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Monday Coffee Date # 2

24 Apr

Happy Monday! I haven’t done one of these in quite a while and my thoughts are pretty random today so I figured it was the perfect day for a coffee date! I also have coffee on the brain since I decided to buy a big bag of the Pecan Turtle coffee from my favorite spot, Daybreak, and last night we brewed a big batch of iced coffee for the week. I hope you all had a great weekend and that you had some sunshine for at least part of it like we did.

daybreak iced coffee homemade

If we were having a coffee date, I would tell you… grilling season has officially begun and I’m loving it! We had cheeseburgers last weekend and steak on another night last week. I feel like I’ve been in somewhat of a meal planning rut and being able to grill again will definitely help get me out of that.

first burger 2017

steak dinner 2

If we were having a coffee date, I would tell you… sunshine is everything to me right now. As corny as it sounds, I am just loving the beautiful days when we have them. Saturday was kind of gloomy but we still spent it outside at Olde Burnside Brewery with a group of friends followed by dinner and a movie at our house. It was a perfect day!

burnside brewery

This is most definitely true.

If we were having a coffee date, I would tell you… active rest days are my jam. I made it to boot camp four times last week and I was feeling a bit tired and in need of rest. I took Saturday completely off and yesterday I thought about going to boot camp but I decided to go for a long walk around the center of town. It was just what I needed and I feel very well rested today but not like I spent all weekend lounging around. I also enjoyed my first homemade smoothie of the season which was refreshing and fueled my long walk well.

Smoothie

sunny day walk

sunday walk

Slow and steady wins the race 😉

If we were having a coffee date, I would tell you… I do not have a green thumb but I’m thankful that my husband does 🙂 A month or so ago, I planted a bunch of seeds indoors and yesterday, Dan transplanted them outside. I helped with the cleanup of some of the bushes and did some raking but he knew the best way to plant the plants themselves. Thanks hubby!

beer and gardening

You can’t garden without enjoying a beer, am I right? 😉

If we were having a coffee date, I would tell you… I killed it on the grocery shopping front this week. I had a bunch of coupons and there were some great deals. I usually don’t buy much meat as it can get expensive but with such good deals, I was able to stock up on a bunch of different things. I rewarded myself with a sub from Subway for which I also had a coupon! #winning

all the meat

subway lunch

That’s all for today! I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week 🙂

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Do you enjoy gardening?

Wordless Wednesday: The Good Life

29 Mar

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well, or at least not as gloomy as ours here in CT 😉 They said on the radio this morning that it’s been cloudy/rainy for five days straight but the sun is finally shining today and it is wonderful. I haven’t done a wordless post in a while so I figured I would share some snaps from the past week or so. There has been lots of good food, drinks and even more laughter and fun with friends.

Mission Workout

This workout was intense but very effective!

drinks with alex

I miss this lady during her busy season!

ahi tuna salad

The ahi tuna salad at Maggie McFly’s is one of my favorite salads ever! We had dinner with Brian, Natasha, and Alex this past Friday and it was wonderful!

Jonathan edwards group pic

Saturday wine tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery

Tisumi sushi saturday

Sushi at Tisumi with Robbie and Jenna is a must after a winery 🙂

egg salad

This homemade egg salad hit the spot

white chicken lasagna

We made this creamy white chicken and artichoke lasagna on Sunday and it was so indulgent but amazing!

turkey taco salad

Turkey taco salads for lunch this week!

leftover chicken lasagna

Leftover lasagna on top of avocado and broccoli for my Monday night dinner, so random but so good! 

homemade pizza

Dan made homemade pizza last night, topped with brussels, broccoli, fresh basil, and mushrooms

Well that has been life lately for us and it will just continue to get busier! We have the fire department awards banquet this weekend and I ended up renting a dress from Rent The Runway because I have zero time (or desire) to go shopping but I wanted to wear something new (or new to me!). I hope the rest of your week flies by and is as fulfilling as you wish it to be!

Why I Decided to Roast a Chicken & Other Weekend Stuff

20 Mar

Happy Monday! This weekend went by way too fast. Does anyone else agree? Even though it flew by, I feel like we got so much done which is great and it is always good to start off the week feeling like I’m ahead.

Friday… started with a tough bootcamp at Mission followed by an incredible avocado, egg white & spinach breakfast sandwich from Panera. I was really craving avocado and this was exactly what I was looking for!

Panera power sandwich

Friday night… we had a delicious dinner at Bears with Robbie and Jenna followed by drinks to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. It was a fun night out and I’m glad we were able to spend some quality time with them 🙂

Diamond st pattys day

Saturday… we ran some errands during the morning and early afternoon including a vet visit for Charlie which was not a good experience at all and we will be changing vets ASAP.

Saturday night… my beloved East Hartford Hornets were playing in the state championship for basketball at Mohegan Sun so we decided to make a night of it. We had dinner at Chick-fil-a (don’t judge, it was SO delicious) and drinks along with a bit of gambling before the game. We ended up losing the game but it was so exciting to see my favorite team play in the championship and I’m so proud of them and the huge outpouring of support from our town.

Hornets basketball 1

Hornets basketball 2

Sunday… I planned on getting up for bootcamp but we didn’t get to bed until almost 1:00am the night before so an early morning was not in the cards for me. I slept in a little bit and ended up going to Cardio Express to run on the treadmill. I completed four miles of jogging/walking which I don’t think I’ve ever done before and I’m feeling it this morning!

Sunday afternoon… I had the urge to make a big Sunday dinner that would provide leftovers for lunch for the week. I scoured the ads and found that whole chickens were on sale and decided to roast one using Ina Garten’s famous recipe. I had never actually roasted a whole chicken before so I was a bit intimidated but the recipe was SO easy and it was nice to spend a few hours cooking in the kitchen while Dan napped (he was up at 5:00am for drill after our late night). I also made this triple chocolate banana bread which was SO good and I honestly can’t stand regular banana bread so I was happy with this chocolately version.

Roasted chicken 1

Roasted chicken 2

Roasted chicken 3

Roasted chicken 4

Triple chocolate banana bread

Sunday night… we devoured the chicken with a side of mashed cauliflower and the veggies that I cooked with the chicken along with a bottle of Chardonnay which paired so well with the chicken. We stayed up a little too late watching March Madness so I’m quite tired today but nothing that a cup (or two) of coffee can’t fix.

Roasted chicken 5

I hope you all have a fun and productive Monday!

 

Life Lately

28 Apr

Happy Thursday guys! I hope you’re all having an excellent week. Mine has been a little hectic as softball has officially begun and we are desperately trying not to fall behind on the house stuff but I’m plugging along. Today I figured I would share a mishmash of different things including some recent eats and a couple of house updates!

I have been loving taking walks lately, both long and short, at home and on lunch at work. The neighborhood that we moved to has some killer hills and I’ve locked down a great 3-mile route that really does a number on my legs. I’m also enjoying my early morning walks in the center of town when I’m working from home and on the weekends too!

morning walk 2

This morning’s 7am walk.. Complete with a Daybreak nonfat blanc

We have been eating out quite a bit due to the house still being in the unpacking/pre-kitchen remodel stage but we have been using our grill and crockpot quite a bit and sandwiches have been a frequent occurrence. Luckily our eating out has been supplemented with gift cards that I’ve hoarded for a while and coupons so it really hasn’t been too expensive. Breakfasts and lunches have been consistently made at home which is good.

krust pizza update

Pizza from the always delicious Krust

Steak salad

Steak salad at home with all of the toppings I could find in the fridge

pbj breakfast

Today’s breakfast: PB, banana & raspberry spread with a side of cantaloupe 

Our couch has FINALLY arrived! It was on back order for a while but it was finally delivered this past Saturday morning and we love it! I’ve been picking up little decor items here and there (Homegoods, I love you) to work towards getting the living room finished. (couch purchased: here. Pillows: TJ Maxx. Tray: Hobby Lobby)

couch

Our bedroom is basically finished with just a few paint touch-ups and some picture hanging left to go. I am absolutely obsessed with how it came out and I never want to get out of bed (but is that really different from ever before?). (Bed: here. Comforter set: Macy’s (no longer available). Curtains, Laundry baskets: TJ Maxx.)

bedroom

nightstands

I love our nightstands from Christmas Tree Shop! 

I’m doing a new exercise program that our town is offering from now until the beginning of June. It’s called “Do a 180, Move!” and its provided by the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce. The program offers over 150 fitness classes at different gyms, yoga studios, etc in town. The classes offered range from spinning, yoga, boot camp, dance, tennis, running groups, swimming, walking and much more! For Glastonbury town residents who are non-members of the Chamber, the cost is only $40 and I’m already signed up for 12 of the classes. My first class is a boot camp tomorrow morning and I’m very excited!

That’s all I have for you guys today but stayed tuned for a recap soon of a fabulous event that I attended a couple of weeks ago at the always wonderful Rooftop 120. Have a wonderful rest of your week and weekend too!

Five Things Friday: The Week in Review

4 Dec

Happy Friday, once again! I found that some parts of this week went by super slow, while other days were over before I knew it. I’m trying to enjoy every single moment of this holiday season as it is my favorite time of year, and I think everyone can agree it always goes by way too fast. I figured I would use my five things today to provide a little recap of my week.

Monday:

Due to a lot of cleaning, meal-prepping, and just prepping for the week in general, I started off the week feeling very on top of everything and totally ready. I came home from work, completed a new-to-me video, Jillian Michael’s Killer Arms and Back, and had a delicious dinner with the hubby. On a side note, I will say that I absolutely loved this new video from Jillian and I highly recommend it, not just to work out the arms and back because it definitely provided a full body work out (aka I was sore as heck the next day). Our dinner consisted of a power bowl including apple chicken sausage, brussels, and brown rice, all drizzled with some Frank’s sweet chili sauce. SO good!

Power bowl

Tuesday:

Still feeling quite on top of things for the week, I came home from work and completed Jillian’s Killer Abs video which I also love (weird, I know). Dan had a fire department meeting so he prepared these delicious eggplant pizzas from Kalyn’s Kitchen. It was our first time cooking with eggplant and we definitely enjoyed it! I have already pinned a bunch more eggplant related recipes. I also enjoyed a green smoothie made with spinach, frozen peaches, raspberries, and blackberries which was delicious. I spent the rest of the evening in front of our Christmas tree watching Real Housewives and catching up on some blog reading.

eggplant pizzas

green smoothie

Wednesday:

Randomly on Wednesday morning, I decided it was time to beef up my Spotify Christmas playlist that I had made last year. I added about forty more songs that I love and spent the entire day at work listening. Can you say Christmas obsessed? I think so. For dinner we had a good ol’ standby of chicken & avocado quesadillas made with our favorite quesadilla maker (thanks Mom and Dad!) after I completed level two of Jillian’s 30 Day Shred. I will say that I was not feeling so hot as I had a major headache but I somehow powered through that workout and felt better because of it.

quesadillas

Thursday:

I had all intentions of coming home from work, having a salad from Subway and getting some things done around the apartment. I did have that salad from Subway and it was so delicious! However, earlier that afternoon I had received a text from Natasha to attend Wethersfield’s tree lighting/holiday kickoff so I ended up meeting up with her, Alex, Alexandra and her sisters and did a little shopping and walking around there. We ended the evening with dinner for them/a bowl of chili and glass of wine for me at Birch Hill Tavern. I’m so glad I ended up going out!

subway salad

birch hill chili

Friday: 

I’m working from home today and I woke up early to tackle a chilly two mile walk around town, ending with a skinny peppermint mocha from Starbucks. After work, I am hoping to grab some grinders from Nardelli’s for dinner and relax in front of the tree with a Christmas movie before we head out with our friends.

morning walk

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend doing all kinds of festive things!

 

 

Five Things Friday: Can’t Beat it? Join It!

31 Jul

Happy Friday y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful week, or at least better than mine! Not that it was all that bad and I really have nothing to complain about but yesterday was just awful, including the fact that I spent a total of 2.5 hours in traffic to and from work. But putting my complaints aside, I’m here to share a few random thoughts with you guys.

1. I couldn’t beat the heat, so I joined it! The title of this post is appropriately named because even though it has been very hot and humid the past week or so, I decided that it was a good idea last Thursday evening to take a Bikram yoga class. I felt like I needed a little detox before the weekend and I definitely sweated everything out! It was the most uncomfortable I have felt in a class since my very first one about two years ago. I am glad I finished it and I did feel better once I cooled down a bit.

Loving my new yoga capris from TJ Maxx!

Loving my new yoga capris from TJ Maxx!

I was pretty happy with that number since I wasn't as active with my poses as usual.

I was pretty happy with that number since I wasn’t as active with my poses as usual.

2. French fries are my current food obsession. I have been enjoying my fair share of them during the past week including an amazing serving of poutine at the Connecticut Wine Festival this past Saturday and some Red Robin fries which we enjoyed at home the other night with our BLTA sandwiches. I think I have been loving them so much because the heat always makes me want carbs like crazy but luckily my workouts have been excellent this week so I’m not feeling too guilty about the carb overload.

ALL the cheese things

ALL the cheese things

I could eat this meal every single day

I could eat this meal every single day

3. This weekend is filled with all of the birthday celebrations! I’m SO looking forward to finally getting to see Alex after she has been away a bunch this summer and celebrate her birthday which was this past Monday. On Sunday we are celebrating another good friend’s birthday in Massachusetts which should be so much fun as I’m loving little day trips right now.

These are some gems, let me tell ya :)

These are some gems, let me tell ya 🙂

4. Who else was completed thrilled that Kaitlin picked Shawn on The Bachelorette? I definitely feel like she picked the guy with whom she had the best overall connection. I think they are the cutest couple and I’m enjoying following her on SnapChat and their adorable Instagram photos too.

SO cute

SO cute

5. I can’t believe tomorrow is August 1st! I know I’m reiterating what everyone else has been saying but this summer is flying by and our wedding is rapidly approaching. We have a lot to do and very little time to do it so I can’t promise you guys that I will be blogging a ton but I will try my best to post at least once a week.

True story

True story

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

Late Weekend Recap: Steak, Shopping, and Starbucks

29 Apr

Happy hump day! I regret not being able to finish up this post Monday or yesterday but I do not regret spending that time getting a TON of stuff checked off of my wedding checklist. But, alas, I am back today and looking forward to sharing a few fun aspects of this past weekend.

wedding planning ecard

Friday evening, we had dinner with our good friends Dave, Melissa, Cheyne, and Miko. I’m telling you, there is nothing like a dinner full of fun and laughter to start off a weekend. We went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner and it was my first time dining there. I had the Special Sirloin and Old Bay Lobster combo accompanied by a baked potato. I also enjoyed two fabulous cocktails, the Aussie Rum Punch and the Huckleberry Hooch Moonshine cocktail. The meal was delicious and it definitely satisfied my steak and potatoes craving that I have not been able to shake.

outback rum punch

outback steak

I started off Saturday with a quick Jillian Michaels workout followed by a two mile walk with Dan around the center of town. We were ravenous by the time we were almost home so we stopped at Starbucks where I enjoyed my favorite Passion iced tea and my first ever Spinach, Egg White, and Feta wrap. Bloggers everywhere have raved about this wrap and I would have to agree, it was so yummy!

starbucks wrap

We spent the rest of the day making an attempt to get some wedding-related tasks completed and we were able to get our registry at Macy’s set up and I also have an idea of what I would like for my flower girls dresses. As a reward for getting things done, we went to Market Grille for a late lunch. This place always seems to be the lunch spot after doing fun wedding things and I’m not complaining! Dan and I both enjoyed their turkey burger with a fried egg added, and I had their Blackberry Moonshine Mojito (made with Onyx moonshine!) as a delightful afternoon cocktail.

onyx mojito

market grille burger

I was SO happy that we had some free time on Sunday and we were finally able to help our best friend Alex get some chores done at her new house. It is coming along wonderfully and I am very excited for her housewarming party this coming weekend.

That is all for today folks! Stay tuned, I am expecting my next Stitchfix to arrive today so it’s looking like there is a Fashion Friday post in my future! 🙂 Have a great day!