Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Refreshing Break from the Blog

In case you were worried about me during my almost two-week blogging hiatus, fear not. I'm alive and well. 

Work has been busy, busy, busy...but in a good way. I'm loving my new job and having fun taking on new responsibilities as I've gotten in the swing of things. I've been getting a lot of exercise now that the true Charleston springtime weather is here. Between a regular routine of Body Pump and running, not to mention almost daily walks with Zoey, I've felt great. It never fails to amaze me no matter how tired I feel, a good workout can bring me as much energy as a cup of coffee. Almost. 

I've been winning in the kitchen with some of our regular favorites like veggie quinoa bowls, black bean burgers, roasted brussels sprouts, and even DiGornios ;) We had friends in town last weekend and discovered my new favorite breakfast restaurant - Sea Biscuit Cafe on Isle of Palms (those pancakes...SO fluffy!!). I can't wait to go back. 

While everything else is going well, the blog has obviously taken the backseat. I have a confession. It's taken more than the backseat (so, would that be the trunk?). I told Greg the other night, "I think I'm over my blog." 

As I sit here typing this, I am seriously contemplating whether or not I should be admitting that. But, I suppose it would be lying by omission if I didn't. It's been a strange feeling and I've been denying it to myself. By avoiding the blog completely for a couple of weeks, I was surprised to find I didn't even miss it. I realized how refreshing it was to cook a meal and not worry about plating it and getting the proper lighting for decent pictures to post. It's also been refreshing to not sit on my computer every single night after dinner. The time I spend blogging, sucked into the digital world, is lost time with my husband and puppy dog who are often sitting right next to me getting no attention. 

I've started Counting My Cupcakes about two and a half years ago, and don't regret a second of it. I appreciate the opportunity it gives me to write about my life, food and faith. I value the connections and friendships I've made. 

I don't plan to stop, but I guess what I'm realizing is that at this time in my life I can't continue to post regularly. If you've been reading for awhile, you know I've said this before. This isn't the first time I've taken a break or changed my posting routine. I just felt like I had to acknowledge the lack of posts and express my thoughts on the current state of CMC. 

Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts and I hope you stick around for my occasional posts from here on out. Trust me, there will be many more recipes, thoughts on faith, and random life stories to come. 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Blessings - Dates, Weddings, New Restaurants and More

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how productive of a weekend I had. Guess what? It happened again. It's not that I'm usually a lazy bum on the weekends...okay, sometimes I am...but there really isn't too much variety. This weekend on the other hand was filled with all kinds of different things.

Remember my list of 6 plans from Friday? I accomplished every single one (except the free coffee part, because that promo is happening tomorrow - Monday - even though I won't actually be participating).

Gym after work on Friday? Check!

Date night at FED? Check! I have mixed feelings about the new restaurant. It was not busy at all. For a Friday night at 7:00pm, that's not a good sign. Our How do I put this nicely? It must have been her first time ever working at a restaurant and seemed to have very minimal training, which made for slightly awkward interactions. HOWEVER. The food was pretty delish.

I had the Garden Burger, an oversize patty consisting mostly of black beans and corn. It was sandwiched between a single slice of grilled sourdough bread which had been slice in half. I found this a little odd, since the patty was way too big to sit on top half a slice of bread. I'd never seen it done this way, but it was tasty nonetheless. I opted for sweet potato fries on the side. I always love sweet potato fries, and while these weren't the best I've had by any means, they were good too. Greg had the Shrimp Tacos with regular fries on the side. He ate his right up without any hesitation. Either he was starving or the food was just that good. I think it was a little of both.

After dinner, we stopped by Barnes and Noble so Greg could get a latte from the Starbucks in the cafe, then headed to TCBY for me. While enjoying our desserts, we started looking up movie showtimes and spontaneously decided to see The Grand Budapest Hotel. I'd never heard of it, but it was quite an interesting movie. Very different, a little strange and quirky, but entertaining overall. 

Moving right along. Saturday started how it always does, at the gym for Body Pump and then home for a late breakfast, relaxing on the couch, playing with Zoey and doing a few random chores around the house. Then it was time for my haircut. Welp. I said on Friday I was going to keep the length and add some layers. Somehow I talked myself into a bigger change and ended up cutting about 5-6 inches off my long locks. I don't regret it necessarily, but I do miss the length already. I know this shorter cut is much better for the hot summer months to come, not to mention it makes my hair look and feel so much healthier. I'll get used to it soon enough. I'm already loving the cute little ponytail I have, compared to my old horse mane!

Our friends' wedding on Saturday night was so much fun. Congrats to Steve and Amanda!! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me say this already, but I'll say it again. Now that I am married, wedding ceremonies feel like a free marriage conference. I absolutely love hearing the vows said to one another, the scripture readings and the sermon. I almost always shed some tears and this wedding was no different. The words are powerful and inspiring. They're reminders of the words Greg and I said to each other (almost one year ago!) and the loving, lifelong journey we are on together. 

Sunday we spent the morning at church, followed by brunch at Cafe Medley on Sullivan's Island. I went by myself last Sunday while Greg had to work and was glad he was up for trying it out with me this week. The pics below are from last week when I got a sandwich made with edemame pesto, cucumbers, tomatoes and bacon on 10-grain bread. It was perfect. Today I got another sandwich on the 10-grain bread, this time with egg whites, cheese and tomato. With a hot coffee to go along with my breakfast, I was a happy girl. 

My only complaint is that for the lunch sandwiches, you have a choice of chips or a salad on the side. The term "salad" is used very, very loosely here. The "salad" consists of a small handful of spinach leaves and a small container of dressing on the side. I think it needs a little more "umph." 

We spent the rest of the day running errands, taking a long walk with Zoey, working in the yard (most of the credit goes to Greg on this one) and enjoying dinner together at home. 

I am so blessed for all of these gifts in my life - the date nights, the meals out, the sunshine on our family walks, and the ability to pay for frivolous things like haircuts and new dresses. 

What's one thing out of the ordinary you did this weekend?
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