Books, Daily Happenings

A Pool Day

Happy Friday! I hope you guys have some fun plans this weekend and that the workday flies by. Have a great day!

 


It’s been so hot in New Jersey this week. I’m talking 90s every day. After work, I asked Alex if he wanted to go sit by the pool for a bit. He agreed so we changed into our swimsuits and walked over. There were a bunch of kids swimming and jumping in the pool so we opted to just sit on the side and read. Even though we weren’t in the water it was still nice to be outside and enjoy the day.


We started to get hungry and decided to just head back to have some dinner. I would call dinner tonight a buffet of leftovers. After we set up the leftovers in a line on the counter we picked what needed to be heated and threw it in a pan to warm up. I opted for some more buffalo chicken and put it on a wrap. Coupled with leftover roasted potatoes dinner was served.


After dinner I prepped my lunch and breakfast for tomorrow. On days I wash my hair, I like to have overnight oats in the fridge since I just grab them and a spoon. Since they’re such an easy and filling breakfast I will post a recipe next week! I meant to measure it out last night but forgot. Once that was ready, I got comfy in my pjs and got on the couch to read my newest book. I think I am one of the only people in America who did not read “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I have a feeling its because the public school district in my hometown had kids read it in middle school but I was in Catholic school until I was going into high school. In a way, I feel pressure to like this book since it’s considered a classic novel.

 

Question of the day: What’s one book you feel like everyone but you has read?

Daily Happenings, Recipes, Running

A Hot Run + An Easy Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Happy Thursday! One more day until the weekend, woohoo! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by 🙂

 


After work, I was itching to get out and run. I was kind of surprised by that since it was 90 degrees when I was out running. I had 2 miles on the schedule with the first 0.5 mile at an easy pace with the rest at an 8:30-8:45 pace. I didn’t hit my pace but it’s okay. That happens sometimes and I’ve learned to not beat myself up about it! The heat really got to me today and I just told myself that by running hard and pushing through in the heat would make my races in the fall feel a lot easier.


When I got home I ate a huge bowl of watermelon. Post run, I either drink a ton of water or have a snack. Watermelon gave me the best of both worlds with less clean up. Since I was dying, I honestly hate the watermelon straight for the big tupperware that’s currently in my fridge.


Alex prepped our dinner before he left for work this morning. I was going to do it but that was before I decided to lie in bed an extra 5 minutes instead of getting up this morning. I am a HUGE buffalo chicken fan. Whenever I don’t know what to eat at a restaurant, if buffalo chicken is on the menu there’s a 99.9% chance I will be getting it. For dinner, he put two chicken breasts in a crock pot with some hot sauce and Ranch dressing mix.

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When we started to get hungry, I chopped up some potatoes to roast along side broccoli. It was such an easy and yummy dinner! I love making crock pot recipes because I tend to have leftovers so I’ll get two meals with barely any effort. I have a small crock pot. I no longer have the box but I’m pretty sure it’s 1.5 quarts but don’t quote me on that. I seriously love having one and I know that in another year or so I’ll probably upgrade to a bigger one.

We finished our night off with a little bit of reading on the couch while it got dark outside. Does anyone else wait for the sun to set before watching movies? We finished Harry Potter and now we can start the first movie based on the seventh book. I’m kinda of sad our marathon is going to be ending soon.

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken

What you’ll need

2 chicken breasts, frozen or thawed (I use frozen and never have issues with them not being cooked)

Frank’s hot sauce

Ranch dressing mix

Directions

Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot.

Pour some hot sauce over it. You can eyeball it but I typically do about 1/2 – 1 inch on the bottom.

Sprinkle some of the ranch dressing mix over the chicken.

Turn the crock pot on low and let it cook all day.

About 20 minutes before serving, take two forks and shred the chicken in the crock pot. This let’s the chicken soak up a little more of the hot sauce.

**I don’t like ranch dressing and I can’t taste it in this dish**

 

Question of the day: what is one of your favorite go to crock pot recipes?

Books, Daily Happenings

A Book Filled Tuesday

Happy hump day! Am I the only one who gets excited for Wednesdays? I feel like it’s close enough to the weekend that the work week doesn’t seem so long. I hope you all have a great day 🙂

 

Do you ever get shown something once then don’t use it for a while before you have to use it again? That was me yesterday at work. I have a big report that gets put together every year based on the company’s sales data. The packages get compared and I have to use a pivot table in Excel. I had never used a pivot table until I got this job and I was pretty excited about figuring out how to do it on my own. I know how silly it sounds but I worked pretty hard on it so I was glad it worked out the way it was supposed to.


After work I stopped by the library quickly. I honestly read books very quickly so I’m very grateful the library is on my way home from work. I picked up three new books. To keep track of books I want to read, I use Goodreads. It’s a website that lets you create lists of books that you want to read, are currently reading or have read. You could even create a list for a book club if you are in one! I love it because I’m friends with my mom on it so I can see what books she adds to her lists and get ideas from there.


When I got home I had a few chips with salsa before changing into pjs. I cleaned the bathroom and my makeup brushes (glamorous I know 😉 while doing a face mask. I recently bought this one off of Amazon after seeing it in different Pinterest posts and Buzzfeed articles. I’ve only used it twice but I really like it thus far! Since you mix the powder with water and apple cider vinegar, I think this container will last me a while which is an added bonus considering the jar is about $11. While $11 is not that expensive, I don’t like when I buy an inexpensive mask that doesn’t last long at all.


For dinner, we made steak and mashed potatoes with some salad. I wish I could say that I make the potatoes from scratch but I’d be lying *insert monkey covering his eyes emoji*. That’s actually a goal of mine, is that weird haha? I know that homemade ones are healthier than the packaged instant ones but I’m nervous to bite the bullet and do it for some reason. Plus instant ones are so much easier to throw together quickly.


After dinner I got all set on the couch and started to read a new book I picked up at the library Sunday. What I didn’t know is that it’s part of a series, oops! It seems like it’s one of those book series where you don’t have to read them in order. No major plot details relate in the books but small things are slightly vague so it makes me feel like I’m missing minor details, but it doesn’t bother me. So far I really like it! If I’m being honest I’ll probably finish it tonight or tomorrow. I told y’all I read fast! When I started to get tired I cuddled up next to Alex and fell asleep.

Daily Happenings, Running

Movie Night Monday

Happy Tuesday friends! I know I’m a day late but did any of you watch the “Game of Thrones” season premiere Sunday night? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Have a great day!

Yesterday started out like any other with work. Normally I have overnight oats or a scrambled egg for breakfast but instead I had a bagel. There’s a bagel place near the apartment that sends out coupons that are buy a certain amount get so many free. Alex and I will use of of them and freeze the bagels so that we have a few on hand at all times.


The weather forecast called for some rain in the afternoon but luckily it didn’t happen! I had a speed workout on the schedule so I ran at a local park and it felt good, hot but good! I was a sweaty mess when  I got home but my legs felt great. Does any one else put their legs up on a wall after running? I feel like it helps me but maybe it’s all in my head!

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Before hearing up leftovers for dinner, I read on the couch. I started “Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight Sunday and am over halfway done with it already! I highly recommend it. “Reconstructing Amelia” is about Kate’s journey to figure out her daughter Amelia after it she kills herself. There are some plot turns that I didn’t see coming and I think the ending will be interesting. Dinner was some Italian sausage, roasted potatoes and broccoli.


Monday is quickly turning into movie night in out apartment! We started “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” once Alex finished his homework. My movie snack of choice for the evening was lots of watermelon and iced tea. I probably ate close to half of the watermelon yesterday since it was also my post run snack. Since it’s mostly water it’s definitely healthy 😉

 

Question of the day: What’s your go to movie night snack?

Daily Happenings, Travel, Weekend

Deep Sea Fishing

Happy Monday! As I mentioned yesterday, today’s post is all about the deep sea fishing trip Alex and I went out on Saturday night. Enjoy 🙂

 

A few weeks ago I was on LivingSocial and found a voucher for a sunset deep sea fishing outing. Since it was my turn to plan out date, I thought this would  be fun and different for July. I bought the voucher and made the reservation for July 15th! I planned on telling Alex a few days beforehand but he ended up guessing it before then :/

The trip was run through Ocean Explorer. The boat left from Belmar, New Jersey which is about an hour from us so we relaxed in the morning before heading out. We had to arrive 45 minutes before hand to check in. Checking in the crew was super nice and made sure we filled out the necessary info for them and there were no issues with the voucher or reservation which I liked. I would recommend this boat if you are interested in fishing! You were allowed to bring food and drinks, including alcohol, on the boat.


When it was 4 we set out to our first stop! The crew left us alone on the boat rides but were there if we had any questions. As someone who would spend their summers out on a lake boating, I was so excited to be on a boat again! The ride to our first spot was about an hour from the marina but it flew by. A crew member came around and gave each group some bait as we got closer to stopping and Alex grabbed us fishing rods.

Finally it was time to stop. One of the crew members, Billy, came and asked if I needed help baiting my hook (Alex was in the bathroom) so he put the squid on the hook and showed me how to cast with their rods. It was so simple to cast! All you had to do was release the line, put your thumb over it to prevent tangles, and wait until the sinker hit the bottom. Once that happened you moved the pole a little to entice fish and they would bite!


The first time I cast, I caught the fish above. Unfortunately it was too small to keep but I was glad I got something. All passengers were allowed 2 sea bass at least 12 inches in length and 3 fluke 18 inches in length. The next time I cast I caught another fish but it wasn’t one of the kinds we could keep.


Alex also caught some fish but didn’t get a picture since the R.H., another crew member, threw it back in the water before I grabbed the camera. Billy and R.H. were awesome at walking around so if we needed help it was always close but they were not intrusive at all. After about 30 minutes or so, we moved to another spot for a total of 4 fishing spots total.


Sadly, we did not catch any fish big enough to bring home. In total we caught 7 fish, and that doesn’t include the ones that would eat the bait and swim away. When the horn beeped three times, it was time to go back to the marina which was a little sad. I had such a good time, I want to go back again. The ride back to the marina was beautiful since the sun was setting.

Alex and I both agreed it was a great time and the crew members were so helpful.