the anniversary post: no cooking :)

Thursday was our 27th wedding anniversary.  Greg was living the dream up at 5:00 a.m. in Baltimore for a day in DC that didn't end until he arrived home actually this morning at 2:40 a.m. (love flying through Atlanta).  Happy Anniversary!
Back at home the girls met me at the movies after my lululemon shift . "Crazy Stupid Love" was fabulous!  I average one or two movie theater visits a year and we picked a good one this time.  One of those cathartic movies that brings tears and smiles sometimes at the same time.  Seeing as how I'm teetering on the edge of tears at any moment as the days until my babies leave home dwindle, I didn't end up too big of a mess.  Good enough to head over to Seasons 52 for a light dinner anyway.

If you've been reading along for a while you know that I spent my birthday at Seasons 52 in an official capacity as a food blogger.  So, logically I spend my anniversary there too.  The staff was fairly amused that I was celebrating my anniversary without my husband, but really who wants to cook on their anniversary?  Truly, dining with my girls is always fun.  Same goes for the husband, but we'll have lots of dinners just the two of us soon enough.

Kelly, me and Sara outside Seasons 52 courtesy of the valet

Kelly and I ordered wine (still a little weird to have my child ordering wine, and funnier too that she loves red which has taken me years to appreciate) and at 6 p.m. on a Thursday our appetizers were on their way in short notice.  Kelly started with an organic baby spinach salad with berries and gorgonzola and I chose a bowl of corn chowder.   I'd been cold all day at work (it's Siberia cold in the fitting room areas at lulu) and the movies so the warm soup was heaven.  The fresh sweet corn was sliced from the cob in sheets so there were nice blocks of corn in the thick base.  Yummy.  Before Sara could completely starve, her pretty Farmer's Market Vegetable Plate arrived along with Kelly's flatbread and my Spicy Chicken Chile Relleno.  Filled with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach it was warm, spicy hot and cheesy.  I love warm and cheesy.

Of course I had mentioned it being my anniversary so the celebration tower version of mini indulgences was served with a shot glass filled with a lighted candle on top.  When they were first brought to the table Kelly thought to herself Seasons 52 brought them all out gratis for us to enjoy.  Seasons 52 is all about the guest experience, but they did just intend for us each to chose our favorite one.   Kelly picked blueberry cheesecake and I picked the peanut butter/chocolate loveliness.  Sara shared with me and you know it's tempting if she eats dessert.  Fun night.

The best part?  My girls surprised me with two cupcakes carefully chosen from the impressive array at Holy Cow Cupcakes.  Two desserts in one evening.  Truly awesome!   I love my little family.

Kelly's salad with baby spinach, raspberries, pine nuts and gorgonzola

my summer corn chowder

Kelly's flatbread (we shared)

Sara's vegetable plate (low light and one glass of wine=fuzzy pictures)

my chile relleno (note, not fried which is way better)

the celebration tower of mini indulgences


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