Happy Monday! Sorry for abandoning you all weekend, but you know, I had to spend quality time with the in-laws! It was fun having more than 2 people to cook for this weekend so, of course, I went all out with a Saturday morning brunch.
Parfaits: Vanilla Greek yogurt + blackberries & strawberries + granola.
I’ve been working on developing my spiritual gift of remembering family members’ food preferences and remembered that my mother-in-law is a big fan of sweet potato fries. I decided to experiment a little and came up with a nice skillet of fried breakfast sweet potatoes! I added cumin and red onion to make them nice & savory (so Kevin would eat them!). The eggs were baked in a ramekin with basil, halved cherry tomatoes, turkey bacon, and parmesan cheese and served with a toasted English muffin.
For dessert, we had leftovers of the best chocolate cake ever!
I know what you’re thinking! Yes, I even made my in-laws get some exercise in! We hiked about 3.5 miles over in Cherry Creek Park. I was actually kind of the one holding the group up!! My left foot had really been bothering me after my multiple poor decisions in breaking in new shoes! It’s feeling better now, but I almost thought Kevin James was going to have to carry me back.
But they got me back for that intense workout…
We all have our nerdy little hobbies. Kevin and especially his dad are apparently big into Lionel train sets.
We decided a train store would be a good place for single girls to meet NERDY available men with lots of disposable income!
I was sorely disappointed that there were hardly any trains chugging around the store!! I just wanted to see them running and doing cool stuff with smoke.
I consoled myself with some celebrity gossip while I waited for them to check out engines and whatnot. I have no clue.
Our next stop was a lot more exciting! We’d heard about the Tattered Covered bookstore from some friends, and it was something I knew my MIL would enjoy – so it was my perfect chance to check it out! Because otherwise we all know that I’d spend the whole weekend either at home or at the gym!
I was in heaven!! I couldn’t figure out what to look at first!
Paper dolls of great authors caught my eye. I had to send the George Orwell section to my old roommate, Megan. Nobody loves Georgie more than Megan! I was more of a fan of the Jane Austen dolls myself.
I couldn’t resist paging through a book about dog tricks! Never gonna happen with Boyd! But when I get my Vizsla… I can only dream of a dog who can jump rope with me!! I love it!
My in-laws live in Winona – the craziest restaurant there is probably Perkins. So we took them out to our favorite Indian place – India’s Restaurant.
They peer pressured me into ordering something different from my usual Chicken Tikka Masla. I went with Naryal Chicken (chicken cooked in a deliciously flavored coconut sauce). Yum! I loved it, but it was definitely way spicier than anything they’d ever given me there. I usually always order “medium” in spiciness. Kevin and his dad both ordered it “hot” to show what real men they are.
For some reason, I neglected to take any pictures on Sunday. I was kinda beat. But we really enjoyed bringing Kevin’s parents to our Young Marrieds Sunday School, and they obviously didn’t leave town without checking out Yogurtini!
What’s your favorite section to browse in a bookstore? Cookbooks, health, fiction, and children’s books. I found an awesome children’s book called Red Sled. I absolutely loved it! I made Kevin look at all the pictures with me.
How spicy do you like it? Mild, Medium, or Hot. I usually go with medium at a restaurant, but I make things pretty spicy at home. My nose is always running.
Where’s your favorite place to take visitors to your city? We’re really not very good at this yet, but if they are from the Midwest they usually enjoy the restaurant selection.