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Work Surprise, Date Night, Freezer Meals, & Pool Problems

by Courtney on June 24, 2013

How’s that for a loaded post title?

Mornin’ friends! How was the weekend? Awesome, I hope?

Well since I last chatted with you all Friday morning, I have a few things to catch you all up to speed on, starting with Friday afternoon. I’ll tell ya…I have some amazing co-workers.

I was completely thrown off guard with a surprise baby shower at work on Friday! Complete with adorable decorations, the most amazing cupcakes I think I’ve ever had (no joke) and some incredibly generous gifts. It was such a sweet, unexpected gesture and was so much fun. I think the next thing on the agenda at work is to start up a pool for when I’m going to deliver. Hey, if someone can make money off of when I deliver Baby Tooth, more power to ‘em! ;)

Friday night, Jay and I did make it out for our date night (despite the fact that I may or may not have been falling asleep on the couch a bit beforehand). We didn’t want anything fancy and really just wanted to be able to sit outside, so we decided to try out a new-to-us spot called Uncle Marty’s Adirondack Grill.

After a quick wait at the bar (and me being offered a drink because the bump was in hiding, ha!) we got our table out on the covered patio…and almost immediately ordered the pulled pork nachos.


I had already been told great things about these nachos and ohmygod they were incredible. Jay and I said we would go back just for the nachos and drinks. They were SO good.

Even though we basically housed the nachos, we still had ordered dinners – a southwest chicken wrap for me.


It was good, but for whatever reason, that thing had my mouth on FIRE (the homemade salsa). This is actually amusing because I ate my other leftover half and fries for dinner on Saturday and it wasn’t nearly as spicy as it tasted on Friday. Who knows…

On Saturday, I kind of fell off the radar. I spent the morning out running a few errands (grocery shopping and buying maternity bras – WOO!) but didn’t feel too hot for the rest of the day (I think the heat had something to do with it). Jay was out golfing in a tournament for a majority of the day, so once he got home, we really just laid low and didn’t do a whole lot. He also put the other AC unit in, which seemed to help my nausea and overall BLAH feeling, which was good.

Sunday, I woke up feeling muuuuch better. We enjoyed a simple, lazy breakfast and then I got to work in the kitchen and got not one, but TWO freezer meals complete.

On the left is Roasted Veggie Mac & Cheese and on the right is Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas. I’m thinking both of these are going to be mighty tasty once Baby Tooth is here, and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to get a few of these together so far. We’ll see how many more I can bust out in the next couple of weeks. ;)

Sunday afternoon was spent working outside, mostly with getting our pool open…FINALLY. The good news is that we got the pool open, it wasn’t super green, and we had no dead animals floating around (minus some nasty worms).

The bad news is that the motor to our pool pump is shot, so we can’t technically get the pool running yet. Luckily Jay found the motor on Amazon for a somewhat cheaper price (sheesh!) so hopefully we’ll have things up and running by the end of the week.

After spending the majority of our afternoon working up a sweat outside, we came in, showered up, and got to work on dinner. Yep…I got my pizza on the grill! And check out how odd and random that thing is…

They didn’t have the dough balls that I typically buy at the store, so I wound up buying a can of the Pillsbury whole grain pizza dough. It tasted good, so that was no problem, but it gave us a little bit of trouble with the initial transfer to the grill grates. No worries though…that bad boy still tasted deeeee-lish.

We went bbq chicken style, topped with bbq sauce, mozz, chicken, and grilled onions. I had two pieces for dinner along with an ear of corn on the cob which, if you haven’t already noticed, has been a huge favorite of ours lately. YUM.


And that, my friends, pretty much sums up my weekend! It went by way too fast, as always, but it was a good one at that.

Now it’s back to the grind today…hope everyone’s week is already off to a great start!

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1 Lisa June 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

That’s so sweet your co-workers threw you a little baby shower!
Those nachos do look all kinds of fabulous. I love when places load on the topping, I mean no one wants bare looking nacho chips.
Hopefully the pool gets running next weekend, it will be so nice to have that up again this year.
I so need a pool.
And your grilled pizza looks so good! I love grilling in the Summer – probably what I’m most excited for.


2 Lindsey June 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

I am going to borrow both those ideas for freezer meals to make before baby comes too. I know all my friends say its the number 1 thing you need after baby so I better get cooking :)
Highlight of my weekend? Probably shopping for my baby girl, now that we know the gender I cannot keep away from the cute clothes, eeek!!
I felt off yesterday so stayed low key too except when we went to our prenatal yoga workshop.


3 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

How fun!! I was the same way after we found out the gender…it’s so hard NOT to go out and buy a ton!


4 Kathryn June 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

Thursday was mine and my husbands 4th anniversary. While we didn’t celebrate during the week, we did manage a kid-free weekend to celebrate. Friday we had dinner, then rented some movies and stayed in. On Saturday, we went to our new favorite restaurant, Ooka Habachi. Since we were the only 2 at our table taking the squirts of sake, our guy was pretty liberal. I swear, at one point the guy was pouring sake in my mouth for 30 seconds (he counted). After dinner, we decided we needed to wait before driving, so we walked down the street to Cheesecake Factory. I’ve never had cheesecake there before, so we ordered some (Lemon Raspberry for me). We actually wound up having dessert with my hubbys high school girlfriend, who is currently teaching our kids how to ride horses, and her new boyfriend. Lol.

TL;DR Had anniversary weekend with hubby.


5 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

Aww, that sounds like such a nice weekend! Happy anniversary to you and your hubby! :)


6 Elizabeth June 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

This may sound really dumb but did you cook the dough in the oven first? I have the same pizza dough but we were thinking we couldn’t use it on the grill. You may have solved my problem!


7 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

Nope! We always throw our raw dough right on the grill. Nice and easy…it just may look a little funky ;)


8 Elizabeth June 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

Awesome! We’ll give it a try! By the way, I can’t wait to see the baby and follow along. It has been fun to follow along.


9 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee June 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

I always food prep for the week on Sundays but your freezer meals are such a great idea to always have on hand! Veggie mac and cheese… mmm!
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10 Sara @ The Foodie Diaries June 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

When you said someone should start up a pool on what day you’re going to have Baby Tooth it reminded me of the FRIENDS episode where Phoebe and Monica keep betting over and over again on when Rachel’s going to have her baby! :) Hahaha

By the way, the roasted veggie mac and cheese look AWESOME! My mouth is watering just looking at it :)
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11 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

Hahaha, that episode was actually on over the weekend!!


12 Sara June 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I was watching it too which is why it was fresh on my mind! ;) Great minds think alike!


13 Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle June 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

Man those nachos sound amazing. I am always in the mood for good nachos. That’s so nice of your co-workers. I wish I had a pool.
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14 Shel@PeachyPalate June 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

I think your pizza looks great! Love the quirky shape, it’s what homemade pizzas are all about! Maybe the nachos were having a delayed effect?!?!
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15 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

That is so sweet that your co-workers threw you a shower! The cupcakes do look yummy :) Sounds like a lovely weekend!
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16 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

I’m the -biggest- wimp when it comes to spicy foods. I don’t know what it is, but I think my tongue goes into self-defense mode right off the bat because after a few bites I completely lose my sense of taste :lol: Those nachos really look incredible, though… aaaaand now I’m craving Mexican and it’s not even 7:30 AM yet.

Hope your week’s off to a great start, Courtney!
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17 Xai June 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hah! Self defense mode! I don’t know why I found that so funny, lol


18 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

Sounds like you had a fun-filled weekend with lots of delicious eats! I’m digging those nachos and veggie mac and cheese. Yum!

On Saturday, my family came over for a picnic and yesterday my husband and I went out for lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous weather!
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19 FitBritt@MyOwnBalance June 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

Your nachos are making me hungry and it’s 9:30 am!

This weekend I got to go to a free film festival! Fun fun!
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20 Gracie June 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

I was so impressed when I saw those (soon to be) frozen meals on instagram, haha! Can I come live with you? :)
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21 Stacey M. June 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

My boyfriend and I traveled out to Holland, NY with some of our friends for an afternoon of racing. My boyfriend and his best friend race stock cars. This was their first time racing at Holland Speedway. It was a HOT afternoon in the sun, but we had a good time. The only bad part – getting home at 2:30 AM. We live in the Tug Hill region of NY and was a four and a half hour ride one way! Talk about a LONG day …


22 Linz @ Itz Linz June 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

i went rock climbing at this indoor place i just learned about in st. louis! so much fun and waaaaay harder than i thought!!
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23 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

I thought that pizza was a pig when I first saw it on Instagram. On second glance, it looks really good, even with its strange shape. And so do your freezer meals!
Highlight of my weekend was welcoming my man home after a long trip.
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24 Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

Annnd now I want pizza on the grill. ;) I’m going to have to talk to my husband about that one!

My mom came in to town this weekend from Florida, so she watched Addie on Friday so that Brandon and I could have a date night. Date nights are shorter these days because I have to get back to feed her/swaddle her, but time with my husband is still always appreciated!
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25 Angie @ Pint of Goals June 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

Those are some impressive freezer meals! How smart to make them in the disposable tin trays. I’m guessing you have an insanely organized freezer unlike mine that is a mess with meals and leftovers.
This weekend, my husband and I came home with our baby girl Finley! It was a very exciting and fun weekend…and only a little exhausting :)


26 Ashley @ Life and Fitness June 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’m a huge fan of freezer meals. I usually make up a 2-3 on Sunday each week and then just defrost single servings throughout the week. The best part is finding a delicious dinner hiding in the back of the freezer with NO work ! :)
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27 Xai June 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

Ok, now I’m seriously craving grilled pizza and it’s like 10 AM.
The hubbs had a conference in St. Pete, Fl this weekend so while he was there, I saw some of the sights. St Pete actually has some really nice museums! The Dali museum was probably my favorite though.
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28 Suzanne @ Mixing It Up June 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

Yum, you had lots of good eats this weekend!! I hope you get the pool up and running soon so you can enjoy how awesome pregnant swimming is! It is amazing how light and “normal” you feel in the water!!
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29 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl June 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

That is so great that you’re getting freezer meals ready to go. You are going to really thank yourself, once the little one comes. Those pulled pork nachos look amazing! Good luck with your pool troubles!
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30 Emily @ The Good Era June 24, 2013 at 10:06 am

Looks like you had a great weekend! I’m sure floating around that pool will help with heat too :)

It’s so nice having sweet coworkers! What a wonderful surprise!

We went swimming this weekend for the first time this summer and it was so nice in the 90 degree heat.
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31 Coll June 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

The freezer meals looks delish! Just one word of caution to you…if you are breast feeding you may want to stay away from leafy veggies and anything really spicy until you know how your baby will handle it. My daughter was 4 weeks old and someone brough over a veggie dish and I went to town on it…only to pay big time 4-5 hours later as my baby cried in pain then finally projectile vomitted due to a a belly full of gas. BOO! All babies are different…just sharing my experience with you!


32 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

That mac & cheese seriously looks SO good!! Thanks for sharing the link :). And your pizza may look funny, but the looks don’t really matter! As long as it tasted good, then it’s a winner!
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33 Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns June 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

Aw, how sweet of your co-workers :) All that food looks super good! You’ll defiantly enjoy it when Baby Tooth comes. I can’t remember the last time I had BBQ pizza, I honestly think it might have been when I was in elementary school lol.
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34 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats June 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

I love grilled pizza! It’s perfect for summer nights too. I’ve never made a freezer meal but those look delish and will be soooo perfect for busy nights in your future :)
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35 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life June 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Looks like you had an awesome weekend girl! Filled with both relaxation and productivity :)

I love that you are making freezer meals for when baby boy comes! Such a great idea, I am definitely making a note to do this too someday!


36 Aurora@Fitness is Sweet June 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

Yummm that pizza looks DELISH. So perfect for summer!
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37 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine June 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

That roasted veggie mac and cheese looks amazing. I have a squash on hand that will work perfectly in it.
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38 Lauren June 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

I love surprises which are not expected at all! It’s nice to work in a place where people care enough to do something like this! All of your food pictures are making my mouth water especially the grilled pizza and corn on the cob. There’s something about corn on the cob which just tastes DELICIOUS! I’m glad you had a great weekend and got a lot of things accomplished before the baby arrives soon!


39 Natalie @ Free Range Human June 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

What a nice surprise for you! That is a very odd shaped pizza-it looks great though! I love homemade pizza, but I’ve never tried making it on the grill. Definitely going to have to look into that!
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40 Brooke @ Running In Heels June 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

We have been on a huge corn kick lately too! It’s the perfect time of year :)
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41 Danica @ It's Progression June 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

That’s so sweet that your coworkers threw you a little baby shower/surprise! My mom’s workplace always makes a baby pool for pregnant coworkers (she’s a teacher who works with mostly women and they’re all good friends). They pay $1 for every “bet” they make and typically all of the money goes to the new mom :)
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42 Jenny June 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

We were livin large this weekend! Cleaned all day Saturday and went to the new house Sunday to putty nail holes in our crown molding! *Party animals!* :)
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43 Annette@FitnessPerks June 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

So so nice of your coworkers! How fun!

That wrap looks mightyyyyy delish. And I’ve been craving/eating corn on the cob like cray too! Must be a pregnant thing??
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44 Karen June 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

What a bunch of nice co-workers!! I bet you are just counting down the days. I have a feeling you will go early which isn’t a bad thing esp with this heat lately. We have a pretty nice weekend here, laid out and got burnt on my shoulders but no where else…haha!
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45 Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats June 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Good for you and prepping freezer meals. I am the QUEEN of freezer cooking and I am actually thinking of starting a side business of it – helping busy moms prepare meals, single folks, etc. We’ll see!
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46 Sarah June 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Just wanted to share with you one of my freezer meal tips: I usually use disposable loaf pans to freeze the meals in. The size is perfect for 2 people, it doesn’t take nearly as long to defrost, and then you aren’t stuck eating the same meal for 4 days.


47 Nicole @ FruitnFitness June 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Okay BBQ pizza with corn on the cob sounds amazing! And a grilled pizza at that just screams summertime! What a sweet baby shower for your work to have thrown for you!
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48 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles June 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I already wish that we had a grill, but now I do just for the purpose of grilled pizza – that looks so good!
Weekend highlights for me were just relaxing and hanging out with the boy and the pug…the Thai food and froyo thrown in were also pretty fabulous!
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49 Alysia @ Slim Sanity June 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I seriously need to try that grilled pizza!!
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50 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog June 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Sounds like a great weekend! You are really turning me onto grilled pizza and my BF is a pizza lover. Perhaps I will surprise him with it.

I went to Nashville as a pre-birthday celebration this weekend and ate a whole lot of southern food and listened to great country music all weekend. Such a good time!
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51 Silvia @ skinny jeans food June 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I think it is time for you to go on maternity leave! Sit pool side with a nice drink with an umbrella, read In Style magazine, and get a wonderfully tanned big belly, and then, when you are sufficiently rested you give birth, put the little one in a bassinet (with its own umbrella) and continue lounging at the pool. :-)
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52 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Hahaha, if I only had unlimited maternity leave, I’d totally be all for that ;)


53 StinaOnTheMove June 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm

What a sweet surprise from your co-workers!! And those cupcakes do look really delicious!
I am with Silvia, you should absolutely go on maternity leave and spend it right by the pool until the little guy arrives.

Nick and I stumbled upon to the most amazing party/ LGBT parade on Saturday and unexpectedly spent the whole day celebrating outside.

Silly question, I was just thinking that the frozen meals are a terrific idea and if I get pregnant, I would absolutely do the same. However, how do you fit everything in your freezer? Did you buy a second one? Or are you outsourcing?

Happy Monday!
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54 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Haha, we’re still in the regular freezer for now but we’re definitely planning on getting a second one because we’re running out of room quick!


55 sara @ fitcupcaker June 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

yum, pizza on the grill, who would have thought!!
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56 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake June 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Those freezer meals are going to come in so handy! Heck, I’m not pregnant but I should do that too!
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57 Kelly @ Femme Fitale June 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

So many yummy eats!! Looks like a great weekend!

My about 40 of my friends did a baby pool for me and let play along as well. I realized that I’d made a typo on my first entry, so submitted a second one….aaaand the prize went to the 3rd place guesser because I ended up coming 1st AND 2nd place in the pool. Hahah!
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58 Courtney June 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Haha! Good intuition! :)


59 Michelle @ Peanut Butter and Running Shoes June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

The baby stuff is too cute!

My weekend consisted of a lot of grilling, jogging and tennis.
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60 Sarah @ A Refining Adventure June 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

I’m sure your co-workers were so excited they were able to surprise you. How sweet! And I hope you share the recipe for that veggie mac n cheese…looks so yummy! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! Hopefully you’ll be able to float in the pool sooner rather than later!
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61 Allie June 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

that pizza looks amazing! I’ll have to try and convince someone with a grill to make that for me!


62 Kristi June 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I have grilling pizza on my summer bucket list. It’s something I’ve never tried, but have always wanted to.
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