Weekend Wrap Up

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Hi friends!! First of all, can you flippin’ believe Thanksgiving is 2 DAYS AWAY? LITERALLY, 2 days? I’m in shock. I’m still recouping from Halloween! However, I’m really excited to get outta dodge for a few days and spend sometime in my happy place.

[via Richard Israel]

Charleston, my favorite city ūüôā As you know, this is where I got married in March! This place just has such a hold on me. I¬†can’t wait to go back!

So, weekend wrap up! We had a busy weekend. Saturday was our Help the Homeless walk and it turned out AMAZING! We had over 10,000 people walk¬†on the National Mall. It’s just incredible being a part of something that’s bigger than you are, ya know?

Even the National’s bobbleheads came out! I’m not a mascot person (men in sweaty suits walking around, mm no thanks) but I can’t help but like the presidents. I mean, they are so stinkin cute!

For the event, I worked from 5 am to 2 pm, so by the time I got home, I was exhausted. I watched a little football and passed out around 7pm. I know, wild life. Sunday I woke up completely refreshed, which was necessay because I had a brunch date with my love, Gretchen! We went to Natalia’s in Falls Church. Amazing local little bakery that has the BEST crepes and baked goods.¬†

We both got their special for the day, a savory butternut squash, bacon and goat cheese crepe with a goat cheese salad on the side. Absolutely incredible.

The crepe was fluffy and the filling was incredible. There was just the right amount of bacon and the butternut squash was cooked to absolutely perfection.

The salad was fresh and was the perfect complement to the savoriness of the crepe. We both completely demolished our plates. For dessert, I picked up a stunning red velvet cupcake with a fondant rose. This cupcake was almost too pretty to eat!

When I got home, I was stuffed. So I took this beautiful creation down to my husband, urging him to “please save me a bite.” Well, 20 minutes later I went down to get my bite and that little heffer ate the whole thing! He basically ate the wrapper too, which just further indicated how absolutely delicious it probably was. Le sigh. I guess that means another brunch date, Gretchen? After an hour of decompressing, it was back to the kitchen. These apps aren’t going to make themselves!

I whipped up two delicious appetizers that were gone as quickly as they were made.

Butternut squash soup shooters with grilled brie croutons

Whole wheat cheddar cheese crackers

Seriously yummy appetizers that will be up on She Knows this week!¬†I have such a rough job, don’t I? ¬†Then yesterday, which isn’t technically considered the weekend, I had a fabulous happy hour with my best friend. We’ve been friends for almost 20 years and she’s one of the only constants in my life. No matter how long we go without seeing each other, it’s like nothing has changed. She’s truly a once in a lifetime friend.

Us in Vegas, clearly.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! I’m featuring an incredibly decadent (and healthy!) muffin recipe tomorrow so be sure to check¬† back before you leave!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Share in the comments!

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  1. Posted by Gretchen on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    Hear, hear! Another date PLEASE! I had so much fun catching up with you, and can't wait for our classy grown-up theatre date :)
  2. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    Cute picture of you and your squash shooters look super fancy!  Love them! :)
  3. Posted by Emily on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    Fun fun funnn! We should have taken an awkward "duck face" photo last night. Next time...next time. ;)

    Those little shooter things look REALLY really good. I love stuff like that. It would actually be a fun lil hors d'oeuvre for weddings! Maybe I'll suggest it to my chef!
  4. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    Can't wait to hang out with you and Em next Friday!! :D
    PS-Your food photography is soooo amazing. FYI. 
  5. Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    The soup shooters look amazing!!
  6. Posted by Wymberley on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    THAT crepe looked amazing! Mental recreation begins...now!
  7. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    I love both of these appetizers, that you mentioned Falls Church which I miss dearly, and that you called your husband and heffer. LOL
  8. Posted by easyfoodsmith on
    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
    Gorgeous pics there and awesome food!!!!
  9. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Friday, November 25th, 2011
    That crepe sounds like pure heaven! As does the soup shooters!
  10. Posted by Dima Sharif on
    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
    Enjoyed reading your post. The Salad and crepe look absolutely succulent! I want some of that too!!
    the shooters look mouthwatering too, where can I find the recipe?