Iâ€™m back in Chapel Hill feeling refreshed after my nice relaxing weekend in Pittsburgh. It was SO worth it to spend all last week busting my butt so I could take the weekend off from homework! Only 1.5 weeks until Iâ€™m done with my first YEAR of grad school. Bring it, finals!
I hope you all had a nice (Easter, if you celebrate it) weekend! We had quite the brunch feast at Mattâ€™s parentâ€™s house yesterday. To rev up our hunger, Matt and I went on a nice 5.5 mile run around his hilly neighborhood beforehand!
We took a break at the midway point to admire this huge field of beautiful daffodils ðŸ™‚
Arenâ€™t they pretty? It was cool and a little rainy yesterday in Pittsburgh so they had pretty raindrops all over them ðŸ™‚
Heh. Photos courtesy of Mattâ€™s Droid phone ðŸ™‚
It was a great run and we returned home ready to EAT!
Mmmmm. Mattâ€™s dad has done culinary training courses and is really into cooking and food presentation. Case in point â€” this beautiful grilled pineapple! (And our Thanksgiving feast â€” remember that?!)
On the menu for brunch yesterday was: Roasted Vegetable Quiche with Aged Gouda:
Delicious. He roasted the vegetables first before adding them in so they were nice and soft! And dare I say Iâ€™m starting to like caramelized onions?!
Broiled Tomatoes stuffed with spinach, swiss chard, and bacon, topped with shaved parmesan cheese:
Major yum. I loved all the spinach and swiss chard stuffed inside!
French Toast Casserole with real maple syrup:
This was to DIE for. It tasted like a combination of a Cinnabon and French toast! Ahhhh
And finally, Brown Sugar and Peppercorn Crusted Bacon:
Peppercorn makes everything (savory) more delicious, Iâ€™ve decided. Must recreate this!
I forgot to get a photo of my plate because I was too busy digging in, but I enjoyed some of everything ðŸ™‚ After a bit of relaxation, we came back for the grand finale dessert â€” super Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries!
Whew. What a delicious way to end the weekend! Iâ€™m bummed the weekend went by so quickly â€” we had such a nice time biking, running, and, of course, eating! ðŸ™‚ Matt sent me a few more photos that he got on his phone from our bike ride on Saturday, so I thought I would share:
Yay ðŸ™‚ We went to REI on Friday and I found that green biking shirt on clearance! I was excited to try it out â€” I donâ€™t own any other biking shirts. They have these fun little pockets in the back so you can carry things like fuel and cameras:
Anyway! I flew back to Chapel Hill last night and fell right into bed so I could get up early this morning and swim before my busy day. Matt was sweet enough to pack me a sandwich for dinner on the plane. He makes the best sandwiches ðŸ™‚
Time to get back to business! We have two papers due and a presentation to give today. Iâ€™m rocking some major goggle and swim cap lines at the moment â€” hereâ€™s hoping they are gone by my presentation this afternoon ðŸ˜‰
Stonyfield Giveaway Winner
Thank you to all that entered my Stonyfield giveaway! The winner is commenter #56, Alex:
Congrats, Alex! Please email me your full name and mailing address to anne @ fANNEtasticfood.com.
Have a good one, friends!