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Weekend Dinner Roundup

by Courtney on April 29, 2013

Hello, hello! How’s everyone doing? How was the weekend?

We actually had a pretty great one over in our neck of the woods. Nothing too crazy, really…no big plans, no exciting events. Actually that’s semi not true…our friend Andrea gave birth to her second son last week and Jay and I went to visit her in the hospital on Saturday. Both mom and baby are doing great, and being able to get my hands on that cutie newborn just sent my itch to see our little guy through the roof. Eeeek!

But backtracking a bit…on Friday night, Jay and I took part in one of my favorite Friday night lineups: takeout and a Redbox movie.

hawaiian pizza

We ended up ordering pizza from a new place that opened up near us, which we learned about after getting their menu in the mail. The menu itself was filled with some unbelievable and crazy sounding pizzas (hot dogs and mac & cheese?!?) and we decided to go a slightly different route from our norm and ordered a Hawaiian pizza.

The flavor of the toppings was good, but the pizza itself was kind of a drag. The crust was super soggy and definitely tasted pre-made. Ahh well…you win some, you lose some, right?

Luckily, the rest of the weekend’s dinners were delicious, and surprisingly enough, I actually cooked both days. I know…crazy.

chicken florentine sandwich

On Saturday, we had Chicken Florentine sandwiches with these sweet potato fries (minus the dip). The fries were good, but the chicken sandwiches were awwwwwesome. I decided to try to replicate one of my favorite sandwiches from Lanie’s Cafe and I’d say I did a pretty decent (and probably way healthier) job of it.

chicken florentine sandwich

To make them, we simply marinated some chicken in Italian dressing, grilled them up, then topped them with provolone cheese, fresh spinach, and homemade Russian dressing. Sooo delicious.

Aaaand because we ate in on a Saturday, and because it was such a beautiful day already, I saw that as a perfect excuse to make our first trip of the season to The Snowman.

rainbow sprinkles

I love, love, LOVE me The Snowman and get so excited when it opens back up every season. It’s one of my favorite signs of spring/summer for sure. Orange and vanilla twist with rainbow sprinkles the size of my face? Yes, PLEASE.

the snowman

I think Baby Tooth enjoyed the goods just as much as his mama, judging by his acrobatics that followed. ;)

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Our Sunday morning started off a bit on the lazy side.

cody

Wherever there’s sunshine, there will be Cody.

We all spent a little bit of time lounging in the living room and thoroughly enjoyed it, since many of our weekend mornings haven’t allowed us to do that lately. The rest of the day was crazy-productive both in and out of the house. We got a bunch of yardwork done, planted a couple of new plants/bushes, took down our Christmas lights (yes, I know it’s almost May. Don’t worry, we weren’t turning them on!), did laundry…you know, all the usuals.

As we worked though, we had dinner waiting for us in the crockpot.

dinner

To work on the veggie intake for the weekend, I made us some big side salads with lots of veggies.

salad

But the real good stuff was the BBQ Pulled Pork. I used my favorite BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe, but subbed in a little less than 3lbs of nice, lean pork tenderloin for the chicken. I tend to make this recipe quite often with chicken instead of pork, usually because I feel like I can get the chicken cheaper, but pork was a good price this week so I went for it.

I just loooooove me some pulled pork.

bbq pulled pork sandwich

My eyes were a little bigger than my belly when I portioned out my plate, so I wound up eating the sandwich but gave the extra pile of pulled pork to Jay. I also really love how MUCH this recipe makes because we now not only have some for later in the week, but we also have a good-sized portion that got put into the freezer for another time. So easy peasy.

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Overall, it was a great weekend with lots of good food, indeed. Today, it’s back to the grind but later this afternoon I have my 28-week prenatal appointment…which also means that today is glucose test day. Oooof. Honestly, I’m not at all worried about whatever drink I have to drink; if we’re being honest, I have no problem having to drink a sweet, fruity, sugary beverage. I just tend to get a little paranoid when it comes to getting the results back (which I know doesn’t happen for at least a week). But hey, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes. :)

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

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1 Jennifer@knackfornutrition April 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

I am a sprinkle monster! Ha that ice cream cone looks delicious! :)
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2 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes April 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

Best of luck at your appointment! It will be ok :-) That ice cream cone looks awesome!
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3 Shel@PeachyPalate April 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

Some super fine eats! What the weekend is all about :) Good luck this afternoon!
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4 Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers April 29, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yay for sprinkles! :) That chicken sandwich looks fantastic. The pizza on the other hand… eh… sorry it wasn’t up to par. I’m such a pizza snob. haha
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5 Lisa April 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

The weekend is made for those awesome meals. Looks good!
Except for the pizza, too bad it wasn’t a winner.
And that ice cream cone looks pretty fantastic, minus the sprinkles haha. I hate sprinkles.
And now I’m craving sweet potato fries:)

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6 Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle April 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

Good luck with the glucose test! Yuck. Orange & vanilla ice cream w/ rainbow “jimmies” is my favorite! Yum.
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7 melissa@fitnessnycblog April 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

I’m definitely partial to the Country Drive In, but I’ll have to give Snowman a try!
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8 Leigha April 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

I love my summer ice cream shop. Those chicken sandwiches might be happening soon! Good luck at the appointment!

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9 alyssa @ life a la wife April 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

We also got ice cream this weekend — can’t say no when it’s so nice out!!
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10 Andrea @ Andrea out loud! April 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

Oh my gosh, all of that just sounds /looks so amazing right now!
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11 Monica April 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

Mmm your weekend eats look delicious!

I can’t remember the last time I had soft serve with sprinkles, love them!
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12 Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns April 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

Omg that ice cream….Reminds me of fairs and how much I miss indulging in those treats :) Seriously you make the best looking food lol!
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13 dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt April 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

Today on my drive to work I saw a baby colt and baby goats! cannot think of a better way to start the week.
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14 Lauren April 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

Omgoshhhh that ice cream cone! For some reason, sprinkles make things just ten times better. I think it’s just because they are cute. lol. I’m glad you had a great weekend and got a lot of things finished. We just finally took our christmas lights down in February so you’re not the only ones!
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15 Breanna April 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

Results don’t come in for a week??? WHAT? I just had my glucose test over a week ago. I drank the drink (lemon lime). It’s pretty small – so not hard to drink. I did feel a little sick after because it’s SO MUCH sugar – but it wasn’t too bad. Anyway – they took my blood exactly an hour after I finished drinking the drink and we got my results instantly. I wonder why you wouldn’t find out while you are there?

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16 Courtney April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

That’s interesting…anyone I’ve spoken to hasn’t gotten their results back right away? I get my blood drawn an hour later as well. Maybe they have to send my results out and your doc doesn’t have to? I don’t know…?

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17 Gracie April 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

Looks like an amazing weekend! soft serve ice cream is my favorite summer treat – so glad ’tis the season! good luck at your appointment lady :)
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18 Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

Now that ice cream is definitely legit – love the sprinkles :) And I can completely relate to being a nervous wreck when I’m waiting for any kind of test results to come in, but I’m sure everything will turn out just fine. Happy Monday, Courtney, and good luck at your appointment!
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19 Annie April 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

man I’m craving a burger badly now!!!

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20 Jessica April 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

That picture of Cody snoozing in the sunshine is sooo cute! Yeah the Glucose test isn’t to bad, but I recommend taking a straw with you to drink it. I makes it go down much faster and you don’t taste it as much. Worked like a charm for me! :) Good Luck!

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21 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength April 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

Good luck with your test today. I bet you’ll pass with flying colors!!! :)
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22 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles April 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

I had a cone like that a couple weeks ago…except in was vanilla and chocolate swirl with a cake batter dip ;-) One of the best things about warm weather, clearly!

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23 Krystan April 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

The drink really isn’t that bad at all…all the talk about it I was nervous, but I had no issues…maybe the hardest part is drinking in the allocated 5 minutes. I didn’t get my results instantly either, but they told me a few days, so I would think by the end of the week. Although I never got a phone call, which I am assuming is good, but I guess I will find out at my appt. this afternoon.

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24 Courtney April 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

Yeah they told me that they won’t call with the results unless they come back high and/or they need to do a follow up test. I will for sure be calling anyways just to be sure lol :)

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25 Allison April 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

That ice cream looks fabulous! You cook some yummy stuff :)
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26 Ashley @ Life and Fitness April 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

Def a lot of good eats last weekend! I LOVE Hawaiian pizza. Hardly any places ever make it!
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27 Nicole April 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

Ahhhh, the glucose test! Don’t worry, the drink wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone made it out to be. Not something I would choose to drink on my own, but totally not horrible. I actually ended up having GD and go in for my post-partum glucose test tomorrow. I have never prayed so hard in my life that those results come back normal! :)

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28 Courtney April 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

Good luck, Nicole!!!

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29 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats April 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

That ice cream looks incredible. So does everything else in this post. Looks like a great weekend of eats!
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30 Aubrie April 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

I had mine last wednesday! The drink tasted like orange sunkist to me and I loved it :) I would though because I love sweet stuff haha so I’m assuming you won’t mind it either! Then after I found out I passed I celebrated with cupcakes and a peanut butter cup flurry!

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31 Courtney April 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hahaha, congrats! Did you find out right away?

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32 Karen April 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

All of your eats looks amazing! The salad looks so good as I am totally crazing a salad today. Have a great week.
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33 Renee @ Fit For Motherhoood April 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

All of you food looks delicious. I love both your chicken sandwiches I am definitely going to be making those soon. And I must try those sweet potato fries. Thank you for all these wonderful ideas!!
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34 Chelsea @ Cardio and Cocktails April 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I was expecting the sugar drink to be terrible but it actually wasn’t too bad! I did pretend that it was grosser than I actually thought it was so that the receptionist didn’t think I had sugar running through my veins.
Speaking of sugar, that cone looks awesome! And sweet potato fries are now on the menu for dinner tonight :)
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35 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I absolutely LOVE pulled pork! It’s probably one of my favorite foods! I have to try this recipe out. Plus…I love using the crock pot. It makes life so much easier! :)
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36 Aubrie April 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

My test was Wednesday and they called me Friday! Good luck :) I made sure I didn’t eat sugar all day haha not like it probaby mattered!

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37 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I love that picture of Cody, so cute!! I’m sure everything will turn out okay at the doctors, you seem to take great care of yourself so I wouldn’t worry too much!
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38 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Mac & cheese pizza is truly amazing! You really MUST try it sometime :).
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39 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

That photo of you with your ice cream cone is so cute! Glad you guys had a great weekend!
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40 Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm

The drink is kind of nasty but I’m sure you’ll do well if you just down it, hehe. And I can relate to your nervous feelings! It doesn’t sound like fun when moms fail the test…I’m sure your dr. advised you about what not to eat, and if I can just give you a reminder, anything like plain protein seems to be a great choice before going in. :)
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41 Colleen April 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

All of that food looks amazing… especially the ice cream! :)

Good luck with the GD test today. No need to sweat it, that’s for sure! And I’m with you – the drink didn’t bother me at all. I had the orange and it tasted like Hi-C. Mmmmm

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42 Annette@FitnessPerks April 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Sad about the pizza–I love pizza! (and we ordered some this weekend. yumm)

Those chicken sandwiches sound really good, I’ll have to do something like that soon!! cheese & chicken? yumm
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43 Linz @ Itz Linz April 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

i love pineapple pizza! and ice cream with sprinkles! mmm!!!!!!!
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44 Erin @Axell's Kitchen April 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The drink is not that bad- I think everyone made it out to be worse than it actually was! And your food is making my mouth water right now!!

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45 Cori @ olivetorun April 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

HOLY DELICIOUS to that cone!! I love all of the sprinkles all over it. :) It sounds like you guys had a great weekend! I hope you have a fabulous week.

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46 Sara @ fitcupcaker April 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

OMG I want a huge ice cream cone with sprinkles, yum! And burgers with sweet potato fries=LOVE! Looks like you had a great weekend.
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47 Steph April 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Just had my glucose test last week. I was prepared for the worst with the drink, and I actually ended up really liking it. Ha! Just tasted like slightly flat orange soda. I got my results back the next morning, so hopefully you won’t have too long to stress over it! Good luck!

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48 Suzanne @ Mixing It Up April 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

You lost me at that giant, DELICIOUS looking ice cream cone. Seriously, I wasn’t able to concentrate after that. Gosh, I WISH they had something like that around here….or maybe I don’t, lol!!
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49 Nicole @ FruitnFitness April 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

That chicken sandwich sounds good! I love when seasonal ice cream places open back up.
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50 Jenny April 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Orange and vanilla twist at Snowman’s is my favorite too! I just tried black raspberry and vanilla twist at Coney Island Express (Guptils) this past week and it was delicious, you should check it out :)

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51 Rachaelb April 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Mac and Cheese pizza doesn’t sound that crazy to me and it is pretty good. I guess is could be since I am from WI.

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52 Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets April 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

All of your weekend treats look so delicious right about now. It’s rainy in Toronto, so I’m definitely craving some warm comfort food (okay, anddd the ice cream). PS – that photo of Cody is just too cute!
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53 Danica @ It's Progression April 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm

That pizza looks delicious, too bad it was a little disappointing! Glad you had a good weekend!
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54 Michelle Kim April 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Wow! Everything looks delicious, especially that ice cream cone (with sprinkles! Mmmm). And that’s awesome that you have more of that yummy pulled pork to eat during the week.

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55 Brooke @ Running In Heels April 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I love that you guys do takeout + red box too! It’s a weekend regular around here :)
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56 Liz April 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm

That ice cream cone looks AMAZING! In my hometown we have a little ice cream stand called the Dari Ripple, and I always look forward to going as soon as it starts getting warm. I always get a vanilla and chocolate swirl “twinkle” cone. Twinkle is some magic combination of rainbow sprinkles, nuts, and candy and it’s incredible!

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57 Natalie @ Free Range Human April 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

That pizza looks like it has potential. Too bad it was so disappointing! That ice cream cone just looks ridiculous! In a very good way, of course :)
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58 Meghan @ After the Ivy League April 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Soft serve ice cream with rainbow sprinkles…YES. Total craving for that right now! I absolutely love it when my favorite ice cream places open again for the season too, so ready for summer!
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59 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen April 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Good luck at your doctor’s appointment!!!!!

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60 Steph @ Steph's Miles April 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

That ice cream cone looked so good. If I had a place like the Snowman, it would be hard not to visit there every day! For me, I frequent Yogurtland a lot.

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61 Miranda @ Miranda Runs April 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

That ice cream. Oh my gosh. I’m so jealous.

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62 Lauren @ LaMaLu Boutique April 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Looks like a great weekend. I always forget how much I love icecream cones until I see yours in the summer :)
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63 Eryn @ Blond Minded Brunette April 30, 2013 at 12:08 am

It’s such a bummer when you are excited to try a new place to eat, only to be disappointed. If you don’t try them out you’ll never know though, some are duds, some are gems! Glad you had a good weekend.
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64 Alana April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

That ice cream makes me crave summer!!!

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65 Malinda June 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for finally talking about >Weekend Dinner Roundup
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