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Monday is Knocking

by Meghann on March 20, 2011

Do you ever have one of those Sundays that just get away with you? That was definitely today.

I’m not even sure where this day went. All of a sudden it’s 8:30, I’m in my PJs, and Monday is knocking at out door. Can I have a redo please?

We can rewind back to lunch with my cousin’s family if you prefer. ๐Ÿ˜‰


My cousin, his wife, and their adorable daughter stopped in Tampa on their way home from Weeki Wachee (to see the mermaids! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and invited us to join them for lunch. Abbygail has recently sworn her love and affection to shrimp, so we suggested meeting them at the Colonnade off of Bayshore to eat.


The Colonnade is famous for their mini muffin basked that comes with every meal. You had the choice of bran, blueberry, or banana, but I was feeling the corn variety.


For lunch I ordered the crab cake salad and was immediately impressed with not only the presentation of the salad, but the way the crab cake fell apart with just a nudge of the fork. This crab cake was all crab – with very little breading – and was the ideal salad topper.


I enjoyed every flavorful bite. Especially the ones that had a crunch of pine nut and red onion.


After lunch my Sunday/ Fun Day turned into Sunday/Stress Day. It was a long afternoon of grocery shopping, multiple trips to Lowes, and realizing we didn’t have everything we needed to hang both the shelves and curtains.

Luckily Derek’s parents popped in to pick Maggie up just as we were about to pull out hair out and saved the day. His Dad immediately stepped in and helped us figure out the right screws and tools we needed to get the job done.

I can’t wait to be a grown up and know the answer to everything. That knowledge comes with age, right?

We still don’t have curtains, but we do have a lonely shelf.


Yay shelf!

(Ignore the messy living room. I really have no excuses for that one.)

Once the shelf was up – and we decided to call it a day – I made a simple dinner of Kale, Sweet Potato, and Black Beans.


I was tired, lazy, and wanting something quick.

I chopped the sweet potato into tiny pieces then began sauteeing them in some olive oil with rosemary, garlic, and red onion. When the potatoes got a little soft I added the black beans, kale, and a heavy dose of lemon juice. I served the finish product with a shredded slice of swiss cheese (the only cheese we had on hand).


The lemon juice takes a little bit of bitterness out while adding a touch of flavor to the kale. I think the lemon is my new secret when it comes to cooking kale in a way that Derek enjoys.


I scraped the bottom of the Moose Tracks Ice Cream container to get enough to cover one of my Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for dessert.


I plan to do a ‘What I’ve learned from living with a boy’ post when I’m about a month in, but here’s a sneak peak. When I was living by myself a half gallon of ice cream lasted two months or more. Living with Derek a half gallon lasts a week. Actually, the same thing can be said with most things in my fridge. Go figure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m exhausted. We didn’t even get half the things done that needed to be done, but I’m ok with that. There’s always next Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Good Night!

1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

A half gallon lasts a week between the two of you? Very very impressed with the self control. It lasts about 3 days over here!
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2 Lauren @ Team Giles March 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Looks like you had a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

My Sunday totally run away from me too!! I need another weekend, stat!!
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3 jen @ taste life March 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Oh my gosh, it’s so true that food disappears when you live with a guy! I’ve lived with my guy almost four years and I’m still learning things. Can’t wait to read your update in a month.
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4 Sana March 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Living with men is just something else. I can’t wait for the post!!
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5 Shanna, like Banana March 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

The green looks great — super airy and fresh.

I’m 99% sure I’ve been to the Colonnade or at least I had super weird deja vu just now ๐Ÿ˜‰
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6 Kaitlin March 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I’m not ready for Monday either!!
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7 Tropical Eats March 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

ahhh i ate there a few months ago! those muffins were SO addicting.

can’t wait to read what you learn about livin with a boy! hehe
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8 Kayla March 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Food does not last with boys in the house. I swear we can run out of granola bars within 2 days.
And my Sunday got away from me too. Actually the whole weekend did. I want a redo.
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9 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

that crab cake sounds awesome! I love them, but they always seem to bready and mayo-y. I am looking for one just like that!
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10 Kacy March 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Haha, I sure hope the answers come with age. Hanging curtains is something I fail at every single time. It’s beyond frustrating.
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11 Michelle March 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

That’s so true about food and how much men eat.

12 Anne P March 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Ha, food lasts like 0.5 seconds now that I’m living with a boy, too. It’s actually kind of insane.

Does Derek make his own dinner on nights when you eat something like kale/sweet potatoes/beans? Or is he on board for eating whatever you’re having? Matt will usually eat whatever I make, but usually prefers something more meat-tastic for dinner!

13 Meghann March 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

He ate last night’s dinner AND took left overs to work today! He’ll eat what ever I make, but usually requests we have meat a couple of times a week. We both agreed in the beginning that making separate meals for dinner wasn’t what we wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Anne P March 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

Awesome – that sounds like exactly what we do. I love how boys automatically get so much healthier when they live with us because we’re usually the ones cooking ๐Ÿ˜‰

15 Meghann March 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

Yep, of course that doesn’t account for the boxes of Cheez-Its or Chips he buys to keep at his desk on a weekly basis. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Anne P March 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

Ha! Oh, boys.

17 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

oooooh I love kale! ๐Ÿ™‚ And ice cream–gotta have both to balance it out, right?!

18 Ashley March 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Boys eat a lot, even if they’re not hungry they say ‘I want food.’ Love the lonely shelf and I’m sure it will look great with the curtains, the salad looks good too!
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19 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

My mom and dad are always there to help when we can’t figure something out too! I often wonder what my kids will do because I feel like I’ll never know as much as my parents!
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20 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Half gallons of ice cream last a few days when I’m the one eating it ๐Ÿ™‚
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21 Alaina March 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Yeah, ice cream never lasted too long in our house hold. That’s why I didn’t buy it very often. I would rather go to a dairy farm and buy freshly made ice cream. And that ended up being a fun afternoon for us to do about once a month. ๐Ÿ™‚
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22 Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous March 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

The Sunday Night Blues suck!
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23 Khushboo March 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

Wow what a day of good eats! I love crab, so flavorful that thereโ€™s no need to โ€˜ruinโ€™ with breading! I had an awesome starter at a restaurant on Friday: baked crab and parmesan on mini pieces of baguette!

I love how u have dessert every single night- my kinda girl! I know Iโ€™m not hungry and donโ€™t โ€˜needโ€™ it but I love ending on sweet and itโ€™s the one thing I look forward to every day- small pleasures eh?

And good luck living with the boy: sharing a fridge with my brother used to drive me crazy- I started to become awfully protective of the food I bought ๐Ÿ˜‰
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24 Brittney March 21, 2011 at 5:56 am

Haha, I have been to Weeki Wachee! My grandfather used to live right near there! It’s kind of an odd place!
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25 alison March 21, 2011 at 6:36 am

I grew up not too far from Weekie Wachee. I hope your niece had a good time seeing the mermaids.
Boys tend to eat quite a bit and we definitely go through more food when my husband is home. Unfortunately though, our quickly depleting ice cream supply is generally MY fault.

However, let me offer you this one piece of advice: if you are saving something in particular to eat yourself, HIDE IT. Even if you tell them not to eat it and give them the stink eye, they still will, so hide it. Believe me, I know of what I speak. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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26 Lauren March 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

Oh the joys of moving! ๐Ÿ™‚ We were at Lowe’s 4 times this weekend and already have plans to go back tonight.
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27 Meredith March 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

slowly but surely everything will come together!
luckily when i lived with my (ex)bf, he wasn’t into sweets at all so i didn’t have to worry about him finishing off any ice cream! a friend of mine lives with her bf here though, and she was just telling me how she baked a batch of cookies one night and by the time she got back from work the next day they were completely gone. wonder who did that lol.
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28 G March 21, 2011 at 7:38 am

Crab cake with salad and a corn muffins!?!? Throw some avacado on there and you’ve got my perfect meal! ๐Ÿ˜€

29 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

That crab cake looks amazing! A lot of restaurants skimp on things like that, good things yours didn’t ๐Ÿ™‚

Decorating can be so stressful! I totally feel ya on that one! When my boyfriend and I moved in together, it annoyed me sooo much that he didn’t have an opinion about anything I was buying to decorate, and then after I had finished a room he’d say: “This room looks girly” Ummm….well. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I hope you get your curtains up soon! I’m sure it will all come together very nicely!
Oh-and yes. Men have the appetites of gorillas. If you keep anything yummy in the house that you want to last, hide it!

30 Hope March 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

What a fun weekend! I totally know what you mean about living with a guy. Food definitely does disappear much quickly! I always find my boyfriend raiding our pantry.
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31 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

I feel like Sundays, by definition, disappear quickly!
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32 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

That crab cake salad looks gorgeous!

33 Amy March 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

You should try living with 3 boys (husband and 2 sons) it’s insanity! I need a dog…a female one ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

The good part about ice cream not lasting too long is that you get to have a new flavor each week!
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35 Natalie S. March 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

Omg Meghann. The ice cream thing. YES! I live with TWO boys. Imagine how fast that ice cream goes. I can’t believe how much they can eat! I’m really looking forward to this “living with a boy” post ๐Ÿ™‚
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36 megan @ blackberries for jam March 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

There’s a definite advantage to going through a container: not burning out on one flavor! I’m the only one who eats ice cream in my house and sometimes I get really bored with one flavor before I finish the container.

37 Annie March 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love the Colonnade! True story: it was my mom’s high school hangout back in the day. Also, when I was 8, all I wanted to be when I grew up was a Weeki Wachi mermaid. I would practice swimming with my legs together. ๐Ÿ™‚

38 Heather March 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

we just moved 2 weeks ago so I know how exciting it is to get something on the walls! I finally got my hubby to nail up my medal display hanger yesterday and felt accomplished, ha!
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39 Jen March 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Kale totally needs some kind of acid to taste right to me. Try red wine vinegar and a touch of garlic! It’s my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

40 Stacey March 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

In a house of 4 people.. half gallons last 2 days because the boys think 1/2 gallon = 2 servings YIKES
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41 Juli D. March 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The apartment is looking lovely – just a quick tip – you may want to hang window coverings first, before artwork, shelving, etc. Curtains can change the balance – so if you are planning on covering that slider with a rod that would extend beyond the edge of the door (along with curtain), the shelf won’t be centered. Just something to think about as you continue the makeover!
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