Grown with Love

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On Sunday, we took my parents to The Flying Biscuit for breakfast.

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They’d never been before, but they loved it!

We wanted to get a semi-early breakfast in so we could hit up IKEA before it got too busy.

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IKEA seems to be one of the main things people want to visit when they’re in the area, even for my parents. My dad was interested in checking out a paper lantern that he’d seen online. He’s a big fan of paper lanterns and has had them in our house for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, he didn’t like them as much in person. Fortunately, he found a couple other paper lanterns to get instead.

Hubby and I were going to scope out furniture for our still semi-empty house.

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We liked this china cabinet to potentially go in our dining room.

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And we need a new bed frame. I love the ones with under-bed storage, though I did see a neat roll out box that can apparently go under any bed. I’m just big on efficiently using space, and there is so much you can put under a bed!

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We also liked these lamps to possibly go in our living room or guest room.

Please note that the lamp is taller than my mom. :lol:

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But we couldn’t leave IKEA without one of the $1 cinnamon rolls. Yum!

After our IKEA shopping trip, my parents had to head back home…and just like that they were gone again. I’m so glad we finally have a second bed in the house because I’m hoping more people will visit us…especially our families! I’m hoping we have many more fun weekends like this one.

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For lunch, we had grilled hot dogs, sweet potato fries, and steamed green beans (from my family’s garden).

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And even though I had a ton of things to do, I took some time to relax with some DVR’ed Cold Case…

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…a new Apple Spice IKEA candle, and some hot tea.

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We had some more of my parent’s veggies for dinner in salad form. The spinach was from the store, but we sliced up a green bell pepper and some fresh tomato from my fam. Home-grown tastes so good! Maybe because they’re grown with love?

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And for dinner…we actually had a hand from Maggiano’s. They’re doing a new deal on their classic pastas where if you order one to eat, you get one to go! My parent’s gave ordered lasagna as their take-home and gave it to us.

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I baked rosemary focaccia to go with the lasagna.

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And even though the bread took awhile overall, dinner was a cinch. Thanks Maggiano’s for helping us with dinner!

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Hubby Turns Baker & Maggiano’s Meal

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After my fun morning of Zumba and unique eats from around the world, I came home to a nice surprise – my parents made it to town and…

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…I found out hubby baked me a birthday cake, my fave (yellow with chocolate frosting), from scratch. That’s right. From scratch! He baked the whole thing and even made the frosting. Talk about impressive, right?! :)

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My parents wanted to go out for an early dinner. I tried to talk them into hitting up a local fave, but they really wanted Maggiano’s since they don’t have it back home. My dad used to frequent the place when he traveled for work, and I think he misses it.

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We scored a cool seat in the upper level of the restaurant with a great view of the tables below.

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Signature salad

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Bruschetta for the table

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Spaghetti with meatballs for my parents and the Rigatoni ‘D’ for hubby and me.

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Mom and dad had an interesting interaction over their pasta.

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I love watching these guys in action.

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Aren’t they cute? :)

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Even though we had dessert waiting back home, we decided to share one dessert at the table.

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We tried the pound cake, which sounds simple, but was surprisingly tasty. They served the cake with ice cream, chocolate sauce and caramelized bananas. Yesss!

Don’t worry, I saved room for birthday cake for later. ;)

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I never thought hubby would bake me a cake from scratch. He’s not nearly as into cooking/baking as I am, and a homemade cake with frosting is not an easy project to tackle. I’m so impressed!

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