I keep thinking it’s Friday. Kyle has the rest of the week off for the holidays and I’m so excited for him to come over tonight. I know it’s only Wednesday, but I really do miss him during the week. It’s cheesy and I never say things like this on the blog, but it’s true:) We are going to finish up Christmas shopping together tomorrow, so I want to share a recap post before I get too far behind.
Even though it was 23 degrees this morning, it was still beautiful. It did somehow get up to 58 degrees later in the afternoon, which was nice! I woke up around six with the pups and took them on a mile walk. I forgot my gloves, so my hands were freezing by the time we got back. I would have gone several miles, but I kind of need my fingers to be a blogger. I took this photo of the sky from my front porch when I got back from the walk (after my hands thawed out.) There was a cold fog hovering the trees and it looked magical. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
I turned the coffee pot on before my walk, so it was ready and hot by the time I got back. It helped thaw out my fingers! I can’t wait until spring so I can sit outside after my walks. My backyard looks out at the woods and its so peaceful.
I’ve been making the same breakfast for the past three days. I’m out of ingredients, so I’ll have to think of something else for tomorrow. I guess it’ll force me to eat all the other neglected breakfast foods in the house. The scramble is super high in protein and full of veggies! I’ll have more info on the eggs later in the post 🙂
I worked more on my guest bathroom yesterday! Here is a sneak peek, but I have so much more to do! I’m still working on the new mirror, I have to put the chandelier up, and I need to get the shelves up! The shelves will have hand towels, personal products, tissues, and baskets on them.
Im so glad that bright green is gone.
When I was walking through the homes in the Fourth Ward for the Christmas tour, I saw one of the ceilings had wallpaper with a chandelier and I’m contemplating on doing the same with this bathroom.
I had one of the best salads for dinner. I want to make this again and again! I was trying to use up all the produce in the house before the holidays, so this random salad ended up being one of my favorite combos.
This salad had fresh spinach leaves, sliced strawberries, blueberries, diced zucchini, pepitas, goat cheese, unsweetened toasted coconut flakes, bacon, and soft boiled eggs. I used my new favorite dressing, white balsamic shallot vinaigrette. If you’re bored with the dressing you’ve been using, definitely try this one out! It’s sold in the produce section at the grocery store. It is literally restaurant style.
Let’s go all the way back to last Monday! I’m sticking to my half marathon training, but I’m not pushing myself too hard! I’m trying to do it the right way this time. I’ve been following the Hal Higdons training plan. I ran for a half hour in the neighborhood and then came inside for a 30 minutes strength training workout. I bought new dumbbell set for my living room, so I have no excuses!
On Monday night, I had ground turkey with parmesan, quinoa with kale, and a side Caesar salad.
I woke up early on Tuesday so I could head over to my parents and help my dad with a couple gifts. I had cinnamon cranberry oatmeal for breakfast 🙂 I love letting the dogs run around their backyard, and they especially loved it because it was rainy. The muddy boys had to take a bath.
The dogs love driving out in the country. Grumples is obsessed with cows and he gets so excited when he sees them. He starts crying and jumping around. Sometimes I put him in the car and we just go for a cow ride for the fun of it.
My afternoon snack had apples, strawberries, honey, and unsweetened toasted coconut!
Meighan came over on Tuesday night for a run! We ran around my neighborhood and then came back for dinner. I love my neighborhood because it has hills and flat streets.
My dinner bowl had leftover quinoa with kale, steak, gluten free crackers, hummus and a sprinkle of cheese.
I headed uptown on Wednesday night to go for a walk with Meighan.
I love how festive uptown is during the holidays.
I was so hungry when we were done with our walk. I stopped and picked up a green juice to hold me over before dinner. I like the green juices that don’t have a lot of fruit. They don’t necessarily taste great, but they are so much better for you and lower in sugar.
I picked up a salad for dinner because it was late. I had a half salmon/half steak salad with sweet potato fries.
The boys looked thrilled in the morning after their walk…
I had my pumpkin spice coffee that Kyle’s mom got me. It’s really good 🙂 I do half dark roast and half pumpkin spice!
The boys were so cozy. They fight for that spot!
I made a list and headed to the grocery store on Thursday night. I bought SO MUCH FOOD! It was the first time filling up the fridge since moving in. Buying all of that food has forced me to eat and home and avoid dining out. I’ve gone out to eat maybe twice this month! That is a big difference for me and I plan on sticking to home cooking. The cart was overflowing by the time I was ready to checkout.
When I got home I decided to make guacamole. It looks like all the ingredients were on my counter, but I promise you it was in a glass bowl. 😉
This guacamcole had three avocados, 1/3 cup fiesta green chilies rotel, 1/4 cup chopped red onion, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, sprinkle of black pepper, sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. It was so good with carrots and supremely spicy hummus.
Friday’s lunch had gluten free crackers, carrots, gluten free pretzels, cucumber, guacamole, and hummus!
I was in pure muffin mode on Friday! I made these gluten free cranberry banana oat muffins.
I also made almond flour blueberry muffins!
Kyle came over on Friday night and we watched Christmas movies! My popcorn bowl had chocolate Chex, gluten free pretzels, skinny pop popcorn and dried cranberries. The only thing it was missing was roasted almonds!
I don’t stay up for movies, ever! Kyle is famous for always taking my photos while I sleep (in a non creepy way) I really liked this photo because I was sound asleep with both of the pups! You can kind of see Grumples little head popping up!
I had my favorite egg scramble for breakfast. I sautéed peppers, onions, and spinach together with a little bit of olive oil.
I added scrambled egg and havarti cheese.
I am in desperate need of new non-stick pans. Mine are dead and my eggs are dead too, but I’m hanging in there until I get new ones!
Kyle and I walked the dogs and then headed out to run errands on Saturday morning. We wanted to pick out paint for the bathroom and living room.
Kyle’s mom had the cutest idea for her rocks outside. I had to steal her idea! I bought these cute little stones to add to my rocks in the front. I need to get more, but I love the character it adds!
My mom and I were in baking mode! We were making peanut brittle, cookies, and more!
Read more about our baking here 🙂
Peanut brittle is my mom’s Christmas specialty and the best peanut brittle I’ve ever had! We make tons of it and put it in tins for friends and family.
These ginger cookies were stuffed with caramel! My dad said they were incredible.
Kyle did a really awesome job painting that wall. We went with “approaching storm” blue.
I took this photo on Sullivan’s Island and it’s my inspiration for color.
Before the storm.
After! I don’t know if I’m going to keep that gold mirror up there. I might do a photo collage…What do you think?
We made vegetable bibimbap for dinner! 🙂
I felt so cozy in the morning with my new wall 🙂
We threw the pups in the back of the jeep and headed uptown to Kyle’s. I had a running date with Meighan and he had a date with the gym.
It was 66 degrees on SUNDAY!!! Hello six miles 🙂
It felt so amazing and I ended up stripping off layers during the run because it got so hot. It was a bit rainy, but refreshing at the same time!
We ran six miles at a light 9:45 min pace.
We stopped for refreshments after our run. I had a quest bar and cranberry kombucha!
We headed to the mall after our run. We did a little Christmas shopping and I found the most adorable skirt for Christmas mass.
We stopped at Nordstrom for lattes before leaving the mall. I had four shots of espresso with skim milk.
I had my yummy egg scramble for breakfast on Monday morning. I added sweet potatoes this time! I microwave them first to cook faster.
The dogs wanted some too…not happening! We had to move the coffee table so they could wrestle…
I went throw pillow shopping on Monday morning. I had NO LUCK. I went to Kirkland’s, Target, Home Goods, and Pier One! I usually love their pillows, but not this time. I’m going to try again tomorrow! I did like some of the pillows at Pier One, but I’m not the type of person that is going to spend more that $25 on a throw pillow. Theirs were like $60…no!
I did find some delicious holiday drinks while I was at Earth Fare. They’re low cal, low carb and perfect for the holidays! Im going to pick up more of these for Christmas Eve! Everyone is coming over to my house 🙂
My parents stopped by for dinner on Monday night and I decided to make a quick spaghetti squash casserole with Italian chicken and salad. This is a quick and filling dinner!
I prepared the spaghetti squash in the microwave and then added it to a casserole dish with homemade pasta sauce, mozzarella and Italian seasoning on top. I baked the dish at 400 degrees until the cheese was crisp and brown.
I cooked the chicken on the stove top with olive oil and Italian dressing. SO GOOD!
My salad had Italian lettuce, soft boiled eggs, pepitas, bacon, carrots, onion, cucumber, and radishes. We watched the Panthers game together and then took the pups for a long walk.
YOU GUESSED IT. Same breakfast on Tuesday morning!
I can’t get enough!
After breakfast, I headed to the post office to ship some gifts and then pick up food for Christmas Eve. I bought ten pounds of crab legs! We will have those with roasted potatoes and some fun little appetizers.
I spent Tuesday afternoon relaxing a bit with Megyn Kelly’s new book. It’s sooooo good and very inspiring for women. I will let you know what I think when I’m done. It’s called Settle For More.
The boys relaxed with me.
Becca came over on Tuesday night so we could decorate Christmas cookies.
There is a pretty large homeless population uptown, but all of the faces are familiar. We see them in the same spots while walking around and we always exchange friendly smiles. These cookies will be bagged up and given to the homeless on Friday night.
I make Christmas cookies every year and it’s another one of my favorite traditions.
My royal icing has two egg whites, 7 tablespoons of meringue powder, 1 tbsp vanilla extract and 2 lbs of powdered sugar! I always use a squeeze bottle to apply the icing. You never want to overdue the icing on cookies because royal icing bleeds.
I hope you have a great rest of your week! I will be going into full on Christmas mode for the next couple of days! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat>> @taralynnmcnitt for all of my updates!!!
Questions for you!
- Where will you be spending the Holidays?
- What do you do on Christmas Eve?
- What is one gift you bought for someone for Christmas that you’re so excited to give to them?
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