Sep 06

Long Weekend Butterflies

In honor of the long weekend I took a little break.


Not from activity, just blogging.  Of course lots happened in the meantime!


1. I made it back from a whirlwind tour of the country.


2. As soon as I located my car at the airport (harder than it sounds when you leave if for a week), I was on my way to pick up my BFF for a post-baby “date” at one of Atlanta’s best restaurants – Restaurant Eugene.

Liquid deliciousness


3. After a morning run, I spent some QT with Mom.  Poolside.


4. Did a little shopping and went to dinner with the girls.  We shared everything – my favorite way to dine!



5. The next day I woke up to find that my PB&J Pancakes made the FoodBuzz Top 9!  Thanks to all who “buzz’d!!!”



6. I met my Italy travel companion and foodie friend for a little tennis before lunch… and we saw a pirate along the way.


7. After another epic trip to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market (a.k.a. Cook’s Heaven), we reconvened to grill up a tasty dinner.


8. No pics today… but I did get in a great 6.5 mile run.  70 degrees and drizzling rain – bad for my tan, perfect for my run.


I was also honored by TWO fabulous ladies - Haley @ Oat Couture and Lisa @ Healthful Sense – with the Butterfly Award!


Check out their blogs if you don’t already!

Haley posts some of the best workouts I’ve seen yet.  Her stories are also fantastic – every time she recaps a night out with friends I’m convinced we were meant to be BFFs.

Lisa come up with some of the best “healthy” recipes on the web.  I recently made her Vegan Fudge Brownies and loved every bite!  She also has a beautiful family that I love reading about.


1. Name your favourite colour: Call me boring, but black is my favorite color.  Look in my closet if you don’t believe me.


2. Name your favourite song: I love music, so this is really hard.  I’m going to go with a stand by – Rhiannon by Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac fame).  Check her out in 1976:


3. Name your favourite dessert: Anything chocolate and cake-like.  Like the S’mores Brownies I made.  Pass the fork and don’t even think about trying to steal a bite.


4. What wizzes you off:  Unsolicited opinions.  If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.


5. When you’re upset you: I get mad – I’m not a crier.


6. Your favourite pet: Growing up we had a cat named Twinkle.  This cat was the best cat in the world.  As a kitten she would patiently let my sisters and me dress her in doll clothes.  As a grown cat who was introduced to the new dog she was tolerant and even shared a squirrel or two.  In college I cried like a small child when mom called to tell me she had to be put down. :(


7. Black or white:  See question #1


8. Your biggest fear:  Throwing up.  I had a phobia as a child and would call mom begging her to get me from school because I thought I’d be sick in public.  I’m not sure where that came from, but to this day I refuse to get sick.


9. Best feature:  I like my arms.  Thank you, push-ups.  I’m up to 100 now!


10. Everyday attitude: I’m echoing Haley… totally sarcastic, can get a little bitchy… but in a way that has a touch of humor.  I’m generally happy, but have little patience (hence, I can NEVER reproduce).  It’s possible that I annoy everyone around me with my enthusiasm for food.



11. What is perfection:  Perfection… no worries, total freedom to travel and explore different cultures.  Tasting menus.  Good friends.  Good wine.  Constant adventure and growth.

Food and wine while planning a food and wine trip.


12. Guilty pleasure:  Waffle House.  I have a love for chocolate chip waffles, hash browns (well-done), and the patrons of this fine establishment.


Now I have the honor of tagging 7 other people to share the same fun facts for the Butterfly Award!  In no particular order:


  1. Holly @ Healthy Everythingtarian
  2. Lee @ In My Tummy
  3. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
  4. Sarah @ Smart Kitchen
  5. Parita @ My Inner Shakti
  6. Mary @ Bites and Bliss
  7. Corey @ Learning Patience



I’m enjoying my free Chick-fil-a breakfast this morning.  Mmmmm…

What was your favorite part of the long weekend?

Do you have a little shock when you have to return to work after 3 days off?  I do!



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  1. Corey @ Learning Patience

    Top 9? AWESOME girl! That’s so cool! Thanks for the award too…. :-) So sweet! Looks like you had a fun filled weekend – glad you’re back! xoxo from Trinidad

    It’s Truthful Tuesday today…head on over later!


  2. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    Looks like a great weekend :)

  3. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Looks like you had such a fun weekend! I am rather jealous of your pool side fun, that pool looks gorgeous!
    Congrats on the Food Buzz top 9 as well!! :)

  4. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    Love getting to know more about you =)
    Yay for the top 9 vegan pancakes!! So much good stuff happened in such a short time!!

    And I want to be sitting with you by that pool!!

    1. Laura

      You are welcome any time!!! :)

  5. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Thanks for the tag!!

    Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! I love that picture of your closet btw…so organized! Mine looks like a rainbow threw up on it! Ha!

    1. Laura

      It’s a sickness… clothes are organized my sleeve length and then by color (i.e. shades of black and gray ;) ).

  6. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Wow! You certainly did have a great weekend. And your stuff has been popping up everywhere lately. Foodbuzz, Fitsugar (pretty sure I saw something there?), and more. You’re awesome! :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! It’s been a summer of delicious eats, for sure.

  7. kristy @ kristyruns

    you’ve been one busy lady! love the recap. ;) and your arms are totally amazing.

    1. Laura

      Wow – thank you!!! You’ve been busy too – I still can’t believe all those miles you ran last week.

  8. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Looks like SO much fun…and congrats on the top 9!

    Thanks for the award…now I’ll have the theme from Reading Rainbow in my head all day though. [That is what I always associate with butterflies..."Butterflies in the skyyyy! I can go twice as hiiiiigh!]

    Clearly, I need sleep. ;)

    1. Laura

      Greaaaaat… now it’s stuck in my head. :P

  9. Kate

    Congrats on Top 9! Fantastic! I too am a sucker for any black clothing. My mother used to try to bargain with me. “I’ll buy you new clothes if you promise not to get black.” No dice.

    1. Laura

      HA! My mom did the SAME thing!

  10. Cait's Plate

    Those pancakes definitely look Top 9 worthy! Congrats! :)

  11. sportsglutton

    A day is never complete unless you see a pirate! :-)

  12. Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Same here with the attitude. I’m happy 90% of the time but get annoyed over the slightest things. Thank goodness I found somebody who can put up with that (and the constant nagging as a result!)

  13. Allie

    Sometimes taking a break from blogging is so freeing! It looks like you did a lot with your free time :)

  14. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    Big, big congrats on the FoodBuzz award for your pancakes. Those looked soooo good and hope your Italia trip was fantasticoooooo!!! Are you staying cool in Hotlanta?

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Italy is 17 days away. :)

  15. Katy @ notjustacarnivore

    That pool is GORGEOUS! Where is it?

    And YAY Foodbuzz Top 9! How awesome is that? Envious.

    1. Laura

      It’s at my mom’s house. They installed it AFTER I moved out, of course. I may move back in! LOL!

  16. Tiffany

    I want some liquid deliciousness in my life!

  17. Anonymous

    A few more options to help you get your s’mores fix!

  18. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Yay loved your answers!! Black is just flat out the best colour clothes wise! It’s only since moving to a country that is HOTTER THAN THE SUN that any lighter colours have been let into my wardrobe! :) And congrats on your pancakes making the top 9 luv! :)

  19. Parsley Sage

    I love the random pirate :)

    No Labor Day in Cayman but I’ve scheduled myself a nice little three day weekend this weekend to make up for all I missed in the US last week!

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