A lovely weekend.

I love long weekends. I know, I know… I have long weekends every week. But they’re always more fun when Graham is home with me. We kicked off our weekend with a quick dinner at Plaza Azteca, before meeting some friends for a game night. Graham ordered the biggest burrito I’ve ever seen. He had the burrito San Jose, and I had the burrito Mex with steak, black beans & rice on the side. It’s not nearly as good as El Porton or Miguels, but it’s pretty good for a Mexican chain restaurant.
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I volunteered to bring something sweet for game night, so I brought these pineapple upside down cupcakes. Graham ate four of them, so I guess they were pretty good 😉
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The weather has been crappy lately, and since it’s dark at 5:00pm, Hermione hasn’t had a walk in a while. Saturday was a tiny bit chilly, but otherwise it was a beautiful day. So we bundled up and headed to Jamestown with Hermione. There are lots of great places to walk her out there, and we took a trail we had never taken before. It ended up being just under 5 miles and it was lovely.
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Equally wonderful were the donuts we had from Duck Donuts after our walk. If you’ve never been to a Duck Donuts and you have the opportunity, you MUST stop by! Everything is made to order, and so, so delicious. I had a strawberry frosted donut with sprinkles, Graham had a cinnamon bun donut. The hot donut was coated in cinnamon & sugar, and then drizzled with frosting. Both were amazing. These donuts are hot and just melt in your mouth, and they are SO much better than Krispy Kreme & Dunkin’ Donuts.

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On the way home, we stopped by this used book store in Williamsburg. Last week I had dropped off some old Nora Robert’s romance novels and a few cookbooks and ended up with $25 in credit. I dropped off some more books on Saturday and browsed for a minute. I was pretty excited to find both of these! And the best part: I had more than enough credit, so I didn’t have to spend any actual money! 2015-01-17 15.37.35

Saturday night we stayed in, and I made shrimp & grits for dinner. A few weeks ago I ordered $40 worth of grits from Anson Mills, and I was pretty excited to cook with them. They took nearly an hour and a half, but they were so good. They’re cooked like you would make risotto, and they’re a much coarser than what you can find at the grocery store. Instead of the usual asparagus I serve with this, I decided to go extra southern and serve roasted okra. This was such a delicious dinner. 2015-01-17 19.55.31-1

Sunday was rainy & gross, so we decided to stay in & hang pendant lights in the kitchen. This is something we’ve talked about doing many times since we’ve lived here, and I’m so glad we finally decided to do it. We didn’t really know what we wanted, so we went to Home Depot & Lowe’s for inspiration, and I fell in love with these from Lowe’s. They took forever to hang, since Graham had to get creative with the wiring, but they are so, so pretty. We even splurged and bought the Edison style lightbulbs, since the glass is clear. I’m completely in love with them, and I HATE it took us a year and a half to do it. 2015-01-19 08.58.492015-01-19 08.59.022015-01-18 21.20.58-1

And since we were both off Monday, we took advantage of another gorgeous day and took Hermione for another long walk. We took her to First Landing State Park for a nearly 6.5 mile walk. The first bit of the walk, we passed a LOT of people. Once we turned down a side trail, we were completely alone, so Graham let Hermione off of her leash. She went crazy, got filthy, and had so much fun. 2015-01-19 12.13.35-12015-01-19 12.29.44-12015-01-19 12.37.17

Dinner was pretty epic that night as well. Graham had requested broccoli & cheese soup in pretzel bowls, and I was happy to oblige. These bread bowls are so, so good (make them a little smaller and you’d have excellent rolls for burgers) and really easy to make. And the soup was pretty delicious as well. Last time I made these, I thought the bowls were a little small for soup, so I experimented this time. I couldn’t fit all eight on one tray for the second rise, so I made five exactly how the recipe said, and for the last three I made them bigger. I took enough dough for three bowls and made two. They were a much more appropriate size, and I’ll definitely make them that size in the future.
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