I can’t believe our journey is almost over. As Nick asked you previously, “are you sick of this yet??” 😉 While I’m so happy that we did this plan, I have to admit that I am also ready to be done. Not because the food is lacking, but just because I miss the spontaneity when we’re out and about. We’re anxious to share all of our ideas with moving forward, but you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s post!
We had plans to take Olive to Old Town Alexandria to a pet boutique that was having a puppy ice cream social. We got into town about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to start, so we took the opportunity to walk around, find some new shops, and just enjoy being together. Olive LOVED being in the city! She’s always a little crazy excited at first, but she seems to settle down quickly. She got to meet several other dogs along the way, and she did great at the pet store. They loved on her, and she loved her banana/peanut butter frozen treat.
We then headed out to Gravelly Point Park to have lunch (we packed our salads and some fresh watermelon). It’s a really pretty park along Potomac River that sits RIGHT NEXT TO Reagan National Airport. It was so fun to be outside watching the planes fly right over our heads! So cool. Olive loved it, too.
Since it was a weekend, we had a special breakfast and dessert to enjoy. For breakfast we had the Carrot Cake Waffles.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this at first, but they grew on me rather quickly. The outside was crisp, and the inside soft and fluffy. (seriously, her gluten free flour blend is MAGIC) I didn’t taste the carrots so much, but the spices were pronounced and tasty. We topped these with a smidge of pure date syrup. Yum! We’ll definitely make these again!
After a great day, and some last minute grocery shopping for next week’s menu, it was time to settle in at home with our cozy pants. After enjoying the rest of Homestyle Mexican Casserole – with fresh avocado! – we were finally ready to dig into dessert. Nick made the Orange-Chocolate Silk Mousse in the morning before we left for the day so it could chill in the fridge and get nice and cold and set up a bit.
Wow. This mousse is fantastic. The orange flavor is subtle, but not so much that you can’t taste it. It’s just enough. This would be a great dessert to have with company, and you could easily mix up the flavors with other things like raspberry. Nick was so sad when this one was gone. That is always a great sign of a tasty dessert!
It was a really great day, and we had loads of fun together as a family. It was great to be able to pack up our salads and head out for the day. Having a plan about your meals definitely makes you eat healthier when out and about!