Friday evening I went spray tanning, and then to Walmart. Go ahead. Laugh. I'm completely okay with that. I had a huge list of things I needed to buy, and groceries for upcoming dinners and such. I took my time, I used my coupons and I walked out of there with more than I needed for less than I ever could have imagined. Yay!
TEN worked late Friday night, and by the time I got home it was almost 9pm. BUT...we were both starved! I invited him over to make Gina's Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde.
(a little wine and cheese to tide us over while cooking)
(chicken and white bean enchilada filling)
(Creamy Salsa Verde)
(perhaps a wee bit too much cheese? hmmm....)
(Louis would like an enchilada please...)
We filled our tummies, and then I promptly fell asleep on the couch.
Saturday we woke up to a horrendous storm. Absolutely horrendous! Downright scary, actually. Saturday, April 16 was The Real Housewife of Delaware's birthday. I set off to head to TRHoD's hometown, 45 minutes away, but I couldn't see through the rain. AND...the road at the bottom of my neighborhood was washed out. EGADS!
TEN suggested I wait for a bit to see if the storm let up, and sadly...it didn't. Not until much later, but by then TRHoD's mom had lost power and they were having a major hail storm!!! We decided that it must be a sign from God that I shouldn't travel on Saturday. As sad as I was not to be with TRHoD on her birthday, sometimes you just have to obey the signs.
Barbie called to ask if TEN and I would like to come over Saturday night for supper & games. Just the 4 of us. We thought it sounded like a lovely idea, and gladly accepted the invitation. It was while I was on the phone with Barbie that I noticed this:
Did I tell you about my Salsa Garden? I purchased it a few weeks ago. I planted tomatoes, cilantro & cayenne pepper. It has started to sprout. Watch out friends, I'm going to be making salsa in no time!
(Look at that sneaky face! I think I was cheating at Uno...oops!)
(Barbie doing Dance Dance Revolution. Now THAT was hysterical!)
(this is what we found when we got home. is it just me? or there is there something fishy going on with Louis and the monkey? Hmmmm......)
Sunday I decided to make Louis some Sweet Potato Treats. I saw this recipe on the blog I am Santa, a Miniature Schnauzer. Diana found it on Oscar's blog. Clearly the recipe has been passed around, so it must be good :) Diana made her potato slices like this:
They look like french fries, and I thought they would be the perfect size for a little treat for Louis.
Oscar's mom made her sweet potato slices like this:
These looked more like the chicken rawhides I give Louis.
Louis was a fan of both! I will definitely be making more of these in the future. SO easy :)
It was a glorious day outside, and Louis was full of energy. TEN and I decided that it was the perfect day to take Louis on a hike!
(the water was so high after the storm, and moving very quickly!)
(this tree was struck by lightning. it looks like they cut it in half so that people could hike through the middle)
(the black hole was all burnt wood. it smelled terribly!)
(Louis taking one of his MANY potty breaks on the hike)
(this little creek is usually so shallow that Louis can walk across it without any problem. not on Sunday!)
(he said "no thank you! that water is too deep for me!")
(TEN wants me to come and see all of the erision caused by the storm...)
(wow! this is no good at all...)
(a new waterfall has developed where there used to be a hill)
(this asphault walkway has been washed away by the flash flood...)
(what a shame. it was only recently finished)
When we returned we decided it was far too pretty of a day to be inside. I put down a bit of grass seed, and some fertilizer. Then, I introduced Louis to the hammock:
He wasn't 100% sure what he thinks about the hammock. The fact that he can only walk on ME, and not on the hammock was very confusing to him. I have faith. He will figure it all out the next time :)
I'm on a Gina's Skinny Recipes kick (if you couldn't tell!), and Sunday night I wanted to make her Greek Turkey Meatballs with her Skinny Tzatziki sauce. I have to say, this was one of my favorites so far. It was absolutely delish!
(each meatball is 1/4 cup size, so we made them in the 1/4 cup measuring cup...more like little patties)
(Louis was exhausted from our hike, but couldn't be far from the food...)
(Skinny Tzatziki sauce. it was so fresh, and the kitchen smelled glorious! like cucumbers and rain)
(we decided to eat the turkey meatballs and tzatziki sauce more like a souvlaki. i put the low carb tortillas in a frying pan and heated them until they were a bit hard, much like pita bread)
And THAT was my weekend!
Tonight I'm heading to my FAVORITE restaurant in Smalltown, VA to celebrate Babbo Natale! Her birthday was on Friday, but she was out of town so we didn't get to celebrate. Some of her girls are getting together to celebrate her tonight, and I see a Filet Oscar in my future :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABBO NATALE!
I can't wait to celebrate YOU tonight!