Cheating & Birthday Celebrations

The past week and a half has been a little rocky. The car died three times. Three. Mike and I were planning to head to Asheville this past weekend to celebrate his birthday but mechanics pretty much gobbled up those funds. While we didn’t get to have the romantic weekend away we wanted, we had a great time locally.


Mike dropped Harper off at daycare bright and early, Friday morning before he went to the gym. I got to sleep in. By sleep-in, I mean I watched Netflix ALONE. Total remote control! My dear husband was supposed to call me on his way home from the gym so that I could shower and start getting ready. Two minutes before he walked in the door I got the phone call. Men.

After we got dressed, we went to one of our favorite places to brunch. Cafe Strudel. They have the BEST breakfast food in town and customer service is always on point. We were both starving so I don’t have pictures of my fluffy cinnamon pancakes. I know, I know! Bad blogger.

We then went to the museum to walk off some of the calories and he’s an artist so that worked. I tried getting pictures for y’all but Mr. Artist said that I would look uncultured. Cue eye roll. There was a display of statue heads, not full busts, just heads. I thought it would be fun to hide my body behind the display and just have my head poked out. I wasn’t going to touch anything! After an hour of him being a killjoy, we went to go watch Gone Girl.

OMG! That movie was intense. Harper’s godmother brought the book for me to read when I was on bed rest in the hospital and I never finished it. Real talk, I only got to the second chapter because it freaked me out. I’m going to give the book another chance now.

The rest of our weekend was filled with food, “glorious food”. I’m doing a mini bulk to build up muscle so that helps. Right?! Ha!

Mango Smoothie

This delicious mango smoothie (made by yours truly) was one of the few healthy choices we made. I love fall but sometimes I need to have a tropical drink. Mangoes are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. We all need fiber. šŸ˜‰

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Harper, Elmo and I took Mike out for birthday ice cream. He got some chocolate peanut butter concoction while Harper and I split a “Pumpkin Pie In The Sky”. It was the perfect amount of pumpkin, graham cracker and caramel. You could taste the pumpkin without it being too sweet. Some restaurants have been adding too many sweeteners to their pumpkin items this year. We then dropped Harper off at her grandma’s house so that Mike and I could go out to dinner.

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In the battle between these two seasonal beers: I would declare my Red Hook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter the winner. I have a post coming up this week with the yummy details. I’m doing all of this taste testing for y’all. How else would you know which drinks to serve this fall? You’re welcome.

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Shrimp and grits. Nuff said. He got filet mignon with shrimp and mashed potatoes. It just looked like a hunk of meat in my opinion so I’m not posting that.

Do you celebrate birthdays the “healthy way” or do you go all out?

This post was fueled by Starbucks (duh), cinnamon waffles & post leg day struggles.


15 thoughts on “Cheating & Birthday Celebrations

  1. Mary Johnson says:

    Dear goodness gracious I would give my left tit for authentic shrimp and grits. sigh. Birthdays really depend on my mood and how I celebrate. I turn forty this year so I more focused on copious amounts of alcohol and not so much the food part ;p

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe says:

    NOMS. You need to try O Fallon Pumpkin. IT IS THE BEST PUMPKIN BEER I HAVE EVER HAD. I definitely treat myself well on birthdays, but I don't go all out like i used to. I tend to do that on vacation šŸ˜€ PS the Harper and Elmo with arrow in that picture is freaking hilarious.
    And yes, all of this is necessary to bulk. Hello, milk has protein!

  3. Earl-Leigh says:

    LOL! Elmo goes everywhere. I have Mike on a mission to find this beer you speak of. I need to hire you as my accountability coach but I'm afraid that you'll hold me accountable. The struggle.

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