Wild…Crazy…and MARVELOUS!

Hey hey, and happy Monday!

So how was your weekend?

Was it wild? Was it crazy? Was it MARVELOUS?!


JoinΒ my favorite divaΒ and me as we relive our weekends and make this Monday marvelous! The last few days have been totally JAM-PACKED for me so, instead of having Β a million-word post, let’s just skip the intro…

The weekend kicked off with a WILD birthday celebration!


My BABY sister turned TWENTY ONE!! 😯

As if the reunion last weekend didn’t make me feel old enough! Omg, just go ahead and break out the dentures and Depends! πŸ˜‰

IMG_6104Mom, Tori, and I met up at O’Charley’s for lunch on Friday afternoon to celebrate the day Β my sister was allowed to drink (legally, that is…har har!)

Bread & Booze

We started out with bread, butter, and oBLIGatory BOOZE!

Mom and Tori ordered the white peach sangria while I went with the tangerine
grapefruit margarita…

Tori's 21st Birthday Cheers

And of course we had to pose with our drinks!

Then another to show our reaction to the size of our glasses…

Tori's 21st Birthday Funny Cheers

Keep in mind we hadn’t even had our first sips at this point! πŸ˜‰

Tori's Birthday Sip & SwapMom and I actually ended up swapping drinks after our little photo session. Hers was a bit too strong and mine was a bit too sweet, but after the switch, they were

Jussssssssst riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!
…sorry, I couldn’t resist πŸ˜‰

O'Charley's Chicken Sandwich & Sweet Potato Fries

I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich with jalapeno mayo on ciabatta with a side of their new sweet potato fries…


Ok, I’m not usually big on chain restaurants, but I have to say, O’Charley’s has some sweet potato frying SKILLS…crispy on the outside, soft on the inside…and not a SPECK of cinnamon-sugar in sight! πŸ™‚

Later that night, the man-friend and I met in Nashville for dinner…any guesses as to where we went and got totallyΒ CRAZY?!

Sushi BuffetOh yeah, Koi sushi buffet…come to MAMA!!

I told you guys I was begging to go back! πŸ˜‰

My Sushi

And this time, I got TWO plates!

The Man-Friend's SushiAnd the man-friend got THREE…but one was demolished too quickly to snap a pic! Yeah, he’d NEVER make it as a food blogger! πŸ˜‰

But the CRAZY didn’t stop there…the next day (on a SATURDAY mind you), we went to COSTCO!! Yep, we’re not only crazy for sushi, but just crazy in general! It was much too busy for pictures (even though this was my FIRST time there), but I did manage to walk away with a nice little bounty (and a sample-satisfied tummy!)…

Costco Goodies

Peach mango orange preserves, stuffed grape leaves, Wild Planet Tuna, nitrate-free turkey meat, and the man-friend and I split a case each of organic tomato paste and sauce.

Afterwards, we headed back to his house to prep someΒ MARVELOUS!

CookoutMarinated flank steak (brought by a friend), veggie skewers, PERFECT watermelon wedgies wedges, and Blueberry Lavender Coleslaw!

For the record (and for all you #strangebutgood haters out there) the slaw was a total HIT…everyone was raving about it! Well, until we got to dessert…

Ice Cream CakeTurkey Hill chocolate sundae ice cream cake!

Unfortunately, there was no cake for me (for some reason, even WITH my Lactaid, ice cream seems to be really bothering me lately…*sad face*), but from all the moans and groans going on around the table, I’d say it was a real winner!

WatermelonHonestly though, I was perfectly content with my two THREE slices of watermelon! πŸ˜€

What was the most MARVELOUS thing from your weekend?


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22 Responses to Wild…Crazy…and MARVELOUS!

  1. Getting to spend some much needed time with my boyfriend after being away for work travelling all week. It was so good to just chill out together πŸ™‚

    Happy birthday to your sis, looks like you had a great time!!

    I am so jealous of that sushi buffet, it sounds so amazing!

  2. It is SO important that your booze be juuuuuust right. πŸ˜‰ I would have been attracted to the tangernie too, but it sould like I would have been switching to peach. You know me and the sweet drinks.

    If you ever invite me to a BBQ, I promise to eat your ice cream cake for you. I’m a good friend like that.

  3. Mmmm… gimme somma’ that ice cream cake! πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to O’Charley’s in a looooong time. Hmmm… that’s probably because I used to work there. haha First job back in high school – memorieeeees

  4. Lori says:

    I’m having the same problem with my Lactaid pills with certain items as well! I’ve bumped up the dose, but in the end, how many is too many? Stupid stomach.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I know, right?! I’ve just been sticking to the dairy-free stuff lately…and Breyer’s has a pretty good one that is “lactose free” <-I put that in quotations because it actually just has digestive enzymes in it, but I've had it a handful of times and it's not bothered me so, YAY! πŸ˜‰

  5. Oh my god, Costco…I’m so excited that we’ll have one nearby when we move. It’s an at least-monthly thing for me.
    And happy birthday to your sister! Those drinks look perfect for a 21st birthday celebration πŸ˜‰ And a sushi buffet = heaven. I may have to convince the boy that we need to go for all-you-can-eat soon.

  6. Turkey Hill! I love when people mention Turkey Hill, gives me good childhood memories. Turkey Hill also has some of the best iced tea in my opinion.. ice cream cake.. iced tea.. is there a better treat? πŸ™‚

  7. katie says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh that cake looks so good! Totally so much goodness in this post, but that caught my eye! πŸ˜‰

    Happy 21st birthday to your sis! 21 a big birthday to celebrate! Glad you all had a great night celebrating with her! So sweet!

    Happy Monday! Love ya girl!!

  8. Happy Birthday to your sis!! I must get myself to Nashville!

  9. Happy birthday to your sister!!! Those cocktails look like the perfect way to celebrate. πŸ˜‰

    Also I’m convinced that sushi buffets/all you can eat sushi are the greatest invention ever. Nothing makes me happier. Okay that’s a lie. Chocolate does. And cheesecake. But other than that, all you can eat sushi trumps all!

    The most marvelous thing from my weekend was a delicious dinner out with my family on Saturday night involving some perfectly cooked buttery arctic char and WINE!

  10. haha i love your happiness, girl! i can’t believe your lil sis turned 21! she’s such a cutie patootie!

  11. Glad you enjoyed your weekend, so much foodie goodness happening there! Although a big sushi fan, the sight of it is making me slightly quesy- I got food poisoning from salmon this weekend! But a highlight was hitting the Melbourne International Film festival!

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  13. Your sister and I are just days apart! It was my 21st birthday yesterday!

    My weekend was actually quite a heartbreaking one as we lost our oldest pup – but the marvellous thing was how surprisingly well my puppy Chanel has been since losing her best buddy.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh honey, I’m so sorry for your loss! I know what it’s like to lose a pet…Tiger’s old friend, Nala, had to be put down a few years ago after her hyperthyroidism got to be too much for her to fight with. Hugs to you (and belated birthday wishes)!

  14. First time at Costco? GIRL. I need you to go with me so we can do some splitting of some of the items I love, but cannot fit into my pantry. [Not because it is too small, but because I already have too much stuff in it. (Sigh.)]

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Totally laughed out loud at this one…every time I come home with more foodie loot, I hear this faint weeping sound coming from my pantry…it’s so weird! Lol

  15. Birthday cocktails are a must!! Sometimes I think Saturday cocktails are a must. I’m now a Costco shopper as well, and I just picked up a jar of marinated artichokes bigger than my head. Kalmata olives too. It’s going be a Greek fest up in here.
    Those veggie kabobs look awesome, and I would have been with you on dessert. Watermelon this time of year is too good to pass up. Plus while I like ice cream, and I like cake, I’m not a huge fan of them together.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I have to say, I think I agree with you on the ice cream cake thing…the man-friend and I were talking about that this weekend (because seriously, the thing was massive and it was an absolute MIRACLE that we got the thing in his freezer!). I think I’ll just ask for a big ol’ cookie for my birthday! πŸ™‚

      And omg, I have a big a$$ jar of artichokes from Sams! I’ve had it for months now, I’m just too afraid to open it…like, what was I thinking? What the hell am I gonna do with all these freaking ‘chokes?! And am I going to get sick of them before I have a chance to eat them all?! Hmm, I’m thinking the next BBQ we host needs to be Greek themed! πŸ˜‰

  16. calee says:

    omg your mom’s face is the GREATEST.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Right?! We busted out laughing when she did that…especially considering that we hadn’t even started drinking yet! Lol

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