My month of no eating out is almost over. I have turned down several lunch invitations, a few Starbucks dates, missed my Wednesday night church group and dinners out with friends. I have said no, even when it has been some of my friends birthdays! A month is not that long in the grand scheme of things, but it did make me realize how often I eat out. My husband played along, and he packed his lunch every single day…except when his boss took him out and that one time he “forgot” we were doing a challenge and went to Jimmy Johns.
My friend Amanda and I were going to listen to our friend Dana Childs speak about being a medium. You can watch a segment of her lecture HERE. (Side note: Dana and I are co-hosting a retreat in Spetember that you don’t want to miss. Details HERE.) Back to dinner…my friend was sweet enough to treat me to sushi and wine before the lecture at Kioshi. They didn’t have a low carb/cucmber roll, so I ordered this special sashimi plate and it was fantastic.
My mom and I still had our regular Thursday date…she is my mom so she bought my lunch all month. We ate at the Improper Pig two times this month because it is so good! It is new and just opened up in Cotswold. Go get the smoked wings, spicy green beans, and the brisket. (yes…I ate the food so quickly both times, I couldn’t even get a picture.
Potluck is always fun when you can’t eat out with friends. I brought champagne and bacon wrapped shrimp to a friends house last weekend. She is an artist, and we had a painting party at her house. So much fun!
It was just like one of those places you go and paint and BYOB, but better! We knew the teacher, had apps before, and it ended up being cheaper!
Since my family and I ate in a lot, and it gave me a change to perfect my bacon wrapped meatloaf. Look at this thing. I have changed the recipe since I first posted it. I leave out the almond meal and cheese. Just egg and meat inside this weaved bacon shell. Isn’t it gorgeous? Almost too pretty to eat. Almost!
All kidding aside…This month’s challenge gave me the chance to celebrate being with people instead of always celebrating or visiting over food. It’s the people that count…not what or where you are eating.
Stay tuned for my April Project 12….it’s an Instagram Photo Challenge! It is going to be loads of fun…follow me and play along!