Books, Dog, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 37

Hello friends! I’m back. After taking last week off to enjoy time at home with family and friends, it’s back to reality today. I’ll do a little recap of our trip tomorrow but today I want to get back into the swing of things with my usual Sunday in pictures. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Breakfast was some fried eggs courtesy of Alex and an apple donut courtesy of the farmer’s market that I went to on Saturday.

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“Mom, can I help you make the chocolate cake?”

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For lunch, I had a ham sandwich, carrot, pretzels and hummus.

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I read more of Losing You by Nicci French.

Mint Nail Polish

By some miracle, the nail polish I had on since my pedicure over Memorial Day weekend was still on. I updated it to this fun mint color though.

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Alex’s parents were so sweet to have a little family party to celebrate my birthday that was July 3rd. We had a barbecue with spinach salad, coleslaw, green beans, ribs and chicken.

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For dessert I made me own cake. It was chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. It was SO GOOD!! Rich but absolutely delicious.

Question of the day: What’s one highlight from your weekend?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Our First Overnight Guest

Hello! How’s your weekend so far? Even though yesterday was fairly grey and it rained most of the day, overall it was pretty good. Right now the sun is shining so I have my fingers crossed it’ll stay out for a while. Have a great day πŸ™‚

On Saturdays, I have an alarm set for 6 am so I can get up an run. Apparently my body was done sleeping at 5:38 am since that’s when I woke up. I laid in bed a bit before deciding to just get up and run. It was raining again so I made sure to grab a hat and I’m so glad I did! For some reason, my watch said my first mile was a 7:58 which made no sense since I don’t think it was even a mile and I definitely wasn’t going that fast. The rest of the run was pretty good despite being wet. I ended up with 4 miles at a 9:09 average pace.

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When I got home, I quickly turned on the Royal Wedding coverage to watch while I stretched and foam rolled. What did you guys think of Meghan’s dress? To be honest, I thought it was too simple! Now I know there are most likely rules regarding what they can wearing but Kate’s dress had lace when she married William. While watching, I was texting my mom all of my thoughts because I figured she was watching as well. We chatted back and forth. My baking skills need some work though because did you see the cake? Can you say gorgeous?

Chinese Takeout

For whatever reason, I wasn’t really hungry so I didn’t eat breakfast. It’s not worth it to make yourself eat if you aren’t hungry in my opinion. I ran a few errands before coming home to shower. Since it was raining still, I didn’t want to get dry and warm before heading back out so why not rock the post run look out haha. By the time I was home and showered though I was hungry so leftover Chinese for lunch was perfect.

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I spent most of the afternoon reading on the couch. I feel like I’m at this really juicy part in the book now. If you enjoy historical fiction and novels that involve telling two different stories then you need to pick up Cathy Gohlke’s Secrets She Kept.

Brownies

In the late afternoon, we ended to Alex’s parents house to pick up his twin sister Tory. She was coming to spend the night and is actually the first person we’ve had stay the night since we’ve been in this apartment! When we were driving back, I asked if she wanted to bake and she agreed. Tory picked a brownie recipe out and we got to work. The brownies smelled so good while they cooked and it was hard to not cut into them straight from the oven but we waited until after dinner.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

For dinner, we made spaghetti and meatballs. I use the frozen meatballs from Trader Joe’s and they are so good. I pop them right into the oven while frozen and let them bake for 30 minutes. While those were heating up, I made the noodles for us. In my bowl, I added marinara sauce, some cheese and fresh basil to it. Dinner was so tasty and perfect for a grey day!

After dinner, we all cleaned up and decided to watch a movie. We all decided on the recent Jungle Book movie. While it started, we all had some dessert. They turned out delicious and we all ended up having two. It was pretty good but I felt like little kids would find it kind of scary since the animals are more realistic than a carton. Overall it was good but I can’t compare to the original since I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it. Once the movie was over, we all got ready for bed.

Question of the day: Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

Daily Happenings

Who Cares About Running When You Can Bake

Hello! That’s for stopping by today everyone. I love that you chose to spend a few minutes of your day with me. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Monday started off dark and rainy. It was the type of morning where getting out of bed is infinitely harder because of the weather. Couple that with the fact that my legs were hurting made for a slow morning. Once I was out of bed it went okay. I noticed that as long ad I was continually moving the soreness wasn’t that bad which I’ll consider a win. I had my normal breakfast of scrambled eggs and an oatmeal muffin before heading out the door to work.

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Alex worked from home so I didn’t have to go home at lunch to let Bailey out. For the first time in what feels like months, I was able to read. I pulled out the monster of a book calledΒ The Fountainhead. It’s a monster because it’s incredibly thick and over 500 pages long. This book is taking me quite a while to read since I don’t have as much time to read anymore. That’s okay though! It’s just the stage of life I’m in right now.

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When I got home from work, I saw Alex and Bailey outside and walked with them for a bit. I headed back in and pulled out everything I would need to make banana chocolate chip muffins. Alex requested I make these when his parents gave us some chocolate bunnies on Easter. I chopped up the milk chocolate one and used that as the chocolate chip. Since it was a recipe I got from Alex’s mom, I may have snuck a taste (or seven) of the batter and it was so tasty. Baking because I wanted to felt AMAZING and it was a fun treat for a Monday afternoon.

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For dinner, I got oh so fancy and heated up leftover pizza to have. We decided to order more pizza on Sunday than we would actually eat so that we could have the leftovers for dinner last night. I love when we do that haha. It makes dinner 1) so easy 2) so tasty and 3) who doesn’t love pizza? After eating, Alex and I watched an episode of Billions and had a muffin for dessert. They were absolutely delicious! We hung out a bit before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What are you favorite ways to treat yourself after a tough race?Β 

Daily Happenings, Recipes

Midweek Baking

Hello and happy Thursday! I feel like the first few days of the week flew by but at the same time I don’t remember doing much to make them go by so quickly. Does anyone else ever have those weeks? Hopefully the trend continues until work is over Friday. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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When I woke up Wednesday, I was ready to go which was refreshing. I think my body is finally adjusted to the time change. Even though it’s only an hour it can really mess with you when the sun isn’t rising until close to 7 am. I even had plenty of time to eat my breakfast. Earlier in the week it felt like I was a chicken running around with it’s head caught off.

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A big chunk of my day was spent looking into a management class or a certificate as a personal development goal for 2018. If you have any insight on that I’d be so grateful! During lunch, I kept on reading The Knockoff. I’m really enjoying the story and change that it is from my typical thrillers and mystery novels.

After work I had to head back to Target. I managed to get everything on my list this time. Normally I wouldn’t make a midweek trip and just save it for the weekend but I needed liners for cupcakes since I had about 3 left. Major fail last time I went. Having a list and wanting to be in and out helped make the trip go quickly.

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When I got home, I put on my apron and got to work. Well first I made a smoothie so I wasn’t starving but then I got to work. I followed this recipe for vanilla cupcakes. Since they are for a bacherlorette party this weekend, I didn’t taste the finished product. But the little bit of batter that I tried was so tasty.

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Once the cupcakes were done, it was time for dinner. I heated up leftover soup from Sunday night and cut up the remaining bread as well. We ate and watching the last episode of The Crown. Since the third season will have a new cast in order to move forward in time, it was a little bittersweet watching the last episode. I ended up still being hungry so I grabbed a slice of bread and dipped it in olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar. We ended the night with an episode of The Office before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last thing you baked?

 

Books, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 18

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It was a good one for me with a mix of active, relaxing and out spending time with people. In normal Monday fashion, I am sharing my Sunday in pictures today. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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I paired some breakfast sausage with leftover waffles from the freezer.

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Reading on the couch after breakfast while I enjoyed my tea.

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A giant quesadilla with leftovers for lunch.

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When you don’t own an apron but don’t want to get your clothes dirty, you put sweats on.

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Trying another recipe from this baking book.

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Yesterday was Alex’s dad’s birthday so for dinner, he chose steak (and lobster tail which I didn’t eat), mashed potatoes and asparagus.

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For dessert, we all dug into my chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting.

Question of the day: What’s one highlight from your weekend?