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7 Miles + An Easy Dinner Recipe

Happy Sunday! What did you do yesterday? Personally I enjoyed my Saturday. Since today is the Super Bowl, I tried to eat extra fruits and veggies yesterday since I know I won’t be eating many today. Are you excited for the game? Who are you cheering on and or are you just a commercial/half time show watcher? Either way, I hope you have a lovely day 🙂


Saturday started out with a nice 7 mile run. Real talk right now, the first two miles sucked. It was a nice easy pace for it (10-10:30) and it felt like I was trying to run 6 minute miles. Luckily, I finally got into my groove and the rest of my run went smoothly. It was cold though. Safe to say I was not ready for the feels like of 7 degrees when I left the apartment. At a certain point, the wind was really blowing and my lips went numb from it. After running a tempo on Friday night and completing 7 miles barely 13 hours later, I was really happy with an easy 10:11 pace for them.

When I got home, I did some push ups and squats before stretching and foam rolling. Alex was up and said how hungry he was so we whipped together bacon and scrambled eggs. I tried making the bacon in the oven this time and it came out much better. I set it to 365 degrees and let it cook for about 20 minutes. When it was done, I let the bacon rest on the pan while the eggs cooked. I found it to be the perfect amount of chewiness and crispness that bacon should have.


I showered and headed out to run some errands and hit up the grocery store. If you need an oil change, I recommend checking out a company called Valvoline, they do oil changes while you wait in your car. You don’t need an appointment and I waited maybe 2 minutes yesterday. The reason I’m mentioning this is because I had the BEST service ever at it! I’ve been to it twice and each time I get treated so well. Not something that always happens to a young female when needing a car servicing. So I wanted to share with you all 🙂 By the time I got home I was hungry so I roasted brussel sprouts and added that to leftover brown rice pasta. I topped it with some parmesan and it was delicious.


Once I cleaned up, I got comfy and finished reading Wonder. I loved this book. I don’t even care that my library had it in the kids section. Not even the teen section, straight up children’s section. It was such a good story. It’s told from 6 different children’s perspectives which I found really enjoyable as it shows how some people react to a physical difference that one person has. If anything shows how much I enjoyed it, there were some tears in my eyes at one point. Now I just need to get my hands on the movie!


I started to get a little hungry so I cute up and orange and made a mug of tea to sip on. I’m still very much loving oranges right now. The best part of oranges is that peak season is in the middle of winter. Winter is a season that I find really hard to eat fruit, anyone else? After my snack, I started this post and worked on one for later in the week.


I rounded out the afternoon by grabbing the next book from my pile. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller was a book that I added to my reading list and grabbed last time I was at the library. Naturally Alex started to make fun of me since he didn’t realize I was a city baker. Oh the joys of living with your boyfriend 😉 It’s the story of Olivia who sets her previous place of employment in Boston on fire and is hired as the bakery chef at an inn in Vermont.


For dinner, I threw together the easiest meal ever! It’s similar to one my mom made for my siblings and I growing up. Instead of giardiniera, I used bell peppers for added flavor and some color. While everything cooked, I warmed up a can of corn and then dinner was served. Super simple but filling and delicious as well.


Saturday ended on a low key note which was perfect for me! Alex was finishing up some work so I kept on reading. Then I grabbed another 312 from Goose Island and got comfy on the couch. We continued watching Dirty Money on Netflix. I recommend this show! Each episode is really interesting and makes you think about what companies are doing. It’s nice to since the episodes don’t relate so if one story doesn’t interest you then you can skip it no problem.

Sausage, Peppers and Potato



4 potatoes

2 bell peppers – any color

6 Italian sausage links (I used hot)

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cut up all of the ingredients into roughly 1/2 inch chunks.

Place all ingredients in 13″ x 9″ dish. Drizzle with olive oil (max. 1 tablespoon) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix together before placing in the oven.

Cook for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Everything is cooked when the sausage is lightly browned and potatoes are fork tender.

Question of the day: What was your Saturday workout?

17 thoughts on “7 Miles + An Easy Dinner Recipe”

  1. there is a second book for Wonder, Auggie and Me. It explore Julian and two other minor characters in the book. It is a good read too. It makes you look at Julian very differently, not that he needs to be looked at as a victim, but gives incite into him a bit more. I would recommend it if you enjoyed reading Wonder.


    1. I had no idea! In the book I read, it included a chapter on Julian. Apparently that wasn’t in the original print of the novel but was an ebook. I’ll definitely check out the second one though!


      1. Hi Maureen,
        Thank you for the feedback of the book, “Wonder”. I will reserve that one today at the library. Just so you know, I am an avid seeker in the kids/youth section in our local library :). I thoroughly enjoy a book that allows me to completely drift with happy memories of my youth, and yet also crave a “grown-up” take at times. I believe it is because of my career that anything “heavy” I tend to steer clear of.
        My workout on Saturday was intense, but well needed. You too have a nice Sunday! Blessings


      2. Hi Stephanie!

        I’m so glad you reserved the book. I really think that you’ll enjoy the story. Considering how popular/hyped up the movie seemed to be, I was surprised to find the book in the kids section. I know there’s other books I’ve read that are sometimes classified as kids books. I tend to either read thrillers or light hearted novels. Total opposites in terms of content but I enjoy both. Sometimes a light read is just what you need. I’m glad you had a good workout.

        Thanks for reading. I truly appreciate it. Have a wonderful day 🙂


    1. Ah fingers crossed they have the book!! I now need to get my hands on the movie to watch it.

      It’s delicious and easy. I can’t wait to have the leftovers in my fridge later this week 🙂


  2. I sat down to my computer and thought, “I haven’t talked with Maureen lately”. I looked and I’ve missed your last two posts so I obviously haven’t talked with you.
    I want to read Wonder as everyone is raving about it. My nephew has read it, but hasn’t seen the movie, so if I can get it read, we can have a date to go see it:)
    That recipe looks so good! I may need to make that for dinner tomorrow night. It looks like cold weather comfort food to me!


    1. You are so cute AJ! I’ve been having trouble commenting on your blog (and a few others so it’s not just you!) so maybe that’s why you feel that way too.

      You should read it! I think you would enjoy it and it’s a quick read. Although I read fast so a lot of books tend to be quick to me lol. I think it would be a really fun aunt/nephew date to see it.
      If you make it then you’ll have to tell me how you like it!! Definitely a great cold weather food. I only eat it in the winter.

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      1. I just haven’t gotten a good strategy for getting to the blogs I really want to see:(
        It will definitely be read, just a matter of when as I have so many loaned books right now that I feel I have to get to quickly!
        I will definitely be eating it soon. Sausage is so yummy!


      2. It’s hard when you want to read a bunch.
        I totally get what you mean! Every time I return some books, I just check out more. I keep them in a pile in order of when they need to be returned.
        Give me a grilled Italian sausage on a bun during a summer day and I’m a happy camper 🙂

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      3. Yup! I can’t seem to walk away from the offer of a book someone has said is good and this combined with the ones that are tempting at the library definitely leads to trouble!!!
        Oh now I definitely need sausage! I love it in spaghetti sauce!


  3. Valvoline rocks! My sister-in-law used to work there (so random!!) and she liked it, so my family always had their oil changed there. Jimmy changes my oil now, but you can’t beat the fast service at Valvoline!

    Love the meal you put together! Looks delish!


    1. By far the bet service I’ve gotten at a car place!! It was so good I had to leave a Yelp review because usually people try to screw over young females or think we are dumb since it’s a car thing.

      It’s the easiest meal ever and great for busy nights! Plus leftovers I made enough for leftovers which is amazing.


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