Our Anniversary Weekend
Friday, November 14th was Todd and I’s 4 year wedding anniversary. You don’t know how happy it made me that he was back home in time! Work travel has its perks (like getting MY travel paid for, too) but it most definitely has its drawbacks! Todd said he’d do everything in his power to be home this anniversary and he delivered 🙂 We decided to take a mini weekend vacay to Orlando to celebrate. Not going to lie, I did a horrible job at getting pictures this weekend. It just wasn’t on the top of my mind but I did get a few.
Friday night we stayed home and had some delicious Trader Joe’s Lobster Ravioli as our main course. We were both really big fans! And then headed out for an ice cream date. A simple night spent together was the perfect thing after him being gone for 5 weeks.
Saturday, I ran and took my beloved Body Pump class (it’s scary how much I like it), before taking Riley over to my parents. They are so great and watch her whenever we’re out of town. They already know the same thing will be happening one day with a real child and not only our fur baby. Then we drove to Orlando, which is only an hour and a half-ish away. We checked into the hotel and figured out our evening plans.
A few years ago, we went to an Ethiopian restaurant in, of all places, Milwaukee, WI. We really enjoyed the experience and had been looking to go again. After Yelping a bunch of restaurants in the area, The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant caught my eye. It had great ratings and was just what we were looking for. In case you didn’t know, I love new food experiences, especially ones that are authentic or from different cultures. Examples: When I tried lamb brains. Hand made pastas. Squid on a stick.
We got the Chef’s Sampler, which included red and yellow lentils, cabbage, collard greens, lettuce salad, a spicy and regular chicken, beef and beef tips. And of course injera! I love eating with my hands, so this was the perfect meal for me, haha. The injera bread is an almost sponge like tortilla that’s made from teff. It’s good when using it to eat other things, but not good in the sense that you’d eat a ton of it plain. Which is good for me, because I’ve been known to polish off any bread brought to the table, haha.
After dinner, we went to Universal CityWalk and grabbed some drinks at Emeril’s. We rarely go out for drinks, so when we do I like to get fun ones 🙂 I got a Sour Candy Apple cocktail, a rum and coke and my fave, a Smashing Pumpkin Martini. Todd got a few beers he really enjoyed as well.
We got back to our room in time to watch some fireworks and call it a night. Sunday morning we slept in and went for our first run together since he got back. A good blogger would have gotten pictures, oh well. We got tickets for a complimentary continental breakfast and it was horrible. I would’ve been pissed if we paid $11/person for that crap.
Sunday night, we went over to my parents to pick up Riley and celebrate my sister’s birthday. For dinner we had grilled salmon with a yummy cucumber dill yogurt sauce, rice pilof and asparagus (again, no pic). And the star of the show…
A new cake! It’s a Toffee Crunch Cake, from Country Living, with a brown butter cake and chocolate frosting. It’s SO RICH! And that means a lot coming from me- seriously. There are layers of crunch that come from chopped up pecans and nilla waffers mixed with butter and then toffee bits on the outside. It’s sugar, butter overload. There’s a POUND of butter in the recipe. Oh man. It’s so good and so worth it though. I’m sure you’ll be seeing this in our repertoire of desserts.
So again, 4th Happy Anniversary to us <3 Here’s to many more <3
Happy Hump Day!