Five for Friday XXXIV {Cooper’s Antics Edition}

By reader demand…a day devoted to my favorite furry friend!


1. Cooper loves ice cubes! He has since he was a kitten and the second you start filling your glass, there is an eager kitty at your toes.  If you happen to lose a cube, it is gone for good as Cooper bats it around the kitchen.  Earlier this week, as I was getting ready for work, he was paying some special attention to my shoes.  Why you ask?  Because he lost his ice cube INSIDE my shoe.




2.  Cooper knocked down our plant in front of the TV during the Hawk’s game Wednesday night. 


He had so much fun hunting from ‘the jungle’ that he did it again on Thursday night, and then proceeded to hide in the jungle and stalk his mouse from the leaves. 



3. On a non Cooper note, the BOY and I had the most wonderful Friday date night.  Dinner at Cooper’s Hawk (yes…that is where Cooper’s name came from, so I guess this is related to our kitten).  They have a new burrata appetizer…yum!  And the wine and service are always on point.



4. Afterwards, we started a game of Monopoly.  Look who got jealous that he wasn’t include? 



5. Despite all of his antics, at the end of the day, all he really wants is a cuddle and a belly scratch




Does your pet have ‘antics’?

Car-Free and Carefree

WARNING: this is a LONG post for a LONG weekend!

The BOY and I have had two fantastic weekends!

Last weekend, we did our weekend getaway to Wisconsin and this weekend, we went down to Chicago.  But first, we decided to sleep in and play Saturday morning by ear.  Since I wasn’t running the race, we had tons of possibilities.  I didn’t set an alarm and took my time drinking my morning tea and enjoying a breakfast stirfry.


Then, the BOY and I went out to play tennis in the sunshine.  Our usual outdoor court was full, but we were able to find another available court near by.


It took us a little bit of time to get into our groove, but once we did, it was really fun.  That might be because I won almost half the games!


After tennis, we picked up a light lunch at Panera and then swung by DSW for new shoes to support my foot during tennis.  We went back home to pack up our stuff for the city and then hit the road.  We got downtown around 4pm and decided to walk up and down Southport doing a bit of shopping.  Then we ordered Thai food for dinner, planning to bring it in to watch the Hawks game (just like last year).


While we waited for dinner, we grabbed a beer at The Green Lady, which has tons of local Chicago and Illinois beers on tap.  We both tried something new that we really liked!


We picked up our dinner and walked back to my brother’s where we were staying.  One of my favorite things about staying in Lakeview is all of the walking that we do.  And what little time I spend in my car!  We cracked open a bottle of Napa wine and sucked down our amazing Thai dinner during the exciting game.


Unfortunately, I was not able to stay awake for the two over times, but was happy to see that the Hawks pulled off the win.  My alarm went off at 6am Sunday morning and it took me some time to get organized.  By 6:30, I had some (but not enough) air in my tires and was heading east to Lake Shore Drive.


My goal was to get down to Grant Park where I knew there were a few different bike shops offering free support to the riders.  The weather was a bit unpredictable and a few miles in, it was clear that I would need my jacket to keep me warm and dry.


I made it down to the park, and was lucky to find some friendly guys to put air in my tires.  Then, I was back on the drive heading south towards the museum.  There were bouts of rain throughout, but the roads were still packed with riders.


At the south end, I stopped for a quick snack, chatting with some other riders before hopping back on the drive north towards Soldier Field.


I rode 15 miles up north to the Bryn Mar turnaround, stopping to take a few photos along the way. 


At the north end, I stopped again to stretch my legs.  It seemed that maybe the rain was going to stop, but as I headed back to where I began, it picked back up.  It was clear that after a chilly (but totally awesome) 30+ mile morning on my bike, a latte was needed : )

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When I arrived back home, the BOY was awake and ready for breakfast.  We walked over to Wishbone, where I had the most delicious breakfast sandwich and potatoes!  I didn’t realize how hungry I was until the food came out and I scarfed it down.


We walked back and packed up our car to head back to the suburbs.  It continued to rain on and off, which was perfect to crash on the couch and watch a Lifetime movie.  Around 2pm, it looked like the sun was starting to creep out, so the BOY suggested tennis.  I was excited to try out my new shoes, so I agreed.  I was also excited that after my longest bike ride of the year, my legs felt good enough to play tennis.


40 minutes in, the rain returned and sent us back to our car.  We had a fun birthday party for the BOY’s aunt Sunday night.  We decided to have a little more fun when we got home, so we opened up a bottle of wine and played Yahtzee (a new game we picked up in Wisconsin). 


It was funny to watch Cooper chase after the dice!  We slept in again this morning and then I ran off to the store to pick up mimosas and fruit for Memorial Day brunch with my friends and their kids.


We had so much fun and then the rest of Monday just flew by…next thing I knew it was dinner time and the BOY was marinating ribs.  YUM!


It was definitely a carefree weekend, and I was happy to pack so much in.  But now I am exhausted and ready to crash on my couch.  I wish I had just one more day of weekend…then I would be able to stay up late enough to watch tonight’s Hawks game!


What did you do this weekend?

Fun! Fun! Fun!

We had the most amazing weekend with 3 full days of FUN!

Saturday morning, I taught 3 kids yoga classes at work.  All of the kids came in with tons of energy (I blame the fresh spring air).  For the youngsters, we did a circus and they loved it!  We tamed lions, walked the tightrope, created silly clown faces, and danced to circus music.


The other two classes (of older and then older kids) were full of balance, flexibility, and laughter!  With an extended final relaxation to calm that hyped up energy, which they really enjoyed.

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Saturday afternoon was gorgeous.  The BOY and I got ready to host Friendsgiving in April.  And then spent the night with some of our closest friends!


Sunday, we had a wonderful meeting with the rabbi who is going to marry us.  We just past the 6 month point…OMG!  Afterwards, I swung by the library to pick up a few CDs for yoga music.  It’s been fun creating new playlists to go with each week’s class.  The BOY and I then took a well deserved nap with Cooper between my legs under the blanket the entire time.  When I woke up, I thought about going for a walk but the sky looked gray and instead spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing.


Monday morning was GO time at the gym!  My trainer too me through some tough strength and tabata moves that left me extra sweaty (and sore).


I scooped up the BOY for lunch (at Naf Naf) and THEN…


We finally did the thing that I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl (no not a fairy tale wedding or a big poofy white dress)…holding the registration gun!!!


I waited so long and patiently to one day have this amazing device in my hand the day was finally here.  Two stores later, the BOY and I are well on our way to a full fledged registry (but don’t look yet because we have not decided on a few pieces).

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We got home as the sun was setting and the BOY walked in the front door and out the back door to fix up dinner on the grill.  We were both exhausted!  Who knew scanning could be so tiring : )  At the end of the day, the BOY looks at me seriously and states, “I’m surprised that I had so many opinions today.”  To which I replied, “I’m surprised that you’re surprised!”  He’s had opinions about everything since the day we met.  He asked how I felt about it and I explained how much more fun the day was knowing that we were picking out the realistic and silly stuff that would be in our home together!


Any thoughts or tips on registering? 

Did you have a fun weekend?

Five For Friday XXV

1. The BOY finished the Bar!  Hooray!

Thank you all for your warm wishes and congrats.  We really appreciate it!


To celebrate, I met him downtown Wednesday night for a glass of champagne and an amazing dinner at David Burke’s.

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2. Thursday morning, I started the day with a local version of my favorite Brooklyn Elixir found at the local grocery.  It was AWESOME! 

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3. We finally have some plans for our upcoming trip to San Francisco.  We went from no plans to too many plans over night and I can’t wait!  If we don’t fit it all in, we’ll just have to go back!


4. I am figuring out how to style my new haircut.  Not gonna lie, there were a bunch of ponytails for work this week, but I’m learning!  Oh and please excuse my super messy mirror…wow, that’s embarrassing!



5. It’s August, so I guess time to talk goals…


But instead I’d rather go eat the pork chops the BOY just grilled up.  We can talk goals tomorrow : )

Saturday Shenanigans and Crockpot Thai

I just woke up from a little cat nap, that actually involved a cat as Cooper and I curled up on the couch, breathing deeply, eyes closed, and unaware of anything around us, including the movie on the TV.  Snowy Sundays were made for naps! 




Yesterday was my Dad’s Birthday (Happy Birthday Daddy!) and Tuesday is my Mom’s Birthday (Happy Birthday to you too Mom!).  To celebrate, we all went to the casino yesterday and when we ran out of money, ate dinner at their awesome and creative burger place.




The BOY ordered the largest Oreo milk shake and the biggest burger EVER!


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Then we came back to our house for desert and presents.




Due to the snow storm, my parents didn’t stay too late, but my brother and his fiancé spent the night.  We were all finally recovered from the last time they spent the night.  Shortly after the Blackhawk’s game, a rematch Wii tournament began.  We were back to our favorite games of bowling and tennis and Cooper tried to keep up with all of the action.


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We all complained about sore arms this morning and some mild headaches from the bubbley : )  Despite, we were able to do a grocery store run this morning around noon to get started on meals for the week ahead.  Which is why, I really need to share last week’s recipes with you guys.  So cat nap over and blogging begins…




Early in the week, I made Thai Peanut Chicken.  I like to use homemade peanut butter in recipes like this  I tried to be lazy and use my blender to make the peanut butter, which was a major fail.  I ended up having to pull out my mini food processer which worked fabulously.




This recipe is similar to my other favorite crockpot Thai recipe.




The flavors are wonderful and I’m a sucker for shredded chicken.




And the leftovers were even better!




Kind of a random post to round out the weekend, but I have a few more were that came from…




After my next cat nap!



Crockpot Thai Peanut Chicken

From Rachel Schultz

Serves: 3-4



4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 red pepper, diced

1 white onion, chopped

½ cup creamy peanut butter (use homemade, just stick peanuts in your food processor and blend until smooth)

1 lime, juiced

½ cup vegetable broth

¼ cup soy sauce

½ tablespoon cumin




Place chicken in the base of crock pot. Top with red pepper and onion.

In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, lime juice, vegetable broth, soy sauce, and cumin. Pour sauce over chicken.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Do not overcook.  Shred with two forks and let sit in sauce for another 30 minutes or so.  Remove from slow cooker and serve over brown rice.  Top with scallions.

Foodie Finds {Las Vegas}

I know that you guys are all asking yourselves…how did I get the BOY out hiking in Las Vegas???




Nope…it’s not his undying love and devotion to me…




We promised him In and Out Burger : )




I certainly joke about the BOY’s love of food on the blog, but I have to say that having a ‘Foodie’ boyfriend has it’s benefits!  We eat very well when we are on vacation and Las Vegas was no exception.




And I’m not just talking about this ginormous turkey sandwich from the deli?!




Here are a few of our favorite Las Vegas meals…





Sushi Samba (Venetian)





Julian Serrano’s (Aria)







Carnegie Deli (Mirage)

I recommend going for breakfast and dessert (not at the same time…or maybe at the same time?!)







American Fish (Aria)


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*Best brussel sprouts I’ve ever tasted!



Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan)

Hint: It’s on the third floor and tough to find!


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5 Fifty (Aria)




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*I recommend the truffle pizza!


Serendipity (Outside Caesars)




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And for Dancing and Booze…


1Oak (Mirage)





Chandelier Bar (Cosmopolitan)


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Happy Eating (and drinking) in Las Vegas!





Do you like to try new restaurants when you travel?

What are your foodie finds?

Weekend Ramblings (Including a Trip to Woodman’s)

Since the marathon took over last weekend, the BOY and I didn’t make it to the grocery store (nor did I do any laundry or cleaning…ooops!). We ate dinner out almost every night, except for Wednesday when Chinese came to us.  The BOY loved a week like this!  The last few weeks, I’ve been really careful about what I’ve been eating to fuel my runs and keep my stomach in check.  The BOY has been craving pizza and grease and I’ve been eating non stop.  It was definitely a different week for us. 


After a week of eating out, I was more than ready to get back to my meal planning.  The BOY declared a household state of emergency because we are out of his special green relish that we can only get at Woodman’s.  Yes, he’s that dramatic about his relish.  We made a date to head to Woodman’s Saturday afternoon with my parents, who were also craving a trip to our favorite far away grocery store.


Saturday morning started out like this…it didn’t look like we would be leaving the house at all.




But by lunch, my stomach was growling and I was ready for breakfast food for lunch.  I took this opportunity to order the most decadent breakfast, Banana Bread French Toast at our favorite local pancake place.  I have been eyeing it for years and it was just as good as I could have hoped!






Our next stop was the farmer’s market, but on our way, the BOY thought we should stop at the pumpkin patch to pick up a fresh pie for dinner.  The place was packed with families, and we actually bumped into one of my BFF’s celebrating her daughter’s birthday.  It took us longer to park than to shop, but it was totally worth it when we dug into a taste of that spicy pie.




Then we grabbed some veggies at the farmer’s market. 


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Then went home to watch some college football.  Around 4pm, my parents arrived and we made our way west to Woodman’s.  We had two full carts by the time we were finished.  Don’t worry…it included 4 container’s of the BOY’s special relish. 


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We came back to our house where the BOY prepared a beautiful dinner of shrimp and veggie skewers on the grill while my Mom kept Cooper busy and out of our hair and I poured fall mosas.  My new favorite beverage!  For dessert, we had pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  After my parents left, the BOY, Cooper, and I had a quiet Saturday night in.




Cooper was so warn out after yesterday’s excitement that he slept until 8am!  I had some leftover French Toast and herbal tea for breakfast before leaving for the spa.  This morning, I had scheduled a 90 minute full body deep tissue massage followed by a 60 minute facial.  I emerged from the salon 3 hours later feeling like a new person!  I’ve had services with both of these people before, so I knew it would be amazing!  I switched off between catching up on life and totally zoning out.  It was really refreshing!




When I got home, the BOY filled me in on what was going on with the Bears.  Jay Cutler’s injury makes the Jay Cutler signs at the marathon last weekend, even funnier!  Not so funny, was watching the Bears struggle with injuries and bounce back and forth with Washington.  I listened to most of the game from the kitchen where I got started on tonight’s dinner (recipe to come) and whipped up a White Chicken Chili for lunch this week.




I adapted the original recipe a bit because I prefer my chicken shredded, and I left out the zucchini in hopes that the BOY might eat some this week as well.




We spent the late afternoon cleaning closets and switching over to fall clothes.  Since last week, the temperature has dropped significantly, and so it was time to dig out some warmer wear and donate two huge bags of clothes.


Meal Planning 10/20/13

Sunday Funday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast


Monday: Mexican Taco Casserole


Tuesday: Leftovers


Wednesday: Out for Dinner


Thursday: TBD


Lunch: White Chicken Chili (recipe below)



Do you plan your meals for the week ahead?

What’s up this week?



White Chicken Chili

Adapted from Wanna Bite

Not Surprisingly found on Pinterest*



1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 medium onions, diced

1 lb of mushrooms, full or diced

4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

1 tbsp olive oil

6 cloves of garlic

¼ cup chili powder

1 tsp of coriander

2 (16 oz) can diced no salt added tomatoes, fire roasted

1 (4 oz) can green chilies

2 (16 oz) cans of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained (I used kidney and white)

Toppings: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips



Sauté the mushrooms and onions in 1 cup of chicken broth for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cover chicken with coriander, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Heat oil over medium low in separate pan and add chicken.  Cook until no longer pink in the middle.

When the veggies are soft and fragrant,  add in the chilies, tomatoes undrained, and the rest of the chicken broth. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce to medium heat.

When chicken is cooked, shred chicken with two forks and stir into soup pot.   Simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

Drain and rinse the beans and add to the pot.

Cook for 30 minutes until beans are tender

Top chili with your favorite toppings!

DC Part 2: …And Sucked as a Marathoner

If you missed Door County Part 1, you can catch up HERE!




So obviously marathoners are supposed to run, which I did very little of, but I must also admit that although beer and cheese aren’t normally a big part of my diet, they were this weekend!  It started early on our way up to Door County with a stop at Kopp’s in Milwaukee.


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I’m not usually a big fan of frozen custard, but everyone raves around Kopp’s, so I had to try it.  And it was every bit more amazing than I could have imagined!  I finished half of the turtle custard before the BOY was done with his burger.




With full and happy tummies, we got back on the road for Door County.  We checked into our hotel and then drove up north to Sister Bay for Friday Night Fish Fry.  This is a common theme in Wisconsin and one worth participating in!  In the past, the BOY and I have not been up in DC on Fridays, so this was exciting.




I remembered from years past that the Sister Bay Bowl has the best fish fry in the county.  By 5:30, there was already a 45 minute wait, so we walked across the street to Husby’s for a Happy Hour beer.


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For dinner, we both agreed on the fried perch, which came with fries and a slaw.




The breading was light and the perch every bit as wonderful as I remember!  We even considered ordering another plate to share but instead made our way back to Fish Creek.  On the way, we caught a beautiful sunset, which I tried to photo from the moving car.




The night was young, so our next stop was the tavern for some New Glarus on tap.  What a treat!




I’m talking specifically about the beer, but the entire day was full of them!  Day 2 started with a bike ride and then it was off to the winery for a tasting.








It’s 5:00 somewhere!!!




After our tasting, we decided to sit out back listening to live music with some wine.


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And an antipasto plate!  Everything on the plate was local, fresh, and incredible!  The BOY and I devoured the entire thing!




Then went back home for a nap.  When we woke up, it had rained and there was a full rainbow that we could see from our porch.  It was soo cool!




The next day involved a run and some hiking, which was followed by a an amazing meal at our favorite restaurant, Wild Tomato!




You might remember it from last year’s post Will Hike For Pizza!




I should also tell you that Wild Tomato has a fantastic beer list,  including a new local brew from Door County Brewing Company called Little Sister that is my new favorite beer!  I brought home a trunk full : )




I should probably also confess that we returned to Wild Tomato for a second meal of pizza and beer on our last day. 




Embarrassing, but true!




So as you can see…my weekend was a little more beer, biking, and cheese than marathon prep (oh and did I mention the dark chocolate covered cherries?!), but totally worth it! 




Between the food, relaxation, outdoor activities, and sunsets, the BOY and I always have the BEST vacation up in Door County!

Which is why I’ve decided to title Door County Part 3: Why I Heart Door County…although it probably should be called,”How I returned to reality, stopped drinking beer, woke up early, and became a marathoner again!”    LOL : )

This is the day that Doesn’t End…

Our alarm went off at 6:30am, and the BOY and I snoozed twice before actually walking up!

We were able to get ourselves pulled together and out of the door on the way to the Heartland 5k for K9’s.




A friend of mine was doing her first 5k, and I was tagging along or moral support.  This run/walk was a tiny, well supported event to race money for a local animal shelter.




I was super proud of my friend who ran the entire 3.1 miles and even had enough push to sprint to the finish!

After the race, the BOY and I swung by Starbucks for a warm beverage and a change of clothes for me before our biyearly trip to the dentist, where I hoped they wouldn’t find chia seeds stuck in my teeth after this morning’s race.  The office was busy and seemed to be running late, so we were there for way longer than expected.  After the dentist, the BOY and I planned to swing into Naf Naf for lunch.




I’m telling you if you’ve never been to Naf Naf and live in (or are visiting) Chicago, you should definitely check it out.  They make their pita fresh, and it is by far the fluffiest, and most tasty pita around!




I’m only slightly embarrassed to say that I devoured my sandwich and some hummus in a short time : )  The BOY and I came back home after lunch, where I spent about 15 minutes replacing the battery in bike commuter.  When I finally got it figured out, it still didn’t work.  The BOY loaded my bike onto his car and we drove up to Lake Zurich for packet pick up and bike drop off for tomorrow’s triathlon.




I was hoping and was correct that there would be a local bike shop at the expo.  The guy was super nice, got my biked all tuned up, and showed me how to move my receptor on the wheel to get my computer working again.  I know that I will be happy to have it tomorrow as I pace my way through the 14 mile ride.




I placed my bike in transition and picked up my race chip (with this soft and comfy ankle band).


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This is my first Iron Girl event, and I have been looking forward to it for months.  Of course, seeing the lake got the butterflies bouncing about my stomach, but that is just par for the course with me.  All of the volunteers at check in and transition were helpful and friendly.  I got an adorable shirt AND a huge jar of Biscoff Spread amongst my other goodies in my SWAG bag.




When we finally made our way home, the BOY went down for a nap (it was a lot of action for him for one day), and I started to pull together my shoes, equipment, and clothes for tomorrow’s race.




I also threw a crumb cake into the oven (a box mix that I picked up at TJ’s this morning in between Starbucks and the dentist). 




By 5:00, I finally got around to taking a shower before the second half of our day began.  My brother and his fiancé just walked in the door for dinner and the Hawks game.  The BOY will be grilling up some sea bass and potatoes for dinner, and I stocked the fridge with wine to celebrate their engagement.  I changed into my new race Tshirt for inspiration before tomorrow’s race and to remind myself not to stay up too late…ha ha!

Dealing with Dreary

The weather might be dark and dreary, but that didn’t keep the BOY and I indoors.  Sunday Funday was SUPER fun yesterday because we went into the city to hang with my family!




And had lunch at Revolution Brewery, where the BOY and I have never been, and my Mom has now declared her favorite place to go.




Historically, spring day light savings can be rough, but not this year.  This could be because after losing 3 hours coming home from Las Vegas last year, one hour doesn’t seem so bad.  The good food, brew, and company didn’t hurt either.




We had an awesome day and I was in bed early Sunday night with my book after an eventful weekend.  I had no difficulty falling asleep and only woke up this morning when my alarm started beeping 10 hours later.  This morning’s breakfast was a variation of this recipe smothered in almond butter before CrossFit.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this morning’s workout, but the Harlem shake picture definitely had me laughing.  And I was excited to wear the new headband that I picked up at Athleta yesterday!




This morning’s workout was 7 reps max weight of snatches with rest in between.  We started off by breaking down the motion and then practicing on some light bars.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I would be able to do, but I ended up in a group of three girls lifting weight, giving feedback on form, and working together to safely add more weight. I was able to lift 55-65-75-75-75-75-75.  Not to shabby for my first attempt at snatches.


After CrossFit, I picked up the BOY for this week’s grocery store run and meal planning.  I was starving and actually craving some protein with lunch on the brain.  Let me tell you…if you are ever shopping at Mariano’s and hungry for lunch, swing by the meat counter and have them grill you up a chicken breast.  I finished my shopping and on the way to check out, scooped up my lunch.  The BOY did the same with a white arugula pizza.




On the way home, I remembered that I had leftover salad from Saturday night (that my friend made and sent home with me).  You can’t see it in the picture, but this salad also has goat cheese, cranberries, pine nuts, and I added chopped chicken and avocado.




The BOY was right when he said that this is a restaurant quality lunch.  I totally agree!  Thanks to Mariano’s and Dana this is one of the best salads I’ve had in awhile!  I only had a short amount of time to eat lunch before it was time to leave again.  Although I didn’t know when I made the appointment that today would be rainy, a massage really is the BEST thing to do on a day like today.  I had a $20 off coupon to use before the end of the month, and I basked in the 60 minutes of relaxation while hands firmly worked out the tension and knots in my back and neck.  It was pure bliss and only afterwards did I return home to camp out indoors for the rest of the day.  With such a busy weekend, I had a lot to do.




Some of which included getting my food prepared for the week ahead.  Nothing says rainy days like chili.  One of the things that I love about this new slow cooker book is that it has separate chapters on soup, stew, and chili.  They are plenty of recipes to choose from!




I used the Mushroom Chili recipe but added in some eggplant since the beautiful purple veggies was on sale.  I ended up with a thick batch of chili, so I decided to stir in a cup of vegetable broth before cooking.




I’m looking forward to digging into this thick and hearty chili soon!



This Week’s Meal Plan…


Monday: Breakfast for Dinner (the BOY’s request)

Featuring Challah French Toast, Eggs, and Potatoes


Tuesday: BBQ Turkey Meatballs


Wednesday: Chicken or Salmon with Veggies


Thursday: Leftovers


Friday: Trip to St. Louis!!!


Lunch: Portobello and Eggplant Chili (recipe below)




Portobello and Eggplant Chili

Adapted from The Big Book of Slow Cooker Recipes



3 Portobello mushrooms, cleaned well and cubed

1 small eggplant, cubed

1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, sliced

1 28 ounce and 1 15 ounce canned tomatoes, drained lightly (or you can use chopped fresh tomatoes)

1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and minced

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup low sodium vegetable broth



Place all ingredients into a slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray.

Stir well and cook on low for 8 hours.



How do you deal with dreary?

Me? I dream of SPRING!