Friday Pancakes + An Indulgent Dinner

Happy Friday!

First things first – congratulations to Jessica, the winner of my MealEnders giveaway! Please email me your mailing address so I can get your prize in the mail!

It’s cold and rainy here but yesterday was beeeeeeautiful. It was 72 degrees and sunny, and I actually wore shorts outside for the first time in MONTHS on my after-work walk with Bentley. Spring is almost here and I can’t wait!

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I’m currently working from home right now because we are getting some work done on our house. Our builder and his team came to repaint the walls and fix the nicks and scratches that came from moving in. The best part of working from home is getting to enjoy a weekend-like breakfast. I almost always eat at my desk so having the time to make pancakes this morning was a nice little Friday treat! These are so easy – find my recipe for them here!

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Rewind to last night. We went to Nick’s aunt and uncle’s house for dinner last night and had one of the best and most indulgent meals I’ve had in a long time. Nick’s Uncle Alberto imports wine for a living and has been involved in the restaurant business for years, so you can always guarantee a killer cheese plate and the best wine around whenever you visit their house. This cheese was very peppery and both Nick and I love it. It’s different for cheese but so creamy and the pepper is a perfect addition.

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Alberto and Karen went above and beyond last night and served us homemade pasta with filet, stuffed potatoes and the most incredible salad with butter lettuce and a homemade dressing that I’m dying to recreate. Nick’s Aunt Karen got the recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book and it’s pretty simple. I’m hoping to recreate it this weekend!

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Before dinner, I ran 3 miles followed by some upper arm work and 10 minutes on the bike. My legs have been a little sore so the bike was much-needed. I’m looking forward to my Saturday morning hot yoga class to stretch out more!

Once the workers are done here, I’m going to head into work. I’m planning on hitting the gym later since I slept through my alarm this morning after we got home late last night. I’m determined to get in morning workouts every day next week so here’s hoping today is my last after-work gym trip for a while! Plans for the weekend include tomorrow’s hot yoga class, dinner and drinks with some of my girlfriends (and their boyfriends) and hopefully some more home decorating. I shouldn’t be allowed in HomeGoods but I’m hoping to get some more stuff this weekend since our housewarming party is in just two week!

Have a wonderful weekend! What are you looking forward to this weekend?