Friends, Food, & Fun

This weekend was an awesome combination of productive and lazy, active and relaxing.ūüėČ Friday began with overnight oats with mashed banana, peanut butter, and Earl Grey tea. I made the overnight oats using Kathleen’s Ancient Grains oats, and they were amazing. Perfect doughy texture while being sweet but not overly so.

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I couldn’t resist a post lunch pick-me-up, so I headed over to The Empty Cup for a latte. It hit the spot. “A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away.” So true, ha!

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I ran a few errands after work and while looking for the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, I found these Pumpkin Puffins at Target. Basic and I know it.

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I noshed on this toast with butter before Matt got home for dinner.

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I plated leftover pork chop with warmed barbeque sauce for dipping, steamed Brussels sprouts, and sautéed spiced yellow pepper.

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I had to try the Puffins, so I made a yogurt bowl with a perfectly ripe pear.

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These next two pictures crack me up and warm my heart so much! Jackson likes to sit with one of his feet kicked out, so Matt decided to playfully imitate him. Mason didn’t want to be left out of the fun.

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For breakfast on Saturday, I made Kylies’ Pumpkin¬†Snickerdoodle Baked Oatmeal Pie. Instead of plums, I used pears, and Matt and I loved it. Served with Reginald’s Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter and a dollop of Fage.

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After doing laundry, dishes, and cleaning, I finally made my way to the Y. I stopped at the store for a snack and chose almonds with black seedless grapes.

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Once home, I made a simple grilled cucumber, spinach, and roasted vegetable bruschetta spread sandwich along with cottage cheese + tomatoes and carrots. Then I took a much-needed shower.

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I asked Matt to kindly swing by the store for a few vegetables, and of course he found the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. I’d been looking everywhere! We’re waiting to finish the open box of Puffins, so I’ll be sharing our thoughts as soon as taste them.

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We found this natural gluten free roasted garlic popcorn by Buck Wild Snacks at Big Lots, so I poured some into a mug to snack on before dinner. It is amazing!

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I cut up the peppers, squash, and zucchini that Matt bought, tossed it all in olive oil and seasonings, and roasted until tender.

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Wild caught sockeye salmon simply seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, red onion, and minced garlic.

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I mixed the roasted vegetable bruschetta spread with yogurt and mashed cappers for a topping. It was good, but the sauce alone is awesome. I wanted a creamy sauce but something different from yogurt-lemon-caper.

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We each made a smoothie using watermelon, banana, and Beech Nut mango, apple, avocado baby food, yogurt, milk, and fresh ginger. I topped mine with Earthly Choice chia-hemp-buckwheat cereal, Puffins, and a few roasted pumpkin seeds. Matt had Multigrain Cheerios and the same chia cereal.

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When Matt tried turning on our lamp, the bulb died right then with a bit of a bang. O_O We cozied up and watched ‘The Good Dinosaur.’ Yes, a cartoon for the two of us. Lolz. It was cute but not a terrific movie.

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I cooked Kathleen’s oatmeal and added a splash of Silk Coconut Almond milk, peanut butter, and a side of cottage cheese with grapes.

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Matt stuffed a toasted hashbrown patty inside of a seasoned two-egg omelet plus melted sharp cheddar, bruschetta spread, and wilted spinach + banana-raisin-pb oatmeal using a packet of Kathleen’s. He gave me three amazing bites of that omelet.

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Saturday comfy vibes with my fav long-sleeve tee by Eat Healthy Designs / ’70’s vibes on Sunday

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Lunch was a simple salad with a kale veg burger from Aldi, toasted almonds, and a pear drizzle with tahini plus sprinkled with nutmeg.

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We were able to hang out with two of our close friends and relax by the pool all afternoon and into the evening. Their little boy is at a fun stage, just over a year old, and was full of personality. With caring for our home and each working full-time jobs, we never get to see our friends enough, so we were thankful for a day to hang out! Dinner was jalapeno beef brisket burgers cooked on the grill complete with yogurt, ketchup, jalapeno yogurt cheese, and avocado. Better Way gluten free bun and leftover roasted veg rounded out the meal.

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We made a stop at Publix, and I decided to try these Dole Dippers. They are simple and perfect to satisfy a sweet craving!

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Jax is such a character!

This morning’s sunrise was just breathtaking, especially with the fog. It was chilly, so I feel fall slowly creeping in.

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Wishing you all a wonderful Monday and week ahead!

Around the Blogosphere Round-Up

I love reading these posts from fellow bloggers, so I thought I’d give my own shot at one. Below are a list of posts and recipes that inspire me and that I love. Enjoy!

Kath shared a heartfelt post on becoming what she has dubbed more “Type A-“, and it struck a cord with me. I really believe I’ve been able to let go of some perfectionist tendencies lately, and it has been so freeing.

Kylie shared this Pumpkin and Plum Snickerdoodle Baked Oatmeal Pie that I will absolutely be making this weekend!

Also, Brittany came up with a really neat use for hummus in her Peanut Butter Hummus Brownies that are calling my name. I have tons of tahini, so again, I plan to put my baking skills to the test this weekend.

I discovered these GoPicnic Ready-to-eat Meals that Matt and I both thought looked and sounded great. Looking forward to trying them!

I’ve been wanting a corner shelf to help display our unity sand caddy after the wedding, so I’m hoping this one ends up being sturdy and beautiful.

Lastly, Anne’s, “A Day in the Life” post. These are so fun to read, and I plan to share my own soon!

I hope everyone has a great day and weekend!

Back to the Daily Grind

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I enjoyed mine but just wish we had one more day to relax. But I always feel that way when Monday comes back around.ūüėČ

For breakfast on Friday, I made LOVE GROWN FOODS Super Oats with Mayfield Dairy Pure milk, and I added strawberries, fig balsamic vinegar, and almond butter. You may think balsamic vinegar is a gross addition, but it really is perfectly sweet and tangy and works beautifully with berries. Give it a try!

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Before leaving for work, I do a “head count” of the babies. Mason decided to sleep on my clothes. He looked so cozy. Rachel was hidden underneath my clothes hanging on the rack.

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We put our old mattress in the guest room for them (yes, they are spoiled), and Jackson decided to “meatloaf” on it. So cute!

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One of the sweet techs at work said I looked like Snow White, especially with my apple.¬†I couldn’t help a fun comparison!

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Kaci got to come over and spend time with us and the babies, which is always such a treat. After we ate dinner and she left, Matt and I put up our feet a relaxed for a bit.

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Rachel was wanting her mama to return, though!

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We saw a ladybug scaling the wall, so Matt decided to help Mason get to it. This cracked me up so much!

Things got pretty wild – I made a mug of coffee to go with dessert. Lolz. Yogurt, banana, and peanut butter. Simple and satisfying.

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We rented Hologram for the King with Tom Hanks. We hadn’t seen the previews but stumbled upon it and thought it looked good. We both thought it was quite a good movie, and I so enjoyed a movie night. We went outside and looked at the bright moon and stars for a bit before crawling into bed. I don’t know why exactly, but it really made me happy to star-gaze with Matt.‚̧

On Saturday, I was craving both sweet and savory, so I made both. I prepped overnight oats before bed, which was based on Kylie’s graham cracker muesli with grapefruit. We received a bag of gingersnaps in the gluten free gift basket we won in the spring, so I used these as well as an orange. I’m trying to be good about making use out of what we have rather than always buying¬†more food. I had an idea to add a spoonful of cottage cheese to my scrambled egg rather than milk, and it was really good! I used several spices and enjoyed it over spinach. Egg-cellent breakfast, if I do say so myself.

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Kaci and I carpooled out to the lake house and began removing the wallpaper in one of the bathrooms. We’re hoping one of Matt’s best friends, who manages a refurbishing company, will be able to take on the job of plastering and painting it.

On the way home, we snack on these delcious dark chocolate-covered almonds from TJ’s. So good!

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Sweet Axl accompanied us and really enjoyed tearing up tennis balls and swimming.:)

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Dinner included organic lentils I warmed from the freezer, quinoa cooked with chicken broth, beets, and sauteed peppers/onions/cabbage/kale. Colorful and enjoyable. Jax photo-bomb!

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For dessert, I thawed Welch’s tropical fruit medley and added Fage and granola.

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We were both craving a scrambler, so on Sunday we made one with potato/green beans/zucchini baby food pouch, wilted kale, blueberries, spices, sharp cheddar, and egg. Yum yum.

We had felt a lump underneath Rachel’s right arm, so Kaci was amazing and agreed to take her to our vets. Matt and I put her in her taxi and drove to Kaci’s. Right before we got there, Ray had an accident. It was horrendous, but Matt was a champ and together we bathed her in the tub. Turns out the bump was a zit. So strange! We were thankful it was nothing more, though!

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Matt and I picked up where Kaci and I left off at the lake house. First we ate lunch then got to work. Our produce is bare minimum now, so I’ll be grocery shopping after work. I combined cooked peppers, corn, tri-bean blend, quinoa, beets, and spinach. I tossed avocado and cucumber in with cottage cheeese¬†with a dash of¬†hot sauce on the side.

Matt is a genius and used this dolly and some gardening tools to remove the stubborn carpet padding. It was pretty funny to watch! I got most of the wallpaper down, and we bagged up all the trash.

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We each had Reginald’s Bourbon Pecan PB with a banana.

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I had a coupon at Big Lots, so we shopped there before heading home. I found La Croix lemon that I sipped on during our drive.

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I quickly sauteed more kale with garlic and topped it with half a beef and veg pasty. We tried a new tomato caper bruschetta spread from Big Lots along with carrot on the side for crunch.

I didn’t photograph my dessert, but it was Fage, an apple, a chunk of watermelon, and almond butter.

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This moring I’m happy to report that I made my own over easy egg, and I was successful at it. It’s the little things that can make my day. I ate it on a Glutino corn English muffin with the bruschetta spread, sharp cheddar, and wilted garlic kale plus a strong cuppa Joe.

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Wishing you all a wonderful day and week ahead!

 

Nuts.com Trail Mix Contest

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Brittany brought it to my attention that August 31st is National Trail Mix Day. To celebrate, she teamed up with Nuts.com and announced a fun trail mix contest that I knew I had to participate in! Below is my creation and entry into the contest. The buttery soft crunch of the macadamias pairs perfectly with the soft and chewy KIND bar and apricots. The coconut adds a smoky flavor while the pumpkin seeds round it out with a lightly salty crunch.

From the list of contest ingredients, I chose macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds. Both of them are not only delicious but boast some amazing nutrition as well. Nuts.com provides wonderful descriptions of each ingredient on their website, and I included the links for both of these.

I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup Sun-Maid apricots, sliced in half

1/4 cup Royal Hawaiian Orchards Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Macadamias

1 Pressed by KIND Pineapple Banana bar, cut into pieces

1/4 cup Good Sense roasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup Dang Foods coconut bacon

Toss all ingredients together. I made this into two servings, but feel free to eat the amount according to your hunger level and needs. Enjoy!

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Mon-daze

It’s that time again. Time to face another work week. But not before at least reliving the weekend a bit!

Friday begin with oatmeal for us both, but we each made a different type. Matt used old fashioned oats and added Silk coconut almond milk, frozen berries, maple syrup, Earthly Choice Original Cereal, cinnamon, clove, smoked paprika, and chipotle chili powder. He added some spices and local honey to a side of Daisy cottage cheese. I used LOVE GROWN FOODS Super Oats, milk, and banana whipped together. Then I topped with a few remaining banana coins and a spoonful of Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter.

On Thursday, I had the privilege of attending this year’s UT Dietetic Intern Luncheon as a preceptor. I graduated from the program as an intern back in August 2013, which is shown on the left. What a difference three years makes in all that has changed to this point!

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Back to Friday. We were provided a nice lunch from our company’s Admissions Department, and it was a really nice treat. I made a salad topped with chicken, egg roll pieces, and croutons along with a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie and an orange not shown in the photo.

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Kaci got to come over again, and I’m loving seeing her on Fridays! We chatted and snuggled with the babies until Matt came home. Then I finished preparing our meal for us to enjoy. It was a quick, simple meal consisting of a leftover baked potato split and topped with a tri-bean blend plus spices. On the side I warmed frozen spinach and added marinated artichoke hearts, pesto, and melted mozzarella cheese.

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We slept so well and in so late for us! It was really pretty with the fog resting over the mountains and swampy-field area in the front of our home.

Breakfast was a smoothie made from watermelon, nectarine, Beech Nut beet-pear-pomegranate, and yogurt. Served with Earthly Choice hidden underneath and Kashi GF waffles spread with Reginald’s PB.

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Kitty snuggles are the best!

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I finally got my rear in gear and met Kaci and Drew at our lake house for more work on our projects. They had already moved the furniture out into the living room, so we finished pulling up the carpet in the bedrooms.

Lunch was enjoyed outside and included a black forest ham and cheese sandwich with mayo, dijon mustard, thick slice of tomato, and greens on a potato bun. Carrots and cucumber for crunch on the side.

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I didn’t bring my swimsuit but walked around in the water. It felt so good! I love them!

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Once home, I prepared our whole chicken, turnips, carrots, red onion, and garlic to bake while I did some chores.

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All cooked and nicely browned.

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I packed it up to take over to his dad’s because he planned to cut his hair there that evening. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to transfer the broth to a jar as I thought to do, and it spilled in between my seat. Fail. I’m still trying to clean it completely. Geez.

Anway, not the best lighting, but I added steamed vegetables with pesto to complete the meal. The breast was slightly dry, so I’ll need to take the next one out a tad sooner.

My step-mom shared this, and I thought it was hilarious. I actually had a dry load of laundry that I ended up folding on Sunday. Ha!

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For dessert, I had a “banana split” with tahini and granola plus a mug of Mayfield Dairy Pure. Matt made a really pretty smoothie, of course.ūüėČ

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We again slept in on Sunday then each made a wonderful mixture of sweet and savory foods. I added the last of our cottage cheese to the last of our peanut butter jar with, wait for it, the last of the berries. I was clearly all about finishing off our foods! I topped it with granola for a sweet crunch.

Matt was sweet and scrambled up three spiced eggs for us to split. Mine looked like a crepe and was so darn good.

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His ham, cheddar, and greens omelet with tomato plus a bowl of yogurt with granola, peanut butter, and banana.

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All of my sleep and good food left me with tons of energy and motivation to clean. I dusted, cleaned the bathrooms, vacuumed, etc. It felt awesome to get it all taken care of that morning.

Kaci came over and together we went to the downtown Y location to workout together, which was such a treat! I had not been to this location, and I look forward to going with her more often.

I loved this quote in the locker room.

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I finally got to try the Jacob’s Ladder after hitting up the ole ‘mill, and it really provided a great workout.

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We finished with planks, side planks, in place lunges with dumbbells, and a final core exercise before stretching. I went by the store, the gas station, the car wash, and then finally home for a snack. One slice sprouted sesame toast with Reginald’s peanut butter and a mug of milk. I was obviously craving both of these things all weekend long.

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For dinner, I made a meat spaghetti with corn elbow noodles. His mom was sweet and gave us the remainder of the bag after she made us a pasta salad back in June. I made a fig balsamic vinaigrette to create a massaged kale salad topped with roasted vegetables and fresh parmesan.

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After seeing Brittany’s recipe for Almond Butter Chicken Salad, I knew we had to try it. I put it together quickly and made it into our lunch for today.

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We were “naughty” and ate a late dessert before calling it a night. The babies all piled onto the love seat with us after they had eaten and were sleepy.

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I found these two owl pictures that I can’t resist sharing.

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Hope you all have a fabulous week!

 

 

 

Goodbye July, Hello August

I feel like the summer is flying by, but there’s still so much I want to do! Like go swimming for starters. But there’s this thing called a j-o-b that takes top priority.ūüėČ How I would love a weekend at the lake house like when I was a kid.

Anyway, onto fun times and delicious noms! Friday started with a bowl of Fage, fruit, Berry Cheerios, and almond butter. I did some coupon shopping at Target on Thursday, and I found some awesome foods, the Cheerios being one product.

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I realized I hadn’t worn this top in a long time, so I decided to¬†rock a fancy Fri-yay look. Jackson got ahold of the belt in the past and left teeth marks in the back, so it’s been personalized. Haha

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Another new product was this Justin’s peanut butter with banana chips snack pack. My only wish was that there would be more banana chips! It was very enjoyable.

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One of my favorite things when I get home is getting kitty snuggles…after they eat, of course. Jax kisses.

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Clearly Matt loves their cuddles too! Mason doesn’t look enthused, but don’t let him fool you. He begs for them.

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Kaci got to come over and spend the evening with us, which was awesome! I made Matt and I a quick dinner and didn’t take a photo. Blogger fail. But we had a relaxing night and both slept very well. Also, he brought home half of a huge watermelon from work that I bagged and put into the freezer. The first of the summer for me!

On Saturday we made scramblers, complete with leftover spiced roasted Brussels sprouts, turnips, and carrots. I apologize for the poor lighting. Both days we woke up to it raining, which was truly calming. The sun later came out for the rest of Saturday and Sunday.

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The blooms are so full and gorgeous at the front of our house!

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Matt and I went to Jared’s to begin looking for his wedding band! We’ve narrowed down some choices, but he’s still deciding. We got his ring size, so I was able to order his QALO ring, though.

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Yet another new product: Pressed by Kind. I did pair it with peanut butter so that the protein would help it keep me fuller longer. It tasted really nice, and both of us thought the pineapple was the most prominent flavor.

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I can’t resist getting these photos now! He thinks I’m a dork, which I am, so I just own up to it. Ha

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We went by Men’s Wearhouse and then Belk to look for suits. While at Belk, he found a pair of shoes that we both loved, and we found a really nice suit as well. We didn’t buy anything on Saturday because his second oldest brother actually is a manager in a Belk department, so we waited to finish our shopping on Sunday.

I failed to take a photo of them, but I made us each a turkey, ham, and Swiss sandwich with hummus and greens plus cucumber on the side. I was thankful we didn’t have to spend money out on food!

Once home, I began putting together our dinner. We split this Bai blueberry drink, and we thought it tasted great. I tried their mango flavor last month, and so far I’m impressed with their beverages.

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Dinner ended up being very purple and pretty! I made a bed of cooked organic green lentils and sesame ginger quinoa. I roasted eggplant and red onion with allspice, ginger, salt, and pepper. I then sautéed red cabbage with garlic and tamari.

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We added garlic hot sauce after I took these photos.

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He’s not spoiled at all.

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We rented Midnight Special, which neither of us had seen the previews for. It was…odd. There were good parts, and it was fairly thought-provoking. But I wouldn’t really recommend it.

I got¬†out of bed¬†before Matt on Sunday and whipped up this toast plate. One slice with peanut butter, cinnamon banana “soft serve”, and Dang Foods bacon coconut. I spread guacamole on the other slice and topped with a very fluffy scrambled egg with freshly shredded cheddar. This hit. the. spot. The peanut butter + banana + bacon coconut combination was inspired by Brittany.

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I so love slow mornings! I made a pumpkin spice latte with pumpkin spice coffee, frothed milk, and local honey. Earth Fare¬†had the coffee on closeout, so I figured it wasn’t too early for pumpkin spice.ūüėČ

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Matt made an open-faced baked salmon, Swiss, and over easy egg sandwich with a bed of wilted greens.

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Baby Girl made herself nice and cozy in this paper. It was inside a box of parts that Matt ordered for his dad’s Excursion.

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As I mentioned, we waited until Sunday to finalize our suit shopping, and I’m so happy how it all came together! Not only was the clothes on sale, but it was tax free weekend, and his brother used his employee discounts. We saved soo much money, and Matt’s sweet mom offered to buy her sons’ suits! The ONLY unfortunate thing is they don’t sell a coordinating vest for this particular suit, and Matt and I both wanted¬† one. He looked so handsome in the grey one. Darn it.

After leaving the mall, I rode with Kaci and Drew out to Kingston. One of our best friends, Randi held a birthday party for their oldest girl, who will be turning five soon. As always, her decorations were adorable, and it was so great to see everyone! Their two girls are precious.

I went by Aldi then came home with enough time to finally make some healthy snack bars for us. I purposefully made extra lentils on Saturday so that I could make these Lentil Granola Bars. I used green instead of red lentils, used gluten free ingredients, and I substitute raisins instead of dried cherries and roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts. I tried making it true to the recipe while also using what we had in our pantry. I had one a little bit ago as my morning snack, and it was great! I did cut them into 12 rather than 16-20, so they’ll be more filling for us both.

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Dinner was a large salad for us both with risotto, lentils, and pesto for Matt / salmon and pesto for me.

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Dessert was admittedly a little late but so good. Yogurt with frozen berries, almond butter, and some Nature’s Path flakes.

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Matt made this really pretty smoothie.

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This morning I made a fig jam, over easy egg, and melted cheddar sandwich with a navel orange on the side. Kitty photo-bombs!

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Today marks one year since Matt and I moved into our place, and it has been such an amazing year! So thankful. Hope you all have a great start to the week!

Starting This Week With a Thankful Heart

Matt and I both don’t deny we are trendy when it comes to the whole, “put an egg on it.” There are so many ways to enjoy eggs, and thanks to him, I crave them so much more now! On Friday, we both warmed our leftover focaccia pizza topped with bruschetta, mozzarella, and marinated artichoke hearts and then topped it with an over easy egg, x 2 for Matt. Fresh blackberries from the Fruit and Berry Patch on the side, and a Jackson photo-bomb!

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Typically Mason is the one begging to be held, but our sweet girl was wanting Mama snuggles after breakfast. The boys made it in the background!‚̧

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Last week I had a lot of fun with summery fashion. The maxi skirt is one of my favorites! A few years ago, I bought the skirt on the right from Planet Xchange brand new with the Anthropologie tags still on it. It was such a score, and I still love it! I bought the bottom left blouse from a vintage shop in FL while I was there March 2014 for my first job as an RD.

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Friday night’s dinner was an Italian-style tuna salad with Italian herbs, lemon habanero infused olive oil, lemon, and Dijon mustard. We scooped it with beet crackers¬†and noshed on roasted Brussels sprouts seasoned with smoked paprika and sprinkled with roasted sunflower seeds along with guacamole from Aldi.

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For dessert, I made quite an epic affogato. I took a video and included a few screenshots. My first attempt was an absolute fail that had Matt and me dying laughing! My perception was thrown off from looking through the camera, so I poured the coffee directly on the counter.

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So Matt assisted me in filming while I poured. Talenti Caramel Swirl topped with buckwheat-chia-hemp cereal, Nature’s Path Fruit and Nut Granola, and fresh blueberries. It was incredible!

On Saturday, I made us spiced oatmeal topped with fresh plum and mango, almond butter, and fig-raspberry-orange-ginger jam.

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I met one of my best friends at Wild Love Bakehouse and treated myself to a latte and this flaky perfect croissant sandwich. It had been forever since I’d enjoyed a croissant!

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I went by the post office and bought several books of stamps for our invitations. I love the filigree heart as well as the vintage botanicals!

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Dinner turned out quite excellent, if I do say so myself. I layered greens, fresh red cabbage, tomatoes, freshly roasted carrots, leftover roasted Brussels sprouts and potato wedges, cucumber, and sautéed Old Bay seasoned shrimp. I made a quick cocktail sauce for dipping, and Matt and I both thoroughly enjoyed this meal.

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So much color and texture = so much variety and nutrients!

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While Matt made a smoothie, I put together a yogurt bowl with half a banana, blueberries, blackberries, PB drizzle, sprinkle of Heritage Flakes, and the seed-buckwheat cereal. We watched The Boss with Melissa McCarthy. It wasn’t as funny as some of her other films, but it had some hilarious scenes.

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My phone can’t capture it as well as I wish, but the moon was really pretty that night.

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Matt suggested that we make the seed-buckwheat cereal with spices and hot water rather than just using it as a topping. So we did just that on Sunday. I chilled mine and had it with yogurt, mango, berries, almond butter, and Qia coconut cereal.

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He added the leftover jar of Beech Nut beet-pear-pomegranate to his and then drizzled maple syrup after I snapped this picture.

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We only had enough coffee for one of us, so I took one for the team.ūüėČ Matt gave me a small amount at breakfast and then I made my way over to K brew for a caf√© au lait. I brought our invitations, and I’m proud to say that I addressed a good majority of them! I even put them into the mailbox yesterday evening. I know it’s a bit early (a little under three months from our day), but I figured it would be best to give our guests more time to make arrangements, if needed.

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As I was finally getting in my cardio on the ole ‘mill, I saw that they had SnapChatted a photo that afternoon, and I was captured in it. Ha!

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This lovely sign on the scale at my Y reminds me of the positivity that Kylie shares.

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I found a natural gluten free porcini risotto at TJ Maxx a little while back and finally made it yesterday. It was inn-credible! I used the remainder of the chicken stock from when we last baked a whole chicken along with a fresh quart of chicken broth, water, and two good-sized splashes of white wine. I added steamed green peas at the end.

I made a salad topped with bruschetta, marinated artichoke hearts, a few leftover shrimp, and then sprinkled tomato basil feta on our risotto. Man oh man was this good. I made the whole bag, so we have it to enjoy throughout the week too!

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I made whipped banana oatmeal this morning along with leftover roasted carrots and a spoonful of almond butter. #Jaxphotobomb ought to be an internet sensation.ūüėČ

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I couldn’t resist taking a SnapChat with their new butterfly crown.ūüėČ

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Feel free to comment on anything fun you did over the weekend. I hope you all have a fabulous week!

 

A Little Sweet, A Little Savory, A Whole Lotta Flavor

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I apologize for not having any other photos, but I still felt that this recipe would speak for itself and needed to be shared! As Matt and I brainstormed our breakfast for today, I came up with this idea. While I was craving the last zucchini muffin for my breakfast, one bite of this made me realize I need to make it as soon as possible!

We really make a pretty amazing team, if I do say so myself. Below is the recipe, although he didn’t measure the ingredients. I used to always eat sweet breakfast creations, but now I really crave savory. This hits both notes and is sure to please both types of breakfast eaters!

Ingredients:

2 slices whole grain bread (he used Alid’s GF)

2 eggs, scrambled + a splash of milk

spices to include smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, dried Italian herbs, garlic powder, salt, & pepper

~1 T apple butter

~1 T roasted sunflower seeds

handful of wilted fresh spinach

~1 oz aged sharp white cheddar

butter for greasing the pan

Directions:

Add the spices to the egg batter. Soak each slice of bread and cook on both sides in a pan. Spread the apple butter on one slice, sprinkle with seeds, add spinach and cheddar, then top with second slice of bread. Cook until cheese is melted. If there is any egg batter left, cook it and enjoy it like a crepe.:) Waste not, want not!

I hope you are able to make this soon, and if you do, please let me know what you think!

Things Are Getting Very Real Now // Simple Bites Gourmet is Open!

*A little wedding update. As of this coming Friday, we will be at the three-month mark to our special day. It’s really fast-approaching! Thanks to my sister, her¬†boyfriend, Drew, Drew’s parents, and Matt, we got so much accomplished at the lake house this past weekend! There’s still plenty to complete, but it’s amazing to see things actually happening. We have several major projects – replaced the roof, are now working on replacing the deck, will be removing the dock and possibly replacing it before the wedding, replacing carpet, etc.O_o I feel so grateful for our place. It’s not easy to repair and maintain a lake property, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Okay, on to the food front! It doesn’t happen often, but we had two nearly empty jars of pb ready for oatmeal-in-a-jar! Matt bought this local honey from one of the customers at the shop where he works.

When I made our quick dinner on Thurday, I went ahead and made it for our lunch on Friday. It included steamed asparagus, cooked peppers and onions, organic chickpeas, artichoke hearts, pickled cabbage and beets, arugula, tomato, and a zucchini muffin.

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After work on Friday, I got my hair cut then made my way over to a new cafe called Simple Bites Gourmet. A classmate of mine, Erica Hopper, who graduated with me from the undergrad nutrition program moved back to Knoxville with her husband and little girl, and {thankfully} she decided to expand her healthy meal service business. Not only is the food top-notch, but the whole cafe is absolutely adorable!

imageimageThey have been open for a short while and hosted their Grand Opening on Friday. She provided complimentary appetizers and drinks, and the atmosphere was so lovely. Isn’t this a gorgeous spread? That’s Erica happily chatting with some visitors.:)

imageI fixed myself a small plate to sample the variety shown above.

imageThey also are serving Three Bears Coffee, which is a local brand that I love.

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Here’s some¬†more of the amazing decor throughout.

 

I’m looking forward to enjoying all that she has to offer!

Once home, Matt and I collaborated on a wonderful dinner. It was my idea, but he’s the one who egg-secuted it.ūüėČ

Sweet potato, zucchini, and yellow squash hash with tomato basil feta, over easy egg, scallions, and cucumber for me with tomtato for Matt. We really loved this dish!

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As soon as Matt sits down, Rachel is right there to snuggle.‚̧

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Matt took these photos of Mason on Saturday morning as he was enjoying the sunshine. He kills us with his cuteness!

For breakfast, I had a bowl of Qia Super Flakes with almond butter, pink lady apple, and milk + Earl Grey tea. We packed up lunch and snacks and made our way to the lake house. Salad Challenge is going strong! This one included spring mix and organic arugula, whole baked chicken, kalamata olives, tomato, artichoke hearts, tomato basil feta, bruschetta, and a zucchini muffin.

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Here is Kaci and Matt working hard on pulling up the carpet in our side room off from the kitchen.

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We got home late, so we made a quick dinner before calling it a day. We split a beef and onion pasty along with peppers, onions, and green beans. I ate my cheddar as I prepared this, and Matt enjoyed his melted on top. We added some ketchup after I snapped the photo.

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We were both in the mood for a scrambler, so we each had one on Sunday, but I added strawberry rhubarb jam to mine. It was an awesome addition to the spices, egg, and cheddar!

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On Sunday, I put myself together to meet our friend at the lake house who will be building us a new deck. Coral + Turquoise love

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Lunch was enjoyed at the point. Potato bun stuffed with Sabra hummus, ricotta, artichoke hearts, and dried Italian herbs + a salad on the side.

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I served us the remainder of our whole baked chicken with some RW Garcia Sweet Pea crackers and vegetables. Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, so I had to participate! Talenti Vanilla Caramel Swirl with Dang Foods Bacon Coconut.

Jackson looking so cute last night, and Rachel looking pooped this morning. Me too, girl. Me too.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!