This weekend started off AWESOME. For my birthday, my brother and sister-in-law gave me a gift certificate to Drybar, a salon that offers only blowouts. I finally had the chance to use it on Friday, and it was pretty amazing. They offer you wine, champagne or a mimosa, wash your hair, set you up in front of a movie (The Notebook) with tons of fun magazines and even an iphone charging station, let you pick out a style from their “menu”… and then 30 minutes later you walk out with perfect hair.
I mean, really??? I wish I could come here every week. My hair has NEVER looked like this. Ever ever ever.
(That’s the “Cosmo-Tai”: A combination of big curls and beachy waves… if you were wondering.)
Lauren met me there and had her hair blown out, too, then we met Brian and Robert next door at Nosh for our Restaurant Week reservation. Per Katie’s recommendation, I started out with the watermelon, feta and tomato salad:
SO GOOD. The basil oil and balsamic drizzle made the dish.
Our Central Market extra course: tempura brussels sprouts.
For my main course, I chose the espresso braised short ribs with cheddar cheese grits.
And finally, banana bread pudding for dessert.
After dinner we headed to the House of Blues for the Old 97′s concert. Seriously, this was a BIG night out for us. Usually our dates consist of just dinner, maybe a movie. I was actually pretty proud of myself for being able to stay awake. The concert was so much fun- we’re huge, huge Old 97′s fans and they played the entirety of one of our favorite albums, Too Far to Care. If you have the opportunity to see them in concert, I highly recommend it.
Lauren, Jenna and me post-concert. I look pretty wiped out.
The rest of the weekend was great. We took Jack to a painting party on Saturday, then Brian had a fantasy draft so the kids and I met my parents for dinner at La Calle Doce. Today we did NOTHING. It was great- we just hung out at home, cleaned up the house and attempted a movie night with Jack (he was more interested in playing with my phone).
Around this time every year I get pumpkin obsessed. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin beer, alllllll the pumpkin things. Today it was kind of rainy and the kids were asleep, so I decided to whip up a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I combined a few recipes and came up with a winner… they’re kind of cake-like and fairly healthy to boot.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 Dozen
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Using a stand mixer, mix together pumpkin, sugar, egg, applesauce, oil and vanilla extract.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix until just blended.
4. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.
5. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 13 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
I’ve eaten like 5 of these tonight. They’re pretty addictive.
And finally, a few pictures of my little monsters from the weekend.