Whirlwind Weekend

by Jenn (eating bender) on November 10, 2008

Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! I appreciate your patience with me this weekend :) As a pretty much daily blogger, it has become very difficult for me to be away from you for so long! But this whirlwind weekend made it pretty much mandatory. It was a lot of non-stop fun with Papa Bender and Lil’ E (my bro). And it was also just what I needed, since I get homesick pretty often!

The boys came into town on Friday afternoon, at which point we headed to the movie theater to check out Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. I love animated movies like this one because they are designed for kids but they have a lot of adult humor in them, too. And after reading Disney War over the summer (a great book, by the way), it’s fun to see a Dreamworks picture and watch Jeffrey Katzenberg make fun of Disney in subtle ways. I highly recommend this one!

After the movie, we made a pit stop at an outdoor store to pick up some gloves for my dad – trust me, he needed them this chilly weekend! While we were there, I stumbled upon some goodies that I have yet to see in the grocery stores near me.


Yay for the seasonal Clif bar flavors! I am pumped to try these out – particularly the gingerbread flavor. I will make sure to do a full review :) I hope they show up in grocery stores soon, too.

The next morning was the big football game against Ohio State. Of course, no family visit would be complete without multiple trips to Walker Bros. On Saturday, I got the baked Mediterranean omelette.


Yes, it’s humongous. And double yes, I ate it all 😉 I needed that fuel for the chilly four hours of nothing-but-the-outdoors that were ahead of us. They bake their omelettes so they grow even bigger and fluffier – I have to try that sometime – and this one came with spinach, tomatoes, onions and feta. It was v. delicious.

The game didn’t go very well. All that time spent out in the cold…and for what?! Haha, but it was fun nonetheless, and just being able to spend some time with the boys of the family made it all worthwhile. Here are some pictures from the stands.


Me and my Mini Wildcat :) He was all decked out and ready to cheer!


Me and Papa Bender! The resident celebrity chef on this blog!

Following the loss, my family and I headed up to Milwaukee to visit some extended family. It was fun to catch up and get a nice, homecooked family meal (we had veggie-filled chili).

The next morning, it was back to Walker Bros. for a final hurrah. This time, Bobby came along for the occasion.


Yeah, so I may not look my bestest and brightest on Sunday mornings.

This time around, I went with the BEST.OATMEAL.EVER. for breakfast. I am not kidding when I say that every time I go here I am always pleased with this choice.


Not only is the presentation gorgeous, but the actual food itself is pretty darn delicious :) I really need to figure out how they get their oats to look like that! I’ve tried and tried to no avail.


I had my oats with sliced bananas, raisins and brown sugar. They definitely don’t skimp on the sliced bananas here – there had to be at least two small (or perhaps one giant) banana in that dish!


I also had some scrambled egg whites on the side, which I promptly topped with ketchup and pepper to add a nice kick. It was the perfect protein complement to an otherwise carb and fiber-filled meal.


The rest of the day was spent lounging around. We watched some of the Bears game until the boys had to head out for the airport. Once they left, it was time to get crackin’ on the massive pile of homework leftover from a weekend of not doing anything productive 😉 I think I’m about caught up, but I still have a little ways to go!

Lastly, I’ve been tagged by Jenny from This Winding Road – expect to hear some random facts about me in my next post 😉 Can you stand the excitement? I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday! I’ll be catching up on your weekends and blog posts slowly but surely!

Question: What was your favorite part of your weekend?

1 VeggieGirl November 10, 2008 at 9:29 am

What a FAAAAABULOUS weekend, Miss Eating Bender!! 😀 Hope the upcoming week goes well for ya!!

Your site won’t fully load for me… boo :-(

2 Erica November 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

Looks like a fun weekend! I <3 oatmeal out at restaurants!! There is something wonderful about someone making your oatmeal for you! I want to try allllll of those Clif bars! I don’t know which one looks best! I will be looking for your reviews!! Glad you had fun with bro/dad!

3 Megan November 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

What a fabulous weekend! That oatmeal presentation is awesome!

I am anxious to hear how you like the Clif bars. I love the Pumkpin one, but some people do not. I didn’t like the Gingerbread at first, but liked it the second try!

4 Rose November 10, 2008 at 9:38 am

I haven’t seen those Clif bar flavors! Pear Strudel? Oh my, sounds good to me!

Looks like you had a great weekend – you and Bobby are so cute together!

My favorite part? Seeing some of my best friends on Saturday at my friend Liz’s shower…. even though we don’t get together often, we still always have plenty to say, and it’s like no time has passed!

5 lauren November 10, 2008 at 9:39 am

such great pictures and sounds like a great weekend! I cant believe all those clif bar flavors – I have not seen any cool ones around me!!

6 HeatherBakes November 10, 2008 at 9:42 am

Great pics!! You guys are adorable!

I just bought the gingerbread and pumpkin Clif bars at WF last night, but the cashier said that the pear flavor you bought is actually the best fall flavor.

Baking omelettes rocks! I usually start them in a skillet on the stove (maybe 4-5 minutes) and then stick it under the broiler for another 2 minutes or so to cook the top. Nigella Lawson has a good recipe for this (search “Spanish Tortilla” on foodnetwork.com).

7 Mel November 10, 2008 at 10:03 am

Looks like you had a ton of fun at the game, even though they lost! And you were in my neck of the woods on Saturday night!

Your Sunday breakfast looks really good, there is something about oatmeal in a restaraunt that is so yummy!

8 bobbi November 10, 2008 at 10:08 am

What a wonderful weekend!!! I tried the Pumpkin Spice cliffbar ooo so yummers! My favorite part of the weekend was hanging out with friends and the hubby!

9 Aimee November 10, 2008 at 10:15 am

Love your pictures. You and Bobby look so cute together!

Relaxing was the best part of my weekend.

Have a wonderful week:)

10 Moran November 10, 2008 at 10:49 am

My favourite part of the weekend? Sleeping in and hanging out with the family!

11 Natalie November 10, 2008 at 11:12 am

My favorite part of the weekend is getting to sleep in! I love not hearing my alarm clock go off.

Those cliff bars look great! I can’t wait to try the Pear Apple Strudel.

12 eatingbirdfood November 10, 2008 at 11:17 am

It looks like you had a ton of fun with your bro and papa bender! The two breakfasts from Walker Bros look so delicious.

I’ve seen those Clif Bars but I didn’t buy any yet. I’m excited to see what you think of them.

MY favorite part of this weekend was camping!

13 Sarah November 10, 2008 at 11:21 am

i picked up those same flavors of clif bars this weekend too! i already tried the pumpkin one and i can’t wait to try out the others too!

my favorite part of the weekend was definitely reading Twilight–SO good!

14 Beadie November 10, 2008 at 11:30 am

You and Bobby are so cute!

I’m with ya on catching up on blog reading, I had 106 this morning in my google reader. I never realized how much blogging happens in two days!

My favorite part of the weekend in Sunday in general. I just love Sundays.

15 ashley (sweet & natural) November 10, 2008 at 11:35 am

Glad you had a great weekend!

And sort of weird…my parents and sister were at Walker Bros. Saturday morning too! I bet you all were there at the same time. Small world…

16 wholefoodswholeme November 10, 2008 at 11:47 am

great post jenn! you are SUCH a cute couple!! your brother is a cutie pie also, and of course, papa bender is too!!!!!

that place looks amazing – love your oatmeal and baked omlette!! exactly what i would have ordered i’m sure!! (although if they had pancakes i may have been swayed….)

favourite part of weekend… messing around with my mum 😀

17 Sharon November 10, 2008 at 11:51 am

What an awesome weekend! I must say, my favorite part was spending time with my sister – I totally killed her at Wii Boxing! LOL!

Lovely pictures, and that oatmeal does look oh-so yummy!

18 Allison November 10, 2008 at 12:03 pm

That is some EXTREMELY impressive looking oatmeal! I can’t wait to hear how the pear apple strudel clif tastes – that looks REALLY good!

19 Maggie November 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! I got to see my dad this weekend too – it was amazing :)

Lovely oats!

20 chocolatecoveredvegan November 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Beautiful, beautiful pictures! Both of you and the food hehe (oatmeal yum yum)

21 healthy ashley November 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Spiced pumpkin pie Clif bar… Ahhhh….

Thanks for sharing all of the fun and yummy photos!

22 Fit Bottomed Girls November 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Such cute pics, and I can’t wait to get those new Clif bars!!! The ginger one sounds YUMMY!!!

My fave part of the weekend was relaxing at home and watching Iron Man. I have a think for Robert Downing Jr. :)

23 seeleelive November 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Clif bar <3 seasonal flavors..yumm!! i can’t wait to try them!! let us know how they are. your egg whites seriously look SO SO SO SO SO good. and how did you get your oats to look like that? and who’s bobby hahaha!!

24 Erin November 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

1. I know I mentioned this on fb, but your Bobbykins is a freakin’ hotass!
2. The picture of you and Lil ‘E (waddup holmes!) almost brought a tear to my eye. It is SO clear how much you love your family and I LOVE it. V. sweet.
3. You look gorgeous on Sunday mornings. The toggle fasteners on your jacket are adorable. As is the pawprint on your cheek. :)
The best part of my wknd was chillin’ with my lord and master. We snuggled, watched football, went out to brunch, and ran errands together. I LIVE for hanging out w/ him.
Gorgeous Monday Jenn!

25 rachelfresh November 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Hi Jenn!
Long time lurker here! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I love it (especially because I’m in college too). Now that I’m working on my own blog, I’ve finally mustered up the guts to comment and say hi!
Also, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the new Clif bars. The flavors sound yummy! I have yet to see any of them in stores by me.
I’m glad you had a marvelous weekend and I hope it continues through the rest of your week!

26 chandra November 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I bought all of the seasonal clif bars this weekend too!! The gingerbread one is SO good!!

27 Melissa S. November 10, 2008 at 9:33 pm

so jealous of you and those clif bars! i swear, not only is the west coast behind by three hours times wise, but also in getting all the seasonal food products! i went to trader joes today and asked about those bars and the chick goes, “oh, I don’t even know if we’re getting those at all this year.” WTF? hahaha…maybe i’ll have to resort to ordering them if i want to try them that badly!

anyhow…what a great weekend!!! so much fun w/ the family and great eats too!!! you and bobby are so cute!!!

28 runningwithfood November 10, 2008 at 9:38 pm

I’m so glad you had a great weekend with your bro and daddy! I’m lovin’ all the great pictures – you are so adorable!

The food at Walker Bros. looks amazing! Yum yum!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about the seasonal flavored Clif Bars – I’ve seen them in stores around here, but have been hesistant to buy them since you just never know …

29 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 11, 2008 at 6:44 am

That omelette looks amazing!

Glad you had so much fun with your family!

You and Bobby are so cute!

30 oatmeal November 11, 2008 at 8:46 am

Amazing clif bar flavors! I’m so glad you posted about them ’cause I never would have known about them otherwise! [haven’t been grocery shopping in ages 😛 ]

And that oatmeal plate looks so home-y and comforting! The brown sugar and milk combo definitely brings back memories 😀 Glad you had a great weekend!

31 eatingbender November 11, 2008 at 10:26 am

Thanks everyone for the nice comments about me and my family and Bobby. Honestly, you are all so good for my self-confidence, and I always appreciate that! For those of you who asked, Bobby is my boyfriend :)

ashley (sweet & natural) ~ Ah that’s so crazy! But awesome, too!

Sharon ~ So funny! I kicked my bro’s butt at Wii boxing, too!

Erin ~ You are such a sweetie pie.

rachelfresh ~ Thank you for de-lurking! I will now have to check out your new blog!

32 ttfn300 November 11, 2008 at 10:49 am

that breakfast looks awesome! i’d take it for lunch right now :) and i thought that was a cute pic of you and bobby!! i LOVE the pear apple streusal. it’s tops with the blueberry crisp in my book!

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