The Kind of Weekend that Makes Monday Even More Difficult

*Sometimes* it almost feels like a curse to have SUCH a lovely weekend because starting the work week becomes that much more of a strain! But I wouldn’t trade these weekends for anything!

Friday evening started with some kitty snuggles {and a Jax photo-bomb!}.

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Kaci was able to come spend time with us and the babies that evening before she left early Saturday morning with Drew and his family for the beach.

For breakfast on Saturday, I chose to make these blender pancakes using a recipe by Monique of Ambitious Kitchen.

Matt requested that I use Greek yogurt in his rather than cottage cheese.

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I followed the orginial recipe, but I accidentally thinned the batter just a tad too much. So his were thicker, but otherwise, both batches were excellent. Enjoyed with fresh strawberries from his dad’s garden, peanut butter, and maple syrup for him and local sorghum syrup for me.

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I made my way down to the Y just after it poured for only a few minutes. After completing my own weight-lifting circuit, I went down to the field and walked three lovely laps.

Back home, I put together a quick snack-style lunch, which included this gorgeous avocado.

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One of my best friends invited me over for a girls game night, so I put together this dish to contribute to the spread. It included steamed lentils, organic spring greens, roasted pepper spread, and goat cheese. Simple but tasty!

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We realized that nearly every dish had cheese in it. You could say we were definitely a group of cheese lovers. 😉

We played Cards Against Humanity and Heads Up. Both were hysterical and provided many laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts moments!

On Sunday, I had a simple and higher protein-based breakfast before I went by Makers Donuts for my fourth free donut as well as by The Artistic Bean for my first visit. I thought it would be quite fitting to wear one of my fav coffee shirts.

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Our sweet and beautiful baby girl kept me company while I got ready!

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It was so difficult to choose, but I went with their dark chocolate ganache with sprinkles. It was perfect!

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I love the cake-texture of their donuts. Soft but not airy, dense but not heavy.

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After I enjoyed my donut, I went down the street to what was K brew’s original location. It now is the home to The Artistic Bean Knoxville.

I absolutely adore their unique look! The turquoise wall is eye-catching (and my favorite color!), the counter is really fun, and the ceiling is oh so perfect!

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I really love the color and texture of their espresso machine.

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I decided to try a latte, and it was wonderful. Strong but balanced, and they use Cruze Dairy.

I love their pink sleeves!

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I went by World Market, Francesca’s, and Target before back home for a quick bite.

I loved this card, so I decided to remove the back page and now have it propped up where I will see it before I leave for the day.

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I’ve been purchasing my perfume from Francesca’s for several years, so I had gone in to buy their Signature scent. To my pleasant surprise, they just released several new scents, and this one does not disappoint. The sweet girls working there gave me the idea to repurpose the box as a cotton swab container. Love it!

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I took our dinner over to Matt’s dad’s so he could finish more work on his car. He also had to cut his hair, and I didn’t want us to eat late.

Kaci brought over some of her perishable food before leaving town, so I put her delicious chicken and rice to use. This hit.the.spot.

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We both made a smoothie and watched the latest episode of Bones.

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I will leave you with this message, and I wish you a great week ahead!

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