A Little R&R

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Alright, I have to give props to my company for giving us MLK day off...yesterday was divine in my book and made my weekend so much more enjoyable knowing I had an extra day to take care of the necessities that had to get accomplished. Even better, I am back at work this Tuesday morning and grinning from ear to ear because it's a 4-day work week--this week has my name written all over it!

So much to share and recap: this weekend, it was all about spending time with Jeff before he leaves for his bachelor party... he is over the moon excited like a kid on Christmas morning and I am so happy for him--they are venturing to Costa Rica for sail fishing, ATV riding, ziplining tours, and anything else they can get their hands on!
Saturday morning, we hit the gym hard, drove to Bass Pro so he could stock up on "pastel preppy fishing gear" as I like to call it, and then I begged him to chase down The Grilled Cheeserie truck...low and behold, we found in lurking next to the Green Wagon in East Nashville and the waiting was MOST certainly worth it... I got the Croque Madame sandwich and I assure you it was the best grilled cheese I have ever had! We will be back again SOON!

Later that afternoon, Jeff gave in and took me to see Black Swan--he knew I really wanted to see it and after our friends Lauren and Andy gave it 2 thumbs up he agreed to take in the matinee... now I know I am by no means a professional movie critic, but all the fuss about this tale is well worth it--Natalie Portman {swoon she is gorgeous!} is incredible in this role and she deserves EVERY award she is winning. Definitely an adult-themed movie, but keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time!! After the movie, we were on our way to eat Mexican when Jeff suddenly said he had a "craving" for Red Lobster--random I know--and that I should call my parents to see if they wanted to join us... my Dad taunts Jeff every time they go with those cheddar biscuits--haha! Funny enough, we called my Dad and guess where they were at 8:30 on a Saturday night? YES--it was like ESP, they had just put their name in at Red Lobster... so needless to say, we wined and dined and Jeff got his fill of seafood that night.

Sunday, I woke up not feeling too well--yes, I am thinking seafood was the culprit--so we took it easy. We ate breakfast in bed, I did hoards of laundry, did the weekly grocery shopping, cooked dinner, and then watched the Golden Globes like everyone else in America. In a nutshell, I think Ricky Jervais is lude and I LOVE IT--I think it is hilarious how he calls everyone out and most of the time it's true stories and people should be able to take a joke every now and then. My best dressed ladies were Claire Danes in that gorgeous pink, Anne Hathaway in that sequiny showstopper, Mila Kunis in emerald green, and Eva Longoria in that incredible Zac Posen gown... and for the lows of the night--Halle Berry in the see through mini dress, Helena Bonham Carter for wearing 2 different shoes, and Tilda Swenson because that woman is wacko and just scares me.

Monday morning started with my morning workout, making lots of coffee to get us going, and then I headed out for a day of shopping... made a little rendezvous lunch stop in Franklin to meet Mom for lunch at HR Dumplins and then hurried home to tackle a southern style dinner for the boy... my first shot at Homemade Chicken and Dumplins which turned out to be a HUGE success, and a Banana Pudding Trifle for dessert {recipes below}. All in all, a happy weekend spent at home and ready for loads of girl time this week--woo hoo!
Chicken and Dumplings via Southern Living {Shannon and Chelsie, this is for you!}
1 (32-oz.) container low-sodium chicken broth

1 (14-oz.) can low-sodium chicken broth
3 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 1 1/2 lb.)

1 (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced fat cream of celery soup
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1 (10.2-oz.) can refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits
Salt and pepper

1. Bring first 6 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; return to a low boil

2. Place biscuits on a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat each biscuit to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips (I use a pizza roller which works very well!)
3. Drop strips, 1 at a time, into boiling broth mixture. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent dumplings from sticking.


  1. Oh, yum! I may have to try this. And that Grilled Cheese on wheels...I must go! And your parents and y'all are a lot like my parents and us. We always have ESP. Glad you're feeling better!

  2. Um, a Grilled Cheeserie? That sounds AH-Mazing!

  3. Wow!! Your husbands going on a bachelor party weekend that was the equivalent to our whole honeymoon! You two are truly blessed :) Have a happy week girl! xo

  4. Great minds think alike! Have the Grilled Cheeserie today for lunch! :) So excited for our date night, tonight!

  5. I love grilled cheese and need on of these food trucks in Atlanta. That recipe sounds amazing for a Sunday night!

  6. I would be hunting down that truck everyday!! :)

  7. Love the Grilled Cheese truck!!I am going to have try out that recipe!!

  8. The chicken and dumplings recipe sounds divine! I'm definitely adding it to my recipe folder. Southern Living never lets me down :) Sounds like you had a great weekend and enjoy your week of girl time!

  9. Yea for the recipe!! I just don't know if I can do it like Cracker Barrel does :)

  10. Ahhh did that truck have Croque Monsieur? I ate sooo many of them in France :D

  11. a gourmet grilled cheese truck? now THAT is genius! we need that here, now.

  12. I LOVE The Grilled Cheeserie! So glad you were finally able to experience the magic.

  13. i made these chicken and dumplings last night and O.M.G.!!!!! john and i loved it so much! i can't wait for lunch so i can eat it again! if it's alright with you, i'm also going to share the recipe on my blog! of course giving you props! thanks so much for sharing this *healthy (chuckle chuckle) recipe! xo