Daylight Savings Weekend

Hello Monday. Yawn.

This time change thing is really throwing me off! I could barely get out of bed this morning (I actually hit the snooze button, which I never do!)- it just seemed too early! And driving to work in the dark is not fun.

But really, I shouldn’t complain- I’m coming off of a fabulous weekend!

Saturday morning began with sleeping in (a.k.a. not waking up to an alarm!), a good workout at the gym, and then shopping at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Shockingly, lunch was also thrown into the mix, courtesy of the Whole Foods salad bar. I dragged Greg along to help me shop faster (I tend to linger for a long time when I’m by myself). When we got back home, we started preparing for dinner that night. Melissa, who is was one of my best friends in high school, and her husband Jordan were coming over for dinner. I was soΒ excited to have them over- I can’t even remember the last time I hung out with Melissa, but let’s just say that she had never even met Greg, so it had been a long time. Melissa and I have so much history and funny memories and I talked about them to Greg all day long. I’m pretty sure that he’s sick of hearing about all of the “badass” stuff we did in high school- but man, we were pretty awesome back in the day. (And we still are!)

I was happy to put the dining room table to use and decked it out for our company- I even picked up some flowers from Trader Joe’s.

For dinner, we made chicken with a chardonnay sauce (super easy and quick!), freekeh and my go-to salad with roasted butternut squash, apples, toasted walnuts and goat cheese (and an apple vinaigrette whipped up in the Vitamix!)

We drank the rest of the chardonnay that was used for the chicken

My dinner (in horrible lighting!):

Our guests, Jordan and Melissa (who never seem to age!):

Me and Greg πŸ™‚

After dinner, we enjoyed a very simple dessert of Breyer’s All Natural Vanilla ice cream (the best ice cream flavor ever, in my opinion) with some sliced strawberries and a little dessert wine.

I also broke out this box of cookies that I (impulse) bought at Trader Joe’s.

Oh, man are they good. I think you can have 8 of them for 140 calories (or something like that)- so if you’re strong enough to limit yourself to one or two, it’s no big deal (but it would be very easy to have 8. or 10. or an entire sleeve.)

It was so much fun laughing with Melissa and talking about stories from high school. Man, those were the days!

One of our absolute favorite movies in high school was Dazed and Confused. We must have watched it at least 100 times and could quote the entire movie. Ironically, it was on tv the night before (which kept me from going to bed at a decent hour). I can’t believe that movie came out over 18 years ago. 18 years!!!! I remember seeing when it was brand new (at age 14!). That makes me feel really, really old.

What an awesome time- I can’t wait to hang out with them again- and to have some girl time with Melissa where we can just go on and on about high school memories (and our husbands won’t have to listen to it!).


Sunday morning came way too early, thanks to the hour lost from daylight savings. Somehow, I managed to drag my butt out of bed early enough to do solo Bodypump before teaching Spinning class at 8:30. I was actually shocked that my class was more than half full- I expected everyone to sleep in and ease into the adjustment! I gotta say- the members at my gym are rock stars.

I came home, drink some whey protein and made a bowl of oatmeal and waited for Greg to get home from his mountain bike ride. We went out to run some errands (including the Verizon store, because I wanted to check on my ‘new every two’ upgrade status, which I can get next month! Hello iPhone!) and came back home to eat lunch. We were SO happy to see that baseball was on! It was so good to see the Sox play, even if it was just a spring training game. Our plan was to take the dogs hiking after lunch, but neither of us felt like driving anywhere. Instead, we took them on a nice, long walk and enjoyed the beautiful weather and sunshine.

We took pictures of each other with our phones… obviously I didn’t pay attention to the sunlight in back of Greg and Jackson.

The dogs loved the walk, but were just as happy being in the backyard chewing and tugging on sticks.

Signs of spring are everywhere- and I love it!

The trees are starting to bud (and some of the fruit trees have already blossomed!)

Our tulips are starting to peek out of the ground- and will be blooming in no time!

And this has nothing to do with spring, but I just love our little bear that sits on the front porch. We bought along the roadside between Frisco and Breckenridge, Colorado right after we got engaged. Greg brought him in a big reusable grocery bag on the plane when we came home from that trip- which was not the easiest thing to do!

Some time recently a piece of wood broke off the bottom- I have no idea how or why….

The weather definitely called for some grilling, which is Greg’s duty.

We had some bulked-up burgers along with Japanese sweet potato and an assortment of roasted veggies, including butternut squash, cauliflower, kale and Trader Joes’ broccoli slaw (thanks, Jen!)

I was beyond happy to be able to photograph my dinner at 7 pm in natural light!!!

And since there’s a half-full container of Breyer’s in my freezer, dinner was followed up with repeat of dessert from the night before. πŸ™‚


Now it’s back to the grind…. spring break is just two weeks away!

Were you affected by daylight savings? What was something fun that you did this weekend?



28 Comments on “Daylight Savings Weekend”

  1. What an awesome dinner and weekend!! It looks like y’all had so much fun! Are you on spring break?

    • Lauren says:

      Nope- spring break starts April 2nd (our last day is March 30th) and we’re off that whole week and the following Monday! I think I told you this, but Greg and I are going to the Nats game on the 3rd. I can’t wait!!

  2. That salad sounds so delicious. Please share the dressing if you have time. I just saw those cookies at Trader Joe’s and thought about getting them but got chocolate covered almonds instead.

    I adjust really well to daylight savings time. Both times during the year I enjoy the switch. But then again I am super adaptable and easy to please.

    Catching up with old friends is the best, glad you got to do it.

    • Lauren says:

      chocolate-covered almonds might be just a little bit better than the coconut cookies (though they are pretty darn good)

      Good for you for being adaptable to daylight savings! I feel like I need to move to one of those states where they don’t participate. πŸ™‚

  3. Jen @nutcaseinpoint says:

    Definitely loved errand-day yesterday! Is that weird? Ikea, Staples, Home Sense, Pet Planet… THEN organizing the house with all that we bought! Again, weird?! Haha

  4. Corrie Anne says:

    Oh man!! We didn’t bring our grill when we moved to Colorado. It was kinda sucky so I think we sold it in the garage sale. Until we get a new one, I’ll have to invite myself over to a friend’s! Man, I love that big back yard. So perfect for your dogs! And I love your CO souvenir!!

    Guess what?! I got that Jackie Warner book yesterday! It’s so good!! I love that it’s actually realistic, unlike a lot of health/diet books!

    • Lauren says:

      Go get a grill! Think about all of the cleaning up you won’t have to do!
      I’m so glad you like the book- it IS realistic- super easy to follow (in theory…)

  5. Kelly says:

    Can you share the apple vinegarette recipe?

    Fun this weekend?? – It was finally nice (warm) here in CO, so we spent tons of time outdoors… went for a long hike with the fam, played in the backyard, went to the park, etc.

  6. janetha says:

    i had my mom bring me a box of those thins from TJs.. MAN they are good! dare i say better than their lemony sister? your dinner looked awesome, dangit i wish i’d been there!

    • Lauren says:

      You’re welcome any time!
      And i forgot to put something in the post about this- did you notice the photo on my fridge with you and your rockin’ abs? It says “Lose fat for BLEND- make choices that you’ll feel good about tomorrow” (It’s taped up there to give me motivation to eat mindfully. Hope you find it flattering- and not creepy! ;))

  7. Melissa says:

    Dinner was fantastic and the time with you & Greg was even better!! I can’t wait to do it again! I’m so mad at myself for not trying one of those cookies though, grr.

  8. lindsay says:

    i’d skip 2 hours for daylight savings if i was invited to that dinner. hehe. YUM!! Love your style lauren. such a good hostess…. of the mostess!

  9. WAHOO! Spring break! That’s SO cool you still get one πŸ™‚ I am taking 3 days for one too–to skiiiiiiii woot.

    LOVE your weekend. SOunds perfect to me!

  10. artificiallybalanced says:

    Okay, your dinner from Sunday night looks ridiculous and I am drooling. Where do you find Japanese sweet potatoes?! I LOVE sweet potatoes so much! I also love trader joe’s broccoli slaw. It’s such a good switch up to use in salads rather than lettuce. Your house looks gorgeous by the way! πŸ™‚

    • Lauren says:

      Until last week, I had only ever seen Japanese sweet potatoes at a local organic grocery store. But, I got those ones from Whole Foods! I’m sure you can find them in New York!

  11. Lee says:

    I said something about “Party at the Moon Tower” this weekend in a rare quoting a movie moment and Jason had no idea what I was talking about. I was like, “How did you not watch Dazed & Confused in high school???” Like you, I probably watched it hundreds of times. Jason said I was more of a hippie than he was.

    • Lauren says:

      Greg had only seen the movie once or twice, and definitely doesn’t get the quotes (Except the obligatory Matthew McConaughy lines “That’s why I like high school girls… I get older and they stay the same age” and “Alright, Alright, Alright.”
      He also doesn’t get my references to Singles and Reality Bites (the other two best movies of that time).

  12. Love your tablescape! And your food always looks yummy πŸ™‚ You should become a personal chef, I’d hired you.

    Those cookie thins look delicious and dangerous…

  13. Looks like a fun weekend! And delicious dishes.
    I’m adjusting to the hour change–loved the fact that last night was bright and sunny after work which kept me productive for a few more hours.
    Although I think that by the end of the week I may feel jet-lagged…time change, early wake-ups, trip East, etc. πŸ™‚

    • Lauren says:

      You are picking a great week to come to DC. The weather is amazing! Cherry blossoms might even start to pop! (Sorry I can’t come meet you) 😦

  14. I worked. It sucked…and I’m still tired! My hubs is on overnights right now and (this is so cheesy) but I can’t sleep without him!! Don’t hate me but I haven’t seen D&C…I mean I did when I was younger but I’m sure I didn’t “get it”.

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