Week in Review: Eat Shop Eat

Greetings and Happy Monday, list lovers! yep it’s time for another stroll down memory lane and see what we all did this past week. To join the fun head on over to Meghan’s blog and linkup here. She’s the WIR hostess and link master to the upteenth degree. I don’t know what that means, but basically Meghan’s for rizzle. The real Mamma Jamma.



How was your week?ย After a crazy and awesome week in New Orleans – which you should read here if you haven’t read the NOLA adventure – ย I feel like Monday DRAGGED. Yeah, coming back to life after spending the prior days having fun ain’t always easy. I had the Monday blues times 5.


I feel like all I did was basically work, eat, and sleep. Turns out I did a lot more, and by more I mean celebrating and shopping.

We had some great weather so I was able to take the pooches out for great walks, plus I took myself out for a run once this week.

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I cooked one of my favorite meals at home: brussel sprouts caramelized in bacon fat and balsamic vinegar, topped with sweet chili jam. served with a huge wedge of goat’s milk brie, sweet potato fries… HEAVEN


I celebrated my mother and took her for another belated birthday dinner. Even though we celebrated her birthday earlier, I never got her a gift because she wanted a nice dinner. So nice dinner we did! We also celebrated my husband’s first semester in grad school wrapping up on Saturday night. There was a LOT of celebrating by him and his classmates. I took no pictures because the blackmail value alone was just too high #adultsgonewild

I love this pic of my mama and moi


my favorite dish from the birthday dinner: cauliflower with lemon butter sauce, pancetta, asparagus tips, and an egg. YUM


This is where my husband’s school celebration was, and everything was simply YUM.


Plus, I did enough shopping in one day to make it feel like that’s all I did all week. I’m not much of a shopper so I guess a whole day of shopping is a big deal in my mind. I called upon my favorite and best shopping partner in crime: my momma! She is the best shopping partner you could ever ask for, and she comes with this awesome thing called “good shopping luck” meaning whenever you’re with her, you magically find everything you like and want, and everything looks good. It also comes with a bill, but so worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus hello, mom time! I love mother/daughter time especially when it means checking things off my to-do list ๐Ÿ™‚

We found my matron of honor dress at Nordstrom – her colors are navy blue so I hope this works. I wouldn’t be wearing it with boots of course, and maybe an ice shawl or wrap and nice heels:

i got a few sizes too big because i happen to hate HATE tight clothes. i like my comfort

We also bought some blouses, a scarf, fun necklaces, and I found a cute holiday outfit from H&M. I also discovered that I LOVE H&M!


Sunday we took the pooches to the dog park and then I came home and made a pecan pie for dinner with our neighbors later on. I must tell you, it was the simplest and most delicious tasting pie I’ve made. 4 adults finished the pie in one night, that’s a pretty good sign… and hey, it was all good ingredients. Balance!


Later that evening we had a phenomenal meal at our neighbor’s apartment and enjoyed my pie. We fully intended to play games and have our usual game night, but after all the eating and drinking and chit-chat, it was almost 9PM before we realized the time. Oops! At least we had all this great food to end the week:

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That’s all I got.

How was your week?

Have you been to H&M?

Do you have a pecan pie recipe that you swear by? I like mine with the nuts just on the top later rather than mixed in.. the results are quite sublime in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Week in Review: Eat Shop Eat”

  1. That dinner of Brussels sprouts with caramelized bacon and sweet potato fries sounds amazing!!!
    I love your Matron of honor dress! It looks beautiful!!!
    And that picture of you and your mama should be framed!
    The pecan pie recipe that I always make does have a cup of pecan pieces mixed in the filling, but lots more on top. Yours looks and sounds great though!

    1. Thank you!!! I like the dress, its’ super comfortable which is most important ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m totally happy with the pecan pie, I basically made the pie that I wanted to eat… secretly hoping that nobody would want it. Everyone gobbled it up, so I guess I’ll have to make one just for me!

  2. I want a pecan pie. Or any pie for that matter. No, I take that back. I want your pecan pie.

    It’s amazing how much we actually accomplish when we go back and recap it. It appears there was lots of mother daughter time in both our worlds. I’m glad you got to hang and get good shopping deals. That dress is hot, and you look fantastic in it.

    Congrats to your Hubby for getting a semester behind him. Ya gotta celebrate those milestones.

    1. omg this pie… i’m still dreaming about making another one, just for me, and eating it all. the truth is i’m actually going to do this, but i must wait till next week when i have ‘time’. it will be an event in itself.
      thanks about the dress!!! i’m happy with it, it’s actually something i will wear out. not just for the wedding.
      my hubby is SO happy,it’s nice to see that level of calm on his face. i missed it.

  3. Ok that Brussel sprout combo sounds so delicious! And really simple too!
    I adore H&M – being a European company they were in every major city in the UK, actually I think Glasgow had 3 of them! Luckily they do have one in Perth, although it’s about a 40 min drive away compared to my 10 min walk before! Haha!

  4. oh wow! i remember hitting up H&M when i was in the UK and in Zurich, but i never thought of going to the one actually near me when it opened. i guess it was more fun to think of it as a special place, only for travels. however now that i’ve been to our local one, i think i’m hooked ๐Ÿ™‚
    oh yeah, i’m really into brussel sprouts right now. actually i’m always into them!!! just really liking this method, but i’m not using bacon grease anymore. now i’m using coconut oil. the bacon grease smell made me a bit queasy after 8 days. LOL

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