A Balanced Weekend

by Jillian on January 21, 2013 · 5 comments

I had a great weekend in that one day was devoted to productiveness and the other to fun! A perfect balance. Don’t you love that?

After the whole cable fiasco Saturday, I went to the grocery store to get the rest of the necessities for my weekly food prep. Before getting started on cooking, I did a few loads of laundry and dusted the house. When I was putting the sheets back on the bed, I ran into a little problem.


Guess what that lump is?

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Yup. Gus just loves being under the covers. I found him there later after I’d fallen asleep on the couch and made my way into the bedroom. He must have been cold to nuzzle his way under there himself. Joe and I usually have to lift the covers up to let him under. He’s so funny.

Eventually, I began food prep! I started by making a Shepherd’s pie a la Tina’s method,


I used ground turkey, a bag of frozen mixed veggies (peas, corn, green beans, and carrots), and sweet potatoes. I topped it with a bit of cheddar cheese as well.


For sides, I roasted acorn squash and cooked what was left of the onions and cabbage from my deconstructed pigs in the blanket.


Food prep always makes the week less stressful. I pack it all in plastic containers so it’s easily accessible. While I was cooking, I sampled everything multiple times, so that ended up being my dinner!


Meal prepping for the week ensures that I’ll make good choices and avoid grabbing whatever is around. That doesn’t stop me from ordering girl scout cookies at work though.

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Anyway, back to the weekend. Sunday was a fun filled day. I tried to keep social media and pictures to a minimum, but we definitely enjoyed a few drinks and some good food!

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Joe did a DogFish Head tap takeover at the restaurant, so we tried a few different brews including a vintage 120 minute! We eventually made our way into the city to eat at Otto, where we were unable to order a side of buffalo ricotta for our pasta dish (but I won’t get into it too much because we already went overboard joking about this absurd issue). Basically, the chef “doesn’t alter his dishes”. I’ll just say, that if it was actually Mario Batali cooking, I’d be like “okay, fine”. but that was not the case. It didn’t ruin our Sunday though – we just found it hilarious and finished our entire meal anyway!

The perfect balance of work and play – and now, it’s another work week. Glad I have those prepped meals! :)



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marilyn January 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Gus is quite a character. He is so cute! xoxo


2 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

And now I want girl scout cookies…:-p


3 Lauren January 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I always love a productive weekend! It makes easing into Monday so much more bearable.


4 Katy January 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Your shepard’s pie looks delish!


5 Emily January 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

omg that is SO funny! I have a dog who loves to lay in the middle of the bed as I try to make the bed & my parents have a cat that does the same, but I don’t think we’ve ever had one to get under the covers like that! Pets have such the greatest and meaningful personality – i love it!!


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