Ava can’t stop singing Let it Go, and it’s obviously a more appropriate way of dealing with the weather. So crank it up, sisters!
But this was how I was really feeling last night. (Thanks to Lucky Mama for finding this.)
Here’s hoping winter is really over THIS time. Please please please!!
Deep breath, friends. The Main Cheese is open!
Just about every woman I know has been talking about this restaurant for weeks now. It’s all about cheese! A cheese-centric restaurant! That serves wine!! And dessert!!
Lucky Mama Yavonda and I got a sneak peek last night at a soft-opening event, and whoo, this place is not going to disappoint.
We attempted to start our meal with the artichoke and cheese dip, but it had unfortunately been all gobbled up already. So we shifted gears and went for the caponata instead. It was pretty good, but it didn’t knock my socks off. Perhaps because there was no cheese in it.
The star of the night was clearly the Gulf Shores sandwich I picked out. It wasn’t listed on their sneak peek menu, so it threw off my game plan. (Seriously, I was way too excited about this. Spent hours thinking about what I was going to eat. Clearly, I don’t get out much.)
Now, this may not be the prettiest looking thing I’ve ever had. But it’s surely one of the best — slightly chewy, slightly crusty bread with crab, shrimp, cheese and just a super slight touch of jalapeno. It’s a lot like the similar dish at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, although I dare say this was significantly better. I spent the whole time saying “mmm mmmm mmmmmm” to myself. Embarrassing but true. It’s not cheap at $9.25, but that was money gone to a good cause.
They accidentally brought us out some slaw, as well, in a small mixup with Yavonda’s order. It’s standard with all meals — chips or fries are an upgrade, and fruit, salad and soup is on the menu separately — so I’m glad I got to give it a try. I’m not a huge coleslaw fan, so I’m a bit on the picky side about it. This one was slightly sweet but a little bland. It probably would have been helped with a zing of citrus, which I noted on my comment card.
And last but not least, by far, was dessert. Yavonda had been drooling over the idea of a cheese donut, so I veered in another direction. (She shared a couple of bites, and that donut was FABULOUS. Sounds bizarre, but someone is a sheer genius to put those things together.) In keeping with my Gulf Shores selection, I picked the key lime pie.
I’m not generally a crust lady, but this one was pretty darn good. It was buttery thick and had a teensy bit of coconut in the crust. The filling was on the mild and creamy side. I’d appreciate a bit more limey zip, but Ava, who’s also a fan of key lime pie, is going to go gaga for this.
We left happy!
Here’s a fake holiday I can get behind — the newspaper informed me this morning that Saturday is national margarita day. Yes! I’m a few days ahead, of course, but just consider this a “Thirsty Thursday” post.
We’re pretty traditionalist about the margaritas in our house. Just Jose Cuervo mix with Jose Cuervo Silver, on the rocks. Done.
If you like to experiment, however, here’s a few Pinterest finds that speak to me.
The Best Skinny Margarita Recipes from Family Fresh Meals.
Pink Lemonade Margarita from The Incredible Sometimes Edible Egg.
Fresh Pineapple Margaritas Recipe from Sasaki Time.
Raspberry Margarita from Or Whatever You Do.
The weekend’s almost here, everyone. Hang in there!
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s day! And spread a little cheer, if you can, too. It’s a perfect day to be sweet to someone, as I tried to remind the girls this morning.
Dance a happy dance today — the sun has finally returned! Kiddos can play outside this weekend!
I’m sick of the ice, cold, wind, snow, sleet, freezing rain — all of it!!
It makes everything harder to get done.
No one wants to get out of fuzzy jammas. Especially kids in the morning. And moms.
I don’t have that many warm sweaters — we live in Arkansas. It’s supposed to be way warmer than this by now.
We’ve all got to eat something besides chili at some point!
If my minivan doors freeze one more time, ensuring an onslaught of continuing beeps all the way to school and back in the morning, I’m going to go beserk.
And there’s more coming through the rest of this week. Will this junk ever flipping end??
You feeling the same way too? Let it out here!
Against my better judgement, I let Lucky Mama Yavonda talk me into joining her in a workplace Biggest Loser contest. This obviously has forced me to cast aside my previously lax attitudes about just trying to eat a little better and workout to kick the year off.
Instead, I decided to further pile upon myself by also signing up for my gym’s annual new year’s “Tight” challenge. You “win” by tightening up your flabby bits, basically, while doing a ridiculous list of exercises you’d otherwise never imagine doing unless someone was forcing you. Say, like 1,000 planks and 5 burpees. And what feels like 1,000 planks again, then 20 crunches. Plus swimming. And rowing. And running. Oh, and a yoga class.
Unfortunately, this week I’m developing a cold. Another challenge. And it’s literally freezing outside to boot. Ain’t no one happy ’bout that.
All this to say, yeah, OK world. You can stop asking me if I’m pregnant again now — I’m not, but I’m sure worn down about being asked that. I’m hitting the bricks for real this time. Down 5 pounds so far. #workingonit
What age do sleepovers start? I deeply disappointed Ava last week by ruining my kindergartener’s and her older friend’s big plans (mostly because I didn’t know it was a plan in their minds and haven’t yet gotten to meet her friend, naturally). Sounded like it was well thought out, though!
Still working on your New Year’s resolution, or is it time to refresh that mindset again a bit with new fortitude now that it’s been a few weeks?
For my part, I’ve been hauling my rear to the gym, and eating healthier by chowing down on way more veggies and fish instead of cheese, chips and hamburgers. But clearly, there’s more work to be done.
To help keep us all motivated, the Promenade at Chenal’s got a New Year New You contest going on for a $500 prize package that features:
- $100 Nike gift card
- $100 Gearhead Outfitters gift card
- $50 Promenade at Chenal gift card
- 10 free CrossFit classes at Wellness Revolution, courtesy of Lululemon
- 3-month premium membership to 10+ Fitness
- one free custom airbrush tan from Indulgences by Body Bronze
It’s pretty fantastic motivation to get you on your way to a new, fit you! To enter to win, just print off the entry form found HERE and take it into either Lululemon, Nike or Gearhead Outfitters before Jan. 31.
And while you’re out there, you can walk the new St. Vincent West mile, which is a trek around the interior of the shopping center. Or if you really want to get in a good workout, hit up the 2-mile path around the whole Promenade. (See the map HERE.) That way, you can get in a workout and grab a bite to eat or dash into one of the stores to get yourself a motivational present for keeping yourself on track, too. (Am I the only one who does that?)
Note: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own, of course. And I LOVE the Promenade. I’m there a lot!
Back a million years ago in October, Daddy noticed one chilly morning as he struggled to get a glove on Kayla’s hand that her thumb was stuck bent. We thought she had hurt herself a few days earlier when she flung herself off the rocking chair’s ottoman in her bedroom and just toughed it out without saying anything. Two doctor appointments and a couple of months later, we finally learned that was not the case.
A “trigger thumb” was to blame. Basically, the band under her tendon there was swollen and/or there was a kind of a nodule keeping things from sliding right. It felt like there was a big knot on her left palm right under that thumb. The doctor said some kids just develop it as they reach toddlerhood, unlike adults, who usually get it from repetitive motion.
In adults, they apparently just make you kinda loopy and fix it quick. But because little kids would never stay still in a scary environment with someone cutting them, they knock them all the way out for a full surgery.
Kayla was not a fan. But she was a real trooper.
Ava and Kendall were pretty great about the whole thing too. They got up at 5:30 a.m. to see their brave little sis off, then played a little Go Fish before it was time to head toward school. (Thanks again to our great neighbors for taking Ava so I could get to the surgery center in time!)
Kayla was by far the smallest patient around. Most of the orthopedic surgery center crowd was 40 to 60ish. So she was a real big hit with the nurses. They even let her hold Hello Kitty and her little puppy the whole time, and skip the wheelchair on the way out when it was clear she was not a happy camper.
Somehow, magically, she pulled herself together like a tough broad and was mostly back to normal by the time we got home. And she immediately wanted to put on a princess dress and “magic slippers” — as she does pretty much every day — so I have no doubt she’s on the road to recovery.