dinner.  Hope everyone has a nice Monday, and drive safe out there!

How did you spend your weekend?