Weekend Recap + Lobster Mac & Cheese {Somewhat Healthy Recipe}

This weekend was BUSY. I knew it was going to be, but I honestly didn’t realize I would still be catching my breath. It’s times like this when I think, “Woah, how am I going to do this with 3 kids?” I mean, I know I’ll do it, but the reality checks just keep coming! Ha ha.

I kicked off Friday night with an hour on the spin bike at the gym.

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Obligatory gym bathroom selfie. I look super happy to be there, no?

I actually intended to stop at 50 minutes, but this lady started talking to me about she wished she had more kids and hadn’t focused so much on her career. I haven’t actually figured out how to politely tell people I don’t really care, so I listened and smiled. Meanwhile, my kids/husband were at home starving (kidding – Dan was making them tomato and mozzarella paninis). Pregnancy really draws people to you. I’m not 100% sure this is a good thing.

I arrived home to my family finishing up dinner and decided to make pancakes instead of a sandwich. I just can’t quit you pancakes.

While they were eating dessert (well, technically it was just apples, but it was after dinner) – B lost his 2nd tooth! This damn tooth has been loose for the past 2 months and I was wondering when it come out. FINALLY.

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The good news is that we didn’t fail at tooth fairy duties this time. A crispy, dirty $1 bill was delivered without any drama. We’ve learned. The rest of the night was spent doing nothing in front of the TV. What can I say, Fridays are exciting!

Saturday morning came waaaay too early. We were up and dressed and ready for our insane day by 8:15. We went to the gym and I did my Circuit Workout. Then I rushed over to Davis Bakery for breakfast and coffee, before making it to L’s dance class. From there we rushed to B’s baseball game. There was basically a lot of rushing going on.

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It was opening day and it was chilly and windy.

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This is what I felt like doing too.

B did a great job hitting the ball (it’s his first time playing coach pitch) and did some decent fielding. At this age they still don’t really “play”, so nobody gets out and everyone gets to bat. It’s good because the parents aren’t really cutthroat and everyone gets a turn, but it feels like the longest 3 innings ever.

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That’s my boy!

Thankfully, one of B’s teammates has a little sister who is the same age as L and they are now best friends. They were pretty adorable.

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This is how girls are different than boys.

After the game, we braved my sanity and did some shopping at Target. As always — after about $100 and 1.5 hours later we left. I’m not even really sure what I bought, except these cute shoes:

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I’m a sucker for $20 Target shoes.

When we got home we were ALL ready for a nap. I think I did actually fall asleep for about a half hour because I don’t remember most of the afternoon. All I know is that at some point I started getting ready for my night out. Yes, I left the house! I picked up my friends Jackie and Carol (my friends pretty much want me to be pregnant forever so they have a permanent DD) and we headed over to my colleague’s (my boss) birthday/housewarming party!

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There was an abundance of food, wine, liquor, and shots…

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And this lady!

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Even though I feel like I talk to her every day, I haven’t seen Paula (or her hubs) in ages, so it was really nice to hang out (and Melissa, she’d want me to let you know that she molested me with a very, very long hug that involved rubbing my back).

Also fun? The party of course. Most of the people there I had worked with at some point in the past 6 years. Some I hadn’t seen in a while –  the last time we saw each other I was pregnant with L. I felt the need to clarify that it was a different baby. Lol.

We partied until 12:45ish and then headed home. The best part of the night? There was no puking in my car. (OK, maybe one of the best parts)

Today Dan was really, really sweet and let me sleep in. I needed it! When I finally got my butt out of bed, we did our usual Sunday thing: ate pancakes/drank coffee, relaxed, and then went to the 1:15 spin class. The kids are always super nutty on Sundays (probably because it the one day that we are all together all day!), but thinking back to the day I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are nuts, but they are my nuts.

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Clearly, she dressed herself.

Since we really haven’t had a good quality family dinner the past few nights – I treated everyone tonight and made Lobster Mac and Cheese (see recipe below!). It’s probably the richest meal I’ve made in ages (or ever), but it was worth the splurge. I can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow!

I modified this recipe. It was actually very simple and took about 40 minutes from start to finish.

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 lobster tails
  • 1.5 lbs of whole wheat penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 cups of hot milk
  • 2 cups of fontina cheese
  • 1 cup of 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs

Directions:

Broil the lobster tail. I used these instructions and it was much easier than I thought it was going to be! Once broiled, chop the lobster into chunks and set aside. Once the lobster is done, turn the oven onto bake at 425 degrees.

While you’re broiling the lobster, prepare/boil the pasta and shred the cheese (I shredded the fontina, but used shredded sharp cheddar because I am lazy).

Once the cheese is ready, either microwave the milk for a minute or heat the milk on the stove (DON’T bring it to a boil or scald it – it just needs to be hot). In a saucepan, add 3 tablespoons of the butter and warm it at a medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk until blended. Slowly add hot milk and continue whisking. If you keep the heat at medium it will take a few minutes for the milk to thicken. Once it thickens, remove the saucepan from the heat Add the cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth and then set aside.

Next, drain the (al dente) cooked pasta and thoroughly mix together the lobster, pasta, and the cheese sauce. Pour the mixture into baking dish. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and pour over the top of pasta mixture – followed by sprinkling 1/2 cup – 1 cup of breadcrumbs (I find this strategy works better than combining the butter/breadcrumbs together and sprinkling it on top). Bake for 15-20 minutes. The breadcrumbs should be browned and the pasta should be a little crunchy on top, but thicky and gooey on in the middle. YUM.

Now my full belly and I are going to catch up on The Americans and weep because tomorrow is Monday. Weekend, I hardly knew you!

What is the richest meal you’ve ever eaten or made?? 

Comments

    • says

      Lobster has been really inexpensive this year (in comparison to previous years) because of last year’s warm winters. I’m not sure what the price would be in Utah – but here it wasn’t too bad. I paid $11.99 for 2!

      You COULD always try it with shrimp or crab – but lobster is definitely the best :)

    • says

      One thing you should never do is make a shopping list while you are hungry because then you decide you want the richest, most indulgent meals ever for the week. That said, I’m glad we splurged, but it’s definitely NOT an every week kind of meal!!

      And yes, the hug it was soooooo uncomfortable. I’m shuddering now.

      Oh and L – she was like that all weekend. Girlfriend is so dramatic.

  1. says

    It’s weird that I feel like I “see” you everyday because we talk so much but we actually don’t see each other that much. Guess we need a Ruby Tuesday lunch sometime soon, yes? Croutons FTW!

    I had lobster mac and cheese once and I don’t think I like seafood in mac and cheese. But FF would be all over it.

    Love that pic of Klainie with the shots!
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    • says

      Yes we do need to meet for lunch and croutons soon! My schedule is pretty open the next few weeks, so let me know when is good for you.

      I think you either love seafood in pasta or hate it. I do think the lobster is less overpowering than shrimp or crab though – which would be my other go-to options.

      I wish I had gotten more pictures of us!

  2. says

    I’m supre impressed you are still spinning! And, I’m sure you hate hearing this, but I love your bump! You are just super cute!

    Lobster mac and cheese! OMG. Can you have me over for dinner? ;-)

    • says

      I never hate bump compliments :) I feel like it’s starting to take over my body now though.

      And yes, I still go to spinning! I did spin with both B & L until about 37-38 weeks. I probably would have kept going but (TMI) it hurts too much to sit on the bike seat. We’ll see about this time!

      And yes, come over any time! We had PLENTY… I always make too much food.

    • says

      I’m surprised it doesn’t cost less – especially since they had such an over abundance last summer!! It’s definitely most expensive here — and they try to pass of the crappy Rock Lobster as ‘lobster”. Sorry, it’s Maine Lobster or nothing for me thanks (I’m definitely spoiled growing up in MA!) :) You should definitely find a time to splurge though – it’s worth it :)

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