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Are you the type of person that can walk into a sit-down restaurant by yourself and have a nice, quiet meal while others chat away with their friends?  I’ve done it a few times and by that I mean less than 10 times.  You also won’t find me at a movie by myself, I did that once and vowed never to do it again.

I’ve teamed up with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for their Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Alone campaign.  This past weekend I asked my neighbor and friend, Lindsey, if she had any plans for lunch.  That meant some alone time for both of us moms without any kids at our side begging for food or something to play with.  A whole hour and a half to ourselves with some good girl gab time.

To be completely honest with you, it’s been about 4 years since I’ve dined at Cheddars.  They revamped their menu and I was excited to try it out with my friend.  There would be no dining alone today.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Alone

We started off our meal with the Santa Fe Spinach Dip appetizer that came with some salsa and chips. It’s a combination of spinach, four cheeses, sour cream, spices and then topped off with mozzarella.  For my main meal, I chose the Hand-Crafted Asian Salad.  It came with fresh greens, grilled chicken, vegetables, herbs, vinaigrette and then it sat on a huge wonton crisp topped with a peanut sauce and glaze.  This salad didn’t disappoint and it was very filling.  My friend ordered the white

Whipped Cream Berry Bites

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Sun-dried Tomato Crusted Salmon

Salmon is one of those fish that catches my eye every time I’m at the grocery store.  I usually glance at the fish counter and debate on my weekly selections as I’m strolling by towards the meat section.  My dilemma is that it needs to be something that the whole family will enjoy and...

Guacamole and Prosciutto Toast

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Easy Chicken Kebabs

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Feta Coleslaw

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Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

The summer heat is taking its toll on me.  The kids want to be outside but after 5 minutes I want to call it a day.  The sweat is dripping down my face and I’m over on the outdoor furniture trying to play it cool like it’s not affecting me.  Oh, but it is....

Peach Ice Cream

Every summer we would load up in the car and drive a couple of hours for a family weekend getaway.  It never failed that halfway through the trip I would need to make a pit stop at one of my most favorite towns, Fredericksburg.  I would beg for fresh ice cream or a stop...