Leo was ready to go out at 5 am this morning, and I took that as a sign to wake up and start the day too. I organized all of my photos for this blog post last night so that it would be ready to go in the morning. Recap posts are my favorite, but they can take a while to put together. Editing the photos, uploading them in order, and writing. It takes about twelve hours altogether, and I love every second of it.
I have a lot planned for today, but I can’t start anything until I get all of my work done. After this recap post, I have one more lined up to write (for Saturday), fit it a light run, and then meet up with Becca. She has the next couple of days off, and we have some fun things on the agenda.
So let’s get started!
I took a lot of time off from running and working out this week, besides my poor Saturday run. I didn’t take off from eating delicious eats, so this post is filled with them.
Wednesday night’s dinner: Kale salad with spicy banana peppers, roast beef, goat cheese, crispy onions, cranberries, and candied pecans. I used a shallot vinaigrette for the dressing.
I was so tired on Wednesday night. I threw on my pajamas, went through my nightly routine, and then hopped into bed. I fell asleep watching the movie Safe Haven, one of my favorites.
After walking the dogs on Thursday morning, I made a homemade cappuccino with my Nespresso machine. It was very cold on Thursday. Thank goodness it’s all over with. I think Spring is finally here to stay.
For breakfast, I had five scrambled egg whites + one whole egg, and cantaloupe. I downed a bowl of Cheerios and almond milk before my walk, too.
I finally got around to painting the canvas to go above my bed. Once I figure out how I want to decorate my bedroom, I’ll put this painting in the guest room, or my office. Once my place is put together, I’ll post before and afters. There is just so much to be done (decor wise!)
Becca and I were too cold to walk outside on Thursday night, so we ended up mall walking. It was so much fun! We kept our purses in the car, so we weren’t tempted to stop and shop. We put the mile tracker on and walked for an hour. I can now see why people consider this a workout!
I had a kale salad for dinner with southwest tortilla salad toppers, onion crisp, crab, turkey, and shallot vinaigrette. I promise there was like four cups of chopped kale under those tortilla toppers!
We stopped at Whole Foods on the way home. I picked up some items for Friday, and their paleo section looked amazing!
I had been waiting for Friday all week because I couldn’t wait to get my hair done.
I had Whole Food’s paleo grilled chicken, garlicky green beans and paleo rice for lunch. Both solid choices.
I headed over to my hair appointment at one. I was a little early, so I wanted to waste twenty minutes walking around Whole Foods. I wanted to find a new pre-workout to try.
This green juice and ginger shot is my new favorite combo.
I LOVE ginger. I hate when I order a juice, and you can hardly taste the ginger. This shot just fixed all of my problems! I added it to my green juice, and it made the perfect combo!
I headed over to Carmin! Carmin! Salon in Cotswold. It’s an Aveda salon, which I love. I had Didi do my hair, and she was a blast! Becca gets her hair done with Didi, so I appreciated the recommendation. I really liked her, and she has one of the most fun personalities. Pink hair, don’t care!
I had my hair died, and cut!
After my hair appointment, I met up with Meighan. Her friends were out of town, so we walked their three dogs, and then headed over to NoDa to try out their new juice bar. That was a fail because we showed up right at closing. I think juice bars should be open until nine on Friday nights 😉 We will try it next time!
We decided to grab smoothies at Luna’s Living Kitchen instead. It was St. Patrick’s day and I needed more green in my life anyways.
My hair is pretty dark, but it’ll fade into a medium brown in the next month, or so! I know it’ll look good when I have makeup on and some color! I am a ghost right now.
Meighan took this photo so I could send my mom a picture of the color. We died laughing for about twenty minutes because of the lady behind us. She and her friend had just finished a day pub crawling, and she was all smiles.
We were hungry when we got there, so we decided to split one of their bagels for a snack.
Living Bagel: raw, savory bagel made with almonds, flax, zucchini and rosemary. Topped with cashew sour cream, tomato, onion, basil, avocado and sprouts topped with jalapenos
This was a great little appetizer. I want to recreate this but with real bagels and cream cheese!
I ordered the “Yo La Mango” smoothie, and it came with mango, banana, matcha green tea powder, spinach, and hemp milk. Meighan had the “Pinko Drinko” smoothie, and it came with orange, berries, banana, acai, bee pollen, ginger, and lemonade!
Kyle came over after the gym on Friday night, and we finished more episodes of “The Fall.” We only have about five more episodes left, and then we will be lost once again. I’m always catching Kyle snapping Grumples. The funny thing is that he is usually sending them to my mom.
I always wake up super early. I like my alone time with coffee, and it’s when I get the most work done. I’m doing it now. Kyle kept snapping me while I was drinking my coffee and blogging on Saturday morning. I think this quote fit perfectly with how I felt.
I tried out one of the pre-workouts in my breakfast smoothie. I should have stuck to last week’s pre-long run breakfast because this was no good. I had plant-based protein powder, one banana, 3 tablespoons oats, almond milk, and ice.
You can read all about this run here! We finished eight miles and that’s all that matters! 🙂
We treated ourselves to Green juices after our run.
We ordered the “Glow One,” and it had spinach, kale, chard, apple, and cucumber. We had them add ginger and lemon as well. SO GOOD, but could have used a lot more ginger 🙂
We seriously lucked out. As soon as we got into the car, we ran into this mess! We almost had to run through it all. That would have been the cherry on top of my awful run.
I was ready for some solid food. For dinner, I made ground turkey, garlic green beans, roasted baby carrots, bell peppers, and zucchini. I had a lot in the fridge I needed to cook up.
Garlicky Green Beans
Kyle and I walked the dogs and watched movies for the rest of Saturday. It was nice to relax. Grumples thought so too! I got a lot of things done around the place.
We decided to bring breakfast over to my parent’s house and surprise them on Sunday morning!
The pups were happy too!
We put together a pretty delicious breakfast in forty-five minutes.
Cinnamon rolls straight from the package!
If you are looking for an amazing cinnamon roll recipe, my homemade ones are SO GOOD! I’ve been making them for years (just not Sunday morning.)
We used the outdoor hibachi grill that I bought my dad last year for the eggs and hash. Some of you may have seen it cooking up on my Snapchat.
The hash was so good! It had sausage, cheese, potatoes, and peppers!
The bacon was cooked in the over, and I promise it’s the BEST way to cook it!
Grumples LOVES the ride out to my parent’s house. He gets to see all the farm animals.
After breakfast, we headed to Southend to check out the antique mall. People have been telling me about the Sleepy Poet, and now I understand why. This place was HUGE! It would take me days to get through it all, and I can’t wait to go back!
SO MUCH AMAZING decor.
Kyle and I are obsessed with Whole Food’s honey roasted peanut butter. We decided to make our version on Sunday, and it turned out even better. We used the Vitamix to blend up the peanuts, added honey, cinnamon, and a bit of olive oil. You have to keep playing around with the honey and cinnamon to get the perfect blend. The bottom left is the Whole Food’s container, and the top left is ours!
I had a tossed salad from Zoe’s for dinner. It had lettuce, grilled chicken, tomatoes, feta cheese, bell pepper, onion, pita slices, and an olive oil dressing on top. Whenever I want something fresh, light, and filling, this is my go-to!
Just because I bought my salad doesn’t mean I got off the hook for cooking something. Kyle LOVES my pasta sauce and he had been asking for it for a while. I told him I’d make a batch on Sunday night.
It really is a DAMN good sauce.
Here is the recipe! You have to know taste to make this. You’ll need to add more of this or more of that to get it perfect. The recipe is a guide for you and has the ingredients I used.
We bought specialty pasta from the 7th Street Market to go with the sauce. It was Monograno Felicetti penne ritorte, a product of Italy!
Leo and I walked Meighan over some pasta too!:)
I power cleaned on Monday morning and then got some work done. The boys HATE the vacuum, but at least it puts them together for a cute photo.
I went flower lady crazy at Home Depot.
Saturday’s leftovers for Monday night dinner. WIN!
Relaxing my muscles before Dancing With The Stars! I think I watch these shows because I need something to look forward to on Mondays.
Yesterday morning, I headed out early to go grab paint for my upstairs bathroom. I couldn’t tolerate one more day of the green.
I went with a creamy color! I can’t wait to add all the cute decor 🙂
I decided to go lay out by the pool because it as 86 degrees and I was a ghost!!
The boys found a nice little shade spot.
I wanted to recreate a Greek salad from Zoe’s for dinner. I found the BEST Greek dressing! It’s Marie’s brand, and every single one of their dressings that I have tried has been incredible. I would take this dressing over a restaurant any day! You can find it in the produce section, usually over by the bags of lettuce.
My salad had romaine, pita chips, bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and goat cheese. I know Greek salads typically go for feta, but I like goat cheese better!
I think this is going to be my favorite salad this season! I’m excited to eat another for dinner tonight.
Questions for you!
1. What is your favorite kind of nut butter?
2. Are you a ginger fan?
3. I just booked my tickets to visit Kona, Hawaii! Have you ever been?