Hey, everyone and happy Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend. I just got back on a 6-mile walk/jog, and it felt so good. I have to fit them in the early morning now that the southern heat is finally in full force. I believe starting my day with a walk sets a good tone, and usually puts me in the best mood. I can sit down without getting antsy or feeling like I need to do something. Are any of you like that? Just constantly restless? Long walks are my cure (or cleaning.)
Last week was a good one. I told myself I was going to fit in walks, stay active, and get projects completed around the house, and that’s exactly what we did. Since I finished a few projects/recipe shoots, I’ll have a lot coming at you this week! Tomorrow, my cinnamon chips are going live! 😃
One thing that I’ve been enjoying is morning lap swims. We are so fortunate to have a swimming pool (and gym that I’ll be using after it’s safe again) in the neighborhood. From 6 am to 8 am it’s open for lap swim. I thought it would be a healthier way to wake up and get active before it’s too hot out. I walk about a mile down to the pool, swim for 45-minutes, and then walk a mile back. I like to make my coffee to enjoy for the walk there/back. I bought some waterproof headphones that have made swimming so much fun. Everything is better with music.
On Tuesday, I did a 4-mile walk. It was in the middle of the afternoon, so there was no way I could keep on going. It was SO HOT. This is what convinced me that morning walks were the way to go, even if I’d rather spend that time on the couch drinking coffee.
I was having a problem with bad acne for a few weeks. I think it was because I started drinking too much crystal light and that stuff is pretty much garbage, but it tastes so good 😆 I immediately stopped drinking it, started having juices in the morning, and my acne is gone. Like it never happened. I feel the juices have been amazing for skin, digestion, and they’re so refreshing! This one had a cup of papaya, one lemon, one lime, two inches of ginger, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, one cup raspberries, one cucumber, and five large carrots. I always bring my neighbors the leftover juice since they love them too, and juices are usually only good the first hour of making them fresh.
The rest of Tuesday, I spent working and hanging out with the pups in the backyard. It always makes my heart so happy watching them play in THEIR own yard.
I was up at 5:30 on Wednesday with my green tea watching the sunrise before I headed out on my walk to the pool. There is nothing more peaceful than this.
I did my 45-minute lap swim and then headed back. I like to sit by the pool with my coffee afterward to dry off a bit! I’m so addicted to coffee where I get headaches if I don’t have it by 7 am. I know I know….but, I did cut back, and I don’t drink it after 10 am (unless I visit a coffee shop or genuinely need it.)
Fresh juice for breakfast! This one had large carrots, clementines, red apple, 1/2 of a papaya, a cucumber, apple cider vinegar, two lemons, ginger, and a ton of celery.
The extra for the neighbors! 💜 How cute are these little bottles from Hobby Lobby? You can use them for salad dressings too.
Roses from my front garden 😊
On Wednesday night, we were returning the favor, and had the next-door neighbors over for Pad Thai night! I made sure to post that recipe the next day, so make sure to check that out if you haven’t yet! 😊
The only photo I took Thursday! Oops! It was a writing day for me, but I did watch The High Note, and it was really good!!!
Kyle and I headed out for a five-mile walk on Friday morning. He’s been joining me on walks when he gets off work or early mornings. Oh, and how about those wildflowers? 😊 Those are the ones I planted in late February.
On Friday afternoon, I shot the video and recipe for my cinnamon chips! I’m posting tomorrow. 😃
THEY ARE SO GOOD & I make a dairy-free cream cheese frosting for dipping.
After making the cinnamon chips I prepared a ton of meatloaf for the weekend. I wanted to have it ready to go into the oven when we got back from the pool. That way we weren’t starving before I actually got around to making it. I am so in love with this meatloaf I could eat it for literally days! We often do that. I’ll have to give it a designated recipe page as well. I think my meatloaf recipes are always thrown into recap blog posts.
One thing I have been obsessed with lately is my ice cream maker. I added frozen peaches and Bai strawberry lemonade (and it’s so sour!) to the ice cream maker to make a frozen lemonade to bring to the pool with me. It would be good with champagne added to it as well.
The frozen lemonade was so refreshing, especially in the heat.
Dinner time! 😋
PERFECTION if I do say so myself.
We had roasted red potatoes and Greek salads on the side. We started watching Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga before bed and it was pretty good. Kyle didn’t like it, but I was cracking up the whole time.
On Saturday morning, we headed out for our five-mile walk!
I had a Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bagel with Earth Balance butter and blackberry jam for breakfast. It’s such an underrated jam.
I worked on finishing my front “doormat” Saturday afternoon. I love how it turned out!
I’ll have a blog post about it this week! There are a few things I could have done differently that would have made it look better, but now I know for the second round!
Pizza and salad night! ♥️
Our Sunday morning walk! I was getting a lot of DM’s about sharing my walks, so I’ll for sure start to.
Gluten-free toast with butter and jelly! 😋
On Sunday, we started the back porch project. We wanted to paint the bricks white and the concrete lighter. I am still up in the air about doing the stencils, but still considering it. We will finish it up this week, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it so far!
Makes me so happy!
We had planned on doing a pool picnic with the neighbors, but a CRAZY storm just came out of nowhere, so we did an inside picnic instead, 😊 I made my favorite tuna salad on gluten-free on bread. I also threw in a few turkey sandwiches since not everyone is a fan of tuna.
I found this basket at an antique store and thought it would be perfect or little sandwiches!
Between this storm and the Sahara dust storm…😳
Overall, it was such a good week, and I can’t wait to top it! 💜
Questions for you!
- Did you get the Sahara dust storm where you live?
- Do you have any plans for the 4th of July?
- What combo should I throw into the ice cream maker next?