Friday Favorites Round Two

Happy Friday! 

This morning I went to the gym and covered 3.20 miles on the treadmill before taking a full body strength training class.

I used this workout from Courtney as a base but didn’t have time to do the full 44 minutes. Instead I cut a bit out and it turned out like this.

Minutes

Speed

0-1

4.0

1-2

8.0

2-3

5.5

3-5

7.5

5-6

5.5

6-9

7.0

9-10

5.5

10-13

6.8

13-14

5.5

14-18

6.2

18-19

4.5

19-22

6.5

22-23

5.5

23-26

7.0

26-27

5.5

27-29

8.0

29-31:30

4.5

That was all I had time for but I felt really good today!

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Now I present another round of my:

FRIDAY FAVORITES!

 

Fitness

This one is a Bikram Yoga pose. I feel strong when I do this!

Standing Bow Pose.

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Too bad I don’t look ANYTHING like this. This is more like me:

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That’s more like it. I love anything dealing with balance. I seem to balance pretty well while doing it and it’s a good stretch.

 

Food

I saw this on Holly’s blog the other day and had to try it. I recently got a bag of candy corn because I couldn’t remember if I liked it or not. That is how long it’s been since I even tried it or thought of it for that matter.

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Super sweet on it’s own but I like it. Not my favorite candy in the world. But…. when you pair it with these…

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It is legit crack! Such a winning combo. You all need to try it NOW. I do about four or five salted peanuts to one candy corn.

 

Fashion

 

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Love this purse! I think it would be adorable for fall.

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I’d consider this umbrella fashionable. Haha I thought it was funny!

 

Music

Your love is a song- Switchfoot

Nothing- The Script

These are both slow but they’ve been in my head like everyday!

 

Funny

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Quote

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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What are YOU loving this week?

Any exciting weekend plans?

Yoga, Eats, and Fashion

Hey everyone!

I feel like I haven’t posted in years but it has only been since yesterday morning. I’ll use today’s post to catch up on what I haven’t shared with you all the past couple of days.

Tuesday night I did something new to me. Bikram Yoga. For those of you who have no idea what it is, basically it is yoga that goes through 26 “bikram poses” in a HOT room. I mean hot people, as in over 100 degrees hot. You can read more about it here.

I’ve been dying to try it and have heard of all the benefits and how great it is. I have seen it on Clare’s blog many times and it has sparked my interest.

Turns out there is a studio near my house so I went and they had a great beginners special. I paid for my first class and then ended up deciding that it was worth it to buy the special. Two weeks unlimited yoga for only $50. Not to shabby!

I am going to take bikram about 3 times a week for the next two weeks. I know they say you need to take it a lot more in order to get the “full benefits” but for now that is fine with me. In between days, I am going to do my usual weights + a bit of cardio session. I love my longer runs on Tues and Thurs normally, but I want a change and a challenge! So I will get back to that in two weeks!!

I don’t want to go too into detail because I want to write a recap post about my final thoughts on the class. In that post I will go into detail about how I felt, if I love it or hate it, etc.

I’ll give you guys a hint though: I survived and have gone more than once so far 🙂

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This is post first bikram session. I honestly felt a little drunk and probably look it in this picture. That’s all for now I just wanted to give you all a sneak peak;)

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Here are a few of my eats from the past couple of days. Honestly, very repetitive but some of you may want to see so here ya go.

012 Oats concoction #1: Peaches, prunes, cottage cheese, banana, PB. Simple enough.

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Oats concoction #2: Chia seeds, pumpkin, banana, PB. Lighting from my desk lamp is no bueno. That’s what happens when you have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn.

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Tomatoes and goat cheese = win. I could’ve had like 7x that broccoli but I had to share :/

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What a pretty color 🙂 Mango, raspberries, pineapple, protein.

That’s it! On another note, someone mentioned if I ever though about posting fashion and what I am wearing.

I won’t go as far into making a whole page right now but it definitely is something I have thought about. I figured for now I can show you all stuff I am wearing if I am not in my usual gym attire 😉 Hey, sometimes you just need to scrub and be comfy. But trust me, I’m all about getting dressed up and looking halfway decent cute.

So… here is an outfit from this week! Nothing special.

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Top is a bit see through from Forever 21, I wore a bando underneath, jeans, shoes from payless I think! They have some cute stuff in there sometimes:) Watch from NY & Company, rings, and bag from Nordstrom.

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My hair is all nat-ur-al. Way too lazy to straighten it. This picture is SO much better than the first one. Ha! Crazy what make-up can do for us girls Winking smile

 

Have you ever tried Bikram? Love it or hate it?

If you had to pick ONE, would you dress for comfort or style?

This is really random but:

Does anyone watch America’s Next Top Model?

 

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY

Does anyone else still think to themselves “Wed-NES-day” while typing out that word? Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Another round of WIAW! Love these days! I discover so many new blogs 🙂 Thanks again Jen!!!

Lets get started.

Breakfast (6:15am)

I bet you guys can’t see this one coming….

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Yup, overnight oats once again. I don’t know how my hair tie got into the picture? I didn’t have that for breakfast.

  • 1/3 C. Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 C. Almond Milk
  • 1 small blueberry Activia (Dannon)
  • About 1 tbs. of Chia Seeds (I didn’t really measure)
  • 1/2 banana
  • About 2 tbs. Frozen Raspberries
  • Blob of Barney Butter<3

Into the fridge and woke up with a delicious meal waiting for me. Plus some coffee, obviously.

Snack (11:15am)

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Honey crisp, baby. One of the best apples I’ve had in my entire life right here.

Lunch (12:30pm)

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Romaine + Spinach salad, tomatoes, veggie burger, peanuts, cottage cheese.

Snack (4:45pm)

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I never snack this late but I had a workout planned for 6:30 pm and knew I wouldn’t be home till after 8! So instead of risking getting hungry during the workout, I had this snack. I was also a bit hungry.

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Empty and clean Jar (no nut butter) I just wanted to use a smaller container instead of dirtying a bowl.

  • 1/4 C. Ezekiel Cereal
  • 1/4 C. Quaker Oat Squares
  • About 1/4 of a peach
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch of coconut
  • Chocolate Unsweetened Almond Milk

Just enough to hold me over but not too heavy!

Dinner (9pm)

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This looks ridiculous, but I can explain. No clean dishes. Way too late to care. Results in a measuring cup for a bowl and a Tupperware top for a plate.

Soup and turkey sandwich on Ezekiel bread. Easy for a late bite.

I had another apple afterwards, but this time a gala. Definitely wasn’t as good as the honey crisp but still good!

Do you snack if you know you will be home late?

What is your favorite apple?

Counting Your Blessings

So let me start off by stating that I am a bit of a “horoscope junkie” you can call it. I literally read mine every morning and think it applies to be pretty darn accurately.

My mom has told me many times that it is not necessarily “Christian-like” but it is pretty weird how they can sometimes be SO true. While I don’t want to read something that isn’t generally in my faith, I do just like to read it and see what it says and they usually get me thinking.

The other day this was my horoscope:

In hot, clammy weather, we long for cooler temperatures. When it’s raining, we wish for dryer conditions. When it’s gloomy, we hope for the sun. But when it’s cool, dry, and bright we probably don’t revel in how lucky we are do we? Do you, Leo? Sometimes the darkness is necessary to remind us how beautiful the light can be. You have been through a rough spell recently. In fact, you may still be enduring some remnants of a darker period in your life. But you need to make the most of it. Be as productive as possible. And most of all, use the memory of your experience to fully appreciate the beautiful time that is about to come.

This particular horoscope truly stuck with me. It got me thinking in depth about what exactly it means. I find this entire paragraph to be completely true.

This is saying that sometimes we get so caught up in bad moments or bad times, that we don’t sit back and realize how blessed we truly are.

I can relate to this so well. First of all, I have pretty bad luck. I always say it is the “Lesser Luck” (my last name), because my dad and brother seem to have bad luck too. I often find myself saying “FML”, “Why me?”, “Just my luck”. I get so caught up in the unfortunate events that I forget to be grateful for all that I have.

When I was away at college for my first year, I had many bad experiences. I won’t go into detail right now because I’m not ready to share it on the blog, but I was constantly feeling sorry for myself. I didn’t understand why these series of unfortunate events were haunting me. Another time was when I had so many car repairs I thought my head was going to explode.

While these things were happening, I always wondered why? I’m a good person, why can’t things like this happen to other no-so-good people?

In reality, I shouldn’t have been thinking about other people. For one, I should have been thankful that I was away at college. I should have been thankful that I could afford to get an education. I should have been thankful that I was able to live on my own and go to school. When my car broke, I should have been thankful that I had the money to fix the car. I really should have been thankful that I even had a nice car to begin with.

It is so easy to get caught up in things we want, things we don’t have, and the “bad luck” that comes our way. I still find myself doing this, but when I do I just need to think, it could be SO MUCH WORSE. We are always wanting more than what we have, and never truly being satisfied with all of our blessings.

I believe that things happen for a reason. Many of you may agree or disagree, but I do think events in our lives are there to teach us a lesson. With everything that has happened in the past, I have to remember it is in the past. There is no reason to constantly dwell on events that we have no control over and cannot change.

With that being said, I need to take my own advice and work on this myself. I try my BEST to look on the bright side of things, always. I will take past events and use them as guidelines to make decisions for myself and my future. I truly believe that they have guided me in the right direction and molded me into the person I have become today. And I am proud of that Smile Count your blessings, and be grateful for all the positive aspects of your life.

 

I really wanted to share this topic with you all because it has been lingering over my head for quite a while now. I would LOVE to hear your point of view and perspectives. Sorry no pictures today, I had a lot to say. For some reason I was nervous to publish this, but I am not one to hold anything back 🙂 I hope you all are having an amazing day<3

 

Do you dwell on your past?

Do you remember to be thankful for all you have?

New Creations and a New Workout

For some reason I feel like I have so much information to relay to you all right now. I’m probably over exaggerating as usual ;D

Okay, so before I get to what I really want to talk about, I have a new smoothie recipe for you all. I understand I just had a blog post about fall and what I love about it and then I turn around and make a summer salad. Now I am turning around and making smoothie bowls. I’m obviously as indecisive as it gets but since I live in Florida and it is still warm, I have an excuse:)

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Into the mix went:

  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Mango
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

It’s as easy as that. It was awesome. Topped with some granola and Quaker oatmeal squares.

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Workout

My workout today was intervals on the treadmill and a lower body workout. I can’t tell you how long it has been since I last focused ONLY on my legs at the gym. I usually do a full UPPER body workout or I do a FULL BODY workout. My legs were craving some attention!

Quick Treadmill Interval Workout

Minutes

Speed

1-3 4.0
3-8:30 20 sec @ 9.0, 40 sec @ 4.5
8:30-10 4.5
10-20 20 sec @ 10.0, 60 sec @ 4.5

I then walked for about 4 more minutes at 4.5 speed and a 12.0 incline. I finished 2.30 miles in total.

Lower Body Workout

Adapted from Fitnessista.

  • Lunges (15 on each side)
  • Jump Squats
  • Calf Raises (15)
  • Hip Thrusters (15)
  • Jumping Lunges (30 seconds)
  • Sumo Deadlift (15)
  • One legged Deadlift (15 each leg)

I repeated this twice and upped my weight by 5 lbs. each time.

Already feelin’ it! I foam rolled once I got home:)

 

Dinner

The other day at the store, I picked up a whole wheat pizza dough from the Publix Bakery and today was the last day we could use it before it went bad.

Homemade pizza was on the agenda for tonight!

I LOVED pizza when I was younger but as I grew older I pretty much stopped eating it because I thought it was too fattening. Ridiculous, I know. However, I love making pizza at home because you can put whatever you want on it and it comes out extra delicious to me!

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Add sauce

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Add cheese

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Fresh Tomatoes

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Leftover chicken sausage

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Spinach & Spices

Put into a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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Now, if only I didn’t forget to spray the pan with cooking spray, it would’ve turned out perfect. I am still a natural blonde so yes I really did forget. It was still good even though some of the crust got stuck 🙂

 

Time for gossip girl and dancing with the stars!

 

Favorite show right now?

Do you make pizza at home?

Do you split up your strength workouts or do total body?

Baked Apples

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Last night was a simple dinner kind a night. I found a new brand of chicken sausages at Publix and picked them up because they were on sale. Hey, I love a sale! Cooked them up, microwaved the sweet potato, and microwaved these steam in bag green beans (which are honestly so good).

If that isn’t a lazy dinner, I don’t know what is. Sometimes you just need a lazy dinner:) It was still just as good as any other! The microwave can work wonders.

After dinner I came up with a  brilliant idea.

Baked Apples.

Oh yes. I got out some honey crisp and cored them with a knife. It was really hard but I made it through.

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I put them in a baking dish with some water on the bottom. I put some lemon juice, butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger into the apples. Put them in the oven at 400 degrees and baked for about 35 minutes.

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I think I win the contest for making food look horrendous and taking the ugliest picture. Don’t be fooled though.

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It was super yummy! The apples were soft, warm, and kind of tasted like a hot homemade applesauce. Except not as liquid-y. I wanted to use Gala apples honestly but took the wrong ones out of the drawer.

This is fall. I’m pretty sure you should make baked apples sometime this season. they are SO easy to make!

I am not off to school to feed my little brain with knowledge.

If you missed anything from this weekend check it out! Have a wonderful Monday 8)

Relaxing Sunday

Decorating and Good Eats

Beginning of Fall

Pecan-Crusted Orange Roughy

Friday Favorites

 

Have you ever made baked apples?

 

What is your favorite seasonal thing to make?

Relaxing Sunday

This morning I slept till 8:45. Hallelujah. Compared to my weekday 5 am wake-up calls, that is glorious. Today is my REST day. That means no working out and letting my body recover from all the workouts I put it through during the week:) I lounged around, sipped on some coffee, then got to work on breakfast.

I’ve been craving something with blueberries I am not really sure why. I contemplated on making pancakes, French toast, or something to that nature but I remembered seeing this recipe on Courtney’s blog a while back.

I printed it out and had all the ingredients! Except the buttermilk but used the lemon juice and milk trick. I also only had plain Greek yogurt instead of Vanilla flavored but it worked like a charm. I highly recommend heading over to her blog and making these muffins right now because they were AWESOME. Thanks Courtney! They definitely didn’t taste “healthy” but they absolutely were. Win!

For all of you who like a visual, I took pictures of the process:

Dry Ingredients

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Gently Stir in Blueberries

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Add In Wet Ingredients

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Mix ONLY until combined

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Place in Muffin Tray

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Bake (Mine took about 15:30 minutes)

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Eat

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Seriously these muffins were amazing!

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I HAD to top with some almond butter because I just got this new Barney butter at the store. One of the best nut butters ever.

Obviously peaches on the side 8)

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After breakfast, it was time to take Bentley to the dog park!!

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Yay! He was excited to go “bye bye car”.

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I’m such a good photographer. Jealous of my skills? I could’ve sworn I was looking at the camera…

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His tongue grows like 20 feet long when he is hot and thirsty! I love it.

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The dog park we go to is part of a HUGE park. It is so pretty there! It has a 5 mile loop for running, different fields for sports like baseball, golf, etc. Everyone goes there to bike, run, rollerblade, etc. I can’t wait for it to cool off so I can run here!

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This cracks me up. He was obviously a huge hit at the doggie park 😉 I don’t think he likes getting his butt sniffed so he sat. Can you blame him? He’s a pre-Madonna. Wonder where he gets that from?

It was poppin’ today! There were so many cute doggies running around and having a great time. I am in love with dogs and I want more. I think I cried to my mom telling her we need to go puppy shopping.

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I need to get him an agent. I don’t understand how something can be this beautiful. I’m crazy, I know.

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He hates me.

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That tongue.

It was TOO HOT outside. Cool front my a**. I guess it was cooler by like one degree. Instead of 98 it was probably 97. I’m too impatient and want cool weather now ;D Bentley had a blast but was super hot and tired so we decided to go home a while later.

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Now he loves me<3

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He took the BIGGEST nap when we got home. Snoring and all. I’d call that a success!

While he was asleep, we did the only logical thing to do in Florida.

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Went shopping. Now I’m about to drown myself in homework:) I hope you all have an amazing rest of your weekend!

 

 

If you have a dog, do you take him or her to the dog park?

Favorite thing to bake?

What do your weekend breakfasts look like?

Best part of your weekend?

Decorating and Good Eats

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I may be ridiculous but since I was talking about the beginning of fall earlier I might as well show you all what happened today.

I understand it is only the FIRST of the month but it’s fine with me:) The earlier the better! Even though I’m moving soon I brought out a couple decorations.

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Call me nerdy but this gets me excited;) No shame hurr!

This morning I took a YOGA class after doing a super hilly run on the treadmill. Seriously I fall more in love with yoga each time I do it. It gives me a great idea that I will hopefully go through with. I’ll tune you all in if it happens:)

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Contrary to my love of fall this morning and all day, all I wanted after the gym was a salad with fruit.

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This screams SUMMER and has it written all over it. Honestly, it was the best salad I have ever had in my life. Take that Panera.

Peaches, blueberries, turkey, goat cheese, pomegranate dressing. Romaine + Spinach.

Oh my Gosh. Too bad I didn’t create this baby when summer started. I am also obsessed with peaches and will eat them until there are none left in the grocery store. I think I bought at least 30 the last time I went to the store. (Not really but I wish).

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My day was spent packing and cleaning. So fun I know. Our lease is up at the end of October so we are moving about 15 minutes north of where we live now. Not too bad but packing is the worst part!

I did everything I could to avoid it today. Unfortunately it will come back to haunt me throughout the month of October.

I got a break for Church around 6 pm and by the time we got out we were hungry. We knew by the time we actually made our way home and cooked, it would be late and it just wasn’t appealing.

We stopped at an Italian Restaurant and sat outside. It was actually COOL I was shocked! It was gorgeous out, I loved dining outside in the cooler weather. They gave us complimentary garlic rolls which I haven’t had in ages! Bad blogger forgot to snap a picture. Luckily, I got one of my entrée.

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Flounder Almandine. I literally just had fish like last night but I love it and this sounded really good so I got it:)

Flounder in a lemon, white wine sauce with slivered almonds, green beans, baby carrots, mashed potato blob.

I’m not sure what made this dish so good but it was absolutely delicious. I think it was the sauce. It was also a perfect portion size. I like when I’m served better food for a smaller portion. It makes it so much better.

Now I’m chillin on the couch and relaxing. I’m planning on going to the park tomorrow to take Bentley to the dog park and to walk around the lake!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends<3

 

Do you care if you eat similar things two days in a row?

What is the weather like where you live?

What is one seasonal food that you could eat all year round?

Beginning of Fall

Today is the first day of my favorite time of the year. I love the months of October, November, and December. It really is the happiest time of the year to me. There’s just so many things to be excited about and to look forward to! Here are what really gets me excited:

1. Decorating

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I LOVE decorating for the holidays. It is just so fun and it makes the house more joyful!

2. Holidays

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Halloween. I love how cute it is, the costumes, the candy, the “spooky” movies. It’s just a cute holiday.

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Obviously I’m sure everyone loves the food part of this holiday but my favorite is really the family time. I feel like we don’t realize how much we are truly blessed and this holiday is really a reminder of all that we have. It’s the perfect time to spend with family and I love that.

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Christmas. This holiday just really puts me in the “jolliest” mood. I don’t know what it is about it but it is such a happy time! Decorating is definitely the best. This is another great holiday to spend with family and show you how blessed you are. It is not all about the presents. I could get NO presents and be fine.

3. The Weather

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Here in Florida we do not get any leaves or snow unfortunately but it is MUCH cooler than usual. I love it because it’s great to run outside, keep the windows and doors open, and definitely good hair weather 😉

4. Fashion

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I love dark nail polish! Another great thing is scarves<3, pants, boots!, jackets, and so much more.

5. Food

Duh. Everything warm! Hot oatmeal, soups, hot coffee, hot chocolate, BAKED GOODS, PUMPKIN, apples! I love baking and cannot wait to bake my little toosh off this season:)

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Happy October 1st! 😀

 

What is YOUR favorite thing about the fall season?

Pecan-Crusted Orange Roughy

I finally went grocery shopping today. I feel like I JUST went and spent a million dollars but unfortunately there wasn’t much food in the house since last week.

How does that seem to happen? One second I swear I’m never food shopping again and that this shopping will last weeks, and before I know it I am scrounging around lucky to find a crumb in the house. Tell me this happens to everyone else?!

We’ve been out of veggies for a few days and I went through withdrawals. I am one of those weirdo’s that LOVES veggies and could eat a tub and be happy.

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This is where the salad “beast” that you all refer to comes in. Romaine, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, banana peppers, veggie burger, cottage cheese, peanuts.

I tackled a bunch of my to-dos and finished making more pita chips before the pita got bad.

Anyways, onto dinner!

I wanted to share a recipe because it was super yummy. I bought Orange Roughy last week and this was the recipe on the back of the bag. This is DIRECTLY from Publix so I take no credit. Definitely worth sharing!

Ingredients

    1/4 c flour
    1/4 c. milk
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    Egg
    1/2 c chopped pecans
    1/2 c bread crumbs
    12 oz. Orange Roughy, thawed
    1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
    2 Tbsp. canola oil or cooking spray
    Directions

1) Place flour in shallow bowl. Combine milk and egg in second bowl. Chop pecans finely; combine with bread crumbs in third bowl.

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2) Preheat large sauté pan on medium. Sprinkle fish with seasoned salt. Dredge in flour, dip in egg mixture, then dredge in pecan crumbs.

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3) Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Cook fish 2-3 minutes on each side until golden.

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Source of Recipe: Publix Aprons Simple Meals

I made Brussel Sprouts and a baked potato on the side.

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So good! It gave the fish a nice little crunch and spruced it up a bit. It was nice to have a change because fish can sometimes get a little bland. I made this all myself too 🙂

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my night. Have a wonderful Friday loves!

 

How often do you go grocery shopping? (I feel like I’ve asked this before but oh well)

Do you like fish? If so what is your favorite?

Is anyone else a veggie weirdo like me? 🙂