Jul 202014

Finally, a weekend this summer where we weren’t on the road traveling from place to place! While I do love traveling during the summer and appreciate a good road trip as much as the next girl, I feel like we have spent way too much time away from home lately, and it was really nice to have a relaxing(ish) weekend here in DC. Here’s a look at what I was up to…


On Friday night I met up with two of my favorite couples for another triple date! After work I headed over to Mexicali Blues to celebrate Megan and JR’s engagement and Jess and Erick’s upcoming move to Amsterdam(!!). I was so thankful to be able to celebrate these important milestones in my friends’ lives!



We kicked off the evening with giant margaritas as big as our heads…

Which was quickly followed by chips, queso, and fish tacos (for me).



Yum. Mexicali Blues has some of my favorite fish tacos!

After dinner we walked over to the Clarendon metro station where we knew there were some public tables and chairs set up outside. The boys headed off to one table to smoke some celebratory cigars, and Megan, Jess, and I flipped through some wedding magazines at a table nearby. It was so fun!


My friend Sam also happened to be in the area, so she stopped by to say hi for a minute. While she was there I asked her to snap a pic of the group. Thanks Sam!


Overall it was a lovely evening with friends and I had such a fun time!


On Saturday morning I was up early to do some baking (I made these, which I will get to in a minute) and then we headed off to my grandparents’ house to help them mount their new TV. While the men hung the TV, I played with my sister and the dogs in the yard. It wasn’t the nicest day (the whole weekend was pretty gray and overcast) but we still had fun frolicking outside.


We didn’t hang around at my grandparents’ house for too long because we had dinner plans! At around 6:00 pm, my stepsister Maggie came over with her boyfriend Nick, and then we all popped into DC for a dinner party with Dan, one of our family friends.


Dan made an amazing dinner for us which included salmon, corn salad, and a regular salad with almonds and dates. Everything was delicious (especially the salmon!), and I went back for seconds of both salads. Yum.


After dinner we played Cards Against Humanity, which was hilarious. Obviously.

Then it was time for dessert, and I brought out my creation….


Peanut butter s’mores bars! They came out great, and I think everyone really enjoyed them. (Here’s the recipe again, in case you’re too lazy to scroll up!)

Dan also made a tasty fruit salad, which was perfect for the summer evening.


After wrapping up dessert we stopped by Cantina Marina for a drink and then we all headed home. It was such a fun evening! Thanks for having us, Dan!


On Sunday morning I set out for a run with Jack.


Since we’ve been on the road a lot lately I haven’t been doing much running on the weekends, and it felt great to hit the pavement.


We wound up covering about 3.5 miles, which was just fine with me.

Other highlights of the day included a trip to the best store on earth (in Jack’s mind anyway)….


And dinner with my other grandparents at The Pig, which included this awesome peach cake.


The reason we met up with my grandparents is because my grandfather is having surgery at the Washington Hospital Center today, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers!! Hopefully all will go well and I can visit him today and/or tomorrow after work. Stay strong, Grandpa!!

Question of the day: How often do you get to see your grandparents?

I feel extraordinarily lucky that I get to see mine as often as I do, especially this weekend when I got to see both sets!

 Posted by on July 20, 2014

  10 Responses to “Summer Weekend at Home!”

  1. So happy I saw you for two seconds!! We need a longer hang out sesh ASAP! Maybe an afternoon run or something during the week??

  2. sounds like an amazing weekend! glad you liked the peanut butter s’mores bars!

  3. Aw, I love that you get to see your grandparents so often. I think it’s so important to make time in your 20s for them because you just never know how much longer you’ll have them in your life, especially while they’re healthy and thriving. Good for you for seeing them so much! Also, that peanut butter s’mores bar looks insaneeeely good.

  4. That smores cake thing…omg. Heaven.
    I rarely see my grandparents as they live like 4 hours away. It’s nice you get to spend so much time with them 🙂

  5. I will keep your grandpa in my thoughts, hope everything went well for him!

    Those PB Smore bars look oh so good – were they easy to make?

    I wish I got to see my grandma more but I talk to her on the phone about once a week and when I do see her we always have a lot of fun!!

  6. Sometimes a weekend at home is just what you need during a busy summer! Sounds like it was so fun- haha love that the girls retreated to looking at bridal mags while the boys smoked cigars! And omg those bars look seriously delicious, what an amazing combo! So sorry to hear about your Grandpa, I hope and pray that his surgery went well and he’s recovering strongly.

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