Good Morning & Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fabulous Veteran’s Day Weekend! Thank you to all of the brave serviceman and women!
My recap post is much shorter than what you’re used to but still filled with a lot of yummy eats. I had a very self-productive weekend, but low-key when it came to activities. I learned the importance of schedules, grounding myself, and lists this week. Having tasks written in front of you makes all the difference.
I set up all the photos for this blog post last night and had every intention of getting it done, but by the time 8:30 pm rolled around, my eyes were getting heavy. I decided to call it quits, get some sleep, and finish it in the morning. I woke about 6:00 am this morning very well-rested. I took the dogs out for a four-mile walk around the block (We like to walk until the sun comes up), made coffee, and headed up to the office to write. I am not a night person, though, I wish I could be.
After my morning dog walks on Monday morning, I sat down to work on a post. The time went by so fast that I didn’t realize it was 1 pm. I was so focused on a project that I hadn’t had breakfast or lunch. I decided to make a large salad. I was running on three hours of sleep Monday morning, so I had a feeling I’d be falling asleep super early.
My salad had spring mix lettuce, sweet salad peppers, strawberries, blueberries, honey mustard chicken (I prepped last Sunday), pears, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, cucumber, and a honey mustard balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
The dogs keep me company up in the office during the day (When I have food.)
One thing I’m not a fan of is the darker evenings. As soon as it gets dark, I am ready for bed! I know I’ll eventually adapt to the change. I closed up my laptop at 6:30 pm and I took the boys out for a long evening walk. We went about three miles to tire them out. I also needed to get up and to move since I locked myself in on a project all day.
As soon as we came inside, I washed my face, brushed my teeth, threw on my pajamas and fell asleep by 8 p.m. It made up for my lack of sleep on Sunday night.
I was so refreshed and motivated on Tuesday morning. I took the boys for a walk, made a roasted vegetable & egg white scramble, and got to work. I love making giant batches of roasted vegetables on Sunday night to eat throughout the week. I add them to my omelets, stir-fry, use them as sides, and as salad toppers.
I made a giant plate of food for dinner after our final dog walk. My plate had a side salad that consisted of spring mix lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, and a honey mustard balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I also heated up some roasted vegetables and honey mustard chicken. (details in my last recap post)
Wednesday came around fast. I’ve been loving the cold mornings! We bundle up for our walks and warm up by the fireplace when we get back in. I have a serious throw blanket problem.
Roasted vegetables were making breakfast easy again. I just throw them into a pan with eggwhites. I made another batch last night, so I’ll probably do the same all week long. I worked all day on a photo shoot for some food and product for a post that’ll be live Wednesday 🙂 I’m excited about it. It was raining all day on Wednesday! I don’t mind rainy days; I like them, the only problem is walking the dogs in the rain.
The trees on my front lawn have hit their fall limit. There are only a couple leaves still hanging on. I’m sad when fall ends, but the optimistic side of me is screaming “CHRISTMAS” inside.
I headed to my parent’s house to see them on Wednesday night. My mom and I wrapped up in our raincoats and took the boys out for a walk. I don’t let the dogs run around the backyard in the rain because they get very muddy. I’m sure they enjoy it, but giving them baths at night isn’t that fun.
We decided on breakfast for dinner. My mom made me (four egg-white + 1 egg) omelet, bacon, and avocado. It hit the spot before bed.
I woke up around 5:45 am and had coffee with my parents before heading back to my house to get started on some more work. I had some fun projects to work on this week (ones you’ll be seeing soon.) Of course, a breakfast of roasted vegetables and scrambled egg whites made an appearance. When I do these scrambles, I just pour organic liquid egg whites on top. I don’t waste whole eggs on these types of meals.
Around two, I ate some of my food props from the upcoming posts as running fuel. Meighan came over so we could run three miles in my neighborhood. At first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to hang. I haven’t been running as consistently as I should be. I also don’t adapt well to running in the cold weather right off the bat. I usually ease myself into it. My neighborhood isn’t the flattest either…
Hope you enjoy this fantastic high-quality photo of us running. Apparently, I’m out of practice.
Surprisingly, I made it the whole three miles without stopping or feeling like I was going to die. When you don’t use it, you lose it. Conquering this run motivated me to do it more. Sometimes I’m scared of what I can’t do if I keep putting it off. I don’t always like to face the facts or fail. And “not doing it” prevents that. It’s an awful mindset, but I’m determined to change it. I will be running again today, so I’ll keep you posted.
After our run, we grabbed the dogs and headed out for a walk with them and just caught up on everything. We never shut up when we are together. My brother said he had never witnessed anything like it when he was here visiting.We call it “babble-mode.”
For dinner, I had 1/3 cup liquid organic egg whites + 1 egg, ground turkey with spicy Szechuan sauce, and sauteed my roasted vegetables with spicy Szechuan sauce. I could barely finish this meal with the amount of water I downed after the run, so I saved half of it for Friday’s lunch. I did somehow manage to save room for Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup.
After my Friday morning walk with the dogs, I made coffee and went over blog comments and emails by the fireplace. It was so chilly. I spent all day Friday finishing up my Jackson County Recap! I loved reliving those moments!
For breakfast, I had a protein shake with hemp seeds, vegan/plant based vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, ice, wheat grass powder, spirulina, and unsweetened cashew milk.
Around five, I headed to Legal Remedy Brewing to meet my parents for dinner. I wanted to treat them to Veteran’s day dinner! My mom and I weren’t super hungry, so we split a steak salad. They top their steak salads with french fries! I love that 🙂
I also had a glass of cabernet. Treat yourself Friday!
My parents followed me back to my house, and my mom and I headed out for a long dog walk to end Friday night. We love walking around the neighborhood talking and spending time together. We especially enjoy it during the holidays when everyone has their house lit up.
I was up bright and early on Saturday morning! Kyle took the dogs out, which was nice 🙂 I made coffee, waffle, and some eggs before heading out with my mom for some morning shopping.
We grabbed a holiday drink after we finished up shopping later in the afternoon. I wanted to find a rug, a chair, a lamp, and some decor, but the day was a fail. I will head out some other time. I don’t want to rush into things I don’t love just to finish up the office. I’ll eventually find the perfect pieces when I’m not searching so hard.
When I got back, Kyle and I headed out to run errands with the boys, and then out for a walk!
Those two <3
We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up meal-prep ingredients for our Sunday food prep session. I tried the chameleon brew again (after three years), but still not a fan. Has anyone else tried this brand? Does it have a sour taste to it?
Kyle and I had Blue Apron meals all weekend long for dinner and lunch. I’ll blog all about that soon! 🙂 The meals were on point this week. It’s funny because there has never been a blue Apron meal I didn’t love. I’ll look at a recipe and be like “nope,” but then I try it, and it’s incredible! Every single time! Kyle says the same, too.
I was in the baking mood Sunday morning while Kyle meal-prepped for the week. I made healthy white chocolate & toasted macadamia nut muffins. They are healthy, too! I’m excited to share this recipe soon. Kyle took almost all of them home because he was obsessed.
I also made another batch of roasted vegetables for the week, cut up and froze fruit for smoothies, and roasted chicken. It makes eating healthier easy when everything is already made. Taking the thought and process out of your day is key.
My life was changed on Sunday afternoon when I decided to try out the Chemex. I will no longer be making coffee the same. I used one of my favorite roasts (The World Market Sumatran) for my coffee. Grinding your own coffee beans also makes a world of difference. I’m obsessed with my coffee grinder, and it stores my beans. You just press start and your beans grind.
A lot of you were asking about this mug on my Instagram story. I literally cannot find it online, but I bought it at Blackhawk Hardware in Charlotte. The next time I’m in the area, I’ll go look at the tag to see if it had more info about the brand.
Let’s just talk about this coffee for a moment. I’ve never been able to down black coffee so fast, but the Chemex makes coffee so smooth, creamy, and dessert-like. I was so excited to make my coffee again this morning. I’m going to have to take this little magic pot everywhere with me. Coffee will forever be different now. I can’t believe it took me so long. I almost wish I had never done this…
Oh, and I have been rinsing off the filter and drying it out on a cookie rack to reuse it a couple times.
On Sunday afternoon, I received a package from one of my favorite brands! I am obsessed with the “no cow” bars. They are like the plant-based version of quest bars, but so much better! I take them on all of my trips with me. They are high in protein, high fiber, and low carb. They sent me a package of their new (not even in stores yet) flavors to try! The no cow protein double chocolate cookie was really good. I had Kyle try them too, and he agreed.
But my ultimate favorite, the carrot cake! You can’t go wrong with a carrot cake flavor 🙂 It had 22g of protein packed into that flavorful thing. Winner for sure! I’ll let you guys know when they are in stores! Maybe we can do a little giveaway!
After meal prepping and relaxing a bit, Kyle headed to the gym, and I headed to walk at the Riverwalk. It was so cold, so I bundled up. There wasn’t a single person on the trail. It was peaceful.
When Kyle headed out, I mixed some roasted vegetables and a leftover blue apron meal in a bowl for dinner. It was actually really really good!
I really tried to finish the post, but my early bedtime was calling! <3 I have a couple of blogs to write today, but then I’m heading to my parents to grill out tonight.
Hope you all have a great week!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever used a Chemex?
- Did you get the chance to read my Jackson County Trip recap yet?
- Do you ever fear trying something again after a hiatus?