We had two things foremost on our agenda for Monday. Number one was just relaxing and coming down from the Holiday Hub Bub. Actually in retrospect, when our holiday weekend happened, it was low-keyed, peaceful, not really hectic (although I thought it would be) and very enjoyable. Two fun days filled with people we love.
Number two on our agenda was a special lunch to celebrated Gail’s retirement. It was decided (by Alice because she didn’t want to hear us all saying..”Where shall we go?”) that we would go to the Riverwinds Restaurant. The restaurant is beautiful and much more elegant than we’re used to. Check their website and you’ll know what I mean.
We asked to sit in the back room because it is bright with huge windows forming two of the walls in the room. We had this view for lunch…
The restaurant is located along the Delaware River giving us a beautiful view of Philadelphia. That’s why we like this room so much.
Alice, Gail-the guest of honor and Margot.
Gail’s brother, Ray and Ralph. Ralph is wearing his “oh, you’re taking my picture again” look on his face. I just Love that! Ralph was trying to teach Ray how to use a compass he got for Christmas. The tutorial continued later on back at Gail’s house.
My lunch…4 cheese ravioli with a blush sauce. It was from their lunch specials menu and it was delicious. I had one roll with it so I thought I was doing very well with staying on track.
The whole group, photo taken by a passing waiter who offered. The brightness of the room made photos a little washed out. It’s either too much light or not enough. Hard to win with this photography thing!
It was a lovely lunch and after that we went back to Gail’s where we enjoyed some time sitting around chatting about our upcoming trip to Florida while Ralph and Ray talked compasses in the kitchen. I believe there might have been a piece of cake eaten during that time.
I am very focused on getting back on track between the holidays. I know that next weekend will be a challenge again, but in the meantime…
Black beans which I soaked last night are now crocking away in the crock pot. I find it so much easier to stay on track when I have them ready and waiting to become dinner!
Ralph had his leftover lunch waiting for his dinner so I decided something easy was in order.
Whole wheat pasta, canned cannelini beans and Ro Tell diced tomatoes with green chilies. What could be simpler. While the pasta cooked, I combined the tomatoes with the beans and warmed them in the microwave in the container the beans had been stored in. Didn’t want to dirty another pot. Worked well.
Topped with parmesan cheese. Very tasty, but I should have added a few more spices. I probably also shouldn’t have had pasta twice in one day. Then of course there was the cheese cake that was a gift from Bill and the Boys that I ate later. Yikes. Did someone say she was getting back on track. Tuesday…yes…Tuesday I’m getting back on track…
The holidays are tricky when it comes to food, there’s no denying that. At least I’m being mindful of what I’m eating, even if it may be more than I should be eating. I am back on track. No more extra goodies until after weigh in on Saturday. Then New Year’s eve and New Year’s day and I’ll be all set to be a model Weight Watchers member. I need to do that for myself. Weight Watchers has given Lifetime Members a wonderful new tool to make that happen. I’ll tell you about that this week.
So I’m off and I think the gym might even be in my future today…Scary isn’t it?! ;-)