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‘Ello amigos!

I started today with finishing up some IIN work. It was nice to finish some work before 9 am!

Morning coffee was essential.

Alongside an egg sandwich with cherry butter. Sounds strange, but try it! It’s delicious.

Today is a good day because it’s GGX Launch party at my gym!!! My gym offers most of the Les Mills classes, which launches new tracks every 3 months. Brand new songs, brand new moves, brand new muscles being worked!

really wanted to get into the Body Pump class, but alas I was too late to sign up. It was full within 12 hours of the sign up sheet being posted!

Oh well, I will just have to wait until Monday to try it out.

Since I couldn’t get into that class, I figured it would be a good time to try a new-to-me class, Body Combat! I’m *slightly* nervous, but the instructors kept saying how the Launch party is a great time to try a new class since all of the moves are new to everyone.

I also signed up for Body Flow (not Body Vive…) and Sh’Bam. I’ve only been to Body Flow once, but I definitely loved it so I wanted to try again. I need some stretching in my life.

And of course, I always love Sh’Bam. I’m glad they are ending on a fun class.

Time to fuel up before an afternoon of workouts!

Question: Have you ever taken Body Combat, Body Flow or Sh’Bam? Or any gym classes? Did you like them?

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Yep. I’ve been by my lonesome for the past 3 days while Ryan travels for work. He comes home tonight or else I wouldn’t be telling you this (crazy creepers, beware!).

Life has been pretty boring this week, I won’t lie. I attended Body Pump on Monday and haven’t been back to the gym since. I tend to feel guilty about leaving Murphy when it’s just me at home so I’ve been taking him on extra long walks to get my exercise in as well as his.

He’s been really curious this week. Aka stopping & sniffing every 4 feet.

I’m not exaggerating.

Can you tell I’m obsessed with Instragram? Yeah…it’ll prolly wear off. Hopefully.

Mom!!! I’m thirsty!!!”

“I’m sweepy.”

Other than that, I’ve been watching Gossip Girl on Netflix, eating super random meals & getting ahead on schoolwork.

I don’t know how to live like a single lady anymore.

The title makes this recipe sound fancy…but don’t be scared! It’s easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve seen this “balsamic reduction” on several different blogs before, but always assumed it was too time consuming or too difficult.

Boy, was I wrong! And if you were curious, this was, in fact, the first time I’ve ever been wrong. Yep, it’s true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The balsamic glaze is seriously, the bomb diggity. It’s sweet, syrupy and tastes like it should be a lot worse for you than it actually is. And it gives such a flavor pop! Paired with goat cheese…these two were made for each other!

Chicken Sausage Pasta w/ Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 6 servings of pasta (I used a mix of egg noodle & penne)
  • 3 chicken sausages, sliced and cooked
  • Baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • Red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups raw spinach
  • 3 oz goat cheese

Cook pasta according to box. Saute mushrooms & onions in a medium sized skillet. I didn’t give an amount for the mushrooms & red onion because it can really be however much you want of either. Feel free to add in other veggies too!

Reduce balsamic vinegar in small sauce pan for about 6 minutes.

Place raw spinach in bottom of a colander. Pour cooked pasta over spinach to drain (neatest trick ever!).

Combine pasta, spinach, chicken sausage & vegetables together in pasta pot. Top with goat or feta cheese & balsamic reduction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(this actually wasn’t from this weekend, but felt the need to share 🙂 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy’s report card after his first day at doggie day camp. 5 tail wags!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloody Mary @ Horny Goat Hideaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free monkey bread while waiting @ Horny Goat Hideaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggs Benedict (forgot to ask for the hollandaise on the side… womp)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre bike ride, post eggs benny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing out the new Camelbak I got as an early birthday present!

 

Turkey taco boats, courtesy of Ryan T. 

Question: How was your weekend?

Shoes. OMG shoes.

Let’s get some shoes. Let’s party.

If you have no idea what I’m referring to, please watch here.

And stop living under a rock.

Annnnyways.

Shoes. I suppose I should get some for the wedding, eh? I go back and forth between loving looking for shoes and loathing it. I mean, no one will see them, right? And I’ll end up just taking them off halfway through the reception, right?

But I want to have blue shoes! So I want everyone to see them! So I will wear them all night! (Yeah right)

Here are a couple I’ve been looking at:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few ideas. I like the first one the best, but…they are $100. Soo…there’s that.

All of these I found via etsy. Does anyone else have any other ideas of where I can find cute, affordable blue (non suede 🙂 ) shoes? Help!

Quiche.

Doesn’t it just sound intimidating? I always thought you has to be some sort of master chef to be able to conquer the beast that is quiche (rhyme fully intended).

As a matter of a fact, you can be an amateur cook like myself and your quiche will turn out fine!

Wonderful, even!

This delectable meal take a bit of time to bake, but it is well worth the wait! Ryan & I kept saying “Oh my gosh, this meal is so good! I can’t believe how good this tastes!” over and over again.

And one thing that I love about quiche is that it is so versatile! Don’t have green pepper? Who cares! Have tons of cauliflower in your drawer that’s on it’s last leg? Use it up in the quiche!

So what are you waiting for?! Make this NOW!

Caramelized Onion, Broccoli & Green Pepper Quiche

Recipe adapted from Picky Palate

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, thinly sliced
  • Half a head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • Handful of spinach
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • Pepper, salt & dried parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat large skillet to medium heat with olive oil. Saute green pepper, broccoli & onion until tender (around 15 minutes).

Poke pie crust with fork and partially bake pie crust for 10 minutes.

Add milk, eggs, salt, pepper & dried parsley in large bowl, whisking until combined. Layer cooked onions, broccoli,green pepper & spinach on bottom of pie crust. Scatter cream cheese pieces over vegetable mixture. Pour egg mixture over pie crust. Top with shredded cheese & desired amount of parsley.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until eggs are set & golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

My oh my, have I got the recipe for your dinner tonight! It’s time to break out the grill (if you haven’t already!) because this recipe screams “GRILL ME!”

I had turkey burgers on the menu this for this week and planned on getting a pound of it at the grocery store. Well, lo & behold I found ground turkey at Costco! Organic ground turkey. Cheaper than the grocery store, organic, ground turkey. Obviously, I had to purchase it! Except for one thing.

It came in 4, one pound packages. Yes, I bought 4 pounds of turkey…because I wanted to make TWO turkey burgers.

Whatevs, it will freeze well! And now we won’t have to buy ground turkey for a very, very long time.

Getting back to that recipe…

Spinach Turkey Burgers 

recipe adapted from Eat Live Run

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (you can also use frozen, de-thawed spinach too)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, except for cheeses, with your hands. Split mixture in half and add goat cheese to one mixture and feta to the other mixture & form into 6 patties (3 of each cheese). Grill burgers for 20-25 minutes. Serve on whole wheat bun with sliced red onion, lettuce, hot sauce, ketchup & mustard.

Question: What is your favorite type of burger?