Books, Daily Happenings

Outdoor Reading + Odd Dinner Combo

Hi friends! How are you today? I’ll admit, I’m feeling very tired for some reason. Luckily, I’m armed with a mug of tea for a little boost and the knowledge that tomorrow is Friday. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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We got a pretty solid storm on Tuesday night so I was hopeful the humidity would drop. When I took Bailey out yesterday morning, I was sad to find it was still pretty humid. Bailey didn’t seem phased and trotted around a bit before we headed back inside to finish getting ready for the day. Alex made breakfast and fried up some eggs for me.

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After getting back to the office from lunch, I found a coworker with a plate of empanadas that his wife made. You guys…it was so dang good!! His wife is Puerto Rican so the spices were on point. Honestly it was a good thing I had already eaten at home while I hung out with Bailey. If that was my actual lunch, I probably would’ve eaten a dozen of them.

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Alex was in Philly all day so after work, it was just Bailey and I. Once she ate, we leashed up and headed out for a walk. We were out for about 30 minutes or so and it reminded me that we need to switch up where we walk Bailey. She was all over the place with her sniffing haha. When we got back, we grabbed water, a toy, and book to head outside to read. The humidity had seemed to drop and it was 2198653 degrees so sitting outside was enjoyable. I read more of Little Fires Everywhere.

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Eventually I started to get hungry so I headed inside to make dinner. I wasn’t really feeling an intense dinner so I opted for easy to make things. First up was a little tortilla pizza with some olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and crushed red pepper. While that was in the oven to melt the cheese, I started on a smoothie bowl. Into the blender went a frozen banana, riced cauliflower, frozen blueberries, acai puree, peanut butter, chia seeds and milk. When I sat down to eat it I realized how odd of a combination it was with a sweet smoothie and savory/spicy pizza. Oh well! It worked and I enjoyed it.

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The rest of the night was pretty relaxing. I read some more, Bailey and I played fetch and watched the Great British Baking Show. For whatever reason, I felt like baking but a look at the clock to see it was 8:45 made me change my plan a bit for a no bake peanut butter cookie. The recipe came from Gemma at Bigger Bolder Baking and it was a winner! On half of them, I put some dark chocolate chips that I had in the cabinet and I would say to skip those. The plain peanut butter was better in my opinion.

After eating my cookies, I cleaned up and then got in bed to watch some Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I must have fallen asleep because I woke up to Alex in our room. We caught up a bit on our days and then I fell back asleep for good.

Question of the day: Do you ever have some odd dinner cobinations when you feel a little lazy?

 

Daily Happenings, Dog, Running

A Hot, Humid, And Hilly Run

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a great Monday. I’m just going to jump right in this morning. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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My Dad jokingly made fun of the fact that I have scrambled eggs all the time when I called him for Father’s Day. So naturally I had fried eggs for breakfast actually. Then instead of my usual muffin, I had toast. That was solely due to the fact that I was too lazy to take them out of the freezer and stick them in the fridge on Sunday night.

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Alex ended up working from home last minute yesterday so lunch was the two of us and Bailey. I think our little pup was a little confused since we are rarely both home for lunch during the week. It was the perfect midday treat to start off the week.

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During lunch, I decided to pack a gym bag with my running clothes. I had to do some hills and decided to try one that I remember from the 5k I did back in September. The town we live in is pretty flat and I didn’t feel like dealing with rush hour traffic to get to a hillier town nearby. Luckily the hill was as I remembered it and worked perfectly. Y’all…it was so dang hot out!! I had 2 easy miles for a warm up and I was so sweaty just from that. Hills are hard enough but man it was hot and humid out. I ended the day with 6 total miles.

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After laying in the grass for a few minutes outside Alex’s parents house, I hopped in the car and ran to Costco quickly before heading home. When I got home, I grabbed a much needed shower before starting dinner. We had turkey tacos which hit the spot after that workout. We watched some Billions after eating.

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Later on, my sweet tooth starting calling for the ice cream that was in the freezer. When we went to Alex’s coworkers house on Saturday, his oldest daughter asked for chocolate ice cream for dessert. I used this recipe and only added 2-3 tablespoons on cocoa powder. The tub was almost done so after I measured the first tablespoon I just dumped the rest in haha. Making this ice cream was incredibly easy and it tastes amazing. In the bowl, I put some strawberries and a few sprinkles because I can πŸ˜‰ We watched an episode of The Office and headed to bed.

Question of the day: Is it hot and humid near you?

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!