House Cleaning Weekend Part II

Yeah!  Our house looks amazing!

The BOY and I spent the majority of Saturday cleaning out closets and organizing our office.  There is still much work to be done, but after 2 weekends of hard work, our house is really coming along.  I then spent all day yesterday shopping with my mom but made an effort not to refill my closet after getting rid of 2 garbage bags worth of clothes. 

Today was a busy day of picking up loose ends, enjoying the gorgeous weather, and getting prepped for the week ahead.  Because we had a busy weekend, I kept this week’s meal plan real simple!



Meal Planning 10/27/14

Monday: Simple Salmon with Parsnip Chips

Tuesday: Crockpot Orange Chicken (in a bag)

Wednesday: Chicken and Beef Burgers

Thursday: TBD

Lunch: Turkey and Vegetable Chili


This might also be a simple week of blogging as I have a lot on my plate. 

Cooper and I are feeling like this right now…


So we are off to bed!

Monday After Memphis

My weekend in Memphis was nothing shy of spectacular!  Sunday Funday with mimosas and these girls was such a treat!


This  morning, I was on the 5:50am plane out of Memphis and back in Chicago shortly after 7am.  My first stop after cuddling Cooper was a nap.  I had to catch up on a little bit of sleep before the busy day ahead.  I happily and intentionally overindulged this weekend…think wine flights, beer, and pizza! 


Although I blew off my workout today, I had strong intentions of getting back into my healthy routine.  The BOY and I had our last venue appointment today (spoiler alert…we liked it a lot!), and then I ran off to Costco and the grocery store, making a quick stop for lunch along the way.


When I got home, there was a bunch to do.  It’s amazing how messy one boy can make our little house…ha ha!  I had paperwork to accomplish, laundry to clean, Scandal to binge watch, and of course more Cooper to cuddle.  Since the BOY was in class, I knew I could whip up my go to ‘get back on track’ dinner.  Salmon and veggies.  I also found a delicious bagged  salad that completed the meal.


It’s one week to go before my race, so I should be doing some sort of run tomorrow morning.  Which means…I’m off to bed!  But first, I’ll leave you with a funny picture of Cooper who backed himself (hind legs first) into the cabinet today.


What is your get back on track meal?

What is on your meal plan this week?

Meal Planning 9/08/14

Monday: Teriyaki Salmon and Salad

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Wednesday: BBQ Shrimp

Thursday: Leftovers


That is the sound I expected to hear when I dove into the pool this morning.

Instead…I got more of a swish as I slowly eased myself in reacquainting myself with the water.


Truth be told I wrote the title of this post last night in hopes that I wouldn’t back down from my planned swim.  It has been a LONG time since I went swimming for exercise.  But I have been eyeing a June triathlon, which means that training should have started weeks ago!  With my March goal in mind, I drove to the park district pool at 6:05pm for a swim.  I decided to join Caitlin’s Ironman March and although I am a few miles away from my 26 mile running goal, I am yet to swim or bike.




I was so freezing cold on the short drive over to the pool that I almost turned around and definitely thought about walking around the track in my swim suit covered in PJ’s. Yes that is what I wore to the gym!  But once I walked onto the pool deck, I was consumed by heat and humidity…a nice change during this ice cold winter.   The pool was almost empty and quiet.  One of the benefits of the park district pool compared to the gym is that it is MUCH warmer for senior water aerobics.




The goal for today’s workout was to get into the pool, so once I was in, I had to decide what to do.  I figured that 20 minutes of swimming (any kind) would be a great start.  I alternated between freestyle and prone kicking.  A few strokes in and I remembered how peaceful swimming can be and because my newish goggles actually worked, I was way more relaxed in the water!




I was really proud of myself for getting up AND getting to the pool, so I enjoyed my reward of a few minutes in the hot tub.  I would have loved to have stayed longer but I had to get myself ready for work.




I forgot my contacts at home, but luckily I had planned to swing back home anyways to eat a bite of breakfast.




Since Thursday’s have turned into a marathon day, I planned for an easy dinner tonight that the BOY could get started without me.  Yesterday’s dinner was just as easy.  I had planned to make stirfry, but the BOY said that he wasn’t that hungry.  Instead, I roasted up some broccoli to have with leftover salmon (from Tuesday).  Easiest week of meal planning EVER!




I found this salmon recipe on a blog, commented on it, planned to make it, and then totally forgot where I found it.  Please tell me that I’m not the only person who this happens too!




I share this with you so that you know that I can’t take credit for the recipe and because it explains why I have no idea what the portions are supposed to look like.




Yet somehow this Asian inspired salmon turned out AWESOME!




If this is your recipe, thanks for the easy weeknight meal (and leftovers) and please take credit in the comments! 

Clean Eating Magazine (one of my faves) just emailed me with 15 Awesome Salmon Recipes!  Go check it out!



When was the last time you went swimming?

Any good pool workouts to share?

What are you eating for dinner this week?

Why do I have so many questions tonight?



Orange Ginger Salmon


3/4 to 1 pound of salmon

~3 tbsp fresh squeeze orange juice

~1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

Ground ginger to coat


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Mix orange juice and tamari, stirring well.  Coat salmon and marinate while oven preheats (longer if you have time).

Sprinkle salmon with ginger and place in the oven (or on the grill in foil)

Cook for 18 minutes.

Girl’s Night In

The BOY is away with his Dad on a Guy’s Weekend!  Which means…it’s Girl’s Night!!!


The day began with an awesome and sweaty BRICK followed by lunch at Which Wich? and some serious retail therapy with my Mom.  Let me tell you…I found Lucy carpis (that fit amazing) at TJ Maxx for $20.  I’m still in shock and if I wasn’t wearing my new PINK jamies (also on sale), then I might be parading around in my new Lucy pants right now!  I am planning to watch some cheesy mindless TV shows (thank you E! for always providing this) and maybe work my way through this season of Girls which I have saved on the DVR while enjoying my dinner before heading to bed early.


On the beverage front (because girl’s night definitely requires some wine), I decided to open up this Evolution Red wine.




The Evolution White wine is one of my favorite wines.  It is crisp and and fresh and perfect for summer.  So I was excited to find this lighter red at Costco last week and thought it would be fitting for girl’s night.




Before making my way to the kitchen to begin prepping dinner, I switched from Hollywood trash to Stage 7 of the Tour de France.  I picked up a beautiful piece of salmon at Whole Foods yesterday for tonight’s dinner.  The BOY is not a huge fan of salmon so it is usually my treat when I am on my own for dinner.




This was my first time using this salmon seasoning that I picked up my last trip to the Spice House.




I poured myself a glass of wine to enjoy while I worked on dinner. I thought about using my new ‘Crunk’ cup that my Aunt sent me.  Let’s be honest, this glass is awesome and it’s okay that you’re jealous!




But instead, I went with my portion control glass to avoid finishing the entire bottle and being in bed by 7pm.




As a side dish, I made sweet potato discs using another one of my favorite seasonings.  This one is especially good on sweet potatoes but also incredible on popcorn.


















The green beans came out of steam bag, which is kind of cheating, but tasty none the less.




And everything turned out sooo yummy and good!  Don’t judge me…but I ate my supper in front of the TV enjoying the stunning views of France (and fun international accents) during the tour.  I don’t know many of the players, but as I said this morning, their athleticism amazes me.  I love the team aspect of this race.  How each rider has his specific role to support the benefit of the team or team leader.  And, there is one guy from Chicago.  Impressive!!!




I have been looking forward to banana soft serve for dessert all day, so I didn’t wait long after dinner to make some.




Have you tried this before? You just throw a frozen banana into your food processor (and I added in a splash of vanilla and some vegan chocolate chips) and blend until smooth.




Then enjoy this sweet (and somewhat healthy) frozen treat!




In the mood to get creative with your dinner time dessert???  You can also add in PB, nuts, white chocolate, frozen fruit, butterscotch, and/or honey. It’s a sweet way to end your night!  The only thing missing from my evening is my old partner in crime (Emmy, we miss you every day!) and maybe Magic Mike on DVD : )


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Sweet Dreams!

How do you like to spend your quiet nights at home?

Who’s tried homemade softserve banana ice cream?