Hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve done a weekend recap and thought this would be a fun one to share. Early last week, my brother-in-law asked if we’d like to join them for a night at the Sheraton around Valley Forge. They were able to get a really good deal, so we were game. I love staying at hotels and any opportunity to get out of town.
We didn’t leave until late-morning on Saturday, and I was having a rough day on Friday so we stayed in and made a simple dinner of Trader Joe’s frozen pelmini (Russian dumplings); tomato, cucumber, and feta salad; and some fermented turnips and beets I had just made. All enjoyed while watching several episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. We also finished off some peanut butter stuffed, chocolate-covered dates. This is honestly my favorite way to spend a Friday night!
I had plans for a 8am hot yoga class, so I got up a little before that to journal, read my Bible, and eat a small piece of toast with peanut butter. I have two weeks free at CorePower, so I’m trying to make the most of it, and I’ve been LOVING hot yoga! The deep breathing plus the heat and sweating has been incredibly cleansing and grounding for me. After class, I came home super sweaty, showered and whipped up a thick smoothie with 1/2 frozen banana, frozen blueberries, frozen spinach, 1 scoop chocolate protein, 2% milk, and 1 tsp each maca powder and beet powder. I enjoyed this while chatting on the phone with one of my newest Beautycounter team members. Chatted all about life and helping her get her business started off right.
After our call, we packed everything up and hit the road for Valley Forge/King of Prussia. It was almost 11, and I was enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day, haha. It was a quick drive, and once we settled into our hotel, we went out to find lunch. There were so many great options right near us and we landed on Choolaah, an Indian counter-style restaurant, kind of like an Indian Chipotle. They have curry bowls, salad bowls, wraps, and more. I was craving lots of fresh veggies and protein, so I settled on the Choolaah Salad Bowl with chicken. It had greens, tandoori-style chicken, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, paneer, golden raisins, and so much more. It was so good! It did come with naan chips, but I am all about fresh, chewy naan so I opted for that over the chips (Blake ate those). I felt satisfied about 2/3 of the way into the bowl, so I set it aside and Blake ate the rest of that too (no food waste with this man).
After lunch, we ventured out to Valley Forge park but didn’t stay long because even though it was sunny it was super windy and little Ellinor needed a nap. In the afternoon, Blake and I spent some time studying (for him) and working (for me). While working I snacked on a banana and some cheddar popcorn. After a couple hours, we went to the hotel pool which was way too cold, so we hung out in the hot tub which was so relaxing. We then showered and hung out in the hotel room watching Fixer Upper – I love doing this when I’m at hotels! I would never get cable, but I love when I can watch cable at hotels. It’s a little treat. It was around dinner time, but no one else was ready for dinner so I had an orange to tide me over. I wasn’t really in the mood for more fruit, but that’s all we had and I knew that if I didn’t eat something my tummy wouldn’t be happy when we finally ate dinner.
We did all order dinner in close to 8:30pm, and we had an Indian feast! So many delicious dishes, I can’t even remember what they were. I loved the palak paneer best and went back for more of that and rice after this plate. I also enjoyed this meal with a diet pepsi because Indian food is so good with pepsi/coke. We finished off the evening with the movie Peter Rabbit (life with a 2 1/2 year old).
I was more than ready for bed, and slept like a baby in the big, comfy hotel bed. We woke up way before my sister and her family, so I enjoyed some coffee and a banana and read for a couple hours. When everyone was up and ready, we went down for breakfast. I was craving an egg and cheese bagel, so I did the best I could with scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar, a little bacon, and a sesame bagel. It hit the spot!
Since it was an even nicer day and less windy, we went back to Valley Forge and spent time going into a couple historical sites, but mostly sitting out in the sun soaking up some much-needed vitamin D while my niece had a blast throwing rocks into the creek. Wow! I forgot how amazing sunshine feels!
After a couple hours, we went to lunch at the King of Prussia mall. The restaurant we chose had gorgeous light and decor, but the food was just okay. I went with a beet salad and chicken, and had a good amount of Blake’s french fries. We then walked around the mall for a bit, which reminded me why I am not a fan of big malls! It was very overwhelming and just huge. By the time we left it was already 3pm – where did the day go? So we went back to the hotel, took naps, and packed up to go home.
While it was fun to get out of town and stay at a hotel for a night, it felt good to be home. While we unpacked our bags and settled in, I snacked on a pear and some aged havarti cheese (sooo good!). Then I whipped up a batch of these peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for the week, which turned out so good!
Then settled down for dinner with leftover chicken and veggie soup, cucumbers, crackers, and some more Grey’s Anatomy. An hour or so after dinner I had one of the fresh cookies with some ice cream, which was a perfect combo. We were in bed before 9pm, and I tried to read but was too tired. It was good to be back in our own bed!
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed getting a peek into our weekend, and some delicious eats from the weekend too!
What did you do this weekend?
Are you a fan of malls?