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date night w/tony {eat street social & glam doll donuts}

I love Open Table.  I love the fact that I can make a reservation online which then almost feels like a date before the date.

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Because we have committed to it!  I had been hounding Tony via FB messaging during Glam Doll Donuts 12 Days of Christmas.  Sending him pictures of donuts.  Describing in great detail the donuts that most appealed to me.  I kept telling him we NEEDED to go – but alas, a donut run never came to be. :(

So I decided to arrange a Date Night in the neighborhood.  Because then we would have to make a stop.

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I AM SO GLAD I DID!!!!!  I made reservations at Eat Street Social after reading all sorts of rave reviews.  Several menu items appealed to me:  Smoked Pork Chops, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and a unique array of cocktails (I never made it past the Witch Hazel => brown butter infused Great Lakes Pumpkin Spirit, maple brown sugar syrup, Trifecta Bitters).  Tony ended up ordering the Prime Rib and I had the Amish Chicken with a bacon and brussels sprout ragout I am still craving five days later.  The BEST meal either one of us have had in a very long time.

So good, I almost forgot about our donut run.

glam doll donuts

Almost.  I chose a couple of sweet & spicy numbers for myself, including the Chart Topper (peanut butter & sriracha) and the Bomb Shell (spiced Mexican chocolate & cayenne pecans).

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I may have chose ten more, just because.  And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Tony decided to take me to secret destination.

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His new office in Woodbury.

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A fun, fun night dreaming about the future and reflecting on the past.

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if:table {january 2015}

A couple of weeks ago we ushered in 2015 with our first IF:Table of the new year.  We talked about last year – the good and the bad.

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And spent a little time looking ahead, dreaming and sharing some of our personal goals.  There was a ton of laughter and even a few tears; deep and meaningful conversation that made my heart nearly burst with joy.  We enjoyed a wonderful Chicken, Red Grape & Pesto Pizza, Baked Ziti w/Three Cheese (incredible as well!), Dole Light Caesar Salad, and Panna Cotta w/Fresh Berries.

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I love this time around the table.  The food.  Sharing our home.  Learning more about others’ stories.  It is such an incredible blessing to see something so beautiful come from something that was once the ugliest part of my life.

For nine years of my life, food was the enemy.  Life with an eating disorder was miserable and consuming – there was no pleasure associated with food, only punishment.  It is so like God to find a way to use for good the very thing that brought me such pain and isolation.

Only He could find a way to redeem that broken part of my life.


It sheds new light into this passage from 2 Corinthians 12:9:

But He said to me, My grace is enough for you; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest upon me!

All of the broken pieces (even my biggest mess!) can become a vehicle for so much more if I allow God in.

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my largest photo mosaic yet

large mosaic collage© Tina Vega Photography

I am a huge fan of photo collages.

full office collages

I especially love mixing sizes, colors, and textures to create a work of art that tells a story.

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Our massive dining room wall is next in line for a makeover.  I spent yesterday dreaming and drawing.

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And found THE PERFECT PIECE to center our collage around.  Our wall will include images from Paris, prints on metal and canvas, and word art.

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Makeover plans include a much larger dining room table, light fixtures, tile & more!  Of course, I will be sharing all sorts of details along the way.  How about you?  Any makeover plans for 2015?

Lynn Peterson - January 27, 2015 - 8:50 pm

I am actually dreaming about a kitchen remodel. We met with a kitchen/cabinet designer tonight to start turning our vision into a plan. It’s a big project and we are trying to put some real numbers to the wish list. We’ll see what’s within our budget!

Tina - January 27, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Ooooooh, how fun Lynn!!!! It’s fun to see dreams start to take shape in the real world!!

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