On Friday, we all left early due to the gorgeous fall weather and it was so nice to kick off the weekend at 3pm!
I went for a walk immediately upon arriving home and then we headed out for our date night!
We went out to dinner to celebrate my new job! We were seated out on the covered patio and it was so nice to eat outside! I'm not usually a fan of chain restaurants, but if you're in the Twin Cities area, Ridgedale just opened a new location of The Cheesecake Factory and it's significantly less busy than the one at Southdale!
I went with the Greek salad for my entree and then we ordered dessert as part of our celebration. This red velvet cheesecake was so good, and I'm not usually a cheesecake person!
The restaurant that we were at was attached to the mall, so we walked around inside for a bit afterwards. Isn't this the cutest wrapping paper?! We really enjoyed checking out all of the Christmas items at Hallmark -- it's hard to believe that season is already almost upon us!
I met with my small group on Saturday morning to discuss the chapters of our book over coffee and donuts. I was feeling really exhausted and almost skipped it, but I'm so glad that I went because the girl time ended up being exactly what I needed!
After small group, I headed over to my sister's house to watch her girls while they went to a wedding. We colored, baked apple cake, played with glow sticks, made a wreath out of leaves, and ended the night watching Cinderella. It was a busy day, but it was so fun to spend the day with them -- they're at such fun ages!
On Sunday, I went for a long hike on a nearby trail -- the weather was perfect and it felt so good to get some fresh air and exercise!
My audiobook expires tomorrow so I figured a long hike was a good way to finish it!
Afterwards, I swung by my sister's house to use her shopvac to give my car a good cleaning before winter! There's nothing like having a perfectly clean vehicle! Before heading out, my niece and I picked some veggies from their garden and I went home with two big bags of carrots, radishes, lettuce, green beans, mint, and more!
The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and gearing up for the week ahead! I felt like this past weekend was a good one -- full of so many of my favorite things!
PS I'm linking up with Biana today.
Do you have a garden?
Favorite dessert? Brownies or ice cream are mine!