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A Great Meal

by Courtney on September 10, 2013

For the first time in – who the heck knows – how long, last night Jay and I actually enjoyed a real dinner…at the dinner table. I know, right? Who woulda thought? (99.9% of our meals are eaten at the coffee table these days).

I was so excited, I even lit a candle for the occasion.


As a bonus, Lucas stayed asleep for his evening nap the entire time, so we happily enjoyed our meal as a twosome. And not only was the company and atmosphere fantastic, but the meal was absolutely incredible! On the menu?

Well, we each made sure to enjoy one of our festive beers while getting dinner ready, which included Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, corn on the cob, and a cucumber & red onion side “salad” (one of Jay’s favorites). Seriously. Love these sandwiches.


I had actually had grand plans to make it to the grocery store yesterday and have dinner all made for when Jay got home from work, buuuuut that didn’t happen. Lucas was having trouble napping during the day (he just was not wanting to go down for them, and when he did, he’d wake up after 30-40 minutes…?) and I just never got a chance to make it out.

When I texted Jay to tell him this, he took care of stopping by the store on his way home, picking up what we needed, and made the sandwiches himself. How did I get so lucky?


This morning, I’m feeling gooood (minus the headache I have goin’ on). Lucas gave me a really good night’s sleep (a six hour stretch, followed by another 3), my upper body is sore in that “oh-so-awesome-sorta-way” from yesterday’s workout (I’ve missed that!), and I just finished up a yummy, simple breakfast.


Quaker Oatmeal Squares with sliced banana and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, along with a nice, hot mug of coffee. Mmmmm.


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Alright, I’m off to go be as productive as possible before my little guy wakes up again. I’ll catch you cool cats later!

Question for the Morning:

Where do you eat most of your meals? Do you find that where you eat your meal(s) reflects how you eat?

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1 Lisa September 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

Glad to hear you and Jay were finally able to get in a real Dinner! That’s great. And also awesome about Lucas letting you sleep in just a little bit longer. Those little hours really do make quite a different. I’m sure especially as a new Mom!
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2 Lindsey September 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

I eat all my breakfasts (except on Sundays) at my desk while reading blogs :) Sunday breakfast is in the livingroom – same with a couple suppers a week. Other suppers are at the kitchen table – we aim for 5 a week there.


3 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

That’s great that you and Jay were able to enjoy a dinner at the table together! :) Those sandwiches look yummy! We always eat dinner at the kitchen table and most of the time I have my breakfast in the living room while watching tv before work.
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4 Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle September 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

Ha I am enjoying that exact breakfast! Banana slices and all. Although they are not as ripe as I would like. Those sandwiches look great- glad you guys got to enjoy some couple time!
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5 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

That’s so great that you and Jay got to share such a nice and peaceful meal together! Your dinner certainly looks tasty! I definitely need to check out the recipe for the buffalo chicken sandwich. Yum!
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6 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

Ohh, I adore Quaker oatmeal squares! And those sandwiches look awesome – it must have been so nice to enjoy a meal together. I usually eat my meals in front of the computer or TV…I know, I’m terrible :-p
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7 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

Poor Lucas – he was probably exhausted. Have you read Babywise? It sounds like you could have a little 45 minute intruder going on.


8 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

Yes ma’am – definitely sounds like the 45 min intruder! I won’t lie, it’s kinda rough, so hang in there. Hopefully it doesn’t last long.
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9 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

What a great dinner! I am sure having dinner just the two of you was so nice :) Every little time as a couple helps! Enjoy your Tuesday!
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10 Karen September 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

Those sandwiches look great! Glad you two had a nice dinner together.

Did you watch the season finale of Mistresses? I know you commented a few weeks ago about how you and Jay love the show. I am also a fan and my boyfriend loves it too.

What did you think of it if you watched it?


11 Ashlee@HisnHers September 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

Aw good for you guys for making time for yourselves! P.S. If it is a sinus headache you have I recently discovered that Excedrine Migrain works wonders…I’ve had sinus headaches for YEARS and it is the only thing that will work.
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12 Shel@PeachyPalate September 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’m a sit at the table for breakfast person but dinner ends up being late, laptop to one side or on my lap, sitting on the sofa!!


13 RhodeyGirl September 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

It gets easier, I promise. When he’s cranky like that and won’t go to sleep, just leave the house! Go for a drive, walk him in the stroller, wear him. He’ll eventually fall asleep and at such a young age you aren’t creating bad habits. Even now when Raffi is cranky he will immediately become happier when we go outside.

And as a little sleep lesson – as babies mature and their sleep cycles mature they sometimes have trouble switching cycles, leading them to sleep for only about 40 minutes before waking up crying. The worst time for that is 4 months and it’s sometimes known as the 4 month sleep regression. R had a terrible time with it but baby just flew right through. Also be aware of growth spurts and developmental jumps. Their sleep will get messed up (sleeping too much or too little) during those times. When R goes through a growth spurt he sleeps a ton. When he was about to crawl/walk/talk etc he would not sleep well at all. A lot of my friends have had similar experiences with their children.

You sound like you have everything under control, but just in case you don’t know that I PROMISE it gets better/easier soon. xo
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14 Madison September 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Delicious dinner!!! We usually eat at our dinner table and occasionally in our living room–that’s a treat when we do. hehe :)
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15 Heather @fitncookies September 10, 2013 at 10:08 am

I’ve been really trying to eat our meals at the dinner table! SOme nights we just eat in front of the TV ,but I like having the time to connect over a table!
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16 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

That was very sweet of Jay! We never eat at the dinner table but we should more often. It makes for good conversation. We usually eat in front of the TV, which is now completely consumed by college football. But I don’t think it changes what we eat.
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17 Lauren September 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

Yay for a sit down dinner for the two of you! And seriously, you have a great husband. Most would never make dinner let alone stop at the store! My favorite place to eat dinner is outside on the deck. I think it’s just so peaceful, especially in the fall!


18 Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake September 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

First off, that meal looks so mouthwatering! OMG
Second, huge fan of quaker oatmeal cereal! Costco has it in the big box and definitely got a little excited!
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19 Natalie @ Free Range Human September 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

We eat most of our dinners on the couch. That would definitely change if we had kids, but it’s enjoyable for us. My husband and I talk so much and have so much quality time together, so I don’t feel guilty about it!
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20 Cassie @RedLetterDaye September 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’ve never really liked beer, but lately I’ve been trying flavored beer (the black cherry beer at the Lucas Confectionary is delicious!). I had a craving for pumpkin beer last night at Hannaford, so I picked up the Blue Point Pumpkin Ale and it definitely hit the spot. :)
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21 Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire September 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Before we recently moved to our new place, we used to eat every meal at the bar/counter. We just bought a kitchen table when we moved because we didn’t have a counter anymore! Now I try to eat as many sit down meals as I can, but I definitely find myself eating in front of the TV sometimes!
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22 FitBritt@MyOwnBalance September 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

We eat almost all of our meals at our coffee table in front of the TV. It’s really bad and we have no excuse! No kids and our dining table is literally a few feet away!


23 Angela @ Health's Angel September 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My poor kitchen table is usually neglected. I never eat my meals there…but I live alone so I feel like it would just make me depressed if I did ha. I have the company of my TV. Though when my little brother visits me he insists on eating at the table! I have been using it to work on my computer though. It’s too easy to sink into the couch and want to doze off or something!
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24 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl September 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Those chicken sandwiches look delish! It is definitely hard to get a full meal on the table with a little one.
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25 Sarah @ Sweet Miles September 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Aw so glad you got a quiet dinner together!! It looks like it was delicious and relaxing! I hope it was, you deserve it :)
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26 Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Isn’t it funny how the little things in life make us so happy these days? Having a family dinner at the table can be such an exciting moment! ;)
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27 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog September 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Congrats on eating at the dinner table! I’m sure it was a nice change :-)

We’re pretty bad about eating at the dinner table and usually end up sitting at the coffee table to watch a new episode of whatever we’re into at the moment. (currently Breaking Bad!)
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28 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life September 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We eat the majority of our meals at the dining table, but morning weekday meals are at the counter or even standing up if we are in a hurry! :)


29 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers September 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Awww, way to go Jay! I hope your little man likes his naps a bit more today.
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30 sarah September 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

glad you enjoyed your “date”!!
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31 Annette@FitnessPerks September 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm

That is so nice of Jay!!
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32 Eryn @ Blond Minded Brunette September 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm

6 hours of sleep!? I hope my little man follows suit soon, I’ve been getting about three at the most. I wont complain though, he is healthy and happy and that’s all that really matters in the long run!
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33 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Oh, I definitely eat the majority of my meals at the coffee table while watching tv or at the computer! So bad, but I just can’t help it!
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34 Amanda @ Pink Runner Girl September 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I have to try those sandwiches. Your dinners look so good! We usually eat at our coffee table. It’s just kind of a tradition for us. Mostly because we usually have a puzzle going on on our kitchen table hahaha.
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35 Leigha @ Minougirl September 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Congrats girls! So jealous! Also jealous of that amazing meal… YUM!
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