A Whirlwind Weekend

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I’ve been trying to write this post for a little while now, but to be completely honest, I’m exhausted! This past weekend was planned to be a little crazy and as each minute passed and plans began to crumble, it took a turn for the crazier. Though that’s not to say it didn’t end up being great.

Friday was a bit rough; work was absolutely nuts and I was less than thrilled when Nathan called to tell me I had a screw in one of the tires on my car. Of course, we just sold his car on Tuesday. New tire it is! I could not have been looking forward to getting home Friday night for my big date with my kitchen. Sunday was my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I was in charge of food. With a day chock-full of plans on Saturday, Friday was my night to get it done! Until I was at work until almost 11. Strike 1.

Saturday was one for celebrations. Lunch and wine plans with the bride-to-be, the moms, and 2 other bridesmaids, followed by Jessie and Adam’s engagement party that night meant I was up bright and at 7am to bake! I made it through almost all of the baking, had just enough time to sit down for breakfast, and was finished getting ready when Nathan told me that I had a flat tire. The new tire. On our only car. Not to mention, when we were changing the flat tire to the spare, the jack bent. AAA to the rescue! And strikes 2 and 3.

Eggs Yolk Brussels Sprouts Mushrooms Sriracha

I think it’s time I share some good food.. Breakfast #1: mushrooms, leftover brussels sprouts, eggs, and sriracha.

But we weren’t giving up! Luckily for me, I have the most marvelous husband. He dropped me off to have lunch and wine with the girls while he took care of the car. We met at Golden West Cafe and they were only serving their brunch menu.. looks like it’s time for more eggs!

Golden West Cafe Mushroom Omelette Zekes Coffee

Wild mushroom omelette with corn tortillas. More eggs? Why not!

And then it was time for wine.. after driving in circles for 30 minutes trying to find a place that was 1. open and 2. not having a special event. Basignani it is!

basignani

Well I must have been happy! [I swear we didn’t drink that much..]

I made it back home not long before Nathan [with our perfectly fixed car] and with just enough time to finish my baking for the shower before we headed out to celebrate these cute kids.

Cheers!

Sunday was game-time. I was up early again to get in a quick workout, enjoy a marvelous breakfast thanks to a LOVE drop from Love Grown Foods, and head to my parents house to get ready for the baby shower!

Love Grown Foods Super Oats

Love Grown Foods Super Oats. My new fave!

There was a little bit more baking to do once I arrived and some other food to assemble but my mom and I knocked it out pretty quickly. Within a few hours, we had enough food to feed an army and the house was transformed into a Mad Hatter tea party! The shower went off without a hitch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Caprese Bites Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies M&Ms

Speaking of feeding an army, check out that cute little army of caprese bites!

It was my first time being in charge of so much food [I didn’t even get pictures of all of it!] and I was really pleased with the way everything turned out. Maybe it’s something I should make more of a habit? 😉

I can’t believe it’s already Monday. The weekend absolutely flew by with everything we had going on, but like I said, it ended up being a good one! This week is for resting up, resetting, and getting ready for a big weekend ahead.. full of packing!

Food for Thought

How was your weekend? Did you have any big plans?

Have you ever been in charge of food for a party?

Slowing Down and Sweating It Out

Waking up at 7am on a Sunday to head over to the farmers’ market might not sound like your idea of slowing it down, but we’re early risers over here. And it was so nice to be at the market before it got crazy! Fall is definitely settling in, much to my dismay, so one of the first stops was to get some piping hot coffee. I also picked up a pound of one of my favorite blends for my parents.

Zekes Coffee Bad Birds of Baltimore Blend

Nathan grabbed his old go-to breakfast—a pit beef sandwich with bbq sauce [I don’t know how he eats that in the morning!]— and I got my smoked mushroom quinoa bowl with fresh feta and hot sauce. We got cozy on a little curb and enjoyed our breakfast and coffee. Mine is such a huge portion that I could only finish half.

We made our way over to our favorite veggie stand; it took us a little while but we finally found the winning stand. I got all of these veggies for only $10! Can’t beat that.

Baltimore Farmers Market Produce

White onions, sweet potatoes, zucchini, green beans, acorn squash, and carnival squash.

I also picked up some super crisp local fuji apples and some maple blueberry granola from Michele’s. They have the absolute best granola around and maple blueberry is the seasonal flavor. Today is the last day that they have it so I made sure to get some. They also had their next seasonal flavor out: apple quinoa. Oh my goodness, it’s amazing! I can’t wait to get that next!

When we got home, I headed down to the gym with one goal in mind: SWEAT! After fasting all day yesterday and filling up on some foods that were a little higher in salt than I’m used to, my rings were feeling a little tight today. I knew I needed to get a nice, steady-paced run in and just sweat it out.

Since I’m not a big-time runner and typically just keep it to once a week, I didn’t want to set a mileage, time, or calorie goal for today. I just wanted to feel it out as I went. My legs don’t always appreciate when I run but they were perfectly happy to oblige this morning. I ended up finishing a 10K in about 50 minutes and definitely hit my sweat goal! I started my run at a 7.0 speed and every 5 minutes bumped it up 0.1, finishing it off at 8.0. It felt so good.

Workout Treadmill Run 10K

Thank goodness for the leftovers from breakfast because I was needing some extra fuel after that run! Demolished! 😉 The rest of the day is all about spending time with the hubs, having some delicious food, and getting prepped for the week. Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

P.S. GO RAVENS!!

Food for Thought

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?

Are you an early riser or do you sleep in?

Marvelous Weekend Recap and Monday Meet Up!

Monday already? The weekend always flies, but it was another good one. Yet again, I failed at taking many pictures, but I do have a little bit of a recap..

Marvelous is finishing off Friday with another no-grain maple chia cake from the awesome STUFT mama and a going away party for a friend at The Red Star. We’d never been there before, but they had some good happy hour special and the food was good. I, of course, went for a salad which was a bit small, but I should be used to that. Next time I’ll definitely go for one of their sandwiches or the awesome looking fish tacos!

STUFT mama No Grain Maple Chia Cake Peanut Fluff KIND Granola

No-Grain Maple Chia Cake a la STUFT mama

Marvelous is driving out to the burbs on Saturday to hang out by my parents’ house. Their A/C bit the dust while they were away and were able to get someone to come out and fix it on the weekend. I made a little day trip out of it and headed over to Target and Trader Joe’s.. wish we had those in the city! I finally found the new flips I’ve been looking for. They’re already gone.

Chobani Blueberry Power Flip

Blueberry yogurt with walnuts, hemp seeds, & chia seeds.

Marvelous is a Saturday night was spent with friends, grilling, drinking [too much] sangria, and playing games. The boys really enjoy video games.. especially Nathan.

Nathan Madden XBOX 360

Cute, right?

We also played Cards Against Humanity. If you’ve never played, you should definitely get on it.. it’s hilarious! And only made better by sangria 😉 I also made a killer guacamole with a secret ingredient which I’ll be sharing soon. That lasted about as long as the sangria.

Marvelous is Farmers’ Market Sundays. We got there bright and early before the crowd got too crazy and walked away with a nice haul! You have to know where to go and I found a stand where everything is $2. I got 6 zucchini, 8 beets, and a ton of green purple beans. I also picked up some beautiful swiss chard, HUGE blackberries, lemon pistachio granola from Michele’s, peaches and nectarines, and of course, Zeke’s coffee. Totally lucked out with the granola.. last week was supposed to be the final week for the lemon pistachio seasonal and we didn’t make it to the market. I was pretty psyched when I saw that they still had it!

Baltimore Farmers Market Blackberries Fuji Apples HIIT

Farmers’ Market haul, huge fruits, and a great run!

Marvelous is a great run after the market. I’ve been trying to do Sunday runday and yesterday I did 10 minutes run, 5 minute sprint HIIT, 5 minute recovery, three times through for 60 minutes. It felt good to switch it up. I also went to the store to stock up on a few more things for the week.. it must be the season for ginormous fruit because these apples were bigger than my hands!

Marvelous is the Orioles sweeping the Rangers. Or really, they can sweep any team and I’ll be happy! 🙂

Marvelous is meeting up with some fantastic Charm City Healthy Living Bloggers tonight. I’m so looking forward to it.. it’s about time I get to meet these ladies!

Food for Thought

Tell me what was marvelous about your weekend!

Thursday Things {and a Giveaway!}

Happy 4th of July! I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing day off with family and friends. I’m already loving my day off and wanted to take the opportunity to post a quick update and share a delicious giveaway with you!

Quick pic from last year’s 4th of July celebrations.

  1. I “slept in” until 7 am. It was glorious. And I’m completely hopeless. I remember the days when I used to refuse to get out of bed before double digits.. I don’t know the last time I was in bed until 10!
  2. The best part about waking up so early is that I’m already finished with my workout and had a delicious breakfast of protein TVP oats and a cup of Zeke’s Coffee.
    Best Body Bootcamp HIIT Workout Protein TVP Oats Zekes Coffee Earth Balance Sunbutter
  3. My arms don’t want to move today. Best Body Bootcamp workouts have been killer this week and I’m loving it! Lifting heavy feels good.
  4. The Baltimore Business Journal is running a Social Madness competition. My bosses told us that if we made it to the championship, we’d have July 5th off. I’m officially off of work until Monday. YES! (Feel free to vote for Planit in the medium category ;))
  5. Looking forward to going to dinner tonight with friends and sitting outside by the harbor to watch the fireworks. They were last minute plans, but it’s definitely going to be a good time!
  6. I have a super delicious giveaway for you. It’s #nothingbutgood. Get it? 😉 My wonderful friends at Chobani are offering one of you a case of yogurt.. GET YOSELF SOME CHO!
    Chobani Case Nothing But Good

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Food for Thought

How are you celebrating the 4th? Are you rocking your red, white, and blue?

What I Ate Wednesday #41: My Bridal Shower!

I love “special editions” of WIAW and this week’s is definitely special. Sunday I started out my day at the opening day of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market where I enjoyed a fresh beet, carrot, apple juice [I’m obsessed now] and a coffee from Zeke’s [they’re famous around here!] After that I headed out to my bridal shower; it was incredible! My two aunts put the whole thing together and they did a wonderful job. There were 35 people there to celebrate with me [I couldn’t believe it!], my parent’s house was completely transformed, the food was delicious, and everyone had a great time. It was a success, for sure.

There were tons of pictures from that day [mostly very embarrassing faces while I’m opening gifts!] but I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Quinoa Caprese Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Sundried Chicken Salad Barr & Table Bridal Shower What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

On the Menu
– Mixed greens
– Fresh tomato, mozzarella, & basil salad
– Quinoa and pea salad [so good!]
– Sun dried tomato pasta salad
– Lemon herb chicken salad
– Chocolate kiss truffles


– Mini jeweled shortbread cookies
– Raspberry lemonade cupcakes

There was a serious spread and it was all homemade! I’ve been enjoying the leftovers for days.. definitely not complaining about that! All of the food was so light and fresh; I don’t know that I had one favorite in particular. I do have to say I’m usually not a chicken salad fan but this one was great. I’ll have to get the recipe 🙂

Barr & Table Bridal Shower Gifts What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

A little gift opening fun.. of course I super excited about my brand new Calphalon grill pan! Living in an apartment, one of the biggest disadvantages is not being able to grill. Hopefully this will help us get by a little easier. And check out my awesome bouquet! Can’t wait to use that for the rehearsal.. though I might skip the head piece 😉

I’m pretty sure this last picture was my “speech”. I’m so articulate and eloquent [and sarcastic..]

Barr & Table Bridal Shower What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

And finally, pictures with some of my favorite people. My mom, my friends, my bridesmaids, and of course, a picture with the Tone It Up girls. I’m so happy everyone was there to celebrate with me! It was such a fantastic whirlwind of a day and I’m so thankful for everyone that came and helped get it together!

And in case you need a little something sweet..

Chocolate Kiss Truffles

Makes 60 truffles

Ingredients
– 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
– 1/4 cup butter
– 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 60 unwrapped chocolate kisses or hugs
– 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
– 1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, flour, and nuts and mix well.

Shape one tbsp of dough around each candy kiss. Place one inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes. Do not overbake!

Remove from cookie sheets and cool until firm to the touch. Melt white chocolate and oil together. Drizzle over cooled truffles.

Food for Thought

When was the last time you threw a party for someone? Did you make all of the food yourself or did you have it catered?

*Many thanks to Kate for letting me steal some pics! 😉