January 13, 2014

We had a really fun weekend – lots packed in this time!


On Friday we had terrible rainy and cold weather, but we met Matt for a little late afternoon shopping at Barracks Road.


Knowing that we had a simple dinner on the other side, we didn’t want our time out to end, so as we were passing the new Three Notch’d Brewing Co. we decided to step inside.


Super duper impressed with the new place!! The atmosphere was awesome, especially with a baby.


Mazen made friends right away with another boy, and the seating arrangements were perfect for kids.


And the snack mix was awesome – pretzels for babies; wasabi peanuts for parents!


And the beers….YUM!


I loved the No Veto Brown and the Sweet Winter Ale. The Tripel was also awesome, as was the Espresso Stout.


We ended our Friday night with some simple spaghetti.


With some of the sauce we canned two summer ago over fresh Mona Lisa Pasta.


Saturday morning Matt went in at 3:30am, but he met us at the gym for athletic conditioning! The class was awesome and full of variety. Sarah and I had a blast!


Afterward we went to the pool and took Mazen for a swim, followed by a hot steam shower and rainy drive home.

Saturday night we met Rosie, Kevin and Linden at Pasture for dinner!


Syrah for me…


We shared the pimento cheese and fried pickles to start


The babies had fun playing together! Looks like Mazen is saying “More pimento cheese!”


Matt and I share a few small plates ….meatballs


Black eyed pea grits…


And smoked trout in a jar. Really good, but I still don’t quite know what it was!


Finally a delicious kale salad


Sunday started simply with an early breakfast and a family walk around the neighborhood. Yay for a sunny day!!!

Then I went grocery shopping and brought home Whole Foods salad/hot bar for lunch. Love the sweet n sour tofu!


During naptime we did all of our meal prep for the week (a la Cook Smarts!)


And then we Mazen was up and fed we met friends at Trump Winery for a fun afternoon! It was sort of warm outside, so we figured we should get out of the house.




Mazen made friends!


Hi Sylvia!


And we sipped bubbly




Baby Snack Time


We ended the weekend with dinner with Karen at a Mexican restaurant downtown. I had chips (duh), a Corona and split some seafood fajitas with Matt. A full weekend it was!


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1 Courtney @ Translating Nutrition January 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

The smoked trout looks like a fish version of rillettes. Quite yummy stuff from France. Looks like it was great weekend!


2 KathEats January 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I think that’s what the menu called it!


3 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

Looks like a great weekend and lots of good eats as usual.

I love the pic of Mazen and Matt holding hands, walking. The difference in height is just so sweet to capture because before you know it, he’ll be shooting straight up!


4 Livi January 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

Mazen is having so many fun adventures with you guys! Looks like lots of fun!


5 Katie January 13, 2014 at 8:37 am

Fun times with family and friends- looks like the best kind of post-holidays weekend! Can’t wait to see your meals this week, looks like a yummy salad/coleslaw? It was sort of warm here too (50s in Nebraska), but I am looking forward to the real warm weather this spring and so are my kids. Mazen is so cute in his boots!


6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

Yum! Definitely looks like a fun (and delicious) weekend! :)


7 Jackie January 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

Yum! What a fun weekend!


8 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

Mazen made a lot of friends this weekend! And um, black eye pea grits?? Ah that makes me miss the south!


9 P January 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

You said, “And smoked trout in a jar. Really good, but I still don’t quite know what it was!”
Um… smoked trout maybe?


10 KathEats January 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I mean the preparation – I think it was the rillettes that the first commenter mentioned


11 Ali @ Peaches and Football January 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

Wow you did pack a lot of fun into the weekend – those are the best kind! I’m not a beer fan myself, but I love the variety of colors in the ones you tried. Really pretty. :)

I probably say this monthly but holy cow – Mazen is getting so big! He’s definitely a toddler isn’t he? How does the time go by so fast??!!


12 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties January 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

I LOVE going to breweries to hang out and taste some beer- so fun! Three Noch’d looks awesome :)


13 Kara January 13, 2014 at 10:26 am



14 Bridgette January 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

This looked like an amazing weekend! Jealous! And I totally love how much you guys get to do out and about with a wee one, I SO hope I can pull this off when I have kids.


15 Jesse January 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

I really need to make that pimento cheese, I am TOO curious!



16 emily January 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

That jar of smoked trout looks awesome! Smoked fish was definitely my new favorite thing in 2013.


17 @Simple Green Moms January 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Looks like you guys had such a fun weekend =) Life is good!!!


18 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Look how long Mazen’s legs look in that stroller! He’s growing so fast! Looks like you had an incredible weekend :)


19 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon January 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Everything looks great! Love the photos of Mazen with friends.


20 Maureen January 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

What a fun weekend! That Espresso Stout sounds amazing!


21 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Looks like a great weekend! And those beers — yum! :)


22 Megan January 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

What a FUN weekend! I am so impressed by how much you and Matt are able to do with a toddler! I have a kiddo about M’s age and she does not cooperate when we try to take her to a brewery or somewhere adult-fun. Any tips? Also, every time I see chips now I think LOS CHIPS!


23 KathEats January 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Mazen is well behaved so long as he isn’t hungry, so the snack mix (and snacks from our diaper bag) kept him happy. We also weren’t there very long. He’d probably melt down more than 45 minutes or so. He’s generally pretty good in restaurants, but only if we go at 5pm and are leaving by 6:30 and he’s gotten a good meal out of it!


24 Catherine January 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Would you be willing to do a budget post about how much your family spends on food/restaurants/drinks and how you categorize them in your budget? For example, groceries are typically $XX, restaurant spending $XX and drinks $XX (but we put them in entertainment). How do you balance more expensive choices – like Whole Foods, local meat, etc – with other options? I assume your bread is “free” and that a lot of the meals you share are made from ingredients sent to you. I think it would be very eye-opening because I struggle to stay in budget for my family of 4. I feel like if I ate three meals out in a weekend it would totally blow up our budget.

Thanks Kath!


25 KathEats January 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I’ll consider it, but so much depends on your family life, income, priorities, etc. I’d do it as percentages I think…


26 Ali January 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

That looks like a great weekend! We had the flu at our house… yuck. Where did you get that striped blazer? It’s really cute!


27 KathEats January 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Flu…yuck : (

It’s from GAP!


28 Alex @ Kenzie Life January 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Looks like you had a great weekend! I love the lime green on Mazen!


29 Kristy @ Southern In Law January 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Looks like a fab weekend! Mazen is getting so big! I love that striped blazer you have too.. I’m definitely a blazer girl.


30 Shel@PeachyPalate January 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Amazing food as always! That kale salad looks awesome! So funny the pic of you and Sarah post workout and then all dressed up, you should of put them side by side!


31 Katie @ Balanced RD January 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

That brewery looks like a great place!! Your little boy is at such a fun age!


32 The Many Thoughts of a Reader January 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Looks like fun!


33 Julie January 14, 2014 at 2:27 am

This is an ideal weekend with lots of drinks and outdoor adventures. I cannot wait to come to the area so I can visit all these amazing places you write about. They are so accommodating to kids too – that’s awesome!


34 Sarahf January 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

Looks like a fun weekend! I love your blazer, I love how they pull an outfit together!


35 Katherine January 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

Looks like a delicious experience!



36 Paige Austin January 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Ugh that kale salad at Pasture is to DIE for! Even my boyfriend liked it, and he was definitely pretty resistant to kale before he met me 😉


37 Patricia January 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Your weekends always look like such fun!!! I’m trying to get better about getting out on the weekends — sometimes after a long week, I just want to veg out and do nada! Did you get anything good on your shopping trip? Also, I’ve heard REALLY good things about Three Notch’d Brewery. I need to convince my husband to make a weekend trip out that way soon. I was looking at the beers on their website, and I saw they have a Tripel. Is that what you meant when you said Triple, or were they tasting a different beer that day? FAB post as usual! :))))))


38 KathEats January 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

I got a pair of boots!

And yes, TRIPEL! I always type the wrong way automatically on that one.


39 Patricia January 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Cool!! Hope they show up in a blog post soon! :)


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