5 on Valentine’s Day Friday

1. We aren’t really Valentine’s Day celebrators, but we still like to have an excuse for a dinner date night!  We usually go out a day or two before to avoid the crowds and ridiculous priced menus but there was a new burger place we found that we really wanted to try.  I didn’t think a burger dinner would be a popular Valentine’s Day dinner, I was wrong! The place we originally wanted to go to had an hour wait, and it was only about 615.  So we decided to check out another really good burger place that I hadn’t been to in over a year,  and luckily didn’t have very long to wait. Meat Liquor!

meat liquor

What is Valentine’s without dessert right? There is a steakhouse in one of the Marriot’s here that serve USDA beef.  I took Greg there one year for his birthday.  They also claim to have the best cheesecake on this side of the pond, but we didn’t get to try it then.  We were only about a mile away last night,  so I suggested we start walking off our dinner to make room for dessert!


They have a little cafe before you actually go into the restaurant that also serves the cheesecake so we went there to share one.  It was really good, but mainly all crust which is my favorite part anyway!  The good thing about being out in central London is you have to walk everywhere which is a plus after our indulgent night!

Did anyone see Yahoo!’s auto generated Valentine’s Day email’s?! There was a red heart button next to the compose an email, so I clicked it and there was a drop down that you could select from which were crazy in love, friendly love, and all outta love.  I selected crazy in love and this is an example of one of them:

” My dearest darling,

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. The warmth of your love could protect me from the harshest winter. A hundred years together would not be enough. You shine more brightly than all of the stars in the sky.

Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.


Hilarious! I had to send a few to Greg, haha!

2.  What’s up with this winter!


According to the weather channel, since last night we have been getting about 30mph winds.  It sounds like it’s much stronger than that, and am just waiting for our living room doors to blow open any minute.  We have been getting so much rain lately too.  Apparently this has been the wettest winter in 250 years and there has been crazy flooding all around the country.  I hope this isn’t a foreshadow of this!

1My mom lives in Maryland and she has been sending me pictures every day of the ridiculous amount of snow that they have been getting.


Baby snowman she made with peanut arms! photo 4

3. Nutrition 101

I was recently invited to give a talk to members of a local charity on basic nutrition information.  I was pretty nervous for most the few weeks before preparing for it.  You never know how people are going to take you, but luckily everyone was very friendly, so it definitely helped my nerves.  The more practice the better right!


4.  Sugar 101

My eating unfortunately took a turn for the worse.  I’m such an emotional eater, and my nerves were all over the place!  I woke up last Sunday morning craving cinnamon rolls, so cinnamon rolls I had!

cinnamonrollsThere were also birthdays at work, so saying no to a piece, or two, of cream cheese frosted carrot cake was next to impossible!  I’ve been looking into the 21 day sugar detox diet.  I seriously think I’m addicted to sugar, once I have something sweet it’s very hard to stop myself from having a second or third helping.  I’ve been trying to eat lots more veggies and protein to keep my hunger in check and once Valentine’s Day is over I think it’s best to avoid processed sugars for awhile!

carrot cake

5.  Wedding planning

We are pretty much exactly 6 months out! Seriously can’t believe how quick the time is going.  The last big thing we are doing is our wedding cake.  The only issue we have is we want our bottom tier to be chocolate and the top two to be vanilla so not sure how that will work out.  I’ve sent this picture to the bakery that will be making it, and am waiting to hear back that hopefully they can do it!


We are going with a rustic theme and loved this cake and thought it would go perfectly!


Do you celebrate Valentine’s?

Any sugar detoxing advice? 

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4 Responses to 5 on Valentine’s Day Friday

  1. Shoshanah says:

    I think having chocolate and vanilla cake tiers is a great idea! And since it’s all covered in frosting anyone, no one will have any idea until the cake is actually cut.

    And just letting you know, I’m stopping by from Five on Friday!

  2. I ABHOR THE WIND!!! Seriously hate it! Ugh. Too many stories about WHY I hate it too. LOL.

    As for sugar. I have not eaten sugar in 12 years! It’s very easy for me now, but when you first start, it’s hard because sugar is seriously EVERYWHERE! You really have to be strict and read every label! After the first month it will start getting easier, but you’ll probably go through withdrawal for sure! I use stevia if I want anything sweet 🙂

    • Yeah I hate the wind the too, I usually have to walk everywhere since I don’t drive here so it’s hard to avoid it!

      That’s awesome you haven’t eaten sugar in 12 years! I’m a sucker for desserts so I don’t know if I could ever give it up completely, I just need to find a good balance and have one piece of carrot cake instead of 4! haha

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