Feb 042013

Hello, hello! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Mine was absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it…



Fabio and I had a very relaxing evening on Friday, which included staying in and watching the new movie, Django.


One of Fabio’s coworkers gets new movies for free before they get released on DVD (how awesome is that?!) and she was kind enough to lend us Django to watch over the weekend.

I was a little wary at first because I had heard some controversy surrounding this film due to its violent and racist plot. While I did find the movie to be a bit violent and over the top, I wasn’t too overwhelmed or turned off by it at all, and I actually thought it was a really great film. In a way it was light-hearted and funny at times, and in the end of the movie the main character and former slave, Django, gets back at all the evil slave owners who made his life miserable. It was a great movie and, despite the controversy, I would definitely recommend it!

The movie was quite long (more than 2.5 hours!!) so we pretty much just spent the whole evening on the couch watching it. It was a great way to spend a Friday evening and unwind from the week!


On Saturday morning Fabio and I had a very important brunch date with my mom and stepdad! They just returned from Italy (again!) and wanted to get together to tell us about their trip.

My mom suggested going to Cava for brunch after reading my description of it on the blog last week. I happily accepted and we met my mom and stepdad for brunch around noon.

I started off with a mimosa (delicious!) before switching over to a mango mojito (seriously amazing- even better than the mimosa). We ordered a bunch of plates to try like last time, including the crazy feta cheese that gets lit on fire!

We had a great time talking with my mom and stepdad about their trip, and there was even some talk of taking another trip to Italy over Memorial Day Weekend. My mom and stepdad are hoping that Fabio and I could go with them (!!!) and are just trying to work out the logistics. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high in case things don’t work out, but there is a pretty good chance Fabio and I will be going to Italy again this summer!! It would be soo awesome and I really hope it works out!! 😀

After brunch we said goodbye to my mom and stepdad and headed out to run some errands. We had quite a few things we had to get accomplished before our big super bowl party on Sunday, including running to two grocery stores and Ross to pick up a few things. Although that was all pretty mundane, we did manage to get a few more “fun” errands accomplished.

First up was another bike shop where Fabio continued his search for a bike. He still hasn’t found anything he loves, but has narrowed it down a bit.

Let’s hope he makes up his mind and buys a bike before our 40 mile bike ride in May 😉

Next up on the agenda was a trip to the dog park for Jack. This is definitely one of our favorite weekend routines, and we try to take Jack up to the dog park as often as we can. How could I turn down an opportunity to see this happy face?

After the dog park, we headed back to our apartment when Fabio suddenly pulled over and parked the car. I was super confused and was wondering what we were doing when I saw this:

He had parked the car in front of a cute little bake shop and suggested that we go inside for a treat. How sweet is that??

There were so many delicious baked goods to choose from, but I ultimately went with a browned butter chocolate chip cookie.

Can’t go wrong with the basics, right?

Fabio ordered an espresso and we sat at a cute little table to split the cookie. It was definitely a fun surprise in my afternoon 😀

The rest of the evening was pretty tame and we were mostly just preparing for the big party the next day.


Fabio and I spent the whole day on Sunday getting ready for our super bowl party. We’ve never had a real “party” at our apartment before, even though we’ve had a few people over a bunch of times for little gatherings. This was our first time hosting something so big and we wanted it to be perfect!

We started out the day by eating a quick breakfast of avocado and egg on an English muffin, per this recipe. I topped mine with a little Cholula hot sauce, of course 🙂

Breakfast of champions!

Then we got to work dusting, vacuuming, and cooking to prepare for the day. I generally keep the apartment pretty clean (I’m a little obsessive about it) but this was a good chance to tackle the areas that I don’t always get around to, like dusting shelves that don’t ever get used and cleaning the bathroom floor (ugh).

One thing I found while cleaning the bookshelf was a memory book from when Fabio and I first started dating. I made it for him for our one year anniversary (we’ve now been together for more than four years) so it was really fun to go back and look at the old photos.

It also doesn’t hurt to be reminded of how much weight I’ve lost since then. In some of these pictures I was about 15 pounds heavier! Yikes!

While we were cleaning, we had the puppy bowl on TV. Did you guys watch this?? I loved seeing all the little puppies romp around.

So did Jack.

In between the cleaning I also did a little cooking and made some delicious cookies (with white chocolate and semi-sweet chips).

I also made some Italian meatballs stuffed with mozzarella cheese that I put into sliders during the party. Some of the mozzarella cheese oozed out during the cooking, but they were still delicious!

I can’t wait for the leftovers tonight which I plan to have with some spaghetti squash. Delish!!

People started trickling in at around 4:00 and by the time kickoff started, my apartment was crowded with 15 people!

Bianca and I decided to rep our Skins gear instead of wearing purple for the Ravens. Great choice!

Almost everyone brought something with them to eat and we wound up having buffalo chicken dip, guacamole, wings, pizza bites, popcorn chicken, pigs in a blanket, kielbasa, sausage dip, brownies, peanut butter cookies, and a few other small treats, in addition to the food that I made. Sheesh!

At the beginning of the party the table was pretty barren with just some crackers and cheese, but it soon filled up with so much food!

One of my favorites was the homemade Twix bars in the lower right hand corner of this picture. They were to die for!

Everyone also brought a ton of beer, so my fridge is now packed with beer and leftovers. That is definitely one of the perks of hosting!

The party went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to have a great time. We even brought out Catch Phrase to play during the blackout of the game to pass the time, which was really fun. We had plenty of food and drinks and almost everyone stayed until the very end of the game!

Once people left, Fabio and I quickly cleaned up (which wasn’t too bad due to some prep work that my friend Lauren helped me take care of during the third quarter) and we were all cleaned up and in bed by around 11:30. Not too bad, right?

All in all the party was a huge success and now Fabio and I definitely want to host more parties. It was a blast!

Question of the day: What did you do for the super bowl?

 Posted by on February 4, 2013

  7 Responses to “Super Bowl Sunday!”

  1. I went to a Super Bowl party with my husband at one of his friend’s houses. I brought spicy chicken drumsticks in the Crock Pot, and they were all gone by the end! Lots of fun.

  2. Looks like you had a ton of fun! Hosting parties can definitely be exhausting, but you guys look like you had it organized to a T! Also, that whole avocado and egg thing looks delicious!

  3. Yum!! So many awesome looking cookies all in one post. Those Twix bars sound amazing, too! 🙂 I would definitely be on a sugar high after that weekend!

  4. Not being a huge football fan, for me, the best thing about the Super Bowl is definitely the food and an excuse to get together on a Sunday… We watched the game with friends and ordered in pizza – your party looked like a lot of fun 🙂 Always exciting to be the host!

  5. Oh man what a weekend! I’m so jealous of all the traveling you get to do! I would love my parents to take me to Italy someday!! That superbowl party sounds amazing. All of the food is exactly what I’d want if I were to go to one of those. My roommate and I didn’t watch it since we don’t have cable nor are we football fans but we did see the halftime show. Maybe next year we’ll go to/have our own party. They seem like a lot of fun!

  6. Your party looks like it went really well! All that food looks so good. I love having leftovers as well when you have a gathering 🙂
    Puppy super bowl?? I need to google this! Sounds adorable!!
    I’ve been wanting to try avocado and egg for ages, I haven’t tried it before but it looks so good.

  7. Sounds like you had a great weekend! I wanted to see Djengo but don’t do very well with violence in movies so I don’t think it’s for me. So cool that Fabio’s coworkers gets the movies early! And that brunch with your mom and stepdad looks awesome and what fun news that got announced too! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you re: Italia! Your superbowl party looks like a success too! I’m sure everyone had a blast! I didn’t actually watch it and went shopping instead (my superbowl tradition.)

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