Hi, everyone! & happy Monday!
Now that the dogs have walked, my laundry is spinning, and my coffee has finished brewing, I can sit down and write the weekly recap! As soon as I stepped into the house after walking the dogs, it started pouring. I’m glad I won’t be tempted with beautiful weather today because I have a giant to-do list sitting on my table and most of those things are all inside-activities. I know I have been talking about my California for the past few weeks, but I leave on Friday morning! Why is time flying by so fast? Whenever I have a big trip coming up, I get a little stressed because of everything I need to get done beforehand. I find that making lists helps me stay on track, and it eases up the stress every time I check something off. Because I’ll be traveling for a while, I have been writing some blogs to post while I’m away, so the blog isn’t left high and dry. Even though I’ll be sharing some fun pictures of the trip on Instagram, I’m most excited to write the “Traveling the Coast of California Guide!” This is something that’s been on my bucket list since I was a kid, and I hope I can write up the best guide that’ll help you travel the coast as well.
Last week, I decided to write my recap post a little different. It’s safe to say that I will not be doing that anymore. I’m lucky I have honest readers because 90% of you told me right away that you did not like that style of writing, and I’m glad you said something otherwise I probably would have stuck to it. And to be honest, last week’s recap blog took me twice as much time to write, so I’m happy things are back to normal this week! Now, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and let’s get this weekly recap post started.
Monday morning started with some delicious protein pancakes to help me write my way through the weekly recap post. I always trade-off from my protein oats, and these protein pancakes for breakfast. I love how easy they are to make, and they taste delicious, especially with the addition of blueberries!
Blueberry Protein Pancakes (dairy-free & gluten-free)
In a mug, I mix 2 tbsps Birch Benders paleo pancake mix, one scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder, 1/3 cup of water, & 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries! I heat the pan on medium-high with a little spray of avocado oil, and cook each side for 2-3 minutes!
I spent the rest of my day writing and putting together all of the photos for the Savannah Travel Guide post! Even though writing the guides take so much time, they are my favorite blogs to write! I took a break from writing and spent a few hours cleaning the house and getting the guest bedroom ready for a friend that was staying with us for a few days while they were here for work.
Monday Three-Mile Run
Because I had run six miles on Sunday morning, I didn’t plan on running Monday. I’m not a big fan of back to back days of running because of my history with injuries. But when a house guest offers to run three miles with you, you can’t say no! It was also later in the evening, so I had plenty of hours of recovery since the six-mile run. The weather was perfect in the evening, and I was shocked by how good the run felt. Sometimes running with someone helps you with your energy levels and mental block of finishing.
For Monday night dinner, I went through the fridge to see what we had and made a bunch of random food to make up a meal. I ended up making my broccoli slaw recipe but with cabbage slaw, honey mustard glazed salmon, sweet green beans with peppers, and roasted potatoes with everything but the bagel seasoning.
We all hung out in the living room watching The Bachelor! 🌹
I started my Tuesday morning with a delicious bowl of dairy-free strawberry Chobani yogurt topped with peaches, crumbled up Redd bar, and dairy-free chocolate chips. If you haven’t had the Chobani non-dairy yet, you’re in for a real treat. It’s lower sugar than most flavored non-dairy yogurts. Sometimes I’ll mix a little protein powder in with it, but keeping it plain made it more refreshing and light with the fresh peaches.
It was time for the dogs to get their summer cuts. I didn’t want them to be shaved entirely because their fur protects them from the sun and heat, but they had about six inches of fluff! If you don’t brush or cut their hair often, it starts to get matted, so I needed to get them shaved down. Luckily, for me, the dogs don’t mind it. I think they kind of like the attention and endless belly rubs while getting shaved.
I have an older rug that I lay on the back porch, and Grumples sits patiently while I shave him down. It does take about three hours to complete the whole process (oh, and the pick up is not fun.) Because after shaving them, you still have to bath and dry them off the best you can. It’s funny because I’m way sorer after grooming the dogs than running six miles.
Dog Grooming Razor
We have two different razors we use. The Andis, which is great because it doesn’t need to be charged and it’s super safe. But I like the cheaper razor, the WAHL. It needs to be charged and will die quickly, but I think it cuts much better. Our WAHL finally stopped working after two years, but a replacement is on the way because I love it. If you do get a razor, check Amazon and Tractor Supply first because they are usually 30% cheaper than the ones sold at Petco or Petsmart.
After spending the afternoon grooming Grumples, I hopped onto my emails while eating a giant leftover lunch salad. You all know random salads are my thing. This one had arugula, Tessemae dairy-free ranch, leftover potatoes, green beans, salmon, coleslaw, and bean crisps on the side!
On Tuesday night, I made my favorite stir-fry recipes, had a glass of wine, and watched the last couple episodes of Handmaids Tale, so I could recap what happened last season. When shoes wait so long to come back, I have to rewatch to make sure I remember all the small details.
Easy Chicken & Vegetable Gluten-Free Stir Fry Recipe
In a pan on medium-high with avocado oil, I sauteed peppers, onions, broccoli, and carrots. In a separate pan, I cook up diced chicken breast with salt and pepper. When the chicken and vegetables are thoroughly cooked, I combine the pans and add gluten-free stir-fry sauce (the San J brand) and let the stir fry simmer for ten minutes on low heat so the sauce can glaze the chicken and vegetables. Best served with rice 😊 – If you want a more homemade style stir fry, check out this recipe!
Wednesday was so busy.
I was supposed to get up and run early in the morning, but my cramps had other plans. I spent the whole day writing and editing. These were the only two photos I took.
For breakfast, I had a chocolate protein smoothie topped with crumbled Redd Bar! For lunch & dinner, I had leftover chicken & vegetable stir fry with jasmine rice.
I was so mentally exhausted by the end of the day that I fell asleep by 9 pm (to be fair, I woke up at 4:25 am)
I felt a little better on Thursday. I started my day with my favorite go-to protein, oats! My protein oats have 1/4 cup of gluten-free oats microwaved with 1/3 cup of water for 45-seconds, heated again with 1/4 cup of blueberries for 20 more seconds, and then one scoop of protein powder to thicken it all up! Now and then I’ll add some peanut butter on top.
I finally got around to planting all of the flowers in the pots. Kyle and I have a lot of yard work to catch up on when I get back from my trip! I thought rocks would be a good idea, but they need to be replaced just about every summer **EDIT**- We don’t have to “replace” them, but just fill in where they lose volume. After the winter, there are a lot of empty spots, so we fill them with more rocks and more of the pebbles. Sorry for the confusion. And the bricks now have grass taking over them, so we’ll have to figure those out too!
I spent four hours grooming Leo! He’s a little wiggle worm, so it was a lot harder. But omg does he look so much better!
After grooming Leo, I showered off and then did a complete closet organization! I let my laundry baskets get so high, and the piles were giving me anxiety. I’m glad I got that out of the way!
It was about 8:30 pm when I finally got hungry. I didn’t know what to make but had a pizza craving.
I had my pizza-style gnocchi and a slice of broccoli kale pizza.
On a side note, I keep my honey jar in that mug (i don’t know why, but that’s where it’s found a home), and every time I look at these photos I crack up at him in the background.
I woke up feeling so good on Friday morning! My cramps were gone, I had a good night’s sleep, and I was ready to get my run in before the rain. Three-miles have been my happy place this past week, and that’s fine with me. I told myself that I was going to run intuitively this time around, and not push myself to run when I don’t want to.
For my breakfast, I had a blackberry banana and spirulina protein smoothie bowl. I blended frozen blackberries, frozen banana, ice, unsweetened almond milk spirulina powder, and protein powder! I topped it with banana slices, coconut flakes, honey, crumbled Redd bars, and chia seeds.
I spent the day shopping around at a few stores for some shoes to take with me on the trip. I also
needed wanted some accessories because I’m lacking that department. After having a successful day, I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some things for the house. I knew I was going to get stuck in a rush house, so I decided to stop at Cafe Moka for a cappucinno. I also picked up a fig & cashew bar because it was 5 pm and I was so hungry! Being hangry in rush hour isn’t fun.
When I got home, I grilled some turkey burgers for Kyle and I. We were excited to spend the evening watching season three of Handmaids Tale! I had a slice of Little Northern Bakehouse gluten-free bread with my turkey burger and vegan cheese!
After watching the second episode, we made vegan ice cream! We did a chocolate peanut butter flavor this time, and it was delicious. I used a new brand of milk to see how it would turn out. I’m getting closer and closer to perfecting the vegan ice cream recipe!
I woke up early on Saturday morning, so I could have my coffee, breakfast, and reply back to blog comments. That’s one of my favorite things to do on Saturday morning if I’m not going to tennis. It was misty outside, so I didn’t feel like being out in it.
For breakfast, I made french toast! I don’t eat eggs a lot anymore because they cause bad breakouts (which they definitely did again!) I will say this delicious toast was worth it though. I used the Little Northern Bakehouse gluten-free bread with one egg and flavored it with a blueberry maple syrup. On Saturday afternoon, I shot a very special wedding for some of Becca’s family members! I’m so excited about how beautiful the photos turned out, and we got super lucky with the rain! ❤️ I can’t wait to spend this evening finishing up the edits and passing them along!
I spent the evening with Kyle! I felt bad because he wasn’t feeling very good, so we finished the last episode of Handmaids Tale, and I made us a new flavor of vegan ice cream. It’s so funny because he’s just as obsessed with the ice cream maker as I am! We did a chocolate hazelnut & peanut butter flavor this time. It was WOW!!!
On Saturday morning, I worked on a few DIY projects and made a recipe for Starbucks’ Dragon fruit drink ice cream! I’ll have those blogs go live while I’m away on my trip. I also started packing, which is helping me ease a bit of anxiety.
For lunch, I had a baby kale salad with grilled chicken, falafel, and cranberries! I ended up having the same thing for dinner too.
It looks like the rain has made itself comfortable here because it hasn’t seemed to go away, and isn’t going away anytime soon. I decided to whip up some muffins Sunda night for a treat while we watched Black Mirror. I was craving a treat to go with my afternoon cappucinno while working on the blog. I tried out the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free muffin mix. I was happy with how good they turned out. I replaced the 1/2 oil with two bananas, used unsweetened almond milk, and 6 tbsp of flaxseed instead of the eggs. They turned out great! Some of the muffins had vegan chocolate chips, and some had dairy-free white chocolate chips with fresh blueberries.
Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read this week’s recap! 😊 Even though I’ll be all over the place next week, I am going to try my best to put together a recap for next Monday! What’s a Monday at Simply Taralynn without a recap post? 😯 xo
Questions for you!
- Are you hooked on any good shows right now?
- Do you live closer to the east coast or the west coast?
- What was that last thing you ate?