A pre-birthday weekend celebration.

Hi friends! Smile

So my birthday isn’t actually until this Friday (I’ll be the big 2-9 … yikes!), but this past weekend, Brandon and I had a few days of pre-celebration.

Up first …


… a Saturday morning hike at Lake Lanier!


This gorgeous location is only about a 10-minute drive from our house, and yet we hadn’t visited it until just recently.


We had a great time exploring the hiking trails, skipping rocks on the lake (no shocker … Brandon was a great rock-skipper, while I was not. Winking smile), and checking out the beautiful scenery.

And speaking of Saturday … let’s talk about my Saturday eats.

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This has been my go-to breakfast recently.  A bowl of cereal with some 1% milk, and I’m a happy lady!





This lunch was a throwback to childhood!  Grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup.  Yum!



I made my BBQ chicken again, but this time, we actually had propane so we were able to cook the chicken on the grill!


Cooking it on the grill was even better than in the oven, because the skin got nice and crispy and the chicken had a great smoky flavor.

But I seriously love that BBQ sauce.  I think I could bathe in it.

(OK, not really … that would just be gross.)

I also ate a ton of chips with fresh salsa throughout the day, but I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy stuffing my face and watching college football. Smile


On Sunday, Brandon and I drove down to Atlanta in the morning for church, as usual.  Then in the afternoon, we braved the crowds at IKEA to find ourselves a new desk.

(I’ll eventually show pictures, but it will probably take weeks for us to take the time to put the silly thing together!)

That evening, we had reservations to try a new (to us) restaurant.


Two Urban Licks is a funky, midtown restaurant with some really great reviews.


The restaurant is located in an old warehouse building with high ceilings and an open kitchen placed right smack in the middle of the room.


The one “con” of the restaurant is that because they have a fire pit in the middle of the open kitchen, you leave smelling of smoke. 

But it’s a small price to pay for the awesome food we were served!

First up, warm and crusty ciabatta bread, served with a mixture of chili oil and balsamic vinegar.


For an appetizer, Brandon and I shared the Empanadas, which were filled with smoked brisket and topped with a garlic aioli, pico de gallo, and feta cheese.


I picked off the feta because I’m not a fan, but the Empanadas were incredibly flavorful and delicious! 

For dinner, Brandon chose the Bistro Steak …


… which was served with herb whipped potatoes, roasted peppers, yellow corn, and a chimichurri sauce.

For my dinner, I chose the Bronzed Scallops …


… which were served with gouda grits, pico de gallo, and a smoked tomato broth.

I always love scallops, and these ones did not disappoint.  I also loved the pairing of the heavy gouda grits with the light tomato broth!

And of course, since we were celebrating my birthday, we had to get dessert!


We chose the peach bread pudding with a caramel swirl ice cream.  I absolutely loved it, but it could have used even more peach chunks in it.  Regardless, the warm bread pudding with the cold ice cream was delicious!

Sunday night, we used some of our hotel points to stay at a hotel downtown.  We slept in on Monday morning, before eventually waking up and walking to a local Dunkin’ Donuts.


Ice cold milk and a crème-filled Long John, served in my plush hotel room bed?  Happy Birthday to me! Winking smile

Question for ya …

What did you do over the long weekend?

Best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Would you have gone for the steak or the scallops?

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35 Responses to A pre-birthday weekend celebration.

  1. Danielle

    Love the birthday eats and happy belated birthday! No good birthday is complete without dessert :)
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  2. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    Happy early birthday!! Steak and scallops are the hardest thing for me to choose from so I typically do surf and turf if it’s an option!
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  3. Kat

    Happy early birthday!! Looks like you started the celebration off right :)
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  4. Jan Petters

    Did I really give you grilled cheese and tomatoe soup as a child? Why don’t I remember this? I do, however, remember the creme filled Longjohns!!! At the local IGA when you were a baby and at the local bakery on your way to daycare as a toddler and preschooler. Yum!

    Happy Birthday Friday!!! Enjoy your day.



  5. Jessie

    What a great early birthday meal! I can’t get over how amazing those scallops look!!! I have been craving them all day haha.
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  6. Jenny

    Happy pre-birthday! Love Two, one of our favorite restaurants in town! If you like salmon, you should definitely get the salmon chips as an app next time – they make their own chips & they are delicious!!

    • notsodomesticated

      We heard that those were their most popular appetizer … for some reason, I wasn’t in the mood that night, but we’ll definitely try them next time!!

  7. Lauren

    What a great pre-birthday! That steak looks delicious. The great thing about turning 29 is if you don’t want to be 30 next year you can be 29 all over again :-)

    • notsodomesticated

      I like that idea, Lauren! ;)

  8. Carolyn@LivingOriental

    Ohhh Happy birthday! I love Ikea…I think it’s basically a women’s toy r us. Lol.

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha very, true!!

  9. kaceyt

    Looks perfect! And great choice on the chocolate long-john…my favorite!

    • notsodomesticated

      Long-johns are my favorite, too! I used to always get one as a kid!

  10. Austin

    Happy almost birthday! Those are beautiful pictures of the lake.

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Austin!

  11. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I can NEVER skip rocks. I totally suck at it. Those dinners look amazing. I am drooling over the steak. I’ve been 29 for like 5 years now, its not so bad. ;-)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahaha you are so funny! I think I’m planning on sticking at 29, too! ;)

  12. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    Fun! Glad you had a great start to your bday! I would’ve definitely chosen the steak w/o question. I adore scallops, but I like steak better!
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    • notsodomesticated

      How about steak AND scallops? Now that would be a great meal!! ;)

  13. Pamela

    Hi Kristen! I’m glad you had a great weekend, and I thought of you this weekend, but thought you’d be busy, so I didn’t call. I hope we can catch up sometime.. and let me just say how much I love that picture of you in the restaurant.. gorgeous!!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hi, friend! We definitely need to catch up soon. I’ll try to call you asap!

  14. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Happy birthday week! I had forgotten that you were a September baby too! All that food looks amazing – especially that dessert!!! I definitely would’ve gone for the scallops. Love you!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Love you, girl!! :)

  15. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    Good for you guys! I’m glad you got to get away and enjoy some delicious eats and quality time with your hubby. I’m craving a donut now! ;)
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  16. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Sounds like your pre=birthday celebration is going great so far. Can’t wait to hear about the actual birthday weekend coming up! =)
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  17. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Weee birthdays are just the best, I try to celebrate them for a week or so before and after… have to make it last :) I am glad you guys got to get away for a bit.. delicious eats too!
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  18. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    That sounds like the perfect pre-birthday celebration! I can’t even remember the last time I had a Long John, it looks good!
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  19. Corrie Anne

    Ooo!! Empanada!! And the long john!! Yum! How fun!! What a fun early celebration!!
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  20. Simone @ realgoodfood

    This looks like a perfect long weekend to me. The lake near your house is amazing. Would love to have something like this near my home. In the restaurant I would have eaten the scallops..it looks delicious.
    I hope you have a fantastic birthday tomorrow!! :)

  21. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud

    holy cow those scallops look DELISH!
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  22. Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles

    You hike looks absolutely gorgeous! Happy Birthday!! 29′s a great age….but 30′s even better

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Rebecca!! :)

  23. Elle @TheWay

    Happy Birthday!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Elle! :)

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