Happy Monday! I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. My parents came into town and we had a blast. But honestly, time flew by and I feel like the weekend was over in a flash. On Friday we met my parents in Raleigh for lunch at Tazza Kitchen. Big Guy and I have dined at Tazza Kitchen on a couple of occasions and we’re impressed each and every time. We shared some guacamole to start and the chips were addictive. They also brought some salsa to the table with the guacamole and it was fantastic. A little sweet and not too spicy. I ordered the arugula and goat cheese salad for lunch and added shrimp to the salad. It was amazing. Post-lunch we made a quick stop at Fresh Market to grab a few items we needed for the weekend.
One we all arrived back to our house we helped my parents unload the car and my Mom and I started crafting! I’m helping host a baby shower for my sister-in-law in a couple of weeks and my Mom and I had several projects to get done while they were here. For dinner we cooked up a feast! My parents enjoy lamb but they don’t cook it all that often (neither do we) so we thought it was the perfect meal for their visit. On the menu: pistachio crusted rack of lamb, mascarpone mashed potatoes, and roasted broccolini.
Everything turned out delicious. And I have to say, those mashed potatoes might be the best ever. Definitely not a “light” recipe but they are amazing.
After dinner we all watched “Criminal Minds” before calling it a night and heading to bed. Saturday started with a quick workout for me before getting back to the house and crafting with my Mom. The guys left to run some errands and just drive around and then we met them for lunch at the Country Club. This is when time started flying. When we got home we played dominos (I did not win) and then made homemade pasta and bolognese for dinner.
The dough was a little more finicky this time around but the end result was nothing short of perfection. We enjoyed this plate of pasta with an incredible 2010 Pride Sangiovese.
The rest of the evening was spent hanging out and watching t.v. before calling it quits for the day.
On Sunday I prepared one last meal before they hit the road back home. (I’ll share breakfast tomorrow!) I was sad to see them leave but I know I’ll see them in a couple of weeks when I head to Charlotte for the baby shower.
Such a treat to have them visit and I’m looking forward to planning another weekend soon!