Hi, everyone and happy Monday.
I decided to get my recap post up early this morning just in case you needed a break from hearing about the Coronavirus. It’s all we hear about on social media with memes, pictures of toilet paper hauls and fighting back and forth between politicians about what to do. It’s a weird and scary time, and with that said, we all need a little mental break from it. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s so important to talk about it and bring awareness on what to do during this time, but I’m ready to do something that makes me feel normal. I hope all of you are staying safe and being careful ♥️
There’s no easy way to transition from that, so let’s start this recap post. This is going to be a hectic week for me with packing and all of the fun moving stuff, but I’m going to try my hardest to get more blogs out since I know most of you are home now.
On Monday morning, I took the dogs out for a two-mile walk. I wanted to start the week off with a light workout to get me in the routine. I’m still working on upping my movement and getting outside more. Walking was my go-to this week, and my dogs were all about it. When the grass starts turning green, and everything feels like spring, it’s hard for me to stay inside.
While writing last week’s recap post, I enjoyed a delicious smoothie bowl for breakfast! This bowl had blueberries, peaches, raspberries, vanilla unsweetened cashew milk, vanilla + greens Vega plant-based protein powder, coconut shreds, and granola on top! 😋
For Monday night’s Bachelor, I decided to make homemade chicken wings since we hadn’t had them in so long! The secret to getting them crispy is parboiling them first, then baking at 450 for 12-14 minutes, and then adding the sauce on top! I’m telling you, they are unbelievable and taste fried! I had roasted cauliflower with Tessamae’s habanero ranch on top. My sauce is a mixture of bbq, buffalo, gluten-free soy sauce, and a coconut amino based gochujang. Now, you probably think that’s a weird combo of sauces, and you’re right, but it works! I wish I could take credit for the sauce, but it’s Kyle’s invention, and we’ve been hooked.
My little Bachelor buddy! I know I already talked about the season finally of the Bachelor in my raspberry banana bread blog post, but I’m still shocked at how it ended. I cannot get over Peter’s mom…yikes!
I was up early on Tuesday to do a power clean of the house.
For breakfast, I had one of my favorite combos, gluten-free toast with avocado, and a fried egg! 😋 I finished up my computer work, cleaned the house, and then headed to Starbucks for an iced latte. When I don’t want a hot drink, I usually get a tall almond milk latte with an extra shot of espresso. I was having the hardest time with allergies, and my eyes were watery and just wanted to stay shut. I thought the coffee would help, and I needed something to keep me up for a 6:30 meeting we had.
For dinner, I had two eggs with Tessamae’s habanero ranch on top, a black bean burger with guacamole on top of gluten-free bread, and a spinach salad with peppers, olive oil, and everything but the bagel seasoning.
Kyle and I finished the last episode of The Outsider and then went for an evening walk since it was so lovely outside.
On Wednesday, it was reaching 78-degrees outside! I was in heaven! ☀️ I headed to a local nursery to pick up some flowers for my front porch pots, and it made me so excited about gardening this summer. I wanted to buy all the camellia trees, gardenias, rose bushes, and flowers for the new house! When people ask me what I’m most excited about, it’s the gardening for sure! I find myself watching gardening videos for hours, and it makes me so eager to get started.
I decided to pick up a camellia tree because of the price, and it was still small enough to keep in a pot until we move. Camellias are slow-growing, so I won’t have to worry about it living in a pot for a while.
When I got home, I had a spinach and peach smoothie! 😋 It had unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla + greens Vega protein powder, frozen peaches, two cups of spinach, and a scoop of almond butter.
We headed to the house to take a look at the new countertops, and it’s pretty awesome to see it coming together. We move in precisely 39 days! Now, that’s if everything goes to plan with all the uncertainty going on in the world right. But even if it gets delayed, it’ll all be okay. The safety of workers comes first.
Some of our floors have been installed, and I LOVE the downstairs floors. I was a little nervous when we picked them out because it had a few darker tones that I hesitated about, but I think they turned out great. The floors need a bit of darker tones since everything else in the house is light and bright.
If you are following me over on my home’s Instagram (Cottage Story), then you already know about the upstairs tile ordeal 😂 I’m hoping that gets settled easy, and I’ll be able to share a picture of it done right. If you missed it, I’ll add it to my highlights under “design” on that page so you can see what happened with the floor tiles in our master bath. Be prepared for a laugh! The dm’s I received had me cracking up, and I needed to make the situation a bit lighter. I got a little stressed out seeing some sloppy jobs in the house, so I’m checking out for a bit before I get too anxious with it all. We have a meeting with the builder this week, and hopefully, we can get some reassurance that stuff will be fixed. I mean, it has to be fixed, but hoping it won’t push the date back.
Do you know what makes everything better? Tacos! I made black bean tacos from the Purple Carrot box on Thursday night. I added the habanero ranch (it makes everything better), and they were incredible! I love how creative, yet simple the meals are. These are corn tortillas with purple cabbage, black beans, avocado, mango, and I added mini peppers. I cooked up the cabbage and black beans with sea salt, olive oil, and cumin as the “meat.” The rest was mixed like salsa and added to the warm corn tortillas. I can’t wait to make more of these!
Another warm and sunny day on Thursday meant closing up the laptop and spending time outside! I picked up some pots, soil and potted my flowers for the porch. I also picked up and extra pot and planted some wildflower seeds. I saw a video where someone planted a ton in a pot, and it was a fun surprise seeing which ones popped up! I’m crossing my fingers that at least one flower will come up.
Flowers just make me so happy! 😊
How cute is this little tree frog that was hanging out on the tea olive shrub? He was sound asleep 😴
I made another Purple Carrot for lunch on Thursday. This was a delicious Buddha bowl! I roasted the sweet potatoes, red onion, and cauliflower with olive oil at 400-degrees until they were lightly brown.
I topped a bed of arugula with the cauliflower, sweet potatoes, red onion, avocado, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, and vegan ranch. I added a cup of brown rice pasta with garlic as well. I was so hungry and wanted the salad to be a bit more hardy. The buddha bowl was DELICIOUS!! I mean, look at it 😋
We headed out to downtown York to pick up coffee at On The Rise Bakery. It’s a new spot, and during this time, it’s important to shop local. I’ve been wanting to try this place after seeing it all over social media, and the coffee did not disappoint! We decided to pick up some baked goods for my dad and kyle because those looked fantastic, too!
They are known for their cinnamon rolls, and by the reaction from my family, you may want to try these out!
We stopped a few home stores on the main street, and it made me so excited to move in. I’m refusing to buy anything for the home until we are in, but it was so hard while walking through the decor stores with all the custom throw pillows and furniture. After planting and being out and about all day, I was exhausted by the time 8 pm rolled around. I jumped in the shower and went straight to bed!
I had SO much work to do on Friday.
I had gluten-free peanut butter toast to start the day with a vegetable scramble.
I headed out to Home Depot and Lowes to pick up moving boxes and touch up paint for the house. I painted the entire hallway, but when I stepped away, I realized the paint didn’t match. I bought the same Sherwin Williams color that the builder listed, but it was so off. I had to go back to the store and do it all over again.
It was a day…
I cleaned up the painting mess around 6 pm, put a pizza in the oven, poured a glass of wine, and sat outside for some fresh air with Grumples. Thank goodness it was Friday…
You know it was a rough day when you bust out the Trader Joe’s Christmas wine!
Saturday was a day for PACKING. We packed up over 50-boxes of things to get a headstart and declutter the house for when we decide to list it. This may be weird, but I love packing. I find it therapeutic, and we ended up donating more boxes of things like board games we’ve never opened, pictures, mirrors, rugs, pillows, and dishes.
After a long day of boxing our lives up, I made our favorite turkey meatloaf, some Alexa sweet potato fries, and a poppy seed salad.
We needed to get out of the house, so we decided to head to the park to play a little tennis. 🎾 It was the first time I’ve played in a while, and it felt so good to get out there again. I can’t wait for life to slow down a bit so I can get back to my tennis group.
Sunday was a day for cleaning. We dedicated Saturday for packing and organizing. We scrubbed down every room, outside space, and area in the house to get it super clean. It’s safe to say this weekend was EXHAUSTING but so productive. I feel amazing now that it’s all over with. I treated myself to a new plant on Sunday. 😆
We picked up more paint at Home Depot, and I went through the drive-thru so I could try the new pineapple ginger drink from Starbucks. It was ehhhhokkkayyyishhh. For an odd reason, it tasted more like soy eggnog. I wouldn’t order again, but someone may like it! 😊 I had my leftover meatloaf for dinner, a glass of tea, watched American Idol, and went straight to bed. 💜
I hope you all have a great week 💜 I know things are weird, but I’m praying everything will turn around, and this pandemic will take a turn. It’s a scary time, and I hope you all are doing ok 🙏 Hopefully this blog post lets you escape for a small moment.
Questions for you!
- How are you feeling about everything in the world right now?
- What was the highlight of your weekend?
- Did you watch any good shows or movies this week?