Hellooooo and happy Monday! I have to say, I’m feeling much cheerier than I have in weeks. Part of it is the fast approaching end of the semester, part of it is the upcoming holiday season, but most of it is my marvelous weekend with one of my absolute best friends!
Lindsay, her fiance Alex, and their dog Parker were with us all weekend and we had a blast. Because of crazy schedules and the several hours between us, we haven’t gotten together for more than a few hours in over a year. I’m not sure how we let this happen but you can bet it won’t be happening again. Luckily, we talk every day thanks to the almighty google – gchat for the win! Lindsay and I met waitressing at the same restaurant many years ago, and were almost instantly joined at the hip. Kind of literally. One weekend she was out of town and the staff was grabbing drinks after work. Our boss glanced around the bar before bellowing across the room at me “where’s your life partner Lindsay?!” I died laughing, called and woke her in the middle of the night to tell her about it, and we have been calling each other Life Partner ever since.
They arrived late on Friday, and we enjoyed some mulled wine sangria while catching up.
I guess this is a more wintery recipe, but to me it also tastes like fall. Either way, I highly suggest you make it. It’s more delicious than my terrible picture suggests, I promise.
Saturday morning we made breakfast, and then John headed off to work. The rest of us took the dogs and went out for a super long, extra beautiful 8 mile walk through the woods on the trail by our house.
Normally, this is where John and I run, and I love running there because it’s pretty and peaceful, but I never realized how much I was missing because I was busy watching my feet!
I think this weekend was our peak for foliage. So many pretty colors!
It was also a great way to be active while still being able to talk the whole time.
Shortly after we got back, John got home, and it was time for the drink we had all been waiting for – bourbon pumpkin pie milkshakes! I felt kind of tough buying bourbon. The guy at the liquor store was like “Jim Beam-ing it tonight?” and I was all like yeahh you know. Then on the way to the car I remembered it was for milkshakes, which are 0% tough but 100% delicious.
I pinned the recipe like two years ago and completely forgot about it because it was summer at the time, and I’m sooo glad I found it again. There is nothing healthy about this recipe, so I’m glad we only had enough ice cream to make one for each of us, because I think we would have kept drinking them all night and ended up in the hospital.
After our drinks, we headed out to Bridge View Tavern, a restaurant in town we have been meaning to try.
I had heard amazing things, but people mostly talk about the view (of the bridge… duh). Since we have the same view from our porch (only better, in my opinion), it seemed silly to pay to eat for the same view. Turns out I was the silly one because the food was incredible! So incredible I forgot to take pictures… Here is my one terrible, unappetizing shot of the remnants of the best salad I’ve had in years, possibly ever.
Luckily, I did remember to snap a picture of the pumpkin martini I ordered:
I may seriously have to break in and steal this recipe. The only ingredient listed on the menu is pumpkin vodka (how did I not know that existed?), but I assume the remainder is sunshine, rainbows, and a slice of pure fall extract. Cinnamon sugar rim?! I mean seriously, can that just be standard on all fall drinks forever?
On our walk back home, we popped in to one other bar where the boys watched football and we had more time to catch up.
I ordered this beer solely because the tap was a wizard. This is how I make life decisions.
Then it was back to the house for a few rounds of Quelf!
Have you ever played this game? It is hilarious. I don’t know how to explain it, you just have to play. It’s kind of like Cranium, only way weirder and more hysterical. I played for the first time at my other bestie’s birthday last year and John and I bought it the first time we saw it in stores. I’m hoping I can convince my family to play when we are home for the holidays.
We were up late, so Sunday everyone slept in and then they headed back on their way. I spent the rest of the day catching up on work and relaxing with John. A pretty perfect weekend if I do say so myself 🙂
Thanks to Katie for hosting!
Questions: Do you and your friends have weird nicknames for each other, or is that just something weird that I do with my friends? Have you ever played Quelf? Are you so inspired by the pumpkin pie bourbon that you’re making a shake for breakfast? How do you keep in touch with friends who are far away?