How about starting with today’s POINT OF BALANCE: You should check out the new addition to my blog: The Weight Loss Photos link at the top of the page. There, you’ll find a bunch of photos that document how I went from 250 pounds to 130 pounds in the past eight years. Quite the journey indeed!
I began my Sunday like any usual Sunday: laying on my couch for many hours watching the news and enjoying my breakfast and coffee:
After making Hans his usual Sunday morning breakfast of 3 eggs with a bagel, we decided to sneak a 30 minute walk with the pup around our neighborhood. Before we headed out, I had a snack to ease my grumbling stomach:
It was a brisk NEOhio morning, but the sun was out and the fall colors were also out. Those leaves will start to fall before you know it, so enjoy them while they are around!
Instead of attempting to survive watching a Browns game, I planned to spend the afternoon with one of my favorite people – my friend Mary. Being a fantastic friend, she greeted us with baked goods: pumpkin walnut chocolate chip cookies!
Hans grabbed a cookie right away, so I grabbed a bite off of his first cookie of the day! Mary, feeling domestic, found a recipe on Food Network’s website and treated us to one of our seasonal favorites: pumpkin is ALWAYS welcome here!
Mary and I decided to hit up a local (recently hot) spot in Tremont called Lucky’s Cafe before going to see Twelfth Night at Great Lakes Theater Festival. This coffee shop turned restaurant was recently featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. Being a weekend, I knew the place would be slammed, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to wait for a table plus have enough time for some “girl talk”!
I was impressed at home fast the staff kept tables moving, so we were seated in less than 20 minutes: not shabby for 1:00PM on a busy Sunday. Mary and I did our homework so we were ready to order once our waiter arrived. Mary ordered a hot apple cider and the featured biscuits, described as “cheddar scallion biscuits topped with soft scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. Served with hash brown potatoes and grapes”:
I ordered a cup of hot peach flavored tea:
For my meal, I ordered the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich which was served on house made multi-grain bread with romaine, with potato salad, fruit and a pickle:
Of course, we both started by trying each others’ lunch! The sausage gravy combined with the eggs and biscuit was divine and perfectly seasoned! I really enjoyed my selection, as I ate all the chicken salad, all the fruit, the pickle, one piece of bread, the romaine, and about three bites of the potato salad. The potato salad was very good, but I was trying to have some restraint! I did ask to sub my potato salad for some extra pieces of fruit, but apparently, Lucky’s isn’t keen on substitutions. (On a previous visit, they gave me a similar issue for wanted to sub one type of bread for another. Whatever. I would kill for that sausage gravy. Moving on.) Overall, the food was solid and the staff very friendly: another quality find in Tremont. I definitely have to get my husband back here for their large portions of excellent brunch favorites.
We were stuffed, so we rolled ourselves back to my car and headed downtown for the show. After a lovely afternoon of excellently played Shakespeare, I headed home to find a hungry husband – slightly cranky from that Browns loss. The Trader Joe’s pre-cooked chicken sausages that I bought on Friday night was calling our names. He grilled some sausages for himself as I made him some broccoli and gnocchi.
For my meal, I took two sweet apple chicken sausages and cut each in half, and browned them up in a small skillet. Meanwhile, I took a ridiculous amount of veggies (carrots, green beans, mushrooms, broccoli, corn and spinach), sauted them up with a bunch of red pepper flakes, onion salt, garlic salt and black pepper. I threw it all together and sprinkled a bit of parmesan cheese on top. Hans talked me into opening a bottle of wine to go with the meal, so I had a small glass of pinot along with dinner:
While Hans cleaned up dinner, I enjoyed about a 1/2 of one of those amazing cookies Mary gave us earlier in the day. An excellent way to end that meal! The rest of the evening has been spent relaxing before the work week begins tomorrow at 9AM! I’ve enjoyed a large class of Sleepytime tea while watching “The Next Iron Chef”, but my stomach is starting to rumble. Hopefully I can hold off and not end up in that ice cream again tonight!
Here’s to a happy work week for all!