Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’
April 15, 2014
Even though I was in the know of possible cooler weather this week, I woke up to something truly unexpected.
I mean it is mid-April, correct?
I kid you not… I was just telling Scott how excited I was to see the green grass reappearing on our evening walk last night.
I also purchased a couple pairs of spring flats and sandals on mega clearance yesterday… which I guess will have to wait until I can officially retire these bad boys.
So close, Michigan. So close.
One thing I can always count on to warm me up is a big cup of coffee and a plateful of warm cookin’.
(Dunkin’ Hazelnut coffee with almond milk, egg beaters with sharp cheddar cheese, turkey bacon + organic strawberries and grapes.)
I originally felt like taking a morning run with Roadie for my workout today, but I lost full interest in that thought when I saw white ground.
Days like today are perfect for inspiration to get back to the gym and try out a new workout. Here’s one I put together just a few days ago!
30 Min. Steady + Sweaty Elliptical Workout
I actually used to skip right over the elliptical for cardio workouts. I have always been a treadmill girl, and didn’t think the elliptical could be all that interesting or challenging.
Over the past few years, however, I have enjoyed incorporating the machine into my cardio rotations and can fully eat my words on the whole “not challenging enough” claim. It’s all about incline and resistance!
Backpedaling a little bit, I threw this workout together while I was on the machine and thought it was a good one. It wasn’t as hard as some of my others… but it did the job and kept me entertained for thirty minutes of stationary cardio.
(Although I encourage you to try the workouts I post, please note that they may not be the right settings or exercises for you. Also, please note my full disclaimer in the right sidebar!)
I might just try it again tonight before Fitness Pilates.
Welp, I’m off to get goin’ on the day. I hope you are having a great start to yours, and I’ll be back later with the kick-off to Beauty Week!
April 12, 2014
Hello, hello! This weekend is already flying by, and I feel like I have so much to share already that I decided to pop in early with some photos and blurbs.
In about an hour, I am driving over to Royal Oak for a hair appointment and then have plans to attend the Miley Cyrus concert tonight with Scott and a handful of friends. He scored tickets through work, so we couldn’t turn them down. It should be interesting, that’s for sure!
Okay… weekend highlights part one, here we go.
Friday Me Date
Thank you to everyone who came over and linked up in yesterday’s Friday Favorites! You all make me smile. And, just so you know, the link up stays open for six days so it’s never to late to play along!
Yesterday morning started early with an appointment to get the oil changed in Scott’s car. It was long overdue, so I volunteered for the job while Scott went into the office.
Somehow, I found a Belle Tire right next door to a Barnes & Noble and my waiting time went by in a flash! I really need to get out of the house and make my “office” more portable more often.
By 10 a.m., I had a Jeep for the day and made the most of it by running some errands. I made it home by lunch time and spent the day spring cleaning. The weather is perfect outside right now in the sixties, which always translates to me turning off the heat and opening the windows. For some reason, that also then makes me want to clean.
Anyways, the day also flew by and I spent the remainder of my day and night with me, myself, and I.
I got my eyebrows threaded (have you ever heard of that? I love it!), went to the gym, and enjoyed some quality time with the fur kids.
(Expect a new cardio workout up early next week!)
I also might have been dressed obnoxiously bright. It’s fine.
Since Scott was driving across the state for a work event, I was left on my own for dinner. To me, this means I can stop by the cafe on the way out and gets me out of cooking. Woot!
I ordered a fruit and protein smoothie to start, and found an intriguing shelf of pre-made healthy dinners on my way over to pay. Check it out!
I enjoyed my Almond Delight smoothie on the drive home and couldn’t wait to heat the rest up.
Almond milk, strawberries, mango, VegaMax protein, and Dynamic Greens.
It really was the perfect meal for one, and I will definitely invest in more of them on nights where I don’t feel like doing the whole dinner thing.
After a shower, I spent the rest of my night organizing my costumes for our uniform return tomorrow.
It is our very last home game of the season and I can’t believe it is already here! I’ll be sure to share all about it next week.
The Perfect Saturday Morning
Even though Scott didn’t get home until after midnight, he was a trooper and woke up at 7 a.m. with me for a group run at our church.
I am so proud to be representing such a great cause and will be back with more details on that very soon!
As a large group, we kicked off our first training weekend with 3.2 miles. It felt great to be surrounded by such a positive environment and people, and am really looking forward to spending my next six months of Saturdays training with Team Kensington.
Hungry, Alex (above), her boyfriend Alex (<- hilarious right?), Scott and I thought brunch and coffee sounded amazing and headed over to Madison Heights to an adorable mom & pop type of joint called The Breakfast Club.
Just a few days after Scott and I moved up here, we found this restaurant and always rave about it to friends. Everything I have tried is original and delicious… like this cronut, for instance!
(Jelly filled donut + croissant = cronut. Incredible!)
As we sat down, I joked that even though they have a variety of things I want to try, I just can’t stray away from my go-to: Penny’s Favorite omelet.
(Egg whites, spinach, feta, black olives, avocado, and pico de gallo with tomato slices.)
As expected, it tasted great and I almost forgot about the best part of breakfast here. Chocolate covered strawberries with the check!
Feeling more than satisfied, Scott and I were on our way home when we passed a market we had been wanting to visit for quite some time.
Nino Salvaggio Internatinal Marketplace is for sure one of my new favorite things in Michigan. Not only is the produce fresh, but the displays inside are absolutely beautiful.
Right away, Scott spotted the dragon fruit, so we had to get one, regardless of the shockingly high price tag. Just this once.
I felt like a weirdo taking pictures of a marketplace, but I just couldn’t help it. Even the beans and vegetable section made me want to buy everything!
And then there was the ginormous gourmet bakery…
Basically, I left wanting one of everything and am excited to revisit again soon. Hopefully running outside and a stop here will become our little Saturday ritual!
Somehow, I got my basket down to the essentials and snapped one more photo before leaving.
I have a feeling that was Mr. Salvaggio’s orignal vehicle back in the day. Too cool!
All right. I must get out of here before I am late for the rest of our weekend festivities. I hope you have had a great start to yours!
April 10, 2014
I have a distinct feeling that a few things about this morning are going to become a bit of a habit. Lets start with breakfast!
I hadn’t pulled any kind of gluten free or whole grain waffles out of the freezer lately, but for some reason they have been calling to me this week.
I feel satisfied and full enough after two, but could totally eat ten more if you’d let me!
Third, I have really been leaning on at-home Ballet Beautiful workouts to keep me in court shape over the past few weeks.
That’s right. A challenging workout you can do on the floor of your home, in your sweats and worn gym socks without judgement.
I wrote about the DVD series at the end of March and have turned to them when I am in a pinch, or to be honest… when I don’t feel like working out at all. Even a short twenty minute segments seem to do wonders!
And now I am leaving you realizing that I just gave away three of this week’s Friday Favorites. Ha! Stay tuned for more coming up tomorrow morning!
I’ll be sure to check in later this afternoon with a fun fashion post.
See ya then!
April 9, 2014
Good Afternoon party people!
So… did Hump Day fly by for anyone else? Just me? Okay, cool.
In true Wednesday fashion, I have hopped back on the WIAW train and complied all of my Tuesday eats into one post. As long as you guys keep giving me good feedback on these weekly check-ins, I’ll keep doing them!
All right, lets skip the small talk and just jump right into it.
What I Ate
I had a goal of trying to picture new things yesterday. I can be a creature of habit and gravitate towards the same foods over and over, so for the sake of WIAW, I tried to think out of the box a little.
Breakfast seemed pretty simple, but it had been ages since I have blogged about something like this… so here we were.
Scrambled egg beaters with shredded cheese, turkey bacon, and a whole wheat English muffin with a little butter.
And, a large cup of coffee flavored with almond milk and a splash of flavored creamer, of course. Always.
That did the job and kept me full for a couple of hours before I got the craving for something sweet for a snack. Good news… I had plenty of fresh berries to go around.
Give me ALL the berries.
I worked at the computer for a while before getting hungry for lunch, and when that happened I raided our vegetable drawer for any feasible monster salad ingredients. Lucky for me, there were lots of those!
Baby spinach, spring mix, red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, shredded carrots, green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, ground pepper and a balsamic vinegar drizzle.
Remember my pep talk on spinach earlier this week? Boom.
While enjoying lunch, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous it was outside and used that as motivation to take Roadie for a long trail walk.
Four miles later, we both returned feeling happy and hungry.
I curbed my dinner appetite with a pear and a large (<- ? and slightly burned) serving of sweet potato fries.
Leave it to me to get distracted and forget about them cooking in the oven.
Burnt or not, I still loved them, and they did a great job of holding me over until dinner.
Since Scott arrived home earlier than normal, I started thinking about what we would be eating shortly after. While raiding our refrigerator again, I realized that I totally flaked out in the meat department on our last trip to the grocery store. Whoops!
The only protein that would even sort of make sense for what I was going for were a couple of Hot Italian Al Fresco chicken sausages.
So, I sliced them up and sauteed them with some sliced sweet peppers.
I couldn’t decide between fajitas and quesadillas, so I created a combination with whole wheat Nuevo Leon tortillas. (<- Thanks, Olga!)
I shredded some sharp cheddar cheese, then layered the sauteed chicken sausage and veggies on top of the tortilla with sliced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and more cheese.
It looked wonderful, until I tried to fold it over and call it a quesadilla. I have a bit of a habit of overloading ingredients into wraps and sandwiches!
Whatever… it still tasted delicious, and was happy when Scott thought I used some version of “chorizo”. Sure did!
With dinner at a regular time, we had enough of our evening left to relax and finally watched The Great Gatsby.
Scott requested a big bowl of buttery popcorn, so I heated that up along with a mini bag of Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop for me.
Both the movie and the late night snack were really, really good!
And there you have another week of WIAW eats. But before I go, I have a request slash question for you…
Beauty Tutorial Requests?
Over the past several months, I have received a lot of questions concerning beauty tips. Some were answered through my hair tutorials, and I have a few planned to share next week with you regarding spray tans and teeth whitening.
I figured I have enough material to make a whole week of it and am officially deeming next week: Housewife Glamour Beauty Week.
Coming up, you can expect to see a short series of beauty, hair, skin, makeup, and nails tips and tricks. And, to help fuel the fire and to hopefully deliver what you actually want to know, I ask you…
Is there anything beauty related that you are curious to know? A routine or tutorial you have questions on?
Feel free to use the comments section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a suggestion. Thanks, ya’ll!
Have a great rest of your Wednesday!
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