Good Monday morning everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and aren't dragging too much this morning. Our weekend was just about perfect.
Friday afternoon, some of my coworkers had the brilliant idea to host a "Pinterest Party." Duh! Best idea ever. Everyone made a dish or drink that they've pinned on Pinterest but haven't tried yet. All of the food and drinks were amazing.
I made these Spanakopita Bites, which were so good. They were a big hit, luckily, I ate 4 or 5 before I left the house because they went pretty fast. I will definitely make these again as they were super easy and very tasty. Recipe is below!
|teacher friends! Do you see me in the yellow dress in the back? This is what you get when you ask a man to take a picture!|
Saturday I enjoyed a relaxing day at the pool reading this book while Andy played golf.
Have any of you read this book? My friend, Emily, recommended it. It is so good! I haven't been able to put it down!
Saturday night, we had dinner at one of our favorite spots, Rue de Jean, and shared our favorite meal there: Mussels in basil, garlic, olive oil sauce. So freakin' good. Especially with their crusty French bread dipped in the sauce. I'm getting hungry just talking about it.
|So I realize this picture looks kind of unappetizing, but these things are amazing!|
Then, we met up with some friends at The Music Farm to see Fitz and the Tantrums. We love this band. Their music is so fun!
They were really good in concert, but as much as I love the Music Farm for its rusticness (I just made up that word), it doesn't have great acoustics or sound-quality. But the concert was fun anyway!
The only picture we took of the night...stuffing our faces with hotdogs after the show!
Sunday, we headed up to Columbia with my parents and brother to watch our defending National Champion Gamecocks play in the Super-Regionals against Oklahoma. We left super early to tailgate for the game, however, it was a downpour the entire time. Miserable. Luckily, I made a batch of skinny margaritas so that kind of kept me happy. But I wasn't very smart and wore white pants. Who wears white pants in the rain? Seriously.
Anyway, it stopped raining for about 10 minutes right before game time, but after sitting in the rain for 5 innings, they finally announced a "rain delay". And, of course, during this 45 minute rain delay, it didn't rain a drop. And as soon as the game started back up, the heavens exploded and it rained harder than it had all day. Needless to say, they canceled the game and it is rescheduled for today. But according to the weather channel, it is going to be just as rainy. So I will be watching the game from my dry, comfy couch minus pruney toes and muddy pants!
Perfect tailgating weather, no?
This would be the weather that was heading our way right at game time.
With BOTH of our National Championship trophies during the 10 minute break from the rain.
Here is the recipe for the Spanakopita bites. The original recipe is found here. I used pre-made phyllo cups, but she takes the time to layer sheet of phyllo in muffin tins, so if you want the real way, check her recipe out. She has some really yummy-looking recipes that I will definitely be trying out!
1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach (1 package), thawed
6 oz. crumbled feta cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
4 packages phyllo mini-cups, thawed (15 per package at 60 total)
Preheat oven to 350.
Heat butter over medium heat in skillet. Add white and green onions and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Mix spinach, feta, cottage cheese, and egg in a medium bowl. Add cooked onions and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Spread the phyllo cups on an un-greased baking sheet. Fill each cup with about 1 heaping teaspoon of the spinach-cheese mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Insanity Update: We've been really bad about our workouts ever since our trip to NYC. However, TODAY is the day we officially get back on track and begin month two! Wish us luck!
On another note: I cannot believe I reached 200 followers last week! I am beyond thrilled and can't believe people actually read what I have to say! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your comments always make my day! I am planning on doing a give-away (my very first) to celebrate reaching 200, but will need some help from my buddy Megan, since she's a pro! I'll let you know about it soon!