Weekend In The Dells

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

My dad’s birthday was on Saturday so we decided to spend the weekend at the Wisconsin Dells. It was a fun and non traditional Easter weekend.

My mom, dad, Scott and I headed to the Dells at about noon on Friday. We had to make a pit stop at Super Target in Eau Claire, Wi! Mom needed some Target wine 🙂 Bummer of MN…. Target can’t sell alcohol. So we stocked up for the weekend in Eau Claire.

Our resort that we stayed at was the Christmas Mountain Village. It isn’t like your normal Wisconsin Dells resort…. no waterpark or crazy attraction. It is set up as a bunch of little cottages. Each cottage is split in half. The nice thing is we had a full kitchen so we could cook meals at home.

When we arrived Scott informed me that he had NO wearable jeans. Apparently the pair that I packed him was missing a button, whoops 🙂 And the pair he was wearing was his work jeans so the knees were huge holes. So…. our first adventure was hitting up the outlet mall. Once he got his jeans we headed to Moose Jaws for some pizza and beer.

IMG_2223

I tried the Raspberry Beer and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Slightly sweet!!

IMG_2224

We started our meal with onion rings!!!! My mom’s weakness 🙂

IMG_2225

And ordered Taco Pizza! I had never had a taco pizza with dorritos on it. Not going to lie I would have liked it better without the chips but it was still amazing!

IMG_2227 IMG_2226

bahaha we got a kick out of their delivery cars!

After dinner mom and I poured ourselves a glass of wine and headed out for a quick walk.

When we got back we played one of my favorite card games….. Phase 10.

Phase 10

If you’ve never played you need to! It is very fun…. especially if you are playing with someone super competitive like my dad!

IMG_2230

This cake was HUGE and since mom, dad and I were starting our Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Monday we had to finish the cake over the weekend! We enjoyed our first piece Friday night and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait to share this recipe with you guys later this week.

Saturday we started our morning with a nice long walk. That ended with drinks.

IMG_2239

For our afternoon activity we went go carting!!!!

IMG_2240

There are tons of go cart places to choose from in the Dells.

IMG_2370 IMG_2371 IMG_2372

The cars weren’t super fast but we still had fun! It had been a long time since I’ve gone go carting.

After our adventure mom and I headed to the hot tub and dad and Scott went golfing. We finally had some nice spring weather so we enjoyed being outside and enjoyed the warmth. It was sunny enough that we actually got a little tan 🙂

Saturday night we had lasagna for my dad’s birthday!!! I have an amazing lasagna recipe, which I will share later this week! It is so easy to make and everyone loves it!

IMG_2233

Pre-baked photo!

Sunday it rained so we decided to go bowling to pass some of the afternoon. Our Sunday dinner was one of our best meals! You know you are going to get good food when the waitress brings out a meat cart to explain eat of the cuts!

IMG_2250

Our meal started with a garbage salad! It had romaine, croutons, black olives, bacon, banana peppers, bacon, shrimp, tomatoes, blue cheese and a parmesan dressing! So yummy!!

IMG_2251

Mom and I split the butter chicken entree and we ordered asparagus with hollandaise sauce and loaded mashed potatoes as the sides. You orders sides for the table to share!!

IMG_2252

The potato side was HUGE!!!!! An entire entree plate filled with potatoes, cheese, thick cut bacon, sour cream and scallions! The picture above only shows half the potatoes, we ate the other half before I took the picture!

I highly recommend going to Kaminski Bros Chop House if you are ever in the Dells!

It was a weekend full of yummy eats and family fun. Now we are on our Advocare 24 Day Challenge and eating clean healthy food! The challenge was much needed after this weekend of eats.

I promise I’ll share recipes this week!

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything special for Easter?

I’m linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday! The entire weekend was a treat 🙂 #treatyoselftuesday

Weekend Happenings 3.24.14

I had another fun filled weekend!

Friday overnight I worked, which is always fun. Watched some Dexter, American Hustle and Breaking Bad. Scott saw American Hustle in theaters and liked it but it wasn’t my favorite movie. It wasn’t terrible but I wouldn’t buy it or watch it again. The joy of night shift is I get to watch a lot of TV. I started watching Breaking Bad because everyone raved about it. It is an okay show…. not my favorite but not terrible. BUT, I love Dexter! I’m so happy theres 8 seasons on netflix!

Anyways…. Saturday after sleeping Scott and I headed to our friends Mark and Sarah’s place. We went out to eat at The Valley Tap House.

IMG_2116

Love my Hard Cider 🙂

IMG_2118

I had the Thai Dragon sandwich which had pork, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, onion, bacon and peanut sauce!!! Oh my gosh this was amazing!!!! Spicy and delicious!! And their fries were so yummy. You honestly can tell when a french fry is fresh cut versus frozen! Nom Nom! We will for sure be going back to The Valley Tap House soon.

After eating we headed back to Mark and Sarah’s place to hang out and watch Frozen. Honestly I thought I wasn’t going to like it but I LOVED it!

IMG_2131

Rado was really loving on me 🙂

IMG_2121

Boys being Boys!

Sunday I slept in as late as possible and then Scott and I headed to rent a storage unit. We are moving out of our apartment this month and we are going to live at my parents house for a few months so we can save to buy a house. Scott dream is finally coming true…. moving in with the in-laws 😉

Anyways now we have TONS of packing to do!

Sunday overnight I worked. I didn’t start until 11pm so everyone was sleeping by the time I showed up 😦 Not as fun as getting there at 7pm. Oh well…. I just watched netflix for the majority of the night.

I came home to a silly puppy…

IMG_2138

I think she likes when I work overnight…. she likes to steal my pillow!

Today I worked out…. starting to get myself back in shape for running. I did the Elliptical for 33 minutes, went 2.66 miles! Then I headed to boxing for a VERY intense class! I’m finally feeling like I’m getting more in shape and boxing class is getting easier…. even though it was a tough class!

After class I made an AMAZING turkey burger!!!

IMG_2143

Spicy Black and Blue Turkey Burger

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 egg

1/4 c chopped pickled jalapeño (or 1 fresh)

1/8 c bread crumbs

pinch of salt & pepper

Blue Cheese

Directions:

Mix everything together except the blue cheese. Form patties and cook to your desire. I don’t have a grill so I made mine in a sauté pan with olive oil. Grilling them would be the more desirable way to cook them! Melt the blue cheese on top! I served mine with garlic mayo. SO so good!

How was your weekend?

Whats your favorite burger?

 

Weekend Happenings 3.16.14

Wow guys has it really been a whole week? I have been busy, lots of working. From tuesday to saturday I worked 50 hours! All of my shifts were night shifts so I feel like I sleep and work. Luckily I love my job so honestly it isn’t to bad.

I had thursday off of work so I took advantage and headed to Title for a boxing class! Seriously I am so glad that I was able to join title with my parents because it is such an amazing workout! The trainers are all so nice.

After boxing I went to The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company for some Olive Oil and Balsamic.

mainbanner

(source)

If you have never gone to a specialty oil store you really need to try it! You will never buy grocery store oil or balsamic again. The oil and balsamic are so good you could drink it right from the bottle! It is especially important to buy good olive oil if you are using it in a dressing, which won’t be cooked.

I also went to Trader Joes and got lots of yummy things! Honestly how can you not walk out of TJs with a bag full of goods.

I went to TJs on a mission to buy healthy items to put in a greek salad! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mediterranean food. I’m trying to eat healthy so I figured I’d buy some yummy items to put into a greek salad!

IMG_2081

How could that not be delicious!!!! If you are one of those weirdos (Just Kidding :)) who don’t like mushrooms just leave them off! I also added a couple croutons when it was time to eat my salad.

Instead of buying a greek salad dressing I looked up some inspiration to make my own greek salad dressing! SOOOO easy!!!

Easy Amazing Greek Salad Dressing

1/3 c Olive Oil

4 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp dried oregano

Pinch of salt and pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

Simply mix all the ingredients together and ENJOY! I store my dressing in a small mason jar in the fridge.

Honestly don’t waste your money on the bottled dressing from the store it is so simple to make your own and so much better for you!! No preservatives! YAY!! I hope to create some other homemade dressings to share with you.

Friday and Saturday I worked 12 hour night shifts. I do have to admit the night shifts are getting easier. Once you get a routine down it really isn’t to bad.

Sunday morning I got home around 7:30am and headed to bed for 3 hours. I woke up at 11am to get ready to head to a boxing class. Seriously love Title!! After working out I headed home to shower and watch an episode of Dexter on Netflix.

dexter4

Have you guys watched this show? If you like murder mystery serial killer type shows you will love this show! 🙂 I got hooked on this show at work and now I’m addicted!

Anyways…. after watching and episode Maisy and I headed to my parents place to hang out for the afternoon.

IMG_2089

Maisy’s first favorite spot in my parents house. By the back glass door where the vent blows on her.

IMG_2090

And her second favorite place is laying by the fireplace.

Scott and my dad went to the Auto Show for the dad so mom and I hung out on the couch and watched a couple chick flicks!

Once they got home we made a yummy dinner. We had grilled chicken and TBone steak, brown rice noodles with olive oil and parm, corn (for scott) and sautéed onions, mushrooms, jalapeño, habenero and garlic!! It really was an amazing dinner. Sorry I ate it so fast I forgot to snap a photo!

I have two days off of work and I’m so excited to workout, cook and relax…. and I guess I should do some homework also 🙂

How was your weekend?

Any new favorite shows you started watching?

IMG_2088

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/10182575/?claim=x6cge8nvtd3″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Weekend Happenings 3/10/14

I had the weekend off from work and it was amazing!!!

My weekend started off Saturday morning with some Bridesmaid dress shopping for my cousin Melinda’s wedding 🙂

IMG_2063

We tried on some amazing dresses!! Here are a few of the favorites.

L164018-F

We all LOVED this one!

L154057-F

Melinda loved this one 🙂

75120

I like this one also 🙂

Poor Melinda has such a hard decision to make. No matter what dress she picks I’ll be happy!

We went to lunch at Cafe Latte! Oh man if you live in the Twin Cities you need to go to Cafe Latte! So good.

IMG_2064

Pesto Pistachio Chicken Pasta Salad

IMG_2065

Greek Salad

IMG_2066

And of course we had to share some Turtle Cake!!

IMG_2067

Their slices of cake are HUGE!!!! We shared it between the 7 of us!

After the morning and afternoon of dress shopping I headed home to get ready for my friends wedding reception!

IMG_1789

Luke and Steph got married January 10th in Jamaica! Unfortunately Scott and I weren’t able to go but I got to see some pictures!

IMG_1776

IMG_1779

IMG_1781

And I got to help with planning the bachelorette party, which was back in December 🙂

IMG_1791

IMG_1794

Anyways….. Saturday night was so much fun celebrating Luke and Steph’s marriage!!

IMG_2071

Unfortunately this is the only photo I got 🙂 To distracted with having tons of fun!!!!

Sunday I slept in as late as possible…. which was not very late 😦 But then Sunday afternoon Scott and I headed to the Auto Show with Luke and Steph. Scott got to see the 2015 Ford F150….. and I got to check out all the SUVs…. someday in a couple years I will want an SUV.

Sunday after the Auto Show Scott and I relaxed. Not going to lie I was a little under the weather…. I didn’t drink that much Saturday night but for the past 24 days I’ve been eating so healthy and clean and then Saturday I did not eat very healthy and I drank wine and I paid for it on Sunday. My body definitely enjoys clean eating! I’m back to clean eating today!!!

Sunday night Scott and I watched The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

MV5BMTAyMjQ3OTAxMzNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDU0NzA1MzAx._V1_SX640_SY720_

I love the Hunger Games movies!!!! I can’t wait for the third one to come out!!

Anyways…. that was my fun weekend.

How was your weekend? Do anything super fun??

Weekend Recap 10/20/13 and Meal Planning

This past weekend was just what I needed….. a weekend that was almost school free and fun!

Saturday I had to go to school for orientation for my mental health and OB clinicals! After class I rushed home to get ready for a wedding. We missed the ceremony because I was at school but we made it for the reception! The best thing about the reception was it was at the same place that Scott and I had our reception. It was really fun to be back at Oak Marsh Golf Course.

IMG_1316

Steph and I stuck together during the dance because half the time we couldn’t find our men. They are both very similar and such social butterflies! Steph and I love to dance so we had no problem dancing with or without the boys.

I was not able to get a decent pic of the bride and groom due to not having my nice camera with me. All the pics turned out blurry….. but Kelsey looked amazing!

During the dance someone requested What Does The Fox Say.  I hadn’t heard the song before but of course Scott knew every word! Check out that link for the music video…. very weird and funny!!

Sunday we relaxed in the morning and then headed over to my parents house to get Maisy. We ended up hanging out with them for the day. We watched Hangover III and went out for a late lunch/early dinner! Sunday was the perfect day….. very relaxing!!!

This morning when I headed outside with Maisy I couldn’t believe it was snowing!!

IMG_1322 IMG_1323

It’s hard to see it snowing in the first picture but you can see the evidence of the snow on Maisy! She loves the snow!! I love the first few snowfalls, when the temp is still in the 30’s but once we hit a month or so of freezing I’m over the snow 🙂

For the next 3 days I don’t have to work so I will be studying, cleaning and cooking! Thursday I have a test and friday I have to work…

I have a few recipes planned out for this week!

Monday: Rachel’s for lunch

Tuesday: Mashed Potatoes with Shepherd’s Pie Meatballs

Wednesday: Chinese Chicken Salad Rolls (I’m making these for dinner at my parents!)

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Leftovers

The Chinese chicken salad and the meatballs are inspiration from Rocco DiSpirito. Check out his pinterest page! He is a chef who tries to make comfort food healthy.

Was it snowing today where your live?

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?