The Secret is Out

Good morning!!!  and Happy Valentine’s Day!


I felt so weird not posting at all after breakfast yesterday – I feel like I have so much to catch up on. And I don’t even want to LOOK at my google reader  :)


This weekend has been fun so far.


My presentation went pretty well! Thanks again for all the luck and well wishes. It probably wasn’t perfect, but I think it was good overall and now it’s done.


We found a quick place to eat while we were in Richmond before my presentation. Nick picked this deli downtown called Coppola’s and it was really good.


I got their Barnyard sandwich, which was turkey, canadian bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and this amazing dijon mustard on whole wheat bread.





I didn’t eat all of my sandwich because I was saving room for part of this!





Nick ordered one of their homemade cannolis with his lunch and I had to try it. This was the best cannoli I’ve ever had. I don’t think I can ever eat one again unless it’s just like this one. The filling tasted almost like cheesecake batter, and that spot is not a chocolate chip. I thought it was, but it was like this little pillow of vanilla something.  I don’t know what it was, but this thing was awesome.


After my presentation, we headed over to meet a friend.


This is the surprise.


Are you ready?


I finally got to meet Beadie in person!!!



She is so funny and sweet, and it was fabulous to finally get to meet her in person!  She even made us a batch of her best fudge brownies (more on that later) and brought me another gift, which I’ll save for a different time. We had so much fun just sitting and talking in person – I can’t wait to see her again!


After 2 more hours on the road, we got to the in-laws and had some dinner. I was so hungry by this point – that sandwich was good, but just a sandwich doesn’t hold me over for very long.


Thankfully, Nick’s mom made a great meal for us.





We had some of those whole wheat noodles I used in my beef stroganoff a week ago, which are from an Amish market here. They are delicious and get so puffy and doughy.

She also made a lighter alfredo sauce that had some chicken and spinach in it. 


Plus fruit on the side!




And for dessert, we just  had to break into Beadie’s brownies. :)





Oh my goodness. These things were like a mix of brownie and the best fudge ever. They were so rich and chocolately!  We all loved them, Beadie!!!  I can’t wait to have more today  :)


Hope you’re all having a good weekend!  I’ll be blogging some, but I don’t know how much.


Make sure to enter Beadie’s contest – deadline is Tuesday!

Get your BSI entries in, and check out Mara’s blog for her giveaway today!


Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


  1. Hooray for the presentation going well, meeting the fabulous Beadie/Christie, and for cannoli & brownies!! :-)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  2. Dinner looks delish! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. I’m so glad you had a blast meeting Beadie! I’m jealous :) Thanks for the shout out :)

  4. what a fun day! and beadie’s brownies looks amazing …

    i got my package from the spike yesterday. those chocolates look so good. i can’t wait to try them! thank you!!!

  5. Glad you liked the brownies!!

    It was so fabulous to finally meet you after all of this time!

  6. Amazing! That looks like so much fun :) The eats are making me hungry even at this late hour!

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