This past weekend was low-key for my family, but my work family has suffered immense loss. One of my coworkers received the devastating news that her twin babies, a son and a daughter, nearly two years old were involved in a tragic accident. They both gained their wings far too soon. Sadly, it is these instances that cause me to sit back and really evaluate all that I have to be grateful for. While I have become frustrated by and downright defeated during Matt and my home search, I realize we have each other, our babies, and a nice roof over our heads. Things can change in an instant, so I hope to push myself more to be patient and positive. Please keep my coworker, her partner, and their family in your thoughts.
I began Friday with scrambled eggs over wilted spinach, a warmed nectarine heavily sprinkled with cinnamon, and delicious fig pistachio crackers that I will be sharing in this week’s Friday Favs post.
Jax loves our PW quilted placemats, and he just zonked out while I was sipping my coffee! Draped over Matt’s keys and all.
After enjoying some of my leftover Cruze Farm pizza along with coleslaw, I sipped on Tazo’s green tea latte concentrate mixed with milk. It was a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up.
Before meeting Kaci for a twin Target run (the best!), I stopped at Yassin’s Falafel House and ordered a side of falafel with tahini sauce. Sometimes snacks are yogurt and fruit, pb and crackers, a bar, etc. or sometimes they are a dish like this. Yep, I ate pizza and then fried falafel in the same day, but I felt content, blood sugar balanced, and I could comfortably shop and then cook dinner once I got home. I am not perfect, I still overly think some choices. But I appreciate my journey towards better honoring my hunger and cravings.
I have no shame in finding this display pleasing to the eye, ha!
Dinner was quick, simple, and enjoyable. I layered mushroom quinoa with leftover reheated roasted eggplant and onions, steam-in-a-bag fresh green beans, avocado, and an artichoke sauce I found at HomeGoods. I’ll be sharing it in my Friday Favs post too!
The thunderstorm was quite brutal and intense! Our power flickered several times and then went out completely. Matt was already prepared with a candle, but then soon after lighting it, the power returned.
I thought this was pretty with the candlelight glowing through my glass.
My evening snack included yogurt, thawed blueberries, and a sprinkle of granola.
Our kitchen overhead fluorescent light bulbs had burned out, so I had to take my photo in the dining room. Unfortunately, it is not lit well. I had Van’s GF blueberry waffles with frozen banana blending with Greek yogurt, milk, cinnamon, and cardamom enjoyed in a nearly empty pb jar. I added too much of the spices, but otherwise, it was a delicious meal.
I FINALLY got around to making Erin’s Raspberry Muffins! I had to buy xantham gum because I mistakenly bought Bob’s Red Mill’s GF all purpose flour instead of the one-to-one. The texture of them isn’t quite correct, but they are really enjoyable still. I love that they aren’t super sweet and can be enjoyed sprinkled with sugar, drizzled with nut butter, or broken up over Greek yogurt. Matt was sweet and suggested we take the photos outside in the sunshine, and he was a big help!
Trying to be artsy.
I did some stretches but didn’t feel like exercising. I enjoyed a muffin with maple caramel almond butter and a sprinkle of powdered sugar before showering.
I met Kaci at the Market Square Farmers Market, and we saw this sweet kitty just chilling on a leash! I wish we could’ve trained our babies so that they could calmly go places with us. 😉
Before entering the square, a homeless gentleman was handing out the free newspaper. I did not have any cash on me, so Kaci gave some change. I had brought two muffins to give to her and Drew, but I decided to give them to him. He was so thankful and immediately began eating them. While I know they were only going to do so much for him, it felt good to help someone in need.
I bought some nice produce from two stands and enjoyed the atmosphere.
We then went to Stanley’s Greenhouse for two hanging plants for Kaci and Drew’s front porch, and I bought another succulent. I’m determined to gain more patience and understanding in caring for plants.
Kaci was super sweet and offered for me to have lunch at their place! I made a simple green salad with some of the local tomatoes I had purchased and TJ’s guacamole. A slice of gouda, part of a large apple, and seasoned popcorn completed my late lunch.
I spotted this guy scaling one of their living room windows.
Their gorgeous new plants! Drew was awesome and hung them up for Kaci.
Axl is understandably proud of his ah-dorable home.
Kaci gave me the remainder of their bag of TJ’s GF granola, so I promptly ate this huge and delicious cluster plus a few more once I got back home.
I added my succulent to the bathtub planter, and I hope they both grow really well!
Look at the damage that Friday night’s storm did to our crepe myrtle. Management said they’re going to remove them soon, though. Sad as they just needed to be tended to more, Instead, they have allowed them to grow to large, and as such, they’ve become problematic.
Late afternoon cold brew with milk – so refreshing.
I bought a set of three floating shadow boxes for Mason’s memorial, but we chose not to hang them until we move. I decided he deserved to be celebrated at our home, his home. The roses were from the sweet arrangement that the Animal Hospital sent us, and while I’d give anything to have him back, this brings us joy and comfort.
Look at his adorable paw print and sweet, soft fur. I had to display his pb spoon too!
I vacuumed, did the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. I need to get into the habit of dusting and vacuuming more often because a clean home feels more relaxing. 🙂
Dinner included mushroom quinoa, green beans, tuna, artichoke sauce, purple pepper from the farmers market, and corn chips.
Matt was so sweet and asked if I’d like to go on an evening walk, to which I enthusiastically answered, “yes”! Had to get our cliché selfie out front.
Once home and cleaned up, I had a small mug of Greek yogurt with thawed mango, roasted peanuts, and square of chili dark chocolate.
Since we have so much eggs, it made me realize I haven’t made French toast in forever. I used Kath’s recipe and drizzled my two slices with maple along with maple caramel almond butter; thawed blueberries on the side. It tasted very nostalgic!
My body was craving movement, so I completed a 30-minute Barre3 routine then showered. For lunch I had Sargento tomato basil cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, avocado, and fig pistachio crackers.
The same friend of Matt’s who gave us the egg gave us these Tate’s brand GF cookies. They’re a thinner, more crispy texture, and while I love a gooey cookie, this was really tasty.
I went by Kaci and Drew’s to drop off two muffins for them and hung out for a bit. I love hearing about all of their house projects and seeing their house come together more and more!
I grocery shopped at Kroger and then wiped down the inside and outside of my car. Just as I said before, I need to include this as part of my more frequent cleaning routine.
Dinner was simple and quick (it’s been our trend lately!). I bought a bag of Dole salad mix for only $1.99 that included toasted quinoa, shredded parmesan, and a creamy balsamic vinaigrette. I added thawed wild caught shrimp that I sautéed in garlic herb seasoning and smoked paprika sprinkled over the warm olive oil. I also bought a container of pre-cut jicama on sale, so this was an inexpensive but satisfying meal.
Later on, my snack included Greek yogurt, frozen banana, Love Grown granola and Comet Crispies, and tahini along with blackberry cinnamon herbal tea with honey.
I signed up for a free Hulu trial just so that we can watch The Golden Girls. I’ve never seen it, and I love it! Matt and I were laughing pretty hard, and even Rachel loves it!
This morning I made a packet of original GF oatmeal with goji berries, a date, and milk then topped with spicy strawberry coconut and maple caramel almond butter.
I hope you all will find the happiness and positivity in today and through the rest of your week!