Weekend in Words {3 Words per Picture}

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Leftover Ramen = Yummm

 

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It’s Broken Again

 

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Must Have Caffeine

 

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Library Study Date

 

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Pirate Themed Yoga

 

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It’s Pumpkin Time

 

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Down Dog Tunnel

 

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Stop Studying Please!

 

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Birthday Whoopie Pies (for the BOY)

 

Describe your weekend in 3 words…

Photo a Day September

September 1-Crockpot Thai Chicken (You know you want THIS recipe!)

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September 2-Stormy Clouds

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September 3-Woo Hoo!  A new yoga mat and bag!

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September 4-Kids Yoga Begins

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September 5-(Belated) Birthday Dinner

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September 6-Night out in Memphis

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September 7– Sunday Funday

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September 8-Mmm…dinner!

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September 9– A 4 mile run at sunrise

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September 10– Celebrating our Venue

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September 11– Planting Roots and Growing Trees

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September 12– It’s time for warm fussy socks

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September 13-First Loaf of Pumpkin Bread

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September 14– It’s race day! Read Race Recap HERE

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September 15– A Much Needed Massage

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September 16– Peak a Boo Cooper

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September 17– Wedding pinning

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September 18– Everything is Awesome!

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September 19– Thanks Bux for the freebie! #Addicted

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September 20– Beermosas and football!

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September 21– First Bowl of Chili

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September 22– An ice pack for Cooper’s sore leg

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September 23– Happy Fall!

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September 24– Another Early Morning Run

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September 25-Celebrating the Jewish New Year with Ramen and the Family

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September 26- Cinnamon Apple Puppy Chow (Recipe HERE)

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September 27– Wedding Dress Shopping

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September 28- Bubbles and the Bears Game!

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September 29-More Dresses!

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September 30-Happy October!

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What was the highlight of your September?

Florida Weekend Photo Dump

I’ve been to Florida a bunch of times since I started blogging.  Each trip has some of the same and always adds something new and exciting.  Like bumping into one of my readers at the airport before 6am…ha ha!

 

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Hope you enjoy these pictures of family fun in the sunshine (aka photo dump)!

 

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I already miss that sunshine!

 

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Hope your weekend involves mojitos and sand between your toes!

#ThrowbackThursday #GrandpaAl

I intended to do a Marvelous Monday post about my wonderful weekend celebrating my Grandpa’s 102nd birthday in Florida.

 

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But instead, I’m turning it into a #ThrowbackThursday dedicated to the man of the hour month!

 

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Grandpa Al and I in the early 80’s

 

I can’t even find the words to describe how meaningful it was to celebrate this exciting milestone with a man who is adored and respected (and very well known), not just for being 102 years old, but because he is a truly kind and happy person.  Love you Gpa!

Photo a Day {March}

March 1st- Mom and Dad Birthday Celebration

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March 2nd- Cooper recovering from above mentioned celebration

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March 3rd- Afternoon at B Wubs!

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March 4th- Dinner!

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March 5th-Quiet Night at Home

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March 6th-Did Cooper Throw a Party Last Night?

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March 7th-TGIF with an Early Bed Time

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March 8th– Breakfast at the Bakery

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March 9th-I Took a Walk!  Outside!

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March 10th-New Workout Pants

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March 11th-The Snow is Melting…

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March 12th-The Snow is Back!

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March 13th- Breakfast at the Gym

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March 14th-A Rough Week Ends with a Fantastic Friday Night Dinner

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March 15th-St. Patty’s Day in the City

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March 16th-I Heart Fro Yo!

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March 17th-Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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March 18th-Post AM Workout Reward

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March 19th-Office Starbucks Run on a Rainy Day

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March 20th-Happy First Day of Spring!

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March 21st-Playing with Cooper

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March 22nd-Meridian Yoga Workshop

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March 23rd- Wiener Circle at 12:30am

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March 24th-Morning Workout

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March 25th-Tuesday Tradition (after spin class of course)

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March 26th-Sunrise through the Frost

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March 27th-Rocking the 80’s Curls

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March 28th-Friday Night Tennis Date

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March 29th-Finally Watched Frozen (with my girl Scarlett)!

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March 30th-Run in the Sun

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March 31st-Girls Dinner Sushi Date!

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The Holy City of Tzfat

On our first Friday in Israel, we drove up into the mountains of the Galilee to visit the Holy City of Tzfat.  Although not one of the most well known cities in Israel, this 4000 year old city is one of the 4 Holy Cities and is the center of kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

 

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Tzfat is also known for its synagogues.

 

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After getting off the bus, the first vendor we saw was selling fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juice for just a few shekels, which was refreshing on this warm and sunny morning.

 

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The streets of Tzfat are narrow and old.  We wound our way through past the beautiful shops and vendors.

 

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Our first stop was the Ashkenazi HaAri Synagogue.

 

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Interestingly this synagogue was established by Sephardic immigrants during the 16th century.  There is a rich history here along with a vibrant young population.

 

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The inside of the synagogue was beautifully decorated and well kept.

 

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After the synagogue, we met with a local artist interested in Kabbalah.  We then wondered through the city admiring it’s beauty and observing the locals preparing for Shabbat.

 

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One of my favorite views of the entire city was through this barred window in the bathroom.

 

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I used this view to play with my new camera’s effects taking this picture below…one of my favorites from the entire trip.

I have titled it A View from the Lou…ha ha!

 

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As the city prepared for Shabbat, we returned to the Kibbutz for a festive celebration and a quiet Saturday catching up on sleep and relaxation after an active start to our trip.

 

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I feel like we only got see a small section of this historical city, and I would love to visit again.  There is much more to see and shops to explore!

I Took a Walk

Take a Walk….

Take a Walk…

Take a Walk…

 

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The BOY and I invited our Dad’s over for tomorrow’s Indiana game.  We had high hopes of landing ourselves tickets and when that didn’t happen we thought it’d be fun to host our Dad’s.  Lunch is burgers and for dessert, I wanted to make this wonderful looking peanut butter truffle on the back of the Keebler box.

 

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I had all of the ingredients already in the house leftover from the holidays.

 

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The peanut butter mixture requires 1 hour in the fridge before forming into balls.  And although after last night’s excitement (I stayed up until midnight which is almost unheard of on a Friday), a nap sounded wonderful.  However, so did some fresh air. 

 

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This week has been beyond stressful, and I knew that I needed some time to clear my head.  I absolutely love what I do but the long commute, office politics, and emotions at my job take their toll. 

 

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I know that taking care of myself is important, and I can’t continue to have weeks like this.  They affect my health and my relationships, so with the Passion Pit song ‘Take a Walk’ running through my head, I walked towards the path for some active therapy.

 

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With such exhausting weeks, my weekends have been spent catching up on sleep and relaxation.  This gives me less energy for activities that I like (ie tri training).  So I was happy to get out for a walk today, and I have plans to attend Hot Yoga tomorrow.

 

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Sixty minutes walking along this peaceful path later, I had some clarity and solid ideas to decrease my stress levels and restore work/life balance.

 

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And I was ready to get going on dessert.  I’m not sure why but the mixture was way too crumbly.  However, with my hands, I was able to form a few ugly looking mounds.

 

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I wasn’t sure if they would be able to stand up to the chocolate coating, so before dunking them in chocolate, I stuck them in the freezer.  This step was totally necessary!

 

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The first few turned out great.  But as predicted, they started falling apart which made for some messy chocolate coatings.

 

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The benefit was that I was able to sample some broken bon bons.

 

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The crunchy peanut butter combined with the chocolate coating was delish!  Trust me…it tastes much better than it looks!

 

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My suggestion would be to drizzle in some agave or coconut oil to help hold everything together.  I’m sure the guys will enjoy them tomorrow no matter what! 

 

I’m grateful for a quiet night at home.  The BOY and I have been craving sushi, so we are picking some up for dinner and the Lorax just arrived from Netflix.  Sushi and a movie = awesome Saturday night!

 

Do you like to walk?

 

 

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

From Keebler

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies® cereal

1 1/4 cups crunchy peanut butter

1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 cup powdered sugar

12 ounces white or dark chocolate confectioner’s coating

 

Directions

In a large bowl stir together cereal, peanut butter, graham crumbs and powdered sugar. Note: I found that mixing with my hands was the best way to do this.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Shape crumb mixture into balls, using one level tablespoon for each.  Freeze for at least 60 minutes.

In small saucepan or microwave melt confectioner’s coating over low heat. Dip each ball in coating, letting excess drip off. Place on wax paper. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.  Refrigerate at least 20 minutes or until set. Store in airtight container.