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Impromptu Dinner at the Parents

by Meghann on November 23, 2008

My plans of sitting around the apartment all day were quickly diverted when my parents invited me over for dinner. Who am I to resist a free yummy meal? After lunch I headed to my parents and spent the afternoon with my family. It was not the Sunday I had pictured, but still a great way to spend the remaining part of my weekend. πŸ™‚

I managed to get my weekly grocery shopping out of the way around midmorning and when I returned I was ready for lunch. I wanted something easy and quick, since I had decided to go to my parents. I made some Falafels using a box mix I had and some carrots on the side.


I really was not as hungry as I thought I was because I only ate about 3/4 of what you see here. I usually have no problem licking my plate clean.

In the falafel pita I assembled I had tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, and a yogurt greek sauce I made with greek yogurt, oregano, garlic salt & pepper.


My plan was to dip the carrots in the remaining yogurt mix. Unfortunately after my first dip I realized I accidentally used the vanilla yogurt instead of the plainooppss… I could not taste it in the pita, but it was too sweet to have with the carrots. Oh well.


After lunch Abbie and I hit the road to my parents. Once I arrived they put me right to work assembling furniture in my brother’s old room (so much for a free meal, I had to work for it) I like to think of the heavy lifting as my strength training for the day. πŸ˜‰

After my manual labor I enjoyed a Full Moon, Blue Moon’s Seasonal Beer.


For dinner my Dad cooked up my favorite a Pork Roast with Roasted Potatoes! Yum! I had a little bit of homemade gravy on my pork and green beans and corn on the side.


After we were finished eating, my sister and I hung around the kitchen picking at the left overs. When ever I make meals for myself I always make sure to make just enough for me, since I am the worst at picking at left overs. I probably ate a whole other serving of pork and potatoes. I could not help myself though, they were soooooo good!

After dinner my sister and I were in a baking mood and really wanted some early Pumpkin bread. I have been wanting to try Andrea’s Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe for a while so we decided to give it a try. I know she only posted the recipe today, but she e-mailed it to me over a month ago and have been waiting for the proper occasion to try it.


I noticed today she posted a ‘healthified’ version of the bread and attempted to follow that version as well as I could with what my parents had on hand. They obviously did not have the really cool Fruit Sweet stuff she used (which I really need to find!) so I used a cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of honey instead. I also divided up the flour and use 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all purpose.

My parents do not own a food processor, so I had to improvise and just had my little brother chop up the cranberries by hand. There was still some big chunks of cranberry in the bread that made the bread a little tart. I think that was the only complaint I got from my family about the bread. Besides that I noticed everybody returning to pick at the bread. It was good, but next time I was told to leave the cranberries out. I tried. πŸ™‚


I enjoyed this small piece and another piece about half this size. I liked the bread and its tartness. I brought some home to snack on for the week. Thank you Andrea!

While I was home a piece of Peppermint Bark may or may not have slipped into my mouth at some point. I have no evidence on my camera to prove either way. πŸ™‚

 Is everyone ready for a short week at work? I know I am! And to those of you who already have the week off, well poo poo on you.  πŸ˜› Just kidding! I hope you guys have a great week off as well! I am just as happy to only be working three days! πŸ™‚

1 Nellie November 23, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I love Falafel! What brand mix did you use?

And the Pumpkin Cranberry bread looks fantastic, I don’t mind tartness πŸ™‚

2 Lindsay November 23, 2008 at 8:33 pm

thats really funny bc i just made that bread too!!!

i loooooooooooooooved your bsi recipe – so amazing!!!

3 VeggieGirl November 23, 2008 at 8:36 pm


Falafel + Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread = holy yum.

I am DEFINITELY ready for a short week at school!!

4 Erica November 23, 2008 at 8:46 pm

SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for a short week. Love that you made a BSI recipe. Dinner at your parents look absolutely fabulous! I am thinking about making that bread tonight now!

5 Bridget November 23, 2008 at 8:58 pm

SOOO excited for a short week! Congrats on your BSI win πŸ™‚

6 Megan November 23, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Yeah for a free meal at the parent’s house and yummy bread! I am SO ready for the short week!

7 strongandhealthy November 23, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I love short weeks!!!

Your lunch and dinners look so yummy!

8 Andrea [bellaeats] November 23, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Yay!!! I’m glad you tried the bread…and I’m sorry about the cranberries! πŸ™ They definitely need to be chopped pretty finely so as not to overwhelm with their tartness. Congrats on the BSI WIN!!!!!! πŸ™‚

9 seeleelive November 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I am so ready for the short week. i get to go home for thanksgiving tuesday evening!!! I bet its going to be a really fun thanksigiving back from college!!!

10 Maggie November 23, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I do that with leftovers too – that’s why I like your perfectly portioned meals so much!!!

11 gina (fitnessista) November 23, 2008 at 11:58 pm

i’ve been wanting to try that falafel– it looks amazing!
CONGRATS on your bsi win! not a surprise since your recipe was incredible πŸ˜€
hope you have a great night!

12 Melissa S. November 24, 2008 at 9:12 am

heck yeah for the short week!! soooo excited!

and there’s always a catch for a free meal…always!

13 Rose November 24, 2008 at 9:26 am

I am SOOOO ready for the short week!!

Your dinner with your rents looks so good – homecooked meals with family are always so nice πŸ™‚

14 runningwithfood November 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Hey Meghann – did you like the Full Moon? I’ve heard good things, so I’m curious. Didn’t see it at the grocery yesterday, so I was wondering if I need to pursue further …

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