Weekending: Dining, drinking & celebrating mom

Weekends are usually pretty great, but this past weekend was especially great and I think the combination of being surrounded by lots of family and the weather was the reason behind it. I’ve been trying to cut back on weekend recaps because I’m not sure how much you enjoy hearing about my play-by-play weekend adventures, but this one was filled with trying out new restaurants and celebrating someone very special so I figured it was worth sharing ūüėČ

Friday night, I met the boy in Central Square and he brought me to a little hidden gem: Green Street Grill. This little restaurant/bar was tucked away on a street parallel to Mass. Ave right in the heart of Central Square. We were lucky enough to snag 2 seats right at the bar (our favorite) and enjoyed some vino and delicious (gluten free) dishes. I had had a very stressful (but good stress) day and it was so nice to be able to relax, have a few wines and not think about anything for a while.

Saturday morning, my sister and I went to a class at Flywheel and, just as I expected, Ann taught a phenomenal class. I’d love to say that I had a great ride, but for some reason, my legs felt like lead and I just didn’t have it in me to push myself and¬†pedal¬†faster. I wanted to- so badly- but my body had another thing planned. Oh well. It was still fun riding next to my sister and we left there hot yoga sweaty!

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After class, we shopped around a bit (I got a new dress for Miami!) and then had lunch at Sonsie. The weather had cleared and we got seats right near the open windows- felt so nice to have warm weather!

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I can’t say any of what I ate/drank was healthy, but life is all about balance, right?

Saturday night was date-night. We went to his brother and sister-in-law’s condo in the South End for roof deck cocktails and baby snuggles before having dinner at Stella, which is also in the South End. My friend Jess recommended it and it turns out it’s one of his favorite restaurants, so it was a no brainer to try it out! Even better? They have a whole gluten free menu. We had a drink while waiting for spots at the bar to open up (the Bruins were on. I couldn’t care less, but I wasn’t going to take him away from watching). For dinner, we shared the sausage and broccoli rabe, the arugula salad and the braised short ribs. They split that for us, which was so nice! They also served it atop gluten free penne instead of GF mashed potatoes which was totally fine.

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Yum. I can’t wait to go back- I dream of that dish. Okay, not really, but it was SO good.

Sunday was a fun day filled with pampering mom! We were lucky enough to have them agree to come down for the day instead of us going up there since we’ve been a few times in the past month or so. Danielle and I made a pretty delicious brunch, if I do say so. We had an egg casserole (egg, milk, chicken sausage, saut√©ed peppers and onions, spinach and cheese- so easy, so tasty), warm kale salad (with EVOO and lemon juice as the dressing, craisins, goat cheese, grilled pear and candied pecans), fruit salad and Stonewall Kitchen blueberry muffins.

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One of the best parts of the day was the fact we got to spend time on my back patio, soaking up some serious sun!

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(terrible picture, but it was all I had!)

My mini patio set is, well, mini, but we squished to make it work.

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Yummm. I love brunch food! We had such a nice afternoon drinking wine (mom loves excuses to day drink!) and catching up. My dad is coming down next weekend to help get my garden started and I can’t wait! It will be so nice to have fresh veggies all summer- I’m lucky that he has volunteered to help!

And that about sums it up. Although it was a rather indulgent weekend, there’s nothing better than spending time with the people you love and food/drink indulgences are totally worth it during those times!

Questions for you: Did you get outside to enjoy the weather? What was the best part of your weekend? What did you do to celebrate Mother’s Day? What’s your favorite “hidden gem” restaurant? Do you ever have workouts where your mind wants it but your body doesn’t?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day out there to all the wonderful mother’s who read this little blog, but especially Happy Mother’s Day to the most wonderful, caring, sweet and loving mom a girl could ask for! Thank you for always supporting me and encouraging me to do what I love. So happy to host a special brunch for you! XOXO

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Mother’s Day Recap

Hey everyone! I know it’s a little late to be posting a Mother’s Day recap, but better late than never, right? Even though my sister wasn’t home to celebrate Mother’s Day with us, mom, dad and I still had a great day!

We decided to not rush around to make it to the 9AM mass and went to the 11AM instead. Since we were planning to have a brunch and didn’t want to eat at 3pm, we did all the prep work for the meal prior to church.¬† Dad got the potatoes and onions going, mom pre-cooked the sausage and I got all the ingredients together for the mini Quiche’s.

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After church, mom and I went to the grocery store quickly and then came home, popped some bubbly and got to work on the getting the brunch together.

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Mom FINALLY let me give her the rest of her Mother’s Day present. I am really bad at surprises and keeping things from people. As soon as I buy something for someone, I want to tell them about it or give it to them. Mom, on the other hand, likes to wait. So, I waited. From Friday to Sunday. Even after a couple of wines I still couldn’t get her to give in and open it! Alas, Sunday came and she said it was time!

When I was in NYC, we went to¬†Chelsea Market and to the Chelsea Wine Vault. As soon as I saw this “wine tote” I knew I had to get it for mom. Mom and her friends go to the beach at least a couple of times a week in the summer and always bring wine or champagne. They try to be discreet¬†by using Dasani¬†bottles for their wine, but I think we all know that’s not discreet at all. Neither is this, but it’s pretty darn cute!

012And, since my parents love their Franzia boxed wine, it’s really easy to go from “box to bag” as one of my mom’s friends said.

011Love it! It fits 750ml of liquid, which just happens to be the size of a bottle of wine. Coincidence? I think not. So happy she loved this, even though I knew she would!

Brunch was absolutely delicious!! As much as I love breakfast and breakfast foods, I never take the time to make really delicious breakfasts, so Sunday was a nice treat!

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YUM! We had lots of leftovers, so after we finished, I helped mom pack them up, aka I packed up stuff I wanted to take home with me:) I love when I get to go “grocery shopping” at my parents house! Also, to all my fellow organizers out there (ahem, Athena), I have to show you my parents Tupperware¬†closet. Yes, you read that correctly, they have a closet for all of their Tupperware. I am SO jealous!

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One day, maybe I’ll be able to have one of those. Talk about making it easy to “grab n’ go!”

That about sums up the day! The sun did come out in the afternoon which was a nice surprise. Mom sat outside and read and I joined her out there while I did some arms and core workouts! I packed up to leave around 4:45 and was greeted with an apartment that did not have hot water. Lovely. Oh well. Could’ve been worse!

Questions for you: Are you super organized when it comes to putting away Tupperware and pots and other things like that? Favorite beach beverage?

Happy Mother’s Day: A Tribute to My Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mom’s reading my blog!¬† I am so happy that I have been able to spend some extended (lately, anything more than 24 hours at home is “extended” for me) time at home and with my mom; she is just the absolute cutest, sweetest little lady around, so it seems only natural for me to dedicate this post to her!

As most of you know, my mom reads and comments religiously (literally… mom is a really good Catholic!) on Burpees to Bubbly. It always makes me smile when I hear from other readers how cute my mom is, but I mean, how could you not say that?! Look at her!

retiredMom retired a year ago, but she is still actively subbing in the school on a daily basis, volunteering at the church, and being the little social butterfly she always is. Seriously, this lady has more of a social life than I do! If you thought my birthday celebrations were a bit much, I think mom celebrated her 60th for the whole summer. She may be 60, but she is still a ball of fun and energy… always looking for the next party and social event!

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Mom is also quite the little dancing queen. I cannot even begin to count how many “dance parties” we have had in the kitchen at¬†our house-¬†thank goodness for her “dance” cd; I don’t know where we’d be without that.¬†From Zumba to Party Boot Camp¬†to weddings to bars, Sue Gags knows how to have a good time and to have a circle of guys around her. After all, she is a “guy magnet”.

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Mom can be serious, too. And she is a terrific reader. Every Christmas Eve, we I make her read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and she has got that story down pat!

mom readingMy mom is one of my biggest supporters and is always there to listen when I have issues, provide feedback when I need it, “practice” my workouts with me and tell me what type of modifications I should offer, and then, when all of that “business” is out of the way, offer me wine, because as she always says “wine isn’t going to make you feel worse”. Well said, Suzie Q, well said!

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always offering wineHolidays are always the best in the Gagnon household. There is nothing in the world that’s better than being surrounded by family, laughs, good food and lots of wine… and I mean LOTS of wine.

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As you can see, my mom is a pretty amazing woman with so many wonderful qualities. No wonder why she is so popular! As I get older, I have started to appreciate her more and more. We have so much fun and she always knows what to say to make me feel better and for that, I thank you, mom. Thank you for your unconditional love and support- none of that ever goes un-noticed or unappreciated. I hope you have the most wonderful day because you deserve nothing less! XOXO

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