I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I am so excited for this weekend because I’ll be heading down to Savannah. Going to Savannah has been a dream of mine for a long time and I cannot wait to experience it all. I am also excited to bring the camera along and take some beautiful shots to share with all of you. Please share your suggestions on what to see, where to eat or what to do in Savannah! I’d love some ideas.
One of my favorite parts of Friday is recapping the week and looking over all of the fun and not-so-fun activities I did. I just made a bowl of oatmeal to go with my second cup of coffee and now I’m ready to recap!
I decided to break out the bike yesterday afternoon. I don’t know what came across me, but I rode 42 miles. My goal was 50, but I couldn’t go anymore. My butt was hurting and I was running out of fuel. I hope to be able to finish 50-60 miles by the end of the summer. I think it would be easier if someone else was biking with me. Sometimes I need a little push!
It was a very relaxing ride. It took me a little over 3 1/2 hours. At one point my bike clocked in at 26.5 mph going downhill. I felt like a little kid. Even though my bike is an E-Bike, I kept it off. I wanted to really work for those miles.
I took a relaxing break to stretch and rehydrate down at the Riverwalk.
I had some fresh pineapple after my ride with about 33 ounces of water.
I’m not a napper at all, but after getting out of the shower, I passed out for an hour and a half. I don’t even remember falling asleep. That bike ride mixed with the sun really knocked me out.
For dinner I had black bean veggie burgers (yes I’m still obsessed) and a salad.
I cuddled up into bed early with Mr. Grumples with a bowl of popcorn mixed with CVS’s unsalted pistachios & almonds blend. We watched Empire and Nashville. I can’t believe they were both left with cliffhangers…grrrr!
I better take this recap post back to last Friday!
Last Friday was a little crazy for me. It was one of those days where nothing managed to go right. It was just one thing after another. I was a chicken running around with my head chopped off in the pouring rain. As soon as I got home, I went for a run, took a shower and meditated myself back to a good place. I decided to take my day back into my control and turn it around for the good.
Friday night was just what I needed. It was storming pretty hard, which was a perfect excuse to stay inside and cook a delicious dinner. I blasted some good music and started cooking. I was in the mood for seafood, so I decided to make baked salmon, shrimp, sweet green beans and roasted sweet potatoes.
I used to make salmon twice a week and I really need to start doing that again. I forgot how amazing it is. This salmon was really good and simple to make.
I sautéed garlic cloves and chopped green onion in olive oil, soy sauce, honey, black pepper and dill weed. Once the garlic cloves and green onions were candied, I added them to the top of the salmon with a couple tablespoons of the cooked and infused olive oil (from the same pan.) I squeezed the juice from 1/4 small lime over the salmon with a couple tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce and a honey drizzle. I seasoned with black pepper, onion powder and italian seasoning. I also added some spinach, lime slices and tomatoes to the pan.
Bake 17-22 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on the size of your salmon!
The honey flax green beans are my favorite!
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil (from the previous pan)
- 4 Cups Snapped Green Beans
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds (or sesame)
- 1 -2 Tablespoon Honey
- 1 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
*I also added some candied garlic cloves & green onions.
-Steam or boil the green beans to soften them. If they are fresh green beans, remove the stems.
-Add the softened green beans to a stir fry pan or frying pan. Cook them on high with the olive oil until they turn slightly brown. Add in the honey, soy sauce and flaxseeds. Turn the heat off and stir!
I love shrimp so much! I think they are so easy to make and you can eat them cold or hot!
As Bubba would say, “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That, that’s about it.”
I cooked this shrimp in olive oil, garlic powder, chopped green onion, black pepper, onion powder and sweet chili sauce. Cook on high until fully cooked. Bubba is going to have to add that one to the list.
The sweet potatoes were super easy to make as well. I softened the potatoes in the microwave, removed the skin and diced them up. They were tossed in olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, black pepper, sea salt, dill weed and 2 teaspoons brown sugar. The brown sugar tip is something I learned from watching “The Barefoot Contessa.” The small amount brown sugar adds a super crispy texture! I roasted them for 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees. I would make the sweet potatoes before the salmon, green beans and shrimp because they take the longest to bake.
The salmon came out to perfection! Yo always want to keep an eye on salmon because it cooks so fast and overcooked salmon is never good!
This was just my first serving. I definitely had more!
Saturday mornings have been dedicated to House of Cards and coffee lately. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m done with this season. I do not like waiting!
The cooking mood ran over into Saturday morning. I cooked up a yummy breakfast! My scramble had peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach and two eggs. I also had bacon, apple slices and a slice of whole grain bread. I have an omelet recipe below that demonstrates how I cooked up the vegetables before adding them to the eggs. I always use Applegate Bacon and bake it in the oven to make it extra crispy.
I’ve been addicted to this Probiotic Melt spread lately! It is 100000x better than butter! It melts just like butter and has a better flavor. It’s made from good fats from coconut oil, flaxseed oil and sunflower seed oil. It’s organic, non-gmo, kosher, vegan, dairy free, free of trans fats, soy free and gluten free. I can’t wait to try all the other flavors. The flavor is very buttery and I doubt people would even be able to tell the difference. I’m excited to bake with this!
I don’t want to leave you guys out of the loop. You guys have been so loyal to me as readers and it wouldn’t be fare to post “vague” photos that leave you wondering…so YES. I have been hanging out with someone and I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. I’m going to leave it at that for right now.
We went to the gym on Saturday morning and he set up a circuit workout followed by some sled pushing. I finally have the feeling back in my body. I was so sore for days!
It was supposed to rain all day Saturday and it turned out to be a beautiful day in Charlotte. It’s funny how large Charlotte is, yet so small. While we were walking back from the gym, we ran into Becca. The chances of that happening…
The rain made it’s way back that evening, which was a great excuse to have wine and dinner uptown.
We had dinner and drinks at 204 North, a farm-to-table restaurant that just opened uptown. I loved the rustic feel of the restaurant. I ordered a fresh salad that had spinach, candied pecans, grapes, feta, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Very tasty!
It was a very lovely Saturday night!
I had a walking date with Grumples on Sunday morning. It was his turn to get some sunshine. I had a slice of wholegrain bread with bacon and Organic Melt before the walk. This was such a delicious combo!
After our walk, I cleaned off and headed to grab coffee with Becca at Amelies French Bakery.
This is our favorite Sunday spot and we hadn’t been in such a long time!
We like to sit upstairs in the corner so we can look out the window at the downtown area.
I ordered my favorite combo, the dark roast coffee and a fruit and yogurt parfait.
The berries were fresh, the granola was crunchy and the yogurt was so thick and creamy! I have a yogurt maker but still haven’t used it yet! I should probably get to that!
After breakfast, we took a relaxing walk downtown.
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: Bass & Co
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection
Hair: A MESS.
After coffee and running a few errands, I headed back to my place to make broccoli salad and chocolate chip cookies for a bbq at Rachels. The recipes are below!
I ended up running out of vanilla so thank goodness for CVS being around the corner!
The BBQ was so fun and the perfect ending to a great weekend.
I had my go-to weekday breakfast Monday morning! Coffee, Almond Milk & Chocolate Cheerios!
After my workout, I had some weird cravings. My snack consisted of dried fruit, sunflower seeds, carrots, hummus and guacamole.
Grumples helped me on the new blogpost!
This is who I’m really voting for ^
I decided to make a vegetable omelet for dinner on Monday night. I sautéed spinach, onion, bell peppers and tomatoes with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and italian seasoning.
I poured two large eggs with four egg whites (2 yokes, 6 egg whites) with the sautéed vegetables.
I broke apart one slice of pepperjack for the center.
I cooked each side for about 4 minutes on high. The olive oil crisps up the sides and it makes the egg so good! I’m obsessed with the texture.
I had this giant omelet with a slice of whole grain toast and organic melt buttery spread.
After dinner, Becca met up with me to go for a four mile walk with Mr. Grumples!
Grumples and I watched the Bachelorette together afterwards. I think it’s going to be such a good season! The guys are much better looking this year. I’m all about Luke, the Marine, and Jordan!
I had some dark chocolate skinny pop popcorn to go with the show!
Later Tuesday afternoon, I took a trip to the Peach Stand to grab some strawberries. I found these cantaloupe filled strawberries instead and had to buy!
This was probably one of the best tasting cantaloupes I have ever had.
We had family friends in town on Tuesday night, so Grumples and I headed out to my parents house for dinner.
I took a trip to the store with my mom and we grabbed some foods to make a spread.
My favorite part of the spread was the salad…imagine that!
This Caesar had lettuce, onion, avocado, croutons, parmesan crisp and Panera’s Caesars dressing.
The spread also had cherries, crackers, pepperjack cheese, cajun crab dip, carrots, hummus and pizza.
I added some chicken to my dinner!
My mom wanted a photo early morning, so I hopped up out of bed, threw on some clothes, and took a photo before they left. Sorry for my WAKE UP face. This was pre-coffee.
Later that afternoon, I headed to the trails to run eight miles. I didn’t make it eight and had to quit at 7.4 but I was still very proud of myself! It was so hot out and I don’t think I had enough water to keep going.
I always love sharing my post run tomato face with the bulging forehead vein.
Since I was already sweaty and gross from my run, I put on my swim suit and headed to the pool to cool off and lay out for a bit. I’ve been using the CVS SPORT sunscreen while running and for all my outdoor activities. It’s perfect because it doesn’t bleed into the eyes or mouth.
I made a yummy salad for dinner while my chicken was baking. It had kale from the Peach Stand, spinach, goat cheese crumbles, cranberry, carrots, hummus, avocado, sunflower sees and a slice of wholegrain bread.
When he gives me this face, I know he wants to go out for a walk.
I took him to a park in Fort Mill and we took a three mile evening stroll.
The views were gorgeous on our way home. No one was around, so I pulled over to snap some photos.
I love that I live five minutes from the city and three minutes from the country.
Grumples loves car rides. He sticks his head out of the window and eats the air. He always barks at the horses and cows.
My favorite house of all time.
I had such a wonderful week and I know I’ll have an even better weekend! I can’t wait to share it with you!
QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
- What are you plans for Memorial Day Weekend?
- What is the last workout you did? Tag me on Instagram in your most recent workout post! @taralynnmcnitt
- What was your favorite part of the week so far?
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