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Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi friends, hope you are all having a great week! I wanted to share a couple things I’ve been digging lately, and that are are helping to calm my crazy mind with the wedding less than 3 weeks away (18 days to be exact Winking smile ).

1. Reading – Books I’ve read lately are:

[Another Piece of my Heart by Jane Green] This was a good easy read, and I really enjoyed the plot!

[Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein] I’m just starting this book, but overall, I really love her message (via twitter & her blog), so I think I’m going to love this book… and everyone can use a little more self-love!

[Divergent by Veronica Roth] I’ve been reading this book for quite a while and keep coming back. Overall, I like the plot, it’s interesting, and I’m curious about how the story will wrap up.

2 Cooking – I’ve been back in the kitchen since we’ve settled into our new condo!



[Italian Sausage + Peppers + Onions] This is one of my man’s favorite dinners, so Friday night I cooked these up! Delicious and easy Smile


[homemade pancakes + bacon + coffee] breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the day… then add in a beautiful day which we enjoyed by eating on our patio, perfection! I also made homemade pancakes which were (if I have to say so myself) out of this world, and pretty easy to make! Oh, and bacon, which makes the world go round…


[messy kitchen] I show my love by cooking, and I tend to make a mess while showing my love! Oh well, as long as the grub takes good, it’s worth the clean-up, which I usually get help from the fiancé doing anyway (he’s good like that)!

Well beyond reading and cooking, I’ve been prepping for OUR WEDDING! Can’t believe it’s so close, and seriously can’t wait to marry my guy. Only 2.5 weeks left as a ‘single lady’, craziness to think about!

Hope you are well & feeling loved!! xoxo

[foodlife]: 4.8.2013 groceries & meals

happy monday! another week is upon us, and another week of groceries and meals.

here’s the grocery haul for the week:


[produce] 1. romaine lettuce  2. mixed arugula lettuce  3. fuji apples  4. roma tomatoes  5. 2 avocados  6. baby carrots  7. cucumber  8. cilantro  9. frozen strawberries  10. bananas


[dairy] 1. mozzarella cheese  2. four cheese mexican blend  3. 2 dozen eggs  4. crumbled goat cheese  5. skim ricotta cheese


[carbs] 1. peanut butter granola bars  2. quinoa  3. ezekial bread  4. whole wheat flour tortillas


[canned goods, etc.] 1. coffee  2. salsa  3. olives  4. pizza sauce  5. bacon bits  6. strawberry jam


[meat] 1. 7lbs of pork loin!

[meals for the week]

breakfast: [her] eggs & ekezial toast with butter and jam [him] smoothies & eggs

lunches: [her] mixed arugula lettuce, quinoa, goat cheese, craisins, pecans, and lite raspberry dressing  [him] romaine lettuce, bacon bits,  carrots, cucumber, olives, chicken, and dressing

snacks: [her] banana & justin’s chocolate almond butter [him] granola bars & apples

dinner:  [us] monday, crockpot pork carnitas; tuesday, leftovers; wednesday, stuffed shells; thursday, leftovers; friday, naan pizza

yum! lots of good food this week, per usual. life is too short to eat bad food 🙂

Bragging [Running News]

Hola! How’s your day/night going? Mine is going really well! I had a great day at work, it was both busy and productive, and a great run and meal after work.

Do you ever feel like some days you just getting the running bug? That was me today. I kept seeing the sun shining from my desk, and I knew I had to get out there! By the time I was ready to run, it was 6:05pm and the sun had set, so it was quite cold!


Despite the cold cold cold wind, I still had a great run! And the best part, my knee held up for over 3 miles! This hasn’t happened in over a year… I am on cloud nine 🙂

I then made dinner from leftover turkey meatballs… it was called a makeshift meatball sub ( I mean very  makeshift).

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Toasted piece of bread, mozzarella cheese, slice of tomato, sliced turkey meatballs, mozzarella cheese on top (x2)! It was really good!

Hope you’re having a great night as well!

The [Long] Weekend Update

Hello to you! How was your weekend + Presidents Day? We had a great last few days, with a lot of productivity and relaxation! Let’s get into some Marvelous in my Monday hosted by Katie!


We had a very low key Valentines Day, but did give each other cards, and I got roses and homemade chocolate covered strawberries!

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I had really ambitious plans to get to the gym that night, but the weather was amazing and coworkers wanted to go to happy hour at 4pm… I couldn’t resist! 🙂 Had two glasses of wine, then headed home to grab dinner. At about 9pm, met my love out in Clarendon (he had been at a work happy hour as well). We stayed out until around midnight, but went home to hit the hay!


After being up kind of late, we slept in and lounged around until it was time to head to my parents house to help out. They are in the process of getting their house ready to sell, so we were chipping in to get things done! Tulips I got my mom for V-Day, they were quite beautiful!

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I got to spend time with the nephew which was priceless 🙂


Later that day, hubs-to-be and I headed to Melting Pot for our Valentines Day celebration!

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We did the four course valentines day special, and it was awesome!!

[the cheese course] We did the fiesta cheese which comes with veggies, bread, apples, and tortilla chips.


[the salad course] I got the California which was mixed greens, candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.


[the meat course] We got the cupid’s special which came with lobster tail (!!!!), filet mignon, angus steak, teriyaki steak, shrimp, and chicken… and unlimited vegetables!


[the lobster tail… pretty presentation!]


[the dessert course] I would be lying if I said this wasn’t my favorite course… we got a ‘turtle’ chocolate dip which had chocolate (obvi), caramel, and nuts. Then to dip in it, we had strawberries, banana, rice krispies, pound cake, and cheese cake… it was heavenly! 


Overall, dinner was amazing!! We were tucked back in a two-person booth and it was quite romantic 😉

[sunday + monday] sunday we spent working out, running errands and hanging with family! Monday I had coffee with my best friend, lunch with my love, and did a LOT of cleaning and rearranging! I’m loving our new set up in the apartment!

Time for bed, since it’s back to work tomorrow! Hope you had a great last few days! 🙂

QA: How was your (long) weekend? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday]: 2.13.2013

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Is it just me or is this week going soooo slow? But on the other hand, 3 day weekend coming up! 🙂

I’m excited to share what I’ve been eating, you’ll notice that some things have changed while others are still the same!

Peas and Crayons

Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

[breakfast] coffee with cream/sugar, grapefruit, 2 eggs over the baby spinach blend, and three pieces of turkey bacon

[pre-lunch snack] 2 clementines

[lunch] went to a restaurant called Honey Pig, essentially Korean BBQ. We shared beef brisket and pork belly, along with rice, salad, and some other sides.


[after-lunch dessert] some dark chocolate (this brand is really good!)

[afternoon snack] 1.5 PB Amazeballs via Gina @ The Fitnessista and some potato chips (unpictured)

[dinner] leftover salad scooped up from work, which had mixed greens, cranberries, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. Also had a little bit of pasta with meat sauce and zucchini


[dessert] powerballs from Trader Joe’s <— these little babies are dangerous!


A good day of eats, and it was fun to try a new restaurant/style of food! Oh, and this is from yesterday 🙂

QA: What was your favorite thing you’ve had to eat this week? Is there anything you eat day in and day out?

Friday & Pizza

Hey friends & happy weekend to you 🙂 How’s your week been? Mine went well, pretty busy at work so the week flew by! Once leaving work, the hubs-to-be and I headed to the gym… Friday night gym sess. —> nothing cooler, right? I did some of the GPP workout today, but tweaked it slightly, then jumped on the treadmill for a mile. Then we made naan pizza!


For one piece of naan, it was 7 WW points. The naan was from TJ’s and is a perfect personal size (4 pieces come in a pack). On my two pieces was tomato marinara, cherry tomatoes, orange peppers, roasted brussels sprouts, and goat cheese. Muy bueno! I ended up eating both my pieces… it’s hard to resist any type of pizza.

In other news, at work daily I’ve been keeping a little white board with the date and when I get into work, I find a inspirational quote for the day. It’s a really nice activity to do first thing in the morning, and helps get the day going on a positive note. Here’s the quote for today, which I saw Tina from Carrots ‘n Cake post on her instagram feed. I loved it, so made it my quote for the day:


So, I’m spending the rest of the night watching pitch perfect with the boo and chilling out.


Hope you all have a great weekend!

QA: Do you have any Friday night traditions you or any morning traditions?

WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday]: 12.12.2012

Friends! How are you? I’m doing okay, actually already snuggled up in bed (jeez I am an old woman.. it’s 8:05pm…) and it has been a long day. Work is getting busy and I’m just feeling blah, I think it’s the holidays, ya know, the time of year that is supposed to be so jolly. It’s stressing me out! I did get some holiday cards done for us… yay one thing done 🙂

Alright, let’s get rolling with WIAW, and thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting this!

What I Ate Wednesday Healthy Holiday Recipes

This is from todays eats, mostly good, and let me say that I am loving holiday foods! Specially the cookies I made last night, but don’t you worry, I did share them with work!

[breakfast] trader joe’s apple chicken sausage with two eggs mixed in and some cheddar cheese, and a clementine


[lunch] hot food bar from work! I had lots of little things, including a big pile of salad, with some fixings. Then I add a bunch of protein, usually chicken, some beef, and some pork (I do little scoops of each). Lastly, I add veggies of some sort… usually works out great, as it did today! Ohhh, plus a no bake cookie!



[snack] apple and 2 clementines


[dinner] noodleless lasagna, featured on the blog last night, and two more no bake cookies. Those babies are dangerous.



So lots of veggies, fruits and whole foods… and cookies 🙂 Enjoy the holidays!

Weekend Update & Delicious Recipe

Hey friends! How is your week going? Mine is going well!

This past weekend was a bit crazy, and somewhat started unofficially on Thursday with my work holiday party, which lasted until about 1am! We have such a great group of people that events always go a bit late. The lighting on this pic was cray cray, but you get the idea (Dress from Loft).


That Friday I worked and then ran around like a crazy person trying to get ready for a white elephant party we had that night! I had to wrap gifts, go to the grocery store, make buffalo chicken dip, and shower/get ready. Well with the fiancé’s help, we did get it all done, but got the party about an hour late, which ended up being fine. It was a great party, with lots of delicious food and great company! After the house party, we headed to a bar for the rest of the night, which was a great time!


The rest of the weekend was spent seeing movies (Argo was great!), eat pho, and doing errands, etc!

Okay, onto a delicious dish I made on Sunday for dinner this week.

Noodleless Zucchini Lasagna

I started off with this recipe:, but had some modifications. But… this is delicious, and I don’t miss the noodles one bit!


Here is how I made the recipe:


1 jar of spaghetti sauce

1 lb of ground turkey meat

1 lb of cottage cheese

1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese

1 cup of parmesan cheese

1/2 of red onion chopped

1 package of cremini mushrooms sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

5 medium sized zucchini

1 lb of frozen artichokes chopped

olive oil


lawry’s seasoning


[step 1] preheat oven to 375

[step 2] slice long strips of zucchini and place on pam sprayed cookie sheet, sprinkle with lawrys, and bake for 15 minutes, or until zucchini starts is roasted

[step 3] while the zucchini is cooking, pour in a little bit of OO and start to brown onions in a sauté pan, then add turkey meat and cook thoroughly

[step 4] add jar of spaghetti sauce to onion and turkey meat mixture, set aside

[step 5] in a large pan, sauté mushrooms in OO with s/p until soft, then set aside and cook chopped artichokes for 4-6 minutes, adding to mushrooms once done

[step 6] mix cottage cheese with parmesan cheese, and s/p

[step 7] add 1 1/2 cups of sauce mixture to mushroom/artichoke mixture

[step 8] spread the remaining turkey sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan, and add a layer of artichoke/mushroom mixture, then zucchini, a layer of cottage cheese, and sprinkle of mozzarella

[step 9] make one more layer of artichoke/mushroom mixture, zucchini, cottage cheese, mozzarella

[step 10] take the remaining zucchini and put as a layer on top, then cover with mozzarella

[step 11] bake for 40 minutes, and let it SIT for at least 30 minutes

[step 12] mangia mangia!

Best Weekend Ever!

Hi friends! How is your week going so far? Mine is going well, running around a little because we didn’t spend much time at home, but for great reasons 🙂


Spent the day working, and then had homemade pizza and hot chocolate with my main man! 🙂


Got up early Saturday and dropped off clothes at Goodwill, then made it to the post office at 930am, when they opened. Then, realized I didn’t have the box I needed, so ran home to grab it and headed back to the post office. THEN… had two people in line before me, and opened my purse to realize I didn’t have my wallet. Gave up and went home, without mailed package. Oh well!

Had breakfast, and worked out via GPP, great sweaty workout! Then ran home to get ready for our night in Old Town Alexandria with the fianc for his belated birthday celebration!

We checked into our hotel, Hotel Monaco Alexandria, which was FANTASTIC… I was in love with this place and would love to live here 😉



I loved this black and white theme they had going on, I gained a lot of inspiration here for the future home!


Look at all they offer in case you forget anything, so helpful and nice!



Love these robes, and they were super comfy!


After checking into the hotel, we started to walk around, and kept our eyes open for somewhere to eat. We landed at a place called Paradiso Pizzeria, and wow.. this place was so delicious! We ordered a margherita pizza and some pumpkin beers.


We continued to walk around, saw the water, then headed back up King St. (the main drag through Old Town Alexandria), and stumbled upon a coworkers recommendation, a bar called Light Horse where I tasted one of the best beers I’ve ever had, Brewery Ommegang – Three Philosophers, and enjoyed mimosa (and a few other drinks!)

After lots of drinking and SEC football watching, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the Fish Market! Upon arriving, we promptly ordered spiced shrimp (no pic) and then ordered hush puppies (my favorite), lobster bisque, lobster rolls, and margaritas!


This was some of the best food I’ve had, it was all so amazing! I need to go back asap. Due to the heavy afternoon drinking, we actually headed to buy a six pack and take it back to the room, and then promptly proceeded to fall asleep at 10pm… but I was very well rested the next day!


After we woke up and went to grab coffee in the lobby, which also included a hot chocolate bar (ummm… awesome!), so I had some of that while I waited for fresh coffee. Then we packed up, and began our walk back to the King St metro, while looking for a breakfast spot.

We came across a place called Bittersweet, and had a delicious breakfast! I had two fried eggs over black bean patties, breakfast potatoes, an avocado mixture, and a side of bacon (of course). We also got fresh squeezed OJ, so delicious.


I loved the atmosphere of this place too! It’s definitely somewhere I would want to hang out on Sunday mornings, have coffee, and read the paper.

The rest of the day was spent hanging with my family baking a bunch of cookies (5 kinds), eating chili, and setting up the family Christmas tree.. oh and hanging with this cutie (my nephew!)


It was a great weekend, and I’m so thankful for the wonderful people in my life (fiancé + family!)

How was your weekend?!

WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday]: 11.28.2012

Happy Wednesday to you! We are halfway through the week, and I am looking forward to the weekend. Let’s get rolling with a day of eats from yesterday.

Peas and Crayons

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of turkey bacon, toast


Lunch: Chipotle chicken salad on lettuce with avocado and Mexican cheese (not pictured: peanut brittle, a few tootsie rolls).


Snack: A packet of apples and cinnamon oatmeal with a sliced apple, and crumbs of peanut brittle


Dinner + Dessert: Leftover pasta e fagioli and leftover pecan bars



What tasty treats did you eat this week? I can’t get enough of the pecan bars!