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Journey Journal: Days 92-95

Day 92: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Made the goodbye rounds in Ohio–grandmas, family, friends who were at the hospital to have their first baby, and a last minute stop for coffee at George House Coffee–then we split one of their Pistachio Muffins as we got out of dodge. The staff was very friendly and one of them actually lived in Taylors, South Carolina, for a while–right around the corner from where we go to church! Another customer was from Findlay (like me) and back visiting before she headed home to another town South Carolina. Small world!

Stopped a little off the beaten path in Kettering, Ohio, for lunch at a restaurant we hadn’t heard of before: Meadowlark Restaurant. It was fabulous! Bryan had the turkey thigh tacos with their potato string fries with housemade curried ketchup (quite possibly the best fries and ketchup I’ve ever eaten). I had a grilled chicken sandwich with fried lemon slices (my favorite part), tapenade and roasted tomatoes, and a side of borscht soup. I only wished I lived closer so we could try more of their dishes. And the atmosphere was relaxed yet professional–everything from business meetings to ladies luncheons to dads with kids to a romantic date.

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Fried Lemons and a Side of Borscht

Turkey Tacos and French Fries

Turkey Tacos and French Fries

Finished the rest of the trip with only a couple traffic jams…and maybe a few more stops at Starbucks. Had a really good time talking and listening to music with my man!

Day 93-95: Wednesday-Friday, April 3-5, 2013

Back to work. And back to Goga. So glad to be back in the gym (and the sauna) after some long days in the car. And thankful that the sun decided to show it’s face this afternoon! Hoping the prediction of a sunny weekend is right! This girl’s ready for Spring!

Another Fun Double Date Night In

Tonight was another random, last minute, double date night in. Our friends Leigh and Nate’s anniversary was yesterday, so I sent them an email and told them we should get together again soon. They suggested tonight, so we said sure! They came over for a healthful Lasagna (we use the recipe on the back of the Barilla No Bake Lasagna noodles box and substitute ground turkey for the beef/sausage; plus, every time it says to add meat, add meat AND veggies–we used 1 c. frozen spinach, 1 small zucchini, 1 small yellow squash and about 8 chopped baby carrots). Plus they brought garlic bread and we made a salad (see below).

Green Salad with Carrots in the center, surrounded by a Caprese Salad of roma tomatoes, mozzarella, capers and chopped fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil and your favorite vinegar and sprinkle with salt & pepper or your favorite seasoning grinder. Yum!

For dessert, we had a rich cup of French Roast coffee and Double Chocolate Torte (gluten-free vegan recipe from Oh She Glows). Even the dessert is full of good-for-you stuff, don’t knock it before you’ve tried it. Seconds will be had…guilt-free! Delicious chilled, at room temperature, or my favorite way–frozen!

picture courtesy of Oh She Glows

After dessert, they ended up teaching us two new games. If you hadn’t noticed, games are one of our favorite things to do. We played a lot of games during our dating years, especially Settles of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble and Dutch Blitz. We even had game nights that we co-hosted weekly during our first couple of years of marriage. Six years later, the frequency of games has decreased, but we still enjoy board and card games quite a bit.

Last time Nate and Leigh were here, they taught us Dominion, and it became a fast favorite, to the point we “had” to buy it and have played it for date nights multiple times since then (good for 2 players). Tonight, they taught us Small World and 7 Wonders–both are very good games!

“Risk”-esque game of conquering territories. Only 9 turns per player, but has a bit more of a learning curve than 7 Wonders and takes a bit more time with strategizing.

A fast-paced, easy to learn game for 3+ players, with multiple strategies and outcomes.

Thank God for like-minded friends and lasting memories of fun nights together! And Happy Anniversary, Nate and Leigh!