Good Morning! It’s actually 12 AM, but still morning I suppose. I was sound asleep a couple of hours ago, but the pups were acting weird. I’ve never heard them whining in the night, or acting like they needed to go outside. I leashed the boys, bundled up, and headed out for a midnight walk. I don’t know why I thought it was going to be freezing, but I had gloves, a hat, boots, and a winter coat on. It ended up being 60-degrees outside. Also, walking around the block at midnight is creepy. Luckily, I have a powerful set of vocal chords, pepper spray, and a disgusting right hook if anyone were to come for me. My dogs wouldn’t let them get near me anyways.
The dogs were still acting weird after our walk around the block. I starting thinking about what they could want. Then it hit me. Kyle took them on a walk around five while I was up in the office, and I just assumed he fed them afterward. And he probably thought I fed them. I grabbed their bowls, and they immediately jumped up. They scarfed down their food, ran to the couch, and instantly fell asleep. Problem solved. And the midnight walk just means I get to sleep in a little bit longer tomorrow morning instead of walking them at 6 AM.
The problem now is that I’m wide awake. I figured it would be a good time to fit in my recap until I’m tired again. This week didn’t have enough hours, even though we did gain an hour, I could have used like fifty. I wasn’t going to do a recap post because of everything I’m working on, but it wouldn’t be the same without one to start the week! So here it goes!
By the way, I went through 1600 photos for the Jackson County post over the weekend, started writing the dog-training post, working on a new pizza recipe, muffin recipe, fun flavored pancakes, and a couple other fun projects!
There was no structure in my meals this past week. I had a house full of vegetables, different proteins, fruit, and just threw things together all week long. The food was filling, healthy, and easy to cook up. That is ideal for a busy week, or if you have healthy produce that you need to use up. I was eating to live this week because nothing was fancy or decadent.
This is the only photo I took on Monday, other than the picture of my coffee in my last recap post.
IMy lunch plate had a three egg (1 yolk/2 egg whites) omelet with avocado, sweet potatoes, and spicy hummus.
Today marks one year since I made an offer on my home. They accepted it two hours later, and I moved in 25 days after. It was scary, stressful, but totally worth it. I’ve been working on one room at a time along with some other random projects. What I should have done was start with the office first. I’ve always had an image as to what I wanted, but I kept putting it off. Having that space to myself this weekend without the distractions, or the dogs playing around me has been amazing. I spent most of the weekend editing and writing.
My dad came over on Tuesday to help me paint. I honestly hate painting, and he likes it. I love the idea of painting, but after the first wall, I’m so over it. I think I’m like that with most things. I still have so much to do to complete it, but it feels so good to get it done!
For my Tuesday lunch, I had scrambled eggs(1 yolk/2 egg whites) and sweet potatoes. I also had a scoop of protein powder with cashew milk blended.
I decided to make my dad a delicious lunch. I roasted brussels sprouts and then put together a tasty turkey burger. I used the Udi’s gluten-free bun with a cast-iron-cooked Applegate turkey burger topped with lettuce, mustard, sauteed butternut squash noodles, and avocado.
The brussels sprouts were seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, garlic, olive oil, and onion powder.
My neighborhood was insane on Halloween night. About a hundred of my neighbors decked out their homes from head to toe in Halloween decorations. Some of the decorations were homemade and pretty creepy! Walking around the Halloween decorations at night were terrifying. I think the neighborhoods have some friendly competition going on. I didn’t want the dogs to go insane with the doorbell ringing every ten seconds, so I just put a giant bowl of candy on the porch.
My parents only had three trick-or-treaters, so it was nice being out at their house with the pups. We sat around the fire with the dogs, and I had coffee. I also randomly did my mom’s hair, and it turned out to be pretty cute! Don’t ask me how I did it because I have no idea. This wasn’t a planned masterpiece. The coffee I had was from a really neat smokey mountain coffee roaster in the mountains. It had such a great taste!
I did one of my “throw-together” meals for dinner. My parents made pizza, and as much as I would have loved to eat it, it had mushrooms and their favorite toppings that I despise on top. I brought over some kale, turkey, and butternut squash noodles to cook up. I added a little seasoning, threw it in a bowl, and done.
I had coffee early on Wednesday morning. My dad was heading over to help me finish the office and pick out flooring.
I was excited that my Healthy Human came in the mail! These bottles are perfect for hot and cold liquids. They keep the hots HOT and the colds COLD. I’ve been filling it up with coffee and taking it upstairs with me while I work. It saves me a trip downstairs for a fill-up. When I took it hiking this weekend, I filled it up with extra ice because I figured it would melt. Five hours later, the ice hadn’t melted at all!
The Healthy Human comes in so many fun colors and sizes! Check them out here! & you can use code TARAMC10 for 10% off 🙂 I love this aqua color of my body, but I also love the rustic wood look too! I’ll be ordering that one next!
Since training my dogs to walk together, I’ve gained about two extra hours a day! I used to walk about seven miles a day just walking the dogs separately around the block. My route is a mile around, so I’d do that three times a day with each dog, and now I only do it once. This has been a huge stress-reliever!
Even my breakfasts have been quick “throw-together.” Shoving as many vegetables into my breakfast is a great way to stay full longer, nourish my body, and use up all the vegetables in the house. I had my go-to (1 yolk/2 egg whites) omelet on sauteed kale, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and onions.
Because I love the Hot Cinnamon Harney & Son’s tea, I decided to try out their holiday blend! I found it on Amazon. It’s a rich-tasting black tea, but still pretty good. I still like the Hot Cinnamon better. I’ve been enjoying all of your messages about this tea! Apparently, I’m not the only one obsessed with the cinnamon 🙂
My Thursday throw-together dinner consisted of green beans, kale, bell peppers, onion, brussels sprouts, and ground turkey. Instead of buying big packages of ground turkey, I like to crumble up individual turkey burgers. They stay frozen and last much longer!
We finished up some more work up in the office on Thursday. I also went on a massive power cleaning rampage. I spent three hours doing laundry, vacuuming, mopping, and wiping down every inch of my house. When I get into power cleaning mode, there is no stopping me.
While we were away in Jackson County, Becca got me hooked on these cold-brew High Brew coffee drinks. I like the dairy-free black & bold. This is great for road trips because most gas stations carry it. I just ordered a case on Amazon. Not that I need more coffee around, but it’s a great pick-me-up!
This throw-together had eggs, brussels sprouts, bell peppers, summer squash, zucchini, kale, and onion. I am a veggie-obsessed person, so these meals never get old for me. If you have trouble with healthy eating and cooking, making random meals like this makes it easier. You don’t have to follow any recipes or worry about time-management. These meals end up taking about fifteen to twenty minutes to cook up, and you don’t feel hungry afterward either. They are also great for using up all the vegetables in the house. I get a lot of questions about vegetables going bad, but if you eat a ton of them at every meal, you won’t have to worry about it. But if all else fails, just freeze them.
I had a sweet tooth around midnight, so I had mixed fruit with some peanuts on top. Sweet & Salty!
After walking the dogs, and having coffee on Friday morning, I started making homemade pizzas for a post coming to you guys this Thursday! I had so much fun cooking these, especially with the Italian music blasting in the background.
For lunch, I had a protein shake with frozen banana, hemp seeds, cashew milk, collagen peptides, wheat grass, and spirulina.
Finally! Having a place to work feels fantastic. I wanted something warm, cozy and tranquil. I don’t know how some people work in bright white offices. I get headaches!
Sometime soon, I am going to make rustic shelves that match the desk, add curtains, get a new reading chair, and find artwork to pull it all together. I also need to find a rug and desk lamp! I’ve appreciated all of your ideas and suggestions on Instagram!
The dogs still couldn’t leave me alone, but I didn’t mind. I brought their dog bed into the room and a blanket so they could sleep. I think the separation anxiety is real…
On Friday night, I heated up my crock pot soup that I froze about a month ago. Actually, like two months ago. It was just as good as the first time! It was convenient because I wanted soup, but I didn’t want to prepare any in the crockpot, and it would have taken hours before it was done. This has inspired me to make some chili recipes and vegetable soups to freeze. Soup lasts about 2-3 months in the freezer. The recipe can be found here! I also added one cup of mixed lentils to the soup.
After coffee on Friday morning, I headed out on a little adventure with Leo. We took the back roads to Crowders Mountain to meet up with some friends to hike. The last time I took Leo to hike Crowders was in January. He was only seven months old!
Leo loved hiking with five girls. He’s such a lady’s man. When we walk, he always goes towards groups of women but avoids men like the plague. The fall views were beautiful on the mountain top! I don’t think I’ve ever hiked Crowders during the peak of fall. I usually go summer or winter.
Leo ended up sleeping on my lap the entire way home. He’s never done that before, so I knew he was zonked.
While I was out with Leo and the girls, Kyle took Grumples to the Riverwalk for a five-mile walk! I loved receiving these photos and hearing how amazing Grumples was. The last time Grumples went to the Riverwalk was the time I wrote a blog post about this behavior and how I left in tears because of how bad he was. Kyle said he barked a couple of times when other dogs barked first, but other than that he was so well-behaved and seemed so happy!
I was starving when I go back! We spent a while on top of the mountains, so my banana and egg whites for breakfast was barely holding me over. I should have packed a bar or something, but lesson learned. Leo and I got back around 4 pm! I made a quick salad with a homemade honey mustard dressing (recipe will be in Thursday’s post) topped with sweet peppers, tomatoes, avocado, spring mix, kale, and egg whites.
After my salad, I made a protein shake to take upstairs with me. Let’s be real, obviously that after that hike and hardly eating breakfast, that salad was not going to hold me over. It had a frozen banana, ice, hemp seeds, cashew milk, collagen peptides, wheat grass, and spirulina.
I spent the rest of Saturday working until 9 pm, and then headed downstairs to shut off work-mode. I honestly can’t wait for you guys to see the Jackson County post! I spent a lot of time putting it together and editing the gorgeous Fall photos. It’ll be live Friday!
I had the last of the leftover soup for dinner topped with two eggs. I thought I’d be up to watch movies and relax, but nope! I passed out at ten. I never get through a movie as soon as the lights go out.
After our long dog walks on Sunday morning, I made light and fluffy pancakes for breakfast. Kyle had chocolate chip banana, and I had blueberry! Blueberry is my favorite flavor. I love when the warm juicy little berries pop in your mouth. You either love them or hate them. I took an Instagram poll yesterday, and people seem to favor the chocolate chip banana ones. I’m so weird when it comes to chocolate in my waffles or pancakes.
Kyle loved the pancakes! I’ll have that recipe up soon 🙂 It’s actually my mom’s recipe! Lots of eggwhite whipping involved. A couple of hours after breakfast, we headed to the gym to workout.
I ran one mile, did like twenty sit-ups, stretched, and that was it. I lifted dumbells for like one minute, and instantly was like “nope.” I layed on the yoga mat stretcing in a private room for thirty-minutes and it felt really good.
We stopped at the grocery store on the way home from the gym. I picked up a ton of protein and vegetables for the week. I roasted a ton of vegetables so I could eat them in omelets, salads, and for sides this week. I love roasted veggies so much that they’ll probably only last like two days at the most.
For the roasted vegetables
brussels sprouts, red/green/yellow/orange bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow squash! You can add any extra veggies you want.
red chili flakes, dill week, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, minced onion, black pepper, sea salt.
400 degrees for 45 minutes. Flip halfway through.
This chicken was SO GOOD and SO EASY! I roasted chicken in the oven with zesty honey mustard from Dietz & Watson (this stuff is INCREDIBLE!!!!) I also added red chili flakes and minced onion. I baked it for 22 minutes at 375.
I will be making this again soon 🙂
Questions for you!
- Do you have any November goals?
- Do you ever have “throw-together” weeks?
I just wanted to add a quick note and say my heart goes out to the victims of the NYC terrorist attack and the Texas church shooting. These attacks have been happening way too often, and it just makes me sick. It doesn’t seem real, and my heart is very saddened by the hate in the world.