lunch at gypsy den restaurant & becoming an introvert

 

In this holiday season, I am choosing to be very protective of my time. Well, actually, this has been my theme all year. I don’t want to be soooo busy that I become exhausted. It’s so easy to get caught in everyone else’s busyness, that you really have to recognize when it’s time to get off that fast moving train.

I don’t know what it is, but since becoming a mom, I have leaned towards my introverted ways. I cherish my alone time, I especially need my alone time and I actually crave one on one time more than being surrounded by a lot of people.

Which might be an exact opposite of how I was pre-baby. Back then, I loved the rush of a big parties, the buzz of all the people around me and I fed off their energy. It was glorious, and once it was done, I couldn’t wait to plan another gathering.

But NOW…..whenever I have to spend a lot of time interacting with a lot of people (which is part of my job), I become exhausted afterwards.  Good thing my commute to and from work allows me to have my alone time so I can be relaxed when I get home and ready to play with Baby H.

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Although I still love to entertain friends and family, and attending social events, it has to be at  my choosing and let me tell you, I am getting really picky at what takes up my time.  If I have to be away from my baby, it better be worth it.

I would rather cut down the guest list in half so I can interact and mingle with each guests, it’s the quality over the quantity of guests that is important to me.

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So when my sister asked me to have lunch with her during the middle of the week, I was really excited. This is the type of one on one time that I need. A time to catch up and slow things down, and for her to take a break from her busy college schedule.

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We had lunch at the Gypsy Den Restaurant. I really loved that old, warm and rustic feel of the restaurant. It was cozy in there. The ambiance was just perfect for a mid-day break. I can see myself drinking a latte and reading a book here, which I actually saw a few people do (it was mid-day and how lucky are they).

 

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My sister was celebrating finishing all her mid-terms by shopping at the nearby stores and I very much enjoyed my time away from the office.

We enjoyed the food and I would order the same thing again, but the conversation was better. I think that’s how it should be right?

Nachos: cheddar, black beans, sour cream, jalapeno, house made tortilla chips and salsa

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Waldorf Chicken sandwich: green apples, celery, grapes, red onions, fresh parsley, house baked croissant

Cranberry & Goat Cheese Salad:  mixed greens, green apples, dried cranberries, sprouts and candied walnuts

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ideas for thanksgiving dishes

Even though I have my favorite holiday season dishes, I intentionally try new recipes every year. I look forward to discovering new recipes and trying new things in the kitchen.  Sometimes I try something new and I find it ok, so I either go back to my favorite dish the next year or keep looking for other recipes.

When people ask for recommendations, I always recommend dishes that I have already made and tried. This way I can give suggestions on what I would do differently if I were to make it again or give them tips.

Here are some recipes that I’ve loved in the past to give you some ideas on what to serve during Thanksgiving.

- quinoa vegetable muffins

 

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Veggie Bars

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sweet potato casserole

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candy corn cereal mix

 

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Petite Lasagnas

 

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Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuits

 

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Turkey Meatloaf

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

 

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Eggplant Parmesan

 

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Moroccan Couscous

 

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Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

 

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Coconut Date Balls

 

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