Birthday Dinner at Del Friscos

Last Saturday, in honor of my birthday this week, we ate at the new Del Frisco’s in the Shops at Legacy in Plano, TX.

20170617_173712They have other locations in the DFW metroplex, but this is their newest location.  The staff was amazing.  We loved our server!  But today, I’m going to talk about the food.

So, usually, we get the calamari whenever we eat at a steak house like this one, but we decided to be adventurous this time and we ordered the octopus, served with Gigante beans, tomatoes, olives, capers, lemon, and cold pressed olive oil.

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The ends of the octopus were a little chewy, but the rest of it was tender and the beans and tomatoes complimented it very well!

The special of the night was a bone-in fillet, oscar-style, with asparagus in a hollandaise sauce.  This is actually quite similar to what I have ordered in the past at other steak restaurants, so for the first time in my life, I ordered the special.

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The meat was super tender and juicy.  I ate half of this and took the other half home, and the leftovers were still tender and juicy even after warming it up in the microwave!  Oscar style is crab meat on the top of the steak.  I’ve never had it all together in one dish (usually the asparagus and sauce are on the side), but it did not disappoint!

Michael ordered the prime rib, which he ate most of, but still had some left to eat the next day for lunch.

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Usually, we get the lobster mac and cheese, but the server said that there was another lobster option not on the menu yet called lobster mash (basically lobster with mashed potatoes).  She asked if we would like to try that instead, and Michael said, why not get both?  So we did.

They were both amazing.  They both had different tastes and textures, but they were like casseroles.  Yummy, scrumptious casseroles.  We had a good bit to bring home for these as well.  And they were half orders!

Finally, we asked for the dessert menu.  The server recommended the butter cake.  There were other choices that sounded pretty good, but they were the more usual choices we make.  So we threw caution to the wind and ordered the butter cake to share.  It’s served with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream.  The perfect end to a wonderful dinner!

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We left so full and satiated that evening.  It was a wonderful birthday treat!  We will definitely come back again.

What are some of your favorite restaurants?  Do you usually order the same thing, or do you try new things?

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Recent Happenings

Michael and I have been going and going lately, so I thought I would touch on a few things we’ve been doing.

First, on Thursday night, one of the partners at Michael’s firm invited to go bowling for charity at the Bowlounge in the Design District in Dallas.

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I had fun, but I was absolutely awful at bowling.  I don’t think I’ve bowled in at least a year, that I can remember.  And about mid-way through our first game, my wrist was like nope.  Still, it was so much fun bowling with the partner and his wife.  We were laughing the entire time and cheering each other on.  Plus there was a very cool guy there with an awesome bowling shirt.  The Dallas All Sports Association provides scholarships for underprivileged youth who have been accepted to a college or university.

And then, on Friday night, Michael and I organized a charity game night sponsored by our church.  We raised money for two organizations here in Dallas – CitySquare and Refugee Services of Texas.  It was so much fun, and it went late into the night.

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We also celebrated our friend Dave that evening.  He was trying to fund a Kickstarter for his new party game, the Greater Debate, and Friday, he met his goal!  We were so happy for him and celebrated with cake.

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We are so happy to be a part of such a giving and supportive community.  We are so grateful to have so many opportunities to be a part of things that are bigger than ourselves.

Alzheimer Kick Off Party

This past Sunday, I went to Nebraska Furniture Mart in the Colony for the Alzheimer Team Captain Kick-off Party.20170604_171341

Each of the team captains received a goodie bag filled with water bottles, a phone fanny pack, and pamphlets on recruiting and fundraising tips.

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After signing in, we gathered in this small area with other teams.  I met a lovely nurse from one of the local care facilities.  She has been involved with the Alzheimer walks for over 20 years.  We talked about patient care, and I could tell she was so passionate about the people she has cared for.  I am so thankful for our conversation.

A local Tex-Mex restaurant donated food and drinks for the party.  We had eaten there before, so we knew it was going to be delicious!  After everyone settled, Tara Longley, the Northwest Regional Director, talked about how much was already in place for the walk in September.  Big named companies, like Edward Jones and Denbury, are sending several teams to walk this year.  I was able to talk to her personally, and she said that the hope is to outgrow our present location to an even bigger one in 2018.  And it looks like we are on track to do that.

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We also talked about the successes of last year.  Those who have been team captains for five years or longer received a journal.  The longest running team captain received a duffle bag, and the shortest one received a piggy bank.

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Being in a room with so many people who have a passion for finding the cure to this horrible disease was both uplifting and heartwarming.  This will be our eighth walk this year, in honor of my great-grandmother, Zorie, and Michael’s dad.  If you would like to donate to the walk this year, you can do so at the link below.  Together, we can fund for more advocacy for caregivers and research to find the cure to Alzheimer’s!

Par-tay Around the World

This weekend, we celebrated the sixth birthday of this guy.

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We share a birthday month, and he has the same name as my little brother, but there are so many other things that make him special to me.  His quiet kindness, his sweet smile, his excitement about his current interests.  In fact, his birthday party was a trip around the world because he loves drawing and learning about countries and states and capitals.

The whole party was adorable.  She had food from around the world – French fries, German sausage, American chicken nuggets, Italian ice for dessert.  Plus there were puzzles and passports for the kids.

Of course, I also love her other two boys as well.  The oldest is smart and headstrong, a great big brother most of the time.  He has a strong sense of justice and isn’t afraid to ask questions.

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And goodness gracious the youngest is a hoot.  He is funny and talkative and charming. His smile can light up a room.

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When Michael and I moved here, we didn’t know very many people, and we had no family nearby.  But this family and our family have adopted each other.  We have laughed together, cried together, lifted each other up, mourned with each other, rejoiced with each other, talked about the hard stuff, and just really lived life with each other.  So thankful to have them in our lives.  Happy Birthday, Daniel!

Easter Weekend

Since I gave you a weekend update last week, I thought I might as well keep the trend going.  That, or the weekends are picking up as we head into the summer months!

This past weekend was Easter, and I wrote a bit about this year and how it is different than prior years in my Sunday post.  But we still managed to make wonderful memories this weekend, despite the reminders of our pregnancy last year.

First of all, Michael and I still get each other a little something for Easter morning.  This year, he asked for a board game, one that we have played and enjoyed.  And I asked for a kitchen composting kit.  I know that’s a weird request for an Easter gift, but I’m really getting into the gardening mood lately, and I hate throwing away food scraps, so this really was the perfect gift for me.

To be honest, I forgot to buy cinnamon rolls for Sunday morning, but I knew I had the ingredients for some kind of bread.  I thought biscuits would be perfect, so I grabbed a recipe off of All Recipes.  It said to use a cookie cutter to make the biscuit shape, and I thought, why not an Easter cookie cutter?  I happen to have one from many years ago, so we had bunny biscuits!

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Then, after worship, we had lunch with our framily (friends that are considered family).  This is a long-standing tradition between our families, and this time the other family hosted.  She made an amazing leg of lamb (cause I can’t do ham), with all of the fixings.  I just had to show up with my chocolate covered peanut butter eggs.  It was all delicious.

One of her boys is not shown up there, but I love every single one of them.  The oldest who is such a smart, funny leader.  The middle child (not shown) who is kind and loving.  And the youngest who could charm his way into anything.  When I sat down, the middle child put a biscuit on my plate to make sure I got one.  And when he ate one of my peanut butter eggs, he asked if he could have them for his birthday.  I really love making memories with this family.

So, despite the harder parts of the day, the memories of last year, I’m still so very blessed.

Weekend Happenings

I meant to get this out yesterday, but I got into an organizing mood around the house.  When that happens, all bets are off until the project it finished.  In fact, I’m starting on my book organization project from this month’s goals soon, so I’m hoping I can balance that with everything else going on in the next couple of weeks.

So last Saturday, Michael and I went to a fabulous party.  It had rockets, cupcakes, and lots of kids.  It was only the hippest 3 year old party we have been to this year.  And it was for this little guy.

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I can’t believe it’s been three years since Michael and I went over to their house to watch their two older boys while this one was born.  I have so, so many precious memories with these friends, and I am honored to be a part of their life.

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(The above picture was taken the day that Levi was born).

And then on Sunday, we attended the SPCA Volunteer Appreciation party.  It was held at a Studio Movie Grill where we watched The Secret Life of Pets.

We had seen the movie before, but it’s definitely a great movie for a second viewing.  It was awesome to spend time with the fellow volunteers.  There was a slide show before of some of the dogs who had been adopted.  There were little notes from the adoptive families next to a picture of the dogs.  Captain Hook was one of them.

It was a great weekend to kick off a series of busy weeks!  I’m thankful that I have such amazing friends and an amazing community to do life with!

 

Spreading Hope

This week has been crazy with the new dog.  Both Michael and I have forgotten how much work a one-year-old dog can be, but it’s getting better.  It’s really nice that he’s super smart.  I look at it as practice for being on your toes when a baby comes into our family.

If you are just joining this little story, I would invite you to check out my About page, so that this post will make a little more sense.

When I was in the hospital with my first stillborn daughter, a box was given to me by the nurses.  And the second time I was in the hospital saying goodbye to another daughter, I received another one.  They were from a group called Hope Mommies that is here in Dallas.  It’s a Christian support group for women who have had pregnancy loss or young infant loss (usually a year or under).  I attended a walk last October that was hosted by this group.

Well, last Saturday, I met up with some of the girls who were a part of this group, and we put together the Hope boxes, similar to the one I received during my losses.

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We formed an assembly line, filling each box with books, candles, tissues, bookmarks, tea, and chapstick, among other things.

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And after all of the boxes were filled, we each sat down and wrote notes to the women who would receive these boxes.  Most of these notes and boxes will go to local hospitals to be given to women just like me.  I tried to keep that in mind as I wrote a note to these precious mamas.  It was a lot more emotional that I thought it would be.

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If you know someone who has recently gone through a pregnancy loss, Hope Mommies has a Facebook page that you can join.  You will have to go through the admin, though, because the group is very protected, especially the forums.  I’m so glad to be a part of something that can both support and give opportunities to support others.