Books, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 35

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was non stop busy but in a good way. Starting last Wednesday we had plans every day/night except for Thursday. Honestly I could use a second Sunday just to relax ha! Alas Monday is here and it’s time for work. Before the day really gets going though, I want to pop in and share our Sunday in pictures. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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After staying up until 2:30(!) Saturday night, I needed to ease into Sunday by reading more of Little Fires Everywhere.

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When it’s 80 degrees before 10 am, you skip hot tea and go for iced tea.

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Since we were SLOW moving to wake up and not that hungry, breakfast never happened. We skipped right to lunch and I had a buffalo chicken wrap.

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On the way home from the grocery store, I swung by Alex’s parents house to pick up his twin sister Tory. We baked shortcake together for dessert later that night.

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Alex and Tory went back to their parents house and I took a little break from running around for a quick snack. I cut up a cucumber and added a little light Ceasar dressing and parmesan cheese to the bowl.

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The finished product for dessert. I used this recipe from Taste of Home and it was a huge hit!

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Blogger fail but I didn’t get a picture of dinner. It was really good and we even got some leftovers to bring home. We enjoyed steak, salad, asparagus, corn plus basil, mozzarella, and tomato with balsamic on top.

To end the night, Alex and I watched Mamma Mia! on the couch. It’s on Netflix now if anyone is interested.

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

Books, Daily Happenings, Dating, Weekend

A Surprise Baseball Game

Happy Saturday friends! Sorry for the slightly late post. Alex and I had our second date night in the past three days last night so I was tired when we got home and wanted to head to bed. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Friday started off pretty good. After getting ready for the day, Alex and I realized we had time for bacon so we made some to have with our eggs for breakfast. Bacon starts any day on a good note.

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At work, I started readingΒ Little Fires EverywhereΒ by Celeste Ng. It’s the story of the Richardsons who have four kids and live in a suburb of Cleveland. The story starts out with the tenant in their rental house leaving in the middle of the night and the youngest child sets the house on fire the next day. Rewind a year when the tenants moved in and somehow that leads to little fires everywhere in the house. So far so good through the first 5 chapters.

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When I got home from work, I had some packages waiting for me so I tried all the dresses on while Alex had a work call. Once that was done, I made some homemade ice cream for a dinner we have tonight (hopefully it freezes well and tastes like ice cream!) before we headed into the car. Alex called me Thursday afternoon while both of us were at work, which is unusual, and he simply asked “Do we have plans Friday night?” I responded no and he said great we’re going on a date and hung up. The first stop was dinner at Hoagie Haven in Princeton. It’s one of Alex’s favorites and it hit the spot.

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We got in the car and started driving to Trenton which is somewhere we never go. The entire way, I was guessing potential places and he said no to all of them. I actually guessed right though with a baseball game! The weirdest part was I had a dream that we were going to a baseball game and I never remember my dreams, it’s like we had ESP about it or something lol. Apparently a girl he went to high school with posted on Instagram that she had tickets but couldn’t go. Naturally Alex slid into her DM’s to snatch them for us haha. The Trenton Pork Rolls, formerly Trenton Thunder, is the minor league team for the Yankees. For all we know, we watched the next Derek Jeter play last night!

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It ended up being absolutely beautiful for a game. The seats were basically behind home plate and we chatted while sipping on a beer as big as our head during it. Seriously, the beer was huge. The atmosphere was very kid friendly and the family behind us had two little boys that were providing us with some funny entertainment during it. Overall the game was really well until the 9th inning. It was tied 2-2 when the Erie Seawolves scored 3 points on one hit. We decided the Pork Rolls probably weren’t going to win it and headed home to bed instead.

Question of the day: Are you a baseball fan?

Books, Daily Happenings, Dating

Impromptu Date Night + Costco Members

Happy Friday Eve! A part of me is shocked that it’s already Thursday but then I realize I’ve had a semi busy week so far so it totally makes sense. June is basically a marathon month over here so it makes sense this week is flying by for us.

Yesterday had a few fun items take place. I hope you had something fun happen yesterday as well! Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Wednesday started out pretty normal. Wake up, lay in bed a bit, take Bailey out and feed her before getting ready for work. Breakfast should come as no surprise that it was eggs and a muffin. I’ve been eating this combination since January or February so it’s probably a miracle I’m not sick of them yet.

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Alex was working from home because a technician was coming to look at our refrigerator. Last week, water that was supposed to be going to the ice maker decided to flood our fridge and freezer instead… It was just as much fun to clean up as it sounds. As I was getting ready to head home to eat lunch with him, he called to say abort mission since the technician was almost there. So I grabbed my Nook and read during work instead. I finished The Lucky Ones and really liked it. Check back tomorrow for a bit more in depth review on it.

Costco Membership Card

After work was when the fun really got started. Last week I saw that Groupon had a Costco membership deal going on, (and still is available here if you are interested!). For the price of the lower membership ($60), you got a $20 Costco gift card. I finally bit the bullet and bought it so headed there to redeem it. While redeeming it, I ended up paying the difference and upgrading to the higher membership to get some rebate bonuses on it. Plus if we don’t use it then I can return for the lower and get my money back. Gotta love Costco’s return policy! The timing couldn’t have been better either since we needed some toilet paper and paper towels so I could grab those, plus a few other random things, while there. Y’all…having this membership will be dangerous for me!! I was walking around the store going “Oh this looks good” and “We will definitely need to try that”.

Fried Pickles From Harvest Moon

When I was walking out of the store, Alex called and asked if I wanted to meet him for dinner in New Brunswick since he was meeting a client there for drinks. We went back and forth on going out or just having burgers at home but decided an impromptu date night was the better option. We actually went back to Harvest Moon. Any longtime readers may recognize this restaurant since it’s where we had our first date. If you want a good laugh I highly recommend reading about our first date. It’s almost a miracle Alex and I are still dating after that disaster lol. Obviously we had to start with some fried pickles.

Hanger Steak From Harvest Moon

There was actually a 3 course meal that was the same price as the entree I was thinking about getting so I ended up getting that. It started with a ceasar salad that had toasted sunflower seeds on it. I wasn’t sure about that when I saw it on the menu but it ended up being really good. For dinner, I ordered the hanger steak which came with pepperjack whipped potatoes, broccoli, and some sort of spicy sauce on the bottom of the plate. So good!! The spices were perfect on everything. Alex and I both commented that Harvest Moon always nails presentation for the entrees. Alex ordered a pork chop and he ate the entire thing. I think just some sauce remained on his plate.

Creme Brulee From Harvest Moon

We were both a tad tired and kind of wanted to just bring dessert back home with us but they can’t make creme brulee to go. Not a big deal so we split the dish. Personally, I think creme brulee can be hit or miss depending on the crust on top but this was the perfect layer of it. After we all but licked the plate clean, we headed home. We played with Bailey a bit before heading to bed after a wonderful date.

Question of the day: If you have a Costco membership, what’s one thing we have to try?

Bonus question: Do you have a chocolate ice cream recipe that does not require an ice cream maker? We’re going to Alex’s coworkers house for dinner and his young daughter asked for chocolate ice cream as dessert. Help!

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

5 Miles + An Old Favorite

Hi friends! I hope you had a nice Monday and your week is off a good note. I’m checking in a little tired today but nothing some tea won’t fix. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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After a long weekend, I was tired Monday morning. Luckily (or maybe I should say unluckily), having a job forced me to get out of bed to start the day. A breakfast of eggs and a muffin was consumed before heading off to work.

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During my lunch break, I started my next book. The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is the story of Allison. She was one of seven orphaned or abandoned children that were taken in by the brain surgeon and philanthropist, Dr. Capello. Her life was almost perfect until she almost died one night and then taken in by her elderly great aunt. 13 years later, she receives a note from Dr. Capello’s oldest son explaining the doctor has just weeks to live. That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far and I’m hooked!

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When work ended, I headed home to change and quickly got my run going. It was a tough one but exactly what I needed in order to jump start the week. After a mile warm up, the next 3 miles were 2 minutes at 5k pace followed by 2 minutes at half marathon pace with a mile cool down. Once it was done, I grabbed my resistance bands to work on legs. It was tough and my legs were feeling all of it at the end. A long foam rolling session was necessary after some stretching.

Broccoli and Sausage Cavatelli

The next little bit was spent doing some housekeeping before it was time to make dinner. Alex and I went back to one of our old favorite dishes. We haven’t had the broccoli and sausage cavatelli (or whatever shape of noddle I have on hand) pasta in so long. It hit the spot!! This recipe is one that my Dad found on AllRecipes.com years ago. I’ve made it so often I don’t even need to look at the recipe any more.

We finished watching American Made before calling it a night and heading to bed.

Question of the day: What’s a dish you’ve made so many times you don’t even need to look at the recipe?

Dog, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 33

Happy Monday! It’s a tad dreary this morning but I have my fingers crossed the sun will peak through later in the day. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Saturday was filled with some shopping and ended with an amazing movie. Sunday had some relaxing in it and ended with dinner with a friend who is moving. Overall it was a good weekend.

In typical Monday fashion around here, I’m sharing my Sunday through pictures. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Sunday started off with some pancakes and bacon for breakfast.

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I baked another batch of oatmeal muffins (I tweak this recipe) while listening to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.

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While the muffins cooled, I finished The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. It would be a good pool read I think since it’s not intense and a cute story.

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For lunch, I made a quesadilla with leftover beans and chicken plus some carrots and hummus.

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My next book is called The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. It’s about identical twins who live on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard but don’t speak even though they live so close. I think it’ll be a good summer read!

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Bailey and I went on our longest walk to date. She wants everyone to know that tow trucks are a little scary but if you sit down to watch them back up while it beeps, then they aren’t as scary πŸ˜‰

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I made a batch of peanut butter chickpea blondies from Joy Food Sunshine. They smelled SO good while they baked.

We watched part of The King’ Speech.

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Then Alex and I headed to Somerville, New Jersey to meet my friend Greg who is moving at the end of the month. We grabbed dinner at an Irish pub (everything was oddly closed along Main St.) but my corned beef sandwich hit the spot!

Question of the day: What was a highlight from your weekend?