Wonderful Weekend!

It still is taking a bit of me getting used to doing whatever I want, whenever I want.  I met up some of my blog readers at the Madison Farmers Market Saturday morning.  As I was driving there I was contemplating how different my life is now.  Had Tony still been alive and I had made this mini road trip, the whole drive up I’d be worried about him, wondering if he was up yet, did he sleep well the night before, is he eating anything.  I had the role of caregiver for so long, it’s going to be a hard habit for me to break.

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To say the farmers market was amazeballs is the understatement of the year.  It wraps all around the Capital building on four sides.  I like that the traffic goes counter-clockwise so you just ease around each of the sides – I think it took us just under two hours to walk all the way around it.  If I had brought a cart with wheels I probably would have bought more!  Lynne, Gina and Jessica were all seasoned market goers, so it was nice to get their recommendation on where they buy certain items.  One thing I was told not to miss out on was Stella’s hot and spicy cheese bread.  Oh my! 

It was nice to walk around, catch up with Jessica and Kris who I met when I went to my Spartan race in May.  It was the first time meeting Lynne and Gina.  Gina was the winner of the other free ticket to the Spartan race – we tried to meet back then, but the timings of our race were different and it didn’t work out – we both said we’d do it again together though!  We could put a whole My Bizzy Kitchen team together!

Gina had plans later that day so we said goodbye to her and then headed to lunch.  I can’t remember who suggested it now (maybe Lynne?) but we went to the Green Owl, which is a vegan restaurant.

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I got a Mediterranean wrap:  Tabouli and hummus with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted peppers and kalamata olives and lemon-mint vinaigrette in a flour tortilla.  I added a lemon marinated tofu to my wrap and I have to say this was really delicious.  I could only eat half. 

This weekend I was a bit off on my 7 day carb cycle – I never quite got all my meals in and I didn’t eat every three hours.  Nor did I drink a gallon of water each day and I can definitely feel that I am dehydrated today.

After lunch we went to a strip mall that had a spice shop, and Karli, as soon as I saw this place Lynne and I had to go in before Kris, the vegan, made her way there.  They had an amazing butcher case, but I walked away with . . . a jar of pork fat.  Not kidding!  I think my friend Kris thought I was joking when I told her that was what I had bought!  Not sure what exactly I’ll so with it, other than make the best tasting popcorn!

Then we went to Brennan’s Market – when walking inside I told Lynne “this has all of my favorite things!  Fruit Cheese Spirits and Bakery!

PicMonkey Collage after lunch

I wish I could have bought ALL the cheese!  But I only bought a couple – one of which I’ll tell you later on in this post – it was a caramel goat cheese!  Kris had a couple other errands to run in town so Lynne and I stopped for coffee at Starbuck’s – my summer go to drink there is a Grande Iced Coffee with sugar free caramel and a touch of cream – not too bad calorie wise and only $2.95.  Thanks for the coffee Lynne!  Lynne also bought me a four pack of spices I can’t wait to try out:

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Before I knew it, it was time to head back home – I left the house at 6:50 a.m. and didn’t get home until 6:00 p.m. – nice day out!   Here’s all my market loot:

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The kids and I just went to a local restaurant for dinner – the service was SO slow – we got there around 6:30 and we didn’t get the bill until 8:45. I know the owner of this place and I seriously need to set up a meeting with him to tell him how disorganized his staff was that night – and those were just from the servers that were working the outdoor patio.  We weren’t in a hurry, but still – that’s crazy long for dinner.  I did drink Tony’s favorite beer on tap though!

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Sunday morning I had plans to meet up with my friend at her house and bring stuff to make breakfast.  She just had her kitchen redone and I was chomping at the bit to have a chance to cook in it.  I made pancake batter at home as well as a low sodium low carb quiche for my friend because she has some diet restrictions.   I met their dog for the first time too.  I’ve never thought of myself as a big dog lover, but after meeting this dog, I would buy one tomorrow – for such a big dog he was a complete teddy bear and sat near me or walked wherever I was.  And his name is Winston – so cute!

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So my cooking environment didn’t suck too bad – ha!  OMG, this is my dream kitchen.  Better yet, when I have my living room done she’s going to help be decorate and I can’t wait.  I have no sense of decorating style at all – at best my style could be called “early miscellaneous.”

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I told her if that were my kitchen I’d probably sleep in a sleeping bag next to the stove!  We had a great time catching up.  Before I knew it I had to get on my way because then my Mom was coming over.  We ended up going grocery shopping, then hanging outside with a cheese/cracker/fruit plate with some wine and then ended up grilling a whole chicken on the grill.   OMG – this cheese I got in Madison was amazing – it was a caramel flavored goat cheese, slightly sweet but so creamy and sliced on top of an apple was the perfect combination .

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I had to laugh at my Mom because Runny was all up in her business and it takes my Mom a while to get used to how hyper Rummy can be.  I give you this collage!

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It was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.  Great food, great friends, great family – I am blessed.

CONSTRUCTION STARTS TODAY on my living room.  After nearly a month of it being torn apart, happy to have work begin.  The garbage people just dropped off the biggest dumpster I’ve ever seen.  I asked the lady on the phone what I couldn’t put in it, and she said no concrete or bricks so after the house debris gets in there we are doing a clean sweep and throwing out everything that we possible don’t want anymore.  It will be good to get rid of stuff that I’ve been hanging onto for years and don’t do anything with – a giant garbage pile and a giant Goodwill pile. 

Alright, I have to jump in the shower and get my shit together – what was the highlight of your weekend?  Make it a great day!
I almost forgot!  My Week 2 WI with the carb cycle diet:

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I’ve lost 7.1 pounds in two weeks!  Hope I can continue the weight loss streak this week too.  Hugs!  (and I do believe I need another pedicure!)

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  • Lynne
    August 24, 2015 at 7:01 am

    It was such a pleasure meeting you this weekend. Hope we can do it again! Sounds like your WHOLE weekend was a winner. Good luck with the construction and the clean-out of other crap. I LOVE cleaning stuff out, organizing and minimizing. Have a great week! Congrats on the weight loss too…I’m going to check out the carb cycling.

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Me too Lynne – I know if we lived in the same city we’d hang out all the time! Maybe you’ll have to invite me up to your cabin up north – um, just sayin. 😀

  • Errign
    August 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

    1. I think you need a big dog. ?
    2. Was it lard that you bought? I render my own from our pigs leaf lard and I store it in the fridge in a mason jar. I mostly use it to make doughs (pie, empanadas, biscuits, etc).

    Great weekend – now get back on track ?

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

      1. I agree Errign – but not as big as your dog – too much hair!
      2. Good eye – yep, pork fat! I am going to make a peach pie with it later this week and thanks for the idea of putting it in biscuits!
      3. Should I store it in the fridge?

      • Errign
        August 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

        I do, because I’ve never looked into it really and worry it will spoil!

  • Shelley B
    August 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

    What a fun weekend! I’m glad you’re able to get out and enjoy the day without having to worry, although I know you miss Tony terribly.

    That kitchen is really pretty – I love the color! That blue/stainless stove? Wow.

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Yep, I miss him desperately but life if for the living – I have to remind myself of that.

      The stove was custom made from Colorado – it’s gorgeous!

  • Kym
    August 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    It sounds like you had an amazing weekend. It is good to see you taking time to enjoy life. You and Hannah should set up a monthly mom and daughter day and get a pedicure once a month at least. You work hard and take care of everyone so you deserve to take care of yourself too. Your poor Mom. It looks like Rummy is using her as a rock climbing wall. You’ve got to love affectionate animals. They have no personal space boundaries. Congrats on the continued weight loss.

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

      OMG, I laughed out loud at the comment that my Mom was like a rock climbing wall for Rummy!

  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    August 24, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Love the Madison Farmers Market! Glad you enjoyed!

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Carrie, it was so fun!

  • Jacky
    August 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Wow, what a great weekend. I wish I could have joined the fun in Madison, looks amazeballs!

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:25 am

      It was amazeballs – but you know what I was thinking of Jacky – a field hockey reunion! I’ll email you soon 😀

  • ERIN
    August 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I had a great weekend, too! Didn’t make it to the Farmer’s Market, but B had his first preseason football game so I got to sit outside for a few hours, wrapped in a blanket! Perfect football weather! I also got bizzy in the kitchen yesterday – made Osso Bucco, Korean BBQ shredded beef, and beanie weenies for B. I’m traveling 4 days this week so had to prep everything yesterday! Have a great week!

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Way to meal prep Erin! Hope the headaches are going away for you too – now I need to make Korean BBQ!

  • Bonnie, from Ohio
    August 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    What a fun weekend you had! I have to say the photo’s of your mom and Rummy really made me laugh out loud! So cute.

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Bonnie – they made my Mom laugh too – she also got to see Rummy do her fast running in the backyard – I am going to try to have to videotape it one day. 😀

  • Helen
    August 24, 2015 at 10:28 am

    What a fantastic day at the market! I would probably have to drive a couple hours to find anything similar.

    My weekend consisted of stripping stairs in our back entrance and refinishing them. Not quite as fun as yours 😀

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Um, yeah – that doesn’t sound as fun as my weekend Helen! You’ll also be jealous because our high temps this week are in the low 70s and overnight in the low 50s – perfect!

  • Kris
    August 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

    It was a perfect day, pork fat and all lol. Thanks for letting me share in the fun. I can’t wait to see what you create with the Amish butter and your recreation of the Summersault cookie. ‘Til next time my friend.

    • Biz
      August 24, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      It was so good seeing you Kris! Those cookies are almost gone – my Mom loved them too – need to figure out how to make those at only 10 calories a cookie!

  • Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    August 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I would have loved that farmer’s market! Denver has maybe a 2 block one. I would have gone crazy at that! Sounds like you are doing great and that diet is certainly working for you! Great job!

  • Kim
    August 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Looks like you had a fun weekend!! The hot and spicy cheese bread looks awesome!! Was thinking about ordering online and having it shipped.

  • Lori
    August 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    What a great weekend! Too bad I didn’t know you when I lived in IL or we could have gotten together often 😀

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    August 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    What a GREAT weekend. And love the dogs!!!!! OMG…at first glance, I saw “carmalized goat” and wondered what the hell you’d bought. Note to self: wear reading glasses on eyes, not as a hair band to hold hair back. 🙂

  • Fran
    August 26, 2015 at 1:42 am

    What a great weekend you had, I enjoyed reading this post so much.

    I had to laugh at that you said from 6.30 pm till 8.45 pm was long for dinner. That’s pretty normal here when you go out for dinner.

    And the kitchen is very pretty but cold if I may say so, it doesn’t look like someone is living in it, looks more like a showroom.

  • Karli
    August 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I can’t even deal with this post. There is just so much fun going on here. First of all, I love that you went to Madison! Second, I love that you left with a jar of pork fat 🙂

    And lastly, the dogs are killing me. I have a friend with a giant Dane and they are the best dogs—so silly. And speaking of silly, Rummy just doesn’t know that he shouldn’t be all up in your mom’s business.