i’m alive…barely

I’m alive. I promise. But barely.

Work has been insane. Usually during the summer time we slow down, but we have been going strong so far.

Good for business, but it makes tired doctors and techs.

Thankfully I have these cuties to keep a smile on my face.

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Puppies really do make everything better.

So I think it can be assumed my eats and activities has been a bit boring lately.

Dinners have been take out and eaten on the floor.

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More Whole Foods sushi eaten on the comfort of my floor. You know it’s good when you have a kitty stalking your food.

I love how I can just run into Whole Foods, grab some tasty food and be able to enjoy it in the comfort of my home.

They were out of my usual tuna roll, but I got the salmon instead which was just as good. And extra good with the addition of my Little Soya soy sauce. I love it so much better than the little soy sauce packets they give you.

Friday was my day off, however I feel like most of my days off turn into get every single errand done days.  In between trips however I met Matt for lunch and to watch the World Cup. I’m not huge into soccer, but he is and it was a nice chance to see him.

We met at a bar close to Matt’s work that was playing the games and while we were watching we were offered a sample of their salmon and chive cream cheese crosanti’s.

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There is something about smoked salmon, cream cheese and a toasted baguette that is just always good.

And these were good.

I wish I was able to have more.

I had eaten a late breakfast, so I wasn’t all that hungry, but it was Matt’s lunch break so he ordered some food.

Let’s just say I had a little food envy.

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He ordered a steak sandwich with caramelized onions and fries.

Don’t worry, I quality controlled those fries. They were up to par.

As we were just about to leave we were treated with another freebie.

Cake pops!

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Who doesn’t love free cake pops?

Crazy people.

And I’m not crazy.

However, I do think that cake pop set off my sweet tooth.  Because after dinner I was craving more sweet.

Thankfully I have an amazing fiance who caters for my sweet tooth and took me out for some gelato!

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Chocolate Banana for me!

I just love all things ice cream.

Well loves I’m off to melt into my couch and wish I never had to get up.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Are you watching the World Cup?

 

 

slow down, relax and enjoy life

Hello friends, happy Wednesday!

I hope the week has been treating you all well!

Things are just as crazy as usual over here, but I am starting to accept that that is just my normal.

But once in a while we all need to just slow down, relax, take a deep breathe and take in all that is beautiful around us. Because there is too much beauty in the world to be constantly go go go.

With that being said, for What I Ate Wednesday I wanted to spot light some of the moments that I was able to just relax, have fun, and enjoy life.

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With work being so busy, sometimes I just want to go home, change into sweat pants and not leave the couch.  And lucky for me I have a agreeable fiance who gives in to my wishes. Matt get’s off work before me and after a particularly rough day at work I requested if we could have a movie date night in.  For some reason I had been really wanting to watch Despicable Me 2 and he was such a sweet heart and went to a Red Box and got it for me for that night.  My other request during the movie?

Frozen Yogurt.

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We are so lucky to live within a block from Yogurt Land, so we ran down real quick, got our frozen yogurt and settled in to watch the movie.

It was a perfect relaxing night on the couch, in my sweat pants, with my love and frozen yogurt…

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And a kitty photo bomb.

Even though I worked Saturday Matt and I made the most of our weekend by staying pretty active.  We had the intentions of going to a spring training game since the season was ending, but the ticket prices + food + drinks, well it just wasn’t in our budget.  So instead we decided to do lunch out and a little day drinking (to be honest we probably ended up spending just as much as we would have had we gone to the game, but owell.  We still had a good day together)

One of Matt’s co-workers had suggest a burger joint called Rehab Burger in our neighborhood that we had never been to, so we decided to start there for lunch.

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We stayed classy and had PBR’s with lunch. Be jealous.

For lunch I ordered the chicken sandwich which came with lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, Havarti cheese, avocado and I added a pineapple BBQ sauce.

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Holy mountain of goodness. This thing was huge. And delicious.

After lunch we walked around a bit to help our food babies digest and in wandering around town we found a new bar that we didn’t even know existed.  All I have to say is it had skeeball games in it. I was sold.

They also had this amazing grapefruit Hefeweizen beer that I just fell in love with.

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And I probably had a few too many of them.

Let’s just say this day ended with Matt and I passed out, and dinner was a pb&j, because that’s about all I had the energy or coherency to put together.

No shame. We had a great day together.

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So loves, I hope you are able to take some time to slow down, relax, and enjoy life. Because even though 99% of the time my life is high stress and go go go, I really embrace that 1% and enjoy every moment I can. Life is too short and sometimes I need to remind myself to enjoy all the small moments. Because they matter the most.

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How do you slow down and enjoy life?

what i ate when my parents were in town

Hello my love bugs!

I first want to remind you that there is still time to enter my Great Low Carb Bread giveaway.

It’s so great to see how excited you guys are about their products, and as I’ve said before, you won’t be disappointed with anything you choose from them. Make sure you head over and enter for your chance to win some goodies!

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With that out of the way, on to more fun things.

I gave a few sneak peaks at some of the happenings while my parents were visiting. So since it is time for  What I Ate Wednesday, I thought I would put a little twist on things and do a little feature of:

What I Ate When My Parents Were In Town.

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If you don’t remember, my parents drove out here to bring me my late grandmother’s car. Although I would much rather still have my grandma in my life, one blessing was having the opportunity to inherit her car.  My car was on it’s last leg, so things just seemed to fall into place.  My grandma was always so giving and has continued even though she is physically no longer with us.  It was also so nice that my parents were able to make the trip out here and we were able to have the opportunity to spend some time together. If you’ve followed my blog you may know that my parents and I went through a very rough patch when I first started my recovery, but have since started to build a relationship again and it’s been great. So having them out here on a more casual leisurely visit was great for us.

( and if you guys want to know where I get my dorky-ness from, this is a big clue…)

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A little explanation. When I was younger my grandma would come over every Sunday.  We typically would take a trip to the mall, or some sort of car ride.  For some reason she always called this “Sneakers“. Kind of like we were sneaking around and doing fun stuff without my parents. So I thought it was so cute that my mom put this on the car.

See. We’re all just one big family of dorks.

But even though getting a new to me car is super exciting, let’s get on to more exciting things.

All the delicious food.

My parents actually got in a day earlier than planned. I had to work that day, which kind of worked out because they took the evening to get settled in their hotel and relax a bit.  We did however want to meet up for a bit that night, so what did I suggest?

Frozen Yogurt.

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It was only right to introduce them to my latest obsession.

We chatted and caught up a bit and made plans for the next day.

I actually had a doctors appointment and a few errands to run and Matt had some work to do so during the day my parents window shopped and explored the town a bit.  They were still a little tired from the long drive in and being out all day, so they ended up heading back to their hotel to take naps, but we made plans to meet up later for dinner.   We also were going to meet a family friend who happens to live out here and met half way at one of our outdoor shopping centers.
We met up, shopped around a bit, then headed to dinner at one of Matt and I’s favorite pubs, The Thirsty Lion.

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I love this place because they have the most amazing ahi tuna salad.

They also have 40+ beers on tap.

Dinner was delicious and it was great that we were able to catch up with some old family friends.  After dinner we were all pretty beat so we headed our separate ways for the night.

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The next day was a busy day of switching all of the car information from my parents to me. Everything went smoothly, but I swear is the DMV ever not insanely busy?

After all the car stuff was taken care of, we headed to another outdoor shopping center; we did a little more shopping and worked up quite an appetite for lunch.

I had never eaten at any of the restaurants in this shopping area, but we chose a place called TK’s Urban Tavern.

It did not disappoint.

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It was a very cozy restaurant and the food, wine and service were excellent.  I ended up ordering a salmon salad with honey vinaigrette.
The salmon was cooked to perfection.

My parents wanted to head back to the hotel and relax and freshen up before dinner, as did Matt and I so we parted ways for a few hours.

Dinner was at a local favorite Mexican restaurant as per my parents request.  I love taking people who visit to smaller, family owned restaurants, and really when it comes to Mexican food, those are always the best.

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Mexican food however typically does not photograph as well.  But when doesn’t guacamole look amazing? I’m pretty sure I ate about half the bowl. I can’t control myself when it comes to guacamole.

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For the last day’s adventure we headed to a local winery that we had taken my parents too the first time they came out to visit. When I had asked my parents if they had anything specific they wanted to do on their visit, this was their one request.

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It turned out to be such a beautiful day.

Good wine. Good company. Good conversation.

Since they had to fly out early the next morning we did a very low key dinner for our last night together.

They found a great pizza place close to their hotel called Boston’s that Matt and I had never been too.

We will for sure be going back.

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The pizza was seriously some of the best I have had. Perfect crust, not too thick, not too thin and the sauce and toppings were amazing.

Pizza and beer, a perfect way to end our visit and time together.

Overall the visit with my parents was great.  It is so nice to be able to build a new relationship with them, forgive and forget the rocky past.

Oh and to end on a sweet note. Like I could go a week without getting frozen yogurt twice…

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I mean really who would I be?

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Do you tend to eat our more on weekends?
What’s your favorite type of food to go out for? It’s always so hard for me. I love everything! Sushi, Mexican, Thai…

getting spoiled

Oh happy Wednesday my loves and happy Thanksgiving Eve!!

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for a day full of good food, family and a day off work!

Mostly the family, but being the foodie I am, I’m not going to lie I am pretty excited about all the food!

One thing that I’m kind of worried about though is my stomach is still not completely back to normal after last’s weeks sickness.

It just goes up and down with being upset to being fine, but as long as I’m not throwing up, I can work with it.

With that being said meals have still been pretty bland and boring, but thanks to my amazing clients, I have some deliciousness to share with you still.

Let me just tell you. We have been spoiled at my clinic.

 

It started off when my co-worker made not one but two home made pies.

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Apple pie and pecan pie.

I have never had pecan pie, but she raved about hers being the best, so I of course had to be the judge.

Let me tell you, I am a pecan pie convert. It was ah-mazing.

Then all the gifts from the clients started piling in.

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Friends, this happened in just one day.

We have a client who brings us fresh fruit every week for boarding his dogs, it just so happened on that day we also got two boxes on See’s Chocolates, chocolate donuts, and an edible arrangement.

The chocolate arrived first and around our clinic, it’s never too early for chocolate.
So this happened.

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I somehow restrained myself and only had one piece, which is a good thing considering how much more was to come.

This edible arrangement didn’t stand a chance.

Especially the chocolate covered fruit.

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I immediately took a piece of the chocolate covered pineapple and thought I had died and gone to heaven. But really anything covered in chocolate is good in my book.

Which is why a chocolate covered apple was soon plucked off. Chocolate doesn’t last long in our clinic so I had to cease the opportunity.

After I put myself in a chocolate/fruit coma, I needed something to wash it all down.

Thankfully another amazing client came to visit.

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I love Starbucks passion fruit tea as is, but when it’s free, it’s just that much better.

I swear I felt like I was going to explode that day, but it was all worth it.

It’s the holidays,  I’m going to take advantage of it.

Well loves I hope you all have a wonderful Turkey day and I can’t wait to see all the recaps on the delish dishes everyone is enjoying.

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Are you making a dish for Thanksgiving?

What are some of your traditional dishes?


what i ate recovering from food poisoning

Oh hello loves.

This week has already seemed like a very long one, but because of very unwelcome reasons.

I believe I had gotten food poisoning over the weekend, and with trying to spare you the very gross details, I have never felt that sick, been in that much pain, and thrown up that much in a very long time. You know those pains where you just cry because it hurts so much and there is nothing you can do about it?

Yup. That was me.

I have no idea what could have caused it, however I have a few suspects in mind, but I will say those were the longest 3 days of my life.

Thankfully I feel like I have overcome it and even though my stomach is not 100%, I definitely have my appetite back, but I am playing it safe and sticking to bland foods.

So with that being said, I bet you are wondering how this What I Ate Wednesday is going to work this week.

Well for once I can actually give you a look at a days worth of eats, but still keep it themed.

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What I Ate Recovering From Food Poisoning

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After I was done emptying all the toxins from my body it took awhile for me to even begin to think about eating.

I woke up feeling decent, and made the mistake of having a normal breakfast.

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Since it was one of my only days off, I almost always feel like I need to make plantain bread because I don’t get the opportunity that often.

Well big mistake. my tummy was not up for all that and I’m sure all the protein frosting didn’t help either.

Let’s just say I was in a lot of pain that morning and paid for my mistake.

When lunch time rolled around, my body knew it was hungry, but I had absolutely no appetite or desire to eat.  I also had no intentions of getting off the couch.

Insert best fiance ever.

He cooked me up some soup served with fancy saltine crackers on the side.

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Amy’s Organic Vegetable Barley Soup is one of my favorites, but sadly I could only eat about half of it before my stomach started to fight back.

I did however finish the saltines. Those seemed to help soothe the belly a bit.

I basically avoided food like it was the plague the rest of the day and after eating what I thought would be stomach friendly foods and failing, that night I took a risk.

Back when I was in college when I had horrible hang overs and was nauseous my secret cure was Taco Bell.  I can’t explain it, but it was the only thing I could eat when I was sick. Well, I didn’t really want Taco Bell, but I thought greasy food might actually be worth a shot.

So yes kids, we ordered pizza.

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I kept my toppings light though, I did half with feta cheese and half with green peppers.

I played it smart and even though I was starving I ate one piece just to see how my stomach would react.

Things started off good, but about 10 minutes after I ate it, the tummy started talking again.

It may have only been 8pm, but I just went to bed. I was sick of feeling sick and sleep was really the only way to avoid it.

I ended up calling off work the next day which I hate to do, but if I was going to be in any shape as I had been the last two days, I would have been worthless anyways.

That morning I felt a lot better than I had the previous days, but I still decided to play it safe.

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Breakfast was simple toast topped with Earth Balance spread and a drizzle of local honey.

It was so simple, and so delicious.

I didn’t take a picture because it just wasn’t that photogenic, but instead of risking eating dairy (and me being the habitual dipper I am) instead of my yogurt I whipped up a chocolate banana soft serve. Which was ah-mazing.

Finally around lunch time on day 3 I started to get my appetite back. Oddly though I was craving simple and for some reason veggies have seemed repulsive to me. Which for me is odd, because I always crave veggies.

So for dinner, I went with a craving and had a simple dinner of roasted kabocha squash.

It was all I wanted. So I went with it.

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Brushed with coconut oil, sprinkled with cinnamon and roasted. Then topped with my coconut cookie dough.

Nothing fancy, but it hit the spot and I didn’t get sick. Yay!

And with that I am happy to report I believe I am almost back to normal, and let me tell you how happy I am for that, because not having an appetite is no fun for this food loving girl.

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Have you ever gotten food poisoning?

What do you eat when you have an upset stomach?

food lately

It’s been awhile my loves and I apologize.

But I’m not that sorry, because I have been having a really good few last days.

A few personal things happened that I haven’t really shared on here, so to not go into a long back story, let’s just say things are going really well around here!

So I am typically pretty bad at following the What I Ate Wednesday rules, and this week will be no different.

One of these days I really will document a whole days of eats, but I just really like to link up, touch base, and participate so I hope another round of food’s lately are ok with you guys. And ok with the wonderful Jenn who hosts this get together for us every week.

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I haven’t been too lucky lately in having any legit almost empty jars to use for my overnight oats so I’ve been making due with what I do have and making my own.

I did happen to have an almost empty jar of homemade maple pumpkin puree.

Gotta work with that you have and it was a nice addition to my overnight prOATs.

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Overloaded and topped with 1/2 frozen banana, chopped nuts and hemp seeds.

All out of once filled jars, I just created my own.

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Just a boring empty jar filled with chocolate coconut overnight prOATs topped with mixed berries and chopped walnuts (a few white chocolate chips may or may not have been slipped in there).

Might be a little bit boring, but was still pretty delish.

I soon got sick of being boring and tried to spark things up a bit the next time around.

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Pretty sure chocolate and sprinkles makes everything better.

I added a healthy chocolate sauce swirl on the jar, filled the jar with banana cream prOATs  and then topped it all with more chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, trail mix and sprinkles!

It just makes breakfast a little more fun.

Then it’s off to crazy work.

Things have been a bit hectic around the clinic lately… luckily for me I have a few stress relievers within arms reach.

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It’s a blessing and a curse having a Starbucks right next door to our clinic. But red cups have been getting me through my work days like no other.

(Ps. peppermint mocha’s with soy are the best thing ever.)

And co-workers who bring in bagels are the devil and angel in disguise.

This was totally a second breakfast by the way. No shame.

Dinners have been needing some assistance lately.

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Take out seaweed salad. I wish it was more sushi, but this was a great appetizer while I cooked up some dinner.

Does anyone else go out for a food they were craving only to want it even more? That’s how I am with sushi. Once I have it, it’s all I want.

Another problem I have is I go to a place with one intention, but something else always seems to happen.

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I swear we went for just a beer.

But I just love chips, salsa and guacamole.

We weren’t even hungry and probably ate the whole basket of chips in 5 minutes flat.

And just in case you were wondering. The beer did happen. (like you had any doubts)

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(Matt said he is Jesus in the picture due to the crazy intense sun coming in the background. I just let him think what he wants.)

‘Jesus’ wasn’t able to help the Colts that day though. Horrible horrible game.

But moving on.

I actually made a fun dinner one night too!

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It’s amazing how the simplest ideas are something times the best.

This is just a simple BBQ chicken and veggie quesdailla drizzled with more BBQ sauce and Daiya cheddar cheese shreds.

Deeeeelish.

(Trader Joe’s Bold and Smokey Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is the best BBQ sauce ever.)

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Well loves I actually have so much more to share with you, but it will have to wait until a later time.

So until then, have a wonderful rest of your week.

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What food/meal do you constantly crave? Seriously, I could eat sushi every day and never get sick of it. No really. We’ve already gone twice this week.

a marvelous wedding

Oh hello loves!

The weekend was a busy one and I am going to try and jam all the fun into one post and hope that you all stick with me until the end.

I will try to make it as short as possible!

Having and sharing with you about my marvelous weekend is perfect timing since the beautiful Katie reminds us to always be Marvelous In Our Monday’s.

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Matt and I attended a wedding in Dallas this weekend for one of his high school friends.  The bride became one of my friends as well when we all lived in Indianapolis. I adore her, and adore her new husband as well. We couldn’t have been happier for the two of them!

Matt was extra excited because the bride is actually a twin, so he was very excited he was going to be able to see her sister as well. We had visited the bride (Darla) when she lived in Austin, but we haven’t seen her twin (Denise) since we lived in Indiana, which has been about 5 years. Since then she has had a daughter, so we were very excited we were finally going to be able to meet her!

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The trip however did not start out so smoothly. I’m not going to go into complete details, Matt is a little embarrassed about the situation, but I will say that there was a lot of anxious coffee consumed as I was worried Matt might not make the flight.

I am happy to report though that he did make the flight, he may or may not be on a government “list”, and I think he learned his lesson to check his pockets before going through security. We’ll leave it at that. So we ended up having a quick breakfast on the plane, and the kid needed a drink ASAP.

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I swiped a few quick items from one of the airport stores and had a nice little coffee, fruit and Chobani breakfast. Could have been worse, I made due with that I had.

Needless to say when we landed we were more than ready for a real lunch. Gotta love iPhone apps! I searched the web for some local spots that had good reviews and came across  Brix Bar and Grill. Not gonna lie, we were ready for a few beers too. (shocker I know)

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We sat at the bar and quickly ordered a few beers. To eat I got fresh grilled vegetables that were to die for. They were sauteed in oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Almost tempura style.  I also got a side salad with house balsamic vinaigrette. But Matt’s meal stole the show. He ordered a chorizo meatloaf sandwich that I just had to try. I’m pretty sure I ate about half of a half of his sandwich in addition to my meal. I couldn’t help it.  The sweet potato fries were just as amazing. And I stole a lot of those too.

After lunch we checked into our hotel and got ready for the wedding.

It was a beautiful Texas wedding set outside at the Swingin’ D Ranch and it was just absolutely gorgeous.

So were the bride and groom.

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It was a beautiful ceremony and I was just so happy to see two people who I love dearly join as one.

After the ceremony it was cocktail hour!

Since it was a very small wedding, Matt and I didn’t know many people, but that really is never a problem with us.

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I don’t have many pictures from the reception because, well I was too busy dancing and talking.

Which is what weddings are for.

I will say I drank a lot, I danced a lot, I ate a lot of true Texas food and that cupcake was to die for. They had 4 flavors and I seriously stood at the table for almost 5 minutes trying to decide which one I wanted. I couldn’t say no to red velvet though.

Overall it was an amazing night and I am so glad we got to be a part of their wedding and witness two beautiful people unite as one.

I love weddings.

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The next morning we were just going to do the hotel breakfast, but since we were only in town for such a short amount of time we wanted to experience Dallas as much as we could, so we opted to go out for breakfast.

We found a cute little breakfast spot called The Egg and I.

Matt was feeling less than hot that morning (after parties will do that to you) and didn’t eat much of his breakfast, but I chowed down on mine.

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He got the Texas Skillet which included country potatoes, steak, grilled vegetables and cheese.

I got the Egg Byte Omelet which was a three egg white omelet with baby spinach, tomatoes, onions and instead of mushrooms I added asparagus.

I demolished it.

After breakfast we knew there was one thing we had to do in a new city. Visit a local brewery.

We were recommended to go to Deep Ellum Brewery and I am so glad we went. It had an awesome atmosphere and we sat outside in the gorgeous weather and enjoyed some brews. Love their slogan of Love Runs Deep. For $10 we got three drink tokens. We ended up trying the Deep Ellum IPA, Rye Pils and Dallas Blonde. The IPA was of course my favorite as I am on a huge IPA kick at the moment. We also got to keep the glass which I thought was neat. Love souvenirs! Matt finally started to get his appetite back and since the brewery only had a food truck, Matt and I decided to explore and walk around to see what the area had to offer in terms of food. It was such a cute little area and we found a place that looked pretty neat called Angry Dog.

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It was a hopping place and again had such a cool atmosphere. I ordered a grilled chicken salad, which looks simple, but the chicken was grilled and seasoned to perfection,  and Matt got  “The Burger” which has been named one of the best burgers in Dallas. Ok. So I am not a huge burger/red meat person. This burger was ah-mazing. I mean. It was just great quality meat, cooked perfectly, super juicy and flavorful. It was probably the first burger in a very long time that made me wish I had ordered a burger. And I would have open armed accepted the stomach discomfort I’m sure I would have experienced afterwards. It deserved the best burger name.

After lunch we headed to the airport, got there earlier than we thought not knowing how long it would take to return our rental car, but took advantage of the extra time and had, you guessed it, another beer.

#sorryimnotsorry

1. I was on vacation. 2. I like my beer. 3. I don’t even feel like I need to say #1 or 2 and explain myself.

We had a great trip, it was nice to get away for a few days and it was amazing to see friends we hadn’t seen in a very long time.

I wish we were able to stay longer than just the day and a half we had, but some time is better than no time.

It’s always good to be home and we had a sushi and fro-yo date planned with our neighbors to look forward to.

But I’ll fill you in on that deliciousness next time.

Until then stay marvelous loves.

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Do you cry at weddings? I use to never get emotional at weddings, now I swear I automatically get teary eyed. I just love seeing others happy and in love.

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Source: Caitlin Skinner Photography

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protein jam packed panini

Friday!

I have had a very long week, so I am very excited today is Friday as it is my one day off.

It means I might actually be able to catch up on a little blogging and with all of you, but sometimes I swear there just isn’t enough time in the day. I have sooo many errands to run and finding the time to shove it into all one day feels like just another day at work.

But I did manage to still find some time to join in on the #strangebutgood fun.

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This is another one of those, I wish it took better pictures because it was way better tasting then the pictures do it justice.

But I feel like it is still worth sharing.

This meal kind of came together from a past sandwich I had made, to something new I had seen, probably on Pinterest somewhere that I wanted to try, and I just ended up kind of combing the two.

Story of my life.

But alas a delish new sandwich was made.

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I don’t know what to call it other than delicious!

What is it:

Protein Cream Cheese Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu and Jam Panini

(now that’s a mouth full)

To give it a better name:

Protein Jam Packed Panini

(now that has a nice ring to it)

Ingredients:

- 2 slices bread of choice (I used spelt)

- 1 serving chocolate peanut butter tofu (recipe below)

- 1 serving protein cream cheese (recipe below)

- 1 tbsp of blueberry jam ( I used homemade blueberry chia jam)

Directions:

- Spread chocolate peanut butter tofu, protein cream cheese and jam between the two slices of bread.

- Cook on panini maker until warm and crispy. (you could also use a skillet and cook like a grilled cheese)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu

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Ingredients:

- 1/2 block silken tofu

- 1/4 cup peanut flour (I use this)

- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

- 10-13 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Directions:

- Place in small blender or magic bullet and blend.

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Protein Cream Cheese

(for one sandwich)

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup cottage cheese

- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Plant Fusion – Vanilla Bean)

- 5-7 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Directions:

- Place all ingredients in a small blender or magic bullet.

- Whip until you get a cream cheese consistency.

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I served this with a side of oven roasted plantain chips.

For the plantains I just cut up a plantain, brushed them with coconut oil, sprinkled with cinnamon and baked for about 20 minutes.

I only buy one plantain at a time because I typically only make my plantain bread with them. I don’t know why because there are so many other amazing ways to use and eat the plantain, Lord knows I’ve pinned about 3942342 different recipes I want to try, but even just roasting them was a nice switch up and obviously better for you than your typical potato chip.

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What’s your favorite healthy swap? I love making “fries” out of so many things. Sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, plantains… I really just love to roast everything.

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