Weekly Highlights

Finally, it’s Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week and is ready for the weekend. I know I am. Today I wanted to share with you some highlights from my week. Share some highlights from your week in the comments if you want. Here we go…

Panera Rewards

Panera Salad

After hearing some friends rave about their Panera rewards, I finally decided to get a rewards card. I am so so glad I did because after only having my card for two months, I hit the jackpot. A FREE bagel every single day for one month! What in the world?! I also got 3$ off any salad and a discounted beverage. I seriously can’t believe how awesome the Panera card is. I literally tell every person I see about it because I am that excited. I got the above salad for lunch this week with my reward and it was delicious. Also, you better believe I have gotten my free bagel everyday, with no shame.

Homemade Mac n’ Cheese

Mac n Cheese Close

Earlier this week I made this homemade macaroni and cheese as a side dish to go with our meatloaf. Y’all, this is the best recipe I have ever tried. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have tried making mac n’ cheese at home only to be disappointed by the outcome. This is one of my all time favorite meals so when this recipe turned out so well, I was a little too happy. I am definitely going to share this recipe on the blog so stay tuned!



Not a night goes by in our house that doesn’t have the Olympics on the TV. There is just something special about watching amazing athletes make history. There are so many inspiring and touching moments that just give you that good feeling inside.

Compact Scraper

Compact Scraper

The other day we were in Field and Stream and I stumbled upon this little gadget. After seeing Julie rave about a similar one on her blog, I figured why not give it a try. She was right to love it. It is perfect for cleaning dishes and works like a charm. I am so glad I have added this simple utensil to my kitchen and I’m sure it will be handy in a number of other ways.

Cookie Brownies

Ok, first just take a moment to take in the goodness that is before you. We got these on a whim when we ordered pizza from Domino’s (we forgot to lay out meat to thaw so pizza was the backup). I was skeptical at first but when we opened the box and smelled the warm chocolate-y deliciousness, I was hooked. I may have eaten more than one. Ok, three, I ate three. This will be happening a lot more now that I know what I have been missing.

So there are just a few high points from my week. It’s been a good one! I would love to hear some things that have brightened up your week. Enjoy your weekend!

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Restaurant Week

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend that didn’t pass too quickly. Ours was pretty busy even though we didn’t have anything planned specifically. I just wanted to pop in with a quick recap before getting started on the work week.


So we have been determined to do something “fun” on a weekend for a while now, but things always come up and we end up being too tired to really find something to do. It doesn’t necessarily have to be big. Just something other than meal planning, going to the store and doing laundry, ya know. Well, this weekend we finally decided to plan our errands around what we really wanted to do. My husband had heard on the news that it was Restaurant Week starting Friday and going through next Sunday. Obviously it would take too much time and money to go every day, so we decided to pick one restaurant that neither of us had been to before and go there for lunch. After spending a few (ok, more like 30) minutes to go through the $10 lunch options, we finally decided on Rojo which has both Latin and American food.

When we arrived we were lucky enough to get a parking spot right in front. We also somehow beat the crowd even though we got there a little later than expected. The atmosphere was very laid back which was a relief having an 8 month old with us. You can choose to eat inside or outside and since they have a patio in the shade with overhead fans, we chose outside and the weather was perfect!

The $10 lunch meal was a pretty sweet deal. Each person got to choose three different salsas (they said they were sample size but I wasn’t able to finish them all), and one of three entrees.

For our trio sampler we chose the Tomatillo salsa, Pineapple salsa, Guacamole, Bandito salsa, and two Queso dips because we love queso.

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I chose the tomato and basil quesadilla with Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheese.

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My husband chose the basil chicken salad-house salad that had a huge scoop of chicken salad on top.

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We both left feeling full and like we took advantage of a major deal. Win win!

The rest of our Saturday was spent grocery shopping and making a few returns I have been putting off for way too long.


Our Sunday started off pretty relaxed as we all took our time getting up and then heading over to visit my family. After a short visit and way too much food, we headed out on a mission to find a play mat for the nursery. We have looked everywhere and nobody seems to have them. Finally, we found one today at Walmart of all places. 

The rest of our Sunday was spent watching the Olympics.

That was our weekend in a nutshell. Hope everyone has a great Monday.


What is one exciting thing you did this weekend?

Who else is watching the Olympics?

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