Monday Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Labor Day!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend appreciating the last joys of summer and the ability to wear white : )

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We had a little bit of everything going on this weekend.  Starting with wedding planning Friday night, a Saturday AM hot yoga class and venue visits Saturday afternoon.  Followed by an early morning run with a buddy Sunday morning.  And then birthday celebrations in the city and shenanigans the rest of the weekend. 

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Now it’s Monday and I scheduled in some much needed downtime for us.  I feel like we have been running non stop with little time to catch our breaths.  Perhaps that is common of everybody trying to hold on to the last few moments of summer before it fades into fall.  And speaking of running, I have been preparing for the half marathon I am scheduled to do in 2 weeks.  I don’t know if it is this first taste of thick humid air, the fact that I am now 33, or all of the things going on in our lives right now, but I have not found my running groove.  Whereas I usually LOVE the 13.1 distance, I am not looking forward to this upcoming race.  Based on my recent runs (and lack of mileage), I’m sure that I will struggle a bit to finish…even without worrying about my time.

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It seems that there are many changes with age (which occurred to me as I was the oldest person at yesterday’s birthday party).  But I have to brag that I still got it when it comes to flip cup and can hang with the 20 somethings.  After sleeping in until 10am and spending the majority of the morning with my sister in law looking for a Thai place that was open to deliver us delicious fried rice (with no success), the only option I wanted for dinner was Thai!  We also did some wedding searching and pinning in between complaining about our lack of spicy peanut chicken.

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My favorite peanut butter in homemade Thai is homemade peanut butter!  We went to the grocery store on our way home from the city and picked up ingredients and I had fresh PB before the crockpot was heated up.

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I had dinner in the crockpot, laundry in the machine, and a few things picked up and was seated comfortably on my couch for an afternoon of quiet time.  Sad news…I may need to fire my wedding planner for sleeping on the job!

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Our Thai dinner turned out incredible (not that I am surprised as Erin has some mouth watering recipes) and totally hit the spot!

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What else hit the spot?  This weekend!  Spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, a much needed yoga class, and getting back to cooking and meal planning.  What more do you need?

 

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Monday: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken

Tuesday: BBQ Pork/Lamb and Green Beans

Wednesday: Turkey Taco Casserole

Thursday: Grilled Chicken and Veggies

How did you spend your weekend?

 

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken

Slightly Adapted From The Law Student’s Wife

Ingredients

2, 14-ounce cans light coconut milk

1 cup low-sodium chicken stock

1/4 cup peanut butter (homemade!)

3 tablespoons red curry paste

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

3 cups peeled and 1/2-inch cubed butternut squash pieces (about 1 pound) I didn’t use squash because the BOY doesn’t like it but I’m sure it would be awesome!

2 red bell peppers, cored and sliced

2 green bell peppers, cored and sliced

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 cups frozen peas, thawed

2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)

Directions

In a 5-quart or larger slow cooker, stir together the coconut milk, chicken stock, peanut butter, curry paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Place the chicken breast, squash, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and onion in the slow cooker and stir gently to coat with sauce. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.

Thirty minutes before you are ready to serve, add the peas. Immediately before serving, stir in lime juice. Serve garnished with cilantro, atop brown rice.

Friday Photo…

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Yes friends…that’s about where I’m at right now!

Except, it was the BOY who actually opened and devoured the frosting.  I just stole a taste and the symbolism for this image…ha ha!

Happy Friday!

33 Things to do While I’m 33

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Another year…where did it go?

Usually around birthdays, I get really introspective.  This year, I’m just really busy!  Happy, excited, and super busy!

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This past year has been an awesome one!  And I know that there are many more exciting things to come!  So I decided to come up with 33 fun, healthy, and random things to do while I’m 33…

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1. Do a century bike ride

2. Visit old friends

3. Drink more water

4. Plan a wedding

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5. Host a party

6. Volunteer

7. Complete another olympic distance tri

8. Teach at a yoga studio

9. Host Thanksgiving

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10. Read more non fiction

11. Drink bubbles with my SIL and her future SIL

12. Get facials

13. Buy new make up

14. Wear make up

15. Watch old movies

16. Meet a blogger friend

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17. Write an article

18. Donate to the animal shelter

19. Take a professional test

20. Take a photography class

21. Get a 6 pack (abs that is)

22. Cuddle with my kitten

23. Make new friends

24. Throw another fiesta

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25. Clean out my closets

26. Build strong arms

27. Survive an amazing bachelorette party

28. Write better thank you notes

29. Hike and camp

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30. Learn from my parents

31. Visit a new state

32. Play a tennis match with a friend

33. Keep it real!

 

What is on your list of things to do before your next birthday???

Fall Fiesta {Part Tres}

That’s it…I’ve decided to make the Fall Fiesta our annual tradition!

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Mustaches included!  After the success of our Wine About Winter Party, we discovered that our friends don’t drink much wine, but that they love to celebrate and have a good time!  So, we decided to add a beer tasting element to this year’s fiesta.  Each couple brought a 6 pack for everyone to try.

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Votes were tallied and prizes were awarded!  And then dinner (fajitas) were served.

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Followed by more games, beer trivia, and shenanigans!

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In the end, our party was a HUGE success!

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In the past, I have made baked and cooked a lot more for the party.  This year, I kept it simple. I made a Layered Mexican Salad  (sans chicken), my favorite Sangria, and a fantastic (and really easy) Churro Cheesecake.

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And I can’t even take credit, since my friend did most of the work on the salad : )

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A huge thank you to our incredible group of friends!

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We are so lucky to have such a great crew!  Cheers to more celebrations to come!

Five for Friday XXVI

1. I haven’t meant to neglect blogging this week, but we got new medical records at work.  That combined with planning and running has made for a busy, blog free week.  I also meant to do a photo-a-day August post and didn’t make it past the 3rd of the month.  Ooops!

 

2. I ran 4 miles this morning and it was so hot and humid that I was still sweating after my shower.  I’m hoping for better weather for tomorrow morning’s run!

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3.  I have been a reading machine lately!  I have to take a moment to re-recommend Reconstructing Amelia and add If I Stay to that list.

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4. Tomorrow is our Third Annual Fall Fiesta.  I am super excited because this year we’ve added a beer tasting.

5. My birthday is coming up and I am asking the BOY to get me a new yoga mat.  I am debating between a Lulu mat and a Mandala mat.  Any suggestions???

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What are you doing this weekend?

Planning and Running

I am not the girl who dreamed of her wedding as a child and has a huge notebook full of ideas from college.  I did, however, create a Pinterest board and I am attacking planning head on in hopes of creating a laid back, casual vibe.  However, for those of you who know me (or have heard about me from my mother), you know that my typical laid back, casual attitude requires LOTS of planning, post its, and lists.

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Ultimately, the most important thing is that the BOY and I are going to get married surrounded by our loved ones and begin our lives as husband and wife.  But man, there are A LOT of details that take figuring out before you get to that point.  Armed with a hidden Pinterest board of romantic ideas and lacy gowns, I decided that I would also need a notebook (I’m old school) to keep track of things and jot down all of the questions and notes that I have.  The first step, finding a venue, will be the most challenging.  Mostly because we don’t know exactly what we want, more of what we don’t want.  This week, I’ve been sending out emails left and right setting up meetings and tours (while secretly hoping that we can find a place as magnificent as the wineries in Napa and Sonoma).

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I’ve also been catching up on sleep and diving back into work after our week away.  What I needed to be doing this week was running.  My half marathon is 4 weeks from today.  Although I rocked my pre vacation long run, I haven’t done much more than 30 minute training runs since then…plus some biking and hiking.

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In order to run a healthy half marathon (even without a time goal), I need to spend more time running over these next few weeks!  I got started this morning with a 10 miler.  It was pretty slow and steady, and I finished the last few miles on tired legs.  But I got through it, sore glutes and all. 

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Despite feeling unprepared right now, for both my wedding and my race, I have a feeling everything will fall into place.  One of the best thing about running is it gives me plenty of time to think about wedding stuff.  Speaking of…my sister in law, fresh off planning her own wedding, came by today to sit on the couch with me after my run, talk wedding, and Pin pretty things.  She also brought me the sweetest basket of goodies, including an official wedding planning notebook.  Woo hoo!  She knows me so well!  Looks like I’m in good hands : )

I Did Not Retire in California…

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Although the thought crossed my mind : )

I didn’t forget about you guys either!  We had the most amazing trip to  Northern California, and it’s taken me a week to adjust to being back in the real world (but we’ll get to that). 

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The BOY and I began our trip in San Francisco…

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Eating Dim Sum in China town…

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Biking across the Golden Gait Bridge…

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Hugging trees in Muir woods…

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And eating and drinking our hearts out! Then, we headed out to visit the BOY’s aunt in the suburbs where we continued to eat, drink, and enjoy the unbelievably perfect California weather.

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Even tacking on a bit of hiking…

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Before driving further north to wine country.  It has been a dream of mine to visit Napa and Sonoma for years.

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Our first stop was Castello Di Amorosa and the trip only got better from there.  Between the wine tastings, picnics, and homemade antipasto plates, Napa did not disappoint.

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We toured fancy wineries, tasting delicious wines, and discovered some hidden gems.

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But, it was the laid back vibe of Sonoma that won our hearts!

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We spent a day in the Alexander Valley, sipping red wine and picnicing next to the vineyards.

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It was everything I imagined and more!  We bought so many bottles of wine, we’ll have enough for a year!  And we are already talking about our next trip back.

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We packed a ton into our 8 day trip, but the highlight…I would have to say…

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We got engaged in Muir Woods!!!

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And we couldn’t be happier!!!

Let the wedding planning begin (oh wait…it already has)…hence my lack of blogging!

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