Happy belated Valentine’s Day! We had a busy day yesterday, and today it was back to work for me after we did our final walk-through of the new house.  Everything looked beautiful. The only small snag is that the refrigerator we ordered Saturday (and were so excited about) is too BIG! We have to downsize to the 21 cubic foot model instead, which will be nice for the wallet, but a little disappointing nonetheless.

Anyway, back to yesterday’s V-Day eats…

We met the future in-laws for brunch in the morning.  We tried a couple places in town, but everywhere was mobbed (cabin fever, anyone?) so we ended up eating at Cheesecake Factory.  I had a simple scrambled egg breakfast with hash browns and english muffin.  They claimed this was two eggs, but it looked more like four! I ate about a third of the eggs, all of the muffin and most of the potatoes.

Spike got one of his favorites — the Monte Cristo.

After that we spent the afternoon at one of our favorite wineries in northern Virginia, Quattro Goomba’s.  It’s a really fun little place that has live music on the weekends and terrific ‘micro-brewed’ wines.  They don’t grow their own grapes (at least, not yet), but they import them from places like Italy and Chile and then do their magic.

We went to dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s, a place we used to visit a lot when we lived in the Boston suburbs.  There’s one location outside of Massachusetts, and it’s in Virginia.  We were both craving something casual and familiar instead of a fancy affair, and this fit the bill perfectly.

Their bread is amazing…

We split a cup of french onion soup, with croutons made from that same bread.

I had rosemary-skewered scallops with orange-chipotle glaze, served with an israeli couscous mixture with snap peas and bacon. 

I wasn’t that hungry after eating all the bread and soup, so I took about half of it home.

Spike had cranberry-teriyaki chicken with butternut squash cannellonis, served over spinach. Yum! The cannelloni was so rich and creamy.

No dessert after all that! We did buy something special at Wegmans that we’ll have later this week, though. 🙂

We closed on our house today! We’re saving the real celebration for Monday night, after we pick up the keys, but tonight we went out for happy hour at Houlihan’s for a mini-treat.

The traffic was awful so we got there about 30 minutes before the end of happy hour and there were no seats available in the bar/lounge area.  The manager offered to let us partake in the happy hour specials from the regular dining room, and we were happy to oblige.  It was so nice of them!

I started with a pomegranate mojito – yum! It had a really nice minty flavor.

Spike ordered a beer, and we both split two appetizers for our meal.

Spinach dip with cheesy lavosh

Chicken and carmelized onion quesadilla

Both were excellent! We’ve had the spinach dip before and it’s always a favorite.  The lavosh thingys are delicious.  The quesadilla had really nice white meat chicken and not too much cheese, and the onions were nice and soft.

Tomorrow we’re hoping to take advantage of the holiday sales and pick up a few things we need for the new house–namely, a new refrigerator, a new mattress set, and maybe a dining set.

Happy Friday!

Tonight I’m in mega-cleaning mode.  We have company coming tomorrow, and then more coming later this weekend.   Between that and packing to move into our first house next week, there’s much that still needs to be done. Good thing I’ve had all week off. 🙂

After shoveling both our cars out AGAIN this afternoon, dinner was half leftover and half new.  We warmed up some buffalo chicken pizza that I made the other night to use up our non-Super Bowl dip ingredients (well, Spike warmed his up–I prefer mine cold).

Before and after…

 

This was really simple–3 chicken breasts, shredded, mixed with a bottle of Frank’s buffalo wing sauce and topped with part-skim mozzarella.  Yes, I used the entire bottle and it was a HUGE mistake.  It was way too spicy, even for us.  The dough came from Wegmans (where else?).

I wanted to use up the rest of the sweet potatoes, along with some brussels sprouts we picked up yesterday, so we roasted both in some olive oil and seasonings.

Going in…

Ready to eat!

Some of the outsides peeled off to make crunchy little brussels chips! Yum.

Good night!