I can’t believe I’m 30! It seems like an age you wait your whole life for…and it’s just…here. One day you wake up and you’re a new decade. Honestly, I haven’t had that much time to think about it because I’ve been living life day to day with Maze, but I’m actually really happy to turn 30. It’s a nice, mature age and I think it fits my mindset these days. People who are older than 30 have told me that it’s the best decade, so I’m excited!
Mazen gave me a 5.5 hour stretch of sleep last night for my present. And 1,000 smiles!!! After breakfast, the two of us went out on a long walk – about an hour. He slept, I pondered.
And then we met up with Matt and drove into the countryside for lunch
Back to Pippin Hill! When we planned this event I didn’t know I’d be going with my mothers’ group earlier in the week, but I had no problem going twice : ) Thanks to Faith + Tate, Hillary, Alex and Finn and Holly + her Finn for joining us!
Matt and I shared a tasting and ordered bites for lunch
A ham, pear and grilled greens salad topped with pine nuts
Root Veggie Soup with crostini
And local trout, which was so good!
The portions were really small, but luckily, we had cupcakes for dessert!!
Delicious, incredible Sweethaus delights!! We actually did a trade with the Sweethaus owners who love our Great Harvest scuffins. These totally made my day! They are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.
Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coconut, Pistachio, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet and Pumpkin Spice!
I love the Strawberry, the Pumpkin Spice and the Coconut the most, but if I had to pick a top fav, Coconut wins!
We drove from Pippin Hill to one more winery to end the afternoon. FYI, we were not driving my car, and that was SO exciting!! More details coming to BERF soon : )
We had never been to First Colony Winery, so we made that our second and final destination. I was much more interested in the cupcakes than the wine though : )
Back home, Matt gave me his gift – cute fancy gloves (with missing fingers for typing!) and a pretty pair of earrings!
We then got dressed up
And handed sweet Maze off to his KK so we could go out to a nice dinner!
We left a bottle of pumped milk and left them snuggling on the porch.
Karen gave me a new pair of dress pants and a cute top from LOFT, which I wore to dinner. Thanks for the presents Karen, including the night out!
Matt and I had a gift certificate to Al Dente, a nice Italian restaurant here. The CEO of Great Harvest, Mike, gave it to us after we spoke at Darden last year. We had been saving it for just the right night (and a time when I could partake in some red wine!)
<3 the bread plate
We shared this bottle of red, although Matt got much more than I did because I was the DD and a mama who didn’t want too much.
Figgy salad to start – pretty good with lots of crunchy toppings!
But Matt’s Scallops with Brandy + Shrooms stole the course. Great flavor combos!!
For dinner I had a whole baked trout in a tomato + caper sauce with a side of green beans. Loved it!
And Matt had sea bass with orzo and artichokes – good but mine won (for once!)
Believe it or not, we were way too full for dessert. I never turn down dessert, especially on my birthday, but if that is any indication of how eager we were to get home to our little peanut, that should tell you something : ) Plus – too many cupcakes!
But our server brought us some Sambuca on the house to end the meal – anise flavor. It was the perfect palate cleanser. [Also that goblet looks huuuuuge but the camera was just under it. Also I stuck my tongue in it and called it a night : ) ]
I feel like I have been eating and eating and eating lately. Definitely one of those times where I can’t wait to get back to salads and fruit and foods that leave me feeling fresh inside! But that’s what births…and birthdays…are for!
Time to go snuggle!