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Weekend of Hosting

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 | 1 comment

We had too much fun this weekend!

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Matt’s sister came to visit and we had all kinds of good eats and drinks.

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Friday, we made homemade margs – one of my favorite things since we bought really good tequila over the summer – and then we walked to Victor Tangos. I can never get enough of that place. There’s an energetic vibe, the cocktails are creative and ever-changing, and the food is fun. I had a drink made with house-made mushroom (Chantrelle) syrup and something in the whiskey family. So tasty!

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To start, we shared a duck and fig flatbread and bbq lamb ribs. The ribs were incredible, and I always enjoy a good flatbread.

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For the main event, we shared this giant family style pork over lemony polenta and greens

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plus fried kabocha squash.

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Even though we were pleasantly stuffed, we got talked into the sticky toffee cake. It was decent, but for once, too big for me to finish!

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Saturday, I took Chelsea to my favorite gym class and then we ran some errands to get ready for our house party. We recently moved further outside the city to get a bit more space, and decided that Chelsea’s visit and the move were a good excuse for a gathering.

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I also decided her visit was a good excuse for a blow-out:) Sadly, I was too busy cooking and chatting with guests and took almost no pictures all night. I do have one from an after-party of sorts, but we walked in the rain to get there, so it’s not a good hair picture.

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Sunday was spent brunching, enjoying couch time, and eating leftover cupcakes. We had a freezing weekend and even saw flurries Sunday night. Needless to say, it was an excellent weekend, and I’m feeling the beginnings of a sore throat this evening.

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I’ve got a quiet week at work since the first trimester just ended, so I’m hoping to take it easy and get lots of sleep in the coming days. I’m ready to do absolutely nothing but rest over Thanksgiving break.

See ya.

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To NC and Back

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 | 1 comment

Hello! I’m back from a quick trip to NC! The timing couldn’t have been worse for this wedding, but I couldn’t bare to miss the opportunity to see friends and family. I flew in late Friday and back on Sunday. I got to see both my sister and Mazen and my parents for Friday dinner! We hit up Tyler’s in our old stomping ground in Durham. I enjoyed a beer and a pork belly sandwich before heading over to the welcome party for the wedding.

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The wedding was held at the beautiful Duke gardens. It was a hot day, but it felt soo much cooler than Dallas and I loved it.

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The bride looked stunning in a fitted lace dress and the gardens made for a beautiful backdrop.

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My bff’s from high school were all therel!!

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We enjoyed drinks on the patio and then moved inside for a lovely dinner and dancing.

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The food was so fresh! Apparently the NC trout had been caught that morning and the pistachio chicken was hot off a charcoal grill.

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We danced for hours and popsicles were passed around the dance floor – what a great idea! I had a salted caramel pop that was excellent.

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Sunday morning, I had a long brunch with my parents at Foster’s in Durham. It was an awesome weekend until my flight was cancelled on Sunday. I was re-routed through Pittsburgh where I spent 6 hours in the airport before I finally made it back to Dallas at 2am. Arg. Needless to say, I’m happy to be home and ready for a week of good night’s sleep. I’m so excited to meet the students this week! Adios.

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A Weekend in NC

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 | 10 comments

I had a wonderful trip east! It was so nice to be back in NC and see so many family members and friends. I visited my grandma in Baltimore first, where I met up with my mom. We did some shopping and lots of eating. I was even able to see Matt’s mom who drove up and joined us for dinner!

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On Friday, I headed down to NC to my childhood best friend’s wedding.

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After a year, it felt so good to be home, and it was nice timing with father’s day!

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The wedding was out on a farm and the scenery was just beautiful. The ceremony was in a meadow and then there was dinner and dancing in a restored barn.

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The bride did a wonderful job with all the little details!

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The ceremony was very romantic and there were many sniffling guests.

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I got to catch up with most of my high school friends throughout the evening – hadn’t see these girls since my wedding last year:(

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There was an incredible dessert bar!!! I tried about five things and all were delish. I took a piece of carrot cake to go and it was divine:)

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My sister was able time come home on Sunday, so we all went out for a grand father’s day bbq brunch at the new Pit in Durham!!

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The food was incredible and made me really miss NC style bbq! Mr. Mazen showed off his perfect table manners by carefully buttering his biscuit – too cute!

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A belated happy father’s day to my dad, my new father-in-law, and all the dads out there!

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T Minus One Week

Posted on May 27, 2013 | 8 comments

I want to say it was a super relaxing weekend – that everything is all set and ready to go and we enjoyed salads and tranquility. Instead we ran around the house like crazy people and then engaged in some emotional eating afterwards:) Life is good.

I didn’t exactly plan for the whole packing thing, and now I’m regretting some of the DIY projects I took on – why would I think it’s a good idea to transport boxes of supplies and decor to an island in a small sedan? Matt and I had the tape measure out late last night, and I think it’s all going to fit.

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Saturday night, we took a break and ventured out to Watt’s Grocery in search of light appetizers. We enjoyed strolling through Duke’s campus – only a few more weeks of lovely campus walks.

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I ordered a delightful bourbon drink make with ginger syrup and mint.

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And Matt and I shared a soft shell crab with a spicy aioli and the pimento cheese – both were awesome.

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Afterwards, we walked to our favorite neighborhood bar – The Federal – for one last snack. They were out of a bunch of stuff on the menu because of holiday weekend crowds, so we ended up with this giant nacho platter. It’s like we hadn’t already had enough cheese and thought this would be a good idea. As we cleared the plate clean, I told Matt we really are a perfect match:)

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On Sunday, we lured my parents over with lasagna to help stuff welcome bags and bake whoopie pies.

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I’ve given up on keeping the apartment clean – there’s stuff everywhere, and since we’re moving soon, there’s no point in finding a place for most things.
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The men meticulously filled little boxes with candy and took their job as icing testers very seriously.
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We leave Wednesday. Who knows if and when I’ll blog. I hope to soon be on cloud 9.
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The Graduate

Posted on May 12, 2013 | 6 comments

Congrats to Matt for not only making it through two challenging years of business school at Duke, but for getting awesome grades along the way and a fabulous job in the end!! I’m so proud:)

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Graduation weekend is complete and was fantastic!!!! Next up, wedding.
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More April Showers

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 | 6 comments

I had the pleasure of attending two baby showers this weekend!

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Don’t ya just love shower food?!

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This was like a nutty pineapple carrot cake combo involving cream cheese and buttercream!!!!

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Cheers to [one of the] lovely moms-to-be:)

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The second shower on Sunday had fabulous food too! Both showers were gender-neutral, which meant lots of yellows and greens.

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I had never had mint m & m’s before – soo addicting!

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After Saturday’s shower, Matt and I grabbed pizza with friends at Pizzeria Toro.

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We shared the asparagus salad and a spicy clam pizza – I can’t believe I’m going to Italy next month – this meal made me soooo excited!

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After we said good night to our friends, we couldn’t resist a drink at Mateo Tapas (my very favorite in Durham). We have so few free weekends left here! So even though we had just finished dinner, we ordered the blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates because they are heavenly.

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What a nice weekend! And after today’s shower, I had my second-to-last fitting, so my dress is just about ready to be picked up. Yay!

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