Good Afternoon, everyone! I just finished eating a warm bowl of chili, and now I’m trying to find the motivation to write this blog. The weather is gloomy, and all I feel like doing is making a cup of tea and watching romantic movies for the rest of the day. Sometimes, it takes me about two hours to write one sentence, and today is one of those days. Yesterday was our last sunny day for a while, and there were a few things I needed to finish up outside. I think the amount of yardwork has me completely worn out today.
Last week was spent doing things around the house like decorating our bedroom, planting some flowers, cooking delicious food, walking around the neighborhood trails, and spending a lot of time in the backyard with the pups! And just like I’ve been doing for the past ten years, I’ve captured it all, so let’s get started with today’s recap post.
Monday night called for teriyaki chicken drummies, homemade guacamole, brussels sprouts, spinach, squash, roasted red potatoes, and homemade lemonade! I used my mini lemon squeezer and add the juice to a glass with water and stevia. I’ve been addicted to that combo lately.
This is how every morning has started since moving into the new house. ♥️
The dogs have also gotten into their new morning routine of playing around in the yard. We have a flock of wild turkeys behind the woods and they always talk back and forth with each other. Once the dogs are over the turkeys talks we play with the bubbles until they’re ready to come inside.
On Tuesday, I made my broccoli salad and a jalapeno kale salad to eat throughout the day. I had a sweet neighbor drop off some kale, broccoli, and other delicious vegetables from a subscription box. I’ll never turn down veggies!
I also made my batch of homemade granola to bring over to our new next-door neighbors. I was so happy they finally moved in! We met them back in February when we went to check up on the build and we truly adore them. So far, it seems like we live in a neighborhood with some of the nicest people!
I finally decided to do it. I haven’t used a box hair dye since 2013. That was the time I completely destroyed my hair and it took so long to get back to normal. This time, I did a lot of research on which brands were the best and I decided to use Natural Instincts Clairol. It’s not a permanent dye, but I read non-permanent is less harmful. I used the color Dark Warm Brown, left it on for fifteen minutes, and I LOVED how it turned out! I will for sure use this again.
I feel more like “me” with the dark hair. Even though my hair grows in dark like this, the sun makes it look brassy, and with my blonde hair from last summer coming through, it doesn’t help. I absolutely LOVE my hair color now. Even though I love going to the salon, this was about $90 cheaper! 😆 This hair dye actually made my hair feel glossier.
My neighbors packed away their coffee maker, so I brought them fresh coffee in the morning to go with the homemade granola. You can’t go without coffee on a big move-in day ♥️
I spent the rest of the day recipe testing for a new gluten-free banana bread recipe. I’m pretty sure I have it 100% now. I also tried it in muffin form, and those were actually even better than the banana bread. They rose SO HIGH and had more of a cake texture. 😋 I love having banana bread around with coffee. Now, I’m impatiently waiting for the next round of bananas to turn brown.
On Thursday, I decided to pick up WhichWich after grabbing a few things for the bedroom makeover. I haven’t had WW since living in Iowa and I forgot how good it was. I had their lettuce wrap filled with turkey and all the veggies. 😋
Dinner called for pad thai from Spice Kitchen followed by peppermint tea and American Idol. A few of the days were cold last week and I contemplated turning on the heat! Now, of course, it’s back in the upper 80’s.
We made some serious progress with the bedroom! I’m so in love with how it turned out 😃 If you missed the bedroom makeover, check it out here!
I started my Saturday morning with coffee, a bowl of my protein yogurt and homemade granola, and then headed straight out to start planting my peonies. I didn’t get to put my peonies in the ground this year because of how late in the season it was, but I’ll be planting mine this fall. They were so pricey to purchase matured but totally worth it.
I put in a little fence to keep Grumples from peeing on them. This is his “pee” area, so now he goes to the holly bushes instead 😂 I also have some purple roses, gladiolus, and dahlias next to the pionies.
While my mom and I spent all day planting, Kyle and my dad finished up a huge backyard project. It was so hot out, but it always feels good to be finished. Kyle’s hat is so funny, but I’m glad he’s wearing one! The sun is brutal here.
After getting cleaned up, we headed to the amenity center to pick up food from Bleu Barn Bistro food truck. I think it’s so incredibly cool that our neighborhood has food trucks set up multiple times a week. We will totally be buying food from them to support local when we can! I ordered the chicken tacos, and WOW WOW WOW! They were amazing. Kyle had their chicken burger and said it was pretty awesome! I think tomorrow is some kind of Lobster truck, and you better believe I’ll be heading down there!
Sunday was all about relaxing! I had my morning smoothie bowl (strawberries, protein powder, cashew milk, coconut, and granola) and did a little gardening maintenance.
Kyle’s mom bought us this adorable hummingbird feeder! I love it 😊 I do need to hang it higher though so the birds will actually come!
I finished a new season of 90-day fiance (can’t stop, won’t stop) before heading to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for dinner. One snack I’ve been living off of lately has been the chocolate rice cakes with peanut butter! 😋
Even though it was so hot outside, chili sounded so good. I made my sweet potato and turkey chili recipe and it’s always a hit. The one thing I love about chili is that it gets better and better each time you heat it up and eat it.
Since this entire week is going to be rainy, I think I’ll finally get around to doing a few more things inside (like blogging the recipes created or getting on top of the wedding plans) Our rug for the living room still hasn’t arrived 😞 but I’m hoping it’s here by tomorrow! Anyways…I hope you have a fantastic week and are doing well wherever you may be! ♥️
Questions for you!
- Did you cook anything good this weekend?
- Which home projects have you been putting off the longest?
- Have you ever dyed your own hair?