The Bag Lady

I didn’t forget you guys…I promise!!!  Between a new job, yoga training, house cleaning, and life living, I just haven’t found a few minutes to sit down and update you.  Even right now as I type this, I have a few other important documents open, including an eval that needs to be written and an antimony powerpoint that needs to be updated : )

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And for those of you who count on my posts for your daily sweat sessions, no worries…we have been VERY active : )

Note: I started writing this last week so we are referring to LAST Sunday…yikes! I am a mess!

Sunday was yoga training, which included two 75 minute sessions.  Monday, I was up and running, literally I did 40 minutes in the heat.  Then I treated a few patients, did a quick grocery store run, and returned home for 1 precious hour (which consisted of cleaning and phone calls). 

Then, I was off to my 4th yoga class in 4 days.  As I said on instagram, my body was tired but my spirit energized!

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Tuesday morning, I was back in the city for week two at the new job!

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My reading material has been awesome on the train!

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Tuesday was a day off from working out, but Wednesday I was back on my mat.  I met a few friends after work for yoga in the park.  It was chillier than I thought but so fun to be outside and practicing to the sounds of the city.

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Afterwards, we caught up over dinner and drinks. I slept in the city and was lucky enough to leave work a bit early on Thursday.  Which was perfect timing to hit up a vinyasa class at Zen Yoga Garage on my way out of the city.

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I got a Groupon for 2 weeks of classes and was thrilled to kick it off with a hot, flow class.

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Gym Hair…Don’t Care!!!  I drove back to the suburbs arriving home around 8:15 to a delicious dinner!

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My Friday off…was no treat at all!  I hit the gym for a tough strength session, went back to the girl who cut my hair for some added summer glow, grabbed Naf Naf for lunch, and then I started scrubbing my floors.  For someone who doesn’t do much cleaning, this was certainly NOT how I wanted to spend my day.  Ugh!  I spent a few hours on the cleaning thing, which was miserable and I arrived at yoga reeking of bleach.  The yoga as exactly what I needed.  Even though it was my 6th class of the week, I loved it just as much as the first few!  Saturday was a blur of house stuff getting ready to put it on the market for rent.  Cooper attempted to pose in every picture for the listing!!

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Saturday night, we got ourselves dressed up and out of the house for an awesome BBQ in the city!!!  And then Sunday I was back at the yoga studio to do it all over again : )

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For each of these classes, jobs, and activities, I have acquired a separate bag.  It’s, like, the only way that I would be able to make a week like this work so I am a total BAG LADY!  We have been meal planning like crazy so I have no less than one meal and a few snacks, plus tea and water with me at all times.  Throw a yoga mat, gym bag, anatomy stuff, and a work bag into the mix and you get the picture!  It’s been nuts!  But, where in the past this would have given me some extra heart palpitations, I’m pretty happy and not that stressed out about the whole thing.  In fact, dare I say I am enjoying the start of summer!

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Do you ever feel like a bag lady???

Sunday Seven {May Day}

1. I’m BACK!!!

Been a crazy week but happy to say that I am back to blogging.  Can’t wait to tell ya what I’ve been up to ; ) 

 

2. My computer…

Did a mandatory update rendering itself completely useless this week!

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3. Space Pants

I couldn’t even tell you the last time I watched Saturday night live, but watching Peter Dinklage’s Space Pants dance last night had be cracking up!

 

4. Date Night

Prior to watching SNL, the BOY and I had game night, which involved me kicking his booty in Yahtzee!  And I got my FIRST EVER Yahtzee!

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5. Reading!

Check out all my new reading materials…yoga training her I come : )

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6. Sunday Not As Funday

I have to work tomorrow.  I started my day with an intense hot yoga class (love!) but crashed by the afternoon.  I didn’t want to go to the grocery store tonight but made myself go.  I did a quick run for essentials and this week’s meal plans will be simple…I’m thinking lots of grilling!

 

7. Speaking of the Grill…

We have to decide what BBQ sauce to use on our ribs tonight!

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I’ve got big plans to get myself back to blogging this week with some fun stuff coming your way!

 

Tell me some of your Sunday Stuff…

Don’t Forget Your Book {When Going to the Social Security Office}

Good Evening Friends!  How was your Monday?

I slept over at my parents last night (just for some hang time with the P’s).  I got the most amazing night of sleep and this morning grabbed a quick bite of food before driving to Starbucks and arriving at the social security office 20 minutes before it opened, latte in hand, to be the 45th-ish person in line!  Yikes!  When they opened, we slowly filed in and right before I checked in on the computer, I was informed that my latte had to wait outside.  Ugh!  At least the sun was shining so after getting my number, I was happy to head back outside to hide my latte and water bottle in my car.

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Sadly, I forgot my book at home which meant that I spent the next two hours playing on my phone and using up all my data. I played one million word games and moved twice (the first time because the only child in the office was sitting next to me and kicking me and the second because I walked around outside while talking to the BOY).

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After 2 hours of waiting, it only took about 3 minutes to apply for my new social security card.  I headed back home in the sunshine deciding that a run was definitely in order.

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I bundled up and hit the path for fresh air.  After a morning of sitting, it felt amazing to be out.  And 6 miles is a lot of time to think and de-stress.

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My plan was 6 miles but I hit a road block just after mile 2.  Like in life, sometimes the path is not clear, so I turned around and remapped out my 6 miles in my head. 

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This was my longest run of the year and my head was tired, but my legs kept pumping!

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When I came home, I showered quickly and decided to try to hit up the DMV for a new driver’s license.  This time I remembered my book.  However, my wait was not nearly as long.  We did have a bit of a snafu because my new and old name are so similar so I ended up with a new picture on my ID card and the old one (from when I turned 30) on my license with my new name.

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Either way, I am officially a Mrs.  I stopped by the grocery store on my way home and ate lunch when I walked in the door around 4pm.  I must confess that I went super simple with dinners this week.  The main reason is that I haven’t been that hungry so wasn’t craving anything.  The other reason was that I decided to come home and proceed with my name changing venture online.

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I know you’re bummed that I don’t have an awesome new dinner recipe for you this week!  I’m bummed too!  But I do have a good snack ball recipe that I’ll get working on this week…in between practicing my new signature, of course : )

What do you do while waiting at an office?

Lovely Weekend

I just couldn’t resist the pun : )

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I spent the weekend with the hubs.  We had a purposefully non eventful weekend and it was wonderful!  Saturday morning, we were up early for a workout.  Afterwards, we headed over to Geneva to stock up on spices from The Spice House and stopped for a sweet snack at All Chocolate Kitchen.

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I thought we were just going to swing by and grab a warm drink, but when the BOY suggested we sit and enjoy a treat, I happily agreed!

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I got an Affogato (dark chocolate sea salt gelato + espresso) and the BOY enjoyed a rich hot chocolate.  We split the most delicious cookie and pecan bar.

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After that, we swung by a fun (and fancy) grocery store out in that direction to pick up dinner.  We spent the rest of Saturday hanging out at home before cracking open some Napa wine and playing games.

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For dinner, we had crab cakes and scallops on the salt block with roasted broccoli.  We had leftovers from ACK for dessert and then played a few more rounds of yahtzee.  Cooper made himself at home on the table checking out dinner.

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Sunday morning, I woke up and decided to have a lazy day!  The BOY and Cooper were only too happy to join me.  I read on the couch and then took a nap.  The BOY made chili in the crockpot for dinner.  We went out once to pick up Mediterranean for lunch and then came back to watch the disappointing Indiana game just as the snow started to fall.  I spent the afternoon cleaning up around the house and then laid back down to finish my book.  Ever since we got back from vacation, I have been a reading machine!

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I attempted to make a dairy free chocolate mousse but accidently put the low fat coconut milk into the fridge last night so although the taste was yummy, my texture was off : (  Luckily, the BOY made some cookies and cream ice cream so we were not without sweets on Valentine’s Day!  And I plan to pick up the right coconut milk and will hopefully have a recipes to share with ya’ll soon.

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Sunday night involves chili and a movie…we are thinking The Martian.  It has been so fun to hang out with my loves on Valentine’s day.  Hope you had a sweet weekend!

Grateful for 4 Days of Fun!

Friday morning, I drove myself to the gym thinking…the sun is shining, I have a 4 day weekend, and damn, I feel HAPPY!

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And the happiness only continued throughout the weekend!!!

Friday, I drove straight from the gym to my parents for a quick shower.  I bumped into my old next door neighbor which was a pleasure.  Then, my mom, aunt, and I went to my very first dress fitting.  I brought like 8 pairs of shoes to try, no joke!  Afterwards, we had lunch and then went to the mall to shop (and buy more shoes!).

Friday night, the BOY and I had dinner in and I crashed EARLY.   I’m reading Big Little Lies and was happy to have time to dive in to it!  Saturday morning, we were up super early (for the second weekend in a row) for a gym workout.

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The BOY has been joining me for my Saturday morning strength sessions and I love it.  He looks GREAT with his boxing gloves!

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After the gym, we both enjoyed protein shakes before my mom, her BFF of 30+ years, and my aunt picked me up for a nail appointments.  Blue seemed to be the theme of the day.  Then we went into downtown Geneva for a day of shopping.

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It was the perfect day to explore, lunch, and shop!

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That night, the BOY and I hosted a super fun dinner!  He grilled up an amazing meal and we all had a fantastic evening, complete with homemade cookies and cream ice cream.  Yum!

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Sunday morning, I woke up for the 8am yoga class.  The teacher is one of my faves and as she encouraged us to think about what we were grateful for, my mom, aunt, and favorite aunt (LOL!) came to mind. I felt so grateful for the fun and laughter of Saturday but I was also extremely grateful for the friends hosting my shower and celebrating this special day with me!

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Sunday’s shower was special for so many reasons.  It was hosted by my (and my mom’s) friends of 30 years who have supported me and watched me grow.  It was unique and personal and full of selfies…ha ha!

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And it was a wonderful reason to bring two families together to share in the excitement of our upcoming wedding (#61days to go)!

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And I haven’t even mentioned the incredible food and desert.  For long time listeners readers, here’s your first peak at the BOY’s name : )

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After all the weekend excitement, I decided I needed a quiet and easy Monday morning.  I cancelled my training session and slept in without an alarm.  I only made it until 8:30, but it was still nice.  Cooper joined me for some sweet cuddles before I climbed out of bed for breakfast and tea.  I fit in a quick 30 minute jog and then loaded up my bike for it’s appointment at the shop.  Then, I met my mom and favorite aunts for more shopping at the Home Goods.

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Followed by lunch…

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After that, it was back to my real life duties as I needed to hit up Costco and the grocery store for the week ahead.  Even getting stuck in the rain couldn’t ruin my good mood.  When I got back home, I had some cleaning, cooking, and thank you’s to do.  As I was sitting on the couch, I started to feel overheated.  When the BOY walked in, I had him confirm that the house did feel hot…REALLY HOT!  Turns out our air conditioner was broken.  Ugh!

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Instead of cooking dinner, we decided to order Thai (the best!) and try to stay cool while watching the season finale of Orange is the New Black.  We got great news late when the fix it guy was able to easily get our air conditioner working again…at least for now.  I had the most wonderful few days full of excitement, love, and laughter!  Cheers to making more great memories in the weeks to come!

By the Books…

This week, I busted out the cookbooks.  Not intentionally, but it started with one and then another, and then a third followed.  And the next thing you know, I had a pile of cookbooks, dinner in the crockpot, and a smoothie in hand.  Success!

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It helped to have all of our new kitchen gear!  For dinner, I went with a new recipe from a tried and true cookbook 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth.  I used some of my new knife skills to dice the onion.

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Then topped it with chicken thighs and sauce.  I don’t typically cook with thighs but figured I would give it a chance.  Costco has some deals on organic chicken, so I picked up the thighs instead of breasts.

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Once the chicken was ready to go, I was eager for a snack.  Enter cookbook number 2!  The new Everyday Detox book from Detoxinista.  I recently purchased this one in an attempt to aid my digestion and IBS.  I find the concept of food combining very interesting and like that the recipes are simple and clean.

Everyday Detox : 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health, and...

My first recipe was the Blended Apple Pie a la Mode.  I subbed in almond butter for the avocado which kept the filling fat and kind of went against the food combing, but it turned out delicious!  Sadly, I lost the picture on my phone along with a few others…total bummer!  I did capture dinner, which turned out flavorful and delicious!

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The last cookbook I used was the BetterHomes Baking book.  I’ve had a zucchini bread recipe tagged in there and a few zucchini’s ripe and ready for peeling in the fridge.  But you’ll have to wait on that recipe!

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Until then…sweet ice cream dreams : )

Do you use cookbooks or the internet for your recipes?

 

Lower Sugar BBQ Pulled Chicken Thighs

From The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar free ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sucanat
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the ketchup, tomato paste, cider vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Sucanat, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Make a layer of onion on the bottom of the slow cooker, sprayed with cooking spray.  Lay chicken thighs over the onion and pour the sauce evenly over everything.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours, until chicken is cooked but juicy.  Using two large forks, pull apart the chicken and finely shred the meat and stir well to mix with the sauce.
  4. Can serve in taco’s, with a potato, or over slaw.

 

Blended Apple Pie a la Mode

From Everyday Detox

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 raw avocado or 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 3 soft medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Handful of ice cubes

Directions

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy!  Enjoy immediately!

Five for Friday XXXII

1. My full speed ahead approach to this sinus infection failed me as I was forced to call in sick to work today.  I was coughing non stop yesterday and woke up today unrested, with the sweats, and a wicked headache.  I hated to make the call, but it was clear that I made the right decision when I crashed on the couch wondering if I had the flu.  Ugh!

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2. Cooper and I took a 2 hour nap today!  He is a pretty good nurse.  And by 4:00, I finally started to feel like a person again.

 

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3. Cooper and I also watched 3 hours of Scandal today, but we didn’t catch up on any Grey’s.  I did finish my book though…which by the way was AWESOME!  I highly recommend both of Kimberly McCreight’s books.

 

4. I bought new running shoes.  I’ve never worn Mizuno before, so fingers crossed that I will be feeling well enough to take them for a test drive soon, and I’m hoping that they will work.  Especially since they look so cool!  Do you wear Mizuno’s?

 

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5. The BOY made dinner tonight (homemade pizza) and luckily I was feeling better (after a nap and some Advil) enough to eat.  I impressed him by making a fancy dessert.  Ha ha!  Actually I kind of messed up my dessert in a box, but it was still tasty.

 

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Tell me about your Friday…

I Got Sick

It was bound to happen. I work with kids and the majority of them were itching, coughing, and sneezing the last two weeks and Thursday night, my throat started to hurt real bad.  By Saturday, it was clear that what I got came on quick and strong. I was able to medicate with Musinex to get through the day on Saturday and Sunday, but Monday morning, I decided an antibiotic might be needed.

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Saturday evening, I crashed on the couch with Orange is the New Black after an amazing bowl of Thai soup (medication in a bowl, I swear!). 

And of course…this guy napping next to me : )

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Sunday morning was gorgeous.  It’s about 3 weeks until my 10 mile race and I knew I needed to get in some mileage.  So sickness and all, I laced up my sneaks.  I figured that even if I couldn’t run, I could walk.  My run went unexpectedly well.  My bigger problem was these new shoes that I bought that make my feet numb.

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Since I ran almost 6 miles, I made sure to rest up with some afternoon couch reading.

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Monday morning, I had a prescheduled blood draw for my upcoming yearly physical.  Then headed over to the walk in clinic to see the doctor.  On the way, I swung by Starbucks for breakfast (I was starving since I had to fast for the blood draw).  You can always tell when I’m sick by my eyes…especially since I was coughing too much to sleep well the last two nights.

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The doctor agreed that I looked and sounded like a sinus infection and prescribed an antibiotic.  From there, I darted over to Whole Foods for probiotics (amongst other things) and then to the grocery to pick up my Px (along with our weekly groceries).  I went home to start my drugs immediately.  Sucked down with yogurt and probiotics to try to save my stomach, of course! 

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Thanks Coop for the photo bomb!

Then I rushed back out the door to meet a good friend for lunch and a few returns at the mall.  I was also able to return the numb inducing shoes which thrilled me since I’ve already worn them!  I arrived back home, just as my energy levels crashed.  I did have enough energy to troll the internet for new running shoes (and quick shipping) and finish up some paper work before tomorrow’s work day.  This week’s meal plan is all about whole foods (because it is my May goal) but also lots of energy inducing, immune system boosting foods to get me back to myself.  Plus lots of liquids!  I did keep our meals easy though because I know I will be pretty exhausted after this upcoming crazy busy work week.  Man, I hate being sick!  I better turn in early tonight!

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Meal Planning 5/04/15

Monday: Crockpot Orange Chicken

Tuesday: Shrimp Something

Wednesday: Potato Bar Night

Thursday: Leftovers

BINGE

This past week…

I BINGE watched Scandal

I BINGE drank lattes

I BINGE read The Boston Girl

I BINGE watched March Madness

And…

I BINGE listened to Serial (finally crawled out from under the podcast rock!)

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What are you BINGING on?

With all of this talk about binging, it’s only fair to share a recipe.  I had a brunch potluck date with a few of my friends this morning.  As we divided up food, I volunteered to make a baked oatmeal.  One of my friends doesn’t like eggs, so I went in search of an egg free baked oatmeal recipe, and actually found quite a few.

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This one full of apples, walnuts, and cinnamon looked so good that I had to make it!

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I made a few changes to the recipe (what…brown sugar expires?!  I’m out of cloves?!) and crossed my fingers that it was going to turn out.  I’m always so nervous bringing a new recipe to a friend’s house, so I also made a HUGE fruit salad.

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Needless to say, Cooper was no help at all!

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I had a fantastic day catching up with old friends over mimosas!  And the baked oatmeal was delicious…like super duper make again good!  After brunch, I headed downtown for some wedding stuff.

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I caught the most gorgeous sunset on my drive home and after a super busy weekend, I was thrilled to be back home to BINGE on more Scandal.

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And maybe BINGE on sleep : )

 

Baked Apple Spice Oatmeal

Adapted from The Curvy Carrot

Ingredients

4 cups milk (I used almond coconut milk)

1/2 cup turbinado sugar

2 teaspoons butter

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups chopped apples (variety of your choice)

1/2 cup walnuts

1 cup golden raisins

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, sugar, butter, and cinnamon.  Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is well combined.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir until mixed.

Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.  Pour the oatmeal into the casserole dish, cover, and bake, about 45 minutes or so.

Top with fresh apple slices and raisins (if desired).

Mid January Updates

Happy weekend! 

It’s been a busy start to 2015 and my plate is fairly full right now.  What this means…that at the end of the day, there just isn’t enough time to do all of the things that I want to do.  And sadly, blogging isn’t a top priority right now.  So I thought I’d take a minute to fill you in on Life Lately

HEALTH:  I have a cold.  It has been slowly coming on for about a week now, starting with fatigue and currently I’m at the red, puffy, and runny nose stage. I am working hard to prevent it from turning into a full blown sinus infection, but currently walking around like a bit of a medicine head.

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TEST: Less than 2 months away and I am trying to get in as much study time as possible.  I feel a bit behind and keep looking for more hours in the day (or more energy at the end of the day) to catch up.

 

WORK: My schedule is busy.  Kids yoga is back on Saturdays, and I am teaching an after school enrichment to kindergarteners on Thursdays.  I LOVE it!  All of it!  But the planning is time consuming, and I try to have new and exciting playlists for the kiddos each week.

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EXERCISE: My goal was to maintain my 5 day per week exercise streak.  However, with the change to my work schedule, this has been tough.  I am getting LOTS of exercise moving and dancing about with the kids.  For inspiration, I have been attending a bunch of yoga classes.  Last weekend, I was at the studio 4/5 days working out and finding balance.  I’m hoping that my nose is well enough to meet a friend at the 8am class tomorrow.

 

WEDDING: I was feeling really good about where we were at in regards to wedding planning…and then 2015 arrived!  We had our first snafu and had to find a new photographer, got our tasting scheduled for the end of this month, and today I went bridesmaid dress shopping. 

 

READING: Just found out today that The Boston Girl is available and waiting for me at the library.

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LIFE: I’ve been looking back and reflecting on the past year and focusing on the exciting future ahead!  Hoping to have my 2015 bucket list accomplished soon.

 

Have you been busy?  Update me on your month!