Weekend Eats and Cravings

Good-morning friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend! I’m popping in today with some weekend eats.

Before we dive in, I want to remind us all that these posts are not for comparison. They are not for showing you what you should be eating, craving, or to tell you what your body needs. They are simply to empower you to listen to YOUR body as I listen to mine, apart from dieting.

FRIDAY

Marco had this weekend off, which was great. It was the first weekend in a while where he was off and we stayed in town. Usually on his every-other-weekend-off we find ourselves going out of town, which is a blast, but sometimes it’s just nice to be home.

Friday morning started off with early work and a break for breakfast before Marco and I took off to take my car in for a routine service. Breakfast was corn tortillas, eggs, soyrizo, and a little jack cheese. Once we dropped my car off, we headed to the gym together.

When we got home from the gym and a few errands we sat down for lunch. Lunch is usually leftovers in our house, which we love! I had the last of the chicken adobo my dad had made the weekend before and Marco had leftover salmon and asparagus.

After lunch I got back to working for a couple of hours and then wrapped up around 3:00. Marco and I relaxed the rest of the day at home – we even took a long nap. After our nap I made a little bowl of Talenti ice cream with a spoonful of PB and a dark chocolate peanut butter cup. This was heavenly!

For dinner we had pesto pasta with lentil noodles (new at Trader Joe’s – they were good!), chicken, pesto, a little butter, and for me: artichoke hearts, capers, kalamata olives, a little parmesan and a little feta. I was feeling ALL the Greek flavors. Marco had just chicken & pesto.

SATURDAY

Saturday morning was so nice. I slept in until about 8:00, woke up slowly, had coffee, and spent an hour (or two!) journaling, listening to music, and studying my bible. It was a wonderfully slow morning. Marco asked if I wanted to go to the gym and I passed it up to have a slow cozy morning at home to myself.

For breakfast I made myself two slices of brown rice toast with over-medium eggs on top. This is how I’ve been taking my eggs this week, unless they’re scrambled and rolled up in a corn tortilla. Yum! Just a little sea-salt and pepper on top and you’re good to go!

After breakfast I showered and got ready for the day before Marco got home from the gym. We walked around town for a bit, visited my friend Asia at her office (she’s filming something this weekend and I wanted to help her set up!) and then came home for lunch.

Lunch was soyrizo tacos on corn tortillas with black beans, corn, jack cheese, and romaine lettuce. So simple, all leftovers, and so delicious! I love leftovers. 

For dinner we went to Rooster Creek Tavern with some of our friends in Arroyo Grande. I’d never been to this place before. HOLY YUM. It was so good! I ordered the rooster burger which had bacon, blue cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, onion, and tomato. Can I have this again for dinner tonight?

It also came with fries which were crazy good as well. I ended up skipping the bun because we were going to be out with friends for a while and I didn’t want to feel too full or have a belly ache. The burger on it’s own was full of flavor enough, so I didn’t miss a thing!

To drink I had two martini’s with gin and fresh squeezed lime. So good!

SUNDAY

Sunday I woke up bright and early and made myself breakfast and sipped coffee while Marco was still sleeping. Same as the day before: two slices of brown rice toast with over-medium eggs on top. Yum!

After breakfast we went to church with my friends Bryanna and Asia. The service was great and was all about kindness. One of my favorite parts was this: kindness starts at home. The pastor talked about how it can be easier for us to be kind to strangers and harder to be kind at home. That broke my heart a bit because I find that it can be so true. That’s my focus this week: to remember that kindness starts at home. 

After church Marco and I went to the gym together and stopped by an open house we saw pop up. We’ve been super into looking at houses, but not quite ready to buy. How do you know when you’re ready? Buying a house is stressful – it seems like you have to jump the moment you find something.

When we got home we made lunch which was leftover pesto pasta. This time with just chicken, noodles, pesto, parmesan cheese, and capers added to mine.

After lunch we cleaned up and walked downtown for a little coffee date. We brought my computer and looked at homes on Zillow for a while. The market is crazy right now! My dad put our Ventura house for sale on Monday and by Tuesday he had 5 offers. What?

I grew up in that Ventura home and before I moved out on my own to my little studio I’d never moved before. To sell this house will be a bit of a heartbreaker, especially because I have so many memories with my mom there (the whole family does), but I trust that it’s what’s best. The house is way to big for my dad to be there alone. Do any of you have stories of selling your childhood home? How did it feel when you sold it? How do you stay encouraged?

For dinner Marco and I walked to Firestone, one of our favorite easy places to grab dinner in SLO. I ordered a lettuce wrapped cheeseburger and Marco and I split fries.

We always ask for “half fries, half onion rings” which basically means you get the same amount of fries with 4 onion rings on top. Our favorite thing to share!

When we got home, I was neither full nor totally satisfied, so I had a peanut butter cup that did the trick perfectly.

Since we ate an early dinner at about 9:00 or so I felt hungry and wanted something more. I scanned the fridge and saw the last of my dads homemade blue cheese dressing leftover and decided that’s what sounded best!

I made a little side salad, added a few quinoa chip crumbled on top, a sprinkle of cheese, some crunchy romaine, and the last of the leftover beans/corn mix we had in the fridge. It hit the spot perfectly! I enjoyed this while we watched an episode of Younger. Who’s seen it?

I hope you all had a great weekend! Anyone do anything fun? Try any fun new food spots? What are you looking forward to this week? I am looking forward to a weekend full of client sessions and come Thursday, visitors for the next week n’ a half until we take our camper to Ventura!

Love, Paige
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  • My mom and brother still live in my childhood home but I have a different story to share. When I met my now husband he was in the process of buying a house with his brother and step-brother. They all three lived there and it also had an in-law suite that they rented out. After about 2 years, we got married and I moved in for the first 10 months of our marriage (sometimes overwhelming and crowded but also super fun). And his step-brother’s gf actually lived in the in-law suite and she became one of my best friends so most of the time it felt like one big happy family. When it was time to move on and each find our own places, my MIL came over and took pictures of all the rooms and back deck and made albums for us. At the time I thought it was silly but I still look back on those pictures and get so nostalgic. It was such a sweet time in our lives. And now that we’re looking to sell our current house (been here 4 years and had our first puppy and baby here) I am definitely going to continue the tradition of taking pictures of each room before we leave. The memories will always be there <3

    • Heather, thank you so much for sharing this! So sweet, and I love that you went over and took photos. I took a little video of the house last time I was there, but not I’m going to for sure bring my camera over and snap a bunch of photos to make an album too. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, and you have all of my best wishes in selling your current place! How special – I love that you’re going to do the same thing again and make an album 🙂

  • Hi Paige,
    My parents sold the house I grew up in and lived in my entire life (well, I was born in Copenhagen and lived there until I was about 2 but that house is all I remember) 2 years ago and they now live in a beautiful cottage with horses on the countryside. For me it honestly wasn’t that hard to see them sell it. I think this is because I rarely ever get attached to things – yes, I have many fun and wonderful memories from that home – just like I have with my boyfriend in my apartment back in DK – but the memories are there no matter where in the world I live or who lives in that house.
    The memories are in your heart and you can share them with your family and friends. I promise you the memories don’t fade or anything just because you aren’t in that house anymore.
    Right now another girl is living in my apartment in Denmark – where I used to live with my boyfriend – and I am absolutely okay with it. And when I move back a friend is renting the room where we used to have our bedroom. This is a little strange but I’ve come to realize that my memories don’t become alive by being in the apartment. They come alive by me talking about them, telling others about think, think about them to myself and laugh out loud or smile to myself, write about them, look at photos etc. No one can ever take away the memories from you-
    Sorry, for the long comment. I hope it helps a little <3
    Love,
    Heidi

    • Oh Heidi! That is SO ENCOURAGING! Especially this “[memories] come alive by me talking about them, telling others about think, think about them to myself and laugh out loud or smile to myself, write about them, look at photos etc.” YES. Thank you for that reminder and for sharing this with me!

  • Jenny Cavanagh

    Hi Paige! You’re right, buying a house is stressful. For us it was different because we were moving out for the first time & considering an apartment vs. a house. One thing that helped us make the decision is that we knew we wanted to stay in our area forever. We also wanted to invest our money into something that was our own instead of paying rent. Plus, in our area paying rent would be the same if not more than our current mortgage. When we started looking I was surprised by house fast the houses went. We really didn’t have time to think it over, if we wanted a house we needed to put in an offer the same day or the next day. My real estate gave me great advice- buying a house is love at first sight and when you find a good house for you, you’ll feel it right away. That was so true for us!! Good luck with your house search & I would definitely recommend waiting until the right time for you & Marco.

    • Oh Jenny that is such great advice! I love that – that gives me a lot of comfort as Marco and I continue to look around. To look for that love at first sight feeling 🙂 Ah, thank you! So happy for you guys, by the way. It really looks like you’re enjoying the house and putting your yard to use 🙂 XO