LET THE RECAP BEGIN
I’m not sure if I should say “good morning” or “goodnight.” It’s 2 am here and I’ve never written a blogpost this late, especially not a recap one. These take some serious remembering skills (considering I don’t do them frequent enough.) My brain is usually sleeping before my body at this hour, but the culprit is posing in the photo below. ☕️?
I just turned on one of my favorite movies. “AS IF!”…can you guess which movie? Now it’s time to give this late-night writing thing a go.
We started out with the shrimp flatbread. I liked this idea and can’t wait to create my own version at home. I loved the flavors, but it needed a pinch of salt or maybe some capers on top. The flatbread was topped with arugula, red onion, and Boursin cheese.
I forgot all about the lack of salt as soon as my meal came out. I don’t know what came over me, but I skipped out on the usual salads and went straight for the steak. I’m so glad I did because this was one of the best steak experiences I’ve ever had. The chef nailed his job by auditioning with this signature steak. It’s called the “60 second” NY strip. It’s seared from the bottom up for 60 seconds, and never flipped. It reads at a medium-rare (just the way I like it) temperature from top to bottom once it’s done. Even though the side looks completely rare, it’s not. Each bite was crispy, heavily flavored, and mouthwatering. Their broccoli was really good too and I love that they piled it high. I hate when restaurants cheat you out on the veggies.
Our waitress brought out the dessert with a candle on top for Becca’s birthday! If you follow me on snapchat…you saw the struggle! The dessert was a milk chocolate caramel pretzel bar. It was served with vanilla gelato!
I’m about to do the sloppiest transition and go all the way back to Wednesday! I spent the day building the new design for the blog and working with a couple pros to perfect it. It’ll hopefully be all done in a couple of weeks.
I managed to sneak out of for a run and a grocery trip. I found these 80 calorie UNREAL dark chocolate peanut butter cups. They’re pretty good, but I think the homemade ones are better! (biased, maybe)
I threw a salad together after my run. It had hard boiled eggs, romaine, rice, ground turkey, croutons and a side of apple slices.
I headed to Kyle’s after finishing up work. We’ve been watching The Night Of, an HBO T.V. series, on Wednesday nights. It’s an incredible show and written so well. It’s very realistic and I find myself thinking about the show randomly throughout the week. I’m so excited to catchup on the latest episode tomorrow.
Some Thursday eats:
Peach oatmeal + 2 tablespoons of chia seeds & coffee.
Chia-colada protein shake! ???
*1 small banana *1 frozen pineapple core *10 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk *1 scoop CVS vanilla protein powder *2 tablespoons chia seeds *1 cup ice *1 packet stevia! You can even add a little coconut water!
The heat is my worse enemy right now, but it’s going to cool down very soon. I can feel it! I ran four miles and then headed over to my gym for a thirty-minute circuit. I’m excited for the August fit challenge to start! It’s only been two days and I feel like I’m missing out. My body definitely needs the break, but I’m excited to get back to a workout schedule. The challenge will be up on Friday!
I grabbed an iced coffee and headed to the park with Grumples to walk in the shade. I feel bad for him during the summer because our walks are so much shorter.
I love the iced coffees at Starbucks. I add a little cream to the refreshing afternoon pick-me-up. ❄️☕️ ??
I food prep ground turkey and rice at the beginning of the week and add it to my meals randomly. It’s easier to eat repetitive meals when you live alone.
My repetitive meal last week (and this week) was (is) Caesar salad with my ground turkey, rice, avocado, carrots and hummus.
I fit in a light four mile run on Friday and then called it quits. I was so exhausted and all I wanted to do was eat dinner, watch a movie and go to bed! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Friday night and I’m so happy Kyle was on the same page as me. I didn’t feel like cooking so I headed to Jason’s Deli to pick up a salad. Their salad bar is awesome. It’s so inexpensive and you can fill it with so many veggies, sides and sauces to go. I ordered grilled chicken on the side for some protein.
We ended up going for a night walk uptown because it was beautiful out. I was so tired on Friday night that I can’t even remember what movie we ended up watching. I’ve been trying to figure it out and nothing is coming to me!
We took a walk to Dean & Deluca for coffee on Saturday morning. Check out that old Backstreet Boy’s poster! That was almost two decades ago!
Dean & Deluca is right up my alley. It’s great for quick snacks, breakfast, lunch or treats! Every Dean & Deluca I go to is different, so it’s fun to check them out and see what goodies they have. My all-time favorite D & D is in Georgetown! I think they have the cutest little gifts and unique products.
I want to try one of their omelets soon. Maybe next Saturday:)
I have already had one of their lattes (confirmed delicious) so I stuck to being basic and ordered a regular coffee.☕️
Do you half and half or do you skim? I do half and half and half skim. 😉
We walked to the grocery store to grab breakfast ingredients.
Kyle wanted to make me a Taylor ham (pork roll), egg & cheese breakfast sandwich. Apparently it’s popular in the North and one of his breakfast favorites. I had never even heard of it! I wasn’t going to turn down anyone making me breakfast.
Look how perfect he cooked the egg! I love when it’s slightly runny.
I was shocked at how good this was. I wasn’t shocked because Kyle made it, but shocked because something called “taylor ham” tasted good. I’ve definitely been missing out! Taylor ham (if you haven’t had it) tastes like ham & bacon combined. That almost sounds silly to say considering it comes from the same animal…but you get it.
We decided to take it easy and ditch the gym. We went on a 6.77 mile walk instead.
We stopped at Vitamin Shoppe halfway to pick up some water. Of course we walked out with snacks too! I HAD to try the new Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest bar! This may sound weird, but it tasted like a brown sugar cinnamon PopTart, which I loved. Have you guys tried it yet?
We also tried a Nature’s Best Javapro Coffee Protein Shake and it was DELICIOUS. I love anything with coffee and Kyle loves anything with protein, so it was the perfect split.
Penta Water? HELLO! This is the best tasting bottled water I’ve had yet.
We passed the new Not Just Coffee location on the way back.
It was a no-brainer. We were going in! I may have already had my coffee fix for the day, but I really wanted to check out the new location.
The place was so clean and shiny, yet rustic and warm. So city-esque.
I ordered a refreshing iced coffee. There was no way I could drink a hot coffee after walking nearly seven miles in the 90-degree heat.
I had my Jason’s Deli leftovers for lunch!
Kyle and I made Flatout Pizzas for dinner! We were both in the mood for pizza but wanted to take the healthier route. This is a great recipe for a quick and light pizza fix! You can customize them any way you’d like.
?*Mine had pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperonis, and Canadian bacon.
?*Kyle’s pizza had grilled chicken mixed with buffalo sauce, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
We made extra pizzas for Steve, Meighan, and Becca!
Bake for 13-15 minutes at 375 degrees!
The Light Flatbread Italian Herb “crust” is only 90 calories for the entire pizza.
My pizza came to 220 calories for the whole thing. Most pizza slices are more than that. ?
Kyle dipped his buffalo chicken pizza in blue cheese dressing…I know that’s a popular combo, but YUCK! Keep that blue cheese madness away from me.
We broke out the moves for “National Dance Day” before the five of us jumped on the couch (made to sit three) to watch a movie. If you haven’t watched 10 Cloverfield Lane yet…you need to! Such a great movie and unpredictable. ?
*we nailed the “late night/half asleep awkward photo.” I literally have shih tzu hair in that photo.
*all my snapchatters saw the great booty drop. @taralynnmcnitt
Bootcamp was so hard and it was so hot outside! The endorphins pushed me to continue and go for a three-mile run afterward. I don’t know what inspired me to go so hard on a Sunday morning, but it felt great. Must have been all the pizza.
Pre shower/Post Shower.
I ended up taking a 25-minute catnap when I got back. I NEVER take naps or sleep in (it’s almost impossible), but I really needed it.
I had my coffee all over again when I woke up. I’ve been obsessed with these little Shasha Cookies Ginger Snaps from Whole Foods and dipping them in your coffee is the way to go. They are also good dipped in peanut butter for a late-night snack.
*i promise I drink water too…it’s just not as pretty to capture. ?
I headed to the grocery store later in the afternoon to pick up some ingredients for an early Sunday dinner.
We decided to make homemade chicken nuggets and guacamole.
All you need: boneless/skinless chicken breast (diced), whole grain italian bread crumbs, one large egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
In a large mixing bowl, coat the diced chicken breast in olive oil and egg. Add a sprinkle of onion powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Dip the chicken in the breadcrumbs and coat them well.
Bake 16-20 minutes. All ovens cook differently, so check on them!
I made the guacamole while the chicken nuggets were baking.
It had: red and green bell pepper, red onion, garlic powder, sea salt, back pepper, onion powder, minted onion, 1 tsp honey. *I usually add a little lime but forgot one at the store!
Chop up all the veggies and stir them into the mashed avocados.
Keep giving the guacamole taste tests and add any additional seasonings.
We served the guacamole with hummus, bell pepper strips, cucumbers, tomato basil Wheat Thins and Stacy’s Pita Chips.
The best part about making the guacamole at home? It ain’t extra. (I still love you, Chipotle)
These chicken nuggets are so easy to make and one of the best chicken nuggets you’ll eat. You can make a ton of them and freeze for later! So much healthier/cheaper than the store-bought. You’ll never want to eat store bought chicken nuggets after making these.
I love cooking Sunday dinners. I’ve cut back on dining out in the past four months. I used to eat out at least five times a week or more! So crazy.
He’s always watching…
The Halo Top dessert smorgasbord.
My dessert mug had lemon cake Halo, strawberry Halo, Chocolate Halo, Peanut butter and a couple pieces of dark chocolate chips. SO MUCH BETTER THAN FROYO! We spent the night watching the Survivalist. It was pretty interesting. I recommend it if you’re in a movie mood. Don’t watch this if you’re going to be on your phone or computer while casually watching (I do that a lot.) It portrays the realistic human behavior in survival mode. If we were all trying to survive, I’m sure all of our natural survival instincts would kick in and we’d act like different people.
Is it horrible that the only thing I could think of during the last two movies was how they were getting their coffee?
This was such a relaxing weekend and everything I needed!
Grumples and I hit the walking trail early Monday morning! We only did two miles before he said “no thanks.”
I stopped at the Spring Farm Farmers Market for some fresh produce on the way back!
How fun is this pool float!? Thank you Ankit for thinking of me:)
I did my mini food prepping on Monday night before the Bachelorette finale!
I make big containers of white rice and ground turkey!
I’ve been on this salad combo kick for weeks! Romaine, eggs, croutons, asiago cheese, ground turkey, avocado, rice and some random chunk of a pita!
I watched the finale of the Bachelorette with this delicious treat! I made a DECAF espresso with my Nespresso machine, added a chai tea bag, sprinkle of ground cinnamon, a splash of light cream, and mini marshmallows. It tasted like a chai tea latte!
I was all wrong about the Bachelorette finale. I thought they put Jordan on there so he could get denied at the end, be the next bachelor, and bring in more ratings & drama for the next show! Maybe that’s what they were secretly hoping? Or maybe only I was hoping that…
Now…do I watch Bachelor in Paradise? YES!
& I suppose I’ll end this recap (at 4:45 am) with yesterday’s breakfast & lunch.
Protein shake: 1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup mango, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 packet stevia, 1/2 cup ice, & 1/2 teaspoon almond extract! I also added two tablespoons chopped pecans.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU
- What is the last thing you created? (it can be anything)
- Do you have a favorite recipe that contains five ingredients or less? (please share)
- Do you have anything active planned for the weekend?
I have a feeling I’m going to wake up in the morning and laugh at how bad this post was written…gotta love a 5am post.