Lessons Learned Over the Weekend…

by Holly on December 20, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,holidays,lunch

(1) Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal makes a great start to the weekend (obvs).

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup water + 1/3 cup organic skim milk
pinch of salt
splash of vanilla, cinnamon + 1 tsp. brown sugar
1 chopped apple (cooked for 1 minute in the microwave)
1 spoonful Skippy Natural PB

(2) Graduation ceremonies may be boring, but there is ALWAYS a way to make it more entertaining.

In my case, that would be taking random pictures…

(3) Even if they involve clapping for people you’ve never met, graduation ceremonies are completely worth going to in order to see your sister graduate magna cum laude with a nursing degree.  And then raise the roof afterwards, naturally.

(4) Don’t be afraid to be a little high-maintenance.

Asking for 1/2 the amount of cheese, no mayo and add yellow mustard to a sandwich, alongside a cup of chicken wild rice soup, really isn’t that tough to get right.  Because I mean, they actually got it right.

(5) Good friends are to be cherished.  They are also good to drink with.

A 1/2 bottle of red wine, a birthday present of homemade cookies + Glee CD and 2 1/2 hours of conversation later, I am pretty sure it was fate that the blogosphere brought Angharad and I together. Love her.

(6) Good friends REALLY should be cherished.  They are also good to eat ginormous breakfasts with.

My plate of kamikaze-style (ahem, with bananas + blueberries + pecans) French toast from the Uptown Diner

Ashley’s plate of Garden Omelet-goodness…

Joined by Megan, these two lovelies got me the most adorable birthday present: oven mitt + apron from one of my favorite things, Anthropologie.

And yes, I look special in this photograph.  Really special.

(7) Family holiday get-togethers provide for a snacky good time.

A couple shrimp, handful of trail mix, handful of Chex Mix and all the pineapple was consumed from this table…

Hmmm…two cheese + sausage cracker sammies from this table…

And some salad + broccoli salad to top it off (plus 3 camera-shy chocolate coconut cookies)…

(8) You are never too old (or young) to flirt.

Yes, they are brother and sister, but watching Olivia try to kiss Peyton while he tried to wiggle out of her grasp was perhaps the most adorable + entertaining thing I saw all day.

(8) Kids have it easy.

I wish my greatest care was whether I wanted Beauty and the Beast or The Princess and the Frog on my juice box.

(9) Never underestimate the power of kind people.

Whether it’s the gift that keeps on giving – the music of Glee! – from a certain Mama Pea (for privacy standards and to keep her off the FBI’s most pirated list, she shall remain nameless :))…

…or a mini food processor from the incredibly sweet Erica, who had an extra one she was willing to so generously part with and send me…

…kind people make the world go ’round.  Don’t forget that.

(10) Tomorrow may be my 25th birthday, but for some reason, 25 doesn’t seem as scary as it did a week ago.

I think Angharad said it best on Saturday night, “25 is a good age.”

Let’s see….wonderful family, the best of friends, good health, financial independence, my first “real” job, a healthy living blog, being almost old enough to rent a car and a world of possibilities before me…yeah, I think 25 is going to be just fine :).


Lizzy December 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm


Mellissa December 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Happy Birthday to you! 25 is a great age, I am actually looking forward to 29 in Feb!

Angharad December 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Wow. “25 is a good age” – inspirational, Angharad! The wine must have dulled my imagination!

It did not dull my night though! I had such a blast with you my love! Happy happy birthday to you (will hopefully speak to you later) – I hope tonight is flat-out AWESOME!

Also – I’m headed to the Uptown Diner tomorrow and that garden omelet looks GOOD to me. Just sayin.

Love you! xx

Kailey (SnackFace) December 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm

BABYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy happy happy birthday!!!!!! 25 is supah bossy!!! Please know that my gift is coming in the month of January (I have it picked out and errythang, but the release date isn’t till then). So you’ll get it completely randomly! Woopwoop! Anyway, I lovelovelovelovelovelovelove you!!!!!! I hope your day is outstanding! I’m about to go make mine better by catching up with our fave blogger!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Low December 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Happy Birthday Holly my LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 25 is a great age!

I loved this warm, happy post. You make me smile :)

Jenny December 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I literally almost fell asleep during my high school graduation ceremony. 3+ hours of my lameface principle reading names of my fellow peers (I went to a hugh jass high school) .. not exactly thrilling… but monumental nonetheless :) Who is that pretty little graduate of yours?

that anthro oven mit is almost as preshie as your faceeeee :)

go, go, go shawtii – its ya birfday!! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans December 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Lady, your breakfasts look SO GOOD. Love the new oven mitt! I’m rapidly approaching the quarter century mark too (January!) and I am determined that it will be a rockin year.

Danica December 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm


Traci December 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Kiddo! Hope the year ahead brings you nothing but happiness. 25? That’s a great number! Enjoy your day! Oh and we got the snow this time. Ended up with about 18 inches here. Actually attempted a run tonight. I’ll just say it was, ummm interesting. Happy Day to you!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) December 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm

So many things about this post that I bloody loved!

To sum it up, though, my favorite part was that french toast and that little girl throwin’ down a love tackle. Kids are awesome. Also, I’d go for “The Princess and the Frog” juice box. I saw that movie today, and it was fantastic. I mean that without a hint of irony, too.

Happy birthday lady! Enjoy your quarter-of-a- century mark to the fullest!

Meagan December 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Happy Happy Happy almost birthday!! and your weekend’s activities look like a blast.Especially that breakfast!!!
& Your mit looks more cute than special!

daintyvegan December 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love the new oven mitts and that’s awesome that you had a great time. Being almost old enough to rent a car sounds pretty sweet.

PS. Random pictures of anything and everyone are always the best. Always.

Nicole December 21, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Happy Birthday!

Love your blog! I make oatmeal exactly like that all the time. Yum!

Katie December 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

The Uptown!!! That French toast looks killer. Have you ever been to Grandview? Theirs is bombdiggity, too.

Have a GREAT birthday, Holly!!!

glidingcalm December 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm


happy birthday to an inspirational young lady!!! WOOT WOOT!! I hope you get to celebrate!!!!!!!!!

janetha b December 22, 2009 at 12:49 pm

hahahah. i love the photo of you with the pot holder. special is an understatement. you kinda look like a crab! i mean.. not your face.. your hand :) that diner looks baller. YAY so glad you have another kitchen gadget! erica is a sweetie as is sarah.

Faith December 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Aww, Happy Birthday Holly!!! Looks like a great weekend…I’ve got to make more time for French toast in my life! ;)

Jenny December 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Happy Belated birthday!! I think you’ve got things off to a rockin’ start!!

And congrats to your sis!! Awesome :)

Hope you’re having a fabulous week!

Michal December 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

happy belated birthday!
how good does that french toast look too mmmm

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