Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you are all having a fantastic week. And if not, hang in there because tomorrow is Friday! I’ve spent most of the week taking care of my sick boyfriend. The poor guy has been in and out of the doctors and not feeling so great. Luckily, things are looking up and he’s feeling better today.
Last night, I made him some chicken noodle soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. That was my go-to meal when I was sick as a kid. Plus, it’s one of my favorite meals, so I made some for myself.
I haven’t done a recap posts since Friday the 13th, so I guess it’s time to catch up! You know, I wasn’t too sure about these “recap” posts, but I’ve been getting a good response and people have been telling me that they look for them in the mornings, so that meant a lot! I think it’s kind of fun to reflect back on the week. I gives me the chance to to get to know a lot of you as well, especially through the comments. Just try to keep in mind that these recap posts are just bits and pieces of my life. Not every second is perfect, not everything I eat goes onto this blog, not everything I do gets documented, and there are tons of things that I leave out. No one is perfect. However, I like to focus on positive stuff more than the negative and I think that keeps me happy and motivated. It’s more fun to write about all the fun things I did instead of the struggles. And believe me, there are a lot.
I’m not sure if it’s Friday the 13th that has me looking all pale, or the fact that winter/fall has arrived. Probably a mixture of both! As I mentioned on Friday, I was so excited to get my skinny peppermint mocha latte from Starbucks. Unfortunately, I had to wait 20 minutes for a latte missing espresso and syrup. I’m not sure what happened, but I was handed a cup of hot milk. I didn’t feel like waiting another 20 minutes for them to make another and I didn’t feel like complaining to the young college kids working their butts off, so I just left and decided to let it go. I actually felt bad for them because it was a slightly large Starbucks on a main road with a drive thru and they only had three people working. It was definitely understaffed and I’d be so overwhelmed if that was me.
I stopped at the grocery store on the way back to my parents. I picked up some stuff to make grilled chicken salads.
The grilled chicken was delicious. Details on how I cooked it are all here on this post!
The salad had mixed greens, turkey bacon, avocado, crispy onion, croutons, southwest tortilla strips, soft-boiled eggs, and Hendrickson’s Dressing Original Sweet Vinegar and Olive Oil. It was so delicious!
I was sick to my stomach on Friday night. I had plans to meet up with the girls and go out, but I couldn’t get myself up to do it. I started watching everything going on in France and continued to watch all night long. With everything going on over there, I didn’t feel like going out and having a good time. I wanted to pray for everyone dealing with the tragedy. Even those who are not in France, are going through tragedy. There were a couple comments like “prayers won’t help”…but, I believe in the power of God and his plan for us. He works in ways that we will never understand, I believe that he can strengthen us during times like these, he brings us closer together, and I will never lose faith during the struggles or when humanity fails us. And I will keep praying every single day.
After the little shoot, I headed to the mall with my mom for a girl’s day. We spend over an hour in Bath and Body Works smelling all the candles and stocking up on wall scents!
After we left, I was sooooo hungry. We headed to Earth Fare for some sushi, coffee, and juice before picking up some groceries.
I had the “MaryBeth” juice with added carrots and extra ginger. I also had some coffee with cinnamon and coconut milk.
Mary Beth: Turmeric, lime, spinach, kale, apple, ginger, and cucumber.
Iowa had a late game, so I headed back to my parents house to watch with them. I ended up falling asleep during the first quarter and would wake up in and out of quarters. I can’t believe we are 10-0! That’s a school record!
ON MY WAY TO CHURCH VIEW
The fog over the river was so beautiful and the silhouette of the trees resembled mountains.
The priest talked about the end of the world and how we can’t live or lives in fear of it. We need to live a life full of love, faith, and helping others. We were put on this earth to help each other and to love with all of our hearts. Even when we feel as if everything and everyone is against us, we need to dig ourselves back up and keep faith.
After church we headed to Stacks. Stacks has a new location now and the old restaurant has been demolished. I couldn’t believe it when I drove by. BUT, their new location is so nice! It’s bigger, it’s cleaner, and super cute. The wait is still pretty lengthy, but that’s the beauty of a popular and delicious breakfast spot.
I ordered two eggs over easy, wheat toast, fresh fruit, and bacon! DELICIOUS.
We went up the road to Portofinos. I’m not a giant fan of calamari, so I was happy that he ordered it as the appetizer. I had bread and salad with it. Portofinos has the best house dressing and homemade bread. Luckily it was Sunday and I let myself have a good meal on that day.
I love ordering the specials at Portofinos. They change every time we go there and they have never failed me. I told her to give me the most popular special and she brought out the beef stew. It tasted like a post roast with giant egg noodles. It really was delicious! I would never order something like this, so it was nice to try something different and truly enjoy it.
I started my day early on Monday. I wanted to get all my things done, workout, and prepare dinner for my parents. I had my coffee while watching the news and then headed to the grocery store.
I couldn’t help but think about the victims and families dealing with all the tragedy around the world, so I prayed for them. As everyone woke up and started their day, I knew it would never be the same for them. My heart goes out to all of them.
I mentioned how horrible my run was on Friday, so I decided to slow down my miles and it went so much better! I found a path full of hills, so it made up for the slower time. Plus, it’s nice to “run” without worrying about my pace. Maybe it was the pasta the night before that helped me have a better run 😉
I also read an article about what running does to your stomach and how to prevent the aches. I’ll make sure to not drink or eat anything 2 hours before I run. That makes a huge difference.
After running, I made a juice! It had carrots, ginger, apple, lemon, orange, cucumber, and zucchini.
I finally got my MINTED pictures up on the wall where I want them to be. Now, I’m patiently waiting for my dad to come nail them to the wall and straighten them out 🙂 I’ll be doing a post on those prints soon!
I invited my parents over for dinner Monday night. My mom and I wanted to watch Dancing With The Stars.
I decided to make baked salmon, broccoli, and garlic parm potatoes.
I boiled about ten medium/large yukon potatoes until they were fork tender. I sliced them and added them to a large mixing bowl with garlic powder, italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, brown sugar, low sodium soy sauce, and black pepper.
I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and spread the potatoes out on a baking sheet. I topped them again with more parm cheese and italian seasoning. I baked them for about 45 minutes.
They were soooooo so so so good. They had so much flavor and were crispy!
You can find my salmon recipe here: it’s my go-to.
I served the salmon and potatoes with whole wheat french baguettes and steamed broccoli sautéed in garlic and parmesan.
Everyone loved the meal and we had some tasty apple crisp for dessert!
Dancing the stars was so good:) I think Bindi and Derek are going to win. What do you guys think?
The pups didn’t seem to care for the show much.
I made fried eggs, and english muffins with grapes for breakfast on Tuesday.
The dogs had fun ripping up stuffed animals and I was constantly sweeping up fluff.
Tino was getting cuddly while I did homework.
I made my very own “MARY BETH” juice at home. 🙂 I also had some yummy popcorn with it.
We watched the Hornets game Tuesday night followed by Gotham.
I got all my packages sent out yesterday and have more to do today. I love waking up early with coffee and knocking them all out while I watch Good Morning America.
Roadtrip to the post office!
When I got back, I went running on the trail for 3.68 miles. It was SO HILLY! But, I think it’s making me a better runner. Today, I really need to do some strength training.
I picked up a salad at Harris Teeter to have for lunch. It had kale, blueberries, pasta, carrots, chicken salad, and cheese. It was pretty random, but delicious.
I made some cranberry chocolate chip cookies to drop off for my mom’s work Thanksgiving party. They were so so so so good and I’ll post that recipe later!
They got mad at me for taking away the stuffed animals. They were replaced with bones.
SO, I have to introduce you guys to the tastiest FALL chips out there right now. Way Better Snacks sent me a couple of their new flavors for me to try. I was thinking…”ginger snap tortilla chips?”…but they were seriously addicting! The apple cinnamon spice were just as good!
THE THREE SEASONAL FLAVORS!
- Oh My Sweet Pumkin Cranberry: This fan favorite, first introduced in 2013, is like Thanksgiving in a bag. Dried cranberries dot each chip, surrounded by a base of warm pumpkin, flax seed and quinoa. A dash of sea salt gives each bite just the right balance of sweet and savory.
- Oh Snap! Ginger Snap: The brand spankin’ new chip is made with sprouted premium ingredients such as flax seed, quinoa and chia seed. Crystallized ginger pieces are baked right in for a punch of delicious ginger snap flavor. Hints of molasses and warm spices will transport you to a holiday wonderland.
- Everything Nice Apple Cinnamon Spice: Ever wish the apple orchard had more crunch? This new addition is made with a base of real apples and sprouted flax seed, quinoa and chia seed, with just the right hints of molasses and spices.
These flavors would be so fun to set out on the table for Thanksgiving or Christmas with a fruit salsa!
I also think they did an awesome job on the packaging 🙂 I’m crazy for plaid.
I am skipping a run today and going to do strength training. This morning, Grumples and I went out for a two mile walk. He loves getting outside:)
Now, I’m going to end this INCREDIBLY long recap post with my breakfast! I had a slice of whole grain peanut butter toast (not pictured) and Greek yogurt with toasted oats muesli. I am a huge fan of the Nature Valley toasted oats! They taste like crumbled granola bars!
I’m off to run about eight errands, fulfill packages, and then to the gym!
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
THREE QUESTIONS FOR YOU:
1. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
2. How do you stay active on rainy days?
3. What is your favorite dessert on Thanksgiving?