Friday Favorites {Week 30}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  The kids had Monday and Tuesday off for Rosh Hashanah and my birthday was Wednesday!  With the days off, the kids’ schedules got way off-track.  Bed time seemed to get later and later, and getting up for school was very hard for them on Wednesday!  My birthday was Wednesday, but we celebrated it Sunday, because doesn’t everyone enjoy spending their birthday at back-to-school night?!!!  The strawberry shortcake that my husband brought home from Junior’s that night might have helped make by day!  Here are some of our favorites this week:


1.   Panera Ancient Grain, Arugula Chicken Salad – My favorite salad at Panera is the Chicken Cobb Avocado.  I decided to try the new Ancient Grain, Arugula Chicken Salad and I was pleasantly surprised!  I loved the mix of the spiciness  of the arugula, the sweetness from the grapes and apples and the slight chew of the ancient grain blend that includes freekeh, farro and black barley.  I ordered a half-size and with the bread, it was filling enough for me for lunch.  However, I wouldn’t mind ordering the full-size salad next time!  This may be replacing my Chicken Cobb Avocado for awhile!

2.  Favorite bookmarked recipe of the week:  Now that my mind’s on fall and all things apple and pumpkin, these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing have been bookmarked!


3.  Watermelon Ale – Last Sunday night we went out to dinner at Savannah’s, a local southern-style restaurant.  The Weekend Chef and I split Shrimp and Parmesan Grits (which were amazing!) and Chicken and Greens (a huge fried chicken cutlet, topped with collard greens, cheese and a mustard cream sauce, served with red beans and rice).  The kids split an adult entrée of Pulled Pork over Texas Toast with Mac and Cheese.  While I had a sweet tea, the Weekend Chef had this Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewery.  I’m not a big beer drinker.  However, this ale was really good! It was light and refreshing and the watermelon flavor was perfectly subtle. This must have been some of the last of this summer-only seasonal brew. The brewery website says it’s only available from April to August. Adios, summer.

IMG_2137[1]               bowling shoes

4. Family Bowling Night –  We celebrated my birthday Sunday evening with dinner at Savannah’s, which I mentioned above and then went bowling.  I can’t remember the last time that we went bowling together as a family.  One of our local bowling alleys has 1/2 price games Sunday evenings from 6 PM – closing.  We played two games each for a total of $20!  Can’t beat that and it was so much fun!  The big winner of the night was our son with a high score of 124 (with the bumpers!).

5.  Netflix – I know season 3 of the Blacklist will be airing October 1, but season 2 just came to Netflix.  This week the Weekend Chef and I have started watching the second season.

Linking up with Amanda from Meet @ the Barre, Tif @ Bright on a Budget and Andrea from Momfessionals.  Have a great weekend!



  1. I was wondering when the blacklist would start! I cannot wait. I seroiusly LOVe that show, although I don’t think there can be too many more seasons as the seaosn finale of season 2 answered a lot of questions!

    • You have me curious now how it will end. We only started watching season 2 on Netflix, but so far so good!

    • Thanks Lisa! We all like bowling but just don’t have the time to do it a lot!

  2. We love the Blacklist. Can’t wait til Oct 1st when the first episode airs! I might have to go on Netflix and remind myself of the last episode first 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Happy belated birthday!!! Bowling is such fun and it would be such a fun way to spend a birthday 🙂 And is there anything better than Netflix fun? I’ve heard Blacklist is so good, so it’s definitely in my queue. Have a great weekend!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  4. I love That salad at Panera. We are total fans of Panera, I just feel healthy eating it, ha ha! Definitely happy belated birthday, I hope it was as wonderful as you are! And I hope you have one spectacular weekend!

    • I know what you mean about feeling healthy eating Panera…..just don’t look at the calorie/fat count of my chicken cobb avocado salad! LOL!! But the ancient grain chicken arugula salad is actually really healthy!

    • Ooh, have never seen strawberry or blueberry…..and I’m not a big beer drinker but the watermelon ale was really good!

  5. Happy birthday and I love the idea of bowling as a family–we’ll have to try that when the kids are a wee bit older. You’ve reminded me of Blacklist. I’ve been on a hunt to fill in the TV watching void until the new seasons start. I remember seeing the first two episodes when it first aired and then got too busy. I’ll look into it again.

    • Let me know what you think if you try out the Blacklist. My husband and I got sucked in!

    • My husband and I used to bowl so much before we had kids, we even got our own bowling balls and shoes! It is a lot of fun. Especially moonlight bowling under the blacklights with the music! Aah, miss those days!

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