I had so much fun with this post. If you’re not in the fall mood yet, I hope I can help! I did some fall shopping, baking, visited the pumpkin patch, and ran some “fallesque” neighborhoods in Charlotte over the weekend. I made sure to include a ton of photos and a couple recipes. I usually do my recap posts on Thursdays, but this one is long enough and I’ll be spending that day finishing up my Halloween costume! The upcoming weekend hasn’t even happened yet and I’m already excited to blog about it.
It has been such a beautiful day. I’ve been working inside all day, but can’t wait to get out for another walk tonight. I took Grumples for a four mile walk this morning. I used to think coffee was my favorite part of the day, but it’s actually my walks with Grumples. He has a weigh-in on Friday and I hope we get some good results back. They are the best company. Sometimes working from home is hard with these two, but it’s worth it. I can’t get over their cuteness. My last recap post left off on last Thursday.
I met up with the best running partner, Meighan, that night to do a quick three miles. We try to do our fast miles on Thursdays. We usually do our long walks on Tuesdays, but I’m listening to my body and giving my knees a break tonight. I’m just going to do a couple with Grumples.
We love to walk a couple miles from uptown to do our run and walk a couple miles back after our run. I stopped at the grocery store to grab some ingredients for dinner on the walk back. I bought a spaghetti squash, broccoli, turkey meatballs, and organic pasta sauce. Hello fifteen minute dinner! I love meals like this because they’re inexpensive and it makes enough for the next couple of days. I love the connivence of leftovers.
It was all about Fall on Friday.
I shot some of the new arrivals for the Simply Taralynn Collection shop. Everything will be shipped out tomorrow and I can’t wait to post all the new outfits. Some of my looks are all below!
I headed to the Bush-N-Vine farm on Friday afternoon with my mom to check out the pumpkin patch. This place just screamed FALL. Everything was so pretty.
Farm fresh strawberry ice cream 🙂
I didn’t think strawberries would be good this time of year, but these were incredible! I’ve been snacking on them all week. Apple cider slushies…sign me up!
My mom and I love fall. Halloween is one of her favorite holidays. She used to make all of my costumes growing up.
My new plaid coat 🙂
I fell in love with this coat because it reminded me of my childhood. My mom used to take my brother and I out for photo shoots. This plaid dress was my favorite! I begged my mom to let me wear it all the time. Plaid will never go out of style 🙂 I stopped into CVS to grab trail mix and came out with an entire basket full of fall goodies. 🙂 I LOVE their fall selection. These pumpkin cookies were gone in two days. Kyle and my dad devoured them…My parents came over on Friday night for dinner. My mom made enchiladas and then we took Grumples for a super long walk! He was the happiest dog on the planet.
The lucky pup got another four mile walk in the morning with Kyle and I.
I made myself some eggs and jelly toast when I got back. I’ve been using a delicious fig jelly with Melt spread on my whole wheat toast. I also made an almond milk iced latte. This has unsweetened almond milk, stevia, espresso and ice.
Kyle and I split some delicious Chinese food at Soho Bistro for lunch. We weren’t hungry enough to order our own meals, but couldn’t turn down good Chinese food. This place is so good and it’s located uptown! We told them it was Steve’s birthday and they brought him out a slice of sweet potato caramel cheesecake. They were the sweetest.
We all headed to the outlets to shop.
I had an afternoon pick-me-up from Starbucks. It had skim, espresso, and one pump of pumpkin spice.
We spent the night watching Black Mirror, our latest binge-watch. That show is so good. Each episode has a different storyline, but portrays the dark side of modern day technology. It’s kind of scary to watch because we aren’t too far from turning these scenarios into reality. I was so excited for my Sunday run. I made a big egg white omelet and wheat toast with fig jelly to go with my cup of coffee.
I packed some Quench Sports Chewing Gum and Energy Chews in my new belt. This was the first time trying out the belt and I really liked it. It fit my giant phone in it, which was a plus. I tried the ones at Dick’s Sporting Goods, but they were too small.
Meighan and I set out for nine miles. We ran all through Freedom Park, Sugar Creek Greenway, and the gorgeous neighborhoods around Queens Road.
I loved all of the hills and scenic trails. We did nine miles in one hour and thirty minutes. I think we made pretty great time! We chopped off about a minute from our average pace.
TIMES: M1-9:45 M2-9:55, M3-10:00, M4-10:20, M5-10:13, M6-9:30, M7-9:49, M8-9:50, M9-9:30
I’m definitely going to take it easy this week. I can feel some sharp pains in my knee, so it’s all about ice, strength, and stretching this week!
I picked up a salad for dinner at Chopt. I crafted my own and it is by far the best salad I’ve had at Chopt so far! They need to add this one to the menu! 🙂 My salad had Kale, spinach, grilled chicken, falafel, goat cheese, hard boiled egg whites, cucumbers, roasted seasonal vegetables, chickpeas, tricolor quinoa, pita chips, fried onions and balsamic vinaigrette on the side.
I picked up some cupcakes and ice cream at the Fresh Market for Steve’s birthday! Pumpkin pie gelato…its as good as it sounds. The Fresh Market had a peanut butter explosion cupcake. The frosting was pure peanut butter fudge…
I passed out at 9:45 on Sunday night. I was so exhausted!
Leo had his second vet appointment Monday morning. He was ten pounds on his first visit and now he’s sixteen!
I took Grumples for his walk after getting back from the vet. It was a beautiful day!
I headed to the 7th Street Market to pick up an iced coffee from Not Just Coffee. I made pumpkin spiced Oreo balls on Monday afternoon. I’m getting hungry just thinking about these delicious treats. I decide to do a marble with the pumpkin spiced Oreos and the original.
The Oreo balls are always a hit! I made Christmas peppermint Oreo balls and white chocolate Halloween Oreo balls a couple years ago.
Use a blender or food processor to crumble up the Oreos. Add the crumbled pumpkin spiced Oreos to a large mixing bowl or use an electric mixer with 1/4 cup of plain cream cheese. If you don’t have an electric mixer, you may want to use your hands to combine the cream cheese and Oreos together. Repeat with the chocolate Oreos! Roll one tablespoon of each flavor together to form marbleized balls. Melt the pumpkin spiced candy melts. If I had to redo these, I’d add white chocolate bark or white chocolate chips to the pumpkin spice melts. They were SUPER strong and needed a little white chocolate to tone it down. Dip the Oreo balls into the melted chocolate and add them to the tin foil to harden. Add sprinkles! These Oreo balls are so addicting! They’re not as pretty as the ones Ive made in the past, but just as tasty!
For dinner I had a large salad topped with rotisserie chicken! I’m going to go on a big grocery shop tomorrow and restock the fridge. I’m thinking roasted vegetables and some salmon!
Questions for you!
- Have you carved pumpkins yet?
- Describe your day in one word.
- What should I add to my grocery list?