I’ve got to repeat that mantra the next time I don’t want to bike to the gym. I was freezing (obviously!) and didn’t want to venture into the mid-30* weather, but my car was just as cold, and I remembered that the last time I biked there in the cold I was so glad I did, so I bundled up in a scarf, gloves, extra pants and my Land’s End jacket and off I went. And it was SO beautiful!!! Biking there is so much more than environmentally friendly. It’s like I’m working for my workout. And I watched the most beautiful sunset on my way home!! (While there I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical in the nice heat). It was a nice workout, and I’m glad I waited until the afternoon because I could enjoy my time more.
After my shower (finally!) we headed over to Karen’s for the husband’s birthday dinner. Last year I cooked him BBQ Chicken and it’s our tradition to cook each other a requested meal on our birthdays. But we’ve been so busy this week, and tomorrow (his real b-day) he’s going to be at work when I get up and asleep when I get home, so Karen (his mother) cooked! It was a wonderful dinner (and as she would say in a strong southern accent “A fattening dinner!” 🙂 )
We shared a bottle of the best pinot ever: Mark West. I had two half glasses to equal a full glass, one while we put the finishing touches on dinner and the second with.
On the menu: Chicken Parm (traditional, breaded and sauteed with cheese, sauce and parsley) served over Whole Wheat Pasta, Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Craisins + Homemade Dressing and GH Country French Bread, toasted with EVOO.
That giant slice of bread with the birthday boy’s!
I ate all of my salad + bread and about 1/3 of the chicken + pasta (and I have the rest to have as leftovers!)
It’s not a birthday without dessert! We had Brownie Pillow Cookies from Fresh Market served over B&J Cookie Dough Ice Cream –
And some sugared peanuts, which I had about 3 small handfuls of and probably didn’t need –
Tomorrow is my extra long day – 8-8. I don’t have a break for dinner and my original plan was to have lunch at EarthFare and pack a dinner, but I realized I didn’t even have time to eat it AND I wouldn’t have a way to refrigerate it so my options would be limited. So my new plan is to have lunch at EF with my friends and then have a substantial snack (LaraBar + apple?) around 5pm inbetween my classes and have a small thrown-together dinner when I get home around 8:30 (the husband will be in bed). We’ve eaten at 8:30 lots of times, so I should be OK as long as I have a bigger snack.
haha we have the same birthday
What a great birthday dinner! That dessert looks delicious 🙂 Soft cookies are the best.
That dinner looks wonderful! And it’s even better that someone else made it. Good luck tomorrow!
Happy Birthday to the husband!! January 14th is the best day ever to be born….it’s my birthday too! 🙂
Oh She Glows says
Wow what a great birthday dinner!! Yum 🙂 Those pillow cookies look great- what’s in them?
Good luck with your long day tomorrow. Sounds like you have a great game plan already.
Wow and yum!
WOW – Cook for me Kath! Happy Birthday Matt
mmm the chicken parm looks amazing!
your plan for tomorrow’s eats sound good 🙂
woo for biking to the gym – I HATE being cold, I don’t think I would have done it! lol
haya (living and learning) says
that is hardly a fattening dinner! i mean, maybe a little, but it’s still pretty healthy, with the whole wheat pasta and that big salad.
brownie pillow is a divine sounding name for a cookie. i want one. right now! i bet they were fantastic with ice cream. a perfect birthday meal.
That brownie pillow cookies looks awesome! Happy almost birthday to the husband!
Happy Birthday, Matt! It looks like a great night.
Wowza, that looks terrific. You had me captivated by the brownie pillow cookies and sugared peanuts!!! YUM!
Happy early Birthday to Matt! Your birthday meal makes me jealous! It all looks amazing!
Those brownie pillow cookies are AMAZING! I really like the almond ones too.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT!!
Your plan for tomorrow sounds great – why must school get in the way of our delish eats?!
I want a brownie pillow. *runs to fresh market*
His birthday dinner looks fit for a birthday, and 100% delicious. Yuuum.
That cookie/brownie looks insane. I’d like one right now. 🙂 Happy birthday to your husband!
Brownie pillow cookies! YUM!
Dinner looks delicious!
Love beautiful sunsets, huh? Almost makes the cold worth it, but not quite! Your dinner looks great!
Your mother-in-law looks like a really good cook! What a nice birthday meal!
Wow, the birthday boy’s dinner looks fabulous! Happy birthday to the husband.
Raspberry Runner says
what a great looking dinner!! and good choice on the cookie dough ice cream!
Just had to tell you that I roasted up some broccoli tonight and drizzled it with the Williams Sonoma balsamic that you mentioned last month. Fabulous! I am already planning to make more tomorrow night!
Thanks for all your great food ideas!!!!
Andrea (Andrea's Eats) says
Dinner looks great! Happy Birthday to the Husband!
hey Anna, Happy Birthday, it’s my birthday too!! Whooooo Jan 14th’ers!!!!
mmm Kath, you absolutely must try the almond pillow cookie if you haven’t already!
Happy Birthday, Matt. Love the chicken parm. Enjoy the leftovers.
Oh my gosh, that whole meal has me literally DROOLING! Being pregnant and perpetually hungry does not combine well with reading food blogs!
Happy birthday to the husband 🙂
ashley (sweet & natural) says
Whoa! Brownie pillow cookies?! Is that a cookie filled with a brownie?! Incredible!
that meal looks amazing. wow!
Sarah (lovINmytummy) says
That looks like an amazing birthday spread! Hope your hubs loved eating it as much as I loved drooling over it!
Looks like the birthday dinner was success, and that cookie looks amazing!
Have a good day tomorrow, even if it is long.
Looks fabulous!! What was the salad dressing made of? I’m always looking for new recipes!
Happy Birthday Matt! There’s nothing like Mom’s homemade food–looks delicious!
seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) says
happy bday MATT!!!!! what a cute din din, real chicken parm for a real woman!! love it 🙂
Ryan Seacrest said that same quote (your post title) on American Idol last night 🙂
YUMMY! What a delicious dinner! It all looks wonderful.
mmm! Nice birthday dinner!!
Karen looks like a fab cook? What was so unhealthy about the dinner though…was the chicken fried? It looks relatively healthy and delicious.
karen seems like such an awesome cook!! Everything she makes you looks really good! I lover her veggie lasagna recipe!!
Glad to hear it!
A mix of aged balsamic, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Yes, the chicken was breaded and fried in a big puddle of butter and oil – and topped with lots of cheese. Not horrible, not, but not low-fat either.
Andrea (Off Her Cork) says
Oh that dinner looks amazing! YUM!
Oh man, handfuls of nuts is totally my weakness.
What a beautiful dinner your mil made! It looks better than a restaurant meal!! Great job on just eating a little bit. You’re so good about portion control… I wish I was this good!
Ugh, am I the only one that really does not care for that Mark West Pinot? I feel like it’s the house pinot everywhere I go and I’ve had it a couple times and just not liked it much at all. Do you think I’ve just ended up having it from a bottle that was open too long? I definitely prefer the Mirassou pinot as a pretty comparable option.
I love, love, love the Ponzi Williamette Valley Pinot Noir. It’s my favorite wine right now. It’s a slightly higher price point but so worth it to me.
Oh my gosh that cookie looks heavenly!!!
Missy (Missy Maintains) says
Dinners looks amazing! I love chicken parm! And the cookie!
The Duo Dishes says
That cookie looks to die for. Just die.
Looks like a great birthday celebration. Love the dessert.
I used to ride horses up in Mark West! It’s such a beautiful area of the wine country, I’m glad to hear that their pinot is tasty.
What a great birthday dinner! Happy birthday Matt!
So, I know that those cookies aren’t exactly health food, but could you share that recipe. They look too good.
As I said in the post, the cookies are from Fresh Market, so I don’t have a recipe.