I was up at 5:30 this morning to swim some laps at the pool. I love that our neighborhood pool has lap swim from 6 am to 8 am. I enjoy the walk down there, and it’s a great way to get a workout before the heat. I’m not used to getting up at 5 am and jumping straight into a workout. I like to lay in bed, drink coffee, and wake up slowly. I’m feeling the drowsiness this afternoon, but hoping to get used to it eventually. I won’t be swimming tomorrow, but I’m going to try to wake up at 5:30 for a morning walk. My walks have been something I look forward to lately. I’m fitting in 5 miles a day, sometimes with kyle or a neighbor, but it’s also fun to go alone and listen to podcasts. So far, this summer has been a relaxing one. Last year it was all about finding a house and feeling unsettled, but there’s something so calming in this season of my life.
I hope the first half of your week is going well. Let’s get the recap blog started! ♥️
All we’ve been doing is spending time out on the patio. At my old place, I was hardly a patio person. Now, it’s fun to have lunch while the dogs run around like crazy animals. We finally have it set up back there with a table, fans, and the bug service made a difference. I just love it. Even when it’s sweltering, the sun doesn’t hit the patio, so it’s breezy and shaded.
A lunch I’ve loved lately is gluten-free pita pockets (b.good brand) with turkey, lettuce, mustard, bell peppers, red onion, and a greek salad on the side. 😋
It was rainy and gross outside on Tuesday. I spent the day recording a “clean with me video” and then headed out to neighbors for wine on the patio! It was 60-degrees that evening, and I couldn’t believe I was in sweat pants and wearing gloves in the middle of June!
The cold front didn’t last long because the next day, I was outside again burning up.
I treated myself to a cinnamon raisin french-toast breakfast with coconut yogurt mixed with protein powder and topped with granola and raspberries.
We headed to our next-door neighbor’s house for a dinner night, and I made homemade cinnamon sugar chips with cream cheese frosting. This is a dessert my mom would make every fourth of July. She’d pack it up, and we’d head to watch fireworks. I’m going to do a video on this tomorrow! So look out for that. They are SOOOOO good and easy to make.
My next-door neighbor is a crockpot queen. We had burrito bowls, and they WERE SOOOOOOOOOOOO STINKIN’ good. She’s going to give me the recipe for this one.
I have been making an effort to have morning juice after my morning miles. I love ginger and carrot, so it’s a real treat for me!
This juice had celery, pineapple, apples, lemon, lime, cucumber, nectarines, ginger, grapefruit, and apple cider vinegar.
Still on our salmon in the air-fryer kick!
My favorite place to be right now!
I sat outside on Friday night and just watched the sunset while listening to music.
Saturday morning breakfast: cheerios, coconut, raspberries, and almond milk!
We spent all day at the winery! (read about that trip here)
My parents came over on Saturday night, and we had pizza and hung out on the patio. They ended up staying over so we could all go on a morning walk and have breakfast together for Father’s Day.
After our family walks, I made juices for everyone!
This one had grapefruit, apples, nectarines, gingers, celery, watermelon, carrots, lime, lemon, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar.
Later on Sunday, Kyle and I walked down to the pool for the afternoon. The day was beautiful ♥️
We decided to skip out on making dinner and headed to the Improper Pig in downtown Fort Mill. I had their California cobb salad with grilled salmon, and it was delicious. Their sweet potato fries stole the show!
On Monday, I started my day with a juice!
It had papaya, apple cider vinegar, ginger, cayenne, lemon, carrots, lime, watermelon, and cucumber. 😋
I waited too long and ended up having to do my 4-miles in the heat. I felt so good after it was done, but chugged water for the next few hours to rehydrate! Our neighborhood is so hilly. 😮
What better way to cool off than the pool?
I had some bananas turning brown, so I made some banana oat muffins with peanut butter and chocolate chips!
I mixed 4 cups of oats, three large bananas (mashed) tsp of vanilla, pinch sea salt, 1/3 cup peanut butter, pinch cinnamon, chocolate chips, and 1 tsp baking powder. I baked for 14-minutes at 350, and they turned out delicious. I keep them in the fridge and grab them when I need a tasty snack.
We ended the evening watching Jumanji and having dinner out on the patio.
I made Cappello’s spaghetti with crockpot chicken! I seasoned it with olive oil, vegan cheese, everything but the bagel, garlic powder, onion salt, oregano, and black pepper! 😋
I hope you all have a fantastic day! I have the neighbors over for dinner tonight, and I’m making my favorite recipe, pad thai! 😋
Questions for you!
- How is the start of your summer going?
- Do you have any morning goals?
- Do you have a favorite juice combo I should try? (please no beets 😂)